Our Comedians

A Partial List of Our Comedians • In Alpha Order:


 

KEITH ANTHONY

Anyone who meets Keith Anthony will tell you he was born to be a comedian. Before becoming a stand up, Mr. Anthony attended HB studios in NYC. After two years of study, Mr. Anthony relocated to Los Angeles and studied with The Groundlings.
As a result of a dare from a co-worker, Keith Anthony entered a stand up contest and lasted one round. Since then, he has been performing almost every night of the week. Keith Anthony has shared the stage with comedians such as Bill Hicks, Gilbert Gottfried, Sam Kinnison, Louie CK, Joy Behar, Brian Regan, Dice Clay, Bobby Collins, and Dom Irerra to name a few.
His material is solid, his performance always fresh, and he rarely tells the same joke the same way twice, making his show original every time. His television credits include appearances on A&E, Showtime, and Comedy Central.

 


BOB BAKER

Bob taught himself to “throw his voice” at the age of 9 after seeing Chicago ventriloquist Terry Bennett on television. Bob also learned magic, mentalism, and hypnosis. All these skills led to his performing in clubs, restaurants, and resorts–and helped him pay his college and medical school bills.
Since 1982 he has been practicing internal medicine and gastroenterology in Great Neck, NY. He has authored a book for patients on preparing for surgery and has written several scientific papers.
In 2008 Bob returned to comedy, and by 2010 he was a finalist in the “Long Island’s Funniest Comic” contest. He has won rave reviews for his new restaurant show “Close-Up Comedy with  Bob Baker & Friends.” In 2011 and 2012 his performances made him the talk of the convention at the International Ventriloquists Association.
Bob donates all his performance fees to charity.

 


PETER BALES

Peter Bales has appeared as a stand-up comedian at countless comedy clubs, corporate functions and colleges across the country and has appeared on a variety of television networks including FOX, A&E, Comedy Central, Lifetime, MTV, VH-1 and, most recently, “The New Rascals Comedy Hour” podcast for XM Satellite Radio.
Peter has also hosted his own radio programs on NYC’s WABC (770 AM) and WEVD (1050 AM). He has studied at Chicago’s famous “Second City” and in the eighties directed The Laughter Company, an improvisational comedy group that helped launch the careers of Rosie O’Donnell and Bob Nelson.
Dr. Bales (Ph.D. in history SUNY Stony Brook 1992) is a member of the faculty of the Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York, worked with as a writer/researcher for the History Channel and is currently teaching a comedy class for aspiring comedians known as Stand-Up University. He recently published a book, How Come They Always Had Battles in National Parks?, a humorous yet entirely factual account of American History up through the Civil War.

 


PAUL BOND

Paul is a New York born, 20 year veteran, high-energy act that finishes on a funny note. He’s on tour in support of his comedy cd “The Way I See It”. It contains over an hour of comedy, including standup, song parodies and surprise extras. Paul’s show promises to be a night of physical comedy and outrageous song parodies that will leave you laughing.
He toured with Jim Breuer , SNL, for 3 years as opening act and heavy metal guitar player and has been on “The Roast of Denis Leary”, the Comedy Central special  “Hardcore” with Jim Breuer and MTV’s Metallica Icon.
He is currently in production with fellow comic Basile, making a TV sitcom of the same name, “Basile” being considered for network tv. It’s an interactive sitcom. The first of it’s kind. Paul is a head writer and will star on the show as well. Watch out for this ground breaking show.
So to sum up, if you like your comedy served up fast and furious with an adult edge, then Paul will satisfy your appetite and then some. Come and catch him as he’s on his way to becoming a household name!

Paul Bond / Song Lyrics

 


Matt Burke

Sarcastic, cynical, mourning our cultural devolution, devoutly contrarian, our hero, a twenty five year veteran of the stage still spins a cranky, dark and critical web for the dwindling intellect of America. Though it is evident that the constraints of domestic life are beginning to asphyxiate him, Matt Burke clings to a thread of dignity and the media’s dubbing him heir to the throne of the great thinkers of the trade. In a career that has spanned the heights of decadence and moments of tender self-examination, Burke’s sacrifice and reverence for his craft have consistently set him apart from the fray as he awaits his opportunity to sell out.

