Oct 15, 2017
Chris Mazzilli is the legendary owner of the legendary Gotham Comedy Club. Chris graciously opened up Gotham to us as we sat live on the main stage to talk with him about life, business and comedy. Thank you to my friend, Chad Dougatz for being there to record and to the great Billy Hayes for making it happen.
Here's a little bit of Chris' Bio:
Along with fellow Native New Yorker, Michael Reisman, Chris
Mazzilli opened Gotham Comedy Club in May 1996. Mazzilli, a
graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, was roundly
praised at that time for his top to bottom design of the original
3,300 square foot space. "It's been ten years since a club of this
magnitude opened in Manhattan," said Mazzilli at the time. We felt
that it was time for changes in the way comedy clubs have been
perceived: all comedy and no ambiance.
Over the past decade, Mazzilli has proven himself to be a leader in the industry, bringing comics such as Dave Chapelle, Lewis Black and Colin Quinn (to name a few) to his stage. Gotham Comedy Club has become the backdrop for many TV shows and films such as Jerry Seinfeld's 2002 Miramax film "Comedian" and Larry David's pilot of "Curb Your Enthusiasm".