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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Leslie Goshko

imageLeslie Goshko is an award-winning storyteller who’s won our hearts in the latest edition of Culture Klatsch (that’s her in the photo at left with Ira Glass, “the man, the myth, the legend.").

When she’s not busy resting Diet Cokes on her (useful!) copy of Infinite Jest, watching “Dance Moms”, or performing with the improvised storytelling rock band The BTK Band, Leslie serves as host of her monthly storytelling show Sideshow Goshko. Leslie brings her Sideshow to 92YTribeca tomorrow night with A+ storytellers in tow, including former “Blue’s Clues” host Steve Burns, comedian Tom Shillue, and Moth GrandSlam Champion Ed Gavagan. 

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Well, since I’m sure Facebook and my college roommate’s blog don’t count, I’d say the radio. I still listen to an actual radio. It’s in my kitchen. My dad gave it to me. Hi, Dad!

What are your favorite websites?
I have a feeling this answer is just the first in a series of “maybe I shouldn’t reveal that” moments but…I daily check wwtdd.com. And in case you’re wondering what that stands for, it’s “What Would Tyler Durden Do.” Yes, Tyler Durden from “Fight Club.” Apparently I’m a college-aged frat boy who wants you to know that the first rule about Fight Club is...well, I don’t remember. But the second rule is fighting!

Actually it’s a pop culture site.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
They are intravenously inserted into my body (shameless twitter plug @ohmygoshko).

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
Books? What are these “books” you speak of? Oh, you mean coasters! Infinite Jest has saved my table from many a diet coke ring. I’d like to see your Kindle do that!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Kevin Janus

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This Monday was Thanksgiving in Canada, and we spent the day being thankful for Canadian comedian Kevin Janus. Kevin’s taking a break from trolling Toronto Blue Jays stats blogs long enough to host The Comedy Igloo this Thursday at 92YTribeca (Oct 13), with special guests Leo Allen and Matt McCarthy. We’re really looking forward to hearing more about Celine Dion and the “Friday Night Lights” season 2 murder plotline.

Super Kevin Janus fans (and stalkers), can get a bigger fix below, with the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Kevin Janus. That’s where you’ll learn you won’t find him on Facebook. “I’m a conscientious objector to Facebook,” he told us.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
To keep up with serious Canadian news, like the guy who broke into Celine Dion’s house and took a bath, I follow CTV News on Twitter and read The Toronto Star online.  For more trivial news, I read the print edition of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times online. 

What are your favorite websites?
Honestly, I don’t really go directly to websites anymore.  I follow every one of my favorite websites on Twitter. All 846 of them. One of the few websites I do still visit directly is called Batter’s Box.  It’s a nerdy, stats-heavy Toronto Blue Jays baseball blog. Because yes. Canadians do love baseball. 

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I use Twitter all the time.  But I refuse to have a Facebook account.  I’m a conscientious objector to Facebook. I’m sorry, what? No. That’s perfectly consistent. 

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Liam McEneaney

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Comedian Liam McEneaney gives us a peek inside the wonderland of his brain in the latest edition of Culture Klatsch. He’s hosting “Liam McEneaney’s Writings with Music,” tomorrow, October 6 at 92YTribeca with special guests Myla Goldberg, Christopher Weingarten, and Kambri Crews. If he’s half as good at asking questions as he is at answering ours, tomorrow night will be seriously fun. We’ll assume (and hope) that Liam will discuss his penchant for pets in funny outfits at length with Mr. Weingarten, founder of Hipster Puppies, tomorrow.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I used to go to morning news shows, it doesn’t matter which one because it’s the same show on every channel; because instead of news about the world, I like cooking tips and pets in funny outfits. When I want a view of the world from someone slightly more knowledgeable and informative than the TV news, I like to read Youtube comments.

What are your favorite websites?
As far as I’m concerned, 92Y.org is the only website on the Internet.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
Are you asking how often I update @heyitsliam, my personal account? Or are you talking about @tyfcomedy, which is the Twitter handle for my weekly show Tell Your Friends! Or maybe you mean @tyfconcertfilm, which is the Twitter feed for the concert film based on that show?

In any case, I am usually too busy on Youtube, posting my hilarious “7-11 was an inside job” comments to bother with any of that.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Dylan Brody

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Dylan Brody is currently touring his one-person storytelling show, More Arts / Less Martial, a must-see for anyone who loves the storytelling form, laughter, the martial arts, peace, humanity or any combination thereof.

