Friday, September 30, 2005

Cause flattery makes me feel special

From Benari Poulten:

For anyone who likes comedy in NYC and wants to keep up with what's goin' on, Rachel Kramer Bussel's comedy blog is must reading. She's the chronicler of all things comedic in New York City and you're guaranteed to find something to scratch your comedy itch there. It's the Time Out New York of the comedy blog world. But cuter.

Anyone else reading - please send me your listings! I can't guarantee I'll post them, but I'll do my best. I still have Pro Shop photos from Sunday night I've tried to load onto my laptop 3 times, to no avail, but soon they will be up. I took like 5 of Rob and Mark cause they made me laugh way harder than I have in months and months with their hilarious awesome song that I wish I could hear performed everyone night, called something like "No One Wants To Read Your Blog." It was awesome and had all the bloggers in the house falling on the floor. Oh, how true. Blogging is stupid, but I love it anyway.

New Variety Show - Million Dollar Bash

FINALLY I have the details on this - I shall be there, though maybe a little late.


The new variety show that's also a party. Liam McEneaney and Claudia
Cogan celebrate each Sunday with a comedy-variety show featuring the
hottest comedians, finest bands, sharpest sketches and most fabulous
prizes – and a different party theme each week. The velvet ropes have
been cut and the guest list includes you!!

This week's bash: a Bachelorette Party! Help us send off one lucky
(NOT!) woman on her journey into the Land of the Lost...the lost sex
drive, that is (OMG--JK!!! LOL!!!)!!

Our million dollar line-up:
- Musical guests Becky & Noelle, coming to us fresh from the Seattle
Sketch Fest
- A reading by Bob Powers, the pretty man behind
- Monologues by Andres DuBouchet, host of Giant Tuesday Night Of
Amazing Inventions And Also There Is A Game!!!
- Sketch from The O'Debra Twins, co-hosts of downtown comedy
institution Show & Tell

Sunday, October 2nd
@ Rififi
332 East 11th between First and Second Avenues
No cover; one-drink minimum—though more booze really couldn't hurt

Thursday, September 29, 2005

October 18th Rejection Show: Q&A Edition

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

Featuring the rejection panel:


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes

Just got this email from Larry Getlen FYI

Hey folks

Larry Getlen here, with an opportunity for comics to have their jokes and
promotional information in a book that will be available in just about every book
store in the country.

I am currently writing and compiling THE COMPLETE IDIOTS GUIDE TO JOKES. Part of the
very successful Idiots Guide series (over 20 million copies sold), the book will be
released in September 2006 through Alpha Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing.
THE COMPLETE IDIOTS GUIDE TO JOKES will be a reference guide of over 1,500 of the
world’s funniest jokes cross-referenced by category, plus advice for the lay person
on how to tell a joke in any situation.

Every comic whose jokes are included in the book will, of course, be credited
immediately next to each of their jokes. In addition, the book will include a list
of every comedian whose jokes are featured, which means you get a brief bio,
including, if you like, your web page address (or, if you don’t have one, your
E-Mail address).

Here’s the deal.

1. The main rule for these jokes is, the shorter the better. One-liners or two- or
three-line jokes are best. When in doubt, 45 or 50 words is generally a good
cut-off. However, if it’s on the fence, or slightly over, send it.

2. Jokes are welcome in every topic.

3. As far as language goes, I’d say if the book was a movie, it would be mostly
PG-13 with flashes of R. No NC-17 or XXX. We’re going to generally avoid curse
words, but, if a joke is simply brilliant and needs the profanity, we may be able to
use it. When in doubt, send it.

4. HOWEVER, as far as subject matter is concerned, this is a book geared toward
adults. No topic is off limits.

5. Send as many jokes as you like.

6. I’m looking to receive submissions as soon as possible. The deadline is October
8, but if you can send it earlier, that would be great.

7. Please feel free to forward this message to all your comedian friends.


Please send all submissions to me at

zhet_99 at

When sending your submission, please include:

1. Your Name

2. Your Snail Mail address

3. Your bio (including, if desired, your web or E-Mail address) – limit 50 words

4. In the subject line, please put: “Original submission for IDIOTS GUIDE TO JOKES”

5. Paste your jokes inside the body of the E-Mail message – no attachments, please.

That’s all, folks. Thanks, and I’m looking forward to seeing your submissions on or
before October 8.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Welcome to Our Week and $1 Room lineups

Andy Borowitz - the borowitz report, CNN, Best Week Ever, he's in movies too!!

Guile - they'll be showing their new short films. they have super funny and unique voice! really, a must see.

