Located in the heart of New York City's vibrant Times Square district, Carolines on Broadway is widely regarded as "America's Premier Comedy Nightclub," presenting the best live comedy entertainment seven nights a week, 365 days a year. In 2007, Carolines on Broadway celebrates 25 years of keeping New York and the world laughing. Just steps from many of Broadway's most well known theaters, Carolines on Broadway provides the same quality entertainment one has come to expect of New York's legendary Great White Way.
Carolines first opened as a cabaret in the city's Chelsea neighborhood in 1981. Owner Caroline Hirsch , a lifelong comedy fan, soon began booking comedians. The comedy acts - which included now legendary performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Rosie O'Donnell and Jay Leno - were a tremendous success , and Carolines soon became a full-fledged comedy nightclub. As comedy's popularity surged throughout the 80s and into the 90s, so did Carolines' popularity.
Carolines moved to New York's historic South Street Seaport where it thrived and established itself as the country's top comedy venue. It also served as home to the A&E Network's highly successful series , "Caroline's Comedy Hour." When Hirsch relocated the club to its grand setting in Times Square in 1992 , the club began presenting comedians in a sophisticated, state-of-the-art nightclub, bringing the comedy experience to new heights as it showcased the newly revitalized Times Square district on its A&E show . "Carolines Comedy Hour" ultimately won a CableACE award for "Best Stand-Up Comedy Series."
Carolines on Broadway has hosted countless large-scale fund-raising events and high profile benefits throughout the years. Hirsch, a long-time Ms. Foundation board member, created an annual fundraiser for The Foundation that has continued to grow each year. Now in its fourteenth year, "The Ms. Foundation's Women of Comedy" special recently aired on the Lifetime Television Network to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Ms. Foundation. Additionally, Carolines hosts a highly successful annual fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, which honors the late Madeline Kahn, and an annual star-studded fundraiser for The Scleroderma Research Foundation as part of the Carolines-produced New York Comedy Festival.
Hirsch is a founding partner of the New York Comedy Festival, a highly successful five-day comedy festival that has graced some of New York's most prestigious venues and showcased such comic luminaries as Dane Cook, Denis Leary, Howie Mandel, Bill Maher, Damon Wayans, Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, Artie Lange, Rosie O'Donnell, Paul Mooney and Steven Wright, just to name a few, over the last three years. The fourth annual New York Comedy Festival will take place November 7 - 12.
Today, Carolines on Broadway holds center stage in the heart of Times Square as one of New York City's most popular and enduring nightspots and as the city's only genuine nightclub. It is a New York institution and is one of the cornerstones in the revitalization of Times Square. The 300-seat club with an elegant decor received critical acclaim when it received the American Institute of Architecture Award for Best Interior Club Design and was featured on the cover of Interior Design Magazine.
As one of the country's most popular destinations for live entertainment, Carolines on Broadway stands as the crowning achievement of Caroline Hirsch's extraordinary 25-year career. As the reigning diva of the New York comedy scene, she has proven that she is both an innovator and visionary in the fast-paced , constantly evolving entertainment industry.
Carolines on Broadway continues to present the biggest and brightest stars in entertainment on comedy's grandest stage, reaffirming its position as the home of "The Funniest Show on Broadway."