The Legendary Improv Opens by Bringing Top Comedians to Atlanta
The Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre hosted a Media and Concierge Showing last Thursday evening at the 4000 square-foot venue. Improv Founding Partner Budd Friedman welcomed the guests as he was in town from Los Angeles to meet, greet and catch the hilarious show by comedian Owen Benjamin of TBS' Sullivan and Sons.
On the Improv's trademark brick walled stage, Atlanta's up and coming comic Jamie Ward served as host for the evening and funnyman Gene Pompa garnered laughs as the night's opening act. Another highlight of the evening was a surprise closing act by famed comedian George Wallace.
While enjoying the humorous show, guests dined on tasty cuisine from the kitchens of surrounding Andrews Entertainment District restaurants that included bistro plates from Cellar 56, pub fare from Stout Irish Sports Pub and scrumptious sushi from Czar Ice Bar. The evening was complete with upscale cocktails with favorites from Prohibition, East Andrews and Czar.
November 1-3: Bobby Slayton (Pitbull of Comedy)
November 8-10: Lachlan Patterson from Comedy Central's Live at Gotham
November 29-December 1: Maryellen Hooper as seen on Jay Leno, Dennis Miller shows
December 6-8: Sean Patton as seen on Conan and Jimmy Fallon shows
The Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre premiered in Atlanta on October 4th. Perhaps best known for its A&E network show An Evening at the Improv, the legendary comedy club was founded by Budd Friedman in New York in 1963.
Expanding in 1975, the renowned club debuted its second location on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. For almost a half century, the Improv Comedy Clubs have remained the known stages for live comedy.
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, Andy Kaufman, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle and many more.
"Our vision started 10 years ago when we opened East Andrews Café & Bar with a goal of creating a place where all ages could enjoy dining, entertainment, and nightlife in one spot," said Stephen de Haan, President of Andrews Entertainment District. "What an honor, ten years later to attract such a strong national brand as the Improv into the district."
Located at 56 East Andrews Drive NW in Buckhead, The Atlanta Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre shows run Thursday-Saturday with doors opening at 7pm and shows starting at 8pm. More information, upcoming acts and tickets can be found at www.theimprovatlanta.com.