Richie Tienken, comedy legend who found Eddie Murphy, useless at 75

Comedians are in mourning over the information that Richie Tienken — founder and co-owner of legendary Comedian Strip Stay comedy membership — has died, Web page Six has discovered.

Tienken handed away on Saturday, “along with his household in a position to say goodbye separately as a result of COVID,” Jeffrey Gurian, writer of a 2016 e-book on the membership, “Laughing Legends: How The Comedian Strip Modified The Face of Comedy,” confirmed to Web page Six. He added that, “His spouse Jeannie was the final to see him, after which he left, like he was ready for her OK. He was 75.”

The membership was the place Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy famously received their begins.

In accordance with membership historian Gurian: “The membership opened on June 1, 1976, and on June 17, Seinfeld got here in to audition. They rated him as ‘good,’ and mentioned he ought to come again the subsequent week to begin performing.”

Seinfeld returned to the membership for a 2017 Netflix particular.

Murphy was infamously thrown out of the Higher East Facet hang-out when he first confirmed as much as carry out. Gurian informed The Submit when one other of the membership’s co-owners, Robert Wachs, handed away in 2013 at 73: “Eddie was a young person on the time. He was a bit of cocky and acted impatiently about not getting onstage instantly, so Bob threw him out. He informed him if he didn’t like ready he may depart, and he did!”

Tienken then allowed the longer term famous person onstage when he returned and apologized.

Tienken managed Murphy for the primary 11 years of his profession, and was a producer on Murphy movies together with “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “The Golden Youngster,” in addition to his traditional specials, “Uncooked” and “Delirious.” Tienken additionally managed Adam Sandler, who needed to emulate Murphy’s profession, the star has mentioned.

Gurian informed us, “Richie was a nurturer of expertise. Within the early days, he fed [upcoming comics] with hamburgers, gave them T-shirts and Comedian Strip jackets to put on and made positive they received stage time. He was the to start with the membership house owners to create a schedule the place comics knew what time they have been happening.”

Tienken as soon as mentioned in an interview, “Larry David got here into me someday and requested me if he may have a hamburger … I mentioned: ‘What?’ And he mentioned: ‘Yeah, I haven’t eaten.’”

The membership was often known as a house to performers together with George Wallace, Ray Romano, Paul Reiser and Colin Quinn. It’s additionally the place “SNL” stars resembling Colin Jost and Pete Davidson got here to carry out and work out new materials. 

Chris Rock was additionally found on the membership and wrote an introduction to Gurian’s e-book. One other future “SNL” star, Quinn, was a bartender on the comedy spot, till he needed to stop to carry out since staffers weren’t allowed on stage.

Gurian, who hosted a podcast from the membership, additionally recalled to us that Tienken “was additionally a nurturer with buddies. After I was sick within the hospital with COVID double pneumonia final March, he known as me day by day, and really provided to return and drive me dwelling from the hospital. Then he known as me on a regular basis throughout my two month convalescence.”

Tienken left dwelling at 13, he mentioned in a 2019 profile, after he’d been caught stealing a automotive and was afraid he’d be put into reform college. He later returned to the Bronx to run a Bingo corridor, which he in the end parlayed into shopping for seven bars earlier than segueing into the comedy world.

The membership proprietor had battled throat most cancers.

“It wasn’t straightforward for him to talk,” Gurian mentioned. “All of us thought he’d be right here ceaselessly. He was a tower of energy and an icon on the planet of comedy.”

The comedy membership icon is survived by his spouse Jeannie, sons Jonathan and Richie Jr., daughters Jacqui, Daybreak Marie and Christina, 5 grandchildren and two nice grand-children, Gurian mentioned.