Friday, May 25, 2007
Abbi claimed not to want a party, but she hung streamers and balloons and passed out festive hats in case anyone wanted to wear them. Some comedians combine their shows with a birthday celebration, but she wouldn’t be one of them. If anyone were to surprise her with something, however, she wouldn’t be opposed…
No one did.
So she brought the subtle and quick-witted Jon Friedman to the stage.
He went on to host a hefty line-up of talent that has performed nationwide!
Ann Carr and
Lucas Held acknowledged the elephant in the room that was THIRTEEN YEAR OLDS.
The very gals who were ushered out of our eighteenth show came back on their best behavior. They enjoyed Lucas’ insight into his Jewish hilarity—that is, heritage.
David Wade had his debut at the Living Room and brought comedy that was worth the wait! He did not, however, work a birthday surprise into his material. As Mo’nique would say: Wop wop!
Retired professional wrestler Superfly Hulk Savage spoke from his (large) gut about what’s going on in the world today. When we learned that each of his encounters often ends in someone’s death, we all laughed and applauded out of fear.
Speaking of mortality, Gilad Foss left his deathbed to talk to us and make us laugh while battling the end of a nasty cold. What a trooper! He neither acknowledged Abbi’s birthday nor did he wipe the microphone with a Lysol towel. Minus ten points!
Abbi Crutchfield expressed her utter dismay that there had been no surprise party despite all of her hints. She tore down streamers and berated the audience. Then she made jokes about deodorant (the show must go on…)
Gather ‘round and he’ll tell you a tale…Gristled sea captain Billy Hawkins told us the story of a great white whale. The kind that lures you in and then runs off with your brother. ARR! Paying the white whale alimony be quite a harpoon in the side!
The loveable (from a distance) Janey graced the stage to gush about her “ashpirashuns”. We tried very hard to take her seriously, but she had Twinkies tucked into her belt for crying out loud.
As Abbi played human radio, Janey began a modern dance to Madonna’s “Hung Up”. The only hang up was that our laughter made her insecure, and she became a ball of tears. One of the middle schoolers promised to hang out with her, which cheered her up.
Purely from guilt, Joe Larson wished Abbi a happy birthday when he got on the mic. Too little, too late Joe. He did a superb job closing the show as a satisfied audience applauded him off stage.
The Hat of Chance decreed that Ann Carr take home the honor of Funniest Comedian of All Time. What do you get for your favorite chameleon? Temporary tattoos of course!
With a half-eaten cake he stole from a co-worker's retirement party, Luke was finally able to surprise Abbi.
The candles just needed to be rearranged and voila!
If you’re not having a birthday, but you WOULD like to celebrate with some hilarious comedians, come to the One Year Anniversary show on June 8th!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
We had an informal response to Ladies' Night with a line-up of 100%, meatloaf-eating, testosterone-pumping, Steel Magnolias-hating MEN. We picked the only guy who can still pull off Polos without looking pretentious Greg Tito to host our amazing lineup:
Abbi Crutchfield (she's really a man)
Jeremy Schachter and
Greg Tito kicked off the show holding the title of The Only Married Man in New York Under 30 and Doing Comedy (or TOMM-NYU-DC…a round-trip discount code on Greyhound?). Anyone want to challenge him?? We didn't think so.
Artificially zany for the camera, Abbi Crutchfield wore scrubs because it’s her show, and proceeded to dissect the rules to office politics. Mainly there’s one: no talking about shagging your wife of 30 years. Sweet peaches, don’t ever do that.
Dave Lester had a dynamite set and a lovely lady in the audience to enjoy it along with the rest of us.
Herodotus is his name, and celebrity gossip is his game! The Herodotus-At-Large segment brought us news of the stars with more puns than you can stuff in a big, black fake moustache. Then, with a gust of metrosexual wind, he was off!
Brendan Fitzgibbons was fired up to share what he’s learned from his many, many, many failed relationships. He also kicked around a few one-liners which cracked the room up. When it's too good for The Onion, it becomes stand-up that we get to enjoy at The Living Room!
Jeremy Schachter took the stage and turned the room into a gym as he worked out some soon-to-be-classic stuff. Gym. Work-out. Get it? Herodotus, what have you done?!?!
He didn’t miss the opportunity to crack on his brother. We appreciate that.
Pumped full of energy drink and slogans, motivational speaker and human e-mail spam Tom Jeter enthusiastically shared his one-point plan on how to be successful. He never got to the point or told us how it could benefit us, but he did get across enough subliminal messages for us to donate all of our money to him. And you should too! This guy’s amazing!
Show-stopper Ryan Paulson turned the coffee shop into a church through his vivid nostalgia of growing up religious. A comedian with preaching abilities—the next Sam Kinison? He hasn’t started shouting yet. Or wearing berets.
It was just the kind of star-quality he needed to be honored the Funniest Comedian of All Time award! He accepted his fresh fake grapes, and then a giant bottle attacked and killed him.
A lovely lady from the audience won two tickets to AMC Theaters! Sadly, she, too, was mauled by the bottle. This container of simple syrup is still on the loose. If you have seen a five-foot, clear pump bottle with a blue neck and a white nozzle, please contact us by coming to the next Living Room show May 25th. You just might save a life.
Check out MORE photos of the event on Flickr here.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Hi, I'm Harvey-David, but for tax purposes-you may call me Dave. I was just sticking my head in to throw in my two cents about the Living Room! Man, it's really lovely-in a just used Febreze kinda' way, ya know?! They've got all these sweet treats and even English Breakfast Tea! The 'Room also boasts the comfy-est couch in all of comedy and occasionally, if your socks are really clean (and this is strictly enforced!) they let you take off your shoes! The comedy is swell too! Man I tell you, it was the most fun I've had without swearing ever, hell friggin' yeah it was!
Dave Lester is the host of the popular Brooklyn Show 5 For Funny Tuesdays @ Five Spot Soul Food (459 Myrtle Avenue, Clinton Hill, 11205). Check him out all over New York City.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
I'm writing to tell you about what I happen to think the best show in the city is. It's called the Living Room Show. They do it every week at the Postmark Cafe in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
It's a great little place and the comics are always good. It's totally clean as far as language goes, they give out prizes to the best comedian and best audience member, and famous people come in to do segments every week.
It's honestly a great show and I love doing it. Check out the schedule and learn more about it at the myspace link below.
Oh yeah it's only an hour long and it's FREE. Go check it out.
Jeremy Schachter is a favorite on the New York comedy scene. At only 26, he has attained national recognition as one of America's hottest young stand-ups by headlining clubs and colleges across the country. Check him out on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and Spike TV's Casino Cinema this May, then later this summer on the Discovery Channel. You can also hear him weekly on his radio show the Schachter Factor on Cringe Humor Radio, or you can catch his sketch comedy group Perv Griffin at UCB starting this summer.