Vulgar Old Woman at a Bar

A man walked into a bar, in this case that man was me and the bar was Kennedy’s on West 57th street. Don’t worry, it gets better. I’m killing time before I meet up with my wife who is doing yoga, so I head for Happy Hour. The bar at Kennedy’s is pretty much full, except for two spots near the front which appear to be free, but I wait for the bartender to take away the drinks before it’s official.

So I sit there with ESPN on in front of me and my hand dandy Samsung Galaxy 3 phone equipped with Amazon Kindle, which is equipped with the Steve Jobs book that I’ve been struggling through. I take it out and begin reading, not really minding anyone nearby. I do notice the older woman sitting next to me, drinking white wine and really pining for the bartender to give her that full undivided attention that she feels she so richly deserves. She also keeps looking around, and I know this from my many years of sitting alone at bars: people who are looking around are usually also looking for someone to pour their hearts out to. I’m really hoping it’s not me, but I have a feeling if I have more than 2 beers it will be.
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“Ya know what I think, I think men have their (genitals) on the outside because otherwise they’d never find them.”

Hmmm. Okay. That was a (richard) joke out of left field, not really a good one or even accurate (are men really the gender associated with not being able to find things?), but she put it out there and I’m the one who heard it. Clearly she’s setting a tone for the evening.

A few minutes later, this woman to my left is engaging the woman to my right, talking shop about her career when she blurts out this fine gem:

“You know, a lot of my friends keep saying I should try stand-up comedy.”

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Woah. May-day, May-day, you should so NOT be trying stand-up comedy and if you have people telling you that you SHOULD be, you need to find new people to hang out with who will not tell you that.

“Cuz you know, everything today is with the sh*t and the f@ck and who did I f@ck and oh my (kitty cat) is this and that, it’s such filth. You know men, they all travel together and just throw their (genitals) on the bar and hope for the best. But not you (taps me on the arm), you’re fine.”

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Well.. we’re clearly off and running now. Didn’t expect any of that, and now of course via the arm tap I have been not so subtly invited into this conversation.

“No, I know I’m fine, just here reading my book. But thanks for asking.”

“Oh I’m sorry to disturb you, you seem very nice. Did I mention the sh*t and the f@ck and oh my (kitty cat)?”

“I believe you did but I can’t verify that because I’m almost at the chapter before the chapter that leads to the chapter where Steve Jobs is thinking about inventing the iPhone.”

“Well you know I’m from the school of Lenny Bruce and Henny Youngman.”

“So you’re dead?” (I didn’t say that).

“And you know, I’m 70 years old….”

“You look good for 70.”

“Well, I’m not a bitch.”

“I’ll be the judge of that.” (didn’t say that either)

“And I used to (type of bird/rhymes with follow). It’s good for you, all that protein, it’s like 2 glasses of wine.”

“Oh, pardon me ma’am, let me help you out, there’s my vomit all over your face.”


So the conversation continues, and then the elderly version of Sarah Silverman calls her other friends over to discuss Anthony Weiner and the trials and tribulations of having inadequately sized Semitic genitalia. The chatter continues:

“Let me tell you about Anthony Weiner. Who gives a shit if he was texting people his (weiner)? Does Huma really care that he’s sending pictures of his (schmeckle) to other women? was he not breast feed? gimme a break. Let me tell you about how men operate, they’re so confused. They think the (Christian LITerature) is an elevator button. They press it and wanna know if you’re there yet.”

Well ladies and gentlemen, on second thought, it looks like we have an opener.  Don’t forget to tip your waitresses.

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Kika Hazan Presents Haus of Men

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It is Haus of Men, designed by a woman. That woman is Kika Hazan, and she joined us to discuss her exciting venture.

