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.
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.
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.
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.
Comedy musician Rob Paravonian performs his ode to Brooklyns much-maligned G-line at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre at Summer and Eve’s Earworm show. Come on down and party with us at the NY Funny Songs Fest.
Our opening registration happy hour event is Thursday, May 30th at 6 PM at Santos Party House. Come on down and grab a beer, get a show recommendation, ask some questions, enjoy some free snacks + drink specials, dress up and get your photos taken, enter a raffle to win a free ukulele and a free super sexy prize from Babes In Toyland, meet some new friends and get your tickets and badges to the NY Funny Songs festivities!
Today, festival producer (Clusterf*ck show)Kelly Dwyer caught Stephen Lynch in the studio at SiriusXM with Mark Says Hi. “The record is really awesome,” she said of Lynch’s new "Lion" album. Surely his fans are very excited about his new songs and the tour he’s currently on, but we here at NY Funny Songs Fest are especially thrilled to see that Stephen is putting out new music, because it just reminds us that the NY Funny Songs Festival is as timely as ever. Don’t forget to check out our schedule and grab some tickets if you haven’t already! All shows are $10 except for the Weird Al Field Trip.
While you’re grabbin’ stuff, why not nab a free download off Stephen’s website here. You can catch the man himself at Gramercy Theater tonight and tomorrow (May 3 + 4) in NYC.
We’ll be there too, so if you happen to spot us, please say hi!
Right over the river in Jersey City, for the week of April 1-6, 2013 another small comedy festival is getting ready to kick off. We’re excited for the Jersey City Comedy Festival and would like to congratulate and encourage them in their first year. Please attend, share the news and support this brand spanking new comedy fest!
NY Funny Songs Fest creator Jessica Delfino will be performing on Thursday, April 4th at 9th & Coles Tavern in Liam McEneaney’s “Tell Your Friends” show live podcast featuring many funny people. We hope to see you there!
In other news, if you haven’t yet, please support the NYFSF via our Kickstarter campaign. And if you have already, THANK YOU!!
2nd Annual NYFSF now accepting tax deductible donations
Need a tax break? Got some money burning a hole in your pocket? Just ready to help support one of the coolest and, um, one of the only comedy music festivals, like, ever? Give a little, give a lot, just give! Money will go towards a huge headliner who will knock your socks off, press them and return them to you in a way better condition than when they were when you had them knocked off. You can donate here.
Today, nearly a baker’s dozen NYFSFers spent their afternoon at NextLabs Studios working on a commercial to get the word out about the festival. Lots of local stars of the scene were on hand, including Carla Rhodes, Ben Lerman, Mark Douglas, Jen Kwok, Mindy Raf, Carolyn Castiglia, Rob Cantrell, Mel + El and more.
See some photos below.
Important announcement: FESTIVAL DATE CHANGE
The NY Funny Songs Festival's 2013 dates have been changed to Thurs,May 30-Sun, June 2. Please make a note of it in your palm pilot, iPatch, sun dial or what have you, but still, definitely BE THERE.
CALLING ALL COMEDY MUSICIANS, worldwide
Are you a comedy musician? Well, don’t just sit there nodding your head, join the community! Find us on Facebook at the Comedian Musician’s Coalition. And submit your work to the NY Funny Songs Festival, HERE. If you’ve already submitted, sit tight! We’ll be with you soon.
Videographer Nick C. doing important video computer magic stuff
Mel + El, nailin’ it
Is Jessica Delfino wearing a wig? Nope, that’s her real mane
The gang’s all here and they’re ready to rock
Jen Kwok isn’t even wearing any make up, she always looks that good
Carla Rhodes and her scary little man friend Cecil Sinclair
His name is Ben Lerman, he plays the ukulele — USUALLY
We’re actually in the works, trying to get Dr. Demento into the 2013 NYFSF. So let’s all cross our fingers, pray to Vishnu (or insert your god/dess here), wish on a star, wear our lucky amulet or what have you and we’ll keep you posted…
Holiday Songs Contest: Seeking your funny, festive songs
Christmas songs contest: Send your original holiday themed songs! Tweet links to @NYFunnySongs or email to nyfunnysongs at gmail dot com by 12/31. Original songs about drunk Uncles, holiday in-flight chaos, Krampus and fruit cake, including other festive topics A-ok. Parodies or covers of holiday songs are a solid thumbs up.
