Comic wants to show off suburbs

Yorktown entertainer hopes to organize comedy festival in Westchester County

Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 7:00 am By: Brian J. Howard
at Mohegan Sun.

The key to comedy, he says, is to know your audience and tailor the material to the room. If you bomb, he says, it’s never the audience’s fault.

Jerry Seinfeld inspired him more than anyone. It was Seinfeld who showed him that comedy is everywhere you look. So he finds it in awkwardly adult-looking balloon animals at kids’ parties and in lines at Panera Bread that never seem to move.

Since the world is his source material, Iavarone always wants to give something back. In 2008, he organized a comedy night fundraiser for a local cancer support group. He lost his oldest sister, Angela Belotti, to breast cancer in 2003 and jumped at the chance to do something in her honor.

At Bananas Comedy Club in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., recently, his material clicked, the audience responded, and he remembered why he loves stand-up. He hasn’t always had it easy, but he never doubts he has it good.

“With the hardship, I think I just went the other route,” he said. “I’m well aware that these are the good old days.”