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Uptown Showdown: Naughty vs. Nice
Uptown Showdown: Naughty vs. Nice

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“He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake…” No matter the holiday you celebrate, the specter of St. Nick looms over December. But is it better to behave for the promise of a brand-new bike, or is full-out naughtiness worth a lump of coal? Join six comics as they debate whether the jolly fat man’s rubric of reward and punishment is really all it's cracked up to be.

This installment features Catherine Cohen (God I Feel Modern Tonight), Calise Hawkins (Hood Adjacent), Dave Hill (The Dave Hill Goodtime Hour), Mehran Khaghani (Last Comic Standing), Adam Lowitt (The Daily Show),and Blythe Roberson (How to Date Men When You Hate Men).

The popular comedy debate series invites two teams of funny folks from the worlds of stand-up and late-night television to tackle topics of great importance to pop culture, such as which pet is superior--cats or dogs--and is it better to be comfortable or fashionable? The verbal sparring and all-around absurdity stop only when the audience decides the winner. Hosted by Matthew Love.

Performers subject to change. This is a live virtual event. Ticket holders will receive an e-mail with information on how to access the event close to its start time. You must tune in at the set start time and date to view this show. If you miss the live virtual event, you will receive an e-mail within 48 hours after the show allowing you to watch at your leisure until December 17.
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Catherine Cohen is a comedian and actress based in NYC. Prior to the pandemic, she hosts a weekly cabaret show at Alan Cumming’s East Village venue, Club Cumming, and currently co-hosts the popular weekly podcast Seek Treatment. She can be seen on HBO’s High Maintenance, Comedy Central’s Broad City, and the film Lovebirds, opposite Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae. Her writing has been featured in Splitsider, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, and New York Magazine’s The Cut. Cohen’s first book, God I Feel Modern Tonight: Poems from a Gal About Town, is forthcoming in February 2021.

Calise Hawkins is a stand-up comedian and writer. She has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Russell Simmons Presents Live At The El Rey, Gotham Live, StandUp in Stilettos, NickMom Night Out, among others. She has written for Comedy Central’s @midnight and Hood Adjacent, MTV’s Totally Clueless, Girl Code, and Charlemagne’s Uncommon Sense. Hawkins was a cast member of Oxygen’s Funny Girls.

Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, musician, actor, radio host, and man-about-town. He has appeared on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Joe Pera Talks with You, The Tick, @midnight, Inside Amy Schumer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Comedy Knockout, among others. He hosted his own radio show, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, and now hosts the podcasts Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident, So...You're Canadian with Dave Hill, History Fluffer, and The Dave Hill Goodtime Hour. Hill is the author of Parking the Moose, Tasteful Nudes, and Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. He is also a musician in the power-pop band Valley Lodge, whose song “Go” is the theme song to HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the psych/garage rock band Painted Doll, and the mostly imaginary Norwegian Black Metal Band, Witch Taint.

Mehran Khaghani is a standup comedian, emcee, actor, event producer, upstart, social advocate, serial yeller, troublemaker, love-spreader, line-pusher, and general intellect of intimidating proportion currently living in New York City. Remarkably gay and of Iranian descent, Mehran has a well-earned reputation as a performer who can make any event a raucous, joyous success. He has been a finalist in multiple comedy festivals, tours nationally, was featured on Season 9 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, has been seen on MTV, Comedy Central, IFC, TruTV, and Seeso, and is a regular at the world-famous Comedy Cellar in New York City. Mehran hosted one of New York’s hottest weekly bar shows, Hush Money, every Monday night at Pinks bar in the East Village and co-hosted Paid or Pain for Sirius Radio.

Matthew Love is a performer and writer whose bylines have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vulture, LitHub, American Theatre, Village Voice, Onion AV Club, and Time Out New York, where he was formerly the Comedy and Books editor. He's currently a consulting producer for Selected Shorts and its spin-off podcast, Too Hot for Radio. He has interviewed or hosted shows featuring Chris Rock, David Byrne, Parker Posey, Jordan Peele, Stephen Colbert, Tig Notaro, and many, many more. Love is putting finishing touches on his “grandma noir” novel, Tough Old Birds.

Adam Lowitt is a comedian, writer, and producer. He is currently a contributor on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and was a writer and executive producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. As a stand-up, Lowitt has performed on Comedy Central as part of John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, and in 2012 was selected to perform at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal as part of their New Faces showcase. In 2013, Lowitt and three other Daily Show staff members were deployed by the USO to the Middle East as part of a two-country morale-boosting USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour.

Blythe Roberson is a comedy writer and author of How to Date Men When You Hate Men. She has written for The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Onion, Kinfolk, Esquire, ClickHole, and VICE Magazine, among others. Roberson has been heard on numerous radio shows and podcasts, including The Scientists, Book Club, All of It with Alison Stewart, Feminist Book Club, Seek Treatment, and The Manwhore. She works as a researcher at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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