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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 01/28/2013 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? 

The next installment features Chris Gethard (host of the popular The Chris Gethard Show)the new head writer for The Colbert Report Opus Moreschi, comedic musician Jessica DelfinoKurt Metzger (Ugly AmericansInside Amy Schumer), Liam McEneaney (Tell Your Friends) and Baratunde Thurston, former staff member at The Onion and author of The New York Times bestseller How to Be Black.  Hosted by Matthew Love (Time Out New York).

+ About the Artists

Jessica Delfino is a critically acclaimed and award winning musician who has performed her quirky comedy songs all over the world in festivals, theaters, and on TV and the radio. She is the recipient of a "Village Voice Choice" Award and the "ECNY Best Comedic Musician" award. Two of her hilarious songs have "gone viral" on YouTube. Most recently, Jessica created the NY Funny Songs Festival.

Chris Gethard is an actor, comedian, and writer as well as the star and creator of The Chris Gethard Show. In addition to numerous appearances on Comedy Central, Late Night with Conan O'BrienLate Night with Jimmy Fallon, MTV'sHuman Giant,, and, he is a longtime performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and recently appeared on The Office. Visit:  

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.

Liam McEneaney is the producer and host of the long-running comedy showTell Your Friends! and the concert film with the same name. He has appeared on Comedy Central, VH1, on the Showtime special Caroline Rhea & Friends, and as a regular panelist on VH1's Best Week Ever.

Kurt Metzger is currently writing for the new television show Inside Amy Schumer, he has also written for television shows such as Chapelle's Show and the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen. He provides the voice of Randall Skeffington on Ugly Americans and was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standingin 2010.

Opus Moreschi is the new head writer at The Colbert Report. He studied improv at IOWest and UCB, and was a member of the harold team "Trophy Wife." He also wrote for a number of different TV shows including The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and The New Tom Green Show. He now lives in New York City with his zero dogs. You can follow him on Twitter at @heyitsopus

Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and served as Director of Digital for The Onion before launching the comedy/technology startup Cultivated Wit. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him "someone I need to know." Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC. His first book, How to Be Black, is a New York Times bestseller.

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