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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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Question of the Night (08/09/09)

With such a fantastic line-up tonight here at the World Famous Comic Strip Live, this week’s Question of the Night focuses on the comics who inspired our stars before they were on-stage, when they were comedy fans just like you and me.

Q: Who was your first-ever favorite comedian?


Host, Vic Henley

Richard Pryor

Andy Pitz

George Carlin and Rodney Dangerfield

Dustin Ybarra

Pablo Francisco

Christian Finnegan

Steve Martin

Jermaine Fowler

The Animaniacs and Rocco from Rocco’s Modern Life

Jon Fisch

Dennis Wolfberg

Don Jamieson

George Carlin

Ryan Reiss

Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy

Lenny Marcus

Jerry Seinfeld

Come see the long-lasting effects of the great comedians of the past on these great comics of today at 8:00 at the Comic Strip Live!  And stick around for some of tomorrow’s stars with Late Night @ CSL after the show!

Photos posted with permission.

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Comic Strip Live Alumni on the Big Screen!

This Friday, former stand-up comedian, now film producer Judd Apatow will release the third film that he has both written and directed, FUNNY PEOPLE.  The comedy follows two stand-up comedians, one in the waning days of a once-vibrant career, and another whose star is just beginning to shine. Starring an eclectic cast featuring the talents of Seth Rogan, Eric Bana, Leslie Mann, Jason Schwartzman, the RZA and Jonah Hill, FUNNY PEOPLE’s starring role belongs to a long-time friend of the Comic Strip Live, Mr. Adam Sandler.


A Brooklyn native, Sandler started at the Comic Strip in the late 80’s performing alongside the likes of Chris Rock, Kevin Nealon and other future industry stars as part of the clubs now legendary “Late Night” roster, where hungry young comics sign up early in the evening in the hope of getting on stage at the end of the night. Sandler has since gone on to become one of the biggest drawing comedic talents and most in-demand actors in the world. But it all started at the Strip.

The film also features many more hilarious Comic Strip alumni including Dave Attell, Sarah Silverman, Wayne Federman, Ray Romano, Paul Reiser, Orny Adams, Al Lubel, George Wallace, Mark Schiff, Carol Leifer, and Aziz Ansari, who’s character “Raaaaaaaandy” is becoming a fast-rising internet sensation.

This is not the Comic Strip’s first association with a major motion picture centered around the topic of stand-up comedy. In 1988, Tom Hanks would frequently stop by the club to practice his stand-up chops as he worked out material for the hit film PUNCHLINE, in which he played a young struggling stand-up comedian.

With so many stars born at the club, you can’t afford to miss a single night at the Comic Strip Live. Visit our website to make a reservation.

FUNNY PEOPLE opens this Friday, July 31st. Knock ’em dead, Adam!

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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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