For 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.
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.
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!
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!”
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 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