An Evening at the Improv

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America's longest running comedy television series and the originator of the stand up comedy television genre. An Evening at the Improv is a season ticket to see the brightest and funniest entertainers before they were famous, from the club that introduced a generation of new stars to stage, screen and television.
Directors
Thomas V. GrassoMark Lonow
Starring
Mr. TTim AllenGeorge Lopez
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Sarah Purcell, Chris Raine, Glenn Super and more
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    December 30, 1989
    48min
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    Hosted by Sarah Purcell and featuring comedians: Hiram Kasten, Billiam Cornell, Chris Raine, Glenn Super, and Carrie Snow. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  2. 2. Mr. T, Anthony Griffen, Vic Dunlop and more
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    January 6, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Mr. T and featuring comedians: George Lopez, Jeff Dunham, Tommy Blaze, Anthony Griffen, and Vic Dunlop. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  3. 3. Steve Allen, Chuck Martin, Joe Bolster and more
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    January 13, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Steve Allen and featuring comedians: Chuck Martin, Tim Allen, Tom Dreeson, Tony Hayes, and Joe Bolster . Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  4. 4. Ernie Hudson, Mike Reynolds, Hugh Fink and more
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    January 20, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Ernie Hudson and featuring comedians: Mike Reynolds, Hugh Fink, Peter Fogel, Tom Wilson, and Bobby Slayton. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  5. 5. Dick Cavett, Brad Turner, Brian Haley and more
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    January 27, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Dick Cavett and featuring comedians: Steve Bruner, Brad Turner, Rhonda Hansome, Brian Haley, and Don Gavin . Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  6. 6. Andrea Martin, Peter Pitofsky, Adam Sandler and more
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    February 3, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Andrea Martin and featuring comedians: Peter Pitofsky, Dana Gould, Adam Sandler, Rick Aviles, and Geoff Bolt. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  7. 7. Ken Kercheval, Monty Hoffman, Howie Gold and more
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    February 10, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Ken Kercheval and featuring comedians: Derrick Cameron, Jack Cohen, Monty Hoffman, Howie Gold, and Bill Engvall . Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  8. 8. Stephen Furst, Dan Chopin, Evan Davis and more
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    February 17, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Stephen Furst and featuring comedians: Dan Chopin, Tom Curely, Diane Nichols, Evan Davis, and Jeff Cesario. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  9. 9. Dave Coulier, A.J. Jamal, Jack Gallagher and more
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    February 24, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Dave Coulier and featuring comedians: A.J. Jamal, Bobby Kosser, Mike Binder, Drake Sather, and Jack Gallagher. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  10. 10. Robert Wuhl, Mike Guido, Glenn Super and more
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    March 3, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Robert Wuhl and featuring comedians: Jeff Mills, Mike Guido, Bobby Collins, Glenn Super, and Warren Thomas. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  11. 11. Amanda Plummer, Al Clethan Jr., Mark Eubanks and more
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    March 10, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Amanda Plummer and featuring comedians: Joe Yannetty, Dan St. Paul, Al Clethan Jr., Mark Eubanks, and Chance Langton. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  12. 12. Debbie Allen, David Wood, Mark Roberts and more
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    March 17, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Debbie Allen and featuring comedians: Tim Bedore, David Wood, Paul Mooney, Mark Roberts, and Jimmy Aleck. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  13. 13. Mary Frann, Chaz Elsner, Howard Busgang and more
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    March 24, 1990
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    Hosted by Mary Frann and featuring comedians: Chaz Elsner, Bill Fox, Dale Ganiegh, Howard Busgang, and Mark Schiff. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  14. 14. Lyle Alzado, Bruce Baum, Jeff Marder and more
