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Month: March 2018

Comedy Festivals of 2018 To Do!

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Just For Laughs Comedy Festival 2018 on July 25th – 28th!

After finishing the extensive search for comedians, with recent auditions taking place at Stand Up NY, the Just For Laughs ComedyPRO Festival will take place July 25th through 28th in Montreal, Canada. It is one of, or, the most important annual global gathering of the biggest names in the comedy world.

Event 2017 Highlights:

  • 2017 included a wide array of big names including Mike Birbiglia, Ali Wong, Trevor Noah, Jim Carrey, Danny McBride, Jermaine Fowler.
  • Plus Stand Up NY Friends & Regulars: Yamaneika Saunders, Dan Soder, Jim Norton,  Ben Kissel, Marina Franklin, Ari Shaffir, and Craig Ferguson!
  • Be sure to submit your application here before May 7th, 2018.  

MoonTower  Comedy Festival taking place in Austin, TX in April!

This annual comedy festival held at Paramount Theatres in Austin, Texas on April 18th – 21st of 2018. It hosts a wide range of comedians, podcasts, and speakers at over 12 different venues. Headliners this year will include Tig Notaro, Mike Birbiglia (who started as a NYC comedian), Tiffany Haddish, and David Cross all performing at the Paramount Theatre during the festival. Additional headliners include Preacher Lawson, Ali Siddiq, Janeane Garofalo, Nikki Glaser, plus Ryan Hamilton and Colin Quinn who have been featured at Stand Up NY recently!  

Oh yea, here are some extra cool details:

  • Three Stand Up NY favorites and regulars will be making appearances on their podcasts in Austin during the festival.
    • Mark Normand and Joe list will be hosting an episode of their podcast “Tuesdays with Stories” (visiting from our very own SUNY Labs)
    • Laurie Kilmartin will be co-hosting her show “The Jackie and Laurie Show” with friend Jackie Kashian
    • Dan Soder will be partnering up with co-host Big Jay Oakerson for an episode of their podcast “The Bonfire”
  • Stand Up NY regulars that will be performing stand up comedy at venues during this festival include: Dan Naturman, Dan Soder, Colin Quinn, Joe List, Judah Friedlander, Laurie Kilmartin, Mark Normand, Ophira Eisenberg, Ryan Hamilton, Tim Dillon, and Yamaneika Saunders! Congrats to all comedians perform

Be sure to catch them all here at Stand Up NY before the big weekend!

Women In Comedy Festival coming up in April in Boston, MA!

Bringing Comediennes directly into the spotlight, this comedy festival features the best female leads from around the country and hosts them for a weekend of riotous events, parties, panels, childrens programming, themed shows, and special comedy showcases.

Details:

  • This year they will feature: Wanda Sykes, Tig Notaro, Laurie Forster, and NYC regular Gina Yashere!
  • New York comedians performing: Caitlin Peluffo & Ashley Gavin (SUNY regulars), Anya Volz, Ashley Hamilton, Cameran Hebb, and Carla Briscoe!

Big Sky Comedy Festival – Coming in October to Billings, MT!

        This is Montana’s biggest comedy festival in the entire history of Montana Comedy! It is a 5 day event with about 10 shows, different venues, and features 28 comedians from all over the US that are selected from out of a pool of over 800 comedians!

Extra Details:

  • Finalists from last year included NY regulars Corey Rodrigues (the 2017 Winner!), Ali Kolbert, and Andy Sandford!
  • They are accepting Submissions for 2018 now! Check out the Big Sky site here

 

And don’t miss out on Stand Up NY’s Comedy Festival coming soon to NYC! More updates to come on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook shortly.For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 6PM with more info on how to sign up here.

60 Years Ago – The Birth of Stand Up

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The exact year stand-up comedy was born is up for debate. People have been telling jokes for centuries, but when did they start doing it on stage? A strong case can be made for the 1948 premiere of The Ed Sullivan Show. One of America’s first primetime variety shows, The Ed Sullivan Show featured musical acts, vaudeville performers, and stand-up comedians. The show slowly and steadily gained popularity until it became a staple, attracting millions of viewers across the country. With the rise of the show came the increased popularity of the performers, and stand-up became a legitimate and recognized art form. In the 60s, comedy clubs began popping in New York, and eventually other major cities around the country. By the 1980’s, hour-long stand up specials were hugely popular on TV, with huge stars, budgets, and audiences. Even though stand-up as a medium and a business has changed drastically over the past 60 years, the five-minute variety show spot is still a jumping off point for many comedians. Here are some clips of legends when they first introduced stand-up to the country on The Ed Sullivan Show:

 Bob Hope

 Joan Rivers

 Flip Wilson

 George Carlin

 Richard Pryor

 

Come see the modern tight five, and even more at Stand Up NY! With shows every night of the week, you never know who will show up or step on stage! For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 5PM with more info on how to sign up here.

