First Comes Love: Carnival Edition

Kyle Ayers Presents:

First Comes Love: Carnival Edition

Kyle Ayers, Sasheer Zamata, Josh Gondelman, Jo Firestone, Ben Kronberg, Noah Gardenswartz, Anna Drezen, Reformed Whores, Tim Dillon, Package Deal, Courtney Maginnis, Steve DeSiena, Robert Dean, Nick Naney, Joel Walkowski, Marcia Belsky, Eli Sairs, Mike Abrusci, Sharron Paul, Alexis Guerreros, Sam Ruddy, Petey Deabreu, Steve Whalen, Casey James Salengo, Ahri Findling, Cate Weinberg, Andrew Collin, Will Winner, JP McDade

Wednesday · June 8, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

*Tickets Include Carnival Tokens / Carnival Events begin at 7pm

** Please note this event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

First Comes Love
First Comes Love
Adult film scripts from Craigslist, acted out LIVE on stage by comedians and the like. In an (admittedly) drunken state, Brooklyn comedian Kyle Ayers placed an ad on Craigslist, claiming to be the CEO/Producer of a major adult film company. He asked for 3-4 page porn scripts from aspiring adult film writers. What he didn’t expect, was to get over 1,000 responses in one week, which he now has comedians and friends act out verbatim on stage, for better or for worse. More funny and absurd than sexual or weird, past guests include Ron Jeremy (yeah, that guy), Sasheer Zamata, Emily Heller, Dan St. Germain, Nick Vatterott, Matteo Lane, and more. The show has been featured in the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, RIOT LA, SF Sketchfest, and weird places all over this wonderfully lonely country.

"One of the most popular comedy shows in New York City"-Connected Comedy

"Bring your chainmail and your leather dildo. This show will get medieval on your ass" - Village Voice, NYC

"Don't miss this show, wherever it takes place next!" "Overall, a very well put together show" - Playlist HQ

First Comes Love Show Gets Down and Dirty - Yay! LA Magazine

Brooklyn Comedy Festival's 'Winter Wonderlandia' - New York Times
Kyle Ayers
Kyle Ayers
Kyle Ayers is a comedian, writer, actor, and all of that sort, living in New York City, by way of his hometown near Kansas City, Missouri. He brings his satirical look at growing up in the small town to the big city, with a unique viewpoint on his generation, our childhoods, and daily life. He was featured as a New Face in the illustrious 2015 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where Time Out New York heralded him as a "breakout star," saying that "Rural Missouri may have imbued theFirst Comes Love creator with an aw-shucks demeanor... but he has a progressive conviction praised by the likes of Brian Posehn and Canadian SiriusXM’s The Todd Shapiro Show." He will be featured on the upcoming season of "Uproarious" on Fuse.
Sasheer Zamata
Sasheer Zamata
Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, actress and writer based in NYC. She was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for four seasons and has appeared on This American Life, Transparent, People of Earth, Bojack Horseman, At Home with Amy Sedaris and Inside Amy Schumer. She's in the films I Feel Pretty, The Outdoorsman, Yoga Hosers, Sleight, and Deidra & Laney Rob a Train. She serves as ACLU's Celebrity Ambassador for Women's Rights, and you can watch her standup special Pizza Mind on Amazon and listen to it on iTunes and Spotify.
Josh Gondelman
Josh Gondelman
Josh Gondelman is a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City, where he currently lives and works as a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Onstage, Josh charms audiences using his good-natured storytelling and cracks them up with his sharp, pointy wit. He takes topics from surprise parties to his experience teaching preschool and makes them all equally hilarious. In 2016, he made his late night standup debut on Conan (TBS), and he recently made his network tv debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers (NBC). Josh’s newest comedy album Physical Whisper debuted in March of 2016 at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts (as well as #4 on the Billboard comedy chart) and stayed there for…well…longer than he expected, honestly.

Offstage, Josh has earned two Peabody Awards, three Emmy awards, and two WGA Awards for his work on Last Week Tonight. He is also the co-author (along with Joe Berkowitz) of the book You Blew It, published October 2015 by Plume. His follow-up, Nice Try, is set to come out Fall 2019 through Harper Perennial. In the past, Josh has written for Fuse TV’s Billy On The Street. His writing has also appeared in prestigious publications such as McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, New York Magazine, and The New Yorker.

