Tuesday, May 31, 2005

June Comedy Shows I Want To See

Not sure if I can make them all cause I'm trying to finish a book or two and stuff, but hopefully I can get my ass to most of these. I highly recommend them. I'll be adding to this list too. Also, muy importante - mark July 29th down on your calendars if you want to see me singing "Like a Virgin" when I was 9 years old.

Wednesday, June 1
BRUTAL HONESTY READING SERIES IS BACK! June 1 at Otto's Shrunken Head, 538 E 14th. @ 9PM

This month's topic: "Drugs, drinks and the downward spiral."

Hosted by Becky Yamamoto, Giulia Rozzi and Lianne Stokes!!!!

With: VH1's (A to Z and "All Access") BEX SCHWARTZ!!!!
      Everyone Win's Co-Host, MARK SAM ROSENTHAL!!!
      Host, Royal Wood, Spoiler Film Festival, ROSEMARY STEVENS!
      The Comedy Social's own CAROLYN CASTIGLIA!!!
      Don't know him but hear he's fucking A-MAZING DAVE HILL!!!!

If you miss this event, you will lose your job and your pet will "get sick."

I mean we're really excited about the show! Try to make it if you can! XXXOOO.

Monday, June 6
Twin Killing
Hosted by Matt Goldich and Chris Jurek
34 East 4th Street (between Lafayette and Bowery)
8:30 pm
This month's lineup: Tom McCaffrey, Chelsea Peretti, Andrea Rosen, Adam Wade

June 6, etc. Crash Test by Aziz Ansari

Wednesday, June 15
JUNE 15 , 2005
Performance Space 122
150 1st Avenue at 9th St.
or call or visit the P.S. 122 box office at (212) 477-5288



nominated short film

(VH1's Best Week Ever)

(Comedian, rejected from MAD Magazine by her brother)

(Cartoonists, The New Yorker)


and more fun REJECTION surprises!!

Friday, June 17th

Sara Schaefer (Is Obsessed With You)
8 pm, Juvie Hall

With special guest, novelist Chris Genoa

Sunday, June 19th (this is also playing June 17th)

Mortified NYC
WHEN: 2 Shows (June 17 + 19) @ 8pm
WHERE: Magnet Theater (254 W. 29th St., 10001)
COST: $10
RSVP: 212-244-8824
FEATURING PATHETIC CRAP BY: Julie Brister, Qraig DeGroot, Jessica Delfino, Jon Friedman, Natasha Levinger, Will Nolan, Giulia Rozzi, Laurie Sandell, Tasha Space & Lianne Stokes

If it's Tuesday...

That's gotta mean it's Giant Tuesday Night of Amazing Inventions and Also There Is A Game, tonight with Ben Morrison and Rena Zager (who was very funny at Comedy Pro Shop on Sunday). That's at 8 at Rififi, free. I'll be there.

Then at 10 in Williamsburg at Galapagos, Brooklyn Comedy Company presents I Can't Believe It's Not Manhattan with:

Allison Castillo

Becky Donohue

Dan Allen

Elon James White

Dan Adhoot

Rachel Feinstein

Victor Varnado

Hosted by Baron Vaughn.

Friday, May 27, 2005

NY Post discovers alt comedy

I missed it yesterday but found out about it during Welcome to our Week last night:

Alt Mockers

Last night was great, though, once again, a signal that I've been going to too much comedy. I'd seen Liam do his set before, and had heard Sara Schaefer's bit too but she was hilarious anyway - I mean, you gotta love a girl who can just belt out "You Oughta Know" all loud and fierce onstage. Plus, she had a mixtape - yay for music in my comedy. I also saw some people I'd never seen before, and Jessi read from her junior high diary. And I had a date, which I don't think I've ever had at a comedy show, so that was something new. And I finally got to meet the lovely, gorgeous and totally sweet Kambri Crews. Congrats to Christian Finnegan, who was on The Today Show this morning.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

May 31st Galapagos comedy show by Brooklyn Comedy Company

I'm going at 8 to Giant Tuesday Night, but this is at 10 and looks awesome, especially for the locals:

The Brooklyn Comedy Company is Launching its third show in Williamsburg
at the awesome art space Galapagos, 70 North 6th St., Williamsburg.
Hosted By Baron Vaughn

May 31, 8 pm

The Lineup includes...

Allison Castillo (Premium Blend)
Becky Donohue (Premium Blend, Tough Crowd)
Dan Allen (Premium Blend)
Elon James White (BcCo)
Dan Adhoot (Last Comic Standing)
Rachel Feinstein (Premium Blend)
Victor Varnado (Premium Blend, Adventures of Pluto Nash, End Of Days)

Here's the poster

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

June show posting

I'm working on a big post about June shows, so if you have any, email them to me at blog at rachelkramerbussel.com (or if you have my yahoo addy), and I'm gonna compile them into one big post.

ECNY Finalists!

VOTE FOR EMERGING COMICS OF NEW YORK AWARDS - FINALISTS ARE UP (there are some typos but I'm not a copyeditor, at least, not for them, but anyway, I'm sure you can figure out what's up). I don't believe in telling you who to vote for, cause I have no idea of your comedic taste, so am just (as always) sharing mine.

I voted for:

Best Standup (Female) - Margot Leitman

Best Standup (Male) - Aziz Ansari

Best Musical Comedy Act - Jessica Delfino

Best One Person Show - Swollen Head (by Rich Zeroth)

Best Variety Show/Best Host of a Variety Show or Comedic Event - This is a huge tossup for me, I really, really, really like both Welcome to Our Week and The Rejection Show. WTOW happens more often so I get to go to it more, but the Rejection Show is really special (I mean, where else can you see your friends dancing with a bear?). You decide. I will, at some point. Same goes for hosts, though I will probably go Jessi and Nick on hosting, because their banter, especially the letters, totally crack me up, and the voices, the voices - I really cannot see or hear "LOL" in the same way again. Thanks, Nick. But anyway, I love both these shows and hopefully will get to them as often as possible from here on out. Mark your calendars - every Thursday at 8 is WTOW at Rififi, and every third Wednesday at 8 is The Rejection Show at PS 122. ps. I voted for The Rejection Show as Best Variety Show and Nick and Jessi as best hosts, but am still thankful these shows aren't on the same nights because those and WYSIWYG are some of my favorite entertainments around.

