Before actress and comedian Caroline Rhea was born her parents called Charlotte home. Her father did his residency at one of the local hospitals, and her mother was the librarian at Queens University during the ’50s (“the girls’ school in the really nice neighborhood?” she remembers).
Rhea has always had a soft spot for the city, and she’ll stop by Comedy Zone Tuesday to lend her funny to a good cause. Proceeds from her show benefit The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation children’s charity as well as WSOC’s School Tools campaign and Second Harvest Food Bank’s backpack program.
Mom to 5-year-old Ava, Rhea spoke to the Observer last week about her love for Robin Williams, aging in comedy, and her daughter’s contributions to her standup.
He always went out of his way. I saw him once and I remember he was on the phone with someone that was terminally ill and he would go and visit people. He had this extraordinary gift to make people laugh and he felt the world so deeply. ...”
I pick her up from kindergarten and she says, “Mommy I’ve been farting all day” She’s hilarious.