Monthly Archives: May 2012

Tomorrow night: COMEDY CALIENTE!

Tomorrow night at the Comic Strip Live! is our monthly SPICY comedy explosion, Comedy Caliente!

Featuring the cities best Latino comedians as well as other Comic Strip favorites, Comedy Caliente is always a hit with audiences.

Make your reservations for Comedy Caliente NOW by calling (212) 861-9386!

See you tomorrow night!

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Watch MODI perform at last years’s Just For Laugh’s Festival!

Comic Strip Live! favorite Modi posted a new clip on his Facebook page of him performing at last summer’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal! We loved it and thought you should all get a look at the man in action!

Check it out!

Great set Modi!

To find out when you can see Modi next at the Comic Strip, keep an eye on our schedule!

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Chris Rock & The Comic Strip get mentioned on Page Six!

This morning, The Comic Strip Live! and our close friend Chris Rock got shouted-out in the legendary Page Six section of the New York Post

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The article speaks about the upcoming Comic Strip retrospective book “35 Years of The Comic Strip: The Greatest Comedy Club of All-Time” written by club-owner Richie Tienken & comedy writer Jeffrey Gurian. Chris wrote the forward for the book while he was in Cannes.

We’ll give you more information about the book and where you can get it when its released!

Thanks Chris!

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New DF Sweedler Comedy Writing Course begins June 4th

Ever wanted to learn how to write a quality stand up comedy routine? What better place to learn than at the Comic Strip Live! and who better to teach you than one of the masters: D.F. Sweedler.

One of the best joke-craftsmen around, Sweedler has been helping young and aspiring comedians develop their life stories into clever and original comedy pieces for years and starting on Monday, June 4th, D.F. has a new class beginning.

Notable alumni of Sweedler’s class include, Rob Riggle (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the films The Hangover, Step Brothers, The Other Guys), Joe Machi (NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Winner! New York Underground Comedy Festival Emerging Comic), Sam Morril (Winner! Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, national headliner), David Baker (NBC’s The Tonight Show) and more!

D.F. has a new class starting on Monday, June 4th and registration has already begun! If you want to join the class, call (212) 861-9386 and ask for Jennifer.

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Tom Cotter Kills on “America’s Got Talent!”

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Last night, long-time friend of the Comic Strip Live!, the hilarious Tom Cotter blew the panel of judges away and was rewarded with fantastically kind words, resounding audience applause and a trip to the next round on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

A 23-year veteran of the stand up world with prior credits including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Comedy Central Presents: Tom Cotter,” CBS’s “The Late Late Show” and “Last Comic Standing,” Cotter will be the first to admit he’s not yet a household name. But after last night’s amazing display of timing, writing and persistence at his craft, eyes around the world are sure to focus on the humble jokesmith from New England.

Congratulations Tom! You’ve earned this. Best wishes moving forward to the next round in Las Vegas (a place where Tom once WON the prestigious Las Vegas Comedy Festival!)

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SNL Night at the Comic Strip = An Amazing Success!

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(Cast members from NBC’s Saturday Night Live in the lobby of the World Famous Comic Strip Live!, from left to right: Jay Pharaoh, Bryan Tucker, Colin Jost, Richie Tienken (owner of the Comic Strip Live!), Vanessa Bayer, Richard Elvis Tienken and Mike O’Brien)

Thanks for everyone who came out to see cast members and writers from NBC’s Saturday Night Live perform live at the Comic Strip Live! on Sunday night! Great feedback from all in attendance! We hope to host another one of these nights and when we do, readers of Eighty Second & 2nd will be the first to know!

Thanks again to John Mulaney, Mike O’Brien, Colin Jost, Jay Pharaoh, Bryan Tucker, Vanessa Bayer and everyone else who dropped by the club this last Sunday!

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SNL at the CSL this Sunday Night!

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Vanessa Bayer!

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Jay Pharoah!

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John Mulaney!

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Collin Jost!

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Bryan Tucker!

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Doing It The Right Way: Joe Machi

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Set your DVR’s!

One of the brightest new talents to come out of the Comic Strip lobby in years, Joe Machi will be making his network television debut on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” tonight!

Joe Machi is a true workhouse. Machi’s New York comedy origins actually began as a student in D.F. Sweedler’s Comedy Writing Workshop where he studied under Sweedler for 8 weeks. Each week, he would write his jokes, come to class, read them aloud to the room and work to help himself and others get better at following their dream. Sweedler still teaches this class (which has produced talents such as Rob Riggle, Sam Morril, David Baker and more!). Keep your eye on this blog for upcoming class registration info!

Following the class, Machi worked hard, grinding it out and hard and seemingly hopeless open mics around the northeast for years, finally getting to the point where the bookers at the Comic Strip felt like he has earned his place and passed him to perform as a member of the “Late Night” roster.  Late Night is an after-show where he and other younger acts would hang out all night in the lobby and after all of the scheduled performers were done, he would get a chance to entertain whatever audience was left. Going up on stage for 5 minutes in front of depleted crowds who had just watched over 3 hours of the best stand up in New York City is a tough task for anyone. But Machi persisted, coming in four times a week for almost four years, perfecting his craft to this point he was undeniable.

He won the New York Underground Comedy Festival’s “Emerging Comedian” award, began receiving spots at many of the major clubs in town and on December 16th, 2009, Machi realized one of the biggest dreams he had when he moved to New York City: he auditioned and “passed” for regular paid spots at The Comic Strip.

Since then Machi has been a regular on the Strip’s stage, delighting our capacity crowds nightly. Tonight’s appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” is a testament to what being a good, hard-working person can bring.  Joe Machi is a guy who has never taken short-cuts, gotten worn down by industry slights or become victimized by being unfairly passed-over. He is a consummate professional who has put in the time and is deserving of the accolades that he is receiving.

Congratulations Joe. We are all incredibly proud of you.

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