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Jill Kargman, "Stairway to Cabaret"


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Jill Kargman, "Stairway to Cabaret"

Jan 18, 2017
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This is the first of what we predict will be many runs at the Carlyle for Jill Kargman; after all, East 76th St is ground zero for shallow, rich upper East siders - her peeps. She’s spent her whole career thus far milking for laughs, as in both her hit Bravo TV series “Odd Mom Out” and her comedic memoir “Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut.” In a certain way, it makes perfect sense that Jill Kargman compares her parents to the Addams Family - after all, she comes out looking like Morticia, with her straight black hair, funereal pallor, and widow’s weeds-type black dress. Her show constantly finds the hysterical humor in the bleakest situations imaginable - one of the most cheerful anecdotes, comparatively, is the tale of going shopping with her parents for a cemetery plot. The majority of her stories, perhaps coincidentally, are about the worst possible things happening to women: rape, beatings, infidelity, which she somehow makes seem both hilarious and poignant, especially when she leavens them with thoughtful interpretations of what she describes as some of the “rape-iest” songs of the 1980s, the early MTV era - like Bon Jovi’s, “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)