It Feels So Good to Laugh

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It Feels So Good to Laugh

Boy, do we need to laugh. Now, more than ever. And I have a great way to accomplish this.

Prolific comedy writer, author, producer, and all around nice guy, Alan Zweibel will be appearing at 92Y this Monday evening at 7:30 (virtually, of course) along with friends Lewis Black, Susie Essman and Mary Karr. Alan will talk about his new book, “Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier” and chat with his pals about their careers and what makes us laugh.

On his own, Alan is a hilarious storyteller and a joy. I can just imagine the laugh riot that will take place on Monday evening. 

To join Alan and his friends go to

It just feels so good to laugh.

Some important initiatives taking place:

Feed The Frontlines is an organization started by restaurateur Luca Di Pietro, owner of Tarallucci e Vino Restaurants in New York. Luca found a way to feed hospital workers, while at the same time, keep his restaurant and others afloat. In a short time, the organization has feed thousands of stressed and depleted healthcare workers on the front lines. To help sustain the organization and the restaurants go to:

As businesses slowly open up, those in the live entertainment and performing arts industry know that it will be a much longer road before they can return to work. With that in mind, Paula Suozzi and Theresa Ganley, who work at the Metropolitan Opera, initiated a petition on to extend benefits beyond July 31 for those in the performing arts.

To sign the petition supporting performing arts industry workers click here.

And to hear conversations with the people behind these initiatives, and my interview with the fabulous Alan Zweibel, listen to “Bagels and Broadway with Valerie Smaldone”  Saturday morning from 9:05-10 on WNYM Radio-AM970.

Or you can hear the podcast following the broadcast of the show:

Bagels and Broadway with Valerie Smaldone Podcast – Bagels and Broadway with Valerie Smaldone – “Bagels and Broadway with Valerie Smaldone” features conversations with Broadway celebrities, creative teams, producers who work passionately to bring shows to the stage, and the numerous un-sung heroes who are integral to mounting a production. Since dining out and attending the theatre go hand-in-hand, restaurant and food segments are featured as well. A native New Yorker who was born, raised, educated and spent her entire career in New York, Valerie Smaldone knows the New York area. You’ll hear Valerie discussing the show she attended last night on or off- Broadway, or where she had tapas, antipasto or mezze with a glass of phenomenal wine (from a country you didn’t even know produced wine!) Valerie also concentrates on other theatrical venues: including in New Jersey, off-Broadway or non-traditional theatre spaces. So, you bring the bagels, she’ll bring Broadway…Saturday mornings at 9.


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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