Stand Comedy Club and Restaurant “Best Comedy Club in NYC”. Time Out New York’s. “Best New Venue”
Kevin Meaney, Mark DeMayo, Jena Friedman, Monroe Martin, Derek Gaines, and More! Sun, January 19, 2014 7:00 PM (Doors open at 06:30 PM) 16 & over
Mark DeMayo : Mark DeMayo, born in New York City with the first name Mayobanex, has found ways to get laughs using autobiographical material. He dishes about everything from how his parents met to a problem he has with his daughter’s hip-hop lessons. From his days at prep school to break dancing and acting classes, DeMayo, 42, has played many roles. He finally made his television acting debut as a guest star on a show titled “Della Ventura” on CBS. From there, he got steady work on the daytime soap, “As the World Turns.” He also has been on morning radio in New York City, has performed on Showtime’s “White Boyz In Da Hood,” and in the Laffapalooza Comedy Festival. The suggestion to do improv theater came from an acting teacher, and DeMayo took it seriously. Stand-up soon followed. “The thought of doing stand-up comedy scared the crap out of me,” he said. “So I knew that I had to try it.”
Monroe Martin: Monroe Martin is a colorful and imaginative comedian with a lifetime of hard knock experiences that have been spun into side-splitting jokes and stories. Monroe was born and raised in Philadelphia, one usually wouldn’t find Monroe’s life story laughable. After all, how inappropriate is it to laugh at a foster child who jumped around from one dysfunctional family to another? Sit in the audience of one of Monroe’s performances and you’ll find yourself laughing at his adversity. Monroe’s honest and open approach to joke and storytelling universalizes his experiences. Monroe’s creative and charismatic comedic voice has created a buzz within the New York comedy circuit. His intelligent and hysterical perspective resonates and has earned him respect among his peers. Monroe is on his way to becoming the type of comedian he admires—one who says exactly what he wants, the way he wants to say it. He idolizes these types of comedians because he realizes that it takes guts to say how you truly feel whether it be right or wrong. It is especially hard to discuss the topics that are considered taboo and/or controversial. By saying what he wants, how he wants, Monroe is creating his legacy of being one of the funniest comedians in America. Monroe says “All good comedians speak of life experience through their own unique perspectives.” Based on his experience, He has the makings of a great comedian, and is well on his way.