Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler

Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler

Adam Wade, The Lady Aye, Andy de la Tour, MC Frontalot, house band Adira Amram and The Experience

Mon, June 20, 2011

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$5.00

This event is 21 and over

$5 in advance, $8 at the door

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Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler
Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler
This week's Hot Tub is hosted single-handedly by the famous and attractive Kurt Braunohler.
Adam Wade
Adam Wade
Adam has been performing in New York City for the past ten years. He is a record SEVENTEEN-time StorySlam Champion at The Moth ("New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal), and a TWO-time GrandSLAM Champion (2006, 2009). He's also been featured on The Moth's Podcast. Adam has also served as the warm-up comedian for COMEDY CENTRAL's Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, and for CNBC's John McEnroe Show.

Photo: Benjamin Cromie
The Lady Aye
The Lady Aye
The Lady Aye is a professional sideshow performer (rare double blockhead, fire eater, escapist, pain-proof girl, sword swallower, grinder girl, etc.) and MC, who has performed up and down the East Coast, been chosen as a finalist for Stoli Originals Casting Call competition, appeared on Discovery Channel's "Oddities" & the WB's "Gossip Girl", set records at Ripley's Believe It or Not, been hired for celebrity parties, opened for hot indie bands and created sold out shows for Coney Island USA. In addition, her press accolades include USA Today, Bust Magazine and the Village Voice's Best of NY issue in fall of 2006.

Photo: Rose Callahan
Andy de la Tour
Andy de la Tour
Andy de la Tour is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter. He has written and appeared in such television series as the cult-classic comedy The Young Ones, Bottom, Boon, Peak Practice and Kavanagh QC. He started his career as an alternative stand-up comedian, often appearing on the same bill as Rik Mayall, Ben Elton and Norman Lovett.
MC Frontalot
MC Frontalot
The original mastermind of Nerdcore Hip-Hop and still its Final Boss, MC Frontalot (nee Damian Hess) takes great pleasure in identifying himself as a professional rapper in polite conversation.

Front was born in San Francisco and grew up in Berkeley. He was tall and scrawny, had trouble breathing, and could not see well. A special teacher was called in to help him attain basic competence on the monkey bars, another to privately administer standardized tests meant for older children. Thusly, he was the most popular kid in his elementary school. Just kidding! He got pushed down a lot and called “nerd.” Did he maybe even deserve it? I mean, really – who strikes out at kickball?

He spent the next twenty years or so trying to get over it. And kind of succeeded! Flash forward to 1999: the dotcom bubble is maximally inflated; nerds everywhere imagine themselves to be popular and/or hip. Damian is getting overpaid to code web pages, which leaves him free in the evenings to play with audio software. A longtime idolizer of rappers, he has been committing his own esoteric hip-hop compositions to four-track tape since high school, revealing them to nobody. Suddenly! Multi-track desktop studios, cheap pro-grade recording hardware, skyrocketing bandwidth, semi-anonymous web publishing: these factors converge on Damian’s rap hobby like a flock of winged monkeys. He posts an MC Frontalot web page, dubbing his output “Nerdcore Hip-Hop” because his audience is composed of several Star Wars figurines who live on his desk (and also random internet people who click on his MP3s by mistake).

Now it is 2014. Nerdcore has metastasized into an internet phenomenon and underground touring powerhouse, with dozens of well established live acts and more than a hundred home-studio rhymers self-identifying within the subgenre. MC Frontalot, called alternately the movement’s godfather or grandfather (thanks, kids), leads the charge, performing for thousands around the country and at prominent geek gatherings such as Comic-Con, the Penny Arcade Expo and BlizzCon. He’s been featured in Newsweek, CNN, The New York Times, Spin, Wired, Blender, XXL, XLR8R, The London Daily Telegraph, NPR, G4TV, Esquire, Playboy, CMJ, The Guardian (UK), The Wall Street Journal, and scores of city papers nationally and internationally. He has released five studio albums, Nerdcore Rising (Sept 2005), Secrets From The Future (Apr 2007), Final Boss (Nov 2008), Zero Day (Apr 2010), and Solved (Aug, 2011). His sixth, Question Bedtime, arrives August 26th, 2014. The documentary feature, Nerdcore Rising: The Movie, which focuses on Front’s live band and the Nerdcore phenomenon in general, debuted at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2008, and is currently available on Netflix.

Front lives in Brooklyn with a small terrier mutt named Doggy Fresh.

Photo credit: Ben Trivett
house band Adira Amram and The Experience
house band Adira Amram and The Experience
Adira Amram has been performing her sly, sexy and subversive musical comedy all over NYC and beyond since 2005. Along with her backing band and dancers The Experience, she has performed at venues such as The Bowery Ballroom, The Williamsburg Music Hall, The Knitting Factory, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair and UCB Theatre. Nationally and Internationally she has performed at Le Tulip in Montreal, The Independent in San Francisco, Spaceland and The Key Club in Los Angeles and The Mod Club in Toronto. She has performed as part of Pop Montreal, Austin's Art Outside, New York Comedy Festival, Castlebraid Comedy Festival. Her full length show "Adira Amram is: An American Idol" enjoyed encore performances at Ars Nova. She is also a three-time nominee for Best Musical Comedy Act at the ECNY Awards (2007, 2008, and 2009). She was the support act for the North American Tour of Kid Koala Presents: The Slew. In 2009 she released Hot Jams For Teens on North Street Records. She is currently collaborating with Seattle DJ, Dynomite D (The Beastie Boys, Kid Koala & Money Mark) on her forthcoming album. Her music videos have been featured on Huffington Post, Funny or Die and ucbcomedy.com