Catch a Rising Star is a chain of comedy clubs, founded in New York City in December 1972 and owned by Rick Newman.  It has since spread to other areas, such as Las Vegas and New Jersey. Currently owned by Suzy Yengo Esq.
The original club in New York City was notable for its role in starting the careers of many famous singers and comedians, many of whom enjoyed later success in television, theater and film. Among these are: Pat Benatar  , Billy Crystal  , Robin Williams  , Bill Maher  , Joy Behar  , Jerry Seinfeld  , Andy Kaufman,  Richard Belzer,  Adam Sandler  , Elayne Boosler  , Eddie Murphy  , Larry David  , Ray Romano  , Richard Lewis  , Chris Rock  , and Louis C.K.  .
The original club has since gone out of business.  Its former location, on 1st Avenue between East 78th Street and East 77th Street, is now occupied by Prince Properties, a real estate agency. In the late 1990s, the club was located on West 28th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The chain is currently negotiating to build a new club in the New York area.