I have been selected to tell my Mama Story onstage as part of the show RISK! in Philly on Friday 11/16! This is a huge opportunity for me as the show features Janeane Garofalo (SNL, Ratatouille, 24, The West Wing,& Reality Bites) It would really be great to have you in the audience. Here’s the info.
First Person Arts
DATE: Friday, November 16
TIME: 8 PM-9:30 PM
LOCATION:Underground Arts at The Wolf Building (1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19108)
COST: $25 ($20 for First Person Arts members)
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RISK! live comes to the First Person Arts Festival with headliners Janeane Garofalo (Ratatouille, 24, The West Wing, Reality Bites) and Kevin Allison (creator of RISK!, The State). Joined by dynamic storytellers from the Philadelphia performing arts scene including, Bernardo Morillo, Jamie J. Brunson, Becca Trabin, and R. Eric Thomas, tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public, all related to the theme of “Thanks.” With stories ranging from the hilarious to horrific, RISK! is an anything-goes, laugh-out-loud smorgasbord of daring and ridiculous revelations.
About Kevin: Kevin Allison is the creator and host of the live storytelling show and podcast RISK!, and a member of MTV’s legendary comedy troupe The State. He has appeared in Reno 911!, The Ten, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Viva Variety and Stella and HBO’s Flight of the Conchords. Kevin has written for The Village Voice, Premiere, Film Journal and more. He has written for Blue Man Group and served as the Artistic Director of The Peoples Improv Theater from 2006 to 2008. Kevin recently founded TheStoryStudio.org, a storytelling school in New York that offers workshops for businesses and individuals. He has also taught at NYU, the Philly Improv Theater and SXSW.
About Janeane: Actress and Comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the country, and the world. As well, she was instrumental in the successful launching of the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, The Majority Report. A lightning rod for controversy, Janeane’s well-informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between. She is a noted peace activist.
Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films such as The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Steal This Movie, Copland, “Reality Bites, and Duane Hopwood, as well as for her specific brand of sharp wit and comedy shown in her roles in Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, “Bye Bye Love, Mystery Men, Clay Pigeons, The Minus Man and The Cable Guy, directed by her friend Ben Stiller. Ben and Janeane also co-authored the best seller Feel This Book, (Ballantine May 1999).
Janeane was also a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning Ben Stiller Show. Janeane played the role of Paula, the acerbic talent booker, on The Larry Sanders Show, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1997 and two Cable Ace nominations. During the fall of ’94 she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Some of Janeane’s other television work includes two specials for HBO, the series finale of Mad About You and the critically lauded, final season of NBC’s The West Wing, where she played Democratic campaign strategist Louise Thornton. In 2007, Janeane’s voice was featured in the Disney/Pixar animated comedy Ratatouille, and can be seen in Stella writer/director David Wain’s ensemble comedy, The Ten. Janeane can also be seen in her latest projects, the Lifetime movie Girl’s Best Friend and as a recurring character on the 2009 season of 24.
RISK! Graphics Designed by Rene Martinez. Kevin Allison. Photo Credit: Gene Silvers Janeane Garofalo. Photo courtesy of the artist.
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