Uptown Showdown: Childhood vs Adulthood
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
Childhood vs Adulthood
Jon Glaser (Parks and Recreation; Delocated)
Starlee Kine (This American Life)
Sara Schaefer (MTV's late night show Nikki & Sara Live)
Max Silvestri (Big Terrific; Top Chef blogger for Eater)
Joe Randazzo (Former editor of The Onion; Thing X)
Cintra Wilson (Cultural Critic for The New York Times; Salon)
Hosted by Kevin Townley (The Talent Show Brand Variety Show)
You never know what to expect at this bi-monthly, wacky debate series that brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to face-off on a chosen topic, such as which pet is superior cats or dogs and is it better to be comfortable or fashionable? This addition of the popular series includes debaters Jon Glaser, Starlee Kine, Sara Schaefer, Max Silvestri, Cintra Wilson, Joe Randazzo and host Kevin Townley (The Talent Show Brand Variety Show). Winner decided by the audience.
Uptown Showdown is a comedy debate series that tackles some of the most important issues of our time, such as which decade was the coolest-the eighties or the nineties, is cake really better than pie and who would win in a showdown pirates or ninjas? Forget about school reform and health care, these issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night....in a good way.
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Past Performers include Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Tom Cavanagh, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Kurt Braunohler, Janeane Garofalo, Jackie Hoffman, Seth Herzog, Jena Friedman, Brooke Van Poppelen, Eric Slovin, Eliot Glazer, Ilana Glazer, Adam Wade, Dave Hill, Julie Klausner, Jessi Klein, Leo Allen, Andrea Rosen, A.D. Miles, Christian Finnegan, Elna Baker, Kevin Townley, Tom Shillue and more.
Jon Glaser is an actor, comedian and television writer. He plays Councilman Jamm in Parks and Recreation and was recently seen in HBO's Girls as Laird, an ex-junkie with a crush on Hannah Horvath. He is a five-time Emmy nominee with the writing staff of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the creator and star of Adult Swim series Delocated, and the author of My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top.
Starlee Kine is a public radio producer and writer. Her works have been featured on This American Life, Marketplace, and in New York Times Magazine. She is currently working on a book about self-help titled It IS Your Fault.
Joe Randazzo is a writer and stand-up and improvisational comedian. He is the Creative Director of Thing X and a former editor of The Onion. Randazzo has appeared on NPR's This American Life, PBS's Charlie Rose, and MSNBC's Morning Joe.
Sara Schaefer is the co-host of MTV's late night show Nikki & Sara Live and has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Best Week Ever. She won two Emmy awards for her work as the Head Blogger for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and was one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch in 2010.
Max Silvestri is a stand-up comedian and writer. He hosts the weekly stand-up show Big Terrific, arguably the best free weekly comedy show in the city. He writes about Top Chef for Eater National and has written for The A.V. Club, Bon Appetite, and Gawker.
Kevin Townley is a writer, comedian, and co-host of The Talent Show Brand Variety Show, which has featured Ira Glass, John Hodgman, Jeff Garlin, They Might Be Giants and many others. He has appeared in The Sitter with Jonah Hill, Men in Black 3, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He sings in the rock band Bambi and is currently writing a novel for Scholastic.
Cintra Wilson is a writer, performer and cultural critic. Declared as "the Dorothy Parker of the cyber age," she is best known for her commentary on popular culture. She has written for Salon, and currently contributes to the New York Times for its "Critical Shopper" series. Her books include A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Re-examined as a Grotesque Crippling Disease, Colors Insulting to Nature, and Caligula for President: Better American Living Through Tyranny.