— Free pro studio recording time
— A free video recording session at a pro film studio in NYC
— Free photo session with a pro photographer
— Free publicity campaign, including exposure on several popular NYC based websites, Twitter and Facebook blasts of your song
Wow! That’s right, you read correctly. Playboy Radio has invited a few of the ladies of NYFSF to come on down to Sirius SXM 102 and dish / wax / yap / chat / jam sexy poetic. So listen in THIS THURSDAY! Check back in for more info and we’ll keep you posted on the deets…
In other news, we’re still seeking submissions, so apply here if you haven’t done so yet, do so now! You can also click here for more details.
NY FUNNY SONGS FEST IS NOW ACCEPTING COMEDY MUSIC SUBMISSIONS: SEND YOUR PARODIES, ORIGINAL COMEDY MUSIC and MUSIC BASED COMEDY ACTS!
The NY Funny Songs Festival is rapidly approaching, May 16-18, 2013, so we are now accepting submissions!
If you or someone you know would like to submit your comedy music, parody songs, jingles or funny musical act to NYFSF, please do so using the form below. We are asking for a $20 submission fee sent via paypal to NYFunnySongs@gmail.com.
Last year, performers in the festival received:
- Performance opportunities in NYC! Performers enjoyed robust audiences at widely publicized shows such as “50 Funny Songs” and “A Night of Dirty Songs”
- Lots of free publicity and exposure! Performers names were listed and some even had their photos in major publications such as the NY Times and Time Out NY, and others opted to give promotional materials out in gift bags to the some 100+ people who attended the opening night party
- Valuable networking opportunities! Parties, an industry panel event and exposure to peers and comedy industry are just part of the norm at the NY Funny Songs Fest
- Opportunities! Performers songs were featured on Pandora.com, podcasts on Sirius / XM, Pandora.com, terrestrial radio and more due to their involvement in the festival
- Representation! Some are taken on as clients and booked, nurtured, advised and further exposed to audiences world wide, and ALL performers receive valuable casting / performing opportunities, PR help, event production advice and support for as long as you rock the mic
- Meaningful involvement in this growing festival! Thank you for being a part of our comedy music community
We care about our performers and will work hard to help you receive the exposure you deserve. It doesn’t end with the festival, it continues in opportunities, education and support, as you can see from our Facebook Comedy Musician’s Coalition Group Page.
"Solid Gold: 14 Comedy Music Hits" in NY Comedy Festival
Hey y’all, thanks for checking in with NY Funny Songs Fest, and you’re just in time, if you’re reading this prior to Friday, Nov. 3! We are going to be putting on a little shindig at the Ace Hotel called SOLID GOLD: 14 Comedy Music Hits featuring some kind of awesome people, like Key of Awesome, Ben Lerman, Reformed Whores, Carolyn Castiglia, Rob Paravonian, Mel and El, and Jessica Delfino. It’s gonna be pretty great.
It’s at the uber cool Ace Hotel, this Friday, Nov. 9 @ 7:30 PM doors, show at 8. These comedy musicians sing really demented and f*cked up, funny songs that are too risky for TV. This is not corny comedy music as you may remember it, it’s updated and weird and sometimes even straight up deviant songs about the seedier underbelly of life, but always hilarious. Hope to see you there! Get tix in advance for $10 and at the door for $15.
Fri Nov. 9 @ Ace Hotel 20 W. 29th St. doors @ 7:30 PM show @ 8 PM
Phew, the last few sweat dribbles have dried from putting together the NY Funny Songs Fest, and boy are our ukulele and guitar strings tired. But we do have some exciting news and updates.
* We have dates for the 2013 festival! Please mark your palm pilots for May 16-18, 2013 and keep in touch for updates on next year’s fest. We’ll be making stops on the East Coast and West Coast in the coming months, as well.
