Marty Fischer, CEO of Goldstar Entertainment, COO of National Lampoon Comedy House and former president of the New York Improv, died Sept. 22 in New York of a heart attack. He was 62.
Fischer specialized in comedy management for more than 15 years. His clients, including ventriloquist Michele LaFong and Ron Pallilo (“Welcome Back Kotter”), appeared on Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, HBO, Oxygen, “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” as well as commercials, radio, theaters, casinos, cruise ships, clubs and colleges.
He also produced shows in Atlantic City, New York and Las Vegas as well as fundraisers and corporate events. In 2006, he produced the Original Las Vegas Comedy Festival which spawned the inaugural New York Comedy Expo.
He was at the helm of The Las Vegas Comedy Festival in 2007 and brought the second annual New York Comedy Expo to the Broadway Comedy Club in May, 2007. He produced the Laugh Across America event at The Laugh Factory during NATPE TV Producers Boot Camp in 2006, a fundraiser for NY Families with Autistic Children in May, 2007, and a benefit for actor/comedian Ray Garvey in May, 2008.
He is survived by a daughter, a son, a sister and two grandchildren.