3rd Annual NY Funny Songs Fest 2014

Submissions for the 2014 NY Funny Songs Fest Now Closed

The submissions for the 2014 NY Funny Songs Fest are now officially closed, as you may’ve just read in the title of this post. However, here’s some great news — the festival is going to be here so fast! Please stay tuned for updates and news, it’s going to be coming rapidly and en masse over the course of the next few days. Check back soon! And if you’re not already a part of our community at @NYFunnySongs and on MeetUp, Facebook and Tumblr, please also do that now. We can’t wait to make sweet, hilarious music with you!

If you are a comedic musician or you work with the genre in some way, you may also be interested in joining our Comedy Musician’s Coalition. Membership is free, and it is a great resource for finding and sharing funny music.

Review of comedy musician Katie Goodman’s recent NYC show, by Ross Plotkin

Musical comedian Katie Goodman gave a spectacular, memorable solo show at Manhattan’s Stage 72 on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Playing for about an hour, and accompanying herself on piano, guitar, and atop prerecorded backing tracks, Katie consistently used her effervescent, near-operatic soprano to provide a wicked and apt contrast to her smart, often darkly sardonic punch lines.

Her songs, some of which were written with her husband Soren Kisiel, tackled issues of aging, sexual identity, gender politics, and modern urban living—but uniformly with a humanity and bubbliness that prevented these topics from becoming preachy or overbearing.

Katie calls her show “I Didn’t Fu— It Up,” and it was with this simple, crude, fairly universal sentiment that she began the evening: “I didn’t fuck it up / You probably didn’t fuck it up / But they, whoever they are, fucked it up / Now it’s fucked up.” Three chords and the truth.

In “These Are the Things I Can’t Fu—ing Remember,” Katie satirized middle-age fears in a funny, poignant way that was everything the oeuvre of cartoonist Cathy Guisewite tried (but always failed) to be. “The Midlife Crisis Song” was similarly life-affirming, but never didactic or puerile.

“Probably Gay (The Homophobia Song)” couldn’t have been more culturally relevant: “Homophobia is not that you’re afraid of gay people / But that you’re afraid that you might be gay.” It is probably the only song to ever cite The Journal of Abnormal Psychology—hysterically, natch.

In the final chorus of the cabaret song “Multitasking,” Katie “took” a phone call (in which she remotely coached a friend’s labor) and then proceeded to perform a snippet of a song (the hilarious “I’ll Be Jewish for Christmas”) she claimed to have written while she was performing this one.

There were raps about soccer moms and MILFs (including a name check for Maria Montessori). Despite their solidly middle American subject matter, and the presence of beat boxing, neither of these devolved into the isn’t-it-novel-for-a-white-fortysomething-to-rap awkwardness that has plagued hack comedians for thirty years—and is somehow still a problem.

Katie interacted with and dynamically engaged her audience throughout the evening, invoking her fans—which, in defiance of stereotypes, were at least 75% female—to clap and sing along in an organic, never-hokey way. The show was so homey that Katie herself checked me into the venue.

Katie’s delightful, clever parodies and vulnerable, likeable personality make her the equal of more renowned female musical humorists such as Christine Lavin and Cheryl Wheeler. And she is nothing if not versatile: Katie’s pre-show Facebook status mentioned that Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles of The Washington Post would be in attendance while coyly withholding further details.

Editor’s Note: Do you perform funny songs? Interested in sharing a stage with artists of Katie’s caliber? The New York Funny Songs Festival is a landmark indie festival created by the comedy musicians of New York City for the comedy musicians of the world. Favorably reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalTime Out New York, and the Huffington Post, the 2014 fest will take place from Thursday, May 29 through Saturday, May 31. Submissions are being accepted through Thursday, April 10. Please go to www.nyfunnysongs.com to apply.

Funny Songs MeetUp.com Group!

Do you want to laugh with a group of people as musicians play highly entertaining comedic songs for / at you? If so, then you’re definitely going to want to join our MeetUp.com group. You can do that here: 

http://www.meetup.com/Comedy-Musicians-Coalition-Comedy-Novelty-Musicians-Fans/

We have lots of fun events planned including comedy music panels, shows, events, salons and more. Looking forward to meeting you in person!