Jessica Delfino - she's nyc's resident dirty folk rock chick.  always a delight!

Tom Mccaffrey - he's one of the best standups in the city.  he's been on tv and he loves watching television!


Welcome to Our Week
Thurs. Sept. 29th 8pm
Rififi (cinema classics)
332 E11th st btwn 1st and 2nd aves
1 drink minimum

and The $1 Room

Every Thursday 9 pm, 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

Benari Naulton (I'm gonna guess that they mean Benari Poulten

Eric Andre


Maureen Marren

Robert Buscemi

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Get Mortified on Friday!

What: MORTIFIED NYC Witness grown men & women reading
aloud their most pathetic & REAL teenage journal
entries, poems, letters & front of total
When: September 30th, 9:30 pm
Where: Magnet Theatre 254 W. 29th (at 8th Ave)
RSVP: Call 212-244-8824.

Co-produced by Giulia Rozzi and its brilliant creator
Dave Nadelberg.
Starring: Sara Alloco, Jen MacNeil, Shawn
Hollenach,Margot Leitman, Jon Friedman, Matt Star,
Cheryl Calegari, Victoria Scroggins and Daiva Dupree,
and Giulia Rozzi.

This show is part of the Magnet Theaters "4 days for
Relief Fundraiser" to support Habitat for Humanity,
Red Cross, and the California Coalition Against Sexual
Assault's Katrina Fund. And please come to a special
New Orleans celebratory "Here Be Monsters" that I am
helping produce and will perform in on Sunday October
2nd at 9:30pm. Admission is pay-what-you-can. There
will be stand-up, sketch, storytelling, music, and
raffles. Performers include emcee MarkSam Rosenthal,
Sara Schaefer, Jean Villepique, Dave Thunder, Emily
Flake, Cassidy Henehan, Trombonist Jonathan Arons,
sketch from The Gang, and more!
More info at


Monday, September 26, 2005

Sara Schaefer's MUST SEE show this Saturday, October 1!

Catch Sara's last show as an unmarried lady. Plus, there's cooking! (Maybe they will feed us.) Yum!


This coming Saturday, October 1, we've got a HUGE SSIOWY planned! 

We've got cooking, great music, my bachelorette party, Law & Order - what more can you want?  Come celebrate afterwards at Slainte, both to celebrate almost 2 years of doing SSIOWY, and to send Chris and I off as we are leaving to get married on Oct 6!   If all that wasn't enough, some important people are coming, so if you've been meaning to come check it out, Oct 1 is the one! 

Here are the details:


Saturday, October 1, 8 p.m.

CELEBRITY GUEST: Laurie Woolever, Cook / Food Writer - Laurie will be doing a live cooking segment on the show! (Laurie was also the assistant to Mario Batali and also a cook for many famous types, so she will have many juicy stories to tell!)

MUSICAL GUEST: Valley Lodge ( - do NOT miss this band, they are fantastic and did I mention adorable?


WHERE: Juvie Hall Sketch Comedy Theatre, At The Gene Frankel Theater, 24 Bond St., btw Bowery & Lafayette

TICKETS: Tickets $8, available through Smarttix: 212-868-4444,, or at door.

Thanks for all your support! 


Sunday, September 25, 2005

Elon James White flyering outside Comedy Pro Shop

Elon James White of The Brooklyn Comedy Company is always passing out flyers outside Sin Sin for Comedy Pro Shop, where he also performs. Tonight his set was about how he's gone back to live with his mom, and girls not giving him their number. Hilarious, as always. My girls were laughing as much as I was.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Chicago deep dish pizza, in Brooklyn

Chicago deep dish pizza, in Brooklyn
Originally uploaded by rkb2.
At comedian Rob Paravonian's birthday party last night. Because, clearly, I can't NOT attend any comedian's birthday party unless I'm out of the country. (Sorry, Claudia.) Anyway, I thought Rob was kidding when he said he was flying in pizza from Chicago, but he was totally serious. It was from Lou Malnati's and was quite delicious, though the cutting of the pizza seemed to take a little while. It was worth it though! I am not as big a pizza fanatic as Rob or Adam of Slice but I will happily eat other's circuitously acquired slices. I think that just may have been my first deep dish pizza. If I ever get myself back to Chicago, I may go there in person.

To bring this back to comedy...Rob's weekly show is Comedy Pro Shop, and it happens tomorrow night at Sin Sin Lounge at 2nd Avenue and 5th, and it's free. The lineup features Allison Castillo, Karith Foster, Dan Newbower, Rob & Mark, and who knows who else? And I might be bringing some cupcakes, but, you know, don't quote me on that.

the cutest photo of the night

post-show posing
Originally uploaded by rkb2.
L to R: Jon Friedman, Baron Vaughn, Adam Lowitt, Christina McGrath, and co-host Claudia Cogan.

