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Big Laughs In Levittown

Governor’s role as local star factory

For more than 30 years, some of the most talented and most memorable comedians graced the stage right here on Long Island, at Governor’s Comedy Club in Levittown. “There is no comic that isn’t aware of this place or hasn’t worked here before,” said John

Trueson of Governor’s. “This is definitely in the top ten comedy venues in the country; everybody has been here,” like Jay Leno, Tracy Morgan, or Jerry Seinfeld (Massapequa), or the late Andy Kaufman (Great Neck), and the late Lenny Bruce (Mineola).

 

“People don’t realize just how many comics come from Long Island,” said Trueson.

 

Not only do the top acts take to the stage at Governor’s, but dozens have gotten their start and honed their craft like Bobby Collins (New Hyde Park), Wendy Liebman (Roslyn), Jackie Martling (East Norwich), Bob Nelson (Massapequa), Judd Apatow (Syosset), and

Carol Liefer (East Williston). 

 

Governor’s Comedy Club in Levittown is the first of three full-time comedy stops, outside of New York City. In addition to Governor’s, there are two other Long Island club locations: McGuire’s in Bohemia, and The Brokerage in Bellmore. 

 

“People don’t realize we’re here and they’ll travel to Caroline’s or Gotham Comedy Club in the city, not realizing, in the comedy world, to the comics, this venue is as respected than any other,” said Trueson. 

 

Larry Samele, also of Governor’s said, “It’s exciting to provide a venue where people love to see these guys perform live; there is really no comparison.”

 

He said that Governor’s does attract comics to Long Island, that the venue is known for its great deal of history in the comedy world. 

 

“Often, if you are a comic and you are starting out...in the city, you are going to be starting out in a [closet sized] room, this big, performing for like four people,” explained Trueson. “Here, you are working in a big room for more than 200 people, which will make you better, faster.”

 

It’s happened before when well-known comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin James or Russell Peters have been passing through and given an impromptu performance for a crowd of Thursday night regulars.  

 

“We still have the classics, as well as those comics who are on their way up,” said Trueson.

 

The club also hosts fundraising events, bachelor/bachelorette parties, children’s comedy shows, cocktail hours, and a dinner menu. 

 

Open mic is held regularly, as well as variety shows and private events. 

 

Governor’s is open Thursday through Sunday with regular showtimes of 8 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 and 10:30 p.m. on Fridays, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. 

 

Upcoming headliner comics include: Nore Davis, Adam Ferrera, John Fisch, Vinny Guadagnino, Ryan Hamilton, and Rosie O’Donnell.

 

Governor’s Comedy Club is located at 90 Division Avenue, (located behind Tri-County Flea Market Shopping Plaza on Hempstead Turnpike) in Levittown. Visit www.govs.com or call 516-731-0254.

News

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


Calendar

BOE Planning Session

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Bad Seed Auditions

Thursday, Aug. 28

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs

Friday, Aug. 29



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