The Tank Presents The New York Empire Comedy Arts Festival

The Tank Presents The New York Empire Comedy Arts Festival

The New York Empire Comedy Arts Festival brings comedic acts from across several disciplines together for one week in June to celebrate the variety and diversity of comedy. From June 25th through June 30th, audiences can experience the best and most cutting edge improv, musical, sketch, stand-up, storytelling, and clowning acts that New York, LA, and Montreal have to offer. The NYECAF is the place to see the best in boundary pushing comedy. For festival updates visit All sets are $7 online at Brown Paper Tickets or $10 at the door unless otherwise noted. $20 Day Passes and $75 Festival Passes are also available.

Thursday, June 28th
CANCELED - 6:00pm – “Building a Comedy Theater” w/ Ali Farahnakian (SNL, The PIT) - Free
7:30pm – Overtime w/ the Garys – (Improv)
8:30pm – Standup Comedy Showcase (featuring Harrison Greenbaum) w/ Al Jackson (Comedy Central Presents), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Joe DeVito (Chelsea Lately, Red Eye, Craig Ferguston), Keith Alberstadt (Letterman), and Jon Fisch (Letterman)
10:30pm – The Gallons (Improv)

Friday, June 29th
6:00pm – “Building Your Comedy Brand” w/ Israel Savage (Improvisation News) - Free
7:30pm – Desperate Times (Sketch
8:30pm – Slow Children Crossing (Sketch)
9:30pm – City Hall: Hijinks on the High Seas (Sketch)

Saturday, June 30th
4:00pm – “Building a Comedy Documentary” w/ Karl Teidermann (Late Night w/ David Lettermen) - Free
5:00pm – Free Improv Jam Sponsored by The Improvisation News
7pm – The Chris & Paul Show (Sketch)
8pm – Empire Comedy Festival Showcase w/ City Hall, The Chris & Paul Show, The Garys, Harrison Greenbaum & Slow Children Crossing, and Squirm & Germ

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Roles de Dame
Saturday 7/14/2012 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Colorful, cheeky and definitely French. This is Cabaret at its besT. Bruno Pilloix and Alyse Lewin present a fun filled tongue-in-cheek romp with music in the 1930's style. The unique dilemma explodes when Frankie, a guitarist, hires three singers for a special evening's performance and only Betty shows up. She suddenly needs to be three singers or they lose the booking. What is Frankie's relationship with these three ladies? How can Betty save him and maybe win his heart? Can Betty dress, move, breath and react like the missing singers? With original music and some well loved standards, Alyse Lewin and Bruno Pilloix give life to the people of this imaginary cabaret where jazz is the only thing that is real. Roles De Dame gently jokes with the public about the relationship between men and women in the 1930's and very comically asks the question has anything really changed?
Advance tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets
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