Best Comedy writer - Todd Levin

Best Comedic Website - youcantmakeitup.blogspot.com - Michelle Collins always cracks me up

Best Venue - ? I don't know. I want to say Juvie Hall, but I actually like Rififi the best, but mostly because it's close to my train. So I don't know. So there's my personal picks, though once again, I endorse everyone listed to the left (or above, as the case may be in your browser) and try to go to everything that I can while squeezing in the rest of my life around my comedygoing.

Brutal Honesty is back

As soon as I get done eating cupcakes on June 1st, I'm hitting this show up (editorial commentary from the wonderful Lianne Stokes - I think it's at 8 or 8:30, not sure:

BRUTAL HONESTY IS BACK! June 1 at Otto's Shrunken Head!

This month's topic: "Drugs, drinks and the downward spiral."

With: VH1's (A to Z and "All Access") BEX SCHWARTZ!!!!
Everyone Win's Co-Host, MARK SAM ROSENTHAL!!!
Host, Royal Wood, Spoiler Film Festival, ROSEMARY STEVENS!
The Comedy Social's own CAROLYN CASTIGLIA!!!
Don't know him but hear he's fucking A-MAZING DAVE HILL!!!!

If you miss this event, you will lose your job and your pet will "get sick."

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Welcome to Our (Irish) Week

Great Invite Them Up lineup this week (I don't know all of it, but Patrick Borelli and...someone I'm forgetting are on the bill) and this one. I'm supposed to be staying in every night to work, but I may have to check out Rififi, we'll see how much work I plow throug, for me, comedy and socializing may have to wait till tuesday:

the jews from WTOW bring you an almost all irish show this week!!!

christian finnegan - he's done everything from touring nationwide to appearing on chappelle's show to a number of visits to welcome to our week!  one of the best in the biz...

sean lynch - very funny wtow first timer, he's a writer for MTV's Parental Approval and a lover of the human condition

sara schaefer - host of the very great and acclaimed show "Sara Schaefer is Obsessed with You" and another wtow first timer

liam mceneaney - he's a regular on VH1's Best Week Ever. he's appeared on Premium Blend and on has a very funny blog that he regularly appears on too


Welcome to Our Week
co-hosted by Jessi Klein and Nick Kroll


Thursday May 26, 8pm

Monday, May 23, 2005

Margot Leitman Just Here For the Day, June 1 and 8

What: "Just Here For the Day"
When: Wed. June 1 and 8th 8PM
Where: UCB Theatre, 307 West 26th St between 8th and 9th, C,E, 1,9 to 23rd
street, M23 to 8th Ave.
Phone number: 212-366-9176
Cost: $5
Website: www.ucbtheatre.com

Join comedian Margot Leitman (AMC, Mtv, Vh1, E!) as she tells the story of:
growing up, working in an elementary school, selling out, becoming a
reluctant role model, rock n roll, and Kiefer Sutherland. "There was only
so long I could rebel against the system before it started to work against
me." Find out if this former wild child keeps it real or starts making color
coded activity wheels. Added bonus... a great rock n roll soundtrack!
Featuring Sarah Burns. Directed by Chad Carter.


Claudia Cogan comedy

I'm definitely going tonight to check out the fabulous, the funny, the just-back-from-LA, Claudia Cogan, possibly the other nights as well depending how much else I get done:

MONDAY, 5/23
The last performance of SIDDOWN & SHUDDUP, the sketch tour de force
from Liam McEneaney and me. But once the curtain comes down, it's
over, fini, done, kaput, nevermore. Catch it or weep for an eternity.
Co-starring Andres du Bouchet. Directed by Brian Finkelstein.

9:30 pm @ The People's Improv Theatre
154 W 29th Street, 'tween 7th and 6th.
$5.00 - visit thepit-nyc.com for electronic tickets

After us are the awesome Stanley Project, an improv troupe that does a
mockumentary style set. So jazzy!

* * * * * *
CHICKS & GIGGLES delivers all female, all funny stand up comedy.
Featuring myself, Becky Yamamoto, Margot Leitman, Shayna Ferm,
Rosemary Stevens, Lianne Stokes, Christina McGrath and your host,
Giulia Rozzi.

8:30 pm @ Raga
433 East 6th Street between 1st and Ave A
Free, 2 drink minimum

* * * * * *
A totally brand new show! It's the premiere of BECKY & CLAUDIA'S
SUPREME OFFERING, a twice-monthly stand up comedy night in
Williamsburg, hosted by Becky Poole and myself. Our inaugural line-up:
Kip Conlon, Brian Finkelstein, Abby Scott, Eliza Faria-Santos and Nick
Turner. Yay!

8:00 pm @ The Graham Lounge
312 Graham Ave Between Devoe and Ainslie.
L Train to Graham Ave. (3rd stop from Manhattan)

After-show bonus for the gays: Starting at 10:00, there's a dj and a
party for the 10 percenters. Straights are welcome, too, as long as
they don't flaunt their lifestyle in everyone's face

Friday, May 20, 2005


Sunday, May 22 @ 9 PM
The Duplex
61 Christopher Street @ 7th Ave
Reservations: 212-255-5438
$7 + 2 drinks
featuring Carolyn Castiglia, Wes Connelly, Matt McCarthy, Laura Mannino, Kevin Murphy, Baron Vaughn, Fernando Yepez and hosted by Michelle Maclay

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Comedy Charity Jam tonight!

from the fabulous Susie Felber

11th Charity Comedy Jam on Behalf of Art Start!
Thursday, May 19, 2005
8:00 - 10:00 pm
The Zipper Theater
336 West 37th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues
****Doors Open at 7:30pm****

The event will feature New York’s hottest comedians including:

Judy Gold: Gregarious host of HBO’s “At the Multiplex with Judy Gold” and a regular on Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and “ Hollywood Squares.” Also hosted “100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time” on Comedy Central and often seen gabbing with the girls on “The View.”

