We had a great turnout for February 14th’s Love Stories edition of Show and Tell, and I hope everyone had fun hearing about all kinds of twisted nonsense and embarrassment…and also some nice love business.
Photos by Trey Pentecost, www.treypentecost.com
See you at Union Hall for the kickoff to St. Patrick’s Week on March 14th for Irish Stories!
Our obvious topic this month is Love Stories! No need for a schmancy dinner out. Just cozy up by the fire upstairs, then after doors open at 7:30, pull up a chair and get ready to get your ear bent starting at 8.
Oh, and there will be home-baked cookies, thanks to reader Missy Brown.
Tickets are $5, buy ‘em here.
Now meet the people who will rock your world with their true tales, presented with visual (and audio) evidence.
I’m so pleased with Monday’s Home Ec-themed show. Thanks so much to everyone who came out and to the wonderful presenters. If you’d like reminders about future Show and Tells, please like Show & Tell on Facebook, and one of these nights I promise to figure out the mailing list thingy to email announcements on a polite and non-annoying basis.
Here’s what it looked like:
Thanks to all who came and please come to the love-themed Show and Tell on Valentine’s Day, at 8 p.m.!
For his month’s show, we have presentations on grooming! food! and fashion! As usual, doors 7:30/ show at 8 at Union Hall.
Here’s the lineup:
Giulia Rozzi is a NYC based comedian, actress and writer. She’s appeared on MTV, Vh1, Italian Mtv, and CNN and is the co-host of the popular and highly acclaimed sex-themed storytelling show Stripped Stories at the UCB Theatre in NYC. Recently she released her first comedy album “A Very Pretty Name.” More at giuliarozzi.com.
Kurt Opprecht is the son of a rocket scientist and a financial planner, born and raised in Utah on the bed of an ancient and extinct lake. He lives on the lower East Side of New York City where he crafts supernatural devices and plans voyages to distant lands. He is a writer, teacher, and a creator’s coach. He produced and edited “How to Rule the World for Fun and Profit,” the Billionaires for Bush book, and his play “Dos Coyotes” is part of the Manhattan Repertory Theater’s Winterfest 2011 lineup.
Brandy Barber writes, produces, and performs comedy. She writes for the syndicated talk show called LATE NIGHT REPUBLIC. Her freelance pieces have been published in/on BUST, GLAMOUR, TIME OUT NEW YORK, GAWKER.com and PLAYGIRL. She was an original member of the Upright Citizens Brigade NYC Harold Team, MY KICKASS VAN. She is also the voice of the android Mia in an XBOX “Alien Breed” game series- and her teen diary was published in the Simon Spotlight book MORTIFIED: Real People, Real Words, Real Pathetic.
Kyle Supley is a UCB graduate from upstate NY. He is a storyteller, comic, and host, currently hosting the monthly “Kyle and David Chat and Chew,” a variety/talk show at the Creek and the Cave in LIC. He also performs as New York’s oldest singing Nonagenarian “Victor Victrola” in clubs around the city. He has a collection of men’s vintage clothing as well as mid century furnishings. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and The College of Saint Rose, He has lived in NY for over 10 years and currently live in Astoria Queens.
I’ll be sharing a very relevant selection of weird crap from my
precious precious hoards archives. We’ll also have a giveaway from Etsy shop DaSweetZpot, where the winner can choose from prizes including handcrafted Italian jams and jellies, and an invention called the potato pouch, which allows you to microwave a potato in five minutes without it turning into a big weird wrinkle, and/or treats like chocolate fudge with chipotle, which looks like this when it’s being made:
See? You are learning about home economics already.
If you won’t make the show but want to show your love, please like Show and Tell on Facebook.
The December 13 Show and Tell, Christmas Stories edition, went off as well as possible for a frigid Monday night that ended in the season’s first snowfall. Attendance was light and we had a last-minute guest cancellation and a half, but Michele Carlo graciously stepped in with very little notice and brought the house down with her moving tale of a Bronx Christmas in the 70s! ‘Twas a fantastic show all around. So thanks to presenters Eliot Glazer, Rosie Schaap, and Cynthia Kaplan, and extra special thanks go to Michele, as well as to Blaise Allysen Kearsley for her assistance, and to Trey Pentecost for the photos.
Here’s what it looked like:
I hope you’ll come on out January 17, Martin Luther King Day, for the next Show and Tell: the Home Ec edition.
Come gather around the stage to hear and witness tales of Christmases and Hanukkahs past. This month’s Show and Tell will feature stories, video, song, and pictures of holiday angst, mishaps, and the kind of crap that keeps happening this time of year even though it’s supposed to be all sparkly and magical and dusted in snow.