He’s bringing his show to 92YTribeca tomorrow, September 14. So we sent him the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A to learn more about his culture and media diets. For example, we learned he subscribes to both The New Yorker and (sometimes) to Granta. “I also subscribe,” he told us, “to several Marvel Comics titles and every time a new comic book comes in the mail I am filled with a childlike glee.” And he has three two dogs, named Sir Corwin the Beautiful Dog-Faced Dog, Brindled Beast of Sylmar and Lord Buckley Sweetlips, Greatest of all Dane Mutts (The Dinosaur Slaying Dog).

Read the full Q&A below. 

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Employee Of The Month Catie Lazarus

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Our pal Catie Lazarus – host of Employee of the Month at 92YTribeca on Thursday – talks with the New York Post about how she turned her not-so-dreamy job search into a talk show about dream jobs.

“I could apply and apply for jobs and hear nothing back, but I found I could get informational interviews with just about anyone,” she says.

Thus was born “Employee of the Month,” a “talk show about dream jobs,” where Lazarus, who’s also a comedian and performer, interviews people with enviable careers.

Catie is still looking for a job. “I really just want a writing job,” she told the New York Post. “And I can also do voice-overs.”

Employee of the Month happens August 18 at 92YTribeca and features critically acclaimed performance artist Aurelia Thierrée, documentary filmmaker Julia Bacha and Emmy Award-winner Kevin Clash, best known as the man behind the beloved Sesame Street character Elmo. Plus, music from singer Noam Weinstein. Tickets are available here.

Related: 92YTribeca presents David Wain and Catie Lazarus in Conversation




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Friday, August 05, 2011
Join 92YTribeca’s New Facebook Fan Pages For Comedy And Music

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92YTribeca Comedy and 92YTribeca Music have created new fan pages in light of the new Facebook changes governing Facebook Groups.

If you haven’t done so yet, head over to 92YTribeca Comedy and 92YTribeca Music on Facebook and hit that “like” button! And then head over to our walls and let us know what you want to see on the new pages, and we will definitely try and give you what you want. Thanks, and either way, already like you twice as much! 




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Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Culture Klatsch: 92Y Q&A With Ann And Fiona

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We’re going to go ahead and add Ann Design and Fiona Walsh to the list of comedy duos that have stood the test of time. They are bringing their new show “Listen to this… with Ann and Fiona” to 92YTribeca, tomorrow, August 4. Joining them will be a bunch of others, including Comedy Central headliner Christian Finnegan.

And today, they are the latest subjects of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A, where we learned they prefer to get their news from Dunkin’ Donuts, a raunchy gossip site, and Hoda and Kathie Lee. Check it out:

Where do you go for news when you start your day? 

Fiona Walsh: First place I go is the hilarious site of my friend Michael K at dlisted.com. It’s as worthy as any news site on the internet and it always, always guarantees me a smile!! 

Ann Design: When I start my day, I like to get my news from random sources. Hoda and Kathie Lee are one source, nothing beats getting hard news from two women drunk on wine. I also listen to the talk of the day while on line at Dunkin’ Donuts. Boy, there sure are a lot of smart people at DD early in the morning.

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Monday, June 06, 2011
What You Missed: Mel & El: Our Time of the Month

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Musical comedy duo Mel & El hit the stage at 92YTribeca last week for their pee-your-pants-funny show, Our Time of the Month.

See more photos from the evening on 92YTribeca’s Flickr page and read the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A with Mel & El.

Coming up at 92YTribeca Comedy on Wednesday, June 8, is 100% Happy 88% of the Time, a mind-expanding theater experience from acclaimed artist Beth Lapides. Tickets are available here.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Meet The Lady Meets The Ladies

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Tom Blunt on the phone with Patty McCormack

Another successful Meet The Lady (this one about First Ladies), took place at 92YTribeca last Friday, hosted by our pal Tom Blunt. Above, he is on the phone with Patty McCormack, who has portrayed Pat Nixon in “Frost/Nixon.”

Also present were John Epperson (who is sometimes the drag legend Lypsinka), nightlife impresario Will Clark, comedian Shawn Hollenbach, Nick Chase, writer and director of The Shells Show, Peter J. Cook, co-founder of NYC’s Terrible Baby Theater Company, and opera singer Cory Clines.

