Texas Forever: A Benefit For Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

All Proceeds Donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Texas Forever: A Benefit For Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Annie Donley, Ashton Womack, Catherine Cohen, Jake Flores, Kelsey Caine, Kevin Iso, Matthew Broussard, Paul Oddo, Usama Siddiquee, Carrie Wurst, Melissa Rocha

Mon · September 18, 2017

Doors: 9:45 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

This event is 21 and over

Annie Donley
Annie Donley
Annie Donley was born and raised in Houston (hey, Beyonce) and studied improv and sketch in Chicago in places like The Annoyance, and iO Chicago. She currently coaches and performs in NYC with Michael Jordan Steakhouse, The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour, and twice at Carnegie Hall (haters will say it's fake!).
Ashton Womack
Ashton Womack is an award winning comedian from Houston,Tx who basically just talks about black stuff and Harry Potter to cover all of his bases. He has toured all across the south and can now be found residing in New York City.
Catherine Cohen
Catherine Cohen
Catherine Cohen is a comedian, actor, voiceover artist, and poet living in Brooklyn. She performs on a house team at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and hosts the monthly variety show It's A Guy Thing at Union Hall, which was listed as one of Paste Magazine’s “10 Best Alt Comedy Shows in New York City." Her work has been featured on Splitsider, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, New York Mag's The Cut, The Brooklyn Comedy Festival, and The New York Comedy Festival. Follow her @catccohen for tweets and Instagram poetry.
Jake Flores
Jake Flores
“Jake Flores is like Anthony Bourdain but the bleak labyrinth of modern America is his food. He deftly navigates our current conundrum: do I take off work & set my alarm to go to the protest when I don't have rent and I know, statistically speaking, the bad guys always win... or do I drink the rest of my roommates' Fleischman's whisky because fuck it? We're doomed, we're all doomed and it's terrible but Jake Flores makes it terribly funny.”
-Songwriter Mishka Shubaly
"A bottle cap that New York tried to swallow and choked on" -Comedian Sam Tallent

"...all the humor one could pull from Texas-borne poverty, with the ability to wring the most bittersweet laughs from your very soul" -San Antonio Current

Jake Flores is a comedian who cut (mostly chipped and broke) his teeth doing stand up in Texas before moving to New York city to make it big (barely survive). His act, honed in dark bars and DIY house shows, and music venues that had nothing booked that night, is unique, thoughtful, messy, gritty, good, bad, and ugly. If there are jokes about airplane food, they are jokes about how airplane food is killing us. If there are jokes about how “women be shopping,” they are jokes about how shopping is killing us. Flores writes heavy material with a point. There are also some puns about Hitler. Jake has performed at Fun Fun Fun Fest, The Fest, SXSW , and in bars and venues across the country and is the creator and host of Mr Cleo , the fake psychic hotline comedy podcast. He recorded his debut stand up album, Humours , on Stand Up! Records, which is available on ITunes. Jake is the Author and creator of A Millennial Reviews, the hyper-cultural satirical television column in The New York Observer. He’s also written for Cracked , Vice, and The New York Times.
Kelsey Caine
Kelsey Caine is a New York comedian originally from Houston, Texas. Her family describes her comedy as, “Stop telling jokes about us. It hurts your brother’s feelings.” Kelsey is most well known for her very light prop comedy. She was a state finalist in the 2017 Miss New York USA beauty pageant and her humor writing has been featured in the New York Times.
Kevin Iso
Kevin Iso
Born in Houston, Texas, Kevin has since moved to the Bronx. He has competed in the Funniest Person in Austin contest this past year and the Never Ending Comedy Contest in addition to being a member of the Comics With Attitude ("CWA") Tour and was a featured performer at the Montreaux Comedy Festival.
Matthew Broussard
Matthew Broussard
Born in New Jersey, raised in Atlanta, and winner of Houston's Funniest Person, Matthew Broussard isn't sure where he's from. His comedy relies on his killer timing, subtle wit, and devilish good looks. Also, he's not very witty and his timing could use some work. Catch him on CONAN, Roast Battle, and his own Comedy Central Half Hour. And be sure to check out his pun-puzzle web comic and app, mondaypunday.com.
Paul Oddo
Paul Oddo
Paul Oddo (Oh-Dough) is a Standup comedian, as well as many other things. As a fellow person, he is widely regarded as friendly. Paul won the Boston Comedy Festival/Competition in 2012. He was also featured at the Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, TX, and the New York Comedy Festival. Paul is also proud to be performing at the 2013 SXSW festival in Austin, TX. He will soon be recording & releasing his first Standup CD/DVD, as well as his first book, which is a collection of comedic things that he has taken his sweet time in finishing.
Usama Siddiquee
Usama Siddiquee
Usama Siddiquee (formerly known by his stage name “Usama Bin Laughin”) is completely comfortable with writing a bio about himself in third person. His absolute ease should already be impressing you by now. His act is an energetic (bordering on frenetic) and intelligent (bordering on genius) romp through his own life experiences. Family! Friends! Sex! Religion! Sex with religious friends! It’s all there, and Usama slings jokes on these topics and more with rapid-fire charisma and hilarity. You should be following him on Instagram and Twitter @UsamaBinLaughin
Carrie Wurst
Carrie Wurst was born and raised in Houston, TX. She attended Houston’s only Catholic college, the University of St. Thomas, which was situated in Houston’s gayest neighborhood, Montrose. She became a middle school teacher in 2014, which was way too depressing, so she decided to start doing comedy. Carrie quit teaching middle school and moved to NYC in 2015, not to pursue comedy, but it happened anyway.

Currently, Carrie staffs NYC Smut Slam, a monthly storytelling show for all your dirty stories, and she produces The 98%, a quarterly storytelling show benefitting RAINN.
Melissa Rocha
HOST Melissa Rocha is a Brooklyn based comedian from Texas. Comedy supports her high functioning anxiety disorder and not much else.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/