Tony V gets busy around the holidays

The end of the year always tends to get extra busy for Tony V in Boston, as he’s in demand to preside over the annual holiday comedy parties at both the Comedy Studio and Comedy Connection, usually also gets asked to perform for the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration, plus his regular club work. "People forget that this is when we work," he told me. "They’ll go, ‘Can you come to party on Saturday night?’ No!" Tony V said he helped start Boston’s First Night comedy shows, which over the years moved from Suffolk University to the State House ("that room is not actually conducive to comedy") to the Wang Center to the Hynes Convention Center. "You’re basically in a plane hangar," he said. "The room we’re in is about as big as basically downtown Concord, New Hampshire. On one side of us there’s a band, on the other side there’s an ethnic thing. Everything is going on at the same time. I’d like to think it’s me, but it is First Night and I’m not a mime. Not cast aspersions, but at least we’re talking to them." He did refer to then-Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey onstage by a four-letter word that remains one of comedy’s few taboos. But he said comedian parties allowed for exceptions to the rule. "That night is intended for us to do everything we...

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