Caroline’s on a good night, according to comedian Brandon Sagalow, is so loud it “sounds like a jungle” from the stage.
On stage it can also be a bit like a jungle.
Such was the case when Amy Schumer decided to try out an upcoming “Saturday Night Live” monologue there.
She didn’t care that Sagalow was in the middle of his set or that friends and family were there to see him. Schumer, he told the Post, ran onto the stage and almost pushed him off the stage. Sagalov took it with grace at the moment, he recalled. But later, on his podcast, he made his true feelings clear: “It’s a pretty shitty thing to do on my first headlining set…”
He’s just one of the many comedians upset that Caroline’s Comedy Club is closing its doors. The space, which has been in Times Square for 30 years, hosts its final set on New Year’s Eve. Owner Caroline Hirsch told The Post that her 10-year lease at 750 Seventh Avenue was due for a rent “reset” at the end of the year, but “my landlord felt they could get a lot more for the space .”
Over the decades – including at its previous locations in Soho and South Street Seaport – the club helped launch the careers of Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Billy Crystal, among others.
Some of the brightest minds in the comedy game have made it a home away from home. And they knew how to avoid pushy listeners.
That was the case when Jeff Garlin appeared there in 2006 and a guy thought it would be funny to poke fun at the comic. Then owner Caroline Hirsch told USA Today: “Suddenly from the back of the room an Irishman howled the heckler. It was Robin [Williams]. Jeff said to the heckler, “Hey, you’re no match for this guy.” Then he introduced Robin and Robin walked onstage.”
Sagalow recalled seeing a front-row viewer speaking during another of his headlining sets.
“I told the guy to shut up and made the classic mistake of asking the crowd if they wanted him to shut up,” the comic said. “They booed and told me to get off the stage. I ended up cursing the audience. But Caroline was great about it: she didn’t say anything. Did she look me in the eye afterwards? no But who would do that?”
Dave Chappelle once spoke about taking the weed from the club’s doorman, who happened to be a pre-famous Idris Elba.
In 2016, after Tracy Morgan recovered from his car accident, she did a stand-up show at Caroline’s with his doctor and hospital staff in the audience. The set ended with Morgan breaking down in tears and medical staff hugging him. As reported in The Post, he told the crowd: “These are all the people who saved my life. Give them a standing ovation.”
Two years ago, Pete Davidson admitted on stage that he had just completed rehab in Arizona.
To make fun of it, Davidson told the crowd that he signed a pledge not to commit suicide until the Knicks win a championship. “Five more years,” he said dryly.
Davidson was hilarious when he joked about drugs to Caroline. Joe Gorga, known from “Real Housewives of New Jersey”, was the complete opposite when he performed on Drugs at Carolines. Last year, housewife husband Melissa Gorga took the stage at the club with a performance that fell flat as a stunned crowd just stared at him. He accused “Sudafed and a few Scotches”. It was so bad that Melissa pulled him off the stage before he could embarrass himself any more.
Alcohol will certainly come in handy on the closing night when the performers are given a special benefit.
“They let us all out through the back of the club and that lands us in Times Square,” Caroline’s regular Kerry Coddett told the Post. “We stand there and watch the ball fall. I grew up in New York. So for me a dream comes true. But if you’re comedic on New Year’s Eve, you’re too drunk to remember anything.”
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