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Robert D. Wachs, 73, comedy club owner

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NEW YORK — Robert D. Wachs, a founder of Comic Strip Live, a New York nightclub that was a proving ground for star comedians like Eddie Murphy, whom Wachs managed for more than a decade, died Dec. 2 in Manhattan. He was 73.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, his wife, Tess, said.

Wachs opened the comedy club on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 1975 with Richard Tienken and John McGowan. He used his contacts as an entertainment lawyer to recruit talent.

The club’s founding coincided with a stand-up comedy boom. Among the other comedians who worked there early in their careers were Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Adam Sandler, Joe Piscopo and Sam Kinison.

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