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Month: January 2016

A Fun Activity To Do Before A Show At Stand Up NY!

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Recently I had the opportunity to go on my first ever food tour in NYC! Adrienne Cooper is the owner and operator of Fun Foodie NYC Tours and it was great to see the entrepreneurial spirit alive and kicking. Seeing as I run Stand Up NY, I often get asked by guests what to do during the day in NYC. Although I always have suggestions, it is rare that it had been something I have done before. Taking this tour was an opportunity to serve our customers better by providing them with sightseeing events to participate in before they come to our show. I was a guest on the Winter Wander Feast, a midtown sightseeing tour with rich history and some scrumptious treats. Adrienne made it easy by having everyone meet at a landmark to start the tour. That was the New York Public Library and since I want you to experience it for yourself, I won’t go into the history of the NYPL. I will say that we started off with a three cheese bread from Amy’s Bread (several locations) that was so savory. I even bought one to go! The tour does take you outside, but with all the right intentions. Dress warm, but don’t worry you’ll be inside soon enough. We walked through Bryant Park, the winter version, which was lovely getting to see the fountain that runs 365 days/year! We stopped at COFFEED for some fresh coffee to go with our Belgian waffle covered in chocolate provided by Wafels & Dinges. Let me repeat, chocolate covered waffles. It was warm and sweet which went nicely with the fresh brewed premium coffee. This experience allows you to, in addition to learning the history of the business/food, interact with others. When you see their expressions, you’ll be surprised how many native guests didn’t know the background to these NYC landmarks. After scarfing down that treat, we headed to Grand Central Terminal. I used to work in that building and I must have taken it for granted. I missed so much, like the Whispering Wall! I haven’t participated in that trend till then. It is AMAZING. We went to Two Boots Pizza for a hot NYC slice. Even though I live here, I tend not to get pizza because there are so many other food options. But it was a treat to have the slice and learn about the brand. The taste brought back all those pizza-loving memories. While inside, we made our way through the building, learning more and more. Then we stopped at Taste NY for a little sweet snack. They also sell wine to go… how did I not know about this?! Now the extraordinary part of the tour: UrbanSpace Vanderbilt. To reiterate, I have worked in Grand Central for years and hadn’t discovered this little gem! I am SO GLAD I know about it now. We had a lobster chowder from Red Hook Lobster Pound that was creamy and delicate. It is my new favorite winter soup. C’mon a lobster chowder, it is as great as it sounds. Finally, we all shared the most delightful treat of them all… A chocolate glazed doughnut from Dough Doughnuts. Everyone was in awe that I never had one before. I was too because I don’t know how I could have gone that long without tasting it. It was accompanied by hot chocolate from Bar Suzette. Not any hot chocolate, NUTELLA hot chocolate. The tour was great, everything was served by the host and shared with the guests. It was far from boring and mundane, it was lively and fresh since Adrienne was giving the tour. She is friendly and knowledgeable but most of all friendly. She wasn’t dry and you could converse with her and the group, ask questions or whatever! If you are going to go on a tour, go on a Fun Foodie Tour, why not eat, tour the city, and learn about the history all in one shot! Did I mention you get to eat? It is all included in the package! Be sure to check them out online at funfoodienyc.com.

A little about Adrienne, as told by Adrienne Cooper – “Food is what drives me every day, it’s my passion and my joy and I love to be able to share it with others. But, our food systems are broken, and I would be irresponsible to ignore the truth. We’re living in a world where “Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life.” (World Food Program) and at the same time, “In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.”(World Health Organization) As a business woman, I would usually not dip into politics, but food should be a basic right that we all enjoy. In that respect, I’m looking to the fight at home to make things right and the good people at Food Policy Action are doing just that. Please visit their site to see where the politicians stand on important issues, which include feeding our children (literally). And whether you can vote here or not, you can support the cause with donations and social media shares. If you’ve read this paragraph I thank you and I hope you should never feel insecure when it comes to food.”

Jon Savitt On ‘Comedian” As A Full-Time Job

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Being a humorist isn’t just your typical 9-5 job like being a doctor or an engineer. OMG those jobs are soo easy. Believe me, I wish I could go back in time, I could only BE so lucky to choose the path of brain surgeon or astronaut or something, but I can’t. That’s not how life works. Hello, Earth to everyone: time machines are only available to the 1%.

I chose comedy and comedy chose me. And we’re happily together, mom. It’s 2016 I can marry anything I want!

