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Entertainment Richie Tienken, Comedy Club Owner Who Discovered and Managed Eddie Murphy, Dies at 75

05:23  02 march  2021
05:23  02 march  2021 Source:   people.com

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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.

Wachs kicked Murphy , then 18, out of the Upper East Side comedy club in 1979 when he tried to sneak onstage for an audition before it was his turn. An apologetic Murphy came back the next week and performed, and Wachs and fellow club owner Richard Tienken would go on to become his managers . Wachs got Murphy a pay raise after he became a hit on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and then produced the documentaries Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983) and Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) and the features The Golden Child (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Coming to America (1988), Harlem

Richie Tienken – the founder and co-owner of Comic Strip Live comedy club in New York City – died on Saturday at age 75.

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The comedian worked with actors Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler and more during their early career days.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have to post this at all. Comic Strip founder and owner Richie Tienken went to be with the Lord this past Saturday," the club shared on their Instagram page on Monday.

The continued, "This mans accomplishments will live on in the comedy world forever. We were blessed he was ours! ❤️you Richie Tienken!"

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Author of Laughing Legends: How The Comic Strip Changed The Face of Comedy and personal friend of Tienken, Jeffrey Gurian, told Page Six the late comedy legend died "with his family able to say goodbye one at a time due to COVID."

Gurian added, "His wife Jeannie was the last to see him, and then he left, like he was waiting for her okay. He was 75."

The author revealed Tienken had throat cancer. "It wasn't easy for him to speak," Gurian told the outlet.

"We all thought he'd be here forever. He was a tower of strength and an icon in the world of comedy," he added.

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Seinfeld, 66, was one of Comic Strip Live's first talents. "The club opened on June 1, 1976, and on June 17, Seinfeld came in to audition. They rated him as 'good,' and said he should come back the next week to start performing," Gurian told Page Six.

The Jerry Before Seinfeld Netflix special that premiered in 2017 was filmed at Tienken's club.

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Tienken later discovered Murphy, 59, as a teenager and worked as his manager for 10 years. The comedy club co-owner was also a producer in Murphy's movies Beverly Hills Cop II and The Golden Child and comedy specials, Raw and Delirious – both of which can be streamed on Netflix.

a man sitting on a table: Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock were other stars mentored at Richie Tienken’s club Comic Strip Live © Facebook Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock were other stars mentored at Richie Tienken’s club Comic Strip Live

"I've made a lot of money in comedy because I was Eddie Murphy's manager," Tienken told Fox 5 NY in 2019.

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Rock, 56, whose career also took off as a result of performing at Comic Strip Live, wrote the intro to Gurian's book as an ode to his former mentor Tienken.

The club continued to be a home for younger comics such as Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones, Colin Jost and Pete Davidson who tested their new material at the New York comedy haven.

Tienken is survived by his wife Jeannie and their five children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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