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    March 31, 1990
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    Hosted by Lyle Alzado and featuring comedians: Milt Abel, Bruce Baum, Mark Curry, Jeff Marder, and Bill Rafferty. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  15. 15. Glynn Turman, Steve McGrew, J.J. Wall and more
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    April 7, 1990
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    Hosted by Glynn Turman and featuring comedians: Steve McGrew, Steve Driscoll, Joey Villa, Jordan Brady, and J.J. Wall. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  16. 16. Mark Price, Mario Joyner, Rick Rockwell and more
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    April 14, 1990
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    Hosted by Mark Price and featuring comedians: Brad Karens, Mario Joyner, Ed Yeager, Rick Rockwell, and Tom Kenny. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  17. 17. Joyce Brothers, Mike Langworthy, Greg Travis and more
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    April 21, 1990
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    Hosted by Joyce Brothers and featuring comedians: Mike Langworthy, Stevie Ray Fromstein, Henry Cho, Fred Wolfe, and Greg Travis. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  18. 18. Rick Dees, Tony Edwards, Ed Jackman and more
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    April 28, 1990
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    Hosted by Rick Dees and featuring comedians: Craig Shoemaker, Tony Edwards, Ed Jackman, Jeff Jena, and Franklyn Ajaye. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  19. 19. Greg Evigan, Glenn Hirsch, Greg Otto and more
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    May 5, 1990
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    Hosted by Greg Evigan and featuring comedians: John McDonald, Glenn Hirsch, Wayne Federman, Greg Otto, and Carrie Snow. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  20. 20. Mariette Hartley, Jack Mayberry, Rick Overton and more
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    May 12, 1990
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    Hosted by Mariette Hartley and featuring comedians: Lou DiMaggio, Jack Mayberry, Rick Corso, Sue Murphy, and Rick Overton. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  21. 21. Tom Wopat, Pat Bullard, J. Anthony Brown and more
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    May 19, 1990
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    Hosted by Tom Wopat and featuring comedians: Dave Anderson, Pat Bullard, Peter Gaulke, Jeff Garlin, and J. Anthony Brown. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  22. 22. Patti D'Arbanville, Pam Stone, Brad Garrett and more
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    May 26, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by Patti D'Arbanville and featuring comedians: Jerry Swallow, Pam Stone, Andy Bumatai, Steve Shaffer, and Brad Garrett. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  23. 23. Malcolm Jamal Warner, Willie Randolph, Allan Murray and more
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    June 2, 1990
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    Hosted by Malcolm Jamal Warner and featuring comedians: Bob Worley, Monica Piper, Willie Randolph, Allan Murray, and Ron Lucas. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  24. 24. Lou Rawls, Spanky, Kevin Rooney and more
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    June 9, 1990
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    Hosted by Lou Rawls and featuring comedians: Joey Kola, Bob Zany, Cathy Ladman, Spanky, and Kevin Rooney. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  25. 25. Herb Alpert, Anita Wise, Max Alexander and more
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    June 16, 1990
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    Hosted by Herb Alpert and featuring comedians: Mark Pitta, Anita Wise, Vic Henley, Rondell Sheridan, and Max Alexander. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
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C. LeBlancReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
The more things change, the more they're the same
80% of the hosts are terrible and unfunny. 100% of all "filler skits" are entirely unfunny. Barely 50% of the "comedians" are actual comedians (i.e., jugglers and impressionists, making up the bulk of those who were not). The overwhelming majority of musical guests are even worse and more unknown (most being local L.A. bands with zero hits, let alone talent), with the very rare exception of appearances like "Alabama" (who were, albeit, brand new at the time they appeared)... or guys like John Sebastian who showed up to merely to try and liven up their career, or try something "experimental" that they knew wouldn't fly anywhere else outside of a comedy club.

