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That's the new Weblog of Nick Zaino, intrepid writer, reporter, and chronicler of all things Stand-up Comedy.

Nick was the long-time beat reporter for The Boston Globe (as well as other publications), covering the enormous comedy scene in, and around Boston.

Least you forget, Boston (primarily, the old Ding Ho, in Inman Square, Cambridge) launched the careers of people such as Barry Crimmins, Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Kevin Meany, Bob "Bobcat" Goldthwait, Lenny Clarke, Dennis Leary, Steve Sweeney, Jimmy Tingle and dozens of dozens more, and continues to be a hotbed of up-and-coming talent, the new and next generation of smart alecks.

Nick, for the past 10-years+ has been working the beat, covering the local clubs, the big headliners that would blow into town, and keeping tabs on who was where and what was going on, locally, and nationally.

However, recently, as The New York Times continues to water down, and whittle away the once strong quality, dominant Boston Globe, the Globe, the Globe, much like other newspapers, continues to cut back and cut back (as discussed with a mutual friend the other day, the Globe Arts Section is beginning to look like USA Today, with 50-word articles and lots of pictures!), and ultimately, recently, gave Nick his walking papers.

So, rather than wilt away, Nick is channeling his energy into doing what he has been doing, that being covering the Stand-up comedy scene, now, working for himself.

He's open to taking donations, advertising, sponsorships, or any positive assistance you can provide.

Go over to Boston Comedy ... Funny Grown Here, say hello to Nick, and sign-up for his feed.

It will help you to remember to laugh every day ...

Originally posted to JTD on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 07:28 PM PST.

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  •  The Old Ding Ho! (4+ / 0-)
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    jazzmaniac, shpilk, MikeTheLiberal, JTD

    Oh my god!  The old Ding Ho!  I fell into the open mike night scene there, started showing up week after week, trying to find my solid five minutes of funny, trying to be funny at all after good ol' Lenny had bludgeoned the crowd back to numb after any of the newbies had started to get the room lively.  There were some laughs there, and some important life lessons, like never have the fried rice with lobster sauce before doing your set!

    Funniest night ever was the night after Steven Wright's debut on the old Tonight Show, back when "Jawnny Cahsin" could anoint a new star by inviting a hot comedian over to sit on the couch after a great set.  Steven Wright had done it!  Made it to Couch Nirvana with Jawnny before any of the rest of them broke big. And the DH regulars were all there the following afternoon, before open mike night started.  It was their weekly custom to gather for a couple of pops before heading off to their various gigs in Worcester, Providence, NH, wherever they'd get a few bucks over gas money for a solid 30 minutes, opening for someone else slightly more famous.  And that evening they had one thing on their collective minds, and it was what a lucky UNdeserving kiss-ass sonofabitch that Steven Wright was!  Geez but they were bitter and merciless.  I was new to the scene, just sat at the bar, nursed a beer and kept my trap shut, but even then I knew I was watching comedy history.

    Ask Lenny Clarke the next time you see him.  I'll bet none of that ever happened, and they were all completely happy for their pal.  Yeah.  That's what happened.

    You shoulda been there.

    Apocalypse? I'd prefer Wax Lips.

    by dryfoo on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 07:48:47 PM PST

  •  bahhhhstin .. my home town. (1+ / 0-)
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    Love that dirty water ..

    2008, the Year the Republican Party dissolved into a little pond of goo

    by shpilk on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 07:52:06 PM PST

  •  And Leno's from Boston, right? (2+ / 0-)
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    I can still remember when he was funny.

    Harry Reid: He took on the Mafia, but Joe Lieberman scares him.

    by jazzmaniac on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 07:58:05 PM PST

    •  Was he funny ever? (0+ / 0-)

      I never liked him much; even his Bahstin seems like it's an act.

