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Local funnyman joins elite club

Loudonville man jokes his way to New York’s Friars Club

Loudonville comedian Greg Aidala enjoys some tea at Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary in Colonie.

Loudonville comedian Greg Aidala enjoys some tea at Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary in Colonie. Photo by Billy DeLap.

— After being in the business just over 12 years, a born and raised Loudonville man was inducted into an elite club of comedians, actors and others in the entertainment business.

Joining the ranks of comedians from Billy Crystal to Jerry Seinfeld, on June 18, comedian and business owner Greg Aidala, 40, was inducted into the Friars Club in New York City.

As the owner of Radial Gage Entertainment, Aidala has entrepreneurship in his blood. In 1943, his grandfather opened Quail Auto in Albany, and his family still owns and operates the business. He also hosts and produces the Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase, a touring showcase that has entertained over 10,000 people.

Despite all his accomplishments, Aidala says his induction into the Friars Club is one of the biggest highlights of his career.

“It was pretty sweet. What was cool is I got to bring my dad. There were 12 inductees and a ceremony,” said Aidala. “I am so honored to be part of that. It was something I’ve always wanted to be a part of, and to have that happen is a definite highlight of my career. It really is the Mecca of the entertainment industry.”

Not just anyone can get into the club. To be considered, a member has to be sponsored by two current members. There is also a walkthrough and an interview.

Aidala got into the business 12-and-a-half years ago when he saw an advertisement looking for comics to perform with Colin Quinn from Saturday Night Live.

“There was a show happening over in Troy, and I pestered the guy for three-and-a-half weeks and they finally let me on. I’d never done standup, only in college I did improv and acting. I played music my whole life and hosted a few events in high school,” said Aidala.

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