Stand-up to cancer - a benefit for jodi weiner February 24th @ the ge proctors black box theater - 3pm
Coming up February 24th at 3PM @ The GE Proctors Black Box Theater - Stand-Up to Cancer - A benefit for Jodi Weiner. Tickets and info here
Starting out in stand-up comedy is a difficult task all by itself. We as comedians are always searching for stage time. More often than not, the stage time is not exactly, “quality stage time.” Most likely we hit the “open mics”, where you are competing with, loud drunken patrons who didn’t even know a “show” is going on, and many times could care less about somebody telling jokes. Other times, mixed in with that, we also have to draw attention away from baseball games, jukeboxes and dart leagues, just to name a few. It is a rite of passage for all comedians. So, when an upstart comedian stumbles across a honest to god comedy club that will allow a no name, nobody a 7 to 10 minute guest spot, totally with a roll of the dice that I may have something funny to say, well….that is like finding gold.
I was lucky enough to find just that. I went to a comedy club in Queensbury, New York, called The Saratoga Comedy Club, just to catch a show with a friend and have some laughs. At the end of a night, watching a husband and wife practice their craft, in separate sets, I introduced myself. Not wanting to take on a title that I felt I had not yet earned, I said, “I’ve been doing some comedy locally and wondered if I might be able to do a guest spot here sometime.” They both shook my hand and said “Sure, here’s how to get ahold of us.” A few weeks later, there I was, on stage. They have allowed me to come back several times, which has been very valuable in my development as a comedian. Through all of this, I found out that I was just another in a long list of comedians that have gotten their first break to perform on their stage. That fact alone showed me that the “gold” I had found, was not in the venue but, in the two wonderful people that had afforded me that opportunity, Jodi Weiner and Vinnie Mark.
I spent many Saturday nights over the summer and right up to the present at The Saratoga Comedy Club. As summer gave way to fall and winter, on occasion Jodi would mention to me that she felt “off” or “I’m just not feeling good.” On some nights only Vinnie and I entertained the crowd as Jodi wasn’t feeling well and was unable to attend.
On December 17th she visited the doctor, with Vinnie right by her side. That day they received the news, Jodi had been diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer. The one thing I can tell you about Jodi is that she is tough; she is meeting this challenge head on. A web site has been set up for anyone that may want to send Jodi a message of inspiration, encouragement or to make a donation, please visit www.jodiandvinnie.com
Thank you for reading and remember to keep Jodi Weiner in your thoughts and prayers.