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Baldwinsville grad is honorary Chiefs bat boy

Friday, September 01, 2006

Las Vegas-based comedian J.Son Dinant - a 1999 graduate (as Jason Dinant) of Baker High School in Baldwinsville - will make an appearance as an honorary bat boy in the next-to-last Syracuse SkyChiefs game of the season, which begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at Alliance Bank Stadium.

Portions of Dinant's activities will be filmed for inclusion in his Internet-based "reality" show called "Life on the Z-List." It will be downloadable from Dinant's Web site, www. JaSonReality.com.

 

Self-promotion pays off for comedian

Ex-Baldwinsville resident chosen as person most in need of reality show.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
By William LaRue
Staff writer

An aspiring stand-up comedian, formerly of Baldwinsville, has won a Las Vegas newspaper poll picking him as the person there "Most in Need of a Reality Show."

It's an honor that Jason Dinant, 24, a 1999 graduate of Baker High School, acknowledges he helped to secure. He recruited friends and co-workers to submit his name over and over to the "Readers' Choice" survey conducted by Las Vegas Weekly.

"I'm a shameless self-promoter. It's terrible," Dinant said with a laugh during a telephone interview. "I called my mom up and told her that I won, and I said, 'I feel like I'm in high school and I just won the popularity contest.' "

In announcing him as a winner last week, the newspaper noted Dinant's resume lists several appearances on reality TV shows, including A&E's "Inked" and MTV's "Fear."

"But anyone that determined for attention isn't going to stop there," the newspaper wrote of Dinant, who also calls himself "J.Son Dinant."

Dinant, the son of Bruce and Cheryl Dinant, of Baldwinsville, has a full-time job in the box office at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where he moved in 2004. He also performs regularly at the Funny Business Comedy Club at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino.

Although he studied improv in college and founded The Got Theatre? Project, a Syracuse theater company, Dinant said, he never considered doing stand-up until about six months ago, when a friend suggested it.

He's now developing the idea for a reality TV show in which cameras would trail him for a year as he looks to become the next Jerry Seinfeld or George Carlin.

Borrowing an idea from his newspaper poll success, he's asking people to visit his Web site, jasonreality.com, which has instructions on how to lobby VH1 or Comedy Central to pick up his show. He also wants people to ask Ellen DeGeneres to make him a guest on her talk show.

In January, Dinant appeared on an episode of "Inked" during which he was shown getting "78784867" tattooed on his right wrist. He said these are the numbers you get when you punch S-U-R-V-I-V-O-R on a telephone key pad.

"My mentality this year is live and conquer. I want to live life with laughter and conquer the comedy world. And I want to do so in less than one year," Dinant said.

2006 The Post-Standard. Used with permission.


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