Reginald Parker

Reggie Parker is a Reporter for New Brunswick Today, and an up and coming stand up comedian in the New Jersey/New York area. You can follow him at his twitter, @RPcomedy or contact him at regpcomedy@gmail.com

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Sunday, July 16, the Stress Factory will be featuring the comedic stylings of Rajiv Satyal, whose act includes a unique fusion of comedy and popular music.

    The Stress Factory, located on Church Street, will be one of many stops on Satyal's East Coast leg of his nationwide tour, which runs from June 29 through September 21.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On January 16 and 17, local comic shop Comic Sanctuary is hosting a pre-release event for the next installment of the highly popular trading card game Magic: the Gathering.

    Magic cards were first published in 1993 and have endured as a game that now has approximately 20 million players as of 2015.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—This month, comedy is on full display in the Hub City with several shows in local venues throughout December.

    The New Brunswick comedy scene is talent rich. Many artists travel each week to show off their skill sets, however this month has many shows closer to home.

    December is also  a great time to see high-level comedy in the Hub City at an affordable price point, with at least four shows with a cover charge of $10 or less.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Twice each month, the city's famous Court Tavern hosts an artists showcase on Sunday evenings.

    The event is called "Soft Sounds & Creative Wonders" and this Sunday includes singer/songwriter stripped down acoustic sets paired with local artists showcasing their work in a mini-gallery and an open mic for comedians.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rishi Mathur is a regular performer at local comedy open mic nights, a comedian whose skill set has grown to include performing stand-up as well as creating podcasts and his own shows.

    Mathur's  interest in comedy began at a young age.  The comedian, age 26, stated, “When all my friends were out having fun, I was at home glued to the TV and dedicated to the craft. In the eighth grade I would sit in class listening to Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy.”

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—The Rutgers Club Gymnastics Team will be having a free car wash on Saturday, August 15 from 9am-2pm at the Applebees located on 1282 Centennial Ave in Piscataway.

    The Rutgers Club Gymnastics team is a student-run organization that represents Rutgers in competitions without the same financial benefit of being a varsity team.

    "We also have various fundraisers throughout the year through meets that the team members work and other public events," said Caela Lenhardt, a member of the team.

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    METUCHEN, NJ—On Saturday June 27, the Forum Theater in Metuchen will be hosting a comedy showcase featuring many comedians with roots in the Hub City.

    Colonel Mastodon is "comedy brand" created by comedian Daniel Farley in the summer of 2014 and since then this brand has been hosting monthly shows at Tumulty's Pub in downtown New Brunswick and Hailey's Harp & Pub in Metuchen.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The Mason Gross School of the Arts' Theater Department is presenting a student project titled "Seeing Beyond with Maya Fantasma."

    This project is a interactive theater experience described as a show about a man whose ex-girlfriend just won't leave him alone. The show is the directorial debut of Rutgers senior Zoe Milah De Jesus.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Comic Sanctuary, a new comic shop that opened in March of this year, is located at 135 Easton Avenue right above the popular restaurant Sanctuary

    The owners of Comic Sanctuary Bryan Coe and Jackie Fellin are excited to be in the area and are ready to build their brand.

    Coe explained, "This is our first time owning a business, Comic Sanctuary is all new. There was a comic book store in this location previously, but they relocated to a different town entirely back in January."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--More than 100 people came out to a recent reception for the Annual BFA Thesis Exhibition II: Ladies Night at the Civic Square building at 33 Livingston Avenue, home of the Mason Gross School of The Arts.

    This spring, the Mason Gross School has been exhibiting the works of  its senior class through an ongoing series of gallery installations.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On April 1, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced Rutgers University as one of the top 64 coed intramural and sport club tennis teams that have qualified to represent colleges and universities across the country in the 2015 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship.

    The tournament follows the World TeamTennis format and will be played at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina on April 9-11.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--This spring, Rutgers Mason Gross school of Arts is allowing its senior class to display the skills they have been developing over the past several years in a public forum.

    Mason Gross School of the Arts is the arts conservatory of Rutgers University. It is a  community of artists—dancers, filmmakers, musicians, theater artists, and visual artists—who study, teach, create, perform, and exhibit.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In late 2014, several Rutgers alumni and other community members collaborated to create an ongoing forum for aspiring New Jersey writers.

    These students created a group called New Jersey Screenwriters with the mission to provide formal tools to both established and aspiring screenwriters alike, while also fostering a sense of community and mutual learning that engenders friendship, fellowship and the potential to create marketable products.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On January 16, local comedian Shawn Barron presented the first installment of a brand-new alternative, unpredictable comedy show at the George Street Co-Op.

