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McDonald & Carney: Live at Ephrata Main Theater

 

Comedians Joe Carney and Rich McDonald are joined by Natty Bumpercar for an improv show to benefit the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Ephrata, PA. Filmed by David Gerz of Wavy Gravy Productions.

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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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GSC Interviews: Michael Winslow

Joe Carney of Garden State Comedy interviews Michael Winslow to discuss Michael’s career and his influences such as Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor & Jonathan Winters.

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!

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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.

Joe Carney: Becoming my parents – Learning Manners

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I know that the past few weeks I’ve told you all about my transition into my father and the reluctant white flag I wave when I see it coming. Well, this week I was given a reprieve. I actually relived a childhood experience from when I was about 10 years old. The only difference was the actors in the play.  I portrayed my mother in this particular action/comedy.

I’d like to give you a little background into the original actor, my mom (Ceilie baby). The best and most accurate way to describe her is a more street savvy version of Judge Judy. From her ability to tell you what she thinks of you in a sarcastic, yet humorous tone to her facial expressions and disapproving sighs which let you know that you are a moron. I have inherited her wonderful “say what I want and you can kiss my ass” approach to life and everyone in it. If we love you, you will know it on a daily basis. If we don’t like you, sure-as-shit, you will know that too. It may seem excessive at times or a little too passionate, but you will always know where we stand.

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SCREECH performing comedy in Jersey this weekend!

screechFor those who grew up watching Saved By The Bell on Saturday mornings, you know that what started as an innocent teenage sitcom become a pop culture phenomenon. Characters like Zach Morris, Kelly Kapowski and AC Slater became larger than life and went on to have some very successful Hollywood careers as actors.  But only one of those teen superstars is still instantly recognizable by one name, even twenty plus years after the show debuted…and that is SCREECH!

The actor who played the show’s resident nerd is Dustin Diamond, and he has parlayed his success as Screech into many avenues such as acting, adult films, and celebrity competition shows.  Now Dustin has brought his other passion out to New Jersey: stand-up comedy.  Dustin has been performing stand-up comedy since 2000 and has performed all over the country.  This Saturday July 20th, Dustin Diamond will be headlining a night of stand-up comedy at the The CrossRoads Café in Garwood, NJ.  The show starts at 7:00pm.

CrossRoads has been open since 1996 and has made a name for itself on the national music scene for booking famous jazz acts and for booking some of the east coast’s great up and coming rock talent.  CrossRoads has had some great local talent at the venue before, as they host shows by the Dumb Kids in the Back Comedy Troupe and are the home to the Rock and Roll Comedy Show.   Owner Lee Frankel is very happy to host the nationally recognized Dustin Diamond at his spot, and believes that his audience will really enjoy the show.

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Joe Carney: Becoming my parents – The Tighty Whities Incident

joe-3Welp. This one is a winner. I had a situation arise this past weekend that completely took me by surprise. When things I do start out gradually, I can prepare for the inevitable, and make room for the change that is coming my way. I knew that my addiction to ball powder was getting severe when I started bringing travel size Gold Bond to work or kept a spare bottle in my truck “just in case”. I was able to accept it, realize it had some sort of hereditary significance and adapt. Not this time.

I was contacted a few weeks ago and asked to be a guest speaker at a local awards night. They wanted someone familiar with the community who played sports and had some interesting stories to tell. I was honored to talk about my attempts at comedy and acting (note: attempts). For a virtual no name comic to be considered interesting enough to someone that they asked you to talk about yourself was pretty cool. I talked about my first brush with fame at 10 years old when I won a Michael Jackson look-a-like contest beating out 3 grown black men. True story, stay tuned down the road for that fun and exciting time in my youth. Dress the fat kid up like a small black man and parade him around. Great idea, Mom! I never knew why I couldn’t find a girlfriend. But I’m getting off the subject, back to the morphing.

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Joe Carney: Becoming my parents

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Hi, my name is Joe Carney and I am becoming my parents. That’s right the very people I spent my entire teenage existence , my hard partying 20s and now, most of my parenting 30s avoiding any similarities to. It is not that they weren’t awesome parents or that they were creepy or smelled funny. They were actually great parents, and still are, but I think that it is common nature to want to choose an alternate path than your parents did, have a different outlook on life, and raise your kids just slightly (or totally) different than you were raised. You want to wear cool clothes that fit correctly with ‘non-sensible” shoes. We don’t want to spew corny or clichéd sayings at the kids and maybe, just maybe, stay cool enough to play wiffle ball with the neighborhood kids.  These things weren’t constantly on my mind but they are certainly first in line in my subconscious and they will claim victory or failure when they come to pass. Read more