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Spoken Word VS Stand Up
Bowery Poetry
New York, NY
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Spoken Word VS Stand Up
Spoken Word vs. Stand Up is a new show hosted by Aliya Schneider at Bowery Poetry Club, merging the crafts of spoken word poetry and stand-up comedy. Come see three poets and three comedians (bios below) present their crafts, and for three of the performers, try their counterpart's art form. A panel of judges (including comedy producer Teresa Sheffield, Bowery Poetry Founder Bob Holman, and Aliya's cool mom) will determine who of each pair has to attempt their counterpart's craft, on the spot.


Melissa Lozada-Olivais a poet living in the New York area. She has been featured on REMEZCLA, The Huffington Post, the Guardian, Buzzfeed, The Adroit Journal & most recently, Google Maps. She is the author of Peluda & an MFA candidate at NYU.

Wheres Chike? is a comedian, actor & writer from Flint, Michigan. Chike has had his Jokes featured on Amy Poehler's Seeso for New Yorks Funniest. He's been featured on The Young Guns Of Comedy Tour, which traveled throughout the states, as well as co produced & hosted "Time Of Your Life," a live Variety show showcased in the 2017 New York Comedy Festival sponsored by the TBS network.

Natachi Mez is a Nigerian American poet based in California and NYC. She was the 2016 Barnard-Columbia University Slam champion, and in 2016, her team received 3rd place at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). In 2017, her team was honored with the CUPSI Spirit of the Slam award. Natachi has featured at Tufts University, Oberlin College, Urban Word NYC, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Rain City Slam, Sol Collective, and has performed in Paris, Istanbul, Berlin, and Copenhagen. Additionally, she has hosted and curated poetry nights, concerts, and writing workshops. Shes been featured in Ratrock Magazine, Hoot Magazine, Re:Claim Mag and recently was a featured performer at Women of Color in Motion in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Julius Omega Baltonado received his MFA in Creative Writing and Poetry from Queens College and was a writing resident and research fellow at The Louis Armstrong House Museum fellowship program, which he now directs. He is Program Manager at the Bowery Poetry Club and a Writing Consultant at CUNY's Queensborough Community College.

Shannon Coffey is a comedian from LA who has been seen on MTV's Girl Code, VH1's The 20, and is now hosting on BUILD.

Melissa Rocha is a brooklyn based comic. Shes very nice and is looking forward to spending the evening with you. Melissa has performed in Not Right Now, Anarchy Show at The Brick, Everything is Falling Apart live talk show, and has been seen on CBS Sunday Morning.


Bowery Poetry (View)
308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
United States




Owner: Bowery Arts and Science
On BPT Since: Aug 16, 2013
Bowery Poetry

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