Tag: Comedy

A Buss Buys The Ice House

Retiring owner Bob Fisher handing over the “Key to The Ice House” to new owner Johnny Buss. (Courtesy The Ice House) Pasadena comedy institution sells to LA Lakers part-owner Bob Fisher, who has owned Pasadena, Calif., stand-up comedy venue The Ice House for 41 years, has sold the club to Johnny Buss, one of the owners of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. The sale closed Nov. 1. The Ice House has an intimate 200-seat main room and a second showroom called Stage 2, as well as an outdoor deck and courtyard. This year is the 59th anniversary of The Ice House. Eternal presidential candidate Pat Paulson was the first comedian to hit the stage in 1960. The Ice House has hosted Robin Williams, Lily Tomlin, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Newhart, Billy Crystal, Jay Leno, David Letterman and many more. Over 50 live albums have been recorded at the […]

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Comedy: Q&A With Nick Nuciforo, Head of Comedy Touring, UTA

Nick Nuciforo has been the head for comedy at UTA since 2015 when he was made a partner in the talent agency. Previously, Nuciforo ran the comedy touring division at APA and he founded CAA’s comedy touring division. His UTA clients include some of the biggest names working today. The roster includes Ali Wong, Jeff Dunham, Jim Gaffigan, Sebastian Maniscalco, Chris Tucker, Flight of the Conchords, George Lopez, Jeff Foxworthy, Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, The Lonely Island, The Tenderloins, Wanda Sykes and Will Ferrell. VenuesNow spoke to the veteran agent about comedy touring in 2019. How’s comedy live touring doing in 2019? Fan awareness of and passion for comedic artists is at an all-time high. Our clients are breaking new ground and setting records. Who’s hot in 2019? A cross-section of artists from every imaginable genre is breaking through this year. Nate Bargatze, John Crist, Hannah Gadsby, Ilana Glazer, Bert Kreischer and The Lonely Island are all playing […]

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Comedy: The Circuit

Having a laugh at a Zanies Comedy Night Club. (Courtesy Zanies Comedy Night Club) Geof Wills President of comedy touring, Live Nation  Punchline San Francisco, 182-seat main room Punchline Philly, 300-seat main room Punchline Sacramento, 240-seat main room Cobb’s Comedy Club San Francisco, 400-seat main room Tickets: Starting at $18  How is business this year? Comedy is super strong across the spectrum in 2019 and it shows no signs of letting up. Who’s hot this year? Ali Wong, Joe Rogan, Trevor Noah, Tom Segura, Dave Chappelle, Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, Burt Kreischer, Iliza Schlesinger, Chris D’Elia, Joey Diaz, Steve Martin & Martin Short, Ricky Gervais, Theo Von, Wanda Sykes, Amanda Seales, 85 South and Chelsea Handler.  Dave Chappelle is wrapping up a record grossing two-week Broadway run at The Lunt-Fontanne. Ali Wong has a 13-show run coming to the Wiltern in L.A. and a potentially longer run at the Masonic in San Francisco. […]

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Kevin Hart: Serious Business

“I am in a place of being super ultra-focused and so are the people who support me.” — Kevin Hart (All photos by Kevin Kwan/Netflix) Kevin Hart’s ability to make an arena feel like a comedy club has helped him produce rock star numbers on tour Kevin Hart’s first gig ever was at The Laff House in Philadelphia in the late 1990s, where he played to a handful of people. On his most recent outing, The Irresponsible Tour, Hart played three consecutive nights at London’s 02 Arena, two at Chicago’s United Center and a show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.  In fact, Hart performed before a staggering 599,032 fans during the portion of the nearly year-and-a-half-long Irresponsible Tour reflected in Pollstar Boxoffice numbers for the top comedy tours June 1, 2018-May 31, 2019. That’s more than double the number of tickets sold by Kevin Bridges, who at 284,244 […]

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