What a Show It Was! (Nov. 11, 2017)

Rat-BalloonSignThe Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret SWUNG this Saturday, baby! After negotiating some tricky twists (i.e., previous users of the theater Under St Marks, who loitered on stage, were obliviously uncooperative when their show was done and the Rat’s load-in time began, and left a tech mess for us to straighten out, thus causing a later start), we pulled off a terrific show. And this with Yours Truly flying solo, both as producer and host!

Thanks first to our performers: Julie Lauren Stevens Kosnik (your singing STUNNED people, darlin’!), Boris Khaykin (funny as hell, and what a way to pick up and play with what came before), Bill Chambers as “Henry Rollins” (reading excerpts from his children’s book!!) had people laughing so hard tears ran — tears!. The 29th Street Revue was bizarrely funny creating their live-time musical theater. The Fishnet Follies* (Andrea Elizabeth PaleshKatarina LottAshley Rose) danced and slew like stilettos! And I’m told I was both funny and pro-smooth hosting as Rocco the WitSec Entertainer.

Thanks next to our own diligent Rat crew and Horse Trade Theater Group staff: William Glenn in the sound/light booth, rolling with plenty of punches on a very tight timeframe. Stage Manager-par-excellence Clay West, always cool-headed and multi-tasking for real — you’re the best. Helen Blash slaking thirsts in the bar, and Carter at the door — and voluntarily doing double-duty helping with tech. Thanks!

Thanks to Lucia Mueller for filming it! Can’t wait to see the record!

Thanks to Erez Ziv and everyone at Horse Trade Theater Group / Frigid NY, who have the Rat’s back, and who do more than you’ll ever know to keep independent art, performing arts and theater alive in NYC! Go see a show at HT’s theaters: UNDER St. Mark’s Theatre and Kraine Theater.

And as always: Thanks most of all to YOUSE GUYS: all of you who came out to see, hear, applaud and enjoy and be a part of Live Nightlife Arts and Entertainment! We couldn’t do it without you. Grazie e buona sera!

See you next month on Sat. Dec. 9, 10:30pm, when Jillian Thomas returns as host!


*(Follies cast members rotate monthly. See them as part of Guilty Pleasures Cabaret twice monthly.)

What to Do in NYC Tonight !

FourthAnniversaryMontageLooking for NYC Music Comedy Dance Cabaret on Saturday? *
Then the Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret beckons at 10:30pm, in the legendary Under St. Marks Theater!

Now in its 5th Year, the Rat proudly presents:
from Julie Lauren Stevens Kosnik. Soaring operatic arias and Broadway tunes belted with brio – she’s made the walls of musical theaters shake and even astonished and halted NYC subway travelers in their tracks. Julie is a Rat favorite and we’re delighted to have her back!

The Fishnet Follies, a “boutique act” created specially for the Rat, members of the acclaimed international Guilty Pleasures Cabaret dance troupe will bring their dazzle, costumery, Tap, Frug, “circus” contortion, and acclaimed Light Show to the Rat every month! See why they wowed Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Triad, the Duplex and worldwide resorts from Belize to China!

Boris Khaykin‘s comedy has been featured on HuffingtonPost and he’s appeared on Collegehumor Live. He’s a member of comedy group North Coast (featured on MTV and VH1).
TimeOutNY listed Boris one of Brooklyn Comedy Festival’s Biggest Stars.

What is The 29th Street Revue? Part sketch comedy, part musical theater, the Revue’s members (huge cast, inc. PIT Theater luminaries Kassi Dougherty and Melissa Parker Caron) will generate a hilarious show-within-a-show before your eyes and ears – with live piano accompaniment enhancing the experience!

The Rat’s not complete without the funny, clever, eccentric work of Bill Chambers. A pitch-perfect parody of Apple expo egomania, the tale of Vincenzo the Chain-Smoking Monkey, “Neil Diamond,” re-animating a “dead” Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelly — expect the unexpected. Bill is seen in the Frigid Festival, Canuck Cabaret, and punk/hardcore shows all across Eastern Europe and NY.

Appearing “by contractual obligation,” “Herr Gregor of Berlin” (Gregory Levine) will regale you with horrid tales of Teutonic childhood, decadence, morphine, prostitution, and of course, the cruelty of show biz. (Seen in The Duplex, Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Capital Fringe, Frigid Festival, Travel Channel and in the Guinness World Records for Longest Continuous Variety Show).

~Beer, Wine, Japanese Sake and Hard Cider Sold in Theater~
(Must be 17+ or accompanied by Guardian to Attend Show / 21+ with ID to Drink)

Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret
at Under St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Pl. (8th St.) bet. 1st Ave. and Ave. A

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 – 10:30pm
$10 (Discounts available. Contact us.)

TICKETS $10 – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix
(Discounts Available)

Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group / FRIGID New York


* astute observers of the internet will recognize the Machiavellian nature of this phraseology. Kudos to you!

Boris Khaykin to Play Nov. 11 Show!

BorisTake2We are thrilled to announce a new performer added to the Nov. 11 bill:  Boris Khaykin!

His comedy has been featured on HuggingtonPost and he’s appeared on Collegehumor Live.

Boris is a member of hiphop improv comedy group North Coast –featured on MTV and VH1.  He headlines festivals and colleges nationwide.

TimeOutNY listed Boris one of Brooklyn Comedy Festival’s Biggest Stars.   http://boriskhaykin.com/