JUST ANNOUNCED! 2019 Carolines Comedy Madness Guidelines

December, 4 2018 Posted by admin

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The dates for the 2019 Carolines Comedy Madness stand-up tournament have just been announced.  The competition will take place on March 5, 12, 19, 26 and 27.  

Below are the submission guidelines for any comedians interested in participating.

2019 Comedy Madness Submission Guidelines: 

To be considered for the 2019 Comedy Madness competition, please submit by sending a 5-7 minute good quality video link (not .mov file, but link.. it’s totally fine if it’s password protected) to comedymadness2019@gmail.com

Please only submit if you’re available to participate in all of the rounds of Comedy Madness which are: 

- Round 1: Tuesday, March 5th at 7pm – 1 minute sets, 64 comics

- Round 2: Tuesday, March 12th at 7pm – 2 minute sets, 32 comics

- Round 3: Tuesday, March 19th at 7pm – 5 minute sets, 16 comics

- Round 4: Tuesday, March 26th at 7pm  - 7 minute sets, 8 comics

- Finals: Wednesday, March 27th at 7:30pm – 10 minute sets (final 4), 15 minute sets (final 2)

IMPORTANT: Please confirm in your email submission that you are available all of those dates. If we don’t have this confirmation of your availability we will not be able to enter you into the competition. 

The submission cut-off is Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 6pm EST. After that, we can not enter you into the competition. 

You may be asked to perform on one of two audition rounds in February (dates for those TBD). If you are not asked to perform on an audition round, that does not mean you’re not in the competition, it just means we would like to see you live before making any final decisions. 

The 2019 Comedy Madness Roster will be announced on Wednesday, February 13th at noon on the @CarolinesonBway social media and website.

Thanks so much and good luck!

Let “The Madness” Begin!

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Napoleon Emill Crowned 2018 Carolines Comedy Madness Champion

March, 29 2018 Posted by admin

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Congratulations to Napoleon Emill, who outlasted 63 other comedians over five rounds to be crowned champion of the 2018 Carolines Comedy Madness stand-up competition.   For winning the event, Emill will receive a cash prize and have the opportunity to perform at the 2018 New York Comedy Festival in November.

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.   This year’s judges were Carolyn Gitomer, assistant booker and producer at Carolines on Broadway; Nora May, a talent manager at 3 Arts Entertainment; and Jessica Pilot, a producer and talent booker at CBS.

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 February 27 when all of the 64 competitors each performed one minute of stand-up.  32 comedians advanced to the second round on March 12, when each performed two minutes of stand-up.  The third round, on March 19, feature the “Sweet Sixteen,” and fourth round on March 20 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 March 29, with each performing seven minutes of stand-up.  The last two advancing comedians then squared off with each performing ten minutes of stand-up, with the eventual winner being crowned.  

This year’s “Final Four” comedians were Melissa Diaz, who was pitted against Eagle Witt; and Gordon Baker Bone and Emill. Witt defeated Diaz to face off against Emill 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), Neko White (2016) and Kerry Coddett (2017).  

Below is the final bracket of the 2018 Carolines Comedy Madness tournament: 

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Kerry Coddett Crowned 2017 Carolines Comedy Madness Champion

March, 30 2017 Posted by admin

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Congratulations 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 […]

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Anthony DeVito Wins Carolines Comedy Madness 2015

March, 26 2015 0 Comments Posted by admin

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Congratulations to Anthony DeVito, who was crowned champion of the 2015 Carolines Comedy Madness Stand-Up Tournament.    The five-round competition, modeled after the NCAA college basketball “March Madness” tournament, tipped off on February 25 with 64 of New York’s best and brightest young comedians going head-to-head.  The field was narrowed down to 32, then The […]

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