Brad Zimmerman’s My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy is the story of one man’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York. One part standup, one part theatrical, and all parts uproarious, My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy will open as part of the Visiting Artists Series at Bucks County Playhouse on March 23, 2017 and run through April 9, 2017.
Brad Zimmerman comes to this material firsthand. He spent 29 years “temporarily” waiting tables in New York, all the while chasing a career in acting and comedy. His perseverance and hard work eventually did pay off, and Zimmerman went on to act. He had a small part in “The Sopranos” playing Johnny Sack’s lawyer and he was the opening act many well-known entertainers including George Carlin, Brad Garrett, Dennis Miller, Julio Iglesias, and Joan Rivers. He loves how she says, “I’ve had three great opening acts in my lifetime: Billy Crystal, Garry Shandling, and Brad Zimmerman.”
In My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy, Zimmerman tells of his acting pursuit, along with stories about his childhood, family, and misbegotten love life with warmth, wit, self-deprecating humor and wicked charm. He combines his years of training as an actor with his innate comedic talent.
And, of course, Zimmerman also examines the trials and tribulations of waiting on tables – particularly for someone not exactly invested in that career and with little tolerance for persnickety diners. When he sat down for a recent interview with The New York Times, he said he would say to restaurant patrons, “I don’t want 60 questions, get to the point!” He joked that if diners prefaced their orders by saying they were in a hurry he would say “So, go!” He says he did enjoy some of the bantering he did with diners, and often tried out material on them, however there were also ‘the bossy customers who would snap their fingers to get his attention… and the health-food obsessives who elaborately customized their orders and button-holed him over ingredients.’ As he says in My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy, he was convinced his epitaph would read “I’ll be right with you.”
Zimmerman worked on the script for My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy for nine years and performed it in small venues all over the country, including a stint at Stage Door Theatre in Florida, where it came to the attention of producers Dana Matthow and Philip Roy (Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, Old Jews Telling Jokes, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy, WaistWatchers The Musical; My Mother’s Italian My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!; Old Jews Telling Jokes; RESPECT A Musical Journey of Women; Baby Boomer Baby; and Cooking With The Calamari Sisters). Since then My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy spent two years at Off-Broadway’s Stage 72 at the Triad Theatre in New York, and has toured the USA from coast to coast.
Tickets range from $45 – $65 plus fees and are available online at www.buckscountyplayhouse.org or by phone at 215.862.2121.