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Uptown Showdown: Cats vs Dogs with Michael Showalter and A.D. Miles
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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 11/14/2011 at Symphony Space.

Don't miss the inaugural event of this quirky spin-off on the old-school debate team with Michael Showalter (The State and Stella), Leo Allen (Jon Benjamin Has a Van) and Andrea Rosen (Michael & Michael Have Issues) facing off against a group of three writers and performers from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: head writer A.D. Miles, Jeremy Bronson and Eric Ledgin. Hosted by author and Twitter virtuoso Maureen Johnson. The winner will be decided by the audience.

Uptown ShowDown 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 a good way.

+ About the Artists

Michael Showalter was a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe, The State, which ran for three seasons on MTV. He has also been in the comedy trio Stella with Michael Ian Black and David Wain, and Michael and Michael Have Issues with Michael Ian Black, both of which were produced as series for Comedy Central. Showalter co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer, and directed, wrote and starred in the IFC Films romantic comedy, The Baxter. His latest stand-up comedy record, Sandwiches & Cats, was released in November of 2007 on the JDub Records label, and his comedic memoir, Mr. Funny Pants, was published by Hachette Book Group in 2011.

Leo Allen is a stand-up comedian, writer and director living in New York City. Most recently he co-created Jon Benjamin Has a Van with H. Jon Benjamin for Comedy Central. He has performed stand-up for Comedy Central Presents, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Last Call with Carson Daly, and has performed at Dublin Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, South by Southwest, and US Comedy Arts Festival. When not travelling, Leo Allen hosts a show entitled “Whiplash!” Monday nights at 11pm at the UCB Theater in New York City.

Andrea Rosen is an actress, writer, and comedian, living in NYC. She recently played "Jennifer" on Comedy Central's Stella and is a regular commentator on VH1's All Access Series. She's written and performed two one-woman shows, Fast and Loose and Room for Rent With a grant from the State of New York, she co-wrote, produced, and performed It's a Detective Agency and Everyone's English, a play at the NYC Fringe Festival.

A.D. Miles is the head writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has also written for the web series Wainy Days and Horrible People, both found on My Damn Channel. Miles has appeared in such films as Bamboozled, Uptown Girls, The Baxter, Wet Hot American Summer and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. In addition, he also had a recurring role on the television series Law & Order and Dog Bites Man.

Jeremy Bronson is a writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has also written three episodes and produced an additional two episodes of Fox’s The Mindy Project and was a writer for the Comedy Central series Chocolate News.

Eric Ledgin is a writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has also written for the Current program InfoMania, the PBS program WordGirl and The Showbiz Show with David Spade on Comedy Central.

Maureen Johnson is a New York Times best-selling young adult fiction writer. Her 2005 book 13 Little Blue Envelopes was named a Teens’ Top Ten by the American Library Association, and was followed by its sequel The Last Little Blue Envelope in 2011. Johnson’s 2006 release Devilish was nominated for an Andre Norton Award for excellence in YA science fiction and fantasy, alongside Justine Larbalestier and Scott Westerfeld. The first book of her Shades of London series 2011’s The Name of the Star, won the award for Best Fiction for Young Adults by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Johnson has contributed to the anthologies Zombies vs. Unicorns and Vacations from Hell, and in 2008 co-wrote the New York Times Best-Seller Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle. In addition to her writing, she was named one of the 140 people to follow on Twitter by TIME Magazine. Johnson lives in New York City. 

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