Steve Lubetkin (July 23, 1948 - June 1, 1979) was a stand-up comedian. Steve Lubetkin was born in New York. He moved west to Los Angeles to further his career and became involved in the 1979 comedian strike at The Comedy Store comedy club on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. After the strike became settled, Lubetkin found it difficult to obtain work. Reportedly, he made less than $1000 income during the last year of his life.
On June 1, 1979, Steve Lubetkin committed suicide by throwing himself off the top of the 14 story Continental Hyatt House next door to The Comedy Store. He landed on the cement parking ramp between the hotel and the comedy club.
His suicide note included: "My name is Steve Lubetkin. I used to work at the Comedy Store." Lubetkin hoped that his suicide would resolve the labor dispute. He also cited club owner Mitzi Shore as the reason he no longer had a job. Reportedly, Lubetkin's girlfriend left a promotional poster of Lubetkin in Shore's office and wrote "Got the message" on her wall with a marker.
Steve Lubetkin's suicide story is discussed in the E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY episode "The Comedy Store."