The Comedy Store

Saw You Last Night on The Tonight Show

Series 1 - Episode 1 Saw You Last Night on The Tonight Show

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The first of a five-part series on the history and origins of the LA comedy club packs a lot of material into its running time. The building on Sunset Strip is viewed by many as a gateway to showbusiness. Jim Carrey describes it in more terms: “This was a beam from the centre of the Earth to infinite space. Many dared step in the beam but only a few could handle it.” Indeed, the fact that comedy is a serious business is proved by the sad death at just 22 of Freddie Prinze in 1977.

An impressive array of A-listers weighs in, from Chris Rock and Whoopi Goldberg to a candid David Letterman – looking these days like Charles Darwin – and Michael Keaton, whose “Bazooka Joe” stand-up gag is still funny. Whether eye-opening or sad, all of them are engagingly human anecdotes.


The Comedy Store's founding generation in the 1970s launched the careers of Freddie Prinze, Richard Pryor, David Letterman and Jay Leno.