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Pharoah, Wallace, Mason OH MY August 31, 2015

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Pharoah, Wallace, Mason OH MY, Manhattan, New York

Jay Pharoah Stops By Stand Up NY

Last week, Saturday Night Live star and national headliner Jay Pharoah stopped by Stand Up NY as a special guest! His appearance came on the heels of his first stand up special, Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me?, which debuted on August 1st on Showtime. Hailing from Chesapeake, Virginia, Pharoah has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the industry due to his endless list of uncanny impressions that includes Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Will Smith, Denzel Washington and fellow SNLers like Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy. He joined the cast in 2010 and has since become a fan favorite of not only SNL’s diehard audience, but of ours at Stand Up NY as well. Pharoah has also begun to take a step onto the big screen, with recent roles in movies like Chris Rock’s Top Five and Kevin Hart’s Get Hard.

Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me? affords a much wider audience the opportunity to get to know the comedian on a more in depth level, and see some of his most personal comedy to date. His debut special is a long time coming, as Pharoah has gained respect from fans and peers alike since taking the 40-year institution by storm over five years ago. Now a New York favorite, he chose to stay close to his adopted home for the special, filming it at The Cutting Room in Manhattan. You can now watch Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me? on Showtime On Demand at any time. Thanks for stopping by, Jay!

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Two Comedy Legends Stop by Stand Up NY

The special guests walking through the front door at Sand Up NY are reaffirming to our audiences just why there is no better place to catch live comedy seven nights a week. Last week, two unequivocal legends of the business dropped by- Jackie Mason and George Wallace. A stitch in the fabric of what truly formed comedy in New York City; Mr. Mason has been enthralling audiences with his unique observational humor for more than 50 years. He burst onto the scene and into the American consciousness as a regular guest on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1960, where he performed groundbreaking material about race relations, politics, Jewish culture and anti-Semitism. Although he was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Mr. Mason was raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and never strayed far from home, going on to star in the Broadway play A Teaspoon Every Four Hours in 1969. Add on an Emmy award in 1992, and the industry and audiences alike have long acknowledged Jackie Mason as a comedy great.

George Wallace took a bit longer to find himself in New York than Mr. Mason did. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, he didn’t move to New York until graduating college in Ohio, after which, he got to the Big Apple to pursue his dream as a comedian. He never looked back. Now for more than 38 years, Mr. Wallace has cemented his place in the annals of comedy history by being a gentle giant with a style and take on topical issues all his own. As a young comedian in New York, he roomed with fellow legend and Stand Up NY alumnus Jerry Seinfeld. More recently, Mr. Wallace has been dubbed “The New Mr. Las Vegas” for his incomparable show at The Flamingo. Owner of an incredible HBO special and veteran of every talk show from The Tonight Show to The Oprah Winfrey Show, he has shown time and time again that his comedy knows no bounds, and is in no way restricted by any one demographic. We at Stand Up NY are honored to have welcomed two of the best in the pantheon of the comedy industry last week, and invite them back at any time!

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