It’s time for the 2014 NY Funny Songs Fest!

(awesome logo by Polina Volfovich)

It’s that time again where we get together and make music, sweet, hilarious music, right here in good ol’ N to the Y to the C. If you are interested in performing in the NY Funny Songs Fest, please click here to fill out the submission form and send a $20 processing fee to nyfunnysongs at gmail dot com via www.paypal.com

YOU: 20 bucks? WTF? Why do I have to pay $20? Do I get anything in return? 

US: We ask for a $20 submission fee to help cover costs of processing your information and producing the festival. In exchange, we promise to give you a damn fun festival where we will offer you:

- an all access badge to all our events
- exposure to NY City comedy music audiences
- a gift bag
- assistance and consulting for your comedy music projects worldwide
- membership in the Comedy Musician’s Coalition (a community of comedy musicians who share opportunity and links)
- inclusion on the 2014 compilation to be sent to dozens of press outlets
- random perks
- tireless support of your work

We send out your music, we shill on your behalf and we bust our butts to make sure that you get the love you deserve. We’re like your mom, your manager and your therapist, all rolled into one. It’s actually a pretty bangin’ deal.

We are a small festival and we tremendously appreciate your support. It’s symbiotic, and stuff, (wo)man, but seriously. This festival couldn’t happen without your help. 

Would you or a friend like to volunteer? Do you know a comedy musician who should be included? Do you have any questions? Please email us at nyfunnysongs@gmail.com.

It’s happening! NYFSF is expanding and heading south to Philadelphia. For more information and to submit for PhFSF, please visit this link. The submission process is open until Feb. 28, 2014 and the festival details and info, to take place in March, 2014, will be announced shortly. Thanks and stay tuned!

It’s happening! NYFSF is expanding and heading south to Philadelphia. For more information and to submit for PhFSF, please visit this link. The submission process is open until Feb. 28, 2014 and the festival details and info, to take place in March, 2014, will be announced shortly. Thanks and stay tuned!

Did you know that Ben Franklin wrote funny songs? We can’t say for sure if that’s true or not, but we bet it was. Here is a photo of someone’s ancestor, surely jammin’ out something hilarious on her guitar. And here is a blog entry making a very special announcement: The NY Funny Songs Fest is branching out and coming to Philadelphia! We’ll be there at the end of March, so get involved - submit, buy tickets and come laugh and dance at the same time with us. Check back for details soon!

Did you know that Ben Franklin wrote funny songs? We can’t say for sure if that’s true or not, but we bet it was. Here is a photo of someone’s ancestor, surely jammin’ out something hilarious on her guitar. And here is a blog entry making a very special announcement: The NY Funny Songs Fest is branching out and coming to Philadelphia! We’ll be there at the end of March, so get involved - submit, buy tickets and come laugh and dance at the same time with us. Check back for details soon!

2nd Annual NY Funny Songs Fest Wrap Up

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L to R: Performers Chemda Khalili and Myka Fox, festival host Jessica Delfino and festival producer Stefani Peikin celebrate at the opening night karaoke party (photo by Stacie Joy)

And so the NY Funny Songs Fest comes to an end. What a whirlwind weekend it was! With over 75+ comedic-slash-musical performers sharing 4 gorgeous stages, myriad classes and panels (TimeOutNY, WomenInMusic, MTV, indie record labels and more representing), 200 gift bags, 125 super sexy badges, dozens of sponsors (including live broadcasting a la SiriusXM), 10 delicious pizzas (thanks, Rocket Joe’s!), hundreds of fans, friends and attendees, visitors from as far away as Canada and Portland, Oregon, even jazzy lady toys (shout out to Babeland!) we call this funny festival a serious success. 

Please see a full list of our 2013 sponsors here, and check out a list of our 2013 producers here, and see our full list of 2013 performers here.

Wanna see some great photos from the festival by Stacie Joy? Click here. Anya Garrett also has some lovely shots from Twosomes and Threesomes here.

Wanna see the Stolen Moment of the Week from the festival by Mindy Tucker in the Huffington Post? Click here. See more fest photos by Mindy here. Check out a few more by KL Thomas here.

