Stand By Your Band Live!

Brooklyn Podcast Festival presented by Pandora

Stand By Your Band Live!

Tom Thakkar, Tommy McNamara, Melissa Villaseñor, Sean Donnelly, Anthony DeVito_, Christi Chiello, JP McDade, Shalewa Sharpe, Caitlin Peluffo, Martin Urbano

Sun · January 13, 2019

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

$7 - $10

This event is 21 and over

About the Brooklyn Podcast Festival


The Brooklyn Podcast Festival is presented by Pandora. WNYC Studios is a media partner of the Brooklyn Podcast Festival.
Launched in 2017, the Brooklyn Podcast Festival is a celebration of innovative, engaging, and informative podcasts of all genres, the artists who create them, and the community surrounding them. The Festival gives audiences the opportunity to see their favorite podcasts live and a chance to discover new and up and coming shows.


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


*Individual performer appearances subject to change without notice.

Stand By Your Band Live!
Stand By Your Band Live!
Tom Thakkar and Tommy McNamara talk about the bands that Pitchfork attacks and your friends make fun of. The comics have on guests who love a band that everyone seems to hate, and together they give that band a fair chance.
Brooklyn Podcast Festival
Brooklyn Podcast Festival
The Brooklyn Podcast Festival is presented by Pandora. WNYC Studios is a media partner of the Brooklyn Podcast Festival.

Launched in 2017, the Brooklyn Podcast Festival is a celebration of innovative, engaging, and informative podcasts of all genres, the artists who create them, and the community surrounding them. The Festival gives audiences the opportunity to see their favorite podcasts live and a chance to discover new and up and coming shows.
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.
Tommy McNamara
Tommy McNamara
Tommy McNamara is a New York comedian. He is a Sports Headline Contributor for the Onion and was recently featured on The Comedy Show Show on Seeso. Tommy has performed at respected comedy venues all over the country, including: The Improv in Los Angeles, UCB in both New York and LA, Knitting Factory, The Comedy Attic, Zanies, New York Comedy Club, Gotham Comedy Club, Up Comedy Club, Second City, Laugh Factory Chicago (where he was a regular), and the Lincoln Lodge (where he was a cast member). Tommy has performed at San Francisco Sketchfest, Oddball Comedy Festival (Chicago winner of Funny Or Die's Road 2 Oddball Tour), Great American Comedy Festival, Devil Cup in NYC, the Crom Comedy Festival,the Comedy Exposition of Chicago, Thunderfest, and the 26th Annual Comedy Festival (AV Club/Onion). His show Tommy McNamara Unplugged sold out venues in both Chicago and New York. He misses you!
Melissa Villaseñor
Melissa Villaseñor
SNL Cast Member Melissa Villaseñor (via-sin-your) is a creator of many. She is an impressionist, stand-up comedian of 10 years, actor, musician, and graphic artist. You may have seen her as a top 16 finalist on Season 6 of "America's Got Talent" or heard her voices on Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time". Her credits also include work on Family Guy, Comedy Central's "Trip Tank", and has headlined over 100 clubs and colleges around the country. Melissa recently partnered with Broadway Video's latest network Mas Mejor. She has had two different one woman shows both directed by Ron Lynch at Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. Melissa is from Whittier, CA and hangs out with her family every week. Yes, she also has a cat.
Sean Donnelly
Sean Donnelly
When he's not catching a nap with his bulldog, Rickles, Sean can be found headlining clubs all over New York, including Caroline's, Gotham, Stand Up NY, and the Stand. He has appeared on MTV's World of Jenks and the Late Show with David Letterman. Sean was a Comic Stand-Off finalist at the 2010 Magners Comedy Festival, performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in 2011 and 2012, was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Boston Comedy Festival competition, and performed at Comedy Central's 2013 South Beach Comedy Festival. Sean was a Montreal Just for Laughs "New Face" in 2013. He co-hosts the podcast My Dumb Friends with fellow comedian Dan St. Germain, soon to be broadcast on Comedy Central Sirius, and hosts a weekly show at Alligator Lounge in Brooklyn. Sean can be seen regularly on the truTV series World's Dumbest and on the forthcoming season of Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central.
Anthony DeVito_
Anthony DeVito_
Originally from New Jersey, Anthony DeVito is a NYC based comedian. He's appeared on CBS The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central Stand Up Presents: Anthony DeVito, Comedy Central's Adam Devine's House Party, was one of the “New Faces” at the 2012 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, has been on "This American Life," AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, and was the 2015 winner of Caroline's March Madness. Also, his debut album "Dream Occupation" is available from Comedy Central Records. In addition to stand-up, he's a writer on Netflix's The Break with Michelle Wolf, wrote for the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner, and was a writer/regular panelist on MSG's People Talking Sports and Other Stuff. He's also has appeared on TV Land's The Jim Gaffigan Show, and is a favorite on Sirius XM's Bennington.
Christi Chiello
Christi Chiello
Christi Chiello is a Comedian, Actress and Voice Over Artist based in NYC. She made her Comedy Central debut on Jeff Ross's Roast Battle, opposite legend Jimmy Carr. She was named a 'New Face of Comedy' at the International Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 2017. Christi's appeared on TruTV's Late Night Snack, IFC's Comedy Crib and MTV's GirlCode. She co-hosts Battle of the Divas with Matteo Lane (Time Out NY's pick for 'Best of the NY Comedy Festival') and White Chocolate with Petey DeAbreu at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Her one woman show "It's Christi, B*tch!" is hailed a "must see comedy event" by Time Out NY and has sold out audiences at Ars Nova and Joe's Pub. The show made it's Los Angeles debut in February at Dynasty Typewriter and has also played at the Good Good Comedy Theatre in Philly and Wage House in Rhode Island. You can hear Christi as Baby Saffron in Pinkalicious and Peterrific on PBS Kids and see her in national television commercials for IKEA. For more info visit christichiello.com and follow online @christichiello!
JP McDade
JP McDade
J.P. McDade started doing stand up comedy in New York City in the Fall of 2012. He began by hitting open mics and grinding through unpaid gigs in bars, but these eventually opened the door to slightly better unpaid gigs in bars. Night after night McDade has performed at various comedy clubs, bars, and small theaters around New York and on the road and built a reputation as a clever joke writer. In 2015 he began writing for the web series Sports Balls, demonstrating his knack for topical joke writing. In addition to writing for this web series, he has appeared onscreen in several others.

