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Thursday, May 19
through Saturday, May 21

 

TICKETS!
(individual events)

FESTIVAL BADGE! ($75)

The 2016 NY Funny Songs Fest will take place in glorious New York City. We look forward to having you!

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 THURSDAY’s EVENTS FRIDAY’s EVENTS SATURDAY’s EVENTS

NY FUNNY SONGS FEST CALENDAR & PROGRAM OF EVENTS

THURSDAY MAY 19

 ALL THURSDAY EVENTS ARE AT THE  UNICORN, 105 HENRY STREET, CHINATOWN

5:30 PM CHECK YOURSELF (IN) BEFORE YOU WRECK YOURSELF (IN) $FREE

Register, pick up your badge (rad, a badge!) and schedule, ask some questions, meet and mingle with performers and crew.
FACEBOOK EVENT LINK
BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK

6 PM HOWDY SHINDIG + COSTUME BALL $5

Don your sweetest duds, enjoy some treats, make some new friends and get ready for a crazy few days! Q+A with performers on the red carpet and more. Best dressed cash prize presented. Hosted by Samantha Jane. Performances by Bob Muir, Tahlia Robinson, Purple Brain, Fantasy Grandma, Rape Whistle Choir of American & more.
BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK

7 PM JUST THE HITS, MA’AM $10

A line up of heavy hitters playing just the hits. Featuring Afterbirth Monkey, Killy Dwyer, Jessica Delfino, Tim Ellis, Rob Paravonian, Rebecca Vigil and Amanda Poryes!
BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK

8:30 PM LATE LAUGHS $10

A raucous evening of anything goes comedy songs. Joe Manete, Jesse Barfield, Lauren Maul, Noam Osband, Jim Melloan, Marian Rosin, Ben Pernick, Small Batch Mafia, Alfonso Cejudo, Robin Rothman. Hosted by Victor Varnado.
BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK

11 PM KARAOKE AFTER PARTY $FREE

Secret location for VIP, Day & Season pass holders only

FRIDAY MAY 20

 FRIDAY LOCATIONS VARY, PLEASE CHECK DETAILS AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

4 PM JUST KIDDIN’ $5 @ THE UNICORN
Funny songs by and for kids, plus some tips on how to write your own silly songs. Camille Harris hosts. With Lauren Maul, Darren Chraplak, Purple Brain and more!
BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK

5:00 PM OFFICIAL UNICORN PARADE $FREE
Meet at 105 Henry Street for the Annual Unicorn Parade. Dress up like a Unicorn and let your freak flag fly! Parade Marshalls: Jessica Delfino &  Kelly Dwyer. With Emilie Strange, Tahlia Robinson, Robin Rothman, Sam & Bill + more.
BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK

7:00 PM 50 FUNNY SONGS $10 @ LITTLEFIELD
A rapid fire medley of 50 comedic musicians singing 1 funny song each. A festival favorite! Featuring The Dreamstalks, Afterbirth Monkey, Camille Harris, Katie Goodman, Kelly Dwyer & 45 more. (See below for full line-up) Hosted by Carolyn Castiglia and Jessica Delfino. Doors at 7, show at 8. Advance tickets purchase strongly advised.
ADVANCE TICKET LINK

7:30-9 BITCHCRAFT @ UNION HALL
It’s lady’s night at this witchy, feministy, sing-along-y, feel good musical variety show! Hosted by Lauren Maul & Selena Coppock, with Amelita Lijek, Squirm & Germ, Amanda Poryes & more. ADVANCE TICKET LINK

10 PM 50 FUNNY SONGS AFTER PARTY, $FREE
Let’s kick back and have fun now that Friday night’s events are done! At Littlefield.

SATURDAY MAY 21

 SATURDAY LOCATIONS VARY, PLEASE CHECK DETAILS AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

11 AM 20 TITILLATING MINUTES BRUNCH $10 @ THE UNICORN includes pancake brunch Hosted by Jessica Delfino. FACEBOOK EVENT LINK

  • 11:20 AM EMILIE STRANGE
  • 11:40 AM  PURPLE BRAIN
  • 12 PM AFTERBIRTH MONK
  • 12:20 PM ANTHONY KAPFER
  • 12:40  PM SAM & BILL
  • 1 PM  JOE MANETE
  • 1:20 PM  COMEDY HIGH
  • 1:40 PM NOAM OSBAND
  • 2 PM DREAMSTALKS
  • 2:20 PM ELENA SIMON
  • 2:40 PM JESSE BARFIELD
  • 3 PM BILL DYSZEL
  • 3:20 KILLY DWYER
  • 3:40 AMANDA PORYES

BROWN PAPER TICKETS

4:30 PM INDUSTRY PANEL $10 @ THE UNICORN
A panel of supreme industry movers and shakers will be on hand to answer your questions about how funny songs fit in the comedy world, and how to advance your professional career. With Maureen Taran, Joe Toplyn + more. Moderated by Jessica Delfino. BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK

6 PM FuMP PRESENTS, $5 @ THE UNICORN
Performers from the FuMP (Funny Music Project) host a great show! With Devo Spice, Steve Goodie, Glen Raphael and Insane Ian!
EVENT LINK
BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK
5-7 PM MUSICAL SCHMORGASBORD $FREE @ PIANO’S A mix of funny songs, parody, musical improv & more. Host TBA. With Adam Blotner, Evan Laurence, Joy M. Seldin, Mark Shyzer & more.
EVENT LINK

7:30 PM RAP BATTLE @ THE UNICORN $5
It’s a comedic rap battle! Hosted by Victor Varnado, featuring Jesse Barfield, Alfonso Cejudo & more!
BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK

7:30 PM DON’T FEED THE MUSICIANS @ QED $FREE with NYFSF badge
Rob Paravonian hosts Ben Pernick, Small Batch Mafia, Dreamstalks & more in beautiful downtown Astoria, Queens.
EVENT + TICKET LINK

9 PM A NIGHT OF DIRTY SONGS $10 @ THE UNICORN
Some of the naughtiest and quirkiest performers of the fest show you what they’ve got. RATED R! Hosted by Jessica Delfino. With Noam Osband, Evan Zelnick, Will Newman, Joe Manete, Sam Juan Els & Dava Krause!
BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK

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NY Funny Songs Fest Round Up by guest blogger Roberto C. Tobar


NYFSF 2014 50 FS

Thank you so much for a spectacular and memorable 2014! This year was the best yet, and the festival keeps growing and growing thanks to the support, music and involvement of people just like YOU.

Did you miss the festival? No need for tears. Read Roberto C. Tobar’s lovely and in depth break down of the festival right here.

One more special thanks to everyone involved with the festival, you know who you are. Stay tuned for our upcoming events, and follow us on Twitter @NYFunnySongs for updates and if you’re a comedic musician, join our performer’s only opportunity group on Facebook, the Comedy Musician’s Coalition, or our MeetUp group.

Want Comedy Music now? Check this out

NYFSF 2014 2

 

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!