Russ Meneve is an American stand-up comedian from Hawthorne, New Jersey who has appeared on multiple shows on NBC and Comedy Central. After joining NBC as a page, Meneve tried out as a comedian in various clubs in New York City and succeeded in getting stage time at major venues like the "Comedy Cellar", the "Comic Strip" and "Caroline's". By 2004, he was a regular performer at those venues. In 2005, he both appeared as himself and as a writer on Comedy Central Presents as well as on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Last Call with Carson Daly, Last Comic Standing and The Caroline Rhea Show. He was on "The Ten Funniest New Yorkers You’ve Never Heard Of" list published by New York and was awarded "The Impact Player of 2005". In 2004, he collaborated with Ted Alexandro and Tom Shillue to found the "New York Comedians Coalition" with over 300 other New York based comedians as their members in order to represent the comedians of the city and to negotiate better payment for comedians performing in the clubs. After several meetings with the club owners, the Coalition managed to negotiate a raise for all comics in the city.
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