Union Hall Music and Comedy Showcase

Union Hall Presents:

Union Hall Music and Comedy Showcase

Jon Glaser, Hosted By Chris Gethard, Aparna Nancherla, Judah Friedlander, Josh Gondelman, Jean Grae, Maeve Higgins, Kyle Ayers, Kevin Devine, James McNew, Secret Surprise Guests!

Wednesday · May 3, 2017

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


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This event is 21 and over

**PLEASE NOTE: This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

Union Hall Music and Comedy Showcase
Union Hall Music and Comedy Showcase
Union Hall experienced a fire March 24 and we are working hard to reopen mid-May. Meanwhile, so many amazing Union Hall artists and supporters have been asking how to help and we are so grateful for the support. Mike Birbiglia offered to do a show at the Bell House with 100% of the ticket price going to the Union Hall staff, which sold out right away. So here’s another opportunity: another show at the Bell House featuring some other of your favorite Union Hall performers!

Proceeds will go to Union Hall staff, FDNY Foundation, and Planned Parenthood (since a few fundraising shows for them were cancelled), and maybe something nice for future shows? A new projector? A new candy dish? So exciting!

Also there will be a CRAZY RAFFLE and other fun ways to give your money to the cause and get cool Union Hall stuff, smokey and otherwise.
Jon Glaser
Jon Glaser
Jon Glaser is an actor, comedian and writer. He created and starred in Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter, a mini-series which recently aired on adult swim. He played Councilman Jamm in Parks and Recreation, and Laird on Girls. He was an Emmy nominated writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Inside Amy Schumer, the creator and star of the adult swim series Delocated, and the author of My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top.
Hosted By Chris Gethard
Hosted By Chris Gethard
Comedian/Actor/Writer/Producer Chris Gethard is the creator and host of the cult variety talk show, The Chris Gethard Show. After starting as a live show at New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, The Chris Gethard Show moved to a New York City public access station where it garnered the attention of the folks at Funny or Die Productions, as well as Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Zach Galafianakis. Hailed by The New York Times as a “riveting experiment in seat-of-your pants broadcasting,” The Chris Gethard Show now takes its next step, debuting on the cable network FUSION, on Thursday, May 28th at 8:00pm. The show offers underdogs and oddballs a fan-immersed experience with celebrity guests while showing his audience just how bizarre and fun the ordinary can be.

Along with The Chris Gethard Show, Gethard can also be seen opposite Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson as Todd on the Comedy Central series Broad City and recently appeared on season 3 of Inside Amy Schumer in the critically praised "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer" episode. Other TV credits include The Office, Parks and Recreation, Louie and Bored To Death. On the feature film side, Gethard was featured in the 2013 blockbuster comedy The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and the 2010 smash hit The Other Guys, featuring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

Gethard is also a prolific standup comedian and was named one of Variety’s Ten Comics to Watch in 2010. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour performing his standup special and has performed at such notable festivals as Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Lollapalooza, Just for Laughs in Chicago and Montreal, San Francisco’s Sketchfest, and more. In April 2014, Gethard released his first comedy album entitled My Comedy Album, which debuted on the Heatseekers Billboard chart.

In 2012, Gethard penned A Bad Idea I'm About to Do, a collection of personal essays which was released by Da Capo Press and had its title story featured on the hit podcast, This American Life.

Gethard was born in West Orange, New Jersey and currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife.
Aparna Nancherla
Aparna Nancherla
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.
Judah Friedlander
Judah Friedlander
Stand-up comedy has been Judah's main thing since he first started in 1989. His onstage persona of The World Champion has taken on different shades over the years. It was initially a satire on narcissism & braggarts. Then the persona morphed into being a real life superhero (who is actually humble) subliminally getting audiences to question why we have heroes. For the past several years & currently, Judah's act has been predominantly satirizing American exceptionalism as well U.S. domestic and foreign policy. The World Champion is a champion of the world - who stands up for earth's rights and the people, animals, and plants of the planet. If America does the right thing, Judah will be the next president of the United States. Judah has a stand-up special & album coming out soon.

Author of books:
If the Raindrops United (2015)
How To Beat Up Anybody (2010)

Notable movies:
American Splendor
The Wrestler
Meet the Parents
Wet Hot American Summer

Notable television:
30 Rock
The Daily Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Talk shows including: Letterman, Fallon, Meyers, Conan, Wilmore
Sesame Street
News discussion shows including: The Young Turks, Lawrence O'Donnell

Photo: Phil Provencio
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. This spring, his standup will appear onscreen on Conan (TBS) and Night Train With Wyatt Cenac (SeeSo).

Offstage, Josh has earned a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for his work on Last Week Tonight. He is also the co-author (along with Joe Berkowitz) of the book You Blew It, published Fall 2015 by Plume. 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 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, and his sophomore release “Physical Whisper” will be released March 18th, 2016, also through Rooftop.
Jean Grae
Jean Grae
Jean Grae is a multihyphenate artist whose work integrates music, comedy, and visual media. In addition to musical collaborations with The Roots, Talib Kweli, and Robert Glasper, the critically acclaimed performer, director, soundtrack composer, and writer has released nearly two dozen self-produced and engineered independent albums; her work is even archived in The Yale Anthology of Rap and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Culture.

Grae has been Keynote Speaker at Hip-Hop Week Montreal and lecturer at such institutions as Yale, Princeton, Columbia and the Kennedy Performing Arts Center. Additional appearances include NPR, 2 Broke Girls, Comedy Central, MSNBC, Vice, BET’s Hip Hop Awards, hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale and the Deadpool comic book, where she punched the titular antihero in the face.

Currently channeling her broad skill set and envelope-pushing experiences into genre-bending live ventures Church of the Infinite You, Dubbled Over and The Show Show, Grae continues defying boundaries and delivering funny, moving, inspirational experiences to audiences via earbuds, the stage, and screens both big and small.

Maeve Higgins
Maeve Higgins
A TV star in her native Ireland, Maeve Higgins has performed all over the world, including Edinburgh, Melbourne and Erbil. Now in New York, she’s made a name for herself there too, but in a good way! She co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk on National Geographic and has appeared in Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. Maeve hosts a live show every month with author Jon Ronson and is a frequent guest at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Maeve makes great radio and is currently hosting a podcast about immigration called 'Maeve In America' for First Look Media.
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.
Kevin Devine
Kevin Devine
Kevin Devine is an independent singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. He plays alone, with his Goddamn Band, and as a member of Bad Books.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215