Caroline Hirsch is the founder and owner of the New York comedy club Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival. Located in the heart of New York City’s vibrant Times Square district, Carolines on Broadway is widely regarded as “America’s Premier Comedy Nightclub,” presenting the best live comedy entertainment. Carolines first opened as a cabaret in 1981. A lifelong comedy fan, she soon began booking comedians, which included now legendary performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Rosie O’Donnell and Jay Leno. “Carolines Comedy Hour” on A&E ultimately won a CableACE award for “Best Stand-Up Comedy Series.” Hosting countless large-scale fundraising benefits every year, Carolines has been the home of OCRA’s Stand Up for Madeline, which honors the late Madeline Kahn, since 2002, raising over $2 million to date for ovarian cancer research. Caroline is also a founding partner of the New York Comedy Festival, a highly successful five-day comedy festival that has showcased comic luminaries such as Dane Cook, Denis Leary, Howie Mandel, Bill Maher, Damon Wayans, Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, Artie Lange, Rosie O’Donnell, Mario Cantone, and Steven Wright, just to name a few.
Carolines on Broadway stands as the crowning achievement of Caroline’s extraordinary 35-year career. As the reigning diva of the New York Comedy scene, she has proven that she is both an innovator and visionary in the fast-paced, constantly evolving entertainment industry. Caroline joined the OCRA board in December, 2014.