Interviewed Stand Up Comedian Laz Rivero at The New York Comedy Club in Gramercy

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laz riveroWe met up with the hilarious Cuban born Stand Up Comedian Laz Rivero at the New York Comedy Club in Gramercy. The energy in this NYC comedy club was buzzing. It was a sold out show and lots of great comedians performed that night

We decided to have a conversation with Laz right after his show to discuss some things about comedy and all things in between.

1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?
Real estate sales in Brooklyn. I also spent 14 years in hospitality. You can read about some of my experiences in the book “Heads In Beds” by good friend Jake Tomsky. I’m Dante in the book. read more

Interview with Stand Up Comedian Ibrahim Khalif West Side Comedy Club

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Ibrahim Khalif

We met up with upcoming comedian Ibrahim Khalif at the new Upper West Side Comedy Club right after his show.

1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy? 

Great question!
I had a tough job working as a Black Man and Muslim in post 9/11 America.
I had two jobs.
Very arduous journey.
The Pay was lousy.
Long hours with very little upward mobility.
I should be collecting Social Security ya know?
You think I have grounds for a claim?

2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian? 

I didn’t. It was always said to me, “you should be a comedian” when I was younger, but I held the art form in such high regard I never thought I could do it. My sister told me my sense of humor was different and I should go on stage. I went on stage when I was 11 and got a standing ovation but never got on stage again until after my mother passed away. I was using comedy as a coping mechanism and found it cathartic. read more

Interview with Comedian Joseph Vecsey

Joseph Vecsey
Joseph Vecsey

Should be growing up in the question of influences.

1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?

Street basketball with various teams, freelance journalist, and an electronic store.

2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?

I realized I wasn’t going to make it to the NBA

3. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing?

Working at the Four Seasons Hotel hopefully.

4. Where are some of your favorite places to perform?

Comic Strip, Caroline’s, Hollywood Improv, and Bay Street Theater in the Hamptons

5. Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world? read more

A Comedy Show For The Freaks OUTCAST: Hosted By Fareeha Khan

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A Comedy Show For The Freaks OUTCAST : Hosted By Fareeha Khan

A Comedy Show For The Freaks OUTCAST: Hosted By Fareeha Khan

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Editors Choice – This is an experimental comedy show that will feature some of NYC’s best comedians. The show is basically a place for various weirdos to come together and do some weird stuff on stage. It’ll be fun and diverse and we’ll all unite in a love of the weird and feel good about representation on stage. 🙂 Check out full details below. I hope to see you there!

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Interview with Comedian Monroe Martin at The New York Comedy Club

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Written by Joseph Santiago Monroe Martin It was at the New York Comedy Cub that we met up with one of our favorite comedians Monroe Martin after one of his comedy shows in NYC, which is located in the Kips Bay section in Manhattan. It was a Friday night and the New York Comedy Club was completely sold out. There was this amazing energy filled in the room with people from around the world. 1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy? I had too many Jobs. I was a Peer Educator for Planned Parenthood. I worked at Spirit of Halloween, McDonald’s, Philadelphia Youth Network, Tower Perrin, City Year, A charter School/ summer camp, The Philadelphia Zoo, a Security Company, a telemarketer, and Dave and Buster’s. 2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian? Honestly, I didn’t dream of being a comedian. I didn’t think it was something I could accomplish so why try, right? My friends were the first people that thought I was funny. They called me stupid all the time. Most people would take offense to that, but I didn’t. Calling someone stupid when they say something hilarious is the second highest comment. The highest is genius. I would find my self-writing down topics and points to bring up during the conversation. At the time I did know I was writing a set. Between making my friends laugh I would make some of my foster parents laugh. One of my foster moms and I would watch Coming To The Stage on BET. Which is a comedy competition.   One day we were watching the show, and she said: “I could see you doing something like that one day.” I blew it off. The comics on the show were so funny I could never be one of them. There was one specific comic I thought was hilarious. I won’t mention his name. Fast forward to the summer, I have graduated high school and I have no real plans of going to college. I just wanted to hang out and go with the flow of life. One morning my friend and I were sitting on his front porch cracking jokes, and a garbage truck goes by, and the guy I thought was super funny was on the back of the trash truck. I tried to get his attention, by yelling “yo man you’re funny as hell” he wanted to ignore me, but I kept until he acknowledged me. Looking back I was being extra, but it was worth it because that changed my perspective on comedians. I felt like I could actually be a comic. I started comedy two years after that. 3. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing? I would probably be fat as shit with a city job. 4. Where are some of your favorite places to perform? I like The Knitting Factory, Stress Factory, Comedy Connection in Rhode Island, Denver Funny Bone. 5. Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world? If you pay your bills off of comedy, I don’t consider you up and coming. If we are talking about comics that aren’t famous yet, then I have a long list, but here are some. I like Chloe Hilliard, Derek Gaines, Dave Temple, Ian Finance, etc. 6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Fail as much as possible.

