Category Archives: Comedy

New York Comedy Festival starts November 6th

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It’s back!  The New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) now in its tenth successful year.  The Festival – which is produced by Carolines on Broadway – is presented in association with Comedy Central.

The week-long laugh fest brings the biggest names in comedy to New York City’s most prestigious venues.  This year you can expect to see comedy greats, such as Bill Maher from the hit HBO series “Real Time With Bill Maher” at Beacon Theater on November 9th.  Also returning this year the always hilarious comedian and popular actress Wanda Sykes at the Beacon Theater on November 7th.   At Carnegie Hall the unpredictable firey redhead who definitely doesn’t hold anything back, Kathy Griffin will return on November 8th.  Other crowd pleasers to appear this year are Charlie Murphy, Larry David, John Mulaney, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Jim Jeffries, Nick Swardson just to name a few.  Tickets are available now (see below)  Come get your laugh on!

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The 2013 NYCF will take place from November 6 – 10.  For tickets and more information, please visit the NYCF website

Harlem’s Bevy Smith on Bravo tonight


Harlem socialite and fashionista joins the Real Housewives of Atlanta’s resident hair experts Derek J and Miss Lawrence an all-new talk show series premiering tonight at 11:30pm. The three-episode series will cover all things fashion, ranging from haute couture to celebs to global style trends.

Eli Lehrer, VP of Development and Original Programming for Bravo says: “Bravo viewers have loved watching Derek J and Miss Lawrence tell it like it is for years on our air, so when we saw the opportunity to pair them with Bevy Smith, whose fashion point of view we’ve always admired, we jumped at the opportunity.”

We love Derek and Lawrence because they don’t hold back and we can’t wait to see them dish with Bevy Smith!

Black History Month: Be inspired by Kid President

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Black History Month is about celebrating what happens when people refuse to be defined by limits set by themselves or by others.  But as we all know everyone needs a pep talk now and then.  What could be better than this pep talk by Kid President (Robby Novak) of Soul Pancake currently featured on TED Talks.

Kid President’s  very existence speaks to what makes Black History Month important.

Calling all Playwrights, Directors & Actors: “Write the Election” – NEW DATE

By NativeNewYorker

Writing the Election 2012” is a novel, non-partisan event being planned by the Harlem theater community to encourage all of us to register and vote.  Writers are invited to submit ten-minute plays, short scenes or monologues about the upcoming presidential election.  Subject matter can include any aspect of the political process: the issues, civic life, government, leadership, public service, voting, etc.  Diversity of opinions from all points on the political spectrum are welcome.

Accepted works will be read at a free, public event hosted by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (2031-33 Fifth Avenue, between 125th and 126th Streets) on Monday, October 29th from 7:30-10:30pm ( originally scheduled for September 28th).

Yvette Heyliger,
Director, Playwright, Producer

“Writing the Election 2012” is sponsored by Classical Theatre of Harlem and New Black Fest and is being produced by Twinbiz, Harlem playwright Yvette Heyliger’s production company.  Scripts must be submitted no later than September 21st at 11:59pm.  For more information or to submit your play or your directing resume, please contact Yvette Heyliger at Writing the Election 2012.   Plays should be no longer than ten pages, in 12 point Times New Roman font, and in standard playwriting format. Monologues should be one page only and in 12 point Times New Roman font.  Actors with cold-reading skills should email/bring pictures and resume for on-site casting beginning at 6:00pm. There is no submission fee for playwrights. There is no compensation for the actors or directors.

Join Yvette and other members of the Harlem theater community for “Writing the Election 2012” on October 29th when the plays, moderated by a guest political pundit, will be read “to celebrate the joy of democracy and to inspire citizens to get out and vote on Election Day”.