Erin Foley: Featured comic on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and appeared in the movie “Almost Famous.”

Rusty Ward: Seen on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and currently getting ready for a second run of his highly lauded one-man show Brawl - a history of every fight he’s ever been in.
Leo Allen: Writer for "Saturday Night Live," and The Late Show with Conan O' Brien."
Susie Felber: Copy jockey for Court TV and contributor to US Weekly's Fashion Police. She has written and produced for ComedyCentral.com, Lifetime and ABC Development. Felber has also appeared on MTV2, Oxygen and multiples times on “Late Night with Conan O'Brien.”

Andres DuBouchet: Featured on “Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and "Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn."

***$3 Beer Specials Available All Evening***

Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door, so buy yours NOW at http://www.acteva.com/go/oyfp

About Art Start
The purpose of Art Start is to value and nurture the voices of hearts and minds of under-served children and teenagers and help them transform their lives through the creative process. Art Start uses a multi-disciplined approach to arts education that is centered on the kids and their interests, and equips them with learning, creating and communicating skills. Art Start instills in our kids the confidence to pursue meaningful opportunities to share their ideas and dreams. Offered in a nurturing environment, Art Start’s programs challenge each child to develop his or her inner gifts and acquire tools to succeed in life. Go to www.art-start.org for more details.

About On Your Feet Project
On Your Feet Project (OYFP) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging people in community service and activism by educating them about diverse organizations and creating opportunities for direct community involvement. To learn more, go to www.oyfp.org.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The Gothamist $1 Room interview

I'm interviewing the guys from The $1 Room (Cassidy Henehan, Peter Kassnove and Brad Steuernagel) soon for Gothamist, so if there's anything you think I should ask them, leave a comment here or email me at blog at rachelkramerbussel.com

2 cool comedy shows tonight

Also check out the new short from the ladies of Variety Shac

Your favorite nightlife personalities come out for an
evening of comedy, singing and dancing!

Wednesday May 18
LIP SERVICE @ The Slipper Room
the "Celebrate Gay" show

8pm door, 9pm SHOW
Lip Service NYC brings together the most talented
comedians, singers and dancers in NYC to create
musical comedy that entertains, enlightens and
occasionally freaks people out. Hosted by yours
truly and featuring performances by: Sandy Cleary,
Claudia Cogan, Clay Drinko, Kim Ann Foxman,
Cheryl Furjanic, Shannon Hellfire, Jeremy Parker,
Laura Terruso & Jen Urban. Special Guests include
the folks from "Retired and Doing It" and "The
Lesbian Overtones" all lesbian a cappella! Post
show dance party with DJ NoaD!

8PM @ Performance Space 122
150 First Avenue at 9th Street, Manhattan

Hosted by Jon Friedman



It Came From New York!

My friend Marie is in this really cool show It Came From New York - here's her email about it:

I know this is really short notice, and I don't expect
any of you to come (how can I compete with Rick
Moody?), but if you're looking for something fun to
do, I highly recommend this. It's funnier than
anything you'll see on the tv. Also, my story tomorrow
will feature BOOTSIE, my cousin's boyfriend who was
missing his 2 front teeth by the time he was 16.

I'll also be doing the 5/25 show, and by then you'll
be very sick of my spam.


A Month of NYC-Themed Comedic Storytelling and

Hosted by Michele Carlo (aka Carmen Mofongo)
with an all native-New York cast:
Irene Bremis, Laura Dinnebeil, Steven
Faceboy, Joey Gay, Girlbomb, Liam McEneany,
Mundaca, Erik Seims & Bruce Smolanoff. Music
by Eddy
Martinez & Stefan Zeniuk.

Wednesdays in May:
May 4th: "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll"
May 11th: "All In The Familia"
May 18th: "Me & You Down By The Schoolyard"
May 25th: "Where The @#$! Are You From"

All Shows: 8:00pm Tix: $5
Reservations: 212.330.7681


Saturday, May 14, 2005

HTML help?

I know this site is all fucked up and has been from the start, with the blogroll higher than the actual posts, but for the life of me, I can never ever figure out blogger templates. If you know how I can fix this, please let me know, either email blog at rachelkramerbussel.com or post in the comments.



The Corsair on Dave Chappelle

In which he imagines a conversation between Chappelle and Comedy Central president Doug Herzog

Thursday = comedy + BBQ ribs!

Thurs. May 19 8PM
“Everyone Wins Summer Cookout Special”
Apocalypse Lounge, 3rd St. between A and B
Free with 2 drink minimum (drinks start at $3)
Hosted by Mark Sam Rosenthal and Margot Leitman
We’re joined by Seth Morris, Amanda Melson and
Becky Yamamoto
We’ll have BBQ ribs and prizes!

Last night's sidewalk humor

The funniest comedy I've seen in a while took place outside Juvie Hall last night, listening to Michelle Collins riff on why the show was cancelled with an audience made up of me, Chelsea Peretti, GirlyNYC, Susie Felber, and The Wiener Philharmonic. I can't even recall what she said but it was hilarious; next time a show is cancelled, I hope it's as funny as that was!

Friday, May 13, 2005

This N' More tonight!!!

Michelle Collins TOTALLY makes me laugh and I'm sure will tonight - get on her email list for emails like this, but in color and bold:

You guys, I never beg people to come to my show -- most of you just show up on your own good will, and for that, I owe you.

BUT TONIGHT!  Please come!!! PLEASE!  Sense my need and dependency through your electronic mail system....  And the good news, it's gonna be a fucking great show, so WHY WOULD YOU MISS IT?!?!?!  And I've even written NEW stuff JUST FOR THE SHOW!

This N' More

Tonight, Juvie Hall (24 Bond Street) at 8 pm

Michelle Collins hosts a gaggle of fine fine comedians:


Jim Norton!
Rachel Feinstein!
Curtis Gwinn!

