Photo: Tone Viera/YouTube Richie Tienken, Eddie Murphy’s first manager and founder of the Comic Strip Live, died on Saturday at the age of 75. The cause of death was not announced, but Tienken had battled throat cancer according to Page Six . A nurturer of talent, the club he founded in 1976 became a launching pad for comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Murphy, who ended up being managed by Tienken for the first 11 years of his career. Tienken is even credited as a producer on Eddie Murphy: Raw and Beverly Hills Cop II. “We all thought he’d be here forever. He was a tower of strength and an icon in the world of comedy,” Jeffrey Gurian, author of the 2016 book Laughing Legends: How The Comic Strip Changed The Face of Comedy told Page Six. News of Tienken’s passing prompted online tributes from, among others, Adam Sandler, who tweeted “Thanks for everything Richie,” along with a still of the late club owner’s cameo in Beverly Hills Cop II. Tienken is survived … [Read more...] about Richie Tienken, Comic Strip Live Founder, Dies at Age 75
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Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Photos by Getty Images 1912: The U.S. government breaks up the New York–based conglomerate Motion Picture Patents Company, a.k.a. the Movie Trust. This paves the way for a newly formed Universal to open studios in L.A. and attract more of the budding film industry. 1928: Each of the big eight film studios now opens in L.A., ushering in the “Golden Age” of film in Hollywood. At the same time, Schenectady stations W2XB and WGY transmit the first-ever televised drama, The Queen’s Messenger , to Los Angeles. Direct lines between the entertainment industries on the two coasts begin to be drawn. 1938: After more than a decade of operating solely out of New York, radio-broadcast rivals NBC and CBS confirm the pull of L.A. by opening studios there. 1939: The earliest commercial-TV experiments begin with NBC station W2XBS, establishing New York as the new medium’s hub of innovation. 1946: Contrary to conventional East Coast wisdom, … [Read more...] about The History of Comedians Moving Between NYC and L.A.