Beauty Love Truth with Musical Guest Jean Grae! Intro by Carolyn Castiglia

Beauty Love Truth with Musical Guest Jean Grae! Intro by Carolyn Castiglia

Jean Grae, Carolyn Castiglia, Josh Sharp, Matt Higgins, Ashley Ward, Ed Illades, Rob Janowski, Louie Pearlman, Shannon Manning

Mon · August 17, 2015

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

$8 Advance / $10 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.

Beauty Love Truth
Beauty Love Truth
Join Beauty Love Truth for an adventurous evening of music, inspiration, and comedy. Guest musicians kick things off by playing a song, and after each song a rotating cast of improvisers create scenes inspired by the mood, images, themes, or words from the song. Nothing is planned; sweet, tragic, or ridiculous relationships unfold, worlds are created or destroyed, souls enlightened or crushed, and magic truths underscored with laughter.

Musical guest: JEAN GRAE
Jean Grae
Jean Grae
Jean Grae is a multihyphenate artist whose work integrates music, comedy, and visual media. In addition to musical collaborations with The Roots, Talib Kweli, and Robert Glasper, the critically acclaimed performer, director, soundtrack composer, and writer has released nearly two dozen self-produced and engineered independent albums; her work is even archived in The Yale Anthology of Rap and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Culture.

Grae has been Keynote Speaker at Hip-Hop Week Montreal and lecturer at such institutions as Yale, Princeton, Columbia and the Kennedy Performing Arts Center. Additional appearances include NPR, 2 Broke Girls, Comedy Central, MSNBC, Vice, BET’s Hip Hop Awards, hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale and the Deadpool comic book, where she punched the titular antihero in the face.

Currently channeling her broad skill set and envelope-pushing experiences into genre-bending live ventures Church of the Infinite You, Dubbled Over and The Show Show, Grae continues defying boundaries and delivering funny, moving, inspirational experiences to audiences via earbuds, the stage, and screens both big and small.
Carolyn Castiglia
Carolyn Castiglia
Carolyn Castiglia is a stand-up comedian known for her hilarious riffing and crowd work, wild storytelling and her incredible ability to freestyle rap. Carolyn has appeared on VH1, MTV2, Comedy Central, NBC, We TV, Food Network, Lifetime, fyi and more. For two years, she was featured nightly as NickMom's “Ultimate Sports Mom,” and she is a frequent guest commentator on HLN.
Josh Sharp
Josh Sharp
Josh Sharp is a stand up and sketch comedian who was included on Vulture's 2015 "Comics You Should Know" and was named a "Comic to Watch" by TimeOut NY. He was featured in NYCF's "Best of Sketch" in 2013, 2014 and 2015. You can see his lewdy crudey queer musical "Fucking Identical Twins" now running at the UCB Theatre, his experimental comedy show "Cool Shit/Weird Shit" on the 4th Friday of the month at UCB-East, his gay variety show "A Gay Show For All People" monthly at the Duplex, or you can just stay at home and watch TV on your computer like a loser. If that's your game, his web series, "How Shit Works", is soon to drop on IFC.com.
Matt Higgins
Matt Higgins
MATT HIGGINS is an Andy Kaufman Award finalist and original member of Burn Manhattan and Centralia. Matt helped kick off Human Giant’s 24-hour take-over of MTV. His stand-up has been featured on Comedy Central. Matt’s favorite TV role was on the season finale of CBS’s cop show “NYC 22″. Film credits include supporting roles in “Girl Missing” (Amy Poehler, Kate Walsh, Adam McKay and Will Arnett), “Approaching Union Square” (IFC), and “Shadowboxer” a Lee Daniels film (Cuba Gooding Jr., Monique, Macy Gray, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Helen Mirren). Matt studied improvisation with Ralph Buckley and Paul Sills. Matt and Michelle Best co-wrote “Halfway There”, a TV pilot, which was an official selection to the 2009 NYTVF.

Matt is a founding member of UP Theater Company.
Ashley Ward
Ashley Ward
Ashley Ward is an actor, singer and writer originally from Conyers, Ga. She has been performing improv and sketch comedy in New York for more than seven years and continues to perform with several groups, including PIT house team Big Black Car, musical improv group Baby Wants Candy, Taco Supreme, 30,000 khz of Sound, Cragg and Ward, Married Nate and Ashley and Poopy Poopy Fart Fart. Additionally she is a proud Striking Viking Story Pirate and a Jeopardy! champion. Ashley has a degree in Musical Theater from Webster University in St. Louis and loves singing and dancing and, when called for, prancing. In addition to performing live, Ashley has been in many comedic shorts and web series including featured roles in BOF (Best of Friends) and the TMZ parody, “TMI,” where you get some decent shots of her rack.
Ed Illades
Ed Illades
Ed has studied and performed improv at Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, as well as various bars and festivals here and there. He was an instructor and coach at Improv Olympic until he set sail to perform on a cruise ship with Second City in January of 2008. Ed has performed with the groups Johnny Roast Beef, Brad Renfro, The Gambino Crew, and Pudding-Thank-You, written and performed sketch comedy with Sketchcore, and directed the sketch show Sandy Takes A Break, which played at the NY Sketch Festival and at Comedy Central’s performance space in Los Angeles (yes, that Los Angeles). He currently lives, teaches and performs in New York (Yes, that New York).
Rob Janowski
Rob Janowski
From Calgary, AB, Canada, member of the Kinkonauts!
Louie Pearlman
Louie Pearlman
LOUIE PEARLMAN is a comedic performer, educator and song-writer living in Queens, NY. He is a producer, director, puppeteer and performer with the nationally-recognized entertainment company The Story Pirates. He also teaches a series of popular improv classes for teenagers.

Favorite past projects include playing J. Jonah Jameson in The Spidey Project, appearing in the music video for Tom Tom Club's Downtown Rockers and DJing Where The Action Is! A monthly sixties music night with Allison Boron.
Shannon Manning
Shannon Manning
Shannon Manning is a writer and producer, and creator of Spark and Beauty Love Truth (improv inspired by guest musician) which has run for over a decade at UCB, PIT, Magnet, Barrow Street Theater, Standard Toykraft, and Union Hall with stellar musical guests. Shannon learned improv from the legendary comedy inspiration Del Close and loves to talk about it.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/