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!
One of the best and brightest stars at The Comic Strip Live! made his television debut last night when Nore Davis performed on Comedy Central’s Russell Simmons Presents: The Ruckus!
The full-clip isn’t online yet, but check out this short sample from Nore’s set that has Def Jam found Russell Simmon’s roaring with laughter from his seat!
Nore Davis on The Ruckus!
To find out when you can catch Nore Davis life, keep an eye on our schedule!
One of the funniest, most influential men working today in the humor business, Neal Brennan is in town from Los Angeles and will be performing at the Comic Strip Live! all month long!
The co-creator of Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, writer of the hit film “Half Baked,” director of the comedy “The Goods” and the co-host of the very popular comedy podcast “The Champs,” Neal Brennan has performed his stand-up on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Last Call with Carson Daly,” “ TBS’ “Conan” and “Lopez Tonight” as well as Comedy Central’s “Live at the El Ray.”
To find out when you can catch Neal live, keep an eye on our schedule!
Think you’re funny? For over 35 years New York City’s Comic Strip Live! has prided itself in discovering and developing the freshest and most original new comedic talent. Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Larry Miller, Louis CK, Adam Sandler: now its your turn!
On Tuesday, February 7th, the world-renowned Lottery returns. At the Lottery, hopeful comedians will line-up around the block for the chance to draw a number which begins the process to getting an audition which, if passed, lets them have the chance to begin performing at the club. The Comic Strip is the only comedy club in the city (and perhaps the country) to offer this rare, one-of-a-kind opportunity. EVERYONE WHO COMES GETS AN AUDITION DATE!!!
The process is simple. Get in line, draw a number at random, once you have your number a club staff member will let you know what date (usually within the next 6 months) that number ties you too. It is then up to you to return on that night and make the crowd laugh. You might draw an early number and audition the next week on February 14th, or you may not go until December. Either way, you better be ready to showcase your best stuff!
If you have any questions, call 212-861-9386.
The biggest stand up comedy star in the world and a long, long-time friend of the Comic Strip Live! Chris Rock, came by his old stomping ground last night to surprise and delight both our Saturday 8:00pm and 10:30pm shows!
Chris got his start performing stand up on stage and before that, he even worked as a busboy at the Strip!
Chris, as well as many other of our high-profile alumni (Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Bill Burr) has been known to drop-by at a moments notice. Who knows when he’ll be back?!? Maybe tonight? You better come by to find out!
Call (212) 861-9386 to make reservations!
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!
Everyone here at Eighty-Second & 2nd hopes that you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday season! We know that everyone attending the 35th Annual Comic Strip Live! Christmas Party sure did! Close friend of the club (and the Sunday and Monday night host of Late Night) Jeffrey Gurian recapped the December 11th extravaganza in great detail.
Jeffrey runs a wonderful comedy blog, appropriately titled Comedy Matters. Check out his recap here.