asembl (not so live) #1: comedy by teleconference

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asembl (not so) live

comedy by teleconference: #1



So, quarantine. Fun times. Especially for those of us that like to go out. Obviously, much bigger fish to fry than boredom (and thanks enormously to everyone providing essential services during this time). But still, it's boring.

We're here to help with that. With comedy. That's as close to a live show as we can make it (except it's BYOB; yeah!).

Here's how it works:

  • Get Zoom here (it's super simple to use and free).
  • Hit the "Join the show" button below at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday to join. You can RSVP and add to your calendar here or on Facebook (shudder).
  • Turn on your microphone and/or camera so we can hear everybody laugh and feel together (also: behave).
  • Our amazing comedians do 10 minute sets each.
  • You laugh your tuchus off.
  • Donate. We're not putting up a paywall since we want everyone to easily join but we'd appreciate your donating $5 (or more!). Everybody's gigs went poof so a bit of cash would be highly appreciated.

On to the talent. First up is Maddy Smith.

Maddy Smith is a NYC-based stand up comedian, writer, and castmember on MTV/VH1’s Wild N Out. In 2019, she was named a Comic to Watch for the New York Comedy Festival. Maddy is a regular at the clubs in New York City and has featured for Chris Redd, Jared Freid, Corinne Fisher, and Dan St. Germaine.

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Next up: Andrew Schiavone.

Andrew is a New York City based stand up comedian who has been featured on SiriusXM, Comcast, and is the co-host of the Panic Attacking Podcast  His comedy involves commenting on his social anxiety and his love of awkward encounters.  Andrew has performed in multiple comedy festivals throughout the country, including Trial By Laughter, Rogue Island, Charm City, Hoboken Comedy Fest and more.   He regularly performs at New York Comedy Club and hosts a weekly show "Over A Barrel" at Niagara Bar in the East Village.

Then, Mike Lebovitz.

Mike began his comedy career at the age of six with clowning classes at the local JCC. He's been delighting crowds with his intoxicating brand of wild-eyed humor ever since. Mike’s irreverent bar-stool philosophy careens from topic to topic like a runaway freight train with some dubious couplings. Audiences have described the experience as “spontaneous,” “joyful’ and “slightly terrifying.”

Mike cut his teeth in Chicago (not as painful as it sounds), where he was a regular at Zanies Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory and Comedy Bar Chicago. He co-founded the popular showcase, Comedians You Should Know, which he brought to New York City in 2016. It has since become the weekly go-to spot to see comedy legends and up-and-comers rock the same mic.
Internationally, Mike has offended nostrils in Montreal as a "New Face" of the 2013 Just For Laughs, and he won The Montreux Comedy Festival competition in Switzerland. He’s been featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and HBO’s The Deuce. Check out his debut album, LEBO, on Stand Up Records.

And finally, Rachel McCartney.

Rachel McCartney is a standup comedian and Twitter addict who recently taped a set for PBS. Her tight, often dark jokes have earned her shout-outs from Gary Gulman and Mark Normand. Originally from Chicago, she has done a televised set on WCIU's Chicago's One Night Standup and appeared as a paid regular at the Laugh Factory. She lives in New York now, where she's cut a lot of pretentious bullshit from her jokes and this bio.

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