Comedian Paul Mecurio to perform in Bellmore May 15-16

Comedian Paul Mercurio warms up the crowd at the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Photo: SouthFlorida.com

Comedian Paul Mecurio warms up the crowd at the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Photo: SouthFlorida.com

Paul Mecurio got his start as a Wall Street lawyer but made his way into comedy after a chance encounter with Jay Leno. Now a successful comedian with Emmy and Peabody wins and his own podcast, Mecurio reflects back on how he got to where he is today, and just how he got Sir Paul McCartney to leave a voicemail on his phone.

He brings his stand up act to Governor’s at the Brokerage in Bellmore Friday May 15 and Saturday May 16.

checkout our interview below!

Is Valentine’s Day overrated?

(Photo: Photo: Craig Rubadoux/ FLORIDA TODAY)

(Photo: Photo: Craig Rubadoux/ FLORIDA TODAY)

Valentine’s Day – cheesy Hallmark holiday or sincere expression of love? Opinions run the gamut. Research Psychologist Dr Frieda Birnbaum is wary of the holiday’s commercialization and perceived materialism. We break it down in a special Valentine’s roundtable on the Morning Wake Up Call. Check it out!

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Shawn Johnson tells all about Celebrity Apprentice

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson

Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson joined us on today’s Morning Wake Up Call to talk about her new stint on NBCs’ The Celebrity Apprentice and her work with TheBodyDepartment.com, a fitness inspiration and wellness website that offers workout tips and healthy recipes.

Check it out!

Threat of ebola non-existent in the US

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As the death toll from ebola climbs in Africa, fear and paranoia in the United States mounts. However, Dr Mana Kasongo, board certified emergency physician at Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, assures Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call that there is no cause for concern here in the US, although Africa is in dire need of resources to contain this deadly disease.

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Dudes Against Violence Against Women: Because Duh

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Dudes Against Violence Against Women: Because Duh via Breakthrough

Comedian Dean Obeidallah will confront the issue of violence against women head on in the comedy show “Dudes Against Violence Against Women: Because Duh” tonight at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Joined by a line up of all male comedians, the show aims to help men realize the power they have in eliminating violence against women. Obeidallah joined us on today’s Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call to tell us about the show.

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LI expert discusses race-schools divide amid report

This is a first grade classroom at Branch Brook Elementary School in Smithtown at the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

This is a first grade classroom at Branch Brook Elementary School in Smithtown at the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

On today’s Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call we revisited an interview we did earlier this summer with Theresa Sanders about race relations and housing options on Long Island in the wake of a recent report that found that the region’s history of racially segregated housing patterns is linked to school district disparities that most negatively affect minority children

Sanders is the president and CEO of Urban League Long Island.

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DA Rice: Israel our ‘most critical ally’

Nassau County DA and Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice visits the Western Wall in Israel with her brother Paul. Image Courtesy of Kathleen Rice.

Nassau County DA and Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice visits the Western Wall in Israel with her brother Paul. Image Courtesy of Kathleen Rice via Twitter.

Nassau County District Attorney and Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice returned from a three-day trip to Israel last week where she met with leading economic and national security experts, local business owners, and community leaders and families with strong ties to Nassau County’s Jewish community.

“I think Israel is our most critical ally,” said Rice in an interview with Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call. “It’s important for us as Americans to support them.”

Here’s her full interview with HMWC’s Brianna Borresen and Neil A. Carousso.