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THE GRIFF AND JOE CHRISTMAS (AND TO A LESSER EXTENT HANUKKAH) SPECTACULAR
Dec 23, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| $10
Frankie Cosmos is a 4-piece band consisting of Greta Kline (vocals, guitar), Aaron Maine (drums), David Maine (bass), and Gabrielle Smith (keyboard, vocals). Their performances vary from slow sad ballads to goofy rock’n’roll love songs. They are based out of New York City (where Greta and Gabby grew up) and Pleasantville (where the Maine brothers grew up). The four members are each influenced by a wide variety of music, and all come from distinct music backgrounds.
Liam McEneaney has been a professional standup comedian since the age of 19. He was tapped, out of school, to perform as a part of the You Laugh You Lose College Comedy Game Show Tour. He has since written for, and appeared on various shows on Comedy Central, making his television debut on ‘Premium Blend.’ He also spent time as a regular panelist on Vh1’s hit show ‘Best Week Ever,’ and did a set on the Showtime special, ‘Caroline Rhea & Friends.’
Liam produced and starred in the comedy movie, ‘Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!’, alongside some of NYC’s best comedians, including Reggie Watts, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, and Christian Finnegan, which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. His debut album, ‘Liam McEneaney: Comedian,’ was released on ASpecialThing Records in the Fall of 2013.
Liam has appeared on many of the country’s top podcasts as well, including multiple appearances on WTF with Marc Maron, Keith and the Girl, Hang Out With Me (with Myq Kaplan), The Steven Brody Stevens Festival of Friendship, and many more.
Liam has headlined across the United States and throughout Europe, and has garnered acclaim on both continents. Time Out NY called him one of the most influential people in NYC comedy, and Backstage called him one of “Ten Standout Standups Worth Watching.”
Brett Davis performs comedy under the guises of his many twisted characters, and on his public access variety show The Special Without Brett Davis. He co-hosts the erroneously titled monthly extravaganza The Macaulay Culkin Show at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn, and the monthly Lethal Lottery at Over The Eight. He has appeared multiple times on The Chris Gethard Show, Adult Swim, MTV’s Weird Vibes, New York Noise, The Best Show on WFMU, numerous music videos and his film BANANAZZZ. He was also a featured act at the 2014 Andy Kaufman Comedy Festival.
Rae Sanni is a comedian and writer from Brooklyn, NY who has been bringing her unique perspective on everything from pop culture to race and gender relations to audiences all over. Rae co-hosts the Three A-Negroes podcast, and has been seen in the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and in Complex Magazine. You can find Rae on Twitter @Raesanni, where she muses on her love for cheddar cheese, NBA players, and being a black person.
Bronwyn Ariel Isaac
Bronwyn Ariel Isaac is a retired bridge troll who currently resides in laundromats all over Brooklyn. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for writing right before the United States fully transformed into a bad 1950s sitcom. You can occasionally spot her in public telling edgy puns, reading poetry/essays out loud, pretending to do stand up comedy, and pouring out the remaining crumbs of her soul to complete strangers. This last year she appeared on the Showtime reality show 3AM as a friend to the lead Sam. She regularly writes for Reductress, The Whiskey Journal and has written for NADA magazine and The Frisky.
Nigel “Docta Gel” Dunkley
Nigel G. Dunkley born in Queens, NY and raised on Long Island. The offspring off Caribbean blood (Trinidad and Jamaica) just loves to entertain. Since he was young, his mother described him as ‘tv plug’. Always possesed imagination and with one of his favorite films being ‘Who Framed Rabbit’ he was intrigued to tell story of his own. Being a fan of Sesame Street, Mr. Bean, classic folktale, and comedy in general ‘Docta Gel’ desired to provide entertainment in his own fashion. He understood everyone faced difficulties in life so he wished to uplift folks through the medium of comedy. He embraces that the use of hands can either be destructive or productive, he chose to talk with them. :D
Educated at Nassau Community College and Long Island University in the field of Theatre, Nigel was introduced with character development and the richness of story telling. A lengthy stay working in retail he was reminded that folks always want something. No matter the weather or sale, there’s is always a shopper present. Who doesn’t want to laugh?
A quiet class clown and family party starter, ‘Docta Gel’ lets his light shine by giving the audience something smile about. Amen to that!
Griffin Newman is an actor, comedian, writer, and power forward specializing in rebounds born and raised in New York City.
In 2013 he was selected as one of the “New Faces of Comedy” at the Just For Laughs Montreal Festival, and has proceeded to sleep a lot since then. In 2014 he appeared regularly on MTV’s Nikki & Sara LIVE as their Resident Entertainment Correspondent, but then that show got canceled. In 2009 he developed and performed a one-person show called Grifftopia at Ars Nova, which his parents thought was pretty good. He’s currently a member of the UCB sketch team NIPSEY and co-hosts The Phantom Podcast with critic David Sims for UCB Comedy’s podcast network.
As an actor Griffin specializes in handing paperwork to more famous actors onscreen, such as Kevin Costner in Draft Day, Jesse Eisenberg in Night Moves, Donnie Wahlberg on Blue Bloods, and Carla Gugino on the USA miniseries Political Animals. He also did non-paperwork stuff in the movies Free The Nipple, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, and Buttwhistle, all of which are real titles of real movies that cost money to make. He can currently be seen in Colin Quinn’s web series Cop Show, and can next be seen in SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner Fort Tilden, and Martin Scorsese’s new untitled series for HBO.
Joe Garden is a freelance comedy writer. He has written for AdultSwim.com and was features editor of The Onion where he created the characters Jim Anchower and Jackie Harvey. He has co-written three books, The Dangerous Book For Dogs, The Devious Book For Cats, and The New Vampire’s Handbook: A Guide for the Recently Turned Creature of the Night. He also sells stuff on eBay and has fun where he finds it.