Gondelman is the co-creator and co-author of the Shorty Award-winning Modern Seinfeld Twitter account, and his own Twitter feed was named the year’s best by Paste Magazine in 2015. The Ellen DeGeneres Show took notice of Josh’s joke writing skill and featured him as part of their “Tweetly Roundup.”

Additionally, Josh has performed at the Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen, CO, and headlined at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival in Asheville, NC. More recently he has appeared in the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and SF Sketchfest. His debut standup comedy CD, “Everything’s The Best” was released in November of 2011 by Rooftop Comedy Productions.
Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone is a Brooklyn-based comedian whose work can be seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Joe Pera Talks With You, The Chris Gethard Show, and heard on Earwolf and WFMU. Her half hour special aired on Comedy Central in 2016, and her album, "The Hits" is available now on Comedy Central Records. If you like puns, check out her game, Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers.
Ben Kronberg
Ben Kronberg
Ben Kronberg combines clever one-liners and witty observations with catchy songs that he performs while playing instruments like the guitar, Casio-keyboard and iPhone! Much of his material has been inspired by girlfriends, who are now incidentally ex-girlfriends. Since his breakout performance at HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival, Ben has performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," "Last Call With Carson Daly" and "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show." Comedy Central recently named Ben as one of the "Comics to Watch." Ben is also the star of the popular web series: "Ted & Gracie," a story of a woman who is engaged to a serial killer, but has no idea. Ben recently filmed his first Half Hour Comedy Central Special.
Noah Gardenswartz
Noah Gardenswartz
Noah Gardenswartz is the most laid back jewish stoner you'll ever want to meet. After being invited to perform at Just For Laughs New Faces in 2014, Noah has been taking New York by storm, with his live show Comedy Freaknik growing in popularity every show. Also tasked with helming the New York edition of High Five, the show which tasks comics with getting too high to perform then asking them to perform which runs regularly in NY, LA and at comedy festivals across the country.

Noah is returning to Cleveland, participating in Accidental Comedy Fest for the 1st time September 11-13
Anna Drezen
Anna Drezen
Anna Drezen is a comedian and a writer for Saturday Night Live. She wrote some books, is editor at large of Reductress, and hosts a monthly show at Videology called Fuck That Movie.
Reformed Whores
Reformed Whores
If Dolly Parton & Flight of the Conchords got drunk and had a baby, you’d get the comedic song stylings of Reformed Whores. Serving up “southern-fried feminism” across the country, Katy Frame and Marie Cecile Anderson have headlined comedy clubs and opened for the likes of “Weird Al” Yankovic, Les Claypool, and Dweezil Zappa. Their show Grand Ole Cuntry premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was hailed by the press as "a magnificently bawdy celebration of female sexuality" and "an empowering shake-down of country music clichés." The girls have over a million hits on YouTube and their sophomore album "Don't Beat Around the Bush" debuted in the top 20 iTunes comedy chart! For more information, visit www.reformedwhores.com.
Tim Dillon
Tim Dillon
Tim is a NY-based comic who was a breakout at the 2016 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in the 'New Faces' category. Recently he won the title of 'NY’s Funniest' at the New York Comedy Festival where he also headlined three sellout shows on a double decker tour bus throughout Manhattan’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Tim has performed on the Oddball Comedy and Oddity Tour, and was featured on NBC's 'Last Comic Standing', 'The Chris Gethard Show' on Fusion, Fox's Red Eye, AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Knockout for 'TruTV', and season 2 of 'WYFD' with Big Jay Oakerson for Seeso. He is also the host of his own podcast 'Tim Dillon is Going to Hell.'
Courtney Maginnis
Courtney Maginnis
Courtney Maginnis is a comedian and actress based in Brooklyn, NY. She performs Standup all over NYC including Caroline's, NY Comedy Club and The Stand. She has been a part of the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Crom Comedy Festival and Red Clay Comedy Festival. Courtney has been featured in sketches for College Humor, Ch2 and starred in the Channel 101 series "Just Kidz". She has also starred in the short film, "The Comedian's Wife" which was an Official Selection for the 2016 Big Apple Film Festival. Her first feature film appearance is in "Psychotic" a horror film due out October 2016. She was most recently the subject for a story on NPR's Studio 360.
Robert Dean
(Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch" and AXS TV's "Gotham Comedy Live")

