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Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

2012 — 2017

Night Train was a weekly stand up show that someone named Wyatt Cenac hosted and Marianne Ways produced every Monday in Brooklyn for five incredible years.  Seeso was a streaming service by NCB that delivered comedy shows to your computer, so that you never had to go to places like Brooklyn.  In 2016 and 2017, Seeso produced twelve episodes of Night Train featuring performances by Michelle Wolf, Sasheer Zamata, Eugene Mirman, Jen Kirkman and — actually if you watch the trailer it can tell you.  Why read, when you can watch… which watching is technically just a different way of reading, but don’t tell that to a librarian.

Past Live Show Guests: Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Phoebe Robinson, Sarah Silverman, Trevor Noah, Zach Galifinanakis, Ilana Glazer, Michelle Buteau, Jim Gaffigan, John Oliver, Ronny Chieng, Bob Odenkirk, Kristen Schaal, Marc Maron, Kate McKinnon, Questlove, W. Kamau Bell, Melissa Villaseñor, Gary Gulman, Ron Funches, Eric Andre, Cameron Esposito, Eugene Mirman, Jerrod Carmichael, Ramy Youssef, Dulce Sloan, Aziz Ansari, Tim Minchin, and so many more (500 to be exact!)

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Too Gay for Brooklyn: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner

Too Gay for Brooklyn: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner

2013

Join Julie Klausner, host of HOW WAS YOUR WEEK, Vulture.com correspondent, and author of I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR BAND, as she sings some goddamn songs in her first-ever cabaret show. Don’t expect anything besides complete and utter magic on this very special evening of music and comedic banter. Featuring special guests and Musical Director Jon Spurney.


The People’s Bailout: A Variety Show and Telethon to Benefit the 99%

The People’s Bailout: A Variety Show and Telethon to Benefit the 99%

2013

Join Strike Debt for an updated version of an old classic, the telethon, to launch The Rolling Jubilee, a campaign that buys debt for pennies on the dollar and does away with it. Instead of collecting the debt, we will abolish it and help free the debtors! People shouldn’t have to go into debt for an education, because they need medical care, or to put food on the table during hard times. We shouldn’t have to pay endless interest to the 1% for basic necessities. Big banks and corporations walk away from their debts and leave taxpayers to pick up the tab. It’s time for a bailout of the people, by the people. It will be a wild night of music, comedy, magic, education, and the unexpected. This fast-moving variety show will mix well-known performers, intellectuals and activists from Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street.

Featuring Lizz Winstead, Hari Kondabolu, Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel), Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), Das Racist, Janeane Garofalo, and more!

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Buggin’ Out! A Cicada Farewell Party

Buggin’ Out! A Cicada Farewell Party

2013

People in New York are notoriously flaky about making plans. None more so than the cicadas—those chirpy flying roach-type things that replied to our city’s collective Facebook invite 17 years ago, promising to burst out of the ground this spring like a crunchy blanket of terror. We expected a buggy apocalypse; we got little more than a few flaccid news headlines. Well, some of us already bought our cicada costumes, so we’re throwing the pests a party anyway. Join us for a farewell bash that will be one part scientific presentations about the insects that stood us up, and one part cicada-inspired comedy by New York’s funniest performers. Plus, stick around after the show for a free screening of 1954′s classic sci-fi film, THEM! An evening of bug-inspired facts, fiction, and comedy.

OUR SWARM OF PRESENTERS / PERFORMERS:
• Louis N. Sorkin, Board Certified Entomologist (American Museum of Natural History)
• “Cicada Tracker” findings presented by the Producers of Radiolab
• The Found Footage Festival
• Cocoon Central Dance Team (UCB, IFC’s “Get it Out There”)
• Ted Travelstead (Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk, @trumpetcake)
• Lisa Delarios (The Party Machine, Slow Dance)
• Jon Friedman (The Rejection Show)
• Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle)
• Emily Flake (New Yorker Cartoonist)
• Hosts Steve Heisler, Steve Jacobs and Margaret Lyons (The Jukebox)

Buggin’ Out! is presented by MWAYS Productions and the skint


Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen

Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen

2010 — 2012

Before moving to Los Angeles, Hot Tub had a long and successful run at Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY. Hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, this weekly variety show featured comedy from New York’s best comics and sketch groups, new music, and the occasionally oddity.

For past lineups, CLICK HERE.


