Budd Friedman, the founder of The Improv comedy club and a well-known American actor, passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 90 years of age. Since this sad news came out on the internet, the whole industry has been mourning Friedman’s death.
Keep reading this article to learn more about Budd Friedman, how he died, and much more!
How did Budd Friedman die?
According to reports, Budd Friedman, the founder of The Improv comedy club, died due to heart failure on Saturday, November 12, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Just a few days before his death, Friedman arranged a grand celebration party on the occasion of his 90th birthday at the Hollywood Improv, but no one knew that it would be his final birthday. Due to Budd’s death, his family has been left with a huge void, and thus, no brief information about his death is available. However, further details will be released very soon.
Who was Budd Friedman?
Budd Friedman, whose full name is Gerson M. Friedman, is best known as the comedy club pioneer who founded the original Improv in 1963 in New York, in the U.S. He was born on June 6, 1932, in Norwich, Connecticut, in the United States.
More about his background
After quitting his advertising executive job, Friedman opened up the Improv in New York City in 1963 at West 44th Street and Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, where he employed Rodney Dangerfield as an Mc, Elayne Boosler. Performers at the coffee house included names such as Judy Garland, Christopher Plummer, Liza Minnelli, Jason Robard, and Albert Finney.
Following the success of the New York City club, Friedman opened another club in 1975 in Los Angeles. Throughout his career, he provided early career breaks to well-known comedy stars like Bette Midler, Andy Kaufman, Jay Leno, Richard Pryor, and Robert Klein.
Alongside his comedy club, Friedman also had a very successful acting career. Some of his best work as an actor was in Star 80 (1983), That’s Adequate (1989), Man on the Moon (1999), Mambo Café (2000), The Boneyard Collection (2008), and Funny People (2009).
Tributes Pour in for Budd Friedman
Following the news of Budd Friedman’s death, his admirers from all over the world have been expressing their condolences and tributes across different social media platforms. Sharing his condolences on Friedman’s death, Judd Apatow shared a post on his official Twitter handle, @JuddApatow. The post reads, “So sad to learn of the passing of the legendary Budd Friedman, the owner of The Improv, who discovered everyone you love.” “He was a great man who we all loved and who made the world much happier!”
We express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and all loved ones of Budd Friedman. Budd’s unfortunate death has left all of them in a state of pain. Thus, we pray to God to bless all of them with all the strength they need to pass through this difficult time.
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