An Evening at the Improv

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199213+
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
Dave ChappelleWayne FedermanPeter Fogel
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Max Casella, Wali Collins, Chris Pendleton, and more!
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    June 27 1992
    46min
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    Hosted by Max Casella and featuring comedians: Wali Collins, Chris Pendleton, Dave Chappelle, Steve Smith, and Bob Zany. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  2. 2. Reginald VelJohnson, Wayne Federman, Rick Corso, and more!
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    July 4 1992
    46min
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    Hosted by Reginald VelJohnsoand featuring comedians: Wayne Federman, Rick Corso, Chris Fonseca, Melvin George II, and Rob Becker. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  3. 3. Kelly Coffield, Jackie Flynn, Brad Upton, and more!
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    July 11 1992
    46min
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    Hosted by Kelly Coffield and featuring comedians: Jackie Flynn, Brad Upton, Lance Crouther, Phil McCarty, and Russ T. Nailz. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  4. 4. Shirley Jones, Peter Fogel, Joe Key, and more!
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    July 18 1992
    46min
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    Hosted by Shirley Jones and featuring comedians: Peter Fogel, Joe Key, Michael Finney, Scott Blakeman and, Will Durst. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  5. 5. Pat Paulsen, Happy Cole, Gene Pompa, and more!
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    July 25 1992
    46min
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    Hosted by Pat Paulsen and featuring comedians: Happy Cole, Gene Pompa, Anita Wise, Darryl Lenox, and Jeff Jena. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  6. 6. Charles Shaughnessy, Richard Trask, Barry Fox, and more!
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    August 1 1992
    46min
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    Hosted by Charles Shaughnessy and featuring comedians: Richard Trask, Barry Fox, Theresa Logan, Fritz Coleman and Steve Shaffer. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  7. 7. Holly Fulger, Steve Driscoll, Mike Reynolds, and more!
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    August 8 1992
    46min
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    Hosted by Holly Fulger and featuring comedians: Steve Driscoll, Mike Reynolds, Simply Marvelous, and Pat McGreal. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  8. 8. Alyssa Milano, Todd Glass, Phil Kelly, and more!
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    August 15 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Alyssa Milano and featuring comedians: Todd Glass, Phil Kelly, Felicia Michaels, Willy Parsons and Al Clethan Jr. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  9. 9. Jason Hervey, John Ridley, Greg Otto, and more!
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    August 22 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Jason Hervey and featuring comedians: John Ridley, Greg Otto, Tommy Koenig, Scott Angrave, and Mark Pitta. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  10. 10. Pat Corley, Chip Chinery, Joey Gutierrez, and more!
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    August 29 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Pat Corley and featuring comedians: Chip Chinery, Joey Gutierrez, Glenn Super, Jerry Corley, and Fran Solomita. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  11. 11. Rod McKuen, Barry Marder, Andy Kindler, and more!
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    September 5 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Rod McKuen and featuring comedians: Barry Marder, Andy Kindler, Margaret Cho, Greg Ray, and Jimmy Walker. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  12. 12. Rip Taylor, Bill Tucker, Richard Carter, and more!
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    September 12 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Rip Taylor and featuring comedians: Bill Tucker, Richard Carter, Dan St. Paul, Tim Bedore, and John Bowman. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  13. 13. Michael Dorn, Marty Rackham, Steve Bruner, and more!
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    September 19 1992
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    Hosted by Michael Dorn and featuring comedians: Marty Rackham, Steve Bruner, Jack Wilkes, Lewis Dix, and David Strassman. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  14. 14. Ian Ziering, Peter Pitofsky, Scott Henry, and more!
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    September 26 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Ian Ziering and featuring comedians: Peter Pitofsky, Scott Henry, Lester Barry, Faizon Love, and Christopher Collins. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  15. 15. Dorian Harewood, Rick Right, Brian McKim, and more!
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    October 10 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Dorian Harewood and featuring comedians: Rick Right, Brian McKim, Jim O'Brien and Alex Valdez, Eddie Merrill, and Paul Kozack. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  16. 16. Dana Elcar, Michael Holly, Matt Weinhold, and more!
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    October 17 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Dana Elcar and featuring comedians: Michael Holly, Matt Weinhold, Michael Flannery, Diana Jordan, and Ralph Harris. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  17. 17. Bill Fagerbakke, Michael Blackman, Jerry Diner, and more!
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    October 24 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Bill Fagerbakke and featuring comedians: The Passing Zone- Jon Wee and Owen Morse, Michael Blackman, Jerry Diner, Suzy Soro, and David Tyree. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  18. 18. George Takei, John Joseph, Johnny Dark, and more!
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    October 31 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by George Takei and featuring comedians: John Joseph, Johnny Dark, Fred Greenlee, Jetta Joan, and Jimmy Aleck. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  19. 19. Corin Nemec, Bernie McGrenahan, T.P. Hearn, and more!
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    November 7 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Corin Nemec and featuring comedians: Bernie McGrenahan, T.P. Hearn, Mike Rowe, Jeff Valdez, and Ross Bennett. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  20. 20. Michael Feinstein, T. McKinley, Jack Thomas, and more!
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    November 14 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Michael Feinstein and featuring comedians: T. McKinley, Jack Thomas, John McDonald, Frank Barnett, and Mark Price. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  21. 21. Smokey Robinson, Eric Cornfeld, Doug Stanhope, and more!
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    November 21 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Smokey Robinson and featuring comedians: Eric Cornfeld, Doug Stanhope, Stanley Ullman, Brad Cumings, and Robert Jenkins. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  22. 22. Paul Anka, Tim Wiggins, Diane Nichols, and more!
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    November 28 1992
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    Hosted by Paul Anka and featuring comedians: Tim Wiggins, Diane Nichols, Mike Brennan, Jeff Rothpan, and Grant Turner. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  23. 23. Rita Coolidge, Kevin James, Frank Miles, and more!
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    December 5 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Rita Coolidge and featuring comedians: Kevin James, Frank Miles, Paul Kelleher, Joe Yanetti, and Carlos Mencia. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  24. 24. Gene Barry, Alex Reid, Leslie Norris, and more!
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    December 12 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Gene Barry and featuring comedians: Alex Reid, Leslie Norris, Steve Marmel, Taylor Mason, and Don McMillan. Enjoy another fun filled comedic evening at America's first stand-up comedy club, The Improv.
  25. 25. Nell Carter, Stan Sellers, Penny Wiggins, and more!
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    December 19 1992
    47min
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    Hosted by Nell Carter and featuring comedians: Stan Sellers, Penny Wiggins, Chirs Bliss, Jimmy Carol, and Daniel Rosen. 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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  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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