WRESTLING LEGEND COMES TO NJ!

mick foleyFor those who grew up watching professional wrestling, you know that most of the performers are larger than life performers who know how to entertain and engage a crowd. There a few personalities larger and bigger in the business than Mick Foley himself. Also known to fans as Cactus Jack, Mankind, or Dude Love, Foley has been semi-retired from the sport and has been focusing on entertaining crowds with his stories and hilarious tales from the ring.

Mick Foley comes to Crossroads in Garwood on Thursday June 5, 2014 at 8:00pm to do just that: Entertain. Mick will be joined by some of the area’s biggest stand-up comedians. Also performing that evening are Joe Carney (MTV and TruTV), Kevin Garifo (Shining Wizards wrestling podcast) and Adam Lucidi (Greenwich Village Comedy Club and Broadway Comedy Club).

Mick is a three-time WWE champion, a hardcore legend and a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. Now, Mick Foley is unleashing the same trademark blend of wit and wisdom, wildness and warmth that made his books so beloved (five self-penned New York Times best-sellers) into his one-man spoken-word stage show, “Tales From Wrestling Past”. Foley has wowed both crowds and critics alike with his unique stage show – leading “Chortle”, the UK’s most respected comedy source to write “Foley himself is charm personified – eloquent, funny and self-effacing” and the decidedly non-wrestling publication “Broadway Baby” to muse, “if you’re interested at all in wrestling you’ll love it; if you’re not, you’ll like it.” Drawing from his 28 years of travel, Foley finds humor in the unlikeliest of places – the loss of an ear, the “dedication” of a porn-star working in a knee-brace, a United States President reciting his wrestling catch-phrase. Foley himself refers to “Tales From Wrestling Past” as “like being in the ring, without getting hurt” – a welcome distinction coming from a man who gave so much, to so many, for so long. Join the Hardcore Legend on his latest journey down life’s highway – an eclectic trip into the surreal world of the days of wrestling past.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/garden-state-comedy-presents-mick-foley-tickets-11155956767.

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Michael Winslow: Man of 10,000 Voices Rocked Jersey for a Good Cause!

There are very few people in the world who have not grabbed a microphone or at least cupped their hands together, and attempted to make some incredible and realistic sound effects. Admit it. We have all tried this at one point.  But for those who grew up in the 1980’s, we know that there is only one man on the planet who can take the claim as the best human sound effects creator in the world, and that man is Michael Winslow!

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The performers of the night, from left; “Big Rich” McDonald, Michael Winslow, Jerrold Benford, Natty Bumpercar, and Joe Carney.


Winslow stopped by the Crossroads in Garwood, NJ on Thursday December 5th, as part of their new Crossroads Comedy Series.  Proceeds from the show were given to the Local Garwood Police PBA.  From the man who is known to millions as the “Sound Effects guy from Police Academy”, Michael Winslow was happy to help raise funds for local law enforcement.
The Crossroads had a great turn-out on this evening and was literally standing room only.  Co-producer of the comedy series, Joe Carney wanted it clear that this was not typical of the quality of room he runs.  Carney stated “we would never ask audience members to come into one of our shows and stand.  That is not the way to run comedy.  But as more people showed up and we explained it was a sold out show, they just wanted to donate to the PBA and didn’t mind standing if it meant getting to see Michael perform!”

Joe Carney handing over the proceeds from the show to the Garwood PBA.

Joe Carney handing over the proceeds from the show to the Garwood PBA.

Michael performed for over an hour and his mouth did not stop for one second.  He kept the room rocking and laughing the entire time as he made some sound effects and noises most people did not believe were humanly possible.  Crossroads Sound Engineer Ben even joked “Winslow goes deeper and harder than some bands I have had in here.  I never thought I would have to work so hard for a comedian, haha.”

The night was hosted by Crossroads favorite Natty Bumpercar, and the crowd was immediately brought to laughter by the opening act Jerrold Benford.  Featuring on the show were the Dumb Kids in the Back comedy troupe, who performed short-form improv for the crowd.  The two man troupe featured Joe Carney and Rich McDonald, and was a hit with the crowd as they brought audience members on stage to participate in games such as Moving People, Couple Game, and Love Letter.