Although J.P. has done his share of monologue and roast joke writing, his stand up act is more than a collection of one-liners. J.P. is a capable mimic who weaves characters and impressions into his set to keep the audience guessing and, more importantly, laughing. In New York, J.P. is a regular at Stand Up New York, appears at other comedy clubs like The Stand and The Standing room, as well as independent shows, such as his free semi-regular show at Lucky Jack's called Suckerpunch. In 2016 J.P. appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and performed as a New Face at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He also made his television debut on Comedy Central's "Roast Battle II."
Shalewa Sharpe
Shalewa Sharpe
Shalewa Sharpe is a comic in New York City. Originally from Atlanta, she has performed at The Star Bar, The Laughing Skull, The Atlanta Improv, The Creek & The Cave, and The Knitting Factory. Sharpe is the co-host of Thug Passion Presents, a live show where comedians perform table reads of classic black movies.
Caitlin Peluffo
Caitlin Peluffo
Caitlin Peluffo is a comedian currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been featured in NBC Seeso’s "New York's Funniest," the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, and the Limestone Comedy Festival. Caitlin currently performs regularly in NYC at NY Comedy Club and Stand Up NY as well as clubs nationwide with comedians like Gilbert Gottfried, Gary Gulman, and Jeff Dye. She recently made her TV debut as a finalist in the Trial By Laughter Comedy Show on Comcast. Peluffo is a former soccer player who dropped the wind sprints but kept the thighs as well as the drinking habit. No subject is off limits, however, she did make a promise to her mother that she would never, ever discuss that one time she took those ‘whorish, yet tastefully executed’ photos for a guy she used to date in the military She may be a patriot, but a promise is a promise.
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.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/