Carolines Breakout Artist: Joe List

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World famous comedy venue Carolines on Broadway and Punchline Magazine have joined forces to present the Breakout Artist Comedy Series. Each Tuesday, at Carolines in New York City, an emerging stand-up comedy star will headline their own show and prove just why they’ve been quietly building a name for themselves in the national comedy scene.

And since we here at Punchline Magazine are all about exposing the best comedians – well-known or not – we’ll be profiling each comedian taking part in the Carolines series each week. So let’s get to this week’s headliner: Joe List!

Born in the greater Boston area, comedian Joe List began his career in 2000 weeks after graduating from High School. His rapid ascent in the Boston club scene and quirky humor prompted the Boston Globe to profile him in 2005, describing him as the “most talented” and “the city’s freshest new comedian(s), showing real promise, real early.

”List moved to New York City in 2006, becoming a favorite at clubs across the city. He tours as the preferred feature act for Comedy Central’s Nick DiPaolo in addition to his own shows in clubs and colleges.

List made his national television debut on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham which premiered in July 2008.

Who do you think are the breakout artists of the next few years?
There are a lot of comics in New York who I think are hilarious comics who a lot of people may not be aware of. if I may name a few, I really love, Sam Morril, Jason Kanter, Sarah Tollemache, Paul Oddo, and Adrienne Iapalucci. I think all of them deserve to be and soon will be ‘breakout artists’. Also, there’s a great comic by the name of Louis C.K. who I think is one of the best working today. Look out for him!

You’re a very well-traveled comic, having performed in 19 different states. Where do you think are the best audiences? And the worst?
I would say without a doubt the worst audiences are in Rhode Island. I don’t know why that is, but it is! Sorry, Rhode Island, I know you have it tough being so small and all, but that’s no excuse for your horrific audiences! In my experiences the best audiences have been in the Midwest, specifically Minneapolis, I love working in that town. I also personally love performing in New York and Boston more than anywhere else, because they have been my two homes in my life.

You work closely with king of snark Nick DiPaolo. How has he influenced your style?
I think Nick has influenced my style in every way one comedian can influence another comedian. I’ve been emulating his style for years. He’s a bit angrier and more opinionated than I am onstage and also quite a bit more talented than I am so we have very different acts but I think the style itself is very much the same.

Not including at a comedy club or comedy event, tell us about a time where being a comedian came in handy.
Recently at a long line in a grocery store in Milwaukee I mentioned to several people in front of me that I was headlining at J.D.’s Comedy Cafe and I was immediately allowed to advance to the front of the line. True story.

Tell us about an event in your childhood that you think shaped you into the comedian you are today.
When I was 14 years old, I fell out of my tree fort and I’ve been hilarious ever since. True story.

Live at Gotham
Joe List – Male G-Spot
www.comedycentral.com

Print out this page and bring it to the venue to get $5 off Joe List’s show at Carolines on May 11! Ticket info here.

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