Cue the rubber chicken and the pie in the face, the 8th Annual Funniest Reporter show is upon us!
Eight media personalities will compete for the prize, and most important, money raised supports the Humane Society of New York.
Among those taking the stage for the good cause is WPIX reporter Magee Hickey. Despite being up to the challenge, Hickey (right) admits to being nervous for her first attempt at stand-up.
“I met with my mentor, Mark Anthony Ramirez about what I should do and say in my five minutes routine. He said just be yourself and do what you feel comfortable doing,” Hickey tells Tuned In. “So I find the twists and turns in my own career hilarious. So I will probably just make fun of myself.”
At a charity cabaret that she organized in May, Hickey opened with a self-effacing song about her name and face recognition in New York, complete with a microphone stand showing every TV station that she has worked for.
“Self-deprecating humor is always the best. Maybe I’ll sing. Life is filled with challenges and this is a big face your fear moment for me. I am scared.”
By JERRY BARMASH
We know about Magee Hickey‘s talent as a news reporter. She has been on our TV screens for more than 30 years. It may not come across on the air, but if Hickey puts her mind to something–it gets done.
Over the weekend, WPIX’s Hickey showed off her altruistic abilities as she ran the 3rd annual Cabaret event to benefit the Lawrence F. Hickey Center in the Bronx, which teaches students with developmental disabilties. The school honors Magee’s dad, who was a tireless volunteer at the school, run by Astor Children’s Services.
With that backdrop, Hickey called her friends and colleagues from the many TV stations she’s worked for to give their time by performing.
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Hickey opened the event with a self-effacing parody of the My Fair Lady classic, I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face. No one can accuse the popular redhead of being an introvert. She swayed and held the high notes. The tone for the afternoon was set when she walked on stage with a mic stand, complete with mic flags representing the six New York broadcast outlets she’s worked for during her career.
In the next 90 minutes, the stage at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan, where Magee went to school, was lined with her PIX co-workers.