Tell me about your fashion background? What influenced you to get into such a competitive industry?
I grew up in a house with three older sisters and my mother. When I got to be around the age of 13, I grew out of my tomboy stage, and really started noticing fashion. From then on I put all my time and efforts to dressing better, and protecting my closet from all the other women in the house. Not being a very vocal person, fashion helped me express how I felt on a certain day, who I want to become, and how I want others to  perceive me. I went to Parsons for design and management where I further learned not only about design but business management as well. After studying in Milan, Italy for a semester and graduating from Parsons I worked in various different fashion entities including, Lafayette 148, Tracy Reese, and Cole Haan. Using my experience and education, I knew now is a better time than any to become a mini entrepreneur and share what I know with others.

What was the motivation behind Haus of Men?
One word. Haus. Haus is not only a name but a man. He is the ideal fashion forward, mans man, that every guy wishes to be friends with. I came across Haus about a year ago and that’s when the idea struck me. Why can all men embody this one guy who seems to have it all?

Who is the content geared towards and who are you hoping to assist with Haus of Men?
This site is geared towards all types of men. It is merely a inspirational site in order to help guide men towards finding their own unique individual style. By using street fashion and articles as a momentum to start shopping smart. We have even gotten a large amount of females followers who are looking to shop better for their man. We know that guys aren’t always the one getting their own clothing, and that’s ok. We are happy to help the women in your life find you something you will love.

Fashion week will be upon on us here in NY in a few months. What styles do you think we can expect to see this year?
By seeing what took place on the runways of Milan, Paris, and London, I expect New York to have the same mix and match, casual chic attitude as well. Possibly midnight blue blazers with black trousers, or even sneakers paired with a more formal outfit. The Haus team and myself are all very excited to attend the mens’ shows this year. We are all looking forward to John Varvatos, Calvin Klein, Osklan, and many more.

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Who are your favorite fashion designers and what do you think is most important when figuring out individual fashion tastes?

For myself personally I love Diane Von Furstenberg. Not only are her designs timeless and elegant, her story how she got into the industry and became so successful inspires me everyday. The most important thing to remember when figuring out your own individual fashion style is that there are no rules when it comes to fashion. All that truly matters is that you feel comfortable and you are confident in your decision of what to wear. If you don’t have confidence and feel good, it honestly doesn’t matter what you have on, your attitude will be the first thing to come through to others.

What should men keep in mind when they’re checking out your fashion recommendations?
I want guys to realize when they go onto Haus of Men, that not every outfit featured or every article will be geared towards and your taste. There are a lot of different people that we are trying to reach and sometimes what one person will love, won’t tickle your fancy. But more importantly is that dressing well doesn’t mean spending a lot of money. If you have the money great, but if you are not looking to spend, its okay also. Small details and attention is what makes an outfit, not the price tag. We try and show you the most affordable options as often as possible. We are also currently partnering up with different brands to get you men even better discounts.

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Athena Lazo of TNT’s The Hero

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Athena Lazo is a Worcester, MA native who is currently a contestant on TNT’s summer hit “The Hero.” We caught up with Athena to discuss her personal triumphs, her time as an NFL cheerleader, and how she handled working with The Rock.

What was it like to be a Patriots cheerleader?
Becoming a Patriots cheerleader was a little harder than getting on The Hero, I would say.  I auditioned in 2008 and was actually cut from the team and heartbroken.  I took a year off and worked on some stuff and went back. The majority of the people who try out don’t make it their first time.  There’s a lot that you have to work on and you kind of get to know the process. I know a girl who tried out 8 times before she made it. I was like I wouldn’t go back that many times. I showed up to an open audition just like The Hero and there were 383 girls there. It was pretty grueling, their auditions are one of the longest in the NFL, it’s over a month long.

What did you learn from the tryout process?
The first time I auditioned I thought if you were the best and you stood out the most and you wore big red lipstick and had big hair you’d make it, but you quickly learn that you’re actually a troupe more than a solo dancer, so you have to look the same, act the same, smile the same and dance in a line, so I learned that after my first audition, and once you learn to blend with each other and actually dance as a team, it’s much easier.

