Q&A with Sam Morril

June, 28 2012 0 Comments Posted by admin

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While Carolines is known for presenting the biggest names in comedy, the club is also known for discovering and developing the next generation of comedy stars. The club’s popular monthly “Break Out Artist Comedy Series” showcases the talents of New York’s many rising stars who are quickly making names for themselves and achieving headliner status. One of those fast-rising comedians is Sam Morril, who has earned a reputation as one of the best joke writers on the scene today. Sam has performed on a Friar’s Club Roast, was highlighted in a four-page feature story in the Daily News as one of the four funniest comedians in New York, won the Laughing Skulls festival in Atlanta, was recently named one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch,” and performed in the prestigious New York Comedy Festival. His comedy can be heard on Sirius XM Radio’s Raw Dog Comedy Channel.

 

Sam headlined his own night at Caroline’s on June 27, and we sat down with him before the show to talk to him about his budding comedy career.

 

Q: You were born and raised in New York, and although you have traveled all over the country for shows, you have settled here. What is it about the New York Comedy scene that has made you want to stick around?

 

SM: It’s the best comedy scene in my opinion. There are the best comics here, and I want to be around that. Also my family is here so that always helps.

 

Q: You’ve earned a reputation as being one of today’s top young joke writers. Is there a sense of pressure to constantly top yourself?

 

SM: Yeah, of course. I’m never happy; I never write as many jokes as I think I can. They never come as quickly as you would wish they would. It can be frustrating and there’s always pressure to keep achieving.

 

Q: You are a fan of legendary comedians like Rodney Dangerfield. You have been quoted saying that you are a “fan first.” Is it weird now to have fans of your own?

 

SM: I don’t know if I have real fans, I mean who knows, maybe. I don’t know if that quote is right…I definitely am a fan, but I think now I’m a comic first. I still love comedy and I love watching it. If I here someone saying something funny I’ll go listen.

 

Q: Who inspired you to go from watching comedy to actually performing?

 

SM: I don’t know if any single comic inspired me, I watched a lot of great comics but I don’t know if any one inspired me to think, “oh I can do that.” I would make my friends laugh, and in high school I made a community service project and I turned it into a stand up thing. I mean people in my high school already thought I was funny so I kind of had a built in advantage, but then it went really well and I started doing open mics which was a much harder experience.

 

Q: How has your career changed since you first started? You’re headlining your own show at Carolines on Broadway. Does a performance like this in a place like Carolines make you feel like you’ve made it?

 

SM: This is great. I remember performing at Carolines when I wasn’t headlining, and now that I am it just feels like a whole other level. I don’t know if I’ll ever feel like I’ve made it, I just want to continue doing stand up and get better and better.

 

Q: Some comedians embrace different characters that they have created, where as you go on stage as yourself. Do you think that is a better way to deliver comedy?

SM: I don’t think it’s a better way. I love characters. I was working with Yannis Pappas here last week, and I loved working with him. I think comedians that do different voices and stuff, not necessarily characters but different personas is very enjoyable to watch.

 

Q: Where do you see your career going? Do you want to do TV or film?

 

SM: Yeah I would definitely want to do TV or film. I don’t know where my career is going; I really have no idea. I’ll definitely always be doing standup, hopefully that will always be number one for me. If I get a TV show or a movie, I would definitely do it.

 

Photography by Phil Provencio

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Adam Carolla’s “Not Taco Bell Material” Book Party and Webinar

June, 15 2012 0 Comments Posted by admin

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Carolines on Broadway hosted a book party and webinar to celebrate the release of best-selling author Adam Carolla’s new book, “Not Taco Bell Material,” on Tuesday. Carolla and special guest Artie Lange graced the Carolines stage for the event, and will do so again during live tapings of “The Adam Carolla Show” podcast this weekend. The two will pair up again on Friday with additional guests for the weekend of performances including comedian Todd Barry, “The Daily Show” correspondent Wyatt Cenac, and legendary comedian David Alan Grier who is currently starring in and was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in “Porgy and Bess.”

From the moment Carolla entered on Thursday, his personality filled the room. He was greeted by roaring fans and high fives, along with clinking bottles and laughter. He opened by regaling the crowd with “the Richard Gere gerbil story.” Plus, who doesn’t love to hear someone else complain? From Wendy Williams to the pointlessness of daily holidays like “Skunk Day,” Carolla projected his witty and often cynical opinion on a plethora of subjects throughout the night.

Carolla has focused his energies on becoming a pioneer in the podcast world. In 2009 Carolla stole the title of most downloaded podcast from the previous record holder, Ricky Gervais. His podcast is now the most downloaded on iTunes, a title it earned only days after its creation.

In 2010, Carolla’s book, “In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks” debuted on the New York Times best seller list, and Carolla hopes for similar success with his most recent book. His new book deals with the trials and tribulations that Adam encountered growing up without money or a stable family, and takes the reader on a journey through his tumultuous youth through the plethora of “dumps” he resided in throughout his early years. The comedic anecdotes presented by Carolla are bittersweet; his current success is not isolated from his difficult beginnings. His accomplishments come from his own perseverance and an innate sense of humor that he maintained throughout his difficult childhood. However, knowing that his ending is a happy one, this book can be read through a comedic lens and you will be left laughing along with Adam as he takes you through his upbringing. For those who are not already subscribing to Adam Carolla’s podcast, it can be found on iTunes. His new book “Not Taco Bell Material” is also out now, so be sure to pick up a copy!

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Adam Carolla on Jimmy Kimmel Live talking about his new book Not Taco Bell Material

June, 8 2012 0 Comments Posted by admin

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Check out this hilarious clip of die hard LA Kings fan Adam Carolla on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Adam will present from his new book “Not Taco Bell Material” in a special live event this Tuesday, June 12 at Carolines on Broadway. The event will feature special guest Artie Lange and a questions-and-answers session with the […]

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Susie Essman Guest Co-hosts NBC’s “New York Live”

June, 8 2012 0 Comments Posted by admin

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Check out the hilarious Susie Essman as she sits in as a guest co-host on WNBC-TV’s “New York Live” and see her live at Carolines this weekend! View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.

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Time Out NY Article on Comedy Game Shows

June, 4 2012 0 Comments Posted by admin

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Check out this great article in Time Out NY about comedy game shows. It talks about Jeff Dye, who will be headlining at Carolines June 21 – 24! Don’t miss it! http://www.timeout.com/newyork/comedy/comedy-game-shows

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JB Smoove Brings the Ruckus to “Good Day New York”

June, 1 2012 0 Comments Posted by admin

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