Uptown Showdown

Uptown Showdown A Comedy Debate Series Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/UptownShowdown?feature=watch
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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.

Two more returning favorites have been added as debaters for our next show.  Join us as Kevin Allison and Kerry Coddett ...
03/11/2020

Two more returning favorites have been added as debaters for our next show. Join us as Kevin Allison and Kerry Coddett take on the topic HEALTH NUTS VS COUCH POTATOES on April 7. Get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/39QLumz

Emmy Blotnick (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and Peter Grosz (Veep) have been added to our next debate HEALTH NUTS...
03/09/2020

Emmy Blotnick (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and Peter Grosz (Veep) have been added to our next debate HEALTH NUTS VS COUCH POTATOES on April 7th! Bingeing Bob’s Burgers > Eating Respectable Amounts of Soy Protein. Tickets: http://bit.ly/39QLumz

03/06/2020
Maeve Higgins at Uptown Showdown - Going Out vs Staying in

"Terrible things happen when you stay in." Watch Maeve Higgins explain why you should be careful when leaving your house in this classic Uptown Showdown debate. #FlashbackFriday

This installment features Michael Ian Black (The State, Stella), Jon Ronson (author of The Men Who Stare at Goats), Irish comedian Maeve Higgins, Bridey Elli...

Looking for your next career move?  Why not become an in-house therapist at a comedy club?  Check out this interesting i...
03/02/2020
Odd Job: The comedian’s therapist

Looking for your next career move? Why not become an in-house therapist at a comedy club? Check out this interesting interview.

Meet the in-house psychologist for The Laugh Factory in LA.

02/28/2020
Carmen Lynch at Uptown Showdown - Realists Vs. Optimists

Our Realists Vs. Optimists debate might be over, but you can check out the video from the show on our Youtube channel. What are you waiting for?

"Realists don't need to make stuff up like unicorns, Santa Claus or Jesus because real life is strange enough on its own." - Carmen Lynch

02/24/2020
Josh Gondelman at Uptown Showdown - Realists Vs. Optimists

The videos from our last debate Realists Vs. Optimists have been posted on our Youtube channel. Check them out and let us know which team you think presented the best arguments.

While optimists see the sunny side, realists know excess UV exposure leads to skin cancer. During this Uptown Showdown, limitless potential meets the bottom ...

Today is National Sticky Bun Day!  Should you do burpees, graze on kale, and journal about your soulful journey? Or is i...
02/21/2020
NATIONAL STICKY BUN DAY - February 21, 2020 | National Today

Today is National Sticky Bun Day! Should you do burpees, graze on kale, and journal about your soulful journey? Or is it best to recline, snack on delicious sticky buns, and send yourself into blissful oblivion on a cloud of Fuller House? Find out at our next debate on April 7 when the topic will be HEALTH NUTS VS COUCH POTATOES. http://bit.ly/39QLumz

Ooey, gooey goodness - we’ve got all the stickiest history, fun facts and recipes for National Sticky Bun Day. Click here to learn more!

Forwarding this article to our Team Realist debaters from the other night... maybe it'll inspire a tie-break win for Tea...
02/20/2020
How to Be More Optimistic

Forwarding this article to our Team Realist debaters from the other night... maybe it'll inspire a tie-break win for Team Optimists? #GlassHalfFull

Life is better with a half-full glass.

A brief moment of peace fell over the world last night as Uptown Showdown: Realists vs Optimists ended with a resounding...
02/19/2020

A brief moment of peace fell over the world last night as Uptown Showdown: Realists vs Optimists ended with a resounding tie. Thanks to Saurin Choksi, Janeane Garofalo, Josh Gondelman, Hallie Haglund, Carmen Lynch, and Kevin Townley for a great show!

02/14/2020
Kevin Townley at Uptown Showdown - Opening Number at Breakfast vs Dinner

We are so excited to have our friend Kevin Townley back at Uptown Showdown next week. This time he is arguing for "Team Realists" as they face off again "Team Optimists." Will Kevin break out in song? Check out this fantastic opening number from our Breakfast Vs. Dinner debate in 2014. #FlashbackFriday

You never know what to expect at this bi-monthly, wacky debate series that brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to face-off on a ch...

Who will win our next debate where optimists faceoff against realists on February 18.  Which one are you? Take this quiz...
02/12/2020
Are You An Optimist, A Realist, Or A Pessimist?

Who will win our next debate where optimists faceoff against realists on February 18. Which one are you? Take this quiz to figure out what team to cheer for!

How do you see the world?

02/10/2020
RoastMasters: Liza Treyger vs. Saurin Choksi 9.1.15

We've added Saurin Choksi (White Guy Talk Show) to our next debate where two teams argue the topic Realists Vs. Optimists on February 18. Only a few tickets remain: http://bit.ly/35yLIMF Check him out in this RoastMasters video.

Liza Treyger squares off against Saurin Choksi at The Roastmasters @thestandnyc Hosted by Luis J. Gomez Judges: - Aparna Nancherla - Christian Finnegan - Joe...

