Comedy Night at Carolines:
Meet the Performers
HOST: JUDY GOLD
Judy Gold is an award-winning comedian whose talents have appeared in print, on stage, and on television. Judy won two Emmys for writing and producing “The Rosie O’Donnell Show;” and wrote and starred in two critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway hit shows: “The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom” and “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother” (which earned her a 2007 GLAAD Award for Outstanding New York Theater). As one of the hardest-working women in comedy, Judy has performed stand-up specials for HBO, Comedy Central, and LOGO and been twice nominated for the American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Comedian. She also hosts a weekly podcast, “Kill Me Now,” for CBS’s play.it network (also available as a download through iTunes); and wrote guest articles for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and other news outlets.
Judy is also a frequent guest on shows such as “The Wendy Williams Show,” “Broad City,” and has been a guest co-host on “The View.” Judy has also guest-starred on “Louie,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” and, with her family, appeared on “Celebrity Wife Swap.” You can learn more about Judy by visiting www.judygold.com or following her (@jewdygold) on Twitter!
Kate Clinton – “a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer” – is also at the top of her comedic game. With a career that spans more than 35 years since her days at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Park West in Chicago, and Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Kate has written, performed, hosted, and taught the art of comedy across the country. Kate’s performances earned her spots in Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors tour and as the opening act for the Labelle Reunion Show at the Apollo. When Kate isn’t writing books such as I Told You So (her third title), she is frequently, blogging, vlogging, and tweeting or writing for The Huffington Post, The Progressive, and the Washington Blade. Kate has appeared in films such as The Secret Lives of Dentists and in the documentary OUT in America. Kate’s work has earned well-deserved awards from organizations such as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Learn about Kate Clinton – which you can do at kateclinton.com.
Katie Goodman, along with her husband Soren Kisiel, are the creators, writers, and directors of Broad Comedy, and co-founded the Equinox Theatre Company. The actress, comedian, comedy writer, speaker, author, and coach is also a founding member of the national touring improv comedy troupe Spontaneous CombuStibleS; and leads retreats under the title “Improvisation for the Spirit” (which is also the beginning title of her latest book). She and her husband were nominated for the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award for their unique contribution to theater, such as their song, “These are the Things I Can’t F**king Remember,” which appeared on Showtime’s comedy roundtable series, “The Green Room with Paul Provenza.” Get more on Katie at www.katiegoodman.com.
Aparna Nancherla is a joke entrepreneur who pedals in both writing and performance, and whose routines have earned her spots on “top comedian” lists from outlets such as Variety, Time Magazine, and Time Out NY. Aparna recent wrote for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and wrote and performed for “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” You can catch Nancherla performing stand-up (when she’s not sitting) and in videos for Refinery29, Funny or Die, and MTV Other. Learn more about Aparna at www.aparnacomedy.com.
Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, she got her first taste for comedy while supporting a fellow artist. A few drinks later she found herself on stage wowing the audience. The reaction of the crowd (friends and strangers alike)
encouraged her to pursue a career in comedy.
Hadiyah’s television appearances include Nightly Show (Comedy Central), Gotham Comedy Live (AXS TV), Comic View (BET), One Mic Stand (BET), Celebrities Undercover (Oxygen), Buggin’ Out (MTV) and According to Him and Her (Centric).Her comedy has landed her in the pages of the New York Times, O Magazine,Black Enterprise, Time Out NY and Brooklyn Magazine.She has been featured in the New York Comedy Festival, Brooklyn ComedyFestival, Hoboken Comedy Festival, SoCal Comedy Festival and American Black Film Festival Comedy Contest, Ladies of Laughter Comedy Festival and Boston Comedy Festival. Learn more about Hadiyah at www.hadiyahrobinson.com
Liza Treyger – born in the former Soviet Union and raised in Skokie, Il – spent nearly six years doing stand-up in Chicago before moving to New York City in 2015. She was a standout performer at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal last summer and appeared on Comedy Central’s “Adam Devine’s House Party” and “Chelsea Lately.” Liza currently has a “Comedy Central Half Hour” as well as a Snapchat series, “Like It with Liza.” Find out more by following her on Twitter (@GlitterCheese) or check out her YouTube webseries, How Many Questions.
Michelle Wolf is one of the fastest rising comedic talents in New York City, with impressive credits to her name and a busy schedule that includes both stand-up performances and comic writing. Fans of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” will know her as “Grown-Up Annie,” but she also wrote and performed various routines for the show. Michelle is an on-air contributor and writer for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and also wrote for the 88th Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock. When not writing for television, you can see her in the digital series “Now Hiring” and “Used People,” both of which she created and in which she starred. Michelle has taken the stage at the Riot LA Comedy Festival, Bonnaroo, and the Dublin Comedy Festival to name a few places; and she’s been named a “50 Comedians You Should Know” in 2015 by Vulture magazine and one of the “Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC” by TimeOut New York.
Catch more of Michelle at michelleisawolf.com or follow her on Twitter: @michelleisawolf.
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