Pulitzer Surprises

Pulitzer Surprises

Caroline Schaper, Eliza Cossio, Ashley Nicole Black, John Reynolds, Tony Zaret, Lucy Cottrell, Pulitzer winner, Du Yun

Fri · December 8, 2017

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

$6 Advance / $8 Day of Show

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

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

Pulitzer Surprises
Pulitzer Surprises
According to the Pulitzer website, anyone can nominate anything for a Pulitzer Prize, and Pulitzer Surprises takes advantage of that horrible idea. Eliza Cossio (The Daily Show) and Caroline Schaper (Full Frontal, Letterman) have their favorite comedians perform their submission for a Pulitzer. Then they interview a real-life Pulitzer Prize winner who has actually done something good. At the end of the show the audience will cast their vote on who deserves a Pulitzer, and then it will really be submitted for a Pulitzer Prize. That winner walks away a “Pulitzer Prize Entrant.”

Pulitzer Surprises: Ep 1 w/Daniel Spenser, Annie Donley, Kashana Cauley, and Sarah Ryley

Caroline Schaper
Caroline Schaper
Caroline Schaper is a writer and performer. She has written for Letterman and currently for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and performs all around the city, but mostly in Brooklyn.
Eliza Cossio
Eliza Cossio
Eliza Cossio is the Senior Latina Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. She performs improv with the Daily Show writers team at UCB and does stand-up and improv all around New York.
Ashley Nicole Black
Ashley Nicole Black
Ashley Nicole Black is a correspondent and writer for TBS's "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee," and an alumni of the Second City in Chicago.
John Reynolds
John Reynolds
John Reynolds is New York based comedian from Chicago, IL. He has performed at and with The Second City Touring Company, IO Chicago, Annoyance Theatre, UCB NY, and in the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. John can be seen in the upcoming TBS series Search Party and Netflix's Stranger Things and The Characters.
Tony Zaret
Tony Zaret
Just in case you are ready to go “berserkatroid bananas,” New York City comedian Tony Zaret is the only man capable of showing you exactly what that feels like. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Zaret delivers a comedy style that is unmatched in NYC. In fact, his stage presence is so unusual that he can aptly be described as the Great White Buffalo of comedy (Ted Nugent reference will make sense later).
Zaret is a writer/producer for the USA Network, where he has been working, barring a stint at ABC, since 1999. He has worked his way up in the company, just like Michael J. Fox in The Secret of My Success. After preliminary flirtations with stand-up in NYC, Zaret moved to LA in 2007, where he decided to take the art form more seriously. Unfortunately, after six months Zaret was drained, and he took a break from comedy.
His efforts in stand-up would be put on hold until December, 2010, when he moved back to NYC and started getting on stage every night. Zaret believes that his growth as a stand-up did not really begin until he bombed at some of the tougher, more depressing open mics in NYC (and there are plenty of those). He started to experiment with creative ways to elicit laughter on stage, and after some time, he was at a stylistic crossroads: he realized he had to “either say crazy bullshit, or say real stuff, [but not] both.” He decided to say crazy bullshit.
This was a wise decision, because not only is Zaret’s crazy bullshit hilarious, but it provides a welcome, unique respite from the real stories many comedians tell. Zaret is extremely high-energy, and he comes at the audience hard from the beginning, firing off multiple rounds of endearing nonsense. He is “Double Live Gonzo,” like Tia Carrere in Wayne’s World. He is the type of comedian that will break open a room full of tired, jaded comedians and leave no knee unslapped.
Zaret has an interesting catalog of influences. Among Steve Martin and Norm Macdonald, he also lists 1970’s rock groups like Ted Nugent and the J. Geils Band. Zaret takes pleasure in Ted Nugent’s insane on-stage rants, and he claims that they fortify his unpredictable, rapid-fire comedic persona. So prepare for the heat when Zaret is on the cast list, because, as Ted Nugent once said, “Anybody wants to get mellow, you can turn around and get the fuck outta here, alright!”
Lucy Cottrell
Lucy Cottrell
Lucy Cottrell is a comedian, writer, actor and artist. Her work has been featured in venues across the country including Solocom (2015), Funny Women Festival (2015), NYC Porn Film Festival (2015), Andy Kaufman Awards (2014), Northside Festival (2014), Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1(The Beauty of Friends Coming Together), as well as in online venues like Jezebel and Reductress, among others. She's also appeared on the CBS TV show Unforgettable and performed in various plays, short films, and commercials.
Pulitzer winner, Du Yun
Pulitzer winner, Du Yun
Du Yun, born and raised in Shanghai, China, currently based in New York, is a composer, multi-instrumentalists, performance artist, activist and curator for new music, working at the intersection of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theatre, cabaret, oral tradition, public performances, sound installation, electronics and noise. She won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her opera Angel's Bone.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/