GOLD Comedy's show ft. Negin Farsad, Ruby Karp and more, on 6/26 at Williamsburg Hotel


WHAT: The second installment of GOLD Comedy's new monthly show featuring comedy's current best and brightest, the shining stars of tomorrow—and the funniest teens in town, who are coming to take our jobs.


Special guest host: KERRY CODDETT (Problem Areas with Wyatt Cenac, HBO)

NEGIN FARSAD (TED, Comedy Central, The Muslims Are Coming!)
JORDAN CARLOS (Colbert Report, Larry Wilmore)
MAEVE PRESS (youngest performer ever at the Women in Comedy Festival)
CAROLYN CASTIGLIA (Comedy Central, NBC, Lifetime) and her daughter, ADRIANA ("Daughter Knows Best" podcast)
RUBY KARP (teen author of Earth Hates Me)
JOANNA BRILEY (Caroline's, Lifetime)
Music by DJ SWUNE

WHEN: Tuesday, June 26th at 7:30pm

WHERE: The Williamsburg Hotel - 96 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn NY

HOW: $10 admission includes 1 free drink - tickets - Facebook event

On Tuesday, June 26th at 7:30pm, The Williamsburg Hotel presents latest installment of GOLD Comedy's new monthly show  featuring comedy's current best and brightest, the shining stars of tomorrow—and the funniest teens in town, who are coming to take our jobs. The show will be hosted by Kerry Coddett (Problem Areas with Wyatt Cenac, HBO), and will feature sets from Negin Farsad (TED, Comedy Central, The Muslims Are Coming!), Jordan Carlos (Colbert Report, Larry Wilmore), Maeve Press (youngest performer ever at the Women in Comedy Festival), Leah Bonemma (VH1), Carolyn Castiglia (Comedy Central, NBC, Lifetime) and her daughter, Adriana ("Daughter Knows Best" podcast), Ruby Karp (teen author of Earth Hates Me), and Joanna Briley (Caroline's, Lifetime). Music by DJ swune. Tickets are $10 and include one free drink, available here:



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Emmy winning comedian PAUL MECURIO announces new Off-Broadway show PERMISSION TO SPEAK - Previews begin July 16


Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedian, Paul Mecurio, announces his new Off-Broadway show: PERMISSION TO SPEAK WITH PAUL MECURIO. With over a decade of television appearances including his own comedy special, his longtime association with Stephen Colbert through multiple stand-up appearances on and as being the opening act for The Late Show, and headlining comedy shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, Mecurio is prepared for this next great challenge. PERMISSION TO SPEAK WITH PAUL MECURIO will play at the Jerry Orbach Theater at NY’s Theater Center (1627 Broadway, New York), with previews beginning Monday, July 16, 2018 and opening night scheduled for Monday, July 23, 2018.

In this exciting one man comedy show with a twist, starring the audience and Mecurio, Mecurio improvises with audience members by randomly bringing them on stage and talking with them about who they are, their lives, interests, personal experiences and what they honestly think without feeling boxed in by the confines of contrived political correctness or fear of offending. A breath of fresh air, PERMISSION TO SPEAK is first and foremost, funny and entertaining, but also a truly freeing experience. 

“People have very revealing, fun and refreshingly honest things to say that no one has ever bothered to ask,” says Paul Mecurio, “so I created a show where audiences can have a lot of laughs and are free to be open and honest ... by the way, when needed, we’re calling BS on the BS! I love the unscripted format, it’s fun, keeps me and the audience on our toes and we end up on this unexpected journey together into funny truths. Everyone has a story, every night people reveal something fun and eye-opening and in the process, people come to understand and appreciate one another a little more.”

Prior to entering the world of entertainment, Mecurio worked as a lawyer on Wall Street at a top tier international law firm (Willkie Farr & Gallagher) and as an investment banker at a major Investment Bank (Credit Suisse), executing multi-million-dollar M&A transactions for Fortune 500 companies.

