WQXR Classical Comedy Contest Seeks Funny People -- Finalists to Compete at Legendary Carolines on Broadway During the New York Comedy Festival

Press contacts:    Jennifer Houlihan, Director, Publicity WQXR                              

(646) 829-4497 / jhoulihan@nypublicradio.org 

Rosalin Luetum, Publicist, WQXR

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Greg Charles, Director, Publicity, Carolines

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WQXR Classical Comedy Contest Seeks Funny Musicians and Musical Comedians


Finalists to Compete at CAROLINES ON BROADWAY; Event to be taped and broadcast on public television stations THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV


Deadline for Submissions is October 10; Winner to Perform a Second Set

During New York Comedy Festival


(September 14, 2011, New York, NY) – The tradition of mixing classical music and comedy is long and grand – really!  From Victor Borge’s musical slapstick and Danny Kaye conducting orchestras to Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd singing Ride of the Valkyries and Adam Sandler’s “Opera Man” skits, comedians have found humor in a genre better known for its high-brow seriousness than its comic potential.


Classical 105.9FM WQXR and legendary comedy club Carolines On Broadway have come together for the WQXR CLASSICAL COMEDY CONTEST, a one-of-a-kind talent contest for performers of all shapes and sizes who combine classical music and humor.  Think of Flight of the Conchords headlining Carnegie Hall, or The Lonely Island meets Yo-Yo Ma.  This is a singular opportunity for all those comedians with classical music training, or classical musicians who tell a mean joke, or simply for comedians who find classical music funny, to show off  their unique talents.


Finalists will perform at Carolines on Broadway on Tuesday, November 8 as part of the New York Comedy Festival.  The winner will go on to perform a second set during New York Comedy Festival.


Carolines on Broadway is located at 1626 Broadway, between 49th and 50th Streets; tickets will be available at www.carolines.com.  The event will be taped and broadcast on public television stations THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV at a later date.


Celebrity judges of the finalists include:

  • Comedian ROBERT KLEIN
  • PETER SCHICKELE of PDQ Bach fame
  • CHARLES HAMLEN of IMG talent agency’s classical music division
  • Opera star DEBORAH VOIGT


Complete details and a video invitation by Robert Klein may be found here: www.wqxr.org/comedy.



The deadline for entering the WQXR Classical Comedy Contest is Monday, October 10, 2011 at 11:59pm EST.  Contestants may enter the contest by providing a five-minute video of their act, name, and a few other details at WQXR.org/comedy.  WQXR staff will judge all the entries and announce the semi-finalists at noon on Monday, October 17.  Semi-finalist videos will be posted on WQXR.org for comment by the general public and a group of finalists will be selected.


The WQXR Classical Comedy Contest is produced and hosted by WQXR host Elliott Forrest. Details, rules and entry forms for the WQXR Comedy Contest are available at WQXR.org/comedy.



About New York Public Radio

New York Public Radio is New York’s premier public radio franchise, comprising WQXR, WNYC, and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, as well as www.wqxr.org, www.wnyc.org, and www.thegreenespace.orgClassical 105.9 WQXR is New York City’s sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life.  As America’s most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City’s cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. In addition to its audio content, WQXR and WNYC produce content for live, radio, and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station’s street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space.  For more information about New York Public Radio, visit www.nypublicradio.org.


About the New York Comedy Festival

Now in its eighth year, The New York Comedy Festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with Comedy Central.  The festival has featured some of the country's top comedians, including Dane Cook, Artie Lange, Margaret Cho, Katt Williams, Aziz Ansari, and Joel McHale, to name a few.   In 2007, the festival launched the “Stand-Up for Heroes” event to benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has featured performances by Robin Williams, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Ricky Gervais, Conan O'Brien, and Bruce Springsteen.   For more information on each event and to purchase tickets, please visit www.nycomedyfestival.com.


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