From Brooklyn to Howell: How Comedian Joseph Anthony has transitioned to New Jersey – wobm.com
There are playful debates that everyone heading into and through New Jersey will have like the epic Pork Roll vs. Taylor Ham battle, or discussing jug handles and u-turns, if Central Jersey exists, and so on.
Sometimes it turns into material for Comedians who grew up in New Jersey, who've transplanted here, or who visit with shows over time.
Joseph Anthony joined us on 'Shore Time with Vin and Dave' on Sunday morning on 94.3 The Point and 105.7 The Hawk to discuss his roots, comedy shows, upcoming performance, and his work with the Manasquan-based non-profit 'Bridging The Gap' which helps Veterans.
His move from Brooklyn to Howell Township several years back remains an adjustment from city life to suburban life.
"I haven't," Anthony tells Townsquare Media. "I have concrete in my blood — it's not terrible, it's a nice place to live, but, ya know, I'm not the typical suburbanite, I've had neighbors here for over 20 years that I don't know their first name, it's getting to the wave game. When you live in New York, everyone's in each other's business in the best and worst of ways — that's tough for me transitioning, and, probably still transitioning."
There's a balance of things he does enjoy about the Jersey Shore and New Jersey overall, but, also some things that he explains bother him.
"The one thing I like about being down here in Monmouth County is access to the Shore, you can't not love the Shore — I do – and I don't miss the traffic, because, now, when everyone's stuck in traffic, I'm going in a direction where there's no traffic," Anthony said.
Then, there are the jug handles in New Jersey.
"I think the jug handle joke, as far as comics who transplant like myself, is kind of played out — I'd like to make a left," Anthony said. "There's where I got to be but I can't be there for another 15-minutes. You're seeing where you got to go on the left side but you have to drive 2 miles until you hit the jug handle."
One significantly good part about what he does wholeheartedly when not on stage is helping the Manasquan-based non-profit 'Bridging The Gap' run by retired Commander Chief Master Sergeant Mike Ferraro which helps Veterans in a couple of different ways including career transition back home.
"What Bridging The Gap does is — in short — getting Veterans ready for the workforce, helping them with interviewing, helping them with resumes, everything is free for them, and even job placement, because, he (Ferraro) has nearly 200 companies that he deals with who are Veteran friendly to place these Veterans who come out of the service and can't maybe translate what they did in the service into civilian work," Anthony said.
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