Kerry Coddett Crowned 2017 Carolines Comedy Madness Champion

March, 30 2017 Posted by admin

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Kerry-Coddett-1Congratulations to Kerry Coddett, who outlasted 63 other comedians over five rounds to be crowned champion of the 2017 Carolines Comedy Madness stand-up competition.   For winning the event, Coddett will receive a cash prize and have the opportunity to perform at the 2017 New York Comedy Festival in November.

Coddett, who won one week after her 30th birthday, is the first female to take home the top prize the competition, which is now in its eleventh year.  

Taking a page from the NCAA College Basketball Tournament’s “March Madness,” Carolines Comedy Madness is a five-round comedy competition in which 64 comedians go head to head with audience members deciding who advances to the final round. A panel of industry judges determines the champion in the fifth and final round. 

Sixty-four of New York’s best young comedians were randomly pitted against one another in a series of one-on-one competitions.  The first round took place on Wednesday, March 1 when all of the 64 competitors each performed one minute of stand-up.  32 comedians advanced to the second round on Tuesday, March 7, when each performed two minutes of stand-up.  The third round, on Tuesday, March 14, feature the “Sweet Sixteen,” and fourth round on Tuesday, March 28 featured the “Elite Eight,” who each performed three minutes of stand-up. The “Final Four” advancing into the fifth and final round on March 28.  The “Final Four” comedians squared off on Tuesday, March 29, with each performing seven minutes of stand-up.  The last two advancing comedians will then square off with each performing ten minutes of stand-up, with the eventual winner being crowned.  

This year’s “Final Four” comedians were KC Arora, who was pitted against and lost to Coddett; and Phil Hunt and Rob Ryan.  Hunt defeated Ryan to face off against Coddett in the final contest of the competition.

Past winners of Carolines Comedy Madness are Julian McCullough (2007), Reese Waters (2008), Myq Kaplan (2009), Nate Bargatze (2010), Dan Soder (2011), Adam Newman (2012), Mark Normand (2013), Gary Vider (2014), Anthony DeVito (2015), and Neko White (2016).  

Below is the final bracket of the 2017 Carolines Comedy Madness tournament (click on image to enlarge):

 FINAL BRACKET COMEDY MADNESS 2017

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Alec Baldwin Hosts a Night of Bad Parenting Stories

March, 27 2017 Posted by admin

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Bad Parenting 01Alec Baldwin took a break from his duties as Saturday Night Live‘s resident President Trump on March 23 to take the stage at Carolines on Broadway  to host Bad Parent with Alec Baldwin, a live stand-up show exploring the ups and downs of parenthood with personal stories from comedians Karen Bergreen, Tom Cotter, Drew Fraser, Judy Gold, and Caroline Rhea.  Baldwin hosted the show, which was presented by WNYC Studios.  Rhea joked:  “I had my daughter at 44 and now I’m 38.  But I really don’t have any bad parenting stories because…I’m in denial.”  She told of how her daughter was conceived during a Giants Super Bowl victory and quipped:  “I love Eli Manning.  We have a lot in common… we both know what it’s like to score with only seconds left on the clock.”   America’s Got Talent runner-up Cotter, father of twins, joked:  “My wife and I always dreamed of having twins.  Only I thought it would be the Olsen Twins in a hot tub.”  Bergreen took shots at her own kids:“Mommy when I grow up, if I don’t have a baby, you’re just going to be an old lady… and I said you’re right, and instinct tells me with that level of charm, you’re going to be my roommate.” Gold lamented about her son wanting to get a tattoo of their zip code on his bicep.  “Henry!  You’re Jewish!    You are not getting numbers tattooed on your arm!”   Baldwin, who appeared to be having a ball on stage, teased the possibility of more themed stand-up shows in the future.   Portions of the Bad Parent show will be broadcast on WNYC Radio.

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Stand-Ups Give BAC Show Celebrates 10 Years of the Brooklyn Autism Center

March, 1 2017 Posted by admin

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On February 28, comedians Ryan Hamilton, Andy Kindler, Jordan Temple, and Tom Thakkar provided the laughs for a packed house as the Brooklyn Autism Center (BAC) celebrated its tenth anniversary at the Stand-Ups Give BAC show at Carolines on Broadway.  It marked the ninth consecutive year the event was held at the Times Square comedy […]

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The Ms. Foundation for Women Celebrates the 21st Comedy Night at Carolines

October, 27 2016 Posted by admin

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The Ms. Foundation for Women and Carolines on Broadway teamed up once again for the 21st Annual Comedy Night at Carolines on October 25.  The evening, which was themed “Laughing Our Way to the Revolution!,” was hosted by the hilarious Judy Gold, who pulled no punches when discussing Donald Trump.  ”I hate that orange piece […]

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Comedians Prove That Hindsight Is More Than Just 20/20

June, 28 2016 Posted by admin

Your typical Tuesday night likely does not include hearing a story of someone being dry humped by a child at a Southern Baptist church pool party. But, then again, a night at Carolines on Broadway is never typical, especially when Dan Perlman and Billy Prinsell host their stand-up show, Hindsight. Prinsell describes Hindsight as a […]

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New Political Comedy Show Offers Hilarious Insights into the Presidential Race

June, 23 2016 Posted by admin

  The 2016 presidential race is clearly one of the most bizarre — and entertaining — in the history of American politics.  Comedians Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss have teamed up to co-host Anyone Can Be President, Even Us:  Laughing All the Way to the White House,  a new weekly political comedy show where New York’s […]

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