On Sunday November 11, 2012 this writer stopped by Governor’s in Levittown as he needed a good laugh and a drink. Upon his arrival Chris Distefano was on the stage. For those of you who are not familiar with Chris, he is a rising young comic who is described as being High Energy. He was one of the elite eight from Caroline’s March Madness Comedy Contest, has performed at most of the top comedy clubs in NYC, and was signed last year by Apostle (a TV and Film Production Company based in NYC of which Dennis Leary-“Rescue Me”-is a co-founder). Chris acts out a variety of characters derived from his life and does it with accuracy and hilarity. Chris, who said that he is really from Brooklyn, was talking about his trip to England and how different words mean different things over there. If driving, everything is an accident waiting to happen because the roads are so old there. Don’t try to have a side-bar conversation during his show, he will scope you right out with his radar; “Hey ladies, the show is up here, not in the Martini glass” to a couple of women who were suspected with the charge of gossiping to one another while a comic was up on stage. Chris shared a tale of his trip from London’s Heathrow airport back to JFK-NYC, apparently the woman in the seat next to him insisted that they would be landing at Newark Airport “The pilot is wrong” he said, the same woman had been trying to adjust her seat since Iceland. And of course, he included a humorous reference to his family, his father never pronnounces the “R” ‘s in his word and thus says “Computa”.
Headlining the show was Jay Mohr, actor and comedian with credits including but not limited to; S.N.L., Ghost Whisperer, Jerry Maguire, Pay it Forward, Street Kings, Scrubs, CSI Miami, and Law and Order Criminal Intent.
Jay kicked off the show by stating his gratitude for having a packed audience in Levittown, “let’s see Ricky Gervais do that” he referenced that comment shortly later by saying “I already made fun of a co-worker, there is no HR” meaning that he can get away with things that people working for companies cannot. Jay then talked about his experiences at rock concerts, doing a credible imitation of Bruce Springsteen and describing his travel to a Pearl Jam concert as; “Being kidnapped by Syrians, having a bag put over my head and driven around for four hours to the convention center”. From rock concerts, the audience was taken on a visual trip to the nail salon, where Vietnamese women with pseudo-stage names sit you down in a massage chair, with feet in a jacuzzi and you feel like the dictator of a tiny Vietnamese village that you just walked into. He said that there is no difference between Vietnamese women speaking Vietnamese or English, they always leave the last letter off of every word, and how they always act like the customer’s name is the most majestic name in the world “that nice name” while they are probably talking badly about him in Vietnamese but he doesn’t care because he is getting a $4 massage from Ho Chi Minh. Back to the music scene again, U2 concert with slide show of starving African children, Jay is tripping on Mushrooms, now he’s starving, an imitation of Bono and then “I’ll be honest, I don’t give a s_ _ _ _ about Africa, I barely give a s_ _ _ _ about Jersey.” Jay showed the same sarcastic humor in reference to animal fundraising, “You can save an animal but who’s gonna walk them? save a human” and complained about seeing animal fundraiser commercials on TV to the tune of Sara Mclachlin singing in which they show a “rabbit on crutches.” Jay only works an hour a night so he watches a lot of daytime TV, according to the daytime commercials, everybody is dying, as the viewer is treated to commercials from law firms asking if they have Mesothelioma, or commercials regarding female genital mesh breaks and tears. He thought of a commercial for “Catheters on the Go” “You see an old lady sneaking on the catheter like she’s behindthe high school with a joint.” “Let’s call the Long Island Medium, where is she? she’s busy talking to dead people, I gotta talk to live people and they talk back.”
Governors is has shows five nights a week, but if you got those Sunday blues, as many of us repeatedly have, then you can get your spirits lifted on a Sunday evening by a comic who may or may not have to get up for work on Monday morning…………….but who cares, as long as they make us laugh.