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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 11/19/2012 at Symphony Space.

Michael Showalter (The State, Stella), Craig Baldo (Last Comic Standing finalist) and Albertina Rizzo (writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) face-off against Jackie Hoffman (The New Normal), Kevin Townley (The Talent Show) and Seth Herzog at this special holiday edition of the series, Hannukah vs Christmas.

Winner decided by the audience. Hosted by Jared Logan (

+ 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.

Craig Baldo is a stand-up comedian based in Brooklyn. He was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and at Bonnaroo, Vancouver Comedy Festival, and Montreal “Just for Laughs” Festival. New York Magazine named Baldo one of the “Ten New Comedians that Funny People Find Funny.” He has also written for the MTV show Silent Library and has been a contributing writer to The Onion, Time Out New York,, Stereogum, and

Albertina Rizzo is a writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She also the co-author of Hold My Gold: A White Girls Guide to the Hip-Hop World and Britney's Baby Book. Her work has been featured and/or covered by numerous publications including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, New York magazine, The NY Press, and on She has appeared on ABC News Now, E! News Live, and on a variety of nationally syndicated radio shows.

Jackie Hoffman is a stage and screen actress and stand-up comedian. She performed numerous roles in David and Amy Sedaris' 2001 comic play, The Book of Liz, winning an Obie Award.  She has also appeared in the musicals Hairspray, Xanadu, and The Addams Family, and Hoffman won a Jeff Award for One Woman Shoe. In addition, she regularly performs at Joe's Pub in one-woman concerts, and has had recurring roles on UPN’s Dilbert and most recently NBC’s The New Normal.

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.

Seth Herzog was the subject of the short film Zog's Place and has enjoyed small roles in such films as Safe Men, The Ten and The Baxter. He has also acted in numerous commercials, and on such T.V. shows as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Chappelle's Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and VH1's Best Week Ever. In 2007 Heeb Magazine named Herzog a member of the "Heeb 100," a listing of 100 influential young Jewish artists/performers.

Jared Logan will perform his own half hour special on Comedy Central this year. He is also currently a cast member of VH1’s Best Week Ever, and has appeared on the Comedy Central programs John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show and TJ Miller’s Mash-Up. He was a delegate for Comedy Central's Indecision 2012 and works as warm-up comedian for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Jared lives in New York but is originally from West Virginia.

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