Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Variety Shac

This coming April 4th is a very special

April 4th
8:30 sharp
Variety Shac at Galapagos (IN THE BACK ROOM)
70 N. 6th St (Williamsburg, BK)
L to Bedford.

Special Guests:
Eric Slovin
Greg Johnson
Chris Leo (musical guest)

The Shac is:
Shonali Bhowmik
Heather Lawless
Andrea Rosen
Chelsea Peretti

5 dollar suggested donation

We're going to premiere a brand new 10-minute documentary titled
"Behind the Shac." Figure that out.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Jenny Rubin show April 12th

April 12th 9:30pm Mo Pitkins (Performance Space)
Mending Your Life --Hosted by Comedians Jenny Rubin and Katina Corrao
"The most unhelpful self help show you will ever need"
$5 cover

More info

Lenny Bruce is Dead reading Monday at Mo Pitkin's

I haven't read it yet but this is from a friend:

Next Monday, April 3, Jonathan Goldstein will be reading from his book
LENNY BRUCE IS DEAD (published by Counterpoint)
at Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction
34 Avenue A between 2nd and 3rd streets
at 7 o’clock

What the opinion-makers, thought-leaders, and trend-setters are saying about Lenny Bruce is Dead and its Author:

“Something close to breathtaking.” —LA Times Book Review

“Poetic, poignant and very funny.”
—San Diego Union Tribune

“An incredibly strange but redeemingly funny new novel.”

“Jonathan Goldstein is one of the funniest and most original writers I can think of. Anything by him is better than anything by just about anyone else.”

“A funny, sad, lyrical, and totally perverted examination of what happens to people when the culture cares too much about sex. If Philip Roth had written a Denis Johnson novel, it would be Lenny Bruce Is Dead.”

“Simply stated, Jonathan Goldstein’s voice is like no one else’s. He is constantly surprising, simultaneously poetic and hilarious; an honest-to-goodness artist.”

“The embarrassing, penetrating and I’ve-never-seen-this-before-on-paper secrets that Jonathan Goldstein carefully accumulates eventually all add up to something much more painful and probing than one would expect from such a readable, hilarious book.”

“The cleanest dirty book I have ever read. Goldstein is a goddamn poet.”

How To Kick People March 29th

It's How To Kick People: Hawaiian Shirt Day
a show all about miserable jobs and the people who need to hang onto
them in order to feed their children

Our guests include:
David Rees: Creator of the hit online comic "Get Your War On" which is
now in 'Rolling Stone' magazine
Andy Borowitz: whose writings can be found in The New Yorker, The New
York Times, on NPR and in around five or six books that have his name on
the cover
Chelsea Peretti: of the hit show "Variety Shac" and fresh from our show
in the Aspen Comedy Festival

Showtime: Tomorrow! Weds the 29th. 7:30 PM
at Mo Pitkins, 34 Avenue A btwn 2nd and 3rd Sts.
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here:

Monday, March 27, 2006

Drink at Work show tonight

Wish I could go to this, especially since I probably won't see Claudia Cogan until we're both in Costa Rica July 4th weekend, but I am way too swamped for the next few weeks to go to much comedy, but check out this new Drink at Work show:

Drink at Work Presents...
The Line-Up for our first show!
Hey kids, as I mentioned before Drink at is producing a brand new, 100% awesome comedy and music show at the coolest, dankest bar in New York, Siberia. We've just completed the line-up for our first show and it's going to be a blast!

Monday, March 27th
40th St. at 9th Ave (it's the black door under a red light)

God's Pottery

Tom Shillue
Claudia Cogan
Hannibal Burress
Jon Lang
Sean Crespo

Project Jenny, Project Jan

Francesco Marciuliano's "Conversations with Dad" as read by Mark Douglas and Bryan Olsen of Giant Tuesday Night
"A Quick Moment with Carol"
and DJ Craig Baldo

Carol Hartsell and Francesco Marciuliano

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Congratulations to Matt Diffee

From Publishers Marketplace

New Yorker cartoonist, stand-up comic, and "Rejection Show" co-creator Matthew Diffee's THE REJECTION COLLECTION, a humorous compendium of 30 New Yorker cartoonists' favorite work rejected by the magazine, to Ryan Fischer-Harbage for Simon Spotlight Entertainment, for two books, at auction, by David Kuhn of Kuhn Projects (world English).<\

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Comedy is for Humans March 22nd

Hosted By:
Josh ("i am a grown man, but lisa loeb can make me cry") and Baron

Wednesday Mar 22, 2006
at 8:00 PM

505 East 12th Street @ Ave. A
New York, NY 10001

Three Comics. 25 Minutes Each. Be there.

When they aren't busy breaking racial boundaries by being New York's finest interracial underground comedy show hosts, Joshua Grosvent and Baron Vaughn present you with an innovative new show in the East Village. "Comedy is for Humans" throws aside the classic idea of putting a dozen comedians on one show doing five minutes each and gives you the chance to invest a little in the comedians. Three comics. 25 minutes each. That is how we do it at Humans and we want you to be a part of it...

This week we present Tom Shillue - you know, the guy who has his own "Comedy Central Presents" special. Becky Donohue from Premium Blend and Tough Crowd. Not to mention Dan Allen who also rocks Premium Blend and US Weekly. That sounds like a pretty killer show on it's own, but we'll also have a couple guests stop by for the hell of it and of course your hosts Josh and Baron will have a few things to say so be there, dudes and dudettes!

The Facts:
25 Minute Sets by
Tom Shillue, Becky Donohue and Dan Allen
This Wednesday, March 22nd.
8:00pm at Mundial
(505 East 12th Street @ Ave. A -- L Train to 1st Ave.)

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Funniest Reporter on the Planet contest this Tuesday

From Sean McCarthy of Popular Thinking, who's also competing.

Witty Writers Take the Stage
at The Laugh Factory Comedy Club

WHAT: Reporters from The Funniest Reporter on the Planet Contest at The Laugh Factory last January are returning to the comedy club stage.

WHO: Comedian, writer and actress Jenn Palumbo is hosting the event with the following reporters performing:

Catie Lazarus – The Forward – winner of Funniest Reporter on the Planet Contest

Jamie McIntyre – CNN – 3rd place of Funniest Reporter on the Planet Contest

Brian Balthazar – MSNBC

Mike Maiello – Forbes Magazine

Sean McCarthy – Boston Herald

WHEN: Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Laugh Factory
8th Avenue – between 42nd and 43rd Streets
New York, NY

WHY: According to Jamie Masada, owner of The Laugh Factory, “I often think, here are professionals in front of the public everyday, on TV, radio, even with a by-line, they see the craziest things, have the best stories. I said to myself, gee I bet these people can make us laugh, if they only had the chance. I know they can’t tell jokes when they are doing the 6 o’clock news, but I bet they want to.”
Tickets to the event are $15.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Interview with comedian Carolyn Castiglia

Originally uploaded by ckc_molly.
Check out this interview with Carolyn at (They're putting on Chicks and Giggles this Friday, St. Patrick's Day)

What: A night of improvisational comedy with five of New York City's top female comics

Comics: Carolyn Castiglia (Laugh Factory), Michelle Buteau (Comedy Central's "Premium Blend"), Katina Corrao (Caroline's on Broadway), Jenny Rubin (AOL Comedy) and Lianne Stokes (Gotham Comedy Club)

Mission: "Focused on creating an inclusive community of comics, presenting women with different styles and backgrounds, resulting in a hilarious and diverse mix of ages, races and faces that is sure to bring you back for more."

Expect: Cash bar (and green beer for St. Patrick's Day)

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Roanoke College's Alumni Gym

Tickets: $8 ($3 with Roanoke College ID)

Rated R: For ages 18 and up

Call: 375-2323


Monday, March 13, 2006

March 14th Chicks and Giggles

7:30PM, FREE!

Hosted by Carolyn Castiglia

Adira Amram - music/comedy/awesomeness

Claudia Cogan - Hot Tub at The PIT

Katina Corrao - Caroline's

Margaret Dodge - alternative goddess

Lang Fisher - Wiener Philharmonic

Lianne Stokes - Brutal Honesty

Friday, March 10, 2006

New York States of Mind

From Peter Hyman

The third "New York States of Mind" show is next Wednesday, March 15th, and tickets are on sale now. We're returning to our humor roots with this installment, which will feature three very talented writers/humorists discussing matters literary, comedic and cultural, but in a way that is very television friendly (though, actually, this will not be televised).

If you're curious about what really goes on inside the mind of a writer, and how such a person spends their days and nights, then this is the show for you.

Rising Above the Din: Writing Amid A Noisy Culture
The written word has survived the onslaught of film, television and the Internet, but what does it mean to be a writer in an age when it's almost impossible to be heard? And what is the purpose of the novel in an era of blogs, TiVo and pop culture on demand? Our panel of writers will explore these issues in a free-flowing conversation about art, artifice and the so-called death of American culture.


-Jonathan Ames (author of Wake Up, Sir! and six other books; Moth host extraordinaire; raconteur)
-John Hodgman (author of The Areas of My Expertise, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" contributor)
-Sam Lipsyte (award-winning author of Home Land, The Subject Steve and Venus Drive)

Here are the logistical details you were waiting for:

At the Makor - Steinhardt Building
35 West 67th Street (Btw. Central Park West and Columbus)
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door
To order call 212-601-1000 or go to

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Brutally fun!

How freaking hilarious was Brutal Honesty? SOOOOO much fun! More later but check out these pics of my new favorite comedian Sara Jo Allocco rocking out to Carly Simon while giving her ex (really a guy playing her ex) a lap dance!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Crack-Up Comedy Rehab

Cracked-Up Comedy Rehab
Originally uploaded by rkb1.
Don't know a thing about this but Jessy Delfino and Eric Andre totally make me laugh, so what can be bad?

"Crack-Up Comedy Rehab" every Thursday and Friday at 8:00pm at the Scopa Underground located at 79 Madison Avenue (Between 28th and 29th). Hosted by Adrienne Iapalucci and EJ Williams. Afterwards, watch some of the best bands in the tri-state area perform live. No cover, only a two drink/item minimum.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Brutally Brutal Best of Brutal Honest TONIGHT!

Come hang out at Otto's tonight, along with some other friends for the BEST OF Brutal Honesty. I'll be talking about how I stole food from Berkeley's finest supermarkets (sometimes Oakland's, and sometimes just the regular safeway) and smuggled it out of the store - via my stomach!

Guests tonight:

Brandy Barber
Mike Burns
Sara Jo Alloco
Bex Schwartz
Joe Randazzo
Michael Cyril Creighton
Rachel Kramer Bussel

and as always hosted by
Giulia Rozzi, Lianne Stokes and Becky Yamamoto
Otto's Shrunken Head
14th St (btwn A and B)
Tonight! Tuesday, March 7

Monday, March 06, 2006

SSIOWY reunion show!

Originally uploaded by dkirk78.
FYI, I found this photo on flickr, I did not take it. This is a comedy blog though, so hopefully it will make some of you laugh (I love you guys, big smiles and all).

From Sara Schaefer herself (go check out her fancy shmancy new website too):

SSIOWY cast/writers will meet on stage for the first time in four months! Come find out where are they now, and if they plan on making an SSIOWY movie! Special guests include members of the Wiener Philharmonic, a hither-to-unnamed musical guest, and as always, a star of Law & Order! All the great things you've come to expect from SSIOWY, except now smothered in buttery nostalgia, Paula Deen style.

Friday, March 10, 8:00pm, $8
The People's Improv Theatre
154 W. 29th Street (6th and 7th Ave)
2,3,9,B,D,F,V,N,Q,R,W,A,C,E to 34th St.

She is also performing at these shows this week:

School Night
Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre
Wednesday, March 8, 11 p.m. - FREE
307 W 26th Street btw 8th and 9th

Thursdays with Nick & John
Thursday March 9 @ 8 p.m.
Rififi (cinema classics)
332 E11th st btwn 1st and 2nd
Free, 1 drink minimum

Friday, March 03, 2006

Sara Schaefer cozies up to Tom and Katie

The fabulously funny Sara Schaefer has relaunched her website! She's also doing some comedy. Go for the funny, stay for the kid pics of Sara.

Every Friday in February and March @ 8PM
The Peoples Improv Theater
154 W. 29th Street (6th and 7th Ave)
Performed by The Wiener Philharmonic
Written and Directed by Jon Friedman
Produced by Jon Friedman, Sara Schaefer and The Wiener Philharmonic
Tickets - $8

School Night
Wednesday March 8 @ 11 p.m.
Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre
307 W 26th Street btw 8th and 9th

Thursdays with Nick & John
Thursday March 9 @ 8 p.m.
Rififi (cinema classics)
332 E11th st btwn 1st and 2nd

Chicks & Giggles
Tuesday April 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction
34 Avenue A btw East 2nd and 3rd

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Monday, Monday...

Check out my friend Colleen's awesome blog, she's another comedy fan

My money's on the singles show for hopefully obvious reasons, but both look fun.

Monday, March 6 @ 7PM
I'm hilarious. I'm charming. I'm single?
Single comics for a singles audience...
McGee's Pub (2nd floor)
240 West 55th Street
Between Broadway and 8th Ave
(212) 957-3536
$5 cover
Drink specials: $4 Cosmos, $3.50 Bud, $4 Rail drinks
featuring Andrea Alton, Mike Burns, Robin Gelfenbien, Molly Reisner, Nick Turner, Sven Wechsler and hosted by Skip Lickdale (Shawn Hollenbach) & Sparkle Montogomery (Katina Corrao)

Monday March 6th @ 8:30PM - Mo Pitkin's
Hosted by Michelle Collins & Jon Friedman

What is The Other Talent Show?
The Other Talent Show is a gathering of comedians, writers, and other
artistic types performing their hidden or ³other² talents. Comedians
singing, musicians doing comedy, writers juggling, and many more crazy
hidden gem talents!

Featuring the OTHER talents of:

Rob Lathan - Performing 'The Electric Slide' on stilts!
(Late Night w/ Conan O'Brien, UCB Theater)

"The Dougless Trio" - Matt Diffee, Marshall Hopkins, and Eric Lewis
Independently they're three cartoonists for the New Yorker magazine.
Together they're one of the best loved New Yorker Cartoonist Bluegrass Bands
in the world (the only one.)

Barry Roberts - A business man performing a Sinatra duet with Michelle

Rich Zeroth - Comedian and writer presenting a secret hidden talent.

"The Academics" - A grouping of genius British "academians" that formed a

Andy Friedman - musician and illustrator (New York Magazine, Esquire)
frontman for 'Andy Friedman & The Other Failures' attempts a standup comedy
set for the first time ever!

Plus the secret hidden talents of the hosts Jon Friedman and Michelle
Collins and a quick fire audience participation unique talent show-off!!

And you never know who else might show up...

Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction
March 6th @ 8:30PM
34 Avenue A (2nd and 3rd St.)
or call or visit the Mo Pitkin's box office at (212) 777-5660
F or V to Second Ave.
Tickets available here