Stand Up NY

Stand Up NY

Easily customize your share description with the Shindig theme!

BLOG

Check Out Our NYC Inspired VIP Lounge!

(Marney Miller)

Thanks to Marney Miller, Stand Up NY was able to add beautiful artwork to our V.I.P. section, making it even more special for those Very Important Persons’. Marney Miller is a mixed media painter currently in the process of receiving a BFA in Studio Art and BA in Art History from New York University. She is originally from Albany, NY, but now lives in NYC. Being born and raised in New York, and continuing her studies in New York, we couldn’t think of a better artist to fill our V.I.P. lounge with her artwork of our home: New York City.

Be sure to check out the lovely skyline behind the booth next time you stop by Stand Up NY. It surely is a sight to see, and we are so proud to call it ours. Awesome job Marney!

Pride Week at Stand Up NY

This week is New York City’s Pride week. Pride Week is dedicated to the members of the LGBT community, by letting them know their city supports Gay Pride and LGBT communities everywhere. This weekend on Sunday, June 26th the annual Pride Fest will take place attracting visitors and locals in the celebration of equality. As part of NYC’s community, Stand Up NY too, would like to celebrate Pride Week. During Pride Week if you come to any of our shows wearing something rainbow or showing your pride and support for the LGBT community your cover will be FREE. With all the colors, music, and celebration during Pride Week, don’t stay inside. Come to Stand Up NY and show your pride anytime this week for your free entry to a night full of laughter.

Standing Up

LGBT stand up ny comedy club charity raise money event

The impact both the entertainment and comedy worlds step up to make during times when our country is suffering gives me hope for our future. People are constantly fighting over whether the technology and mass media in today’s culture is positive or negative, and personally I could attest to both sides. Then I ask myself, what is the point? What is the point in another fight? Today it feels like everyone in America is fighting for or about something.

When events occur like the tragic shooting in Orlando on June 12th, it puts the media in a very unique position; everyone is looking to media for answers. It puts the world of comedy in an even more unique position because there is always the question “Is it okay to laugh right now?” There is currently a video trending on Facebook of comedian Jimmy Fallon commenting on this tragedy. In this video Jimmy points out a possible lesson we can learn from this a event that is so hard for so many of us to wrap our heads around. This lesson is for us to “get back to being brave enough to accept that we have different opinions, and that’s okay because that’s what America is built on”.

It is so hard to believe that in a country where freedom is our advertisement, that one of our biggest issues is people being punished for living their lives the way they choose and speaking their mind.

The thought all of this brings me to while spending my summer in New York is September 11th. The weeks after September 11th were tough on everyone. It was like the world wanted to stop time, but the globe had to keep spinning; and with that, so did the media.

SNL was put on the spotlight during this time. They were unsure if they should run their show in fear of how people would react to comedy while the entire country is suffering and scared. The move SNL made has now made history. With immense support for New York and those affected by the terrorist attack, SNL decided the show must go on. SNL discovered the power of laughter and using comedy as an outlet for America during the darkest of days.

Here at Stand Up NY we too want to do our part in helping our community get back on their feet and inspire people to be brave enough to accept differences. There is so much good in this world. It is times like these we need to focus on that good and spread that instead of the hate. Stand Up NY wants to support the LBGT community by encouraging everyone to come together, relax, and laugh. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you think at Stand Up NY. Everyone’s here for one reason—to laugh. We will be hosting a show on in the next few weeks (stay posted) where all proceeds from tickets sales will go to the LBGT charity of participating members choice.

49 good people are gone. It is our job as American citizens to make up for their loss in our community and the impact they would have made. 49 people are gone, we now have even more space to be pushed together and stand hand in hand.

Making The Most of NYC

Stand Up NY Blog Open Mic New Talent Amateur Showcase Night

I just moved to the big bad city of New York about a month ago. Originally being from Chicago, I’m used to the fast pace and city streets, but there is one thing about New York that no other city can take away from it. New York is the second largest city in the world, which means it is full of all different kinds of people.

