Kerry Coddett Crowned 2017 Carolines Comedy Madness Champion

March, 30 2017 Posted by admin

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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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Anthony Jeselnik and Norm Macdonald added to Last Comic Standing

March, 12 2015 0 Comments Posted by admin

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After rumors of yet another cancellation, it was announced earlier today by USA Today that NBC’s Last Comic Standing will return for another season later this year with new host Anthony Jeselnik and judge Norm Macdonald, both of whom headlined Carolines on Broadway in 2014. Jeselnik will replace season eight host J.B. Smoove while Macdonald will fill former judge Russell Peters shoes in season nine. Season eight judges Rosanne Barr and Keenan Ivory Wayans will return to their roles and Executive Producer Wanda Sykes will continue her role behind the scenes.

Last Comic, which returned in 2014 after a three years off the air, will feature six less episodes than last season. Season nine will also feature celebrity guest appearances and a new head-to-head segment, according to USA Today.

Throughout the years, Last Comic Standing finalists and winners have seen a great deal of success following the show. Former winners of Last Comic Standing include upcoming Carolines headliners Rod Man and Iliza Shlesinger. Another future Carolines headliner, Craig Robinson hosted season seven of the show in 2010.

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Comedy Central Orders New Hannibal Buress Show

March, 10 2015 0 Comments Posted by admin

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Comedy Central has ordered eight half-hour episodes of a new weekly series titled Why with Hannibal Buress which will begin airing this June. According to Deadline, the show will feature stand-up from Buress, filmed-segments, man on the street interviews, and in-studio guests. Since signing a development deal with Comedy Central in 2013 Buress’s career has […]

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WQXR Choses Finalists For “Classical Comedy” Contest

October, 26 2011 0 Comments Posted by admin

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WQXR has chosen nine finalists for their Classical Comedy Contest, scheduled to take place at Carolines on Broadway as part of the New York Comedy Festival on November 8th. To see who the finalists are, click here! Tickets are on sale for the finals now so be sure to pick them up now! The Classical […]

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CBS New York Names CAROLINES One of the Top 5 Places To See Stand-Up in NYC!

October, 12 2011 0 Comments Posted by admin

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CAROLINES ON BROADWAY has been named one of the Top 5 places to see stand-up comedy in NYC! Check out the full story here!        

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