CT comic and bodybuilder Andrew Ginsburg to headline Fairfield Comedy Club

The comedian, actor and author has appeared on “SNL” and “The Sopranos.”

Andrew Ginsburg has been performing comedy for over 20 years but said 2022 is the first year he began really enjoying performing and found his true voice on stage.

“I was always able to get laughs but I didn’t feel like I was telling my story,” the New York City-born comedian, who moved to Fairfield in 2018, said. After meeting fellow Connecticut comedian Lisa Lampanelli, he said she helped him immensely as a comedian. 

Andrew Ginsburg performed at Carolines in October. 

Andrew Ginsburg performed at Carolines in October. 

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“To have this comedy legend helping you with something you love so much is unbelievable,” he said, noting he considered quitting comedy. “She really helped me find my voice and be authentic and tell a story up there.” 

Instead of going for easy laughs, Ginsburg focuses on connecting with audiences. “Now, I just want to get on stage as much as possible; I never felt like that before,” he said. “I am married with kids. My biggest struggle is trying to keep the peace at home and make sure everyone is happy and healthy — there are plenty of jokes in there.”

Connecticut audiences can see Ginsburg when he headlines Fairfield Comedy Club Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Asked what audiences can expect, he quipped, “The secret to making a marriage work — and I don’t know it, but I’m going to try to figure it out up there.”

A veteran of New York City comedy clubs who headlined at Carolines in October, Ginsburg got his start in comedy as a senior at Boston University. “I was always the class clown. I could always get kicked out of class the fastest,” he said. “I loved getting laughs and obviously I needed attention so I tried it one night and I was horrible. I bombed, my legs wouldn’t stop shaking.”

Renowned Boston comic, Teddy Bergeron, was there that night and told a discouraged Ginsburg afterwards that audiences were listening to him. Bergeron ended up mentoring him. “That was pretty cool. I don’t think I would have continued if he hadn’t given me the push,” he said.

A study in contradictions, Ginsburg said he is a bit of an introvert, enjoying writing jokes more than performing them. Yet, he also admits to attention seeking through bodybuilding, having started weight training in college and entering several bodybuilding contests over the years. He has won several titles and placed second this year as Mr. Connecticut and hopes to win next year. Owing to his muscular build, he has nabbed several background roles as beefy characters on shows like “SNL,” “The Sopranos” and soap operas. 

Andrew Ginsburg on the set at "SNL."

Andrew Ginsburg on the set at "SNL."

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“Bodybuilding is one of the few things where you can actually see tangible results and I like that,” he said. “It’s the same thing with comedy. Everyone knows the score. They either laugh or they don’t. With bodybuilding, you are either in shape or you’re not.”

He was OK with being typecast and said doing a bit of acting was fun. “Pretty much anytime they wanted muscle, they thought of me because I was in comedy,” he said. A memorable moment was during his stint as a wedding guest on “The Sopranos.” “James Gandolfini is staring at me from a distance smoking a cigar in between takes and he is just glaring at me and I’m like, 'Did I do something wrong? are they going to kick me off the set?’ He came over and said, ‘You’ve got a good look, we’re looking for a guy like you’,” he said. “He wanted me to be the role of his bodyguard. He took my information but they had just cast it.”

He also enjoys writing. He wrote “Pumping Irony: How to Build Muscle, Lose Weight, and Have the Last Laugh” and is presently working on a children’s book about animal birthday parties. 

“I always wanted to be a writer, I loved comedy because of the writing,” he said. “The writing is more fun than performing. I think the inception of the joke is better than the regurgitation.”