CEO of Starz Networks and former Chairman and CEO of HBO
"When I met Joe Lauer in 1973, he was already one of the
premiere comedy managers in the business. Throughout the decades
he has increasingly become even more expert on the subject of
comedy and comedians. He developed into a great storyteller
because he associated with great storytellers. No one knows comedy
better then Joe."
Comedians Comedian” and the longest running character in the
history of Prime Time TV playing John Munch on both
and Law & Order SVU for 21 seasons
"I had the good fortune to meet Joe Lauer at the beginning of
my career and can honestly say that his insights and counsel were
and are invaluable to me to this very day… His knowledge and
reverence for what comedy is and does to our collective
imaginations is unparalleled. Whether as story teller, teacher or
historian Joe Lauer has it all… Because of his affiliation with
many of the most important comedians who in their wisdom welcomed
him into their inner circle Joe Lauer is the ideal person to
convey the lifeblood of our culture's sense of humor in an
informative and hilarious repertoire of laughs that any audience
will be most grateful to experience."
Director, Producer, Writer / Film, TV & Video Games The Flash, The
"Joe Lauer knows comedy. Joe Lauer knows comedians. I think Joe
Lauer knows everybody."
Comedian, Playwright / The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
"I've known Joe Lauer for years... He knows Comedy. He's seen it
all and knows it all. He understands what works and what doesn't
... He gets it!"
Nine time Host of the Academy Awards and uniquely talented Actor,
Writer, Producer and Comedian
"Joe Lauer is a very funny man who knows a lot about comedy that
you don't.…now find out what you don't know."
Comic Auteur, Star and creator of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Co-creator
of Seinfeld, with Jerry Seinfeld
was a young comic the person whom I most trusted for creative and
business advice was my manager, Joe Lauer. It was always
comforting to walk into a club and see Joe, holding forth. Joe was
a comedy maven. Every night after my shows, he would dissect and
edit my act. When I bombed (which was frequent) he would always
get me back on keel with a great anecdote about Lenny Bruce or
Richard Pryor or some other comic whom he knew or worked with. I
owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Better that than money."
Producer, Screenwriter / Film, TV and Video Games including The
Flash & The Rocketeer
searching for laughs, search no further than Joe Lauer. Simply
put, he knows comedy from the inside out."
Founder of the Improvisation iconic home of modern Comedy -
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary
"I have fond memories of one of the Improv's very first
"regulars" I watched with great pleasure as Joe Lauer discovered
and guided the careers of many outstanding acts. Two acts that I
particularly took pleasure in seeing every time Joe brought them
in to try out material was the preeminent political satirist and
impressionist, David Frye. David was a difficult and trying
person, but Joe used all his managerial prowess to keep David on
the straight and narrow, guiding him for many years to an
extremely successful career. Joe also handled a merry band of
sketch players dubbed the "Ace Trucking Company". If you think
managing one person is difficult (and it is) try it with a group
of five or six. And yet, Joe carried it off for years with great
aplomb. Joe has a terrific comedic background and supreme
knowledge on the subject of comedy, if anyone knows where the
laughs are, it's Joe Lauer!" "
Executive Producer, Co-creator - Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize
for American Humor
spending any amount of time with Joe Lauer you don't have to go to
very far "In Search of Laughs". You can tell that he knows his
stuff. He is the real deal."
Former Head Writer of Sesame Street
"I thank my lucky stars for listening to Joe Lauer whenever I look
at my 14 Emmys..."
Host of NBC's legendary The Tonight Show
"When I first got into Show Business they said go to the source…
the source was Joe Lauer."
Producer, Playwright, Co-owner of the World Famous Improvisation
"After 35 plus years in the stand-up comedy business if I hear
someone hasn't listened to a Joe Lauer critique about their act I
know I just discovered an idiot. Joe knows how to help people get
to their own kind of funny."
Created and established Catch a Rising Star, the legendary New
York forum which launched the careers of many of America's most
popular comedians and comedy writers.
"I've known Joe Lauer since I opened Catch a Rising Star in 1972.
I have continuously valued Joe's astute, sharp knowledge and
awareness of all types of comedy, from stand-up to sketch to TV
and film, always knowing where the comedy is ... or where it was
Eventually, our careers crossed paths and for many enjoyable, and
entertaining years we worked closely as business associates. So I
know that when it comes to creating, programming and producing a
show there is no one better equipped to make the smartest and
funniest decisions than Joe Lauer.
Joe knows how to put on a show and how to present comedy. He's
what we call in Show Business a true 'Showman'
Now, stepping out from back stage and from behind the curtain, an
audience gets to see inside Joe's thinking and see his vision of
what it really takes to make an audience laugh."
Comedian, Filmmaker, Director The Aristocrats, Co-Creator Producer
Set List: Stand Up Without A Net
"Throughout my three plus decades in comedy Joe Lauer has been a
constant presence, and always ahead of the pack in finding unique,
ground-breaking talent - and then helping nurture them to full
potential. Joe connects with artists in a way few can, and now
being an entertainer in his own right, his stories enthrall many
of the greatest entertainers in the world on a daily basis. In
short, Joe is a legend among legends."
HBO Writer, Producer Arliss, Assume the Position, Traverse City
"Joe Lauer's one-man show is a funny, intimate and
behind-the-scenes tell-all about the close-knit and crazy world of
comedy. A life spent as a respected insider among the brightest,
funniest talents of our time has given Joe enough material to put
on yet another smart and funny show -- his own. Lauer has proven
time and time again that he has perfect pitch when it comes to
producing comedy for the stage and screen. Having spent decades
producing and managing stellar comic talent, Not only does Joe
Lauer "know from funny," he also knows how to put on an amazing
show to back it up."
out stand-up comedian, writer and actor. Appears on “Louie” and
Guest Stars as Lou Avery on “Madmen”
When I was a young comic, I had the talent but no direction. After
signing with Joe Lauer as my Manager I finally got off the bench.
With his expertise and guidance, my career took off. Multiple
Letterman appearances, two HBO specials, several films and over
400 episodes of my talk show NIGHT AFTER NIGHT on Comedy Central
with Joe calling the shots. Through the murky and mercurial world
of Show Business his experience and know how is a guiding light.
For thirty years, he has been the go to guy for many professionals
who ask themselves, "I wonder what Joe Lauer thinks?"
Creator, Executive Producer of Comic Relief, the Comedy World's
"When I created Comic Relief with Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg,
and Robin Wiliiams, the first person I consulted was Joe Lauer, a
Master of Comedy and Comedians with great taste, sense of humor,
creativity and knowledge of just what it takes to make a great
comedy extravaganza. Joe Lauer is the perfect curator for a Comedy
Film Festival and a study of the Art of Comedy. He's been an
adviser to Comic Relief for over 25 years, and I would not think
of mounting a show without him."
Emmy award winning TV writer, James Thurber Prize winning
novelist, Tony award winning playwright, All-Around Overachiever.
"Joe Lauer is that rare breed who's an expert about what makes
people laugh with the ability to share it with audiences in a very
informative, entertaining and memorable way. I would go anywhere
to see "In Search of Laughs" – especially if he comps me a