      2008, the Year the Republican Party dissolved into a little pond of goo

      by shpilk on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 08:01:03 PM PST

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    •  Leno Funny (0+ / 0-)

      Say Hey Jazzmaniac

      I was never a big fan of Leno ... Thought (and he still does) steps on his own jokes in his monologe ...But then I saw him live, in LA (about 10-years ago) at a corporate gig, and he was extremely funny, hip, smooth, and very unlikely his stuff on the show ...

      Maybe he's dumbing down for the television audience, or he just happened to have a good night when I saw him live ...

      Oh well ...


      •  I actually saw him live (1+ / 0-)
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        three times (four if you count a taping of the Letterman show when Dave was in Chicago,) and he was very good.  Something about the Tonight Show gig brought about immediate suckiness.

        Insert pithy comment here.

        by jazzmaniac on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 09:27:45 PM PST

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  •  Was eating at the S&S across from Ryles (3+ / 0-)
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    WarrenS, MikeTheLiberal, JTD

    about a year ago, and a freak storm came through and a tree crunched a car, right in front of Ryles!

    We were going to park in that very spot, I thought I could pull a U-ey and get the spot, but someone else beat me to it.

    We were just served our food and digging in, and a couple of fellows came in and told us about the car that had just been crunched. The tree did quite a number on that car, and it would have wrecked my van totally.

    2008, the Year the Republican Party dissolved into a little pond of goo

    by shpilk on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 08:00:17 PM PST

    •  Once I was eating in the S&S with some friends... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...and we were chatting with the waiter, a looking-for-work actor.  I went out to the ATM to get some cash.  When I returned I saw my table through the window and was able to see the waiter write down his name and phone number on a card for one of my friends.  I memorized the information; nobody saw me.

      Then I went inside, went up to the waiter, put my fingers on my forehead and frowned deeply.  Then, painfully, one letter at a time, I spelled out his first and last name.  Then, painfully, one number at a time, I spelled out his telephone number.

      By the end of it the guy (and everyone at my table) was completely convinced I had occult powers.

      I'm incapable of keeping that up, though...I blew the gaff on myself and explained how the trick was done.  Maybe it kept a few of them from being fooled by confidence artists later on - who knows?

      That was in the early 80s.  Funny.  I did a gig at Ryle's just last month.

      Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

      by WarrenS on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 08:49:37 PM PST

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      •  You could have had a career as a seer !!! (1+ / 0-)
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        Just learn how to bend spoons, and you'd be all set.

        I've never played Ryles, but I was a few bands with people who have over the years. It's a great spot.

        2008, the Year the Republican Party dissolved into a little pond of goo

        by shpilk on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 09:21:27 PM PST

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        •  Ryles and S & S (1+ / 0-)
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          They are owned by the same family now, if I am not mistaken.

          All Star Sandwich Bar down the street is also very, very good, a spin-off from the East Coast Grill people.

          Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

          by gmoke on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 09:41:08 PM PST

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          •  Ryles and S&S (1+ / 0-)
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            Say Hey gmoke (and shpilk)

            Yeah, the same family owns both ...

            The music offered at Ryles now is, pretty much, small, local people ... Rarely, now, if ever, any major headliners ...

            Back in the 70's, I used to go there often (and, across the street - you guys remember the 1369 club?) ... Mike Metheny used to hold Fri/Sat nights, in the room upstairs ...

            He was/is a trumpet/flugel horn player, and brother of Pat, who dropped in from time-to-time and jammed with him ...


            •  Ryles (0+ / 0-)

              I have a friend, Patricia Adams, who does the Sunday brunch each first Sunday of the month.  Ray Santisi is her pianist and Ray is a wonder.

              Ryles also has become a dance hall with things happening most every night upstairs or down.  The salsa Sundays are cheap and fun with a lesson and then an open floor.

              1369 was a great place and the Lily Pad today is a good place to hear other local heroes, including the Fringe on Monday nights.  Time passes but life goes on.

              Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

              by gmoke on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 01:25:38 PM PST

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  •  Heard this advertised on Sweeney's show (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for the diary; I'll hotlist this now.

    "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

    by MikeTheLiberal on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 08:03:32 PM PST

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