New Political Comedy Show Offers Hilarious Insights into the Presidential Race

June, 23 2016 Posted by admin

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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 best comedians, writes and news contributors gather to give their unique take on the presidential election.   To date, the show has featured the likes of Judah Friedlander (NBC’s 30 Rock), Jordan Carlos (Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) and comedy legend George Wallace, among others, offering their hilarious take on the political process and the candidates.  As the presidential race heats up, we sat down with Brendan and Lance to talk about the show and to get their thoughts on the election.
 
COB:  When did you two meet/start working together?
 
BF and LW:  We met doing a show about 8 years ago in Brooklyn.  We came up together with a bunch of really awesome comedians that we are still friends with today.
 
COB:  What was your inspiration to start this show?
 
BF and LW:  This year’s election is of course the craziest one any of us have ever seen.  A lot of it doesn’t even really make sense.  We also know a ton of writers on tv shows and comics who do political material, and we thought it would be fun to bring them together each week to hear their take.
 
COB:  If you two ran for president, who would win?
 
BF and LW:  It’s hard to say.  Lance would probably shake more hands with people, but Brendan has better hair.  Hair always wins these things.  
 
COB:  The actual race to the White House has been a comedic experience in itself.  Could you see anything that has been said during one of these shows being said in real life? Are any answers similar to real life?
 
BF and LW:  Donald Trump is a like a comedian who doesn’t have punch lines. We literally play a game at our show called Trump or Porn where the audience has to guess if its a Trump quote or a porn quote, and a lot of times the audience can’t guess which is which. 
 
COB:  If you could do this show with the actual candidates, what is one question you
would want to ask Hillary?
 
BF and LW:  Can you blink? We’re pretty sure you’re a Japanese robot. 
 
COB:  What is one question you would want to ask Trump?
 
BF and LW:  Who is going to be your Vice President, Hitler, Brock Turner, or Yosemite Sam?
 
COB:   If you could do this show during any other election year, past or present, which
would you choose? Why?
 
Lance: 1832. I would come out every show and send jokes to the audience via carrier pigeons. 
 
Brendan: 1904, that was a very interesting election. I heard Teddy Roosevelt won because he was able to punch himself in the penis while saving the environment. 
 
COB:  Have you had any comedians on the show who you would want to see in the real
election?
 
BF and LW:  Judah Friedlander, he’s literally already got solutions to every single issue you can think of.  He’s the World Champion, and he would be the greatest president ever.
 
COB:  What has been your favorite part about the election thus far? Least favorite?
 
BF and LW:  How everyone was scared of Ted Cruz especially his kids, and that Ben Carson was asleep during all of it. 
 
COB:  Which comedian is your ideal presidential candidate?
 
BF and LW:  Stephen Colbert and us. Come on BABY!!! 
 
Anyone Can Be President, Even Us:  Laughing All the Way to the White House takes place every Monday night at 9:00 PM.  Purchase tickets here or call our Box Office at 212.757.4100 for reservations.
 
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SNL Star Jon Rudnitsky on His Carolines on Broadway Headlining Debut

June, 20 2016 Posted by admin

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As Saturday Night Live featured player and stand-up comedian Jon Rudnitsky prepares to make his headlining debut at Carolines this weekend, we sat down with the 26 year-old New Jersey native to talk about his stand-up career, his thoughts on his first season on SNL and more.

Carolines on Broadway:  Are you excited to be continuing with stand up after being on SNL this season?

Jon Rudnitsky:  Absolutely. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the summer. And SNL has provided me the opportunity to do so much more stand up. I’m headlining for the first time and being able to develop a full hour is such a creatively fulfilling challenge.  

COB:  Has the way you do stand up changed since when you started? 

JR:  Definitely and it continues to constantly evolve. So much of my act has to do with my experiences on the show, whether it’s stories, characters, sketch ideas, or impressions, I’ve been able to work a great deal into my act as a result of being there this past year. Like any comedian I feel inclined to discuss Trump, but to spend a week with the guy definitely helps provide some added perspective. 

COB:  Do you prefer stand up to sketch or vice versa? Why?

JR:  I love both for different reasons, but the lines between the two forms of comedy have become a bit more blurred for me recently. I’ve begun incorporating sketch into my stand up, and once I realized I could even do that, my whole act really changed. It went from telling jokes to making it more of a performance. Doing sketch specifically on SNL is of course a different beast altogether. It’s gratification on the grandest scale, because you’re writing a sketch with a group of the funniest people in the world, and then suddenly it’s on live TV four days later. That kind of comedic experience can’t really be compared to anything else. 

COB:  Is there something that you’re able to accomplish in stand up that you cannot do through sketch?

JR:  It depends on the idea. Some concepts require a cast, wardrobe, and set pieces to work. Some ideas are character pieces or impressions that can easily fit into my act or can be useful as a Weekend Update piece on the show. Update is definitely where the two worlds of sketch and stand up merge the most. 

COB:  How was your first season at SNL? What was your biggest surprise?

JR:  Everyday was the most exciting/frieghtening day of my life. I’m surrounded by my heroes and as much as I want to pinch myself and take it all in I have to also write and perform alongside them. It’s a constant scramble to come up with something for whichever movie star or presidential candidate is hosting that week. It’s all very surreal, but the job doesn’t give you too much time to step outside of the chaos and realize just how wild it all is. 