As a student who just returned from studying in Barcelona, I must say I have arrived to New York with an advantage. This advantage stems from my experience with interacting with international people. Being in NYC I can feel how my confidence has expanded and enabled me to step out of the box and experience the world just how I did in Europe.

The other day after working here at Stand UP NY I decided to go to Central Park with no mission but to open up my mind and enjoy the beautiful late afternoon. Never in my life would I have guessed what happened next; I have been called outgoing and bold before, but even for me this was huge.

The rest of my afternoon consisted of sitting in a circle surrounded by people around the age of 60+ singing and playing the guitar. I immersed myself into this group and between the songs and laughter, there were conversations. I left this circle in Central Park having learned life lessons and other inspiring information; I never would have if I didn’t decide to take the day on myself, confidently, by the seat of my pants.

Not only did my day in the park provoke confidence in myself, but it also widened my eyes to all this amazing city has to offer. I’m always talking about how incredible it is that these Stand-Up comedians have the tenacity to get up on stage and not know how the audience is going to laugh. As I’m taking my baby steps in taking on this world, they’re going up there and fearlessly making people laugh.

Anyway, there are so many different ways you can take advantage of your time in New York City and I just wanted to let everyone know if I can do it if comedians can get up on stage, then everyone can take steps out of their own little comfort box and get to know NYC in a different way. Take a walk through Central Park like me, start a conversation to the person next to you at the bar, make a bucket list, come and perform at an Open Mic with your friends–I don’t care; just get out there!

There’s a world of information out there that could help you find something inside that you never knew you had or loved. Why wait any longer to find out? We could all be the next something great.


For more information on Stand Up NY’s open mic night, visit their sign-up page!

Or grab friends and family and be a part of the audience at one of their comedy showcases 7 nights/ week!

Practice Makes Perfect

Open Mic Stand Up Comedy Pressure

When I think of comedians I often overt my memory back to the middle school days and think of the classic obnoxious yet witty class clown. Even in college, there will always be those people who have the constant need to bring the attention to themselves. But are these the people who turn to being a stand-up comedian? In some cases, yes, but in most cases stand-up comedians don’t fit that stereotype.

Have you ever thought of what it’s like to stand up in front of a crowd starring at you just waiting for you to make them laugh? The pressure of being funny can be intense; and although there are many people that think they are funny, only a select few are correct.

It takes someone brave to get up on a stand-up stage and break through the awkward silence, and fear of being defeated starring at you in the face. On that account, just like anything else: practice makes perfect. Whether you’re a comedian with a fear of the audience or delivering your joke, the number one tip for becoming more comfortable and successful on stage is bringing out the brave and putting yourself out there.

Here at Stand Up NY we give new comedians an opportunity to practice every night at 5PM with our Open Mic. If you’re a start up or veteran comedian you can sign up for our Open Mic on our website at http://bit.ly/19rtUWM.  Follow the link and sign up using pay pal. Open Mic at Stand Up NY is an awesome chance for aspiring comedians to gain more experience on stage and make some quick cash!

The Unique Power of Stand Up

unique power blog

The unique power of Stand Up Comedy is a power people tend to bestow upon various forms of entertainment. This is the power of bringing people together, and in my opinion, Stand Up Comedy’s ability to unite an audience is unmatched by all other preforming arts.

Everyone can relate to a time when they were watching something funny on the television alone, laugh out loud, and immediately look next to you as if your companion was sitting by your side. It’s natural to want to laugh with people, which is one way Stand Up Comedy shows bring people together. The intimate setting of a Stand Up Comedy club is where it all starts: the lights are dimmed, strangers and friends are sitting close, and the performer is in life-size view in front of you. At a comedy club, you are placed right in the action, which helps members stay engaged.

Engagement from the audience is essential for this power of bringing people together to occur during Stand Up. The more an audience is engaged the more they become a group. This group is unlike any other because it has nothing to do with personal details of audience members like most groupings in today’s society. The group is simply the audience of a certain show, and what they share in common is this engagement and willingness to leave negativity at the door. All other issues, rankings, and stress can be set free as all audience members become equal and feel inclusive in the all-embracing Stand Up atmosphere.