How did your brother’s illness give you strength?
My brother was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 4, I was 3 – we’re only thirteen months apart. We’re really close and we always have been. My mom always tried to make the trips to the hospital, just to tell him to stay still when he was getting his MRI and all his scans. She tried to make light of it with us as children, but he did survive – his life expectancy was 9 years old. Make-A-Wish granted his wish, his last wish, and he ended up beating the tumor. It kind of disappeared and doctors can’t explain it, which is why we’re so religious and so spiritual because he’s kind of our miracle. This past November he actually had a stroke when he was out with his girlfriend, so at the age of 26, this is the 4th time he’s been learning to walk and learning to re-live. He’s a trooper, but it takes a lot out of the family just worrying every day “is he going to make it? and “what else is going to happen?” The kid cannot catch a break. I think it’s hard on the family because he has such a positive outlook on everything that he kind of just goes day by day. We’re more of the wrecks in the situation. Our family is extremely close and we kind of take things head on. We’ve never really buried it or hid from it. It is what it is. We spend more time together and realize that it could be the last day. Of course I’ve escaped from everything in life by dancing, I love to perform. You can escape from anything doing what you love, so that I’ve always had.

What was the audition process like for The Hero?
I saw the open audition casting call, it was in Boston I believe on October 20th because it was my grandpa’s birthday.  I thought I could blow off my family and go out there or I could just trust that if I send in my resume and a picture, what’s meant to be will be and I’ll still have my family, so I ended up going out for his birthday, sent in a couple pictures including a picture of me in a bikini as a patriots cheerleader. So I sent that in with a resume and it just kind of fell into place. They kept calling and it was interview after interview and before I knew it I was in LA and after that I was in Panama and it all happened very quickly, but it was definitely meant to be because everything fell into place.

Was there anything surprising about the filming process?
Oh yeah. I originally had thought “well this is probably going to be ‘Real World-ish, it’s a Real World show and they’re going to pick a ton of younger kids, they want a lot of drama, and when we got there, as you’ve seen – we had our share of drama on the show, but I didn’t expect to be paired up with 50-year olds and 40-year olds and defending my beliefs as a 25-year old woman against someone double my age. That was really shocking and surprising, and the maturity level of the older – I was one of the youngest, Marty and I, we were both 24 at the time of the filming, and the maturity level of the older individuals just shocked me. I would never imagine my mother or my grandmother acting the way they did on the show. It was shocking to see how deep in the game they got. I’m there to defend my beliefs and to be my brother’s hero and to prove to America that I really don’t care what they think and they definitely stuck up for strangers and each other more than themselves and their families, it was really shocking. The whole process was a little bit odd.

The cast of The Hero


Were there are lot of “oh shit” moments?
Hell yeah. I mean, I just kept telling myself “I’m not going to die, they’re not going to let me die.” If I go in the snake pit, these aren’t poisonous snakes, right? Or, they’re not just going to leave us out here in the dark, and a couple times they did. Literally all I kept telling myself was ‘I’m not going to die.’ It was literally “oh shit” moment after “oh shit” moment.’ When I thought it couldn’t be any worse and I couldn’t be yelled at any more, or thrown into terrible situations any more, I had to test myself even further and try to push it through. So it was literally one crazy thing after another.

What was the most exciting part of the show for you?
I’m excited to see the outcome. I was there, I filmed everything but when you live it it’s much different than watching it on television. Each episode is a huge surprise to me, too. I’m sitting there right next to America seeing it unravel and I know what it was and how it was when I was filming and living it but it’s much different once you see it on TV. I’m excited to see the outcome, everything was exciting, I had hoped to do more of the careening off of buildings and jumping out of planes type deal, but it was all a random process. We were chosen day by day for challenges, nothing was premeditated, and there were a ton of twists and surprises. It just so happened that I go to run around instead of swing off of a building – both awesome challenges, very different, but it all played out the way it’s supposed to.

