LOL Club
Sign up here for a free membership to Catch a Rising Star's LOL Club. You'll receive regular bulletins about our upcoming shows and discounts to experience some great comedy.

Purchase Catch Merchandise

Book A Comic

Book A Comic


Catch Cares title=

Comedy Schools title= 


Comedy Contests!

catch_a_new_rising_star.gifCatch A Rising Star is
looking for comedians
for our Catch A New
Rising Star competitions
at all of our clubs!

Click HERE to sign up!
This week at Catch!!

Princeton, NJ
Joe Devito
April 18 - 19
Friday 8pm
Saturday 7:30 & 9:30pm

Comedy Classes
starting 4/19 
to sign up! 
Providence, RI
Frank Santos Jr.
Every Friday Night
108 North Main Street
Providence, RI
$15 with Valid College ID

Click For Tickets

Reno, NV
Eddie Clark
April 15 - 17
Show at 7:30pm

April 18 - 19
Shows at 7:30 & 9:30pm
Sat Tickets/$17.95

Fri Tickets/$15.95
April 20
Show at 7:30pm

Click For Tickets

New Jersey

Gilbert Gottfried

w/ Howard Stern News Guy
at the Meadowlands 
Saturday, June 7
Show at 8:00pm

Click For Tickets

Mattar's Bar & Bistro
1115 County Road 517, Allamuchy Township, NJ 07820
  (908) 852-0
Bob Nelson
Thursday, June 19th


Jackie "The Joke Man"

Thursday, September 11th

Catch On Tour
Surflight Theatre
Beach Haven, NJ

Leavitt Theatre
Ogunquit, ME
2014 Lineup Announced Soon!
Catch says goodbye to Otto Petersen
Catch says goodbye to one of our favorite comics today, the gifted Otto Petersen. RIP Otto, we love you.1505109_10152418084763623_2486043658535304083_n.jpg
Best Comedy Club in Reno

best_comedy_club_in_reno.jpgCongratulations to our Reno club on being voted ‘Best Comedy Club in Reno’ by Reno News & Review!

How David Brenner Helped Launch the Success of the Legendary Comedy Club Catch a Rising Star

by Jeryl Brunner

David Brenner was already a wildly successful comedian and Tonight Show veteran when he walked into a relatively unknown New York club, Catch a Rising Star, on a Saturday night in 1973. Rick Newman, the club’s owner and founder, was floored by the famous visitor. “At that point, David had been on The Tonight Show many times and was very respected,” says Newman, who now an owner of Stage 72 Theater in New York City. “He wasn’t your father’s comedian. He was your comedian. And he was hot.”

Brenner quietly sat at a table, just watching the show with the rest of the packed audience. Newman walked over to his table and said, “How about getting up?” but Brenner replied, “No, not yet. Let me watch.” About 90 minutes into the show, Brenner finally called Newman over and declared, “I’ll get up. I’ll do some material.”

The moment that David Brenner went on stage, the audience went nuts. As the comedians would say, he killed. His act was flawless, and Brenner soon became a regular performer at the club. Word quickly spread that that David Brenner had gotten up on stage at Catch a Rising Star. Suddenly comedians showed up to check out the club. Then the talent scouts followed, especially those booking comics for The Tonight Show.

Catch a Rising Star gained some serious cred. Brenner’s presence drew a steady stream of performers to come in and hone their chops. The club became a launching pad for fresh talents like Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Richard Belzer, Richard Lewis, Andy Kaufman, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Bill Maher, Susie Essman, Elayne Boosler, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Ray Romano, Joy Behar, Jay Leno, Freddie Prinze, Pat Benatar, and many, many others. As Seinfeld once said, “You walked into that club and it smelled like show business.”

Newman developed a special bond and friendship with Brenner that lasted until Brenner’s death last Saturday. “David opened up the floodgates and helped create what Catch a Rising Star became,” he says of his friend. “I always saw David as a true craftsman and so smart. He loved being a comedian. He was so proud of his vast index card file of jokes which he broke down by topics. He had hundreds and hundreds of jokes. And he was one of the first comedians who recorded his act so he could listen to see what changes he had to make and how it worked. He learned from how he sounded live.”

