The Liar Show, December 1st at Cornelia Street Cafe

Andy gives good write-up. Here’s the info:

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! But here’s something to really be thankful for: Our Special Christmas 2011 Gala! Sorry for the delay.

PS: You get better looking every day. Really, (contact name), I’m not just saying that.

29 Cornelia Street (between W 4th and Bleecker) MAP
$15 admission includes one drink.
Reservations: 212-989-9319

ROBERT HURST – Moth GrandSlam Finalist
BEN LILLIE – TED Talks; The Story Collider
JOANNA PARSON – WNYC’s The Next Big Thing
DIANA SPECHLER – Esquire Magazine; Author of Skinny

Hosted by ANDY CHRISTIE – The Moth Radio Hour; WNYC’s CityScape

“They can lie to me all night long.” The New York Times
“Christie & Co make dishonesty fun again.” TimeOut NY
“Raucous fun is had by all. 4 Stars.” Edinburgh Festival, Three Weeks
“A Winner! 4 Stars.” Edinburgh Festival, The Scotsman
“A detective-comedy extravaganza. A night of solid fun.” -BroadwayBaby

Every Liar Show performance is unique. A constantly changing cast of writers and comics tell four short, extremely personal stories that will make you laugh and probably make you glad you don’t live with them. But only three of these people are telling the truth.

All four performers return to the stage and defend their honor while the audience rakes them over the coals in a fact-finding session, refereed by the host.

Each audience member casts a ballot and when the Liar is revealed, the perceptive geniuses who have guessed correctly walk away with a prize T-shirt amid a bitter chorus of “Congratulations, Einstein,” from the empty-handed losers.

Old friends, new friends

I had a great time performing at La Mama Galleria for Discovering Oz’s party this week. Discovering Oz is a rare quantity– a public relations firm with a specialty in non-profits, arts organizations, and genuinely nifty people. On Friday night they took over the Galleria space on East First Street in the East Village, hung the work of artists with whom they’ve had successful collaborations, and invited talented friends to perform to a happy, wine-d up crowd.

I first met Darien Bates, the founder of Discovering Oz, some years ago when I performed in “I, Claudius, Live,” a cult-hit serial– and seriously skewed– version of “I, Claudius.” And I had originally hooked up with Theatre Askew through my friend, Jason Jacobs, who was co-founder and co-director and now is successfully working as a freelance theatre director.

It’s such a pleasure when you realize that you’ve been working in New York theatre long enough to have serious history with wonderful people. Usually there are many pockets of friends and companies with whom you’ve worked, and if you’re lucky, you can reconnect with them like I did on Thursday night. People like the then-comedian and now-writer and creator of Breakup Girl, Lynn Harris— one of the funniest, smartest women I know. And her brilliant co-consipirator, freelance designer and illustrator Chris Kalb, who’s now the art director of City Scoops magazine. When we met, we were excited, energetic, loud in subways, probably hugely annoying. I’m so glad to know not only are my old friends continuing to work in the fields they were dreaming of at that time, the goal of becoming nice, grounded, grown-up people seems to have been accomplished too. And that new friends like Darien Bates can provide excellent excuses for us to cavort again.

And introduce us to new circles– Friday night I saw Talking Band for the first time, a 37-year-old experimental theatre group of which I’m now officially a fan. They create thought-provoking, funny, heart-filled music-theatre work, and they’re who I want to be when I grow up. I’ll be at their next performances, coming March 1-18 to La Mama.

NOTE: My friends and colleagues’ swell-ness may inspire me to create an avalanche of links, in this post and in the future. So sue me.

“Three Chords of the Apocalypse” at All For One Theatre Festival, November 17

I’ll be performing a 20-minute excerpt of a new work, “The Three Chords of the Apocalypse,” at a new exciting solo show festival brought to you by Broadway producer Michael Wolk, on November 17th at Theatre 80 St. Marks.
All For One Theater Festival

On the 17th, I’ll be proud to share the evening with Zero Boy, and Elizabeth Van Meter.

I’ve been working with director Jay Stern on this piece– it’s me, my guitar, and a story about working as a transcriptionist for mass media outlets before and after 9/11. I can also highly recommend many of the events in the festival, including a moving, oral-history based show about Hurricane Katrina by my friend Mari Brown (“23 Feet in 12 Minutes”), and writing workshops with the great Matt Hoverman, and others. Please visit the site and mark your calendars!

Next appearing in: “Cowgirls” at Florida Studio Theatre

A joyous musical comedy, running June 8 thru July 24, 2011
At Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota Florida
For more info and tickets:

Accidentally booked as an all-female country band, a group of classically trained musicians go “From Chopin to Country” while trying to save the grand reopening of a debt-ridden saloon. This off-Broadway crowd-pleaser ran for years at the Minetta Lane Theatre, and will be directed by creator and original cast member Mary Murfitt. Joanna plays the part of the cellist, Lee, and is happy to return to beautiful Sarasota after the 2008 production of “Outlaws and Angels.”

“Lonely Girl and the Subway Hero”– a new comedy, April 14th

I’ve been working on a 45-minute piece, and I’d love to have you join me at its very first iteration, at a lovely intimate space at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art.

APRIL 14, 7:30PM

Musical monologuist Joanna Parson’s Non-Intrusive Subway Musician (as heard on WNYC’s “The Next Big Thing” and Caroline’s Comedy Club) finds herself falling into the subway tracks… and falling in love. A tale of the intersection between shyness and fame, tabloid reporters and street musicians, mysterious celebrities, second chances, and a flower shop under the blue line where guitars and gerberas transport you with a song.

Part of their Thursday Night Musicals! series.

Tickets $20.00 at the door, or buy tickets here:

Soho Gallery for Digital Art
138 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012

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