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 pm
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!
Aaron now makes his home in New York City where he works most of the top comedy clubs. Aaron just wrapped 13 episodes as Floyd in the groundbreaking new TV series 24 HOUR RENTAL which will be airing on Superchannel in 2013. He has appeared at the Boston Comedy Festival, the New York Comedy Festival, and performed a nationally televised gala set for the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival. His first solo show, The Underbelly Diaries ran off-Broadway at Theatre Row in NYC where it was chosen as "one of three shows you can't afford to miss" in the New York Daily News. The show has been adapted as a feature film and is being produced by Timshel Pictures. Aaron also recently appeared off-Broadway in Jeremy Levy's one act play 21 DAYS and is a subject in the upcoming documentary A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE about 6 Canadian Comedians who travelled to Israel to perform to diverse audiences. He will also be featured in Alan Zweig's new film WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY. Additional recent Televison guest appearances include KING, Breakout Kings and Murdoch Mysteries. He has also been heard on CBC's The Debaters.
Abby Rosenquist started performing stand up while pursuing a degree in construction engineering at the University of Nebraska. Since graduation her dark, fast paced comedy has gotten her invited to perform at various festivals and venues all over including the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival, Laughing Skull Festival, and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Abby will be making her television debut on Fuse's Uproarious this fall.
Gibran Saleem was born in North Carolina and raised in Virginia in a Pakistani household. He started comedy while attending graduate school at New York University for Psychology. While attending school he was individually handpicked as an MVP nominee on the national TBS Rooftop Comedy College Competition and was a 2-time recipient of the UCB diversity scholarship.
Gibran is the only comedian to ever be selected, as a finalist for both the Stand-Up NBC and NBC's Late Night program; where he was 1 of 6 individuals hand selected over 1,000 submissions.
Gibran has been featured on MTV, TV Land, Popcorn Flix, PBS, CUNY TV, VOA, Elite Daily, and Cosmopolitan and performed his stand-up television debut on Gotham Comedy Live for AXS TV. He was the focus of an international documentary on NHK TV called Asian Dreamers: Brown is Funny and has been featured in festivals nationally across the states as well as winning 1st place in the Hoboken comedy festival. Gibran is a staple among college campuses and travels throughout the year. He can be seen on the next season of Better Things on FX by Louis CK and Pamela Adlon.
Giulio Gallarotti is a standup comedian and actor from Brooklyn, NY. Giulio has appeared on MTV shows such as Girl Code and Totally Clueless where he was a recurring cast member. As a standup comedian he has appeared on Gotham Comedy Live on AXStv, No Small Talk on Tidal and won backstages 360 comedy festival. Giulio has been featured in the New York Comedy Festival four years in a row where he headlined his own show in 2015. @notjulio
Erica Spera is an NYC-based comedian from Binghamton, New York. She hosts a weekly podcast, 20 Minutes of Fire on SoundCloud and iTunes. She recently made her first Sirius XM appearance on Andy Cohen's channel.
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.
Michael Kosta is a stand-up comedian who was most recently seen on Fox Sports 1’s flagship series, Crowd Goes Wild. Kosta and Regis Philbin lead a panel of sports experts in a lighthearted look at the daily happenings in the world of sports. After 176 live episodes the show got canceled because Regis didn't know shit. Some of Michael's successful segments were “This Week in Punting,” “Stupid Sports Stuff You Can Actually Buy Online,” and “On This Date in Sports History”.
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.
￼Paul performs all over the country and many of the nation's top comedy clubs have called him one of the strongest up and comers working today. Recently, Paul was a semi-finalist for NY's Funniest Comic Competition for the NY Comedy Festival in NYC. He also opened for Bill Burr at Carnegie Hall where he killed in front of sold out 2800 people which was also part of the NY Comedy Festival. Paul's Stand-Up can be heard on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio daily. He has recently made a TV appearance on Fox's "Redeye" Spike TV and wrote for the 2011 ESPN Espy Awards. He has opened numerous times for some of the best comedians in the business. Comics such as Dave Attell from Comedy Central's "Insomniac"and Bill Burr from Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show" and his one hour special "Let It Go" are just a couple. Paul has also shared the stage with the likes of Tracey Morgan, Bob Saget, Christopher Titus and Louis CK. Paul never fails in keeping the laughs coming and making the audience feel comfortable with his hard hitting personal approach. He is fun to watch and has a great stage presence.
Stand-up comedy has been Judah's main thing since he first started in 1989. His onstage persona of The World Champion has taken on different shades over the years. It was initially a satire on narcissism & braggarts. Then the persona morphed into being a real life superhero (who is actually humble) subliminally getting audiences to question why we have heroes. For the past several years & currently, Judah's act has been predominantly satirizing American exceptionalism as well U.S. domestic and foreign policy. The World Champion is a champion of the world - who stands up for earth's rights and the people, animals, and plants of the planet. If America does the right thing, Judah will be the next president of the United States. Judah has a stand-up special & album coming out soon.
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
CHRIS GETHARD is a comedian, actor, and writer who has appeared on Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, Parks and Recreation, and The Office. He's perhaps best known as the host of the underground talk show The Chris Gethard Show that lived for four years on public access television before finding a home on the Fusion Network. He had a half hour special on Comedy Central, wrote a book called A Bad Idea I'm About to Do, and put out an album a few years ago on Don Giovanni Records.
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.