Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just want to take a moment to say thanks to all of you.  This has been a good year for me.  I'm engaged, I have a new job, a great family, and the best friends in the world.  Thanks for coming to my shows, and thanks to everyone who supported my efforts in this year's NYC Kidney Walk.  If you'd still like to make a donation, it's not too late.  Just visit http://donate.kidney.org/goto/johnszeluga to donate online.

I have some fun shows coming up in December (check out the calendar above), and I hope you can make it out.

Happy Thanksgiving,

John


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WONDERFOO RETURNS! Fundraiser at Full Cup, October 12th at 8 PM

Come on down to Full Cup tomorrow night for WONDERFOO, a fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation!  I hope you can join me for an evening of live music, comedy, and more.   It all starts at 8:00 PM, Wednesday, October 12th at 388 Van Duzer Street, Staten Island, NY.  Admission is only $5, 100% of which will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation.  If you've already made a donation online, you get in for free!

I'll be hosting the evening, with comedic performances by Erik Bergstrom, RG Daniels, Anthony DeVito, Justy Dodge, J.F. Harris, and Greg Stone.

Dave Immiti and friends will be providing live music, the guys from Far Fetched will be showing a bunch of their sketch videos, DJ James Sorrenti will be playing tunes all night long, Tarrah Lantz will have some amazing fresh baked goods for sale (with all proceeds donated to NKF), and we'll have 50/50 raffle tickets available.

If anyone is coming from the Staten Island Ferry, Full Cup is just a quick bus ride away.  Just take the S52 to the corner of Beach Street and Van Duzer.

If you can't make the show, please consider joining or sponsoring TEAM WONDERFOO in the 2011 NYC Kidney Walk.  Between three comedy shows and two kidney walks, our team has raised over $6,000 since 2009!  This year I will be participating in the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Walk again, and I hope you will consider either joining or sponsoring my team. This is a cause that is very important to me, and together I know we can make a difference.

Team Wonderfoo at the 2010 NYC Kidney Walk
If you would like to make a donation, please visit http://donate.kidney.org/goto/johnszeluga.  Did you know that if each of my Facebook friends gave just one dollar, I would more than exceed my fundraising goal for this year?


If you're free on Sunday, October 16, 2011, you should really consider joining my team.  This is a great cause for an amazing organization, and the walk itself is a lot of fun.  We meet up at the South Street Seaport at 9:30 AM, then at 10:30 AM we walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and back.  To join the team, visit http://donate.kidney.org/goto/wonderfoo.

On the Brooklyn Bridge at last year's Kidney Walk with my girlfriend, Christine.
Why do I walk for the National Kidney Foundation?  I do it for family and friends who have been affected by kidney disease, and I also do it because the National Kidney Foundation is a very effective and efficient organization.  More than 81 cents of every dollar goes directly to vital programs and services.  You don't see numbers like that when you look at a lot of other charities, and I want my dollars and efforts to help as many people as possible.

Finally, if you can't make the show, if you can't donate, and if you can't join the team, please spread the word.  Just telling people about this cause is a tremendous help.

To everyone who has helped so far, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I'll see you tomorrow.

- John Szeluga

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Super-Live Adventure - FREE Comedy tonight at Full Cup!

My monthly free comedy show, Super Live Adventure, is happening tonight at 9:30 over at Full Cup, 388 Van Duzer Street, Staten Island, NY.

Tonight's show features Matt Ruby, Max Fox, Matt Ciuffini, Nick Williams, and a few surprises.

Stick around for Shaq Time after the show.

I'll see you tonight.

- John

Monday, August 22, 2011

Free Shows Tonight and Tomorrow!

I'll be performing at Raw Guts tonight at 8:00.  It's a new free comedy show that takes place every Monday at One and One on 12 1st Avenue & 1st Street in NYC, hosted by James Harris, Tim Dimond, and Louie Katz.  Tonight's show also features Sean Patton, Joe Mande, Dan Soder, and Michael Che.

Tomorrow night I'll be at the Creek and the Cave for Savage Practice, a free comedy show featuring stand-up, live sketch comedy, and videos.  The show starts at 9:30 at 10-93 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.

Grimmer Tales: A Wicked Collection of Happily Never After StoriesFor those of you on Staten Island tomorrow night, my monthly show, Super Live Adventure, will feature a special surprise guest host in my absence.  I'm very upset about missing this one, as we have Erik Bergstrom (Grimmer Tales), Robert Dean, and Sid Cohen on the show, plus a video from Far Fetched.  Super Live Adventure is a free monthly comedy show that takes place at Full Cup, 388 Van Duzer Street, Staten Island, NY.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Mid-Evenings Season Finale Tomorrow Night

For those of you who missed it, there was a great article about the show in this week's AWE.  You can check it out at silive.com.

Tickets for the show are still available at midevenings.com ($7 in advance, $10 at the door).  I'm making two videos for this one, and I hope you can make it down.

