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Review: “Make ‘Em Laugh: 35 Years of The Comic Strip”

PhotobucketDon’t let the names of the hilarious funnymen and women on the cover fool ya, this book is NO JOKE!

Released earlier this week from Skyhorse Publishing “MAKE ‘EM LAUGH: 35 Years of The Comic Strip, The Greatest Comedy Club of All Time!” is a must-have if you are a fan of stand up comedy, the behind the scenes lives of comedians or just the history of show business in general. A New York institution, the Comic Strip Live! was born out of the imagination of Richie Tienken, Robert Wachs and John McGowan after seeing a place for more competition in the just-about-to-burst stand up comedy scene of the mid-1970′s. The oft-fabled ‘comedy boom’ hadn’t yet happened, but there were still plenty of comedians to go around, looking for anywhere to get up on stage and with limited stage time to be had, the opening of the seven-night-a-week Comic Strip was a blessing for the burgeoning community.

“Make ‘Em Laugh,” written by Tienken and comedy writer Jeffrey Gurian tells the story of the club through both the perspectives of the club and its longtime ownership, but also the talent that has come through the doors. Many of the stories shared in these 200+ pages are hilarious, insightful tales being shared now for the very first time. Contributors to the book include Billy Crystal, Paul Reiser, Ray Romano, Lewis Black, Larry Miller, Colin Quinn (who got his start as a bartender at the club), Jerry Seinfeld (who was the long-time nightly host at the Yorkville establishment) and Chris Rock, who not only generously contributed the introduction for the book, but also is one of the most interesting stories in the history of the club, as the kid from Brooklyn who would make the trek into the city every night to work as a busboy for the club with the hopes of getting thrown up on stage late in the evening for Late Night. But as history knows, that all changed when a powerful young man named Eddie Murphy stopped by the Strip one night and Chris got his chance to shine. The rest is show biz history.

The book is a powerful, wonderful account that shows where the club came from and where it is today. Divided into sections – The Older Kids, which gets insight from the first few generations of Comic Strip acts including George Wallace, Joe Bolster, Wayne Federman and the aforementioned Quinn, Seinfeld and Reiser to The Younger Kids where we hear from some of todays biggest comedy stars including Jeffrey Ross, Judah Friedlander, Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Breuer and Jim Gaffigan, Friends of the Family where we talk to Rory Rosegarten, former owner of neighbor club Catch A Rising Star Rick Newman, and longtime landlord for the Comic Strip David Eberhart. The final chapters of the book at devoted to the future of the club, both listing off some of the more promising, exciting “Next Generation” talents that the Strip is showcasing as well and drawing attention to steps the club is taking to be stay up-to-date be the most socially and technologically relevant club of the 21st Century.

Beyond simply conducting interviews, what makes “Make ‘Em Laugh” truly shine is its openness and honesty. While most would expect any book written by those associated with a club, about their club to be self-congratulatory, Gurian and Tienken allow for the entire story to be told – even the occasionally less-than-flattering stories. No marriage is perfect and sometimes the relationship being the talent and the management can be a difficult one, but Gurian and Tienken wanted to whole story to be told, and it was. Brilliantly.

At a time when anyone can send a few emails and get a few quick pull-quotes and throw together a quick “feature” for a blog or website, it is encouraging and delightful to see the effort and lengths that have gone into forming “Make ‘Em Laugh” the book that it is. This was clearly no hastily thrown together side-project. Great hours were spent cultivating this book and all of that extra work truly pays off. And as with any book, the reader is the one who ends up benefiting the most.

A four-year-plus labor or love, “Make ‘Em Laugh” is a must-have read for every comedian and a very exciting, peek-behind-the-curtain for any comedy fan.

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Three Great Shows Tonight!

At the Comic Strip Live!, we never put on small shows, but this weekend, we have particularly HUGE ones! Both Friday and Saturday night, or 8:30, 10:30 and 12:30am shows are jam-packed with talent!

Shows include the comedy of Paul Mecurio!  David Baker!  Marina Franklin!  William Stephenson! Brian Scott McFadden!  Sherrod Small!  Mike Britt!  Adam Cozens!  Dustin Chaffin! Big Jay Oakerson! and more!

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Emmy Award Winning writer for The Daily Show Paul Mecurio will be closing out both out 8:30 and 10:30pm shows on Friday

To make a reservation call (212) 861-9386

See you tonight!

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After the Show…there is MORE SHOW!

You’ve heard of “Late Night” correct?

NO?!?!

After the full roster of hilarious stand up talent comes off stage, more stand up comedy can be found during the Comic Strip Live!‘s famous Late Night show! Late Night is an amazing opportunity to watch some of the clubs finest talent tightening up new material as well as a place for some of the clubs new talent to get additional stage time and exposure.

