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Marina Franklin Honored on 50 Funniest New Yorkers List!

Comic Strip Live! favorite Marina Franklin received an incredible honor this week when Time Out New York listed her as one of the 50 Funniest New Yorkers!

Marina joins such comedy icons as Woody Allen, David Letterman, The Coen Brothers, Tina Fey and Jon Stewart. The short list also includes Comic Strip alums Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Quinn and more. Check out the entire list here!


Franklin, who has appeared on NBC’s The Jay Leno Show and Last Comic Standing, CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Kings of Comedy and Premium Blend is one of the most respected and talented comedians in the city. She performs regularly at the Comic Strip.

Congratulations Marina!

To find out when you can see Marina next, keep an eye on our website.

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It’s Been a Big Year for Comic Strip Comedians!

2011, we are sure going to be missing you!

This last year brought great successes to so many of our comedians! All through-out the month of December, we are going to be looking back at some of the years biggest moments! From some finally getting that big late night TV spot, to being selected (and then winning!) major comedy festivals, to others finally breaking through and gaining the industry acceptance they so long have deserved, 2011 has been a year not to forget.

To kick things off, lets take it back just a few months to August 24th, when Comic Strip Live! favorite Marina Franklin made her first appearance on CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. It was a set not to miss and a night not to forget!


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Three Great Shows Tonight!

At the Comic Strip Live!, we never put on small shows, but this weekend, we have particularly HUGE ones! Both Friday and Saturday night, or 8:30, 10:30 and 12:30am shows are jam-packed with talent!

Shows include the comedy of Paul Mecurio!  David Baker!  Marina Franklin!  William Stephenson! Brian Scott McFadden!  Sherrod Small!  Mike Britt!  Adam Cozens!  Dustin Chaffin! Big Jay Oakerson! and more!


Emmy Award Winning writer for The Daily Show Paul Mecurio will be closing out both out 8:30 and 10:30pm shows on Friday

To make a reservation call (212) 861-9386

See you tonight!

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Marina Franklin performs on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson!


Last night, Comic Strip Live! regular Marina Franklin performed on CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson!” Marina is a long-time favorite at the Comic Strip who proudly calls the Strip her home club. A Chicago native, Marina comically shares stories of her life, relationships and living in a 2011 Harlem in her set.

Check it out!

Congratulations Marina! If you would like to catch Marina live, and we highly recommended that you do, be sure to find out when she can be found on our stage by taking a look at our schedule.

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Marina Franklin to be featured in Essence Magazine


Comic Strip Live! favorite Marina Franklin reported on her Twitter yesterday that she is going to be featured in the September issue of Essence Magazine!

Founded in 1968, Essence is a monthly magazine aimed at African-American women between the ages of 18 and 49 circulation of 1.1 million copies a month. That’s right, 1.1 MILLION! That is a lot of eyes!  Congrats Marina!

Originally from Chicago, Marina is a regular all throughout the city and one of our favorites here at the Comic Strip. Recently featured on NBC’s The Jay Leno Show and NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Marina is one of the stars of the recently released Comedy Central special The Awkward Kings of Comedy.

To find out when you can see Marina next at the Comic Strip, be sure to keep your eyes on our schedule!

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Comic Strip Live invades Aspen!


At this years Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival, many comedians who call the Comic Strip Live! home be in attendance. But two of the performers poised to make the most impact are club favorites Brian Scott McFadden and Jermaine Fowler.

Both McFadden and Fowler received invitations to attend the festival located in scenic Aspen, Colorado and will be performing in a wide range of shows throughout the four day festival.  Jermaine Fowler will be hosting one of the nationally star-studded evening programs as well as performing a set at neighboring Steebs Comedy Club.  Fowler already has been awarded one of the festival’s “Silver Nails” recognizing achievement in America’s best emerging underground comedy talent.


McFadden will perform throughout the festival as a feature attraction and will most definitely be garnering attention after his recent breakout year which has already included appearances on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

In addition, club owner Robert Wachs will be on hand to present during a panel discussion on what it takes to make it from the comedy stage to the big screen. This topic is of constant discussion amongst those in the comedy community and Wachs expertise on the matter will certainly cause this event to be one of the big attractions of the festival.

And just when you didn’t think there could be any more, this years Rooftop Comedy Festival will also be the home of the debut of a new trailer for the documentary chronicling the history of the Comic Strip: Eat, Drink, Laugh.

Other notes of interest: club favorite Marina Franklin has been nominated for the festival’s Golden Shingle, which recognizes the most outstanding rising stand up comedy star.

The festival takes place June 9-13th in beautiful Aspen, Colorado.

To see Jermaine, Brian or Marina at the Comic Strip, be sure to keep an eye on our full schedule over at ComicStripLive.Com

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My Funny Valentine’s Day!!!

Do you like love? Comedy? Sunday evenings? Well, then you are in luck!


Valentine’s Day night! 2 shows! 7:00pm and 9:00pm! The best comedians in New York come together to wish you (and if you want, a loved one or two) a very special Valentine’s Day!

Ray Ellin hosts two laughter-packed shows featuring  Marina Franklin!    Sherrod Small!    Brian Scott McFadden!    Kevin Brennan!


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Question of the Night: 01/24/010

We’re back with another Question of the Night, a Sunday tradition here at the World Famous Comic Strip Live blog.

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to become a comic, and it requires a lot of stamina to perform every night.  But at least it’s a job that each of our performers loves.  What’s really difficult is to go to the jobs that aren’t fun (and where you don’t get applause at the end).  So in honor of those gigs, tonight we’re asking:

Q: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?


Barry Weintraub

Telemarketing– it lasted about 2 days.

Kyle Grooms

Burger King, but it wasn’t that bad.

Pat Dixon

Stand-up Comedy– no joke!

Kevin Brennan

A busboy in Los Angeles (at a Rain Man age time in life that is way past the appropriate age for busboys).

Brian McFadden

It’s a tie between the airplane parts factory and the marketing for a basement waterproofing company.

Mike Vecchione

It would be the Car Wash except for the year he spent teaching kids with emotional problems in a wealthy Philadelphia suburb.

Warren Holstein

Orange Julius

Lenny Marcus

Tech department for EDS on Wall St: the longest year of his life.

Jon Fisch

Pouring beers at a ski lodge before he’d ever had one and subsequently getting a lot of complaints because of the excessive foam.

Thanks for stopping by Eighty-Second & 2nd.  Come back next week when we ask another Question of the Night.  Or better yet, come in to the Club and see these acts live on stage.

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