It’s $5 for 5 stories, and if you stick around for the late show afterward, Mike Birbiglia is trying out some new material.
Meet this month’s guests:
Eliot and Ilana Glazer are brother and sister. Aside from co-creating, producing, and hosting (with Ilana) “High School Talent Show,” which recently ended its three-year run at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Eliot is an editor at Urlesque.com, and is releasing his first book, My Parents Were Awesome (Random House), based on the blog of the same in April. Ilana is the co-creator of the popular web series Broad City, which has been featured in The New York Times and took first prize at the Iron Mule Comedy Festival. Both Eliot and Ilana perform stand-up, storytelling, and sketch throughout New York City.
Cynthia Kaplan is the author of two acclaimed collections of humorous essays, Why I’m Like This and Leave the Building Quickly, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and New York Magazine, among other publications, as well as in many anthologies and journals. She has just released her debut comedy rock CD, entitled Fangry. Time Out New York has said of her live performances: “If you’re lucky, Kaplan will sing and play guitar, and then you’ll laugh until you can’t breathe.” As in her books, Kaplan obsesses over sex and death and religion and high school. “That’s all there is,” she says. “That’s it. Those four things. And, of course, rhyming well.” Visit her at www.cynthiakaplan.com! Be a fan of the band on Facebook!
Liam McEneaney’s television appearances include Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” CNN’s “Not Another Cable News Show,” and as a panelist onVH1’s hit show “Best Week Ever.” He spent two seasons as a writer on Comedy Central’s “Standup Nation with Greg Giraldo,” and his writings have appeared in magazines like Maxim, Jest, and Drill, which was a military publication and not pornography.Liam tours across the USA, and has toured internationally several times, and is a regular at clubs in England, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, and Germany. He also created and produces “Tell Your Friends!”, New York City’s critically-acclaimed alt. comedy show.
Well, there you have them. I shall be counting the days til seeing you there, using my Advent calendar with the hidden chocolate bits in it.
P.S. I do realize that this post has all different fonts and that is one of many reasons why I need an intern.
In addition to the wonderful presenters, I’d like to thank Elizabeth Carey Smith for designing the logo and blog banner, while about 15 months pregnant, uphill both ways, Trey Pentecost, who took the photos you see above despite having rolled off his sick bed to attend, Blaise who helped avert a last-minute tech crisis before the show and helped me with a few future guests, and my husband Tom Grubbs, my cheerleader and co-producer in Show and Tell as in life.
If you weren’t there, you missed a great time. Next month’s show is on December 13, the topic is Christmas stories, with our fabulous presenters Liam McEaneny, Cynthia Kaplan, Rosie Schapp, and our first brother and sister team, Eliot and Ilana Glazer.
Jena Friedman is a stand up comedian, writer and actor living in New York. Her short films have been featured on New York Magazine’s Daily Intel, Glamour.com, Salon, VH1′s Best Week Ever, Gawker, Current TV, The Huffington Post and Comedy Central. She recently appeared in The Glasgow International Comedy Festival and The Bridgetown Comedy Festival and was the female lead in American Florence, and independent feature film expected to be released Winter 2010. In addition, her dark comedic musical, The Refugee Girls Revue, is currently playing off-broadway at Theatre 80 in New York City. For more info, check out www.jenafriedman.com.
Adam Wade is originally from New Hampshire and is a record 16-time Moth StorySLAM winner. You can find him on the World Wide Web at www.adamwade.com.
Blaise Allysen Kearsley is a writer, photographer and the creator, producer and host of the monthly reading and storytelling series How I Learned. She has appeared at PS 122, Lolita, Bowery Poetry Club, and in Mortified, Cringe, In The Flesh and Literary Death Match. Follow her writing and vanity projects at www.bazima.com.
Ryan Britt’s writing has been published with Nerve.com, Opium Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine and elsewhere. In New York City he has performed with storytelling shows like The Moth, The Liar Show and Stripped Stories. Ryan also writes plays, and recently directed one of his own at the 45th Street Theatre in Manhattan.
Hope to see you there!
First, I apologize for that weak-ass joke in the title, and the one that will come a few sentences from now.
You see, I used to write filthy puns for a living. You’ll hear more about that at the November 22 edition of Show and Tell.
Which brings us to November 22. Hey, does anyone out there like sex? Because the topic for the debut edition of Show and Tell will be Sex Ed. The show pops its cherry on Monday, November 22, 8 p.m. at Union Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Full lineup of performers and readers will be announced here soon!
(I am sorry for everything bad above.)