Rick Siegel

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Rick Siegel is a former stand-up comedian who is best known for his legal efforts that made the California Labor Commission change their interpretation of how the California Talent Agencies Act ("TAA")[1] is enforced. Siegel created LaughTrack, a national magazine about stand-up comedy,[2] and later became a personal manager for comic performers, actors and writers Most recently, he has created several environmentally-friendly products focused on the dry cleaning industry.

He was chosen for induction to the National Conference of Personal Managers Hall Of Fame's class of 2017.[3]


As a personal manager, his clients included Leah Remini,[4] Rondell Sheridan (That's So Raven, Cory In The House); Ian Gomez[5] (2000 American Latin Media Awards Recipient of Special Achievement for being a series regular on three primetime series at the same time: The Drew Carey Show, Felicity and The Norm Show);Reggie Hayes[6] (Girlfriends), Rosa Blasi[7] (Strong Medicine).

He also convinced Craig Ferguson to immigrate to America and represented the Scotsman for over a decade,[8] and he managed Nia Vardalos.[9] Siegel produced her play[10] My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and subsequently helped develop and cause the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding[11] to be produced.[12]

In a case brought by Marathon Entertainment[13] (Siegel's management firm) after he sued Rosa Blasi for unpaid commissions and she then petitioned the Labor Commissioner, asking for relief from her contractual obligations based on his alleged actions as a talent agent without the requisite license, the California Supreme Court found that the Labor Commission had wrongly not been incorporating severance when adjudicating Talent Agencies Act controversies.[14][15][16]

Siegel has written multiple articles related to the TAA that have been published by the Los Angeles Daily Journal,[17] the regional trade paper for the legal field, including one the newspaper titled, "A Generation of Incorrect Talent Agencies Act Rulings"[18] where Siegel showed how the current interpretation conflicts with four California Supreme court holdings.

Rick Siegel founded and edited LaughTrack magazine, which had a 550,000 circulation and was handed to patrons at every major comedy club in the country,[19] similar in manner to how Playbill is distributed to audiences at Broadway Shows.[20] Under Siegel's direction, LaughTrack was the first national publication to write about comic luminaries such as Tim Allen, Larry David, Drew Carey, Ellen DeGeneres,[21] Jonathan Katz, and Bill Hicks.[22]

LaughTrack debuted in March 1989 and that first issue showcased five new comedians (at that time) in its "Breaking Through" column. That list included five-time Emmy winner Kevin Rooney, Bill Hicks, Jonathan Katz (Dr. Katz, Private Therapist on Comedy Central), Drew Carey and Larry David.

In 2008 Siegel and his wife, Jennie Nigrosh, invented[23] a reusable dry cleaning garment bag[24] and began to market the bag under the banner of The Green Garmento®.[25][26]

In 2009, The International Housewares Show honored The Green Garmento with its DESIGN DEFINED 2009 designation[27] and the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show nominated The Green Garmento for one of its Editors' Choice Awards.[28] In 2011, Entrepreneur Magazine called The Green Garmento, "One of the 100 Genius Companies To Watch."[29] Siegel and Nigrosh are also co-inventors of the Gargantote (US Patent No. 3369584), a reusable flat-bottomed laundry bag,[30] and the Hawk Hanger, (US Patent No. 9,414,703),[31] a clothes hanger that lowers the carbon footprint, production, shipping and storage costs.

Siegel[32] penned a column about business, "The High Road," which first was carried by American Drycleaner[33] and later by Cleaner and Laundry,[34] two trade publications for the dry cleaning and laundry industries. He has also written several columns published by The Huffington Post about the 2008 Presidential Election.[35]


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  2. ^ "ComedyNews.Org :: LaughTrack magazine « ComedyNews.Org". www.comedynews.org. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  3. ^ "Home". Personal Managers Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  4. ^ BuzzineNetworks (2011-08-29), Rick Siegel - Buzzine Interviews... (Excerpt), retrieved 2017-03-29
  5. ^ Eller, Claudia; Munoz, Lorenza (2003-03-23). "'Wedding' Party Leaves Some Behind". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (2004-02-13). "Vardalos settles 'Greek' suit". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  7. ^ "Talent Managers Catch Break In Calif. Ruling - Law360". www.law360.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  8. ^ Ferguson, Craig (2010). American On Purpose. Harper Collins. pp. Chapter 31. ISBN 978-0-06-171954-7.
  9. ^ "Nia's Big Fat Lucky Break". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  10. ^ "Producer of L.A.'s Big Fat Benefits From Ad Attacking the Press | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
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  12. ^ McNary, Dave (2004-02-13). "Vardalos settles 'Greek' suit". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  13. ^ "Marathon Entertainment v. Blasi - 42 Cal. 4th 974, 174 P.3d 741, 70 Cal. Rptr. 3d 727, 42 Cal. 4th 1194a modification S145428M - Wed, 03/12/2008 | California Supreme Court Resources". scocal.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
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  15. ^ "Blasi v. Marathon: A Solomonic decision? – STEPHEN F. DIAMOND". Retrieved 2017-03-29.
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  17. ^ "Daily Journal Corporation". Wikipedia. 2017-03-06.
  18. ^ ""A Generation of Incorrect Talent Agencies Act Rulings"". Scribd. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  19. ^ Editor, About The Author Sean L. McCarthy; 2007, Publisher Since; News, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily; Herald, Boston; Dailies, Smaller; site, community papers across America Loves comedy so much he founded this (2015-02-19). "The Road to Stand-Up Stardom, circa 1989, via LaughTrack mag". The Comic's Comic. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  20. ^ "New Magazine Guide Made For Comedy-lovers". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  21. ^ LaughTrack Magazine, March 1989 edition, Pgs. 26-29.
  22. ^ "New Magazine Guide Made For Comedy-lovers". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  23. ^ U.S. Patent No. 3115959
  24. ^ Wallace, Amy (2010-06-12). "A Reusable Bag for the Dry Cleaners". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  25. ^ "First Impressions: Who Wants Gum? | American Drycleaner". americandrycleaner.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  26. ^ "Eco-friendly dry cleaning? It's in the bag". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  27. ^ "27 Products Named 2009 Design Defined Honorees At Housewares Show - HomeWorld Business". HomeWorld Business. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  28. ^ Resource, Hotel News. "The Green Guide". www.hotelnewsresource.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  29. ^ "The Green Garmento". Women Owned. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  30. ^ "Green Garmento Gargantote | Review". A Mom Less Ordinary. 2014-06-04. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  31. ^ [1], Levine, Gregg Myles; Guang Yu Gao & Jennie Nigrosh, "Collapsible or stackable garment hanger" 
  32. ^ "Segal". Wikipedia. 2017-01-29.
  33. ^ "Right to Represent | American Drycleaner". americandrycleaner.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  34. ^ "How Do You Feel About Change?". Cleaner & Launderer. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  35. ^ "Rick Siegel | The Huffington Post". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29.