Friday, May 9, 2014

ny times comedy pick

ARTS

Comedy Listings for May 9-15

For news about comedy and humor, including critical commentary:nytimes.com/arts. A searchable guide to these and other shows is atnytimes.com/events.

‘And I Am Not Lying’ (Friday) Jeff Simmermon hosts this eclectic late-night variety show, which this month features storytelling from JiJi Lee, burlesque from Brief Sweat and Delysia LaChatte, and stand-up from Maria Heinegg, Emmy Blotnick and Andy Sandford. At 11:59 p.m., Upright Citizens Brigade Theater East, 153 East Third Street, East Village, 212-366-9231, east.ucbtheatre.com; $5. (Elise Czajkowski)


The NY Times thinks you should see And I Am Not Lying tonight! And I think so too! 

So does this mean that technically I am in The New York Times??? I'll take it! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

jan. 23rd show

Wheeee I'm so excited for this one!!! (Can you tell I've been cooped up in my apartment for several days??)

Let's relieve the cabin fever and share stories and characters on Thursday. And we have some mighty featured performers joining us!

For deets, check out Split Personality's Tumblr here.

Monday, January 13, 2014

jan. 16th show


We're back this Thursday with more storytelling and characters!

This week we're joined by two awesome performers from the Upright Citizens Brigade:

Featured character performer: Leslie Meisel (30 Rock, Bachelorette)

Featured storyteller: Ben Rameaka (Amazon.com's Alpha House, Wolf of Wall Street)

Over the Eight Bar
594 Union Ave @ Richardson
7 pm
FREE

For info on how to sign up and tell a story, check out our Tumblr.

See ya on Thursday, boo! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

storytelling and character open mic in nyc



I love stories and I love characters so I'm combining the two in Split Personality, a new weekly open mic at Over the Eight Bar in Williamsburg.

Feel free to put your name in a hat for a chance to perform a 5-6 minute story or character piece.  Or just sit back and watch like you're the Sun King (minus the beheadings please).

Anyway, I hope to create a fun and supportive environment for people who've never performed and for seasoned performers looking to hone that piece.  Bonus: Over the Eight Bar has drink specials and really clean bathrooms. This is luxury!

And to kick off our first show, we have TWO special guests:

Featured Character Performer: Mike Lane (UCB, Boat Comedy)

Featured Storyteller: David Crabb (The Moth, Bad Kid)

You can find more info on Split Personality's Tumblr. 

Hollaaaa!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

books

#31 Heartshaped Box by Joe Hill
This was creeeepy. Probably more so because I read this while staying at a quiet house in New Paltz in October. Nothing near us but trees, mountains, and bony branches waving in the wind. Oh and a cemetery.

#32 The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy Seal Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen by Brandon Webb
Not as suspenseful as Howard Wasdin's book but it did satisfy my Navy Seal fascination.

#33 The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Nothing is certain but death, taxes, and a Jhumpa Lahiri book about the Indian Immigrant experience in New England and an extramarital affair. Girlfriend does stick to writing what she knows. And I have no problem with that. She has such beautiful yet clean, refined prose. And I love that part of the story takes place in Calcutta in the 1960s. Lots of interesting political history.

#34 In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
A fascinating look at an American Ambassador's appointment in 1930s Berlin during Hitler's rise. Some of the historical accounts of what the Nazi Party and SA did to Jews, Communists, and other enemies of the state are really hard to stomach. It's also frustrating to see how the US government did not respond for so long. Why did I read this over Thanksgiving? Depressing! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2013 book #30: what i talk about when i talk about running by haruki murakami

I thought I had already posted this one but I guess not. Funny, I'm not a huge fan of Murakami's fiction but I really enjoyed these essays. I think it's the best book on writing since Stephen King's On Writing. I also have a thing for books about defying the odds and challenging yourself. This particular passage really inspired me:

“For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level. I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre – level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.” 

This book also made me think about taking up running again.

Monday, October 28, 2013

2013 book #29: seal team six: memoirs of an elite navy seal sniper by howard wasdin and stephen templin



Omg Seal Team Six might be my new zombies! This was so exciting and suspenseful - I felt like I was right on the ground with him in Mogadishu. Luckily I wasn't cus I'd probably be dead. Truth.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 book #28: beautiful ruins by jess walter



This made a 4 hour Vamoose bus ride just whizz by! Also, I'm sold on any novel set in Italy.

My goal is to make it to 50 books by Dec. 31st and I don't know if I'll get there! Guess now would be a bad time to start Anna Karenina. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

2013 book #27: broken harbor by tana french



Ah, Tana French redeems with this one!! I couldn't put it down and got irritated every time anyone tried to interrupt me.

This one centers on the murder of a young family. Yeah, pretty gruesome. Obvs I loved it. And what makes Tana French's books so much better than your average crime procedurals is that they focus not only on the how but the WHY. People kill for a reason. And it was such a fun ride to find out the why in this one. Some annoying side characters and a subplot involving the main detective's family (is there a seasoned detective out there without family problems??) but all in all a very fun read.

2013 book #26: swimming to antarctica by lynne cox



When I was in Maine, I randomly picked up this book off the bookshelf in our vacation house. Something about the cool gray cover relaxed and beckoned me. From the first page, I was hooked. It was almost like the universe sent this book down for me to read for a very specific purpose at this very specific point in my life.

The book talks a lot about going for your dreams and believing in yourself.  But more than that, you see the work and endurance it takes to achieve those dreams and make them tangible. It also imparted the importance of mental strength and endurance and how those two characteristics are sometimes more influential than talent.

This really made me believe I could do anything. Except swim to Antarctica.


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