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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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SPOTLIGHT: NICK RUGGIA

ruggia-1Nick 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.

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Something Funny I Heard: Top 10 Phrases Heard at Stand-Up Open Mics

open-3I 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.

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Cape May Comedy Festival won by NJ Comedian: Jeff Norris!

norris3Anyone from New Jersey knows that if you are going to have a comedy competition in our state, then somebody from the Garden State better win it.  We can be friendly and nice when we want to be, but when it finally comes down to who is going to walk out of a comedy competition with a $5,000 cash prize…well, then the gloves come off.  And there are few working comedians in the business right now who deserve that win more than the New Jersey’s own, Jeff Norris.

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The Debate

couple2There’s always the debate of the single life being better than in a relationship life or vice versa. My blog today focuses on that. I’m going to break both into Pros and Cons. We’ve all had that thought cross our mind. Hell, when we’re single we think during our dry spell, “Man…I wish I had someone to watch Family Guy with me.” (That is totally not a personal thought.). Then, when we’re in a relationship 5 months or a year in and think, “WOW! I want to be down the shore partying with my boys!!” We can’t have the best of both worlds (Actually, we can. Ya got to be sneaky though because if you get caught, Armageddon’s going to happen and I do not mean the movie…well it could be like the movie because you’ll end up being upset/pissed because Bruce Willis dies.) Also, I’m married so this is all very neutral (I don’t want my wife to kill me, LOVE YOU BABE!)

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