Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Comedy Central Presents: Seven Minutes In Purgatory

Nov 10, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

| $8
25-atlg
Seven Minutes in Purgatory challenges comedians to perform directly to a camera alone in a soundproof room, while audience members watch a live feed in another room. This social experiment/comedy show offers a chance to watch performers hilariously and awkwardly attempt to do their act without the benefit of audience feedback. The show is based in Los Angeles, and has featured guests like Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger, and Sara Schaefer, and host/co-creator Ian Abramson has toured the show around the country, to cities like Chicago, Denver, and Atlanta. The Laugh Button called the show “one of the coolest and most creative additions to the comedy world,” and it’s been hailed by The AV Club as “hilarious.”
Ian Abramson
Ian Abramson is from Moreno Valley, California, where he learned to walk, read, and drive, but not in that order. When he finished school, he briefly lived in Orange County, doing stand-up, and preparing to move to Chicago, where he felt he’d get the best training to begin his career.

When he moved to Chicago, he began taking improv classes at The Second City and iO Theatre, as well as continuing to do stand-up regularly. He also began co-creating web series for Tom Snyder of Dr. Katz fame, making over 50 weekly episodes total over the course of a year and a half. He flew out to Boston to provide a voice over for an episode of Tom Snyder’s “Explosion Bus,” featured alongside Daryl Hall of “Hall and Oates.” After about eight months in Chicago Ian decided to focus on stand-up over improv as he liked the process of writing and refining live comedy. His stand-up has evolved into a mix of precise wordplay, longer emotionally absurd jokes, and larger conceptual pieces. He is also known for producing events he insists are not comedy shows such as “A Funeral for a Prop Comic,” and “A Court Case for a Young Comedian” and is a regular contributor for “the Onion.”

In the past year Ian has performed at the Oddball Comedy Festival, UP Comedy Club, Milwaukee’s Comedy Cafe, The Lincoln Lodge and even recently brought his show “Seven Minutes in Purgatory” to Atlanta’s Laughing Skull. “Seven Minutes in Purgatory” is a show where comedians perform to a camera in one room while the audience watches in another room so that the comedians have no idea how they are doing. Because of shows like this, as well as his approach to stand-up, Ian was recently named the “Best Experimental Comedian” by Chicago magazine, which also listed him as one of the “16 Comedians You Should See This Fall” in a different article. Ian, along with his experimental comedy, will be relocating to Los Angeles this winter.

Aparna Nancherla
Queen of that slightly cynical but innocent humor, Aparna Nancherla has been winning audiences everywhere she goes. You may have caught her on “Last Comic Standing”, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Aspen Rooftop or WTF podcast. Writer and player on W. Kamau Bell’s “Totally Biased” Aparna is sure to be soaking up the laughs. Look out for her on SF Sketchfest’s comedy lineup this year.

