Monday, September 29, 2014

Last Comic Standing Tour Review

So, as you know from our previous coverage, we recently got a chance to cover the Last Comic Standing tour featuring the final five from the NBC show. I have to tell you, the show did not disappoint. First of all, the venue at Foxwoods was perfect for a comedy show since there were no bad seats in the house (though ours were particularly good in my opinion!)

The show opened with a fantastic set from Rocky Laporte who I barely saw perform on the show. His"tips" were a great opener.

Next up was my comic crush, Joe Machi. Joe seemed really nervous, but that is his comedic style so it worked to his advantage. The crowd was definitely Machi Nation friendly with a fan yelling out that he should have won, to which Machi replied, "I deserved that."

Lachlan Patterson and Nikki Carr both managed to deliver sets with completely new material and both were even better live than on the show. Lachlan's bit about bodybuilders was comedic genius. Finally, winner Rod Man closed the show with his rambling humor and absolute likeability.

All the comics were waiting outside the theater after the show and I snagged a sweet new profile picture with my boo, Joe.

All in all, we had a fantastic night. Check out the Last Comic Standing tour in a city near you and definitely check out the awesome venue at Foxwoods when you are in the area!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Last Comic Standing Tour Spotlight Interview: Joe Machi

We are so excited for the upcoming Last Comic Standing tour, coming to New England this week! We recently got a chance to interview our personal favorite comic from the show: Joe Machi. If you haven't seen Joe's comedy before, you are missing out! His comedic style is unlike any other and you need to check him out on his YouTube or as the Frightened Correspondent. Check out our convo below and the full tour schedule so you don't miss out on your chance to see these great comedians live!

Photo courtesy of Joe's Facebook page


Joe, Who were the funny people that influenced you most to pursue stand up?

Norm MacDonald and to a lesser degree Andy Kaufman. Norm always does what he thinks is funny. That may seem simple but a lot of comics write what's popular or what they think an audience will like. This takes away risk and individuality and makes for bland jokes.

What was the most challenging part of the Last Comic Standing show?


The most challenging part thing was that being on a TV show means a lot of other people want to give you input. Once you get to a certain level of comedy taking advice becomes bad. People see what made other comics a success. That doesn't mean it would or should work for you. Even the judges or mentors advice seemed like good advice for other people but not for me.

What has it been like to be on this tour so far? Is there pressure to be constantly funny with all these great comics around?

So far the tour has been great. It's a new experience to do shows in 1,500 seat theatres where everyone is excited to see you. I don't feel pressure to be funny with other comics around. I've gotten to know them well enough that it's more like hanging out with friends now.

What advice would you give new comedians just starting out?

Write what you think is funny then carve it down to what an audience also thinks is funny. It's good to fail. Comedians that kill every night usually are doing well because they're going for low hanging fruit. Stay away from stereotypes!

What's up next for you after this tour? Anything big in the works that we should know about?

I'm going to try to do a longer TV special and release an album next year. I haven't been doing comedy nearly as long as the other comics on tour. They all have albums. I feel unprepared when people ask me "where is your album?" after shows.



Sunday, September 21, 2014

We Loved Story Land!

If you were reading the blog last year, you may have seen our coverage of Story Land, in New Hampshire. Well, lucky ol' us got a chance to revisit the park before getting back to the grind of school and work and we had and even better time than last year! Both the girls were a little older and willing to go on more thrilling rides, and Lea is exactly 36", a.k.a. the exact height needed for any of the rides her parents probably want to go on!

Yes!

Since it was still pretty hot out, we went on every water attraction there and I haven't laughed that much in a long time; we got drenched on some of them! New to Story Land this year is the wooden Roar-O-Saurus. Lea was a smidge too little for it, so Daddy and Zoe went on a couple times and loved it! 


The day was amazing and a perfect end to summer. Story Land has something for everyone from babies to big kids and their parents as well. I have to say, the best thing is that there is hardly ever a wait for rides even on a busy day; that to a parent is a huge draw, am I right? You have to get down to Story Land. The park is open on weekends through Columbus Day (which happens to be my absolute favorite week to visit New Hampshire!) Check out our good times below and don't wait until summer, live the fairytale dream at Story Land this fall!



Our fave ride!



Just gorgeous

No visit is complete without saying hi to Cinderella!


Our ride home?




Thursday, September 18, 2014

LeapBand by LeapFrog Makes Fitness Fun!

As you may have seen on my social media pages, September 6 was national "Fit Made Fun" day and I got a great opportunity to host a MommyParty sponsored by CLIF Kids and LeapFrog. We got a chance to try out the brand new LeapFrog product: LeapBand, which is a kid's version of those fitness bands us adults wear, but so much more fun. The LeapBand offers games and (my favorite) timed challenges that make kids get off their butts and get active. We had some of the monsters' friends over for some outdoor exercise and healthy snacks and really lived the hashtag of #fitmadefun!



