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Jessica Kirson returns to NJ

Garden State Comedy is proud to present South Orange native Jessica Kirson!

Jessica Kirson’s unique style and captivating stage presence captures the attention of audiences and club bookers everywhere she performs. Her wide variety of characters brings a diverse energy to her routine.

Jessica can be seen in the upcoming movie The Comedian starring Robert Deniro. Jessica has been featured on various television shows, including Last Comic Standing, Last Call With Carson Daly, two appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, two appearances on The View and has also been heard on The Howard Stern Show.

Tickets are $45 dollars online and will be $55 at the door. Cost of ticket includes full dinner and show. Soda and coffee service are included in ticket price. All other beverages cash bar.

The show will also feature Ritu Chandra and Big Rich McDonald.

Tickets can be purchased at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garden-state-comedy-presents-jessica-kirson-tickets-31432189525

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McLAUGH-in Comedy Tour begins

The NJ based comedic duo of McDonald and Carney have begun a local comedy tour with the anticipated final destination of IRELAND next April.  McDonald and Carney have been performing their heralded Two Man Act all over New Jersey and the East Coast for the past few years.  After making it to the Finals of the Tropicana Talent Contest in Atlantic City, Rich McDonald and Joe Carney have performed at the Trump Taj Mahal twice, The SoHo Playhouse in NYC, Broadway Comedy Club and various hotels and resorts.

Inspired by their Irish-American roots and the great Irish venues in the area, Rich and Joe came up with the idea for McLAUGH-in Tour.  The comedy tour will focus on a new Irish based venue every month until April 2018, when the tour concludes with various dates in Ireland.  So far, venues in Dublin and Kilkenny have been locked down.

Joining McDonald and Carney on this journey will be stand-up comedians Jackie Byrne and KP Burke.  Both stand-up comics have a great local following and are regulars on the NYC and NJ comedy scene.  KP has been seen at The Stand in New York and Jackie has performed at Greenwich Village Comedy Club.

The local part of the tour started at The Kilkenny House in Cranford.  Next stop was The Shillelagh Club in West Orange.  Both shows were sold out and had incredible, receptive audiences.  Next stops include Molly Maguires in Clark, The Shillelagh Club in Belmar and more.  You can follow the tour by checking out www.McDonaldandCarney.com.

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McDonald & Carney return to Atlantic City!

Ladies and Gentlemen!  Please join us as The McDonald and Carney Comedy Hour returns to the TRUMP TAJ MAHAL in ATLANTIC CITY.

Headlined by the comedy duo of McDonald and Carney, who have performed at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, SoHo Playhouse in NYC, Broadway Comedy Club and at hotels and venues from Vermont to Florida!

The show is a comedy showcase featuring improv comedy (like Whose Line is it Anyway) as well as the hilarious JACKIE BYRNE.
The show features only professional comedians, who perform regularly at venues in New York City, Atlantic City, and comedy clubs all over.

You must be 21 to enter and there is a 2 drink minimum.  It is located at the Blue Velvet Theatre on the second floor of the Taj Mahal. Just follow signs for Scores Nightclub. Doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 8:00pm.

Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door.

To buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mcdonald-carney-headline-at-taj-mahal-atlantic-city-tickets-19007310377

Comedy Show & Buffet Dinner at Cafe Anna Bella

Happy Thursday! With the weekend coming up, we’ve done you the service of finding plans for those of you who still need something to do Saturday night (and for those of you who need a good reason to cancel what you had originally planned for Saturday night).

We have a great night of dinner and comedy going on at Cafe Annabella in Wall Township, NJ this Saturday, 9/26 with Johnny Watson (Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America) featuring Jimmy Q (Caroline’s, Stand Up NY) and Mollie Sperduto (finalist, Tropicana Comedy Competition at the Comedy Stop A.C.)!

Tickets are $35 and include a tasty buffet dinner. Groups of 6 or more receive a discount ($25/person). Doors/dinner starts at 7PM.

Reservations are recommended as tickets are selling quickly! Call 732-681-2500 to reserve.

And, please take note as the place is a bit hard to find – Cafe Annabella is located in the corporate park on the corner of Rt. 34 and Hurley Pond Rd. in Wall. Look for building 2 – the entrance to the cafe is by the area with the red tables/chairs.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:00

Cafe Annabella
1800 Route 34 Suite 210
Wall, New Jersey 07719

Jersey’s own McDonald & Carney to Headline at Trump Taj Mahal

Ladies and Gentlemen! Please join us as GardenStateComedy comes to the TRUMP TAJ MAHAL in ATLANTIC CITY.

Headlined by the comedy duo of McDonald and Carney, who have performed at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, SoHo Playhouse in NYC, Broadway Comedy Club and at hotels and venues from Vermont to Florida!

The show is a comedy showcase featuring improv comedy (like Whose Line is it Anyway) as well as some fantastic stand-up comedians.
The show features only professional comedians, who perform regularly at venues in New York City, Atlantic City, and comedy clubs all over.

You must be 21 to enter and there is a 2 drink minimum. It is located at the Blue Velvet Theatre on the second floor of the Taj Mahal. Just follow signs for Scores Nightclub. Doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 8:00pm.

Tickets are $15 here online or $20 at the door.

RIDE THE PARTY BUS!

