The Comic Strip Live located in New York City on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has a book dedicated to its history. The book, Make ‘Em Laugh: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time!, was written by comedian scribe Jeffrey Gurian and Comic Strip owner Richie Tienken.
The Comic Strip is known as the beginning for many of today’s iconic comedians like Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Louis C.K., Jon Stewart, Eddie Murphy, and Sarah Silverman. The book is full of interviews with these comedians, including Rock’s explanation that comedy clubs are like colleges for comedians, according to LaughSpin.
“Catch was Yale, and the Strip was Illinois State University, Urbana. Catch was stressful, like you were always on the verge of being expelled if you didn’t keep up your grades,” Rock said. ”The Strip was laid back. If you put in the work and studied, you would do well. But if you blew off a term smoking pot, it didn’t go on your permanent record.”
LaughSpin reported that Make ‘Em Laugh paints a picture of the club and the comedians that performed there. One event shared in the book is how Jerry Seinfeld graduated from Queens College because he convinced the school to allow him to do a 12-credit independent study in stand-up comedy.
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