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This week at Catch...

Princeton, NJ
102 Carnegie Ctr
Princeton, NJ
Rising Star Showcase
August 27
Jersey Shore

STAC Theatre
1000 McKinley Ave
Manahawkin, NJ
Bobby Collins
Thursday, August 18
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On Tour


Jon Stetson's Ladies Only Psychic Party
Wednesday, September 14

Congregation Shaarey Israel
18 Montebello Road
Suffern, NY
Stewie Stone and 
RC Smith
Saturday, November 12
1411 Route 36 West
Union Beach, NJ 07735

Next Show TBA
Jersey City

The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre
54 Journal Square Plaza
Jersey City, NJ

Mike Marino, Vin "Big P" Pastore and the Guy Catrillo Band
Friday, October 7

Grove Square
The Underground
116 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ
Great Entertainment in Jersey City every night of the week! Check

New York City
44 East 32nd Street
New York, NY
Next show TBA
Catch a Rising Star's Friar Suzy Yengo and The Cutting Room present comics Friar Stewie Stone and Mike Marino with  musical entertainment by Larry and the Hudson Banks. 

Friars Club
57 E 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
Private Club / Members Only


New England
1245 Jefferson Blvd.
Warwick, RI 02886

Catch All Stars
Ben Hague, James Goff, Corey Rodrigues, Kendra Cunningham and a suprise special guest

Sunday, September 18

Mike Marino
October 9
Best Comedy Club in Reno

best_comedy_club_in_reno.jpgCongratulations to our Reno club on being voted ‘Best Comedy Club in Reno’ by Reno News & Review!

Julia Scotti - A funny lady Comes to Town

by Keith Loria

There are two things that Julia Scotti can preview about her two-day appearance at Princeton Catch A Rising Star, June 3-4: “There will be lots and lots of laughs and I’ll have some pancakes after each show.”

   Without revealing her age, let’s just say Ms. Scotti is older than most comedians on the scene, having originally hit the comedy circuit back in the early ‘80s. Only back then, she was known as Rick Scotti, having transitioned about 16 years ago.

   ”I had wanted to do comedy since I was 7 years old and I spent 20 years doing it, but I took 10 years off with the intention of going back to college and becoming a teacher,” she says. “I taught for seven years while I was going through my transition.”

   At the time, the thought of ever doing comedy again was the farthest thing from her mind.

   ”In 2011, a friend suggested I give it another shot, this time as Julia,” she says. “I went back up, found my voice after all those dormant years, and I’ve been going strong ever since.”

   When the comedian first hit the comedy scene, she won Showtime’s Funniest Person in America contest for New Jersey, but lost in the finals to Ellen DeGeneres. That led to big gigs around the Tri-State area.

   ”I got into comedy just before the Jersey gigs started to happen, and there really wasn’t anything other than the New York clubs,” she says. “I started at the Improv, did some club hopping — five minutes here and there wherever I could find it — and then spots started opining up in Jersey and Philadelphia and I could start making a living.”

   These days, Ms. Scotti is touring all over the country and finding even greater success than she did back when she started. And while it’s easy for people to label her a “transgender comedian” and clubs advertise her that way sometimes, she would prefer that comedy-goers just think of her as a comedian.

   ”I am not a transgender comic; I’m a comic who happens to be transgender. I don’t want to be pigeonholed,” she says. “It’s annoying and a nuisance, but it’s something I have to deal with and break it down. My goal up there is to be funny and universal.”

   Not that she doesn’t tell jokes about transgender issues — with bathrooms being in the news it’s hard not to — but it isn’t all she talks about.

   ”Sometimes I talk a lot about it, sometimes I don’t. Transgender people are not the majority of society but my material is very universal and plays into my point of view, obviously,” she says. “The fact that I have been with both tribes —both male and female — plays into my point of view as well. It’s a unique perspective that I have.”

   Born and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Scotti calls comedy a religious calling in her life.

   ”There’s something so fulfilling about making people laugh. It’s my air, my food, my everything,” she says. “There’s a freedom up there — a challenge of making a room full of strangers like you all laugh at the same time. Putting my thoughts into humor and having people laugh at them is a very fulfilling experience.”

   She says she’s enjoying comedy even more this time around, and it’s actually her age, and not the fact that she is transgender, that seems to get in the way more.

