Are You There Judy Blume, It's Me and Ellen Lloyd!


Chicks and Giggle All-Star Ellen Lloyd and I went to the Judy Blume Reading series at Fez this past Tuesday. It was great!
Greg Gilderman and Miriam Parker produced an encore of the Judy Blume Reading Series. Judy Blume was there in attendance, and she truly enjoyed a lively tribute to her work. Lynn Harris read a hilarious piece celebrating the 25th anniversary of HER menstruation. The crowd roared as she wondered out loud that she should be given a “silver tampon” to mark the milestone. Mary Purdy’s piece was a story of patience, since she waited all through adolescence to get some righteous ta-tas. Miriam Parker read her gracious piece that shows that letter writing etiquette could easily be foiled by a seemingly innocent phrase. For more of my recap, check out the post at Nichelle Newsletter.


What's so funny?...

"Carolyn Castiglia - Undiscovered Superstar" - that's what! Since you're in the habit of reading blogs, why don't you surf on over to www.carolyncastiglia.blogspot.com for some hearty laughs, literary style.

My friend and fellow C&G'er "The Rube" also has a bundle of wordy chuckles on Ye Olde Blogger - check it out at www.jennyrubin.blogspot.com.

That's it for now! See you on the flip side Fother Muckers!
The "Crazy and Sassy" Carolyn Castiglia


Hi! MINTYFRESH will be part of this year's New York Underground Festival. We're raising money for the festival's official charity, Operation: Phone Home for the Holidays. It's a great show and we're excited to return to The Duplex, our first home. Below are the details. Thanks!!

Mintyfresh. Fresh new taste. Fresh new comics.
Saturday, October 9 @ 9:30 PM
The Duplex
61 Christopher Street @ 7th Ave
$5 cover plus 2 drink min
for reservations: 212-255-5438 (*RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED)
featuring Carloyn Castiglia, Ben Chaney, Wes Connelly, Shawn Hollenbach, Michelle Maclay, Laura Mannino, Kevin Murphy, James O'Shea, Jenny Rubin, Tasha Space, Allen Warnock and...


All the info you want about "The Comedy Social: Brooklyn"

The Comedy Social is expanding to Williamsburg! Not only will this be the premiere show at The Blu Lounge, it will also be part of the New York Underground Festival! On behalf of the producers of "The Comedy Social," we hope you can come and support this show and spread "The Comedy Social" word. Thanks!!! PS: Remember "Mintyfresh" at The Duplex on Sat, Oct 9 @ 9:30 PM. www.mintyfreshcomedy.com.

The Comedy Social: Brooklyn
part of The New York Underground Comedy Festival
Monday, October 4 @ 8:30 PM
The Blu Lounge
197 North 8th Street @ Driggs Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
take the "L" to Bedford Avenue, exit N. 7th and Driggs
$5 cover



Chicks and Giggles show

The Chicks and Giggles show is a week from Tuesday. It will feature the funniest females in New York. This show is extra important as it is a part of the New york Underground Comedy Festival.

the line-up:
Carolyn Castiglia
Ann Design
Jessica Delfino
Ellen Lloyd
Laura Mannino
Jenny Rubin
Fiona Walsh

Where: the Laugh Lounge, 151 Essex Street
How much? 10 with 2 drink min
When: 8PM


Saturday, Claudia and I went to see "A Dirty Shame" and I sent a review into Remy at Gawker.

"A Dirty Shame" is my new favorite cult film. It's a
laugh riot for anyone who has a proclivity for depravity! All of the
jokes I got and laugh loudly. John Waters is a gifted director
because he created a movie that is a great caricature of America's
obsession with sex. It was interesting to see that all the sex acts
that were considered offensive did not involved intercourse. That's
the problem with most Americans is that everyone still is stuck with
the Puritanical belief that sex in confined to intercourse between a
man and a woman. The truth is sex is anything that gets you off.
Anyway, I applud John Waters for glorifying women getting "serviced".
I am encouraging my friends to go out and see it, so that some of the
lines, "Let's Go Sexing","I'm a cunnilingus bottom" and "NEUTERs" will
soon be pop culture catchphrases!

I Before U Is the Way To Spell It

I have misspelled Giulia's name a few times before, so I wanted to make sure I got it right. The very funny Giulia Rozzi is curating a funny and more importantly FREE show this Wednesday, September 29. It's called Comedy Rocks!

Lucky Cat 245 Grand Ave. (Btw Bedford & Driggs in Williamsburg)

The line-up:
Mike Capozolla, Claudia Cogan, Jon Friedman, Rich Zeroth, Giulia Rozzi, and The Hazzard.


Comedy Social Comes To Billyburg

The Comedy Social is coming to Brooklyn for the New York Underground Comedy Festival

Monday, October 4, time TBA
The Blu Lounge
197 N. 8th Street at Driggs Avenue
Williamsburg, Bklyn
more info to come!


Jen Kirwin Knows Brooklyn

I just received an email from Jen Kirwin this afternoon.
Hey Everyone.

Here's another last minute show I'm doing tomorrow nite. It's in Billyburg and I've never performed there before. Oh, what shall i wear? Willamsburg intimadates me.

Check out bizzaro flier that's attatched. Hope to see you there!

When I opened up the flier, I see that the show is at Southpaw in Park Slope. Jen can wear her Birkenstocks and jeans with no worries in Park Slope!

Anyway, there's comedy Wednesday night at Southpaw with Jen, Becky Donahue and some other dudes.

Michelle's Being More Social

So Michelle Maclay is performing in a new stand up room. She Would love it if you could come and support. This is not a bringer so don't need ya just want ya! No admission or drink minimum and the food is good.
Come check it out to see if it would be a good spot for you to perform as well.

