Plow United, Mikey Erg, The Blank Postcards, Chris Gethard
1120 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11222
This event is 21 and over
Brian, Joel and Sean were band nerds who met in high school in Wilmington, Delaware in 1989. In 1992 they discovered punk rock and commenced making demo tapes and playing battles of the bands as Plow. By 1994 they were high school graduates and (in the case of Brian and Joel) college dropouts, and the rest of the world had started to figure out who they were. Over the next four years they made a bunch of records, toured whenever they could, and played two or three shows a week throughout the mid-Atlantic, falling in love with and becoming honorary members of every strange and brilliant backwater punk scene they stumbled across. After a forcible name change, a bad licensing deal and a collapsed European tour, Brian, Joel and Sean concluded that "making a living" playing punk rock was about as realistic and desirable as becoming a Navy Seal or building a time machine. They went on with their lives in mostly normal ways, figuring that their little musical experiment would quickly be forgotten.
The records went out of print and the band showed no interest in playing reunion shows or capitalizing on what little recognition they'd achieved. Talk of playing shows was always quickly rebuffed. Without meaning to, Brian, Joel and Sean created an aura of mystery around Plow United, bolstered by the mythology slowly developing around the Creep Records House in Downington, PA, where they recorded all of their records. Websites appeared. Records the band couldn't give away when they were touring became inexplicably valuable. Shows were offered again. They always said no.
Finally in 2011 they capitulated, agreeing to play a set at Riot Fest East in Philadelphia. It snowballed: they worked out a deal with Paper & Plastick to release a retrospective album. They agreed to more shows. Next thing you know, there was talk of a new record. The kids work in mysterious ways.
World famous singing/drumming/guitar playing heroic punk rock virtuoso...Mikey from THE ERGS! This will be awesome!
Chris Gethard is a teacher at the UCB Theater and a member of The Stepfathers, who perform every Friday night at the UCB theater. He has appeared on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and the ABC sitcoms Hope & Faith and the Knights of Prosperity. In 2007, Chris served as a guest writer for Saturday Night Live. He has also contributed writing to the Onion News Network, the Fuse Network, and more. He acted on and assisted the writing staff of the Comedy Central show Crossballs, and starred in the series Big Lake. In the world outside of comedy, Chris is a writer for Weird NJ magazine. In November of 2005, Weird NY, a hardcover book he wrote, was published by Barnes and Noble. Chris is obsessed with seminal early 80s pop group The Smiths. Chris is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie. Which is kind of weird.
Gethard became renowned for his regular talk show at the UCB Theater, "The Chris Gethard Show." As a part of this show, Gethard waged a 13-month battle using Twitter and a September 2010 guest appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to book rap impresario Sean Combs for a midnight show. This did occur, and Mr. Combs was a guest on the January 14, 2011 version of "The Chris Gethard Show."
His most recent book published in January of 2012 entitled A Bad Idea I'm About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure has received rave reviews and was featured on This American Life with Ira Glass".
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