The Show Show with Jean Grae

The Show Show with Jean Grae

Jean Grae, David Cross, Alex English, N.K. Jemisin, DJ Donwill, Quelle Chris, Fernanda Meier, Shannon Manning

Wed, March 1, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Hall - Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY

$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show

This event is 21 and over

**PLEASE NOTE: This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

The Show Show with Jean Grae
The Show Show with Jean Grae
A live talk show w/super special (sometimes surprise!) guests, music, news, comedy. Because someone needs to say what we're all thinking.


Jean Grae
Jean Grae
Jean Grae first performed under the moniker "What? What?" as a member of the indie group Natural Resource, providing classic singles such as "Baseball" and "Bum Deal." Then with her solo efforts: Attack of The Attacking Things, This Week, The Bootleg of the Bootleg and the 9th Wonder produced Jeanius, provided the platform for Jean Grae's ability to fit as many syllables as possible into short time spans. Grae has featured on tracks with Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Wale, Lil B the Based God, Phonte and Joell Ortiz and a long list of others that is impossible to fit into this bio. On a return to demonstrating her own abilities to produce (Jean has produced under the aka's Run Run Shaw and Nasain Nahmeen) as well as direct, Grae released video and song "Kill Screen aka Steve Wiebe" from her upcoming project Gotham Down. Twisting time and space, Jean Grae's much anticipated "Cake or Death" is set to be released second, though it chronologically precedes "Gotham Down" story wise. Her fate was ultimately changed forever with the actualization of Jean's passion for comedy and satire in recent stand up appearances and a self-produced, written and directed sitcom, Life With Jeannie, is in the works. Recently, appearing on the John Hodgman show and Low Times podcast with Daniel Ralston, audiences were treated to her special blend of music and comedy. To sum up, Jean is a superhero. She's better than everyone at doing everything. You should enjoy and support all of the things that she ever does, because she might disintegrate you if you don't.



David Cross
David Cross
Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross is an inventive performer, writer, and producer on stage and screens both big and small.

Cross returned to the road in January of 2016, six years after his last standup tour. Named one of the Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central, Cross launched his “Making America Great Again!” tour in San Diego, CA and completed the US leg in The Golden State in May 2016, having extended the tour due to popular demand. In the Summer of 2016, Cross took his tour to Europe for the first time ever, and also performed throughout Canada, including at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Also in January of this year, IFC premiered the long-awaited third season of “Todd Margaret,” created by and starring Cross as an ill-equipped American who finds himself running the London sales office of the energy drink company for which he works. The original iteration, “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” aired on IFC from 2010 to 2012. The third season of “Todd Margaret” premiered on the UK’s Fox TV this past April.

Cross reteamed with his “Mr. Show” collaborator and co-creator, Bob Odenkirk, to create “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” a four-episode revamp of the iconic sketch comedy series, which premiered November 2015 on Netflix. He also had a guest arc on the Netflix breakout comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” as lawyer Russ Snyder, who finds himself in an unlikely relationship with fallen socialite Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski).

On the big screen, Cross has appeared in the independent features, “Kill Your Darlings" alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Michael C. Hall, and the dramedy “It's a Disaster,” opposite Julia Stiles and America Ferrera. Other film credits include “Abel,” “Year One,” Christopher Guest’s “Waiting for Guffman,” “Men in Black” and “Men in Black II,” “Ghost World,” Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “I’m Not There,” and provided his vocal talents for several animated films, including “Megamind,” the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise and “Curious George.”

On television, Cross reprised his beloved role as Dr. Tobias Fünke' on the fourth season of “Arrested Development” on Netflix. During its original critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning run on FOX, Cross was twice-nominated as part of the ensemble cast for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Cross’s introduction to the TV scene came with "The Ben Stiller Show," where Cross honed his comedy writing skills and shared a 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program.

