The Ice House (comedy club)
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The Ice House Comedy Club is a comedy club located at 24 Mentor Avenue in Pasadena, California.
It was opened in 1960 by Willard Chilcott who, soon after, took on folk music icon Bob Stane as his partner.
From 1960 to 1978 The Ice House was a folk music club with acts coming from around the country to perform. During that same time, many comedians also appeared at the club. In 1978 the original owners were bought out by a trio of investors led by Bob Fisher who changed the format of the club to stand up comedy.
The Ice House continues to thrive and during its many decades of operation has entertained over four million people. Among those who have recorded some of the more than 75 live albums at the club are the Smothers Brothers, Gallagher, Lily Tomlin, Pat Paulsen, Richard Jeni and George Lopez. Other comedians who have performed at the club include: Bob Newhart, George Carlin, Robin Williams, David Letterman, Jim Carrey, Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Howie Mandel, Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, Garry Shandling, Sinbad, Bill Maher, Shia LaBeouf, Gabe Kaplan, Paula Poundstone, Rosie O'Donnell, Cheech & Chong, Tim Allen, Paul Rodriguez, Dana Carvey, Joey Diaz and Joe Rogan.
- Toland, Terry, "Bob Stane: For the Man Who Owned Pasadena's Ice House - It's All For The Love of the Game", No Depression magazine, March 3, 2011. Interview with Bob Stane.
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