Matt Burk / Marriage

 


Joe Currie

Opie & Anthony Show, Governor’s Comedy Club, Davin’s Den Radio Show, Has opened for Adam Ferrara as well as many of today’s top performers.

 


SHERRY DAVEY

Sherry Davey is the ultimate bi-coastal lady. She was born in the United States but raised in England. For years her family went back and forth between the two countries, but her parents always made sure she saw American dentists regularly.

Living on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, never quite fitting in on either coast, gives Sherry the impetus for her quick-witted, acid-tongued approach to life. Sherry was influenced mostly by her grandfather, Maxwell Lapham, who was a stand up comic and night club performer in London during the 1940’s and 50’s.

Sherry was seen most recently on Nick At Nite’s SEARCH FOR AMERICA’S FUNNIEST MOM II the series. She has regularly appeared on Comedy Central’s TOUGH CROWD WITH COLIN QUINN and PREMIUM BLEND.

She plays colleges, casinos and comedy clubs all around the country and has been honored as one of the Hollywood Reporter’s “Magificent Seven.” She was recently named one of the “Top 10 comedians in NYC” by the Improper Magazine. She appears regularly in NYC at: The Comic Strip; The New New York Improv; The New York Comedy Club; Carolines. She has her own blog entitled FUNNY MOM at NBC’s Momtourage.com • http://blogs.momtourage.com/

Her most recent television appearances include True TV and NBC’s THE TODAY SHOW. Sherry produces and stars in the touring theatrical comedy MOMS LET LOOSE.

Sherry is also known for her many dialects and characters, from American Valley Girl to impressions of her Hungarian father which has been recognized and honored for their versatility and hilarity.

Sherry recently became a spokes person for Tommee Tippee Baby Products in the United States. http://www.facebook.com/tommeetippeeus

Sherry is a single mother of two daughters ages 15 (God help her) and 9. She currently lives on Long Island in NY.

Sherry Davey / On Nickmom at Night

 


Les Degan

You are never too old to follow your passion. At 59 years young, Seaford’s Les Degen is celebrating his 10th year as a stand-up comedian. Les “dabbled” in stand-up back in 1978. It slowly came to an end when he had to follow a 22 year old kid named Jerry Seinfeld. Les returned 20 years later after seeing entertainer Sal Richards on a cruise combining singing with his comedy act. This inspired Les to try again, this time combining his own singing talents with his comedy.

Les Degen / Less Is More

 


BUDDY FITZPATRICK

Philadelphia may have been where Buddy Fitzpatrick was born, but it was in a Philadelphia Comedy Club where he came to life. And as any true Philiadelphian, he now lives in New Jersey.
Buddy’s stand-up made him a regular on Comedy Central with appearances on ABC and A&E.
Buddy can be seen in the Damon Wayans’ film, Harlem Aria, and in The Business of Strangers, starring Julia Stiles and Stockard Channing.
His television credits include HBO’s “Sopranos.” Buddy has written, produced and performed his biographical play “Sides” at various NYC theaters.

Buddy Fitzpatrick / Live at Gotham


 

HARRY FREEDMAN

Perhaps the only individual ever to have been profiled in the business sections of The New York Times, Miami Herald, Newsday, and Int’l Herald Tribune, Harry Freedman will create the perfect fake industry expert for your group, that has everyone fooled until they are roaring with laughter!
With nearly three decades of professional comedy experience, from the clubs of Las Vegas to the corporate boardroom, Harry Freedman is a comic you can trust. As a speaker, he has performed for hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies, and is frequently rated ‘best speaker’ at conferences. As a stand-up comedian, Harry is often opening for Ray Romano; has appeared on “Everybody Loves Raymond;” and was a staff writer for “Caroline’s Comedy Hour.” Harry has also written and directed a short film, “30 Minutes,” which received terrific acclaim at the NY Int’l Independent Film Festival.
In addition, Corporate Audiences enjoy Harry’s video shorts, where he interviews selected attendees (in character), to create a hilarious 8-10 minute piece played following his speech, as well as his humorous videographies of whole conferences. So when you think of finding the right performer to give your people a laugh-fest they will love and thank you for, two key words make all the difference: Harry Freedman!

