BackFat Variety

BackFat Variety

Emily Winter, Larry Mancini, Judah Friedlander, Fem Appeal, Ariel Elias, Chris Calogero, Julia Shiplett, Tom Thakkar

Sat · December 8, 2018

Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$6 Advance / $8 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.

BackFat Variety
BackFat Variety
BackFat is a Time Out Critics' Pick comedic monthly variety show that's been going strong since 2012. It's is mix of actually-good standup, actually-funny music, and not-boring comedic readings.


Tix are $6 online and $8 at the door. The show is hosted by Larry Mancini (of the punk band The Tracys—now playing on the radio!) and Emily Winter (writer for NPR's "Ask Me Another," The New Yorker).
Emily Winter
Emily Winter
Emily Winter is a writer on NPR's "Ask Me Another" and an NBC Late Night Writers Workshop script judge. She's also written for The New Yorker's Shouts & Murmurs, Glamour, Fusion TV, TV Land, and The Barnes & Noble Review, and has performed at San Francisco SketchFest, The Limestone Festival, Laughing Skull and many others. Emily co-created WHAT A JOKE, an anti-Trump comedy festival that raised more than $50K for The ACLU over inauguration weekend in 2017. Emily hosts and co-produces three live shows: BackFat Variety, Comedy at Rose Gold, and Side Ponytail, is a Midwestern gal who loves cheese curds and fastpitch softball.
Larry Mancini
Larry Mancini
Larry Mancini is the bassist / banter-ist of the Brooklyn punk band, The Tracys. Their new album, Humdinger, has been described as "out now" by numerous publications.
Judah Friedlander
Judah Friedlander
Stand-up comedy has been Judah's main thing since he first started in 1989. His onstage persona of The World Champion has taken on different shades over the years. It was initially a satire on narcissism & braggarts. Then the persona morphed into being a real life superhero (who is actually humble) subliminally getting audiences to question why we have heroes. For the past several years & currently, Judah's act has been predominantly satirizing American exceptionalism as well U.S. domestic and foreign policy. The World Champion is a champion of the world - who stands up for earth's rights and the people, animals, and plants of the planet. If America does the right thing, Judah will be the next president of the United States. Judah has a stand-up special & album coming out soon.

Author of books:
If the Raindrops United (2015)
How To Beat Up Anybody (2010)

Notable movies:
American Splendor
The Wrestler
Meet the Parents
Feast
Zoolander
Wet Hot American Summer

Notable television:
30 Rock
The Daily Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Talk shows including: Letterman, Fallon, Meyers, Conan, Wilmore
Sesame Street
News discussion shows including: The Young Turks, Lawrence O'Donnell

Photo: Phil Provencio
Ariel Elias
Ariel Elias
Ariel Elias is a nationally touring stand-up comedian with the Girls With Mace Comedy Tour and currently lives in New York City. Originally from Kentucky, her Jewish upbringing gave her a unique perspective of her surroundings and colored her humor. Through a combination of personal stories, clever writing, and dry wit, as well as climbing into The Stand's top ten Roast Battlers, Ariel has established herself as a strong up-and-comer in today's comedy scene.

She appeared in Seriously.TV's BLISSFUL THINKING, regularly contributes to the popular humor site Someecards, and her writing has been featured in Jezebel. Ariel co-hosts a podcast called Well Behaved, combining her love for history and comedy, and produces the monthly standup show Members Only, listed as one of New York's best new comedy shows according to Time Out Magazine. She regularly performs at clubs such as New York Comedy Club, The Stand, and Stand Up NY, and has made a name for herself in the underground scene including bars, sex shops, bowling alleys, and anywhere else that will have her.
Chris Calogero
Chris Calogero
Chris Calogero is a comedian and writer in Brooklyn. He’s been featured on Vice, Fusion TV and AOL’s 2 Point Lead web series and has performed in the Cape Fear Comedy Festival, What a Joke National Comedy Festival, The Brooklyn Comedy Festival, and More. Chris hosts a podcast called "Mourning Coffee" where he discusses grief, loss, death, and mourning with other comedians. He is also the co-host of "Not Quite Midnight" a hybrid stand-up comedy/late night show that has been featured in the New York Times.
Julia Shiplett
Julia Shiplett
Julia Shiplett is a comedian, writer and storyteller here in New York. She has performed around the country, including at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Limestone Comedy Festival to name a few. She has been featured on the Moth Radio Hour and recently made her television debut on season 2 of HBO's Crashing.
Tom Thakkar
Tom Thakkar
Tom Thakkar is a comic living in New York City by way of Bloomington, IN. He is the son of a great lady and some Indian guy he never met. His personal, yet disarmingly silly style led to him winning the Bloomington Comedy Festival, held at the Comedy Attic in Bloomington, IN, and he’s been named one of the Best of the Midwest for Laugh Fest 2015 in Grand Rapids. He’s also been chosen to perform on the main stage at the Limestone Comedy Festival and Cincy Brew Haha Festival. Tom has been featured on Vice, NPR, and PBS, and recently he was named a “Comedian you should know” by Chicago Magazine.
Tom hosts the podcast, “Girls’ Night with Tom Thakkar”, which has gotten rave reviews from listeners all around the country, and it is consistently among the top 50 comedy podcasts on podomatic.com. He’s also been featured on The Todd Glass show and We Know Nothing with Nikki Glaser, Anya Marina, and Phil Hanley.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/