LIVINGSTON, NJ — Beginning April 5, Livingston’s David Suarez and his comedy group “New Comic All-Stars” will be hosting a weekly “Sunday Funday Spectacular” at Greenwich Village Comedy Club in New York City. With an ever-rotating roster of professional comics, Greenwich Village Comedy Club agreed to give Suarez a once-in-a-lifetime chance to showcase some of the city’s newest and hottest talents right alongside some of comedy’s most well-known names.
Sunday Funday Spectacular is a free, 90-minute special meant to bring something new and relatable to the New York stage. The show will run for three consecutive Sundays in April, but Suarez says if all goes well, the club could potentially extend Sunday Funday into a weekly event.
“I just want to see where this goes,” Suarez said. “If I do enough shows and pack it enough, something is going to happen. I’m making no money off it — I’m mainly just doing it because I love comedy.”
Suarez, a 2002 Livingston High School graduate, works full time at his family’s auto parts stores and garages in Essex County, but comedy has been a passion of his for more than 10 years. In fact, he began doing stand-up while studying at William Patterson University and can still be seen at some NYC comedy clubs here and there.
“It was actually an elective — I thought it was going to be an easy ‘A,’ but one of the [William Patterson] teachers actually has a comedy school in the city,” Suarez said. “Our final was pretty much to perform at a comedy club, and I was the best one. They offered me a job and I kept going with it and did it for about two years.”
When Suarez graduated in 2008, he paused his stand-up gigs to join the family company. But he never lost the love for performing and often visited New York's comedy clubs. It was only a matter of time before he began asking around and landed a trial show, which he packed on a Thursday night last month.
“I noticed some of the shows are very sloppy,” Suarez said. “Some people are unprofessional about it and people are paying for a show that I'd think was sub-par. So I hit up the owner.”
The owner at Greenwich Village Comedy Club was the first one to give him any sort of opportunity. Other owners turned him down because he wasn’t a well-known name around the city, but Greenwich gave him once chance to prove he can fill a club and he did.
Suarez said he has two goals for his Sunday Funday Spectacular: to promote himself, and to promote the up-and-comings of his comedy group “New Comic All Stars.” This Sunday’s show headlines Walker Hays and features Suarez, Ryan Dacalos, Anthony Kapfer, Carolina Hidalgo and Steve Ryan along with a few special last-minute appearances by famous names who might do a five- or ten-minute segment.
“Mainly it’s just me right now and the other people are kind of temporary,” Suarez said. “But at the end I want to have like a ‘Frat Pack,’ or something like that, that’s mainly what the group is about.”
Suarez is working on this project alongside two of his fellow 2002 LHS alumni, Chris Casiero and Seth Elgart. Elgart was proud to say he is also an LHS TV/Film alum who went on to open his own video production company called Professional Video in Millburn. Professional Video primarily covers events like local weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs, but the crew will record and edit each performance before the live audiences.
According to Suarez, since he can’t pay his cast, he will personally hand his colleagues a free copy of the professionally-edited video for each performer to use as he or she sees fit. His hope is that video footage will help promote his friends’ acts as much as it will promote his own.
Elgart, who has already seen the show in full, said he appreciates what Suarez has put together because it’s fresh, it doesn’t drag and most importantly—it’s a compilation of fresh and funny material that people can really relate to.
There is no cover for the event itself, but the club will require a two-drink minimum during the 90-minute production. Audience members must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday at 99 MacDougal Street, New York, New York.