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10 Years of Stand-ups Give BAC!

10 Years of Stand-ups Give BAC!

Brooklyn Autism Center (BAC) began with four students in the basement of a church. Today, it's a leader in the field of autism education with a growing enrollment, an ever-expanding list of thriving partnerships and an influential voice in the community of serving people with special needs.
 
It seems appropriate that the school's annual comedy show, Stand-Ups Give BAC, would have a similar journey: a spark of an idea that grew into an event that exceeded everyone's expectations.
 
Like most of the successful programs at BAC, the idea of a comedy fundraiser came from founding parent Sydnee Jorgl and the excellent resource she had in Marc Hirschfeld, another BAC parent and expert in the comedy world. In fact, "expert" almost seems like an understatement. Marc's experience as a casting director has spanned for several decades and includes work on The Jeffersons, Married...with Children, The Nanny, NewsRadio, Seinfeld, That '70s Show, and Kevin Can Wait. He received an Emmy for his work on HBO's From the Earth to the Moon and has appeared on panels from Backstage discussing the importance of diversity in casting, an initiative which he spearheaded during his tenure as EVP, Casting for NBC Universal Television for almost a decade. 
 
Marc added the important role of "Peter's Dad" to his resume sixteen years ago and has been one of BAC's most active parents, knowing all of our students by name and greeting each one of them with a friendly conversation when he brings Peter to school. He has put that same enthusiasm and gusto behind organizing Stand-Ups Give BAC, recruiting top-notch comics every year since Sydnee first floated the idea of a fundraiser his way.
 
People who have attended Stand-Ups Give BAC know that it's not your traditional gala. Opening with a video of our students and staff from the past school year the evening is a rare event that makes you cry and laugh in equal measure.
 
Marc's eye for talent and beloved reputation in the comedy community have enable him to book well-established comics like John Oliver, David Cross, Michael Che, and Jim Gaffigan, oftentimes just before they explode on to the national scene - Michael Che, for one, appeared at 2014's Stand-Ups Give BAC, mere months before becoming the Weekend Update co-anchor on Saturday Night Live.
 

A buzz is already circulating over who perform at the 10th anniversary "All Star" comedy show. Regular followers and supporters of BAC will be the first to know which comics will grace the stage of Carolines as part of the most eagerly-anticipated event of the year. The show always sells out... make sure to get your tickets today!


Stand-Ups Give BAC: Where Are They Now?
 
We've been lucky to have such a stellar lineup for Stand-Ups Give BAC nine years running. Here's just some of the accomplishments of some of our favorite alumni have been up to before and since then:
 
John Oliver (2009)
He first became known to most through his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Now he's become a unique voice in late-night comedy with his smash hit HBO's Last Week Tonight, for which he's won several Emmys and a Peabody award. (He's also usually the first comedian our guests recognize when they enter BAC and see the posters in the reception area.)
 
David Cross (2009)
: Beloved by many of our staff for his role as Tobias Funke on Arrested Development, Cross created, wrote, executive-produced, and starred in IFC's The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. He re-teamed with old collaborator Bob Odenkirk for Netflix's w/Bob and David and released his latest comedy album Making America Great Again in 2016.
 
Janeane Garofalo (2009, 2010, 2013)
Having begun her career as a cast member on The Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show, and Saturday Night Live, Janeane has appeared in more than 50 films (including Reality Bites, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, The Cable Guy, and Ratatouille). We've been fortunate to have Janeane perform at 3 of our comedy shows!
 
Susie Essman (2010, Host)
This seasoned comedy vet achieved "Hey, It's That Girl!" status years ago, appearing in countless movies and television shows. She's probably best known for her role as Susie Greene on Curb Your Enthusiasm and has had recent, memorable stints on The Goldbergs and American Dad. You can also occasionally catch her on Broad City as Ilana's mom.
 
Colin Quinn (2012)
He'sbest known for his work on Saturday Night Live in the late 1990's as a writer and actor, including co-anchoring Weekend Update with Norm Macdonald.  Quinn has been in numerous films and TV shows since we last had him at our show, including a recurring role on HBO's Girls and playing Amy Schumber's father in her debut film Trainwreck. 
 
Jim Gaffigan (2013)
The self-described "clean comedian" reminds us that family-friendly material can still be hilarious. In the past few years he's written and starred in The Jim Gaffigan Show and appeared on Portlandia, Bob's Burgers, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
 
Michael Che (2014)
His work on Saturday Night Live started in the writers' room. After a brief but memorable stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Che was made a full cast member on SNL and became known for his impersonations of Lester Holt and Ben Carson. He's now sharing the anchors' desk with Colin Jost at Weekend Update.
 
Judy Gold (2015, Host)
Gold won several Emmys for her work on The Rosie O'Donnell Show in the 1990s. More recently, she's made a splash on the stage in the satirical off-Broadway show Clinton: the Musical and appeared in Shakespeare in the Park's production of The Taming of the Shrew. She's also the host of the Kill Me Now podcast. 
 
Rachel Feinstein (2015)
  A good friend of Amy Schumer, Rachel starred in Schumer's debut film Trainwreck, frequently appears on Inside Amy Schumer, has had multiple Comedy Central specials, including the most recent one hour special Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple.  She's co-hosted The View on multiple occasions and more recently starred in Judd Apatow's HBO comedy Crashing.
 
Pete Davidson (2016)
  Davidson joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2014 at the tender age of 20, one of the youngest cast members ever. He is known for basing his comedy on his own life and employing aspects of his life that have been likened to "a series of brutal truths and vulgar confessions," and which make him relatable to audiences. 
 
 
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