As expected, the highlight of the night was Michael Winslow.  He brought the house down with his renditions of Jimi Hendrix and his dubbing of the classic Star Wars.  Fans were very excited for the entire show, and then were treated with a performance by NJ based rock band, the JJO’s.

The Crossroads Comedy Series advertises that comedy will be at the venue every Thursday evening.  So far, the Crossroads has showcased Rich Vos, Dustin Diamond, Rich Carucci and Jeff Norris.  Upcoming shows already scheduled include the nationally touring Comedians At Law, Judah Friedlander, Otto and George, and the GardenStateComedy produced showcase Jersey All-Stars.   There will be FREE tickets given to a few lucky winners each month.  To be eligible, just sign up for the GardenStateComedy email list!

THE COMEDY OF JAMES McCLURE IN TWO ONE-ACT PLAYS, “LAUNDRY & BOURBON” & “LONE STAR”

Lone_Star-sizedThe Rising Curtain Theatre Company is proud to present it’s second full production with “THE COMEDY OF JAMES McCLURE IN TWO ONE-ACT PLAYS,” following a successful run sold-out performances of it’s first production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Where’s My Money” last year.

The two plays are “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star”.  “Laundry and Bourbon” is directed by Lynn Langone and features Jennifer Chaky, Laura Hartin and Tracy Kathleen.  “Lone Star” is directed by Einar Gunn and features Bram Ackay, Mark Badaczewski and Nat Gennace.

The Board of Directors of the Rising Curtain Theatre Company is comprised of graduates and friends of The New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts in Bloomfield, NJ, who want to offer an opportunity for those who wish to further their acting, directing, and writing experiences to have a local theatre company to work with.

 

THE COMEDY OF JAMES McCLURE IN TWO ONE-ACT PLAYS, “LAUNDRY & BOURBON” & “LONE STAR”

PERFORMS: Friday January 10th @ 8:00 PM, Saturday January 11th @ 2:00 PM, and Saturday January 11th @ 8:00 PM @ The Black Box Theatre @ NJSDA

593 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, NJ

Tickets are $20. and are available online at

http://comedyofjamesmcclure.brownpapertickets.com/

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Best of 2013: Articles

Here are the top five posts from the year that look at subjects ranking from New Jersey, to Words with Friends, to social networking, to comedy, to Superman!

We figured that we’d put them back out there for you – all in one spot – just in case you missed anything.

Steve Serra: New Jersey Is The Best State To Live In. PERIOD.

Barbara Morrison: Words With Friends

Rich McDonald: What Your favorite superhero says about you, and why Superman fans lack character.

Danny New: Reasons Why Parents Shouldn’t Have Facebook…Especially Mine!

Natty Bumpercar: Something Funny I Heard: Top 10 Phrases Heard at Stand-Up Open Mics

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Best of 2013: Becoming my parents

Here are the first three posts from Joe Carney that look into his eventual and never ending transformation into not one – but – both of his parents!

We figured that we’d put them back out there for you – all in one spot – just in case you missed anything.

Rich Vos at the Crossroads in Garwood, NJ

vos2The new Comedy Series at Crossroads in Garwood has put together a show to put them on the local comedy map! The next big show scheduled at Crossroads will feature national headliner Rich Vos. The show, being held on Thursday November 7th at 8:00pm, will also showcase Natty Bumpercar and feature “The Steam Roller of Comedy” Rich Carucci.

Garden State Comedy will be giving away 2 FREE Tickets to the show. Entry is free by signing up for the GardenStateComedy electronic newsletter. Rich Vos will be making his only local comedy appearance for a while. Rich is famous for his two Comedy Central Half-Hour Specials and he has appeared in two other Comedy Central specials. He was a regular guest on “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,” and has been a regular guest on “The Opie and Anthony Show” for the past 10 years. Vos has appeared on HBO, Showtime, Starz, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” NBC’s “American Dreams” and “The View.” He is also a regular on the Joy Behar show, made three appearances at the Apollo, four appearances on BET, and was the first white comic to perform on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” He also wrote for the 2005 Oscars, and has appeared on and wrote for many roasts.