John Gemberling!

Chelsea Peretti!
Jessica Delfino!
Michael Showalter!

Seriously you guys YOU MUST COME! I'm never adamant about attendance and show but I am changing my iTune!! COME TO IT!!!! I'll sing and tapdance! WHATEVER IT TAKES! I am also very nice and genteel.  Oh and it only costs EIGHT MEASLY DOLLARS!

Looking forward to your arrival:


Thursday, May 12, 2005

Amanda Melson makes me laugh

Amanda Melson, who I see in the audience of lots of comedy shows (including Monday night's Aziz Ansari Punched A Wall), has updated her website and has lots of upcoming shows. She's a writer for and cast member of Sara Schaefer (is Obsessed With You) and does standup all over. Thanks to my new fave comedy blog The Apiary for pointing me to her updated site!

More another time, but Becky Yamamoto's PP Snatch was the funniest thing I've seen in ages and ages. HILARIOUS! Just totally cracked everyone up, anyone who's ever watched MTV or VH1 or secretly listens to Britney will adore it.

new comedy blog - The Apiary!

Check out this awesome comedy blog: The Apiary - thanks Nate for telling me about it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

NYC Underground Comedy Festival!

Coming in October, see the site for submissions policy.

For Immediate Release:
May 11th, 2005
Please Contact:
George Sarris,
Danielle Schulman

NYC's Biggest Comedy Festival Just Got Bigger

The NYC Underground Comedy Festival is proud to announce one of the most respected names in Improv & Sketch in the country has come on board, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater

All New Website!!

(Submission Policies in website)

Joins ..
The 3rd Annual
NYC Underground Comedy Festival TM
"The Original"

Now The Biggest Showcase of Emerging and Established
Comedians in the World.

October 3rd - October 9th 2005

Back again, in its 3rd year, The NYC Underground Comedy Festival
is the largest in the country with over 100 events
in all five boroughs.

The festival features over 350 comedians from all over the country
for 7 nights, Including One Person Shows,
Improv, Sketch & Film.

Venues include: The Gotham Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory,
The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Arthur Seelen Theatre,
The Bitter End, The Comic Strip Live, Boston Comedy Club,
The Improv, The Duplex, The Producers Club, Stand-Up NY
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and many more ...
. . .

Plus free shows at The NY Public Library and most of its branches,
Hospital Shows, Homeless Shelter Shows, Five Charities,
Numerous Seminars, and a million laughs.

Special thanks to Chris Rock on his special guest
appearance last year.

XM-Radio for their seven nights of coverage

Freddie Roman, Dean of The Friars for hosting
our benefit for the troops at
The Bitter End.
124 West 60th St. Suite 49E
New York, NY 10023


The Friar's Club
NYC & Company
Board of Directors: The Emerging Comics of NY
VFW: Honorary Members, Operation UpLink


2004 Performers

Jim Gaffigan, Bob Nelson, Colin Quinn, Eddie Brill, Freddie Roman , (Dean of The Friar's Club ) , Basile, Jim Norton, The Daily Show's Ed Helms, Ted Alexandro,Charlie Viracola, The Cast of Chicago City Limits, Patrice O'Neal, Laura Kightlinger, Dean Edwards, Ross Bennett, Scott Blakeman, Wendy Spero, Judy Gold, Judah Friedlander, Laurie Kilmartin, Jessica Kirson, D.C. Benny, Walli Collins, Kevin Downey Jr., Jessica Wood, Nick DiPaolo. Sal the Stockbroker,, Rick Shapiro, Cory Kahaney Mike
Bochetti, Boriqua Kid from Latino Mix, Rich Vos, Marina Franklin, Lee Camp, Dustin Chafin, Clonan, Peter Dutton, Rich Francese, Stella Stolper, Carmen Lynch, Kyle Grooms, Melvin George II, Sam Greenfield, Vic Henley, Ray Garvey, Michelle Buteau, Bex Schwartz, Max Lance, Leighann Lord, Kerri Louise, Ophira Eisenberg, Al Ernst , Poppi Kramer, Rob Paravonian, Jim Mendrinos , Carole Montgomery, John Morrison, Dante Nero, Yvonne Mojica, Tom Cotter, Val Kappa,, Chelsea Peretti, Dan Piraro, Creator of the cartoon Bizarro, Marianne Sierk, Danny Vermont, Ben Bailey, Barry Weintraub, Craig Baldo, Andy Vastola, Erin Foley, Keith Price, Christian Finnegan, Geno Bisconte, Buddy Bolton, Jane Condon, Herbie Quinones, Carla Rhodes, Jim Florentine, Scott Roffman, Al Romero, Joe Howard, Tasha Space, Adam Gropman, Brian McKim, Sue Costello, Irene Bremis, Becky Donahue, Mike Siscoe, John Garrison, Sara Schaefer, Vanessa Hollingshead, Stucky & Murray, Brad Trackman, Mike Trupiano, Dan Vitale, Al Martin, Lisa Levy, Maureen Langan, Shauna Lane, Carrie Karavas, Michelle Balan, Jeff Kreisler, Andrew Lederer, Dan Wilson, Marc Maron, Jill Moray, Lenny Marcus, Liam McEneaney,Veronica Mosey, Russ Meneve, Dan Nainan.Dan Naturman, Goddess Pearlman, Keith Robinson, Greg Rogell, Damion Sammarco,Traci Skene, Sherrod Small, Marc Theobald, Johnny Watson, William Stevenson, Michelle MaClay, Brett Alan, Jon Laster, Jason Good, Dante` Nero, Ellen Karis, The Greg Wilson.

And many more .. .

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Don't Miss Chicks and Giggles May 24th!


Featuring these fierce, fantastic, and funny

Becky Yamamoto
Claudia Cogan
Margot Leitman
Shayna Ferm
Rosemary Stevens
Lianne Stokes
Cristina McGrath
and your host, Giulia Rozzi

May 24th, 8:30 PM
Raga, 433 East 6th St (btw 1rst & Ave A)
(Take L Train to 14th Street or N, R, Q to Astor

The show is free, 2 drink minimum.

