New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy

From 7 critic and 21 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Ambitious

About the show

Actor/comedian Brad Zimmerman's solo show is about the grit and passion required to 'make it' as an artist and the sweet rewards that come from never giving up on your dream. More…

Brad Zimmerman moved to New York City and “temporarily” waited tables for 29 years, while continuing to pursue his dream of comedic acting. In this part standup/part theatrical piece Brad tells a story of his lengthy journey to make it as an actor in New York, sending up his childhood, his family, his misbegotten love life, and his career.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Triad (Upper W Side)

Stage Light Magazine

"Zimmerman is a joy to watch. Possessing an extreme sense of ease onstage, he makes the audience feel right at home. He immediately strikes a perfect balance of self-deprecating humor and observational comedy. And boy does he know how to land a joke. The audience is actually brought to the point of applause quite a few times throughout the show." Full Review

The New York Times

"Brad Zimmerman may well have brought many of us a salad or a mac and cheese once. Now, in “My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy,” he brings us the story of his failure, and it’s pretty delicious...Much of this amiable 90-minute set is distinctly original and bittersweetly on target." Full Review

San Diego Union-Tribune

for a previous production "Much of the humor is built on his self-described contempt and resentment for others less talented or more fortunate,. The show is part confessional, part therapy session and part black comedy and the laser-focused, hyper-articulate Zimmerman demands your attention. Thankfully, his story is so compelling, you’ll want to sit forward, listen and laugh." Full Review

Encore Michigan

for a previous production "Brad Zimmerman arrived in New York City in 1978 to pursue a career as an actor. Instead, he spent the next 29 years as a waiter. The experience helped shape a finely-honed, one-man show that had the audience laughing throughout the 70-minute performance. His style of delivery is direct, but conversational; deliberate, yet leisurely." Full Review

Sun Sentinel

for a previous production "A play about an actor who has to wait tables in a restaurant for 29 years seems more dramatic than funny. But in the hands of actor/comedian Brad Zimmerman, "My Son the Waiter" is hilarious. The one man play invokes nostalgia of his life and Jewish roots. Zimmerman works without props or music and engages the audience though his timing and comic mannerisms as well as a true story." Full Review

Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "Well-paced and only occasionally corny, My Son The Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy may not leave you aching from laughter, but its smart writing has enough humor to it that you’ll be rooting for Brad while getting plenty of solid chuckles." Full Review

AZ Central

for a previous production "“My Son the Waiter” is more a string of vignettes, padded out with club-worthy bits on such topics as airplane food and reality television.It’s all funny stuff, but one gets the sense that Zimmerman is reachingfor something more ambitious.Which is admirable, really. After all, this is a story about the value of perseverance. Being an artist is about the journey, not the destination." Full Review

Clever, Ambitious, Funny

See it if A funny true story of the struggle of an actor to make it in NYC

Don't see it if You don’t like Jewish humor

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you enjoy good standup comedy.

Don't see it if humor directed to a New York audience has no appeal for you.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You enjoy stand-up comedy. It's moreso that than theatre. Jew jokes are plentiful, but not too much. I really enjoyed this.

Don't see it if You are annoyed at paying for a two drink minimum (and it's pricy for just a bottle of water), or don't like standup.

Ambitious, Great acting, Inventive, Autobiographical, Original

See it if enjoy confessional, but enjoyable autobiographical story telling. The rise of a young comic actor

Don't see it if you hate confessional autobiographical story telling. Its a personal story, told well, but it is an extended monologue

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy a solo performance in a club setting-a comedian telling the story of his life, finally succeeding in spite of his Jewish mother.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy some Jewish humor, or don't want to add a 2-drink minimum on to the price of your ticket

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Relevant

See it if if you like to be delightfully entertained

Don't see it if you don'y appreciate Jewish Humor.

Also I enjoyed the show very much, but I didn't like having to order 2 drin... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see something different.

Don't see it if You want something with a little more substance. It has a very particular POV that while I connected with not everyone would.

Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like clever comedy with a message.

Don't see it if If you only like big productions

Delightful, Funny

See it if You like to laugh. Funny storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like a one-man show.

Funny, Entertaining

See it if enjoy comedy like to laugh

Don't see it if dont like jewish humor

Also enjoyable 90 minutes. mostly laughs, a few poignant moments heart-tugg... Read more Read less


See it if like comedy

Don't see it if you dont like "jewish jokes " comedy

Also this shows travels to major cities, a show will be coming to a theatre... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Funny ethnic sweet

Don't see it if If you don't like ethnic humor

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You enjoy comedy and a one man show about someone's life. Very well done.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about his guy's life or troubles. But he is very amusing and it's a fun evening.

Funny, Cliched, Old jokes

See it if you like Borscht Belt humor...and are willing to hear Brad pitch his dating profile. He's funny, but seems bitter. He's lookin' for love...

Don't see it if and success (what else is new in NYC?) I'd heard some of the jokes before, but the evening was enjoyable. Not a must-see, but entertaining.

Intelligent, Original, Personal

See it if you want to see a one man show that brings you on a journey of their life

Don't see it if you are looking for a bigger production

Banal, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you like standard jokes that you probably heard before.

Don't see it if You want something fresh and current.

Ambitious, Cliched, Funny, Biographical, Sensitive

See it if you enjoy Borscht belt style comedy and want to hear about the struggle to succeed.

Don't see it if you're tired of hearing about a son disappointing his parents by not being a doctor, lawyer, etc.


See it if You want a few laughs.

Don't see it if You're a type A personality. This is a good show for a few laughs.


See it if Show was great

Don't see it if It made me feel happy

Funny, Great acting

See it if Funny

Don't see it if One man show

Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Refreshing

See it if You have ever suffered the anguish of raising a child.

Don't see it if You're offended by things Jewish.

Cast & Creatives (5)