Ariel Elias grew up in Kentucky, where she made everybody laugh at her Bar Mitzvah.

She lives in New York City, but it was when she performed last Saturday in New Jersey that she had a beer can thrown at her at Uncle Vinnie's comedy club.

She responded by chugging it to the approval of the crowd.

Whoever threw that beer threw her career into high gear as she's exploding all over the internet and will be appearing on Jimmy Kimmel.

"I'm taping my set Oct 24," says Elias who joined me on New Jersey 101.5 to open up about the incident.

What was going through her mind while it was happening?

"I was thinking I could really use a drink right now. And then I was also just thinking like, you know, I'm a comedian, which means I'm a bit broken inside and everybody was looking at the door after this happened. And I was trying to figure out how do I get the attention back on me. So, that just seemed like the natural thing to do."

What made her drink the beer?

"I had the idea as soon as the drink landed. I thought it would be funny if I drank it. I picked it up and I felt that there was still liquid in it and I started to move to drink it but I realized nobody was looking at me like that. I gave it a second, I gave it a beat and then I drank it."

People on Twitter actually accused Elias of planning this

Why won't Ariel press charges?

"In order to press charges," says Elias,  "I would have had to go back to that town to file a complaint. And then I would have had to go back every time if it went to court, and it's like a two-and-a-half-hour drive. And I'm not really interested."

"I had a busy life before this. And now it's very different. So I just don't want to spend the time and resources getting revenge on somebody I guess, who you know, is probably a little sad inside."

Is she ready for the change that could happen in her career from this incident?

"I'm ready for it. I have been working towards this for a long time. I'm not new to comedy. It's a dream come true. It's happening much faster. Like everything is happening at once. Usually, this stuff happens gradually. But I think having gotten through the last couple of days and the whirlwind that that was, I think now it's like, oh, the exciting and fun stuff gets to happen now."

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From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

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