Art of the Stand-Up Comic brings together a quintet of gut-busting talents who elicit laughter in one evening of tag-team hilarity. Carole Montgomery shows off the wickedly deadpan sarcasm that has won her gigs on Comedy Central, ABC, and MTV, whereas the author of The Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing, Jim Mendrinos, tickles ribs with wry observational rants. Voice actor extraordinaire Brian Scott McFadden has lent his talents to such films as Ice Age II and Robots and interlaces high-energy monologues with hilarious impressions and characters. Also taking the stage, the youngest female comic to ever perform on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Liz Miele, mixes self-deprecating sarcasm with cutting insight, and Lori Sommer shows off the improvisational powers that led her to cofound the renowned Red Tie Mafia Improv Troupe.
The majestic opera house of The Hammerstein erupts in an aural fireworks and visual bombast as beloved indie dance-punk duo Matt and Kim rings in the New Year with a exhilarating set of high-energy party anthems. With Kim’s frenetic drum pounding and Matt’s propulsive keyboarding, the continually skyrocketing DIY architects of pop have scored a devoted following and their own line of sneakers with hits such as the gold single “Daylight” and the MTV Breakthrough Award–winning track “Lessons Learned,” which taught countless people not to leave mayonnaise in the sun. With a brisk sound that sends hip-hop through art school and makes twee pop do pushups, along with dazzling lights and costume changes, Matt and Kim’s athletic set starts the New Year off better than coffee brewed in a disco ball. Starting the show, fellow party instigators Super Mash Bros. blend the hits of the ‘90s with modern rap anthems into sonic smoothies, and psychedelic electronic magicians Body Language get crowds moving with bundles of boogie-inducing dynamite.
Dubbed “the punk ballerina” for her audacity, ambition, and pure raw talent, Karole Armitage exploded onto the dance scene in 1981 with her groundbreaking work Drastic-Classicism. Since then, the artist has held numerous directorial positions at companies around the world and created genre-bending works inspired by such topics as theoretical physics, 16th-century Florence, and dance. Specializing in an aesthetic as precise as it seems improvised, Armitage and her daring company strive to challenge the preconceived notions of both audiences and the dance establishment.
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Famous for their riotous revelries throughout the country, most notably at the New York, New York casino in Las Vegas, NYC Dueling Piano Show churns out keyboard-clanging comedy in a boundless bar sing-a-long replete with rock 'n' roll hits and audience requests. The pair of professional rock pianists, newly joined by Billy Joel saxophonist Mark Rivera, displays an encyclopedic repertoire, performing almost any request from Bon Jovi's iconic "Livin' on a Prayer," to Beethoven's traditional "Sonata at the OK Corral." An array of appetizers and craftily concocted cocktails keep vocal cords crooning as merry-making melodears mill about the theater's ample cabaret-style seating. Enjoy the show as a drink-bearing superhero duo, or fly solo as a tee-totaling comic book villain.