Classy Comedy at Caroline’s

Classy Comedy at Caroline’s

Carolines on Broadway Supper Lounge

Considering that stand-up comedy, great burger joints and the dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History are three of my favorite things to experience in NYC, it is kind of astounding that I have never been to Carolines, one of the most famous comedy clubs in the United States. Caroline Hirsch first opened the club in Chelsea in 1981, where, when it outgrew its original size, moved to the South Street Seaport and then, in 1992, to its current home in the Theater District, where its name evolved to Carolines on Broadway. 

At any rate, when I discovered one of my favorite newly-discovered comedians, Iliza Shlesinger, was appearing there, I knew the time had come to check it out. On this night in early May, the line to get tickets (the club is one floor below street level) stretched up the blue-carpeted stairway and almost out the door, a notable first impression. At the bottom of the stairs was a jam-packed bar and dining room, which offered banquettes and tables, all decorated in the club’s signature geometric  green, orange, yellow and purple shapes. My friend and I thought a quick bite to eat was in order: A house salad was big enough for two, as was a cone of light, crispy breaded zucchini, the zucchini sliced paper-thin and yummy. Dinner was served and eaten fairly quickly, so that we could get into the 300-seat club room in the back of the supper lounge before the show began.

The room, unlike so many other comedy houses I've been packed in to, was actually spacious without losing a sense of intimacy, glamorized by a colorful neon-light on the wall next to the stage, displaying the club's name. Both Shlesinger and the opening-act comic James Goff were hilarious, covering between them topics that ranged from the horror of raising children to women's body image issues to party goblins. After the show, Shlesinger mingled with the animated crowd in the bar area, taking pictures and chatting.

If you are looking for a guaranteed night of laughs in a comfortable, chic setting and some killer zucchini chips to start off the night, make yourself a date at Carolines on Broadway.

» Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, 212.757.4100