This show is created by Nichelle Stephens and guest
produced by Giulia Rozzi/Giucy Productions.

Monday, May 09, 2005

A Briefcase Full of Pussy at GTN

This Tuesday, Francisco welcomes:

Aziz Ansari
Josh Comers
Karaoke Captain Jack
Steve Perry, former lead singer of Journey
and The Man With Unfortunate Teeth and A Briefcase Full of Pussy!

every tuesday at 8pm

Giant Tuesdsay Night

Sunday, May 08, 2005

the latest from Aziz Ansari

I plan to check out some of these Aziz Ansari shows. The wall-punching's too great to pass up.

hello mailing list,

three cool shows coming up:

- my one man show - Aziz Ansari Punched a Wall at UCB (5/9 - 9:30 pm)
- spring showcase thing at UCB (5/15 - 5:30 pm)
- the Gothamist.com Movable Hype Comedy show at Tonic (5/17 - 8:30 pm)

my one man show - "Aziz Ansari Punched a Wall" - is going to debut at
the UCB Theatre this Monday, May 9th at 9:30 pm. i'm really happy with
the way the show has turned out and it should be an entertaining
documentation of my whole wallpunching fiasco. (sorry such late notice!)

Aziz Ansari Punched a Wall
Monday, May 9th - 9:30 pm (Spank), $5
UCB Theatre (26th and 8th Ave)
Make reservations at www.ucbtheatre.com

also, i'm doing another weird NBC showcase thingy for some LA NBC people
at 5:30 pm in the afternoon next Sunday. an odd time indeed, but
you'll get to see a great sampling of the great sketch and standup thats
going around in the city (FOR FREE!!!). the last showcase in february
was a lot of fun. i'd make reservations, these showcase things sometimes
sell out.

UCBT Super Special Spectacular Spring Showcase
Sunday, May 15th - 5:30 pm - FREE
UCB Theatre (26th and 8th Ave)



Make reservations at www.ucbtheatre.com

and finally, the folks at Gothamist.com have put together an AWESOME
comedy show for May 17th at Tonic. i'll email when i get ticket info
later this week.

Gothamist Presents... Movable Hype Comedy Show
Tuesday, May 17th - 8:30 pm, $8
Tonic (107 Norfolk btw Rivington and Delancey)

Hosted by Paul Scheer (Best Week Ever) and Rob Huebel (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

with comedians Aziz Ansari, Chelsea Peretti, Nick Kroll, & Jessi Klein

guest band tba

Wednesday is also PP Snatch + The Hazzards

Now I just have to figure out how to be in 2 places at once!

Before Britney, before Cristina, there was PP Snatch: the Universe's Most Important Pop Icon. Armed with a Casio keyboard and moves so sexy they're dangerous, she changed entertainment forever.

Now, for one night only, Galapagos presents a very special tribute: PP SNATCH: A LIFTEIME IN POP. It¹s an extravaganza of music, dance, comedy, politics, and Kaballah, starring the diva herself.

PP Snatch is channeled by adorable comedian and improviser Becky Yamamoto. Opening acts Desiree Burch and The Dutch Treats. A certifiably insane spectacle is promised to all. Trust us, folks: this one¹s going to be good.

Wednesday May 11
8:00 pm

Written, composed, costumed and performed by Becky Yamamoto
Directed and dramaturged by Sarah Gancher
Video by Sarah Reynolds
Special guest appearances by Chiara DeLuca, Sasha Cucciniello, Garth
Silberstein, Tony Carnevale, J.B. Rote, Rosemary Stevens and more!

The Hazzards Wednesday Night Makeout Party!
70 North 6th Street btwn. Kent and Wythe
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Celebutantes, May 11 and 25

May 11th I'm at the Apple Store for I Heart Internet, but I want to see this show at UCB on the 25th (9:30, $5):

In their second full length show, Glennis McMurray and Liz Black prove that watching too much TV can feed the soul and provide ample inspiration for a sketch show. With InTouch Weekly as their Bible and The Oscars as Mecca, these two ladies turn their idolatry of celebrities and obsession with pop-culture into a religion.
Wanting nothing more than to sit at the right hand of Pitt and Aniston and ascend to the gates of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, they settle for imitation, reenactment and, well, standing near the bathroom at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Written and performed by Glennis McMurray and Liz Black
Directed by Jackie Clarke

Friday, May 06, 2005

Comedians' blogs are the best

or, at least, the funniest

Jeff Mac writes a letter to China

Carolyn Castiglia ponders the runaway bride

Andres du Bouchet invents the word "Autumnalingus"

Comedy Contagion with C. Peretti

Chelsea wants to know which websites make you laugh

Saturday May 7th at Eyebeam: 540 W 21st st in New York City. To register, click on the URL below.

Comedy Contagion by Chelsea Peretti

Standup comic and humorist Chelsea Peretti is the co-creator of the Rejection Line and Black People Love Us. In this workshop, participants will look at various comedic projects that have circulated widely on the web and then brainstorm ways to strengthen and build upon their own ideas for the competition. Laughter is infectious. For Contagious Media Showdown entries it could mean the difference between winning and losing. (Note: this description is intentionally humorless.)

No Relation Comedy tonight - free!!

No Relation Comedy
Friday, MAY 6 @ 8PM
Jack Demsey's
36 W. 33rd Street (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.)
MC Susie Felber plus Dave Konig, Jamie Roberts, Garry Leavy, Jane Campbell, Blaine, Christian Finnegan <-- from VH1’s BWE, Comedy Central Presents:Christian Finnegan & Chapelle’s Show!

Also tonight:

Sara Schaefer (is Obsessed With You) at Juvie Hall with Judah Friedlander et al.

Jon Friedman at The Tank with The Wiener Philharmonic

Nick Kroll and Jessi Klein in "I Love the 30s"

Watch your favorite local comedians parody themselves, pop culture and VH1 in their short film "I Love the 30s" Episode 1 is "Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping"

Funny show titles

Sometimes I have no clue what a show is, but I want to go anyway based on the title, like this one:

Sunday, June 5th @ 8pm
St. Marks Theater
more info to come.

