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Killgore Returns to the UCB Theatre October 29th, 30th & 31st

Mar 10, 2015

Killgore: The Resurrection

In ancient times, an evil spirit would rise from hell every Halloween and appear incarnate at the UCB Theater...where he would soak the stage (and parts of the audience) with a ridiculous amount of fake blood.

Now that demon is back, ready to unleash a ridiculously gory, hopelessly bloody torrent of vengeance...and fake blood.

Fortunately, the beast only slaughters those who are rife with selfishness, greed, hatred, and a few people who just suck (though a little bit of fake blood sometimes gets on the audience).

That demon's name is Killgore.

7 deadly shows!
Wednesday, October 29th at 8pm & 10pm
Thursday, October 30th at 8pm & 10pm
Friday, October 31st at 8pm, 10pm & Midnight
Written by: Matt Walsh

Directed by: Anthony King

Starring: Eugene Cordero, Matt Fisher, Chris Gethard, Molly Lloyd, John Murray, Lennon Parham, Ben Rodgers, Charlie Sanders, Jim Santangeli, Ben Schwartz, Gavin Speiller, Kate Spencer, Andree Vermeulen & Zach Woods

Strobe lights will be used during the performance of this show

Also...this show uses a ridiculous amount of fake blood. Ridiculous!

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Paul F. Tompkins named host of Best Week Ever

Mar 10, 2015

A Pop-Culture Show Looks for Attitude With Heart

Paul F. Tompkins will be the only host of Best Week Ever, with his name added to the title.

For nearly five years, viewers looking to catch up on the world of pop culture could turn to Best Week Ever on VH1, where an array of talking heads -- comedians, writers and entertainment personalities like Nick Kroll, Rachel Harris and Judah Friedlander of 30 Rock -- would dish and snark on the lives of the Lohans, the Spears', reality-show contestants and anyone else caught midfoible in a video clip.

But the era of multiple commentators is coming to a close: starting on Oct. 24 the show will move to a new format, centered on a single host, the comedian Paul F. Tompkins, VH1 plans to announce on Wednesday.

The change is part of a larger revamping of the show, the channel's longest-running weekly series if not its most popular. "Clearly, some of our reality shows get bigger numbers," said Jim Ackerman, the senior vice president for development at VH1, referring to programs like I Love New York. "But I think 'Best Week Ever has helped find the voice of the channel in the last couple years."

Still, he added, "it was time to shake up the format a little bit," especially since that love-to-hate-it take on celebrity minutiae has been widely copied. "With Paul, we get a bit of control and we get a more singular voice, and I think we might be more consistently funny." Though Mr. Ackerman said the change was not ratings-driven, Mr. Tompkins acknowledged that there was competition with The Soup, the E! network's similar pop-culture wrap-up show, hosted by Joel McHale. It is shown at 10 p.m. on Fridays -- Best Week Ever is on an hour later -- but is repeated twice as often throughout the week. (Both are half-hour weekly series. According to Nielsen, in the last year Best Week Ever averaged 520,000 prime-time viewers; The Soup, 890,000.) Though some features of the old Best Week Ever, like "The Sizzler," a quick gossip rundown, will remain, and some former panelists will return for scripted bits, the new show will be more written-through, and may even have a less mean-spirited take, more in line with Mr. Tompkins's genial point of view.

"Sometimes it feels weird to get invested in the ups and downs of these strangers," he said. "I would rather the target be Dina Lohan, who is an adult, who is making her own decisions in a supposedly rational way, than pick on someone who is still figuring out her own life."

The new show, called Best Week Ever With Paul F. Tompkins, will not abandon the sarcasm entirely but will be "snarky with a heart, snarky with a conscience," Mr. Tompkins said, though he may have been snarking slightly when he said it.

Mr. Tompkins, 40, has contributed to Best Week Ever since it started, and he said getting the call to host was a rare instance of show-business ambition matching up with opportunity. "When I would watch the show," he said, "I would always wish I was on it more." Three weeks ago he and his girlfriend, Janie Haddad, an actress, moved to New York from Los Angeles, where he had lived for 14 years.