While on Wall Street, Mecurio had a chance encounter with late night comedy icon, Jay Leno, who subsequently hired him to write jokes for NBC’s The Tonight Show. After living a secret double life as a Wall Street lawyer/banker by day and comedian by night, Mecurio, at the encouragement of Leno, left his day job to go into entertainment full time. This quickly led to his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the beginning of his longtime association with Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report” and now, the number one show in late night, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Partnering with longtime friends and creative collaborators from The Late Show, The Daily Show and The Colbert ReportPERMISSION TO SPEAK will feature set consultation by Emmy Award-winning set designer Jim Fenhagen, digital mapping by Tim Donovan and Ryan Kelly of industry leading experiential marketing studio Bravo Media and Optoma Projection, and lighting design by Michael Scricca.


PERMISSION TO SPEAK WITH PAUL MECURIO will play Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8:00pm at the Jerry Orbach Theater at NY’s Theater Center (1627 Broadway, New York) beginning Monday, July 16, 2018 through Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Ticket pricing: $52 - $72.

To purchase tickets, please go to: Ticketmaster or call the box office at 212.921.7862. 


Paul Mecurio is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedian/writer (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), TV personality, actor, and podcaster who currently headlines comedy clubs across the U.S. and Canada and makes regular appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In addition to his presence on The Late Show, Paul has hosted shows and pilots for Comedy Central, HBO, CBS, VH-1 and has starred in his own Comedy Central special.

Over the years, Mecurio has made numerous late-night television appearances on: The Late Show with Stephen ColbertThe Late, Late ShowThe Tonight Show (writer)Comedy Central; The Daily Show; Fridays (NBC); and The Joke Show, to name a few.

He also appears regularly as a pop culture and general news commentator and political satirist on a wide variety of major national television shows including: CBS Sunday Morning; CNN (New Day, CNN Newsroom, Showbiz Tonight); MSNBC; Fox News Channel (Hannity, Fox & Friends, Red Eye, Real Story, Outnumbered, Kennedy, Viewpoint); ESPN (SportsNation); Katie Couric; The Meredith Vieira Show; Bethenny; Dr. Drew (HLN & VH-1); and many more.  Mecurio is also a published essayist: The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Mecurio has performed at many prestigious comedy festivals around the world including “Just for Laughs" and the Glasgow/Edinburgh Comedy Festival, to name a few.

Mecurio’s critically-acclaimed podcast, The Paul Mecurio Show, showcases his talent as a skilled interviewer that covers a wide range of topics and conversations with A-list guests at the pinnacle of the worlds of entertainmentpop culture, music, politics, science, sports and more.  Guests include: Paul McCartney; Stephen Colbert; Katie Couric; Bryan Cranston; Judd Apatow; Kristen Chenoweth; Neil deGrasse Tyson; Jay Leno; Bill Burr; Adam McKay; Jeff Fager, Executive Producer of 60 Minutes; Stone Cold Steve Austin; Bob Costas; Lewis Black; Hardball’s Chris Matthews; Thomas Freidman of The New York Times; Rob Reiner; Artie Lange; Rob Corddry and many more.

Prior to entering into the world of entertainment, Mecurio graduated Georgetown Law School with high honors and worked as a lawyer on Wall Street at a top tier international law firm (Willkie Farr & Gallagher) and as an investment banker at a major Investment Bank (Credit Suisse), executing multi-billion-dollar M&A transactions for Fortune 100 companies.

While on Wall Street, Mecurio was hired by Jay Leno to write jokes for NBC’s The Tonight Show. After living a secret double life as a Wall Street lawyer/banker by day and comedian by night, Mecurio, at the encouragement of Leno, left his day job to go into entertainment full time... if he hadn’t he would have had a nervous breakdown trying to keep the two worlds separate.

Mecurio soon went on to serve as a writer and occasional correspondent on The Daily Show and appeared in the regular segment which he created, “Second Opinion,” in which he skewered the medical profession playing an HMO representative with a less than sympathetic mindset.

