Sue Costello - I Wasn't Trying To Be Funny
The Broadway Comedy Club
New York, NY
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"At the risk of seeming excessive in praise of Costello, her one-person play is the best combination of genuine poignance and rollicking humor since the pioneering stage work of Lily Tomlin and early Whoopi Goldberg..." -Huffington Post

"She's wrangled her singular life into a searingly honest & hilarious show that kind of makes sense of everything. " Taylor Schilling

Sue Costello, though best known as a brilliant comedian, created and performs this play solo, with extraordinary range. Sue plays herself at different periods in her life on stage and she converses with real-life characters we can't see, but whose presence is as real and riveting as hers. What's especially striking about I Wasn't Trying To Be Funny is that it isn't simply a monologue about Sue's life or a series of quick impressions, but part comedic performance, part-raw emotional saga. Watch a preview here

Costello explains that she was inspired to write I Wasn't Trying To Be Funny when her television show Costello was cancelled; "I felt like everything kept going wrong and the only common denominator was me, so I reached inside to find a solution and documented my process. I knew that there was hope and I took what seemed to be wrong and made it right" Costello adds, "I Wasn't Trying to be Funny is art imitating life."

Local Boston papers aren't simply championing a home-town girl, but heralding a major comedic and playwriting talent. The Boston Metro said "Not many people have the charisma, stamina, or the anecdotes to sustain a one and half hour show alone, Sue Costello does it sans props, costumes or music in the play." The Boston Herald called the show "Powerful - thanks to Costello's frank charisma and her ability to mingle humor with tragedy... It's the flipside of Costello's stand up act- too brutal and frank to be disposable as a night of jokes." The Patriot Ledger mused that, "Costello rivets the audience with a comic's gift for delivery and wit and an actress' skill with emotion."  

"Sue Costello is an incredible talent  I LOVED this show!" -Patricia Clarkson. Actor and comedian Kevin Nealon also commented, "Great characters, great writing and hilarious delivery. She is the next Whoopionly not black."  Actress Kristen Johnston said, "I left this show seething with jealousy and completely dazzled by Sue Costello's brilliant and agonizingly funny portrait of a young girl's youth. It's an incredible story of survival, and the performance of a lifetime. I can't wait to see it again."

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Sue Costello co-created, produced, and starred in the self-titled Boston-based sitcom Costello for the Fox Network. She has also appeared on NYPD BLUE, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and Last Comic Standing. Ms. Costello has appeared in feature films Southie with Donnie Wahlberg; Once in the Life with Laurence Fishburne; and "The Fighter" starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Mark Wahlberg. She just filmed the movie The Witching Hour with William Fosythe and Michael Madsen.
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318 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
United States


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Minimum Age: 12
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