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Uptown Showdown: Books vs. Movies with Janeane Garofalo and James Adomian
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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 07/17/2013 at Symphony Space.

Janeane Garofalo, Joe De RosaAparna Nancherla (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell), Brooke Van Poppelen, James Adomian (Funny or Die), and David Rees (How to Sharpen Pencils) square off to settle the supremacy of books and movies.  Hosted by Adam Goldman (The Outs).  

+ About the Artists

Janeane Garofalo is a film and television actress, outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer. She has appeared in the films The Truth About Cats and DogsReality Bites, and Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, among others. Janeane was also a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning Ben Stiller Show, and Janeane and Ben Stiller also co-authored the best seller Feel This Book. Her Air America Radio program The Majority Report ran from 2004 to 2006.

David Rees has been a political cartoonist, with his work appearing in Rolling Stone, GQ, The Nation, Harper's and many other publications. He is the writer of the 2012 book How to Sharpen Pencils, and is now the purveyor of artisnally sharpened pencils from his home in the Lower Hudson Valley.

Joe De Rosa has been a guest star on HBO's Bored to Death and IFC's Z-Rock, and is a regular on Fox News's Red Eye and the Opie and Anthony radio show. His first Comedy Central Presents half-hour stand-up special in 2009 led to his album The Depression Auction, released on Comedy Central Records in 2010. His second Comedy Central special was recorded earlier this year. Joe currently produces web shorts on, and with Bill Burr co-hosts the podcast Uninformed.

Aparna Nancherla is a writes and sometimes appears on FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Her stand-up has been featured on Last Comic Standing, Funny or Die, the Nerdist podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, Slate V, and NPR, and in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, and the Great American Comedy Festival. She has been featured by LA Weekly as one of "12 Comedy Acts to Watch" and Splitsider's "10 Up-and-Coming Comedians on the East Coast."

James Adomian was a finalist on the 2010 season of Last Comic Standing, and has become a staple on the podcast Comedy Bang! Bang! and guest stars on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital. His debut comedy album, Low Hangin Fruit, was released on Earwolf in 2012, and was praised by LA Weekly as "a lock for comedy album of the year." James currently stars as Marc Maron in the IFC/Funny or Die co-production Maron in Space, and will be featured on Comedy Central's John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show later this year.

Brooke van Poppelen is a New York City-based stand-up comedian named one of the "Best New Comedians of 2012" in Esquire magazine. She has been a featured performer at SXSW and the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and has written for several TV programs, including VH1's The Greatest and Big Morning Buzz and MTV's Nikki and Sara Live and Guy Code, and starred in The History Channel's I Love the 1880s. Currently Brooke is a writer and producer of MTV's Girl Code, and will be featured on Comedy Central's John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show later this year.

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