Kenan Thompson’s “Road to NYC” Ends at Carolines on Broadway

May, 7 2018 Posted by admin

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Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson’s nationwide talent search, “Road to NYC,” for child and adult comedians culminated at Carolines on Broadway on May 6 with a grand finale shows after showcases in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angels, Las Vegas and Miami.   

As part of the “Road to NYC” talent search, two youth winners and two adult winners attended SNL on May 5 (the kids attended the dress rehearsal and the adults attended the live show) that was hosted by Donald Glover and featured musical guest, Glover’s alter ego, Childish Gambino.  At the shows, Kenan personally met with all of the winners.

At the “Road to NYC” grand finale kids show at Carolines on Broadway, there was a special performance at the kids show by Russell Horning, a.k.a. “The Backpack Kid,” best known for his SNL appearance last season wth musical guest Katy Perry.   On the adult show, which was hosted by Kenan, his SNL cast mate Leslie Jones and Roy Wood, Jr. from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah both dropped in and performed hilarious stand-up sets for the crowd.

“I’m so thrilled that we have engaged so many talented performers at our various events across the country!,” Kenan said.  “We’ve found some great comedians during our search.”

“Road to NYC,” which launched in 2011, is produced by Kenan and Cherie Chiles-Buchanan of Atlanta-based Simply C Productions, LLC.  

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Napoleon Witt 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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SiriusXM Radio’s Sway in the Morning Broadcasts Live from Carolines on Broadway

January, 26 2018 Posted by admin

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On January 26, SiriusXM Radio‘s popular morning show, Sway in the Morning, returned to broadcast live from Carolines on Broadway.   Sway Calloway and his crew of Heather B, Devan “DB” Bartan, Tracy G, Kelly Kinkaid, Orlando Quinones and DJ Wonder brought a smooth blend of cool conversation, hot music and side-splitting laughter to their fans, who […]

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Gloria Steinem, Kathy Najimy and More Celebrate Four Years of “Sisters of Comedy”

January, 19 2018 Posted by admin

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L to R:  Kathy Najimy, Linda Sarsour, Gloria Steinem and “Sisters of Comedy” producer Ogunda Okeyo.  Photo Credit:  Michelle Smith On January 17, Gloria Steinem and Kathy Najimy joined other die-hard supporters of “Sisters of Comedy,” New York City’s longest running comedy show that features black women at its center, to celebrate the show’s fourth […]

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David Angelo Named “New York’s Funniest Stand-Up at the 2017 New York Comedy Festival

November, 14 2017 Posted by admin

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Comedian David Angelo out-joked ten other finalists at the tenth annual New York’s Funniest Stand-Up competition at Carolines on Broadway on Saturday, November 11.   The competition, launched in 2008 as part of the annual New York Comedy Festival, is open to any and all New York-based comedians who think they have what it takes to make ‘em laugh here — […]

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

May, 16 2017 Posted by admin

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The 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 […]

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