Monday Night Comedy Show
Night Train with Wyatt Cenac: 5 Year Anniversary Show
Al Madrigal, D.C. Benny, Bill Santiago, Luke Cunningham, Oni Perez, Sam Simmons
635 Sackett St
Brooklyn, NY, 11217
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Night Train with Wyatt Cenac: 5 Year Anniversary Show
Hosted by Brooklyn-based comedy favorite Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show, King of the Hill), Night Train show features comedy from the best local and international stand up comedians, and--at times--special guest appearances by musicians, local celebrities, and the occasional surprise only found in Gowanus.
Named Best Stand-Up Comedian by the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Al Madrigal’s comedy has been called “dynamic” by The New York Times. His unique, spontaneous and fast-paced lyrical storytelling style has made him a regular on television with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents Special and appearances on John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show and Pretend Time with Nick Swardson. Al has also appeared with Conan O’Brien (as one of the first 20 guests during his stint as host of “The Tonight Show,” and on “Conan” on TBS) as well as multiple appearances on “Lopez Tonight,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Al also has his share of acting credits. He has appeared on CBS’s “Welcome to the Captain” with Jeffrey Tambor and “Gary, Unmarried” with Jay Mohr. Cheech Marin (Cheech and Chong) played his father on a sitcom, “The Ortegas,” that was set to debut on Fox in 2003 in the time slot after “The Simpsons” before it was shelved at the last minute. Most recently, Al has been cast in the upcoming sitcom “Free Agents” on NBC.
In the hard-hitting New York comedy world, D.C. Benny is a heavyweight contender. His nickname “D.C.” was given to him by Harlem’s legendary host; “Uncle” Jimmy Mack, who sadly passed away in the 2014 Tracy Morgan car accident.
Benny’s unusual style of telling autobiographical stories, inhabited by original characters has been sharpened for almost thirty years as a performer. His personal essays, stories, and articles have been featured in New York Magazine, The New York Observer, Narratively, and Heeb Magazine.
Benny’s diverse fan base know him from a wide range of appearances; his “White Boy Rips The Apollo” clip with almost ten million views, his Comedy Central Presents, one the of the network’s highest-rated half-hour specials, as a top eight finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, his role as Caesar in John Singleton’s feature film “Illegal Tender”, as “Chaz” on the soap opera “As The World Turns”, and national commercials for Verizon, Dell, Volkswagon, Wendy’s, AIG, as well as the Budweiser “How You Doin’?” superbowl spots campaign.
His long-running comedic story-telling show, Urban Myth, was an underground staple of the New York scene, where performers such as Dave Chappelle, Robert Kelley, Jim Gaffigan, Jim Norton, Jay Oakerson, Kevin Hart, Mike Epps, and SNL’s Dean Edwards would tell their true, funny, stories, to a packed house at The Zinc, a downtown New York jazz bar.
Currently, Benny co-hosts the story-telling podcast “Tall But True” with his friend, Cash Cab’s Ben Bailey, where guests like Ray Romano, Dom Irrera, Colin Quinn, Adam Ferrara, Artie Lange, and Bill Burr share funny stories and talk smack.
Benny lives in Brooklyn where he fiddles around with old Land Rovers when he is supposed to be helping his wife run her natural skincare business. He has a dog named Grits and two cats who prefer that he not share their personal information in this bio.
Bill Santiago became a standup after narrowly escaping a career in journalism, facing the fact that as a comedian he was funny, but as a reporter he was a joke. It’s been said he was born to Puerto Rican immigrants, which is technically untrue, as Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Although, he’s got an uncle who was once deported to the Bronx. Currently he appears every Saturday morning on CNN with Randi Kaye, delivering comic relief commentary via Santiago's Weekly Pop Wrapup. With the premiere of his first television special, “Comedy Central Presents: Bill Santiago,” he won over fans nationwide with his dead-on observations about Spanglish – “twice the vocabulary, half the grammar!” and his beloved catchphrase “¡Porque Because!” Which led to his first book, "Pardon My Spanglish. ¡Porque Because!" The book is now being used at universities and high schools across the country to stimulate discussions about identity, language and multiculturalism. Santiago's second half-hour special for Showtime LOL aired in 2011. Other credits include: Craig Ferguson, Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Chelsea Lately, Good Morning America Now, ABC News, NBC TV Visiones, BBC World, CNN, CNN en Español, NPR’s Latino USA. Additionally, he was recently working with Bruce Helford (George Lopez Show, Bernie Mac Show, Drew Carey Show) to develop a television show based on his book. "Pardon My Spanglish ¡Porque Because!"
Luke Cunningham is a comic and writer originally from Philadelphia. He is currently a writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Before moving to New York, Luke was a member of the sketch group Bird Text. He's very funny, trust us.
Photo: Mindy Tucker.
Oni’s first encounter with comedy was in February 2003 at a South Florida bar where he performed on top of a pool table to a crowd of drunken university students. His material, which ranges from marriage and children to social criticism and politics reflect his lifestyle and have become his staple. Oni continues to make a lasting impression with audiences at South Florida Improvs as well other comedy club establishments spanning from Florida to NYC. With about 6 years into his comedic career, Oni is one of the fastest rising performers coming up in the South Florida comedy scene, winning several contests including South Florida’s Fresh New Faces where he was given the opportunity to perform at the world famous Melrose Improv in Los Angeles, California on the Jimmy Kimmel Showcase. He was a finalist for the Las Vegas Lucky 21 contest, the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, and a winner of the South Beach Comedy Festival's *New* Faces. Oni is a member of the“Miami Comics”, which consists of six culturally diverse South Florida comics. In 2011, Oni plans to make his move to NYC where he will join the rest of the best of the nations comics.
Sam Simmons is one of the most daring and unconventional comics in Australia, completely original and vastly absurd, he has one foot firmly planted into the soils of reality, and the other rooted deep into the psyche of being silly. Sam is a multi award winning cult figure within the Australian comedy scene. He has collected awards, glowing reviews, and played to sell out houses around the country with his solo shows from2006 to 2012. 2011 saw Sam take home the award for Best Comedy Show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, not to mention scoring a nomination for a Barry Award for his Australian solo show, The Precise History of Things and a nomination for Edinburgh’s top Fosters Comedy Award (the comedy equivalent of an Oscar) for his 2011 offering there, Meanwhile. In 2012, Sam performed his solo show About The Weather to sell out houses at comedy festivals around Australia before taking that same show to the prestigious invitation only Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then heading back to Australia to perform by invitation at the Just for Laughs Festival at the Sydney Opera House.
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