Brother's BloodGuests include Uncle Nino (Jersey Shore) and Chris Gethard (The Other Guys, Big Lake, Weird New York), plus a special musical performance by Kevin Devine.

It all happens at Snug Harbor on Staten Island.  Doors open at 7pm, so come grab some drinks at the bar before the 8:30 pre-show.  Show starts at 9:00.

Visit midevenings.com for more information.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Super Live Adventure: Free Comedy Tonight at Full Cup!

Come on down to Full Cup (388 Van Duzer Street, Staten Island, NY) tonight at 9:30 for another night of free comedy, featuring RG Daniels, Doug Smith, Annie Lederman, and Alex Grubard!

Hosting these has been a lot of fun, and I hope you'll stop by.

Stick around 'til 2 AM and see what Shaq-Time is all about.

- John Szeluga

Monday, July 11, 2011

Far Fetched - Free Comedy at Tantra Lounge

I'm excited to be doing a 30-minute set this Thursday night at Tantra Lounge, 1400 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY.  It's a free show that starts at 8:30, and I'll be performing with two of the best comics in NYC (or anywhere for that matter), Nick Vatterott (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) and Phil Hanley (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson).  The Far Fetched guys will be showing some new videos, with Manny and Matt hosting the evening.

Drink specials include $10 for all-you-can-drink tap beer, $2 SoCo & Kamikaze shots, and $3 Jello shots.

I hope you'll come down for all of this plus a few surprises.

I'll see you there.

John Szeluga

P.S. If you're on Google+, you can find me at https://plus.google.com/112617403752542407585/about

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Mid-Evenings with Jay Miller: Season 4 Starts Tonight at Full Cup!


Grimmer Tales: A Wicked Collection of Happily Never After StoriesMid-Evenings with Jay Miller returns tonight at 8:00!  I've been doing some writing and some video work for this show, and I'm excited to announce that my good friend Erik Bergstrom (stand-up comedian and author/illustrator of Grimmer Tales) will be a featured guest tonight.

The first 3 shows are at Full Cup (388 Van Duzer Street, Staten Island, NY) tonight, July 9th, and July 16th, followed by the season finale at Snug Harbor on July 30th.

Visit midevenings.com for more info.

I'll see you there.

- John Szeluga

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Super Live Adventure Tonight at Full Cup!

Come down to Full Cup tonight at 9:30 for another night of free comedy hosted by yours truly, with performances by James Harris (Grab Ass), Casey Jost (Jimmy Fallon, Mid-Evenings with Jay Miller), Karl Bartow, and Shane Webb!  This is going to be a fun one.  


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Full Cup is located at 388 Van Duzer Street on Staten Island, which happens to be just a short bus ride from the Staten Island Ferry.  Catch the S52 bus right at the ferry terminal and get off at the corner of Beach Street and Van Duzer.  Stick around until 2 AM and see what Shaq Time is all about.

I'll see you later.

- John Szeluga

Monday, June 13, 2011

4th Annual Staten Island Comedy Festival Starts Next Week!


The Staten Island Comedy Festival is back, presented by Soul Joel Productions. Proceeds will be donated to Lifestyles for the Disabled, and I'm proud to be a part of the festival by hosting "Kings of the Capital" at Full Cup (388 Van Duzer Street) on Monday, June 20th at 8:00 PM.

Keep on the GrassThe show features Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Bonnaroo, writer for Howard Stern, High Times Magazine), plus 2 of Washington DC's funniest comics, Marcus Brown and Kasaun Wilson.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 908-296-6278 or emailing souljoelproductions@gmail.com.

Doors open at 7:00 PM.  There is a 2 drink minimum for this show.

Be sure to visit the Facebook event page.  I'll see you at the festival.

- John Szeluga

Friday, May 20, 2011

SJP Show Tonight in Hoboken


Come on down to Willie McBride's, 616 Grand Avenue, Hoboken, NJ tonight at 8:00 for an evening of great stand-up comedy.  I'll be hosting as SJP presents Reese Waters (Craig Ferguson, Versus TV, Comedy Central), Pat House, and Dan Kaplan.  For just $20, you get live comedy, 2 drinks, and live music after the comedy show!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Super Live Adventure - Comedy, Booze, Haircuts, a Birthday, and Shaq

I'll be hosting a night of free stand-up comedy at Full Cup, 388 Van Duzer Street, Staten Island, NY tonight at 9:30, featuring Anthony DeVito, Mark Normand, Greg Stone, Adam Pateman, and Karl Bartow.

Adam's birthday is tomorrow, and he leaves for Canada at the end of the month, so come wish him a happy birthday, then beg him not to leave.

Sal Vulcano will be bartending, Justine Lordo will be available for professional haircuts, and it's Shaq time at 2 AM!

I'll see you there.

