Michael Che Grew Up in NYC Projects. Now He is Trying to Assist Them.

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Written by Joseph Santiago

Michael Che comedy cellarSaturday Night Live cast member Michael Che has decided to weigh in on New York City’s public housing crisis by coordinating a comedy benefit show this Friday, where he’ll play Michelle Wolf and a”secret lineup of comics.” The 35-year-old comic, who went from selling his own T-shirt designs on the street to instructing himself stand-up humor, frequently jokes about gentrification, racism, and other issues plaguing the city.

Che grew up in the New York’s public housing system on the lower east side of Manhattan, where he passed time in places such as the Alfred Smith Houses, which had some of the highest crime rates in the 80s. Decades of overlooked deterioration in public housing has piled up into an estimated $32 billion in repairs, and the town is facing the possibility of a federal government takeover at the end of the month. read more

12 Questions with Comedian Maddy Smith at The New York Comedy Club East Village

Maddy Smith New York Comedy Club

By Joseph Santiago

Maddy Smith New York Comedy Club

Maddy Smith is an NYC-based stand-up comedian and writer. She regularly appears as both an MC and comic throughout the city.

Maddy has performed at the Rochester Fringe Festival and Hoboken Comedy Festival, was a finalist in both the Finger Lakes Comedy Festival (Ithaca) and the Stand Up NY Festival (Manhattan), and a semi-finalist in the New York Comedy Club competition.

We met up with her on a Friday night at a packed sold out comedy shows at the

New York Comedy Club East Village on 4th Street read more

10 Questions Comedian H. Foley at The New York Comedy Club in East Village

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By: Joseph Santiago

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When and where did you start performing comedy? What was your first time on stage like?

2008. The Laff House Comedy Club In Philadelphia Pa. I was 32 years old. I bombed, like a gentleman. Best wings in the city though.

Why did you pick NYC instead of Los Angeles or anywhere else?

I figured there would be more opportunities to get on stage, I couldn’t afford a plane ticket, and the pizza is way better.

How long did it take you to get paid work in comedy after you moved to NYC? read more

Rest in Peace WILLIAM STEPHENSON (1957-2019)

Rest in Peace WILLIAM STEPHENSON

Written by Joseph Santiago

Rest in Peace WILLIAM STEPHENSON

Comedian William Stephenson he has passed away.

He was only 62 years ago.

With sadness in our hearts, and shocking news is true: I was hanging out with him last month at the Comedy Cellar. He always had a big smile and always greeted me with warmness.

I  found out the details of his death from one of our former writers Bryan Murray on his Facebook profile. He wrote this.

“Just over three years ago I wrote a hand full of articles for Joseph Santiago. I was given the opportunity to interview comedians as a comedy fan. Will was there for the first time Jessica and I ever saw the live comedy in New York at the Comedy Cellar. read more

Interviewed Comedian Camille Theobald at The New York Comedy Club

Camille theobald New York Comedy Club

Written by Joseph Santiago

Camille theobald New York Comedy Club

Camille Theobald Performing at the New York Comedy Club

We sat down with the hilarious comedian Camille Theobald at the New York Comedy Club. She is a regular at most of the comedy club in NYC. She is a rising star has been featured in the New York Post, Time Out NY, NBC News and Elite Daily.

She has appeared on MTV, in Kevin Spacey’s Masterclass, as the voice of Amazon Prime’s travel series Beyond Moscow, indie films in the New York Indie Film Fest, Long Island Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Queens World Film Festival, and National Geographic. read more