Also, more calendar marking:

May 25th, How To Kick People with Dan Cronin, Andres du Bouchet and Nick Kroll.

PSNBC heats up

Free pizza on the 24th! Woo-hoo!

356 Bowery (between Great Jones & E. 4th)
ONLY $5!

Sort of like an East Village Prairie Home Companion with cuss words, Radio Redhead will feature fake old-timey skits, on-air commercials, your favorite downtown comedians and a whole host of redheads. The show will be recorded live and pod-cast via the web!

A.D. Miles ("Wet Hot American Summer")

Bobby Tisdale
Eugene Mirman
Jon Glaser
Matt Ballard & Chris Crockett
Craig Baldo
Dan Cronin
Chelsea Peretti
Joe Lotruglio
Andrea Rosen
Matt Higgins

House Band:
Amy Miles, Chris Anderson & Robin Goldwasser

May 17th - Midnight Pajama Jam!
If you missed the DVD taping, there's still a chance to see puppet roommate surveillance footage and Eugene Mirman offend gays and indie filmmakers alike. Learn what it means to "s your your own d" at this month's Jam, hosted by Jon Benjamin ("Dr. Katz") and Jon Glaser ("Conan").

Eugene Mirman ("Late Night with Conan O'Brien")
Todd Hanson ("The Onion")
and more!

May 24th - Mike Birbiglia's Comedy & Pizza!
Long ago, a boy had a 2 dreams: to open a pizzeria for third graders, and to be a comedian. Today, Mike Birbiglia is a headliner, and this show is his own personal pizza joint! Join Mike and funny friends for a slice and a coupla laughs!

May 31st - The Andy Borowitz Show!
Celebrate the beginning of summer and the end of politics as usual with Andy Borowitz (www.borowitzreport.com, CNN, NPR). Laura Bush gets raunchy, Church and State combine to form "Sturch", Tom DeLay's posse gives shout-outs, and other shockers, live at The Marquee!

John Mulaney (awesome newcomer!)
Andrew Kennedy (Comedy Central's "Premium Blend")
and more!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Lianne Stokes makes me laugh

And I haven't even seen her do standup yet. But you MUST check out her blog for the best blog tag line ever, and best phrasing of her link to this very site. She makes comedy sound like a drug which, for me, it kindof is.

east village comedy tonight!

So many of my favorite peeps, I think I'll be at these. Better stock up on the candy.

May. 5 - Thursday - 8 pm - Cinema Classics

'Welcome to Our Week' - free, weekly comedy showcase hosted by Jessi Klein and Nick Kroll.  This week's guests are: Jim Gaffigan (Letterman, Conan, you name it, he's been on it), The Hazzards  ( New York's baddest two-girl ukulele group), John O'Donnell (regular at the Boston Comedy Club), Andres Dubouchet (host of the spectacular show "Tuesday Night of Amazing Inventions and also There is a Game"). Where: Rififi / Cinema Classics, 332 East 11th St. between 1st & 2nd Ave., 212-677-1027, Admission: FREE!

"The $1 Room"
Stand Up, Sketch and Video with Cassidy Henehan, Peter Kassnove and
Brad Steuernagel

"The Best Comedy on 2nd Ave. Between 9th and 10th St."

This week...

Giulia Rozzi, Chris Jurek, Isaac Witty and Matt Goldich!!

Thursdays 9pm, 1 Dollar
The Telephone Bar
149 Second Ave. (between 9th and 10th) NYC

R / 8th St. stop
6 / Astor Pl. stop
F / 2nd Ave. stop

no me pegas

I have to love any comedy show that sends out their update in spanish. Plus I think I forgot to say, or at least, emphasize, just how freaking hilarious Becky Donohue was on Monday - I almost fell out of my chair, something only the rare comedian can get me to do.


WARNING: Becky's taking Spanish...

Esta semana para celebrar el cinco de mayo en el ano cinco estamos participando en un cambio con nuestra show de hermanos en mexico. (This week to celebrate cinco de mayo, we are participating in a foreign exchange with our sister show in mexico.) No quieres faltar este show. (You don't want to miss this show.) Vamos a rumbiar y disfrutar sobre todas las cosas bellas de la cultura mexicano, menos la droga, porque no queremos irnos a la carcel. (We will be enjoying many different things from the mexican culture, minus the drugs, we don't want to live our lives in prison.)

Esta semana tenemos mas estrellas que hay en Hollywood...Presentamos Patricia Candaras, Susita Felber, Jack Kukoda, Nick-O Stevens, y Roberto Tisdale. (Pat Candaras, Susie Felber, Nick Stevens, Jack Kukoda, and Bobby Tisdale.) Como siempre con sus hosts, Becky Donohue y Jeff Mac.

Y para llevar un pocito de allegria a su trabajo tan aburiddo, aqui son algunas cosas mexicanos que mejorar nuestra vida cada dia. (And to bring a bit of happiness to your boring job, here are some mexican things that improve our lives each day.):


In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here are five things that we wouldn't have if not for Mexico:

1. The Mexican Hat Dance - perhaps the most highly ranked of all the hat dances.
2. Mariachi Bands - equally for their music and their no-nonsense fashion style.
3. Selena! - not only the singer, but the Edward James Olmos made-for-TV movie. Mucho bueno!!
4. Stucco - it makes us feel as if we could make a house just by throwing mud around. Feels good, powerful.
5. Texas - Seriously, thanks, you guys. We've really enjoyed it since we got it from you. Anytime you need it back, though, you let us know. And please feel free to take the rest of the fucking South along with it. No charge.

Mickey's Blue Room - 171 Ave. C (bet. 10th & 11th)
Subways: L to 1st Ave, F to 2nd Ave
Only $3 Cover
Happy Hour until 9pm ($3 drafts and well drinks!!!)

