Funny People Talking
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Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 - 6:00pm-9pm
Scheduled to appear:
Greg Davis Jr., a.k.a. Klarity
Seats are limited and advance tickets are required to attend. Your admission includes one complimentary drink ticket, and all net proceeds will be donated to charity.
More info below.
Please join us for this exclusive event as we launch “Funny People Talking™,” a new podcast hosted by MouthMedia Network’s own Head of Content/Programming, Marc Raco, in collaboration with Improv Asylum.
It’s a huge night of comedy, improvisation, live music, the world-premiere of a new animated short film, and, of course, an interview with special guests.
· 6:00pm Doors open
· 6:30pm Live music begins with a truly blockbuster house band featuring accomplished guitarist Stephen Benson, who is joined by percussionist Ray Grappone and Moscow57 vocalist Ellen Kaye
· 7:00 Welcome and a special live performance from the cast members of Improv Asylum.
· 7:30 The world premiere screening of the animated short film “Zero Patience: A Day of Monkey Radio”
· 8:00 Live audience podcast recording of “Funny People Talking” with Klarity
· 9:00 Good night!
About the Show:
Greg Davis Jr., best known under his handle Klarity, established himself as one of the fastest-growing creators on Vine - where he amassed 6 million followers - and now brings his unique sense of humor to Instagram and other platforms. Klarity has starred alongside Kevin Hart, Andrew Bachelor (King Bach), Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, and many more on film and TV, with credits including Espionage Tonight, King of California, Beyond The Lights, CSI, and The Shield. An all around creative force as an actor, writer, and producer, Klarity also holds a unique position within the social media and influencer community. His widespread success and reputation have positioned him as a leader and voice that can reach a global audience, and inspire a network of fellow stars to collaborate on any platform. Currently, Klarity is on the road doing standup with Jo Koy, selling out venues of thousands. Born and raised in Orlando, FL, Klarity now splits time between New York and Los Angeles.
About Funny People Talking
Marc Raco and Danielle Beckmann interview entertainers, influencers, icons, innovators, and incredible people with one thing in common – they’re funny. Episodes feature improv games, nerd tips, what’s wrong with the world, strange foods presented by deadpan producer Elsie, possible Star Trek references, and a whole universe of things to laugh at (and with). From the same people who brought you “Monkey Radio with Marc”. Podcast launches 12/17/18.
About Marc Raco
In addition to his role as head of Content/Programming for MouthMedia Network and a host of MouthMedia shows “Fashion Is Your Business” and “The Word from Mouth”, Marc has professionally performed improvisational comedy, and even had his hand at standup. His podcast “Monkey Radio with Marc” was in the lineup for two podcast networks, published more than 100 episodes featuring guests such as Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood (Who’s Line Is It Anyway), Melissa Villasenor (SNL), Jamie Lissow (The Real Rob on Netflix), Michael Park (As the World Turns, Dear Evan Hansen), Alfa Anderson (Chic), and was downloaded more than 600,000 times. He was a featured blogger for ComedyPop.com, and has appeared in more than 25 films, 50 stage productions, and several television roles including costarring on “Limitless” (CBS), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Law and Order SVU (NBC), “As the World Turns” (CBS), and “Onion News Network” (IFC). He also has been recognized with numerous awards as a filmmaker, and produced/directed the animated film “Zero Patience: A Night of Monkey Radio”. Plus, he served as an NYPD Auxiliary police officer and is a real life Kentucky Colonel.
About Danielle Beckmann
Danielle Beckmann is an actress, producer, and writer originally from Los Angeles, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Since she loves making people laugh, you can find her performing on the stage, screen, or in your ears making audiences chuckle. She’s written and starred in the snackable micro-series Just All Around Good Ideas and she is the Dungeon Master of the new livestream Dungeons & Dragons adventure show, Maven Brave on Brooklyn Quarter. With Brooklyn Quarter she also performs on the weekly epic livestream table-top DnD show, Carroll Guardians. In the RPG world Danielle has had the pleasure of rolling dice with figures such as Stefan Pokorny (Dwarven Forge), Greg Tito (Wizards of the Coast, Dragon Talk Host), and Timothy Reese (DM of Carroll Guardians, Brooklyn Quarter). Danielle has also produced multiple live theatre productions, web series, and stand-up comedy shows.
