First Comes Love

Proceeds benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds

First Comes Love

Kyle Ayers, Jean Grae, Reformed Whores, Corinne Fisher, Blair Socci, Courtney Maginnis, Marcia Belsky, Sharron Paul, Maria Wojciechowski, Cate Weinberg, Marlena Rodriguez

Sat · March 18, 2017

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

$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show

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This event is 21 and over

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

 

Proceeds benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds

First Comes Love
First Comes Love
A few years ago, comedian and bored drunk Kyle Ayers decided to post a fake job on Craigslist, out of pure curiosity. He put an ad up, claiming to be a producer for a very prominent adult film (porn) company. "Send me your best three to four page porn script. I want to find the 'next big thing in adult film writing.' And make it weird."

He wasn't sure what to expect, but he certainly didn't expect the flood of responses. Over 1,000 responses in just under a week. Musicals, movie spoofs, personal experiences put down on pages, sex toys you've never even heard of, everything. Over a thousand scripts and (still!) growing. After a while, Kyle decided it was time to do something with these scripts.

Using the talents of some of the best comedians around (and willing members of the audience!), First Comes Love honors this aspiring porn writers by acting these scripts out, live on stage. Word for word, line for line, typo for typo, comedians, actors, and audience members pay tribute through performance, and get really, really weird. Props, costumes, everything that would make up a bad high school theater production.

First Comes Love has been featured in the SF Sketchfest, Riot LA Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Comedy Takeover in Houston, and more!

First Comes Love is also now a podcast on Howl (Earwolf's premium podcast service)! Check it out!
Kyle Ayers
Kyle Ayers
Kyle Ayers is a comedian, writer, actor, and all of that sort, living in New York City, by way of his hometown near Kansas City, Missouri. He brings his satirical look at growing up in the small town to the big city, with a unique viewpoint on his generation, our childhoods, and daily life. He was featured as a New Face in the illustrious 2015 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where Time Out New York heralded him as a "breakout star," saying that "Rural Missouri may have imbued theFirst Comes Love creator with an aw-shucks demeanor... but he has a progressive conviction praised by the likes of Brian Posehn and Canadian SiriusXM’s The Todd Shapiro Show." He will be featured on the upcoming season of "Uproarious" on Fuse.
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.



Reformed Whores
Reformed Whores
Debut album Ladies Don't Spit now available on iTunes!

The musical comedy duo Reformed Whores, fronted by Marie Cecile Anderson and Katy Frame, have been lassoing hearts throughout the NYC comedy scene. These southern belles sing about everything from venereal diseases to drunk dialing with sweet harmonies and old-timey wit.
Corinne Fisher
Corinne Fisher
Corinne Fisher is a stand-up comedian, writer & actor originally from Union, NJ. Her debut one-woman show Corinne Fisher: I STALK YOU (Dir. David Crabb) had a run at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) and was featured in Time Out New York. She has been a regular on the stand-up scene, playing at Stand Up NY, New York Comedy Club, Caroline's, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Broadway Comedy Club, Comix, Laugh Boston, The Stress Factory & Gotham. Her second stage show, Almost Former Reality TV Stars, had a run at The PIT in June 2011 and told the true (albeit slightly exaggerated) story of how Corinne and her real-life best friend, actor/model Thomas Whitfield, were hired, then fired from their very own reality TV show. Corinne is 1/2 of SORRY ABOUT LAST NIGHT…, her comedy writing and performance duo with Krystyna Hutchinson. In December 2013, the duo launched Guys We Fucked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast that now boasts over half a million subscribers. Having featured celebs such as Dan Savage, Jim Norton and even Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley in addition to real gents they've had their way with, the podcast is frequently ranked among the Top 50 podcasts on iTunes and has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Elle, Bust and more.
Blair Socci
Blair Socci
BLAIR SOCCI is an NYC-based comedian from Southern California. She recently starred in the MTV series, LADYLIKE, and on the new comedy series for FUSE TV, UPROARIOUS. This past year she also served as creative consultant for Guy Code vs. Girl Code on MTV and also appeared on the show. She is the host of the podcast, How To Be a Beefy Woman, and was recently named to Bustle’s Class of 2017 Comedians to Watch. She was also a New Face at the Just For Laughs Festival 2017.

