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  • Funniest Reporter in NYC is...ME?

    So last Sunday night I did something I never thought I’d be able to do…

    STANDUP COMEDY!

    A few weeks ago I was asked if I would be interested in competing in this year’s 8th annual New York Funniest Reporter contest to help raise money for the Humane Society, and after consulting with my husband (who had more faith in my abilities that I did), I agreed to try.

    YIKES!

    Stand-up is something I’ve never really thought about doing.  I love to watch it, and am fascinated with people who can go up on stage to make people laugh with nothing more than their voices and body language, so, when faced with this new challenge, I decided to just go for it.

    I bought a notebook and started writing things down that I found funny.  I read a few books and watched a lot of YouTube videos with well-known comedians performing their craft.   Thankfully, I was also paired up with a professional comic named Jonathan Morvay, who looked at my notes, and offered wonderful suggestions to help me come up with a routine that fit my personality and what I do on a day-to-day basis – being a working mom, a wife and doing the weather!

    (Me and Jonathan Morvay, my comedy mentor!)

    Most of my act dealt with being on television and being a meteorologist.  Over the years there have been many moments that I’ve told people about in conversation that I brought to the stage with me…like funny emails and messages from viewers.   I also talked about weird places that I’ve been asked about a forecast…like in the restroom and the doctor’s office!

    Magee Hickey was the other reporter that tied for first place with me.  And she was incredible.   Her act focused in on her life as a reporter, being a working mom, and how it’s also a challenge to keep things “fresh” while trying to maintain a career in television.

    I should also point out that my friend and collegue Charles Payne from FBN  placed third, and was AMAZING!  He had the hardest task of performing first, and was such a natural performer.

    Doing Stand Up made me realize how important it is to challenge ourselves in different ways throughout our lives and careers.  Working on a comedy routine really exercised a part of my brain that had been dormant over the last few years.  And now that I have it back, I don’t want to let it go!

    In these few short weeks, I feel a little more confident in myself – and not just because I won a contest – but because I felt good at something I had never tried before!  My husband even says he’s seen a bit of a difference in me!   There’s a little more “spring” in my step or maybe a little extra sparkle in my eyes.

    It took me out of my comfort zone, and made me realize we all need to try something different from time to time.  Even if it’s taking a class after work or joining a club, volunteering or learning a new language-we all have to keep challenging ourselves in small ways to keep things fun and interesting!

    One other thing that made this experience even more special is the support I received from my second family here at Fox.  I had such a big cheering section in the crowd, so it was hard not to have a little extra confidence with my friends rooting for me!

    (Dana Perino and Bob Beckel)

    (Jamie Colby, Gretchen Carlson, Maureen Walsh, Linda Haviv)

    Special thanks to Ryan McCormick and Mark Goldman for inviting me to the event, and to Comic Strip Live for hosting it.  Some of the world’s most famous comedians graced the same stage I did on Sunday night, and it felt wonderful to be close to such entertainment history.    One of the greatest New York moments I will never forget, and will forever cherish.

    If she can make it there…she can make it anywhere!

    …And don’t forget to tip your waitress!

    JD

    http://nyfunniestreporter.com/

    (Pictures courtesy of La Mott Jackson, Maureen Walsh, Lauren Fritts and Sean Newman)

Margie Gacki

Congratulations, Janice! We all knew you are a funny gal! I hope there is a video out there somewhere of your performance. Hey to all the other bloggers out there. It looks like I took my vacation a week too early. Last week was the hottest week of the summer so far but the past two days we've had lows in the mid to upper 50's with highs in the low 80's. What beautiful weather! I hope everyone has a great Friday! Take care, all. Margie

July 26, 2013 at 8:23 am

DjWeideman (@DjWeideman)

Told ya you'd win. Hardest thing is making it look effortless, which comes with practice. Try out your stuff on Red Eye(shameless begging), where you won't be judged, except by Andy Levy.

July 25, 2013 at 12:22 am

Audrey from Indiana

J.D. I knew you could do it. You are multi-talented. Keep up the good work. Weather today is GORGEOUS. Lots of sunshine, and temps in the 70's. Now that's some weather. Hope all of you are enjoying your summertime wherever you live! Oh, J.D. Has Megyn Kelly had her baby yet? Let us know. Audrey

July 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

joni

Hello JD ! That is great news! Been away from the blog but wanted to give everyone a hello! hey did Megyn have HER royal baby yet??

July 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Gwen

Yea, JD! We knew you'd do it. So proud our our JD. Just wish I could have been there. It would have been so awesome to see. Really nice of your Fox family to lend moral support. I would have liked to have seen Charles Payme, too. I always enjoyed watching him on Fox. Please send sunshine my way. We are having such a wet, cool Summer. Hope all our bloggers are well today. Gwen :)

July 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm

wasam

The old saying "The cream always raises to the top" certainly fits here JD. Congratulations! Kind of overcast, muggy, and 63 today. The WA coast seems to be stuck in a rut. That's OK since we are painting the house and don't need rain or hot weather. Take care all. Sam

July 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

BGinTX.

Congratulations Janice. I always knew you could do it. You are a young lady of many talents and we are all proud of all your accomplishments. Congratulations to your husband and children for having a brilliant wife and mother. Big hello to all my friendly blogger family. It's back to 100 degree days here in SMT. Thankful for the nice rain that we have had. Good afternoon to all. BG.

July 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

A.J. De Young

Congratulations JD..you had your beginning when you started on Shep's time slot with Jane Skinner, you guys were so funny we would have tears rolling down our cheeks and would never miss the 12:00 hour!! You looked beautiful and love the picture of you and Dana and Bob. Can imagine how proud Sean must be of you, what a date night! Hi all, nothing to complain about in So. Ca. AJ

July 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm

JB in Texas

JD, congratulations!!!! I also hope we can see your winning performance. What's next? A Pulitzer Prize for your new book? Along with PJ, we are having near 100 temps here and heat indexes over 100. Makes yard work a real pain. Hope all are well. JB

July 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Maureen Walsh

Way to go,JD!!! You were hilarious!!! We are all so proud of YOU!!!! Xoxoxo

July 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

PJ

Congrats JD !!!!!! Way to go!! Cant wait for the videos or You tube !!! Hope all are well and cool. It is 99 here heat Index 106. Ugh Summer in Texas. PJ

July 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

about this blog

  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.