* In addition, we have a CMJ Official Unofficial Showcase coming up at UCB on Oct. 16, 2013 and are producing a show for the NY Comedy Festival in November. More details to come.
* Do you identify as a comedy musician or just someone who writes funny or weirdly amusing songs? Have opportunities to share? Want acts for your variety / comedy music shows? Want to hire someone to write a song for your film, etc? Join and post on our Comedy Musician’s Coalition Facebook Page.
Buy a season pass here - This gets you admission to every show, VIP / guaranteed seating at every show, first entry for every show, guaranteed gift bag on opening night.
Buy tickets for NYFSF Presens: It’s Opening Night! Let’s Party! Thursday, June 7 @ Lolita Bar, 266 Broome St. @ Orchard St., 6 PM: This opening night party will be off the hizzy with the cheapest happy hour in town ($3 beer and well drinks) and 2 for 1 Sierra Nevada ($3 for 2!), raffle prizes, give aways, free food from our local food sponsors.
Buy tickets for NYFSF presents: It’s Opening Night, Let’s Rock with Laughter! Thursday, June 7 @ Lolita Bar, 266 Broome St. @ Orchard St., 7:30 PM: This is the first show on opening night of the 1st Annual NY Funny Songs Fest. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it! Featuring Jen Kwok, Rob Paravonian, Jessica Delfino, Mindy Raf, Reformed Whores and Molly Pope. Myka Fox hosts.
Purchasing a ticket to this show also gets you FREE ADMISSION to the opening night party with live comedy music performances, gift bags, giveaways, raffles, 2 for 1 beer and free food (while supplies last). Just print out or bring your mobile ticket to the opening night party to get your opening party wrist band.
Buy tickets for NYFSF presents: It’s Opening Night, Showcase 2! Thursday, June 7 @ Lolita Bar, 266 Broome St. @ Orchard St., 9 PM: This is the second showcase on opening night of the 1st Annual NY Funny Songs Fest. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it! Featuring Barbara Holm, Soce, Killy Dwyer, Ben Lerman, Boris Khaykin. Giulia Rozzi hosts.
Purchasing a ticket to this show also gets you FREE ADMISSION to the opening night party with live comedy music performances, gift bags, giveaways, raffles, 2 for 1 beer and free food (while supplies last). Just print out or bring your mobile ticket to the opening night party to get your opening party wrist band.
Buy tickets for NYFSF Presents: America’s Funniest Comedy Music Videos Thursday, June 7 @ The Dressing Room, 75 Orchard St. btw Broome / Grand Sts., 11 PM: Wine and cheese and funny videos projected into a giant golden frame + FREE after party with a purchase to either Thursday night showcase (7 PM, 9:30 PM) at The Dressing Room bar. Hilarious comedy videos by Adira Amram, Stuckey & Murray and more, with live performances by Myq & Micah, Carolyn Castiglia, Killy Dwyer, Rachel Parenta and more.
Cheap Miller Lite ($3), free popcorn and fancy cheese. Shop for high end bargains or basement deals while you drink!
Buy tickets for NYFSF Presents: Books N’ Hooks Friday, June 8 @ Casa Mezcal, 86 Orchard St. @ Broome St., 6 PM: This show challenges performers to come up with a song on the theme of a book, but let’s be honest, several of them just play songs they already have that fit the topic. However, you’ve probably never heard those songs, so it’s a win-win for you. This month: Anarchist’s Cookbook.
Featuring: Esther Ku, Schaffer The Dark Lord and Juliet Jeske. Jena Friedman hosts.
Buy tickets for NYFSF Presents: A Night Of Dirty Songs Friday, June 8 @ Casa Mezcal, 86 Orchard St. @ Broome St., @ 7 PM: A Night of Dirty Songs is always a great show, featuring some of the naughtiest, dirtiest songs you can find in NYC. The last show at Joe’s Pub was packed solid, this show is always rammed full. With Cock Lorge, Ben Lerman, Jessica Delfino, The Parodivas, and very special guest Red Peters, this show is going to be a night to remember. Bring granny, she loves this kind of stuff!
