No Walls Party: Immigration Rights Benefit
No Walls Party: Immigration Rights Benefit - all proceeds go to the immigrant assistance programs of Make the Road and Bronx Defenders. Open bar. Music by Modern Beast, Ω▽Ohmslice and BLKID twins. Comedy featuring Subhah Agarwal, Calvin Cato, Selena Coppock, Tim Ellis, Dave Hill, Matt Koff and Becky Yamamoto and hosted by Melanie Martinez. Art show by Sally Erskine. Tickets: $20, Early bird $15 (until April 22nd), $25 (suggested donation) at door.
This NYC band is not much more than a twitching bundle of rehearsal room pathos, Piketty-fuelled post-disco bedroom jams and Zeppelinesque backwards masking.
Hosted by Melanie Martinez
Melanie Martinez is an actress and producer. She has been seen on NYC stages such as The PIT, Jean Cocteau Repertory, The National Shakespeare Company, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and HERE. Television appearances include VH1’s All Access, PBS Kids SPROUT, and a variety of commercials where she is selling you mom-approved household goods. Festivals performed in: NY International Fringe Festival, Toyota Comedy Festival, Richard Forman Festival, and Mac Wellman Festival. She is the Executive Producer of the award-winning animated series and game app, Slap Back Jack: High-Five Master.
When people see Subhah Agarwal writing jokes, they often ask her why she's doing homework at the bar. When not screaming into a pillow, you can find her getting ID'd by bouncers outside of New York comedy clubs, with regular appearances at New York Comedy Club, Greenwich, Broadway, & the Laughing Devil. She has performed at the New York Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, and was a featured comedian on PBS's popular web series "Modern Comedian."
Calvin S. Cato got his comedic start with the Wesleyan University stand-up comedy troupe Punchline, then transferred his unique brand of humor to New York City in 2006. He’s performed in comedy clubs, off-Broadway theaters, coffee houses, the backs of bars, and even a beauty salon. He appeared on the Game Show Network, showcased on QPTV, performed on the critically acclaimed Naked Comedy Show, and produced an unemployment/recession-themed comedy show at Comix Comedy Club from 2008 to 2010. He has also been favorably reviewed in The Examiner, The Collared Sheep and Inside New York. In 2011, he was a featured act in the North Carolina Comedy Arts festival and was a warm-up comic for the 1st Annual Funny Girls in Film Festival. He is a part of the 2012 Out of Bounds Festival in Austin, Texas. Come catch a high-energy act that promises to never be the same show twice!
Selena Coppock is a standup comedian, writer, and storyteller based in New York City. Her debut book, THE NEW RULES FOR BLONDES, ia a collection of essays celebrating and subverting the blonde stereotype and will be released with HarperCollins April 23, 2013. Her writing has also been featured on TheFrisky, McSweeney's the Collared Sheep, and Rock Bottom Stories. Selena's storytelling abilities have been showcased at shows throughout New York and Boston, including RISK! (live and show and podcast), Stripped Stories, and, at The Moth Story Slam (where she tied for 1st place with her "After Hours" story in March 2011). Selena has been seen telling jokes and doing characters on VH1, RooftopComedy.com, CollegeHumor.com, TheApiary.com, ComedySmack.com, PMSports.com, and elsewhere. She has also been featured in the Boston Globe, LA Weekly, Boston Metro, and the Boston Phoenix. She has trained at ImprovOlympic (Chicago), Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (NY), and ImprovAslyum (Boston) and has earned spots in a multitude of comedy festivals, including the Boston Comedy Festival, NY Comedy Contest, Detroit Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Out of Bounds Festival, Ladies Are Funny Festival, and the Women In Comedy Festival.
Tim Ellis is a comedian, actor, and funny songsmith living in Brooklyn. His album Casual Pimpin’: Twelve Tight Tunes is available on iTunes - watch for his related web series, coming soon! Tim performs stand-up around NYC and co-hosted the long-running shows Manifesto! (People's Republic of Brooklyn) and Of the Moment (The PIT). He performed his solo show An Inquiry into Human Understanding at Ars Nova, The PIT, and UCB Theatre. As an actor, Tim has appeared on Law & Order: SVU, Onion News Network, and in his own play Mr. Pizza Man (FringeNYC). He plays guitar and sings in the band Modern Beast.
Dave Hill is an NYC-based comedian, writer, musician, and actor. He has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, BBC-America, MTV, Adult Swim, and a bunch of other channels besides those. He is a regular contributor to public radio's This American Life and has written for the New York Times, GQ, Salon, McSweeney's, and the Believer among others. His first book, Tasteful Nudes was published by St. Martin's Press in 2012. Dave also hosts The Goddamn Dave Hill Show every Monday night on WFMU radio and is the frontman for the rock band Valley Lodge, whose song "Go" is the theme for HBO'sLast Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Matt Koff is an Emmy-nominated staff writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has also written for IFC’s Onion News Network, GSN’s The Newlywed Game, and was a recurring panelist on The History Channel series I Love the 1880s.
As a stand-up comedian, Matt can be seen on the forthcoming season of Adam DeVine’s House Party on Comedy Central. He has toured with such names as John Oliver, and Michael Ian Black, and can be seen performing regularly throughout New York City.
In 2010, Matt won Time Out New York‘s Joke of the Year contest and the web-series he co-wrote, 9 AM Meeting, won Best Animated Pilot at the New York Television Festival. In 2012, Matt wrote and starred in The Matt Koff Show, a live sketch show directed by UCB’s Will Hines.
Matt currently lives in Brooklyn, NY without a wife, kids, or even so much as a pet. Pretty sad stuff.
Becky Yamamoto is a comedic performer. She has performed in venues around New York such as PS122, Ars Nova, UCB Theater, Here Arts Center, to name a few. She has also toured internationally with Young Jean Lee's Theater company.
BLKID TWINS, the most boisterous twins spinning out of New York. The identical DJs, TP and Perks have been vinyl hoarding and mixing since the age of 11. BLKID TWINS immaculate genre bending sets and eclectic air have decorated New York City's most prestigious venues and beyond. Together, they have integrated with globally trademarked companies.
BLK. ID's individual night and day personas offer something unique to every show ground - even serving as one another's MC's between records. The mirror images DJ's balance any performance as the picture - perfect Ying and Yang. Whether they are splashed alongside VIBE magazine or booming rhythms on VH1 TV - they keep the crowd engaged.
Art by Sally Erskine
Sally Erskine is an Atlantic City-born artist. She studied painting and photography at Stockton State College and the San Francisco Art Institute.