Improv Resource Center

You probably already know and post there, but if not, check out Improv Resource Center, where I at least have logged too many hours checking out interesting threads. Also, thanks to all the comedians who've been reading this blog too, you guys make me happy and I look forward to bringing cupcakes to your shows.


from the awesome, hilarious and multi-talented (funny songs and funny comedy) Rob Paravonian: (I'm so there on Sunday)

Hey everyone,

This Sunday is Mother's Day, and whether or not you hang out with or
talk to your mom that day you could probably use a laugh, so we have a
great Pro Shop lineup in store for you.

Also, Tuesday, May 10th, is the day of my big special at the Laugh
Lounge. It's gonna be a par-tay and all y'all are invited.

"How is it a 'par-tay' and not just a regular show?" you ask. Well,
the lineup is stupendous, we have full run of the club, and there's a
reception in the lounge before the show with free food! And we even
got a red star from Time Out New York which means you have to come.
Check out the details below and make your reservation! (212-614-2500)

But first, Pro Shop info:

Sunday, May 8th
The Comedy Pro Shop
@ Sin Sin
seating at 8:00, show at 8:30
corner of 2nd Ave & 5th St.

Sunday's lineup includes:

Rachel Feinstein from Comedy Central's Premium Blend
Jess Wood from Def Comedy Jam (for reals)
Liam McEneaney from Premium Blend
Todd Levin from How to Kick People
Lee Camp from XM Radio's Comedy Channel
Rob Paravonian from Premium Blend (that's right, I'm doing a set!)
and Elon James White as your host and emcee

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And now, the Rob Paravonian Happy Hour details! If you miss this show,
you'll be sad.

The Rob Paravonian Happy Hour
Come to the once-scary, now trendy Lower East Side for a headlining set
by yours truly and appearances by these special guests:

Victor Varnado! from the films Pluto Nash, A Guy Thing, and from
Premium Blend!
Liam McEneaney! who's even funnier on a Tuesday!
Jonathan Corbett! from Chappelle's Show and Premium Blend!

Tuesday, May 10th
free food at 7:30, show at 8:30
The Laugh Lounge
151 Essex (between Stanton & Rivington)
$5 + 2 drink minimum
212-614-2500 for reservations

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Gothamist Movable Hype Comedy Show May 17th

Gothamist is switching things around for the next Movable Hype...it's going to be a comedy show! Here are the details:

May 17th @ Tonic // 8:30pm // $7
Hosted By: Paul Scheer (Best Week Ever) and Rob Huebel (aka: Inconsiderate Cell Phone Guy)
Comedians: Aziz Ansari, Chelsea Peretti, Nick Kroll, Jessi Klein
House Band: tba

May 10th: when every comedy show collids

I'll never be able to decide between these options for next Tuesday, maybe I'll stay home and work to get out of the tough choice.

It's the big blowout spectacular anniversary show for Chicks and Giggles

Also Spoiler Films, Rob Paravonian at Laugh Lounge (with food!) and:


Our shows take place every Tuesday at:
The Marquee Theater
356 Bowery between E. 3rd and E. 4th.

Showtime: 8pm
Doors: 7:30pm
Admission: $5

Tuesday, May 10th

Radio Redhead is sort of like an East Village Prairie Home Companion with cuss words. Featuring skits, on-air commercials, your favorite downtown comedians and a whole host of redheads, the show will be recorded live and pod-cast via the web!

A.D. Miles ("Wet Hot American Summer")

Bobby Tisdale
Eugene Mirman
Jon Glaser
Chelsea Peretti
Joe Lotruglio
Andrea Rosen
Matt Higgins
House Band:
Amy Miles, Chris Anderson & Robin Goldwasser
and more!

Sweet on Thursday

from Seth Herzog:

This Sunday is Mother's Day (in case you forgot), a day when thousands of flowers are flout, cards are tout, and sons and daughters everywhere 'come out'. When you try make a mimosa and some cantaloupe make up for a whole year of neglect, and desperately try to steer the conversation away from the different ways you are 'ruining  your life'. But why wait til Sunday, you can experience all of this vicariously, when I host the weekly comedy crusade SWEET with MY MOTHER, this THURSDAY (5/5) down at the SLIPPER ROOM at 167 Orchard St. (SW corner of Orchard and Stanton) on the Lower East Side, where our ancestors spent many Mother's Day tried to keep their mothers happy with day old kreplach and an egg cream. The guilt begins at 8:30, and will only cost $5 and your soul.

Supplying a buffer this week for me and the things I refuse to face:
NY's finest concept comedian, host of "Giant Tuesdays....", featured last year on ABC's NY Comedy Fest wrap up, and my mom's favorite, ANDRE DU BOUCHET.
Perennial NY Irish comic (via Boston), (read: drunk and irascible) and now writer and co-creator of MTV's new game show, "Parentally Approved", (but you probably remember him as a the over the top, "Starburst Guy"), SEAN LYNCH.
Character chameleon, who's has shined in a string of hit shows at the UCB Theater, including "Fancy", "Killgore: The Musical", and "Cat News", you can hear her on Ch. 102.net, and see her punditing often on the VH-1, JULIE KLAUSNER.
And to my right, (of the stage, that is), he brought down the house last week with his unbelievable and envelope pushing telemarketer prank calls, playing people on and off live is traveling troubadour, singer song writer, and former musical theater queen, TEDDY GOLDSTEIN.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

I voted, did you?

Well, I can scratch ECNY voting off my to do list! What a relief, seriously, I know too many freaking comedians to not have that be a tough call. Also tough: ECNY vs. Sleater-Kinney (which I still have to get tickets to).

I am not gonna do my entire rundown of votes, because I tried to share the wealth amongst my favorite funny peeps but I can tell you I voted for Aziz Ansari as my favorite male standup and Chelsea Peretti as my favorite female standup (also my answers the other night when someone asked who my favorite comedians are). All the people I've interviewed are favorites too and really all the people I link to are my "favorites" to some extent, so that will have to suffice. I'll save the personal ruminations for another time cause I want to keep this blog pretty much PG.

