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Tuesday night laughs with a New Yorker and a Bostonian

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Vanessa Hollingshead is the quintessential, native New Yorker.

She only just received her driver’s license a couple of years ago. As a child, she spent a year at Millbrook Mansion with her father, Michael Hollingshead, who introduced Timothy Leary, and later, Paul McCartney, of the Beatles, to LSD. At five years old she took LSD by accident. Hey, it was on a sugar cube, and they were out of Snickers. Mom found out and became outraged.

She whisked Vanessa back to New York City, encouraged her to try “amphetamines” to help her clean the apartment and to stay away from sugar. “Bad for your teeth!” But motherhood did not agree with Sophie (Vanessa’s mother), as it interfered with her finding good weed in bad neighborhoods. Now, throw in two years on a commune by herself, two years in London with her dad, and a decade of temp work, and Vanessa’s angst was complete. Coincidentally, a comedian was born.

Hollingshead was married to Lucien Hold, the artistic Director of “The Comic Strip,” who died November 22, 2004 from Scleroderma.

Rick D’Elia is originally from Boston, Rick is a regular sketch performer on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” whose keen observational humor and quick wit recently lead him to the finals in the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition.

Rick D’Elia has appeared on other TV shows such as Comedy Central’s “Stand-up Stand-up,” UPN’s “Grand Slam Comedy Jam,” “Comedians Unleashed,” and National Lampoon’s “Funny Money.” He has also headlined at numerous clubs and colleges all across the country, as well as USO Tours in Japan, Korea, Bahrain and Germany. Recently he produced and appeared in the stand-up special “The Godfathers of Comedy,” which is scheduled for release in 2008.

Off stage, Rick has been a has optioned a screenplay, written monologue jokes for the Tonight Show and recently sold a pilot, “Sox Fan University” the New England Sports Network.

In addition, this lifelong, “wicked die-hahd” Red Sox aficionado recently had his first book published. “How to Talk to a Yankee Fan…” is currently available nationwide in Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores.

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