The biggest surprise was how nice everyone is. Of course, you expect and hope people are going to be respectful, but I had freshman year nerves. Will they let me sit at their table during lunch? They all let me sit with them. That was a big relief. 

COB:  Where do you hope to see yourself as you continue your career? Do you want to continue with stand up and sketch or do you see yourself continuing onto television and movies?

JR:  I want to do it all. I want to continue building my act with stand up. I want to continue creating sketches on the show. And I want to do film and television work in the off season. That’s the dream right? That’d be nice. I’d like to live the dream. 

COB:  When did you know that comedy was more than just an interest?

JR:  My whole life. Truly I’ve been pretty certain forever. In middle school if we had recess indoors I would host an impromptu talk show where the lunch lady was my guest, and my classmates were the studio audience. I’ve been doing Improv and stand up since my freshman year of high school. I studied theatre in college out in LA knowing I wanted to audition and pursue a career in film/television. 

It all began because I enjoyed making my family and friends laugh and I’ve been trying to turn that love into a career ever since. 

COB:  What is one thing you want people to know about you?

JR:  That’s a tough one to answer. I kind want people to get that from my act, and make up their own mind about who I am. And if they relate to what I have to say and who I am great and if not please don’t tweet mean things at me, because I cry very easily. 

COB:  Is your set very rehearsed? Is it down to the t or do you change it up each show?

JR:  I change it up. I of course have bits I do a bunch, but I’ll explore different ways of getting to the punchline or finding different tags after. I like writing on stage and improvising a bit. It keeps it fresh, and that way you never know what you might discover in the moment – it could be the missing piece to a bit that suddenly brings it all together. 

COB:  This is your debut at Carolines on Broadway. How do you feel performing at a place where so many greats (SNL or otherwise) have performed/starred?

JR:  I started doing open mics in the city when I was 16, and would always walk past Caroline’s hoping one day I could perform there. It took me ten years and to think now the first time I’ll be performing there is as a headliner after my first year on SNL is difficult to wrap my head around. It’s a legendary club and I am honored to have been asked to spend a weekend telling jokes there. 

COB:  You are the second youngest cast member on SNL at the moment. How does your age and/or point in life reflect in your work, if at all? Do you think your acts will change as you get older?

JR:  For sure. I think you have to talk about what you know, anything else would feel strange coming out of my mouth. I’m not going to talk about the wife and kids I don’t have. I’m going to talk about dating apps, and my penis, and being a piece of shit millennial. I’ve gotta speak my truth, anything else would be false, and unfair to the audience. 

COB:  Who has inspired/shaped your humor?

JR:  Martin Short is the greatest performer I’ve ever seen. I saw him do his one man show when I was a kid, then went again in High School, then again last month at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, and he’s still simply the best. I have always been inspired by Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, and Robin Williams. I watched the best of Farley, Sandler, and Ferrell on repeat growing up. The list is pretty vast, but those are the initial names that come to mind.

COB:  What is your most embarrassing moment while performing?

JR:  I have a joke about somebody getting hit by a bus, and I did the bit at Iowa State a couple months back to dead silence. And somebody from the fourth row yelled out “hey, dude somebody got hit by a bus here three weeks ago.” I had an hour to go in that show. I never quite won them back. It didn’t help that I kept saying, “are you guys still upset about the bus thing?” I just felt so badly and couldn’t help but draw attention to it. I guess I’ll never make it in Aimes. 

 Jon Rudnitsky headlines this Friday, June 24 – Sunday, June 26.  Purchase tickets here or call our Box Office at 212.757.4100 for reservations.

Click here to see Jon share his most memorable moments from Saturday Night Live’s 41st season.

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Full Moon Ritual Comedy Show Debuts June 22

June, 17 2016 Posted by admin

Inspired by their interest in connecting the worlds of comedy and spirituality, Sara Armour and Jessica Brodkin created “The Moonual,” a show which uses humor to explore the lunar cycle and the process of releasing the past.  Hosts Sara and Jessica will take the stage at Carolines along with several guest comedians this Wednesday June […]

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OCFRA 15th annual Stand up for Madeline & OCRFA, an evening of laughter in tribute to Madeline Kahn

May, 20 2016 Posted by admin

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance and Carolines on Broadway celebrated fifteen years of raising awareness and funds together through Stand up for Madeline & OCRFA, an evening of laughter in tribute to Madeline Kahn, who died in 1999 from the disease, on Tuesday, May 16.  Among those providing the laughs at the Times Square […]

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Baskets Stars Louie Anderson and Martha Kelly Host Viewing Party of Baskets Season Finale After Stand Up Show

March, 25 2016 Posted by admin

Louie Anderson and Martha Kelly, stars of FX Network’s hit series Baskets, hosted a live viewing party of the show’s season finale for fans who attended Anderson’s stand-up show at the club.   Anderson’s headlining gig, which include shows from March 24 – 26, marked 30 years to the month since he made his heading […]

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ERA Coalition / Fund for Women’s Equality Celebrate A Night of Comedy with Jane Fonda at Carolines on Broadway

February, 8 2016 Posted by admin

While much of the country’s attention was focused on Super Bowl 50, all eyes in the comedy world were focused on Carolines on Broadway, where the ERA Coalition / Fund for Women’s Equality presented a Night of Comedy with by Jane Fonda.  Introduced by Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda served as host of the event, which […]

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