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ImprovBlawg: Joey Novick

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Joey Novick has been a political comedian, camp counselor, editorial director, attorney, busboy, professional speaker, child actor and an elected official in New Jersey. But not necessarily in that order.

Attorney, Elected Official, Stand-up Comedian, Trained in Mediation

Joey serves his community as an elected Councilman in Flemington, NJ. He received his J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law, and is licensed to practice in New Jersey.

Joey was trained in 2004 by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and successfully completed their expertly taught Advanced Mediation Techniques course. He is an honors graduate of the prestigious Leadership New Jersey Fellowship Program.

He’s taught hundreds of lawyers, law students, judges and elected officials from around the country the benefits of legal skills derived of improvisation.

Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Workshop Director

Joey Novick has been the Director of Corporate Training for ComedyWorks and Improv for Leaders since 1995. He has trained several other prominent teachers of improvisation —Hal Peller of ImprovWorkshops in NY  Roy Charette of Training Path, and Chris Murphy of the New York Comedy Club Training Center.

Since 1979, Joey has been a much sought-after speaker, trainer and seminar leader. As a professional stand-up comedian and improv actor, he’s appeared on MTV, Rascal’s Comedy Hour, One Life to Live and Comedy Central. He’s been featured regularly at Catch A Rising Star, The Comedy Zone and Dangerfield’s and at scores of comedy venues across the country. He’s opened in concert for comedy legends Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Paul Reiser, Chris Rock, Robert Klein and Rosie O’Donnell.

He is an award winning speaker, having been presented with the Leadership New JerseyProgram Development Award for founding their United Nations Conference Program.

Improv Actor, Improv Director, Comedy Writer

As an improv actor, he’s had the privilege of appearing with Robin Williams at the Comic Strip in NYC, and studied with Chicago’s famed ‘Second City’ improvisational theater director andimprov guru, Del Close. Additionally, Joey studied with legendary improv director Paul Sills, Second City training director Martin deMaat, Armando Diaz of the Magnet Theater, Keith Johnstone of the Loose Moose Theater Company and Martin Harvey Friedberg at the Improvisation comedy club in NYC. And Joey was hired by the Ricki Lake Show as a comedy coach for young comedians.

As a workshop director, Joey has taught improv for more than twenty-five years for several improv groups and improvisation conferences including ComedyWorks in NYC, the Spontaneous Combustion Festival in Kansas City, The Stress Factory comedy club in NJ, and at the New School for Social Research.

Nationally Recognized Corporate and Conference Speaker

Joey’s corporate clients include many Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, MetLife and Merrill Lynch. Many government groups including the National League of Cities and the National Association of County Officials have benefited from his humor training. His humor workshops have been prominently featured in the New York Times, the AP Newswire, Washington Post, Newark Star-Ledger, on ABC News and National Public Radio.

Graduates include award-winning comedy writers for TV sitcoms, lawyers, teachers, psychologists, public officials, corporate executives, and many other outstanding humor speakers/trainers. Prominent students have included film star and comedian Damon Wayans from “In Living Color” and “My Wife and Kids”; “Spin City” producer Tom Hertz; and noted actor Peter Onorati from “Civil Wars” and “Goodfellas”

Trained hundreds of elected and public officials nationally.

Joey Novick has presented his humor and improv workshops to the New Jersey League Of Municipalities, Colorado Municipal League, Connecticut Conference Of Municipalities, Kentucky League Of Cities, Maine Municipal Association, Massachusetts Municipal Association, Nevada League Of Cities, New Hampshire Municipal Association, New Mexico Municipal League, New York State Conference Of Mayors and Municipal Officials, Rhode Island League Of Cities and Towns, West Virginia Municipal League, The National League Of Cities, and The National Association Of County Officials.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, American Association for Justice, The New York Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Hunterdon County Bar Association and the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Inn of the Court of Mercer County have all utilized Joey Novick as a program presenter for his Improv for Lawyers workshop.

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