Television comedian Russell Howard was the anonymous special guest of an Oxford comedy show.Sunday night’s ‘Ministry of Mirth’ student stand-up comedy night billed him as “special unnamed anonymous faceless reclusive” guest, but word of mouth spread quickly over the weekend and the Sunday night event at the Wheatsheaf was full.The ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ star told the audience that he liked to crash small comedy gigs in order to test new jokes. His material included the Cumbria shootings and Lady Gaga. He commented that he found Oxford “intellectually daunting.”The Ministry of Mirth is a student run stand-up night which attracts both newcomers and professionals from the London circuit .
× NORTH BERGEN – Nicholas Sacco is giving up his $260,000 per year job as assistant superintendent for elementary and secondary education but will continue to serve as a state senator and North Bergen’s mayor, his spokesman has announced.“Mayor Sacco will be retiring from the North Bergen Board of Education during this year,” the mayor’s spokesman, Phil Swibinski, said. “However, no retirement date has yet been set. He plans to continue serving as mayor of North Bergen and state senator representing the 32nd District.”Sacco has also worked as an elementary school principal, among other positions, over the course of a 49-year career in education.Swibinski said Sacco’s school pension had not been determined, but would likely be about $180,000, a figure lower than the maximum due to allocations to family members. Swibinski said Sacco’s pension was, “controlled by the exact same regulations that govern the earned retirement benefits of every other public employee in the state.”Swibinski said Sacco plans to seek re-election for mayor and state senator, and that he will be eligible for additional pensions once he retires from those.After starting work for the school system, Sacco was first elected mayor in 1992, then won his state senate seat the following year. He has been re-elected by wide margins in the heavily Democratic township and legislative district ever since. read more