For Islanders unlucky enough to have missed the Roosevelt Island’s Only Comedy show on April 22, you have another chance on May 27 and every fourth Friday after that.
The show, which began at 9:00 p.m., was hosted by comedy veteran Will Neville, a stand-up comedian and writer based in New York City.
Neville got his start in comedy in Chicago studying sketch and improv at The Second City and Comedy Sportz Chicago. He is currently a producer and member of The PIT Presents, the People’s Improv Theaters’ stand-up residency and is the co-producer and co-host of The Stand-Up Showdown. In addition to his work at The PIT, Will can be seen regularly performing and producing stand-up comedy in New York City and Boston.
Neville opened the proceedings with a bit about receiving a liver transplant from his father which results in always having his father with him. The featured comedians were Sue Smith who was voted one of the 10 Funniest Women in NYC by Time Out New York. She has also been on VH1’s Best Week Ever and I Love the 2000s. Most recently, she appeared on Lifetime’s People’s Sexiest Man Alive: 30 Years of Sexy and with Jordan Sparks on MTV’s Middle of the Night Show.
Also featured was Will Mars, a British comedian who was invited to host a live show recording for the BBC Spotlight his first year doing comedy. He has taken productions to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2012 and will appear there again this summer. In 2015, he completed a sell-out world tour to Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Iceland, and the United Kingdom and will do a similar tour before the Fringe Festival this upcoming summer.
Suzanne Lea Shephard has performed stand-up all across Asia, Europe and the United States. She was a featured comedian for Comedy Central Asia, including being named comedian of the month last December.
In 2015 she debuted her first festival show, Home Truths at Magner’s International Comedy Festival and followed that up by taking her one-woman show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She says, “I was raised in Kansas as a middle child so it was obvious that I’d become a comedian, wasn’t it?”
Jacob Williams made his national television debut as a stand-up comedian on America’s Got Talent (NBC) where he made it to the semi-finals. He has been a cast member on Wild ’N Out (MTV2) since 2013. He was named one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch in 2015 and in 2016 made his Comedy Central stand-up and acting debut on Adam Devine’s House Party.
April 22’s nearly sell-out crowd was entertained throughout, as evidenced by the constant laughter. There were soft drinks and wine available before the presentations and drinks were allowed to be brought into the theater. Will Neville is off to a fantastic start with both the improv and stand-up shows. It’s about time we had something intentionally funny on Roosevelt Island.