Our Crack Staff of Writers

It takes a keen New Jersey eye,  great taste in Jersey Shore food, and the ability to smell what’s just off the Turnpike, in order to meet the very high writer standards of ‘What Exit NJ?’.

At least, for today.

New Jersey has a good mixture of all that is funny  between Philadelphia and New York City. We have Eagles fans and Giants & Jets fans. Yankees and Phillies fans. Mets fans, not so much.

People who like cheese steak and a good Coney Island hot dog. Lots of diverse interests.

And we have assembled a great staff of people to meet those satirical needs.

Founder/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Joey Novick, Esq.

A comedian/comedy writer by day, and lawyer by night, Joey hails from Brooklyn, and went to the same high school as Larry David. He has worked the comedy club circuit for years in every state but Hawaii and Utah. He has been an elected official, lawyer, comedian, camp counselor, child actor and not necessarily in that order. He has written for www.njpoliticsunusual.com, www.bluejersey.com and www.politickernj.com, and for more newspapers in New Jersey than he cares to count.

He rules What Exit NJ? with an iron hand, clear head, an open heart and really good pancreas. He is proud of his excellent staff of comedy writers for What Exit NJ?, some of which are real and some virtual.

Contributors

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Marty Rudoy

Marty Rudoy is a writer and producer, known for The Arsenio Hall Show (1989), Sparky’s(2012) and Happy New Year, America (1995). He is a lawyer, and even appeared as a lawyer in the film “Comedy Hell”.

“Marty has quietly made a distinguished career as a writer, producer, and yes, actor. Marty wrote for the Arsenio Hall Show and handed Jay Leno some of his best monologue lines; including the still celebrated Exxon Valdez joke from March 1989, now a part of Jay Leno lore. Marty, whose humor is not limited to professional joke writing, always remains highly topical and very issue focused. After the world’s worst oil spill in which hundreds of sea life were killed and an entire eco-system damaged, when it was clearly ‘too soon’ for a joke, Marty wrote a joke for Jay Leno. I still wonder what it would have been like to be a fly-on-the wall in that writer’s session as Jay and the writers debated whether a joke about the Exxon Valdez environmental disaster was appropriate. Jay, as only he could, decided to use what is now the famous Exxon Valdez joke chastising the Oil industry, which was delivered like this: “To counter all the recent bad press, Exxon Mobil’s Public Relations team is now saying that there were benefits to the oil spill. . . Salmon swimming upstream are now getting 30% better mileage.”

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“Hilarious, powerful, dynamic, real…if you combine Sam Kinison and Mrs. Doubtfire you have Julia Scotti!” 

These are just some of the things people are saying about Julia as she changes the way we think about age and a WHOLE lot more. Originally headlining across the country in the 80’s and 90’s as Rick Scotti, she appeared on the original Comedy Central and was the winner of Showtime’s Funniest Person in America contest for New Jersey, she lost the finals to Ellen DeGeneres.

In 2000, she left comedy and after much soul searching underwent her life-changing transition. Following a stint at teaching Julia realized she had some unfinished comedy business and in 2011 returned to the stage, and with her return it is obvious she has found her hilarious voice!

Her amazing ability to tackle serious issues with extremely relatable humor has audiences of all ages and backgrounds falling in love with this “crazy old lady of comedy”. Julia is a regular at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas and the Borgata, Atlantic City. She will be coming out with her memoir next year, has co-written a TV pilot that has recently wrapped production, and is working on her one woman show set for the fall!

 

Joe Messina

The world lost communism in 1989 but it gained Joe Messina, a sharp-witted comedian andScreen Shot 2015-02-08 at 9.37.33 PM writer with a focus on politics and social issues.

On stage he goes from angry to confused to goofy, all in pursuit of a good time and a little comedy truth. Joe grew up in New York and Connecticut and now lives in Philadelphia. He performs throughout Philly, New Jersey, and New York at clubs including Helium, Garden State Comedy Club, and Broadway Comedy Club.

 

Jeff Kreisler

Jeff is an award-winning comedy comedian, best selling author, TV show talking head, and internationally-touring, law-degree-wasting, funny-word-making satirist who believes that the world can be saved with more thinking, passion and naps. Winner of the Bill Hicks Spirit Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, radio host on PRN, regular on Showbiz Tonight & MSNBC, writer for Comedy Central, IFC, TheFinalEdition.com & TheStreet.com, cast member of Shoot The Messenger, author of the bestselling “Get Rich Cheating,” exec editor of “My Wall Street Journal,” and star of hit international festival shows, Jeff Kreisler explores politics, business, culture, and life with passion, absurdity, and hope. Lives in Hoboken and went to Princeton.

