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It’s offical. I’m a New Yorkian, err whatever. Quick recap of my first 24 hours in the city. Food, Nap, Halloween Party at Etsy offices (very cool), Cardinals win the World Series (which is exciting because that means I don’t have to consciously NOT WATCH baseball for year), and I wake up the first morning to a beautiful (from inside at least) day long snowfall. Thanks for spoiling me, New York.

ATTENTION NEW YORK FRIENDS: 3 shows next week (see schedule)

Here’s the view out my front window when I woke up.

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Beards of Comedy “Best Comedy Collective”

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Creative Loafing ATLANTA has selected the Beards as the “Best Comedy Collective” in the city. We’re really glad for the honor and recognition as we all transition to other parts of the country to continue to build our presence. Big thanks to everyone who has supported us through the years. THANKS!

(See article below)

In 2009, rising comedians Andy Sandford, Dave Stone, TJ Young and Joe Zimmerman looked for a hook to promote their touring shows. The then-clean-shaven Zimmerman suggested he grow a beard so they could take the name the Beards of Comedy. The Beards provide a laid-back but hilarious lineup, with humor ranging from Stone and Young’s self-deprecating quips about being big and sweaty to more conceptual shtick, like Sandford’s imitation of Morgan Freeman reading lyrics of the Wu-Tang Clan. The hirsute foursome reliably represent Atlanta’s scruffy alt-comedy scene — at least until they move to New York this fall. beardsofcomedy.com.

To see the listing on the CL Website Click Here.

LaughFest 2011 Review

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“I’ve seen T.J. Young perform a few times in the past and his material and delivery seem to improve with each performance. Young was probably the cleanest comic of the night, but he was also one of the funniest. Besides a fart joke or two, Young didn’t go for visceral or what some might call “cheap” laughs. I love dirty and/or childish humor, and I often find myself yawning in the presence of clean comedy. However, this comic won me over with his well-crafted observations on the mundane. The fact that Young didn’t have to say anything edgy to get laughs speaks volumes about his skill as a comedian—especially when one takes into account the fact that he was following a procession of edgier comics. And as a comic who calls Athens home, Young was clearly in his element; he even ended a joke by saying that it would only work in Athens. The joke involved pickup trucks, pickup lines and hybrid cars.”

This is an excerpt from a review of the LaughFest 2011 show at the 40 Watt, on Jun 22nd. Written by Kevin Craig, freelance writer for Flagpole Magazine. Click here to read the full article.

LaughFest Interview (AthFest 2011)

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TJ Young has performed in Athens for a decade now.

First honing his chops as a happy-go-lucky percussionist, he successfully parlayed his talents into a career as a happy-go-lucky comedian – who uses no percussion whatsoever.  But there is more to comedy than punch lines. And more to percussion than making loud noises – lest we forget a little thing called rhythm. If nineties trance act, Snap! taught us nothing else, they left us with this: “rhythm is a dancer.”  This bold and prescient claim has valid application in TJ Young, often found dancing at various Athens locales, rhythmically.  However this is more of a passion than a true calling. For a living, he tells jokes in front of real live people.

Late last week, he answered some of ABH’s questions on the way back from Indiana, a state in the union.  Wouldn’t you know it; some of his responses are legitimately funny. (JK, TJ; you had us in stitches, start to finish) We can’t wait for the show.

ABH:  TJ Young…Who is TJ Young?

Teej: I am TJ Young. I was on tour in Indianapolis with the Beards of Comedy…I’m heading back to Athens to perform at LaughFest 2011. We were traveling in a Lexus. So, we looked like high-class business travelers…if that business was donuts and farts.

ABH: What is the most interesting thing you’ve seen on the road today thus far?

Teej: It was a tie between seeing a fireworks stand called “Sad Sam’s Fireworks”…Sam was a crying clown, not kidding. I don’t think you should buy anything explosive from a clown, and especially not one suffering from depression. And, I saw a “Jewish Hospital”. I’d never heard of such a thing, but I knew it was a Jewish Hospital because it said it in huge letters on the top of the building…and it had big curly ribbons dangling down either side of the building. Which I thought was a bit much.

ABH: What are some interesting things we can expect to see at the 2nd Annual Laughfest?

Teej: You can expect to see a unicyclist on fire and a sasquatch juggling babies. I mean you WON’T see these things, but you can certainly expect to. You’re an adult, do what you want.

ABH: Who is performing at the show this Wednesday?

Teej: Dan Telfer, Dave Waite, TJ Young, Chris Patton, Natalie Glaser, Matt Gilbert, Luke Fields, and Drew Dickerson.

ABH: Favorite television show currently on air?

Teej: Game of Thrones… it’s like if Tosh.0 wasn’t about internet videos and it was set in medieval times.

ABH: How has Athens helped you grow as an artist?

Teej: I think the biggest advantage that Athens has been is it’s size relative it’s concentration of artists. There are so many creative people packed in this smallish town that it challenges you to do two things… 1) To CREATE – You’re constantly reminded and inspired to create and explore because the atmosphere here is so music/arts focused and 2) To – PROMOTE – There is so much here that you also have to learn to promote yourself and your art in order to get noticed, which if you desire to make a living as an artist it an important skill to develop.

ABH:  What musical act are you most excited to see at Athfest?

Teej:  Some would say that picking ONE band you wanna see at AthFest is like picking which of your children is your favorite. But, I disagree. The difference between children and musicians is that most children can be trusted to dress themselves. But, I will pick a handful… The Agenda, The Shutups, The Chasers and in keeping with this theme, THE Reptar.

ABH:  Great Picks Teej! We also love your new Beards of Comedy Video.  Heatles 2.0?

(This article appeared in the Athens Banner Herald – Wed. June 22, 2011. Interview by Jimmy Sherfy, a great freelance writer in Athens and a friend of TJ’s for many years. Thanks, Jimmy!)

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“Wide-eyed and wry, Young…avoids many of the clichéd mannerisms and styles of the contemporary stand-up world without coming across as arrogant, smug, or snarky. Poker-faced confidence…well-spoken, self-deprecating commentary on popular American culture and the doofus lifestyle.”

– T. Ballard Lesemann (Charleston City Paper)

WELCOME! to TJ’s new site…yes THAT TJ.

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I hope this will be a way for me to continue connecting with great fans and friends all across the web-iverse…but it’s more than likely going to be another thing I forget to do everyday…so stay tuned for that too.  Visit my links and “like” me on Facebook, “follow” me on twitter and email me for general questions and booking inquires.  By the way, you look very nice today.