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What was it like working with The Rock?
The first time I met The Rock, I was actually the first one in the house to come into contact with him and I was so nervous. I’ve never really been star stuck before, I’ve been around pro athletes, I’ve been around the industry my whole life pretty much, but when I saw him I almost died. He’s so tall and so much bigger than you think that I was actually nervous. By the end of the process and by the end of filming, he was just there, he was just a presence, he was around us. We were working together and that’s all it was. He was there every single day. The competition and the thought of competition was always there, I think I was one person on the show that didn’t let that take over me and I didn’t really fight with the other people to prove how physical I was. I didn’t let that take over, but it was cool working with The Rock. I guess that was cooler than the challenges.

What advice do you have for people who are facing a personal struggle?
Everything happens the way it’s supposed to be and you are literally always where you are supposed to be when you’re there. So just live in the moment, I struggle with it too, I always want to know what’s going to happen, what’s the outcome and things can change at the drop of a hat. I learn that a lot on the show. Just be strong, things are going to feel like they could never be worse and trust me, they will get worse. There’s always an out, you’re never stuck in one place or with one group of people. Reach out to others and don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s what makes a hero and that’s what’s gotten me through a ton of stuff, just knowing there’s always an out and you can always do something about it

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Jeff Dye of MTV’s “Money From Strangers”

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Host Jeff Dye

Comedian Jeff Dye is the host of MTV’s “Money From Strangers” which returned for it’s second season on July 18th.

Jeff, what are you doing on your week off?
I just got back from Chicago and I don’t leave for another week or so. I’m watching Kitchen Nightmares and hanging out with my dog.  I love this show, I don’t know why, but it’s a good show.

Have you seen Bar Rescue?
Yes, VERY similar. It’s almost too similar, don’t you think?  I like when they do the thing where they’re parked out front and they act like they’re doing surveillance. It’s like they’re doing secret, undercover work. It’s television but it’s ridiculous.

What have you been up to since Season 1 finished?
Since the first season things have been great.  I’ve been touring doing stand-up a bunch, I’m on a show called Girl Code, which is on MTV and doing really well, and doing a bunch of colleges and comedy clubs and living life. I would say that’s one of those things that’s like, just from the first day of filming season 2, we were RIGHT back in the groove of it. It didn’t take any time to just get right back into it and comfortable again, it was awesome. I don’t think we’ve ever crossed any boundaries. It’s always out of control, which is what we want and encouraged for sure, but it’s always been in good fun. It’s the whole nature of the beast is to get out of control and see how far we can push the limit.

Has anyone changed their mind halfway through a challenge?
We did a whole week in Staten Island one time and we were shocked how quickly people would – they would do the first few lines and we would escalate it a little bit and they would be like ‘well I ain’t doing that, whaddaya think I’m crazy?’ We’re like ‘yeah, that’s the whole point of the show, what did you think we were gonna have you do, just a bunch of easy stuff?’ It’s like being on Jeopardy and at the second question being like ‘this is too hard! what is this for, a bunch of nerds?’

What’s your personal reaction to the show?
If you ever watch the show with me, I’m pretty obnoxious to watch it with because I’m always like ‘oh, this one’s my favorite, no no, this one’s my favorite, oh remember this guy, this one’s my favorite. I’m like a child I’m so proud of myself and excited to show it off. I think sometimes I get a little carried away with wanting to break things or make things messy too soon in the game, so they’ll be in and I’ll have them do some huge thing and then they immediately get kicked out. So in a lot of ways my strategy is a mistake but not necessarily what I had them do, just how soon I had them do it.

What do you do to relax when you’re not sitting in a van?
For fun I just do a lot of regular goofball stuff. I play in a basketball league that’s all comedians. I go on dates with ladies. I hang out with my dog, I just like to do fun stuff. You know how everybody goes ‘oh, I listen to everything?’ I genuinely listen to everything to a fault. I love a lot of pop stuff like Justin Bieber and Kelly Clarkson. Most people who say they listen to everything, they don’t include that, ya know? I love country, I love alternative, I love like all the old punk. Pretty much everything but jazz, I love blues, but I don’t really like jazz as much. Even when I write jokes I listen to classical on pandora, which I think constitutes as everything.


