Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Not Friday with Kumail Nanjiani, Hari Kondabolu, and Joselyn Hughes

I love Monday nights.  Here's the lineup for this week's show:

Kumail Nanjiani.  You may have seen him on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, The Colbert Report, Michael and Michael Have Issues, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Hari Kondabolu.  Hari has appeared on John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham, and HBO's 2007 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.

Joselyn Hughes.  Joselyn's been on VH1,, and Sirius Satellite Radio.  She, along with Brooke Van Poppelen, is also part of the hilarious comedy team known as Macho.

Join me, James Harris, and Adam Pateman as we present this night of free comedy.  It all happens at Not Friday, a new weekly show that takes place at 8pm every Monday night at Aces and Eights, 34 Avenue A and 3rd Street, New York, NY.  21 & up.

I hope you can make it.

- John

Friday, March 19, 2010

Leo Allen, Seth Herzog, Jost & Miller, and Robert Dean

Get ready for another amazing show this week.  Here's the lineup:

Leo Allen.  Leo Allen has written for Saturday Night Live, appeared on Comedy Central and HBO, and is part of the comedy team of Slovin and Allen.

Seth Herzog.  Seth has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, VH1's Best Week Ever, and Chappelle's Show.  He also runs a weekly show every Tuesday night at the Slipper Room called Sweet, and has appeared in such films as Safe Men, The Ten, and The Baxter.

Jay Miller and Casey Jost.  I love these guys.  Jay is the host of Mid-Evenings with Jay Miller, which is currently available as a free podcast through iTunes.  Casey writes and performs for Mid-Evenings; improvises with his troupe, Mancrush; just released a cd called Bright Gray with his band, Les Vinyl; and recently joined the writing staff at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Robert Dean. Robert was recently featured on an episode of Portrait of a Comedian, a bi-weekly show on Breakthru Radio featuring some of NYC's top comedians.

As always, I'll be there with my good friends James Harris and Adam Pateman.  It all happens at Not Friday, a free weekly show every Monday night at 8:00 at Aces and Eights, 34 Avenue A and 3rd Street, New York, NY.  21 & up.

I'll see you there.

- John

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Doug Cass is one of my favorite people on YouTube. I honestly can't get enough of this guy. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, allow me to share this video of Doug singing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

30 Minutes

I'm performing with James Harris, Brooke Van Poppelen, and Erik Bergstrom tonight!  Since I just turned 30 last week, James Harris has asked me to do a 30 minute set for this show.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

It all happens tonight at 9:30 at the Cargo Cafe, 120 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY (just a couple blocks from the Staten Island ferry).  This is a free show, and for only $6 you can get 2 sliders, fries, and a PBR.  So come on down, bring a sexy companion, and offer your date a slider, a few fries, half a PBR, and a night of free comedy.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Hannibal Buress, Tom Shillue, Ali Wong, and Kevin McCaffrey

I can't believe we're about to have our 6th show this week. This has been so much fun for me, and all of the performers and audience members have been amazing. This week's show is going to be incredible. Here's the lineup:

Hannibal Buress.  Originally from Chicago, Hannibal has quickly risen in the NYC comedy scene.  His appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last August landed him a writing gig on Saturday Night Live.

Tom Shillue.  I'm so excited about Shillue being on the show.  

He's had multiple TV appearances, but I first saw him perform years ago at Pianos.  Before I started doing stand-up, I used to just go and watch as much comedy as I possibly could.  Good comedians always make me laugh, but for me it's rare when somebody makes me laugh so hard my stomach hurts.  Tom Shillue is one of the few comedians that has gotten that reaction from me, and it's the reason he has such a strong cult following.

Ali Wong.  Ali was recently named San Francisco's Best Comedian by SF Weekly, and you may have seen her on MTV's Hatin'.  I first saw her at James Harris' Staten Island show, Grab Ass, where she's been an audience favorite.

Kevin McCaffrey.  Kevin has been writing for the Late Show with David Letterman since he was 21.  He has also written for VH1, National Lampoon, and Fuse TV.  He writes and performs with Vicarious George, and some of their videos can be seen on  You can see him every Thursday Night on TruTV's "TSG Presents: World's Dumbest."  

Not Friday happens at 8pm every Monday at Aces and Eights, 34 Avenue A and 3rd Street, New York, NY.  This is a free weekly show hosted by myself, James Harris and Adam Pateman, and featuring guests that I would pay good money to see.  21 and up.


- John Szeluga

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Turning 30

I always said I would try my hand at comedy until I hit 30. Then, if things weren't working out, I'd quit. I turn 30 on Tuesday.

The number 30 never scared me, but where I would find myself when I got there always did. While I'm not exactly where I want to be (eating hot wings while floating through space in a hot tub and watching The Blues Brothers as it's being projected onto the surface of the moon), I'm happy. I'm performing more than ever, I'm working on a few different projects with some really talented people, I have the best friends and family I could ever hope for, and my amazingly supportive girlfriend is moving in with me at the end of the month. Life is good.

This Monday, I'll be back at Aces and Eights for another night of comedy known as Not Friday. Come see the show, then hang out with me after and help me celebrate my birthday when the clock strikes 12. I know it's Monday, but you haven't called out sick in a while. Take Tuesday off, and I promise I won't quit doing comedy until I hit 40. Maybe.

Here's the lineup for this week's show:

Sue Galloway.  Sue can be seen on NBC's 30 Rock.  She's also a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and a freelance joke writer for Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update.  You can take a look at her acting reel here.

Yannis Pappas.  Yannis has been featured on VH1 several times as a commentator for Best Week Ever.  He has also been seen on MTV, BET, and Chapelle's Show.  Yannis joined with filmmaker Jesse Scaturro to create DITCH FILMS, and their comedy shorts can be seen online at

RG Daniels.  RG is one of my favorites.  I tell him that all the time, but I don't think he believes me.  Can you please tell him I said so?  RG produces a show with Erik Bergstrom every Sunday night at the Three of Cups Lounge in NYC, and was featured in the New York Underground Comedy Festival, Staten Island Comedy Festival, and Time Out NY's Joke of the Week.

Max Fox. Max recently performed at the Aspen Comedy Festival.  He was also selected as one of the top 5 college comedians to attend the Rooftop Comedy Talent Institute in San Francisco.  He reminds me a little of myself in that alternate reality where I'm young, healthy, handsome, and doing well because I didn't screw-up in high school and later got into Emerson College.  Ah, those were some great imaginary times for me.

Not Friday happens at 8pm every Monday, but I'll only turn 30 once.  I hope you can make it out to Aces and Eights, 34 Avenue A and 3rd Street, New York, NY.  This is a free weekly show hosted by myself, James Harris and Adam Pateman.  21 and up.

I love you all.

- John

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mid-Evenings with Jay Miller: Season Three Premiere!

Mid-Evenings is back!  I'm currently working on a video for this Friday's show, and my good friend Adam Pateman is going to be doing stand-up.  This episode also features a very special guest, The Godmother - Rain Storm (aka Fred Gorski), and if you don't know who Rain is, check out the following trailer for The Godmother:

Mid-Evenings is a live talk show hosted by Jay Miller.  Season 2 can currently be downloaded as a free podcast on iTunes, but there's nothing like seeing the show live.  This season the show moves into a larger theater space in Snug Harbor, Staten Island.

It all happens Friday, March 5th at the VMH Playhouse in Snug Harbor, Staten Island.  Doors open at 7:30, and the show starts at 8:30.  Tickets to the show are $8, but you can get tickets in advance for $5 at  The bar will be open at 7:30, and your tickets are also good for free admission to the after-party at Martini Red.

I'll see you there!

- John