Friends Who Folk

Friends Who Folk

Comedic folk duo Friends Who Folk (Rachel Wenitsky and Ned Riseley) host an evening of comedy, folk, and friendship, with help from some beautiful guests!

Part concert, part variety show, part seance, all deranged, Friends Who Folk & Friends invites audiences to explore the power of music - its ability to transform, numb, and alienate. We are friends and we love to folk.

Rachel Wenitsky

Rachel Wenitsky is a writer and actor in NYC. She is the deputy editor at Reductress, as well as a writer and co-host of the Reductress podcast Mouth Time! She is also the head writer of The Story Pirates Podcast on Gimlet media. In April 2018 she guest wrote on two episodes of Saturday Night Live.

As a performer, she is one half of the musical comedy duo Friends Who Folk (The New Yorker Shorts & Murmurs). They perform all over the city and are in the process of producing their first EP. She is also a voice actor and singer on The Story Pirates Podcast and a member of the musical group Pop Roulette (Comedy Central Comics to Watch).

Rachel has been on *TeLiViSiOn* on The Good Fight and Elementary, and most recently shot a role in the upcoming film Luce, starring Naomi Watts.

She has a BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and also trained in sketch and improv at UCB if that's something you're into!

Sydnee Washington

Was born in New York City but spent most of her childhood in Oakland, California. Sydnee was recently honored as an “UpNext” comedian at Comedy Central’s Clusterfest. Sydnee co-hosts a super high energy and hilarious monthly Comedy show in the Lower East Side called 'Hot Box Comedy'--where she consistently wins over the jaded New Yorkers who brave the city’s comedy scene. Her humor and view toward vanity, dating both sexes, and how to party safely as a woman are both unique and refreshing.

A cast member in MTV's international tv show "Vidiots". Has a solo show called "Death of a Bottle Girl". Cohost of the very popular podcast "The UnOfficial Expert”. And has appeared on TruTv VH1 and various YouTube videos for GQ, Cosmo, and Elite Daily.

Karen Chee is a comedy writer/performer who contributes regularly to The New Yorker, McSweeney's, and Splitsider. She has also written for Reductress, Shondaland, Funny or Die, and The Washington Post. Around town, Karen does sketch comedy with Lo-Fi and improv with anyone who will let her.

Ike Ufomadu

Ikechukwu Ufomadu is an actor, comedian and entertainer. He's collaborated with several OBIE-winning New York-based experimental theatre companies including Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, 600 Highwaymen, and Hoi Polloi. He also has a slew of original, live comedic ventures including: his evening of talk show entertainment Ike at Night (The Public Theater, JACK); his one-man variety hour Ike Night (Ars Nova, JACK); a pre-election day panel discussion show called Reflection Night (JACK); a semi-educational presentation titled Leisure: A Master Class (JACK); and a Christmas special dubbed A Special Christmas (The Mansion). He performs stand-up at various venues across New York. He also appeared in the "Truth or Myth with Smith" episode of The Chris Gethard Show.

Natalie Walker

Ned Riseley

Ned Riseley is a performer and writer. Acting credits include the Broadway revival of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation and premieres of the musicals Poster Boy and Unknown Soldier at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He is one half of the comedy duo Friends Who Folk, which Paste Magazine called "a crazy insanely madly unbelievably inconceivably unthinkably good faux-folk band." Their #content has been featured in The New Yorker, Splitsider, Paste, and Glamour, and they have performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Caroline's, Club Cumming, and Union Hall.

$8 advance / $10 day of show


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

*Individual performer appearances subject to change without notice.

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