 

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Joan Weisblatt

Joan Weisblatt retired from the practice of law and became a standup comedian. 

She performs all over as a solo act and with the nationally-acclaimed stand up troupe,  Comedians at Law. Joan writes a weekly blogpost for the Comedians at Law website and is a staff writer and performer on The Lolo Show. Her website is joanweisblattcomedy.com.

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Scott Friedman did stand-up comedy for a couple of years in the 90’s while he was in college, and then decided to take a 20 year hiatus.  In 2011, he got back on the standup stage and has hit the ground running.  Scott is on The Borgata’s roster of comics and has worked with the likes of The Lovemaster, Craig Shoemaker; Jim Florentine from VH-1’s That Metal Show; Gilbert Gottfried; Kevin Downey, Jr. from America’s Got Talent; and he opened for Dom Irrera at the Tropicana Showroom in AC in front of 2,000 people.

Scott has a daily talk show on WPG Talk Radio 1450 AM in Atlantic City, can be heard weekly with his own segment on Big Daddy Graham’s show on Sports Radio 94 WIP in Philadelphia, and recently co-starred in a TV pilot called “Reconstructing Jersey” with NJ’s Bad Boy of Comedy, Mike Marin.

Todd Wachtel, Esq.

imagesTodd is so New Jersey that if you cut him, he bleeds salt-water taffy. Todd is the former producer of “The Jersey Toddshow”, a pioneer podcast, which was part of Adam Curry’s Podshow Network, and rebroadcast on Howard Stern’s network on Sirius Satellite Radio (now Sirius/XM).

Todd’s parents encouraged him to try stand-up comedy, and he thoroughly disappointed them by going to law school. He is now a practicing Workers’ Compensation attorney, going to Court daily, and  has been Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Please don’t tell his parents.

Kurt Zimmerman

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 1.46.31 PMKurt is a local comedian who produces show in the Robbinsville and East Windsor Areas.  He was performed in the past for Catch A Rising Star, Sarcasm, The Stand in NYC and others in the Tri State Area.  He can be heard as the host of the “Robbinsville Train Wreck” on Hamilton Radio.  (www.hamiltonradio.net)

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Steve Schwarz has lived in New Jersey since he was seven years old. He has been performing stand up comedy since 2012 and has been a full time computer science professor at a local community college for 14 years.

In 1994, Steve submitted a script to The Simpsons that was summarily rejected. The episode, entitled “Homer’s Nuclear Donuts”, would have been awesome! When he was a little boy, Steve loved Mad Magazine and used to write his own satire with his brother Larry.

Most of the good stuff was destroyed during Hurricane Floyd in 1999. 

Lynne Emonds

She may have been born in Philadelphia, but Lynne is a home-grown comic with the Jersey Fresh stamped on her in an area she Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 5.34.25 PMwill not divulge. At just 5’1 she’s frequently mistaken for an Oompa Loompa. She was raised in the South Jersey pines, graduated from Holy Spirit High School in Absecon then The College of New Jersey in Ewing before settling in Bordentown to begin her adult life or a reasonable facsimile thereof. Lynne’s relatively new to the stand-up comedy scene. She’s had regular gigs at Take 5 Gourmet in Robbinsville, NJ and hopes to one quit her day job working at the Chocolate Factory to pursue comedy full-time. You can find her on YouTube, WordPress, the Shire, and published right here.

Mike Motz

Mike Motz is a veteran of the NYC comedy scene who has performed at the top comedy clubs in the city.  In his mid-30’s he leftScreen Shot 2015-03-30 at 7.50.05 AM the corporate world behind to pursue his dream of being a comedian, and he hasn’t looked back.  Now a veteran with many years of experience, he’s decided to travel the country and build his fan base by performing anywhere and everywhere.

 The youngest of three children, Mike grew up in the suburbs of central New Jersey in the 70’s and 80’s.  A State Champion athlete in High School, Mike won an athletic scholarship to Rutgers University from where he graduated in 1990.  After college, Mike held a series of corporate sales positions, started up a few small business, then eventually focused completely on his comedy career.  

 In addition to performing at popular NYC comedy clubs, Mike co-starred for over four years with Emmy Award winner Ted Greenberg in the hit off-Broadway show “The Complete Performer”, and is also a senior member of internationally acclaimed Nat Turner Revue Improv Group. He is also an On-Air Performer for United Stations Radio Networks, served as the official Spokes Comic for sports and leisurewear provider Bowling Concepts, and is a contributor to the satiric online news site “What Exit NJ?”