Dark Spots

Dark Spots

Alison Zeidman, Shane Torres, Nate Fridson, Roy Wood Jr., Joe Zimmerman, Mike Drucker, Janelle James, Martin Urbano, Saurin Choksi, Julia Claire, Alison Klemp

Sat · April 14, 2018

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

$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.

*Individual performer appearances subject to change without notice.

Dark Spots
Dark Spots
Dark. Sad. Traumatic. COMEDY. Hosted by Shane Torres (Comedy Central's The Half Hour), Nate Fridson (AST Records) and Alison Zeidman (Adam Ruins Everything), Dark Spots is a stand-up comedy showcase where comedians tell jokes that'll make you cry so hard you laugh. Based in NYC, the show has been featured in the New York Comedy Festival (produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with Comedy Central), and has also been a critic’s pick in the New York Times, Time Out New York and Village Voice.
Alison Zeidman
Alison Zeidman
Alison Zeidman is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian and writer who got her start in Philadelphia and NYC. Alison has contributed humor writing to the New York Times, Time Out New York and Reductress, and currently writes for Adam Ruins Everything on truTV.
Shane Torres
Shane Torres
Shane Torres is a stand up comedian and writer. You may have seen him in the background on Last Comic Standing or acting on IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang. He has also been part of Montreal Just For Laugh’s New Faces in 2013 that same year. Shane was also one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch in 2012. Shane has performed at many festivals all over the country including Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and many more.

He is the creator of the podcast radio show Help Wanted . Shane has also contributed writing to Laughspin, The Portland Mercury, and Nailed Magazine.
Nate Fridson
Nate Fridson
Nate Fridson lives in Brooklyn but get this: he used to live in the midwest, in Michigan. Have you ever heard of such a thing? He's contributed to Comedy Central, is the cohost of the hit stand up showcase, "Dark Spots," and he's the co-creator of the sports humor blog, "Microwave Johnson." His album, "Best Guy So Far," is available on A Special Thing Records. He is currently a very nice boy.
Roy Wood Jr.
Roy Wood Jr.
Currently a correspondent on ‘The Daily Show w/ Trevor Noah’, Roy Wood Jr. has been described by the Hollywood Reporter as “A Standout”, and Entertainment Weekly called his brand of thought provoking comedy as “charismatic crankiness”. In 2016 ‘Variety’ magazine named him one of 10 Comics to watch.
Joe Zimmerman
Joe Zimmerman
Praised for an accessible style pairing absurdism with a wide-eyed, aw-shucks demeanor, 2013 was a big year for New York City-based comedian Joe Zimmerman. In addition to making his Comedy Central debut on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, he made his late night debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and was chosen as one of the acclaimed New Faces at Just For Laughs Montreal. Buzzfeed named him a top comic to watch, saying “…Joe’s calming vocalization and inventive writing is a thing of magic.” and “You’d be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable show.”

In 2014 he recorded a Half Hour Special which aired on Comedy Central July 25th, as well as being a featured performer on Season 8 of Last Comic Standing, where he drew praise from Roseanne & Russell Peters. 2014 also saw the release of his debut solo album, “Smiling at Wolves” which reached #2 on the i-Tunes comedy charts.

Joe is an original member of the Beards of Comedy, who toured from 2008-2012 and recorded two albums. Joe grew up in Morgantown, WV and graduated from Davidson College in 2005.
Mike Drucker
Mike Drucker
Mike Drucker started doing comedy on a rainy February afternoon after spending months recording himself in his sad little NYU dorm. Not being as terrible as he thought, he continued to hit open-mics and was soon a regular at clubs around New York City. Within a year, he was performing at colleges and national comedy competitions, and was a finalist in Disney’s “So You Think You’re Funny” contest and the runner up for the title of Philadelphia’s Funniest. Since then, he has performed in comedy festivals across the country including the Boston Comedy Festival, Seattle International Comedy Competition, New Orleans Comedy Festival, New York Underground Comedy Festival, and more.

With his sharp jokes and unusual topics, Mike has been lucky enough to write for places including Saturday Night Live, The Onion newspaper, The Onion News Network on Comedy Central, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, McSweeney’s, Nintendo, College Humor, The ESPY Awards, and the PBS Mark Twain Awards (TBS). His writing on and off television has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and was nominated for Time Out New York’s Joke of the Year.