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Podcast - "The Paul Mecurio Show":



Events to include Spotlight on Israeli Television, Family-Friendly Films and Tribute to Ronit Elkabetz with guests to feature actors directors, and producers including Navid Negahba (Homeland) Hagai Levi (In Treatment), Lior Ashkenazi (Walk on Water) and Shemi Zarhin (Aviva My Love)

JCC Manhattan’s 4th Annual Israel Film Center Festival  has announced its lineup of special events and guests to complement its previously announced lineup of film and television screenings.  The festival, which presents the best of Israel’s groundbreaking new cinema and television programming, features conversations with filmmakers, writers, and actors and runs from June 2 – 9, 2016 at JCC Manhattan with additional screenings in Westchester locations and in collaboration with Long Island’s Gold Coast International Film Festival. 

 The festival’s June 2nd launch event is the New York premiere of BABA JOON, the winner of the 2015 Ophir Award for Best Film (Israel’s most prominent film award), followed by a conversation with director Yuval Delshad and star Navid Negahban, known for his role as Abu Nazir in Homeland. 

Other exciting Q&As include writer-director Shemi Zarhin (Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi, The World is Funny) following screenings of the Israeli box office hit THE KIND WORDS at JCC Manhattan and JCC Mid-Westchester and celebrated Israeli actors Lior Ashkenzai (Walk on Water, Late Marriage) and Asi Levi (Wedding Doll, Aviva My Love) following their film ENCIRCLEMENTS.   

Hagai Levi, creator of acclaimed, award-winning television series including HBO’s "In Treatment" and Showtime’s "The Affair", will be in attendance to present the first episode from his series "The Accursed" as part of the Festival’s Spotlight on Israeli Television. The Spotlight on Israeli Television will also include episodes of "Imported", a hilarious fish-out-of-water soccer comedy set in London which was recently acquired by NBC and "Fauda", a political thriller that has quickly become one of Israel’s highest-rated television series of all time.  
Director and master visual effects artist Jonathan Geva will speak with filmgoers following a screening of family fantasy film ABULELE. The Family-Friendly Films event also includes a free showing of Sesame Street-esqe puppet musical GUAVAS. 
On a solemn note, the Israel Film Center will also feature a rooftop memorial screening of SHIVA (SEVEN DAYS) in honor of beloved director and actress Ronit Elkabetz (Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, The Band’s Visit).  

The festival will also premiere DAWN, a psychological drama based on a novel by Elie Weisel, followed by a conversation with the Director, as well as SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSION the true story of the rescue of a plane in 1972 with interviews with three Israeli Prime-minsters who were part of the event. Screening will be followed by a conversation with the producer: Natan Dinnar, as well as the only American survivor of the hijacking.  

Tickets for the Israel Film Center Festival are on sale now.

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A full line-up of guests filmmakers and stars available online.



Comedy is coming. Comedy is coming. Twitter to some that you care about because “It’s Only A Play” - beginning March 31st.

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport are the force behind the show which will now star T.R. Knight, Emmy Award® nominated actor. He’s joining the Broadways smash hit comedy in the role of Frank Finger on March 31, 2015, on the same day that 2-time Tony Award® winner Nathan Lane returns to the cast in the role of James Wicker, which was previously announced.

Both funny men will continue with the production through its scheduled closing date of June 7, 2015.

T.R. Knight was recently seen on Broadway opposite Sir Patrick Stewart in A Life in the Theatre.  He is perhaps best known for his role as George OMalley for four seasons on the hit ABC drama “Greys Anatomy,” for which he received an Emmy Award® nomination for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and won the Screen Actors Guild Award® for ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series as a member of the cast. 

Additionally, Knight starred as Leo Frank in the musical Parade at CTG/Mark Taper Forum, directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford; the film 42, a Jackie Robinson bio-pic, starring Harrison Ford and directed by Brian Helgeland; and the television comedy "Charlie Lawrence" for CBS opposite Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf, as the office gopher Ryan Lemming.  Knight was born and raised in Minneapolis.

