STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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On June 5 at the Sellersville Theater, it’ll be like a throwback to the days of “The Ed Sullivan Show,” with a comedian, a magician and a singer performing the same night.
“That’s exactly what we were going for. The closest thing (today) to (the variety TV shows of the ‘60s and ‘70s) is ‘America’s Got Talent’,” said Richland Township resident Jimmy Carroll, whose successful stand-up comedy material for more than two decades includes his curmudgeonly “Last of the Boomers” observations. “It’s about what’s no longer there — cement/concrete playgrounds. We believed in thinning the herd,” quipped the 1980 graduate of Upper Dublin High School, recalling the sounds of classmates from childhood falling off the monkey bars at recess.
“I make (my jokes) stuff you forgot to laugh at the first time,” he added. Items for sale on Carroll’s website include a CD of his stand-up act in Las Vegas titled “I’ll Explain,” and his humor in book form — “The Official Bad Golfers Test” (“The best part is I could write off my golf [expenses],” he says half-joking, half-serious) and “Don’t You Just Hate These Things?”.
Sharing the stage in Sellersville with Carroll will be witty magician and “America’s Got Talent” season six finalist Scott Alexander, and Sinatra-inspired retro crooner Tony Babino. According to Carroll, the trio of headliners has a combined 90 years of show business experience between them, including an “Oprah” appearance (Alexander), cruise ships, Atlantic City, Vegas — and in Carroll’s case, entertaining U.S. military troops overseas and even appearances in two movies. Carroll swears that while making a film called “Meter Maid,” he convinced starring actor Chris Noth (Mr. Big from “Sex and the City” and Detective Mike Logan from “Law & Order,” among others) that based on a handful of lines the comedian had playing a security guard, he was rumored to be nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
Typically traveling and performing at least 200 days out of the year, Carroll said he has played golf with Ray Romano, been visited backstage by Jim Breuer, and worked with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy, Rosie O’Donnell and more. In fact, he’s working on a book about his road stories, tentatively titled “You Were Good Too.”
Appearing on TV via A&E’s “An Evening at the Improv,” Comedy Central’s “Stand and Deliver” and ESPN 2, in 2000 the Montgomery County Community College and Kutztown University alum was “on the verge” of landing a role on a sitcom. But perhaps it was a good thing that didn’t materialize. At that time, Carroll had two daughters younger than 10 years old at home. “It was never fame I was after. Why would I want to move to L.A.? I’ve got a nice house in Bucks County, which would cost the same as a one-bedroom apartment in L.A. If I gotta sacrifice fame for family, I’m OK with it,” he said.
Check out www.jimmycarroll.net (and Carroll’s art humor site www.modernmancomics.com), www.tonyb.org and www.scottalexandermagic.com.
IF YOU GO
What: Show with Jimmy Carroll, Scott Alexander and Tony Babino.
When: 8 p.m. June 5.
Where: Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave. at Main Street, Sellersville.
Tickets: $25 and $39.50.
Info: Call (215) 257-5808 or visit www.st94.com.