Stand Comedy Club and Restaurant
Stand Comedy Club and Restaurant “Best Comedy Club in NYC”. Time Out New York’s
Mike Vecchione, Nikki Glaser, Big Jay Oakerson, Ted Alexandro, Paul Virzi, Pete Dominick, and More! Sat, January 25, 2014 10:00 PM (Doors open at 09:30 PM) 16 & over
Mike Vecchione: Born in Youngstown, Ohio and raised Italian American and Catholic. My father was involved in a family business and my mother was/is an elementary school teacher. As a family, we moved back and forth between northeast Ohio and South Florida throughout my childhood. Started playing contact football at age 9 in Florida and wrestling at age 13 in Ohio. My senior year of high school I placed second in the Florida AAA State Tournament and went on to college at Pennsylvania State University where I wrestled in 1991-1992 and tutored student athletes. Moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1995 with my bachelors degree in criminal justice. Began work counseling adjudicated teens and children with mental health issues. Started teaching special education in the Philadelphia School District in 1998. Received my masters in Special Education in 2001 from Cabrini College and continued to teach in both public school and residential school settings. Started stand up comedy in 2000 and moved to New York City in 2003. Was the 1983 and 1984 Spelling Bee runner up at Pine Grove Elementary School. I failed to advance to the national bee in Washington D.C. because of the complexity of the word roothless, which I still spell with two o’s.
Paul Virzi: Paul was first attracted to stand-up comedy at a very young age. He was only nine years old when he witnessed Eddie Murphey’s “Raw”. Although he couldn’t understand all the jokes, and probably should not have been listening to explicit language, he became instantly intrigued by the idea of speaking into a microphone and making a crowd of people happy. Also, in the mid-eighties, his father took him to see Rodney Dangerfield live at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. By the end of the show, he was sleeping on his father’s lap but the seed was planted. Growing up, Paul was always making people laugh, something that he continues to do today. Paul makes waves and raises eyebrows every time he touches a microphone. In the year 2000 Paul entered a contest in upstate NY where he went to high school. It was called the “Hudson Valley’s Funniest Man” for a popular radio station. The competition, which was comprised of over 20 contestants, lasted more than two months. Before he knew it, Paul had successfully passed first two rounds, joining the last seven comics in the finals. It came down to him and one other. In the end, Paul fell short. However, this inspired him. Not only has he gone on to win many other contests, but he also came to the realization that this is what he wants to do for the rest of his life. Since then he has opened numerous times for some of the best comedians in the business. Comics such as Dave Attell from Comedy Centrals “Insomniac” and Bill Burr from Comedy Centrals “Chappelle Show” and his one hour specials “Let It Go” are just a couple. Paul has also shared the stage with the likes of Tracey Morgan, Bob Saget, Christopher Titus and Louis CK. Paul performs all over the country and many of the nation’s top comedy clubs have called him one of the strongest up and comers working today. Recently, Paul was a semi-finalist for NY’s Funniest Comic Competition for the NY Comedy Festival in NYC. He also opened for bill Burr at Carnegie Hall where he killed in front of a sold out crowd on the most legendary stage in the world which was also part of the NY Comedy Festival. Paul’s stand-up can be heard on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio daily. His credits include TV appearance’s on FOX’S “REDEYE”, Spike TV’S “GameTrailers TV with Geoff Kneighly” and writing for the 2011 ESPN Espy Awards. Paul never fails in keeping the laughs coming and making the audience feel comfortable with his hard hitting personal approach. He is fun to watch and has a great stage presence.