Featuring the diverse, iconoclastic talents of Carolyn Castiglia, Bridget Everett, Erin Markey, Larissa Velez-Jackson, and Becky Yamamoto. Hosted by Adira Amram and the Experience.
Drawing inspiration from two disparate sources—Sarah Marcus’s book Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution and the Barbara Streisand movie Funny Girl (a musical comedy about a Follies star who leaves her husband after he nearly sabotages her entire career)—tonight’s program, “Funny Girls to the Front,” showcases a line-up of female artists who make music funny on their own terms. These irrepressible entertainers employ original music in provocative and hilarious ways as an integral part of their performance practices, confronting assumptions and redefining the boundaries of their chosen disciplines (comedy, cabaret, performance art, and contemporary dance) in the process.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Adira Amram, along with her backing band and dancers The Experience, has performed at The Bowery Ballroom, the Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Knitting Factory, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair and UCB Theatre. Internationally she has performed at Le Tulip in Montreal, The Independent in San Francisco, Spaceland and the Key Club in Los Angeles as well as The Mod Club in Toronto. She was the support act for the North American tour of “Kid Koala Presents: The Slew.” In 2009, she released “Hot Jams for Teens” on North Street Records. She is currently collaborating with Seattle DJ, Dynomite D (The Beastie Boys, Kid Koala & Money Mark) on her forthcoming album. Her music videos have been featured on Huffington Post, Funny or Die, and ucbcomedy.com. adiraamram.com
Carolyn Castiglia is a New York-based comedian and blogger known for wowing audiences with her high-energy stand-up and brilliantly funny freestyle rap. You may recognize her hip-hop alter ego, Miss CKC, from Comedy Central, VH1, and MTV2. Carolyn’s web videos have been nominated for an ECNY Award while her Lady Gaga “Telephone” parody with The Key of Awesome has been seen by millions as well as featured in two issues of Entertainment Weekly. Her jokes have appeared in Time Out New York, The New York Post, The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes and Life & Style magazine. You can find Carolyn’s writing online at Babble, MarieClaire.com and the Huffington Post. carolyncastiglia.blogspot.com/
Bridget Everett has worked with many people over the last few years creating new work, including Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City), Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb), Neal Medlyn, and Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys). Everett was recently named Time Out NY‘s #1 Cabaret Performer of 2010. With Kenny Mellman and Neal Medlyn, Everett is the co-host of “Our Hit Parade” (formerly at Joe’s Pub), a monthly variety show in which a cavalcade of irreverent New York City superstars freely interpret Top 10 pop songs. She plays frequently with her band the Tender Moments, and has appeared on TV, film, and international stages. Most recently, she and Amber Martin performed their ribald ode to Country music duos in “Fuck We Love Our Country!” at the Wild Project. twitter.com/#!/bridgeteverett
Erin Markey is a Brooklyn-based writer/performer, actress, and singer. Recent projects include NIGHT MOTHER with Cole Escola and Kenny Mellman (Dixon Place), In the Pony Palace/ Football (Half Straddle), Tennessee Williams’s Green Eyes (PS122/Hudson Hotel), Jeffery and Cole Casserole (LOGO Network), Tennessee Williams’s Now The Cats With Jeweled Claws (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival) and her solo musical, Puppy Love: A Stripper’s Tail (PS 122). She is a company member of Half Straddle. As a performance and cabaret artist, she regularly performs at “Our Hit Parade” at Joe’s Pub and has presented work at Ars Nova, The Kitchen, the Sex Workers Art Show Tour, The Zipper Factory, and more. With filmmaker Silas Howard, she is currently developing her newest musical work, The Dardy Family Home Movies, to premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival’s “Kinotek Series” in December of 2011. twitter.com/#!/ERINMARKEY
Larissa Velez-Jackson is a choreographer, multimedia artist, and director also based in Brooklyn. She has presented solo work at venues such as the Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, People’s Improv Theatre, and Symphony Space in New York City. She has premiered pieces for Movement Research at Judson Church’s “About Town” series, the SoloNova Arts Festival at PS122, the “Brink Series” at Dixon Place and Danspace’s “Food for Thought” series. In 2009, Velez-Jackson was a “Fresh Tracks” and “Studio Series” resident at Dance Theater Workshop. In September 2010, with the Larissa Velez Performance Company, Velez-Jackson opened her first full evening as part of Danspace Project’s Platform 2010, curated by Trajal Harrell. Velez-Jackson has created and performed vocal works with artist Brian Belott at numerous galleries in NYC. Their group vocal work, Wordless Chorus, was presented at the Swiss Institute, Canada Gallery, and the Milwaukee International Art Fair in 2008. She is launching a new musical collaboration with her husband Jon Velez-Jackson called Yackez. Her new work, Star Crap in Progress, was presented in June 2011 at the “Rooftop Series” in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and at Center for Performance Research. larissavelez.com
Becky Yamamoto is a comedic performer and writer. She writes her own shows and often performs in other productions. Becky has been a guest on episodes of Jack in a Box, The Burg, The Mimi & Flo Show, and The McGuinness Group. Theater credits: Pullman, WA, directed by Young Jean Lee, (Chelsea Theatre, London); Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, directed by Young Jean Lee, with the New York premiere at the Here Arts Center (US and international touring); Vengeance Can Wait, directed by Jose Zayas (PS 122). Her solo work includes: The Story of America, directed by Jose Zayas (Ars Nova); OKAY!, directed by Kara Lynn Vaeni, with workshops at the Here Arts Center, Ars Nova, Galapagos Art space, and 2G production; Something Something Hope (Under Gene Frankel Theater, UCB Theater); and PP Snatch (Galapagos Art Space). beckyyamamoto.com
Pictured: Adira Amram. Image courtesy the artist
Friday, October 7, 2011 | 7:00 PM