When the Comic Strip Live! opened in 1976, no one knew who or what our young crop of talented comics would develop into. Sure, we had Billy Crystal and Rodney Dangerfield hanging around and in time we would groom and provide the space for the likes of Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Adam Sandler and countless more to grow. But all of those early days comics helped the club become what it is today.
Perhaps no comic personifies that era better than the great Joe Bolster. Starting at the Strip in one of our earliest eras, Bolster has since gone on to amazing success, appearing on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” starred in his own HBO “One Night Stand” special, was the winner of Showtime’s “New York Laff Off” competition and served as a writer for “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Talk Soup,” The Oscars and more.
A seasoned joke-craftsman who in 2011 released his most recent comedy CD “You Didn’t Ask, But Here’s What I’m Thinking…” Bolster performs nightly to sold-out thousand seat theater venues as the requested opening act for Brian Regan.
Joe will be performing on our 8:30 who tonight. Tickets are still available. You don’t want to miss your opportunity to see one of the best in the business, Joe Bolster, live. Order your tickets online now!
Photo Courtesy: Pop My Culture Podcast
On a recent episode of the very popular “Pop My Culture” podcast, longtime friend of the Comic Strip Live! comedian and comic actor Fred Stoller told a hilarious tale about performing one night at the Strip and seeing what he thought was a familiar face in the crowd.
“Jodie Foster once called me an idiot. Back when I was doing stand up, she was sitting in the front at the Comic Strip and I didn’t think it was her and I said ‘You look like Jodie Foster. Can I just say that its you because I have a huge crush on you and Kristy McNichol. Oh, I’m an idiot.’ And she says ‘You ARE an idiot.’ Then I realized ‘Oh my gosh, that really was her.'”
You can listen to the entire episode here! (the story about Jodie Foster at the Comic Strip starts at around the 71 minute mark.)
Back in the early days of Eighty Second & 2nd, we posted this great old short documentary based on a (at the time) struggling up-and-coming stand up comedian named Chris Rock. Well the video has started to make the rounds again around the internet and we thought help get it back out there again! Watch Chris perform some of his original act on stage at the Comic Strip Live! and get interviewed standing out in front of the club.
A fun little note on the clip, is the video of Chris performing stand up on stage was taped by another longtime friend of the Strip, 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander!
Let’s take it back a few years!
Once upon a time on Comedy Central, there was an AMAZING, original television show called “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.” It featured Colin and a round-table of hilarious comedians discussing the weeks events. It was a groundbreaking show that was far ahead of its time, as evidenced by many shows that have borrowed their format in the years that have past.
On occasion, Colin and the gang would act out sketches live in front of their studio audience. In the scene below, Jim Norton is being coached by Colin to be a gentleman in the hopes of possibly winning over a lady. That lucky lady is none other than one of the Comic Strip Live‘s best friends, Shauna Lane!
Check it out!
Congratulations Shauna! There is no one else in the world like you! You’re the best!
Earlier today, longtime friend of the Comic Strip Live! Jim Gaffigan released his new 75-minute stand up special “Mr. Universe.”
“Mr. Universe” is Gaffigan’s third hour-long special (following 2006’s “Beyond The Pale” and 2009’s “King Baby”) and he is the third stand up comic to release his special exclusively online for video download. As it currently stands, “Mr. Universe” will not run on television or be sold in stores and the only way to get it is by purchasing a download for $5 on his website JimGaffigan.com
Here is a sample clip from the new special.
I woke up this morning to this having been posted on our Facebook wall. It is a flyer (yes, and actually physical paper flyer that people would give out hand-to-hand) for an old game show that used to be run live at the Comic Strip Live! called Comic Discipline. The photo was posted by Karen O and featured on the poster are Eddie Brill (Letterman) Mike Sweeney (head writer for Conan) and club favorite Wali Collins! I don’t know very much about the show, but this show, which took place on March 31st, 1994 was the first time it took place. A very cool find.
It’s a banner day in Astoria!
Tonight, one of the Comic Strip Live‘s best friends (and a long-time supporter of our efforts over here at Eighty Second & 2nd) JON FISCH will be making his debut on the most coveted show that a comedian could appear on, CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
A consummate professional, Fisch is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable comedians to watch anytime he is in a room. An alumni of NBC’s Last Comic Standing (where he was voted audience favorite!) and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Fisch headlines comedy clubs internationally and is the host of the popular NYC-based podcast In The Tank with Jon Fisch. He was always appeared on NBC’s “The Apprentice” was hand-picked by Jerry Seinfeld to open for him.
To find out when you can catch Jon’s hilarious act live and in person, keep an eye on our schedule.
Congrats Jon! You’ve earned it buddy.
On Tuesday night, good friend of the Comic Strip Live! Kevin Hart walked through out famous doorways!
Hart, whose latest one hour special Laugh At My Pain, made its national television debut on Sunday, capped off his week in New York City by swinging by The Comic Strip! Accompanied on Tuesday by friend Jeffrey Gurian, Hart is one of the biggest comedy stars in the world right now, having starred in films that have grossed over $500 million!
Thanks for coming day Kevin! Be sure to check out Laugh At My Pain available for download on iTunes now!