The week of stand-up comedy that is the New York Comedy Festival has come to a wrap. With it one hell of a week of great comedy times from seeing some of our absolute favorite comedians to some new folks that we just learned about. It was a great week all around and as the final night goes on, we end it with a bang.
MEMORIES FROM THE HAPPY HOUSE @ SANTOS PARTY HOUSE
Sunday night, Santos housed a jam packed line-up of hilarious comedians for Memories from the Happy House. Done only four times now over the past seven years, the same cast all got together to perform again for a sold-out crowd. The show is sort of a comedy hybrid, stand-up, sketch, psychedelic clusterf*ck of hilarity produced by Rory Scovel and Scott Moran.
Presented as a sort of series of skit vignettes, Happy House kicked off with Jared Logan as the show’s warm-up comic. Logan was backed up by Kate Berlant’s ode to Sinead O’Connor and motivational slideshow, stand-up from Nicky V aka Nick Vatterott (who was not loving the audience), telephone operator Scovel, music from Greg Barris, a toast from Michael Terry, and a video from LA sketch group The Dress Up Gang. At one point, some random guy (who looked a lot like Seth Herzog) ran up on stage to try out some pick-up lines and then danced to the Wonder Woman theme song, costume in full. The night was packed with special guests including a drop in from Jason Saenz as Jeff Foxworthy, and the talented Reggie Watts closing out the show. Cool-down comic Jared Logan did a great job bringing down all the energy from Watts’ set. Really just a great job of mellowing out the room to a standstill. Happy House was definitely the most… bizarre and unique show I have ever seen, in the best way. (Oh, and that didn’t even cover all of it by the way. ‘Twas nanners, as small children say…) – Olivia Cathcart
MOSHE KASHER @ UCBEAST
As the New York Comedy Festival drew to a close, one of the final events was Moshe Kasher at the Upright Citizens Brigade east theater. The show kicked of with Sheng Wang warming up the crowd and, if you’ve seen Shang before then you already know, he’s hilarious. Sheng’s style usually catches audiences off guard, causing them to laugh even harder.
With the crowd totally lose and laughing at almost everything, it was perfect timing to bring up the headliner, Moshe Kasher. Kasher knocked it out of the park. He had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. His jokes seemed to be on rapid fire and each one nailed it. A few times Kasher slowed it down to ask someone in the audience something, like their name or the theme of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah (a Jewish holiday). Kasher had a hay day with the responses he got. He concluded the show by sincerely thanking everyone for being there, then telling a final joke about going to Ireland.
The show was fantastic and it was a great way to finish off this year’s New York Comedy Festival. – Phil Rothermich