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
James Earl JonesWilliam ShatnerAdam Sandler
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. James Earl Jones, Steve Iott, Randy Kagan, and more!
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    December 29, 1990
    48min
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    Hosted by James Earl Jones and featuring comedians: Steve Iott, Randy Kagan, Pam Matteson, Charlie Weiner, and Harry Basil. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  2. 2. Diane Ladd, Chris Alpine, Howard Allen, and more!
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    January 5, 1991
    48min
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    Hosted by Diane Ladd and featuring comedians: Chris Alpine, Howard Allen, John Bizarre, Fran Solomita, and John Mendoza. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  3. 3. Bob Eubanks, Billy Jay, Steve Pearl, and more!
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    January 12, 1991
    48min
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    Hosted by Bob Eubanks and featuring comedians: Billy Jay, Steve Pearl, Mark Wilts, Marc Wilmore, and Mark Pitta. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  4. 4. Alaina Reed Hall, Bill Leff, Sid Youngers, and more!
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    January 19, 1991
    48min
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    Hosted by Alaina Reed Hall and featuring comedians: Bill Leff, Sid Youngers, Rhonda Bates, Rushion McDonald, and Brian Haley. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  5. 5. Shadoe Stevens, Tony Visic, Adam Sandler, and more!
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    January 26, 1991
    48min
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    Hosted by Shadoe Stevens and featuring comedians: Tony Visic, Adam Sandler, John Ross, Chance Langton, and Dana Gould. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  6. 6. James Sikking, Tim Jones, Steve Smith, and more!
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    February 2, 1991
    47min
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    Hosted by James Sikking and featuring comedians: Tim Jones, Steve Smith, Bernadette Luckett, John Riggi, and Rosie O'Donnell. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  7. 7. Charlie Callas, Pat Hazell, Sue Kolinsky, and more!
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    February 9, 1991
    47min
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    Hosted by Charlie Callas and featuring comedians: Pat Hazell, Vince Champ, Sue Kolinsky, Larry Amoros, and Bobby Collins. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  8. 8. Wolfman Jack, Alex Cole, Anita Wise, and more!
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    February 16, 1991
    47min
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    Hosted by Wolfman Jack and featuring comedians: Alex Cole, Anita Wise, Lowell Sanders, Steve Morris, and Greg Travis. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  9. 9. Ted Shackelford, Larry Wilmore, Ron Darian, and more!
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    February 23, 1991
    47min
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    Hosted by Ted Shackelford and featuring comedians: Larry Wilmore, Ron Darian, Ron Robertson, Bob Zany, and Mike Dugan. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  10. 10. Nancy Wilson, Marc Maron, Jann Karam, and more!
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    March 2, 1991
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    Hosted by Nancy Wilson and featuring comedians: Marc Maron, Jann Karam, Gerry Bednob, Steve Skrovan, and Warren Thomas. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  11. 11. Phil Hartman, Reggie McFadden, Jerry Minor, and more!
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    March 9, 1991
    47min
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    Hosted by Phil Hartman and featuring comedians: Reggie McFadden, Jerry Minor, Mike Sweeney, Louis C.K., and The Funny Boys. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  12. 12. Jack Jones, Doug Starks, Chris Raine, and more!
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    March 16, 1991
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    Hosted by Jack Jones and featuring comedians: Doug Starks, Chris Raine, Tony Viveiros, Pat McGreal, and Bill Engvall. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  13. 13. Gregory Harrison, Bill Bauer, Gary Lazer, and more!
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    March 23, 1991
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    Hosted by Gregory Harrison and featuring comedians: Bill Bauer, Gary Lazer, Lotus Weinstock, Melvin George, and Jeff Dunham. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  14. 14. Corbin Bernsen, Spike Manton, Norm McDonald, and more!
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    March 30, 1991
    47min
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    Hosted by Corbin Bernsen and featuring comedians: Spike Manton, Norm McDonald, Jay Charbonneau, Sean Morey, and Jack Gallagher. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  15. 15. Paul Sorvino, Andy Andrews, Bobby Gaylor, and more!
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    April 6, 1991
    47min
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    Hosted by Paul Sorvino and featuring comedians: Andy Andrews, Bobby Gaylor, Van Gunter, Mike Rowe, and Gary Mule Deer. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  16. 16. Ed Asner, Steve McGrew, Howard Busgang, and more!
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    April 13, 1991
    47min
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    Hosted by Ed Asner and featuring comedians: Steve McGrew, Howard Busgang, John McDowell, Brant Von Hoffman, and Diane Ford. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  17. 17. Dinah Manoff, Brian Regan, Bob Kubota, and more!
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    April 20, 1991
    47min
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    Hosted by Dinah Manoff and featuring comedians: Brian Regan, Bob Kubota, Larry Skinner, Joel Madison, and Jeff Marder. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  18. 18. Meshach Taylor, Joe Mulligan, Marvin Bell, and more!
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    April 27, 1991
    47min
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    Hosted by Meshach Taylor and featuring comedians: Joe Mulligan, Marvin Bell, John Borchers, Lewis Black, and Matt Weinhold. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  19. 19. Vicki Lawrence, Dan Bradley, Robert Jenkins, and more!
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    May 4, 1991
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    Hosted by Vicki Lawrence and featuring comedians: Dan Bradley, Robert Jenkins, Evan Sayet, Nick Di Paolo, and Taylor Negron. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  20. 20. Jean Smart, John Malakoff, The Raspyni Brothers, and more!
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    May 11, 1991
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    Hosted by Jean Smart and featuring comedians: John Malakoff, The Raspyni Brothers, Frank Santorelli, Sheila Kay, and Tom McTigue. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  21. 21. Marla Gibbs, Dave Anderson, Mike Pace, and more!
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    May 18, 1991
    46min
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    Hosted by Marla Gibbs and featuring comedians: Dave Anderson, Mike Pace, Billy Riback, Jeff Dehart, and Mac Dryden & Jamie Alcroft. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  22. 22. Jackée Harry, Mark Sweetman, Greg Ray, and more!
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    May 25, 1991
    46min
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    Hosted by Jackée Harry and featuring comedians: Mark Sweetman, Greg Ray, Doug Benson, Janeane Garofalo, and David Strassman. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  23. 23. Anthony Perkins, Jack Simmons, Mark Cordes, and more!
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    June 1, 1991
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    Hosted by Anthony Perkins and featuring comedians: Jack Simmons, Mark Cordes, Leah Krinsky, Jackson Perdue, and Jeff Joseph. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  24. 24. Renée Taylor, Fran Solomita, Andrea Walker, and more!
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    June 8, 1991
    46min
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    Hosted by Renée Taylor and featuring comedians: Fran Solomita, Andrea Walker, Roger Kabler, Ross Bennett, and Barry Crimmins. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  25. 25. Joe Bologna, Steve Rizzo, Geechy Guy, and more!
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    June 15, 1991
    46min
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    Hosted by Joe Bologna and featuring comedians: Steve Rizzo, Geechy Guy, Fred Greenlee, John Roarke, and Bobby Slayton. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
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3.1 out of 5 stars

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  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
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  4. 19% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 21% of reviews have 1 stars
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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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