Monthly Archives: August 2010

SPICY! Comedy Caliente is back!

Its tomorrow night! Its going to be funny! You should do it!


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Marina Franklin in Essence!

Marina Franklin is a Comic Strip regular and among my favorite performers.  She has recently been seen on screen on The Jay Leno Show and The Awkward Kings of Comedy. And, additionally, she’s recently been featured in print in Essence Magazine.

The September Issue, on sale now,  features 40 Fierce and Fabulous women to look out for.  Marina is featured in an article titled Comedy’s New Faces along with fellow NBC alums Retta, Donald Glover, and Craig Robinson.

Be sure to check out Marina the next time she’s at the Comic Strip Live.  And, for those of you not in New York, check out her website for dates outside the City.

Congratulations, Marina!

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New Faces making Big Noise!

The Comic Strip Live! has for years been known as the premier place in the country to catch both established house-hold comedy names as well as the best new up-and-comers climbing the ranks of success. The current class of talent hanging around our lobby is no different.


Last night hilarious club favorite Joe Machi won the prestigious New York Underground Comedy Festival’s Emerging Comics Competition. This coveted award has led past winners to high-profile television work and has been the stepping stone to breaking out as the premiere comedians in the city.

A State College, PA native, Machi has been a member of the Comic Strip family for well over 3 years. This high honor is just another sign that the crafty and clever Machi is going to become a name to be reckoned with on the comedy scene, perhaps much quicker than we think.

Also, recent addition to the lobby, Sam Morril was in March crowned the  champion of the New York City March Madness competition. In an NCAA-style bracketed head-to-head showdown, Morril bested 63 other competitors in a month-long stand up tournament. Morril’s bracket was stacked with big names on the comedy scene and to emerge victorious was an achievement not to be taken lightly. Congrats again, Sam.

Jamie Lee has also had a breakout year.  Starting 2010 as a style critique for Life&Style Magazine, Jamie was featured as a talking head on the VH1 series Undateable and became a household face across the country after making it to the semi-finals on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.  A native of Texas, Jamie is a marquee name in New York’s alternative comedy scene and has the talent and skill to be a major force in this business.

All three of these hilarious emerging comedians can be found performing on our Late Night show, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Comic Strip Live! Be sure to see them, while you can still afford to!

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Jeff Ross for American Idol Judge?


If you are a fan of Comic Strip Live! favorite Jeffrey Ross on Twitter, you’ve heard about a certain campaign that has become popular in recent days amongst his loyal followers.

With the announced departures of Simon Cowell and Ellen Degeneres from American Idol, many names have been thrown into consideration for who might replace them at the judges desk.  Amongst the discussed have been are Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, Harry Connick, Jr., Howard Stern and now,  Jeffrey Ross. Many fans of the show and the comic would love to see the Roastmaster General join the panel, critiquing the would-be singing sensations. And those passionate about the cause are using new social media methods to spread the word.

The most popular, Twitter-centric way to contribute to the cause is by closing their tweets with the hashtag #JeffreyRoss4IdolJudge.

Will the efforts prove successful? Will Jeff follow in the footsteps of another Comic Strip alum to the American Idol screen? Only time will tell.

Keep checking back here at Eighty Second & 2nd for updates!

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Lee Camp featured in !Satiristas!


One of the Comic Strip Live’s freshest new voices, Lee Camp has been chosen as one of the select few comedians to be featured in the recently released book !Satiristas!

Assembled by comedy legend Paul Provenza and Dan Dion, !Satirista!’s asks 60 comedians from around the world about their thoughts on comedy, identity and language within the scope of the laughter business, and what your voice in comedy says about you. A powerful, hilarious and insightful piece, the book makes comedians question if what they are saying matters and what is means to truly be a voice worth listening to.


Camp is joined in this book by many amazing comedic talents including Robert Klein, Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Roseanne Barr, Robin Williams, The Smothers Brothers, Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, Jay Leno, Colin Quinn, Bill Maher, Doug Stanhope, Dana Gould, and even the late George Carlin.

Congratulations to Lee for this great recognition and honor!

If you want to see Lee perform live at the Comic Strip, be sure to check out our schedule.

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Marina Franklin to be featured in Essence Magazine


Comic Strip Live! favorite Marina Franklin reported on her Twitter yesterday that she is going to be featured in the September issue of Essence Magazine!

Founded in 1968, Essence is a monthly magazine aimed at African-American women between the ages of 18 and 49 circulation of 1.1 million copies a month. That’s right, 1.1 MILLION! That is a lot of eyes!  Congrats Marina!

Originally from Chicago, Marina is a regular all throughout the city and one of our favorites here at the Comic Strip. Recently featured on NBC’s The Jay Leno Show and NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Marina is one of the stars of the recently released Comedy Central special The Awkward Kings of Comedy.

To find out when you can see Marina next at the Comic Strip, be sure to keep your eyes on our schedule!

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Congratulations to Mike DeStefano – Last Comic Standing Finalist


A big and heartfelt Congratulations goes out to Comic Strip favorite Mike DeStefano for reaching the finale night on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. After nearly 2 months of weekly eliminations, DeStefano’s world class stand up comedy made it to the final 4 of the show.

Mike is a premiere comedy talent and we here at the Comic Strip are incredibly proud of Mike and this very big accomplishment.

If you want to see Mike live, keep your eye on our schedule page.

Congratulations Mike!

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