When she isn’t watching Vanderpump Rules, you can find Blair performing nightly at some of the best clubs and alternative shows in town. Blair has also been lucky to perform alongside some of her favorite comics at the New York Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Festival, CROM Comedy Festival, Red Clay Comedy Festival, and Chicago Comedy Exposition. Once a month, she co-hosts a popular show, NACHO BITCHES, at New York Comedy Club that she co-founded with Corinne Fisher of Guys We F*cked fame. Blair holds an MFA in creative writing from The New School and a Bachelors of English from UCLA – which as it turns outs out, she only got to list in this bio as you do not need any degrees to be a comedian.
Courtney Maginnis
Marcia Belsky
Marcia Belsky
Marcia Belsky is a New York City based stand-up comedian, musician and writer. In 2014, she was a semifinalist in the NBC StandUp For Diversity competition, and her web series Couch House was an official selection in the 2015 New York Television Festival. Currently, she performs stand up regularly around the New York area and has contributed to the popular satirical website Reductress. She is the lead singer of the "radical" feminist band Free the Mind and her project The Headless Women of Hollywood has been featured on Funny or Die, USA Today, Buzzfeed, Guys We F***cked, AV Club, E!News and more.
Sharron Paul
Sharron Paul
Sharron Paul is a Brooklyn-born actress, comedian, and producer. She co-hosts the long-running *CHEAP DATE* comedy show at Union Hall, which was deemed “One of the best things to do in Brooklyn” by TimeOut New York. She’s performed at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival and NYC Podfest.

Sharron has appeared on ABC, MTV, and A&E as well as a number of College Humor sketches and music videos. She was also named "One of the funniest women on Twitter" by the Huffington Post. She is a contributor to Lady Parts Justice, a rapid response hub created by Lizz Winstead that uses comedy, culture and digital media to promote reproductive rights.
Maria Wojciechowski
Maria Wojciechowski is a bit of a ham with a love of comedy of all forms. She performs in any capacity she can making her a versatile entertainer with a strong background of sketch, improv, dance, music and stand up. Originally from Mobile, AL, Wojo studied theater at the University of South Alabama. After graduation, Maria moved to Chicago to improvise with the Second City and iO before heading to New York to pursue stand up. She was recently featured in Entertainment Weekly for her blog "I Look Like Laura Dern."

Theater is Easy described her comedy as possessing "a sharp wit" and "a clarity of prose." The Chicago Tribune has said that she makes "room for abject silliness in the midst of talking about her issues" while praising Maria for her "storytelling prowess."
Marlena Rodriguez
Marlena Rodriguez
Marlena Rodriguez is a her-spanic comedian who has been writing and performing comedy since 1989. She’s toured with The Second City, done stand up across the country, and performed in a Lincoln Center benefit called,Leave It To Beavers: A Night With Tina Fey and Friends. You may have already seen her at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Limestone Comedy Festival, opening for Adam Devine, Gilbert Gottfried, Aparna Nancherla, or SNL’s Michael Che. Marlena has been described as “equal parts sly, crazy, sassy, subdued and has clearly studied closely that particular flavor of Midwestern wack-a-doodle”. Marlena co-wrote and starred in the hit web series, We Have To Move, about a couple on a dead end search for an apartment on Craigslist. And in 2015, Marlena relocated to New York City, to write for Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Most recently, she wrote, produced, and starred in, Bouncers, a web series about two lady-bouncers, on Broadway Video’s Mas Mejor channel. She recently met a dog, and things are going really well!
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/