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!
The South Jersey Comedy Festival is a comedy extravaganza featuring stand-up comedians and improv comedy troupes on August 17th 2013. Since South Jersey is within a small radius of several metropolitan areas, it is an ideal location to celebrate these forms of live comedy. Each part of the festival will celebrate a different form of live comedy; at the end of each section, the SJCF will crown a new winning comedian or improv troupe, which will win the title of “Best Stand-up Comedian/Improv Troupe,” and a CASH PRIZE! The winner(s) will also be profiled on GardenStateComedy.com as an up and coming performer in the state!
The First Annual Cape May Comedy Festival, held on July 26-28 at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, was considered a big success by the organizers and creators of the festival Dan Sinclair and Jacqueline Tocci. The festival was able to bring some national attention to Cape May, New Jersey by showcasing nationally known performers to highlight the festival such as the legendary Gilbert Gottfried. The festival also put together some very creatively themed comedy shows, and also had a stand-up comedy competition featuring 96 different comedians.
Improv comedy is coming back to the Garden State, and in a big way. International improv legends Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the recently revived Whose Line Is It Anyway, will be performing at the Tropicana in Atlantic City on August 16 and 17th in their show Two Man Group. For fans of the website, GardenStateComedy.com has started a contest to award the winner two FREE tickets to the performance of the winner’s choice.
Colin and Brad bring their quick wit and hilarious characters to life playing some of their more famous improv games such as Moving Bodies, Sound Effects and What’s My Line. The magic of improv is that all games are based on audience suggestions and audience involvement so no two shows are alike.
That’s right, I said the genius of MTV’s the ‘Jersey Shore’. I must say I despise the whole culture, and overall stupidity of the cast members on this show. That being said, for some reason if I sit down and it is on…I will watch it. I started to think that I had contracted a horrible disease, or that my latest snowboarding crash had scrambled my brains. I even consulted a physician to make sure everything was fine, and to my relief everything checked out ok. But then once I realized that nothing was wrong with me, I was even more worried. Does this mean that I just like the ‘Jersey Shore?’ Even just saying that now makes my skin crawl.
I thought, and thought, and thought about it. I couldn’t think of any reason why I actually liked the ‘Jersey Shore.’ Then a lightbulb went off in my head. I realized that there was nothing wrong with me. The creators of the show were just genius.
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.
For 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.
Comedy is coming back to the greatest state in the world this summer! The internationally respected Cape May Comedy Festival is coming July 26-28, 2013 and touts performances by America’s top comedians, a stand-up comedy competition, workshops and an outdoor comedy carnival.
The Cape May Comedy Festival will be an all-encompassing town wide event. National headliners including Gilbert Gottfried produced by Catch a Rising Star and Two Funny Philly Guys featuring Joe Conklin and Big Daddy Graham will perform at the main stage at Convention Hall on Friday and Saturday. Other shows throughout town include The Wiseguyz of Comedy featuring Reverend Bob Levy from the Howard Stern Show, Ladies of Laughter, Hometown Heroes, Laugh with Pride, Deceptimcomics and an open mic hosted by High Note Humor. These shows will be occurring at staggered times at venues throughout the city such as The Grand Hotel, The Chalfonte, VFW Post 386, A Ca Mia, Pilot House and The Emlen Physick Estate.
It has been said that by analyzing a person’s hero, that you can learn a lot about that person. The individual that someone chooses to look up to and emulate often shows a lot about what characteristics and qualities that person respects. We usually choose heroes for ourselves based on endearing qualities such as hard work, courage, talent, discipline, or even empathy. Heroes in the real world begin as regular people who sometime accomplish great things, such as Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. or Buzz Aldrin. Sports athletes are looked upon as heroes when they accomplish something great that no athlete has done before. Most consider our military soldiers as the ultimate heroes, as they sacrifice their own lives for the greater good of an entire country.
But each individual usually has a hero of their own. Someone they can strive to be. It could be a father, an older brother, a professional mentor, or anyone who has accomplished something by overcoming large obstacles and defying the odds. Heroes are the inspiration for the rest of us to push harder and stronger than anyone else. To be the David to the world’s Goliaths. To be a Spud Webb in a world of 7 footers. To be Ghandi in a world of hatred and anger.
They say that laughter is the best medicine, and when used properly, I strongly agree that it is. Using comedy as a fundraiser is a great idea for any organization or group, and some local comedians are putting their ability to get some chuckles to raise funds for a great cause this Sunday night July 7, 2013. The show is hosted by Fourfourteen Entertainment and will be held at Tierney’s Tavern on Valley Road in Montclair, starting at 8:00pm.
To benefit PAWS in Montclair, local comedy scene favorite Natty Bumpercar has agreed to sacrifice himself as the “victim” in a celebrity style roast featuring some of the area’s funniest and sharpest comics. Natty has been performing comedy for over 20 years and has been a staple in the North Jersey scene for the past 4 years. He has been seen at Greenwich Village Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, and was part of the Jersey City Comedy Festival. He was on MTV’s Lip Service and has a weekly podcast. He also has performed improv comedy at NY’s UCB and as part of New Jersey’s Dumb Kids In The Back.
Natty will be roasted by some of the funniest comedians from NYC and NJ, who are donating their time to benefit PAWS. The show roster includes Buddy Flip, Christine Grillon, Joe Carney, Kevin Garifo, Brett Druck, Rich McDonald and others and is hosted by Adam Lucidi.
PAWS Montclair is a non-profit humane organization that has celebrated over 35 years of helping homeless animals in their community. http://www.pawsmontclair.org/adopt.html