The seventh annual Long Island Comedy Festival is being held at a few locations. Artie Lange will appear at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, NY, followed by Kevin Meaney, Adam Ferrara, Richie Minervini and Joe Starr, with special guests Dr. K’s Motown Revue on May 2, and by Brian Regan on May 3.
Also on April 29 at the Brokerage in Bellmore, NY, and on April 30 at the Long Island Comedy Hot Shots at Governor’s in Levittown, NY, there will be events featuring the best of local comedians. Tickets are available through Live Nation, at the Westbury box office, and participating Blockbuster stores.
Lange is one of the original cast members of the sketch comedy show “MADtv.” Since then, Lange has also landed several small roles in movies such as “Elf” and “Old School” and has been a regular on the Howard Stern Radio Show, where he is most well known for his impersonations of Ted Kennedy, Mike Tyson, the Notorious B.I.G. among many others. On November 11, 2008, Lange released his first book, “Too Fat to Fish,” which was named on the New York Times Bestseller List 10 days later.
A portion of the proceeds from the the second show by Meaney, Ferrera, Minervini, and Starr with special guests Dr. K’s Motown Revue will be donated to the charity ComedyCures. Ferrara is currently a regular on the Emmy-nominated show “Rescue Me.” His other screen roles have included “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Definitely, Maybe” and “National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie.”
Meaney has been a standup comedians for more than 25 years. He was a special guest on “Saturday Night Live” and had a featured role in the movie “Big” and a stint on Broadway performing in “Hairspray.” Minervini, the Master of Ceremony for this evening, has appeared on CBS’s hit sitcom “The King of Queens.”
Regan won the 1996 American Comedy Award for Best Comedian, starred in two Showtime specials, and made appearances on all of the late night talk shows.