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Stephen Donovan

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Standup Comedian

Local Address: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Showbiz
Level 3, 579
Harris Street Ultimo , New South Wales 2007
Australia

Company Description: Showbiz specialises in the marketing, sales and ticket distribution of shows on behalf of event producers, promoters, and cultural organisations for theatre,...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Actor - Standup Comedian
    Showbiz
  • Morning Show Co-Host
    WXLO
  • Morning Show Comedian
    WXLO
  • XLO
  • Paralegal and Office Support
    Bear Stearns
  • Analyst
    Bear Stearns
  • Paralegal and Temp
    Goldman , Sachs & Co.
  • Pa
    Metro Channels
  • Page
    NBC
74 Total References
Web References
the Pulse - Entertainment Beat: Meet Steve Donovan
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Comedian Steve Donovan in Person 10/2005
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Well, for Steve Donovan, it's reality.
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Steve was born and raised in Malden, MA, then headed off to Syracuse University in Central New York State, about 5 hours north of NYC.Graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish, Steve briefly came home to teach junior high school but then returned to NY to break into the comedy scene.The trouble with New York is that there are more comedians than there are comedy jobs.So Steve performed wherever and whenever he could ~ including staging some nontraditional shows at laundromats and supermarkets."The only regular we had," Steve laughs, "was this homeless guy who had no where else to go.But I think he would have hung around even if he'd had someplace else to go - he loved my stuff!"
Doing whatever it took to get time on stage, he also worked a lot as a "bringer," winning performance time based on how many paying customers he could bring into a club.
The stage time he was able to log paid off and ~ after four auditions ~ Steve earned a regular spot performing at New York's The Comic Strip, famous for alums like Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, and Chris Rock to name but a few.Steve was performing there up to 5 times a week and loving every single minute.
According to Steve, "Comedy is incredibly hard, but when it's done right it looks so easy.Everybody is convinced that they can do it because they make their buddies laugh at the bar."But it's a lot harder then that, starting with coming up with quality material for a routine.Steve's routine is very story driven, focusing mostly on his family and his life growing up.Family was certainly the inspiration behind one of Steve's most memorable shows, a spur-of-the-moment performance back in his hometown in 1999 after his cousin had just died tragically in a car accident.His big Irish family was gathered at his cousin's widow's house and no one really knew what to do or say.Suddenly Steve's father, one of Boston's finest cops and therefore "professionally trained to be intimidating," turned to his son with, "Stephen, I understand you're down there in New York andyou're telling jokes about me." Steve nodded and his father said, "Well I can't come to New York so I want to hear what you're saying about me." Steve began his routine and told jokes about his father for a full fifteen minutes.He finished up about two minutes before the priest arrived, just in time for the family to (almost!) compose themselves.Steve's comedy was exactly what everyone had needed and the laughter helped ease the pain of a very sad situation.
So how did Steve wind up back here in Massachusetts (which we're glad he did!)?A friend of Steve's from Syracuse remembered how funny he was and contacted him in June 2003 when she heard there was an opening at WXLO's morning show.Steve came back for the audition and got the job.He then made the move from New York to Worcester and traded late night standup for early morning studio time.Although Steve is from nearby Malden, Worcester was new territory.But now he's becoming a "local," familiarizing himself with all the perks of a city ~ colleges, restaurants, the art museum, the nightlife ~ and appreciates that the city offers lots of opportunities while maintaining a small-town feel.He can go to the Boulevard Diner and know everybody there.He can go to Bagel Time on Park Ave. and "…for the first time in my life I can say 'I'll have the regular.'"
And according to Steve, now is an exciting time to be in this part of the state."So many cool things are starting out in Worcester, that you really feel like you can be a part of it."In addition to having a great time getting to know Worcester, Steve is also having a great time working for WXLO,especially because he's given a lot of creative space.One of his favorite segments on the morning show is based on the idea that "somewhere in the world there is always someone doing something weird."The segment, airing every morning at 6:55, is called Weird Off The Wire and consists of random news stories that are more than a bit odd, like the one about a German man who was buying computers, taking out the internal parts and replacing them with potatoes, then demanding his money back, claiming he had been sold a defective potato-filled computer. (What's more amazing is that he actually got money back the first time he did it!) These truth-is-stranger-thanfiction stories are fun both to find and put out there for the audience to enjoy.
Steve has also gotten to do celebrity interviews with stars like Alan Alda, Don King, Sylvester Stallone and Cher, amongst others, and says that this part of his job is as much fun as you'd expect it to be!
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Doing the morning show does have one downside as far as Steve is concerned ~ it means that he has to get to the station at 5 a.m. "It's not natural to get up in the middle of the night, unless you're a farmer, and even they wait till the sun comes up."But other than that one small drawback, Steve loves his jobs.
Lots of Laughs: Steve ...
www.wjpzalumni.org, 29 Dec 2010 [cached]
Lots of Laughs: Steve Donovan, Chinese Auction - and Scranton Fans of G-Mac
Steve Donovan ('95), morning show host at WXLO-FM, Worcester, MA, returned for a second year as our emcee and kept the evening entertaining with a hysterical blend of observations about topics ranging from the Chinese Auction, alumni from all eras, and the thousands of Syracuse basketball fans from Scranton, PA who chartered 63 buses to watch Gerry McNamara's final home game - some of whom even crashed the Banquet.
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Steve Donovan ('95) becomes cable TV's newest host
Jen Carter & Steve Donovan from ...
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Jen Carter & Steve Donovan from WXLO 104.5 are Masters of Ceremonies
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Jen Carter and Steve Donovan of WXLO 104.5 FM host an entertaining evening that includes talented local musicians and distinctive auction and raffle items, including a Curt Schilling autographed baseball.
100 FM The Pike, Worcester's #1 for Classic Hits!!!
www.100fmthepike.com, 17 Feb 2011 [cached]
Come watch the WXLO's Steve Donovan and Franklin Siplas vs.
Tony V will be headlining an ...
www.worcestermag.com, 8 June 2010 [cached]
Tony V will be headlining an all-star comedy show at Elm Street Draught House Cinema on Saturday, March 20, joined by Dave Rattigan (XM, Sirius Satellite Radio), WXLO's Steve Donovan, and Jon Lincoln - a Millbury resident who works around New England and hosts his own weekly show at Motley's Comedy Club in Boston Showtime is 9:30 p.m., with doors opening at 9.
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