Harry Freedman / Medical Backround

 


JIM GALLAGHER

Jim has been performing in many of the top comedy clubs for years.  He is also a writer and actor.  His play “The Bill Collector,” in which he acted and directed, was produced at The Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellemore in 2004.

Jim holds an M.A. in creative writing from Queens College and teaches acting in New York City.

Two of his short films, “This Old Union House” and “To Catch a Geriatric Predator,” can be seen on Youtube.com.  Listen for Jim and his friends Billy Mira, and Chris Coccino, on “Billy Mira and The Barroom Brawlers” coming soon to Sirius Satellite radio and currently heard on sternsyndiacte.com every Tuesday at 10pm.

 


Stevie GB

Since his comedy debut in 1991, Stevie has rarely found himself off the stage. Under the guise of “The World’s Funniest Accountant”, Stevie has become an award-winning comedian, playwright, and actor. He has been featured off-broadway in NYC, on television, and in newspapers.Opened for Louie Anderson, Bob Nelson, Bobby Collins, Uncle Floyd, Lisa Lampanelli, Ted Alexandro and many more…

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JOE GIARRATANO

Joe Giarratano was born and raised on Long Island. He has since relocated to Bayside, Queens where he currently resides in a cozy studio apartment. He is one of the fastest rising comedians on the New York scene today, performing almost every night of the year.

He has received write ups in Newsday and The Long Island Press. His autobiographical storytelling and observational humor has been featured on the Long Island Comedy Festival and Bo Burnham’s Fake ID Tour.

Joe Giarratano / Drinking

 


VANESSA HOLLINGSHEAD

From the first moment Vanessa hit the stage, waiting well over 4 hours at an “Open Mic” to do 5 minutes of comedy…..she knew she was “home.” She would temp all over the city during the day as a word-processor and be in the clubs at night to perform. She often slept in the bathrooms at work, or on her lunch hour. Vanessa never looked back. It paid off. After two years, she was able to make a living being a working comic.
She oftens jokes about real things. As a child, she spent a year at Millbrook Mansion with her father, Michael Hollingshead, who introduced Timothy Leary and Sir Paul McCartney to LSD. “I don’t have childhood memories, I have flashbacks.” At five years old she took LSD by accident.
She was in and out of different homes and schools. Her mom was smoking pot and taking amphetamines, which she of course gave to Vanessa to help clean the apartment. She lived briefly with her dad in Boston, England, then in Scotland. By 18 she was back in NYC and got a scholarship to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatrical Institute. Vanessa was always like a sponge and could meet anyone once and impersonate them. She found humor in daily life and that was what created her angst on stage as a comic. She divides her time doing stand up, acting, playwriting, painting, and playing keyboards and Karaoke.
Vanessa was recently on VH1’s Lords of the Revolution, has had her own Comedy Central Presents, has taped her second DVD at Gotham, “American Anglomaniac” and is taping her third DVD, “Drunk” at Stand Up New York, October 17th. She was one of the first comics to go out to the Middle East when the war started. She has performed for Comedy Central in Australia, as well as numerous shows in the UK and Amsterdam, she also has had critical acclaim with her one woman show “Flashback”, and just complete her second one person show, called “The Hold”.
When not working, twittering, face-booking, she is active in helping people that have had serious drug/alcohol problems, and performs in prisons and institutions, and for the VA Hospitals in the NY Area. Her husband Lucien Hold passed away from complications due to Scleroderma, and she is active with that organization.

