Robert Dean Museum

Robert Dean Museum

Mates of State, Nick Vatterott, Sean Donnelly, Joe Pera, Jo Firestone, Nick Turner, Jeffrey Joseph, Josh Gondelman, Giulia Rozzi, Will Miles, Julio Torres, Miriam Katz, Pat Byrne, Mindy Tucker

Sun, January 29, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

***Free admission or $5 suggested donation at the door***Lineup subject to change***

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Robert Dean Museum
Robert Dean Museum
Robert Dean Museum is the first museum dedicated entirely to the Art and Life of comedian Robert Dean. The Museum will feature installations, memorabilia, a gift shop, and a symposium featuring presentations, lectures, and performances.

Guests include: Robert Dean, Mates of State, Nick Vatterott, Sean Donnelly, Joe Pera, Jo Firestone, Nick Turner, Jeffrey Joseph, Josh Gondelman, Giulia Rozzi, Will Miles, Miriam Katz, Pat Byrne, Mindy Tucker, AND MANY MORE!

For more information visit RobertDeanMuseum.org or email us at RobertDeanMuseum@gmail.com"
Mates of State
Mates of State
How does a band keep evolving and moving forward after 15 years? First up, embrace the modern age and the way that people are consuming music these days. "I don't like it, but the long play album format is probably dead," says Mates of State singer/drummer Jason Hammel. "Now we just want the hits. Don't bother me with filler; get me your best songs straightaway."

Rather than lamenting this shift in listening preferences, Hammel and his bandmate Kori Gardner are taking a very KISS-like approach with their new music: you wanted the best, you got the best.

The pair's new self-produced EP 'You're Going To Make It,' then, is nothing but choice cuts; five anthemic and emotionally-rich songs that will quickly take up residence in your mental jukebox; five anthemic songs that wriggle into your every waking hour like the earworms they are.

This new batch of tunes is Mates of State in its purest form. The razor sharp harmonies, shimmering new wave synth melodies, an internal warmth that can only come from a couple that has been musically and romantically involved for nearly two decades, and lyrics that speak to both personal and universal concerns.

On "Beautiful Kids," the band speaks to how, even though we are connected to one another 24/7 thanks to modern technology, a sense of loneliness still pervades. Or as Hammel puts it: "We all just want to be seen, but we won't look up from our screens so that we can be seen." "Gonna Get It" and "I Want To Run" build off the same inspiring notion of the EP's title, encouraging both themselves and their fans to keep striving no matter what the odds. And fist-pumping opener "Staring Contest" connects us to that delicious ache of schoolyard crushes and youthful love.

It's not just the manner in which Mates of State is planning to release music from here on out that is evolving, but also how the band will be presenting them on their upcoming tours of U.S. and Europe. "We're focusing more on performance as a whole and not being stuck behind our instruments," says Hammel. "We're coming to the front of the stage for some songs. Kori plays drums, Jason does some keys. Mixing up the performances in new and exciting ways."

The band is also exploring some new creative avenues this year with the release of 'The Rumperbutts,' a feature film that Hammel and Gardner acted in and composed the score for. Written and directed by Marc Brener, the film will hit theaters on May 22nd.

After a decade and an half of acclaimed albums and live performances, and songs that have become near pop standards for a generation of music fans, it's good to know that Mates of State isn't content with coasting. Hammel and Gardner are working as hard as ever and looking excitedly toward what the future has to offer.

'You're Going To Make It' comes out June 16, 2015 on Barsuk Records.
Nick Vatterott
Nick Vatterott
In 2010 Nick Vatterott performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Hollywood Reporter named Nick one of the "break-outs" of the New Faces showcase at Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. Nick has performed all over the world, from Caroline's in NYC's Times Square to Old City Comedy Club in Istanbul's Taksim Square. He has toured with Chicago's storied Second City comedy theater and his sketch group 'Heavyweight' has performed at Second City's Unhinged and the Toronto Just for Laughs Festival.

Vatterott's portrayal of "Don" in The Annoyance Theater's production of the necrophiliac musical "Love is Dead" earned him an After Dark Award for Outstanding Performance in a Play. The Chicago/LA/NYC run of his one man show NO OUTLET received AMAZING reviews. His jokes have been published in Time Out Chicago, Time Out New York, Dig This, and Reader's Digest. And before heading off to NYC in 2008, Chicago Magazine listed Nick "The Funniest Man in Chicago".
Sean Donnelly
Sean Donnelly
When he’s not catching a nap with his bulldog pup Rickles, Sean Donnelly can be found performing nightly in clubs all over NYC and venues up and down the East Coast. In New York he hasperformed at Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines, Comix & Stand Up NY. Festivals: New York Comedy Festival and Magners’ Comedy Festival (Boston-2011 finalist) as well as the Bridgetown Comedy Fesitival in Portland. Television appearances: World of Jenks (MTV), Red Eye (Fox News). In addition to performing, Sean produces and hosts a weekly stand up show in Brooklyn. He has been featured in The New York Post & Time-Out NY. Most recently Sean made it to the final four in Carolines March Comedy Madness.
Joe Pera
Joe Pera
Joe Pera is from Buffalo and has been doing standup in New York since 2009.  Though he misses his family a great deal, Jet Blue’s $59 tickets from JFK to the Buffalo-Niagara airport make returning home for the weekend feasible in both expense and time. Joe has performed his low-key Buffalo Bills and Declaration of Independence jokes in a variety of venues including clubs, theaters, subway platforms, and art galleries that are more of someone’s house than an art gallery, as well as at his own weekly show ‘The Dan + Joe + Charles’ Show’ (every Tuesday at 8pm at the Creek and Cave).
Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone is a comedian and producer based in Brooklyn. She has created several poppin' Brooklyn events, including Punderdome 3000, the Annual Inner Beauty Pageant, Bullsh*t History, and Friends of Single People. For more information on upcoming shows, you can visit her website at meatballpresents.tumblr.com
Nick Turner
Nick Turner
Nick Turner made his television debut this year, performing stand up on "Late night with Jimmy Fallon." Nick has also performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival as a "New Face," earning a spot on the "Best of Fest" showcase. Other festivals he performed in this year include SXSW, The New York Comedy Festival and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
Jeffrey Joseph
Jeffrey Joseph
Jeffrey is an Emmy nominated comedy writer, an accomplished Stand Up Comedian and an award winning Actor. He starred in the feature film The Wrong Mr. Johnson and has appeared opposite such stars as Will Smith, Whoopie Goldberg and Bill Murray. On TV Jeff was a regular on The Popcorn Kid, HBO's Dream On, Fox's The Late Show, Haywire and Comic Strip Live. He’s also written and developed television pilots for Fox, ABC, MGM, Imagine and Castle Rock. As a stand up comedian, he has appeared on national television dozens of times including on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jeffrey also finds the time to work as a Teaching Artist in under-served NYC High Schools.He spends his spare time writing flossy Bio's in the third person and brushing his hair.
Josh Gondelman
Josh Gondelman
Josh Gondelman is a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City. With years of experience as a preschool teacher and a pretty good guy, Josh charms audiences using his good-natured storytelling and cracks them up with his sharp, pointy wit. Josh’s comedy touches on topics from rainbows to gangsta rap and makes them all equally hilarious thanks to his terrific writing and performing. In 2010, Josh traveled to Atlanta for the inaugural Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, where he turned heads and captured first prize! Since then he has become an in-demand performer on a national scale. He has performed at the Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen, CO, and headlined at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival in Asheville, NC. More recently he has appeared in the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and SF Sketchfest. Josh’s grandmother was especially thrilled to see him on television on G4?s “Attack of the Show” and MavTV’s “Rooftop on the Road.” His first CD, “Everything’s The Best” was released in November of 2011 by Rooftop Comedy Productions.
Giulia Rozzi
Giulia Rozzi
Giulia Rozzi is a comedian, actress and writer that's been seen on Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central, Vh1, MTV, The Jim Gaffigan Show, CNN, and TruTV. As a writer she's worked on Girl Code, Silent Library, Odd Mom Out and Younger. Last year she toured the US and London with her solo show Bad Bride receiving excellent praise for its honesty and heartbreaking humor. She is the co-host of the podcast Hopefully We Don't Break-Up (listen to it) and co-star of the web series Seeing Other People (watch it). She is also a MothGrand Champion, a TEDx speaker, and the co-host/creator of the long running storytelling series Stripped Stories. Look for her comedy album Exes & Whys which will be released January 2016. More at giuliarozzi.com

photo by Mindy Tucker
Will Miles
Will Miles
Will Miles is a stand up comedian from Chicago who has been perfecting his craft since 2005. Will has performed in the Cleveland Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Festival, and Snubfest. In 2011 Will won "Best Of The Fest" in the Ingenuity Fest, and was the the runner-up in the Break.com "Better Way" video contest. Since 2011, he has been featured on Hannibal Buress' "My Name Is Hannibal" tour and is a regular feature at Zanies, UP Comedy Club, and The Improv in Chicago, and Comedy Club On State in Madison, where he has worked with such acts as Aries Spears, Felipe Esparza, Eric Andre, Jerrod Carmichael, and Bill Bellamy.
Julio Torres
Julio Torres
Julio is a Brooklyn-based comedian who moved to NYC from El Salvador to study literature at the New School. He has since parlayed his short story and play writing into stand-up, making observations on pop culture, his strict vegan diet, and ranking other people’s lifestyles on a scale from “chill” to “kind of whatever I guess.” Last year, Julio was a finalist in the 2013 NBC Stand-Up for Diversity showcase and awarded a spot on the 2014 NBC College Diversity Tour. Most recently, Julio was named one of Comedy Central’s 2014 Comics to Watch.