After two years of performing during the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, comedian Tony Deyo has made his television debut.
Deyo, a comedian who strives to provide his audiences with a clean, but funny show, garnered some laughs Monday evening when he appeared on "Conan." My favorite joke: "I live in New York City," Deyo said. "About a year ago, Hurricane Sandy went through New York. I was traveling at the time. I was watching the news, keeping up with it, and on the news, they said that 38 people died that day when the hurricane went through. Now, 38 sounds like a big number, but New York is a giant city. It made me wonder how many people die there on a normal day. It turns out 156. Hurricane Sandy saved lives."
Deyo's standup act can be viewed by visiting: www.teamcoco.com/video/tony-deyo-09-09-13.
Deyo will appear at Buffalo's Helium Comedy Club Sept. 12-14. For more information, visit www.tonydeyo.com.
On another funny television note, for the first time more than a decade, I've found myself enjoying something on MTV. "Liquid TV," which MTV calls its "Awesomest Animation," is a continuation of the adventure into the strange that was the "Liquid Television" of the 1990s.
In the days of amazingly well done animations such as "Aeon Flux" and "The Maxx," "Liquid Television" broke barriers with its genre-defying violence-ridden mature content, and "Liquid TV" is doing just the same. Those who haven't yet seen the series, think Cartoon Network's "Robot Chicken." Or, just try it yourself by visiting www.liquidtelevision.com, where full episodes are available.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Night Lights Fall Music Festival Is Set For Friday And Saturday: The Great Blue Heron music festival grounds in Sherman will be alive with sights and sounds as the fifth annual eco-tourism event celebrates its fall festival.
The fall music festival will present several national artists alongside past favorites and regional talent.
Headlining at this year's festival is pianist Marco Benevento and his band, which features Dave Dreiwitz of Ween, on bass and Andrew Borger, who has toured with Tom Waits and Norah Jones, on drums. Benevento's latest album "TigerFace," a critically acclaimed 10-track collection, features an all-star cast including: Matt Chamberlain, Pearl Jam's drummer and Mike Gordon, Phish's bassist.
The festival will also feature talent such as: The Heavy Pets, Jimkata, Aqueous, The Manhattan Project, Schleigho, Lazlo Hollyfeld, Smackdab and others.
Night Lights Fall Music Fest, which began during the third year of Night Lights at the Heron, is the brainchild of longtime Western New York musicians Lazlo Hollyfeld and visual artist Doug Sitler. It aims to bring together musicians, visual arts and fans in the enchanted forest of the Blue Heron grounds. Set to the back drop of Doug's visceral lights display, Night Lights Fest transforms the Heron into a magical two-day experience of sound and lights.
Tickets, which are $55 presale and $70 at the gate, are available at www.nightlightsfest.com. All tickets include weekend camping, parking and music.
Filsinger Games To Release New Card Game Pack: Filsinger Games is set to release a card game which focuses on wrestlers managed by company owner Tom Filsinger, the Dark Menace.
Filsinger adopted the name Dark Menace based on a book he wrote, "The Dark Menace of the Universe," which was released in 2005.
Filsinger began his career as a wrestling manager in 2006 in Detroit, where he managed Rex Havoc and Michael Kai Rayne to earn the tag team belts. Both wrestlers will be featured in the new game pack called Dark Menace Forces.
More recently Filsinger has managed Luscious Rocky Reynolds and Black Sheep Benett Cole at an event in March at Jamestown Community College which was organized by promoter Randy Grey. Reynolds and Cole are known as the tag team "Criminal Justice," and they defended their tag belts with the Dark Menace at their side.
Dark Menace Forces will begin mailing Monday, Sept. 23. For more information, visit www.filsingergames.com.
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Brian K. Chase: 6-9 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood.
Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.
The Dirty Mountain Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Bellini Lounge, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.
Cindy Love: 8-10 p.m., Sully's Pub, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Brian K. Chase: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., The Tap Room, 43 E. Main St. (Route 20) in Westfield.
Uncle Clauds Band: 4-7 p.m., Acoustics On The Lake, Long Point State Park marina.
DJs Unlimited Dancing For Dollars Party: 8-11 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Smokehouse: 8-11 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.
Jamestown Thunder Community Drum Circle: noon-2:30 p.m., in the pavilion at Ellery Town Park in Greenhurst. Extra drums are available.