Allison Castillo, mid-joke prayer

Allison Castillo, mid-joke prayer
Originally uploaded by rkb2.
Allison did a lot of new material, and kept getting rattled by the heckler, but it ended up being pretty funny cause she was telling him when to heckle and when not to. Very amusing although he SO wasn't in on the joke. But we were.

Becky Poole was very smiley

Becky Poole was very smiley
Originally uploaded by rkb2.

Watching the show

Watching the show
Originally uploaded by rkb2.

more photos from Supreme Offering

Benari Poulten
Originally uploaded by rkb2.
As promised. This one's of a comic I'd never seen before, Benari Poulten. It's very exciting for me to see people I've never seen before, because it's so rare after going to so many shows.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Adam Lowitt in his Jets to Brazil t-shirt

I can't remember Adam Lowitt's set at this precise moment but he was very funny. I do remember that. It'll come back to me, I'm sure.

Claudia Cogan at the mic

Claudia Cogan at the mic
Originally uploaded by rkb2.
Claudia Cogan danced around the stage and pretended to be a leprechaun at one point.

Christina McGrath, Goddess of Cockblocking

Come to think of it, it was a pretty dirty show. Christina McGrath, who is moving to LA in a few weeks, outed herself as the "Goddess of Cockblocking."

Baron Vaughn gets serious for a moment

Baron Vaughn was extra funny last night, he's written some new material, and some of it was X-rated (about vaginas and fruits, if you must know).

Teddy Grahams

Teddy Grahams
Originally uploaded by rkb2.
They give out free Teddy Grahams, cause it's at GRAHAM Lounge - get it? They were super yummy. Rachael Parenta and I scarfed up two bowls of Teddy Grahams. Delish!

Supreme Offering Cohosts Becky and Claudia

Cohosts Becky and Claudia
Originally uploaded by rkb2.
I had to make a new Flickr account because I uploaded the maximum number of photos in the other. I went to my first comedy show in over a week last night - Becky and Claudia's Supreme Offering at Graham Lounge in Williamsburg. It was a great, fun show, completely with a persistent heckler. I took photos of every single comic; more will be coming later this weekend. Here's one of the fabulous hosts, Claudia Cogan and Becky Poole.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Comedians give good quote

Apparently, cause Jon Friedman's not the only one in today's local papers. Ophira Eisenberg and Todd Levin are quoted in this New York Times piece about oversize baby strollers.

Jon Friedman, Law & Order extra, in the New York Post

Jon Friedman (who performs tonight at Becky & Claudia's Supreme Offering in Williamsburg, see below), is interviewed in today's New York Post about being an extra on Law & Order. (thanks to Nichelle for the heads up)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Thursday September 22: Becky & Claudia's Supreme Offering

Also in unrelated news: Jodi Young's blog

Becky and Claudia's Supreme Offering--NOW THURSDAYS!!!
New night, same hilarious stand up, Teddy Grahams and liquor giveaway
at the end of the night

This week's comedians, hand-picked by God herself:
Jon Friedman (Rejection Show)
Christina McGrath (UCB NY, soon to be UCB LA)
Benari Poulten (The US Army & The Tank)
Adam Lowitt (The Daily Show)
Allison Castillo (VH1, Sweet Paprika)
Baron Vaughn (Galapagos, his one man show "Actor. Comedian. Negro.")
and your devoted co-hosts/roommates, Claudia Cogan and Becky Poole.

This Thursday, September 22nd
Graham Lounge
312 Graham Avenue--next to the Liquor Store
Between Devoe and Ainslie Streets
Take the L to Graham Ave (3rd stop in the BK) and walk a block and a
half south
8:00 PM
FREE; no minimum
Feel the power!

Shows are second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Next show: October

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Funny lady interviews: Giulia Rozzi and Jill Soloway

Who both totally, totally make me laugh (and also think). Both are extremely funny, awesome, talented, amazing ladies (one in shiny pants, one usually in glittery attire).