It’s true, though. Comedy requires much more time than many think. While the laughs come as the result of a stand up set or a cleverly worded article, an equal amount of work if not more takes place outside of those more public times. Thus, I’ve always made a point to view comedy as a full-time gig. But like one that makes you check the prices on everything you buy at the grocery store. Honestly how does fruit cost that much? Are Raspberries made in a field of gold? Someone talk to me here. I WANT ANSWERS.

Comedy is kind of like that iceberg analogy that was probably on a poster in your elementary school. You know, the one that describes the tip of the iceberg as what everyone sees, and what most fail to see is the majority of the iceberg which is hidden underwater. This analogy is good for two reasons: 1) It does makes a lot of sense 2) I used to think icebergs were really really small so I went through my whole life confused about Titanic.

As a comedian I have found this is to be the best and most cliche way to think about comedy. And I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I love cliches as much as I love smiling because it happened instead of crying because it’s over.

I view humor as a powerful concept in the world. I tend to think about it as a lifestyle, or something that is all-consuming, not just another hobby like eating ice cream before bed and in the middle of the night if I can’t sleep and after waking up in the morning. In other words, often times you just see the tip of the iceberg as it relates to a comedian’s work, but you rarely see the effort put in behind the scenes.

Humor is a great way to make sense of a continuously confusing world. Using humor in stories can be uniting, making experiences more relatable and more human.

It’s not just talent or skill that differentiates the top from the bottom in the universe of comedy. The best comedians go all in. They really commit. They merge their passion for comedy, as an occupation, with their natural personality in an effortless manner – eventually it gets to the point where one cannot tell if they’re performing or simply living another day in the life.

This is the authentic, genuine nature that I believe audiences yearn for, especially in an ever-increasing world of disconnected, digital communication. I’m looking at you, Tinder.

Some of the biggest stand up comedians in the spotlight such as Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, and Louis C.K., emulate these exact notions. They challenge social institutions and societal norms, make awkward situations relatable and less…well, awkward, and help make sense of the world in a humanizing way.

Outside of comedy, there are very few outlets, if any, that can discuss pressing and taboo issues such as sexuality, racism, social constructs, and more, in such a striking way.

Comedians like those mentioned above may be sharing their experiences in an hour set on stage, or perhaps through a 30min television show, but rest assured much of the work came before those very public moments. Comedians work round-the-clock gathering material as you never know when inspiration will strike. 

The true work of a comedian comes through living such experiences first-hand, being able to turn mundane moments into moments of enlightenment, identifying important situations and providing the needed commentary, and ultimately using honesty and thought to provide reflection and happiness to comedy consumers. As comedians and writers, we may only be getting a paycheck for the time on the clock, but our job and responsibility stretch much further.

So here’s to comedians, here’s to humor, and here’s to a world without Trump as president.

P.S. my dad is a doctor I was jk’ing about that time I said it wasn’t a hard occupation, it takes a lot of education and intelligence and I appreciate everything they do. Good job, doctors!

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Bio: Jon Savitt is a comedian and writer with work featured on sites such as TIME, MTV, Huffington Post, Paste Magazine, CollegeHumor, and more. You can follow him on Twitter @Savittj.

Happy New Year! Here’s What Happened Since!

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Stand Up NY kicked off the first week of the New Year with a kick ass line-up!

Stand Up NY ended 2015 with an NYE Bash. Audience members enjoyed the best stand up that New York has to offer. The event featured The Meredith Vieira Show’s Yamaneika Saunders, Race Wars’ Kurt Metzger and 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander. This year’s NYE event will be even bigger! Don’t miss out on a night filled with drinks and laughter!

Last week, Mark Normand did six shows in one night! Three of Mark Normand’s performances were at Stand Up NY. Don’t be fooled by Mark’s nonchalant demeanor. Mark Normand is one of comedy’s hardest working and versatile comedians. Comedy lovers can catch Mark and on his weekly Stand Up NY Lab’s podcast “Tuesday with Stories” with his compadre NYC comedian Joe List. You can also catch Mark when he opens for Amy Schumer or at various comedy clubs across NYC. Mark Normand is a name you’ll be hearing more in 2016.

COME SEE Mark Normand this Sunday, January 17 at Stand Up NY

Comedian Tracy Morgan had his SNL audition at Stand Up NY. It’s no surprise he returned to his roots last week. The iconic comedian captivated the audience by finding a way to turn his tragedy into comedy. The performance was insightful, hilarious and uniquely Tracy.

Don’t miss out on more memorable moments.

To make reservations please call 212-595-0850, email us at laugh@standupny.com OR go online to standupny.com/reservations!