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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 03/12/2012 at Symphony Space.

Michael Ian BlackTom Shillue, and Tom Cavanagh face off against The Talent Show's Elna BakerDave Hill and Kevin Townley  in a head-to-head debate that tackles the important issue, Fashion Vs Comfort.  The winner will be decided by the audience. Hosted by Matthew Love.  Sponsored by The Onion AV Club.

+ About the Artists

Michael Ian Black is a comedian, actor, writer and director. He co-wrote and co-starred in the  series Stella and The State. Many will also recognize Michael from his myriad appearances on the VH1 series I Love the 70s/80s/90s/New Millennium. Black's new humor book releases on February 28th titled You're Not Doing it Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations.

Elna Baker is a comedian, writer and raconteur based in New York City. Her stories have been heard on This American LifeStudio 360The Moth and BBC Radio 4. Along with Kevin Townley, Elna co-hosts the New York comedy show The Talent Show at Littlefield in Brooklyn. She also performs stand-up and has released a memoir called The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, which describes her experiences as a single Mormon living in New York.

Tom Cavanagh has recently played recurring roles in Royal PainsScrubsstarred in the series Ed and Love Monkey. He also is the co-creator and co-host of Mike and Tom Eat Snacks with Michael Ian Black.

Dave Hill is a writer, performer, musician, actor and frequent contributor toThis American Life. He is also the host of the podcast Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident and is a regular HBO and Cinemax host. He has written for several publications including the New York TimesThe Huffington Post, and Salon. His book Tasteful Nudes:...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation will be published in May. He's also a member of at least five rock bands.

Michael Showalter is the star/creator of Michael & Michael Have IssuesThe StateWet Hot American SummerThe Baxter and Stella. His memoir Mr. Funny Pants was released last spring.

Kevin Townley is an actor and comedian who has appeared in the films My Super Ex-GirlfriendThe Sitter, and The Comedy. Along with Elna Baker, Kevin co-hosts The Talent Show at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Time Out New York also recently listed Kevin as a "Most Stylish New Yorker."

Tom Shillue is a writer, comedian and storyteller. Once a correspondent for theDaily Show, Tom has also appeared on Conan O'Brien and Last Comic Standing. ECNY named him Best One Man Show in 2010 and Best Story Teller in 2011 for his live comedy show Supernormal.

Matthew Love is a Brooklyn-based writer who is currently the Books and Comedy editor at Time Out New York. In addition to Time Out, he's covered books, comedy, theater and New York culture for The Onion AV ClubThe Village Voice and Comedians Magazine.

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