The Crossroads Comedy Series has already featured Jeff Norris, Dustin Diamond (aka Screech) and Kevin Garifo in recent months. Upcoming scheduled shows include Michael Winslow (Police Academy) on December 5, The Comedians At Law on January 16, and the Garden State Comedy’s Jersey All-Stars on November 21. Tickets for upcoming shows can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/CrossroadsNJ/app_179585568763105

 

Murder Mystery Comes to Bloomfield!

MurderMysteryThe New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts is excited to announce “MURDER AT THE ACTING SCHOOL”, a fundraiser for NJSDA. The evening will be “dinner theatre” style at Senoritas Restaurant in Bloomfield, and the audience will be part of the show! They will be helping the characters, who will be interacting with the audience, to try to figure out, “whodunit”!

The actors for the performance, are members of NJSDA’s Improv Troupe, “NUTTY BY NATURE”, who has been making audiences laugh throughout the metropolitan NY/NJ area for the past 15 years. In addition to having performed at The NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), The South Street Seaport,12 Miles West, Theater Under the Stars,The Black River Playhouse, Luna Stage, Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores; they were featured on the E! Television/Style Network’s reality TV series, Try My Life. The Herald News called them “Bawdy, brilliant and proof that ingenuity can strike at a moment’s notice”.

Performers include include Paul Acocella of Oldwick, Elaine Brodie of Caldwell, Jody Eiden of Wyckoff, Laura Hartin of Montclair, Matt Hopkins of Elmwood Park, Robin Lewis of Livingston, Rich McDonald of West Orange, Paul Barca, Tarek Salib and Charles Tsocanos of Bloomfield, Jackie Valeo of Saddle Brook and Ted Wrigley of West Orange.

“MURDER AT THE ACTING SCHOOL”, Friday October 18th, at 7:00 PM. SENORITAS 285 Glenwood Av, Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003. Showtime is 7:00 pm. Tickets are $40 and include dinner with soft drinks, cash bar is available. For tickets, please call 973-566-9700, Ext 5.

Words With Friends

wwf-1It started slowly. All my friends were doing it. It seemed like harmless fun. It was something I only did socially, and I tried it because I was bored. And now I’m hooked. I’m an addict. Hello, my name is Barbara and I am a Words with Friends junkie. “Hi Barbara.”

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Fantasy Football: Explained

Fantasy-FootballI suppose when a recent high school grad like myself informs his parents he will be going out on a beautiful summer night, they usually expect something very exciting: graduation party, seafood date, meth lab, etc. However, the last thing my father (a comedian) and mother (HGTV enthusiast) were expecting was “Mom, Dad…I’m going to a Fantasy Football Draft.” What was even more unexpected was when my Dad’s response was “What’s a Fantasy Football?”

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Something Funny I Heard: Top 10 Phrases Heard at Stand-Up Open Mics

open-3I go to a fair amount of mics and shows, and one of the things that I enjoy the most are the mainstays. Phrases and seeming non-sequiturs that tend to always be in the air – floating right there in plain site  – just waiting for comics to fumble for them and blurt them out in the middle of their sets.

I realize that I need to clarify. When I say that ‘I enjoy them’, I mean that I enjoy them with the sense of nostalgia and inevitability that you may get when you go to the town where you grew up and seeing that someone from high school is still working at Dairy Queen (eternally about to be manager) – or – when you are about to watch some fireworks and you pull the old, smelly blanket out of your trunk. You experience them, they register in your brain in the ‘Oh, this again?’ folder and then you shake your head as if to say ‘Get away from that Blizzard machine, Larry.’ – or – ‘I’m going to wash you with bleach and oxyclean, blanket, because you deserve it.’ So, I enjoy them as comforting things that seemingly never change. Things that eat up minutes. Things that should be shelved.

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