02/07/2020
Janeane Garofalo at Uptown Showdown - Summer vs Winter

#FlashbackFriday Are you a summer person or do you love the cold winter weather? In this classic video, Janeane Garofalo breaks down the pros and cons. Check it out and come see her defend realists on February 18!

In this installment of the wacky debate series, Janeane Garofalo, Dave Hill (This American Life) and Brooke Van Poppelen face off against another team of com...

Optimists: Half full. Pessimists: Half empty. Realists: Half listening to this pointless exercise.Come see Janeane Garof...
02/05/2020
Uptown Showdown: Realists Vs. Optimists

Optimists: Half full. Pessimists: Half empty. Realists: Half listening to this pointless exercise.

Come see Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer), Josh Gondelman (Desus & Mero), Hallie Haglund (Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas), Kevin Townley (The Talent Show Brand Variety Show), and more!

A Comedy Debate Series!

We're also excited for our first Uptown Showdown of 2020, devoted to the eternal struggle of Realists vs. Optimists. Com...
02/03/2020

We're also excited for our first Uptown Showdown of 2020, devoted to the eternal struggle of Realists vs. Optimists. Coming in to help us settle the subject once and for all is debut debater Hallie Haglund!

Hallie recently served as head writer and executive producer on "Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas," following a seven-year run on "The Daily Show," which earned her three Emmys.

"...We all have in common the desire to perform the perfect joke. I respect the various paths we will take to reach our ...
01/30/2020
24 Comedians on the Comedy Clichés They’d Like to Kill Forever

"...We all have in common the desire to perform the perfect joke. I respect the various paths we will take to reach our goal. That said, if I hear another 26-year-old describe themselves at 'old,' I will put leeches in their drink."

Past Uptown Showdown-er Shalewa Sharpe and more comedians on the comedy clichés they can't stand:

Let’s start this new decade by leaving the overused punch lines behind.

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails.”― John Maxwel...
01/29/2020

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails.”

― John Maxwell

01/28/2020
Carmen Lynch Stand-Up

So excited to see our friend and past debater Carmen Lynch on the Tonight Show. She really killed it at our Beatles Vs. Rolling Stones debate.

Carmen Lynch makes her Tonight Show debut with jokes about meeting her boyfriend's son and why no one should eat free-range chicken. Subscribe NOW to The Ton...

We are excited to welcome back our good friend Kevin Townley to Uptown Showdown on February 18.  He will join Josh Gonde...
01/24/2020

We are excited to welcome back our good friend Kevin Townley to Uptown Showdown on February 18. He will join Josh Gondelman and Janeane Garofalo to debate Optimists Vs. Realists. Tickets are going fast: http://bit.ly/35yLIMF

Who will be the next big name in comedy in 2020? Check out this great list of comedians poised to breakout from comedian...
01/20/2020
The Comedians Call It! 57 Great Comics Tell Us Who Will Be the Next Big Thing in 2020 - The Interrobang

Who will be the next big name in comedy in 2020? Check out this great list of comedians poised to breakout from comedians. Friends of Uptown Showdown including Josh Gondelman, Dan Soder, Emma Willmann, and Matteo Lane pick their faves.

For two weeks we’ve been blah blah blah’ing about who kerrrrrr-ushed 2019 in comedy, but that’s really old news right? For those of you who are […]

At our next debate, our skilled debaters will take on the topic of Realists Vs. Optimists.  Are you the realistic person...
01/17/2020
15 Things That Happen When You’re The Realistic Person In Your Friend Group

At our next debate, our skilled debaters will take on the topic of Realists Vs. Optimists. Are you the realistic person in your friend group?

You know to prepare for any situation, so your friends can count on you to be the one to have a pack of tissues, sun block, and mid-afternoon snacks with you at all times.

Happy Birthday to our friend Josh Gondelman!!
01/15/2020

Happy Birthday to our friend Josh Gondelman!!

Interesting acceptance speech from Dave Chappelle.  "Sometimes you have to be a lion so you can be the lamb you really a...
01/13/2020
4 deep takeaways from Dave Chappelle's Mark Twain Prize speech

Interesting acceptance speech from Dave Chappelle. "Sometimes you have to be a lion so you can be the lamb you really are.”

Dave Chappelle's style is edgy for a reason. In the recently released video of his acceptance of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, he explains why

We are so excited to announce our first two debaters of the decade will be two of our veterans, the amazing duo of Janea...
01/10/2020

We are so excited to announce our first two debaters of the decade will be two of our veterans, the amazing duo of Janeane Garafalo and Josh Gondelman. The topic is REALISTS VS. OPTIMISTS. Josh will be defending optimism and Janeane will argue for the realists out there. Tickets here: http://bit.ly/35yLIMF

Our friend Adam Wade has a new show with Audible "You Ought to Know Adam Wade."  We are so excited to listen.   Adam is ...
01/07/2020
You Ought to Know Adam Wade

Our friend Adam Wade has a new show with Audible "You Ought to Know Adam Wade." We are so excited to listen. Adam is truly one of the nicest guys we know, and he is funny too. Be sure to check it out. You can get a free trial if you don't subscribe to Audible.

