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 Ten Legendary Comedy Clubs: Their heydays and who they helped launch into Pop Culture fame

Budd Friedman, founder of the Improv, onstage at the club which opened near Times Square in 1963.

(photo from the New York Daily News Archive)

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Jerry Seinfeld performing at The Gotham Comedy Club, located at 208 West 23rd Street near Eighth Avenue in Chelsea.

Caroline's comedy club, which began in the South Street Seaport in the 1980's is now in Times Square.


The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff, 2015, Grove Press, New York

The Last Laugh by Phil Berger, 2000, Cooper Square Press, New York

Comedy At The Edge: How Stand-Up In the 1970's Changed America, Richard Zoglin, 2008, Bloomsbury USA, New York

Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of he 1950's and 1960s, Gerald Nachman, 2003, Pantheon Books, New York

The Ultimate book of NYC Lists, Burt Sugar, 2009, Skyhorse Publishing, New York

Interview with Campbell MacLaren, former NYC nightclub owner and booker; now founder/CEO of Combate Americas