You need to know Emilio Savone and Scott Lindner of New York Comedy Club
Emillio Savone and Scott Lindner are comedy staples in 2016, but they’ve been involved in comedy since 2002. Starting in Times Square, they promoted shows and sold tickets for The Comic Strip Live. Together, they ran the street team and grew into successful business partners. Expanding throughout the city, they began to promote for different comedy clubs and added restaurants and bars to their repertoire. They decided to branch out and create their own company, Empire Tonight, which allowed them to go to different cities, towns and even colleges to promote the local business there. At one point within their tenure, they had a city guide brochure for New York, where they would list 6-8 places to go before or after comedy shows. Ultimately, they became a promotional company that worked over 100 venues at once.
In 2009, they began producing shows at a venue named Daniel Street in Connecticut. They would book up and coming comedians such as Jermaine Fowler and Joe Machi, with headliners such as Marina Franklin and Mike Vecchione, which gave them a large following for the next two years. That’s when they realized owning a club and booking a club would work out in New York City. Savone and Lindner left the Comic Strip and went to Broadway Comedy Club for a few months, to work with Al Martin. They thought they had more of a chance to grow there and to gain more traction from a promotional side because Broadway is in the heart of Times Square and midtown. However, realizing that their talents were more malleable with a New York style venue. Martin had put his trust into them, and spoke with them about New York Comedy Club, Martin’s first club and one of the oldest clubs in the city. This was essentially a trial run of managing a club, and considering the New York Comedy Club is more of a local neighborhood venue, it was something Savone and Lindner were quite familiar with. Martin trusted them enough to allow them to produce one show a week. As the relationship grew, they began to produce more shows, book more comics, and finally became operating managers of the club. They proved their worth quickly, and bought the club from Al on July 30th of 2014.
Since 2014, New York Comedy Club has exploded to the top of the comedy circuit. It is not only one of the most loved clubs by comedians, but of audiences around the country as well. When people come to New York, they experience of plethora of different shows, yet ones that are always well balanced. One of these is Paid Or Pain, increasingly becoming one of the most popular shows in the country. Lisa Ann, the former porn star was a cohost initially. Now Mehran Khaghani, a finalist on last comic standing, works as a cohost, along with dominatrix Jessica Sovereign, and one of the funniest comedians in New York, Jay Nog. They compete to either get paid cash for their performance or receive pain from the dominatrix. It is unique, but most importantly, hilarious. The show is now part of the Sirius XM family as part of the Raw Dog network.
Another show that has gathered increasing popularity in the past year is the Roast Battle. Originally from LA, it has become a cultural phenomenon and the creator of the show Rell Battle, who is also the executive producer for the Comedy Central Roast Battle, brought it to New York last summer. There was no better place for the Roast Battle to find a home than the New York Comedy Club, which has vast similarities to the Belly Room at the Comedy Store and a raw environment that is necessary to run such a show. There are other roast battle types of shows in New York City, but the official Roast Battle show is at New York Comedy Club.
The New York Comedy Club is run like a TV station. There are different shows every night, which appeal to comedians and audiences a like. The mission was making the club a place people wanted to go to not just watch a show, but to hang out at after. Young comedians have certainly taken advantage of Savone and Lindner’s efforts. It is a welcoming club to comedians of all levels as the duo respects the craft more than most. They give auditions to these young comedians and watch them perform, giving them feedback right after they perform on not only how to perform better, but how to navigate the business better as well.
Ultimately, the New York Comedy Club is here to stay. Audiences around the country have heard the buzzing, and comedians around the country yearn to perform there. Savone and Lindner are perfect examples of hard work leading to a high-class product. They exemplify professionalism and respect in a field that’s based on those attributes. The family ecosystem and culture they have created for comics has led them to feel at home, which has evoked that same feeling in audiences. If you are in New York City, be sure to come to New York Comedy Club, any night of the week.
Check them out on Facebook, facebook.com/nycomedy