Monthly Archives: August 2011

Tonight at the Comic Strip: Gary Gulman!

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Tonight at the Comic Strip Live!, come see one of the funniest men in the business, Gary Gulman! Gary has been seen on NBC’s The Tonight Show, Last Comic Standing, his own hour stand up special and HBO’s Tourgasm.

Also on the show tonight: Jim Mendrios (author Idiots Guide to Comedy), Mike Britt (VH1′s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Russell Simmons Presents…), Modi (Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Montreal Comedy Festival), Paul Mecurio (The Daily Show with Jon Stweart, Comedy Central Presents…), Ross Bennett (Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn) Jesse Joyce (NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing), David Baker (NBC’s The Tonight Show)and more! The whole night is hosted by William Stephenson (FX’s Louie, HBO’s The Chris Rock Show).

End your August on a FUNNY note.

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The Lottery Show Tonight!

Tonight at the Comic Strip Live!, following the main show it is the reality show stand up competition that is: The Lottery Show! Coming to you live from the showroom at the Comic Strip Live! six aspiring stand ups audition for a chance to join the Comic Strip’s roster by auditioning for not only our audience, but also a panel of judges. The panel generally consists of 3 or 4 Comic Strip comedians, our booker and one of the clubs legendary owners.

Here are some shots from last week’s Lottery Show!

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Lottery Show host Sherrod Small stands on stage with an auditioner.

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Last week’s comedian panel consisted of Vic Henley, Karen Bergreen and Brian Scott McFadden.

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Club co-owner Richie Tienken and booker J.R. Ravitz enjoy the comedy.

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Sherrod Small on stage with comedian Matt Nedostup following Matt’s set.

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Jordan Rock is the Lottery Show’s weekly DJ.

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Sherrod Small and Laura Prangley listen to feedback from the judges after Prangley’s set.

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The live audience gets a say as well, as they cheer and clap for each comic at the end of the night.

But in the end, only one comic was passed on to the Late Night roster and this last week, the winner of the Lottery Show was Matt Nedostup! Congratulations Matt.

You can watch The Lottery Show, streaming live every Tuesday at 10:30pm (EST) at www.TheLotteryShow.com

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Marina Franklin performs on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson!

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Last night, Comic Strip Live! regular Marina Franklin performed on CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson!” Marina is a long-time favorite at the Comic Strip who proudly calls the Strip her home club. A Chicago native, Marina comically shares stories of her life, relationships and living in a 2011 Harlem in her set.

Check it out!

Congratulations Marina! If you would like to catch Marina live, and we highly recommended that you do, be sure to find out when she can be found on our stage by taking a look at our schedule.

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Wrestling Legend Mick Foley drops in at the Comic Strip!

Chris Rock. Jerry Seinfeld. Louis CK. Cactus Jack?!?!

Add another name to the iconic list of performers who have graced the legendary Comic Strip Live stage! Last night, accompanied by his good friend Judah Friedlander, 3-time WWE World Champion and New York Times Best-Selling author Mick Foley made his Comic Strip debut.

Follow went up as an unannounced act much to the 150+ person audience’s great surprise and delight.

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Stand up is one of the most painful things that a person can do to themselves. But after seeing what he has been able to put up with so far, Mick Foley just might have thick enough skin to make it in this wild world.

Check out some of Foley’s greatest hits below.

 

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!Comedy Caliente! this Thursday

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David Baker tells jokes on The Tonight Show, that he wrote at the Comic Strip!

Last September, comedian David Baker appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno!” During his 5 minutes in the spotlight, the craft Englishman told many great jokes, a good majority of which he wrote while taking D.F. Sweedler’s Comedy Writing Course at The Comic Strip Live!

To view Baker’s late night television debut, click here!

Notable alums of Sweedler’s class include Baker, Rob Riggle (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the films The Hangover, Step Brothers, The Other Guys), Joe Machi (Winner! New York Underground Comedy Festival Emerging Comic), Sam Morril (Winner! Laughing Skull Comedy Festival) and more!

D.F. has a new class starting on Monday, September 12th and registration has already begun! If you want to join the class, call (212) 861-9386 and ask for Jennifer.

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Reese Waters to record CD at the Comic Strip Live!

We here at Eighty-Second & 2nd just received word that one of the brightest new talents on the Comic Strip Live! roster, the incredibly funny Reese Waters will be recording his first-ever stand up comedy album on stage this week at the Comic Strip!

On Wednesday, August 17th and Thursday, August 18th, Waters, the co-host of the popular show “The Daily Line” on Versus, will perform full hour-long stand up sets which will be collected and released later on this year.

In just the last year, Reese has performed on both CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” as well as “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

Be sure to make your reservations or call (212) 861-9386 to come see Reese Waters record his first ever stand-up comedy record this coming Wednesday and Thursday night at the Comic Strip Live!

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Karen Bergreen’s “Following Polly” available in paperback August 16th!

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Longtime friend of the Comic Strip Live! Karen Bergreen was met with critical acclaim last year when her first novel, the dramatic and hilarious Following Polly was released in June of 2010. Now, over a year later, Karen will get another taste of publishing success as Following Polly has been awarded with a paper-back release!

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A gifted comedian, Bergreen uses her personality-led story telling style and unique sense of joke delivery and timing to craft Following Polly into a page-turning, fascinating read.

You can listen to Karen talk about the book during its initial push on Jon Fisch’s In The Tank podcast here.

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Karen Bergreen with a just-released copy of Following Polly at the Comic Strip!

Amazon already lists the paperback edition of Following Polly as available for pre-order, and word is that Following Polly should be available in all finer book retailers come August 16th. If they don’t have it, ASK for it!

And when you can see this hilarious comedian turned author on stage at the Comic Strip? Keep an eye on our schedule page!

Congratulations yet AGAIN Karen! I hope we have many more excuses to sing your praises soon.

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