Click here for NYFSF Presents: Radio Snack: A Comedy Music Showcase Friday, June 8th @ The Creek and The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens, 10 PM: This long running comedy music showcase produced by Ben Lerman and Tim Dimond is joining with NYFSF for the June show! They just got a cease and desist letter from EMI Music re: their former name, “Now That’s What I Call Musical Comedy” so catch it in it’s first installment with a new name, “Radio Snack: A Comedy Music Showcase.” Mmm, that sounds delicious! This show is a free, unticketed event.
Buy tickets for NYFSF presents: 50 Funny Songs Saturday, June 9 @ Tammany Hall, 152 Orchard St., btw Rivington & Stanton Sts., 7 PM: Come join in the festivities as 50+ comedy musicians sing, rap or yodel a funny song a piece. Each number will be short and sweet. Whether you’re a serious fan of comedy music, or you’re a person who has no idea what comedy music is, this show is for you. Performers include:
Rob Paravonian, Carolyn Castiglia, Esther Ku, Camille Harris, Livia Scott, Jessica Delfino, Boris Khaykin, Red Peters, Rob Cantrell, Hilary Schwartz, Rob Cantrell, Tim Ellis, The Parodivas, Ben Lerman, Mindy Raf, Mel & El, Jen Kwok, Reformed Whores and a lot more. Plus it’s Mindy Raf’s birthday so come prepared to party and eat cake.
Line up subject to change due to the whimsical lifestyle and devil may care attitude that comes with being a performer.
Buy tickets for NYFSF Presents: Comedy Karaoke! Saturday, June 9 @ Upstairs Bar, 59 Canal St. @ Allen St., (up the stairs) 11 PM: Comedy musicians write and sing funny songs. But what happens when they sing other people’s songs funnily? Is funnily even a word? So many questions! Come on over to the coolest secret Chinese karaoke bar on Canal Street, “Upstairs Bar” and take part in this historic comedic music singing karaoke-ing event. You won’t even know it’s a bar until you get all up in it. Come prepared to party and eat cake…and of course do your best rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart”!
Buy tickets for NYFSF Presents: Feedback 101 Comedy Industry Panel Sunday, June 10 @ Culture Fix, 9 Clinton St. @ E. Houston St, 2 PM: So, you do what you can. You get on stage. You write songs. You make CDs and tour and travel. But is that all there is? Today, you’ll get a chance to listen to some people who have turned their specific brand of comedy and work into a feasible way of life ie a paycheck. Come, ask questions, have a drink and learn a lil somethin’ somethin’. Guests include:
Janine DiTullio, head writer of Superjail on Adult Swim and co-creator of Chirpbug.tv, Danny Hastings, director of Atomicus Films, an Urban Multicultural and Latin influenced film production company, David Johnston, the Associate Director of ExploringTheMetropolis.org, Lisa Niedermeyer, a Program Specialist at Fractured Atlas and manager for NYC Performing Arts Spaces (NYCPASpaces.org), and D-Sharp Wilson, director of Platinum Label Entertainment, a one stop shop for music production and studio recording.
Buy tickets for NYFSF Presents: The NY Funny Songs Awards 2012 Sunday, June 10 @ Culture Fix, 9 Clinton St. @ E. Houston St, 4 PM: There are several comedy awards in NYC and the world, and now here’s another one, but this one has a focus on comedy music and the people who shape hilarity that you can dance to.
Thanks for nominating your favorite funny fretters et al.
Buy tickets for NYFSF Presents: The NYFSF After / Closing Party ***Tickets will be available for purchase for this event on June 3rd*** NYFSF After / Closing Party at Donnybrook, 35 Clinton St. with performances by David Carl + more. Beer specials and free snacks served. Come celebrate the good times and say farewell until next year. Admission free with purchase of a ticket to either Sunday event (Panel or Award Show).
