Brooke Baldwin Wins 9th Annual NY Funniest Reporter Show

BREAKING NEWS: CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Wins 9th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show

NEW YORK, NY – CNN’s Brooke Baldwin took the top prize at 9th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show ( which took place on Sunday, September 14th at Comic Strip Live comedy club. Finishing in 2nd place was Fox News Contributor Tamara Holder and in 3rd place was Arise TV’s Andrew Schmertz.

“Brooke did an amazing job and we offer her our heartfelt congratulations. We also offer our deepest appreciation to all participants in this year’s show. We cannot emphasize how courageous these individuals are and how their efforts help a great cause.” Said Mark Goldman & Ryan McCormick, New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Co-Producers. “

New York’s Funniest Reporter Show raises money & awareness of the Humane Society of New York ( Since it was created in 2006, over sixty members of the media have participated in the show.

New York’s Funniest Reporter Show will reach a historic milestone in Dec 2015 when it celebrates its tenth year anniversary!


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9th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show

The 9th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show ( will take place on Sunday, September 14th @ 5:00 pm at Comic Strip Live (1568 Second Ave / bet 81st & 82nd) comedy club. It will feature seven media professionals each doing five minutes of stand up comedy in order to raise money for the Humane Society of New York ( At the end of the night, a winner will be declared. For reservations please call 212-861-9386


9th Annual NY Funniest Reporter Show Lineup Announced!

Laurel Babcock (NY Post), Tamara Holder (Fox News),   Andrew Schmertz (ARISE TV), CJ Papa (Fios1 News), Brooke Baldwin (CNN), Magee Hickey (2013 Returning Champion – Not Competing).


WPIX & NY1’s Magee Hickey & Fox News Channel’s Janice Dean Win The 8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Competition

WPIX & NY1’s Magee Hickey & Fox News Channel’s Janice Dean Win The 8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Competition
In an unprecedented occurrence in the eight-year history of New York’s Funniest Reporter Show ( there were two winners deemed champion of this years show: WPIX & NY1’s Mageee Hickey & Fox News Channel’s Janice Dean. Economist & national syndicated host of the “Peter Schiff Show” Peter Schiff came in 2nd place and Fox Business News’ Charles Payne Placed 3rd.
“We are so thankful for all the reporters who were brave enough to take to the stage and do stand up comedy, we’re thankful for their comedian mentors who helped prepare them for the show, and we’re thankful to everyone who attended and made this night magical.” Said New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Co-Producer Mark Goldman. “We were amazed this year at level of competition among the participants – all were thoroughly prepared and all of them got big laughs during their performances.”
Magee Hickey & Janice Dean both gave incredible & memorial performances of equal caliber and the judges felt that they both deserved to win and share the title as champion. In addition to telling jokes, both Hickey & Dean incorporated creative musical elements which drew loud rounds of applause from the crowd.
Peter Schiff received several waves of laughter by pointing out the lighter side to his famous economic doomsday predictions and Charles Payne drew laughter & applause discussing his history as a reporter.
In addition, Comedian / Writer Jeffrey Gurian was inducted into the New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Hall of Fame, Class of 2013.


Meet Your 2013 New York’s Funniest Reporters!

