In the 1980s, Joe Matarese was growing up in Cherry Hill and leading a life that would see him one day become a touring actor. His comedic journey would lead him to “America’s Got Talent”, “The David Letterman Show”, “Late Night with” Craig Ferguson “as well as Craig Kilborn,” Chelsea Lately “2 Amazon specials and his own” Comedy Central Presents “
But his greatest memories come from his childhood in New Jersey in the 80s and 90s and Matarese “Remembering When” Friday July 23 at the Brook Art Theater with comedian Matt Bellace hosted by me Steve Trevelise
How did Joe come up with the idea for the series?
“It all started from a show I was going to do in this theater in the area where I grew up and I started writing a lot of material for this show and then it made me realize that it becomes easier and easier to write material on a specific topic like the 80s and early 90s and New Jersey where I grew up “
What does Matarese remember the most from the 80s and 90s?
“Certainly the things I remember the most is that back then it seemed a lot meaner to have bullies on sitcoms on TV. They could have a racist type of dialogue. different from listening to your number being called on the radio versus receiving an automated phone call without cell phones and people playing outside and doing sports “
Joe sees the difference between the way he grew up and his kids are growing up now.
“The major differences between what your children have now compared to us really strike me when I see him as a 53 year old father with young children aged 13 and 9”
Given that Matarese spent so much time in the ’80s and’ 90s, is there anything he wants to bring back to the present?
“I guess if I could bring something back from the ’80s and’ 90s the way I would answer that question is I wouldn’t bring anything back, I would get rid of something which is computers and cellphones and the technology of that. what are video games now compared to when we were younger. “
“People don’t talk to each other and go to a restaurant and see two people sitting at a table across from each other and they both have their phones off no one is talking to each other, we go to a Starbucks and see six kids sitting at a table and each of them took out their phones and they’re not talking to each other, it’s the only thing that really hits me, it’s this behavior “
“I’ve noticed that when I go somewhere where my cell phone doesn’t work at all and I have no way to use it and just have to be myself all my life, the anxiety sets in. goes and then a love of the way my personality is against then when I work so hard on my career in my life, I hate that I wish there was a way to get rid of this technology “
“Sneak Peek” What’s the funniest story about Joe in the 80s and 90s?
One of the funniest stories on my “Remember When” show is probably the story of my first anxiety attack when I smoked weed in high school after being an avid weed smoker and drinking. and smoked weed at the same time and being out and trying to dribble the stoned and being so paranoid I was going to die when I got back on the lawn as I hyperventilated drunk and stoned I was so scared ”
Try telling that to his Italian family in South Jersey.
“I had to tell my mom I was high, my paranoid Italian mom from South Jersey that her 15 year old daughter was high and she rushed me to the pediatrician. It’s a classic story I tell. been on the show for a while and it seems to be getting a huge response probably because a lot of references to the song heat of the moment by Asia are in the bit because I was wearing an Asia concert T when I was at the pediatrician with all these kids who had strep throat and ear infections and i have a lot of weed as a teenager with long hair and my shirt Asia i will never forget it and guess the truth is coming out in this store “
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The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise. All opinions expressed are those of Steve. Steve Trevelise is on New Jersey 101.5 Monday through Thursday 7pm to 11pm. Follow him on twitter @realstevetrev.
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