I definitely recommend the new LeapBand because all the kids loved it; whether they were crawling like snakes or jumping in the air, their bodies were in motion and having fun all at the same time. Like all other LeapFrog products, you get regular reports via email of your child's activity and accomplishments with the product....pretty cool! I even printed out some awards, shown below, for the kids for their athletic accomplishments that day; they loved that!


Raising my little vegan monsters, I believe in physical health and activity so much...healthy kids become healthy adults! Definitely check out LeapBand and our party pics below and show me your best #fitmadefun photos using that hashtag on Facebook or Twitter!












We received products to host our party with, but all opinions are our own.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last Comic Standing Tour: Coming Soon to Bring the Laughs to You!


I am counting down the days until September 25th....why you ask? The Last Comic Standing Tour is coming to Foxwoods Casino and we are covering the event! If you didn't watch Last Comic Standing on NBC this year, you really missed out. There were great new judges, including Roseanne, and absolutely hilarious comedians! The top five comedians are going on a national tour and it should be a night full of belly laughs featuring Nikki Carr, Joe Machi, Lachlan Patterson, Rocky Laporte, and winner Rod Man.

Stay tuned on this blog for more coverage of this tour including an interview coming soon, as well as live coverage the night of the show. I will also be letting you know all the great Foxwoods comedy and entertainment events coming this fall; trust me, Foxwoods has a ton to offer! You can check out all the tour dates for the Last Comic Standing tour in the meantime by clicking the link below!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Maximum Relaxation and Family Fun at Indian Head Resort


We love New Hampshire at the Monster household. We definitely try to get up there at least once a year to hit up all the kiddie venues and see the gorgeous mountains. On our recent trip up to visit Story Land and Whale's Tale with the girls, we stayed at the Indian Head Resort in scenic Lincoln. I have to say, this resort is awesome!

We stayed in one of the Lakeview Premium rooms and we were not disappointed. There were two super comfy beds (we also got a pack and play for Lea) a sitting area, but most importantly, a spectacular view of the lake and mountains!






Are they even serious with that view? It was breathtaking and the girls were obsessed with going on the deck to look at the mountains. That lake you see even offers paddle boats during your stay. The view only got more beautiful in the morning too; what a way to wake up!

WOW!

The resort also offers one of the best outdoor pool areas I have ever had the pleasure to swim in. The pool was toasty warm despite the cool mountain air. The outdoor hot tub was also super relaxing. Zoe, who is just figuring out the whole swimming thing, did not want to leave the pool area the entire visit.

We also visited what I would like to call the tower of terror....well at least for me who is afraid of heights! The resort has a tower you can climb to get even more amazing panoramic views of the mountains.

Yikes!



Couldn't convince me to stand up!
Our trip to Indian Head was an absolute 10 out of 10! Foliage season will be starting soon and I cannot think of a better place to visit to take in all that New Hampshire beauty; I definitely hope to visit again soon! The resort is offering lots of great events this fall/winter like:

November 26 - 28


November 28 - 30


December 5 - 7


December 12 - 14


December 12 - 14

Check out Indian Head Resort....trust me, you will thank me for it!








Thursday, September 4, 2014

We had a Whale of a Good Time at Whale's Tale: Lincoln

The last week before school started again, I just knew we had to get one last family trip in. I knew immediately that I wanted to return to New Hampshire. We went (and blogged about) there last summer and had such a great time. This trip, we got a chance to try out a new attraction that this New Hampshire connoisseur had shockingly never visited: Whale's Tale.



Whale's Tale is pretty awesome! For one, the whole family can play in the only wave pool in the White Mountains. Zoe absolutely loved the wave pool and pretty much refused to leave. Admission includes use of 11 waterslides,the huge wave pool, and the best lazy river I have been on...it seriously went on forever! There were also two kids play areas: one is more geared for toddlers and the other for bigger kids; the latter features some fast kiddie slides and lots of splashing and spraying water.

The two kiddie areas

Everything at the park was clean and well taken care of, and there were plenty of safety vests available at no cost for the girls to use. We truly had a wonderful day at Whale's Tale. The park is now closed for the season, but you need to get there next summer. Check out the hours and admission prices below as well as more pictures from our great day at Whale's Tale.

How beautiful of a day!


Loving life




My lil' blonde fishy



Wish I were there right now!



Hours
June 27 - August 24 
10am - 6pm
Prices
$35 - General Admission 
$25 - After 3 
$5 - Toddler (Age 3 and under, who can walk) 
FREE - Infants and 70+