Meet Jamie Aderski & Cry Baby: My (Reluctant) Journey Into Motherhood

Name: Jamie Aderski

What is your current project?

Cry Baby: My (Reluctant) Journey Into Motherhood

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

I am performing my 50 minute solo show on the Mainstage at The Peoples Improv Theater. It’s a large stage, but comfortable with a lot of character. (And there’s a bar there. No brainer!)

What’s next for you?

Currently, I am working on a book proposal based on my show.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Show Up! By Peter Michael Marino. He is brilliantly hilarious, and makes a show up on the spot off of prompts he gives the audience. He’s currently touring around with it, go see it if you can!

Any advice for your peers?

Keep a notebook next to your bed. If a thought wakes you up, write it down. That’s when I’m most open, my brain is unpacking itself, and I’ve gotten my best ideas that way including this show. Know your audience, but don’t get so lost trying to make everyone love you that you don’t take risks or make it exciting for yourself night after night. Be truthful. It’s not always easy, but the more honest you are, the deeper the connection with the audience will be (and the more laughs you’ll get, seriously.) Lastly, set it and forget it. Ron Popeil, creator of the Showtime Rotisserie said that, and it applies not only to poultry cookers but to life. Set it and forget it, y’all.

Want More?

Website: JamieAderski.com

Facebook: facebook.com/AderskiIsACryBaby/

Twitter: @jamieaderski

Instagram: @jaderski

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC1SzXfW5Ll3QicZXA2DANA

Jamie is an actress, comedian, and writer, originally from South Jersey. She studied at The Peoples Improv Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and Annoyance Theatre (NYC). She is a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio conservatory program for acting (NYC), and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in psychology from Fordham University. Inspired by real things and imaginary things in her head, Jamie is the writer and performer of character pieces. Her solo show, “I Just Disappear,” was showcased in the SOLOCOM Festival in NYC and the Boston Comedy Arts Festival. Jamie’s newest one woman show “Cry Baby: My (Reluctant) Journey Into Motherhood,” has been featured in Time Out NY (Critics’ Pick), The New York Times, Parade, AFAR, Comedy Cake, Broadway World, and more. Jamie has been featured in sketches for Comedy Central, UCB Comedy, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She’s created content for sites such as Elite Daily, Well Rounded, and Parents. Her latest video “What Pregnancy is Really REALLY Like” has garnered over 840k views and growing. She has also appeared in several national commercials, and in print ads with babies and stuff. Jamie is also faculty member at The Peoples Improv Theater, teaching improv, which she loves! Visit Jamie’s site for more.


Show Information

When: 12/16 @7pm; 12/23 @7pm; 12/30 @7pm

Where: The Peoples Improv Theater, 123 East 24th Street, NY, NY

Tickets: https://thepit-nyc.com/event/2017-12-16-cry-baby-my-reluctant-journey-into-motherhood

Meet Selena Coppock & Seen Better Days

SBD-Final-Front.jpgName: Selena Coppock

What is your current project?

This week I released my debut standup comedy album, SEEN BETTER DAYS (Little Lamb Recordings) and it spent two days as #1 on iTunes in the comedy category! It’s been a long time coming and I’m very proud of it. I recorded it at The Duplex in late July and then went through a few rounds of mixing and it’s finally here. I’m a standup comedian with around 12 years of standup experience under my belt and SEEN BETTER DAYS is an assortment of my favorite jokes and stories—everything from mocking the wedding industrial complex to a story about a bar fight at a Guns N Roses cover band concert to strange one liners about feminism and Bob Seger. 

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

I perform live in NYC regularly (anywhere they will have me) but the show that I am most proud of is the live variety show that I co-produce and co-host with my brilliant friend Lauren Maul.  Our show is called BITCHCRAFT and it’s a mix of music, standup, storytelling, sequins, and an occasional dance number. Our next show is Wednesday January 10th and the show happens at Sid Gold’s Request Room (26th Street by 7th Avenue) which is a beautiful, vintage-style piano karaoke bar. They have a delicious menu, amazing drinks, a beautiful showroom, and a grand piano.

What’s next for you?

Lots of live shows in New York City as the year wraps up and as we launch into 2018. I’m hoping to share my new album with lots of people and I dream of a day when strangers will scream my punch line at me on the street.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Dave Chapelle and Erika Badu at Radio City back in August with my ex-boyfriend. The show was absolutely amazing, the company was not.

