Carolines breakout artist: Ryan Hamilton

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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: Ryan Hamilton!

Ryan Hamilton was recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘Five Comics to Watch’ and appeared at Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs festival where he was named MVP of the Comedy Leagues competition as part of the New York City team.

He made his national TV debut when he appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham followed by two seasons of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, both times as a semi-finalist. Previously, he won Sierra Mist’s ‘America’s Next Great Comic’ Search and was a finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival competition and appeared at HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival as an up-and-coming talent.

He’s a regular guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show and is a favorite headliner in many of the country’s top comedy clubs.

Who do you think are the breakout artists of the next few years?
This is an impossible question for me. I wish I could answer this question every week. I see so many great comics out there right now. I could mention a lot of the comics who have appeared in this breakout series, but of course, they’ve already broken out, which is great news.

There are so many new comics I see who just blow me away with their potential and growth. Stand up comedy as a whole is really good right now in my opinion and the future is bright. (I’m really not as old as I sound.) To name just two, Sam Morrill and Jared Logan are making me laugh a lot recently.

You’ve racked up some impressive titles and endorsements over the years: Rolling Stone’s ‘5 Comics to Watch,’ finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival, and Sierra Mist’s ‘America’s Next Great Comic.’ Which title means the most to you? It’s the one given out by the soda company, isn’t it?
The Sierra Mist competition was probably the most publicized, and it felt great to win that… like the kind of thing Bill Hicks would’ve embraced. I would show up to a club and there would be five foot inflatable Sierra Mist bottles on either side of the stage and I would think, “I have 25 minutes of material. I may have sold out a tad early.”

As an alum of Last Comic Standing, any advice for this season’s winner on living a post-Last Comic Standing life?
I’ve now twice been a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing. I’ve never been a finalist, and my best advice is to become a finalist. I think that’s where the money is. The show can be good if a comic can look at it as simply an opportunity to showcase. I’ve never been a fan of comedy competitions, but despite that, my career is filled with them, and generally, they’ve been good for me. Granted, it’s risky because sometimes great comics come off looking not great. So, the risk has to be weighed out.

What’s next for Ryan Hamilton? Where will you be in a few years?
Now that I’ve broken out, the sky is the limit. For instance, I hope to still not be an insurance claims adjuster in a few years (nothing against insurance claims adjusters).

Print this page out to get $5 off admission to Ryan Hamilton’s headlining show at Carolines on Aug. 10. Get more ticket info here.

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