SPECIAL EVENT: McDonald and Carney have decided to go all out and make this special day an actual event. We have rented a bus to bring our North Jersey fans down to Atlantic City with us. Bus will be leaving from Cranford at 2:00pm and we will have it stacked with beers, sodas, and food! It will be a legit PARTY BUS! We can laugh together all day long and make this a non-stop party! Only $50 a person will get you a ride on the bus (both ways!), beers, sodas, snacks, and sandwiches. This will also include your ticket to the show! This is a BARGAIN!
TO BUY TICKETS, JUST GO THE EVENTS CALENDAR! 🙂

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REBLOG: The host with the most, babe… – by Adam Lucidi

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I’ve been emceeing comedy shows for about 5 years now, so let me start this blog post with this disclaimer…NO, I DO NOT KNOW, OR THINK I KNOW, EVERYTHING ABOUT HOSTING; however, over the years I’ve had a lot of comedians come up to me and ask me advice on how to host. So I assume, I must be doing something right. Which made me start to think about passing on some tips that I’ve found useful over the years of being an emcee to other comics. So here’s a couple quick tips that I’ve discovered might help out someone who is thinking about hosting or wants to host for the first time. Again, disclaimer, I DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT HOSTING, but these are a few things that I picked up along the way either from watching other hosts, veteran comics, or learned on my own that I always try to remember while hosting. So, I’d like to pass them along to you in hopes that it points you in the right direction or even helps you discovering your own emcee formula.

Hell, I love talking about comedy. I love talking about hosting. Hosting is a completely different muscle to flex in the stand-up comedy world. It’s a mix of actual stand-up, improv, and basic conversation skills. A solid host can double their chances of getting more work than a regular stand-up, especially outside of New York City. What producer or club WOULDN’T want a solid, engaging, respectful, funny host to take the helm of the ship!?

The first thing that I always found myself saying to comics who asked host advice was, “just be present.” Be IN the room with the audience. Be AWARE of what is going on around you and the audience. Remember, the whole show isn’t about you. You’re the host. You’re going to be the first person that they see incorporated with the show. You’re welcoming the audience into the venue, whether it be a comedy club, a VFW, or a bar. Make them feel comfortable and safe with you. Mention that it’s going to be a great show/a solid lineup/a fun night… you know, anything you tell someone on a first date. It’s like you invited all these people into your house and you brought along a couple friends (the other comedians) to make sure they have a good time tonight. You’re basically going to be the cheerleader for the beginning of the show. You have to bring the energy up and make the audience truly feel that they’re in for a fun night! When I host I try to think of myself as 1 part WWE wrestler and 1 part Green Day (you guys ever see them in concert? They’re pretty exciting…plus they make huge venues feel intimate) Anyways, with all that being said, get to know the room and audience TOGETHER. You AND the audience are going on this journey TOGETHER, so you want them to trust you and feel welcomed. Get to know certain audience members, ask where they’re from, what they do for a living, if they’re married, dating, have kids, etc. I’ve even gone as random to ask an audience member “If Sally Jesse Raphael and Ricki Lake got in a fight, and the winner gets their talk show back on the air, who would win?” (Don’t actually get this playful and random until you feel comfortable hosting) Spread the questions around the room, don’t just focus on 1 or 2 audience members up front. A lot of people DREAD AND FEEEEAR THE FRONT ROW CAUSE I DON’T WANNA BE PICKED ON. Get everyone involved! Make sure you always repeat someone’s answer into the microphone so EVERYONE knows their answer. Remember, you’re all in this together now, so everyone wants and needs to know what is going on IN the room WITH you. Give certain people nicknames. You can even have certain stock nicknames in your arsenal. For example, any time I see a table of women with 1 man sitting with them, I refer to them as “The Mormon Sister Wives.” The trick is making it seem as if it’s happening right off the top of your head in that moment. Be interested, smile and conversational with them. If you’re genuine, they’re going to go on the journey with you.

Once you start getting answers from the audience, look for ways to camouflage your material around/into/about their answers. Depending on how much time you have up front, fire off the quicker jokes that you might have in your repertoire based of the answers they’re giving you. Don’t go into a long 4-5min bit, because odds are, if you’re on a showcase for a club on the road, you might have to fill some more time between the feature and the headliner. If you don’t have to fill time and the comic before the next comic did well, just keep riding that wave of momentum into the next comic… remember, this isn’t about you. So if you’re talking to an audience member about who they’re dating, toss in your quick one liner about your dating life. If you don’t have any material about certain topics or professions that the audience is mentioning to you, just say the first thing that comes to your mind. Don’t second guess yourself. Whatever your instinct is, go with it. Again, that shows that you’re being in the moment and you’re being real with the audience. You can be a lot more vulnerable and playful with an audience as a host than you can in a normal stand-up set.

Last but not least, just have fun up there. Have as much fun as this guy right here…

If it’s evident that you’re having fun and you’re excited to be there then the audience is going to match that AND give even more back to you and the rest of the show. Get comfortable. Smile. Own the stage. As Judge Judy says, “this is my playpen.” It’s YOUR playpen! You’re up there for a reason. You want to entertain people, make them laugh, and help them forget about their problems for the 90mins that they’re sitting in that room. This is their night out! They made plans, paid money, maybe got a babysitter for their kids, traveled to the show somehow, probably got a 2 drink minimum, killed a hooker along the way. You don’t know! Point is, they’re looking for a fun and memorable night. So give it to them.

So. Be present. Be energetic. And have fun.

Now, go bring up the next comic.

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