9th Annual NY Funniest Reporter Show Lineup Announced!

Laurel Babcock (NY Post), Tamara Holder (Fox News), Michelle Makori (CCTV), Polly Kreisman (NY 1), Andrew Schmertz (ARISE TV), CJ Papa (Fios1 News), Brooke Baldwin (CNN), Magee Hickey (2013 Returning Champion – Not Competing).


9th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show

The 9th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show (www.nyfunniestreporter.com) will take place on Sunday, September 14th @ 5:00 pm at Comic Strip Live (1568 Second Ave / bet 81st & 82nd) comedy club. It will feature seven media professionals each doing five minutes of stand up comedy in order to raise money for the Humane Society of New York (http://www.humanesocietyny.org/). At the end of the night, a winner will be declared.


WPIX & NY1’s Magee Hickey & Fox News Channel’s Janice Dean Win The 8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Competition

WPIX & NY1’s Magee Hickey & Fox News Channel’s Janice Dean Win The 8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Competition
In an unprecedented occurrence in the eight-year history of New York’s Funniest Reporter Show (www.nyfunniestreporter.com) there were two winners deemed champion of this years show: WPIX & NY1’s Mageee Hickey & Fox News Channel’s Janice Dean. Economist & national syndicated host of the “Peter Schiff Show” Peter Schiff came in 2nd place and Fox Business News’ Charles Payne Placed 3rd.
“We are so thankful for all the reporters who were brave enough to take to the stage and do stand up comedy, we’re thankful for their comedian mentors who helped prepare them for the show, and we’re thankful to everyone who attended and made this night magical.” Said New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Co-Producer Mark Goldman. “We were amazed this year at level of competition among the participants – all were thoroughly prepared and all of them got big laughs during their performances.”
Magee Hickey & Janice Dean both gave incredible & memorial performances of equal caliber and the judges felt that they both deserved to win and share the title as champion. In addition to telling jokes, both Hickey & Dean incorporated creative musical elements which drew loud rounds of applause from the crowd.
Peter Schiff received several waves of laughter by pointing out the lighter side to his famous economic doomsday predictions and Charles Payne drew laughter & applause discussing his history as a reporter.
In addition, Comedian / Writer Jeffrey Gurian was inducted into the New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Hall of Fame, Class of 2013.


Meet Your 2013 New York’s Funniest Reporters!