Please stay tuned for updates and info about NYFSF sponsored shows through out the year.

Did you miss the fest? Keep in touch on Facebook. Interested in performing in upcoming shows or next year’s fest? Join the Comedy Musician’s Coalition here, a community of 97 funny musical performers and counting!

Just a few quick snapshots from NYFSF’s 2nd night! One more day and night packed with events to go. Come down and check out our Saturday events. Some of tomorrow’s highlights? Insightful and notable people share ideas at our panels at 1 and 5 PM, Rob Paravonian and Stuckey & Murray share premiere videos at 6 PM, Jessica Delfino, Ben Lerman and more sing naughty music at A Night of Dirty Songs (+ burlesque by Ms. Tina Cione), Rob “Big Rob” Cantrell releases a new CD at 11:30 PM at Joe’s Pub, and more. Read on for details and tickets: 

Saturday, June 1

1-3 PM — NYFSF presents: FUNNY FOR MONEY 101 Comedy Industry Panel

@ The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street

For performers who are interested in taking their independent comedy businesses in a money making direction or just picking up some insight to the biz. Comedy + music pros discuss how to cash in on years of pounding the pavement, job opportunities for comedic + musical performers, and answer all your comedy questions. Featuring Shirley Braha (Producer, MTV’s Weird Vibes, NY Noise), Matthew Love (Time Out NY Comedy Editor), Neeta Ragoowansi (WomenInMusic.org) and Rachel Marie Cox (Roc-elle Records). Lunch will be provided.

$10 in advance, $12 at the door

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/11UzMOS

4-5 — NYFSF presents: KIDSONGS 101 Kids Write Their Own Funny Songs

@ The Living Room - Googie’s Lounge

The first half of this show pairs comedy music pros with kids to walk them through creating their very own funny song. In the second half of the event, kids perform the songs for their parents and new friends! Kid friendly snacks will be served and writing materials will be provided.

$10 in advance, $12 at the door

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/18aa79u

5-6 PM — NYFSF presents: PUTTING IT OUT THERE Marketing Your Comedy Music To The Masses

@ Living Room - Googie’s Lounge

In the first half of this event, audiences will hear from PR whizzes and stars of internet exposure as they share some of their best practices for contacting the media, writing a press release and getting your work out there, followed by a Q&A. Even if you don’t work in comedy or music, if you’re promoting or marketing anything, you will definitely want to sit in on this event. The second half of the event will be reserved for sharing your ideas or press releases with the team to get quick fixes and help turning your pitches into solid gold. Snacks will be served. Featuring: Mandy Stadtmiller (xoJane web content editor), Alison Goldberg and Jen Jamula (The Blogologues), Jessica Delfino (creator of the NY Funny Songs Fest, viral video star).

$10 in advance, $12 at the door

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/18jQyJ9

6:00-8 PM — NYFSF presents: VIDEO SCHOOLED THE COMEDY STAR Funny Music Film Screening

@ Tammany Hall, (downstairs) 152 Orchard St., NYC

A screening of hilarious comedy music videos featuring a live performance by Myq & Micah (and a few of their funny videos), plus videos by Up & Down Theater, Insane Ian, Carolyn Castiglia (CKC) & Beena Steena, premieres by Stuckey & Murray and Rob Paravonian! 
$10 in advance, $12 at the door
BUY ADVANCE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/12hekSS

8:00-10 PM — NYFSF presents: A NIGHT OF DIRTY SONGS Comedy Songs Gone Wild!

@ Tammany Hall, 152 Orchard St., NYC

A festival favorite, this show is guaranteed to raise eyebrows, make sensitive people faint, upset the Catholic League, irk the tea party and leave YOU in stitches. Packed with raunchy, low down dirty ditties, the collection of performers on this show have been celebrated AND criticized for their demented songs, which promise to make even the most hardened of ruffians say “Woah,” and of course, laugh. Certifiably dirty! With Jessica Delfino, Red Peters, Ben Lerman, My Left Tit, appearances from downtown burlesque beauty Ms. Tina Cione and other surprises! Bring grandpa, he loves this kind of stuff. This show is rated “R” for adult content.

