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Comedy Is One of the Ways New York Will Recover

Categories: Comedians,Comedy Shows
Posted: November 15, 2012
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There is nothing like being a comedian — a stand up comic, an improviser or someone like me, who performs a weekly comedy show. Stand on stage and bank in the laughter (and sometimes the jeers or dead silence). Like I said there is nothing like it, particularly figuring out how to recover from spectacularly falling on your face (metaphorically speaking) or how to top your previous set.
 
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Everything seems blunted given Hurricane Sandy’s devastating swath through New York City and the surrounding areas. We’ve been hit hard, and are barely able to recover. Who would know this better than comic Big Jay Oakerson? The New York Post reports that not only did he lose his Long Island home to the hurricane, but also his car. Yet, some how he made it to The Stand in Manhattan to perform a free set illuminated by only candlelight and the glow of a miner’s helmut. Imagine that: losing your worldly possessions, but thinking about others and what they are going through. What a guy. What dedication.
 
Here’s hoping that Big Jay Oakerson’s fortunes turn around soon, and that the comedy clubs and shows around the city offer a little bit of hope, happiness and laugh out loud funny jokes to pick us all up and remind us that we are New Yorkers — the most resilient and funniest people in the world. We will laugh again.



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