Want to see more great photos from the evening? Head over to 92YTribeca’s Flickr page.

Next up in the series is Meet The Lady: Working Girls on June 24

Visit 92YTribeca Film online and follow 92YTribeca Film on Facebook and Twitter. You can also join their eNews list.




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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch: Q&A With Mel & El
Mel & El, “a modern day Laverne & Shirley, but dirtier,” are real life best friends who have known each other since they were 12 years old. “Some people think we have psychological issues,” Mel told us.

Mel & El host a hilarious monthly show and are bringing it to 92YTribeca for the first time next week on June 2, along with extra special guest comedian Sue Funke.

They are also the latest subjects in the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A. And just like the title of their blog, Mel & El have things to tell.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?

Mel: To be honest, the first place we go for news is each other.
El: Good point. Usually by 8am there is some email thread or text situation happening where we are alerting each other to “MEM”.
Mel: You have to explain that.
El: Oh. That means “My Every Move”. It doesn’t have to do with ACTUAL news, but to us, it’s essential information.
Mel: Some people think we have psychological issues but we embrace our Codefriendency. 

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Monday, May 23, 2011
Deborah Copaken Kogan’s: “Hospital Bound, Contractions Fierce, Taxi Stolen”

Smith Magazine presented another Six-Word Memoir project last week at 92YTribeca, this one about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons.

Above is video of Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Shutterbabe, Between Here and April and Hell Is Other Parents, performing her six word memoir, “Hospital bound, contractions fierce, taxi stolen.”

Check out Smith Magazine’s YouTube channel for more video from the evening featuring Joe Lockhart, former press secretary for President Clinton.

Next up at 92YTribeca Comedy is Comedy Below Canal™ this Thursday with Calise Hawkins, Dan Goodman, Chris Rozzi, Joe DeVito and more!

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Thursday, May 05, 2011
‘I Am Turning Into My Mother’

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Submissions to The New York Times Six-Word Memoir contest

If you thought it seemed like just last February that 92YTribeca hosted a six-word memoir slam, you’d be right!

Another one is scheduled for May 18, a Six-Word Memoir Story Slam about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons. The New York Times Well Blog has caught wind and is running a contest around the event, with a spin. They want your “momoirs,” and ask: “Can you sum up your mother in just six words?” Read the hundreds submitted thus far, and check the comments for many more.

Do you have your own six-word memoirs about your parent(s) or sibling(s)? Share them in the comments below!

SMITH magazine’s “I Am Turning Into My Mother” Six-Word Story Slam happens May 18 at 92YTribeca; tickets are available here.

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Friday, April 22, 2011
FISTICUFFS! Caption Contest

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Ok here’s the deal...Drew Dernavich, FISTICUFFS! co-creator and cartoonist at The New Yorker, wants your caption for the drawing above.

If you’re coming to the next FISTICUFFS! on Wednesday, April 27, write your caption down and bring it with you. During the show, audience answers will be revealed on stage and one lucky winner will be chosen for a prize! If you can’t make it to the event, share your idea with us in the comments below.

Please feel free to repost this elsewhere, and share it far and wide on Twitter and Facebook. Let’s see what kind of caption you can dream up!

[The Nib & Pick Society Presents ... FISTICUFFS!]

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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Introducing The (Tentatively Named) 92Y Culture Diet Q&A

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Drew Dernavich, cartoonist at The New Yorker and FISTICUFFS! co-creator, (where cartoonists battle the only way they know how—by drawing cartoons!) is the first subject of the new 92Y Culture Diet Q&A. Questions focus on discovering more about the subjects’ media and culture diet, for example, “What are your favorite websites?” and “What magazines do you subscribe to?”

The next FISTICUFFS! happens April 27 at 92YTribeca.

Without further adieu...take it away Drew Dernavich!

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011
What You Missed: G.L.O.C. Launch Party at 92YTribeca

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Last Thursday, 92Y Tribeca celebrated the launch of TheGLOC.net, a website written by and for all Gorgeous Ladies Of Comedy. Their were performances from Kristen Schaal ("The Daily Show,” The Sexy Book of Sex), Kambri Crews (author of the forthcoming Love, Daddy), Jane Borden (I Totally Meant To Do That) and comedy chanteuse Adira Amram & The Experience. Check out the photo album on 92Y Tribeca’s Flickr page.

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