Monday night marked the first New York benefit for Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller’s, charity Hilarity for Charity. The charity was founded after Miller's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 55, and its main goals are to fund research, spread awareness to the younger generation and donate resources to families in need. It is a nationwide program that “encourages and supports college groups to throw their very own Hilarity for Charity events to raise awareness and much needed funds for fighting Alzheimer’s disease.”
It's happened: you've turned 25. This begs the question, as a semi responsible adult, where do you go to get all the house party charm without having to go to an actual house party? The answer is the PH Comedy Theater.
Located in the heard of Andersonville, just off the Berwyn stop, PH is a comedy hot spot unlike any other in the city. Founded by improv actors and comedians, it is exclusively for the use of improv actors and comedians. It's the alternative to the more institutional options, Zanies and Second City. PH is the new kid on the block, and a place where the little guys decided to carve a place for themselves.
The 65th annual primetime Emmy awards graced our television screens last night (if you were not too busy indulging in Sunday night football). The legendary awards were hosted by funny man and How I Met Your Mother star, Neil Patrick Harris.
The award ceremony included many wins and disappointing defeats due to the stiff competition amongst categories. Highly acclaimed actors Matt Damon and Michael Douglas were up against each for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Movie for their co-starring roles in HBO's Behind the Candelabra – the story of the six year relationship between Liberace and his very young lover, *awkward* (Douglas won). Hollywood BFFS Amy Poehler and Tina Fey who are constantly up against each other for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series both lost to Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Friday, August 23
Get your dance on all night long and into the wee morning hours with Los Angeles based People Under The Stairs, featuring Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal). They are the most successful independent hip-hop duo ever in history! Other acts include: Qwel and Maker, The Palmer Squares, PHNM Striz, and Shazam Bangles. This is sure to be an epic night. 10 pm - 4am. To purchase tickets, visit their Website.
Long before he was the unorthodox Yeezus we all know him as today, Kanye West was just that college dropout with the immaculate rap flow. But, did you know that Mr. West has a shelved HBO pilot from 2007?
Last week, comedian Wyatt Cenac presented an unexpected screening of Yeezy’s unreleased comedy series, (yes comedy series) during his weekly Night Train showcase in Brooklyn. Once upon a time, the Chi-Town MC took the art of comedy as seriously as he takes the egotistical work of art he calls, himself.
We were tipped off about a weekly comedy show at Goose Island. For readers in other cities Goose Island is Chicago's most famous local craft brewery. Going here gives you the benefit of having a diverse selection of quality brewed craft beers such as Green Line Pale Ale and Nut Brown Ale as well as a terrific food menu.
The comedy show is produced by a group called Duck Duck Comedy, and admission is just $5. If that perturbs anyone, we want to stress you're not paying to see an open mic. The producers of the show are very selective and make sure every comedian performing is a seasoned veteran of the Chicago comedy scene. All comedians have rather impressive resumes including sets at Comicon, Second City, etc. Remember the next Zach Galifianakis is out there performing somewhere, and it's always great to be able to say, “Yeah I liked him before he was famous.” Not only are there standup sets by comedians but each show is concluded by a musical act for a touch of variety.
"I don't think anyone saw this coming," Jason Sudeikis said hilariously. "Quvenzhané Wallis, of course, the first African American, the first female, and first child Pope," a reporter at the scene explained.
Hart then made his debut dressed up as Wallis in her navy Giorgio Armani gown and carrying her favorite famed "puppy purse." Pope Quvenzhané then lifted her arms into her signature muscle man pose and then danced the Dougie. Hart then said, Who the man? I'm the man," in Latin.
Gotham Burlesque Coney Island Spectacular: Coney Island is invading Manhattan's Upper West Side October 6th at 10pm at The Triad. There will be twelve amazing acts from NYC's best burlesque and variety performers, including Bambi the Mermaid, The Great Fredini, Ekaterina, The Great Throwdini, Miss Harvest Moon, Scott Baker, Tigger, Justina Flash, and more! Shelly Watson will host this sultry extravaganza featuring song, dance, tricks, and plenty of treats. Tickets range from $37-$49 and can be purchased here.
Pier NYC, a new seasonal waterfront cafe, located on the West Promenade of Roosevelt Island, will be hosting Comedy on the Water August 16th at 8pm and it's free to attend with a 2 drink minimum. Stand Up NY, one of the city's oldest comedy clubs, has played host to some of the biggest names in comedy, such as Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart. The venue has partnered with Pier NYC, a great spot for outdoor relaxation on the water to bring you this great event. The evening's comedians include Jonathon Randall, Mike Vecchione, Ryan Reiss, Brian McGuinness, and Kyle Grooms. Each performer has only fifteen minutes in which to make the audience roar with laughter, so be careful when eating.