Clayton Morris
FOX News Channel
2012 New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Champion (Not Competing)
Clayton Morris joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 2008 and is the co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend. Prior to joining FNC, Morris worked for FOX 29 in Philadelphia where he was the host of “Good Day Philadelphia.” Before that, he worked in Orlando on the launch of the WB Network’s nationally syndicated morning show “The Daily Buzz.” He was also an anchor at WVVA-TV (NBC) in Bluefield, West Virginia and a political reporter at Montana’s CBS affiliate. Morris got his start in television as a producer for “Good Day LA” at KTTV in Los Angeles. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received degrees in US History and Broadcast Journalism.
Laurie Dhue
Glenn Beck TV
Veteran news anchor Laurie Dhue is a New York-based TV broadcaster and media strategist. With over twenty years’ experience, she is the only anchor to have hosted shows on the three primary cable news networks: CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel. Before joining the Fox News Channel in 2000, she worked for MSNBC as host of its “Special Edition.” She started at MSNBC in April 1999 as the anchor of “Newsfront.” She worked at CNN from 1990-1999 where she served as anchor for weekend programs, such as “CNN Saturday,” “CNN Sunday,” “World View,” and “The World Today.”[3] She also interned as a weekend morning anchor for WSB-TV in Atlanta and did the occasional weekend edition of Today for NBC. She hosted the highly rated “Fox Report” weekend edition and appeared weekly on the number-one cable program, “The O’Reilly Factor.” She also reported for “Geraldo at Large,” “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” and “The Fox Report with Shepard Smith.” Dhue also served as the voice of the official Fox News Radio launch in 2004 and anchored evening news updates for several years. Laurie Dhue began hosting ‘For The Record’ on the new media channel ‘TheBlaze’ on March 13, 2013. On June 4, 2013 it was announced Dhue’s involvement with TheBlaze would expand to include hosting of the channel’s nightly news updates as the channel’s primary news anchor.
Peter Schiff
The Peter Schiff Show
Peter Schiff is a host of the nationally syndicated “Peter Schiff Show.” Peter is an American author, businessman, financial commentator, and was a 2010 Republican primary candidate for the United States Senate. Schiff is president and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., a broker-dealer based in Westport, Connecticut. Schiff frequently appears as a guest on CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg Television and is often quoted in major financial publications and is a frequent guest on internet radio as well as host of the podcast Wall Street Unspun. He is known for his bearish views on the United States stock market, bond market, the US dollar, and the United States economy in general, which have earned him the nickname “Dr. Doom.”
Magee Hickey
Magee Hickey is known for her bright red hair, her warmth and her bubbly personality. This Emmy Award-winning reporter has covered most of the big stories in the tri-state area in the past 25 years and she is thrilled to be one of the newest members of the PIX 11 News family. Magee first worked at WNEW and WABC. At WNBC, she was the first anchor of the highly successful Weekend Today in New York program. And her first co-anchor was this new guy in town, Matt Lauer! Magee spent the last decade on the pre-dawn patrol at WCBS, getting up to 2 am to cover the news of the day. That schedule also allowed her time to raise her two daughters and to care for her aging and ailing parents. Magee is the quintessential baby boomer sandwich generation worker bee, trying to juggle many roles: wife, mother, daughter, tv news reporter and cabaret singer!
Charles Payne
FOX Business Network
Charles Payne joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in October 2007 as a contributor. Payne is also a contributor to FOX News Channel (FNC), frequently appearing on shows such as “Cashin’ In,” “Cavuto on Business,” and “Bulls and Bears.” Payne began his career on Wall Street as an analyst at E.F. Hutton in 1985. In 1991, he founded Wall Street Strategies, an independent stock market research firm where he serves as chief executive officer and principal analyst. He published his first book entitled “Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich” in May 2007.
Janice Dean
FOX News Channel
Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in January 2004 and currently serves as a weathercaster. Prior to joining FNC, Dean was the news editor and entertainment reporter for “Imus in the Morning,” on WFAN-AM New York and simulcast nationally on MSNBC. Before working on WFAN, Dean was a weekend on-air traffic reporter for CBS 2 New York. Before that, she was at CHUM Limited in Ottawa, Canada where she held numerous positions, including: morning news anchor for “Breakfast at the New RO,” producer and host of “The Broad Perspective” on CFRA and an anchor for KOOL-FM. Janice is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009.
Chris Serico
An award-winning entertainment reporter and analyst, Chris Serico has deconstructed pop culture on national TV, interviewed A-listers, and written offbeat commentary that’s been highlighted by The New York Times and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Reporting full-time for Newsday and contributing weekly on-air segments to News12 Westchester, Serico covers celebrities, breaking news, music, movies, TV, pop culture and events. The New York Associated Press, The New York Times, “Late Night,” Entertainment Weekly, Comedy Central, The Huffington Post, Gawker, SiriusXM, BuzzFeed, Best Week Ever, Cracked, Splitsider and the Buffalo Bills are among those to cite Serico’s exclusive interviews, pointed commentary and general silliness. He is the creator of the social-media-skewering @EveryTweet_Ever, which boasts more than 40,000 followers on Twitter.
Bob Bowdon
Choice Media
Bob Bowdon is Executive Director of ChoiceMedia.TV, an education reform news service.  He was the Director of The Cartel, an award-winning documentary film about corruption in American public education. The film won twelve film festival awards and national distribution from Warner Brothers. His long career in broadcast journalism included six years as an anchor/reporter with Bloomberg Television.  He’s appeared regularly in satirical news videos for The Onion News Network as the on-location reporter “Brian Scott,” on the IFC cable channel. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an M.S. in industrial engineering from Stanford University.


NYC Mayoral Candidate Headlines NYFR

NYC Mayor Candidate will be headlining the 8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show (www.nyfunniestreporter.com)

“I am looking forward to participating in Sunday’s event. It seems as if the preponderance of the audience is made up of conservatives. Thank god. As a life long mega liberal, I can attest that those on the right seem to have a much better sense of humor than those on the left. Could never figure that one out.” Said Randy Credico.

Credico is the first political candidate in NY Funniest Reporter Show history to ever headline or participate in the show. We are thrilled and excited to have him!


8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show

The 8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show (www.nyfunniestreporter.com) will take place on Sunday, July 21st @ 5:00 pm at Comic Strip Live (1568 Second Ave / bet 81st & 82nd) comedy club. It will feature seven media professionals each doing five minutes of stand up comedy in order to raise money for the Humane Society of New York (http://www.humanesocietyny.org/). At the end of the night, a winner will be declared.

Competing in the show this year will be: Peter Schiff (Peter Schiff Radio Show), Magee Hickey (WPIX Channel 11), Laurie Dhue (Glenn Beck TV),  Charles Payne (Fox Business), Janice Dean (Fox News Channel), Chris Serico (Newsday), and Dr. Manny Alvarez (Fox News Channel). 2012’s NYFR Show Champion Clayton Morris (Fox News Channel) will be performing but, not competing.