If you're still interested in watching this, for the few, known, up-and-coming comedians you will recognize and/or like, they're sadly often just as disappointing as the rest who never made a name for themselves (due to, you know, not being funny).

And if you're still interested in watching, just know, hack-comedians always draw from "bankable laughs" which is beyond tedious and so incredibly horrid to listen to ad-nauseam (as in: enough already, write some actual material that will appeal to more than just the 50 leftist nuts in the L.A. bar you're performing in front of -- clearly most of them didn't realize it's televised for a national audience, and sorry; but outside of the leftist L.A. and N.Y. nuts, no one wants to hear a bunch of political rants/opinions from people who barely grasp the simplest of political concepts, regardless of how you vote or "identify".)
That said -- The more things change, the more they stay the same. Jimmy Carter: absolute disaster of a President... Ronald Regan: decidedly not -- and this is not my "opinion", this is unbiased historical fact. Yet, all you will hear is how terrible, stupid, and inept Regan is (particularly on economics and foreign policy), while they pine away for Carter -- despite reality being the complete opposite.

Also, I was thoroughly disappointed with Richard Lewis, in particular, but some other well-known/successful "Names" as well -- Yes, early in their career; but not so early that the performances here could be justifiably excused away. I honestly don't think I laughed a single time, during any of R.Lewis' sets (of which there are many in the first few seasons I've seen thus far) -- Anyway -- Given his level of notoriety and success going back as far as I can remember -- Just, wow, after seeing this, cannot imagine how he ever became famous, let alone kept booking return spots on the show... though... I'd still prefer his neurotic weird unfunny jokes over some stupid juggler or lame impressionist, so, I guess that explains his repeat appearances.

Oh, and I nearly forgot: "Mr. Bud Freidman" or whatever his name is... Slimiest sleazeball that just oozes an "Ick-Factor" of ten. Wow. Seriously? You're a freaking club/bar owner dude -- You don't "Discover" these comedians and they did NOT get famous because you gave them time on your stage (in N.Y. or wherever!) -- THEY, however, made YOU rich and famous, while you demanded they pay some sort or fidelity to you by thanking you for THEIR success. It's just truly sickening to listen to that man, as he epitomizes the "You can't do it yourself" Leftist mentality... which is so Anti-American it's disturbing to listen to. (Seriously, Bud, they would have become just as famous and successful, applying their trade ON THE STREET OR IN PARKS... you merely provided a building, and sound equipment, so that you could make money charging admission to their performance while selling people food/drinks in the process. You, sir, are truly pathetic and beyond delusional, if you imagined yourself playing a larger role than that in their success.)

PS: If you've never seen Bob Geldof perform (outside of "Pink Floyd's The Wall (movie)" you can find his band, "The Boomtown Rats" in Season 2, Episode 18... I knew he was an actual singer/performer and that contributed to him getting that role; but if you're hoping to be impressed, don't hold your breath -- just, more of an "Easter egg" type of thing.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not as bad as the reviews say.
I'm surprise this has such a low rating. Compared to comedians today, these guys are much funnier because they actually have to have good material vs comedians now who just throw out F bombs left and right and talk about crude things like who they F last night. But then again, I guess that's what people consider funny these days. Sad really.
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Butterflymom54Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Just...Don't!
Waiting for my wash to get finished. Stumbled across this. It only took a few minutes for me to remember why I left this stuff long ago. I truly think one has to be young with no standards or values, drunk or high to see these people as funny. I pass! :(
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Robert P. JonesReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Totally False Advertising: not the cast depicted, OR listed.
Okay, right off the bat, I was looking for something else, which was not available on Prime. This program, has a graphic showing 3 performers, and a cast listing 4 others, NONE of whom appear in the program that plays.

Amazon Prime is beginning to feel like paying for VIP reservations in a restaurant, and upon arrival, being led to the alley outside, and offered leftovers from previous diners...

I was required to select a star to submit review: should be, negative 2 stars.
lightingalReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
George Kanter rules!
I ran in this episode for George Kanter and I was not disappointed!
IIIReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Boring! Boring! Boring!
Boring. I skipped around and watched a couple of different episodes. The live crowd wasn't even laughing. Too boring for me.
AshleyReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's great to have the option to buy one episode or an entire season.
Paid for just 1 episode, to see a set from a specific comedian.
Chip C.Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
dvv dvv
HEEY ITS VOSCHH, aw thu'm.
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