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Monday
Oct102011

SPOTTED: Ted Alexandro Occupying a Wall Street Drum Circle

What do Ted Alexandro and Todd Rundgren have in common? They both want to bang on a drum all day, of course. Ted was SPOTTED on Saturday at Occupy Wall Street, whipping the 99 percenters into a frenzy with some deep tribal beats. 

Isn't all this loud drumming a little rude though? People are trying to sleep on the filthy ground just a few feet away!

For more updates and photos from inside the OWS police kettle, check Ted's twitterings.

Thursday
Oct062011

The Jukebox @ Union Hall - 10.3.11

Steve Jacobs and Steve Heisler are the infectious hosts of The Jukebox, an immensely fun comedic storytelling series punctuated with epic karaoke performances. 

NOTES

--Dressed in personalized t-shirts from Steve Heisler's bar mitzvah, Steve and Steve kicked off the show with a lusty take on Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You." Each edition of The Jukebox has a theme, and this one's was The 90's, thus giving the whole evening a Mortified + songs kind of vibe.

--The Jukebox format goes like this: performer tells a story > performer sings song related to that story > audience either laughs, laughs and sings along, OR waits patiently for the performer to finish.

--Chipper Eugene Mirman Festival producer, Caroline Creaghead, picked apart her sad tween journal to tell a tale of unrequited puppy love, finishing with "Don't Speak." Does Caroline know Perfect Pitch? She simply must audition for the X-Factor. Not the TV show--the mutant superhero team because of her singing powers! 

--The show was supposed to feature Mike Doughty from the seminal '90s band Soul Coughing, but Doughty choked at the last minute citing a sudden illness OR WHATEVER.  It didn't matter because his replacement, Andy Ross, fucking slaughtered everyone with a slow-build story about the day he called upon his thoroughly terrified teenage crush to come on stage and sing the female part of "I'm Having the Time of My Life" at his middle school talent show. As he did back then, he sang to us BOTH parts of the song alone, going between a room-shaking baritone to the kind of falsetto last heard in the movie White Chicks

--The next edition of The Jukebox is 11/29. If you can't wait that long to watch people brilliantly nail and/or butcher your favorite songs live, Celebrity Duets makes its promising debut at Union Hall TOMORROW NIGHT. Or I guess you can go see Rock of Ages.  There's always that.

Wednesday
Oct052011

NEW VIDEO WEDNESDAY - THE STEPKIDS, MURDERFIST & DAN ST. GERMAIN

"Legend In My Own Mind" | The Stepkids

Written & Directed By Tom Scharpling
Murderfist - 12 Hour Show | Murderfist

Directed by Adam Wirtz
The Fluffer | Dan St. Germain

Directed by Adam Wirtz

Friday
Sep302011

THE HONEY SHOT - AIRWOLF

Photo: Alden Ford

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Thursday
Sep292011

Where Should These People Go For a Comedy Show?

An example of what laughing ladies look like. A reader wrote in today looking for some advice:

Hi Nate, My Aunt Patty is coming to nyc this weekend and she just texted me to see if I knew of any good comedy shows that she+work friends could go to while she's here. Do you have any ideas I could share with her? She's older, late 40s, mom, etc. But she's fun! And kind of a partier... and in the big city without her kids so wants to have fun. Where does someone with this profile go to laugh in NYC?

Great question! Where do you think Aunt Patty should go?? Do you want Aunt Patty and her work friends at YOUR show? She sounds pretty chill.

Wednesday
Sep282011

New Video Wednesday! Featuring Office Mates, Disalmanac and Storytelling Animated

Office Mates: Episode 3 | Sue Galloway and Pam Murphy

 

WW1: The Battle of YPres | Disalmanac

World War I: The Battle of Ypres from Disalmanac on Vimeo.

Storytelling Animated: "I Was an Evil Baby" | Chris Gethard & Maëlle Doliveux

Friday
Sep232011

Help Produce This Year's ECNY Awards

The team behind New York’s original comedy awards--The ECNY Awards--is looking for new producers and fresh faces to help plan and put on this year's show. Do you enjoy any of these things?

  • Producing spectacular events
  • Booking talent
  • Raising funds
  • Running a tech booth
  • Live-tweeting
  • Developing websites
  • Keeping secrets
  • Arguing with other producers over email
  • Giving back to the community
  • Polishing trophies
  • Impacting careers
  • Meeting Andrew WK 
  • Working on something that you can be proud of

If you want to get involved, email ecnyawards@gmail.com with a little bit about yourself and what you'd be interested in doing.

Friday
Sep232011

THE HONEY SHOT - CITIZEN MODELS

Photo: Nate Vranes

  • THE PLUG: Don't miss Citizen Models performing TONIGHT @ 8:30PM at The Magnet Theater | $7

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