Hosting the show will be comedian Mark Anthony Ramirez. Show judges will be Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN), Mark Goldman, and Ryan McCormick.

Headlining the show will be 2013 NYC Mayoral candidate, Randy Credico.

Sponsors for this year’s New York’s Funniest Reporter show include Talkers, (http://www.talkers.com/), Team Investments Inc (www.teaminvestmentsinc.com), and EsqSpot (http://www.esqspot.com/).


8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Date Announced


Wall Street Journal Article On NYFR: “The News Isn’t Funny, but They Are”


Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal – Lauren Lyster

Before taking the stage at Comic Strip Live on Thursday evening, Fox 5 New York anchor Greg Kelly did his journalistic due diligence with some last-minute fact-checking.

Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal – Manny Alvarez

“Is that real brick? It’s fake brick, right?” he was overheard asking of the backdrop in front of which he’d be performing a five-minute stand-up comedy set later that night. “I’m glad it’s fake; I’m going to talk about it,” he said, upon receiving confirmation.

Mr. Kelly, along with five other brave media professionals, was at the comedy club to compete in the seventh annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show. The event benefited the Humane Society of New York, a cause represented by Animal Fair editor Wendy Diamond’s adopted dog, Baby, a black-and-white Coton de Tuléar who watched the show more politely than many of her fellow audience members.

Competing alongside Mr. Kelly were Clayton Morris and Dr. Manny Alvarez, both of Fox News; In Touch Weekly’s Marianne Garvey; ESPN’s Michele Steele; and Lauren Lyster of RT America. (Fox is owned by News Corporation, which also owns The Wall Street Journal.)

Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal – Clayton Morris

Also performing, though not in competition, were pro wrestler Mick Foley and 2011 Funniest Reporter championMarlaina Schiavo, who mined her seven years’ experience working as a producer on “Nancy Grace.” Ms. Schiavo explained that Ms. Grace wasn’t in the office much after moving to Atlanta full time: “The devil,” she said, “literally went down to Georgia.”

Mr. Foley wore a pair of black sneakers, as well as the very same cut-off red flannel shirt he was sporting in the photo in the event’s program—which, he noted, had been taken 12 years earlier.

The reporters mostly stuck to topics like sex and dating (“What I met at the bar was George Clooney; who I lived with was Shrek,” recalled Ms. Garvey of a failed romance), as well as the novelty of their appearing in the competition in the first place. “Who’s ready for some unprofessional comedy that’s completely clean and vetted by ESPN PR?” Ms. Steele deadpanned to open her set.


Daniella Zalcman for TheWall Street JournalMarianne Garvey

The emcee, comedian Ray Ellin, preferred to riff on the audience members—somewhat to the chagrin of the pretty young woman seated next to us, who leaned over midway though the show and murmured, “This is the weirdest first date I’ve ever been on.” (Apparently, Mr. Ellin had promised her football and beer.)

“The stakes here are high and low at the same time,” Mr. Kelly mused. “They’re high in that you could say something potentially career-ending. They’re low—I think we’re vying for a coffee mug or a jigsaw puzzle, something along those lines.”

Actually, the prize was a trophy; and once the scores had been tallied, Mr. Morris was the winner. “It just so happens that I’ve prepared a song,” Mr. Morris joked.

Mr. Kelly, the second runner-up, wasn’t around to receive his applause. New York’s third-funniest reporter had left the club to film the 10 o’clock news


Fox News’ Clayton Morris IS New York’s Funniest Reporter!

Fox News’ Clayton Morris is the Winner of the 7th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show! Finishing a close 2nd was In Touch Weekly’s Marianne Garvey and in 3rd was Fox 5 NY’s Greg Kelly. All participants did a fantastic job and we are so thankful for their performances this evening!


7th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show



Clayton Morris / FOX News Channel

Clayton Morris joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 2008 and is the co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend. He also serves as a co-host for “FOX & Friends First.” Presented weekdays at 5 AM/ET, the program is an hour-long expansion of “FOX & Friends” and is anchored by a pair of rotating hosts.

Prior to joining FNC, Morris worked for FOX 29 in Philadelphia where he was the host of “Good Day Philadelphia.” Before that, he worked in Orlando on the launch of the WB Network’s nationally syndicated morning show “The Daily Buzz.” He was also an anchor at WVVA-TV (NBC) in Bluefield, West Virginia and a political reporter at Montana’s CBS affiliate.

