So, you think you know about the history of stand-up comedy here on Long Island? With Long Island being right in the shadow of the largest comedy scene in the country, ( NYC, duh ) we’ve had our fair share of comedy venues across the Island. In fact, Long Island has been home to over ten comedy clubs since stand-up comedy venues became popular back in the ’70s and ’80s. Most are now gone. Let’s take a look at some of them and see if you remember any of these:
Richard M. Dixon’s White House Inn, North Massapequa Here’s where Long Island comedians like Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, Rob Bartlett of the Imus radio program, Richie Minervini and Bob Nelson all got their start.
Jimmy’s Comedy Alley, Bayside Just a few miles from the Nassau County border, this former bowling alley became a comedy venue back in the mid-’80s and became a popular venue for NYC comedians due to it’s proximity to New York as well. Here’s where Long Island comedian Keith Anthony got his start.
East Side Comedy, Huntington This legendary comedy venue was actually owned by comedian Richie Minervini and was the launching pad for careers like Paul Reiser, Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy.
Garvin’s of Huntington Apparently Huntington had more than one comedy venue during stand-up’s heyday.
Konkoma Komedy, Lake Ronkonkoma It’s true. Ronkonkoma had it’s own full time comedy club.
Governor’s, Levittown Long Island’s premier comedy club featuring top comedians.
Between the Ribs, Long Beach Long Beach had it’s own comedy venue.
Chuckles, Mineola According to legend here is where comedian Adam Sandler first performed.
Boomers, Port Jefferson Port Jefferson, always a strong supporter of live stand-up comedy once had its own comedy club.
East End Comedy, Southampton This year-round comedy club venue was located at The Southampton Inn. It’s true. I went there once.
The Brokerage, Bellmore The south shore’s only comedy club operating full-time.
McGuire’s Comedy Club, Bohemia Suffolk county’s only comedy club operating full-time.
Did I miss any others? Just send me a note and let me know!