Bar Club in Los Angeles, CA
For almost half a century, the Improvisation Comedy Clubs have remained the premiere stages for live comedy in the US. Over the decades, the talent who has played center stage represents the Who's Who of American Comedy, including Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin, Freddie Prinz, Andy Kaufman, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Dane Cook, Ellen DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, Jeff Dunham, and Dave Chappelle. Today, the Improv stage continues to be the most important live venue for new comedians. But, its start in 1963 was anything but legendary.