Clayton Morris
FOX News Channel
2012 New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Champion (Not Competing)
Clayton Morris joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 2008 and is the co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend. Prior to joining FNC, Morris worked for FOX 29 in Philadelphia where he was the host of “Good Day Philadelphia.” Before that, he worked in Orlando on the launch of the WB Network’s nationally syndicated morning show “The Daily Buzz.” He was also an anchor at WVVA-TV (NBC) in Bluefield, West Virginia and a political reporter at Montana’s CBS affiliate. Morris got his start in television as a producer for “Good Day LA” at KTTV in Los Angeles. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received degrees in US History and Broadcast Journalism.
Laurie Dhue
Glenn Beck TV
Veteran news anchor Laurie Dhue is a New York-based TV broadcaster and media strategist. With over twenty years’ experience, she is the only anchor to have hosted shows on the three primary cable news networks: CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel. Before joining the Fox News Channel in 2000, she worked for MSNBC as host of its “Special Edition.” She started at MSNBC in April 1999 as the anchor of “Newsfront.” She worked at CNN from 1990-1999 where she served as anchor for weekend programs, such as “CNN Saturday,” “CNN Sunday,” “World View,” and “The World Today.”[3] She also interned as a weekend morning anchor for WSB-TV in Atlanta and did the occasional weekend edition of Today for NBC. She hosted the highly rated “Fox Report” weekend edition and appeared weekly on the number-one cable program, “The O’Reilly Factor.” She also reported for “Geraldo at Large,” “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” and “The Fox Report with Shepard Smith.” Dhue also served as the voice of the official Fox News Radio launch in 2004 and anchored evening news updates for several years. Laurie Dhue began hosting ‘For The Record’ on the new media channel ‘TheBlaze’ on March 13, 2013. On June 4, 2013 it was announced Dhue’s involvement with TheBlaze would expand to include hosting of the channel’s nightly news updates as the channel’s primary news anchor.
Peter Schiff
The Peter Schiff Show
Peter Schiff is a host of the nationally syndicated “Peter Schiff Show.” Peter is an American author, businessman, financial commentator, and was a 2010 Republican primary candidate for the United States Senate. Schiff is president and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., a broker-dealer based in Westport, Connecticut. Schiff frequently appears as a guest on CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg Television and is often quoted in major financial publications and is a frequent guest on internet radio as well as host of the podcast Wall Street Unspun. He is known for his bearish views on the United States stock market, bond market, the US dollar, and the United States economy in general, which have earned him the nickname “Dr. Doom.”
Magee Hickey
Magee Hickey is known for her bright red hair, her warmth and her bubbly personality. This Emmy Award-winning reporter has covered most of the big stories in the tri-state area in the past 25 years and she is thrilled to be one of the newest members of the PIX 11 News family. Magee first worked at WNEW and WABC. At WNBC, she was the first anchor of the highly successful Weekend Today in New York program. And her first co-anchor was this new guy in town, Matt Lauer! Magee spent the last decade on the pre-dawn patrol at WCBS, getting up to 2 am to cover the news of the day. That schedule also allowed her time to raise her two daughters and to care for her aging and ailing parents. Magee is the quintessential baby boomer sandwich generation worker bee, trying to juggle many roles: wife, mother, daughter, tv news reporter and cabaret singer!
Charles Payne
FOX Business Network
Charles Payne joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in October 2007 as a contributor. Payne is also a contributor to FOX News Channel (FNC), frequently appearing on shows such as “Cashin’ In,” “Cavuto on Business,” and “Bulls and Bears.” Payne began his career on Wall Street as an analyst at E.F. Hutton in 1985. In 1991, he founded Wall Street Strategies, an independent stock market research firm where he serves as chief executive officer and principal analyst. He published his first book entitled “Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich” in May 2007.
Janice Dean
FOX News Channel
Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in January 2004 and currently serves as a weathercaster. Prior to joining FNC, Dean was the news editor and entertainment reporter for “Imus in the Morning,” on WFAN-AM New York and simulcast nationally on MSNBC. Before working on WFAN, Dean was a weekend on-air traffic reporter for CBS 2 New York. Before that, she was at CHUM Limited in Ottawa, Canada where she held numerous positions, including: morning news anchor for “Breakfast at the New RO,” producer and host of “The Broad Perspective” on CFRA and an anchor for KOOL-FM. Janice is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009.
Chris Serico
An award-winning entertainment reporter and analyst, Chris Serico has deconstructed pop culture on national TV, interviewed A-listers, and written offbeat commentary that’s been highlighted by The New York Times and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Reporting full-time for Newsday and contributing weekly on-air segments to News12 Westchester, Serico covers celebrities, breaking news, music, movies, TV, pop culture and events. The New York Associated Press, The New York Times, “Late Night,” Entertainment Weekly, Comedy Central, The Huffington Post, Gawker, SiriusXM, BuzzFeed, Best Week Ever, Cracked, Splitsider and the Buffalo Bills are among those to cite Serico’s exclusive interviews, pointed commentary and general silliness. He is the creator of the social-media-skewering @EveryTweet_Ever, which boasts more than 40,000 followers on Twitter.
Bob Bowdon
Choice Media
Bob Bowdon is Executive Director of ChoiceMedia.TV, an education reform news service.  He was the Director of The Cartel, an award-winning documentary film about corruption in American public education. The film won twelve film festival awards and national distribution from Warner Brothers. His long career in broadcast journalism included six years as an anchor/reporter with Bloomberg Television.  He’s appeared regularly in satirical news videos for The Onion News Network as the on-location reporter “Brian Scott,” on the IFC cable channel. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an M.S. in industrial engineering from Stanford University.


