<html> <head> <title>Greg Aidala | Press</title> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="../css/style.css" /> </head> <body> <div class="popup" style="padding-left:10px;font-style:italic;"> <p><b>State University of New York (SUNY)</b> (December 17, 2013) - Alumni Profile: Greg Aidala - By: Maxwell Morgan</p> <p>Greg Aidala is a comedian, entrepreneur, and active community member. An upstate New York native, he attended Hudson Valley Community College and completed his four-year degree at the University at Albany immediately following. Aidala now operates Radial Gage Entertainment in Albany, NY.</p> <p>Aidala has performed from New York City to Los Angeles with comedians such as Colin Quinn, Nick DiPaolo, Kathleen Madigan, Charlie Murphy, Bo Burnham, Jackie  The Joke Man Martling and Pete Holmes.</p> <p>Aidala produces and hosts The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase  an award-winning professional touring showcase that has been featured all throughout the Northeast and New York City, and enjoyed by over 10,000 people! Launched in 2006, the showcase consists of performers who have been seen on national television anywhere from The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, HBO, MTV and VH1.</p> <p>Aidala was voted  Best Local Comedian in Albany, New York by The Albany Times Union Readers Poll in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2012 & 2013, Greg was voted  Best Local Comedian by the Metroland Alternative Newsweekly Readers and Staff Poll. Aidala is a regular at comedy clubs in New York City and has been featured in television commercials and short films.</p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>1. Why did you choose to attend Hudson Valley Community College and the University at Albany?</strong></span></p> <p>I chose Hudson Valley Community College because I always wanted to be a Viking. WhenI was a child, my friends wanted to be policemen or cowboys. Notme.  I want to be a Viking! I d say. I jest of course. The real reasonis I m one of eight children. My parents attended private colleges, butwhen you re part of a family that makes up a basketballteam plus 3 substitutes, the SUNY system is the way to go.I also attended the University at Albany after HVCC, and had a blast at both schools.</p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>2. You now operate an entertainment company, Radial Gage Entertainment, based on your work as a comedian. How is the experience running an organization different than just participating in it?</strong></span></p> <p>Yes, I formed Radial Gage Entertainment in 2005. But allow me to preface your query with the following:</p> <p>Entrepreneurialism runs deep in my DNA. My family owns and operates Quail Auto Salesin Albany, New York  which was founded by my grandfather in 1943. Being raised arounda family business, I had the fortunate experience to have been introduced to many successfulindependent business owners that worked hard, and did so on their own terms. That type ofdiscipline and dedication combined with my hard-wired DNA for entrepreneurialism reallyappealed to me. I feel that true entrepreneurialism comes from passion. It s not a spreadsheet thing; it s a soul thing.</p> <p>Furthermore, the experience of running an organization makes my personal performances evenbetter, yet there is much more work involved when producing a show. Every singleaspect of the show falls onto my shoulders. I have to book the venue, make up promotionalmaterial, book the talent, apprise the newspapers / social networks of the show, set up my sound systemand do a sound check early in the morning, I have to be there over an hour before the show starts, andI m there long after the show ends greeting people until the last one has left.There s a deeper sense of gratification and appreciation for the craft of stand-up, and entertainment as a whole. I m also more aware than most in the business because I can balance the  show and the  business aspects of entertainment, which has allowed me to be more honest with my writing,and more confident in my business skills.</p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>3. Can you tell us a joke?</strong></span></p> <p>Well, that s a little difficult to do, seeing we re not all in the same room. But whatI can do is tell you about a couple of observations I ve made as of late:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong><em>1.</em></strong> We in this society care more for animals than we do fellow human beings.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong><em>Example</em>:</strong> Have you ever been cruising in your car with some friends and a squirrel runs out in frontand everybody freaks out?  Did you hit the squirrel?!  Nope, I see him in the rearviewmirror. Phew, we almost hit that squirrel! Then, a half block downthe road a human being will cross the road in front of your car  perhaps jaywalk to getto an important business interview. Everyone has the same response:  Lookat this a-hole  doesn t he realize we almost hit a squirrel back there! </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong><em>2.</em></strong> The fine folks at Verizon aren t that bright.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong><em>Example</em>:</strong> If you use Verizon, the next time you get yourbill, take a gander up in the right hand corner of the return envelope. It states the following: Don&#8217;t have a stamp? Pay your bills online at verizonwireless.com. Well, if I don tpossess a forty-six cent stamp, what makes these people think I own a computer?</p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>4. What is a typical day like for you?</strong></span></p> <p>I m an early riser, and I like to start drinking the heavy stuff early -that s right, freshly squeezed orange juice. I ll then take a nap. Get up, have more orangejuice, and then its off to the office&#8230;AKA my computer. I ll scan a few differentnewspapers to check in on what s happening in the world, and to see what couldpossibly be turned into material. Most of my days during the week consistof scheduling and booking shows and events. Aside from owning my companyand performing on shows, I produce and host my travelingcomedy showcase, <em>The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase</em>  which I launched in 2006and recently surpassed the <em>10,000</em> person attendee mark. In 2008, I was introduced tothe television commercial world, and now can be seen in numerous commercials that air throughoutthe Northeast. Also in 2008, I began teaching stand-up comedy workshops to which I ve taught over 100 students.</p> <p>Most important to me though, is being involved in charity work. Throughout the years I ve been involvedin events for my church, The American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish, Northeast Kidney Foundation, Autism Society of America,and Career Days for both middle schools and high schools. All of the above mentionedtake up a great deal of my time, but its so rewarding. I m very fortunate and thankful for mycareer.</p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>5. What is the biggest challenge you have overcome and what did you learn from it?</strong></span></p> <p>Good question. I d say the biggest challenge was how in the hell was I goingto get more involved in a business that was so foreign to me? So as the old adage goes,I started  knocking on doors looking for work (stage time). I was lucky early on to get bookedat a club that had me hosting 5 shows a week for 6 weeks. I began to see the behind-the-scenesmake-up of shows, and it was there I was told that I had great comedic hosting skills. Shortly afterthose shows, I met my now longtime (and very funny) comedian friend, Jesse Joyce  who introducedme to the New York City comedy / entertainment scene. He had spread the word of my hosting and producingskills, and its from there, that my talent roster really started to build. I learned that even in this age ofsuper advanced technology, nothing compares to word of mouth advertising.</p> <p>So the lesson: Be professional. Live up to your word. Rinse. Repeat.</p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>6. Overall, how did your college education help prepare you for life and your career?</strong></span></p> <p>What made my education special was being introduced to manytypes of people with beliefs both similar and different from my own. It enabled me to becomemore receptive to change. That s a very important lesson  especially in the entertainment business which changes every single day. You need to be resilient in all walks ofbusiness, and learn how to balance out your daily trials.</p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>7. What advice do you have to share with SUNY students?</strong></span></p> <p>This may sound clich, but follow your hearts and dreams! Don t let anyone tell youyou can t do something. Everything is possible in this world with hard work,passion, sacrifice and dedication. Also, don t be afraid of failure.The only time you fail in life is when you don t try. Surround yourselfwith smart, positive, hard-working people  it ll pay off in the end.And lastly, you get one ride on this carousel ride called life. So remember to have funand laugh often!</p> </p> </div> </body> </html>