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Lobby Life!

A fresh batch is in! A lot of new and old friends have been hanging around the Comic Strip Live this last week.  Some of them were captured by the crafty photo crew here at Eighty-Second & 2nd!  More coming soon!

Happy Monday!


It was full around the bar on Thursday when Andy Pitz, Andy Hendrickson, Sam Morril, Vic Henley, Jim David & Joe Machi decided to take in an evening at the Strip.


Comic Strip legend Barry Berry visits old friend Barry Weintraub.


Dexter Stallworth watches the game while Lenny Marcus, Ryan Reiss and Becky Donahue get prepare for their spots.


Comic Strip original George Wallace dropped by on Thursday and Saturday night to see friends and perform hilarious stand-up, pictured here with Richie Tienken and Jeffrey Gurian.

To see the lobby (and some hilarious stand-up comedy) pick the best date for you and your friends on our schedule!

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Lobby life!

Whenever New York’s stand-up comedy elite need to relax, have a laugh and just overall enjoy themselves, they can’t help but swing by the Comic Strip Live. Known as a hotbed for both up-and-coming young talent as well as established headliners, the Comic Strip prides itself on being a welcoming atmosphere for all of its talent. And when our top notch comedians aren’t on stage, they can be found socializing in the clubs well-renowned lobby.  And with that, here is this week’s edition of “Lobby Life.”


Barry Weintraub catches the Lobby Life team in action as Dexter Stallworth listens in on a conversation between Jermaine Fowler and Andy Pitz.


Always quick to lend a punchline (or sometimes, just a punch) Stan Stankos and Andy Hendrickson help Joe Machi prepare for his set while DF Sweedler concentrates on the Yankees score.


After a long night of laughter-enducing, comedians Adam Cozens, Jermaine Fowler and Dustin Ybarra pose for a snapshot.


Incredibly funny comedienne Bernadette Pauley poses with three of the Comic Strip’s fabulous waitresses after her set.


Comic Strip original and long-time friend of the club Alan Combs poses by his old headshot during a recent visit to the club where it all started for him.

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Late Night @ the Comic Strip Live

The sign-up sheet

Late Night at theWorld Famous Comic Strip Live is a tradition that has been around almost as long as the Club itself.  Late Night—the portion of the show that occurs after the last act says goodnight—is the backbone of stand-up comedy.  It’s where seasoned veterans test out their new material.  It’s where the most promising new stand-ups hone their craft.  It is both the dues and the pay-out of comedy lore.

Dexter Stallworth and Jordan Rock

Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday the Comic Strip hosts Late Night.  On each of these nights, up to eight comics jump on stage for a 5-minute spot, sometimes adding 40 minutes of bonus comedy to the regular show.

Joe Machi hopes to gain either a regular spot or a groupie from Late Night.

Of course, after a 2 ½ hour show, sometimes the audience is tired or has started to dwindle.  Late Night isn’t for the comic who is faint of heart.  It’s a first-come, first-served system that often requires arriving at 8:00 to ensure a spot on the line-up.  While the nightly routine is certainly a labor of love and the small crowds are “humbling,” it’s consensus that it’s worth it, “…without a doubt,” says Dexter Stallworth, a Late Night regular that comes in 2-3 nights a week.

Adam Cozens on Stage

Adam Cozens, another late-night regular, also performs around the City at bar shows and open mics, but he loves Late Night @ the Comic Strip because it’s a chance to perform in front of what he calls, “real people”, a crowd that isn’t entirely made up of comics and friends of comics, like at the ‘bringer’ shows (where comics must bring a certain number of audience members in order to go on stage).

Late Night offers its comics a great network for meeting other performers, networking with professionals, and workshopping jokes, but it all comes down to the 5 minutes on stage.  Joe Machi, a comic with three years of experience, says a good set basically boils down to whether or not the audience stays for it.

Jordan Rock says the key to Late Night is, "Get here early and pray."

Jordan Rock, a recent Southern implant to NYC, is using Late Night to, “broaden his act” so that it’s more appropriate for a big city crowd.  He comes in every night for Late Night, getting as much practice and exposure as he can.  He comes in to sign up on the list, grab some dinner, and play the waiting game.  Sometimes he watches the show; sometimes he works on his material.  He sums up Late Night best with, “Get here early and pray.”

Long-time comic DF Sweedler (far right) says he, "...never does a joke unless he's tested it at Late Night."

As audience members, remember the Late Night crew the next time you’re here.  Stick around for whichever of your favorite comics have decided to pop-in and work on their newest jokes, and catch a glimpse of the next generation of stand-up as they create their stage persona right in front of you.  The Comic Strip does a major service to the Industry by offering Late Night.  Among many other reasons, this is one of the things that makes this club legendary.


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