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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

https://nattybumpercar.com/gardenstatecomedy2/spotlight-bob-levy/

SPOTLIGHT: VIC DIBITETTO

https://nattybumpercar.com/gardenstatecomedy2/spotlight-vic-dibitetto/

SPOTLIGHT: NICK RUGGIA

https://nattybumpercar.com/gardenstatecomedy2/spotlight-nick-ruggia/

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

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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Faking It

open-micThere are some scary things out there—root canals, shark attacks, the Kardashians—but one of the most frightening things I’ve encountered is the Open Mic. The Open Mic is the forum for comics to test out new material in hopes that you’ve got some comic gold. Most of us mine through acres of crap for a precious gem that can make peer comics laugh so hard that beer shoots out their nose. Most of the time, you are performing to a room full (if you are lucky) of bowed heads; not in reverence, but in study. They are pouring over their notebooks, iPhones and even a few scribbled napkins mining for gold in their own untested material. Read more