Budd Friedman, Improv Comedy Club Founder, Dead at Age 90


Comedy club pioneer Budd Friedman, who helped launch the careers of Richard Pryor, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, and many others, has died at age 90, relatives told multiple media outlets.

Friedman, who founded New York’s Improv in 1963 and eventually grew his empire to more than 20 clubs nationwide including one in Hollywood, died of heart failure Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“The comedy world lost a giant today,” officials at Hollywood Improv tweeted Saturday. “In 1963 he changed the world of comedy by creating the first comedy club for the masses to come together in laughter. In 1963 he changed the world. He went global. He was a pioneer. He was a gentleman.



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