The New York Comedy Festival kicks back into gear for its ninth year the first week of November, featuring the biggest names in comedy and special editions of some of the most popular and unique stand-up shows around. New to the festival this year, and possibly the most unique event of the fest, is a live version of the highly acclaimed web documentary series, Modern Comedian. The popular web series that takes a real, authentic look into the lives of both veteran and up-and-coming comedians, will move from the channels of Youtube to the stages of Brooklyn.
Hosted by the creator of Modern Comedian, stand-up Scott Moran has arranged a line-up of previously profiled comedians for a live stand-up showcase, featuring: Phil Hanley (ep.18), Sara Schaefer (ep.16), Ben Kronberg (ep.2), Ted Alexandro (ep.13), Beth Stelling (ep.20), Bonnie McFarlane (ep. 22), plus a few top-secret surprise guests.
The brainchild of Moran, he revealed the live show is actually something he’s been mulling over for a while.
“I’ve had the idea for a year or so but burned myself out on producing shows, so I wasn’t into it at the time. One day I got a call from Louis Faranda, the Caroline’s manager, who is a big part of producing the festival and he basically had me come in and meet with him about doing the show. It was perfect because I already knew exactly what the show should look like.”
Modern Comedian Live is a welcomed new addition to the festival, just as the web series is a welcomed addition to the comedy world. Festivals try to serve as a microcosm of the stand-up scene, and try to highlight those working hard to keep it great. A Modern Comedian-themed show just seems perfectly fitting. Providing more than just a stream of jokes, the show will highlight the people behind the mic (just as the series itself does) by holding a Q&A with Moran and the other comedians after they perform.
“[The show] will be geared more towards entertaining an audience, but also those who come to learn something can ask me, and whatever other comics are around, questions about the series or individual episodes. I’m curious what people are curious about.”
Speaking with Moran, he’s assured that this will be anything but a typical show. Not settling for just your simple stand-up showcase, Moran will also be debuting a brand new episode of the web-series as well as some never before seen footage from past and future episodes in addition to the Q&A.
“I still have about five or six episodes shot that are unedited so I’m going to pick one of those for the fest. SPOILER ALERT! I’m also going to show clip of Colin Quinn I filmed when he was writing and going over his JFL keynote two days before it happened. It’s pretty cool.”
The busy filmmaker will also be injecting a few other visuals into the show to spice it up, including comedian screen tests. Here’s a small sample for your viewing pleasure.
Yes. Definitely not a typical show.
Brooklyn’s Union Hall will host the show on the opening day of the festival. Moran will reap the benefit of being the last Union Hall show of the day, allowing him to take his time and produce a longer show. “People are going to get more than their moneys worth.”
Modern Comedian Live debuts Wednesday, November 6 at 8pm at Union Hall. Tickets are on sale now at unionhallny.com for $10 advance. Grab them now. This is a rare event you won’t want to miss.