Rick Newman: His Trendy Comedy Club Made Careers

From a New York Times obit by Neil Genzlinger headlined “Rick Newman, Whose Comedy Club Made Careers, Dies at 82”:

Rick Newman, who opened Catch a Rising Star on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 1972 and built it into a trendy club where Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Freddie Prinze, Jay Leno and countless other comedians did some of their earliest work and sometimes returned to refine material, died at his home in Los Angeles.

Mr. Newman had run a few other businesses, including a singles bar and a steakhouse, before he decided to try a comedy club.