For comedians, new book proves the Comic Strip is tops! INTERVIEW

Today’s Guest: Comedian Jeffrey Gurian, co-author with Richie Tienken of Make ‘Em Laugh: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time!

 

Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with comedian Jeffrey Gurian, co-author with Richie Tienken of Make ‘Em Laugh: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time!, by clicking on the video player above!

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of people who passed Lucien Hold’s audition and still break into a cold sweat thinking about how stressful it was… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

Make 'Em Laugh: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, by Jeffrey Gurian, Mr. Media Interviews

Order ‘Make ‘Em Laugh: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time!’ by Jeffrey Gurian and Richie Tienken, available in print or e-book from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

There are a lot of legendary comedy clubs in America and they come with equally colorful founders: Budd Friedman and the Improv; Mitzi Shore and the Comedy Store; Rick Newman and Catch A Rising Star; Caroline Hirsch and Caroline’s on Broadway; and Richie Tienken and the Comic Strip.

They all have their own crop of talented standup comedians devoted to one over the other and one of them, The Comic Strip, now has a book devoted to lionizing its greatness.

JEFFREY GURIAN podcast excerpt: “(The Comic Strip co-founder) Richie Tienken started going to Catch A Rising Star every night and he saw the place was always packed. So he thought to himself, ‘Hey, there’s probably room for another club.'”

You can LISTEN to this interview with comedian JEFFREY GURIAN, co-author with Richie Tienken of MAKE ‘EM LAUGH:35 YEARS OF THE COMIC STRIP, THE GREATEST COMEDY CLUB OF ALL TIME!, by clicking the audio player above!

In Make ‘Em Laugh: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time!, comedian, comedy journalist and Sirius/XM host of “Comedy Matters” Jeffrey Gurian and Comic Strip co-founder Richie Tienken interview dozens of comedians about their experiences and memories of the long-running club.

Some, such as Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, are reverent about the joint; others – okay, just Gilbert Gottfried is kind of a jerk about the place. But he’s Gilbert Gottfried, so I’m not sure what else to expect.

The only voice noticeably missing from this oral history is Eddie Murphy, who got his start at The Comic Strip and was managed for many years by Tienken. The issue isn’t addressed, but it seems likely there are still some rough feelings simmering beneath the surface.

JEFFEY GURIAN podcast excerpt: “Things went down that weren’t comfortable for Eddie Murphy. People who were close to him told me that he doesn’t like to discuss his past. We would have loved to have him in the book; he was like a son to Richie Tienken. They were together many years, but it’s public knowledge that he fired Richie. But Richie took him from his days on ‘Saturday Night Live’ through ‘Beverly Hills Cop.’ That’s how Chris Rock — who wrote the introduction to ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’ — got started. It was Eddie that discovered Chris at the Comic Strip in 1986.”

Filthy, Funny, and Totaly Offensive by Jeffrey Gurian,  Mr. Media Interviews

Order ‘ Filthy, Funny, and Totally Offensive’ by Jeffrey Gurian, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

But even without Murphy, Make ‘Em Laugh is packed from start to finish with history, laughs, and more than a few nervous moments – usually recalled by the comedians in regard to their efforts to be “passed” by the club’s late manager Lucien Hold.

If you love comedy and enjoy the rare moments when comics such as Lisa Lampanelli, Ray Romano, George Wallace, Billy Crystal, Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling from the “Howard Stern Show,” Susie Essman from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Daily Show”’s Lewis Black, and Jim Breuer, take off the mask and talk about things that really matter, you’ll enjoy reading Make ‘Em Laugh.

JEFFREY GURIAN podcast excerpt: “Comedy is a very solo business. You’re on stage alone. You write alone. People do improv in groups, but comedy, per se, is alone. You’re going on stage alone, in front of strangers, trying to convince them that what you think is funny is actually funny. But there was a camaraderie at the Comic Strip, especially in the early days, because there were very few comedy clubs then. Now there are probably 18 club in Manhattan alone. In those days, the comics banded together and Richie Tienken was a nurturing force.”

Joining me today to talk about his book is co-author Jeffrey Gurian. Gurian is a man of many hats, including comedian and host of “Comedy Matters” on Sirius/XM. He also is a regular every Monday with Sirius/XM’s “Ron & Fez,” talking about the world of comedy.

Jeffrey Gurian WebsiteBlogFacebookTwitterYouTubeGoogle+Order Make ‘Em Laugh from Amazon.com



 


The Party AuthorityThe Party Authority in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland!

About Mr. Media® Interviews-Bob Andelman

Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 15 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).