Day: April 6, 2011

Meet Me In New York: Tom Shillue

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they're comedians? No, that's not it. It is a fact, though, that America's biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a new recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York's vibrant comedy scene. It's called Meet Me In New York. Tom Shillue likes to tell stories, and he's good at it. So good he won the ECNY Award this year for Best Storyteller. The year before, he won the ECNY Award for Best One Person Show, Supernormal, which he has revived for a current run at PS 122 that extends through this Saturday, April 9. In my initial review of his show, I called him "our generation's Garrison Keillor." I meant that in only the best way. You may have seen him in the movie, Mystery Team, or in any number of nationwide TV commercials. But let's let Tom (photographed below by Seth Olenick) tell us more about himself. Name: Tom ShillueArrival date: Feb. 28, 1991Arrived from: Norwood, MA When and where did...

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What’s faster transportation in NYC: An MTA bus, or a Big Wheel? Mark Malkoff races across 42nd Street

This technically isn't a Big Wheel, or they've dramatically changed the popular children's toy since I had a Big Wheel. But still. Mark Malkoff has issued some fun and silly challenges in the past. Lived in an IKEA. Lived on an airplane. Lived in his bathroom without any access to technology. Got across Manhattan by having people carry him. Now he has challenged New York City's MTA bus system by racing a bus across Midtown Manhattan on a "Big Wheel." Place your bets!...

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