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Trevor Crane in ‘The Demo Guy’

Trevor Crane most recently starred in his own Off-Broadway production’702 Punchlines and Pregnant.’ In his next role, he moves to the big screen to tackle the competitive world of pitch men in ‘The Demo Guy.’

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Welcome Back Puttanesca

By Steve Gold
After a six month hiatus, Puttanesca Restaurant re-opened July 16th in its original location – Ninth Avenue and 56th Street in Manhattan. It was sorely missed but worth the wait because it’s only gotten better. First off, the place looks great. The owners did a clean renovation using handsome natural materials – light oak for beams, paneling and tables, exposed brick on some of the surfaces, white stucco. It has the feeling of a country-side European bistro – could be Italy or Greece. The space is best described as spacious – high ceilings, large windows, well-proportioned rooms. No fussiness. More importantly, the food does not disappoint. We sampled two of their signature pizettes: Marmellata & Gorgonzola — which is a delightful marriage of fig jam, gorgonzola and speck as well as the Buffala & Prosciutto which combined mozzarella, tomato and prosciutto. Heaven. Thinly slivered raw yellowtail was combined with picked watermelon for a clever and taste-worthy antipasto. Home-made pastas are truly home-made. Their Ravioli Di Rape Roisse E Mozzarella, raviolis stuffed with red beets, was exceptional. They also have a full range of second courses from steak to fish. Best is that the prices are very reasonable for this caliber of food. $100 will get you a three-course meal for two.

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Jenn Dodd is a No Show

Texas native Jenn Dodd is a character actress living in Astoria, Queens. She has spent the past few years cultivating her craft which has led to both her current variety show Buttski & Glasscock’s New Talent Blowout as well as her upcoming one-women show No Show: A One Woman Show, which takes the stage tonight at Stage Left Studios in NYC. 
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Interview with Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman

Last week I caught up with Scott Aukerman, host of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast and IFC TV series, which began it’s second season on July 12th.

How do you describe Comedy Bang! Bang! ?
Well it’s supposedly a talk show, but it’s actually a sketch show. It’s like if a sketch show were wearing a Halloween costume as a talk show, but it’s really a surreal kind of demented take on a talk show where I will talk to celebrities but I also talk to comedians portraying fake celebrities, and there’s a lot of sketches and a lot of crazy things happening. My co-host and band leader Reggie Watts and I just try to keep a straight face throughout the entire thing and keep the show going.

How is it working with Reggie Watts?
When we were talking about what we wanted to do with the band leader position on the show, someone suggested Reggie and I knew ‘oh yeah, that’s exactly the right idea.’ I mean, it kind of fits in with our show. His style, if people don’t know him or haven’t seen him, he basically loops noises that he makes to make music and he does it all himself, we don’t need a band. That was one reason why we decided to hire him, because hiring 14 people in a band is expensive, and hiring him is less expensive, so you know, always go with the cheaper option if you’re making a TV show. He’s really great to work with, we have really similar senses of humor, and I think the friendship we have on the show is really kind of deeper this year and people are really going to be invested in what happens in the shows with us.

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Scott Aukerman and Andy Samberg


How does your version of a talk show compare to what is becoming a densely populated genre in late night TV?

I think talk shows have gotten more safe over the years. I’m really inspired by the Late Night with David Letterman show back in the mid 80’s and late 80’s, all of the 80’s really. That was a really crazy show like our show. In fact, someone told me the other day that a lot of the early Late Night with David Letterman writers have been watching my show and were talking about it at a party recently saying how we’re sort of doing what they were doing back in the day, and I thought that was such an honor. I think talk shows in general have gotten kind of safe and kind of boring and I’m not doing anything too crazy in order to stand out, I’m just doing what I think a talk show should be and hopefully other talk shows will catch up.