7. When did you feel like you were a pro comedian? read more

Interview with Talented & Funny Comedian Larry Beyah At Gotham Comedy Club

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Larry Beyah 1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy? I was in the U.S. Air Force and Acting before I started doing Stand Up Comedy 2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian? I have been a hilarious comedian since I was a toddler everywhere all day every day. I held court with my family and friends. Then I saw comedians and listened to comedy performances and began focusing on the craft and profession. 3. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing? If I wasn’t doing stand up comedy I would be performing in theatre, television & films.🎭 4. Where are some of your favorite places to perform? Some of my favorite places to perform are Gotham Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store and The improv 5. Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world? All of the “Up and Comers” 🤣 are my favorites because I know the process and I applaud every input. 6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? One of the best advise I was given is to stop cursing 🤬 7. When did you feel like you were a pro comedian? I felt like a pro comedian when I started getting paid and the audiences started telling me I was their favorite and wanted to see me again. 8. How often do you perform comedy per week? I perform comedy 6-7 times per week. 9. What are your favorite comedy clubs that you perform at? Gotham Comedy Club and The Borgata 10. How do you deal with hecklers? I usually have a spectacular time with hecklers because they are fun and give me something to play off of that’s funnier than what they said. 11. What advice would you give your younger self? Do more comedy 12. How would you describe your brand of comedy? A hysterical symphony of thoughts 13. What do you talk about in your act? Examples of what I talk about is me, human nature, the audience, relationship battles, being the military

The ‘SUP Show: A NYC Comedy Showcase for Female, Queer, and Gender Non-conforming Voices

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‘SUP is a comedy collective in New York City creating space for female, queer, and gender non-conforming voices. This evening of entertainment will showcase the best and the brightest acts from the SUP open mic, a weekly experimental space for comedians to try new things and express themselves. Featuring: =&2=&(Good Luck Monday) =&3=&(SF Sketch Fest) =&4=&(High Mud Comedy Festival) =&5=&(Unofficial Expert Podcast) =&6=&(Eugene Mirman Festival) =&7=&(The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) Hosted by =&8=&

Chris Scopo Interview at New York Comedy Club

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By Joseph Santiago Chris Scopo It was a Friday night at the New York Comedy Club, at 241 E 24th St New York, NY 10010b/t 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave in Kips Bay in Manhattan. It was the prime time show and the club was completely sold out with people from around the world.   That night we met up with Stand up Comedian Chris Scopo after his comedy show. We discuss being a comedian and doing stand up comedy.     Chris had the privilege of joining one of the most popular podcast’s in the country, Robert Kelly’s “You know What Dude” podcast. Where he learned valuable lessons in life and comedy. Since joining the podcast, Chris worked his way to become Producer of the show, a title he currently holds. Along with the YKWD podcast, he also is the co-host of Luis J. Gomez’s “Realass” podcast.

1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?
-My first job right out of college was working in an office from 9-5; it was one of the miserable things I have experienced.

2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?
-I don’t think I ever knew I wanted to be a comic until I was actually doing it. I remember watching Dane Cook Vicious Circle when I was a kid, my brother and I used to quote that special all the time. I thought it was a cool job but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would do that for a living. read more

Interview at Stand UP NY with Kerri Louise Stand Up Comedian

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By Joseph Santiago

Kerri Louise Stand UP NY

Kerri Louise Stand UP NY

We met up with Kerri Louise Stand Up Comedian after her comedic performance at the Stand UP NY on the Upper West Side. It was a Friday night and this famous Upper West Side Comedy Club. We sat beside the bar and discussed all things comedy. She is a regular at NYC Comedy Clubs and can be seen at Stand UP NY, New York Comedy Club, Comic Strip Live, and Broadway Comedy Club.

1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy? I was a lifeguard, swim instructor, babysitter, waitress, personal trainer, aerobic instructor, teacher K-8, and a girlfriend. read more

New York Comedy Club We Interview Stand Up Comedian Kevin Dombrowski

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Written by Joseph Santiago

Kevin Dombrowski New York Comedy Club

Kevin Dombrowski performing at New York Comedy Club

We met up with stand up comedian Kevin Dombrowski after his show at the New York Comedy Club. We discussed all things stand up comedy and his favorite comedy clubs in NYC.

What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy? I have literally done everything you can to make money. Except for maybe drugs and prostitution. Mainly bc no one would buy either from me. I think my wife and I counted one day into the 30s, with everything from waiting tables and bartending to installing carpet and delivering tires to lifeguarding and gym associate to landscaping and parking lot maintenance.. you know you’re typical avg white guy living off his parents ; ) read more