Jewish Comics of NYC

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As we all know, Jewish standup comedians are hard to come by in New York. Here at Stand Up NY, we pride ourselves in hosting Jewish comedians since we first opened in 1986. As Passover approaches, we decided to celebrate our comedians’ Jewish heritage. Here are some highlights!

Elon Gold

 Elon, a Bronx native, was raised in an entertainment industry family. His parents owned Goldstar Talent Management, and both of his brothers are involved in the music business. Elon got his break on FOX’s Stacked, and went on to appear on In-Laws on NBC, The Tonight Show, Fraiser, Chappelle’s Show, and Bones. He now performs stand up around the city and has a special out on Netflix. Here’s a clip from Chosen and Taken:

 

Susie Essman

Susie Essman was also born in the Bronx, to Russian and Polish parents. Her career took off in 1989 when she appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and she got a half-hour special on Comedy Central three years later. She’s best known as Susie Greene on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and has appeared in several films, including Punchline and Bolt. Here she is roasting Donald Trump before his White House stint.

 

Judah Friedlander

 Judah Freidlander was born in Maryland and went to school at NYU, where he first tried standup at the age of 19. While stand up is his “first love,” he also has a prolific acting career, appearing as Frank on 30 Rock, guest starring in shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords, and Fresh Off the Boat. He’s also been in numerous feature films, including Wet Hot American Summer, Zoolander, The Wrestler, and Rio. He lives in Queens and enjoys performing stand up and playing ping pong. Here’s a clip of him dissecting his signature look:

 

Rachel Feinstein

Rachel Feinstein moved to New York when she was 17 and hasn’t stopped doing comedy since. She was a finalist on Last Comic Standing, and has appeared on shows like Inside Amy Schumer,Last Week Tonight, Red Oaks, and Crashing. She now has a special called Only Whores Wear Purple on Comedy Central. Here’s a clip of her network TV debut on the James Corden Show:

 

Marion Grodin

Marion Grodin has comedy in her blood. Her father, Charles Grodin, is a prolific actor and comedian. Marion began her career as a screenwriter, writing for It’s a Living and Princesses. She decided to pursue standup comedy and began playing around New York City and touring the country with Lewis Black and Judy Gold. She’s made appeareances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The View, and was a producer on The Charles Grodin Show. Her memoir, Standing Up, was released in 2013. Here she is interviewing New Yorkers about their addictions:

 

Catch these comedians here at Stand Up NY on the regular! With shows every night of the week, you never know who will show up and step on stage! For future shows please purchase tickets here ormake a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 5PM with more info on how to sign up here.

Happy St. Paddys To Irish American Comedians

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As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, let’s take some time to appreciate the long legacy of Irish-American comedians. Irish immigrants have been settling along the East Coast since 1700s, establishing large communities in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. Irish immigrants and their descendants have had a huge impact on US culture, especially comedy. Here are some of our favorite Irish comedians!

Des Bishop

Des, proclaimed “Ireland’s adopted son of comedy,” is an Irish-American comedian who was brought up in New York before moving to Ireland at 14, where he still primarily resides. A highly successful stand up comedian in Ireland, he’s had three acclaimed television series on RTE, Ireland – The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), Joy in the Hood (2006), and the award winning six episode comedy documentary series In the Name of the Fada (2008). Des now travels the world performing stand up shows such as My Dad Was Nearly James Bond which premiered at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and won rave reviews. On top of that he has released four stand-up DVD since 2005, and is currently the organizer and resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin. But wait… there’s more! Des Bishop will be at Stand Up NY this Wednesday, March 14th at 8:00PM for a Live Podcast taping of Lost In America!

