Carolines on Broadway: A NYC Comedy Night Out
Carolines on Broadway
NY, NY 10019
Billed as “America’s Premiere Comedy Nightclub,” Carolines is one of the most famous comedy venues in the United States. The club started as a cabaret, but soon morphed into a comedy club when owner Caroline Hirsch booked the young comedian, Jay Leno as its first comedic guest. Other up-and-coming comedians, ranging from Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Robin Williams to Andrew Dice Clay have filled its roster. Originally located in Chelsea, the club drew fans the likes of Andy Warhol by booking regulars like Paul “Pee-Wee” Herman.
Requiring a larger venue, Carolines moved to South Street Seaport. Here, the club attained national renown as the stage for the Arts & Entertainment network’s award-wining Caroline’s Comedy Hour.
In 1992, the Carolines moved to Times Square, on Broadway between 49th and 50th Street. The new, 300-seat club received the American Institute of Architecture Award for Best Interior Club Design, gracing the cover of Interior Design Magazine. It was the setting for Bill Hick’s January 1994 final stand-up appearance before he died of cancer.
Current artists appearing at Carolines include Bill Bellamy, Adam Carolla, Susie Essman and JB Smoove.