About Joanna Rapoza / Comedy Calendar

I just came here to buy socks.

I just came here to buy socks.

Welcome! “RangeleyMoose” is a handle loosely based on the name of a beautiful town in western Maine called Rangeley. And, there are moose there. That’s it. It’s that deep. Oh, and the “droppings:” well, that should be self-explanatory. (Those can be fairly deep, too – I am also a stand-up comic, see my upcoming shows below**.)

I also have a novella at another blog, “MySpew” at WordPress – CLICK HERE to view it.

And a sort of semi-literary and respectable kind of blog, “Rise Up And Write”, which you can view by CLICKING HERE.

All written material and original artwork in my blogs is copyrighted, and should not be used or re-printed without my express permission, which I would likely grant if the requester seemed sincere enough.

** U P C O M I N G   C O M E D Y / S P E A K I N G   A P P E A R A N C E S : **

Alpenhaus open micJoin us at the Alpenhaus Comedy Open Mic, which occurs on the second Thursday of each month. The NEXT SHOW is February 8, 2018. Then March 8, April 12, and on and on, we hope! We’ve had packed crowds and big lineups of comics and expect that to continue!

The Alpenhaus Comedy Open Mic is sponsored by KBJB Internet Radio/TV, and hosted by comedians Kathy “KJ” Johansen and Joanna Rapoza. Large audience turnout is expected from this vibrant, supportive community, providing an excellent opportunity for both established and upcoming comics to perform.

PRIZES including a $25 Alpenhaus gift certificate will be awarded at EACH SHOW to the comic with the best set, based on audience voting. The GC can get used while you are there that night! If you are vying for the prize, bring a TIGHT FIVE! Otherwise, it’s a GREAT room in which to work out ANY material, new or old.

KBJB Radio will video and make available to each comic their set for just $5. The GC WINNER will get their entire video for FREE. KBJB will air up to three minutes of each CONTEST WINNER’S audio on KBJB’s streaming app as well as on their YouTube channel. KBJB generously offers these career-boosting benefits not found at other open mics as part of its vision to be the “Home of the Original Artist,” whether it’s music or stand-up comedy.

Signup for performers is 7:30pm. Show begins 8pm. Comics get 5-10 minutes depending on the number of comics in the lineup. Please arrive early for best seating.

The Alpenhaus Restaurant, located at 59 Bank Street, New Milford CT, is a popular destination with many food/drink specials and great atmosphere. This show is 21 & over, rated R. Plenty of free parking in street and large lot next to railroad station.


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On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7pm, I will be in a great lineup for a NO COVER PRO SHOW at Spare Time (177 Farmington Ave., Bristol, CT). Hosted by Paul Gregory, our sizzling lineup includes Derek Carafa, Marcellino “Moose” Hill, and Rafi Gonzalez! Did I mention this is a PRO show and it’s FREE? Join us! Come early for best seating, dinner and drinks! This is not bowling alley food, and this ain’t yer typical comedy show!


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Whether you’re an aspiring comic, someone who wants to be more confident in your present career, or simply one of those individuals bent on overcoming the “fear of death versus public speaking issue” (death is worse!), the KBJB Radio Stand-up Comedy Workshop is for you! Only 12 spots are available in the six-week session, which begins Wednesday, February 21, culminating with showing your stuff at the graduation show on Saturday, March 31 at Woodbury Connecticuts Historic Town Hall.

KBJB Radio’s Stand-up Comedy Workshop consists of 6 weekly 2-hour class sessions, a glamorous graduation show for family and friends to attend, an edited video of your entire performance, plus much more. You won’t find a better-quality course or value anywhere remotely nearby! The fee for the workshop is $225 per person.

Wednesday class sessions will run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm from on February 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2018, and will take place at the Inspirit Healing Studio, 346 Main St. S., Woodbury, CT.

The graduation performance will be 1pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Woodbury’s Historic Town Hall (5 Mountain Rd., Woodbury, CT). Comics are encouraged to bring as many family and friends as possible! Admission is $10 per audience member, which includes a complimentary champagne reception following the show to celebrate the new comedy graduates. The performance may contain some adult content.

What you will receive from the KBJB Radio Stand-up Comedy Workshop:

• Personal instruction in performing stand-up comedy, including stage presence and mic technique

• Abiility to write stand-up comedy and troubleshoot/edit on the fly

• Graduation Show followed by Champagne Reception where you can share and celebrate with everyone what you’ve learned

• An edited video of your full graduation performance

• An established connection to KBJB Radio and opportunities to air your original material, attend KBJB comedy open mics and other events for further development of your comedy career.

Some background on KBJB Radio’s comedy instructors:

KJ Johansen started her comedy career right here in New England at the well-known Ridgefield Playhouse, and has continued stand-up throughout the Tristate and New England areas. KJ has produced several comedy shows, including BABs of Comedy, and the popular “Off the Cuff” Comedy Series. KJ also is co-owner of KBJB Radio, the “Home of the Original Artist,” which streams talk, music, and comedy programming 24/7. KBJB celebrated its first-year anniversary in September 2017, is heard in 25+ countries worldwide, and is growing by leaps and bounds. ( Download the KBJB Radio app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kbjb/id1158876596?mt=8 )

Joanna Rapoza started her comedy career by studying and performing with award-winning professionals at Caroline’s on Broadway in NYC. Since then, she has continued performing and producing professional comedy showcases and open mics in New York and New England. In March 2017, Joanna received an honorarium from Eastern Connecticut State University and was asked to be a guest lecturer for a credited liberal arts college course on the topic of women in comedy. Joanna is also the Development Officer at KBJB Radio.

Whether you use the skills gained in the KBJB Radio Stand-up Comedy Workshop in your daily life, job, or aspiring career in the entertainment field, KJ Johansen and Joanna Rapoza provide a solid foundation and path to move forward. This will be the most fun and productive class in which you’ll officially get to be a Clown! (The good kind! 🤡)

Sign up for the class yourself, or give it as a great holiday gift 🎁 to someone you would like to see on stage!
Workshop fee payable online and more information here: EVENTBRITE LINK for KBJB COMEDY CLASS.

Or, send a check or money order for $225 per person, payable to KBJB Radio LLC, c/o KBJB Radio, 18 Putnam Rd., New Milford, CT 06776. Please include your email address, and we will confirm back via kbjbradio@gmail.com. Feel free to email or FB message us with any questions, or call KBJB Radio directly at 860-350-8152.

See you on stage! 🎤👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻


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On Friday, February 9, 2018, 9pm, I will be in a NO COVER PRO SHOW at Hot Rod Cafe (114 Bank St., New London, CT). Hosted by Jay Are Adams, a great lineup is TBA! Come early for best seating, dinner and drinks! Jay Are Adams was recently featured on an episode of Comedy Central’s “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City.” Don’t miss this show!



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