Comedy karma

I have zero aspirations to work in the comedy field, but am always happy when I can get people who make me laugh press or get them booked on shows. I caught Lee Camp one night at Comedy Pro Shop and when I found out he was about to be on Law & Order told him to contact Sara Schaefer and now he's doing her show on Friday (and Comedy Pro Shop on Sunday). Very cool. It's all about the karma, people. But I have to do that thing I'm supposed to do every day/night - write - a little more often so I'm trying to chill on the show-going. We'll see how it works out.

P.S. Check out all these adorable photos from Sara's show - I loved the "Rock Bottom" show and I so want one of those shirts. Soon she is gonna sell these cool shirts that say "Sara Schaefer Is Obsessed With Me" and I'm gonna get one. Anyway, yeah, "Rock Bottom" so describes many (but not all certainly) of my days that I need that shirt badly. This summer, I am all about the t-shirt.

Spoiler free show - Roshambo - May 10th!

SPOILER is throwing a new show your way.  And it's FREE!

8PM - Tuesday, May 10th at Galapagos in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Offbeat stand-up, a few favorite comedy shorts from past SPOILERs, and heavy drinking round out the night in what promises to be a spectacular event, overflowing with comedy awesomeness.

Hosted by:
Aaron Wilson

Fredrico Garduno
Rosemary Stevens
Drew Prochaska
Giulia Rozzi
Pete Cestaro

Featuring short films by:
James Monohan
Crystal River Williams and Katipai Wilson
Drew Prochaska

The show is called Roshambo and missing it will buy you a kick in the nuts.

Tuesday, May 10
70 North Six Street
L train to Bedford

Poetry vs. Comedy June 7th

See Cheryl's site for more info


On Sunday, May 15, attend the 2pm matinee performance of Massholia: a new musical being produced by theatreflective (http://www.theatreflective.org) After the performance, the Emerson College Alumni Relations Office, the NYC Alumni Chapter, and theatreflective will host a benefit for the Nicole duFresne Memorial Scholarship fund at the Essex
Restaurant, located at 120 Essex St at Rivington Street. There will be free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. All of the net proceeds go to the Nicole duFresne Scholarship Fund.

Massholia is a hilarious and daring musical ode to Massachusetts written by Nathan Phillips and Joe Schiappa with music and lyrics by Brett Warwick. Combining sketch comedy, political satire, dance theatre and rock 'n' roll, the story of Massholia
begins after the 2004 Presidential Election, when the people of Massachusetts decide to take matters into their own hands and secede from the Union to create Massholia. For more information about Massholia and its run May 6-21, please visit www.massholia.com

Theatreflective is a non-profit production company founded in 2000 and dedicated to fostering collaboration between emerging artists to create non-traditional theatrical events for the next generation of theatre patrons.

Monday, May 02, 2005

funny peeps

super quick recap: monday nights = free comedy at Get Wood - I'm a new and big fan of Jessica Wood and her comedy show. Hilarious folks, a cozy East Village basement, and free candy! And I ran into Anne from The Hazzards on the street (that was just the icing on the cupcake of my night).

Also, check out the lovely Lianne Stokes on bad comedy.

Giulia Rozzi is hilarious. I'm so glad I got to see her show Stupid Foreigners, it was hilarious and honest and she had a mini food humping orgy and was just fantastic and brilliant and I hope she does it again. There are tons of UCB shows I want to see including Margot Leitman's Just Here for the Day about being a substitute teacher and Aziz Ansari Punched A Wall. So yeah, when I say I'm gonna take a break from comedy shows...don't believe me. Standup shows, maybe, but there is too much good stuff going on that I just can't miss.

another cool show tonight - Gettin' Wood

Which I may stop by for a tiny bit before heading to Giulia's...

Monday 5/2
Come see "Gettin' Wood" at 8pm
@ Three of Cups 83 1st Ave.
This show is gonna be "Off da hook, Yo!"
Turn your rainy Monday into a ROCKIN' Monday with Jess Wood as she hosts;

Andres DuBouchet ( Giant Tuesday night...),
Becky Donohue ( No Hitting),
Charlie Gaeta,
Seth Herzog (Sweet),
Todd Levin ( How To Kick People),
Todd Womack and the musical stylings
The Rob and Mark Show

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Variety Underground anniversary show Thursday

Thursday 7-9pm...

Come celebrate the second year anniversary of Variety Underground.
Lineup TBA and

Nate Shelkey - Singer/songwriter

The Canaries - Longform improv comedy featuring Porter Mason, Brett Christensen, Erik Tanouye, Alan Fessenden, Joe Wengert, and Kevin Hines

Sara Schaefer - Singer/Songwriter and all 'round funny lady

Rob Lathan - 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coach

Dave Hill - A cry for help in the form of a monologue

@the Parkside Lounge
317 E. Houston St.
F/V to 2nd Avenue
Free admission - 2 drink minimum

comedy blogs, monday and tuesday shows

Some comedy blogs to check out: Sounds Funny and my new addiction Enjester

Tonight is Saturday Night Rewritten, which I'm just attending instead of sitting in with, and also Comedy Pro Shop

Monday night there are three great events:

Siddown & Shaddup! with Claudia Cogan and Liam McEneaney

Matt Goldich and Chris Jurek's Twin Killing

And Giulia Rozzi's Stupid Foreigners (Check out the cute pic)

Tuesday night is Giant Tuesday Night


Our shows take place every Tuesday at:
The Marquee Theater
356 Bowery between E. 3rd and E. 4th.

Showtime: 8pm
Doors: 7:30pm
Admission: $5

Calendar of Events:

Tuesday, May 3rd

Christian Finnegan (VH1's "Best Week Ever" "Chappelle's Show"), hosts guest comedians as they recount physical feats of derring do: power lifting, all-night boozers, mountain climbing, hot dog binges...they suffered bodily harm so you don't have to.

Seth Morris (UCB Theatre, "The Marijuana-logues")
Tom Shillue ("Conan", "Comedy Central Presents")
Matt Goldich (downtown favorite!)
Allison Silverman (writer, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien")