Note to self, if you want to moonlight as a stand-up comedian in New Jersey, you need to make sure your day job isn’t as a part-time municipal judge.
Yesterday the NJ Supreme Court ruled that Vince Sicari, a part-time municipal judge, would have to step down from the bench if he wants to continue spending his evenings as a stand-up comedian. The unanimous opinion of the court read, “The judge’s acting and comedy career is incompatible with the Code of Judicial Conduct and therefore he may not serve as a municipal court judge while continuing with that career.”
Sicari, who goes by the name Vince August on stage has been carving out a comedy career in NYC clubs, had some network TV time, and warmed-up audiences for Comedy Central. He handles municipal judging duties like traffic tickets and disorderly persons offenses in South Hackensack. It was there where several other judges questioned whether Sicari’s public persona would infringe with his daytime roles, especially after he appeared on ABC’s hidden camera show What Would You Do? where he portrayed a homophobic and racist character. It was this role and other elements of Sicari’s act that were central element to the court debate. Read More