with Broad City, W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser, Michael Che, Carrie Keagan, Jillette Johnson, Mates of State, Wakey!Wakey!, Cameron Esposito & DJ $mall Change
Wed June 25th, 2014
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $35/$98
Making its national debut during PRIDE week in New York City, UNCIVIL UNION spotlights the artistic community entertaining, inspiring and encouraging individuals from every walk of life to end discrimination against LGBTQ people. UNCIVIL UNION will feature the top names in comedy and music gathered on stage in support of EQUALITY. There will be stand-up comedy, music, celebrity guests and surprises, including opportunities on-site for fans to engage in this important cause.
THE ALLY COALITION was created by GRAMMY-winning band FUN. and designer Rachel Antonoff whose mission is to inspire people to take action for LGBTQ equality through education, awareness and advocacy.
“UNCIVIL UNION combines two of our favorite entertainments – music and comedy – to celebrate equality. Even better is that we can support terrific local organizations tirelessly working for equal rights.” – Rachel Antonoff, Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost, The Ally Coalition (TAC) co-founders
Proceeds from the event will benefit two New York City-based charities:
BROADWAY IMPACT is a grassroots organization of theater artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality.
“We are thrilled to be working along side these amazing organizations to bring UNCIVIL UNION to NYC PRIDE, a week of celebration and renewed commitment to the cause. Pairing the entertainment community with raising our voices for change is what Broadway Impact was founded on and UNCIVIL UNION does just that. It promises to be an incredible night of music, comedy and equality, we hope you’ll join us!” – Gavin Creel, Rory O’Malley and Jenny Kanelos, Broadway Impact co-founders.
NEW ALTERNATIVES for LGBT Homeless Youth is an organization whose mission is to increase the self-sufﬁciency of homeless LGBT youth to enable them to “go beyond” the shelter system and transition into stable adult lives.
“New Alternatives is excited to partner with the Ally Coalition on this event which will help support LGBT homeless youth in NYC. While we are busy celebrating PRIDE, it’s easy to forget that for some LGBT youth, coming out can have dire consequences, including family rejection and homelessness. It is our responsibility as LGBT adults to take responsibility for making sure that these youth are able to ﬁnd safety and community.” – Kate Barnhart, Executive Director
VIP TICKET PACKAGE includes:
– Reserved Priority Seating in VIP Section
– Meet & Greet with the artists
– Commemorative event poster signed by the cast
– Special VIP perks to be announced!
‘98: Jason Collins (the first openly gay athlete in professional sports) wears #98 in tribute to the year Matthew Shepard was killed. A Brooklyn Nets jersey, signed by Jason Collins, will be available for auction at the event.
Additional support provided by ABOVE AVERAGE, an online comedy video network part of the Broadway Video family—the production company behind Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Portlandia, and more.”
*artists subject to change
This is a general admission, standing event.
UNCIVIL UNION: A benefit concert for The Ally Coalition, New Alternatives, and Broadway Impact
The cult hit web series Broad City comes compliments of the collective brains of Abbi Jacobson + Ilana Glazer (both UCB alum). Called “sneak attack feminism” by the Wall Street Journal, the series follows two friends in New York City navigating their way though the minutiae that is life.
Started in late 2009, the series has been written up by the NY Times, Comedy Central, MTV, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Fader, Time Out New York, The A.V. Club and more. The series has been nominated for the ECNY’s “Best Web Series” award as have the girls individually — Abbi for illustration and Ilana for stand-up. Broad City premiered on Comedy Central this year with Abbi and Ilana as Executive Producers alongside Ms. Amy Fucking Poehler.
W. Kamau Bell
Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell has emerged as the post-modern voice of comedy. Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” And Salon.com listed Kamau on their “Sexiest Men of 2012” list, calling the series “surreptitiously revolutionary in its effortless diversity and humanism.” Kamau has appeared on Comedy Central, Real Time with Bill Maher, Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, Henry Louis Gates Jr’s Many Rivers To Cross, MSNBC, The View, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and NPR, among others. The SF Weekly called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle,” though he was more excited that they called him “handsome.”
W. Kamau Bell official site
Photo credit: Luke Fontana
Nikki Glaser is a comedian, writer, and host whose television appearances have included The Tonight Show, CONAN, and Last Comic Standing. She was the co-host of the MTV late night talk show, Nikki & Sara LIVE, as well as the popular podcast, You Had To Be There. She lives in New York City, performing nightly at clubs such as The Comedy Cellar and The Stand, and travels frequently as a nationally touring headliner. Nikki can currently be seen as a regular contestant on Comedy Central’s @Midnight and will guest star on the upcoming season of Inside Amy Schumer.
