• Carolines breakout artist: Joe Larson

    Print this page out to get $5 off admission to Joe Larson’s headlining show at Carolines on July 27. Get more ticket info here.

    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 Larson!

    Chosen College Comedian of the Year at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Joe was also nominated as best up-and-coming comedian at NYC’s MAC awards and was part of this years prestigious Johnny Carson Great American Comedy Festival. Joe has also been featured on screen many times including Comedy Central, Loco Comedy Jam and in the film “Stand-Up 360.”

    Who do you think are the breakout artists of the next few years?
    I am not sure but I have been hearing quite a bit of buzz about this Steve Martin guy.

    You come from a family of comedians – father is a famous Seattle stand-up. Do you think you were destined to be a comedian? Would you have followed in your father’s footsteps if he were, say, the manager of a Bennigan’s?
    I never wanted to be a stand-up. And quite frankly during some shows that aren’t going well, I still don’t. My dad, Elliot Maxx is one of the funniest guys I have ever seen. When I told him I was going to do stand-up he tried to talk me out of it for a year an a half. Even at that he has been a huge help. The first time I opened for him he gave me a little piece of advise that I have never forgot. The MC was introducing me and he put his arm around me and said “son, I have been doing this 30 years, I have learned a lot and I have a piece of advice for you… Don’t fuck up, makes me look bad. Go get em.”

    You were once named “College Comedian of the Year.” Do you prefer the college circuit to the night club circuit?
    Clubs. College kids are too easily offended. I like an audience that has been shit on by life. They know that things probably won’t work out and life isn’t fair so you might as well laugh at the things that are funny.

    Addendum – Did you yourself finish college – or are you also the recipient of the “The Most Ironic Comedy Award of the Year” award?
    I never graduated, but I have performed at every college that I was rejected from. Cashing those checks was the greatest feeling ever! After cashing them I was promptly removed from the bank by a security guard for yelling “Suck it, college!”

    What’s next for Joe Larson? Where will you be in a few years?
    Probably therapy. Where will I be in a few years? I think that depends on the therapy.

    Print this page out to get $5 off admission to Joe Larson’s headlining show at Carolines on July 27. Get more ticket info here.

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