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The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall (2013)

Several comic greats pay tribute to the legendary stand-up stage founded by Budd Friedman in 1963.


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Credited cast:
Budd Friedman ... Himself (Founder of The Improv)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judd Apatow ... Himself
Dave Attell ... Cop (archive footage)
Richard Belzer ... Himself (archive footage)
Lewis Black ... Himself
Russell Brand ... Himself
George Carlin ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Carrey ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark Cohen ... Himself (archive footage)
Chipps Cooney Chipps Cooney ... (archive footage)
Allen Covert ... Himself (archive footage)
Billy Crystal ... Himself (archive footage)
Rodney Dangerfield ... Himself (archive footage)
Larry David ... Himself
Jimmy Fallon ... Himself


Several comic greats pay tribute to the legendary stand-up stage founded by Budd Friedman in 1963.

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6 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall See more »

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Enjoyable Tribute to Legenday Comedy Club
21 October 2016 | by foosie-2See all my reviews

When I moved to NY from Philadelphia, this is one of the places I always wanted to visit. I was lucky enough to get there many times over a number of years and saw wonderful comics before they became nationally known. This is a tribute to the now demolished club on W 44th and 9th Avenue and its Melrose Avenue place in LA, with wonderful anecdotes from Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Richard Lewis, Judd Apatow, Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman, Ray Romano, Jimmy Fallon and 4 of the Wayans brothers; clips include brief appearances by Andy Kaufman, Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Jerry Seinfeld and others; and briefly glimpsed photos of people like Steve Landesburg, Mike Kane, Mark Schiff, Steve Middleman, Dom Irrera. No mention of Richard Jeni, Carol Leifer, Elayne Boosler, John Mendoza or Ron Darien or other stalwarts of the day.

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