On this date in 1963, the most influential comedy theater to ever emerge out of the Bay Area – The Committee – opened its doors at 622 Broadway in North Beach. Thus began a full decade of widespread cultural influence, with multiple studio albums, appearances on The Tonight Show and The Dick Cavett Show, and a feature film. The Committee’s provocative and confrontational style, influenced equally by Chicago’s Second City and the radical politics of the era, set the stage for much of the comedy to follow. The Groundlings was a direct descendent (Gary Austin came from Committee workshops) and the improv structure known as Harold, basic arithmetic in the halls of IO and the Upright Citizens Brigade, was birthed at The Committee under the direction of Del Close, Alan Myerson, and Allaudin Mathieu. Happy Birthday, Committee Family!