Carmen Lynch and Jon Fisch are ready to go back to college — if only for one night.
The comedians, with Shaun Eli, are headlining “The Ivy League of Comedy” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Stockton Performing Arts Center in Galloway.
“It’s fun to think my biggest problem back then was having a mandatory 8 a.m. class,” Lynch says of her own college days. “I like performing at colleges, but I may have to change my act a little bit. They’re a fun audience, but just in a different world.”
For these veterans of late-night TV and Comedy Central, each show requires constant adjustments, depending on the make up of the audience — and whether the material is connecting.
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Fisch, for example, has a signature bit about the peculiarities of living in New York City that might not play everywhere.
“Usually, I have a framework for my show, and I look at the crowd and pick and choose what I have to leave in or take out,” Fisch says. “There are certain things that everybody gets, everybody knows apartments are small in New York City.
“I’ve done shows outside New York City where they don’t want to hear anything about that, and I’ve done shows in the middle of nowhere, where they want to hear more about it.”
Lynch, who this year released her first CD, “Dance Like You Don’t Need The Money,” has officially “retired” some material from the recording, while revamping other jokes with new punchlines.
“I think you evolve as a comedian,” she says. “I put most of the ones I was doing on the CD because I wanted to shelve them, but I still added some I was working on at the time.
“For some of the stuff I still like to do, the premise might be the same, but the joke has developed into something different.”
Having grown up in Spain, Lynch can add a twist to her material by performing it in Spanish when she does shows there.
“Some jokes work better in one language,” she says. “I feel like I’m different in both languages — it’s a combination of having less experience of doing it in Spanish. It sounds different and the words are different and the styles are different.
“Sometimes, my Spanish sounds like 8th grade Spanish. I’m fluent, but may not use the cool, hip slang.”
Through her work on “Carmen,” a short film directed by Chloe Sevigny for the fashion brand Miu Miu, Lynch got to reveal another side of herself. Part of Miu Miu’s “Women’s Tales,” the eight-minute film depicts Lynch on-stage and off.
“I still got to do my jokes and all of that felt comfortable, but the other stuff felt newer,” Lynch says. “I love acting. That’s why I moved to New York to begin with. And to have someone that good at acting directing me was very exciting.”
Fisch gets personal in a different way with his new podcast “Spiraling Up,” in which he shares some of his experiences dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
“It still all comes back to comedy,” he says of the podcast. “I’m asking people how they deal with the tough moments, how they stay positive and how they keep the balance in life.”
Sometimes, Fisch’s OCD can “seep” into his act, but for the most part he’s comfortable in his stage skin.
“I was doing a show and heard an audience member saying, I guess it’s like therapy for them,” he says. “There’s a fine line between how much I want to share and being too specific.”
Letterman vs. Colbert’s ‘Late Show’
For comedian Jon Fisch, the difference between appearing on CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” and the current edition with Stephen Colbert is like night and day.
“It’s intimidating to meet Letterman — I watched him as a kid,” Fisch says. “Stephen is very nice and introduces himself — I’ve been a fan of his since ‘Strangers with Candy,’ but he goes out of his way to say hello.”
In 2012, when Fisch made his first appearance on “Late Show” with Letterman, one of the guests was another idol, “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Dana Carvey, who sat next to him in the make up chair.
“That made it even more surreal,” he says.