The Improv – An Oral History Of The Comedy Club That Revolutionized Stand-Up
epub | 8.37 MB | English | Isbn:B06Y1TBDYH |
Author: Budd Friedman | PAge: 386 | Year: 2017
It’s no joke to say that our world would be a lot less funny without Budd Friedman!
In 1963, thirty-year-old Friedman-who had recently quit his job as a Boston advertising executive and returned to his hometown of New York to become a theatrical producer-opened a coffee house for Broadway performers called the Improvisation. His goal? Simply to make a living, and if all went according to plan, to also make enough professional contacts to be able to mount his first Broadway show within a year’s time.
Later shortened to the Improv, its first West 44th Street location in a seedy section of Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen had previously been a Vietnamese restaurant. Initially attracting the likes of Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Albert Finney, Christopher Plummer and Jason Robards, as well as a couple of then-unknowns named Dustin Hoffman and Bette Midler, Friedman’s new venture was an instant hit.
But while it drew near capacity crowds…
Category:Historical Essays, Historical Essays, Biographies of Comedians