Originally from Connecticut, Dean has been living and performing comedy in NY for over six years. He recently headlined Caroline's on Broadway as part of their Breakout Comedy Artist Series, was a finalist in the NY's Funniest Competition, and a Regional Finalist in Comedy Central's Up Next. Dean has been featured at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and in Time Out NY and performs nightly at the best venues in New York and around the country. Dean made his Television debut as Sexy Abraham Lincoln Lobster Man on Comedy Central's Half Hour with Nick Vatterott. Robert Dean produces a popular weekly stand-up show in Brooklyn, a podcast titled What About What About Bob?, and does a decent Alan Alda impression.

He is my favorite comedian of all time. -Alan Alda
Nick Naney
Marcia Belsky
Marcia Belsky
Marcia Belsky is a New York City based stand-up comedian, musician and writer. In 2014, she was a semifinalist in the NBC StandUp For Diversity competition, and her web series Couch House was an official selection in the 2015 New York Television Festival. Currently, she performs stand up regularly around the New York area and has contributed to the popular satirical website Reductress. She is the lead singer of the "radical" feminist band Free the Mind and her project The Headless Women of Hollywood has been featured on Funny or Die, USA Today, Buzzfeed, Guys We F***cked, AV Club, E!News and more.
Eli Sairs
I do stand-up comedy in the Washington DC/Baltimore area. When I am sitting at (real) work I cannot do stand-up comedy, so I'll maybe sometimes do this instead.
Sharron Paul
Sharron Paul is a Brooklyn-born actress, comedian, and producer. She co-hosts the long-running *CHEAP DATE* comedy show at Union Hall, which was deemed "One of the best things to do in Brooklyn" by TimeOut New York. She's performed at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival and NYC Podfest.

Sharron has appeared on ABC, MTV, and A&E as well as a number of College Humor sketches and music videos. She was also named "One of the funniest women on Twitter" by the Huffington Post. She is a contributor to Lady Parts Justice, a rapid response hub created by Lizz Winstead that uses comedy, culture and digital media to promote reproductive rights.
Alexis Guerreros
Alexis Guerreros likes to talk about, and from the point of view, of someone who grew up in Newark, NJ and with a single mother. Being half Cuban and half Uruguayan also has adjusted his viewpoint, especially regarding what it means to be Hispanic/Latino, being married, and how all of those factors blend into his daily life. Often finding something funny in his shortcomings or tragedies in a way that is universal to all parties. Alexis has also had the good fortune to travel around opening for comics such as Paul Virzi, Jason Lawhead, Sebastian Maniscalco, and many more.

Whether you've seen Alexis on stage throughout the US and Europe, co-hosting Illuminati Party at The Stand, hosting STACKED! at The Standing Room in LIC, heard him on his Show Me Your Bits podcast, co-hosting Cooligans Radio, staring in Cooligans videos, on TV, on the radio, or walking around whatever city he is in looking for the best sandwich, you know Alexis is making people laugh.
Petey Deabreu
Steve Whalen
Steve Whalen "Mr. Jokes" is a New York City-based standup comedian, actor, and writer. With appearances on stage (Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Staten Island Comedy Festival), television (The Special Without Brett Davis, The Chris Gethard Show), internet (Joke of the Week!, The Perfect Week), and radio (WFMU), he's enchanted thousands with his one-liners and tales of his tumultuous life on and off the stage. After all, he tried performing at the Laugh Factory, and the workers went on strike!!!"
Casey James Salengo
Casey James Salengo
Casey James Salengo is an NYC based comedian from the mountains of Vermont. He's performed in the Riptide Comedy Festival and the Brooklyn Comedy Festival. He's usually very polite.
Andrew Collin
Here's what you need to know about Andrew Collin: he's hilarious, a nice guy, and he has more insane stories in his 30-odd years than Forrest Gump had in a lifetime.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
http://www.thebellhouseny.com/