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

"Sue Costello's charismatic performance is mesmerizing as you march with her through her teenage years on the Dorchester streets through her life in New York and Hollywood." - Colin Quinn

"Sue's show was amazing, hilarious, dark and brutally honest, Run don't walk to the theatre!" - Molly Shannon

SUE COSTELLO brings her acclaimed one-woman play to NYC For one night only:
I Wasn't Trying To Be Funny at The Broadway Comedy Club
February 18th - Sue Costello, acclaimed comic, actor and writer is set to bring her one-woman play, I Wasn't Trying To Be Funny, to The Broadway Comedy Club 318 West 53rd St NYC (212-757-2323).

Sue Costello, though best known as a brilliant comedian, has created a play that is told through scenes, re-enacted by an actress with extraordinary range. What's especially striking about "I Wasn't Trying To Be Funny" is that it isn't simply a monologue about her life or a series of quick impressions, but part comedic performance, part- raw emotional saga. 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.

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 flip-side 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."  

Kevin Nealon commented, "Great characters, great writing and hilarious delivery. She is the next Whoopi."  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." "Sue Costello is an incredible talent  I LOVED this show!" -Patricia Clarkson.
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The Broadway Comedy Club (View)
318 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
United States


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Minimum Age: 12
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