4-time Tony Award® winner Terrence McNallys hit comedy Its Only A Play currently stars Oscar® winner F. Murray Abraham, 2-time Tony® winner Matthew Broderick, Tony® and Emmy® winner Stockard Channing, 2-time Tony® winner Katie Finneran, “30 Rock” alum and SAG® winner Maulik Pancholy, Emmy® and Tony® winner Martin Short, and Micah Stock in his Broadway debut.  3-time Tony® Award winner Jack OBrien directs. 

In It's Only A Play, its opening night of Peter Austin's (Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Short), his fledgling producer (Finneran), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Pancholy), an infamous drama critic (Abraham), and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant (Stock) on his first night in Manhattan. Its alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — and proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage.

Its Only A Play opened on Broadway on October 9, 2014, and has twice extended its run due to popular demand. It is currently scheduled through Sunday, June 7, 2015.  In December 2014, it was announced that Its Only a Play recouped its entire $3.9 million capitalization.  It currently plays at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street).  Tickets are now on sale for all performances.

The design team for Its Only A Play includes scenic design by Tony® winner Scott Pask, costume design by Academy Award® and Tony® winner Ann Roth, lighting design by Philip Rosenberg, and sound design by Fitz Patton

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It's only "39" steps to a winning TONY AWARD® HIT COMEDY 


Note that all seats, for the first 39 performances are only $39 and that's very little to pay for big laughter! 

Two-time Tony Award® winning hilarious hit comedy 39 Steps will officially open on Monday, April 13th. The production, featuring the entire original creative team, will begin an open-ended run at the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street) on April Fools’ Day, Wednesday, April 1st.

To celebrate 39 Steps’ return to New York, all tickets to the first 39 performances will be priced at only $39. These specially priced tickets must be purchased by March 31st by going to:

or calling 877-250-2929 and using special offer code: 39439

As previously announced, the cast of 39 Steps will feature original Broadway cast member Arnie Burton as Clown #2, as well as Billy Carter as Clown #1, Broadway vet Robert Petkoff as the dashing hero Richard Hannay, and Brittany Vicars as Pamela/Annabella/Margaret in her New York City stage debut.

Adapted by Tony® nominated author Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, and based on the book by John Buchan and the classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, 39 Steps features Tony® nominated direction by Maria Aitken, Tony® winning lighting design by Kevin Adams, Tony® winning sound design by Mic Pool, and Tony® nominated scenic and costume design by Peter McKintosh.

39 Steps is a comedic spoof of the classic 1935 film, with only 4 “insanely talented” actors portraying more than 150 characters, sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye. The brilliantly madcap story follows our dashing hero Richard Hannay (Robert Petkoff) as he races to solve the mystery of The 39 Steps, all the while trying to clear his name. The show’s uproarious fast-paced 100 minutes promises to leave you gasping for breath… in a good way! It’s fun for everyone from 9 to 99.

39 Steps came to Broadway in January 2008 and ran over three years, playing a record-breaking 1,135 performance – the longest running play in 7 years. It received six 2008 Tony nominations, including Patrick Barlow for Best Play, winning two for Sound Design and Lighting Design, and three Drama Desk Nominations, winning two including Unique Theatrical Experience.

The production will play the following performance schedule:

  • Mondays at 7:00 PM, Wednesdays at 2:00PM and 8:00 PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 3:00 PM.

  • Tickets for the show are now on sale via, through Ticketmaster online and by phone at 1-877-250-2929, and also, starting March 25, in person at the Union Square Theatre box office, which opens at 1PM daily except Tuesdays and remains open until 30 minutes after show time. Tickets are priced at $39-89. Premium seats are $105. $20 tickets for students, veterans, armed forces, NYPD and FDNY are available in person at the box office with ID the day of the show.

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