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Electronic Press Kit

Show Description

The folks from the And I Am Not Lying blog put on one of New York’s most innovative and eclectic storytelling-based variety shows, featuring comedy, storytelling, music and sideshow. The show features rising and established stand-up comics, storytellers from The Moth and This American Life, and the Edinburgh Fringe festival — as well as many of NYC’s best and strangest burlesque and sideshow performers.

They’ve performed at South By Southwest 2012, at Underground Arts in Philadelphia, and sold out shows at the Black Cat in Washington, DC, and The Middle East in Cambridge, MA. They’re returning to a monthly residency at Under Saint Marks’ Theatre in NYC on the first Wednesday of each month in October of 2012.

PERFORMERS

Recurring performers (names link to bios):
Jeff Simmermon
Brad Lawrence
Cyndi Freeman (Cherry Pitz)

Past guests

Comedy:
Michael Che
Andy Ross
Ophira Eisenberg
Greg Barris
Wil Sylvince

Storytellers:
Adam Wade
Dawn Fraser
Juliet Hope Wayne
SM Shrake

Variety:
Schaffer the Dark Lord
Albert Cadabra
Adam the First Real Man
Chris McDaniel

Burlesque:
Legs Malone
Amelia Bareparts
Little Brooklyn
Runaround Sue
Fem Appeal

Recurring Performer Bios

JEFF SIMMERMON
Jeff Simmermon is a writer and storyteller who regularly appears at shows around New York. He has written for Vice Magazine, appeared onstage at The Moth’s GrandSlam, on the Moth’s podcast, and on This American Life. He produces, hosts and performs in And I Am Not Lying, a comedy storytelling burlesque sideshow that has appeared around NYC, at SXSW 2012 and most recently at the Black Cat in Washington, DC. The show is based on a blog packed full of stories, art, and other weirdness at www.andiamnotlying.com.

CYNDI FREEMAN
(Writer/Performer) is a two-time FringeNYC award winning performer, playwright, and theatrical producer. She has created and produced several solo shows including “I Kissed Dash Riprock” which won a ‘Best in Festival Award for Excellence’ at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival, “Greetings from Hollywood” which was spotlighted on CNN and received a ‘Best in Fringe Festival’ Award also at the New York Fringe in 1998. It was also was voted ‘Best New Play of New England – 1998’ by the Independent Reviewers of New England. Wonder Woman: A How To Guide For Little Jewish Girls recently premiered to critical acclaim at the FRINGE New York Festival. Ms. Freeman is recipient of a grand prize playwrighting fellowship award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (with collaborator Ellen Groves). Story telling credits include: Seth Lind’s Told, The Liar Show, Stripped Stories, Story Collider, The Risk podcast and stage show, and The BTK band. Ms. Freeman is also a teacher for The Moth in their outreach program MothSHOP. She performs burlesque under the name Cherry Pitz and co-produces Hotsy Totsy Burlesque show, New York’s only ongoing burlesque soap opera. Other credits include HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime. www.heroicsinhotpants.com

BRAD LAWRENCE
Brad Lawrence is a host of The Moth StorySLAMS and he is the only storyteller to win back-to back GrandSLAMS. He is a both a member and featured storyteller with the BTK Band, and he also is a regular at such shows as The Liar’s Show, Speakeasy Stories, Seth Lind’s Told, The Risk Podcast and How I Learned. In addition, he is a co-producer and performer with And I Am Not Lying. His solo show, “Monsters In The Wood,” was presented in the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival to critical acclaim. He performs burlesque as Handsome Brad and works in burlesque productions throughout NYC including Original Cyn Burlesque, Hotsy Totsy Burlesque and Kitty Nights Burlesque. He recently returned from co-producing and performing a successful run

Photos (all photos by Ryan Collerd)

Jeff Simmermon

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Brad Lawrence

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Cyndi Freeman

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Brad Lawrence & Cyndi Freeman – burlesque act

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Videos

Jeff Simmermon – “Willie’s ‘Ghetto Life’”

Brad Lawrence – “The Last Pool Party”

Cyndi Freeman – “Role Models”

Brad Lawrence & Cyndi Freeman (with Apathy Angel) – “Wonder Woman vs. The Cheetah” (burlesque performance, may be NSFW)