The Comedy Shop

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  • 1978
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.6  (35)

It used to be that the only way to see a comedian perform their stand up comedy routine was to got to a comedy club. However, many of the smaller towns either didn't have a comedy club or most performers weren't booked to such small venues. Before the age of the internet, DVDs and HBO, TV was the only way the general public was introduced to stand up comedians. The premier TV show for both well known comedians and comedians who were just getting started during the late seventies and early eighties was The Comedy Shop. The show was hosted by Norm Crosby, and it showcased the comedic talents of three to four comics per show. The show made you feel like you were in a comedy club. Some of the more notable comics that either got their start or were featured on the show were Elaine Boozler, Buddy Hackett, Betty White, and the Unknown Comic. As the show progressed, singers and actors that could make people laugh were also introduced to the roster.

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Seasons
Episode 25
25. Episode 25
March 7, 1981
Featuring: Liz Torres, Steve Bluestein, Gary Mule Deer, Yoel Sharr, Skip Stephenson, Richi Gold
Episode 24
24. Episode 24
February 28, 1981
Featuring: Dick Shawn, Marty Cohen, Nancy Parker, Ed Bluestone, Don Adams, Michael Pritchard
Episode 23
23. Episode 23
February 21, 1981
Featuring: Vic Tayback, Kip Addotta, Mike Neun, Roger & Rogers, Bert Convy, Kevin Nealon
Milton Berle
22. Milton Berle
January 1, 1980
Call the comedy cops because there?s a laugh riot at Norm Crosby?s crib. The perps: Milton Berle, Irwin Corey, Johnny Dark, Harry Anderson, Betty White and Steve Mittleman. Or? do what any good agent would do?book ?em.
Dick Shawn
21. Dick Shawn
January 1, 1980
Join Norm Crosby and his guests: Skip Stephenson, Lenny Rush, Jim Teeter, Dick Shawn, Jeff Bridges and Denny Johnston for more laughs than you can shake a stick at?if you were inclined to shake sticks at physical reactions to verbal concepts.
Jan Murray
20. Jan Murray
January 1, 1980
Once upon a time there was a place where nobody laughed?it certainly wasn't Norm Crosby?s Comedy Shop the night Jan Murray, Johnny Yune, Bobby Slayton, Kenny Davis, Buddy Hackett and Sandy Hackett were here.
Mal Z. Lawrence
19. Mal Z. Lawrence
January 1, 1980
If you had to write a funny wish list, this would be it: Betty Convoy, George Miller, Billy Kay, Mal Z. Lawrence, Mike Connors and Alan Feiman. Or…maybe it would involve bologna, underwear and a small Shih Tzu.
Kelly McDonald
18. Kelly McDonald
January 1, 1980
Do you like to laugh ‘til you cry? Well, check out the economy…or…watch Tom Dreesen, Jackie Vernon, Kelly McDonald, Glenn Super, Vic Tayback and Tony Lawrence on Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop.
Brad Garrett
17. Brad Garrett
January 1, 1980
Call the comedy cops because there's a laugh riot at Norm Crosby's crib. The perps: Don Adams, Jack Carter, Scott Koch, Al Bernie, Sorrell Brooke and Brad Garrett. Or… do what any good agent would do…book ‘em.
Bowser
16. Bowser
January 1, 1980
Join Norm Crosby and his guests: Betty White, Marty Allen, Murray Langston, Shelley Berman, Bowser and David Tyree for more laughs than you can shake a stick at…if you were inclined to shake sticks at physical reactions to verbal concepts.
Bob Dubac
15. Bob Dubac
January 1, 1980
Once upon a time there was a place where nobody laughed…it certainly wasn't Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop the night Irwin Corey, Jackie Mason, Jeff Altman, Lenny Schultz, Robert Mandan and Bob Dubac were here.
Yakov Smirnoff
14. Yakov Smirnoff
January 1, 1980
If you had to write a funny wish list, this would be it: Buddy Hackett, Skip Stephenson, Mark Miller, Bob Anerson, Milton Berle and Yakov Smirnoff. Or?maybe it would involve bologna, underwear and a small Shih Tzu.
Jack Jones
13. Jack Jones
January 1, 1980
Do you like to laugh ‘til you cry? Well, check out the economy…or…watch Jack Carter, Mickey Manners, Biff Manard, Anthony Russell, Jack Jones and Lorenzo Matawaran on Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop.
Shamus M'Cool
12. Shamus M'Cool
January 1, 1980
Call the comedy cops because there?s a laugh riot at Norm Crosby?s crib. The perps: Greg Evigan, Elayne Boosler, Jimmy Martinez, Shamus M'Cool, Henny Youngman and John Pate. Or? do what any good agent would do?book ?em.
