Catch a Rising Star (comedy clubs)

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Catch a Rising Star
IndustryComedy clubs
FoundedDecember 1972
FounderRick Newman
OwnerSuzy Yengo Esq.

Catch a Rising Star is a chain of comedy clubs, founded in New York City in December 1972 and owned by Rick Newman.[1] It has since spread to other areas, such as Las Vegas and New Jersey. Currently owned by Suzy Yengo Esq.

The original club in New York City was notable for its role in starting the careers of many famous singers and comedians,[2] many of whom enjoyed later success in television, theater and film. Among these are: Pat Benatar,[3] Billy Crystal,[4] Robin Williams,[5] Bill Maher,[5] Joy Behar,[5] Jerry Seinfeld,[5] Andy Kaufman,[4] Richard Belzer,[5] Adam Sandler,[5] Elayne Boosler,[5] Eddie Murphy,[5] Larry David,[5] Ray Romano,[5] Richard Lewis,[5] Chris Rock,[5] and Louis C.K..[6]

The original club has since gone out of business.[6] Its former location, on 1st Avenue between East 78th Street and East 77th Street, is now occupied by Prince Properties, a real estate agency. In the late 1990s, the club was located on West 28th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The chain is currently negotiating to build a new club in the New York area.

Other locations throughout the US are located in Princeton, New Jersey, Reno, Las Vegas, Twin River Casino, Rhode Island and the new Catch A Rising Star on Broadway in New York.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Rick Newman and the Magic of Catch A Rising Star". The Interrobang. 2014-11-30. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  2. ^ Zoglin, Richard (2009). Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 95–96. ISBN 9781582346250.
  3. ^ Federman, Wayne (2016-02-20). "One Comedian Remembers the Many Rooms He Played in New York and Los Angeles". Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  4. ^ a b Zinoman, Jason (2012-11-28). "A Big City Is a Crowded Room". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Brunner, Jeryl (2014-03-20). "How David Brenner Helped Launch the Success of the Legendary Club Catch a Rising Star". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  6. ^ a b "John Oliver, Danny McBride, and more talk failure with Marc Maron in Waiting for the Punch". Entertainment Weekly. 2017-10-09. Retrieved 2017-10-14.

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