Though he has been a big shot in stand-up circles for more than a decade, he is not a household name to general audiences, despite appearing on the HBO cult favorite Mr. Show With Bob and David in the 1990s and, more recently, on The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central, which also showed several of his stand-up specials. "I'm known as the guy who wears the suits, because the guy named Paul with the gap in his teeth was not specific enough," he said, referring to his fellow commentator, the less-nattily-dressed comedian Paul Scheer. Off screen, Mr. Tompkins's humor is also more conceptual. Asked what his middle initial stands for, he said, "Fascism. It's a family name." (It's actually Francis.)

But earlier this year, VH1 experimented with a three-and-a-half-minute show called Best Day Ever, which he hosted, and executives were pleased. ("It was almost as if we saw the future of the show," Mr. Ackerman said.) Best Day Ever has also returned this week, Monday through Thursday, with Mr. Tompkins again hosting.

With the move to a single host, the look of Best Week Ever will change. While the talking heads were always seated in front of a colored screen, Mr. Tompkins will stand behind a piece of furniture that he termed a podo-desk (a podium-desk). "I'm already experimenting with elbow leans, with left foot versus right foot, with shifting my weight, distributing my weight," he said. "So there's going to be no surprises when it finally comes down to it." His only other preparation: requesting a teleprompter.

Staff members of Best Week Ever are also figuring out how to work to Mr. Tompkins's strengths. "Already we're getting a lot better at writing with Paul's voice in mind," Sean Johnson, the executive producer, said. In a dry run last week he, a half-dozen other producers and Mr. Tompkins gathered in an orange conference room in VH1's new brightly colored offices near TriBeCa to go over scripts. Their first bit involved a clip of Cloris Leachman, 82, stumbling through a number on Dancing With the Stars. It ended with her being wildly twirled by her partner, panting and showcasing her decolletage to the cameras.

"And in the end of days, a half-woman, half-man creature will crawl across the earth, its bosom large and its tongue agape, and ye shall know ye are a godless people," Mr. Tompkins intoned. In a taping, he punched up this line by delivering it in the manner of an old-timey preacher.

Mr. Johnson and his crew were pleased. "I'm sure we can tackle the elderly-abuse angle next week," he said.

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UCBT's Ben Schwartz Releases Grandma's Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals

Mar 10, 2015

Amanda McCall
Afraid to tell your girlfriend her ass looks fat? Need to let your neighbors know you're a registered sex offender? Why not let a lovable baby bunny in a basket do it for you? Grandma's Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals softens the blow of even the harshest news, saving you anxiety and time. From 'It's Malignant' to 'Daddy's Never Coming Home' these functional postcards will make anyone's life a little more adorable.

Not only will GRANDMA'S DEAD save you time, but the recipient can treasure the postcard forever, whether in a scrapbook or pinned to a bulletin board. This way, you'll never have to waste time reminding him that there is no Santa! He'll remember it forever...whether he likes it or not.

About the Authors

Amanda McCall is the co-author of Hold My Gold: A White Girls Guide to the Hip-Hop World (Simon & Schuster, May 2005), and Britney's Baby Book (Penguin, September 2005). Her work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, Allure, New York magazine, Vibe, and on She has appeared on E! Entertainment Television, ABC News Now, WB11, and on a variety of nationally syndicated radio shows, such as Hot 97s Miss Jones in the Morning, The Wendy Williams Experience, Mancow in the Morning, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Amanda works at The Late Show with David Letterman.

Ben Schwartz is a writer/actor/comedian from New York City. He was a staff writer on the third season of Adult Swim's Emmy nominated show Robot Chicken as well as a freelance writer for Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update and The Late Show with David Letterman's monologue. Although many of his jokes made it to air, Ben created a website to give his rejected jokes and short films a home - . He is a sketch and improv comedian at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and has performed in shows around the world including the Montreal Comedy Festival. Ben has acted in numerous television shows and feature films including 2007's New York City Serenade, which made its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

GRANDMA'S DEAD: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals

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