7 Questions with Jena Kingsley

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by Ryan Meehan

Jena Kingsley was born and raised in New York City. She attributes everything she knows about comedy to a loving yet dysfunctional family. Her name is pronounced Jena, like Jameson, but only one N. Her parents spelled it wrong. Most recently Jena has made her mark internationally with her pranks on unsuspecting New Yorkers. The media has called her pranks “Genius” and “Brilliant.” Perez Hilton called her “one bold and funny lady.” She released three viral prank videos in a row (“Are You On The List”, a Starbucks Prank where she posed as a Starbucks Bouncer, and “No Selfie Zone”, where she set up no selfie zones in NYC subject to fine, and “Social Media in Real Life” where she tries out the things we do on social media on unsuspecting New Yorkers) both garnering major international media attention landing her on CNN, TIME, MTV, ABC, The Today Show, USA Today, AdWeek, Perez Hilton and more.  In sixth grade she won an award for writing excellence, which of course means nothing now. She is the writer/creator of the popular blog “Darcy Dates” and she also blogs for the Huffington Post. She is a regular guest of “Huffington Post Live” and Sirius XM. She has written for The New York Observer, New York Post, XOJane, HowAboutWe, BeautyBlitz.com and others.  She made her television debut appearance doing stand up in 2015 on “Live From Gotham” on AXS-TV. Her stand up appearances include The Stand, Gotham Comedy Club, Levity Live, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Governors, Stand Up New York and others. She also recently appeared at The New York Comedy Festival, and she’s my guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

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7 Questions with Ali Siddiq

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by Ryan Meehan

Many comedians are courageous, but it takes a special time of spirit to begin your stand-up career while in prison. Ali Siddiq has just that type of spirit. He stood in front of a judgmental crowd and petitioned for their time and attention and has been captivating audiences ever since. Headlining multiple US Comedy Clubs and others around the world Ali has shown his ability to engage diverse audiences leaving many on their feet talking everything from fatherhood, politics, grocery shopping and education to Nigerian stripper associations. The most recent winner of Comedy Central’s Up Next Competition, Houston’s Ali has appeared on Showtime’s Ladies Night Out Tour, Centric’s 2014 All Star Taping, BET’s Comic View and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. We’re very excited to have Ali Siddiq as our guest today in 7 questions.   Continue reading

7 Questions with Jay Brown

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by Ryan Meehan

The age of heavy metal comedians is most certainly a force to be reckoned with. Comics such as Jim Florentine, Jim Breuer, Don Jamieson, and Jim Norton have made it no secret that metal is a huge part of their lives, and that balls out approach has made them audience favorites all across the world. Another comedian who has been making headway with that mentality is Canadian comedian Jay Brown. Based out of Toronto, he’s been winning over audiences in much of the same way that Iron Maiden took over the world when the New Wave of British Heavy Metal first hit the United States in the early eighties. Horns are in the air today, because Jay Brown is my guest today in 7 questions.   Continue reading

7 Questions with Jerry Minor

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by Ryan Meehan

Memphis born actor Jerry Minor is known for his work in such feature films as Anchorman:  The Legend of Ron Burgundy, I Love You, Man, and Beer League.  Minor was a cast member and writer on NBC’s Saturday Night Live from 2000-2001, and was also a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  He has appeared on a plethora of other television programs, such as Lucky Louie, Arrested Development, Lewis Black’s The Root of All Evil, Crossballs, Drunk History, The League, Key & Peele and Cedric the Entertainer Presents.  An alumnus of the Second City Touring Company, Jerry is currently the only performer to ever belong to all three of Second City’s Touring Companies.  We are delighted to have Jerry Minor as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Alex Edelman

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by Ryan Meehan

Alex Edelman is a Boston-based comedian whose one-man show “Millennial” won the prestigious Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer in 2014, the first American to accomplish that since Arj Barker won it way back in 1997.  He’s had the chance to open up for some of the industry’s heaviest hitters, such as Simon Amstell, Patton Oswalt, and Gary Gulman, and he recently did a couple of dates in Berlin and Moscow with Eddie Izzard.  We are very lucky to have him as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading