Uptown Showdown

Two teams of comedians, writers and performers square off in head-to-head debates that tackle some of the most important issues humanity has ever wrestled with, such as the deathless dichotomies of Cats v. Dogs, Old v. New Hollywood and Other Things We Will Think of in the Near Future. Forget about Universal Health Care and Iowa Straw Polls. These issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night. Past Performers include Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Tom Cavanagh, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Kurt Braunohler, Janeane Garofalo, Jena Friedman, Brooke Van Poppelen, Eric Slovin, Eliot Glazer, Ilana Glazer, Adam Wade, Dave Hill, Julie Klausner, Jessi Klein, Leo Allen, Andrea Rosen, A.D. Miles, Christian Finnegan, Elna Baker, Jackie Hoffman, Jon Glaser, Chris Gethard, Kevin Townley, Tom Shillue, Cintra Wilson and more.

What is more important to you this summer looking stylish or feeling comfortable?  A look back at some fun photos from o...
07/10/2019

What is more important to you this summer looking stylish or feeling comfortable? A look back at some fun photos from our first season. #FashionVsComfort

"Mainly, though, I’m happy and relieved to live in America’s biggest city, a liberal place where I can have the life...
07/09/2019
Opinion | Upset by the Scenes on the Border? Look Closer to Home

"Mainly, though, I’m happy and relieved to live in America’s biggest city, a liberal place where I can have the life I want. I’m one of more than three million immigrants in this sanctuary city, and I feel like it’s a place where people live and let live. We care about each other, too."

Maeve Higgins, writer, comedian, and an Uptown Showdown favorite, penned a beautiful op-ed for the New York Times:

I just went to Lower Manhattan.

At our Books vs. Movies debate, "Team Books" reigned superior.  Which side on the debate are you on?  Are you getting in...
07/05/2019
Books vs. Movies: The Age-Old Debate – Media Beat

At our Books vs. Movies debate, "Team Books" reigned superior. Which side on the debate are you on? Are you getting in that beach reading or checking out summer flicks?

Check out the arguments at our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2NgejlN

Books vs. Movies: The Age-Old Debate Posted on March 19, 2018 by libmedia The Mountain Between Us, It, Murder on the Orient Express, Wonder, My Cousin Rachel. These films released in 2017 have one thing in common, and you may have guessed it already: They were all books that were later adapted into....

Happy Gay Pride, NYC!
06/30/2019
Guide to Gay Pride in NYC

Happy Gay Pride, NYC!

Gay Pride 2019 NYC promises to be the biggest party ever, with the Pride March, WorldPride celebration & Stonewall 50th anniversary.

13.5 Million Americans Tune In To Watch Animal Planet’s ‘Puppy Parley’ During DNC Debate Halftime Show
06/29/2019
13.5 Million Americans Tune In To Watch Animal Planet’s ‘Puppy Parley’ During DNC Debate Halftime Show

13.5 Million Americans Tune In To Watch Animal Planet’s ‘Puppy Parley’ During DNC Debate Halftime Show

MIAMI—Calling the program an “adorable” and “pooch-tastic” alternative to NBC’s broadcast, 13.5 million Americans reportedly tuned in Wednesday night to watch Animal Planet’s Puppy Parley during the DNC Debate Halftime Show. “Normally I don’t like politics, but when I saw all the c...

Are you watching the debates tonight?  Our friend Christian Finnegan is hosting a "Mystery Science Theater 3000" style v...
06/26/2019
Watch the Democratic presidential debates at these parties

Are you watching the debates tonight? Our friend Christian Finnegan is hosting a "Mystery Science Theater 3000" style viewing party tonight at QED: A Place to Show & Tell.

Bars across the city are hosting their own 2020 Democratic presidential debate viewing parties.

One of the nicest and funniest guys we know Josh Gondelman takes the stage for NPR's Ask Me Another with another charmin...
06/24/2019
Josh Gondelman: The Importance Of Being Nice

One of the nicest and funniest guys we know Josh Gondelman takes the stage for NPR's Ask Me Another with another charming and hilarious friend Ophira Eisenberg. Check it out!

This year's panel of judges for NPR's Summer Reading Poll is full of some of our favorite funny people! Aparna Nancherla...
06/18/2019
Summer Reader Poll 2019: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

This year's panel of judges for NPR's Summer Reading Poll is full of some of our favorite funny people! Aparna Nancherla, Samantha Irby, Alexandra Petri, and Guy Branum will be helping to curate the final list of 100 funny reads.

We've got fantastic judges for this year's summer reader poll! Alexandra Petri, Aparna Nancherla, Guy Branum and Samantha Irby will take your votes and curate a final list of 100 side-splitting reads.

Wishing Michael Showalter (and his cats) and very Happy Birthday today!
06/17/2019

Wishing Michael Showalter (and his cats) and very Happy Birthday today!

Uptown Showdown definitely had us in our feelings last night! Team Feelers might of had Mr. Rogers and Drake on their si...
06/05/2019

Uptown Showdown definitely had us in our feelings last night! Team Feelers might of had Mr. Rogers and Drake on their side, but Team Thinkers put in a valiant effort to remind us that thought is pretty vital to human life and progress. The saying might be "I think, therefore I am," but last night was all about following our hearts ❤️ Thanks all for closing out this season of Uptown Showdown in such a great way! See you in the fall for more funny feuds!

Check out this new TED Talk from our friend Baratunde Thurston
05/30/2019
Living While Black: Beyond the TED talk — Baratunde

Check out this new TED Talk from our friend Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston delivered an April 2019 TED Talk on the phenomenon of white people calling the police on black people simply living their lives (aka #LivingWhileBlack). Here you can find the talk, video Q&A, supporting materials, ways to support Baratunde and his work, and updates on this pro

05/28/2019
Cheques - SNL

Check out this hilarious SNL sketch written by two of our debaters Julio Torres and Bowen Yang. Come see them next week.

A commercial advertises the benefits of using cheques. #SNL #SandraOh #TameImpala #SNL44 Subscribe to SNL: https://goo.gl/tUsXwM Get more SNL: http://www.nbc...

05/25/2019
The Late Late Show with James Corden

So happy to see our friend Josh Gondelman on The Late Late Show.

James welcomes comedian Josh Gondelman to Stage 56 where he performs Stand-Up

05/24/2019
Chris Duffy Machines

In honor of Chris Duffy's return to Uptown Showdown on June 4th we revisit his killer performance arguing that machines are better than humans. Enjoy! #FlashBackFriday

We've added Julio Torres to our already amazing lineup of debaters taking on the topic of Thinkers vs. Feelers at Uptown...
05/15/2019
Julio Torres HBO Special Will Debut This Summer - The Interrobang

We've added Julio Torres to our already amazing lineup of debaters taking on the topic of Thinkers vs. Feelers at Uptown Showdown on June 4th. Check him out live before the debut of his HBO special. Tickets are going fast: http://bit.ly/2Uy09Ls

One of the most original comedians performing today, space prince Julio Torres will debut his very first television special on HBO this summer. My Favorite Shapes […]

Uptown Showdown vets Michelle Buteau and Rosebud Baker join master storytellers Ted Chiang and Nathan Englander at LitPr...
05/13/2019
LitProv: Ted Chiang and Nathan Englander

Uptown Showdown vets Michelle Buteau and Rosebud Baker join master storytellers Ted Chiang and Nathan Englander at LitProv tomorrow night! Tickets here: http://bit.ly/2Hft43m

Symphony Space is a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering theater, film, literature, music, dance and family entertainment. Our mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment to literacy and education through the arts.

Finally catching up on podcasts and listening to our friend Aparna Nancherla on Ask Me Another with the equally fabulous...
05/10/2019
Aparna Nancherla: Introvert Goes 'Corporate'

Finally catching up on podcasts and listening to our friend Aparna Nancherla on Ask Me Another with the equally fabulous Ophira Eisenberg. We are so excited to have Aparna back at Uptown Showdown on June 4th.

Karen Chee was on the winning Beatles team at our last debate.  Here she interviews the hilarious Fareeha Kahn "about dr...
05/08/2019
Fareeha Khan Is the Basketball Legend of Twitter

Karen Chee was on the winning Beatles team at our last debate. Here she interviews the hilarious Fareeha Kahn "about drawing her jokes, being a chill guy, and punching up instead of down." Khan will make her Uptown Showdown debut on June 4th.

