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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!

This Week at Stand Up NY!

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This was another great week for Stand Up NY. The shows featured killer lineups every night, highlighted by appearances from national headliners Godfrey, Paul Mercurio and Seaton Smith. This week came on the heels of international star Caroline Rhea’s handful of sold out performances at the club last weekend. We would also like to send our HUGE congratulations to one of our favorites and a regular at the club, Paul Virzi, who last weekend performed with Bill Burr at a sold out Madison Square Garden. Next week figures to be another riotous week of shows, with impending visits from great comics like Andrew Schulz (watch Benders!), Gary Vider and Yamaneika Saunders. Looking for some comedy on your way out? Here’s Gary on AGT!

If you want to be the first to know about last minute VIP additions, like Jay Pharoah last night, to the lineup, text 646 400 1983!

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Re-Experience Your Childhood with Every Candy Shot and Cocktail

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candy-cocktail-postWe have finally done it. The list to end all lists. As the premiere Bartending School in NYC, we thought it was necessary to impart a post that will not only get you more tips while bartending, but will make you everyone’s new best friend. We give you the list of every candy shot and cocktail. The list is broken up into two parts, one with chocolate candy (like the Snickers Shot) and the rest with candy candy (like Bubble Gum or Skittles).

While you can learn some of these at a Bartender School, never before have they appeared all in one place. Sign up for Bartending Classes today at American Bartenders School in NYC and you can learn how to master these drinks and keep your customers coming back for more. We will get you a Bartending License and help you find a job!

This list will not only let you relive your favorite childhood treats, but it will also get you and your friends drunk while doing it…

Download the full infographic here.

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Eddie Murphy Awarded the Mark Twain Prize

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On Sunday, Eddie Murphy, one of the unequivocal greatest comedians of all time, was awarded with an honor befitting of his legendary résumé. Mr. Murphy was honored with the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The prestigious award has previously been won by comedy greats Steve Martin, Richard Pryor and Carl Reiner, among others. Last Sunday’s affair was a star-studded event, with a number of Murphy’s high-profile comedy comrades hitting the stage to enshrine him. The list included George Lopez, Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah and Murphy’s longtime collaborator Arsenio Hall. Joining them were a number of fellow SNL alumni like Chris Rock, Jay Pharoah, Joe Piscopo and Tracy Morgan. Morgan, of course, took the stage in one of his first onstage appearances since his heroic fight back from brutal car accident (we love you Tracy!)

Mr. Murphy’s accomplishments in the entertainment field are remarkable and endless. From his stand-alone performances on Saturday Night Live, to his groundbreaking stand-up specials (Raw and Delirious), to his transition into an international movie star (Beverly Hills Cop, 48 Hours, Trading Places), Eddie has left no stone unturned in his illustrious career. He was even nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of troubled soul singer James “Thunder” Early. While he is now focusing more on selectively choosing films and making music, comedians everywhere will tell you that Eddie Murphy remains the funniest person on the planet. We at Stand Up NY congratulate Mr. Murphy on once again being recognized as a true legend of the entertainment industry.

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College Night at Stand Up NY!

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Calling all college students looking for quality drinks and entertainment! At Stand Up NY we are hosting a college night this Tuesday, October 27, at 10:15 P.M. College students, even you graduate scholars, show your college I.D. at the door and pay only $5 for your ticket! We will also be offering a unique cocktail of the night at a reduced price, as well as happy hour on all well drinks for $6, with presentation of college I.D.

All drinks specials are applicable to guests 21 years or older.

Fallon Surprises Tonight Show Viewers

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Jimmy Fallon stunned Tonight Show viewers Wednesday when he spontaneously “tagged out” in the middle of his monologue. His tag team partner? His predecessor Jay Leno. Leno was met with a roaring applause from the crowd and in return delivered a 3-minute monologue chock-full of old Leno mannerisms. Fallon returned to the monologue to deliver his own take on one of Leno’s jokes. On the way off stage Jay Leno joked, that he needed to leave due to an appearance on Colbert’s show, the rival to the Tonight Show. Leno is in New York City promoting his new show on CNBC, ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’.

Stand Up NY Gets A Facelift

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Notice anything new? Anything? Of course you did! It’s our brand spankin new website that’s almost as beautiful as the Mona Lisa! Our brand new website includes a seamless new menu that allows you to go from checking out our amazing weekly lineup to looking at our new mouth-watering food & drink menu. Don’t believe me? Our new website now offers amazing high definition pictures to show you exactly what you’re getting. Our entire new food menu is now catered to us from the one and only Blondies Sports Bar!

Need Information on open mics? Website’s got you. Need a seating reservation? Website’s got you. Interested in making party reservations? Yup, websites got you covered. Want to buy a new dog? Sorry we don’t offer that, but we can offer you the option to buy your tickets straight from your own home! If you’d like to call, email, or even ask a question visit the website today for all the information you need!

Stand Up NY Helps Fight Breast Cancer

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On October 26th at 8PM Stand Up N.Y. is helping fight cancer. A night full of charity and laughs will also include raffles filled with amazing prizes. All proceeds for the event will be donated to Susan G. Komen Foundation & Bosom Buddies.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is boasted as the largest breast cancer research and advocacy program in the United States, helping save thousands of lives every year. The Bosom Buddies is one of the greatest foundations in New York that offers physical, emotional, and educational support for women with breast cancer.

The first 25 guests will receive a goodie bag from our sponsors. So come on down to help fight breast cancer and be entertained! The night will feature such amazing comedians as: Bob Dibuono, Gina Brillone, Chlóe Hillard, Adrienne Lapalucci, & many more!

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