JUST ANNOUNCED! 2019 Carolines Comedy Madness Guidelines

December, 4 2018 Posted by admin


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

May, 7 2018 Posted by admin


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 Emill Crowned 2018 Carolines Comedy Madness Champion

March, 29 2018 Posted by admin


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 […]

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

January, 26 2018 Posted by admin


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


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


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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