In this one-hour special, some of the biggest names in comedy pay tribute to the legendary stand-up stage founded in 1963 by Budd Friedman. From its earliest days in New York City to a Hollywood expansion and beyond, The Improv played a major part in the American stand-up explosion of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Interviewees include Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Jay Leno, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Silverman, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Judd Apatow.
While the original albums have been issued on CD before, complete sessions have never been available until now. Along with the original LPs are unissued alternate takes, 45s, and even an unreleased tune finished for a particular session but never used. In addition, the album with the McPartlands is here on compact disc for the first time. It should also be noted that this box finally completes the two different Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Together Again CD issues that were released on Rhino and Concord with different material.