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“Sue Costello’s charismatic performance is mesmerizing as you march with her through her teenage years on the Dorchester streets through her life in New York and Hollywood.” - Colin Quinn

“A wonderful journey filled with lots of laughter and love.” - Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.

“Sue’s show was amazing, hilarious, dark and brutally honest, Run don’t walk to the theatre!” - Molly Shannon

SUE COSTELLO from the Oscar Nominated Film The Fighter Brings Her Acclaimed One-Woman Show to NYC For One Night Only

I Wasn’t Trying To Be Funny at the Producer’s Club NYC

September 11th - 7:30pm

New York City Aug 20th, 2013 - Sue Costello, acclaimed comic, actor and writer is set to bring her one-woman show, I Wasn’t Trying To Be Funny, to The Producer’s Club, 348 West 44th street, for one night only, Wednesday, September 11th at 7:30pm.

The alternately hilarious and heartbreaking show tracks Costello's life as she goes from a nerdy kid, to the star of her own television show. After losing it all, Costello is faced with the fact that the superficiality of the material world was the only thing propping her up. Throughout the journey, Costello figures out that the only way for her to really be happy, is to live her life based on a foundation of hope, love, inner strength and humor.

Costello explains that she was inspired to write I Wasn't Trying To Be Funny when her television show Costello was cancelled: “The executives trusted me with my TV show because of my voice and vision. After the show ended, I wanted to keep growing, keep creating and keep writing. I knew I could get my view of the world out there in spite of any obstacles, if I trusted myself. The message of the show is to never quit in the search for your authentic self.” Costello adds, “I Wasn’t Trying to be Funny is art imitating life.”

Rave reviews have poured in for prior workshops of I Wasn’t Trying To Be Funny. The Boston Metro said “Not many people have the charisma, stamina, or the anecdotes to sustain a 1 1/2 hr show alone, Sue Costello does it sans props, costumes or music in the play.” The Boston Herald called the show “powerful, thanks to Costello’s frank charisma and her ability to mingle humor with tragedy. It's the flipside of Costello's stand up act — too brutal and frank to be disposable as a night of jokes.” The Patriot Ledger mused that, “Costello rivets the audience with a comic’s gift for delivery and wit and an actress’ skill with emotion.”

Kristen Johnston called the show “brilliant and agonizingly funny,” and Kevin Nealon commented, “Great characters, great writing and hilarious delivery. She is the next Whoopi only not black.” Patricia Clarkson agreed, "Sue Costello is an incredible talent. I LOVED this show!"


Sue Costello co-created, produced, and starred in the self-titled Boston-based sitcom Costello for the Fox Network. She has also appeared on NYPD BLUE, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and Last Comic Standing. Ms. Costello has appeared in feature films Southie with Donnie Wahlberg; Once in the Life with Laurence Fishburne; and The Fighter starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Mark Wahlberg. She just filmed the movie The Witching Hour with William Fosythe and Michael Madsen. for full press articles and Episode #172 of WTF with Marc Maron where Sue describes the journey of the show.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and can be purchased in advance here