My Giulia Rozzi interview at Gothamist

(I didn't write the title but I love it)
"The Little Jew That Could: Six Feet Under's Jill Soloway" at The Black Table

after Brutal Honesty last month

funny girls waiting for the subway
Originally uploaded by rkb1.
Becky Yamamoto, Claudia Cogan, me and Giulia Rozzi

Monday, September 19, 2005

Some upcoming shows

Some random shows this week:

Becky & Claudia's Supreme Offering
Thursday, September 22nd
8pm, FREE!!
312 Graham Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
I don't know who's on the lineup besides Jon Friedman

at Mo Pitkins' House of Satisfaction
34 Avenue A
Take the F train to 2nd Ave.
RESERVE NOW: (212) 777-5660
Or buy tickets online: TicketWeb
8:00pm - $15.00

A show to benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. Plus the return of The World's Most Kickass Raffle!

WITH YOUR MC - Liam McEneaney (Premium Blend, VH1's Best Week Ever)

* Eddie Brill (has done "The Late Show w/ David Letterman" 8 times, and had his own "Comedy Central Presents" 1/2 hour special)
* Rob Corddry (correspondant for "The Daily Show w/ jon Stewart")
* Becky Donahue ("Premium Blend," "Tough Crowd w/ Colin Quinn")
* Christian Finnegan ("Best Week Ever," a frequent guest on NBC's "The Today Show," the host of TV Land's "Game Time," and had his own "Comedy Central Presents" half-hour special)
* Brian Kiley (has appeared on "The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno" and is a writer for "Late Night w/ Conan O'Brien")
* Paul Scheer (VH1's "Best Week Ever")
* Victor Varnado (from the Eddie Murphy movie "Pluto Nash," the Schwarzenegger movie "End of Days," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!")

With prizes that include:
* A 20 gb color iPod (courtesy of TekServe).
* An autographed copy of The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart's America: The Book
* Several baseballs autographed by major league superstars whose names I actually can't reveal right now
* Tickets to tapings of your favorite late night shows, including Late Night w/ Conan O'Brien, The Late Show w/ David Letterman, and The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno
* An autographed copy of Thank You, Sir by Jonathan Ames
... and much more.

The Comedy Pro Shop - Rob Paravonian's Birthday (Observed)
Allison Castillo, Karith Foster, Dan Newbower, Rob & Mark, and more! Hosted by Rob P.
At Sin Sin Lounge, corner of 2nd Avenue and 5th Street

Also, coming up soon:

September 26
An evening of solo character comedy by New York's hottest stand-ups and sketch acts. Like Diddy, we aren't just funny, WE BLOW YOUR MIND.

Out of the minds of babes... Carolyn Castiglia and Lianne Stokes

Also Featuring:
Nick Kroll (Welcome to Our Week)
Laura Mannino (Mintyfresh)
Sara Schaefer ( Obsessed With You)
Theron Steiner (Freedumb)
Allen Warnock (UCB)

Is that sick or what? And check this shiznit out, yo. It's FREE! I'm sorry, let me just say that again so you can hear it - I know those earrings are little big for your head. FREE.

Monday, September 26 at 8:00 pm

For directions, visit the Galapagos site below. Unless you practically live there already, hipster. In that case, have another PBR and stay cool. I like your Frohawk, dude.

October 1, Sara Schaefer (Is Obsessed With You)
Juvie Hall
See engaged lady Sara Schaefer's site for details as they arrive

October 2 - I have very minimal info on this but I believe Claudia Cogan and Liam McEneaney are starting a new sketch show that might be called Million Dollar Bash? As soon as they give me the deets, I shall post them.

October 3, Selling It!
Location: Otto's Shrunken Head
Address: 538 E 14(A/B)
Start: 8:00 PM
End: 9:30 PM

Susie Felber and Lianne Stokes host an evening of comedy. The catch? All comics work "day jobs" in advertising. (hence, the title selling it) Join us as we welcome Todd Levin, Amanda Melson, Joe DeVito, Jordan Carlos, John Morrison and more!

And every week:

Every Monday
Jess Wood Hosts
Comedy & Storytelling

Every Monday 8pm
@ Cake Shop
152 Ludlow (Stanton/Rivington)
in the L.E.S

Also on Mondays: Tell Your Friends at Lolita on the LES

Giant Tuesday Night Of Amazing Invetions And Also There Is A Game

Chicks N' Giggles

The $1 Room

And not strictly comedy (but Aziz's name is thrown in there plus it's for a good cause):

The folks at, TRAMPOLINE HOUSE, and KEXP are sponsoring a very special two night event at Southpaw on Wednesday, September 21 and Sunday, September 25 to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Two stellar lineups have been put together for this great cause. Be sure to join the Myspace page and check out the websites for the amazing auction items as well!!!