Before transitioning into podcasting, Elsie has produced radio shows over the decades in the US, UK, and Tanzania. Favorite booked guests have included Elvis, Chewbacca, Michael Jackson, Cindy Lauper, and Vincent Kigosi. Elsie was also instrumental in the success of the UK drive time radio hit “The Mickey and Billy Show” before joining the “Monkey Radio with Marc” podcast. When she is not in the studio, Elsie’s focuses are her cat Nunyabizness, amateur kickboxing, searching for vintage jazz albums, and eating her way through an extensive culinary bucket list. She is also working on an ongoing project involving bacon, chocolate and salsa.
About Stephen Benson
Stephen Benson is very active on the New York freelance scene.
He is comfortable in a variety of musical settings from jazz and classical music to rock, blues, rhythm and blues and Broadway. His performance and recording experience includes Natalie Cole, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian, Take 6, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, Sutton Foster, Jane Krakowski, Garrison Keillor, The New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, and the American Symphony. He has been a regular performer at the Grand Canyon Music Festival with Robert Bonfiglio and has performed at the Carnival of Venice with Evelyn Blakey. He toured Europe for two years as a member of the Giora Feidman Trio and did a world tour of A Chorus Line. Most recently he has performed in the Broadway shows of Aladdin, Chicago, On Your Feet and Fiddler on the Roof. He is on the jazz faculty at Montclair State University and lives in New York City with his wife and 18 year old twins.
About Ray Grappone
On Broadway, Ray played more than 20 productions. He held the drum chairs at “Blood Brothers”, “Side Show”,”Little Me”, “The Flower Drum Song”, “Marie Christine”, “Bombay Dreams”, subbing on others including “Les Miserables”, “Rent”, “Wicked, “The Producers”, “The Boy From Oz” and many others. Off Broadway Grappone worked with Alan Menken on “Weird Romance”, Stephen Sondheim on “Saturday Night” and Noel Coward’s “If Love Were All” with Twiggy. Ray performed in the National tours of “Jerry’s Girl’s”, “Starlight Express”, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Music Of The Night” (38 piece Orchestra featuring Colm Wilkinson). Also, “A Chorus Line” World Tour covering 160+ cities covering all of Europe, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. His first recording was the “Jerry’s Girl’s” cast album on Polydor Records. Other cast album recordings include, “Side Show” (Sony), “The Flower Drum Song” (DRG), “Saturday Night” Sondheim (Nonesuch) and “Little Me” (Varese Sarabande). Ray was personal Drummer for the great Carol Channing (2 Years) and Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie (20 Years).
About Ellen Kaye
Ellen has a compelling story as a third generation restaurateur: her grandfather had restaurants in Manhattan in the early 1900’s and she is the daughter of Faith Stewart-Gordon and Sidney Kaye who owned The Russian Tea Room from 1947- 1996. Beginning in 1989, while continuing to work in the restaurant industry, Ellen embarked on a career as a nightclub singer, performing at a broad range of New York City venues. Most recently, Ellen has played Iridium, the noted jazz club, and The Metropolitan Room, as well numerous venues upstate; back in the day she performed at an eclectic variety of venues including Carnegie Hall (with the New York Pops), The Mabel Mercer Foundation annual Celebration at Town Hall, the Angry Squire, Maxim’s, Tatou, Surf Reality, and the original Monkey Bar, as well as other venues in and outside NYC. Ellen also hosted The Ellen Kaye Show on WVOX/WRTN radio and performed on WNEW. She has recorded two CDs “2AM” and “3AM…the dogs, the milkman and me” with Seth co-producing.
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