New Jersey's Bad Boy Comedian Stars in Fundraiser for Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Ice Hockey on May 1

Scotch Plains native Mike Marino, New Jersey's Bad Boy will star in a special Comedy Night at the SP-F HS Auditorium on May 1 at 8 p.m. while raising money for the SP-F HS ice hockey team. Credits:

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Known as New Jersey's Bad Boy, Mike Marino, a Scotch Plains native, has performed at every major comedy club from New York to Los Angeles including: The Improv, Rascals, Laugh Factory, Dangerfield's, The Comic Strip, and Caroline's. Additionally, he has headlined at The Borgata, The MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, and the world famous Comedy Store in Hollywood. Marino was inducted into the New Jersey Comedy Hall of Fame in 2008.

On May 1, Marino, a 1981 graduate of SPFHS, will make his return to Scotch Plains with a special Comedy Night to help raise money for the Raiders ice hockey team at 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The SP-F Ice Hockey Association is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Marino entered the world of theatre at an early age. After graduation, he went on to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and appeared in over 200 national TV commercials and earned a Clio Award nomination for his role in a United Airlines commercial.

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In a phone interview with TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Marino, who still owns the Scotch Plains home that he grew up in, explained that he was always involved in high school plays and other ­extracurricular entertainment activities.

After success in theatre and commercials, he began touring the nation performing at countless comedy clubs. His stand-up material ranges from cutting edge to his Italian family roots. He was a regular sketch player on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has appeared on many radio shows including Howard Stern. He has also appeared in TV show such as "Becker", "Frasier," and "Party of Five." His film credits include "Errors, Freaks and Oddities," "Shacked Up," and "Love, Fear and the 14th St. Chicken."

“There’s no greater high. Performing helps people forget about life in the moment and makes them happy for a while,” explained Marino, who has earned a living as an entertainer for most of his life.  

Marino has both a razor-like tongue and a heart of gold. He has performed for numerous charities including AIDS Project - LA, Haven House, Team Earthworks, and the Eric Davis Cancer Fund. When Marino is not performing, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family on the East Coast.

Marino is excited to be back on the stage where his career began: the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School auditorium. Proceeds from his show on Friday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. will benefit the SPF Ice Hockey Association, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

“I hope that we sell out and it’s chock full of memories for everyone,” said Marino, who is a big New York Rangers hockey fan. “The fundraiser is for a noble cause and it’s going to be a nostalgic event.”

Tickets ($25) are on sale at Posh Car Wash, Nick's Pizza, The Stage House, and The Bearded Barber, and the price includes a free drink at the Stage House and a free car wash at Posh. They can also be ordered online at

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