All proceeds from ticket sales go to:
tickets for both shows $15

Doors 7pm
Au Revoir Simone
Craig Wedren
Group Sounds
Radio 4
The Cloud Room
wit DJ sets by Mark Ronson. Vito (THE RAPTURE), and

doors 6:30pm
Chris Grace
Eiffel Tower
Harlem Shakes
Richard Buckner
They Might Be Giants
The Wrens
Matthew Caws + Ira Elliot (NADA SURF)
Sam Champion
with comedy from Aziz Ansari +
hosted by Reggie Watt

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

I (inadvertently) helped make one of Aziz Ansari's jokes

And Gothamist is a "blog-bible" - you heard it from

Rejection Show raves

Last September, I went to my first Rejection Show, the last one they held at The Tank. I don’t remember everything about it, but I do recall Jon talking about Weekend at Bernies and Andres du Bouchet doing some rejected SNL skits. In that last year that I’ve been going (I missed I think the May one), the show has improved by leaps and bounds, and I last night was really excellent. There was so much going on and a real camaraderie amongst the performers, something I’ve found really makes a show work, and which I suppose is unpredictable but is heartwarming to see. Cassidy Henehan of The $1 Room, a New Orleans native, did a set that was funny but also very touching, and he’s clearly been through a hellish time these last few weeks. He showed us his NOLA tattoo and made us laugh about Katrina, and it seemed like it was really cathartic for him to be up there. Jon was a really funny host, as always - he read some rejected headlines he’d sent to The Onion, and used lots of dirty words that he rarely uses onstage. Adam Cole-Kelly did these hilarious back to school fashions, like a guy wearing just shorts, bare-chested, and a ghost and was just so deadpan about it while people were coming out in the most ridiculous getups, it was awesome. Michelle Collins seems to invoke The Holocaust almost every time I see her perform, but she was awesome as always - she kindof gives the impression that she’s just talking, telling a story like you’d hear at a bar, and this time it was about her Barnard days and waiting till 4days before graduation to write her thesis (“The Chosen Won?”) while also writing a skit about a girl whose retarded parents give her a baby for Christmas, where she was aided by Gabe and Lang from The Wiener Philharmonic. Bill Plympton, who I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t really know who he was, showed the pilot for his animated sitcom Helter Shelter that was really funny - it wouldn’t be as funny if I told you about it, but it’s about three mismatched roommates. Jackie The Jokeman Martling told about having an audience member heckle him loud enough for him to hear, and even though he made it into a funny story, it was also clear that those words had stayed with him for over a decade.

I think one of the best things about the show is that while there’s not audience participation per se (usually), there’s very rarely the sense of being shouted at, or being talked to or at, that there can be at comedy shows. There’s an inclusiveness between the stage and the crowd, and it’s as much about hearing the reactions of the people around you, of seeing who gets which New Yorker cartoons, of the rustles of excitement and laughter that make their way through the crowd, and I think this is in part because of the format of the show. There’s a sense that even though the people before us are successful in their chosen field, they are not always successful–they are not perfect. They have work rejected, even if they’ve been on TV, in movies, nominated for an Oscar, etc. And to be able to laugh at that, and at themselves, while also refuting the idea that those who hold the power to reject us hold all the power, is a really wonderful thing.

The show last night just held together really well, and it was clear from the little musical interludes to various segments that it wasn’t just cobbled together, that it was both deliberately crafted but also left room for improvising and the unexpected. I was kindof coughing my way through it but was really glad I was there and encourage those of you who haven’t been to check it out, for no other reason than I think it’ll make you laugh. Where I think the show really succeeds is that it’s not just a bunch of random people getting up and doing their own individual thing, but a definite cause of the whole being much greater than the sum of its parts, and it was clear that the performers also got a lot out of each others’ contributions. Nobody is full of themself or out to prove anything at the show, but simply to share something they wrote or made that might never otherwise be seen, and that also makes it special, because I know for me, when my work gets rejected, it’s very hard not to just take that at face value, to say, “Oh, okay, it wasn’t that good anyway, let’s move onto the next thing,” rather than actually examining how it might be improved or what parts of it might still be worthy.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Eating It on The Water

Eating It on the Water
Live Comedy
Uncertain. Unsafe. Undone.
Produced by Jeff Singer & Naomi Steinberg
Visit our website at

Sept 19 Pier 63 W. 23rd St & The West Side Highway
Enjoy the last days of summer OUTDOORS on the Hudson River.
Tickets only $5 for this one-time-only event.

We're back from hiatus to cap off the summer with a special outdoor show, right on the water at Pier 63, next to the Frying Pan boat!
Great comedy, cheap beer, scenic views and delicious food available at the Cafe du Soleil Restaurant right on the pier.