Morris got his start in television as a producer for “Good Day LA” at KTTV in Los Angeles. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received degrees in US History and Broadcast Journalism.


Lauren Lyster / RT

Lauren Lyster is host of Capital Account, a daily, live international financial/economics news discussion show broadcast on RTTV.  On Capital Account, Lauren has interviewed some of the biggest names in finance and economics, such as Pimco CEO Mohamed El-Erian, bestselling author Jim Rickards, and commodities guru Jim Rogers. The show has taken her on the road to report from financial hubs ranging from the New York Stock Exchange floor to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Prior to hosting Capital Account, Lauren traveled internationally in her role as a news correspondent, reporting in the field from major events including the G20 summit and protests in Canada, the presidential election in Brazil, the UNGA, and the NATO Summit in Lisbon.

Before joining RT, Lauren was a reporter and news anchor covering the Los Angeles area for Time Warner Cable SoCal News. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a double major in gender studies, from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. There she also investigated miscarriages of the criminal justice system focusing on wrongful murder convictions as part of the renowned Medill Innocence Project.

In addition to her experience in news, Lauren brings her background in finance to her reporting and hosting, having worked previously as a senior equity research analyst covering publicly-traded US companies.


Michele Steele / ESPN

Michele Steele is a cross-platform anchor/reporter for ESPN. Steele has reported live from some of the biggest economic drivers for sports, including the Super Bowl, the Masters, the Final Four and the Kentucky Derby. She joined ESPN in 2011. Prior to her time at the Worldwide Leader, she worked at Bloomberg Television as the network’s only sports business reporter. Steele was also a senior reporter for Forbes video on-demand service and a regular contributor to Forbes on Fox. She enjoys Illini basketball, Chicago-style hot dogs, New York-style pizza and is happy to be one of not just one but two sports business reporters on television who enjoy showtunes.


Greg Kelly / Fox 5

Greg Kelly has been the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fox 5 news anchor since July 2012. He joined Fox 5 in July 2008 as a co-host of Good Day New York.

Most recently, Kelly was an anchor and correspondent for the Fox News Channel (FNC) based in New York. Kelly joined FNC in 2002 and went on to serve as a White House correspondent from 2005-2007. He has also covered the war in Iraq extensively, including four long-term assignments in Baghdad. During the 2003 invasion, he was embedded with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade. He was the first television reporter to deliver live pictures of U.S. forces infiltrating Baghdad, as well as exclusive reports of the storming of Saddam Hussein’s presidential palace.

Prior to joining Fox News Channel, Kelly was a reporter for New York 1 News, where he covered New York City politics and the September 11th attacks. He started his career in journalism as an anchor and reporter for NewsChannel 34, the ABC affiliate in Binghamton, New York. Prior to this, Kelly spent nine years as a fighter pilot in the United States Marine Corps. He specialized in flying the AV-8B Harrier jet. During his military service he amassed 158 aircraft carrier landings and flew over Iraq in Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the United Nations-imposed “No-Fly Zone.” A licensed commercial pilot, he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves.


Marianne Garvey / In Touch Weekly

Marianne Garvey was a reporter and writer at the New York Post for eight years. She was a senior writer for E! News and is currently a News Editor at In Touch Weekly magazine. She has written for AOL, The Hollywood Reporter and will be featured on a reality show on Oxygen called Girlfriend Confidential:NY. She lives in New York City with her chubby cat Meepers Stephanie


Dr. Manny Alvarez / FOX News Channel

Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Senior Managing Editor for Health News. Prior to this position, Alvarez was a FNC medical contributor.

Known widely to audiences as Dr. Manny, Alvarez was previously a health science reporter for TELEMUNDO and developed a nightly news segment entitled “A Dose of Health.” Since 1996, he has been the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Additionally, Alvarez is Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City.

Alvarez is a member of numerous professional societies including the Society of Prenatal Care, American Institute of Ultrasound and Medicine and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Additionally, he is part of many civic foundations such as Celia Cruz Foundation. In 2004, Alvarez was named Man of the Year by New Jersey SEEDS, an organization that provides students educational scholarships.


Mick Foley is a legendary professional wrestler, turned multi-time best-selling author , turned stand-up comic/spoken word performer.

One of the cornerstones of WWE’s meteoric rise in the late 90’s, Mick Foley earned the nickname ‘The Hardcore Legend’ for his ability to absorb seemingly inhuman punishment in some of the most dramatic matches in sports-entertainment history. Already a respected veteran for his 11 physically punishing years wrestling under the name Cactus Jack, Foley’s career soared to new heights in WWE as ‘Mankind’, a character Foley claimed was inspired by a combination of reading ‘Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein’ and listening tothe music of Tori Amos.

