• Eddie Murphy’s former manager, groundbreaking comedy club owner dead at 73

    The comedy world lost a key player from the early days of New York City stand-up. One of the co-founders of the infamous Comic Strip Live, Robert Wachs, died from pancreatic cancer last week at the age of 73. Wachs co-founded “the Strip,” as it is commonly called, with Richard Tienken and John McGowan in 1975 where Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and many others got much of their

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    Louis C.K. works out material for his new special at the Comic Strip (Photo)

    I think it was Chris Rock who told me during an interview I did with him for the book on the history of The Comic Strip — and I’m paraphrasing here — that a comedy club to a comic is like a gym to an athlete. You go to a comedy club to work out. That’s where you try out new stuff– if it’s a “safe room!” Most comics don’t

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    Judah Friedlander video: "I turned down so many sitcom auditions"

    Comedy journalist and Punchline Magazine contributor Jeffrey Gurian has been hard at work interviewing comedian subjects for his book, a history of the famous Comic Strip Live comedy club in New York City. He’s already banked more than 25 interviews, including chats with Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano and Chris Rock. In the below video, we see Jeffrey and Comic Strip owner Richie Tienken chatting with 30 Rock star and veteran

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    Comedy Matters with Bobby Lee, Jeffrey Ross and more

    CHRIS ROCK STEPS UP In 1986, Chris Rock was discovered at the Comic Strip by owner Richie Tienken and Eddie Murphy. The story goes that Chris was setting up chairs and cleaning up in exchange for stage time, in a deal he made with Lucien Hold, the legendary manager of the club. One night Eddie Murphy came in to see Tienken, who was his manager for 11 years, and asked

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