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.”View full post