NYC Mayoral Candidate Headlines NYFR

NYC Mayor Candidate will be headlining the 8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show (

“I am looking forward to participating in Sunday’s event. It seems as if the preponderance of the audience is made up of conservatives. Thank god. As a life long mega liberal, I can attest that those on the right seem to have a much better sense of humor than those on the left. Could never figure that one out.” Said Randy Credico.

Credico is the first political candidate in NY Funniest Reporter Show history to ever headline or participate in the show. We are thrilled and excited to have him!


8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show

The 8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show ( will take place on Sunday, July 21st @ 5:00 pm at Comic Strip Live (1568 Second Ave / bet 81st & 82nd) comedy club. It will feature seven media professionals each doing five minutes of stand up comedy in order to raise money for the Humane Society of New York ( At the end of the night, a winner will be declared.

Competing in the show this year will be: Peter Schiff (Peter Schiff Radio Show), Magee Hickey (WPIX Channel 11), Laurie Dhue (Glenn Beck TV),  Charles Payne (Fox Business), Janice Dean (Fox News Channel), Chris Serico (Newsday), and Dr. Manny Alvarez (Fox News Channel). 2012’s NYFR Show Champion Clayton Morris (Fox News Channel) will be performing but, not competing.

Hosting the show will be comedian Mark Anthony Ramirez. Show judges will be Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN), Mark Goldman, and Ryan McCormick.

Headlining the show will be 2013 NYC Mayoral candidate, Randy Credico.

Sponsors for this year’s New York’s Funniest Reporter show include Talkers, (, Team Investments Inc (, and EsqSpot (


8th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show Date Announced


Wall Street Journal Article On NYFR: “The News Isn’t Funny, but They Are”


Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal – Lauren Lyster

Before taking the stage at Comic Strip Live on Thursday evening, Fox 5 New York anchor Greg Kelly did his journalistic due diligence with some last-minute fact-checking.

Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal – Manny Alvarez

“Is that real brick? It’s fake brick, right?” he was overheard asking of the backdrop in front of which he’d be performing a five-minute stand-up comedy set later that night. “I’m glad it’s fake; I’m going to talk about it,” he said, upon receiving confirmation.

Mr. Kelly, along with five other brave media professionals, was at the comedy club to compete in the seventh annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show. The event benefited the Humane Society of New York, a cause represented by Animal Fair editor Wendy Diamond’s adopted dog, Baby, a black-and-white Coton de Tuléar who watched the show more politely than many of her fellow audience members.

Competing alongside Mr. Kelly were Clayton Morris and Dr. Manny Alvarez, both of Fox News; In Touch Weekly’s Marianne Garvey; ESPN’s Michele Steele; and Lauren Lyster of RT America. (Fox is owned by News Corporation, which also owns The Wall Street Journal.)

Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal – Clayton Morris

Also performing, though not in competition, were pro wrestler Mick Foley and 2011 Funniest Reporter championMarlaina Schiavo, who mined her seven years’ experience working as a producer on “Nancy Grace.” Ms. Schiavo explained that Ms. Grace wasn’t in the office much after moving to Atlanta full time: “The devil,” she said, “literally went down to Georgia.”

Mr. Foley wore a pair of black sneakers, as well as the very same cut-off red flannel shirt he was sporting in the photo in the event’s program—which, he noted, had been taken 12 years earlier.

The reporters mostly stuck to topics like sex and dating (“What I met at the bar was George Clooney; who I lived with was Shrek,” recalled Ms. Garvey of a failed romance), as well as the novelty of their appearing in the competition in the first place. “Who’s ready for some unprofessional comedy that’s completely clean and vetted by ESPN PR?” Ms. Steele deadpanned to open her set.


Daniella Zalcman for TheWall Street JournalMarianne Garvey

The emcee, comedian Ray Ellin, preferred to riff on the audience members—somewhat to the chagrin of the pretty young woman seated next to us, who leaned over midway though the show and murmured, “This is the weirdest first date I’ve ever been on.” (Apparently, Mr. Ellin had promised her football and beer.)

“The stakes here are high and low at the same time,” Mr. Kelly mused. “They’re high in that you could say something potentially career-ending. They’re low—I think we’re vying for a coffee mug or a jigsaw puzzle, something along those lines.”

Actually, the prize was a trophy; and once the scores had been tallied, Mr. Morris was the winner. “It just so happens that I’ve prepared a song,” Mr. Morris joked.

Mr. Kelly, the second runner-up, wasn’t around to receive his applause. New York’s third-funniest reporter had left the club to film the 10 o’clock news

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