To die by the hand of an enemy must be hard enough, but to be one of eight insurgents to reportedly lose lives at the expense of a bomb signed by Baba Booey? “Embarrassing,” according to stand-up comedian and northern Westchester resident Nick Di Paolo.
While flipping through photographs of his recent USO trip to Afghanistan, Di Paolo pointed out in an exclusive interview with me last week that he and fellow regulars from the Howard Stern radio show autographed a bomb that he said was later dropped by an unmanned “Reaper” plane onto eight enemy insurgents.
Signing the 500-pound weapon at a military base were Di Paolo, fellow comedians Artie Lange, Dave Attell and Jim Florentine and Stern radio producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate.
Mulled Di Paolo:
Imagine getting killed by a bomb signed by Baba Booey? How embarrassing.
Listen to the whole clip here:
And if you liked that clip and live in or close to the Lower Hudson Valley, tune in to RNN’s “NewsCenter Now” tonight at 5:45 p.m., when they’ll run a full three-minute segment of my interview with Nick D!
Related Suburbarazzi exclusive: Nick Di Paolo fires a few rounds, also shoots machine gun.
(Photo by Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News)
Yesterday, I had the chance to interview one of my all-time favorite stand-up comedians, Nick Di Paolo.
The northern Westchester resident spent about a week with the USO touring with other regulars from Howard Stern’s radio show: comedians Artie Lange, Dave Attell and Jim Florentine and producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate. And just minutes after performing a set at in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the military base came under attack and they were shuttled to a bunker for protection.
More about that later. Right now, I want to share with you a clip of Nick talking about his experience firing a machine gun and nearly starting an “international incident” while flying in a Blackhawk:
Just as amusing? Attell’s e-mailed response to Di Paolo’s Rambo impersonation:
I don’t think I have ever seen him more excited and happy (than) when he got a chance to shoot machine guns out the door of a Blackhawk helicopter. Thank God he’s on our side.
More clips from my exclusive interview with Di Paolo will be posted next week. Have a great weekend, everyone!
(Photo by Carucha Meuse/The Journal News.)
Normally, when thereâ€™s bombing in the vicinity of a comedy show, itâ€™s due to terrible jokes, not mortar fire.
But northern Westchester resident Nick DiPaolo and fellow regulars of Howard Sternâ€™s radio show had to duck and cover following their USO show in Afghanistan early last week.
According to The Daily News, DiPaolo had just finished a show with fellow comedians Artie Lange, Jim Florentine and Dave Attell and Sternâ€™s radio producer Gary Dellâ€™Abate when the Kandahar base where they were performing came under mortar fire. The Stern crew reportedly waited for 35 minutes in a secure bunker before shelling stopped and they emerged uninjured.
Rick Dorfman, DiPaolo’s manager, told Suburbarazzi today that the local comedian returned to the United States uninjured and was already en route to the Just For Laughs festival in MontrÃ©al, where he was headlining for a series called “The Nasty Show.”
But really, how nasty could things be by comparison?
(Photo by Mark Vergari/InTown Magazine)
Greg Fitzsimmons, a frequent sit-in guest on Howard Stern’s radio show and a Tarrytown product, talked Thursday about the apparent suicide of journeyman stand-up comic Richard Jeni. Fitzsimmons told the former Briarcliff Manor deejay he received a late-night phone call from fellow comic Dave Attell, then reflected on his own 17 years as a stand-up comedian and Jeni’s personal life.
<blockquote><div>You see somebody who you respect that much and who you think has got it all, and then it ends like that and you realize that they’re really unhappy and that’s my future. Luckily I’m married and I have kids and I love them. I have some more balance in my life that he didn’t have. … His whole identity was as a stand-up comic. One quote that I heard was (from) a friend of mine (who) talked to him the week before (Jeni died) and (Jeni) was freaking out because his 2007 calendar was not filled — the <em>whole</em> year had not been filled. There were holes in it.</div></blockquote>
When fellow stand-up comedian Artie Lange chimed in with “See, that’s a sickness. That’s, like, crazy,” Fitzsimmons agreed to an extent.
<blockquote><div>That made him crazy. And again, I don’t want to say why he did it. I have no idea. There were rumors that he had an illness; there’s obviously a possibility that he had chemical problems.</div></blockquote>