B-B-B-B-Bits with Barats & friends

B-B-B-B-Bits with Barats & friends

Matt Barats, Rachel Kaly, Bardia Salimi, Jo Firestone, Tony Zaret, Eudora Peterson, Anthony Oberbeck

Sat · December 29, 2018

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

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.

B-B-B-B-Bits with Barats & friends
B-B-B-B-Bits with Barats & friends
This sketch/stand up/variety show assembled by Matt Barats features some sopping hot bits from some piping wet comedians.
Matt Barats
Matt Barats
Matt Barats is an NYC comedian/writer via Chicago –– He was part of the 2015 New Faces at Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, long-time cast member of The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour, co-creator of the play Sadie Hawkins Day (JFL, SF Sketchfest), the visual comedy album REVERIES, a member of the comedy group Postmen, and directed the show I Am Not Your Uber. Matt has contributed to The New Yorker and The Onion -- TV credits include HBO’s High Maintenance and The Last O.G. on TBS. His short film Improv is Love is a Vimeo “Staff Pick”.
Rachel Kaly
Rachel Kaly
Rachel is a queer Middle Eastern American NYC-based comedian and writer. She is a contributing writer for ClickHole and performs all over town and sometimes on TV. She hosts a monthly show as a violent and manipulative Ellen Degeneres.
Bardia Salimi
Bardia Salimi
Bardia is a comedian, writer and actor. He can next be seen opposite Ray Wise in the independent feature FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. Other credits include, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Search Party, JASH, Comedy Central, Above Average, MTV, Madam Secretary and more.
Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone is a Brooklyn-based comedian whose work can be seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Joe Pera Talks With You, The Chris Gethard Show, and heard on Earwolf and WFMU. Her half hour special aired on Comedy Central in 2016, and her album, "The Hits" is available now on Comedy Central Records. If you like puns, check out her game, Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers.
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!”
Eudora Peterson
Eudora Peterson
Eudora is a comedian from New Jersey, but she performs in New York because the rules there are much more lax. For example: in New York, you can be a prop comic and people will still respect you, even if you don't have credits. That said, she's been featured on Splitsider, Jezebel, The Huffington Post, and she's *never* used a prop during a performance. Never.
Anthony Oberbeck
Anthony Oberbeck
Anthony Oberbeck is a comedian in New York. In Chicago he spent three years writing and performing in the Annoyance’s weekly sketch show, The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour. He was also a member of the critically-acclaimed sketch and video collective Kill All Comedy, and improvised on iO teams Hunter Family Crest, Stuntman CD-ROM, and Attica. In 2012 he was featured in the Just For Laughs showcase of solo performers, and in 2013 returned to JFL to perform a full sketch revue created by Kill All Comedy.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/