Dave Hill’s Tasteful Nudes Book Release: A Night of Mayhem and Classy Literature

Dave Hill’s Tasteful Nudes Book Release: A Night of Mayhem and Classy Literature

2012

Comedian/writer/musician/man-about-town Dave Hill tears the world of literature a new one with Tasteful Nudes, his very first collection of essays, which will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public May 22 via St. Martin’s Press. On May 24, Dave will be showing up at the Bell House, where his cousin works, for a night of mayhem that will include performances from some of NYC’s most incredible comedians and musicians and also Dave, who totally does both of those things so good it’s weird. Dave’s book will be for sale and he will sign the f@#k out of that thing for you. The night will also feature explosives, lowrider cars, Little Michael Jackson, and several other things that most people can’t even handle. Also, as the night wears on, Dave will probably try to make out with you. Okay, that about covers it. You’ve been warned.

With special guests John Hodgman, Janeane Garofalo, David Rakoff, Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Nada Surf) and TAB the Band


How Was Your Week? Live!

How Was Your Week? Live!

2011 — 2012

Hosted by Julie Klausner with rock star/house band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

It’s always a magical occurrence when a podcast you enjoy, one day, Pinocchio-like, becomes a real, live event. Join How Was Your Week? host Julie Klausner as she welcomes a slew of special guests and rock star TED LEO, who will be on stage the entire night to play a live, full-length version of the How Was Your Week? theme song, in addition to other music that is important for you to have in your ears.

Past guests include Siggy Flicker, Max Silvestri, award-winning chef Pichet Ong, Chris and Bridey Elliott, Aimee Mann, Tom Scharpling, Zach Galifianakis, Scharpling & Wurster, Kristen Johnston, Gabe Liedman, Martha Plimpton, Jim Gaffigan, Katie Notopolous, Mike Daisey, Sandra Bernhard, Ira Glass, Paul F. Tompkins, Fred Armisen, Billy Eichner, and an original video from Jackée.


Tom Scharpling, Ted Leo and Marianne Ways Present a Very Special Hurricane Benefit Show
Night of the Living with Kurt Braunohler

Night of the Living with Kurt Braunohler

2011 — 2012

Night of the Living is a monthly late night talk show featuring bits and sketches from New York City’s finest comedians, interviews with famous people, and performances by our favorite musicians. We guarantee you an evening of something very cool and very stupid. Because that’s how we like it. Each month features house band Adira Amram and the Experience, Puppets by Anney Fresh and Ambidextrous portraits by Edmond Hawkins. 

PAST LINEUPS

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Krautwerk 1-8 Condensed: Kraftwerk Covered

Krautwerk 1-8 Condensed: Kraftwerk Covered

2012

For those that tried and failed to get tickets to MOMA’s Kraftwerk retrospective concerts, there’s a night for us. Krautwerk 1-8 condensed is better than eight days of Kraftwerk concerts; it’s only one night with all the best songs performed by fans (who also didn’t get tickets). Read the Rolling Stone review HERE.

Featuring:
KIM GORDON (Sonic Youth)
JULIE CAFRITZ (Pussy Galore, Free Kitten)
PETE NOLAN (Magik Markers)
PUBLICISTS (Sebastian Thomson of Trans Am)
DAN FRIEL (Parts and Labor)
MATT MARLIN (Pterodactyl)
JESSE REINER (Jonas Reinhart
CORN MO (.357 Lover)
VAZ (Paul Erickson, Tyler Nolan, Jeff Moodrian Jr.)
DANNY TAMBERELLI (Jounce)
BRITTAIN ASHFORD (Prairie E)mpire)
XADDAX (Nick Sakes and Chrissy Rossetti)
KURT BRAUNOHLER (IFC’s Bunk)
DAVE HILL (Valley Lodge, Children of the Unicorn)
SHONALI BHOWMIK (Tigers and Monkeys, UltraBabyFat)
TODD COLBY (Drunken Boat)


Wet Hot American Summer 10th Anniversary Celebration

Wet Hot American Summer 10th Anniversary Celebration

2011

Hosted by Stella (Michael Ian Black, David Wain and Michael Showalter), with house band Joe McGinty and the Losers Lounge. Featuring JKen Marino, Judah Friedlander, Jon Benjamin, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Marisa Ryan, Gabe Millman, Gideon Jacobs, Jake Fogelnest, aneane Garofalo, Mike Doughty, Amy Miles, Chris Anderson, Goldie Goldwasser, Mr. Blue, Jeremy Styles and original videos from Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Joe LoTruglio and more!

Photos by Edwina Hay


Fancy Meeting You Here

Fancy Meeting You Here

2009 — 2011

Carl Arnheiter (Inside Joke) and Dave Hill (King of Miami) will entertain and misinform you during this (mis)guided tour through The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Join them as they welcome New York’s best stand-up comedians and comedy writers in the only show in town with $350 million worth of props!
We’ll be back soon!

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Meet on the Met Steps at 7pm, tour starts at 7:15pm, $16
Hosts Carl Arnheiter and Dave Hill will be joined by some of New York’s most insightful comedians on this misguided tour of The Met.

