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SPARK

Adam Newman, Jamie Kilstein, Reni Lane, Carolyn Castiglia, Josh Sharp, Mary Regan, Brad Aldous, Shannon Manning

Union Hall – Brooklyn

702 Union Street Brooklyn, NY, 11215

Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM

This event is 21 and over

SPARK

An evening of music & comedy & seriousness hosted by Shannon Manning.

Adam Newman

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Adam Newman is a New Hampshire-born, Georgia-schooled, Brooklyn-based comedian who has performed stand-up on the Late Show with David LettermanJohn Oliver’s New York Stand-Up ShowGotham Comedy Live, and his own Half Hour special on Comedy Central. He has also appeared on Comedy Central’s @midnight, MTV’s The CollegeHumor Show, HBO’s Last Week Tonight, the Tyra Banks Show (weird!), and Comics Unleashed. Adam was among Comedy Central’s first class of “Comics to Watch” to perform at the 2011 New York Comedy Festival, and was invited to the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal as a “New Face” in 2013, then again in 2014 to perform on HBO Canada’s “Funny as Hell.” Adam has released two critically acclaimed stand-up albums, Not for Horses (2011) and Killed (2015) through Rooftop Comedy Productions.

Jamie Kilstein

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Jamie Kilstein is a stand-up comedian who has been featured on The Conan O’Brien Show, Showtime, Up with Chris Hayes, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and NPR’s Weekend Edition. One time, Glenn Beck called him a doofus, which is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to him.

Reni Lane

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Whether it’s whipping up a song on Keezy or creating a performance art piece for CutLog Art Fair, Reni brings a clear, bracingly vulnerable voice to the space between music, technology, art, and the extreme.A compelling performer and formidable songwriter, Reni has collaborated with The Like, Linda Perry, Dave Stewart, Duncan Sheik, Gary Go, and opened for acts such as The XX, Arctic Monkeys, Owl City, and She & Him.Reni’s artistic interests began at a young age with classical piano training and modern dance lessons. She sold her piano to finance a move to New York and attend Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program, where she threw DIY concerts in her dorm-room and cut her chops at Sidewalk Cafe’s open mic night. After her well-reviewed indie release “American Baby,” Reni was signed to Custard Records who released her major label debut, entitled “Ready,” on Universal Motown.Ever since “Ready,” Reni has been on the road expanding her artistic arsenal. Her work has been featured on MTV, VH1, The NY Post, USA Today, Paste, Spin, and NYLON. She is currently preparing for the release of her EP “Lane In Stay” and can be found on the road with Howie Day & Joseph Arthur.

Carolyn Castiglia

 

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Carolyn Castiglia is a comedian, television personality and writer. She appears regularly as a talking head on HLN, and has made many memorable cameos on cable networks including VH1, MTV, Comedy Central, Food and more. You may have seen her as NickMom’s Ultimate Sports Mom, or in her recent appearance on Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? on WE. Carolyn has been making web content since 1949, but highlights include essays on Jezebel and Babble, as well as appearing in and singing on The Key of Awesome parodies that have millions and millions of hits. She lives with her incredible daughter in Brooklyn, NY.

Josh Sharp

 

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Josh has been studying and performing at UCB since 2009, having previously performed at the DSI Theater in Carrboro, NC and with CHiPs at the University of North Carolina. All of it’s been a real great time. Real, real great. Josh performs on Tuesday nights with Harold Team Namaste. His experimental comedy show, Cool Shit/Weird Shit is on the 4th Friday of the month at the UCB-East. He is currently performing a two-man show he wrote with Matt Dennie called “GUMP” and acts in the sketch shows “Why We Broke Up” and “Erik Dies, You’re Stupid & We Hate You.” Previously, he wrote and performed “MANEATER: The True Story of the Champawat Tigress.”

Mary Regan

 

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Mary Regan is an actor, improviser and artist who has appeared in shows at La Mama ETC., The NY Fringe Festival and The Looking Glass Theatre, as well as having studied improv at UCB Theatre and Magnet Theatre and performing on improv teams at both theatres and at various other venues around the city. She writes and draws a comic called “Sainted’ and a webcomic for rebeatmag.com called “The Adventures of Mr. Schneider.”

Shannon Manning

 

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Shannon Manning is a writer and producer, and creator of Beauty Love Truth (improv inspired by guest musician) which has run for over a decade at UCB, PIT, Magnet, Barrow Street Theater, Standard Toykraft, and now Union Hall. Shannon learned improv from the legendary comedy inspiration Del Close and loves to talk about it.