Day: May 28, 2015

[Sponsored Post] Watch, rent, buy: “EAT, DRINK, LAUGH: The Story of The Comic Strip”

The Comic Strip on New York City’s Upper East Side opened for business 39 years ago this coming Monday: June 1, 1976. From the start, the stand-up comedy club was a launching pad for some stellar careers, including Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano and Chris Rock. Many more came through those doors, begging Lucien Hold to “pass” them as Comic Strip regulars or asking owner Richie Tienken to manage them. You could read a whole book of memories from the comics who played the Strip. And now you can watch a 75-minute documentary reliving the greats and their...

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May 27, 1982: Todd Barry’s teenage debut on Late Night with David Letterman

On this day in 1982, the first year of David Letterman’s 33-year run in late-night television, Todd Barry already was a man with a plan for his comedy career. Or as Letterman introduced him: “Todd Barry. Apparently a man with a lot of time on his hands.” That’s because he wrote a letter to NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman, which the host read on-air as part of the “Viewer Mail” segment, boasting about his Paul Shaffer impersonation. Even if 18-year-old Barry couldn’t spell Shaffer’s name correctly then, and also more importantly, gave himself the nickname “Razz” to go...

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