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New York small businesses speak out against COVID restrictions

Melba's Restaurant owner Melba Wilson and Stand Up NY Comedy Club owner Dani Zoldan discuss impact of shutdowns.

Comedy Club Teams Up with Urgent Care to Provide Free Health Care Visits

Ashley Austin Morris, a comedian and actress, is one of thousands of arts workers who have lost or will soon lose their health insurance. “March 30 I lose my health insurance. I have no idea what I’ll do for insurance. I haven’t even started thinking about it because it feels overwhelming. If you get health insurance through a union, you have to work a certain amount of weeks and earn a certain amount of money to sustain health insurance,” said Morris. So unfortunately, Morris no longer qualifies. She doesn’t blame her union, she’s thankful to them for all of the resources and support they have provided. She blames the pandemic for the lack of work.

NYC Businesses, Patrons Respond to Vaccine Mandate

How will the vaccine mandate affect New York City’s businesses, with 40 percent of all New Yorkers still not fully vaccinated? NTD spoke to business owners and customers about their thoughts.

A New York Comedy Club Tries to Bring Back Stand-Up

“They just want to get onstage again,” the co-owner of Stand Up NY said of the comics who performed at an invite-only event this week. For months, New York’s stand-up comedians have been deprived of what they love the most: taking the stage of a dingy comedy club, grabbing the microphone off the stand and staring out at a sea of people whose laughter has the power to determine their own self-worth.

What It Was Like Inside the Room at Roseanne Barr's Live Apology Interview

"Look what Sean Hannity gave me, an e-cigarette!" Roseanne Barr, in a silky, psychedelic patterned blouse, flashed a crooked smile at the crowd gathered in the dim, cramped back room of Stand Up NY, a comedy bar on the Upper West Side. A vodka cocktail in the hand opposite the e-cig, she settled into her seat and looked expectantly at the approximately 100 faces peering back at her.

New York City Comedy Clubs Move Laughs Outdoors

In the pre-pandemic era, enjoying a night of comedy was a time-honored New York ritual that typically involved lots of laughs in a tightly packed club. These days, the laughs are still coming, but the setting has decidedly changed: think a waterfront park, where the comedians are competing for attention with the occasional wandering dog or contending with interruptions from boats sounding their horns.

Comedy Club to Host ‘Temple of Laughter’ Shows in Religious Buildings

Stand Up NY, a comedy club on Broadway and 78th Street, has gotten creative during the pandemic. Because it can’t hold full-capacity shows indoors, it’s featured comedy in Central Park and other venues. Now it’s starting a new venture — the “Temple of Laughter.” The first show is this Thursday at St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church on 86th and West End.