“David was very supportive of young comedians,” he continues. “If they were getting ready to do their first Tonight Show, he spent time encouraging them. He shared how to prepare, how to stay calm, and what to expect. He explained how key it was to take a beat during laughter and not step on your own jokes… Often David and Bill Cosby took the time at the end of the night to have kind of mini-seminars with any comics who wanted to stay around and ask questions about the business. David was happy for any comedian who worked hard and became successful.”

“When a comedian had their first appearance on The Tonight Show and didn’t do as well as they should have, David used to get upset. Not for himself, but for the comedian who he didn’t think prepared well enough. He knew that you can’t blow that opportunity,” Newman says. Brenner did know, firsthand. Curiously, he first got into comedy as a lark while he was taking a year off from being a TV documentary writer/producer and director. As he shared in an interview with me this past November, he never thought that comedy would become his profession. “I had been funny since I was two years old. I just wanted to do any TV show to prove that I had done stand-up comedy for a year. I didn’t care what the TV show was,” he explained.

But then the producers of The Tonight Show saw him perform at what Brenner described as  “the wrong place at the wrong time,” and rejected him. That’s when Brenner’s determination really kicked in. “They used to have Tonight Show auditions in New York every night on Wednesdays,” he told me. “I wore my one suit and made believe I was a manager, or an agent. I watched what jokes made those people from The Tonight Show laugh. And after a month of this, I had an idea of the kind of humor they wanted, so I wrote a [set] of that kind of humor. I auditioned, right before Christmas, 1970. On January 7, 1971, an agent called and said The Tonight Show wanted me the next night. He asked me if I was ready and I said, ‘Yes. Okay. I’ll do it.’ And on January 8, I did it. When I got back to my little one-room apartment in Manhattan, I had over $10,000 worth of job offers from the first appearance. Johnny wanted me back the next week.”

About Catch A Rising Star

catch_logo.pngCatch A Rising Star Comedy Clubs have been a tradition since 1972 when it opened its first club in New York City. Catch has an impressive roster of alumni: among them, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Rosie O’Donnell, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, Richard Belzer, Ray Romano, Jon Lovitz, Chris Rock, Bob Saget and Robert Wuhl.

Our commitment to tomorrow's comedy stars has remained the same over our history, and continues today from four locations in Reno, NV, Providence, RI, Princeton, NJ, and Monticello, NY.

Mission Statement

Catch A Rising Star is a nationally known trademark and forum, recognized for over thirty-five years for launching the careers of some of America’s most popular and beloved television and film stars, top comedians, comic actors, musicians, directors, producers and writers.

There are only a few brand names that are so synonymous with comedy that when you hear them you immediately think of quality entertainment, talented artists, and funny star makers, i.e., Second City, National Lampoon, Saturday Night Live and Catch A Rising Star. “Catch” as it is affectionately called in the entertainment industry, first opened its comedy club doors in New York City in 1972.

Catch” is the only comedy club that has ever had two major network television specials produced about it. “Catch A Rising Star’s 10th Anniversary” on HBO and “Catch A Rising Star’s 25th Anniversary” on CBS. Both shows were commercial successes, packed with illustrious alumni of talent.

Catch A Rising Star has a well-established reputation, long-term relationships with talent, managers, agents, producers and network executives. The inherent synergy of these business initiatives help to create the finest comedy shows at “Catch.”

Catch A Rising Star’s reputation and commitment to excellence has made us a leader in the industry. The managing partners of Catch A Rising Star are each recognized for their extensive experience in entertainment and finance and are individuals considered to be the finest professionals in the industry. With this team’s emphasis on the development of the Catch A Rising Star trademark, nationally and internationally, Catch A Rising Star will continue to celebrate the esteem title of “the premier comedy & music club in the nation.”