The Record (June 01, 2010) - Five Questions: Greg Aidala - By: Rebecca Eppelmann
Greg Aidala is a Loudonville native who is hosting Laughs for Lark Tavern Wednesday night to benefit Tess' Lark Tavern at The Linda, WAMC's performing arts studio, at 339 Central Ave. in Albany at 7 p.m.
Q What drew you to stand-up initially?
A My family and friends are very funny. Growing up (and still now), we'd always watch movies of the comedy genre and recite back the funny lines — verbatim. I also remember listening as a kid, to my father's copy of 'The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart' — on vinyl! (I still have it)
Q Where are some of the places you've performed (locally and otherwise)?
A I've performed from New York City to Los Angeles, California. Locally I've performed at Proctors, the Egg, colleges, bars/restaurants, golf courses and for the past 4 years, I've produced and hosted 'The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase' which sold out every show and was held at Tess' Lark Tavern.
Q Has being from Loudonville played into your routine at all?
A Yes, I get to make fun of all the rich, ostentatious people! (kidding) Loudonville was a great place to grow up. My father still lives there and some of the neighbors from when I was growing up still live in my fathers neighborhood. Just like my family, my neighbors are very supportive of my comedy career.
Q How did you get to know Tess from Lark Tavern?
A I met her through a friend in 1999. She would ask me of what I wanted to do in entertainment. Even though I was 25 and not into the business yet, she supported my ideas and goals. Her interest in my life both personally and in business, has lasted to the day. She's one of my biggest fans and I, one of hers.
Q Why should people attend Laughs for Lark Tavern?
A Firstly, this a great benefit for a great woman who has always given back to the Albany arts scene. And secondly why people should come out — they are going to see a great comedy show! Where else on a Wednesday night in Albany are going to see comedians who have performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central, HBO, VH1 and MTV.