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July

July 1 – Jay Black


From Fox, Showtime, Atlantic City, Fox
Also Featuring John Kensil

In 2007, Jay Black left teaching to pursue writing and stand-up full time.
Since then, he has headlined at close to 300 colleges, scoring three nominations and one win as the nation’s top college comedian.
He has appeared as a comic on Showtime, A&E, Fox, the CBC, and NBC.  Jay has also performed at some of the most prestigious clubs in the country, from the Comedy Stop at the Tropicana in Atlantic City to the world famous Los Angeles Improv.
Jay has opened for several celebrity comedians, including Joel McHale, Carlos Menica, D.L. Hughley, Sinbad, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Christopher Titus.
In 2010, Jay was given the opportunity to work with the US Army on the “I Am Strong” tour, traveling overseas to entertain the troops.
He’s met equal success as a writer, selling his first screenplay in 2008 and working heavily as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after “punch-up” writers, making your favorite movies even funnier.

July 7-8 – Vanessa Hollingshead


From Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Comedy Central, NBC
Also Featuring Dan LaMorte

Vanessa is the quintessential native New Yorker. She only just got her drivers license a couple you years ago. She spent a year at Millbrook Mansion with her father who introduced Timothy Leary, and later, Paul McCartney of the Beatles to LSD. After an accidental “trip” of her own at 5 years old, she returned to the care of her mother who was trying to juggle the full time career of finding good grass in bad neighborhoods with her responsibilities as a mom. Throw in two years on a commune by herself, two years in London with her dad, a decade of temp work and her angst was complete. Coincidentally, a comedian was born.Vanessa just did The World Comedy Tour in Australia in 2005 as well as, Comedy Central Presents which first aired February 2005. She was recently featured on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Dateline, and Oxygen as well as doing the Montreal “Just for Laughs” tour with Kevin Pollack. She has done The Montreal Comedy Festival 5 Times in total, as well as appearing on the original pilot of the AJ Benza Show on “E”. She’s a favorite of Comedy Central and did “Canned Ham”, where she did a spoof parody of the movie, “Nurse Betty” as well as an appearance on “New Joke City”. She was the guest host on NBC’s “Later” as well as the critically acclaimed film “Ghost Dog”, directed by Jim Jarmusch. She also taped two TV Shows, at Jonglar’s in London, and well as a TV Show in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She has performed on the “The Jim Bruer Show”, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and NBC’s “Louie Anderson Comedy Showcase.” In 1999 Vanessa was invited to perform her one woman show “Flashback” at the Aspen US Comedy Arts Festival. She was then offered the opportunity to do “Flashback” at the HBO workspace in LA and at Gary Marshall’s Falcon Theatre. She has completed her first screen play, which is now in development. Vanessa toured approximately 30 military bases in the Middle East for a month. She’s a national headliner, can be seen all over the United States as well as Europe. But, she can always be seen a little closer to home at the Comic Strip, Stand Up New York, Caroline’s, The Boston Comedy Club, Gotham Comedy Club, The Improv, The Laugh Factory, and the Comedy Cellar in New York City.

July 14-15 – Wali Collins


From Comedy Central, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

New York City’s number one comedian. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Wali was and still is an accomplished drummer. Not only currently being a member of the Central Park Djembe drummers. Wali has played in R&B, Pop, Funk and Jazz bands. Wali toured with the award winning Lawrence Bagwell Gospel Choral before graduating High School. And he was the youngest to ever join the New England Jazz Society. After College, Wali was working on being the best Architect New England has ever known. But the calling for show business was too strong. He played in bands, did session work, but that wasn’t enough. He needed more.
Always having a keen sense of humor, his parents urged him to try stand-up comedy. His first time on stage Wali was convinced that he had bombed, but the manager paid him and asked him to come back every week as a featured act. Wali Collins has been going strong ever since. Wali moved to New York City to work on a show for Comedy Central called “Stand-up Stand-up”. He hosted the largest funniest, most varied collection of stand-up comedians in the world.
He was nominated three years in a row as “College Campus Entertainer of the Year”. Wali is also the most sought after comedian for corporate events. IBM, L’Oreal, and Johnson and Johnson, FEDEX are just four of the many companies.
Wali Collins is a regular at all of the main stream Comedy clubs in New York City and Los Angeles. He even headlines and tours at Comedy clubs in of all places, Holland.
Collins’ television stand-up credits include HBO, ABC’s “The View”, Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd”, Commentary on VH1, to name a very few. David Letterman caught Wali’s act and recruited him to warm-up for his show. Later that season Wali was a featured performer on the “Late Show with David Letterman”. Quoted by GQ magazine “Wali’s true purpose becomes evident”.
What about acting? Wali’s one of the lead actors in Independent films, “Clair Makes It Big” and the award winning “Maybe Means No”. He’s also landed a role in the Jerry Brucheimer film “Coyote Ugly”. Wali also was featured in the hit sitcom “Spin City” and is the host of the new PBS series special, “Wild TV”. If Wali’s face looks familiar to you it’s because you’ve seen him in endless amount of national television commercials.
In the words of Robert Klein, “Wali Collins is versatile, smart and very, very funny.” Wali is headed only one way, Stardom. If you haven’t seen Wali do his thing in either stand up or acting, you’re missing out on one gifted man.

July 21-22 – Tommy Gooch


Also featuring Regina Dicicco & Mike Sicoli

He’s been a guest on SiriusXM Satellite Radio & Time Warner Spectrum TV.

Plays all over the North East

In 2017 see Tommy Gooch in a new Comedy Drama Sitcom titled “Paint Me Clueless”! 

Scheduled to premiere on www.STEoriginals.com & www.SilverTreeEntertainment.com

July 28-29 – Special Event – Bob Nelson


Special Event $25
From the Tonight Show, an Emmy Award Winner
Also featuring Donna Vaicels

Nelson began doing stand-up in comedy clubs while a theater student at Nassau Community College.  Nelson specializes in rubber-faced comedy characters. His most popular originals include Jiffy Jeff, a punch drunk prizefighter with a Gym in NYC; Eppy Epperman.
Bob Nelson was Rodney Dangerfield’s opening act for eight years of Mr.Dangerfield’s career.  Bob was featured in two of Rodney’s HBO stand-up comedy showcases, alongside Jerry Seinfeld, Rosanne Barr, Rita Rudner and Bob Saget. That led to two HBO specials starring Bob Nelson, including “Nelson Schmelson”.  Bob considers Rodney his ‘Comedy Godfather’. Nelson was also in a comedy group called “The Identical Triplets” with Eddie Murphy and Rob Bartlett.
Nelson has appeared several times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and various other talk shows, such as David Letterman.  While he formerly incorporated profanity into his act, Nelson now works clean. He cites a meeting with Red Skelton, in which Skelton convinced him to stop using swear words. Since that meeting, Nelson claims he hasn’t sworn while performing.
Bob won an Emmy Award in Philadelphia for a children’s show he wrote and starred in, called “Double Muppet Hold the Onions”.  He also had supporting roles in Nora Ephron’s directorial film debut This is My Life with Julie Kavner and Ivan Reitman’s Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bob also starred in the Zucker Brothers films Airplane!, The Naked Gun, and Brain Donors, the 1992 update of the Marx Brothers’ comedy A Night at the Opera. In the latter film, Nelson plays what would have been the Harpo Marx part.