Carolines breakout artist: Nate Bargatze

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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: Nate Bargatze!

Nate Bargatze grew up watching his father, who is a world class magician, and decided to follow his footsteps in the entertainment business. Since he made his television debut on CMT Comedy Stage in 2007, he has had two appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, performed on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and at the 2008 Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival in the ‘New Faces’ category receiving critical acclaim in the Hollywood Reporter.

In 2007, Nate wrote for the Video Game Awards. He recently returned from his third tour in Iraq performing for the troops in Baghdad. He continues to keep the momentum going working every night in New York City comedy clubs when he’s not on the road.

Who will be the next breakout artists of the next few years?
Yannis Pappas, Chris Laker, Luis Gomez, Justin Silver, Dan Soder…. Oh wait, you said who WILL BE the next Breakout artist? Then, I say Geno Bisconte.

How did you get involved with going overseas to perform for our troops in Iraq?
I went with my good buddy and very funny friend Dustin Chafin the first time and now have gone back two more times with Comics Ready To Entertain which was started by comedian Scott Kennedy who has been over there 37 times. I hope to get to keep going as long as they are there.

Do you edit or change the routine you use? Do you now consider yourself a vet and hang out at VFW lodges?
I don’t edit but just choose the jokes I think will work for the situation— which I am usually wrong about. I consider myself a vet of performing at VFW lodges.

You recently won the 2010 Final Four Competition at Carolines on Broadway. Congrats! Has it given your career a boost yet? Or is it mostly bragging rights and an over-sized check?
I didn’t even get an over-sized check. Right after I won I had an audience member tell me how she didn’t think I should of won. I enjoyed it for about eight seconds. It has helped me with Carolines and will get to do the New York Comedy Festival, which should be awesome. I have been in the contest before and it felt great to win it. I think I am happiest I don’t have to do it anymore.

What’s next for Nate Bargatze? Where will you be in a few years?
Improv. I don’t think they have had their boom yet. I also will be doing my podcast called ‘it could be better’ with Yannis Pappas and Chris Laker. Go to itcouldbebetter.org and subscribe on iTunes and listen!

Print this page out to get $5 off admission to Nate Bargatze’s show at Carolines on June 22. Get more ticket info here.

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