The year was 1957 when the improvisational comedy duo of Mike Nichols and Elaine May burst on the stage with the Compass Players at the Crystal Palace in Gaslight Square on Olive Street. They wowed audiences with their brand of topical humor and some skits left the crowds in convulsive laughter. Nichols, a master crafter of such films as “The Graduate” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” stage director, writer and producer is dead at 83. Nichols and May were later followed at the Crystal Palace by the comedian Lenny Bruce and later – an unknown Barbra Streisand. The late Harry Fender regaled his fans with how Streisand appeared in the lobby of the Chase Hotel and asked Fender to loan her a few bucks.