   ”Because I’m older than most, people tend to write me off. I’ve walked into clubs, and my picture is on the wall, but they still look at me like, ‘What are you doing here?’ It’s another hurdle,” she says. “There’s a perception that this is a young person’s game but I disagree. You develop your craft and as soon as you get it to the point that you start to like it, they want to throw you out of it? If you love something and you’re good at it, why would you stop doing it just because you get older?”

   Looking ahead, Ms. Scotti feels she is limitless in what she can accomplish. There’s talk of a memoir, she has ideas for TV shows and she wants to do all that she can in increasing her comedy reach.

   ”I think this is just the beginning for me,” she says. “I’m not on a downhill yet. I’m still soaring.”

Julia Scotti will perform at Princeton Catch A Rising Star at the Hyatt Regency Princeton, 102 Carnegie Center, West Windsor, June 3, 8 p.m., June 4, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20.87;

Mike Marino - Presidential Comedy Tour 

Hey Folks,

The rumors are true! I am running for President of the United States! Hope you'll come and listen to my message as I tour the country! Check out my Presidential Tour Dates for July (on the right!). 

And of course to vote for me, just head over to myFacebook page and hit LIKE! Every vote counts! 

Help me spread the word with #MikeMarinoForPresident! 

Mike Marino
Presidential Comedian Candidate 2015

Check out one of my favorite new YouTube Channels -Indie Gems - Go Indie TV

And don't forget, my new DVD is out now on iTunes,GooglePlay, Xbox and Sony and now also on Amazon VOD! Currently it's a TOP SELLER on iTunes!!! 

Trailer - Mike Marino: Live from the Borgata
July 2015 Presidential Comedy Tour Dates

July 3 @ 8:30 pm
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Temecula, CA

July 4 @ 7:30 pm
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Temecula, CA

July 4 @ 9:30 pm
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Temecula, CA

July 6-13 
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

July 16 @ 7:30 pm
Catch a Rising Star
Victory Sports Bar & Club, Meadowlands, NJ

July 19 @ 7:30 pm
Catch a Rising Star
Ocean State Theatre Company, Warwick, RI

July 22 @ 8 pm
The Comedy Zone
Visani Restraurant, Port Charlotte, FL

July 23 @ 8 pm
The Comedy Zone
Visani Restraurant, Port Charlotte, FL

July 24 @ 8:30 pm
The Comedy Zone
Visani Restraurant, Port Charlotte, FL

July 25 @ 6 pm
The Comedy Zone
Visani Restraurant, Port Charlotte, FL

July 25 @ 9:30 pm
The Comedy Zone
Visani Restraurant, Port Charlotte, FL
About Catch A Rising Star

catch_logo.pngCatch A Rising Star Comedy Clubs have been a tradition since 1972 when it opened its first club in New York City. Catch has an impressive roster of alumni: among them, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Rosie O’Donnell, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, Richard Belzer, Ray Romano, Jon Lovitz, Chris Rock, Bob Saget and Robert Wuhl.

Our commitment to tomorrow's comedy stars has remained the same over our history, and continues today from four locations in Reno, NV, Providence, RI, Princeton, NJ, and Monticello, NY.

Mission Statement

Catch A Rising Star is a nationally known trademark and forum, recognized for over thirty-five years for launching the careers of some of America’s most popular and beloved television and film stars, top comedians, comic actors, musicians, directors, producers and writers.

There are only a few brand names that are so synonymous with comedy that when you hear them you immediately think of quality entertainment, talented artists, and funny star makers, i.e., Second City, National Lampoon, Saturday Night Live and Catch A Rising Star. “Catch” as it is affectionately called in the entertainment industry, first opened its comedy club doors in New York City in 1972.

Catch” is the only comedy club that has ever had two major network television specials produced about it. “Catch A Rising Star’s 10th Anniversary” on HBO and “Catch A Rising Star’s 25th Anniversary” on CBS. Both shows were commercial successes, packed with illustrious alumni of talent.

Catch A Rising Star has a well-established reputation, long-term relationships with talent, managers, agents, producers and network executives. The inherent synergy of these business initiatives help to create the finest comedy shows at “Catch.”

Catch A Rising Star’s reputation and commitment to excellence has made us a leader in the industry. The managing partners of Catch A Rising Star are each recognized for their extensive experience in entertainment and finance and are individuals considered to be the finest professionals in the industry. With this team’s emphasis on the development of the Catch A Rising Star trademark, nationally and internationally, Catch A Rising Star will continue to celebrate the esteem title of “the premier comedy & music club in the nation.”