Monthly Archives: November 2011

Rest in Peace Patrice O’Neal

This morning news came out that comedian Patrice O’Neal passed away. He was 41.


O’Neal suffered a diabetes related stroke in October.

From Comic Strip Live! General Manager J.R. Ravitz: “The comedy business mourns the loss of another great. He’ll be missed by all.”

Patrice came by the Comic Strip in August to guest judge “The Lottery Show.” Opinionated, personal and always controversial, Patrice was one of a kind. He was an irreplaceable voice in the comedy community that will be incredibly missed.

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Brian Regan came by the Comic Strip last night!

One of the biggest and best comedians on planet earth, longtime friend of the Comic Strip Live, BRIAN REGAN stopped by the Strip last night to hang out following his “Late Show with David Letterman” taping.

Comic Strip favorite Joe Bolster, owner Richie Tienken, and Brian Regan last night in the lobby of the Comic Strip

Brian’s headshot from over 20 years ago still hangs in the lobby of the club and Brian will be quick to point out the first time he ever got on stage was at The Comic Strip’s old location in his native Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Brian sells out thousand-plus seat theater’s all across America based purely on his amazing stand-up. He has never has his own sitcom or film, but that hasn’t gotten in his way of becoming one of the biggest comedy stars in the world. Last night’s taping of Letterman was his 25th appearance on the show.  Brian’s set will air tonight at 11:35 on CBS.


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Ted Alexandro & Andy Pitz Tonight!


Tonight at the Comic Strip, two of the best modern joke-writers of our comedy generation, Ted Alexandro and Andy Pitz will be performing at the Comic Strip Live!

Both have performed on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” as well as the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” but tonight, you can catch them live on our intimate stage!

To buy tickets, check out our website at or call (212) 861-9386 to make a reservation.

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Reese Water’s New Album “The Content of My Character” availiable NOW!

Back in August, Comic Strip Live! favorite Reese Waters recorded his debut stand up album on Rooftop Comedy Records over two nights at the home for the best comedy in New York City, the Comic Strip Live!

Now its time to unleash his amazing collection of tracks on the world! To the first to check out Reese Water’s new album “The Content of My Character” available now!


To find out when you can see Reese on stage next, keep an eye on our schedule.

Congrats Reese!

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Myq Kaplan tonight!

One of America’s brightest and most exciting emerging comedy stars, Myq Kaplan will be appearing at the Comic Strip Live! tonight!

Kaplan has had a incredibly HUGE last few years appearing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, NBC’s The Tonight Show, his own Comedy Central Presents: Myq Kaplan half-hour special, making the final 5 on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and in the last month made his debut appearance on what many in the industry feel is the pinnacle showcase for a young comedian, CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman.

Myq will be appearing on our 8:30 show.

To find out when you can see Myq at the club, keep an eye on our schedule page.

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Christian Finnegan on Conan!

Wuh oh! Time to update the credits over on our schedule page because Comic Strip Live! favorite Christian Finnegan racked up another hot one!

Last night, long-time Comic Strip regular Christian Finnegan killed it on TBS’s very popular late night talk show Conan.

Check it out!

Click here to watch Christian Finnegan on Conan!

Congrats Christian! Really great set.

To find out when you can see Christian Finnegan next, keep an eye on our schedule page!

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Every Saturday Evening: DF Sweedler’s New Talent Showcase

You’ve heard about D.F. Sweedler’s long-time comedy writing course, and you’ve seen the lists of the greatest comedy stars of today who grace our stage during our incredible shows, but you might have been thinking:  how do I get from one to the other? In short: years and years of practice. But if you want a leg-up, there is no better place to start than our Saturday evening New Talent Shows.

Produced by D.F. Sweedler, our New Talent Showcases are a great place to make your on-stage debut, hammer out that new 5 minutes or, like many of our Comic Strip regulars come by to do, make that hot, new demo tape! With great crowds, a fun enviroment and a world-reknown backdrop, there is no better place to cut your new tape than at our club.  You are performing on a Saturday night on the infamous stage at the Comic Strip! Where else could a young comic ever want to be? Also, we are the only club in New York City not to charge for making a DVD of your set.  You will also be joined on stage throughout the show by Comic Strip Live! headliners coming by to entertain the crowd. Its truly an original experience that only a club with the pedigree of the Comic Strip could provide.

For more information on performing on or attending one of our New Talent Shows, contact DF Sweedler.

Looking forward to seeing you soon at the Comic Strip Live!

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