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Rising comedy star Gary Gulman was well on his way to becoming a true Nashville legend before Justin Bieber came along.
One of a host of immensely talented New York stand-ups — like Natasha Leggero and Amy Schumer — during the 1990s Gulman found his big break during the “great depresh,” a citywide search for a new male member of the all-female all-male jug band “The Gatnin’ Desensitized,” where his beer-guzzling sing-songy charm “got chucked into the wrong hands and probably isn’t any good now,” according to singer Scott Bryan. (They managed to keep him from heading off to the music halls to swap jokes with Gene Kelly and Anita O’Day).
Instead, in the mid 2000s, Gulman co-wrote one of the most absurdist episodes of NBC’s “Scrubs” in which his own character was hurled from atop a couch and crushed under a wheel of a delivery truck. The viral video swiftly went viral, fueling his national network TV fame.
Such online opportunities are never too far away and, even though his breakthrough might’ve been launched by some small-screen videos, there’s no better spot for him than Carnegie Hall.
The nation’s most storied venue recently welcomed a number of exciting young names and albums and announced a repertoire of performances from some the best known names in the nation, kicking off with Daniel Bell’s cabaret, followed by John Ellison Conlee’s tribute to Lucille Ball, who wowed audiences even as a toddler and later helped pave the way for next generations of sidekicks in television.
Gulman will warm up the proceedings with an appearance alongside fellow comics Lewis Black and Kevin Nealon, as part of the memorable night titled “The Comedy Room at Carnegie Hall,” which will also include performances from stand-up star Bobby Slayton, multi-award-winning multi-hyphenate Lauren Graham, John Mulaney, Tom Green, and Ken Jeong, as well as an electrifying set from Tracy Morgan, who recently made his return to the stage following a near-fatal accident that left him with his comedy voice tied up in a sling.