Bobby Slayton
11. Bobby Slayton
January 1, 1980
Join Norm Crosby and his guests: Richard Kiel, Marsha Warfield, Eugene Libowitz, Jeremy Krispien, Bernie Kopell and Bobby Slayton for more laughs than you can shake a stick at?if you were inclined to shake sticks at physical reactions to verbal concepts.
Phyllis Diller
10. Phyllis Diller
January 1, 1980
Once upon a time there was a place where nobody laughed?it certainly wasn't Norm Crosby?s Comedy Shop the night George Lindsey, Phyllis Diller, Ron Brown, Bill Kirchenbauer, Foster Brooks and Jesse Emmett were here.
Dionne Warwick
9. Dionne Warwick
January 1, 1980
If you had to write a funny wish list, this would be it: Jackie Gayle, Tom Dreesen, Jeff De Hart, Dionne Warwick and Diane Nichols. Or?maybe it would involve bologna, underwear and a small Shih Tzu.
Henny Youngman
8. Henny Youngman
January 1, 1980
Do you like to laugh 'til you cry? Well, check out the economy?or?watch Avery Schreiber, Henny Youngman, Mike Binder, Mike Neun, Phil Silvers and Mark Miller on Norm Crosby?s Comedy Shop.
Frankie Avalon
7. Frankie Avalon
January 1, 1980
Call the comedy cops because there's a laugh riot at Norm Crosby's crib. The perps: Frankie Avalon, Jackie Kahane, Jim Wiegand, Ben Powers, Phyllis Diller and Lotus Weinstock. Or… do what any good agent would do…book ‘em.
Paul Rodriguez
6. Paul Rodriguez
January 1, 1980
Join Norm Crosby and his guests: Arte Johnson, Steve Bluestein, Joey Villa, Willie Tyler & Lester, Robert Goulet and Paul Rodriguez for more laughs than you can shake a stick at…if you were inclined to shake sticks at physical reactions to verbal concepts.
Arsenio Hall
5. Arsenio Hall
January 1, 1980
Once upon a time there was a place where nobody laughed…it certainly wasn't Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop the night Henny Youngman, Roger & Roger, Bobby Kelton, Jimmy Aleck, Greg Evigan and Arsenio Hall were here.
Eva Gabor
4. Eva Gabor
January 1, 1980
If you had to write a funny wish list, this would be it: Jack Jones, Marty Brill, Bob Shaw, Stack & Lane, Eva Gabor and Mark Anderson. Or?maybe it would involve bologna, underwear and a small Shih Tzu.
Ralph Pope
3. Ralph Pope
January 1, 1980
Do you like to laugh 'til you cry? Well, check out the economy?or?watch Foster Brooks, Tom Dreesen, Ralph Pope, O'Brien & Sevara, Gordon Jump and Larry Cobb on Norm Crosby?s Comedy Shop.
Guy Marks
2. Guy Marks
January 1, 1980
Call the comedy cops because there's a laugh riot at Norm Crosby's crib. The perps: Robert Goulet, Richard Belzer, Guy Marks, elayne Boosler, Art Linkletter and Ron Brown. Or… do what any good agent would do…book ‘em.
Mark Sweet
1. Mark Sweet
January 1, 1980
Join Norm Crosby and his guests: Phyllis Diller, Jackie Gayle, Alan Prophet, Roger & Roger, Claude Akins and Mark Sweet for more laughs than you can shake a stick at…if you were inclined to shake sticks at physical reactions to verbal concepts.
Description

It used to be that the only way to see a comedian perform their stand up comedy routine was to got to a comedy club. However, many of the smaller towns either didn't have a comedy club or most performers weren't booked to such small venues. Before the age of the internet, DVDs and HBO, TV was the only way the general public was introduced to stand up comedians. The premier TV show for both well known comedians and comedians who were just getting started during the late seventies and early eighties was The Comedy Shop.

The show was hosted by Norm Crosby, and it showcased the comedic talents of three to four comics per show. The show made you feel like you were in a comedy club. Some of the more notable comics that either got their start or were featured on the show were Elaine Boozler, Buddy Hackett, Betty White, and the Unknown Comic. As the show progressed, singers and actors that could make people laugh were also introduced to the roster.

The Comedy Shop is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (76 episodes). The series first aired on September 8, 1978.

Where to Watch The Comedy Shop

The Comedy Shop is available for streaming on the DMGI website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Comedy Shop on demand at Vudu, FuboTV, Crackle, Tubi TV and Plex.

  • Premiere Date
    September 8, 1978
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (35)