Friday's 8:00 show at Jack Demsey's, 36 W. 33rd St. b/w 5th and 6th.

The Line-up:
MC Tim Krompier
Anthony DeVito
Todd Levin
Blaine Perry
Joe DeVito
Michelle Maclay


Mean Girls and Bullies

Tuesday, September 21,the WYSIWYG Talent Show goes back to school to relive the horrible memories of those stuck-up mean girls and the bullies who stole your lunch money or gave you wedgies. Bloggers will be reading their funny and tragic stories of "their so-called life"!

Chicks and Giggles All-Star Jessy Delfino will be one the readers featured.
Mike Daisey (mikedaisey.com)
Rachel Kramer Bussel (lustylady.blogspot.com)
Glenn B. (glennalicious.org)
Standard Deviance (standard-deviance.com)
José Ralat Maldonado (leftfieldlengua.blogspot.com)
Emily Gould (universalreview.com)
Jessica Delfino (jessydelfino.blogspot.com)

Tuesday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. at P.S. 122
150 1st Ave. at East 9th St $7

After party at Open Air on St. Mark's Place

Socialize with Comedy Social this Wednesday

Comedy Social
Comedy Social is an ever changing hybrid of stand up, improv, sketch, and audience participation. Always fun always positive always makes your Wednesday easier because you came!

September 22nd
Jen Scanlin hosts Andy Campbell, Billy Wood, Christine Haraburda, HP, Theron Steiner, Jim Mendrinos, Allen Warnock and You (if you wanna).

Socializing starts at 8:30
Show at 9pm
$2 Cover 2 Drink Minimum

Sin Sin Lounge
5th Street and 2nd Avenue
F, V, to 2nd Ave
R, W to 8th Street

The Lip Balm Is The Bomb


For each show, I bring lip balm to the comedians as a token of my appreciation for performing. Erin Foley always gets a kick of out the lip balm. The show was great, and I plan to bring some of the comics back for future shows.


Last Minute Announcement From Becky

Becky Yamamoto
Monday, September 20th, 7 p.m.
@ The Gramercy Theatre
127 East 23rd Street (BTW Park and Lexington Avenues)
Variety host Barry Z from Cable T.V. has an ever-changing cavalcade of
musicians, performers, dancers, singers, magicians, bands and other artists
performing on Monday nights. Sept. 20th's show will also feature performers
Pat Candaras, Michael Cyril Creighton, and Desiree Burch
Tickets: $10


Minty Fresh News...fresh comedy

The big news is that MINTYFRESH will be part of the NEW YORK UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL on Saturday, October 9 @ 9:30 PM at The Duplex. We're so excited about this opportunity and will be joining a great lineup of shows that week including Chicks and Giggles, THE Comedy Social and Laugh Sucka! The Festival runs during the week of October 4- 10th. Check out www.nycundergroundcomedy.com for a full schedule. We'll send more information soon about our line up. Sales from that evening's show will go to the festival's official charity, OPERATION: PHONE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. We hope you can support this great cause, Mintyfresh comics, and the festival.

In other news I'll be at my second home tomorrow, The Comedy Social and Two Legged next week. I'll be at Gotham Comedy Club on October 21.

Also scroll down for info about SHAWN HOLLEN...WHO? starring our own Shawn Hollenbach, Carolyn Castiglia, and Stacie May Hassler!

Thanks!! Love, Laura

Wed, September 15 @ 9 PM
Sin Sin Lounge
corner of E. 5th St and 2nd Ave
$2 plus 2 drink min

Tues, September 21 @ 8:30 PM
Mae Mae Cafe
68 Van Dam Street b/t Hudson and Varick
1/9 to Houston
A C E to Spring
$3 cover

Tues, October 5 @ 8:30 PM
Laugh Lounge
151 Essex Street
$10 plus 2 drink min
for reservations call 212-614-2500

Sat, October 9 @ 9:30 PM
The Duplex
61 Christopher Street @ 7th Ave
$5 plus 2 drink min
for reservations call 212-255-5438

Thurs, October 21 @ 8 PM
Gotham Comedy Club
34 West 22nd St b/t 5th and 6th Aves
$10 plus 2 drink min
for reservations call 212-367-4000

***check out these shows during NYU Underground Comedy Festival***
Wednesday, October 6 @ 9 PM
Sin Sin Lounge
corner of E. 5th St and 2nd Ave
$2 plus 2 drink min

Thursday, October 7 @ 8 PM
Via Della Pace
48 E. 7th st b/t 1st and 2nd Ave
no cover plus 1 drink min
SHAWN HOLLEN...WHO? is back!
one man show created and performed by Shawn Hollenbach
featuring Carolyn Castiglia and Stacie May Hassler
Saturday, November 20 @ 9:30 PM
Tuesday, December 7 @ 9:30 PM
The Duplex
61 Christopher Street @ 7th Ave
for reservations call 212-255-5438
$8 plus 2 drink min

Comedy Rocks!


White Teeth...

Fiona Walsh's "Great White American Teeth" will be at The Pit
Monday, September 20th at 8pm.
Tickets are only $5.00 and reservations can be made at 212-563-7488.
for more info go to www.improvcentral.com

Comedy Rocks!


You Say It's Your Birthday


The lovely and amazing Claudia Cogan celebrated her birthday on Friday at Route 85 A.


Jackie's Wacky

Jackie Novak bringing the funny at a club or lounge near you....
September 17th
New York Comedy Club

Tuesday September 21st2-Legged Comedy Hour at MaeMae
68 Vandam ST.

September 22ndHump NIght at Upright Citzens Brigade Theater
Jackie Novak

Comedy Rocks!