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 …View full post
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 …View full post
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 …View full post
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 …View full post
WPIX & NY1’s Magee Hickey & Fox News Channel’s Janice Dean Win The 8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Competition
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!
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.
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.
“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 Journal – Marianne 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.
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.
Today, Reporter Michael Starr wrote a great article today about Ann Curry’s possible involvement in New York’s Funniest Reporter Show.
In our experience, Ann is a very nice & pleasant person to be around and she’s also very funny. Ann has a commanding stage presence and for the lucky few who’ve actually seen her do stand up comedy before, it’s a real treat. We hope she’ll be a part of the show one day.
What’s it like to be a contestant in New York’s Funniest Reporter Show? Below are five first hand accounts.
“Winning New York’s Funniest Reporter was life changing! Not only did it become a great conversation starter but it 100% launched my stand-up career. Now in addition to being a television producer, I produce my own comedy show once a month.”
Marianne Schaberg / 2009 New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Winner
“Working in news, I find comedy therapeutic. All day at work fires and tragedy fuel a “good news day.” So I started dabbling in open mic comedy. Besides the late nights and often “dark, sketchy locations” especially for a tv morning news anchor— I found unexpected benefits.
Writing comedy helped generate story ideas. It also helped me write more concise (Not as much as the yet to come “Twitter” in 2008). For me, The experience of “New York’s Funniest Reporters” was incredible. I worked with a mentor who helped me find a voice and style for my half- one liners. Actually my mentor, the hysterical Tim Krompier, said my jokes were funny! They just weren’t when I presented them. But, he added- you are funny when you are just talking- so we came up with a way to just be more myself on stage. Eeek something I never thought anyone would want to see.”
Heather Kovar / 2008 New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Contestant
“What a blast being a contestant in NY’s Funnies Reporter Show. It was GREAT being able to say the things I always wanted to say on TV, but never could. Even better was watching your colleagues let their hair down, and let it all hang out. I don’t think I ever laughed so hard!!”
Rob Hoell / 2008 New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Contestant
“What reporter gets to say they worked the world-renowned Comic Strip Live? This one, that’s who. And I was awesome. Also awesome: seeing the funny side of colleagues I respect, a rare treat. Therefore, you most definitely can say that New York’s Funniest Reporter Show is nothing short of awesome.”
Lori Harfinest / 2009 New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Contestant
“Doing comedy for the first time was horrifically scary but I also felt like I conquered something that made me more nervous than anything I ever attempted in my life. Swimming with sharks? Doable. Jumping out of an airplane? Not so bad. Standing in front of people trying to be funny? Eeeeeeeks! My mentor supplied me with great punchlines. But delivering them was a different story. After the first minute or so, I froze on stage and forgot everything. I grabbed a cheat sheet I had stuffed into my shirt and admitted how terrified I was, which seemed to evoke sympathy. The rest of the act was a blur but I definitely knew the audience was with me. Mainly because I showed how frightened I was. An experience I will never forget, but don’t want to relive!!!”
Wendy Gillette / 2008 New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Contestant