Comedy Central to Stage Two Free Summer Concerts in NYC, 6/20 & 24
Free outdoor stand-up comedy just got twice as cool. COMEDY CENTRAL Live® is marking its sixth consecutive year partnering with the City Parks Foundation by expanding its successful annual SummerStage comedy showcase in Central Park, adding a second free event in Brooklyn's Red Hook Park.
For the first event, COMEDY CENTRAL gets political with "Indecision in the Park," which will be hosted by John Hodgman, and feature stand-up comedy by "Daily Show" correspondents Wyatt Cenac, Al Madrigal, and John Oliver, along with contributor Kristen Schaal, executive producer Rory Albanese, and co-executive producer Adam Lowitt, among others. "Indecision in the Park," sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, will be held rain or shine on Wednesday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. (gates open at 7:00 p.m.) at the SummerStage venue in mid-Central Park. Enter at Fifth Avenue and 69th Street.
COMEDY CENTRAL expands to the borough of Brooklyn for the second event, "COMEDY CENTRAL Live Presents: Hannibal Buress" in Red Hook Park. Headlined by uber talented stand-up comedian and winner of the 2012 Comedy Award for Club Comic, Hannibal Buress, and featuring performances by comedians Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz, the event will take place rain or shine on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the SummerStage venue in Red Hook Park.
COMEDY CENTRAL Live's free SummerStage stand-up comedy shows in New York City's historic Central Park began in 2007 with an evening of comedy hosted by Dave Attell, featuring comedians Ted Alexandro, Joe DeRosa, Kurt Metzger, John Mulaney and Amy Schumer. Subsequent "COMEDY CENTRAL Park" events included: Stephen Lynch, Mike Birbiglia and Julian McCullough (2008); Gabriel Iglesias and Pablo Francisco (2009); "The Daily Show & Friends" featuring "Daily Show" correspondents Wyatt Cenac and John Oliver, series alum Rob Riggle, executive producer Rory Albanese and supervising producer Adam Lowitt and a special performance by Lewis Black (2010); and last summer's show, which was headlined by Jim Gaffigan and John Pinette.
Wyatt Cenac is a comedian/actor/writer who currently resides in New York and is an Emmy® Award-winning writer and correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Previously, he spent three seasons as a writer and contributed voice-over work for FOX's "King of the Hill." In 2008, he starred in the film "Medicine for Melancholy," which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. Most recently, his first one-hour stand-up special, "Comedy Person" aired on COMEDY CENTRAL.
Al Madrigal is a correspondent on "The Daily Show" and joined the series in May 2011. His unique, spontaneous and fast-paced lyrical story-telling style has made him a regular on television with numerous appearances on COMEDY CENTRAL, including his own half-hour stand-up special, "COMEDY CENTRAL Presents: Al Madrigal," "John Oliver's New York Stand-up Show" and "Pretend Time with Nick Swardson." His late-night television appearances include "Conan," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
John Oliver has been a correspondent and multiple Emmy Award-winning writer on "The Daily Show" since 2006. In that time, he has done everything from interviewing UN Ambassadors to breaking his nose fighting for the Confederate Army. He appears regularly on NBC's "Community" and hosts COMEDY CENTRAL's stand-up series "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show." He is also the voice of Vanity Smurf in the Smurf movies. That last one is not a joke.