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By ED CONDRAN Correspondent
Most New Jersey residents will never forget where they were when Hurricane Sandy rocked the Garden State with unprecedented force last month.
Newark native and Roosevelt resident Steve Trevelise was exactly where he wanted to be when Sandy ravaged his beloved home state.
The evening host (7 to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday) of New Jersey 101.5 FM (WKXW) was on the air reporting about the effects of “the Frankenstorm” and taking calls from fellow Garden Staters dealing with the effects of the historic system.
“I felt like Walter Cronkite,” says Trevelise. “Most outlets were focusing on what was happening in New York. But people tuned in to our station because we are New Jersey. I had the privilege of letting people know what was happening and it was wonderful interacting with those that were calling in.”
The animated Trevelise clearly enjoyed visiting with an eclectic group of listeners from throughout the state during an extraordinary night.
Then again, he has a blast holding court during ordinary evenings as well.
“This is the best radio job I ever had,” says Trevelise. “It’s a dream job since what I do is akin to what I did while growing up in Union City on the stoop. I shoot the breeze. I sit out there and talk with whomever wants to talk with me. Anyone can come out and listen.”
The topics Trevelise brings to the table range from best candy bar jingles to what New Jersey resident would you most like to meet.
“People in New Jersey love Bruce Springsteen,” Trevelise says. “That’s no surprise. But then you had to tune in to hear who else they want to meet. I try to have some fun, talk about music, do some comedy.”
“I’ve known Trev for almost 30 years and the thing about him is that he has this tremendous work ethic,” New Jersey 101.5 brand director Eric Johnson says.
“Steve oozes Jersey culture. He’s a (New York) Giants fan. The people love him. He’s doubled the ratings at night at the station. He’s been great.”
Comedy has been a big part of Trevelise’s life. He’s been a stand-up comic for the last generation and he is the owner and general manager of Sarcasm Comedy Club, which on Saturday features its comedy competition with headliner Billy Terrell at two shows.
“It’s a wonderful thing to own a club and also to be able to get out there and perform,” says Trevelise. “It’s a great time. We’ll have celebrity judges come out. We’ll have icons like Robert Klein and Uncle Floyd play the club. And we’re going to present the unpredictable Gilbert Gottfried at Pitman’s Broadway Theater in February.”
Sarcasm also hosts a comedy class. Alums such as former Philadelphia Eagle Garry Cobb, wrestling legend King Kong Bundy and Eric Potts have cut their comedic teeth there. The latter has earned the MC gig at Sarcasm and will introduce Gottfried when he returns to South Jersey in February.
“I think we have a little something for everyone,” says Trevelise. “If you want to learn how to become a comic, come on out. If you want to just laugh and forget about everything, come on out.”
Trevelise, who owns a shore house in Sea Isle City, is a dynamo. Aside from working the night shift at New Jersey 101.5 and toiling at his club in Cherry Hill, he does the weekend overnight shifts and weekday updates at WIP.
“It helps when you love what you do,” he says. “I enjoy what I do at WIP. I’m used to doing what I do there. It’s great there. It’s great to be at New Jersey 101.5 and I love what I do at Sarcasm.
“The wonderful thing is that I get to do what I love and how many people get to say that? I believe that I’m in a unique situation. I’m incredibly fortunate.”
Steve Trevelise’s Sarcasm Comedy Club features its comedy competition with Billy Terrell headlining at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the venue at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 2349 W. Marlton Pike/Route 70 East in Cherry Hill. Tickets: $20. Information: 856-382-6253.
Sarcasm is a form of wit that is intended to make its victim the target of contempt or ridicule.
And that is exactly what Steve Trevelise was hinting at when he used the word in the name of his new club, Sarcasm Comedy Club in Cherry Hill.
“I think sarcasm not only best describes my personlity, but is the best way for us to look at the world,” Trevelise said. “Comedy is where we look at the world right in the eye and laugh in its face. Right now, we’ve never needed it more.”
Trevelise, who has aired on Philadelphia radio for 25 years, began his career reading updates on “The Howard Stern Show.”
“Now I work on WIP with Howard Eskin,” he said. “ I started performing stand-up comedy in (2000) and have opened for Robert Klein, Gabe Kaplan, Pat Cooper and the late Richard Jeni.”
Trevelise has performed at The Borgata in Atlantic City and has been the emcee and general manager of Catch a Rising Star in Princeton for the last five years. Catch a Rising Star, a comedy club tradition which got its start in 1972 in New York City, has five clubs all over the country including the one in Princeton.
The grand opening for his latest project, Sarcasm Comedy Club, was on Jan. 16 and he has been hosting stand-up shows every Friday night at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday night at 7:30 and 10 p.m. since opening night.
Take the Sarcasm Comedy Club’s beginners comedy class … please. OK, well Henny Youngman’s oft quoted “Take my wife…please” joke doesn’t really apply in this instance (well maybe it does if you really think about it), but for anyone who has ever fostered a desire to try their hand at standup comedy, maybe this course is for you.
I’ve always been fascinated with standup comedy. One of the earliest memories of standup I have is when Comedy Central debuted in the early ‘90s Jersey and I caught The Amazing Jonathan special (Lounge Lizards anyone) and became infatuated. People could actually do this for a living? Be filthy on stage, make fun of customers who bought tickets and still be beloved?
Sign me up. Continue reading