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ABOUT Make 'Em Laugh

Once in a lifetime a venue comes along that changes show business dramatically, that fosters growth and camaraderie, experimentation and freedom. The Comic Strip is one of those places, and Make 'Em Laugh 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 in order to paint an all-encompassing, behind-the-scenes history of this iconic club.

You are sure to learn a little history while laughing out loud as over thirty comedians share their fondest (and funniest) memories of this iconic club. Inside, you'll find interviews with seasoned and up-and-coming comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Crystal, Judah Friedlander, Ray Romano, Lisa Lampanelli, George Wallace, Gilbert Gottfried, Lewis Black, Susie Essman, Colin Quinn, Tony Rock, Jim Gaffigan, and many more! Also included are rare photos from the Comic Strip archives and straight from the walls of the club itself!

So enter the doors of the Comic Strip, find a seat near the stage, and prepare to experience the wonder of one of the longest-running clubs in America. If you love comedy, you will want this book in your library.

Jeffrey Gurian Looks Back at The Comic Strip

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Here’s Dave Chappelle reading the new book Make ‘Em Laugh, an oral history of The Comic Strip with an intro by Chris Rock and interviews with a ton of comics, like Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Lewis Black, Jim Gaffigan and Jeffrey Ross.


World famous Comic Strip gets the book treatment in
‘Make ‘Em Laugh’

by Dylan P. Gadino

If you consider yourself a comedy nerd in any capacity, next time you visit New York City, you’ll need to drop by the legendary Comic Strip Live, which sits proudly on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It’s where a seemingly countless number of iconic comedians got their start...

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Comedian Secrets Revealed! Behind-the-scenes stories of Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, and more before they were stars


The Comic Strip is the most famous comedy club in New York City. Since opening its doors in 1976, the laugh lab has launched the careers of Jerry Seinfeld, Lisa Lampanelli, Ray Romano, Jim Gaffigan and Gilbert Gottfried, just to name a few. Now, a new book by longtime comedy writer Jeffrey Gurian is revealing some funny behind the scenes stories...

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Make ‘Em Laugh by Jeffrey Gurian and Richie Tienken

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If you were a working or aspiring stand-up comic in New York City about 30 years ago, there were three major comedy clubs where you plied your trade in order to make it in the world of comedy: the Improv, Catch A Rising Star and the Comic Strip.

In his introduction to Jeffrey Gurian and Richie Tienkin’s book that recounts the 35-year history of the Comic Strip, “Make ‘Em Laugh”, comedian Chris Rock writes that comedy clubs in New York City about 30 years ago were like colleges for aspiring comics...