Once an audience is engaged and feeling comfortable in their surrounding it is easy to see this unique power take over. Stand Up Comedy is a show that brings all people together in laughter. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. Everyone enjoys to laugh, and what better way to laugh than surrounded by people to laugh with you. Even with family members you may not see eye-to-eye with; going to a Stand Up show can help put those issues to rest as you come together and laugh.

The power of laughter and not taking everything seriously can over take an audience and brings them together by taking away all casualties and realizing life is too short not to get a good laugh out of it. Whether it is politics or personal issues, Stand Up Comedy takes those issues and levels them out by making a joke everyone can laugh at and easing the tension. That is why Stand Up Comedy’s unique power should be embraced and brought to everyone’s attention. Come stop by one of Stand Up New York’s shows and feel the fellowship and sense of community brought to you by a Stand Up performance. Click here for more information on Stand Up NY’s line up and get FREE TICKETS using PROMO CODE mckenzi!

My Time At Stand Up NY – Tova, Intern

My name is Tova Tencer and I am currently a senior at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack NJ. This is Bergen County’s magnet school, we are the proud, the few, the nerds. The school offers nine distinct programs over seven academies, ranging from culinary arts to medical, to engineering. I was lucky enough to be accepted into the Performing Arts program. The school is special in many ways, one such way being the Senior Internship program. Every Wednesday of senior year, students get the opportunity to go out into the world and get a taste of a real job. Many of my theatre peers went to worth with theatre companies all throughout NYC, but I knew I needed something else, something special. I wanted to work in comedy. I’m attending Emerson College next year to work towards a BFA in Comedic Arts, so I didn’t want just a dry theatre company. I was apprehensive at first. Making phone calls, asking working professionals for a job, I felt so incompetent! But I needed an internship. In the end, my mother had to make some of the calls for me, luckily she couldn’t go on the interview with me too.

I feel I have grown a lot in my time here. The year seems to have flown by me and suddenly it is my last day here. Even though I could only work one day a week, there was always something new and interesting for me to do. The club is a hub of activity. I tackled everything from writing blog posts and email blasts, to stacking and labeling tickets (which is actually a lot more fun than it sounds). I love to write and knowing that a cute Valentine’s Day add I wrote got sent out to thousands of people is really exciting. I also had to, yes, answer phones. This is a task I think everyone my age dreads, but I’ve studied improv, so how bad could it be? It took a while to get used to, in fact, I’m still not used to it, but that isn’t important. I can do it now. I’m eighteen years old, a senior in high school and about to go to college, talking to people in person and on the phone are skills that I need in my toolbox, that I now have thanks to SUNY. I also spent time compiling, names, faces, and bios of comedians who perform here. As someone who wants to continue in this industry into adulthood, knowing the landscape and professionals is a constant and a must.

Being able to see exactly how a club like Stand Up NY is run was enlightening. Finding out not only how the comics get on stage, but how you, the audience, gets in your seats, really paints a complete picture of how businesses like this one works. You know those guys in times square who sell tickets? Now I know how important they are to the businesses they represent. I know how much organization it takes to balance the budget, the acts, ticket sales, inventory, special promotions, events, and employees all while keeping the lights on.

This internship was quite the experience and dip into the professional world, so if you are interested, here’s my advice. You need to be flexible, eager, and brave. Flexible because things change, and you need to be able to handle any task that is thrown your way. Eager because if you tackle each new assignment with enthusiasm and positivity, not only will people like you more, but you will do better. Finally, you need to be brave. No one is going to force you on a stage, but in real life, you can’t hide whenever the phone rings, or when someone asks you a question you don’t know the answer to. Being brave means finding the answers so that you know. Bravery is being willing to grow.

Thank you, Stand Up NY for giving me this opportunity.

canva

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

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

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!

_ _

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!

12391363_10153869648544700_6150333573195989632_n

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!