    The event was titled "Misfit Toys Alternative Comedy Showcase" and featured many performers all selected to fit Barron's unique vision.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Tuesday, December 16, "Colonel Mastodon" will present a stand-up comedy show at George Street Ale House in the heart of New Brunswick's art district.

    The show starts at 9pm and tickets will be just $5.  The eclectic group of comics include Stefan Romanyszyn, Marlon Dunn, Jimmie Allinder, Seth-Michael Serrano, Haolun Xu, Patrick Goldsmith, Tommy Brennan and Daniel Wightman.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On November 12, the Rutgers Mason Gross Galleries located in the Civic Square building in downtown New Brunswick wrapped up thier Undergraduate Annual Art Open.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Last month, the Rutgers Mason Gross Galleries displayed an untitled exhibition of sculpture, photography, and other works of art created by upcoming Bachelor of Fine Arts seniors and a recent BFA graduate is on display at the Rutgers Civic Square Building.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Zimmerli Art Museum recently announced a new free admission policy for all museum attendees, allowing every visitor to view the full museum without paying an entry fee.

    The museum officially implemented the new general admission program on September 2, coinciding with the fall Rutgers University semester and autumn museum season.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Friday, October 31 at 11PM the State Theater will host the ultimate Halloween audience participation film.

    The theater will be playing the cult classic movie musical, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," on their massive projection screen.  Tickets are $14.

    The film stars include Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Meat Loaf, and Edison's own Susan Sarandon.  It also features such classic songs as "The Time Warp," "Dammit Janet," "Science Fiction/Double Feature," and many more.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick is surely a hotbed of truly artistic people, and stand up comedians are no exception.

    This week the Hub City will feature two great comedy showcases, starting with tonight's show in the basement of Tumulty's Pub, at 361 George Street.

    On Thursday, October 24, Tumulty's is hosting the third Colonel Mastodon Showcase, featuring a dozen local comedians.  And, the following evening, Hidden Grounds coffee shop will host another great show.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--An untitled exhibition of sculpture, photography, and other works of art created by upcoming Bachelor of Fine Arts seniors and a recent BFA graduate is on display at the Rutgers Civic Square Building, located at 33 Livingston Avenue in downtown.

    The "pop up" exhibit showcases the works of several artists, with many unique works displayed in the show. These diffferent works will be in a variety of mediums including sculpture, photography, and more.   All of the artists are of African and/or Carribean descent.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Tonight, Tumulty's Pub will host the second official Colonel Mastodon Showcase, featuring ten comedians including headliner Dina Hashem.

    Last month local comedians Dan Farley and Shawn Barron hosted the first Colonel Mastodon comedy showcase in the basement of Tumulty's, the city's oldest restaurant.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Hub City has a rich underground arts and culture  scene, and is well known for hosting many concerts in the basements of local residents' homes.

    The locations are known by the attendees as a "show house" and generally have codenames to keep the actual locations a secret, creating a speakeasy vibe that requires one to be in the know to actually attend an event.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Unbeknownst to many of the residents of New Brunswick there is a growing underground comedy scene in the Hub City.

    For decades, local comedians have made it a habit to work out their sets every Wednesday at the Open Mic Night in the Stress Factory Comedy Club on Church Street, but that venue is far from the only place in town that hosts shows.

    Dan Farley and Shawn Barron were inspired to start their own show recently, inspired in part by a series of "speakeasy" comedy shows that take place in residential basements.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Tuesday July 15, comedian Gordon Baker-Bone is hosting "The Big 10 Comedy Show," at New Jersey's most famous comedy club, the Stress Factory in New Brunswick.

    The Big 10 Comedy Show costs just $10 but also features ten amazing comics that perform regularly in the New Jersey and New York area. There will also be several guest comedians performing throughout the evening as well.  

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The nation's birthday wasn't the only cause for celebration last week, as some 5,000 people attended a party on the field at Rutgers' football stadium, complete with dramatic video presentations and a fireworks show.

    The event generated a lot of buzz with thousands of fans in attendance, including two thousand that registered prior to the event and earned a free beach towel by doing so.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On Friday June 20, the Second Annual Song Kitchen fundraiser and concert brought together food, fun, and music to benefit one of the city's newer community groups making an impact on the city.

    The event is a celebration of the efforts of the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance (NBCFA), which has just celebrated two years since its creation.

    Fifty-five guests attended Song Kitchen 2014 raising over $700 for the alliance and  Elijah's Promise, the city's only soup kitchen.

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