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The claws come out as Uptown Showdown revisits one of its very first debates with an all-new cast of comics lauding the virtues of feline versus canine. Words (and fur) will fly - it’s gonna get ruff ruff ruff!
This installment features Jo Firestone (Dr. Gameshow), Peter Grosz (Veep), Alison Leiby (Oh God, A Show About Abortion), Monroe Martin III (Last Comic Standing), Jaye McBride (Amy Schumer's Parental Advisory), and Kenice Mobley (Netflix Is a Joke: The Festival).
The popular comedy debate series invites two teams of funny folks from the worlds of stand-up and late-night television to tackle topics of great importance to pop culture, such as which pet is superior—cats or dogs—and is it better to be comfortable or fashionable? The verbal sparring and all-around absurdity only stop when the audience decides the winner. Hosted by Matthew Love.
Performers are subject to change.
Jo Firestone is a comedian, actor, and writer whose credits include Joe Pera Talks With You, Shrill, and ZIWE. She has created three specials: Good Timing with Jo Firestone on Peacock, Rate The Cookie on Adult Swim, and a half hour for Comedy Central. She is the co-creator of the best-selling card game Punderdome, and her new card game, FRUITS, will be in stores October 25 and is available for presale now. Firestone co-hosts the podcast Dr. Gameshow with Manolo Moreno on the Maximum Fun network.
Peter Grosz is a writer and actor whose credits include The Colbert Report, for which he earned two Emmy Awards, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Vinyl, Rough Night, The President Show, Veep, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, At Home with Amy Sedaris, and Search Party. He is also a regular panelist on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Grosz will appear in the forthcoming film The Menu.
Alison Leiby's television writing credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The President Show, and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, and her humor writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Vice, among other publications. Leiby currently co-hosts the Ruined podcast and the monthly comedy-storytelling series It's a Long Story. Her one-woman show Oh God, A Show About Abortion was named the Best Political Comedy of 2021 by The New York Times.
Matthew Love is a performer and writer whose bylines has appeared in TheNew York Times, Rolling Stone, Vulture, The Onion AV Club and Time Out New York, where he was formerly the Comedy and Books editor. He's currently a consulting producer for Selected Shorts and its spin-off podcast, Too Hot for Radio. He has interviewed or hosted shows featuring Chris Rock, David Byrne, Jordan Peele, Stephen Colbert, Tig Notaro, and scads more.
Monroe Martin III's screen credits include Last Comic Standing, Guy Code, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Gotham Comedy Live, Chris Gethard Presents, Late Night, That Damn Michael Che, Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring, and The Last O.G. He has performed live at various venues across the city, including Comedy Cellar, New York Comedy Club, Live @ The Apt, Comic Strip Live, and others.
Jaye McBride is the first openly transgender comedian to perform at Madison Square Garden and is a regular at the Comedy Cellar. She has also performed live at the Boston Comedy Festival, the Great American Festival, and the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, where she was featured as a 2021 New Face of Comedy. McBride was recently highlighted in Vulture's 2022 list of Comedians You Should and Will Know, and appeared in Amy Schumer's Parental Advisory on Netflix.
Kenice Mobley recently appeared in Netflix Is a Joke: The Festival. She made her late night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and was a finalist on StandUp NBC. As a writer, her credits include the BET Awards and the sketch comedy series By Us For Us. Mobley has hosted the podcasts Complexify for ViceNews, Love About Town, and Make Yourself Cry for Planet Scum. She regularly performs live on stage worldwide and on the air for SiriusXM.
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Past Performers include Elna Baker, Maria Bamford, Michael Ian Black, Guy Branum, Wyatt Cenac, Ronny Chieng, Jo Firestone, John Fugelsang, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Glaser, Ilana Glazer, Josh Gondelman, Dave Hill, Maeve Higgins, Mehran Khaghani, Julie Klausner, Hasan Minhaj, Aparna Nancherla, Kristen Schaal, Baratunde Thurston, Kevin Townley, Michael Showalter, Dan Soder, Bowen Yang, Sasheer Zamata, and many more.