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Friday
Mar252011

Ding Dong Meow: The Andrea Rosen Show @ The UCBT - 3.23.11

 To a packed house at The UCBT Wednesday night, Andrea Rosen performed Ding Dong Meow, her first one-person show about "saying and doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, and then telling everyone about it on stage."

NOTES

--The premise of the show--hilariously explained at the top with a voiceover from John Gemberling as God--was that every time a ding, dong, or meow sound occurred, Andrea would do something different on stage like tell a true story, do a character, or read a letter she has written to a corporation.

--One of her stories was about how she went on a date with a guy named Gary even though Garys aren't her thing, saying that Garys typically have eyes that are too close together and "tiny lips like paper cuts." Which is true! I know one Gary and that's pretty accurate.

--In a letter she wrote to the Friendly's restaurant chain, Andrea read about the time she ingested a cheese sandwich from there that irritated her bowels so badly, she accidentally diarrhea-d on her boyfriend later that evening.

--This reminded me of the time I ran into Andrea on the subway a few years ago and she mentioned she got a serious case of the runs after eating at Bonnie's Grill in Park Slope. Since two is a trend, it's the belief of this publication that Andrea is constantly spewing diarrhea from her butthole and all restaurants should proactively ban her for life for fear of tainting their good names.

--Ding Dong Meow was 1 of precisely 2 shows listed in the Comedy section of New York Magazine last week. In comparison, the Kids section had 10 listings... and kids can't even read!

--Were my eyes tricking me or was Barbara Walters sitting in the front row at the show? My guess is that Barbara probably falls asleep right after Wheel of Fortune so this was probably too late for her to be out. However, the following folks were definitely SPOTTED in the crowd: Livia Scott, TimeOut's Matt Love, Arthur Meyer from Two Fun Men, and Serious Lunch's Anthony Miale.

Ding Dong Meow continues its run into April with shows on 4/6 and 4/13 at 8PM at The UCBT. See it!

 

Friday
Mar252011

INSIDE WITH: ROSE SURNOW, HOST OF 'WE LOVE YOU'

Rose Surnow | Photo: Samuel M. Jayne

By: Meghan O'Keefe

Jessi Klein, Joe Mande, Andrea Rosen, Jared Logan and Sara Schaefer are five of our favorite funny people in New York.

We might love them even more now that we know that this Sunday they'll be coming together for a great cause -- "We Love You: A Benefit For Planned Parenthood." We spoke with the show's producer and host, Rose Surnow, about the serious politics of bringing so many hilarious people together.

Why do a comedy show to benefit Planned Parenthood?
Well, as you probably know, the Republicans in Congress submit a budget proposal that bans all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. This means that at a time when 46.6 million Americans have no health insurance, they want to cut an organization that provides free check-ups, STD and AIDS tests, medication, health care and family planning. It doesn't make any sense. Now, more than ever, we need to protect Planned Parenthood so that the millions of women without health care can continue to take care of their bodies.

So the comics you asked were into supporting the cause?
It's funny, I've been trying to get Jessi Klein on a show for a while, and I think this issue must be dear to her because she immediately responded that she would be involved. I'm lucky enough that I've been able to get all the other incredible comics on my shows before, so we already had a relationship. But generally, I think people are more willing to do shows if they are into the cause. It definitely makes it easier.

You've organized shows to support other political causes in the past. What do you think the relationship between comedy and politics is?
Well, I'm very political and I'd like to use whatever skills and resources I have to support causes I'm passionate about. Also, I'd like to make politics fun and engaging. Let's go out and see New York's best comics, have a blast and support something awesome -- a win-win!

Stand-up comedy is often an entertaining medium to speak up about things that can be subversive and highly political. Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor, Mort Sahl, George Carlin, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert are all hilarious comics who use their political beliefs to get laughs, but also to make people think more critically. That's the goal, you know?

Wednesday
Dec022009

The Honey Shot

Andrea Rosen | Photo: Anya Garrett

  • THE PLUG: Don't miss Andrea Rosen performing standup at "Cold Soda," happening SUN, DEC 6 @ 9:30PM at The PIT | $5

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Wednesday
Oct212009

Ask For It By Name: Andrea Rosen & Chris Grace For MoveOn.org

There is plenty of awesome in this commercial: Andrea Rosen (Variety SHAC) teetering her upper body before placing her hand on her hip, Chris Grace (Starkey & Grace / Cold Soda) twiddling his fingers while picking a strawberry from a bowl, and -- of course -- Heather Graham busting some sick yoga poses. I don't understand the health-care debate, but this ad definitely helps.

Were YOU or someone funny you know in a spot recently? Send the link!