Many of our clubs talents use Late Night’s short spots (each comic on Late Night does 5 minute sets) to work out sets for upcoming TV appearances.  Earlier just this month, comedian competitors from NBC’s Last Comic Standing worked out and smoothed out the edges on their new sets during Late Night!

Tonight’s Late Night show featured: Owen Bowness, D.F. Sweedler, Gladys Simon, Sam Morril, Joe Machi, Adam Cozens, Joe Rocha, Andrew Mitchell, Maryelle Turner, Jordan Rock and more! With each comic only doing 5 minutes, there is guaranteed to be a comic coming up that will tickle your fancy. So stick around!

Even when you think the show can’t get much better, it does. With Late Night.

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Question of the Late Night 4/4/10

…and we’re back…

or, more correctly, I’m back from LA, where we filmed some great interviews for Eat, Drink, Laugh, the documentary about the Club we told you about earlier this year.

It’s been a great night here at the World Famous Comic Strip Live:

Chris Rock stopped by to work out his material for Letterman tomorrow night.

AND, the Late Night Crew set up camp and talked with us for this week’s Question of the Night.

Q: What’s the best part about hanging out in the lobby while you wait to go on stage?

A:

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Adam Cozens: “Even when there’s only a couple people left in the crowd, a good Lobby Life makes it worth our time to be here at the Comic Strip.”

Sam Morril: “It’s great to have people to run joke with and help get mentally prepared for the stage.”

Joe Machi: “It’s the fellowship and penis jokes.”

Matt Jenkins: “Networking with other comics.”

DF Sweedler: “I love when Chris Rock stops by right before my spot.”

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Comic Strip Christmas Party, 2009!

Happy Holidays!

Yesterday was the Comic Strip Live’s annual Christmas party! To document the even, we here at Eighty-Second and 2nd dispatched comedians Adam Cozens and Joe Machi with a digital camera and had them capture the fun at last night’s annual send-off. They ended up taking many pictures of themselves. Here are a few choice shots!

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(left to right: Scott Blakeman, Barry Weintraub, Bill McCarty, J.J. Ramirez)

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(Wayne Federman, Adam Cozens)

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(Jeffrey Ross, Joe Machi)

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(Sherrod Small, J.R. Ravitz)

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(Joe Machi, Moody McCarthy, Adam Cozens)

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(Pat Dixon, Adam Cozens)

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(CSL bartender Danny)

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(Andy Pitz, Adam Cozens, Joe Machi)

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(Adam Cozens, Judah Friedlander)

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(CSL bartender Sam Whitten)

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Lobby Life!

Only one great shot to include in this weeks Lobby Life, but it is a DOOZY!

What does it have in it?

It has members of our fabulous and hilarious STAFF!

It has multiple comics featured on our famous Late Night Roster!

It has a guy that frequently hangs out in our lobby!

It has an Emmy & Peabody Award winning comedian!

And it has more!

And what else? They are all wearing hoodies!

WHAT A PICTURE!!!

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Clockwise from the bottom right, “The Duke”, Paul Mecurio, Adam Cozens, Matt Jenkins, Dustin Ybarra, Joe Machi, Ankara Martinez, Brenda Guzman.

Enjoy!

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Goodbye Adam!

Tonight is Adam the Bouncer’s last night at the Comic Strip Live!

Stop by to wish him best of success in his future endeavors!

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Adam with Jeff Caldwell in the Green Room at the Strip, when Adam was supposed to be in the showroom, working.

Adam regularly performs as part of our Late Night roster, so pick a date to see him on our schedule.

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Lobby life!

Whenever New York’s stand-up comedy elite need to relax, have a laugh and just overall enjoy themselves, they can’t help but swing by the Comic Strip Live. Known as a hotbed for both up-and-coming young talent as well as established headliners, the Comic Strip prides itself on being a welcoming atmosphere for all of its talent. And when our top notch comedians aren’t on stage, they can be found socializing in the clubs well-renowned lobby.  And with that, here is this week’s edition of “Lobby Life.”

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Barry Weintraub catches the Lobby Life team in action as Dexter Stallworth listens in on a conversation between Jermaine Fowler and Andy Pitz.

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Always quick to lend a punchline (or sometimes, just a punch) Stan Stankos and Andy Hendrickson help Joe Machi prepare for his set while DF Sweedler concentrates on the Yankees score.

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After a long night of laughter-enducing, comedians Adam Cozens, Jermaine Fowler and Dustin Ybarra pose for a snapshot.

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Incredibly funny comedienne Bernadette Pauley poses with three of the Comic Strip’s fabulous waitresses after her set.

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Comic Strip original and long-time friend of the club Alan Combs poses by his old headshot during a recent visit to the club where it all started for him.


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