This Won’t Hurt: A Benefit for The Brooklyn Free Clinic
Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, Marina Franklin, Julio Torres, Found Footage Festival, Gary Richardson, Cocoon Central Dance Team, Luther Bangert, Joe Bonacci and Michael Canfield, and more!
Sat, April 29, 2017
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
The Bell House
Brooklyn, New York
$15 Student / $20 GA / $50 VIP
This event is 21 and over
This Won’t Hurt: A Benefit for The Brooklyn Free Clinic, providing FREE healthcare to those without insurance. Juggling. Dancing. Weird videos. Stand up. Sketch. It’s all happening! Join Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, Found Footage Festival, Marina Franklin, Julio Torres, Cocoon Central Dance Team and More!
*Line-up subject to change
**Please note that this event will be mixed seating/standing. Please arrive early for the best seat selection.
This Won’t Hurt: A Benefit for The Brooklyn Free Clinic
The Brooklyn Free Clinic (BFC) is a student-run free clinic addressing health disparities in Brooklyn through service and education at SUNY Downstate. We offer free medical, psychiatric, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and social work services to uninsured patients in New York City. In addition, we provide free preventative and screening services, as well as free and low-cost medications and medical referrals for our patients. We are entirely staffed by volunteers comprised of students and medical professionals at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
Jo Firestone is a comedian and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion. She was named one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch in 2015 and a New Face at this year's Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Jo recently made a card game for pun lovers called Punderdome.
Aparna Nancherla is a comedian of the stand-up variety, but can often be seen sitting. She recently wrote for Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC, as well as taping a half hour special for Comedy Central. You can also see her on the new HBO show Crashing, the most recent season of Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, and on the upcoming seasons of Love and Master of None on Netflix. In addition, she currently hosts the long-running popular underground New York comedy show, Whiplash.
New-York based Marina Franklin is emerging as one of the hottest comedians in the comedy scene today, with such notable appearances as the movie “Trainwreck”, “Crashing”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Conan”, “Louie Season V”, “The Jim Gaffigan Show”, Showtime's “Women Who Kill”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Chappelle’s Show”.
Marina has worked as a staff writer on HBO’s “Divorce”. She has also appeared on “The Nightly Show” and “Inside Amy Schumer” multiple times. She is currently in development with Sarah Jessica Parker on an original idea for HBO.
On the touring side, Marina is a favorite in comedy festivals across the world, like Melbourne Comedy Festival, Scotland's Glasgow Comedy Festival, BBC's World Stand's Up, Rotterdam's Comedy Factory, Montreal’s Just For Laughs, Ireland’s Kilkenny Comedy Festival, and Nashville’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. She previously toured with Louis CK and performed with him at Madison Square Garden. Marina’s podcast, “Friends Like Us,” is on the CBS Play.it Network. Franklin is viciously likeable, if there is such a thing.
Julio Torres is a Brooklyn-based comedian and Space Prince who currently writes for Saturday Night Live. His abilities have also been put to use in the most recent seasons of The Chris Gethard Show and Billy on the Street. As a standup Julio was named a New Face of the Montreal Comedy Festival, a Comedy Central Comic to Watch and a finalist for Standup NBC. The New York Times has called him “avant-guarde,” “intriguing,” but most importantly: “young.”
It is hard to say where Julio first appeared, but some say it was in El Salvador before moving to New York to go to The New School.
Found Footage Festival
Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video entitled, “Inside and Outside Custodial Duties,” at a McDonald’s in their home state of Wisconsin. Since then, they have compiled the world’s largest collection of strange, outrageous and profoundly stupid videos. Pickett, a writer/director, and Prueher, a former researcher at the Late Show with David Letterman, have written for The Onion and Entertainment Weekly and directed the award-winning documentary, “Dirty Country,” available on DVD and as a digital download. They are also the masterminds behind the Kenny “K-Strass” Strasser yo-yo and Chef Keith pranks that hit local morning TV news shows across the Midwest and have since racked up millions of hits on YouTube.
Talk about a young man having the time of his life.
Cocoon Central Dance Team
COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM as you know know it (Eleanore Pienta, Tallie Medel, Sunita Mani) was established in 2009 out of friendship and dance partying. Carving their path on the NYC comedy-variety scene as an unexpected and delightful choreographed dance-comedy act, CCDT's credits include: The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, Caroline's on Broadway, MoMa Ps1, UCB, The PIT, and Showgasm at ArsNova. Check out their web series "REHEARSAL" for a taste of their juicy dance antics and stay tuned for Cocoon's upcoming short film, based on an original live show, "SNOWY BING BONGS ACROSS THE NORTH STAR COMBAT ZONE"
Luther Bangert started juggling in Iowa twelve years ago after becoming obsessed with balancing things on his face. After several years of practice in tandem with his philosophy studies, he started Cirque Stupendo, a raucous circus group that performed around the Midwest, expanding his repertoire to unicycling, wire walking, musical saw, and more. In 2010 he traveled to Mysore, India to study music, and after, joined the Great Bombay Circus for a stint. After a year with Wanderlust Circus in Portland, Oregon, he began street performing in 2012, the freedom of which gave him the ability to pick up and travel continuously around Europe, Asia, Australia, and the States until last October, when he decided to settle in New York City for the time being. Here, Luther studies qi gong, butoh, and contemporary dance, and continues his personal juggling research.
Joe Bonacci and Michael Canfield
Joe and Michael are Brooklyn-based comics, writers and directors that have been working together since 2008 when they met in their UCB class. They have a shared interest in portraying some of the more alpha types society has to offer. Check out their interactive web series The Job Interview, which let's you botch your corporate job interview over and over again.
Outside of their collaborations, Michael has studied at Stella Adler, the Groundlings, UCB, and Acting on Impulse. He has performed in stage productions by Genesius Productions and the Internationalists, and on improv comedy teams around New York. Joe has studied at UCB and the Annoyance Theater and directing with Adrienne Weiss. Joe's web credits include a startling amount of wizard, therapy, and pirate videos on Instagram, along with the web series' Fixing Breaking Bad and Ed Hawkin's Yule Log. Inside of their collaborations, it is a heated war, with a lot of threats and grudges being thrown around.