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Lyrics & Lyricists: Get Happy - Harold Arlen's Early Years

Lyrics & Lyricists: Get Happy - Harold Arlen's Early Years

Updated Feb 6, 2017

92nd Street Y (92Y)

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Jill Kargman, "Stairway to Cabaret"

Jill Kargman, "Stairway to Cabaret"

Updated Feb 6, 2017

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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