Frantic! FREE Show Hosted By Aaron Berg!
Abby Rosenquist, Gibran Saleem, Giulio Gallarotti, Erica Spera, Michael Kosta, Paul Virzi, Judah Friedlander, Chris Gethard
Mon · June 19, 2017
Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 10:00 pmThe Stand
This event is 16 and over
Come experience the best free show in all of Manhattan! Featuring club regulars, up & coming talent, and surprise drop-ins...this is Frantic!
Hosted by Aaron Berg with Judah Friedlander, Chris Gethard, Michael Kosta, Paul Virzi, Abby Rosenquist, Gibran Saleem, Erica Spera, Giulio Gallarotti, and More!http://thestandnyc.ticketfly.com/event/1497079/
I’m named after a Lebanese poet, my Mom’s favorite poet. I like my mom, sometimes. She’d tell me to edit that, but I’m not too concerned with grammar. As long as the point gets across, “the meaning of the communication is the response it elicits.” I don’t know who said that, but I collect quotes in a word document on my laptop called “quotes.” The quotes range from optimism to cynicism to contemplative silliness. I also range from optimism to cynicism to contemplative silliness. Optimism in myself and others, cynicism in the simple happy thoughts lost when we lose touch with our inner youth. As for the contemplative silliness, I’m still thinking about it.
One of my favorite quotes is by Salvidor Dali, “Everything alter’s me, but nothing changes me.” It’s one of my favorite quotes for two reasons. One, Salvador Dali is one of my favorite artists. His perspective embraces a magical reality that makes one consider the world beyond the limited scope of everyday events and interactions. Two, because I believe that at the core we are all powerful individuals with equally robust personalities. It’s just that we are affected by certain things over time. Somethings for better, somethings for worse. It is how we let these things alter us that make us who we are.
Beyond all the veneers and shields we have developed overtime we are all still the same silly little children; running with tiny bodies and giant heads falling all over the place. We’ve just figured out ways to cushion the fall. But we’re still the same, we’re still falling all over the place.
I used to write poetry at one point. But I fell. I’ve found other ways to channel out those emotions. Sometimes those emotions turn to laughter. Sometimes not. It doesn’t matter as long as there’s growth. I don’t want to be the old me. I don’t want to be the new me, or the current me. I just want to be the best me. I want to maximize my potential. And in turn maybe it will help other’s maximize their own. Maybe not, but still, it something’s to work towards.
Hi, My name is Gibran. Nice to meet you.
Erica is the producer of 607 Comedy, where she hosts charity shows throughout the Upstate New York area. When she isn't having dinner with her ridiculously large family, you can find Erica performing nightly all over the big apple; doing stand up at bars, colleges, and comedy clubs such as Gotham, EastVille, Caroline's, Q.E.D., and The Creek & the Cave. She recently made her stand up TV debut on Gotham Comedy LIVE! on AXSTV.
Erica has performed alongside some of her favorite comedians in the Boston Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Hoboken Comedy Festival, Devil Cup, and the Ladies of Laughter.
Once a month, she co-hosts a free show The Halftime Show at The Standing Room in Long Island City, and every Friday she co-hosts Bitches Brew, at Halyard's Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn. You should come see a show and meet Erica's parents.
Kosta started out as an athlete; he is quick to point out that he was once-ranked number 864 in the world in professional tennis and earned over $11,000 on tour. Don't laugh, that's $11,000 more than you made as a pro athlete.
Kosta gained attention as a comedian when he broke out of the HBO Comedy and Arts Festival in Aspen. He quickly relocated to Los Angeles where he began his television career; he made regular appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno & Chelsea Lately before both those hosts drowned in their money and ended their shows. He has performed on Conan, @Midnight and also starred in his own comedy special, Comedy Central Presents: Michael Kosta. As a host, Michael acted as a know-it-all correspondent for E!’s spinoff of The Soup, entitled The Soup Investigates, and was recently seen guest hosting the hit G4 series, Attack of The Show; that stint ended after Kosta caused the show as well as the network to be cancelled (the media says that the network was being reformatted, but we know better).
His other TV credits include TruTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents, Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy and Michael also hosted the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards’ Backstage Live show.
Kosta has also shot pilots with MTV, NBC, E! and developed a late night talk show with Comedy Central and recently developed his own scripted pilot based on his life, produced by Fox. All of those projects were colossal failures.
In the sports world, Kosta hosted Fox Sports Network’s CCHA All Access, a hockey show in Detroit, for which he won two “Michigan Emmys” as performer/host. Those are like regular Emmys, but smaller and a lot less prestigious. He is also the author of a book titled “101 Tips for Winning More Tennis Matches” which earns him quarterly royalty checks of around $110.
Michael lives in Los Angeles where he hopes to someday become famous and forget the little people. You should sleep with him.
Author of books:
If the Raindrops United (2015)
How To Beat Up Anybody (2010)
Meet the Parents
Wet Hot American Summer
The Daily Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Talk shows including: Letterman, Fallon, Meyers, Conan, Wilmore
News discussion shows including: The Young Turks, Lawrence O'Donnell
Photo: Phil Provencio
At this show, he'll perform CAREER SUICIDE, an hour long stand up set that focuses on things like depression, suicide, and alcoholism. He's performed it at Union Hall in Brooklyn for the past year, and at Just for Laughs Montreal, Just for Laughs Toronto, and San Francisco Sketchfest. This performance marks the first time he's performing it not on his home turf or at a friendly comedy festival. Canada's Now Magazine named Career Suicide the number one comedy show they saw in 2015.
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