Some history on the Long Island Comedy Scene

So, you think you know about the history of stand-up comedy here on Long Island?  With Long Island being right in the shadow of the largest comedy scene in the country, ( NYC, duh ) we’ve had our fair share of comedy venues across the Island.  In fact, Long Island has been home to over ten comedy clubs since stand-up comedy venues became popular back in the ’70s and ’80s.  Most are now gone.  Let’s take a look at some of them and see if you remember any of these:

Richard M. Dixon’s White House Inn, North Massapequa  Here’s where Long Island comedians like Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, Rob Bartlett of the Imus radio program, Richie Minervini and Bob Nelson all got their start.

Jimmy’s Comedy Alley, Bayside  Just a few miles from the Nassau County border, this former bowling alley became a comedy venue back in the mid-’80s and became a popular venue for NYC comedians due to it’s proximity to New York as well.  Here’s where Long Island comedian Keith Anthony got his start.

East Side Comedy, Huntington This legendary comedy venue was actually owned by comedian Richie Minervini and was the launching pad for careers like Paul Reiser, Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy.

Garvin’s of Huntington   Apparently Huntington had more than one comedy venue during stand-up’s heyday.

Konkoma Komedy, Lake Ronkonkoma  It’s true.  Ronkonkoma had it’s own full time comedy club.

Governor’s, Levittown  Long Island’s premier comedy club featuring top comedians.

Between the Ribs, Long Beach  Long Beach had it’s own comedy venue.

Chuckles, Mineola  According to legend here is where comedian Adam Sandler first performed.

Boomers, Port Jefferson Port Jefferson, always a strong supporter of live stand-up comedy once had its own comedy club.

East End Comedy, Southampton  This year-round comedy club venue was located at The Southampton Inn.  It’s true.  I went there once.

The Brokerage, Bellmore  The south shore’s only comedy club operating full-time.

McGuire’s Comedy Club, Bohemia Suffolk county’s only comedy club operating full-time.

Did I miss any others?  Just send me a note and let me know!

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Some of the comedians being featured this summer

This summer we’ll be featuring about 50 comedians from Long Island, the NYC comedy scene and beyond.  That’s a lot of laughs!  Our opening weekend at Theatre Three was a complete sell-out both nights!  Thank you for your support Long Island.  We’ve got 11 big shows scheduled all summer long, and the laughs keep coming.  Some of the comics we’re proud to present this year include:  Richie Byrne, Mike Fine, Sandy Marks, Chris Roach, Rob Falcone, Joey Giarratano, Chris Davis, Jim Mendrinos, Leighann Lord, Stevie G.B., Frankie Pace, Steve Lazarus, Randy Levin, Keith Anthony, Mick Thomas, Chris Distefano, Stan Keshner, Robin Fox, Paul Bond, Rich Walker, Terry McNeely, Michael Somerville, Maria Walsh, Carie Karavas, Vanessa Hollingshead, Jack Simmons, Chris Monty… wow!  Every one of our comedy showcases features a different line-up of top comedians.  The feedback we receive from our fans has been tremendous.  We always enjoy when new fans come out to our shows and tell us they were “pleasantly surprised!”  That’s really an insult, isn’t it?  People often ask us how we decide which comedians will be featured.  Truth be told, the criteria is pretty simple.  If they’re funny we feature them.  That’s it.  We’ll continue to update you on some of the other great comedians and venues we’ll be working with this summer in our next posting!

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Behind the Scenes at the Comedy Festival

Things are well under way for this summer’s 6th Annual Long Island Comedy Festival.   The LARGEST Comedy Festival ever presented on Long Island!  Um, actually, the ONLY Comedy Festival ever presented on Long Island.  As in years past this summer’s comedy festival will feature not only a great number of comedians, but also a great variety.  Working with top comic talent, every one of our comedy showcases will feature a different line-up of comedians from Long Island, NYC and around the country.  This summer we’ll also be featuring some international comics as well!  Cheers!

Each of our summer Comedy Festivals has featured anywhere from 40 to 50 comedians throughout the festival.  That’s a lot of laughs we like to say!  This summer, while we plan on bringing back several of the most requested comics that have performed over the past few years, we will also  continue to showcase many new comedians, exposing them to the great audiences that attend our shows all across Long Island.  So get ready Long Island for what we believe will be our best edition of the Long Island Comedy Festival yet.  Opening night is set for Friday, July 1st at the beautiful, historic Theatre Three in Port Jefferson.

                                                                                                                                    ~ Paul Anthony

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Our Mission: To Promote the Art of Live Stand-Up Comedy

Our primary goal at Long Island Comedy is to promote the art of live stand-up comedy.  We simply want to present the best comedy showcases anywhere.  In order to achieve this there are two important elements that we focus on:  the best venues and the best comic talent available.  It’s that simple.  We work hard at understanding who our audiences are so that we are able to deliver on both of these.  When you come out to enjoy one of our comedy showcases you’ll experience live stand-up comedy the way it was meant to be.

We are constantly seeking to find the next great comic talent.  While most of the comedians we work with are from the tri-state area, we actually work with comedians from around the country.  The truth of the matter is, in the world of comedy the talent base in the New York area is the highest anywhere.  That’s great news for comedy fans that come out to our showcases and want to experience both established comic talent and new, fresh, emerging comic talent as well.

                                                                                                                  ~ Paul Anthony

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Laughter is Good for you!

After a lot of our shows people will come up to me and the other comedians to tell us how great they feel… that they haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.  In addition to committing to writing this new blog, I’ve decided to make one more New Year’s Resolution:  To Laugh More Often.  It seems so simple.  I did a little research and found out a few very cool things.  Did you know that children on average laugh about 400 times a day?  Wow.  When do they find time to eat all of those unhealthy snacks?  How many times did YOU laugh today?  I’m guessing it was less than 400.  Laughter has so many proven health benefits too.  It boosts immunity, lowers your stress level, improves mood, eases anxiety, strengthens relationships and can even prevent heart disease.  What?!  It’s all true.  And you don’t need a prescription or have to deal with a co-pay.  This year why not give yourself the gift of more laughter?  That way next New Year’s Eve you’ll have one less regret!

                                                                                                                            ~Paul Anthony

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Long Island Comedy’s NEW blog

 

Happy New Year!  One of my New Year Resolutions was to start writing a new blog. I probably  should have stuck to something easier, like quitting smoking.  Of course I would have had to first take up smoking, and then quit since I don’t smoke to begin with.  Besides, I’m not a quitter.   Either way, we’re moving ahead with the blog initiative which you’re reading right now.  Here we hope to be able to share some interesting information on Long Island Comedy with you.  Information on our upcoming shows, featured comedians, new venues, and perhaps some behind-the-scenes details about our comedy shows.

I hope you enjoy this new format and will share your input and comments with us.  Our goal is very simple.  We strive to present the very best comedy showcases, featuring the very best and brightest comic talent from across this great country.  Thanks for taking the time to check out our new blog, and we hope to see you at one of our comedy showcases soon!

                                                                                                                              ~Paul Anthony

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