The original “Mr. Show with Bob and David” received three Emmy Award nominations for both Writing and Music & Lyrics. Cross also served as a writer and contributor for “Tenacious D.” He also wrote, produced and starred in the Comedy Central animated series "Freak Show," which he co-created with H. Jon Benjamin.
Alex English
Alex English
Alex English has quickly become a very familiar face in the New York City comedy circuit. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, English moved to the big apple & immediately commanded the stages of local bars and comedy clubs across the city. He runs a weekly comedy show called "LoudMouth!" & in 2015, Complex Magazine listed him as one of "The Best Personalities to Follow on Twitter." He contributes writing for "Lady Parts Justice" & has been featured in the New York Post.
N.K. Jemisin
N.K. Jemisin
N(ora). K. Jemisin is an author of speculative fiction short stories and novels who lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo (three times), the Nebula (four times), and the World Fantasy Award (twice); shortlisted for the Crawford, the Gemmell Morningstar, and the Tiptree; and she has won a Locus Award for Best First Novel as well as the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award (three times). In 2016, she became the first black person to win the Best Novel Hugo for The Fifth Season.

Photographer Laura Hanifin, copyright 2015.
DJ Donwill
DJ Donwill
Donwill is a Brooklyn based rap artist who has parlayed his passion for music and writing into a wide array of opportunities. He made his debut as a member of quizzically named rap group Tanya Morgan and has since garnered continuous critical acclaim with a string of impressive group and solo releases. A numerous list of stage performances has taken him far and wide on tours where he's shared the stage with acts that have included the Roots, Souls of Mischief and De La Soul.

Prior to becoming a recording artist he was an 8th grade art teacher and education still plays an important role in his career. Donwill has used his talents as a writer and producer to lead workshops for organizations like Reel Works and Carnegie Hall as well. He is a regular contributor to Flocabulary's Week In Rap series where he not only writes raps driven by the week’s news headlines but voices them as well.

Comedy is something he is passionate about as well and alongside Wyatt Cenac he co-hosts Shouting At The Screen, an interactive event based around blaxploiation cinema where the duo provides colorful commentary and encourages the crowd to chime in and play drinking games. Donwill is also the host of Bad With Names, a weekly podcast available on iTunes & Stitcher.
Quelle Chris
Quelle Chris
Quelle was first introduced as a member of the legendary Detroit hip hop group Wasted Youth, an extension of the Breakfast Club which also included well known Detroit rappers Elzhi and Ta'Raach. After a stint in the indie rock and electronic scene as a member of two bands, Quelle returned to hip hop along with Detroit hip hop heavyweight House Shoes and released Blue Mondays. He then changed directions releasing two albums with the electro-hop group Awesome in Outer Space and an album with his group Crown Nation called "Slutbag Edition." "SlutBag Edition," which Elzhi has called one of "his favorite albums of 2009" and has often been referred to as a detroit classic, led to production collaborations with artists like Guilty Simpson and Fool's Gold artist Danny Brown. After leading production on Danny Brown's historic release "the Hybrid" and scoring acclaim from greats like Rah Digga, Just Blaze and A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip, Quelle has returned to his roots as an emcee once again to bring balance back to the art from he was born to birth.

His newest project, "Shotgun and Sleek Rifle," is a return and homage to his roots. With features from House Shoes, Danny Brown, Crown Nation member Denmark Vessey, New York's Rock Marciano, and the group he started it all with, Wasted Youth. The album is a beautiful blend of soul and grunge, pulling both his deep roots in rock and his unmatched love for hip hop. As a teenager his mother asked Quelle what his ten year goal was; his response was "to fly and destroy planets." This new album, my friends, promises to be the closest he's come so far.
Shannon Manning
Shannon Manning
Shannon Manning is a writer and producer, and creator of Spark and Beauty Love Truth (improv inspired by guest musician) which has run for over a decade at UCB, PIT, Magnet, Barrow Street Theater, Standard Toykraft, and Union Hall with stellar musical guests. Shannon learned improv from the legendary comedy inspiration Del Close and loves to talk about it.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/