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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 03/18/2013 at Symphony Space.

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 debatersJon Glaser, Starlee KineSara SchaeferMax Silvestri, Cintra Wilson, Joe Randazzo and host Kevin Townley. Winner decided by the audience.

+ About the Artists

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 LifeMarketplace, 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'sMorning 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. ClubBon 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.

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