Check out this great listen on Audible.com. What? You don’t know Adam Wade? Here’s your chance! Adam Wade’s personal-yet-universal stories and vulnerable delivery have made him one of the most popular storytellers and comedians in the country on "story slam" platforms l...

Vote for our friends Josh Gondelman and Dan Soder and check out the other great nominations for some great comedy recomm...
01/03/2020
Vote for The Best of Everything in Comedy in 2019 - The Interrobang

Vote for our friends Josh Gondelman and Dan Soder and check out the other great nominations for some great comedy recommendations.

Welcome to our SIXTH Annual IBang Readers Choice Comedy Awards. We’ve done our best to cover as much of comedy in 2019 as we possibly could. […]

Standup Comedy Speed Dating from the one and only Maria Bamford.
01/01/2020
Maria Bamford Melds Speed Dating and Standup Comedy

Standup Comedy Speed Dating from the one and only Maria Bamford.

The comic combats her performance anxiety by practicing her set with a stranger over coffee. In Brooklyn, she chose someone with the Twitter handle @nugget_queen_.

12/30/2019
Jackie Hoffman at Uptown Showdown - Hanukkah vs Christmas

For the last night of Hanukkah, let the great Jackie Hoffman explain why the holiday is superior to Christmas.

Michael Showalter (The State, Stella), Craig Baldo (Last Comic Standing finalist) and Albertina Rizzo (writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) face-off agai...

Check out our friends Josh Gondelman and Negin Farsad on this week's Lovett or Leave It.
12/24/2019
We impeached him. | Crooked Media

Check out our friends Josh Gondelman and Negin Farsad on this week's Lovett or Leave It.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins Jon in studio to play Queen for a Day. Should college plans be universal? Chris Pratt or Chris Pine? Big questions. Plus Josh Gondelman and Negin Farsad join live as Trump gets impeached, the Democrats get feisty at the debate, and Kumail Nanjiani gets jacked. See you in 2...

Past debater Ronny Chieng talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his new Netflix special Asian Comedian Destroys America!
12/19/2019
Ronny Chieng On 'Asian Comedian Destroys America!'

Past debater Ronny Chieng talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his new Netflix special Asian Comedian Destroys America!

Ronny Chieng finds America amazing, sometimes appalling, and often very funny. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his new Netflix special Asian Comedian Destroys America!

Spotted, our friend Dan Soder in the New York Times.  Big congrats on the new comedy special. “You think I compete with ...
12/17/2019
These Stand-Ups Are in an Escapist Mood, Much Like Their Audience

Spotted, our friend Dan Soder in the New York Times. Big congrats on the new comedy special.

“You think I compete with art? There’s no drink minimum at the ballet.”

In several new and recent specials, Seth Meyers, Tiffany Haddish and others largely ignore politics in favor of the personal or just plain silly.

As the decade comes to close there are a lot of lists!  We are excited to see some of our Uptown Showdown debaters on Pa...
12/13/2019
The 40 Best Stand-up Specials of the 2010s

As the decade comes to close there are a lot of lists! We are excited to see some of our Uptown Showdown debaters on Paste Magazine's 40 Best Stand-up Specials of the 2010s. Congrats to Ron Funches, Jo Firestone, Michelle Buteau, Kurt Braunohler, Aparna Nancherla, Hasan Minhaj, Kristen Schaal, Chris Gethard, Maria Bamford, and everyone who made the list.

This was an absurdly fruitful decade for stand-up.

This looks fantastic.  So many great guests like our friends Jo Firestone, Maeve Higgins, and Julie Klausner!
12/10/2019
National Lampoon Radio Hour Returns as Podcast

This looks fantastic. So many great guests like our friends Jo Firestone, Maeve Higgins, and Julie Klausner!

Rachel Dratch, Amy Sedaris and Jordan Klepper will guest star on the new National Lampoon Radio Hour podcast.

12/07/2019
Jo Firestone at Uptown Showdown- Children vs. Pets

Happy Birthday, Jo Firestone! We can't get enough of this video of Jo arguing that pets are better than children.

So you're thinking maybe it's time to have a kid. Or wait, better to start with a pet. How will you decide? They both have their good traits. For instance, y...

12/06/2019
Target Two Day Sale

Remember when Maria Bamford was best known as the crazy Target lady? Happy Holidays! #FlashbackFriday

Maria Bamford for Target

12/04/2019
Tami Sagher at Uptown Showdown - City Dwellin' Vs. Country Livin'

More video from our last debate City Dwellin' Vs. Country Livin'. Tami Sagher breaks down safety in the city and the dangers of country living.

Nightclubs! Culture! Bedbugs! Open Sky! Baby Animals! Abject Loneliness! Uptown Showdown pits the proverbial City Mouse against the Country Mouse to find out...

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