- John Szeluga

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

April Fool's Comedy Show at Full Cup, Staten Island

I'll be back at Full Cup (388 Van Duzer Street, Staten Island, NY) this Friday, April 1st at 8 PM to host an evening of stand-up comedy, featuring James Harris (Best Friends of Comedy Tour), Adam Pateman (Not Friday), Jay Miller (Mid-Evenings), Manuel Rondon (Far Fetched), and more! Admission is $5, and there is no drink minimum for this show.

I'll see you there!

Monday, March 28, 2011

I learned something new last night.

If you're 31, and you dream about being in a flooded CBGBs, and worms are swimming through the water, and the worms start crawling into people's skin, and at that very same moment your girlfriend is sleeping next to you, and she starts wiggling her toes against your leg, you will wake up, you will jump into the air, you will throw your back out, and you will scream in horror and pain.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Free Comedy Tonight at Cargo Cafe

Come down to Cargo Cafe tonight at 9:30 PM for an amazing free comedy show hosted by James Harris (Best Friends of Comedy Tour), featuring Sheng Wang (Comedy Central), Jesse Popp (Comedy Central), Justy Dodge (Comical Radio), Matt Wayne (Chicago Underground), and John Szeluga (that's me).

Cargo Cafe is located at 120 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY, just a short walk from the free Staten Island ferry.  They have $2 beers, and $6 gets you 2 sliders, fries, and a PBR.

I'll see you there.

- John Szeluga

Monday, January 3, 2011

Amateur Night

Instead of heading out to a bar on New Year's Eve, I stayed at home with my girlfriend, Christine.  If you think that sounds pathetic, wait until you hear the whole story.

I felt a little weird about staying home.  You're supposed to go out on New Year's Eve, but Christine and I had a busy year, and the thought of going out to a bar on such a busy night just wasn't appealing.  My grandfather, a former bar owner, always refers to New Year's Eve as "Amateur Night," and he's right.  Why would I go out on Amateur Night when I turned pro years ago?


My grandfather just turned 90 on December 27th.  Because of the snowstorm, we didn't celebrate until January 1st.  My family thought it would be a good idea to put 90 candles on a birthday cake, tied together into 3 bundles of 30.  As if that wasn't already enough of a fire hazard, my father's wife (another Christine) accidentally bought those trick candles that are impossible to blow out, especially if you're 90.



The candles had to be dumped into glasses of water.  Here's a tip: If you need to celebrate a 90th birthday, buy ordinary candles, spread them out, and have your local fire department and an ambulance standing by.  It was probably a good thing they skipped the one for good luck.

Sony HT-SS370 Surround Sound Home Theater System, BlackBack to New Year's Eve.  My girlfriend and I spent the day at Target.  We had some gift cards from Christmas and we left with a new sound system.  We then picked up some Chinese food and went home.  Christine has a shellfish allergy.  We didn't order any seafood, but our food must have come into contact with some because she had a bad reaction.  When I say bad reaction, I'm not talking about anything life-threatening; Christine's allergic reaction causes severe itching, especially on her nose.

Veronica Mars: The Complete First SeasonChristine drank a bottle of wine and watched episodes of Veronica Mars while scratching her nose.  I sat on the other end of the couch, eating Chinese food and reading the sound system manual.  I'm the kind of geek that reads the manuals to everything.  I've always been that way.  Even as a kid, I read the manuals to every video game before playing it.  Yes, I realize that's sad, especially on New Year's Eve.

Classic BlowoutJust before midnight, we tuned into Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve.  I went and grabbed two classic blowouts (which I just googled for their name) from the bedroom (my favorite place to keep classic blowouts).  I sat in front of the TV as Dick Clark started counting down from 20.  Clark's speech was affected by a stroke he had a few years ago.  He's 81 now, and I think it's great that he still does the countdown, although it is much harder for him to do, and it can be sad to watch.

So there we are, ready to bring in the New Year.  Dick Clark starts counting down from 20.  When he hits 10, I join in.  "10!  9!..."  Christine doesn't make a sound.  Instead she's sitting there with a red, itchy nose.  She has a classic blowout in her mouth, she's a little drunk, and she's crying.  "This is so sad," she says as she watches Dick Clark.  My excitement disappears, and I stop counting.  We sit silently as Dick Clark counts down.  The clock strikes 12, and we blow into our classic blowouts.  I thought they were going to make funny sounds.  Instead, the blowouts unfold and all we hear is the sound of air rushing through paper.

It was pathetic.  So pathetic that we both started laughing, and laughing hard.  I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.  My stomach hurt as tears streamed down my face.  It was the best.

I went to bed that night feeling great.  That probably wouldn't be the best New Year's Eve for most people, but it was for me.  I fell alseep thinking about the leftover Chinese food I wouldn't have to share with my allergic girlfriend at breakfast, followed by birthday cake with Grandpa.  2011 is going to be a good one.

Happy New Year.

- John