Total list of people performing in this year’s NY Funny Songs Fest:
Red Peters,Rob Paravonian, Myq Kaplan & Micah Sherman, Victor Varnado, Jen Kwok, Devo Spice, Squirm & Germ, Summer & Eve, Mindy Raf, Mel and El, Carolyn Castiglia, Jessica Delfino, Esther Ku, Soce The Elemental Wizard, Livia Scott, Jeffrey Kornberg, Rob Cantrell, Molly Pope, Reformed Whores, Shaina Feinberg, Tim Ellis, Phoebe Kreutz, Myka Fox, Jena Friedman, Giulia Rozzi, Ben Lerman, Erin & Her Cello, Supercute, Barbara Holm, Rachael Parenta, David Carl, Boris Khaykin, Kelly Dwyer, Momma Holler, Katie Hartman, Hilary Schwartz, Caren LeVine, The Parodivas, Carla Ulbrich, Jennifer Blowdryer, Marian Rosin, Mike Amato, Insane Ian, Leanne Linsky, Rosie Rebel, Guy Fletcher, Cock Lorge, Schaffer The Dark Lord, Susannah Perlman, Tim Dimond, Eileen Kelly, Wigmaker’s Son, The Cowmen, Dirty Boy Jamboree, The Vigilante + more!
Do you have a podcast? A radio show? Want to help promote the NY Funny Songs Fest? (We’d sure appreciate it!) Here is a great little audio promo created by Tom Rockwell, aka “Devo Spice”. Please play it on your show, play it out of a boom box outside of a girl’s house who you love, or play it on the subway on your ukulele in conjunction with your bongo playing pal. Just play it! Thanks!!
Reggie Watts, if you don’t know yet, is an awesome act who blends comedy and music to churn out something all together different, unique and wholly spectacular. Reggie gets that age old question comedy musicians always get from Rolling Stone. This is how he deals with it:
There’s always been this lingering question: is Reggie Watts a comedian or a musician?
"I guess, in a weird way, I’ve never actually thought of this until now, which is really odd. I guess, in a way, I grew up mixed race: half white, half black. That question’s always been on my mind: what are you? Are you this or that? Are you a white dude or are you a black dude? In a strange way, music and comedy is kind of the same thing. I’m both. They’re just different modes of expression." — Reggie Watts
The NY Funny Songs Fest was very glad to get to speak to Dr. Demento regular comedy musician Devo Spice on his Manic Mondays podcast. He did us right by dedicating Monday’s show to all things NY Funny Songs Fest, which in case you’re not sure yet, is taking place June 7-10 in lower Manhattan. This episode features songs by several festival performers including Reformed Whores and Ben Lerman. The podcast “table of contents” is below, check it out!
Check out this photo expose of 11 Funny Comedy Musicians in Rolling Stone from April 2011. It’s an odd genre, and perhaps that’s why they chose an odd number of performers to feature. Most of them are pretty famous, and sadly, not at the festival this year, but we’ll get ‘em all, eventually, even if we have to knock on each of their agent’s doors and shamelessly beg.
What do you think of this list? Does it appeal to what your view of what a comedy musician is? Are these people funny to you? Who is missing from this list? If someone you know isn’t on here, give them some love by voting for them here.
Guys! It’s just a few weeks until the festival, and things are starting to shape up really nicely. Today, we’re going to highlight one of the shows on the festival that we’re really excited about, and that’s our industry panel, "Feedback 101".
We have some really great guests on the panel, including Lisa Niedermeyer of Fractured Atlas speaking about www.nycpaspaces.org, how important it is to have a great space to create the funny songs we write and some resources on how to find that space.Janine DiTullio, head writer of Adult Swim’s Super Jail and the first female writer to be hired to write for both Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart will also be with us, speaking on her experiences parlaying writing comedy for the stage into a lucrative comedy career. Director producer Danny Hastings who has photographed some of the most important people in music today and now has his own production company, AtomicusFilms will also talk about his experiences carving out his own niche within the industry.
Other special guests TBA.
If you love comedy, if you love music, if you love comedy music, if you like to learn and grow as a human being, Do. Not. Miss. This. Event.
50+ Comedy Musicians To Perform Funny Songs For 4 Days
Lower East Side, NY, NY
Stop me if you’ve heard this one.
A woman plays a song on her rape whistle to ward off her potential attacker. A guitarist demonstrates how dozens of songs use the same chords in the same order as a famous classical piece. A ukulele player recounts how he got searched by the NYPD while carrying a stool sample.