He has also appeared on television on ESPN, Comedy Central’s The Watchlist, Saturday Night Live, and a segment on comedy on Inside The NFL.
Janelle James
Janelle James
Janelle James is a Caribbean-born comedian and writer living in New York. She has performed all over the country and in the best clubs, including the LAUGH FACTORY, GOTHAM, HELIUM and CAROLINE’S ON BROADWAY. She has also traveled extensively as the feature act with Hannibal Buress, Todd Barry, Rob Delaney and many others. Janelle can be seen on NBC SEESO'S NIGHT TRAIN WITH WYATT CENAC, @MIDNIGHT on COMEDY CENTRAL and UPROARIOUS ON FUSE (2016). She was included in the JUST FOR LAUGHS MONTREAL’S New Faces category for 2016, named one of the THE 50 MOST FUNNY PEOPLE IN BROOKLYN 2016 and has been featured for her outstanding performance ability in the THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE PORTLAND TRIBUTE and TIMEOUT MAGAZINE.
Martin Urbano
Martin Urbano
Martin Urbano is a comedian in Brooklyn, NY. He's performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and was a Just For Laughs New Face in 2017. He's appeared on the New York Comedy Festival and was the runner-up in the 2017 New York's Funniest competition at Caroline's. He has also opened for Chris Kattan.
Saurin Choksi
Saurin Choksi
Saurin Choksi is a comedian who performs in Chicago and anywhere he can get to on a bus. Sometimes he talks about his family, arrests, girls, illuminati lizard scum from outerspace and other such tasty topics. A few of his favorite comics he's had the fortune to work with are Rory Scovel, Tig Notaro & Kyle Kinane. Last year Choksi performed at the TBS Just for Laughs Chicago, Bridgetown, Limestone & Cape Fear Comedy Festivals. This year he was accepted to SF Sketchfest as well as the Laughing Skull & Devil Comedy Festivals. He is a regular at Laugh Factory Chicago, Second City's UP Comedy, & The Comedy Bar. Choksi performs at some of the best clubs in the country like Comedy on State (Madison, WI), The Comedy Attic (Bloomington, IN) & Carolines (NYC). He's also a proud alumni of the nation's longest running independent comedy showcase, The Lincoln Lodge. Every Tuesday, Choksi presents Chicago's best comics to my neighbors in Roscoe Village, 2 blocks from my home at The Side Bar Show. Choksi is affable and a friend to monkeys everywhere.

Huzzah! Now I can switch to talking like a normal human...

I've always loved comedy since I was a little kid. I remember buying Bill Cosby tapes in elementary school. The first time I saw Eddie Murphy Raw it blew my mind. (Also I was like 11 and well you've seen it...). In college I started buying books on joke writing and stand up comedy but had no idea how to start. Also those books made my head hurt. When I moved to Detroit in 2003, I started taking classes at Second City Detroit. I learned a ton there and met amazing, talented people who are now my closest friends. I did stand up for the first time in 2006 and started to have a sneaky feeling maybe that's what I should be doing. Then I moved to Chicago in 2009 and saw all the awesome comics working really, really hard. It finally clicked in my head, "Oh, you do it every night if you want to be good." That's what I've been trying to do ever since.

My favorite books usually have dragons in them. I went to the University of Texas and thus am a fan of college football. I have spent more time in my life actively memorizing rap lyrics than I think normal. Alot of friends call me by my last name. Some don't. It's really fine either way.
Julia Claire
Julia Claire
Julia is a Boston-based comedian whose parents are still hoping she will one day become a lobbyist. She began doing stand-up in the summer of 2014, and since then has quickly become a staple in the Boston comedy scene, pedaling her sharp, almost always self-deprecating jokes to clubs and colleges all over the East Coast and beyond. She has performed in the Boston Comedy Festival, the Limestone Comedy Festival and the Brooklyn Comedy Festival and has opened for Aparna Nancherla, Beth Stelling, Aidy Bryant and Gina Yashere. She has been featured on NPR's You're the Expert and Nerdist's Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction.
Alison Klemp
Alison Klemp
Alison is a comedian, actress and writer living in New York City. She doesn’t know where she’s from because she moved around too much growing up, but she was a kid in Memphis and went to Catholic high school in Las Vegas so she has some issues. She spent a lot of time in Colorado and claims that as home, as it is also where she started doing standup.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/