Vanessa Hollingshead / Larger Than Life

 


CORY KAHANEY

Cory is every woman. Mother, daughter, wife…ex-wife. This year, she appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, made her Fifth appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a new TV special for Nick Mom.
Cory appeared in the first season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made it to the finale, where host Jay Mohr called her performance “flawless.” Other television credits include Comedy Central Presents: Cory Kahaney, The View, and many episodes of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.
Her off-Broadway hit “The J.A.P. Show” ran for six months in New York City and continues to tour the country, re-named “The Princesses of Comedy”
Cory conceived and developed “The Radio Ritas,” a nationally syndicated radio show for Greenstone Media, a company created by Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda to provide radio programming for woman.
Her one-person show, “Having it all and other Myths,” premiered at the 1999 US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. “Having it all and other Myths” was subsequently produced as a half-hour special for HBO, leading to development deals with Warner Brothers and CBS. Cory has also been featured three times at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She was voted best comedian in NYC by Backstage Magazine and Best female comedian by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets.

 


CARIE KARAVAS

Stand-Up TV Comedy credits include “New Joke City” Metro Channel and “Comedy Picante” Telemundo. Montreal Just for Laughs Festival 2001. Carie is a tough, street smart, wise cracking stand-up comedian who has been taking the New York City comedy club scene by storm and the national club scene as well. Her tough exterior added to her hard hitting style of delivery keeps her audiences constantly on guard for big laughs. She is extremely versatile with her style and is adaptable for any audience. She is a definite crowd pleaser and a compliment to any comedy show.

Carrie Karavas / One Tooth

 


STEVE LAZARUS

“Write what you know.” That’s the oldest advice for any would-be authors.

The same goes for stand-up comedians. Take Steve Lazarus, for example.

A Yankee Stadium beer vendor now celebrating his 31st Anniversary at the House that Ruth Built, Steve not only leaves fans laughing in the aisles at the big ballpark in The Bronx, but at Comedy Clubs around the country, as well.

And he uses his “day job” as a source for many of his routines.

Steve says he sometimes feels like a woman with big breasts when he’s selling beer: “The straps dig into my shoulders,” he says, “my back is always killing me, and all the guys, well. . .they just stare at my cups!”

Slinging suds came before slinging jokes for The Bronx native and lifetime Yankees fanatic. As a kid attending Yankees games, he’d enviously eye the vendors who sold beer, peanuts, hot dogs and other ballpark delicacies. “I used to look at those vendors and say, ‘Man! That’s the greatest job in the world! You get paid money to see all the Yankee games for free. Wow!”

In 1977, Steve, then a college student, started vending at Yankee Stadium. He was Vendor #2,711 and he felt like he was in the minor leagues. “They’d give me ice cream in the middle of April,” he said. (That’s cold.) Today, he’s Vendor #58 and the Man.
The Beer Man.

In 1995, Steve embarked on a double-play — and, in time, fulfilled his ultimate fantasy.

“I always wanted to do what Robert Klein and George Carlin did for a living,” he says. “I was always witty and clever. I could make people laugh. I thought, what better life could there be than being The Beer Man at Yankee Stadium and a stand-up comedian?”

Steve’s comedy career started at Pip’s in Brooklyn — and, naturally, he mined his “sales experience” for material. “Being a vendor at the Stadium,” he says, “people expect me to know certain things. For instance, the other day someone asked me, ‘How do you get to the upper deck?’ I told them there’s a helicopter that leaves behind second base between each inning.

Today, Steve’s hilarious tales of his grandstand adventures have convulsive audiences across the country, from Atlantic City to Las Vegas — where he performs a few weeks a year — taking notice as he pitches one gem after another.

Steve has shared the stage with the likes of superstars Ray Romano, Robert Klein and Kevin James; has been featured on “Last Call with Carson Daly”; and was featured in news articles in the New York Daily News and The Village Voice. He’s also appeared on many New York News Shows and, last year, during the Major League Baseball Playoffs, was featured on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York.”

But don’t expect to see Steve anywhere other than Yankee Stadium come October. He never books dates that month.
No way, Jose.

“I can’t,” he insists, “let anything get in the way of the Yankee postseason.

