Carie Karavas performs at Westport’s Treehouse Comedy Club
Carie Karavas grew up in Bethpage, L.I., and originally wanted to be a makeup artist, working in film and television.
She went to Los Angeles to train for her dream job in 1985, but wound up taking a detour. It was a pretty big one, too, landing her right on center stage rather than behind the scenes.
“During that time I would hang out at the famous Comedy Store on Sunset Strip, watching the comedians entertain and bring joy to so many people,” she said. “It was then that I realized this was what I wanted to do with my life. In 1990 I went full force into comedy and never looked back. It was the best decision I ever made.”
Known for her tough, wisecracking style, Karavas has performed at comedy clubs across the country. She has appeared on Comedy Central and performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, among others. She will appear at the Treehouse Comedy Club in Westport on Saturday, March 3, with Dave Sheehan and Eric Haft.
Karavas shares snippets of her life through her stand-up and social media. Sometimes she pokes fun at herself, and her family takes a beating, too.
Her hubby’s TV viewing habits also fuel her jokes. For example, she can’t get over the fact that he — or anyone for that matter — watches golf. She can’t believe when players size up a shot for the longest time and then miss it when the hole is just inches from the ball.
Karavas suggests golf could actually be a challenging sport if the organizers added a little something to the game. For example, she said they should “throw some live alligators onto the field,” and have players take their shots while running for their life. Then, there would be some excitement.
“My inspiration comes from my life experiences,” she said in an email interview. “I do stories about what is going on in my life at the moment. For example, when my kids were babies I would joke about potty training. As they get older, it’s about how I can’t figure out how to do their homework.”
She doesn’t get political, though, “because it’s a very touchy subject with people. I try to keep it light and fun most of the time.”
Karavas said she is working on various projects and recently finished a small acting role on “Kevin Can Wait,” the CBS series with Kevin James.
“I play a girl in the bar he tries to buy a drink for,” she said. “I know Kevin James from way back when we started comedy together. He is just great.”
As for the future, Karavas said her plan is simply to keep performing. (And to avoid televised golf ... unless alligators are involved.)
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