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SPOTLIGHT: VIC DIBITETTO

VicD1A 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

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PODCAST SPOTLIGHT: The Bumperpodcast

bumperpodcast_image-1400x1400Here at Garden State Comedy, we enjoy comedy in various incarnations. From performing, to writing, to watching and also to listening. So, it’s with that in mind that we’ve decided to start sharing the most recent episodes of some of the comedy podcasts that are based in New Jersey – right here – with our normal posts. Because we want to make sure that it’s enormously easy for you to find them and hopefully enjoy them as much as we do.

If you know of a comedy podcast that needs to be heard, then let us know, and keep an eye out – because it just might get featured on the “Garden State Comedy Podcast Spotlight.” Yes!

This week, we are featuring “The Bumperpodcast” a weekly adventure straight into the heart of the ridiculous. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of structure – but – there does seem to be a lot of fun and whimsy. Enjoy!

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SPOTLIGHT: BOB LEVY

boblevyMany of you already know Bob Levy through the Artie Lang Show or Opie and Anthony. But you may be surprised to read some updated information about the Reverend before you see him at The Otto and George Fundraiser in July.

Q. Are you really a reverend?

A. Yeah. I have the paperwork to prove it.

Q. Where you born in NJ?

A. No, Brooklyn. But I live in south Jersey now, just outside of Philly.

Q. How did you become a regular on the Artie Lange Show?

A. I’ve known Artie for years. We met through (Howard) Stern. When I was part of “The Meanest Listener”.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: MANOLI VOZOS

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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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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