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Ars Nova Sets July Programming, Featuring Guy Branum, SHOWGASM and More!

Ars Nova Sets July Programming, Featuring Guy Branum, SHOWGASM and More!

Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Renee Blinkwolt, Managing Director) announces a July lineup featuring three exciting new comedy, music and theater events.

Coming up in July: (All shows are at 8pm unless otherwise noted)

On This Island: Episode 9 (Tuesday, 7/15; $15)

Hosted by Matt Dellapina

Featuring Craig Clary, Polly Lee, Randy Pearlstein, Sharyn Rothstein, the musical stylings of Phil Pickens and more to be announced!

Join us for episode 9 of Slant Theatre Project's live-theatrical podcast, a night of New York City-inspired storytelling locals are bound to love! In this episode, Night and Day, musicians, writers and theater artists unite to tell tales of New York's better half - the one unseen in the harsh light of day, where heroism and hedonism emerge from the shadows.

Showgasm Spotlight: Guy Branum (Wednesday, 7/16, $15)

Beloved comedian Guy Branum (Chelsea Lately, Totally Biased...) hosts an evening of intimate yelling, like cabaret, but with no singing or stories about Patti Lupone. Just comedy, baby - the heart-wrenching jokes of an incisively smart, emotionally raw performer giving his everything with absolutely no choreography. Guy will explore sex, love, popular culture, politics, and the cuisine of Canada. But mostly Guy will try to show you his fears, hopes and dreams through the ancient art of mean jokes about celebrities.

This show comes to you as part of Ars Nova's Showgasm Spotlight series, designed to give artists working in the same adventurous vein as Ars Nova's monthly variety show, Showgasm. a chance to try out a full-length evening of work in front of a live audience.

Showgasm. (Thursday, 7/17; $5)

What is Showgasm you ask? It's sexual tension on a silent retreat, an extended hallucination sequence on Ally McBeal, it's literally a free zumba class. Or more simply put, a raucous variety show with performances ranging from hilarious to titillating to utterly inappropriate! Come. You've never looked better!

Hosted by John Early

Featuring DJ Hamm Samwich and performances by Bruce Bundy, Nate Craig, DNA Comedy, Grace McLean, and Thu Tran!

Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Its unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work. For more information on Ars Nova's programs, visit Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

Producing credits include: ANT Fest; Charlatan by Vinny DePonto and Josh Koenigsberg, directed by Andrew Neisler; Game Play; Eager to Lose, created by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Wes Grantom, Portia Krieger and Tansy; Core Values by Steven Levenson, directed by Carolyn Cantor; The Netflix Plays; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy, directed by Rachel Chavkin (recently in an Off-Broadway transfer production at Kazino); The Urban Dictionary Plays; The Lapsburgh Layover by The Berserker Residents, directed by Oliver Butler; Be a Good Little Widow by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Stephen Brackett; The Wii Plays; Now Circa Then by Carly Mensch, directed by Jason Eagan; Bloodsong of Love by Joe Iconis, directed by John Simpkins; Missed Connections NYC; Sax & Dixon: We Thee Wed by John Dixon, Peter McNerney and Matt Sax, directed by Peter McNerney; Mel & El: Show & Tell by Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel; Two Girls for Five Bucks and the Ten Dollar Heartbreakers by Cathleen Carr and Daiva Deupree, directed by Andy Donald; Playlist; Jollyship the Whiz-Bang by Nick Jones and Raja Azar, directed by Sam Gold; boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by Alex Timbers; From Up Here by Liz Flahive, directed by Leigh Silverman; Dixie's Tupperware Party by Kris Andersson, directed by Alex Timbers; At Least It's Pink by Bridget Everett and Kenny Mellman, directed by Michael Patrick King; 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother by Kate Moira Ryan with Judy Gold, directed by Karen Kohlhaas; Holy Cross Sucks! by Rob Nash, directed by Jeff Calhoun; Freestyle Love Supreme by Anthony Veneziale and Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by Thomas Kail; and The Wau Wau Sisters, by Tanya Gagné and Adrienne Truscott, directed by Trip Cullman.

Tickets are on sale at, 212-352-3101, or the Ars Nova box office starting 30 minutes prior to each show. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.

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