Vulture Festival: Comedy Night

Vulture Festival: Comedy Night

Join Vulture for Sunday Night Comedy Night at the Bell House, featuring Colin Quinn, Brett Gelman and Cyrus Ghahremani, Chris Gethard, Max Silvestri, Jared Logan, Kevin Barnett, Jermaine Fowler, Wyatt Cenac, and Michelle Wolf.

Kevin Barnett

Kevin Barnett is one of the fastest rising comics in NYC. He is also a cool guy, who doesn't usually smell, and showers relatively regularly. He can be seen on Comedy Central, College Humor, and is a panelist on MTV's #FAIL. He can also be seen in the independent film 'How to Follow Strangers' and in Mike Birbiglia's feature film, Sleepwalk With Me, to be realeased later this year. Kevin was a standout new face at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival this past summer, a writer on MTV2's Guy Code, and co-host one of the best podcasts in NY: The Roundtable of Gentlemen.

Wyatt Cenac

Emmy and WGA Award winner Wyatt Cenac is a NY-based stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. Armed with an “attentive, inquisitive perspective” (AV Club) and an “hilariously understated style” (Paste Magazine), he has become a favorite of audiences and critics alike. Wyatt’s second hour standup special, Brooklyn, which he also directed, premiered on Netflix in October 2014 and was also released as a limited edition vinyl-only album of the same title on Other Music. The hour was listed as one of the “11 Best Standup Specials of 2014” by Vulture and was praised as “some of his best, funniest insights” by The AV Club. Wyatt’s first hour special Comedy Person premiered on Comedy Central in May 2011, earning him a spot on Paste Magazine’s “Best Comedians” list of that year. The album of the special was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of 2011” by Huffington Post.

From 2008 to 2012, Wyatt was a writer and popular correspondent on the hit latenight Comedy Central series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where he earned 3 Emmy Awards and one WGA award. He also spent three seasons writing for FOX’s King of the Hill. On the big screen, Wyatt has appeared in Mike Birbiglia’s acclaimed film Sleepwalk With Me, David Cross’ feature Hits, Darren Grodsky’s independent film Growing Up (and Other Lies) and Barry Jenkins’ Medicine for Melancholy, which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. He also served as Executive Producer alongside Jay-Z on the feature An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which screened at Sundance in 2012 to rave reviews, with The New York Times describing the film as “a most lovely and meticulously handmade hodgepodge of art and feeling.”

Wyatt has appeared on IFC’s popular TV series Maron, Adult Swim’s cult favorite The Eric Andre Show, and Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Standup Show. This year he will also be Executive Producing a topical comedy series for Pivot. He is a latenight favorite, with appearances on Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Last Call with Carson Daly. Wyatt performs standup to sold-out crowds nationally and internationally, and he has been featured as a performer at Bumbershoot, South By Southwest, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Bonnaroo, and the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival.

Jermaine Fowler

Raised in Hyattsville, Maryland, Jermaine began performing stand-up in 2006 while still in high school. On his 20th birthday he moved to NYC on a Megabus with three pieces of luggage and a dream. Before building a buzz with stand-up, Jermaine was featured in promos for McDonalds, Sobe, and Sports Illustrated. In 2012, Jermaine was one of the “New Faces” at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival and was invited back the following year to tape Funny as Hell for HBO. He’s toured nationally with College Humor, Comedy Central on Campus, and has one half of the internet sketch group BodegaCat Sanchez, alongside Kevin Barnett. He’s been featured on two seasons of MTV2′s Guy Code, @Midnight, and “Comedy Underground with Dave Attell”. Now he’s the co-creator, writer, and star of a new TV series, “Friends of The People” Tuesdays on TruTV. Now in LA, his stand up will be featured on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and has a development deal with ABC to create his own sitcom.

Brett Gelman

Since Variety named him one of its “10 Comics to Watch” in 2010, Brett Gelman has shown film, TV, web and live audiences how he “commits hard to the weirdness” of every role with a signature intensity and fearlessness that continues to earn praise from critics and peers alike.

Gelman is perhaps best known for his role as the rather irregular Mr. K, opposite Matthew Perry on NBC’s Go On. He was most recently seen in his latest special for Adult Swim, Dinner with Family with Brett Gelman and Brett Gelman’s Family which was a follow up to last year’s Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman & Friends. The ubiquitous Gelman can also be seen reprising his role as AJ on the FX sitcom Married, going in to production for Season 2, this Spring.

On the big screen Gelman was seen last year in several independent comedies, including Awful Nice and Flock of Dudes. Augmenting his own experience behind the scenes, the Gelman-produced short film Gregory Go Boom, about a paraplegic man who leaves home to be on his own, recently won the Short Film Jury Award for U.S. Fiction at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

A native of Highland Park, Illinois, Brett Gelman earned a drama degree from University of North Carolina School of the Arts before heading east to pursue a career on Broadway. While in New York he discovered the Upright Citizens Brigade and spent eight years developing his comedic oeuvre, landing a viral hit as half of the rap duo Cracked Out and eventually grabbing the attention of Funny or Die, and the website’s co-founder Will Ferrell, with his performance art parody One Thousand Cats.