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The Rejection Show Valentine’s Day Heartbreak Haven

The Rejection Show Valentine’s Day Heartbreak Haven

2012

Hosted by Jon Friedman, The Rejection Show celebrates Valentine’s Day with an evening of its best breakup, heartbreak and love related performances/stories from within the book and shows past, present and future–blending into an evening of love songs, live music, and a party. If you’re single, feeling alone, rejected, don’t have a date or don’t like traditional Valentine’s Day routines then Littlefield is the place to be on Valentine’s Day 2012! Don’t feel left out happy couples. All are welcome to party and see some hilariously heartbreaking performances and join the fun.

Featuring Dave Hill, Sara Benincasa, Colleen AF Venable, Mandy Stadtmiller, Eliot Glazer, Elna Baker, Adam Wade, Katina Corrao, Ted Travelstead, Tom Shillue, Jordan Carlos, Bridey Elliott, and more!


Twain in the Membrane: A Comedy Party

Twain in the Membrane: A Comedy Party

2011

Celebrating the book release of “Mark Twain’s Autobiography 1910-2010″ by Michael Kupperman, Twain in the Membrane will feature a mixture of comedy, live cartoons and skits celebrating Mark Twain, his achievements, and his general Twaininess. Bring your Twain costume to win a free book or other prize! Also a frog-humping contest–prepare your hips!

Featuring Michael Kupperman, Jon Glaser, Kate Beaton, David Rees, Max Silvestri, Emily Flake, Dyna Moe

 


A Screening of The Film Head

A Screening of The Film Head

2012

Join us for a salute to Head, the trippiest psychedelic cult film of all-time. Written by Jack Nicholson and starring the Monkees, with guest appearances by everyone from Frank Zappa to Annette Funicello, this brazen and bizarre 1960s musical comedy must be seen to be believed. The evening will feature a screening of the 86-minute film in high-definition sound and picture, followed by a panel moderated by Kurt Loder (“The Good, the Bad and the Godawful”) and featuring Monkees historian Eric Lefcowitz (author of “Monkee Business: The Revolutionary Made-For-TV Band”), podcast host Julie Klausner (“How Was Your Week”), author and music journalist Rob Sheffield (Rolling Stone), and other special guests. The ultimate tribute to a cinematic milestone, “Night of the Living Head” is the acid flashback you’ve been waiting for.


My Damn Channel LIVE, live!

My Damn Channel LIVE, live!

2012

My Damn Channel LIVE’s Beth Hoyt and Trish Nelson bring together big comedy names, special comedy acts, video, and super stunts in a late-night version of the YouTube show.

Featuring: Todd Barry, Hannibal Buress, Kate Berlant, Stuckey and Murray, Jermaine Fowler, Shannon Coffey, Recordsetter.com and music by comedian Dave Hill and Walter Schreifels of Quicksand.


Crimestoppers Club

Crimestoppers Club

2012

Comedian/cartoonist Michael Kupperman and geek/indie rapper Adam WarRock are bringing their mix of comedy and music back to Littlefield in Brooklyn, whether you wanted it or not. Kupperman, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Adult Swim, and Comedy Central’s TV Funhouse, and WarRock, who recently showcased at SXSW and has gained widespread Internet acclaim for his brand of pop-cultural indie hip hop, present a night of comedy, comics, and music. Joined by some of the brightest comedy stars in the city, it’s a night out on the town that you’re sure to enjoy!

Featuring: Adam WarRock, Julia Wertz, James Adomian, Jared Logan, Matthew Thurber and Annie Lederman


The Spectacular Superfriends Show!

The Spectacular Superfriends Show!

An evening of music, comedy, comics, and general nerdiness featuring Adam WarRock, The Ampersands, Michael Kupperman, Dan St. Germain and more!

May 19, 2011
Littlefield
Brooklyn, NY


The Dave Hill Explosion

The Dave Hill Explosion

Featuring Ira Glass and musical guests The Ones

July 26, 2012
UCB Theater
New York, NY

Writer/performer/musician/comedy-type guy Dave Hill presents “The Dave Hill Explosion,” the show that critics are already calling the most incredible thing that has ever happened in North America. As they say in proctology circles, brace yourself as Dave talks, reads, sings, dances, shows a short film or two, and just sort of touches hearts in general for up to but no longer than 35 minutes straight. Bring the whole family or maybe just someone you’d totally like to bone.