Conan O’Brien

The lanky, irreverent late-night host grew up outside of Boston, where he attended Harvard and wrote for the National Lampoon. In the 1990s, he wrote for SNL and The Simpsons. After moving to LA, his friend, actress Lisa Kudrow, encouraged him to perform more. In 1993, he was hired as David Letterman’s replacement on NBC’s Late Night, and the rest is history. Throughout his long career, O’Brien has often celebrated and joked about his Irish-Catholic heritage. In 2012, he really got in touch with his roots at the Irish American Heritage center in Chicago:

 

Aisling Bea 

Aisling Bea is the first female comedian on our list, and the only to actually be born in Ireland. She was raised in County Kildare and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as well as Trinity College in Dublin. She regularly appears on Irish and British comedy shows such as The Big Fat Quiz of Everything and A League of Their Own, and in 2012 was the second woman ever to win the Gilded Balloon So You Think You’re Funny award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also won the British Comedy Award for Best Female Television Comic and performs standup all around the UK and the US. Here she is performing at Live at the Apollo:

 

Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn, a Brooklyn native, is a staple of the New York stand up scene. His career began in 1984, and in 1996 he was hired at SNL. Within two years, he was hosting Weekend Update, and had his own Broadway one-man show, Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake. He then hosted his own show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, on Comedy Central. He’s appeared in various films and television shows, like Grown Ups, Girls, and Trainwreck. He talks about his Irish heritage (among others) in his new Netflix special:

 

John Mulaney

Born in Chicago, John Mulaney moved to New York after college, where he was hired as a writer for SNL in 2008. While he was creating memorable characters like Stefon, he was also performing stand up. He’s recorded three hour-long specials and has appeared on various late-night shows around New York. He and Nick Kroll wrote and starred in their play Oh Hello which ran for six months on Broadway. He recently passed through New York on his Kid Gorgeous tour at Radio City Music Hall. Here’s a clip from his special New In Town where he talks about the emotional complexities of being Irish:

 

Erin Maguire

Erin Maguire, one of Stand Up NY’s very own, is an accomplished stand up comedian who performs all around the city. Since moving to New York from Boston, she’s been in various theater and TV productions, and now tours all around the East Coast! You can get a taste of her work here or stop by and see her at Stand Up NY!

 

Catch the next up and coming Irish-American Comedian right here at Stand Up NY! With shows every night of the week, you never know who will show up and step on stage! For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 5PM with more info on how to sign up here.

Up & Streaming This March

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It’s March 1st! Time to find the next binge worthy comedy shows and films to get you through until the spring season goes into full sunny swing! We know you just want overly accurate subtitling and the ability to watch four years of television in 3 days, so here are the highlights of comedy available to stream this month.

  1. Netflix
    • March 2nd – Natalia Valdebenito: El Especial – Start the month off  with very strong and funny commentary from Natalia Valdebenito a Chilean comedienne furthering activism and irreverence.
    • March 9th – Love Season 3 – A beautifully hilarious navigation through the “thrills and agonies of modern relationships” co-created by Judd Apatow. Here’s a sneak Peak:
    • March 13th – Ricky Gervais: Humanity – stand up special from the comedy aficionado himself, watch with the warning: May cause heavy laughter and tears.  
    • March 16th – ON MY BLOCK – Featuring some fresh faces in comedy, this “comic-of-age” story is set between 4 smart, funny teens in a rough inner-city LA.
    • March 16th – The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter – Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals creator/director Jody Hill once again teams up with Danny McBride for this unique comedy about a hunter (Josh Brolin) looking to reconnect with his son during a weekend outing.
    • March 20th – THE STANDUPS (Season 2) – Back for more! The series takes on a whole new set of fresh voices in Stand Up Comedy to create a well-done list of half-hour specials.
    • Friday, March 23rd – Game Over, Man – Featuring the comedic stars of Workaholics, (Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson) this is a feature length film about the guys humorous exploits battling hotel terrorists.  
  2. HBO
    • March 1st – Girls Trip – The 2017 hit comedy finally becomes available to stream on HBO and HBO Go!
    • March 25th – Barry – Starring the threateningly hilarious Bill Hader in a hitman turned actor comedy show featuring many other greats such as Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg, Stephen Root, Glenn Fleshler and Anthony Carrigan. Heres a sneak peak:
  1. Amazon
    • March 2nd – Brad’s Status – Another bittersweet dramedy starring Ben Stiller beside his college bound son Brad Sloan. An Amazon original from Director Mike White
  2. ABC
    • March 27th – Splitting Up Together – The couple Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson star in this divorce comedy debuting as a part of the new Tuesday ABC comedy block.. Oh btw the pilot was directed by “Parks and Rec” alum Dean Holland!
  3. NBC
    • March 8th – Champions – A becoming-of-dad comedy featuring two bachelors (Anders Holm and Fortune Feimster) living the dream until an unexpected arrival of a son (JJ Totah star from “Other People”). Sneak Peak: 


When your battery dies and the computer starts to overheat, stretch your legs and join us for LIVE COMEDY here at Stand Up NY… I know, it is a phenomenon, people coming to see and meet the comedians in person. Imagine, you can sit just as close to them as you do to your laptop. For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 5PM with more info on how to sign up here.