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Question of the Night (4/11/10)

Q: If you could only subscribe to one magazine for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This is what our comics said tonight.


Host, DF Sweedler

Us Magazine

Tim Young

National Geographic

Lenny Marcus

Sports Illustrated

Bernadette Pauley

Oprah magazine

Joe Bolster

Sports Illustrated

Leighann Lord

The Economist (with absolutely no hesitation)

Kevin Hart

Smooth magazine

Jermaine Fowler

Complex Magazine

Colin Kane

Complex Magazine

Ross Bennett

Sports Illustrated
Check out the schedule at the World Famous Comic Strip Live then leave a question in the comments for next Sunday’s lineup.

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Question of the Late Night 4/4/10

…and we’re back…

or, more correctly, I’m back from LA, where we filmed some great interviews for Eat, Drink, Laugh, the documentary about the Club we told you about earlier this year.

It’s been a great night here at the World Famous Comic Strip Live:

Chris Rock stopped by to work out his material for Letterman tomorrow night.

AND, the Late Night Crew set up camp and talked with us for this week’s Question of the Night.

Q: What’s the best part about hanging out in the lobby while you wait to go on stage?


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Adam Cozens: “Even when there’s only a couple people left in the crowd, a good Lobby Life makes it worth our time to be here at the Comic Strip.”

Sam Morril: “It’s great to have people to run joke with and help get mentally prepared for the stage.”

Joe Machi: “It’s the fellowship and penis jokes.”

Matt Jenkins: “Networking with other comics.”

DF Sweedler: “I love when Chris Rock stops by right before my spot.”

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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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Lobby Life!

The Comic Strip Live! has been known by comedians and comedy fans alike for having one of the most welcoming and fun lobbies in town. Comics will come early to hang out and see friends and stay late talking with other comics and fans and work-shopping ideas. Many of the industry brightest stars will stop by, simply to spend some time in the lobby because they feel it helps open up their creativity.


Al Ducharme and Tom Cotter relax by the bar after their sets.


DF Sweedler, Bernadette Pauley, Tom-E, Stan Stankos, Tom Van Horn, and Mike p. Burton discuss the ins and out of comedy life. And basketball.


Christ Korz, Matt Jenkins and Joe Machi prepare material for Late Night, the industry’s premier comedian development program, weeknights after the main show.


Nick Swardson stops in to see one of his original comedy teachers, Gladys Simon.

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