Janeane Garofalo, Jo Firestone, Dulcé Sloan, Casey James Salengo, Dina Hashem, Mehran Khaghani, Jess Salomon, Chris Laker, Alison Zeidman, Shane Torres, Nate Fridson
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
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Dark. Sad. Traumatic. COMEDY. Hosted by Shane Torres (Comedy Central's The Half Hour), Nate Fridson (AST Records) and Alison Zeidman (Adam Ruins Everything), Dark Spots is a stand-up comedy showcase where comedians tell jokes that'll make you cry so hard you laugh. Based in NYC, the show has been featured in the New York Comedy Festival (produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with Comedy Central), and has also been a critic’s pick in the New York Times, Time Out New York and Village Voice.
Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992.
Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films such as "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Ratatouille,” "Steal This Movie," "Reality Bites," "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion," "Mystery Men," “The Ten” and "The Cable Guy". Janeane also co-authored the best seller "Feel This Book," with Ben Stiller.
Janeane was a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning Ben Stiller Show and played the role of Paula, the acerbic talent booker, on "The Larry Sanders Show," for which she received an Emmy nomination. During the fall of '94 she joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live." Some of Janeane's other television work includes two specials for HBO, FOX’s “24,” “Mad About You," and the final season of NBC's "The West Wing," where she played Democratic campaign strategist Louise Thornton.
In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the world. She was instrumental in the successful launching of the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, "The Majority Report." A lightning rod for controversy, Janeane's well informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between.
Jo Firestone is a comedian based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work can be seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Chris Gethard Show, and heard on WFMU. She was recently named a New Face at the 2016 Just for Laughs Festival. If you like puns, check out Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers. If you don't like puns, please disregard. You can also see Jo doing stand-up in different basements around the city. Hope you like basements!
Offering a fresh and honest perspective that’s rare to find, Dulcé Sloan is the newest Correspondent on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" . She was named one of TimeOut LA's Top Comics to Watch for 2017 and and the Winner of the 2016 Big Sky Comedy Festival . She was honored as the 2015 NBC Stand Up Showcase Winner and as a 2015 Montreal Just For Laughs New Face.She made her late-night debut last year on Late with Conan O'Brien and her day-time debut as a "Comedian You Should Know" on the Steve Harvey Show. She can be seen on Greatest Ever and Comedy Knock Out on truTV. Dulcé's signature sass and confidence drives her hilarious views on everything from her personal relationships to the absurdities of society.
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.
Dina Hashem first tried stand-up by auditioning for the 2010 New Jersey Comedy Festival at Rutgers University. After winning 1st place, she continued to pursue comedy and has since been performing regularly at clubs including New York Comedy Club, Caroline's, Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club, and The Stress Factory.
Dina's style involves a subdued delivery with dark observations about her life and cultural upbringing. She has performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, and Burbank Comedy Festival, and has been on popular NYC shows including UCB's Whiplash and Wyatt Cenac's Night Train. Her writing has also been featured on Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and TV Land websites.
Born an anchor baby in London, Mehran single-handedly rescued his Iranian family from the Ayatollah Khomeini. Ever gracious, teenage Mehran evened the score in the United States by dropping out of college and taking up homosexuality.
Honing his sharp sense of the absurd while working at Harvard University, Mehran's early experience navigating regime change came in handy when he personally escorted deposed president Larry Summers off the property. He would later go on to produce several successful shows with the University-affiliated Oberon Theater.
A quick riser in the Boston comedy scene, Mehran was named Best Comedian in Boston by the Boston Phoenix, and was a two time finalist in the International Boston Comedy Festival. At Emerson College's Semel Theater, Mehran recorded a half hour of comedy for Die Laughing, produced by Friends co-creator, Kevin Bright.
Mehran has opened for such acts as Maz Jobrani, Tom Green and Eugene Mirman. He works regularly with some of the hottest up-and-comers in comedy and has been in the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival for the last four years. He has played to crowds of thousands at leading venues, like the Wilbur Theater, the Berklee Performance Center, and the Lisner Auditorium and has toured extensively at colleges and universities. A leading MC in the emerging neo-burlesque scene, Mehran plays to an audience of 30,000 each December at the historic Somerville Theater.
He recently moved to Manhattan, where he lives with his husband and his tiny idiot dog.
Chris Laker is a New York City based stand-up who just made his television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Named a New Face at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2011, Chris’s sharp and edgy comedy has earned him a loyal following in New York’s alternative scene, where he’s hosted a variety of shows (The Show at The Creek and the Cave, The Laker Awards) and podcasts: This Week in Jackin’, Heteronormative, and Overslept. This past year Chris has been opening for Mike Birbiglia on his Working It Out and The New One tours. Chris’s debut stand-up album, “Moments of Greatness”(Comedy Dynamics) is available everywhere that sells music.
Alison Zeidman is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian and writer who got her start in Philadelphia and NYC. Alison has contributed humor writing to the New York Times, Time Out New York and Reductress, and currently writes for Adam Ruins Everything on truTV.
Shane Torres is a stand up comedian and writer. You may have seen him in the background on Last Comic Standing or acting on IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang. He has also been part of Montreal Just For Laugh’s New Faces in 2013 that same year. Shane was also one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch in 2012. Shane has performed at many festivals all over the country including Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and many more.
He is the creator of the podcast radio show Help Wanted . Shane has also contributed writing to Laughspin, The Portland Mercury, and Nailed Magazine.
Nate Fridson lives in Brooklyn but get this: he used to live in the midwest, in Michigan. Have you ever heard of such a thing? He's contributed to Comedy Central, is the cohost of the hit stand up showcase, "Dark Spots," and he's the co-creator of the sports humor blog, "Microwave Johnson." His album, "Best Guy So Far," is available on A Special Thing Records. He is currently a very nice boy.
$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show
**PLEASE NOTE: This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.
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