Russ Meneve

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Russ Meneve
OccupationStand-up comedian[1]

Russ Meneve is an American stand-up comedian from Hawthorne, New Jersey who has appeared on multiple shows on NBC and Comedy Central.


Meneve was born in Hawthorne, New Jersey. He first tried out as a comedian at 17 in his high school and in 1993, he started as a comedian.[2] After school, he received a degree in accounting and worked as an accountant for Price Waterhouse.[1] After quitting the job, he worked for Toys "R" Us and as a door-to-door salesman for telephone services. At the same time, he applied for the job of a page at NBC. Meneve became successful as a salesman and joined his former boss at a new company with a much higher salary but when NBC offered him a part-time job with a much lower salary, he quit as a salesman and worked for NBC as a page.[1]

Professional career[edit]

After joining NBC as a page, Meneve tried out as a comedian in various clubs in New York City and succeeded in getting stage time at major venues like the "Comedy Cellar", the "Comic Strip" and "Caroline's".[1] By 2004, he was a regular performer at those venues.[3] In 2005, he both appeared as himself and as a writer on Comedy Central Presents as well as on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Last Call with Carson Daly, Last Comic Standing and The Caroline Rhea Show.[4] He was on "The Ten Funniest New Yorkers You’ve Never Heard Of" list published by New York and was awarded "The Impact Player of 2005".[2]

In 2004, he collaborated with Ted Alexandro and Tom Shillue to found the "New York Comedians Coalition" with over 300 other New York based comedians as their members in order to represent the comedians of the city and to negotiate better payment for comedians performing in the clubs.[3] After several meetings with the club owners, the Coalition managed to negotiate a raise for all comics in the city.[2]


  • Stray Doggie Style (2006)[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Ziegel, Vic (1997-02-22). "A Brave Heart And A Dream". Retrieved 2009-11-05.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Harris, Tasha A. (Spring 2006). "Cover Story: Russ Meneve". Stage Time. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b McKinley, Jesse (December 22, 2004). "A Comedians' Union? Imagine the Meetings". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Russ Meneve: Videos, Jokes, Tour Dates, Biography and more |". Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  5. ^ Gadino, Dylan P. (April 20, 2006). "Russ Meneve: Stray Doggie Style". Punchline Magazine. Retrieved January 9, 2010.

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