Sandra Bernhard, Mo Rocca, Molly Ringwald and More Coming Up This Winter at Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub at The Public has just announced nightly performances from December 21 - January 3. Scroll down for more details, or visit for a complete list of shows!


Guests: Molly Ringwald, Tonya Pinkins, Mo Rocca, Molly Pope, the All-Stars of Doo-Wop & More

Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00PM

$25 Adv / $30 Door

Culture Craver calls Julian Fleisher "One of New York's cultural treasures." Chita Rivera once called him "adorable!" We call him late for dinner, but always on time with his bi-annual cavalcade of Christmas characters culled from his cabinet of curiosities. In other words, he's loaded lots of your favorite New York entertainers on his sleigh and we invite you to get in on the single best bargain in holiday shopping - The Julian Fleisher Holiday Happening at Joe's Pub. Guests include Molly Ringwald, Mo Rocca, Tonya Pinkins, Molly Pope, The All-Stars of Doo-Wop, Matt Ray and more to be announced!


Wednesday-Friday, December 21-23 at 9:30PM


All aboard The Bipolar Express! TRIGGER WARNING! Mx. Justin VivIan Bond and band (Matt Ray, Claudia Chopek and NathAnn Carrera) are on the holiday spectrum and are about to go off the rails. Where will they land? Whether it's crack alley or hobo heaven you are guaranteed to see stars! Don't forget to take your meds!


Guests: Phoebe Robinson, Morris Robinson & Sarah Kay

Thursday, December 22 at 7:00PM


Ever wonder what it's like to have a dreamy job? Downtown comedy darling, writer and talk show host Catie Lazarus did too, so she created Employee of the Month, an utterly addictive, candid, fun talk show about work. This month, for the Super Spectacular Season Finale & Office Party, Lazarus will interview comedian Phoebe Robinson (Broad City, Don't Touch My Hair), football player and Metropolitan Opera star Morris Robinson (The Marriage of Figaro), poet Sarah Kay (HBO, TED Talks, No Matter the Wreckage) and J. Period, DJ, (Hamilton Mixtapes, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill).

Since 2010, she has interviewed over 250 people including Jon Stewart, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jon Hamm, Patti LuPone, Larry Kramer, Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, Nate Silver, Maya Rudolph, Broad City, Congressman Barney Frank, Daveed Diggs, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. The New Yorker said, "her unorthodox interview style and background in psychology help Lazarus get stories out of her subjects which others cannot." New York Magazine named it one of the top 10 comedy shows and Rolling Stone described her show as "hilarious."

The show also features EOTM's house band: MC Jelly Dr, Shockwave, and Arthur & the Geniuses (Freestyle Love Supreme), Eric Biondo (Antibalas), Ireland's own Justin Carroll, illustrations from Michael Arthur, and more magic and mischief.


Friday, December 23 at 7:00PM

$15 Adv / $20 Door

The music of Avalon Jazz Band is inspired by the Parisian jazz scene of the 1940's: a mix of swing, Gypsy jazz and French chanson, with influences of Eastern European folklore. Their repertoire consists of French and American standards, as well as a few original compositions. Avalon Jazz Band is actively involved in the New York swing renaissance and, in the two years' time since its creation, has had the pleasure of performing for the French Ambassador and sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Norah Jones & Nellie McKay. Their charismatic vocalist Tatiana Eva-Marie creates a beautiful balance between wild Gypsy energy and the deep and stormy sensitivity of French jazz, inviting the listener on a musical voyage inside her imaginary swing caravan.

Tony Trischka: OF A WINTER'S NIGHT

Saturday, December at 7:00PM


Of A Winter's Night is Tony Trischka's banjo-driven celebration of the season where he turns his considerable melodic inventiveness loose on Bluegrass and Americana music for the holidays. With the backing of his band of extraordinary musicians, Tony is joined by shape-note singer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Eriksen and vocalist Zoe Darrow. A diverse, highly textural seasonal collection, Trischka also revels in songs long forgotten and little known. Truly a sumptuous feast for the ears presented as only Trischka can.


Monday-Friday, December 26-30 at 7:30PM & 9:30PM

New Year's Eve at 9:00PM & 11:00PM

$60 - $200

Sandra Bernhard, host of the live daily show Sandyland on SiriusXM Radio, performs her all new show Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast. Bernhard is heading East on Route 66 to bring "Sandra Monica Blvd" back to New York City, from one coast to the other. Traversing the country, Bernhard takes you on a journey to find the soul of America. She's taking the back roads and the byways on a gas station map while weaving in the soundtrack you might hear on an AM radio station you pick up from Oklahoma. Bernhard takes you to all the places you forgot but longed to remember in the muted colors of dreamy landscapes.