Thursday
Oct112007

Inside With: Andrea Rosen - By: Eliot Glazer

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Andrea Rosen is a gal about town. Having done stand-up for years, she has since emerged as a key player in the scene, constantly showing up in places like the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Rififi, Galapagos, as well as on Superdeluxe.com. She has appeared on Stella and in The Ten, and can also be seen with the comedy collective Variety SHAC alongside Shonali Bhowmik, Chelsea Peretti, and Heather Lawless. Andrea, (who - by the way - holds a women's world fishing record for catching a 42 pound Permit fish, thank you very much!) recently sat down with The Apiary's Eliot Glazer. How or where do you come up with material? I used to do a lot of characters, all exaggerated versions of people who annoyed me. Now I do stories based on very true events with jokes built into them. If I feel mortified or dumb in a situation, or if someone says something to me that I don't like, or if something really weird happens, I might use it on stage. My stuff is usually about my family and guys. Please tell the story from your "Sistine Chapel" bit. I usually fly fish with my dad and brothers for trout or bone fish. So my dad, my step mom, and I were fishing in Montana with a guide named Brad, a very manly and capable outdoorsman (real smooth with everything: the boat, tying flies, untangling knots, and the best flirt ever). (Didn't hurt that he was from North Carolina, either--that southern drawl that really amps up the hotness.) After a day of sexually charged fishing (between Brad and myself), we got cleaned up and all went out to dinner. Earlier in the trip, my dad (who doesn't buy clothes - he finds them), asked me how much I spend on my jeans. I told him I had just bought a pair of "575" jeans for $120. He was in shock. I wore the "575" jeans that night and at dinner, my dad said to Brad, "Guess how much Andrea spent on her jeans!" Brad put his fork down, asked me to stand up and turn around (he needed the to see the full 360 degrees to make his assessment). He took a moment to consider it, and then responded: "how do you put a price on the Sistine Chapel?" ...Like my ass was made by Michelangelo! You've described your dad as a "hippie who fled to New Mexico." My dad used to be a Creative Director at an ad agency in Connecticut. Then he retired and moved to New Mexico. And now he runs a bone fishing lodge in the Bahamas for half the year. At this point in his life he is super laid back. A while ago, I was doing a slide show bit and I wanted to illustrate how laid back he was. So when I was visiting him in New Mexico, I asked him if I could take a picture of him and his banjo, in his underwear. He was like "Of course!" So he got his banjo and dropped trou, without ever even asking what it was for. You grew up in Roosevelt Island which makes you a native New Yorker. How have you seen the comedy landscape change over the years? I would say that the UCB and PIT have made a huge difference in the comedy world here in NY. Because before that, it was hard to know how and where to break in. In the past, you sort of had to do one-person shows at theaters, snail mail out post cards inviting people. Getting into comedy is less of a mystery at this point. What's the history of Variety Shac? Heather, Chelsea, and I all knew each other from stand up, but we were rarely on the same bill. It's usually one woman booked per show. We all liked each other a lot, personally and material-wise. And we all knew Shonali (who performs in a band called Tigers and Monkeys). So we were at a party one night and we were talking about wanting to have a "home base," a show that was our own show. That's when we decided to do a monthly show and then committed to making a short film once a month to show at our show and then post it online. It's been a totally gratifying experience. I love those girls! How do you and Variety SHAC write together? Does it start organically with someone's idea and you all collaborate? How much, if any, of it is improvised? The shorts are mostly improvised based on a scenario that we've worked out before hand. And then we spend a lot of time editing. A lot. What's the story behind the prank call sketch? You guys just decided to act like teenage boys and start pranking your friends? At the last minute, Heather couldn't make it that day because she had diarrhea. We needed something that would still include her. So we used her illness as inspiration, and decided to be Italian doctors calling people to check up on their assholes. We called our friends who we thought would be game. What was it like to work on Stella? It was super special. At the time, I was roommates with Michael Showalter (platonically), and was already friends with Michael Black and David Wain and with a lot of the cast. So it was like going to work with your friends. And I thought it was a really funny show. So I was psyched and proud to be a part of it. Plus, the vibe on that show was very friendly, no big ego stuff. I was really sad when it ended. Where did you come up with the concept for Standrea? I was dating a guy named Dan. And we'd introduce ourselves to people as "Dandrea," as a joke. I pitched it while we were still going out. Then we broke up. And so I changed it to Standrea. I asked my friend Matt Lawler to play Stan. He's very good in it. What's next for Andrea Rosen? The Variety Shac is working on a pilot for Adult Swim. And we've moved our monthly show to UCB. And we have a new SHAC DVD for sale (it has an extra short on it that we did with The Whitest Kids U Know and DVD commentary by Fred Armisen, Jon Glaser and AD Miles). Finally, did Michael Showalter really used to call you Andrea Cinnamon Rosen Cookie? Showalter's names for me include: Oatmeal Rosen Cookie, Cinnamon Rosen Bread, Rose Bowl Parade, Vagandrea, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Rosie Posie Puddin and Shosie, The Sisters Rosensweig, Ro Ro Ro Your Boat, Really Rosie, Rosen Up the Bow (as in rosin up a violin bow), and Angelini Funklefini. We lived together for 5 years, so there are lots!

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