A Little About Comedian Johnny Rizzo

Johnny Rizzo

Part old school (think Red Skelton, Jerry Lewis, Danny Kaye) intertwined with his own unique observations on everyday life, Johnny Rizzo has been cracking up audiences around the country for over 30 years.  Born in raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Johnny cut his comedy teeth in some of the most hallowed clubs in New York City, including Catch a Rising Star, Caroline’s, Dangerfield’s and The Comic Strip.  Before long, Johnny was opening all over the country for superstars including Jay Leno, Richard Belzer, Dennis Miller, Tommy Chong, Joan Rivers, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Ray Charles, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Mamas and the Papas, Pat Cooper and Henny Youngman.

Johnny Rizzo

Johnny has headlined across the country at The Bitter End in NYC, the Borgota Casino in Atlantic City, the Riviera and Sun Coast casinos in Las Vegas and at all the major comedy clubs, including Madison Square Garden.  He has appeared on numerous television programs including NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Fox’s 30 Seconds to Fame, A & E Comedy on the Road and The Joan Lunden Show. He also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement – Performance Artist, for the acclaimed CPTV comedy special, Hot Summer Nights.  He also hosted his own public-access talk and variety show, The Johnny Rizzo Show.

Johnny has also toured the country as part of Jim Labriola’s Night of 1000 Guidos comedy revue show.  He continues to perform hundreds of shows per year.  “I’m a road monkey,” says Johnny, “I’m paying off my car with jokes.”

Johnny Rizzo on the right

He has appeared in numerous television commercials and also appeared in feature films. Johnny is currently the host of ESOTERICA with Johnny Rizzo, a offbeat radio program now available for free downloads on iTunes.

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A Little About Comedian Jane Condon

Jane Condon

Comedian and mom JANE CONDON lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, but she’s still a nice person. She has two boys, otherwise everything’s fine. Since she’s from a blue-collar town (Brockton) in Massachusetts, she likes to make fun of Greenwich. She loves to tell stories about her adventures (mostly survival tales) with her boys.

Condon was named one of 10 Comedy Best Bets in Back Stage’s annual comedy issue (2001). She has appeared on ABC-TV’s “The View” and Lifetime TV’s “Girls’ Night Out” and FOX-TV’s series finale of “24.”

On Last Comic Standing

She won the Ladies of Laughter Contest in 2004.

She won Audience Favorite (NY) on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” In May 2011, Jane was the commencement speaker at Wellesley College (her alma mater). In May 2012, she spoke at the University of New Haven graduation.

In the Spring of 2011 she had her one-woman show JANIE CONDON: RAW & UNCHAINED playing nightly for several weeks at the St. Luke’s Theater just off Broadway in New York City.  This was the same show that friends of NAMI saw in Falls Church in February 2011.

NAMI of Northern Virginia is so lucky to have Jane as an avid supporter!

Janie Condon: Raw & Unchained

Off Broadway in Janie Condon: Raw & Unchained

Welcome to the NAMI Comedy Night!

I have created this blog to raise awareness for NAMI of Northern Virginia and the annual Comedy Night that will be held to raise funds to help run the wonderful programs of NAMI of Northern Virginia. These programs not only educate and raise awareness of the issues of mental illness, but provide support for patients and their families.

This year the event will be held at the historic STATE THEATRE in Falls Church, Virginia on October 23rd, 2012.  The comedians have signed up, and plans are well underway for another wonderful night.  The hilarious JANE CONDON and JOHNNY RIZZO will each be performing, and there will be plenty of food and drink in the lovely atmosphere of the State Theatre.  Great raffle prizes will also be on hand.

Last year’s event was held in February, and featured author Paula Butturini (KEEPING THE FEAST) speaking about her book, and the experiences that she and her husband, NY Times writer John Tagliabue, had following a beating that Paula suffered in Prague in late 1989, and a shooting by a sniper in Rumania that almost killed John in early 1990.  A brilliant review of the book is on WordPress at http://danastaves.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/books-i-dont-want-to-write-but-im-glad-i-read-paula-butturinis-keeping-the-feast/

Paula Butturini’s book

Last year’s event also featured comedian Jane Condon doing her one-woman show called JANIE CONDON: RAW & UNCHAINED, which had a short run off Broadway a few months later.  Her show has much humor, but the description of the mental illness of her brother was a sad few minutes of the show. However, she credits trying to make her brother laugh with honing her skills as a comedian.

Janie Condon captures her audience

More details to come!