NY Funny Songs Fest (NYFSF), NYC’s only comedy music festival, is celebrating its second year after a successful Kickstarter campaign. The fest is Thursday May 30 through Sunday June 2 at different location in the city.
On Thursday things start off at 6 PM with registration a mixer at the Santos Party House (96 Lafayette at Canal Street). At 8-9:30 PM the opening showcase with locals Dave Hill, Mindy Raf, Jessica Delfino, Ben Kronberg, Jen Kwok, Summer and Eve, Rob Paravonian, Ben Lerman and others performing followed by a Q&A and meet an greet. From 9:30-11 PM the out of towners play, Devo Spice (NJ), Jamie Brew (Chicago), Titler (Boston), Steamy Bohemians (Boston), Todd Chappelle (Philadelphia) and more performing with their own Q&A and meet an greet. The night party hosted by Ben Lerman and Carolyn Castiglia starts at 11 PM with special performance by Adira Amram, karaoke, photo booth, drink specials, free food and to be announced guests. Party ends at 1 AM.
On Friday, they have several workshops during the day. At 1:30 PM there is a parody writing workshop lead by the The Parodivas. At 2:45 PM an original funny song writing workshop and showcase. Then at 4 PM you can join in a ukulele lesson, song writing workshop, and circle jam. All three workshops are an hour-long and held at Tammany Hall (152 Orchard Street).
Later that night at 5 PM it is a Happy Hour Mixer at Tammany Hall with pros and fans for free. Then at 7-8:15 PM (doors open at 6:30) a showcase of different comedic duos and trios will perform, Mel and El, Stuckey & Murray, Squirm and Germ, The Skivvies, and The Parodivas. From 8-10 PM the 50 Funny Songs will have 50 performers of different genres, experience, and instrumentation will each perform for two minutes or less. Finally from 10:15-12:15 PM (doors at 9:30 PM) four comedy bands will play and in between acts stand-ups will perform funny songs with the bands for the first time. Featuring comedy bands Kill The Band, The BTK Band, Bad Teenage Moustache, My Left Tit, Liam McEneaney and more. Same location for each events.
Plus from 9-10 PM at (UCB East, 153 East 3 Street) they are holding a showcase starring Summer and Eve with special guests. Show is $10 at the door and doors open at 8:30 PM.
Moving on to Saturday. At the Living Room (154 Ludlow Street) from 1-3 PM a Comedy Industry Panel with pros talking about becoming a full-time musician or comedian. From 4-5 PM music pros will work with kids to create their own funny songs and then the kids get to perform their new song for everyone. 5-6 PM is a discussion on marketing your music and self to the world.
Over at Tammany Hall from 6-8 PM is a screening of comedy music videos by Up & Down Theater, Insane Ian, Carolyn Castiglia (CKC) & Beena Steena, Stuckey & Murray, Rob Paravonian and more with live performances by Myq & Micah. Then from 8-10 PM it is A Night of Dirty Songs with Jessica Delfino, Red Peters, Ben Lerman, My Left Tit, burlesque beauty Ms. Tina Cione and others performing “R” rated material.
For late night events they have two. One at UCB East from 11:30-12:30 PM with a comedy rap battle. five of NYC’s comedians and one audience volunteer with compete in a freestyle rap battle to the death (well not actual death). Six rounds of one-on-one rap battles decided by the audience. Doors at 11 PM and $5 at the door. Meanwhile over at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street) at the same time is Rob Contrell CD Release Party and NYFSF Wrap Party. “Big Rob” releases his first comedy rap CD “Dreams Never Die” and the first 25 entries get a free copy. DJ TigerVsCobra, Carolyn Castiglia and other special guests will be there. Then the wrap party with a hip hop, rap, and r&b comedy music extravaganza with a chance to take the mic your self and win prizes. Tickets are $12 for the event.
Finally Sunday. Back at The Living Room as part of DayLife, a three block special event of food and fashion vendors, NYFSF people will be taking the stage for a last chance to see them perform. Also they will a pastrami eating contest, yoga classes, DJ lessons, badminton, face painting, and other events. It goes from 1-5 PM and is free.
Then a field trip to see Weird Al perform outside of the city with fellow Al fans and a pre-show gift bag. Everyone is to meet up at 5 PM at Patrick Conway’s Pub (40 E. 43rd Street) and then travel by train to the concert. Tickets for this event are $75 which gets you a ticket to the show, train ticket, and the gift bag. Buy early for this.
You can also order a special Funny Songs Fest t-shirt. Shirts are $20 and only a limited amount will be available. Reserve one by e-mail or through PayPal.
Looks like a fun show for fans of comedy music and the bar scene kind of party.