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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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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/

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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

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

 

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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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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Video: Karen Faye

SPOTLIGHT ON: JOHNNY WATSON

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Although from New Jersey, Johnny Watson has been all over the United States, working clubs, privates, corporate, and televised events in all fifty states. He is the host of the WATSON N WATSON show, has been on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and GOOD MORNING AMERICA. Watson is a comedian, a teacher, and writer.

When I was able to catch him on the phone for this Question and Answer session about what it means to be Johnny Watson, it was not what you may be expecting. Of course we talked about stand up, screen writing, and the radio show, but when it comes to being Watson, well…

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Video: Sara Battinos