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Comedy Legend Chris Rush & Spaghetti Eastern Music at KGB Red Room Lounge
May 6, 2016 @ 9:30 pm| $5
The next monthly event at the KGB Bar Red Room Lounge by critical-acclaimed Spaghetti Eastern Music will be epic, featuring a Big Apple return, after 4 years absence, of “comedian’s comedian,” the metaphysical jokester Chris Rush.
Called “one of the true comedy greats” by George Carlin, a founding writer of The National Lampoon and named Best Male Comic by the Association of Comedy Artists, Chris Rush belongs to a select cabal of comedy masters. His career rocketed when he became one of the first comedians the legendary Ahmet Ertegun signed to Atlantic Records. The resulting album, First Rush (1973), went gold, selling more than 500,000 copies. Rush released two other albums: Beaming In (1981) and There’s No Bones in Ice Cream (1997). A trained biologist and dedicated Taoist, Chris’s current work explores topics such ranging from religion, his catholic upbringing and drug culture to UFOs, quantum physics and the true nature of reality. This comedian’s comedian, known for his fast-witted, awe-inspiring, stream-of-consciousness comedy, has consistently garnered raves. Variety called him “universal and intellectual without being elitist.” The New York Post said, “His outlook is refreshingly novel, with an informational wit and wisdom reminiscent of early Lenny Bruce and a prophetic irreverence.” Performance clips: www.youtube.com/chrisrushcomedy
Spaghetti Eastern Music is the solo project of NYC based guitarist/keyboardist Sal Cataldi. On his new album and in performance, Cataldi fuses Eastern beat and funk-influenced guitar instrumentals with acoustic vocal tunes, much of it performed to the moves of his bellydancing collaborator Karen Wahl. Time Out New York writes: “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own.” Called “truly excellent” by The Village Voice, “triumphantly funkified” by UPI, “beautiful and unique by WFUV’s “Mixed Bag and “wonderfully melodic and off-center” by WFMU’s Irene Trudel. www.reverbnation.com/spaghettieasternmusic