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 is a multihyphenate artist whose work integrates music, comedy, and visual media. In addition to musical collaborations with The Roots, Talib Kweli, and Robert Glasper, the critically acclaimed performer, director, soundtrack composer, and writer has released nearly two dozen self-produced and engineered independent albums; her work is even archived in The Yale Anthology of Rap and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Culture.

Grae has been Keynote Speaker at Hip-Hop Week Montreal and lecturer at such institutions as Yale, Princeton, Columbia and the Kennedy Performing Arts Center. Additional appearances include NPR, 2 Broke Girls, Comedy Central, MSNBC, Vice, BET’s Hip Hop Awards, hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale and the Deadpool comic book, where she punched the titular antihero in the face.

Currently channeling her broad skill set and envelope-pushing experiences into genre-bending live ventures Church of the Infinite You, Dubbled Over and The Show Show, Grae continues defying boundaries and delivering funny, moving, inspirational experiences to audiences via earbuds, the stage, and screens both big and small.
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 one of the funniest women in America. She's one half of "Sorry About Last Night...", her comedy duo with Krystyna Hutchinson. They host the smash hit anti slut-shaming podcast Guys We Fucked, with over half a million subscribers. She's only here for the vodka.
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
Courtney Maginnis
Courtney Maginnis is a comedian and actress based in Brooklyn, NY. She performs Standup all over NYC including Caroline's, NY Comedy Club and The Stand. She has been a part of the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Crom Comedy Festival and Red Clay Comedy Festival. Courtney has been featured in sketches for College Humor, Ch2 and starred in the Channel 101 series "Just Kidz". She has also starred in the short film, "The Comedian's Wife" which was an Official Selection for the 2016 Big Apple Film Festival. Her first feature film appearance is in "Psychotic" a horror film due out October 2016. She was most recently the subject for a story on NPR's Studio 360.
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, IFC’s “Neurotica”, 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/