Fashion vs Comfort
Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and Tom Cavanagh face off against The Talent Show's Elna Baker, Dave Hill and Kevin Townley in a head-to-head debate that tackles the important issue: Fashion Vs Comfort. The winner will be decided by the audience. Hosted by storyteller and comedian Tom Shillue. Sponsored by The Onion AV Club.
Uptown Showdown is a comedy debate series that tackles some of the most important issues of our time, such as which decade was the coolest-the eighties or the nineties, is cake really better than pie and who would win in a showdown pirates or ninjas? Forget about school reform and health care, these issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night....in a good way.
At this performance, fans will also be treated to a reading by Michael Ian Black from his new memoir You're Not Doing it Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations. A book signing will follow the performance.
About the Performers:
Michael Ian Black is a comedian, actor, writer and director. He co-wrote and co-starred in the series Stella and The State. Many will also recognize Michael from his myriad appearances on the VH1 series I Love the 70s/80s/90s/New Millennium. Black's new humor book releases on February 28th titled You're Not Doing it Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations.
Elna Baker is a comedian, writer and raconteur based in New York City. Her stories have been heard on This American Life, Studio 360, The Moth and BBC Radio 4. Along with Kevin Townley, Elna co-hosts the New York comedy show The Talent Show at Littlefield in Brooklyn. She also performs stand-up and has released a memoir called The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, which describes her experiences as a single Mormon living in New York.
Tom Cavanagh has recently played recurring roles in Royal Pains, Scrubs starred in the series Ed and Love Monkey. He also is the co-creator and co-host of Mike and Tom Eat Snacks with Michael Ian Black.
Dave Hill is a writer, performer, musician, actor and frequent contributor to This American Life. He is also the host of the podcast Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident and is a regular HBO and Cinemax host. He has written for several publications including the New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Salon. His book Tasteful Nudes:...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation will be published in May. He's also a member of at least five rock bands.
Michael Showalter is the star/creator of Michael & Michael Have Issues, The State, Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter and Stella. His memoir Mr. Funny Pants was released last spring.
Kevin Townley is an actor and comedian who has appeared in the films My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Sitter, and The Comedy. Along with Elna Baker, Kevin co-hosts The Talent Show at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Time Out New York also recently listed Kevin as a "Most Stylish New Yorker."
Tom Shillue is a writer, comedian and storyteller. Once a correspondent for the Daily Show, Tom has also appeared on Conan O'Brien and Last Comic Standing. ECNY named him Best One Man Show in 2010 and Best Story Teller in 2011 for his live comedy show Supernormal.
Past Performers include Michael Showalter, Dave Hill, Julie Klausner, Jessi Klein, Leo Allen, Andrea Rosen, A.D. Miles and more.
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