What do these three songs have in common? You can hear them live at the 1st Annual NY Funny Songs Fest, a four-day comedy music festival taking place Thursday June 7th through Sunday June 10th at assorted venues primarily in the Lower East Side. Whether it’s the whimsical novelty songs or the more provocative and explicit ballads that “pluck your strings” (so to speak) there’s something for everyone in this festival, which will celebrate the beloved comedy art form that is the song with a punch line.
In this gathering of those who tell jokes to a beat, you can hear songs performed on guitar, ukulele, rape whistle and more, by comedy musicians Rob Paravonian, Jen Kwok, Ben Lerman, Myq Kaplan and Micah Sherman (Myq and Micah), Soce The Elemental Wizard, Mindy Raf, Carolyn Castiglia, videos by Adira Amram and Stuckey & Murray and many others, including festival creator and long time NYC based comedy musician, Jessica Delfino.
“Audiences love comedy music, but it gives bookers a headache since they don’t know whether to put us in stand-up clubs or music venues,” says Delfino. “Henry Phillips kind of nailed it in his movie, Punching The Clown, when he said ‘I’ve got one foot in the music door, one foot in the comedy door…I’m not really getting anywhere. Just kind of humping the wall between the two doors.’”
Jessica, who has been doing comedy music for a decade in New York City adds that the Lower East Side, which she calls home, has been a mecca for comedy music performers for years and is a natural choice for the festival location.
Festival schedule and highlights, including performances at Tammany Hall, Lolita Bar, Casa Mezcal, The Dressing Room, The Upstairs Bar and more are on the following pages.
It’s Opening Night! Party: We got free food from sponsors Rocket Joe’s Pizza among others, and 2 for 1 beer / cheap drink specials, gift bags and raffle prizes – Lolita Bar, 266 Broome St. @ Allen St., 6 PM, admissionfree with ticket purchase to either of Thursday night’s comedy music showcases
2 Great Comedy Music Showcases: Hilarious, short and sweet featuring: (1st set, Myka Fox hosts) Rob Paravonian, Jen Kwok, Molly Pope, Reformed Whores, Mindy Raf, Jessica Delfino (2nd set, Giulia Rozzi hosts) Boris Khaykin, SuperCute, Killy Dwyer, Barbara Holm, Soce The Elemental Wizard and Ben Lerman. – Lolita Bar, 266 Broome St. @ Allen St., 7:30 PM and 9 PM, $8 in advance, $10 at the door
A Kickin’ After Party featuring comedy music videos by Stuckey & Murray, Adira Amram and more + live performances by Myq & Micah, Carolyn Castiglia, David Carl, Rachel Parenta, and more — The Dressing Room,11 PM, admission free with ticket purchase to either of Thursday night’s comedy music showcases
Friday, June 8:
Books & Hooks: Comedy musicians perform songs on a book theme. This show’s book: The Anarchist’s Cookbook. Featuring Esther Ku, Schaffer The Dark Lord. Hosted by Miss Dark (yet delightful) Personality herself, Jena Friedman. — Casa Mezcal, 6 PM-7 PM, $8 in advance, $10 at the door
A Night of Dirty Songs: Pretty much exactly what it sounds like! Dirty folk rock, naughty ditties, raunchy tales of ribaldry – all set to a beat. Ben Lerman, Cock Lorge, Red Peters and The Parodivas, hosted by Jessica Delfino on her birthday, who was publicly denounced by the US Catholic League for her songs being too awesome (and too dirty!). Come prepared to eat cake. — Casa Mezcal,7:15 PM-8:15,$8 in advance, $10 at the door
A Killer Comedy Music Showcase: Hilarious, short and sweet, featuring Rob Paravonian, Devo Spice, Camille Harris + more. Hosted by Myka Fox. Drink specials and mad ambiance. Casa Mezcal, 8:30-9:30, $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Now That’s What I Call Comedy Music! Ben Lerman and Tim Dimond’s comedy music show in Long Island City featuring Myq & Micah, Soce The Elemental Wizard + more. — Creek & Cave, 10 pm – midnight, free
Saturday, June 9:
50 Funny Songs: A comedy music showcase at Tammany Hall, where 50 comedy musicians will each play a short song. Rob Paravonian, Mindy Raf + 46 more. Hosted by Myka Fox. — Tammany Hall,Doors at 7, show 8 – 10 PM, $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Comedy Karaoke!: Come sing karaoke with some of the golden voiced comedians in this secret Chinatown bar. — Upstairs Bar,11 PM, free
