manoliFellow comedian, producer, host, filmmaker and awesome dude, Manoli Vozos is our feature spotlight this week.  Manoli Vozos is from Union, NJ. He trained at New York’s Peoples Improv Theater, where he frequently performs – most recently with the sketch team The Foolhardy Manor and on the PITtv House Team Arthur Warburton. He studied Communication at Seton Hall University and has worked in Film and TV since graduating, on projects like Law & Order, The Good Wife and HBO’s Bored to Death. For three years, he has produced a monthly stand-up/variety show called Get Up, Stand-Ups, welcoming the talented NYC comedy scene to suburban NJ, bringing comedians from NYC and NJ a place to show their wit in the good ol’ Garden State, where the drinks are cheaper, the food is better and people laugh harder (There’s also no tunnel fees and two drink minimums). He recently produced a dramatic short film, Old Time Radio, for the TropFest, and is preparing a new hour of sketches with The Foolhardy Manor for a June run at the PIT. This is a guy who will always help friends with stage time and camera time, as well as giving other comedians, that sometimes get referred to him by other comics like myself and others the thing they love the most, stage time.  Let’s give a hand to the friendly giant, Manoli Vozos.

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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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Spotlight On: Corinne Fisher

corinneCorinne Fisher is one of the few comics that leave New Jersey to pursue her dreams of being a stand up comic across the Hudson River to New York city and I am lucky to be a good friend of this funny, talented woman.  She’s been featured in Time Out New York for her one-woman show, Corinne Fisher: I Stalk You (Dir: David Crabb).  Her second stage show, Almost Former Reality TV Stars had a run at the PIT in NYC in June 2011.  She’s been a regular on the stand-up scene, playing anything from dive bars to world-famous comedy clubs like Stand Up NY, Broadway Comedy Club, Comix & Gotham. She recently opened up for another talented comic (Colin Kane) in Bananas Comedy Club in NJ as well.  I sat down with her and asked her a few questions and advice for people who ever thought of ever doing stand up.

Q. Do you think living in New Jersey made you want to become a comedian?
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