Make 'Em Laugh: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time!

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Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., Dec 18, 2012 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
This behind-the-scenes history of the legendary New York City club includes interviews with many top standup comedians.
The Comic Strip on New York’s Second Avenue is a historic landmark as a comedy showcase, and generations of standup comedians have cherished it as a venue that fosters growth and camaraderie, experimentation and freedom. This is an inside look at how it all happened, straight from the mouths of the stars who built their careers on its stage. Owner Richie Tienken and a wealth of comics open their hearts and souls to share their most intimate memories—the laughs and tears, the good times and the bad—painting a lively picture of this iconic club.
With an introduction by Chris Rock, Make ’Em Laugh also includes reminiscences from:
• Jerry Seinfeld • Gilbert Gottfried • Paul Reiser • Lisa Lampanelli • George Wallace • Billy Crystal • Jim Breuer • Susie Essman • Lewis Black • Ray Romano • Jim Gaffigan • Judah Friedlander • Colin Quinn • and many more

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MAKE 'EM LAUGH: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time!

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Brief, repetitive interviews with comedians recalling the club that gave them their starts.Consider this a vanity project commemorating the 35th year of the Comic Strip in Manhattan (a milestone it ... Read full review

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Jeffrey Gurian is a comedy writer, performer, director, author, producer, doctor, and healer. He's written material for comedy legends such as Rodney Dangerfield, Jerry Lewis, Phil Hartman, Richard Belzer, George Wallace, and Joan Rivers. He's also written for MTV, National Lampoon, Weekly World News, and many Friars Club Roasts. In 1999, he launched Comedy Matters, a celeb-based, online entertainment column that now has evolved into Comedy Matters TV, an internet TV channel with over 150 A-list celebrity interviews. He currently teaches an online comedy class for the Learning Annex. You can read more at And you can reach Jeffrey on Twitter at @jeffreygurian.

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