Sunday, June 10:
Comedy Music Industry Panel“Feedback 101”: Hear from various people relating to the comedy music industry including industry professionals and a few comedy musicians who have some wisdom to impart. — Culture Fix, 9 Clinton St. @ Houston St.,Lower East Side, 2-3:30 PM, $8 in advance, $10 at the door, more details TBA @ www.nyfunnysongs.com
Comedy Music Awards: The NY Funny Songs Festival rewards several comedy musicians for their hard work and outstanding comedy music. — Culture Fix, 9 Clinton St. @ Houston St., Lower East Side, 4:30 – 6 PM, $8 in advance, $10 at the door, more details TBA @ www.nyfunnysongs.com
NYFSF Closing Party: Come eat and drink in style at one of the coolest, oldest buildings in the Lower East Side as you mingle with pals from the festival and recount the memories. Performances by David Carl + more. Irish pub fare. — Donnybrook, 6:30 PM
Hey guys! We’ve got a Pandora station! You can listen, share and help us further create it by going to this link right he-ya.
You’ll hear funny songs by bands like The Axis of Awesome, Tenacious D, Red Peters, Garfunkel and Oates, Tim Minchin, Steven Lynch, Reggie Watts, Stuckey & Murray, Rob Paravonian and more. Some of these artists will be performing live at the NY Funny Songs Festival, so save the dates: June 7-10, 2012 and if you love the station, be sure to catch the live versions!
And hey, let us know in the comments below: Who would you like to see at the festival?
We are still developing the line up, but some of the performers you will see in the festival include:
We are in the midst of programming and knee deep in submissions, planning and organizing this festival. We have some great events to share with you and a lot of really funny songs, of course. We don’t want to give anything away yet, but stay tuned and check back again for details. Please stand by!
Tonight’s Bob’s Burgers featured a comedic send up of “The Goonies R Good Enough” with an episode that revisited The Goonies plot line. But what we want to know is, where was Sloth? Find a segment of Cyndi’s 2012 version of the song below. Try not to get too sentimental / bust out your old collection of Garbage Pail Kids cards.
The First Annual Funny Songs Fest, NY's only comedy music festival, JUNE 7-10
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Greetings and a warm welcome to the first annual Funny Songs Fest, NY’s only comedy music festival, taking place in New York freakin’ City with a focus on downtown NYC. The Lower East Side is an amazing and special part of Manhattan known not only for it’s grime, but also for it’s gusto. Because of the undeniable energy and the sense of the opportunities that are abound in this neighborhood, artists, performers, musicians, comedians and celebri-wanna-bes come to the Lower East Side as nobodies to become somebodies.
Beat poets, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga and Jeremy Lin found their fame and fortune while they called this neighborhood home, and in a funnier realm, Flight of The Concords was filmed here, depicting the fellas as “living” in the Lower East Side. Dip your head into any bar or basement on just about any given Wednesday night and you’ll find a group of people watching someone doing something to bring the laughs. Louis C.K., Reggie Watts, Colin Quinn and many more have been stumbled upon, just by being in the right charming dive at the right time.
So, join us in celebrating the hilarious comedy, songs and comedy songs of the famous, the funny, and the fabulous in the first annual Funny Songs Fest, NY’s only comedy music festival, Thursday, June 7 - Sunday, June 10th, in the fantastic, historic, loveable Lower East Side of NYC.
More details TBA soon, so check back regularly.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS is now open. Do you play a trombone while recounting hilarious stories? Do you rock the autoharp with ditties about your favorite foods? Whatever you do that is funny, musical, or funny and musical, send your links and information to NYFunnySongs@Gmail.com. Thanks for your support!