Talking tweets with the New York–based comedian.

For all of you who cheered for the Generation X-ers to win our Millennials vs Gen X debate last year. How did we miss th...
05/07/2019
Ethan Hawke Roasts Ben Stiller at Reality Bites Cast Reunion

For all of you who cheered for the Generation X-ers to win our Millennials vs Gen X debate last year. How did we miss this one? And we are always happy to see Janeane Garofalo.

And credits Winona Ryder with getting him the part of Troy.

We are so excited to have Chris Duffy back at Uptown Showdown next month. Read more about his podcast here and come see ...
05/06/2019
Science Is Dry, Obscure, Complex? Well, It Makes for Great Comedy

We are so excited to have Chris Duffy back at Uptown Showdown next month. Read more about his podcast here and come see him on June 4th!

In podcasts and live shows, comedians are extracting the funny from astronomy, climate change and even the physics behind urinal cakes.

Our own battle of the bands "The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones" may be over but fans are still divided when it comes to...
04/29/2019
Battle of the Grown-Up Boy Bands: BSB and NKOTB Face Off In 2019

Our own battle of the bands "The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones" may be over but fans are still divided when it comes to the best boy bands. Which of these grown-up boy bands is your favorite?

Wizened hunks New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys are both touring and releasing new music this year. How do their careers -- including their run as super-guy-group NKOTBSB -- stack up?

Fareeha Khan is the latest debater to join our next show on June 4.  The topic is "Thinkers vs. Feelers."  Neurotics bat...
04/25/2019

Fareeha Khan is the latest debater to join our next show on June 4. The topic is "Thinkers vs. Feelers." Neurotics battle drama queens as we bring a long-simmering feud between thinkers and feelers to a boil.

04/24/2019
Jess Salomon Stand-Up

Check out Jess Solomon's recent set on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and then come see her on June 4 at the next Uptown Showdown "Thinkers vs. Feelers." http://bit.ly/2Uy09Ls

Jess Salomon makes her Tonight Show debut with jokes about moving from Canada to America with her Muslim wife right before Donald Trump's election and her pa...

We are excited to announce that two of our ace debaters Aparna Nancherla and Chris Duffy will return to Uptown Showdown ...
04/23/2019

We are excited to announce that two of our ace debaters Aparna Nancherla and Chris Duffy will return to Uptown Showdown on June 4th to argue Thinkers vs. Feelers in a battle of the heart vs the head. Tickets here: http://bit.ly/2Uy09Ls

Shout out to #HassanMinhaj for being included on TIME's  100 list! Hassan is a past Uptown Showdown debater, and he part...
04/19/2019
Hasan Minhaj: The 100 Most Influential People of 2019

Shout out to #HassanMinhaj for being included on TIME's 100 list! Hassan is a past Uptown Showdown debater, and he participated in the 80th birthday celebration for Judy Blume we held last season at Symphony Space. We were so happy to see him on this list among other incredibly impressive and talented folks!

Find out why Hasan Minhaj is on this year’s TIME 100 list

A huge congrats to Negin Farsad, one of our past debaters whose podcast Fake the Nation was nominated for a Webby!! You ...
04/18/2019
The Webby Awards People's Voice needs YOU

A huge congrats to Negin Farsad, one of our past debaters whose podcast Fake the Nation was nominated for a Webby!! You can vote for her here:

I just voted in The Webby Awards People’s Voice Awards. You should too.

A great interview with the kind, hilarious, Josh Gondelman! In addition to being the winner of several Emmys and Pebodys...
04/17/2019
How Josh Gondelman Became Twitter’s Pep-Talk Master

A great interview with the kind, hilarious, Josh Gondelman! In addition to being the winner of several Emmys and Pebodys, the mastermind behind an ultra-famous Twitter account, the writer of two books and three comedy albums, and the universally hailed “nicest guy in comedy,” Gondelman is also a favorite Uptown Showdown debater!

Catching up with the stand-up and Desus & Mero writer.

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