$10 in advance, $12 at the door

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/16i1zy0

11:30-12:30 PM – UCB & NYFSF present: THE BEATdown A Comedy Rap Battle

@UCB East, 153 East 3rd Street @ Ave A, NYC

Shockwave (Freestyle Love Supreme, The Electric Company) and Victor Varnado (Awkward Comedy Show, Tell Your Friends: The Concert Film!) host 5 of NYC’s finest comedians and one audience volunteer in a freestyle rap face-off to the death. Six rounds of badass one-on-one rap battles decided by the audience that will make 8 Mile look like a movie from 10 years ago. Doors at 11 pm, show at 11:30 sharp.

$5 tickets at the door

RESERVE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/ZCFaV3

11:30 PM — NYFSF presents: Rob “Big Rob” Cantrell CD Release Party & The NYFSF (W)Rap Party

@ Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC

Rob “Big Rob” Cantrell releases his first all-comedy rap music CD, “Dreams Never Die”. The first 25 entrants receive a free CD! Featuring DJ TigerVsCobra, Carolyn Castiglia and mega loads of special guests. Then, stick around for the NY Funny Songs Fest (W)rap Party, a hip hop, rap and r&b comedy music extravaganza featuring people who rap funny. Sign up for your chance to take the mic and show the audience you can spit mad funny lyrics, too, and win prizes / build up your empire / get a chance to participate in next year’s NY Funny Songs Fest.

All tickets $12 for this event

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/14OmJ7b

The festival begins! Thursday’s events breakdown

Thursday, May 30

6-7:30 PM: WELL, HELLO THERE!! NYFSF Registration & Happy Hour Mixer @ Santos Party House upstairs, 96 Lafayette at Canal St., NYC

Come on by after work, say hello, pick up your festival badges, gift bags and Kickstarter prizes, get festival badges, day passes, t-shirts, festival CD samplers + tickets if you don’t already have ‘em, meet other festival attendees and performers, enjoy some free snacks, grab a $1 raffle ticket for a new ukulele and a lovely lady toy from Babeland, dress up and get your photo taken, enjoy dirty balloon animals, have a happy hour drink, purchase a festival t-shirt to show your love and get ready for the ass kickin’ weekend ahead! And hey, stick around for the 8 PM opening night showcase…There is no admission for the registration event but please RSVP in advance at the link below.

FREE

RSVP FOR THIS EVENT HERE: http://bit.ly/ZguPOo

8-9:30 PM: NYFSF presents: LOCAL MEGA-TITANS Comedy Music Opening Showcase!! @ Santos Party House upstairs, 96 Lafayette @ Canal St., NYC

Dave Hill, Mindy Raf, Jessica Delfino, Ben Kronberg, Jen Kwok, Summer and Eve, Rob Paravonian, Ben Lerman and Stuckey and Murray and Adira Amram perform some of their hits that helped to develop the NYC comedy music scene, followed by a performer’s Q+A and meet n’ greet. Anthony Kapfer hosts.

$10 in advance, $12 at the door

GET ADVANCE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/12dpo3l

9:30-11 PM: NYFSF presents: OUT OF TOWNERS MEGA-TITANS Comedy Music Showcase!! @ Santos Party House downstairs, 96 Lafayette @ Canal St., NYC

Devo Spice (NJ), Jamie Brew (Chicago), Titler (Boston), Steamy Bohemians (Boston) and Todd Chappelle (Philadelphia) have traveled far to come show their wares of hilarity in the big Apple. Come and hear what they’ve got to sing, followed by a performer’s Q+A and meet n’ greet. Myka Fox hosts.

$10 in advance, $12 at the door

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/ZMi6rg

11 PM NYFSF presents: OPENING NIGHT PARTY Extravaganza Blowout!!

@ Santos Party House downstairs, 96 Lafayette @ Canal St., NYC

hosted by Ben Lerman & Carolyn Castiglia

Come for the party, stay for the karaoke, photo opps, free booze, free food and guest karaoke ringers TBA! Get up and sing a song! Mingle! Mix! Repeat!

$10 in advance, $12 at the door

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/188l3EL

 1 AM: Go home! Go to sleep! The party continues tomorrow…