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Budd Friedman (born June 6, 1932) is best known as the founder and original proprietor and MC of the Improvisation Comedy Club, which opened in 1963 on West 44th Street (Hell's Kitchen) in Manhattan. He was instrumental in launching the comedy careers of Rodney Dangerfield, Richard Lewis, Robert Klein, Jay Leno, Andy Kaufman, Freddie Prinze, Steve Landesberg, Jimmie Walker, and for a brief time, managed Bette Midler at the early stages of her career. It was with Friedman's help and guidance that Ms. Midler first appeared on The Tonight Show.

He is also an actor and producer. Friedman also opened an Improv club at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Californiamarker. as well as Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA.





  1. A Conversation With Improv Founder Budd Friedman By Nancy Fay, March 23, 2007

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