A warm audience is an important aspect of any comedy show. Having an opener for any type of performance is commonplace and encourages the audience to participate and build up energy. In comedy, a a warm audience means a crowd that is ready to laugh, they are open, and in a club setting more often than not a little bit drunk. When a televised show is filmed before a live audience a warm up comic is generally used to facilitate the necessity for a warm crowd. The warm up comic is the unsung hero of a great audience ready for a TV taping. The comic is usually not noticed by a larger audience, but appreciated in the entertainment industry greatly. Their job is to make the crowd feel like an integral part of the show, usually working alone and at times explaining parts of the show.
This last summer, about three years after comedian entertainer Kevin Bartini propelled a loaded filled battle to rename a New York City road after the late George Carlin, the city gathering passed a bill to do simply that. Chairman Bill de Blasio marked the request that would permit the 400 block of West 121st Street to be renamed “George Carlin Way.” On Oct. 22 at 1 pm at the corner of West 121st Street and Amsterdam Ave, family, companions and the parody group will meet up for a day-long festival.