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Dangerfield's Comedy Club

Location: 1st Avenue & 61st Street, New York, NY 10065

Dangerfield's Comedy Club was opened in 1969. It is till date one of the best New York comedy clubs that was opened by the late comic Rodney "I Don't Get No Respect" Dangerfield and his friend Anthony Bevacqua, who still runs and operates it. The opening night on September 29, 1969 saw performances from Kenny Burrell, Thelma Houston, and Rodney Dangerfield and it was noted that Milton Berle, Ed McMann, Joan Rivers, and David Frost were in the audience. The longest-running comedy nightclub in the country continues to attract top league of comedians from the late-night TV fraternity and comedy clubs.

The club is situated in a high-rise building on Upper East side of Manhattan and can be easily identified from outside. Inside, Dangerfield's is typically dark and grungy NYC comedy club, that has the only light coming from lamps on the tables which have orange colored graffiti shades where guests are free to share their pearls of wisdom and thoughts. This ranks the club high for character and makes it the stereotypical home of comedy New York style.

One of the best New York comedy shows, three to five comedians perform each night, with the headliner generally an influencer from the comedy club circuit. Mostly the headliners have performed in some, or the other late-night TV shows, talk shows or appeared in Comedy Central specials. Unlike most clubs, there are no open mic nights and no room for amateurs. Famous personalities are frequently added into the lineup and in the past Jerry Seinfeld, Andrew Dice Clay, Jim Carrey, Tim Allen, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, George Carlin, Jay Leno, Sam Kinison, Jeff Foxworthy and Roseanne Barr have performed at Dangerfield. The club gave the platform to many talented young comedians. Rodney wasn’t concerned by the genre of the comedy for his shows but wanted comics to be famous enough to perform at Dangerfield Comedy Club and be a part of the circuit.

Dangerfield became extremely popular country-wide and gained a cult following with his stand-up shows and stints on "The Merv Griffin Show", "The Dean Martin Show" and "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." His wife, Joyce Indig, got sick and later died. Rodney settled in New York to dedicate his daytime to raise his two kids and spent nights on the shows. He then decided to open the club and perform as a headliner. Dangerfield breathed his last in October 2004 at the age of 82.

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