Nikki Glaser official site
Carrie Keagan, who made her splashy debut online, has become one of television’s most sought after personalities. Keagan most recently hosted and produced VH1’s daily morning talk show, Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan. She also launched the show’s weekly counterpart, Big Evening Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan. Both shows covered everything from mainstream headlines to under-the-radar discoveries in film, music, fashion, television and the Web. Keagan brought her trademark fresh and fearless approach to over 400 episodes of Big Morning Buzz Live, playfully dubbed “the morning show for people who hate mornings.” (read more here: Carrie Keagan officail site
For Jillette Johnson the journey has been as integral to her musical experience as the destination. Jillette, who began taking music lessons and penning songs as a child, has been performing live since she was 12, captivating audiences with her sultry, thoughtful piano-driven tunes. The musician, now 24, has spent the last decade cultivating her sound and defining her unique perspective. When she moved to New York City from her small town of Pound Ridge, NY at 18, Jillette was already familiar with the city and its clubs, from Sidewalk Cafe to The Bitter End to Rockwood Music Hall. (read more here: Jillette Johnson official site
Mates of State
Kori Gardner (keyboard/vocals) and Jason Hammel (drums/vocals) were both playing guitar and singing in the Kansas music metropolis of Lawrence before forming the Mates of State in 1997. With their dual vocal harmonies and minimal pop appeal, Omnibus Records released Mates of State’s first EP as a split with Fighter D in 1999. Upon a relocation to San Francisco, the duo’s second EP, It’s the Law/Invitation Inn, and a debut studio effort, My Solo Project, followed in 2000.
Tours of the Midwest followed into the next year and creative ideas continued to swirl. Hammel and Gardner, who were married in early 2001, inked themselves a deal with Polyvinyl prior to recording a follow-up. Summer days were spent playing shows with Superdrag, the Anniversary, and Beulah while writing songs on the road. Those sessions lead to the second album, Our Constant Concern, in 2002. The next spring Polyvinyl reissued their debut album, My Solo Project, and later on the full-length Team Boo. After their contract was up with Polyvinyl (ending with the 2004 EP All Day), Mates of State decided to head over to Barsuk, the label that released Bring It Back in 2006 and Re-Arrange Us in 2008.
Their next full length album entitled Crushes (The Covers Mixtape) is set to be released to be released on their own label June 15, 2010. “Crushes” is an album consisting of covers of songs by some of the Mates’ personal favorites by artists ranging from Nick Cave to Death Cab For Cutie to Fleetwood Mac to Girls, whose “Laura” is now available in its Mates reinterpretation as a free download at matesofstate.com. It is the first full album recorded and produced by Mates Hammel and Gardner themselves, with a mixing assist from longtime collaborator Peter Katis (The National, Swell Season, Interpol, etc.).
Mates of State official site
Photo via: Shervin Foto
What We Say: “I was a scrawny, dopey kid—the worst athlete on the face of the planet,” says Wakey!Wakey! frontman Mike Grubbs. “You know tee ball? I got to first base one time.”
Good thing Grubbs had a burgundy baby grand to wail on instead, the centerpiece of a Partridge-like music room that also housed a French horn, clarinet, violin and autoharp. Grubbs started climbing scales and chords here when he was 5. Back then, his mother—a longtime piano teacher and choir director—would ask the kids to sight read songs before they could even think of eating cereal. And homework, why, that was something you did simply to score more bench time.
“For every subject done,” he says, “I could play the piano for an hour. It was almost like video games for me.” The games got a bit more complicated in high school, as Grubbs stumbled upon the songbooks of Billy Joel and Elton John. Not to mention the arena-ready anthems of Led Zeppelin. That unholy trinity, combined with the three B’s—Bach, Beethoven and Brahms—was enough to steer Grubbs away from the church music he was forced to focus on from an early age.
“One of my main influences now is the fact that I didn’t have someone teach me proper jazz or rock playing,” explains Grubbs. “I had no idea how to put a song together; no one telling me, ‘Hey, you should check out Gershwin,’ but it was all so fascinating to me. So I found my own style by experimenting with what works and what doesn’t.” (read more here: Wakey!Wakey! official site)
Photo credit: Holland Brown
An LA Weekly and Time Out Los Angeles Comedy Act to Watch, standup comic Cameron Esposito is a regular on Chelsea Lately on E! and has appeared at clubs and festivals across the country, including TBS’ Just for Laughs Chicago, SXSW, the Aspen Rooftop and Bridgetown Comedy Festivals.
Cameron’s network television debut on Late Late with Craig Ferguson garnered media attention as “the most memorable first time on a late night show for any comedian in recent history.” (Splitsider)
Cameron is the brains and voice behind revolutionary standup podcast Put Your Hands Together and the host/creator of action/scifi movie podcast Wham Bam Pow.
You can catch Cameron hosting Put Your Hands Together Tuesdays at 8 PM at LA’s UCB Theatre.
Cameron Esposito official site
DJ $mall Change
$mall ¢hange (aka James Dier) will never stop. A musical addict, he’s been collecting and DJing for 20 years, has 10s of thousands of records, in every conceivable genre and time period. Seriously deep crates in funk, jazz, blues, soul, latin, reggae, dancehall, hip hop, house, breaks, jungle, booty bass, classics, rawk n’ roll, punk, vintage RnB, disco, downtempo, ambient, experimental, tropical bass…you get the picture. Some people say they’re eclectic–this homeslice lives it, with the skills to mix it all together.