Arrive early, have dinner, watch the sunset and listen to DJ Baldo spinning from 7:00pm until showtime.
Rain or shine (there's a canopy over the stage and seating area)

Please donate to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. See below for information on choosing the best charities.

Monday, Sept 19 @ 8:00pm*

Host: Christian Finnegan (VH-1’s Best Week Ever; Comedy Central Presents; Chappelle's Show)
Bill Burr (HBO One Night Stand premiering Sept 16; Letterman; Chappelle’s Show)
Colette Hawley (creator/host of Dating It; Montreal Just For Laughs Festival)
Michael Somerville (upcoming Premium Blend; 2005 Montreal New Faces)
Todd Barry (Conan O’Brien; Comedy Central Presents half hour)
Craig Baldo (VH-1’s Best Week Ever; 2005 Montreal Just For Laughs New Faces)
Lizzy Cooperman (Eating It first timer)
Demetri Martin (Conan O'Brien; Jimmy Kimmel; Carson Daly; Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

Eating It on The Water

Monday, Sept 19, 2005

Pier 63

W. 23rd and The West Side Highway

8:00pm/Doors 7:00pm with DJ Baldo

Tickets $5 cash only at door

Ages 18 and over

*Lineup subject to change


Subway: C,E to 23rd Street station

Transfer to the westbound M-23 bus to the end of the line or walk on over (approx 12 mins).

Enter through the parking lot in front of Basketball City, bearing right and across the ramp to Pier 63 Maritime.
Look for the giant Frying Pan out front. For more information call 212-989-6363 or

Tickets $5.00 cash only available at the door (No drink minimum).


Please give any way you can to the charity of your choice for both people and animals

If you're not sure where to donate, visit, a non-profit organization that evaluates over 4500 groups on its site.

This site has been featured in numerous print and TV stories regarding which charities to trust and which to avoid.

It gives top marks to the following charities assisting in the relief effort:

American Red Cross


Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

PetSmart Charities

Jess Wood's show is back, now at Cakeshop!

From Jess Wood:

Last night the ''Gettin' Wood" show was killer!
The space is so fun. On the street level of
CAKE SHOP 152 Ludlow
Monday night-FREE 8pm
yummy yum yum...Outside the squatters picked a banjo
and their noses and the hipsters sauntered by, but
you can have your cake, coffee or teas of any variety.
Behind the sweets is a record shop and Downstairs is
the bar and Stage where we make audiences cheer
" My cheeks are sore from laughing last night !"
-Juliet K.
That is a real live quote, my friends, so c'mon down
and enjoy the free candy and hot host.
Oh, dear xoxox Jess

Monday, September 12, 2005

The Aristocontest



New York, September 9, 2005 – For one night only, some of the best
comedians in New York City will take the stage at The Peoples Improv
Theater to present their version of the filthiest joke ever told: The
Aristocrats. The event is co-presented with, home of the
Official Aristocrats Joke Database.

Starting with a simple set-up (a man walks into a managers office), and
ending with the punchline, “The Aristocrats,” the joke has been made
infamous by numerous retellings, and the recent documentary of the same
name. At this special showing, Ali Faranakhian (former writer for Saturday
Night Live), Andres du Bouchet (Giant Tuesday Night), Fearsome (2005 ECNY
nominees), and many more will present their own unique versions.

In addition to these guests, there will be a chance for audience members
to sign up to present their own version of the joke. is a well respected comedy analysis blog, and the home to
the official Aristocrats Database.

The Peoples Improv Theater is home to the Best Comedy Classes in New York
City (New York Magazine), and NYC’s Best Improv Group (Big Black Car, 2005
ECNYs). Improv, sketch comedy, stand-up, and comedic theater shows are
presented nightly.

For more information on this, and other shows at the theater, please check

WHAT: The Aristocontest
WHEN: Saturday, September 17 @ 11:00pm
WHERE: The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (btwn. 6th and 7th
Aves.) TICKETS: $8, available at the door; industry comps available upon

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Rob Paravonian's comedy dates

Hey Kids,

Just a quick note to let you know who's on the shows this month. We've
got some great lineups and there's still no cover/no minimum. Now that
Deadwood and Six Feet Under are both on hiatus, you have no excuse but
to come and hang out with us.