Dan Deacon
With the success of Dan Deacon’s 2007 album Spiderman of the Rings, came an opportunity for the electronic-music iconoclast to increase the breadth and depth of his entire musical project. Deacon moved from self-contained computer music to orchestral epics. His interactive live show, honed in DIY spaces, was taken to museums and concert halls. He frequently expanded his performances to include a horde of side musicians. Gliss Riffer, an entirely self-produced record of almost all electronic sounds, is a return to Deacon’s Spiderman of the Rings-era process. He calls it “easily the most fun [he’s] ever had making a record.” After a string of large ensemble projects (including 2009’s Bromst and 2012’s America) Deacon longed for the “simplicity” of the days when he did nearly everything himself. So he made plans to sequester himself in his studio and conjure an album from the sketches and songs he had begun in the back of the van on the European leg of the America tour. Those plans were upended when he received a last-minute invitation to tour with Arcade Fire in August. Rather than lose momentum by pushing back his recording schedule, Deacon continued to make the record on the road. “I was mixing and arranging in the green room before sound check and each night back at the hotel.” Deacon said, “On days off I’d find a studio to track vocals or mix. When a studio couldn’t be found I dismantled a hotel bathroom, sealing the vents with towels and using all the bedding to turn it into a control room.” This is his first record to showcase his newfound appreciation for his vocal cords, an appreciation he gained after going through an extended bout of laryngitis. “I started thinking about how the voice is an instrument that expires,” he said, “and that made me want to make an album with the voice more exposed.” And that he did. While Gliss Riffer contains all the instrumental layering we’ve come to expect, the vocals are mixed with a prominence (“Feel the Lightning,” “Learning to Relax”) and, at times, a clarity (“When I Was Done Dying”) that have never been heard on a Dan Deacon record before. All the vocals are performed by Deacon himself, even the female voice on “Feel the Lightning” is the product of vari-speed recording techniques. This album also marks the first time Deacon replaced his digitally realized parts with analog synthesizers, giving Deacon the opportunity to experiment with synthesizers in the same way he experimented with strings and wind instruments on America. Deacon travelled to Asheville, N.C., to record with Moog’s at-the-time-unreleased Sub 37 analog synth. Gliss Riffer is the first record in the world to feature the instrument. Despite being predominately electronic, Gliss Riffer’s sonic palette is informed by his post-Spiderman material. The Disklavier, a MIDI-fed player piano first heard on Bromst, is present here. (This time around, Deacon ran it so hard it broke.) Cross-rhythms suggestive of America’s orchestral opus “USA” and Deacon’s art music work (including a Carnegie Hall performance and film score for Francis Ford Coppola) are also in evidence. What Gliss Riffer shares with Spiderman of the Rings as a musical experience is an aesthetic directness and ecstatic energy. Gliss Riffer trades in exuberant, uncontained fun. Lyrical images of lightning, oceans, lakes, and roads crop up frequently as stand-ins for freedom and self-realization. The tracks were started on the ever-changing landscapes that greet a touring musician. The lyrics, on the other hand, were mostly written in Deacon’s studio, a room with no windows and no air conditioning in Baltimore’s sweltering summer where it was easy to imagine being somewhere else. So while Gliss Riffer is all about fun, it’s figured dramatically. It’s a euphoria tempered by yearning and set in defiance of life’s nagging anxiety. “Happiness takes time,” we are reminded by tremolo vocals in the middle of the supremely danceable “Mind on Fire.” The bliss on this record is well-earned.

Nick Vatterott
In 2010 Nick Vatterott performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Hollywood Reporter named Nick one of the “break-outs” of the New Faces showcase at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. Nick has performed all over the world, from Caroline’s in NYC’s Times Square to Old City Comedy Club in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. He has toured with Chicago’s storied Second City comedy theater and his sketch group ‘Heavyweight’ has performed at Second City’s Unhinged and the Toronto Just for Laughs Festival.

Vatterott’s portrayal of “Don” in The Annoyance Theater’s production of the necrophiliac musical “Love is Dead” earned him an After Dark Award for Outstanding Performance in a Play. The Chicago/LA/NYC run of his one man show NO OUTLET received AMAZING reviews. His jokes have been published in Time Out Chicago, Time Out New York, Dig This, and Reader’s Digest. And before heading off to NYC in 2008, Chicago Magazine listed Nick “The Funniest Man in Chicago”.


Dave Hill
Dave Hill is an NYC-based comedian, writer, musician, and actor. He has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, BBC-America, MTV, Adult Swim, and a bunch of other channels besides those. He is a regular contributor to public radio’s This American Life and has written for the New York Times, GQ, Salon, McSweeney’s, and the Believer among others. His first book, Tasteful Nudes was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2012. Dave also hosts The Goddamn Dave Hill Show every Monday night on WFMU radio and is the frontman for the rock band Valley Lodge, whose song “Go” is the theme for HBO’sLast Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Seaton Smith
Applying smooth charisma to a layer of explosive energy, topped off with unforgettable characters sure to permanently reside in your brain, Seaton Smith leaves his audience in a state of comedic euphoria as he killed performing on Opie and Anthony Virus tour and the New Faces show at Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He also is a online phenom signing a deal with Sierra Mist where he was able to showcase his chops at producing the skit Pimpin Referee. And he’s a youtube favorite with his popular webseries, Annoy Charlie Smith Inc.
Joel Kim Booster
Joel Kim Booster is a Chicago-bred, Brooklyn-based comedian and writer. He was recently named one of the 10 Comedians You Need to Know by Paper Magazine. He writes for the internet at places like The Toast, Decider, and Reductress. He tweets at @Ihatejoelkim.

Details

Date:
Nov 10, 2015
Time:
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost:
$8
Website:
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/971729?_ga=1.195441516.1158225494.1437926032

Venue

Littlefield
622 Degraw Street
New York, NY 11217 United States
+ Google Map