A 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
I suppose when a recent high school grad like myself informs his parents he will be going out on a beautiful summer night, they usually expect something very exciting: graduation party, seafood date, meth lab, etc. However, the last thing my father (a comedian) and mother (HGTV enthusiast) were expecting was “Mom, Dad…I’m going to a Fantasy Football Draft.” What was even more unexpected was when my Dad’s response was “What’s a Fantasy Football?”
Nick 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.
I 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.
Like 99% of New Jerseyans, I think New Jersey is the best state to live in. We have T.V shows based on the Garden State (I just sort of tagged our website) the big list of celebrities that were born here. We have one of the biggest gambling cities in the country (Atlantic City, just in case you didn’t know) that inspired Monopoly! You’re close to the capital of the world, New York City, so you can visit whenever you want and get shafted by the tunnel fees that will be going up to $15 dollars by 2015! The plus side is at least you don’t live there and have to put up with the urine smell that is really potent on those HOT humid days! Let’s go down the list I made that will make you feel really passionate about Christie’s ‘Stronger than the Storm’ campaign and want to spend a week in Wildwood!