Night Train Holiday Show

Night Train Holiday Show

Hosted by Wyatt Cenac, featuring David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, Michael Che, Claudia Cogan and DJ sets by Ted Leo and Danny Glover

December 24, 2013
Littlefield
Brooklyn, New York

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Unmasked

Unmasked

Featuring The Lady Aye, Mistress B, Jo Boobs Weldon & Chocolatina Q. Dessert

October 23, 2012
Kraine Theater
New York, NY

Presented by veteran New York performers The Lady Aye (award-winning sideshow performer) and Mistress B (circus, burlesque, and cabaret performer), “Unmasked: Larger-Than-Life Characters & the Regular Joes Who Inhabit Them” combines variety arts with storytelling to give audiences a rare and unique glimpse at the people behind the performers. This month, The Lady Aye and Mistress B welcome Jo Boobs (Head Mistress and Founder of New York School of Burlesque) and Chocolatina Q. Dessert (drag performer, author, and pastry chef). Program made possible, in part, by support from Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as part of the First of May Award.


The Marijuana-Logues

The Marijuana-Logues

Featuring Tony Camin, Rob Cantrell and Bruce Cherry

October 22, 2012
Littlefield
Brooklyn, NY

Written by Arj Barker, Tony Camin & Doug Benson; this version of the show which Features Tony Camin, Rob Cantrell and Bruce Cherry, has been together for two years and is earning rave reviews. Told from all points of view from hazy to highbrow, THE MARIJUANA-LOGUES never loses the pot…er point, demonstrating that the stories surrounding the bud are as varied as those who indulge. THE MARIJUANA-LOGUES sets herb center stage, delving into fact and fiction, myths and misnomers alike. Not since the 60s has there been such an exploration of this oft-taboo but totally titillating topic.


Time Out LIVE

Time Out LIVE

Hosted by Matthew Love (TONY Comedy Editor), featuring Rory Scovel, Jamie Lee, The Lucas Brothers, Phoebe Robinson, Team Submarine & more!

October 8, 2012
Littlefield
Brooklyn, NY

Time Out New York Comedy editor Matthew Love enjoys getting people excited about comedy, laughing and laughing at comedy. Especially when the comics involved will soon be too big to be in a room with him or anyone who isn’t name-checked in a Kanye song. This showcase highlights some of the most unique, rising voices in the worlds of stand-up, storytelling and more. And for all who like to fantasize about beloved, big names dropping in, please feel free to do that.


Dance Party Fantasy!

Dance Party Fantasy!

Featuring Adira Amram and The Experience and Heloise

August 23, 2012
Littlefield
Brooklyn, NY

ECNY Award-winning performer Adira Amram brings her ‘Dance Party Fantasy’ to Brooklyn for one night only, along with her backup band and spandex-clad dancers. The majestic Heloise (Heloise and the Savoir Faire) will kick off the night, followed by a full-length set of hot beats and even hotter dance moves from Adira Amram and The Experience. So bring your dancing shoes, and leave your inhibitions at the door–it’s time to party!


RecordSetter Live!

RecordSetter Live!

Featuring AJ Jacobs, Rachel Feinstein, Eliot Glazer, Kyle Peterson (The Brooklyn Juggler), Unicyclist Kip Jones, pushup world record holder Shaun McDaniel, house band The Xytlopholks, and more!

January 26, 2011
The JCC in Manhattan
New York, New York

Dubbed “Best Oddball Night” by New York Magazine, RecordSetter LIVE! features an all-star lineup of New York City performers setting unique and extraordinary RecordSetter World Records. The night is hosted by RecordSetter.com co-founders Dan Rollman and Corey Henderson, known for their regular segments on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.


The Jukebox

The Jukebox

Karaoke and comedy collide at THE JUKEBOX, a monthly performance series uniting comedians, writers, storytellers and actors around a shared fondness for karaoke. Everyone on the line-up performs something inspired by a song — be it stand-up, a story, or a written piece — then sings that song karaoke. Performers choose their own songs based on the theme for that month’s show; each one is a type of playlist or mixtape, and the theme for this edition is “Home.” Hosted by Steve Heisler, Steve Jacobs and Margaret Lyons.

June 18, 2013
Rob Sheffield, Joe Garden, Erin Judge, Jon Bass & more!

May 21, 2013
David Wain, Janeane Garofalo, Griffin Newman, Pete Grosz & more!

April 16, 2013
Kate McKinnon, Josh Gondelman, Brian Raftery, Mara Wilson and Carolyn Castiglia

March 19, 2013
John Hodgman, Ted Travelstead, Conner O’Malley, Brooke Van Poppelen, Chet Siegel

February 19, 2013
Featuring Christian Finnegan, Lizz Winstead, Victor Varnado & more!

January 15, 2013
Featuring Dave Hill, Julieanne Smolinski, Mary Guiteras and Samantha Martin

December 18, 2012
Featuring Pete & Pete (Danny Tamberelli & Mike Maronna), David Rees, Mamrie Hart and Sam Reiff-Pasarew

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