My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy
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My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy
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My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(21 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
10%
Negative
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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.

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Member Reviews (21)

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962 Reviews | 339 Followers
70
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.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
72
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.

446 Reviews | 115 Followers
85
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.

282 Reviews | 27 Followers
83
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. Read more

236 Reviews | 35 Followers
84
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

185 Reviews | 40 Followers
85
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.

184 Reviews | 17 Followers
50
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.

126 Reviews | 37 Followers
80
Delightful, Funny

See it if You like to laugh. Funny storytelling.

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

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
December 28th, 2014

"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."
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S
October 3rd, 2014

"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."
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San Diego Union-Tribune
June 14th, 2014
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."
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E
October 14th, 2011
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."
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Sun Sentinel
January 9th, 2013
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."
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December 30th, 2013
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."
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Stage and Cinema
June 2nd, 2014
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."
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