Von Decarlo Has a New SiriusXM Show, Stand Up NY Hits Up LA, Plus News From Pete Correale, Tamer Kattan, and More

Jeffrey Gurian is a writer and comedian in New York who loves to Jump Around. Follow his regular column right here, to find out what’s happening in comedy, and who Jeffrey Gurian ran into this week in and around New York. This week Jeffrey hit up Gotham Comedy Club, West Side Comedy Club, and more!


Rachel Green and Sharon Simon put on a really fun Halloween themed comedy show at West Side Comedy Club last week called “Simons Says Boo“, and everyone was asked to come in costume. Being that I’m ALWAYS In costume I was stumped for what to add. Hats are definitely out for me, so I brought a sleep mask and an umbrella, and came as a guy asleep in the rain. Sharon and I got to chat between sets and she’s got an interesting podcast called “The Candor Report” that she does with Sean Brennan who are both “mental health advocates” and “peer specialists” which she explained to me are terms for people who have been diagnosed with certain emotional ailments and are open about it. She said that she herself had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder which in my mind makes a perfect background for comedy. You have to be at least a little bit crazy to get up on a stage in the first place. She seemed perfectly fine to me, unless she dresses that way all the time, and she performs all around the city, plus she recently got married to a man she describes as a “civilian.” I guess that means a non-comedian. Her usual produced show is called “Simon Says Laugh”! Rachel Green just got back from touring with the comedian known as Jacq-the-Stripper because her name is Jacqueline and she was a stripper. They call it the Venus Fly Trap show and went to San Francisco, LA and Las Vegas.

Comedy Juice got a lot of what seemed to be unexpected drop-ins this week. Judah Friedlander dropped by and just as it seemed that the show was winding down, Godfrey came in with Chris Redd from SNL, and things started up all over again. Chris told me he had just gotten back from doing the Big Sky festival in Utah and that it was awesome. Then he went on stage and killed it, as did Godfrey who showed off his skill with dialects, especially Russian and Chinese. He told a great story about how he and his two friends who both happen to be Black and both fluent in Chinese go down to Chinatown and absolutely shock old Chinese people in stores by conversing in perfect Chinese. I wonder if they know Des Bishop?

Stand-Up New York did it’s first pop-up show in LA at a place called The Venice Underground. It was produced by Bronston Jones who does a regular Wednesday night show there and did this one as an official Stand Up NY show featuring Pete Lee, Kurt Metzger, Leah Bonnema, Laurie Kilmartin and Yamaneika Saunders.

Meir Kay has a big online presence with a series of podcasts with names like “This Makes Me Happy” so needless to say I was ecstatic about being asked to drop by their recording studio down in the Wall Street area. I like anyone that has anything to do with Happiness. And it’s being produced by a guy named Brandon Reese who does a webseries I talked about recently and who shipped a semi-converted school bus he had bought for $3500 from two 17 year old Mormon students, to South America to film funny hijinks including getting into a cocaine production facility in Columbia, filming it and escaping with his life. Meir likes focusing on Happiness and comedy and plans to have many comedians on the show to talk about positive things. I was honored to be the first.

Vondecarlo has a new show on SiriusXM and it looks like it’s gonna be a killer show. It’s called Coach Von’s Corner, and she will be the first woman to host her own show on the NBA Radio channel. She said it still amazes her that in 2018 people still say that women aren’t funny and can’t talk sports. She said “As a black woman and stand-up comedian I feel very proud that the forward-thinking NBA and Sirius XM executives are putting their trust in me to prove both these things to be wrong.” She added “I want people to know that I’m not a sports journalist, or a real coach. I am a comedian and well-informed basketball super-fan, who has built her social media following and fan base by trash talking in sports, pop culture, and in relationship commentary.” She described it to me as being a well rounded show from a fan’s perspective, where you get “barbershop talk from herself and her comedian guests.” She also wants real NBA players to come in and talk about what she referred to as their “off court endeavors,” and wants to create a safe environment for them to do so. Her first guest was Donnell Rawlings and the kick-off party is tomorrow night at Hoops a sports bar on West 33rd Street. Good luck Von!

This week I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in a little recording booth reading my Happiness book from an iPad into a microphone at the bequest of the biggest audio book distributor who liked my book enough to offer me the opportunity to record it. I had to send in a recording of my voice in order to be accepted as the narrator because they usually hire people to do that, but this was such a personal book for me I was hoping they’d let me do it. I went through 188 pages in one day which amazed the technician who said she had never seen anyone do that many pages before but because they were my words, conveying my feelings, it just seemed to flow. Hopefully it will be available by holiday time! Healing Your Heart, By Changing Your Mind – A Spiritual and Humorous Approach To Achieving Happiness” is the title.

You may relate the name Kattan to Chris Kattan formerly of SNL but there’s another Kattan, a cousin of his, and a great stand-up comedian now out in LA, and also working with Levity Entertainment Group. Aside from all that, truly one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He’s got a great story with a background just made for comedy. He was born in Egypt to a Muslim Dad and Jewish mom. That in itself would be enough for a one-man show, but it gets better. He moved to America with his parents to East L.A., as he describes it to me “a predominantly Mexican and black neighborhood where he was bullied by children of all races and creeds.” He said that after months of bullying and abuse the comedy literally burst out of him to help him make fun of the kids that were bigger than him and torturing him on a daily basis. He embraced being an outsider to the point one Mexican neighbor said to him, “Shit man, you’re not just a black sheep, you’re a brown sheep too.” Hence the name of his new album ‘Brown Sheep” because he says that phrase reminds him of his preferred style of comedy, not just saying funny things, but making things funny. It’s available on iTunes and wherever you can get comedy. Can’t wait to hear it.

Pete Correale was in town headlining Gotham Comedy Club and the show I went to was so packed I had to sit in the little alleyway with the security and managers. I did manage to get some photos though, and Pete has a great show on SiriusXM called The Pete and Sebastian Show with arena-filler Sebastian Maniscalco, plus has a Showtime special called “Let Me Tell Ya” and he’s got a million stories, many of which he shared on stage to an adoring crowd. But he left so fast after his last show I barely had time to say hello and congratulate him. He’s always on the move and I think that’s how he stays so trim!

And with that, I’m OUT!!!

Jeffrey Gurian is a comedian, writer and all around bon vivant in New York City. Subscribe to his YouTube channel, Comedy Matters TV.  Pictured, Jeffrey with Tamar Kattan, Meir Kay, and Jeffrey recording his audiobook.

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Jeffrey Gurian is a comedy writer, comedian, author, producer, comedy connoisseur, comedy journalist, and an all around bon vivant. You can find him on red carpets, at comedy events across the country and hosting Comedy Matters TV. He’s the author of the book Make ‘Em Laugh with an intro by Chris Rock”. You've seen him on Comedy Central's Kroll Show and he's a regular on SiriusXM's Bennington Show and it's predecessor the Ron and Fez Show. He's also A BIG BELIEVER in Happiness and Love.
Jeffrey Gurian
Jeffrey Gurian
Jeffrey Gurian is a comedy writer, comedian, author, producer, comedy connoisseur, comedy journalist, and an all around bon vivant. You can find him on red carpets, at comedy events across the country and hosting Comedy Matters TV. He’s the author of the book Make ‘Em Laugh with an intro by Chris Rock”. You've seen him on Comedy Central's Kroll Show and he's a regular on SiriusXM's Bennington Show and it's predecessor the Ron and Fez Show. He's also A BIG BELIEVER in Happiness and Love.