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Stand Up Comedy at The Cove

July 19, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Ellen Karis is the “Greek Goddess of Comedy” having performed stand-up comedy all over North America alongside such notables comedians as Drew Carey, Jimmy “JJ” Walker and Sebastian Maniscalco. The entertainment industry has hailed her as the “little dynamo” given her petite stature, strong improv skills and ability to build a quick rapport with any audience. Born and raised in NYC in a traditional strict Greek home, her brand of sarcastic, observational humor has been described along the same lines as comedy legends Joan Rivers and Richard Lewis. Her jokes about her marriage and family, trying to make it in show business against all odds, addiction to sweets and the absurdities of the ever changing pop culture, youth obsessed world we live in, are relatable to any crowd type, Her hour comedy special “By the Way, I’m Ellen Karis” received rave reviews. She has built up a long resume of Corporate and Private Events due to her ability to be clean, not offensive, office appropriate and still hilariously funny.

Ellen is incredibly popular in the Greek-American community being one of the few Greek female stand-up comedians performing today. She has traveled all over the US and Canada with her Greek themed stand-up show performing for Hellenic Organizations and Churches. She nails the nuances of life as a Greek-American right on the head and in a way that is relatable to all ethnicities.

As an acclaimed actress, Ellen has worked in TV, Film and Theatre. She has featured role as a waitress the past several seasons in Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, as well as appearing in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” Marvel Comics Netflix Show “The Punisher”, Showtime’s “Billions”, NBC’s “Blacklist”, HBO’s “Sopranos” and the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler feature film “Sisters”.

Starting her career as a CPA with an MBA in Finance, she parlayed her quick wit and job experience on Wall Street to become a humorist on many of the cable news shows, as well as a frequent guest on talk radio and Sirius XM.

MIKE GAFFNEY was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, has appeared on The Artie Lange Show, has two appearances on Gotham Comedy Live as well as The Best of Gotham Comedy Live and has been seen on 30 Rock and FBI.

His first CD My Kids Need You to Buy This…. was released by RoofTopComedy. Mike’s Dry Bar special “Dummy Magnet” is out now.

MIKE GAFFNEY grew up in a tough New Jersey neighborhood where he quickly learned that he needed to get tough or get funny…  He is not that tough, but Mike Gaffney is very funny. Mike’s style of comedy is very conversational, discussing day to day life, not only as a single dad, but as a friend, son, uncle, and all-around good guy. Wherever he performs, Mike wins the audience’s love and respect with his personal take on life and fatherhood. He is always found to be very relate-able, likable, and his high energy and quick wit will always keep audiences engaged and entertained.

Mike took to the stage at 32, which is a little older than most. He spent a few years grinding it out before taking the next step and he decided that his love for comedy was too strong, so he hit the stage full speed ahead. He is a comedy club favorite up and down the east coast as well as NYC. You can hear Mike on his weekly podcast All in Our Heads.

Mike was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Executive Producer Wanda Sykes was so impressed with Mike, that she used his clip to promote Last Comic Standing on Ellen and The View. He has appeared on The Artie Lange Show, has two appearances on Gotham Comedy Live as well as The Best of Gotham Comedy Live AXSTV, 30 Rock NBC and FBI CBS. He has received rave reviews in both the Examiner and Reality Rewind.

Whether he is talking about being a single father or clean living, his show appeals to audiences of all ages.

Mike’s CD My Kids Need You to Buy This … was released on RoofTopComedy.

 This guy is so good! His delivery is amazing, and his jokes were excellent. He told his life, and I loved hearing about it, and he was spot-on! Keenan said he loved it, and it was a great set. Russell said it was a great set and he has a fresh take on raising them. Roseanne said he was getting pissed off and she was relating, and she loved it.”  – Todd Betzold (quotes from Last Comic Standing)

Mick Thomas – Born and raised in Wexford, Ireland, it wasn’t until moving to New York that Mick’s stand-up comedy career was born. A natural performer and insightful writer, in a few short years Mick has blown away one club owner after the next with his honest and genuinely original takes on American society and life as a young and dedicated family man. Mick Thomas entertains audiences regularly all across Long Island and Manhattan, and is swiftly becoming one of the most sought after acts in Clubs and Casinos up and down the East Coast. Mick has performed with the biggest names in comedy including Dom Irrera, Norm Macdonald and Jim Breuer.


July 19, 2023
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm