Thursday, June 15, 2006

the now-infamous photo of the two Jon Friedmans

the two Jon Friedmans
Originally uploaded by rkb1.
I put this photo up this morning. My fellow cupcake blogger and friend Allison Bojarski took it at The Rejection Show last week and I finally found the cord to my laptop (no, it was not "behind the couch.")

I also sent it to Rejection Show Jon F (gotta come up with a better/faster way to distinguish the two Jon Fs) and it has since been seen on The Apiary, then Gawker.

The Mr. Friedman on the right claims he was not wearing pants. Secret: he was. Not so secret: The Mr. Friedman on the left talked much more about his blind dates and being confused with the other Jon F than I had expected. It was a bit bizarre in my opinion but good-natured and entertaining.

Then again, I was just holding my breath trying not to be a nervous wreck. I think we can all agree that Odd Todd's opening credits were a lot of fun. At least, Allison and I can. Major thanks, again, to Jon for having me on the show, and Heidi and Allison for being there.

In case you don't know, The Rejection Show is weekly throughout the summer. Catch it on Tuesday with outtakes from Variety Shac, The Post Show, I Love The 30's and more.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Video Gaga and Yamaholiday tonight!

Musical guest: Erin McKeown. Ahem. AMAZING!!!

Featuring music videos by Adira Amram, The Fresh, Dave Thunder, and two from the Video Gaga camp! Did I mention that three of these will be world premieres? Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

And more! Meet the Gaga Girls. Bask in the warmth of the glowing Video Gaga sign. And yes, there will be another fun surprise at the beginning (and end) of the show.

Also appearing: Trudy Dako, Jodi Skeris, and John Kingman
Produced by John Kingman and Sara Schaefer.

Wednesday June 14, 9:30 p.m.
Tickets $5 (reserve at
Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre
307 W. 26th Street, btw 8th & 9th

YAMAHOLIDAY: Flag Day! (YamaFlagDay)
Celebrate Flag Day in style.
Drink punch. See flags. Learn what Flag Day is about!

8pm, $5, June 14, Wednesday
Galapagos Art Space
70 N 6ths St (Between Kent and Whythe)
Hosted by Becky Yamamoto and Tony Carnevale

Lang Fisher
Michelle Collins
Michael Cyril Creighton
Desiree Burch
Elephant Larry
Jack Kukoda
Brandy and Sara
Tom Witte
Mike Barry
Stuckey and Murray

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Beauty Queens of Comedy


Beauty and Comedy have never exactly been the best of friends. Until
now. Comedians Claudia Cogan (Sirius Radio) and Susannah Perlman (Nice
Jewish Girls Gone Bad) bring these two concepts together in a gorgeous night
of comedy, variety and beauty tips. On Tuesdays July 11, 18 and 25
@ 10pm at Rififi, these would be beauty queens attempt to obtain
perfection of the cosmetic sort. In the process, they will procure the
beauty secrets of the funniest comics from the downtown comedy
scene, Comedy Central, VH-1 and the like. Join us, laugh, win a free
haircut off of Craig's List and feel fabulous.

Joining us are the fabulous talents of

Todd Levin (Comedy Central)
Julie Klausner and Sue Galloway (Betty and Joan are Friends)
Joanna Parson (NPR)
Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central)
Susie Prekel (Comedy Central)
Carolyn Castiglia (Chicks and Giggles)
and many other fab and gorgeous types

Consecutive Tuesdays

July 11th @ 10pm
July 18th @ 10pm
July 25th @ 10pm

332 E. 11th St. (1st-2nd Aves)
(212) 677-1027

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Catch me at The Rejection Show tonight!

Jon is showing my video of me and my childhood best friend singing "Like a Virgin," all decked out mid-80's Madonnna-style - if you want to see me blush and be totally embarrassed (in a good way), come out tonight! I'll also be reading from some of my favorite hate mail. Plus, hello, killer lineup!

The "Summerfest of Rejection" begins tonight!

"On the surface, The Rejection Show is a mere demonstration of unsuccessful work by usually successful comedians, writers, filmmakers, and cartoonists. Deep down, though, it provides an interesting look into the thought processes of magazine editors, network executives, and others who wield power. Films rejected by festivals, cartoons that never made it to press, and comedy sketches that weren't good enough for TV all finally see the light of day, some more deservedly than others."

JUNE 6, 2006

DAVID WAIN (Stella, The State, Wet Hot American Summer)
RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL (Village Voice, Penthouse)
JON FRIEDMAN (Marketwatch)


And as always more fun rejection surprises!!

The Rejection Show
Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction
June 6th @ 7:30PM
34 Avenue A (2nd and 3rd St.)
Call or visit the Mo Pitkin's box office at (212) 777-5660
F or V to Second Ave.

$8 (NO drink minimum)

Join us after the show in the lounge at Mo Pitkin's for drinks and more fun.

Don't forget to SUBMIT YOUR rejected material for the new Rejection Show website. Anything goes! Anything!

LISTEN to the newest REJECTION SHOW radio interview HERE

Friday, June 02, 2006

Rejection Show plug and memories

Almost a year ago, I live-blogged The Rejection Show. Hard to believe, eh? And that's just part one! Scroll through those archives for a time when I was really dedicated to the comedy scene. Now Becky Yamamoto's all "Where have you been? I haven't seen you in forever." The first Rejection Show I attended was their last one at The Tank, way back in September 2004, I believe. And now it's come full circle . . . just another remind that on Tuesday night, you can see me sing "Like a Virgin" - from when I was actually a virgin. (I didn't lose my virginity until I was 17, but this video was made when I was 8 or 9). Mo Pitkin's, 7:30 pm, Tuesday June 6th, $8. BE THERE. I'm excited but also kindof embarrassed about the video, but Jon assures me it's adorable, so I'll just have to trust him. I will be watching it like a scary movie, with my head in my hands, peeking through my fingers.

See also:

Jon Friedman's very silly interview with me

My Gothamist interview with Jon Friedman