I’ve had three great opening acts in my lifetime: Billy Crystal, Gary Shandling, and Brad Zimmerman!
- Joan Rivers

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  • My Son the Waiter
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AAfter a multi-city national tour, “My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy” opened Off-Broadway in New York in October 2014. During the course of its exhilarating, nearly 15-month, sold-out run, Brad made an estimated 12,000 mothers proud that he is not their son.

The Off-Broadway gut-buster had its farewell performance on New Year’s Eve 2015, before going out on its second National Tour in February 2016.

Written and directed by Brad, “My Son the Waiter” tells the story of how Brad, now 62, waited tables in New York for a mind-numbing 29 years before finally overcoming his fears to study stand-up comedy, and write a one-man show about waiting until his late-50s to perform on stage.

The NY Times described the show as “Delicious, distinctly original and bittersweetly on target” AND “powerfully poignant.”

A unique hybrid of long-form stand-up and theatre, “My Son the Waiter” has been called “easily the funniest show to hit Off-Broadway since ‘Old Jews Telling Jokes,” by The Forward, which added that it’s “belly shaking funny.”

The show is currently in the midst of its third, extended national tour.  Catch it in a theatre near you!

The follow-up to the mega-hit “My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy,” “My Rise to the Middle” is filled with all the jokes Brad couldn’t fit into his first show.  This deeply personal exploration of the fear of success is more than a chronicle of Brad’s lengthy, and we do mean lengthy, struggle to make it as an actor in New York.  The show delves even deeper into the psychological and even spiritual issues that prevent us from following our dreams, reaching our potential, or simply mowing the lawn.

Atta Boy Zimmy!

Most of us have experienced at one time or another, a soul-paralyzing fear (in Brad’s case it was beyond debilitating) that keeps us stuck and in the house and ordering in.  How do we finally break the cycle?  What is it that gets us to finally give ourselves permission to pursue our dreams, no matter how daunting that may be?

“My Rise to the Middle” just might have the answer.  And then again, it might not.  Either way, you’re going to laugh your tuchas off.

Fun Fact: Did you know that after touring his show in nearly every American city that has at least one Jewish family, Brad Zimmerman has received close to 600 marriage proposals.*

*Most of these have been by mothers on behalf of their daughters.

Brad Zimmerman is still single.

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