EMERGENCY TOUR STOP TO SUPPORT OCCUPY WALL STREET Featuring Guest Comics TBA
Suggested $10 donation to go towards our rental fee, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. FREE for OWS participants.
The Epifaneo 56 Walker Street 1 block below Canal, between Broadway and Church It's a 10 min walk from Zuccotti Park
Laughter Against the Machine, anchored by W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green and Janine Brito, has built a space for a comedy where the comedians and the audience to expect to be challenged, to laugh, and think at the same time. It's an issue-oriented, no-holds-barred show with no preconceived expectations, no party lines, and certainly no cheerleading - because they have beef with everybody, including themselves.
LATM is on a tour to the most polarized places in the USA - attempting to bring a comedic peace-keeping mission to the hot spots of American political controversy, and to find out if comedy can illuminate truth and bring people together. Like Doctors Without Borders, but with jokes instead of penicillin, LATM roams the country bringing humor to the people on the front lines of social and political change.
More P-Funk All Stars than the Beatles, LATM also brings likeminded comics to throw down - previous guests have included Margaret Cho and Jimmy Dore. The NYC show will feature some of New York's best socio -political comics as guest stars, TBA.
ABOUT The Comedians
W. KAMAU BELL is one of the fastest-rising socio-political comics in the United States. Praised by Punchline Magazine as "one of our nation's most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit," Kamau has been voted San Francisco's best comedian by three different publications. His new stand up album, "Face Full of Flour," was named one of the 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2010 by iTunes and Punchline Magazine. He is best known for his critically acclaimed solo show "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour," which was a comedy pick in The Guardian during it's recent run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Kamau has performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where his set was filmed for HBO Canada, and at the New York Comedy Festival, where he was a critic's pick in Time Out NY. Robin Williams has declared Kamau, "ferociously funny," and Time Out NY gives him "FOUR STARS" and offers that, "Bell finds comic gold in the wide range of material he mines, offering provocative insights into an ugly reality." The SF Weekly has called Kamau "smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho," though he was more excited that they called him "handsome." Visit him online at www.wkamaubell.com
NATO GREEN, San Francisco native was named SF Weekly's Best Comedian of 2010 for getting "smarter and faster" and putting on "legendary" shows that keep audiences "doubled over." Punchline Magazine called Nato a "more aggressive white gentleman." Nato is the creator of Iron Comic, the Iron Chef-spoofing comedy game show that packed houses at SF Sketchfest for four years. The East Bay Express reported that onstage Nato "has a knack for pushing boundaries," the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Nato "had the hordes howling." Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, said Nato is, "Righteous and hilarious, bracing and a hoot, Nato Green is like finding a shot of bourbon at your co-worker's stupid vegan potluck." www.natogreen.com
JANINE BRITO started doing standup comedy in St. Louis and is now a rising star on the San Francisco scene. She is a regular at the Punch Line, winner of the 2009 SF Women's Comedy Competition, and recipient of Rooftop Comedy's 2010 Silver Nail Award. A sarcastic, snarky smart bomb of comedy funk straight from the 80's, Janine has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and The SF Weekly called her "a mean lesbian". But she's pretty sure that they meant it in a good way. www.janinebrito.com
The Epifaneo (View)
56 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013