Any advice for your peers?

I’m a real sucker for inspirational quotes and one of my favorites is “eyes on your own paper.” In comedy and acting it is so easy to want to compare yourself to your peers and try to measure yourself and figure out if you are “enough” and you are! Just focus on YOUR journey and YOUR work and try not to be affected by what other people are doing or their timeline of progress.  That said, if you DO find yourself comparing yourself to other people or feeling down, remember my personal mantra, “be gentle with your sweet self.”

Want More?

Website: http://www.selenacoppock.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/12318807601/

Twitter: @selenacoppock

Instagram: @selenacoppock

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCed3zfqcFc73_lOKwcQjENw

Selena Coppock is a standup comedian, writer, author, and storyteller based in NYC.  She has been called a “dark horse audiences never see coming” by The Village Voice and an “impressive young talent” by the New York Times. Bustle called her one of the 8 Funniest Feminists on Twitter and TheFrisky ranked her one of the 25 Funniest Feminists on Twitter. She is the creator of @NYTVows, the parody Twitter and Instagram account that lampoons the New York Times Wedding section.

Selena was recently seen in the Amazon Prime sitcom RED OAKS and has been seen on Bravo, Lifetime, VH1, CollegeHumor.com, RooftopComedy.com, and elsewhere.


Show Information:

When: Wed Jan 10th

Where: Sid Gold’s Request Room at 165 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001; $5 at door

Meet Sarah Naughton and Trapped In The Closet

CaptureName: Sarah Naughton

What is your current project? Trapped In The Closet

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

We’re performing at Feinstein’s/54Below. Our show is a cabaret, so it doesn’t get much better than 54Below when that’s your medium. And we actually developed our show there, as a part of their concert lab program in 2016. 54Below is gorgeous space and we try to make use of all of it.

What’s next for you?

I’m a member of an immersive dance theater company called toUch performance art, and their incredible immersive-circus-classical music-dance party-piece (it’s hard to define but amazingly fun) “AcousticaElectronica” is returning to A.R.T. Oberon in 2018 and then coming to New York for a run as well. So I’ll be playing the role of Carmen in “AcousticaElectronica” in both cities next year.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

I was at the opening night of “Junk” at Lincoln Center! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The plot was really engaging and I thought the performances were great. I recommend!

Any advice for your peers?

I can’t say enough how much creating a show, telling my story, has empowered me. I share things in this show that, when I was writing it, I honestly didn’t want people to know. But thanks to encouragement from my collaborators I do share, and in taking ownership of it all, I changed my life. When you tell your story, you get to spin the narrative however you want! Also as an performer, your career can sometimes feel like it’s up to other people: casting directors, agents, directors, so many people have to green light you so you can do your work! But creating your own work really puts you back in the driver’s seat.

Want More?

Website: http://www.sarah-naughton.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahenaughton

Twitter: @illuminaughton

Instagram: @illuminaughton

You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc0c6-TmeRjG_Q7Nt0in29Q?view_as=subscriber

Sarah Naughton is a singer, actress, and Audie-nominated audiobook narrator living in New York. Some favorite credits include: New York Theater: Death Comes for the War Poets (The Sheen Center) Romeo and Juliet (Lincoln Center – Clark Studio Theater), Diamond Alice (Roundabout Underground), and Summer and Smoke (Access Theatre). Regional Theater: Mame (Human Race Theater Co), AcousticaElectronica (A.R.T. Oberon), and Meet Me In St. Louis (Mt. Gretna Playhouse). Sarah has narrated over 70 audiobooks which are all available on audible.com. Additionally, Sarah is a comedy veteran and has performed stand-up on ABC’s The View as well as at major NYC venues such as New York Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, and The PIT. Sarah is also a member an immersive dance theater company called toUch performance art and she works as a supporting artist for CO/LAB theater group, a non-profit organization that has been providing individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts since 2011. Sarah holds a BFA from NYU Tisch and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.


Show Information:

Dates: Saturday, December 2nd at 9:30pm

Venue: Feinstein’s/54Below at 254 W. 54th Street

Ticket URL: https://54below.com/events/sarah-naughton-trapped-closet-2/