Steve Lazarus

 


MOODY McCARTHY

Moody McCarthy is a stand-up comedian who has performed on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing, and Star Search.  He lives in New York City with his wife and step-dog.

Moody began his career in his hometown of Syracuse, NY, in the 1900s.  Many who witnessed his early performances forecast stardom.  Moody proved those people wrong.

After six years Moody moved to New York City, where those who heard his jokes predicted he’d be courted by A-list producers as a writer.  That has not happened.

But after 20+ years honing his craft, Moody has steadily gained the respect of his peers and audiences everywhere.  With unpredictable material, a disarming presence, and in-the-moment chops, here is a comic who thrives in any venue and will brighten any event.

Moody McCarthy: few people hate him!

Moody McCarthy / Late Show with Letterman

 


CHRIS MONTY

Chris Monty is one of New York’s busier comedians. Along with being a regular at New York’s best comedy clubs, Chris is a terrific actor and has been seen in numerous t.v. commercials. He is currently touring in an original play that he co-wrote titled “Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat!” He has written for “The Joan Rivers Radio Show” and hosted his own show on Long Island’s WGBB radio. Along with numerous stints as an opening act for Joan Rivers, B.B. King, and Johny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge, Chris headlines at such venues as The Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City and The Riviera in Las Vegas.

Chris Monty / Being Single

 


CHRIS ROACH

Chris Roach is a fast rising Comedian/Actor born and raised in New York. He has brought his unique and self deprecating sense of humor to some of the biggest and best known stages such as The Borgata in Atlantic City and Caroline’s on Broadway. Known for some of his work on television commercials, he has also appeared on Comedy Central, The Michael J. Fox Show, and had a recurring role as Rodney the loveable mental patient on the soap opera One Life to Live. Be sure to catch Chris at a comedy club near you!

 


PEACHES RODRIGUEZ

Peaches Rodriguez is a Latina Stand-up Comic from Connecticut who was a world class break dancer in the Eighties. Her mix of twisted Perspective and Edgy humor has won her a place in the Annual Jack Daniels Latino Comedy Festival. Peaches has also done three U.S.O. tours of duty including the most recent ,where she traveled to five countries in the Middle East- Afghanistan, Pakistan, Quatar, Saudi Arabia, and Oman.

 


John Santo

John Santo is a stand-up comedian and impressionist from Long Island. His impressions include Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton, The Sopranos, Mayor Bloomberg, and many other celebrities and original characters.

John Santo / Sorprano for President

 


SCOTT SCHENDLINGER

Scott Schendlinger is a based NY comedian with a fresh humorous outlook on the world. Scott started performing at 18, and now at the age of 27 has gone on to perform at numerous clubs and colleges around the country, recently headlining at the world famous Carolines on Broadway and all the way across the globe in Israel. Scott entertains audience with a charismatic and uplifting delivery of his skewed observations that are based on experiences through out his life. His stand up includes the major issues of society and those little quirky details of our daily lives. He delivers his comedy while playfully poking fun at himself and the people around him.

 


TEDDY SMITH

Teddy Smith started his comedy career in Washington, DC where he quickly rose through the ranks, spurring his move to comedy’s capital, New York City.  Smith has opened for the Isley Brothers at The Tropicana in Atlantic City, performed at the “HBO Aspen Comedy Festival”, writes for “The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show” and is currently filming his two-week comedy tour in Amsterdam. He continues to perform nationally, earning financing for his feature script “Macaroni”! In addition, he has a TV pilot entitled “The Super Man” in this year´s ITV Festival.

Teddy Smith / What does divorce feel like

 


ERIC TARTAGLIONE

Eric Tartaglione is is a fast rising, high-energy comic with a very physically expressive, clean act. He has an extreme degree of likeability with a variety of audiences, as comfortable with a college crowd as he is with a retirement party.He loves to poke fun at his Italian background, his shortcomings as well as the trials and tribulations of married life, being a dad, and turning 50. Eric has been seen on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and heard on SiriusXM Radio’s Rascal’s Comedy Hour,. He has performed at the Riviera and Tropicana Hotels in Las Vegas and the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City just to name a few, as well as comedy clubs all over the country!
A former medical professional, Eric loves to talk about everyday situations to which we can all relate. In addition, he is an actor with 15 years experience on the New York and Regional stage.

