On Sunday, June 5th, the longest-running comedy venue in New York City, the Comic Strip Live! celebrated the 35th Anniversary of open its doors. A party took place in the hallowed halls of the club where comedians and guests mingled and reminisced about their favorite times at the Strip.
J.J. Ramirez, Richie Tienken, Barry Berry & Stu Trivax
Along with the current roster of Comic Strip Live! talent, many of the first comedians to grace the stage came back soak in the scents of the building that for so many years early in their career, they called home. Guests included Gilbert Gottfried, Elayne Boosler, Alan Colmes, Wayne Federman, Judah Friedlander, Joe Bolster, Henriette Mantel, D.F. Sweedler and more.
Wayne Federman & William Stephenson
While the event had much time for meet-and-greet and socializing, there was also an extended presentation where comedians, staff, and owners shared their thoughts and memories with the capacity. One of the most compelling moments of the evening came when owners Richie Tienken and Robert Wachs gave riveting speeches where they shared their memories on first opening the club, how things have progressed through the last 35 years and how the club is now.
Owner Richie Tienken delivering a rousing, inspiring speech to the comedians, staff and long-time friends of the club
Co-owner Robert Wachs speaking about his memories of the club since opening it in May of 1975.
Four of the funniest ladies around, Patty Rosborough, Henriette Mantel, Anita Wise and Leighann Lord
The celebration was a great opportunity for old “war buddies” to reconnect after having spent years going off their own ways as well as a chance to let younger comics meet their heroes who first inspired them to get into the funny business. Many members of the Comic Strip’s original waitstaff from 1975 were also on hand to take in the room that the maneuvered their way through so many years ago.
Elayne Boosler & Henriette Mantel out on 2nd Avenue in front of awning given to celebrate the clubs 25th anniversary.
Longtime friends Jim Mendrinos and Eddie Brill standing in front of a picture of Comic Strip original Eddie Murphy performing at the club.
Richie Teinken and Joe Bolster
Two of our current generations headliners, 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander and the hilarious Tom Van Horn
Elayne Boosler & JJ Ramirez
The evening was much more of a success than anyone could have imagined. With guests having traveling from near and wide to be on hand, there were many times throughout the evening when eyes became teary thinking about all of the wonderful years they have spent in the club. It was a night to remember.
See you again at our 70th!
Photo credits: Phil Nee and Leighann Lord