As Cactus Jack, Foley won the 1995 ‘King of the Deathmatch’ tournament in Yokohama, Japan, and continued wrestling, despite the amputation of his right ear, in a match against Vader in Munich, Germany in 1994. As Mankind, Foley was a 3-time WWE Champion, but is best known for his epic and brutal battle with The Undertaker in 1998’s ‘Hell in a Cell’ match, during which he was knocked unconscious after falls both off of and through the 16 foot Cell structure. Despite the injury, Foley finished the match – with one of his front teeth lodged in his nose.

With retirement looming as a result of that physically demanding style, Foley penned his own memoir, ‘Have a Nice Day’ without the aid of a ghost-writer – writing 200,000 words in longhand in 50 days. The book showcased Foley’s paradoxical blend of wit and wisdom, wildness and warmth, and shocked the literary world by hitting number one on The New York Times best-seller list in October, 1999. The book remained on the Times list for twenty six weeks. A follow-up, 2001’s ‘Foley is Good’ hit number one on The New York Times list as well. Foley has published a total of ten books; four memoirs, four children’s books and two novels.

After speaking at some of the United Stated most respected colleges and universities – including MIT, Syracuse University, Notre Dame and The University of Miami, Foley decided to take his verbal skills to the stand-up comedy stage in 2009. 2012 saw Foley earn rave reviews for his comedy sets at ‘Just for Laughs’ in Montreal, and the ‘Edinburgh (UK) Fringe Fest’ – the two largest comedy festivals in the world. He is currently represented by Innovative Artists.

Foley’s acting credentials include ’30 Rock’, ‘Warren the Ape’, Now and Again’, ‘G vs E’ and ‘Boy Meets World’ and he was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Beyond the Mat’ He has done voice work on ‘Squidbillies’ ‘Celebrity Death Match’ and ‘Avatar: the Last Airbender’ and was featured in a 2012 episode of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’. His list of guest appearances include ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, ‘The Late Show with Jay Leno’, ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’, ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’, ‘Good Morning America’, ‘Family Feud’ ‘Redeye’, ‘Larry King Live’ and several appearances on ‘Today’. He was featured in a 2010 story on ‘ABC’s World News Tonight’ for his work as an online volunteer with RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. Foley was also recognized for his work with RAINN at 2010’s ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’ – where he was awarded a Medal of Reasonableness’ from Jon Stewart.

Foley lives with his wife and four children on Long Island. His latest book, ‘A Most Mizerable Christmas’ will be published in October, 2012 by DK Books. The Foley’s have sponsored children with Child-Fund International for twenty years.


The Eternal Emcee of New York’s Funniest Reporter Show is Comedian Ray Ellin (http://rayellin.com)
In addition to LateNet with Ray Ellin, Ray has also been the host and writer of the syndicated television shows The Movie Loft Premium TV, and currently BrainFuelTV. Ray is a featured performer in NYC’s hottest comedy clubs and a regular weekend emcee at the world famous Comic Strip Live. Known for his ability to ad-lib and improvise with any crowd, Ray has become one of the most sought-after hosts for corporate and charity events.
Profiling the top three Latin comics in the country, Ray executive produced and directed the film The Latin Legends of Comedy. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, the movie received the Best Documentary Award at the Boston International Film Festival.
Ray’s talents have taken him to many venues, having performed at hundreds of colleges and comedy clubs around the country. He has racked up an impressive list of television credits including appearances on HBO, FOX, VH1, DISCOVERY, ABC, NBC, and England’s Mancs vs. Yanks. Ray was also profiled on Dateline NBC, in which it was discovered that his blood pressure actually drops right before he goes on stage!
Ray hosted the MetroChannel show New York Now where he interviewed celebrities including Michael Douglas, the Grateful Dead, and former NYC mayor Ed Koch. Ray’s duties included everything from in-studio and live remote broadcasts to scripting segments and production. He also served as TBS’ emcee at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival.
Ray is the founder of the popular comedy site DailyComedy.com, the “youtube for jokes.” He also managed to find time to co-create and produce the animated series La Familia, featuring John Leguizamo, and the Jack Daniel’s Latino Comedy Series, a 13-week comedy event in New York City. The enormously successful program was tapped by other major U.S. cities including Chicago and Miami.
As an actor, Ray has taken on a variety of theater roles. He also co-starred in the romantic comedy Killing Cinderella, and produced and co-starred in the short films Yellow and The Face. He has appeared in several television commercials including spots for Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Entertainment Weekly, A&E and a multi-part campaign for the Sci-Fi Channel.

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