The Comedy Pro Shop
Seating at 8pm, show at 8:30
Sin Sin
248 E. 5th St. (right on the corner of 2nd Ave)

This Sunday's lineup:

Rob Cantrell from Last Comic Standing, The Late Late Show
Andres du Bouchet from Giant Tuesday Night
Susie Felber from Comedy Central...'s website!
Liam McEneaney from Comedy Central's Premium Blend and VH1's Best Week
Tim Young from Premium Blend and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

Sunday, September 18th
Celebrate the Last Fleeting Days of Summer with:

Leo Allen from Late Night w/ Conan O'Brien
Ophira Eisenberg from Premium Blend and stuff in Canada
Jeff Mac from No Hitting
Tom McCaffrey from Premium Blend
Debbie Shea from Premium Blend
Bob Powers from How to Kick People
hosted by me, Rob P.

Sunday September 25th
It's Rob P's Birthday (Observed!) with:

Craig Baldo form Premium Blend
Allison Castillo from Premium Blend and Sweet Paprika
Karith Foster from Premium Blend
Dan Newbower finalist in CC's Laugh Riots competition
The Rob and Mark Show, from Giant Tuesday Nights
hosted by me, Rob P.

Katrina victim benefit comedy show

Want to see an amazing comedy show AND help our
friends in need down South all at the same time? DONE!

You are cordially invited to "NORTHERN HOSPITALITY - A
BENEFIT FOR THE BAYOU" -- A comedy event featuring
Special Guest Headliner COLIN QUINN! Every last penny
goes right to the Red Cross. Co-produced by Anthony
DeVito and Ballyhoo Promotions.

Also Appearing:
- Christian Finnegan! (Chappelle's Show, VH1's Best
Week Ever)
- Anthony DeVito! (US Weekly's Fashion Police, VH1,
Discovery Channel)
- Shayna Ferm! (Fearsome, Sirius Satellite Radio)
- Andres du Bouchet and the cast of Giant Tuesday
- Hosted by Susie Felber! (, Court
TV, Conan).
Wed. 9/14 - 8PM
KRAINE THEATER - 85 E. 4th (bet. 2nd & 3rd)
Admission: $20 - Raffle Prizes and other cool stuff

Check us out in the NY Daily News:

....And the Best Week Ever Blog:

... And Ballyhoo Promotions:

... And on my own website!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Susie Felber's shows

Hey ya’ll, your pal Susie Felber here. I’m usually downright incompetent when it comes to telling people about my shows, but last night I whipped up info on five of my upcoming shows -- handpicked just for you.

The first two are free, at hip venues and I’m pointing you to them because they feature great comedians. The third is a benefit I’m hosting for victims of Hurricane Katrina. It features Colin Quinn and rumor has it ET will be covering this show.

The last two are shows in early October that are part of the NYC Underground Comedy Festival. The first I’m co-producing called “Selling It” features comedians who work in or have worked in advertising. The second is at swanky Joe’s Pub and is a comedy, music and burlesque show I toured with this summer to sell-out crowds called “Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad.”

All info below. If you can make it to any of these great. If you can’t, I totally understand. So please -- no email apologies about how you’d come if only it wasn’t for your dog groomers third cousin getting married. Deal? Thanks and hope all’s well. -Susie

Date: Sep 11, 2005 (Sun)

Name: Comedy Pro Shop
Location: Sin Sin bar and lounge
Address: Corner of 2nd Ave. and 5th St.
City/State: New York, NY
Start: 8:30 PM

Price: No Cover, No Minimum!

347-866-8266 for info

Date: Sep 12, 2005 (Mon)

Name: "Tell Your Friends!"
Location: Lolita Bar
Address: 266 Broome St, at Allen St.
City/State: New York, NY
Start: 8:00 PM

Price: Free Admission

FEATURING: Host Susie Felber * Jesse Joyce * Bob Powers * Liam McEneaney* Tom Shillue * Demetri Martin AND OUR HOUSE BAND - A Brief View of the Hudson, a folk-rock duo that blows away audiences at every show they play. PRESS: "It is not often that a band sounds like nothing you've ever heard & still sounds good. That's what you get from A Brief View of the Hudson." - The NY Sun

WHAT THE PRESS HAS SAID ABOUT "TELL YOUR FRIENDS!" * Time Out New York called it a "DON'T MISS," and said: "With a slew of talented stand-ups . . . and folk-rock duo 'A Brief View of the Hudson,' Liam McEneaney's new show and 'workout comedy room is sure to please." * The NY Daily News made it a Monday pick of the day. * AM New York put it in their "Best Bets" section. * "Editor's pick!" -

Date: Sep 14, 2005 (Wed)

Name: Northern Hospitality – a benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina
Location: Kraine Theater
Address: 84 E4th street between 2nd & 3rd Aves.
City/State: New York, NY
Country: United States
Start: 8:00 PM

Price: $20
*** Special Guest Headliner COLIN QUINN! ***
(Saturday Night Live, Tough Crowd with Himself!)

