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Mar 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm


With Ben Coonley, Eileen Maxson, Angie Waller, Alina Simone, Joel Holmberg, Sophia Cleary, Cecilia Dougherty, Andrew Lampert, Benjamin Hale, Brian Droitcour, David Kalal, and Jordan Rathus.

An evening of video artists, performance artists, musicians, and writers reenacting, translating, paying homage to, improving upon, and/or pissing all over classic stand-up routines from some of comedy’s most revered live performers. The artists in this program have been given free reign to choose their sources, and may employ video, music, and other crutches to enhance their 4-6 minute long sets.

Hosted by Ben Coonley and featuring the derivative comedy stylings of Eileen Maxson, Angie Waller, Alina Simone, Joel Holmberg, Sophia Cleary, Cecilia Dougherty, Andrew Lampert, Benjamin Hale, Brian Droitcour, David Kalal, and Jordan Rathus…plus special guests.

Special thanks Adam Khalil.

BEN COONLEY is an electronic media artist who sometimes uses the word “performance” in his short artist bios. He is best known for his cat videos and collaborations with Dr. Jonathan Zizmor.

EILEEN MAXSON is an interdisciplinary artist working at the confluence of video, performance and installation. Her works interrogate the line between imagination and consumer coercion; reconstituting cultural detritus, material and fleeting, into counterspells of memory, merchandise and persona.

Described by Paul McCarthy as “the funniest person in Los Angeles,” and by Werner Herzog as “a funny bird,” you might know ANGIE WALLER as the host of Search Engine Friendly Feud. When she’s not performing on stage, she’s writing auto-generated romance novels and datamining for unknownunknowns.org.

ALINA SIMONE is the author of two books: the essay collection You Must Go and Win and the novel Note to Self, both published by Faber. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and she is a regular contributor to BBC’s The World.

On Thanksgivings JOEL HOLMBERG gave thanks for the gift of fear while repeatedly insisting that fear was a gift.

SOPHIA CLEARY is a performance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder and coordinator of the works-in-progress series REHEARSAL and is co-editor for Ugly Duckling Presse’s performance annual Emergency INDEX.

CECILIA DOUGHERTY is a visual artist and writer. She’s interested in studies of daily life, issues of globalization and regionalism, and the history of spirituality. Her first book, The Irreducible I: Space, Place, Authenticity, and Change, was published in 2013 by Atropos Press.

Some people say that ANDREW LAMPERT was born funny, but he’s not laughing about it. He soon starts production on a charming comedy starring his toddler daughter and legendary TV talk show host Joe Franklin.

BENJAMIN HALE is the author of the novels The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (Twelve, 2011) and The Grid, as well as the story collection The Minus World (both forthcoming from Simon & Schuster).  He currently teaches at Bard College.

BRIAN DROITCOUR is a critic, curator, translator, and an editor at the New Inquiry. His web site Fifteen Stars was featured in First Look, the New Museum’s series of online exhibitions, in October 2013, and he is editing Klaus_eBooks, a series of artists’ ebooks published by Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery.

DAVID KALAL has recently moved back to his hometown of NYC after a decade living in Sweden. His sense of what’s funny is appropriately dated and slightly melancholy.

JORDAN RATHUS’ work questions our patterns of dialoguing and our collective contributions to the language of pop culture. She recontextualizes popular moving image formats like narrative film and reality television, thereby providing room for active viewership and creating new forms of critique within the entertainment engine.

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Mar 30, 2014
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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