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The Improv comedy club logo

Contributed by Alex Stick on Mar 28th, 2020. Artwork published in
circa 1980
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    The Improv comedy club logo 1
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    The logo of comedy club franchise the Improv uses Piccadilly. This Letraset original was among the winners of a type design competition held in 1973. Drawn by Christopher Matthews, Piccadilly is based on the capitals of Morris F. Benton’s Broadway (1927), see them side by side. “With every character composed of a single continuous line of uniform thickness” (Matthews/Letraset), Piccadilly resembles the tubes in neon signs, see also ITC Neon.

    From the Improv Wikipedia page:

    Originally, it was a single venue founded in 1963 by Budd Friedman and located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City on West 44th near the southeast corner of 9th Ave.

    As of 2020, there are around two dozen venues across the United States. Read about the Improv’s history on their website.

    The Improv comedy club logo 2
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    A vertical variant of the logo for the Improv in Raleigh.
    Source: https://improv.com The Improv. License: All Rights Reserved.

    A vertical variant of the logo for the Improv in Raleigh.

    Inside the Improv in Raleigh.
    Source: https://improv.com The Improv. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Inside the Improv in Raleigh.

    Nicole Byer on stage at the Improv in Raleigh.
    Source: https://improv.com The Improv. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Nicole Byer on stage at the Improv in Raleigh.

    The second Improv venue on 8162 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, sometime after 1979 (when Mark Lonow became a general partner). Note that the letterforms in this early version are close to Piccadilly, but not a perfect match, see e.g. P and R.
    Source: https://improv.com The Improv. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The second Improv venue on 8162 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, sometime after 1979 (when Mark Lonow became a general partner). Note that the letterforms in this early version are close to Piccadilly, but not a perfect match, see e.g. P and R.

    The Improv on 8162 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood in 2019.
    Source: https://goo.gl Google Street View. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The Improv on 8162 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood in 2019.

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