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Best of 2013: Spotlights

Here are the top three posts from the year that feature comedians: Bob Levy, Vic DiBitetto, and Nick Ruggia!

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

SPOTLIGHT: BOB LEVY

http://www.gardenstatecomedy.com/spotlight-bob-levy/

SPOTLIGHT: VIC DIBITETTO

http://www.gardenstatecomedy.com/spotlight-vic-dibitetto/

SPOTLIGHT: NICK RUGGIA

http://www.gardenstatecomedy.com/spotlight-nick-ruggia/

SPOTLIGHT: VIC DIBITETTO

VicD1A powerful performer, comedian Vic DiBitetto chums energy, honesty, and humility into nonstop laughter. His pace is frenetic. His material is vivid and true. From his first words, to his famous, word-free, mannequin head encore, DiBitetto leaves his audiences breathless with laughter.

When I was able to catch him right off stage at the Borgata in Atlantic City for this QandA session about what it means to be Vic DiBitetto, it was not what you may be expecting. Of course we talked about stand up, his and the comedy tours, but when it comes to being Vic, well… Read more

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VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: Craig Mahoney

SPOTLIGHT: NICK RUGGIA

ruggia-1Nick Ruggia is a 27-year-old stand-up comedian, actor and writer raised by photographers in Hoboken, New Jersey. He co-runs the show Destroy All Humans on the third Friday of every month at the Creek and the Cave in Long Island City, as well as Comedy Curb Stomp at The Watering Hole every Tuesday. Destroy All Humans was nominated for Best Stand-up Show at the Creek in 2013. He is also half of the sketch comedy duo Temple Horses, whose 2013 short film “You’re Not That Crazy” has screened at the Friars’ Club Comedy Film Festival (where it won the Audience Award for Best Short Film), the Lighthouse International Film Festival and the Corona Film Festival in Ireland. It will debut in Canada at the Calgary International Film Festival in late September. He has also contributed jokes to MTV2’s Hip-Hop Squares and appeared in several reality TV shows, including Giving You The Business, and his favorite, Celebrity Ghost Stories. You can watch Nick’s funny videos and subscribe to Temple Horses at www.youtube.com/templehorses, or make plans to see one of his shows at http://creeklic.com.

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SPOTLIGHT: VINNIE VITALE

vinnie vitaleVinnie Vitale is a Hoboken-based comedian who has grown up in New Jersey his whole life. He has appeared on stage at Broadway Comedy Club and Gotham Comedy Club, as well as Carolines where he has opened for Andrew Ginsburg. He is a producer for Comedy Party USA, one of NYC’s longest running underground comedy shows. This FREE comedy show happens every Thursday from 8:30-10pm in the back of The Grisly Pear at 107 Macdougal St. and features some of today’s hottest comics. They also run a monthly comedy contest for new talent to showcase their skills with the chance to win $50 and 2 guest spots on regular Comedy Party USA shows. For anyone interested in finding out more information, please email comedypartyusa@gmail.com or like Comedy Party USA on Facebook.

When Vinnie is not performing comedy, he has taught comedy writing classes in addition to privately coaching other comedians and helping professional speakers incorporate humor in their presentations. He has a website too, if you ever feel like reading his blog: www.vinnievitale.com.

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SPOTLIGHT: CHIPPS COONEY

chipps-2As fans of the hit television show America’s Got Talent already know Chipps Cooney is a crazy and hilarious magician. What many don’t know is what Chipps does know, which is how to make it and stay in the entertainment industry. Just following his weekend opening for Gilbert Gottfried on Thursday and Dave Attell on Friday and performing on Saturday at The Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ,   I was able to catch up with the legend and get some history.

Q. Chipps, how did you do The Stress Factory for two separate headliners?

A. Vinnie Brand had me open for Dave and since I was already there for the weekend, Omnipop asked if I could open for Gilbert.

Q. You must know everyone. How long have you been doing this?

A. 30 years. I used to play in a band, as a drummer, just goofing around on the stage.  My first gig was at a jazz club, Brady Haze. I don’t think they’re around anymore.

(He won’t tell me how old he is but he says he went to BABE RUTH’s funeral.)

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SPOTLIGHT: BOB LEVY

boblevyMany of you already know Bob Levy through the Artie Lang Show or Opie and Anthony. But you may be surprised to read some updated information about the Reverend before you see him at The Otto and George Fundraiser in July.

Q. Are you really a reverend?

A. Yeah. I have the paperwork to prove it.

Q. Where you born in NJ?

A. No, Brooklyn. But I live in south Jersey now, just outside of Philly.

Q. How did you become a regular on the Artie Lange Show?

A. I’ve known Artie for years. We met through (Howard) Stern. When I was part of “The Meanest Listener”.

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