5,235 stand-up shows + 2,488 radio and television appearances + humor in life when necessary
Carl began his comedy career on January 14, 1980, at Hollywood’s Comedy Store. Owner Mitzi Shore quickly made him a regular in the Original Room and Main Room – the marquee stage for weekend shows.
His first television appearance was in 1981 on The Merv Griffin Show, directed by the talented Dick Carson, Johnny Carson’s brother. Carl was booked a half dozen times on the show, and in 1983, was selected for a weekly spot on Thicke of the Night, co-produced by Alan Thicke and TV legend Fred Silverman.
“The Wolfson Report,” a comedy news segment with doctored images (long before Photoshop!), was a huge success. When Thicke of the Night was renewed in 1984, Lawrence Christon of the Los Angeles Times praised it as one of the show’s top features.
During the next 25 years, Carl headlined more than 400 comedy clubs nationwide, and in Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City, opened for some of the biggest names in show business.
Home base was Los Angeles; his favorite stages were the Comedy Store (Hollywood and La Jolla), Improv, Ice House, Igby’s, L.A. Cabaret and Laff Stop (Newport Beach, Claremont, Montclair).
His topical material on politics and pop culture made him a fixture on television as the comedy boom continued through the 1980s and 1990s. He appeared on An Evening at the Improv, Comic Strip Live, Showtime’s Comedy Club Network, George Schlatter’s Comedy Club, and VH-1 Stand-Up Spotlight.
Carl became one of Joan Rivers’ favorite stand-ups and joined The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers regularly with his funny three-minute films. After Joan and the Fox Network parted ways, Carl accepted a spot on The Late Show Starring Ross Shafer, where his weekly “Carl’s Camera” spoofed newsmakers and celebrities.
In 1985, he was a writer on Rich Little’s HBO special and The Patti LaBelle Show on NBC.
Carl was represented by managers Jodie Knofsky (Feltheimer-Knofsky) and Ben Hill (Nia Managment), and booked by the legendary New York agency, Spotlite Enterprises.
He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America West.