NJ's Highest Court Hears 'Joking Judge' Vince Sicari's Appeal

Vince Sicari, judge comedianTRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey's Supreme Court is considering whether a municipal court judge can continue to work as a standup comic.

A state ethics board has said Vince Sicari should be barred from comedy work. An attorney defending that decision says the characters he depicts could confuse the public and reflect badly on the judiciary.

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Sicari's attorney says the South Hackensack judge keeps both professions separate and does comedy work to supplement his part-time income. Sicari has a successful career as a standup comic under the name Vince August, appearing on network television and as a warm-up for "The Colbert Report."

The arguments before the Supreme Court Tuesday in Trenton focused on roles Sicari has played on the ABC show "What Would You Do?" Sicari has depicted several racist or homophobic characters on the hidden camera show.

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crazy ray

Who are these people who think they can run the lives of other people? If they can stop this guy from being a comedian, why can't they stop christians from being judges, or jews, or muslims, whose beliefs SURELY conflict with much written secular law?

March 01 2013 at 9:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

...I prefer a judge with a sense of humor....yup !

March 01 2013 at 8:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I see nothing wrong with the guy. New Jersey need some comedy relief given all the idiots who run the towns there. Judge Alitio in the OJ case was a comedian although he never did stand up.

March 01 2013 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

GIven the current make-up of the right wing of the SCOTUS (Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and occasionally Kennedy), how could Sicari's exploits as a stand-up comedian POSSIBLY reflect any more "poorly" than these jokers have already accomplished? Let the man alone...

February 28 2013 at 9:39 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

why not, the whole system is a JOKE

February 28 2013 at 6:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

....I like the guy already !.....Judge with a sense of humor....good !

February 28 2013 at 6:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I don't see as much a problem from his being a stand up comic when one considers the fact that many mcpl judges supplement their judicial income by practicing as attorneys!

February 28 2013 at 1:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ijtolliver's comment

Having been a juror (Many times) I expect the Judge has some funny material. Stuff you won't hear from the fun-of-the-mill comedian. No profanity either! That's the best part.

February 28 2013 at 3:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to bisbee15's comment

oospe: "Run-of-the mill"

February 28 2013 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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