For nearly a half-century, the Improvisation Comedy Clubs have been one of the premiere stages for live comedy in the United States. Today, the Improv stage is still one of the most important live venues for new comedians.
The Improvisation was first opened in New York City by Broadway producer Budd Friedman.
The club soon became a gathering spot where young Broadway artists would hold sing-alongs into the small hours.
Their iconic brick wall also started in the NY club as a necessity. When Budd ripped the red wall panels and mirrors off the wall left by the previous tenants – a 1960’s Vietnamese Restaurant, he discovered a great red brick wall.
He simply left the brick wall in place, because he didn’t have the knowledge or the money to change it, which soon gave the club its signature.
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