Jim Caruso was recently seen co-starring with Kathie Lee Gifford on Showtime Television in "Personal Assistant," which was written and directed by Charles Busch. Jim also co-starred on the Nostalgia Network variety sit-com, "Caf' DuArt" for two seasons. As a singer, Jim has won four MAC Awards and two BackStage Magazine Bistro Awards for his sold-out New York runs at Arci's Place, The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, The Russian Tea Room, Carnegie Hall, Caroline's Comedy Club and Birdland. He has also performed in runs at the Cinegrill and Gardenia in Los Angeles, The Vic Theater and Davenport's in Chicago, Libby?s in Atlanta, the Colony Palm Beach Hotel in Florida and the Connaught Room in London. Caruso guest-hosted "Broadway On Broadway 2000" in Times Square for a crowd of 100,000 theater fans, hosted the 2000 MAC Awards at Town Hall in Manhattan and co-hosted the 2003 and 2004 Drama Desk Award webcasts. His debut recording, "Caruso Live and In Person" was released on the LML Music label, and within two weeks, went to number one on both the album and singles charts at Outvoice.com. Most recently, he was featured in a Carnegie Hall Tribute to Kander & Ebb, backed by the New York Pops.
Caruso was the founding member of the nationally acclaimed, award-winning jazz vocal and comedy trio, Wiseguys. After performing in an all-star Inaugural extravaganza, they were invited to sing at President Clinton?s First State Dinner at the White House in an evening hosted by Lauren Bacall. Wiseguys were also special guests of Liza Minnelli in her sold-out Las Vegas, Atlantic City, United Nations and Central Park concerts. The trio performed in concert at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and in "the big room" with Rosemary Clooney.
As a writer, Jim was consulting editor and writer for the largest selling InTheater Magazine in history, and has contributed to InStyle Magazine and Theatermania.com. He has produced and booked television talk and entertainment programs like "Jim J. & Tammy Faye" and "Fox After Breakfast," and was a Field Producer for E! Entertainment Television, working on "Celebrity Profiles" and covering the 2002 Tony Awards. For the past three years, he has hosted a weekly Monday night showbiz bash called "Jim Caruso's Cast Party," which was honored with a New York Nightlife Award and a New York Magazine "Best Of" honor. Cast Party is now a weekly web-radio show, heard Tuesdays and Fridays on BroadwayWorld.com. Please visit www.jim-caruso.com or www.CastPartyNYC.com for more information.