Shalom Life | April 09, 2014

Breakthrough Jew - Robyn Schall

Schall headlines and hosts a monthly showcase of the city’s best female comics called “Ladies Night”, at the legendary club, Caroline’s on Broadway.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: July 25th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News

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Name: Robyn Schall

Age: One ought to never ask a lady her age

Hometown: Long Island, New York

Breakthrough Cred: Headline and hosting “Ladies Night” at the legendary comedy club Caroline’s on Broadway

There’s a certain breed of person who willingly stands up on a stage, in front of a crowd, night after night, and attempts to make them laugh. Robyn Schall is one of said individuals. Over the past couple years or so, the actress/comedian has slogged her way through the oft times unforgiving world that is New York City’s comedy scene. However, persistence pays off, and now Schall headlines and hosts a monthly showcase of the city’s best female comics called “Ladies Night”, at the legendary club, Caroline’s on Broadway. In many ways, Caroline’s just isn’t her “bread and butter”, but it actually jump-started her career as a comic.

“A little over a year ago, before I ever tried stand up I took a Standup Comedy class with Linda Smith at Caroline’s on Broadway and it changed my career. I’ve had to work my way up and am still working my way up but I have been very, very lucky. It has been going great,” Schall told Funny Not Slutty in 2011.

Since then, Schall has done the aforementioned gig for “Ladies Night”, not to mention opening for a certain, legendary comic.

“I credit a lot to my family and the other half to Caroline's. The class aside, they've had my back from the beginning. They put me on regular shows, and I got to open for Gilbert Gottfried. Now, I'm headlining,” Schall explained to Times Square in March.

Prior to getting the regular gig at Caroline’s, Schall wrote, directed, and starred in her own comedy web-series called, Not the Sharpest Crayon. All of the material from the series was based on her stand-up routine at the time.


“Gays, Blacks and Jews are my favorites to have at comedy show because they are the best laughers and it seems to prove true for the web-series too. Also, all women who love shows like The Nanny or I love Lucy, and shows like that will love this type of humor. My goal right now is for people to watch the show and really enjoy it,” she told Funny Not Slutty.

Now that Schall is gaining exposure from stand-up, her acting career is beginning blossom. She appeared in in the TLC show The Little Couple, and TruTV’s The Real Hustle, not to mention, being cast in a recent pilot for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

What’s Schall’s advice for the kiddies with dreams of becoming a working comic?

“You have to give one billion percent. You have to go to open mics. You should be practicing and performing and taking every gig, because if you're not at your best, someone else will take it,” she explained to Times Square.

Schall should know, as she’s lived it. The hilarious comedian is definitely one to watch.


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