New Year's Eve at 7:00PM


Brooklyn native Garland Jeffreys has been called "a confessional singer-songwriter" (The New York Times) and "an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion" (The New Yorker). After a long hiatus, Jeffreys came roaring back into the spotlight with 2011's The King of In Between. "As good a classic roots rock record as you're going to hear from anybody" (NPR), the album earned raves and led to his second appearance on David Letterman as well as sharing the stage with pals Bruce Springsteen, Levon Helm and Chuck Ragan. The experience fueled a creative revitalization for Jeffreys, whose ebullient, late-stage creative energy colors every note of his most recent release, Truth Serum (2013). Jeffreys is thrilled to be returning for his third annual New Year's Eve at Joe's Pub.


Ft. String Quartet from the New Asia Chamber Music Society

Monday, January 2 at 7:00PM


Originally from Argentina, bandoneon player and composer J.P. Jofre has been repeatedly highlighted by The New York Times and praised as one of today's leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. Lauded in Downbeat Magazine as one of "25 for the Future," Tokyo-born jazz composer Miho Hazama is quickly establishing herself as a force of nature on the world's stage. This collaboration performs original and unique compositions/arrangements inspired by diverse music genres such as jazz, tango, classical, etc.

Presented In Association with NYPAC

Monday, January 2 at 9:30PM


I, An Moron, Dynasty Handbag's new falling-apart stand-up show, is a current events review of her privates and her publics. The show includes topics such as white women having babies and how this makes her feel enraged/grossed out/furious/inadequate, a cover of Rihanna's well-known blue-collar anthem celebrating the proletariat and an analysis of coyote discrimination in relationship to the Hollywood desert nightmare. Oh yes, and a full vomit session in reaction to today's political climate (change)'s real. Artillery Magazine has called her, "one of the nuttiest and most brilliant artists working today."

Jomama Jones: BLACK LIGHT

Tuesday, January 3 at 7:00PM


Beyond what we can see, can we be? Jomama Jones returns with celebrated pianist Samora Pinderhughes, a stellar band, vocalists, and a few special guests to investigate the heart of our matter. Singing original songs, Jomama explores the signs and signifiers found in the darkest part of the night that send us toward the blush of an uncertain dawn. Pinder hughes's searching and emotive arrangements will call the flowers to blooming. This night? Black Light!

Daniel Alexander Jones' work, best described as Afromysticism, has been explored through 20 years of dynamic interdisciplinary practice, and is a significant contributor to the development of The Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic. Jomama Jones is Jones' alter-ego, which was created in collaboration with Dr. Bobby Halvorson.

Black Light is a part of the Joe's Pub commissioning program New York Voices.


Tuesday, January 3 at 9:30PM


Noted philanthropist, tone poet and world's most unlikely guitar hero, Mrs. Smith comes to Joe's Pub for an encounter with unbridled musical exploration, fully bonkers comedic storytelling, and Lady of a Certain Age pathos. Freshly crowned as the winner of the "Shred for Your Life" contest at Webster Hall, Mrs Smith and her band The Rage will sonically delve into the traumatic life events that have made her the guitar virtuoso she is today. From her Little House on the Prairie-style childhood to her kidnapping at the hands of a Norwegian Death Metal band, Mrs Smith will leave no stone unturned and no note unplayed. With a setlist that zig-zags from pop to folk to prog-metal to Great American Songbook and includes the music of ABBA, AC/DC, Barbra Streisand, Iron Maiden, Kander & Ebb, Metallica, Prince, Stephen Sondheim and Queensrÿche. The Rage are Paul Amorese on drums, Matthew Dean Marsh on keyboards, Ricardo Rodriguez on bass, and Randy Willcox on guitar.

For tickets, go online at, call 10AM-7:00PM daily at 212-967-7555, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC (Opens daily at 2PM). There is a $12 food / two (2) drink minimum per person per show, unless otherwise noted.

Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub at The Public opened in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe's Pub presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. The organization also offers unique opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that provides musicians the resources and tools needed to develop original theater works. Commissioned artists have included Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Bridget Everett, Allen Toussaint and more. In 2011, the Pub received a top-to-bottom renovation, leading to improved sightlines, expanded seating capacity and a new menu from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.

The Public Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary, and experimental pieces in equal measure. Eustis has created new community-based initiatives designed to engage audiences like Public Lab, Public Studio, Public Forum, Public Works, and a remount of the Mobile Unit. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for over 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours productions to underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs. The Public's wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company's dedication to making theater accessible to all; Public Works, an expanding initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; and audience and artist development initiatives that range from Emerging Writers Group and to the Public Forum series. The Public is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and in October 2012 the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company's core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. The Public is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning acclaimed American musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 168 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and five Pulitzer Prizes.

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