Celebrities Larry David, Jay Leno, and Kathy Griffin Celebrate 60 Years of Improv Comedy
Celebrities Larry David, Jay...
Subscribe to Newsletter

Celebrities Larry David, Jay Leno, and Kathy Griffin Celebrate 60 Years of Improv Comedy

9 November 2023
3727
2 min.
16
Celebrities Larry David, Jay Leno, and Kathy Griffin Celebrate 60 Years of Improv Comedy

Laughing Through the Decades

In 1963, late Budd Friedman transformed a former Vietnamese restaurant on 45th Street and 9th Avenue into New York's 50-seat Improvisation. A haven for Broadway performers post-curtain call, it quickly became iconic. Judy Garland, Bette Midler, and more frequented it. The bare brick wall saw David Astor's comedic debut, heralding a new era for stand-up.

Fast forward 60 years, and the Improv boasts over 20 locations across the U.S. The Hollywood Improv celebrated its 60th anniversary, drawing comedy legends like Jay Leno, Kathy Griffin, and Larry David. The Netflix premiere of "Improv: 60 Still Standing" coincided, featuring diverse talents like Fortune Feimster and Bert Kreischer.

Zoe Friedman, Budd's daughter, produced the special, marking a poignant moment a year after his passing. The Improv, where Zoe practically grew up, holds sentimental value. Jay Leno recalled sleeping in his car after performances, and Kathy Griffin praised the tough but fair atmosphere. Adam Devine reminisced about his first job as the club's door host.

Fortune Feimster, after 17 years in comedy, expressed pride in standing alongside her peers. Judi Marmel, co-founder of Levity Live, highlighted the comedy renaissance and the legacy of the Improv. The rise of internet-driven comedy was contrasted by Trevor Wallace, emphasizing the irreplaceable power of live performances.

Comedian Andrew Santino noted the current scene's uplifted and less competitive nature compared to the past. Bert Kreischer, emotionally connecting to the Improv, likened it to a bloodline. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham credited the Improv for honing his skills, while Iliza Shlesinger, performing there since 21, called it her true comedy home.

Comedian Fahim Anwar described the Improv as a gymnasium for stand-ups, a sandbox for professional growth. Ron Funches cherished his picture hanging next to comedy greats, recalling the supportive atmosphere, even during unusual moments. Larry David, in a classic "Curb Your Enthusiasm" moment, added a mischievous end to a memorable Hollywood night at the Improv, echoing the many special nights before it.

Persons15 and Companies1 in the news

American comedian
1 place
American stand-up comedian
2 place
American comedian
3 place
American actor and comedian
4 place
American actor
5 place
American actor
6 place
American stand-up comedian
7 place
American writer
8 place
Stand-up comedian
9 place
American comedian and actress
10 place
American television host
11 place
English newspaper publisher
12 place
American actress
13 place
American actress
14 place
American comedian
15 place
Netflix
1 place
Section:

NEW YORK NEWS

News from GlobalNY.biz is the freshest and most relevant information about high-profile events in the region. The task of the resource's news feed is to convey to readers with maximum accuracy and objectivity information about important events in business, politics, economy, healthcare, culture and other spheres of life in New York.
GlobalNY.biz news is a coverage of economic processes taking place in New York, the latest news of public life, incidents and an overview of political events. New York news is information about the activities of small and medium-sized businesses, the work of housing and communal services and utilities, the implementation of significant projects.
The site's journalists describe not only the life of the region, but also talk about the current state of the US economy. Everything you need to know about innovations in the field of industry and agriculture, economy and power is collected in the "News" section at GlobalNY.biz.
New York news quickly informs the reader, shows the real picture and opens up hot topics. Communication with government structures and business enables us to provide our readers with reliable, information-rich material. The main page of the portal contains the key news of New York!
Alena Potapova

Development Director
Population
8124996793
Died this year
22721023
Born this year
55897738