Monthly Archives: August 2011

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


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!


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.

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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Phil Hanley Tonight!

Wednesday and Thursday night at the Comic Strip Live! Phil Hanley makes his debut at our club! Come on by and check out the Canadian sensation!

Also on Wednesdays show: Andy Pitz! (Letterman, Ferguson), Marina Franklin! (Comedy Central, Ferguson), Brian Scott McFadden (Letterman, Ferguson) Modi! (Comedy Central, Howard Stern) Elon Gold! (Tonight Show, Fox), Paul Mecurio (Comedy Central Presents, Ferguson) and more!

And on Thursday: Tom Van Horn! (Comedy Central, E! Television) Louis Ramey! (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) Jim Mendrinos! (Comedy Central, NBC) JJ Ramirez! (Latin Legends of Comedy) and more!

For full line-ups check out our schedule page!

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Watch The Lottery Show TONIGHT!


Tonight, LIVE! at 10:00pm, the World Famous Comic Strip Live! presents: The Lottery Show!

Starring Sherrod Small (VH1, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!) with a weekly rotating panel of comedian guest judges, aspiring comedians get to audition for the club’s owners and booker in front of a full house at the Comic Strip, as well as YOU sitting at your computer, for the chance to join the Comic Strip’s iconic roster of talent.

You can watch The Lottery Show tonight streaming LIVE at:

And be sure to follow The Lottery Show on Twitter: @thelotteryshow

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Modi, Elon Gold excel at Just For Laughs Festival!


This last week wrapped up the 29th annual Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival.  Many friends of the Comic Strip Live! participated in this year’s festival and early word around town says that Comic Strip regular Modi, may have walked away from Montreal as the talk of the festival!  Amazing, eye-opening performances on a variety of showcases helped the veteran stand up earn accolades from his peers as well as many of the industry in attendance.

Even prior to the festival’s kick-off, Modi was listed as performing on one of the three “must see” shows of the festival by in “The Ethnic Show” where he shared the stage nightly with such comedy heavyweights as Maz Jobrani, Sebastian Maniscalco, Angelo Tsarouchas, and Wil Sylvince.

Also at the festival was Comic Strip favorite Elon Gold, who participated in multiple showcases including the always popular Best of The Fest shows. Best of the Fest, as always featured a very select, hand-picked collection of talent and for Elon to be included in that mix was quite an honor.

Elon Gold, Bobby Slayton and Modi backstage at “The Bar Mitzvah Show”

Modi and Elon performed together on “The Bar Mitzvah Show” hosted by “The Pitbull of Comedy” Bobby Slayton and as comedy writer Paul Telner remarked:

The major standouts of the show were clearly Modi who had the entire crowd on the floor. Modi is to me one of the biggest breakout comics of the fest. The guy is a star and it’s only going to keep getting bigger. Elon Gold also killed the show with his hilarious views on Judaism.”   To read Paul’s complete review of the show, click here.

Congratulations to both talented comedians as well as everyone else from the Comic Strip who made their way to Montreal this year.

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Eddie Murphy on stage at the Comic Strip!


No, it didn’t happen last night, but once upon a time, you could catch Eddie Murphy on-stage at the Comic Strip Live! seven nights a week, as shown in the above photo (credit Getty Images).

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