Migrating to L.A. in 2008, Gelman has since been in high demand. He recently starred opposite Chris Elliott on three seasons of the Adult Swim live-action cop parody Eagleheart and has appeared on a breadth of other TV series including those for HBO (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bored to Death, Funny or Die Presents), NBC (The Office), MTV (The Inbetweeners) and FX (The League), among other broadcast and cable networks. His diverse work in feature film has included roles in the 2013 biography Jobs, the recent indie comedy Someone Marry Barry, the comedy romance Watching the Detectives, and the Columbia-distributed comedies The Other Guys and 30 Minutes or Less.

A staple in the sphere of digital entertainment, he regularly contributes his writing and performing skills to Funny or Die, making celebrities uncomfortable as host of his series Mr. Celebrity, among other pieces. Brett Gelman also makes frequent appearances on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast as well as his own, Gelmania.

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.

Cyrus Ghahremani

Cyrus Ghahremani (aka King Cyrus King) is a musician, audio producer, and frontman of LA rock band Hot Karate. He has contributed original music to several programs on Adult Swim and Comedy Central, including Kroll Show, Adventure Time, and Another Period. Best known for his collaborations with comedians such as Brett Gelman and Jon Daly, his work has been called “brilliantly subtle” (Time) and “internet magic” (Rolling Stone). He has performed at festivals across the country, including SXSW, Outside Lands and Sasquatch

Jared Logan

This year, Jared will perform his own half hour special on Comedy Central. You can also see Jared every week as a cast member on VH1’s Best Week Ever. He has appeared on John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show and TJ Miller’s Mash-up. He was a delegate for Comedy Central's Indecision 2012 and works as warm-up comedian for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Jared lives in New York but is originally from West Virginia. West Virginia is a state and is not part of Virginia.

Colin Quinn

From the old MTV days to SNL to Comedy Central to Broadway, CQ is apparently refusing to leave the business. So if you enjoyed his other one man shows, or you just are at a place in your life where you are lost and you need intelligent laughs, come see his new show. One In Every Crowd.

Max Silvestri

Max Silvestri is a comedian, writer and actor living in Brooklyn. New York Magazine called him one of the "Ten Comedians People Find Funny," and Paste Magazine featured him as one of their ten favorite comics. Max has appeared on VH1, History Channel and Fuse, and recently completed production on the forthcoming FYI series The Feed, which he hosts along side Top Chef's Gail Simmons and Marcus Samuelsson. He has worked as a writer on FUSE's Funny or Die Presents: Billy on The Street and Comedy Central's Onion SportsDome, and regularly contributes as a writer for places including, Food & Wine Magazine, GQ, and Grantland. This summer will see the release of his stand up comedy album King Piglet, and Max frequently tours opening for comics like Aziz Ansari and John Mulaney. Along with Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman, Max created and hosts the beloved weekly live show Big Terrific, which has been named New York Magazine's Best Stand-up Show and Time Out New York's Best New Variety Show.

Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf has quickly established herself as a major voice in the comedy world and is poised for a breakout year in 2018. She is currently the host of her new weekly comedy-variety series The Break with Michelle Wolf, which streams on Netflix. Earlier this year, Wolf made headlines when she hosted the “most watched” White House Correspondent’s Dinner ever. In December 2017 Michelle’s first hour-long stand-up special Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady, premiered on HBO. The well-reviewed special, tackled a wide range of topics from her surprising thoughts on feminism, the environment and how nature is sexist to the mystery surrounding public bathrooms, why Hilary Clinton could not be a “nice lady” and more of life’s everyday absurdities.

Prior to launching The Break, Wolf worked as an on-air contributor and writer for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and as a writing supervisor and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where she also made her late-night television debut as a comic in July 2014. Michelle appeared regularly on the show in various bits and as the popular reoccurring character she created, “Grown-Up Annie.”

Wolf also created and starred in two digital series, Now Hiring and Used People for Comedy Central and wrote for the 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock. Wolf was named to Vulture’s list of “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015” and one of “The Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC” by TimeOut New York. She was also named to Rolling Stone’s list of the 25 funniest people on Twitter right now (@michelleisawolf) and selected as one of the “New Faces of Comedy” for the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Wolf headlines comedy clubs and colleges all over the United States and has performed at a number of festivals including the Riot LA Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Moontower, Bonnaroo, Just For Laughs Montreal, JFL 42 and the Dublin Comedy Festival. In 2016 she completed an incredibly successful first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a sold out run of her debut hour-long stand-up show Michelle Wolf: So Brave. The critically acclaimed show, which earned her a nomination for the Best Newcomer Prize from the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, garnered numerous four-star reviews from top publications such as the Guardian, Herald and Scotsman.



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