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from The Hollywood Reporter


David Moore’s Funny Business is a popular and much-talked-about series of comedy shows that has sold out Carolines on Broadway in all six of its past editions. It has been touted in the New York Times, Time Out New York, and numerous times in the New York Post as a “don’t miss event”. Of the most recent edition on Nov. 2, Broadcasting & Cable Magazine wrote “the comedy that has our interest tonight is not the season premiere of That 70s Show, it’s the Funny Business Show at Carolines on Broadway.”

David Moore, a prominent CEO and regular performer at Carolines on Broadway, created and hosted the first Funny Business show in 2003 at Carolines on Broadway. Interest in the extracurricular pursuits of moguls like Richard Branson and Donald Trump was at an all time high. David decided to give these larger-than-life types a chance to prove they were as funny as they were business savvy by performing stand up alongside professional comics.

The first edition made clear that the executives could be hilarious, and the contrast between the suit-and-tie set and the comedy vets thrilled the audience. The show has been going strong ever since.

November 2, 2005 was the sixth edition of David Moore’s Funny Business. Portions of last November’s Funny Business show were featured on an ABC-7 hour-long Comedy special. Press coverage of the Funny Business show has included articles in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, L.A. Times, New York Post, Daily News, Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine.

David Moore’s Funny Business Show has consistently featured an all-star roster of business, media and entertainment industry executives, along with top comedy talent. Moguls who have performed on past shows include:

Financier Carl Icahn (Two Funny Business performances), Donny Deutsch (President of Deutsch Inc., CNBC host), Barbara Corcoran (CEO of The Corcoran Group), Jason Flom (Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records), Bob Friedman (President of Classic Media, former President of New Line Television), Jonathan Tisch (CEO of Loews Hotels and author), and Jerry Della Femina (advertising legend), Sam Solovey (entrepreneur, The Apprentice contestant) and Jamie Niven (Chairman of Sotheby’s).

In addition to host David Moore, comics who have performed on the show include: Judy Gold, Jim Gaffigan, Jeffrey Ross, Eddie Brill, Kevin Meaney, Lisa Lampanelli, Bill Burr, Corey Kahaney, Ted Alexandro, Greg Rogell, and many others.

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November 5, 2009


On Television

David Moore’s Funny Business was part of the 2004 New York Comedy Festival Special on ABC Television.

David Moore’s Funny Business was featured in the 2005 New York Comedy Festival Special on ABC Television Monday, December 05, 2005.



David Moore, Carl Icahn, and Jerry Della Femina after the Funny Business Show at Carolines on Broadway for the New York Comedy Festival, November 2, 2005.
 Photo © Richard Lewin