Also Appearing:

(VH1's Best Week Ever, Chappelle's Show)

(VH1, A&E, Discovery Channel, Us Weekly Fashion Police)

(Giant Tuesday Night Of Amazing Inventions And Also
There Is A Game!)

(Comedy Central, Conan, MTV2)

Stay tuned for more updates & celeb guests!

Early October Highlights – two shows I’m doing within the NYC Underground Comedy Festival.


Date: Oct 3, 2005 (Mon)
Location: Otto's Shrunken Head
Address: 538 E 14(A/B)
Start: 8:00 PM

Price: FREE

Susie Felber and Lianne Stokes host and produce an evening featuring professional comedians. The catch? All comics have (or have had before comedy superstardom) a secret double life -- "day jobs" in advertising (hence, the title, "selling it").

Did you know many of the comics you see on TV, in print and on the comedy circuit are also Art Directors, Creative Directors & Copy Jockeys whose work is all around you? From writing for the Aflac duck, to writing coffee cup sleeves, billboards, buses, and taxi cabs -- these comedians work as "creatives" in-house or in-agency or in their underpants, drunk from home.

Taglines all day. Punchlines all night. This is not some "funniest guy in the ad agency" show. This is a show featuring working comedians who also happen to have a flair for schilling wares...

Name: Nice Jewish girls Gone Bad – comedy, music and burlesque.

Date: Oct 5, 2005 (Wed)
Location: Joe’s Pub
Address: 425 Lafayette street
Start: 8:00 PM

Also features: the release of "Modern Jewish Guide to Guilt" By Ruthie Andrew Ellenson)


Friday, September 02, 2005

Recommended comedy reading while I'm away

While I'm gone, I recommend my entire blogroll, and especially:

The Apiary

Comedy Central Insider

The week I'm back (I'm off to Istanbul tonight for vacation, back the night of the 11th), Jill Soloway is in town with readings the 12th, 13th and 14th from her book Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants (and look for my interview with her that week at Black Table, as well as the September 13th Rejection Show, with proceeds going to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, plus Sweet Paprika, Sara Schaefer, a benefit for Katrina victims on the 14th hosted by Anthony DeVito (see Kambri Crews's blog for details) and surely much more. Also if you're around this Sunday or next (the 11th with Susie Felber!), check out Comedy Pro Shop. Off to the airport!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Susie Felber's upcoming shows

See Susie's blog for the most up-to-date info.

1.  Hosting comedy at Jack Demsey's. Tomorrow

Date: Sep 2, 2005 (Fri)
Location: Jack Demsey's
Address: 36 W.33rd between 5th and 6th aves.
City/State: New York, NY
Start: 8:00 PM

MC Susie Felber Rick Younger Amber Tozer Jeff Cerulli Juliet Fitzgerald Joe DeVito ... one more comic TBD

2. Doing Rob Paravonian's Pro Shop on 9/11

Date: Sep 11, 2005 (Sun)
Location: Sin Sin bar and lounge
Address: Corner of 2nd Ave. and 5th St.
City/State: New York, NY
Start: 8:30 PM

3.Guest-hosting Tell your Friends! on Monday, September 12th
* Jesse Joyce, a tremendously talented touring headliner
* Bob Powers, from the cult hits "How To Kick People" and
* Liam McEneaney, from "Premium Blend" and VH1's "Best Week Ever"
* Tom Shillue, had his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents"
special, and has appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The
Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
* Demetri Martin, also had his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents"
special, and wrote for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and won The
Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh

AND OUR HOUSE BAND - A Brief View of the Hudson, a folk-rock duo that
blows away audiences at every show they play.
Here's what the press has said: "It is not often that a band sounds
like nothing you've ever heard & still sounds good.  That's what you
get from A Brief View of the Hudson." - The NY Sun
"A Brief View of the Hudson features Ann Enzminger's arrestingly
powerful vocals, which are well tuned to the duo's graceful songs of
indie-folk heartbreak." -Time Out NY

* Time Out New York called it a "DON'T MISS," and said: "With a slew
of talented stand-ups . . . and folk-rock duo 'A Brief View of the
Hudson,' Liam McEneaney's new show—and 'workout comedy room'—is sure
to please."
* The NY Daily News made it a Monday pick of the day.
* AM New York put it in their "Best Bets" section.
* "Editor's pick!" -
"Tell Your Friends!"
Every Monday at The Lolita Bar
8:00pm, Free Admission
266 Broome St, at Allen St.