50 Days of Laughter: NJFunnyfest

Comedian Dan Frigolette ends a 50-day tour at the NJFunnyfest in Hoboken and Jersey City on April 28th and 29th. #HipNJ has the scoop!

For the last three years, Frigolette has embarked on a multi-city extended comedy tour across the United States in late winter. “The goal of the trip itself was to get to Alaska, but I decided early on that its value was more substantial if I could do the whole trip while doing what I love.” So, he did standup comedy.

In 2016, with a similar set of circumstances, Frigolette flew to Las Vegas for the first time and compiled 49 shows, driving himself back to New York City doing comedy all the while.

While the tour is a labor of love, it also raises funds for the Liberty Humane Society, an animal shelter in Jersey City, offering low-cost veterinary service, adoption support, and housing for as many abandoned animals as they can muster. At each comedy show during the tour, a tip bucket is passed around the audience and 100% of those funds goes to the shelter.  

Frigolette also runs Make Me Laugh USA, a standup comedy competition which gives winners opportunities to join the Hoboken Comedy Festival and NJFunnyfest, both of which support Liberty Humane Society.

NJFunnyfest’s goal is to bring incredible comedians to NJ for one weekend in spring to raise funds for charity. This year brings headliners Sam Morril, who has been on Comedy Central, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and recently, Roast Battle. “He’s well versed and supremely rounded as a comedian, and a dream come true to have him at the NJFunnyfest,” says Frigolette. Morril plays the Friday show in Hoboken along with Corrine Fisher, Sagar Bhatt, and Adam Gabel.

Saturday’s headliner is Mike Recine, who has been on Conan and is widely regarded as one of the most powerful and commanding comedians in the New York City area. Featured acts on Saturday include Richie Redding, who performs on the Katt Williams Tour worldwide, James Myers, the 2015 Hoboken Comedy Festival Winner, Usama Siddiquee from Yonkers Comedy Festival, and Gracie Canaan.

Come see all of the above acts at the NJfunnyfest on April 28th and 29th at The Shannon in Hoboken and Raval in Jersey City. Tickets are $15 advanced, and $25 at the door. They can be purchased here. If you can’t make the shows, donations to the Liberty Humane Society can be made here.

Mike Liegel’s “Stick Around” Music Video

Singer-songwriter Mike Liegel  professes his love for “a girl who is afraid of settling down and is always searching for something better,” in his debut single, “Stick Around.”

The song is the title track of Liegel’s upcoming EP, out May 12. “In reality, the perfect guy is right in front of her the whole time,” the singer tells Popdust.

The song’s accompanying visual, directed by Ryan Cantwell, showcases this heartbreaking reality. “The process behind creating this music video was a lot of fun, but quite a learning experience since this was my first time being in front of a camera and involved in a music video,” Liegel says.

“I’m really excited to release my first single with a great video to go along with it,” he says. To learn more, click here.

Green Initiatives at Yankee Stadium #EarthDay

Yankee Stadium is taking some ecologically intelligent measures to help promote a sustainable environment. #HipNJ is here to tell you all about them, just in time for Earth Day!

Stadium Construction

The structural steel used in construction of Yankee Stadium was fabricated from recycled material, and the concrete forms were reusable. Used recycled concrete aggregate was incorporated into the concrete design mix. All construction vehicles and equipment were required to use low-sulfur fuel. During construction, 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.

Sports Lighting

Prior to the 2016 Major League Baseball season, the Yankees installed light-emitting diode (LED) field lighting at Yankee Stadium, becoming just the second MLB stadium to use the state-of-the-art energy-efficient lighting system. These LED lights are 40% more efficient and 50% brighter than the previous field lighting at Yankee Stadium.

Composting and Recycling

Disposable cutlery and food-service packaging, including trays, boxes, plates and cups, are made of compostable materials instead of petroleum-based plastics. Food waste is composted and not landfilled, and cardboard, glass, metal, plastics and paper are recycled. Through the overall effort of fans and Stadium staff, approximately 85 percent of the Stadium’s total trash is diverted away from landfills.

Waste Cooking Oil

During the course of a typical season, more than 20,000 gallons of cooking oil from the Stadium are collected and recycled. This oil produces more than 18,600 gallons of biodiesel fuel, which when used in vehicles results in a carbon reduction of more than 30,000 pounds – the equivalent of removing approximately 27 cars from the road for a year.

Water Conservation

Each year, Yankee Stadium’s plumbing fixtures save about 3.1 million gallons of water while reducing the Stadium’s water consumption by 22 percent.

To check out the complete list, click here.

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