How big of an influence has ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’  been for the show?
When we first started the show, we decided we wanted to make fun of everything and every type of show that had a host, so we were making fun of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, we were making fun of talk shows definitely, The Jerry Springer Show, but Pee-Wee’s Playhouse was kind of a thing that we were also doing our take on, and his aesthetic really inspired the show. At first we were doing sort of a take on it and now it’s kind of become the aesthetic of the show. The great part about it is Pee-Wee Herman himself has endorsed it and he appears on the show this year, so it’s kind of like how David Letterman was inspired by Steve Allen and kind of did a lot of stuff that he used to do on his show. We’re doing the same thing with Pee-Wee Herman, but Pee-Wee really likes what we’re doing and likes it enough that he appears on the show this year.

What’s the process like of transitioning from a podcast to a TV show?
It’s definitely difficult to do both at the same time and a lot of people were saying ‘oh, you’re doing 20 episodes this year, are you going to stop doing the podcast?’ I didn’t see any reason to do that, the podcast is the reason why I got the TV show and people love it and I love doing it so why would I stop. I didn’t even stop, I increased production on it. We’re putting out two episodes a week a lot of weeks now. I think the podcast is better than it’s ever been as well, so it didn’t suffer in quality at all when I started doing the TV show this year. I’m really proud of the fact that I’m putting out a lot of really good stuff, I think, and some people like both the TV show and the podcast. Some TV watchers don’t even know that there is a podcast out there, and some podcast listeners don’t know that there’s a TV show, so I just like to put out a lot of cool stuff and have fun. The more stuff you put out and the more you have fun the more chance there is for people to hear about it and get hip to what you’re doing.

Scott Aukerman and Anna Kenrick on the set
Scott Aukerman and Anna Kendrick

What’s it like working at IFC?
IFC is really great because they’re an emerging comedy network, they haven’t been doing comedy all that long. They have Portlandia and that was their first big hit in comedy. So it’s kind of like the wild wild west, not the Will Smith movie, but the actual location and time period from back in the 1800’s. They are free to experiment at this point, they haven’t kind of figured out ‘what they want do’ which kind of ruins a lot of networks. When networks figure out what their aesthetic is then sometimes the experimentation goes away, but IFC is a lot like FOX when it first started right now. When FOX first started you have ‘Married…with Children,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Get A Life’ starring Chris Elliott,’ they had all these weird, experimental shows, and it’s really exciting to be there right now because they’re willing to take a lot of chances. I mean, they’re making 20 of my shows, which as far as I know, no other network offered to do, and by the way, if there are other networks offering, please let us know, because I’ll take other offers and we’ll start a bidding war I guess. As far as I know IFC is the only one who agreed to it.

When you’re not working on the show, how do you relax?
I listen to a lot of music, I like to read – I read comic books, I’m a big comic book fan. I have a wife and a dog and I usually try to kiss them once a day and ONLY once, and they get really excited for it because sometimes it gets almost at midnight and they haven’t had that one kiss, so they’re like ‘oh boy, it’s coming!’ and just the anticipation and the look of anticipation on my wife’s face when she knows one single kiss is coming, it’s so amazing. Then sometimes I’ll do it first thing in the morning and she’s kind of let down because she goes ‘eh, I’m not going another one today,’ and she has to slog through 16 more hours, but hey – ya know that’s her process, she knew it when she married me, she gets one kiss a day and no more than that. I think that really keeps a marriage fresh.



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Stacey Prussman presents ‘Don’t F@ck With Me’ Comedy Tour

