Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance Celebrates 16th Annual Stand Up for Madeline and OCRFA

kahn_madelineThe Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) and Carolines on Broadway celebrated sixteen years of the Stand Up for Madeline and OCRFA, an evening of laughter in tribute to the legendary Madeline Kahn, on May 15 at the club.   Hosted by Bob the Drag Queen, who was crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar” on the hit reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race last year, the show featured stand-up performances by comedy stalwarts including The View‘s Joy Behar, comedy legend Robert Klein, two-time Emmy winner Judy Gold, Des Bishop, Tim Dillon and Tom Thakkar.  

OCRFA Executive Committee Chair John Hansbury, Esq., opened the festivities with a hilarious and touching tribute video to his wife — the late, great Madeline Kahn — before opening up a live auction presided over by Judy Gold, which included vacations to the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, Yankees tickets with access to the Jim Beam Suite, a table at Rao’s, a Michael Kors tote bag and an original photogram silhouette by artist Adam Fuss, among other coveted items.

The OCRFA is the largest global organization dedicated to fighting ovarian cancer.  OCRFA advances research to prevent, treat and defeat ovarian cancer, supports women and their families before, during and beyond diagnosis, and works with all levels of government to ensure ovarian cancer is a priority.

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Kerry Coddett Crowned 2017 Carolines Comedy Madness Champion

March, 30 2017
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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

Alec 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, […]

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

March, 1 2017
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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

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
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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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