Interview with Comedian Ray DeVito at the New York Comedy Club

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We met up with Ray DeVito at the New York Comedy Club right after his stand up comedy performance. It was a soldout prime time show on a Saturday night. The energy was buzzing with laughter in the air at the New York Comedy show. We ask him some questions about stand up comedy. Here is what Ray had to say…

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

Before doing standup comedy, I use to work as a recruiter in the plastics industry. Which sales jobs are fantastic in regards to knowing where you stand. It’s much like comedy, you know you’re worth immediately if you’re making the company money, you’re good. A lot like comedy, if you’re getting laughs, you’re good. read more

Interview Comedian Meghan Hanley at New York Comedy Club in East Village

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We met up with Comedian Meghan Hanley at the New York Comedy Club in the East Village right before her show to discuss all things stand up comedy.

How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?

When I was in high school Seinfeld was huge, so I used to tell people that I was going to have my own show called “MegFeld,” I was only half kidding. I didn’t know that I wanted to do stand-up till a few years later, but I knew I wanted to be in the business of comedy.  I wanted to be on stage performing, but I couldn’t sing. I wanted to work in television and film, but I had no idea how to do that. I come from a family of Civil Servants. People who dedicate their lives to helping others. The idea of being an actress sounded so selfish and considering I had no experience or knowledge of the business it didn’t seem like something I could say I wanted to go to college for. But during this time I did start writing. I would send out mass emails entitled, “My random thoughts and shit.” I’d pick a topic and write about it. I thankfully don’t think I have copies of any of it. Then one day while I was attending Fordham University in the Bronx. I was watching a VH1 behind the music on Adam Sandler and he talked about doing stand-up while at NYU. I figured, “OK, I’m in the city, what am I waiting for.” I went up to a guy in the Village who was selling comedy club tickets and asked if the club had classes. He said “Yes.” I called the number and began taking weekly classes at oldNew York Comedy Club. read more

18 Questions With Comedian Casey James Salengo at the Comedy Cellar

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We up with stand up comedian Casey James Salengo right after his sold-out show at the Comedy Cellar in the Greenwich Village in New York City.

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

I’ve worked at a horse track, a campground, a weed farm, as an ice cream scooper, barista, office temp, a wizard at a Harry Potter museum, mover, dog walker, bartender, babysitter, and probably some other things I’ve blocked out.

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

I always liked being silly and making people laugh. I also hated the idea of having a normal job. In college, I got the opportunity to host a dance show with my friend Brenden and once I got laughs doing that I had a sick compulsion to chase them forever.

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

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. Comedian Steve Byrne 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 Steve Byrne 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