posing Stacey Prussman
Catch Stacey Prussman July 18th at Stage 72 in NYC.
I met comedian and Brooklyn native Stacey Prussman a few years ago after one of her shows in Astoria. Her humor caught me off guard a bit because it was raunchy but not in a forced way; she had meaning behind her stories of being a ‘podial prostitute.’ When she said ‘giving my husband a hand job feels like I’m thumb wrestling’ I nearly did a spit take. Stacey was nice enough to join me at a diner a few after that where we got a formal introduction, and now, a few years later, she is about to embark on her ‘Don’t F@ck With Me’ Comedy Tour. I caught up with Stacey again to discuss her work this year and what we can expect when she takes the stage on July 18th at Stage 72.
AC) Tell us about your year so far.
SP) My year has been very busy. I’ve been filming segments for a PBS show, shooting 2 different web series, a TV pilot, lecturing at colleges, and performing stand-up. I just got back from an awesome comedy tour covering Washington state and Oregon, planning  my own Don’t F$&k with Me Tour and I’ve been also writing a memoir which is really been a mental awakening.
AC) When did you get the idea for the tour?
SP) It’s been brewing for a few months in my head.  I like the concept of going on tour where I produce the show in its totality. I like being able to book everything from the other comics to the venues to the celebrity appearances and guest musicians. I get to really be me on stage the best I can and it’s very freeing for myself and the audience. It’s like a coming out of sorts. I like the way rock musicians tour because it’s a lot more fun and I hope this tour has that feeling.
AC) The title is very in-your-face. What can we expect from the show?
SP) The title IS very in your face. It’s a statement I use a lot in life. I have friends that play practical jokes  on me in a loving matter (I hope) and I always say “don’t fuck with me.” It’s a warning as well. My comedy is just very honest and upfront. I’m not particularly angry but it does come out sometimes on stage. I have nothing to hide so that’s me. Take me or leave me but don’t fuck with me. I’m going to try to hit all  50 states if I can, even Alaska and Hawaii, and then maybe even Canada. I’m really excited for the tour. I have some really cool celebrity appearances and musical guests lined up and my openers are really funny comics. It’s going to be a lot of fun!! I’m launching the tour Thursday July 18th at stage 72 in NYC @9:15 . NYC is my home so I’m starting here.
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UnTappedPR Presents Dan Reardon at 48 Lounge

On Wednesday night, PR maven Jordana Hazan hosted a private performance at 48 Lounge for emerging New York acoustic guitarist Dan Reardon. His latest album, ‘Can You Hear Me Now’ joins the talented roster at Interscope as Reardon continues to make waves on the national music scene.

AC) Tell us about the vibe you got from the crowd tonite:
DR) It was a fantastic feeling being up there on stage. There was a really good buzz and a really good crowd. I thrive on that stuff. I thrive on playing for people who are really into it and feeding off the crowd and that energy. I was really pleased with the performance and I hope everybody else enjoyed it as well.

AC) You’ve mentioned Dave Matthews as your primary influence. When did you first hear him play and what effect did it have on your music?
DR) Dave Matthews had a tremendous influence for me musically at an earlier age. I never really even thought I wanted to be a musician and I never studied it in school and I actually never took guitar lessons or vocal lessons or anything but I was so mesmerized by his first record ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ that I wanted to really learn each song to a T and it made me want to pick up a guitar and really have my way on some of those chords that he plays.

AC) Was the guitar a quick learn for you?
DR) It was not a quick learn at all, especially not having taken any lessons. Also identifying with a lot of Dave Matthews chords, they’re not simple. There’s a lot of dexterity involved and a lot of triads that are really a bit of a mind trip when you’re trying to play that, but I think it really made me a big part of the guitar player that I am today.

AC) You have a new EP out, what was the process like of putting that together?
DR) I was actually in a band for four or five years and we had the fantastic opportunity to record 5 records, so the studio experience was not a new experience to me but the solo experience is relatively new, and it’s something that I really enjoy. Working in the studio and really being able to write music and write lyrics that I can strongly identify with that I can feel are my own and are a good reflection of my heartfelt experiences. I really hope that people and fans can appreciate the genuineness of the record. I worked really hard on it and not only wrote the music but also the lyrics and played nearly all the instruments on the record so I felt very proud of it and I really want that to resonate with my fans. I want them to really enjoy the music but understand that everything about it is genuine and heartfelt.

AC) When you’re not onstage, what do you do to relax?
DR) I’ve always been very much into exercise and athletics. I actually play a lot of beach volleyball, I’m not so sure how relaxing that is but it definitely de-stresses me and it’s definitely fun. I really just love the beach and the water and it kind of keeps me at peace, so that’s a really good feeling for me. I really just enjoy every aspect of music, I love listening to music, probably more so when it’s not my own, but I find that to be very relaxing as well.

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