Eric Tartaglione / Adopt Our Kids

 


GARY VIDER

Gary’s jokes have been published in the NY Times and Time Out NY. In 2011, Gary was a finalist in the Phillies Phunniest Contest and Long Island’s March Comedy Madness. Recently, Gary placed second in the 2012 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta. Gary can be seen regularly at NYC’s top Comedy Clubs such as Carolines on Broadway, Comic Strip Live, and Eastville Comedy Club. Gary also host’s a weekly stand-up show Tuesdays at The Irish Exit in midtown Manhattan.

Gary Vider / I have a roommate


RICH WALKER

Rich Walker is a long time veteran of Quality Stand-Up Comedy and one of the most versatile performers we have today.  Voted ”1st Place WINNER” of the BEST OF L.I. 2011 & 2012 by the Long Island Press 2 Years in a Row !!  Rich has been seen performing at some of the Country’s top comedy clubs, colleges, venues & benefit events. Rich has been delighted & honored to share the stage with some of show business’s biggest names such as Ray Romano, Kevin James, Dom Irrera and Johnny Maestro the Brooklyn Bridge.

Rich might be a familiar face, as he has written and starred in several television commercials. His TV appearances include Samantha’s Lil’ Bit of Heaven, News12, and CBS’s Live It Up.  As well in print The New York Times has enlightened us with his story.  He is also a proud co-founder and current professor of Stand-Up University, a school designed for the teaching of fine Stand-Up Comedy on Long Island.

A true blue modern day Entertainer! Rich makes fun of the everyday predicaments we all get ourselves into, from odd shopping situations to marriage & kids. In Rich Walker you’ll see a little Lou Costello with a twist of Buddy Hackett. He’s a throw-back to when showbiz performers were “fun loving” entertainers. Delighting audiences with great likability, he’s the perfect entertainer for all ages.

Rich Walker / Disney

 


MARIA WALSH

Goodbye Dr. Spock – Hello Maria Walsh!

America’s Naughtiest Mommy redefines parenting and offers some original tips in her one woman tour de force. She may appear like a classic SUV-driving, latte-drinking, suburban soccer mom but Walsh says what most people are thinking but are afraid to say.

In the era of child worship, Walsh mocks the art of child rearing in a hilarious fashion that gets mommies and daddies laughing so hard they can’t hear the babysitter calling on their blackberries! Growing up with four older brothers, Maria learned how to use humor to get heard. For over a decade, with hundreds of shows under her garter belt, she has fine-tuned her act and earned the respect in clubs and casinos across America.

Her version of Twisted Parenting has earned her a place in the top echelon of the nation’s comediennes. Her quit wit, combined with coordinating facial expressions give Walsh a memorable stage presence. America’s Naughtiest Mommy also offers up some hilarious in-your-face marriage commentary that guarantees equal laughs from the single crowd as well.

Shock and Awe – Then Roar after Maria Walsh Shares her stories about Parenting Outside the Margins and Love and Marriage. Come out and catch Maria as her Naughty Mommy Tour goes National! America’s Naughtiest Mommy is Here and She’s On Fire!

Maria Walsh / Phone Lady

 


Mitch Walters

Mitchell Walters has headlined for every major comedy club across America and Canada and opened for Michael Bolton and Neil Sedaka. For three years, he toured America with the late, great Sam Kinison as one of the “Outlaws of Comedy,” playing venues ranging from 3,500-seat arenas to 17,000 at Madison Square Garden. His TV credits include HBO, MTV and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
His signature piece has earned him the title, “The Area Code Guy. Mitchell challenges the audience to name any U.S. city as he responds with its area code with rapid-fire accuracy. Mitchell delights the crowd making ad lib connections between his material and the area codes. It is a remarkable display of mental agility and comedic genius.

Mitch Walters / The Holidays

 


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