Interview with Michael Verdi at New York Comedy Club in Midtown

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We met up with Michael Verdi at the original spot of the New York Comedy Club in Midtown at one of his shows the lone bird  He is the founder of Lone Bird Comedy and produces a monthly show at New York Comedy Club with his brother and fellow comedian, Paul Verdi. Mike also studies and performs improv comedy with UCB and is a member of the indy improv team, “Baby Haha”. He works by day at a non-profit that was nice enough to continue employing him after he made the choice to shave a mustache. Mike is best known for his intelligent and often dark take on the world as an Italian-American from South Jersey struggling to be the good person his upbringing won’t let him be. read more

Interview with Comedian Blair Socci at the New York Comedy Club East Village

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Blair Socci is an LA-based comedian who recently moved to LA after starting her career in New York. You may know her from MTV and Comedy Central and you can catch her opening for Ron Funches on tour this summer.

What other jobs did you do before stand up comedy?
I’ve done every job there is, and so many more since I started comedy. I’ve truly lived 9 lives. Before I started comedy, I was a commercial real estate broker. I was a junior member on a team selling big buildings and I had to get in the office at 6:30 am and do cold calls ALL day. I wore heels! But it taught me about work ethic and life. I feel super lucky now that I get to do something I love because wow that life was not right for me. Before I started comedy, I was very panicked that I was gonna rot under that fluorescent lighting. read more

Interview Comedian Carole Montgomery at Stand UP NY

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This week we talk with native New Yorker Carole Montgomery, who happens to be a very talented standup comedian. She has been performing at NYC Comedy Clubs for the past 40 years and has been featured on over two dozen television appearances, Carole has headlined clubs & colleges ​across the USA and starred in 2 different Las Vegas production shows. In her ten years as a LAS VEGAS STAR, it is estimated that she has been seen by over 5 million audience members. LAS VEGAS SUN calls Carole “one of Vegas’ premier comics, ” SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS says Carole is “one of the pioneering female comics of the modern era” SEATTLE TIMES calls Carole “one of the strongest women working today” read more

Interview With Daniel Simonsen at Tribeca Comedy Lounge

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Written by Joseph Santiago

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We met up with Daniel Simonsen who is a Norwegian stand-up comedian living in New York. It was a sold-out show at Tribeca Comedy Lounge. He is one of the featured comics for tonight show. We decided to talk about life before comedy, stand up comedy, and many other things

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

I was mostly a student before I got into stand up. When I started comedy I did all types of jobs to survive. Anything from marketing to working as a mover. read more

Pete Davidson Got Heckled about Mac Miller Death During Stand-Up Set

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Recently Pete Davidson booted someone out of his comedy show who made a heckle about the late Mac Miller.

This was a comedy show in New Jersey, the stand-up comedian from Saturday Night Live (SNL) was setting up his joke with “My friend died in my apartment,” the heckler screamed out, “Mac Miller?”

We have embedded TMZ sound clip in this posting above.  Pete Davidson made sure that this heckler was removed from the show.  He asked where the “fuckface” is, so he can be removed. “I’ll leave,” he continues. “So if you want the show to continue, call out the person who did it, and get him the fuck out. Give him his money back and get him the fuck out. I don’t deal with that shit.” read more

Interview with Comedian Eagle Witt New York Comedy Club East Village

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Written by Joseph Santiago

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It was prime time on a Saturday night at the New York Comedy Club at the East Village location. We met up with Stand up Comedian Eagle Witt to learn more about him and talk a little about stand up comedy.

What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy? I worked at the Barclays Center as an usher.

How did you know you wanted to be a comedian? My friends just always told me I should do it. At some point, I listened.

If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing? I would be homeless. read more

[Full Interview] Stand Up Comedian Steve Byrne

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Comedian Steve Byrne has gone through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s best comedians. Born and raised from Pittsburgh, PA, Steve Byrne was born to a Korean mother and an Irish father. He went on to star and be the creator of Sullivan & Son, a half an hour comedy show on TBS along Vince Vaughn for three years.  1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?  EVERYTHING! Washed cars, cooked in kitchens, washed dishes, waited tables, sold kitchen knives door to door,  delivered videos back when people watched videos, golf caddy, telemarketing, you name it, I got fired from it.  2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?  The first time I did stand up, it was like the first time I had sex: it was quick, I cried immediately afterward and I knew I had to do it again, as soon as possible. I was hooked. In all honesty, when I saw Gary Cannon doing it, I knew, well, if he can do this… 3. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing? Selling my body as an instrument of passion.  4. Where are some of your favorite places to perform? New York City, my first 7 years were cutting my teeth in the clubs. I always felt like I got my masters in Manhattan. There’s a vibe to the NYC clubs. You just feel like you’re part of the city when doing those clubs. It’s hard to explain but I feel the same way about Vegas. I love Nashville too. Usually, it’s a city that has great food as well. NEW ORLEANS!!! Bad comedy city but I always just have fun and great meals.  5. Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world? Camilla Cleese is someone I’ve worked with that I enjoy watching. Very funny and great jokes. Melissa Villasenor. She’s on SNL and I love how positive she is. She’s got a really likable stage presence. Just easy to watch her at The Comedy Store. Patrick Keane has been doing it a while but GREAT WRITER!!! Ryan Dalton as well. Really funny guy.  6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Don’t drink before your set. 

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

Interview with Frank Liotti Comedian at The New York Comedy Club

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By Joseph Santiago

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How did you get your start in comedy?

People would always laugh at me when I got angry. I went for a Masters in acting at the Yale School of Drama, and we’d be talking about something tragic, say like 9/11, and I would talk, and they‘d laugh. Then THAT used to make me angry. They certainly weren’t being malicious, and I didn’t understand what was humorous about my angst. But people would tell me that I should be a comedian. I always looked at stand up as the underbelly of show business, booze, and rooms full of loud, blousy women drunk, smoking and screaming. Just chaos. Stand up was barely a thought in my head. I mean, to a degree it was, but my reality was that I was way too scared. Then I graduated from grad school and eventually I found myself hating theater. “You’re the racist, greaseball Italian. He stands on stage for three hours and has no lines, but he’s IMPORTANT! You’ll be paid $1.47 at Theatre by the Pothole for a six week run.” read more

Interview with Comedian Joseph Vecsey

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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 read more

Interview with Comedian Mahesh Kotagi at the New York Comedy Club

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Mahesh Kotagi performing at the New York Comedy Club

By: Joseph Santiago We met up with comedian Mahesh Kotagi after his comedy show at the famous New York Comedy Club located at 241 East 24th Street in Kips Bay in Manhattan. Mahesh was born and raised in Texas. However, he doesn’t have a Texas accent. He is quickly becoming a rising new talent in the New York Comedy Club scene & Los Angeles. In 2017 voted Best of the Festival for Burbank Comedy Festival. He produces and hosts Inside Jokes and co-produces the All Brown Comedy Throwdown. In addition to comedy he is a writer, producer, and an all around nice guy. 1. What other jobs did you do before starting stand up comedy?  Worked in a pharmacy.

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