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Sold Out Again, Great Show AGAIN!

Rat-March-MikeHoly smokes, we sold out AGAIN — and it was a great show AGAIN. That’s the Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret: NYC’s Dance Music Comedy Art Show (8pm!) this past Sat. March 10, and copious Danke Schoens are due.

First, our knock-out performers: the wonderful Mike Milazzo, debuting a NEW song and reprising his greats — always a pleasure to watch and listen to this master. Bill Chambers was truly hilarious telling a grotesque tale of “personal injury.” The Fishnet Follies* featuring Andrea Elizabeth Palesh and Melissa Buriak hit two different flavors of high-energy super-synchronized Tap Dance, and were exciting to behold! (Thanks again for your professionalism — and break a gam in “42nd Street,” Mel B!) Veronica Garza should teach all standups: how to combine dry, smart, warm and VERY funny in her unique voice. (You’re a pleasure!) Tanya Solomon creeped the room out with her horrific Gothic magic act (HINT: it involved disappearing-reappearing SWALLOWED razor blades. Brrrr!)

Then, our excellent crew and staff: The delightful Diana Van Decker Byrne slaking thirsts in the bar, and maintaining and cleaning up the joint; Carter O’brien Ford working the door and keeping the waiting audience crowd occupied; William Glenn doing and rejiggering our sound and light, which is no small feat in this highly-produced show! Last but def. not least, the lovely and patient Tina Lund stepping in last-minute as Stage Manager, another feat that is by no means small with a Sell-Out house. (Thank you!)

Host-with-the-most Jillian Thomas was in fine form: funny, engaging, vibrant! Well done, ma tres cher Canadienne!

Thanks again to my co-producer Rob Dub. One more holcrux, Rob! One more!

Special thanks, as always, to Erez Ziv and the gang at Horse Trade Theater Group aka FRIGID New York, who do Herculean work to keep unique artful entertainments and indie theater like the Rat alive in NYC. Go to their website, see a HT/Frigid show at UNDER St. Mark’s Theatre or the Kraine, and support the good stuff!

Finally, thanks to YOU beautiful FOLKS, who came out, packed the house, roared, laughed, clapped, and had a wonderful time at a live piece of NYC nightlife cabaret variety! We made new friends and saw old ones, met locals and travelers, folks from Pacific Asia and Gainesville, Florida, who all wanted a different kinda night out — and they found it!
See you next month, back at our regular time of 10:30pm on Sat., April 14. THANK YOU ALL!

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* Fishnet Follies appear courtesy of Guilty Pleasures Cabaret, Inc.

Performers Added to March 10 Show: Tanya Solomon

Tanya Solomon Truth Assassin Final Dress Rehearsal, May 11, 2016
Tanya Solomon Truth Assassin Final Dress Rehearsal, May 11, 2016

UPDATE II: Performers Added to March 10 Show!
Lunatic Magician Tanya Solomon

Physical comedian and emcee, Tanya has been a cast member of Coney Island Sideshows by the Seashore, toured with the legendary Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, produced the Wonder Farm Cabaret in New Orleans, AND she produces and hosts the long-running monthly Force Majeure Vaudeville!

We are delighted to have her return to Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret!

Performers Added to March 10 Show: Veronica Garza

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UPDATE: Performers Added to March 10 Show!
Comedian Veronica Garza!

Host of the hysterical “Stick to What You Know” podcast, Veronica won a Residency in “The PIT Presents,” the standup comedy program at the People’s Improv Theater.

She can be seen regularly at QED, Eastville Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club and other places where smart funny unique wits perform — like the Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret!

Gregor of Berlin Gets a Solo Show!

Papa-WorkingTen-Foot Rat devotees have followed the angst-laden dark humor of Gregor of Berlin since the beginning. Now, for one night only, Gregor gets his own show at the PIT!

Behold:

From the cafes of Uzbekistan to the bordellos of Istanbul, Gregor of Berlin has gathered the world’s greatest talents for one spectacular evening!

He has 45 minutes to entertain you.
If he fails, he will die on the guillotine.
But no pressure, mein Damen und Herren! You’re here to have fun.

Sat., March 31, 11pm. The PIT (123 E. 24th St. bet. Lex and Park) $8. —-> TICKETS: https://thepit-nyc.com/event/2018-03-31-gregor-must-entertain-you-or-die

Featuring:*
Sabu, the Master of Fire and Ice
Selma, the Sensual She-Snake of Samarkand
Count Montalvo and His Musical Mastiffs
The Magnificent Steelini

Wild dogs!
Escape artists!
Knives and daggers!
The Crown Prince of Vienna!
The Chief Inspector of Berlin Police!
Morphine!
Whores!
Love!

Hollywood!
Walt Disney World!
Homicide!
Suicide!
and A MILLION LAUGHS **

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Written by and starring Gregory Levine

Sound and light tech provided by, and the part of “Faceless Management” played by: Matthew WJ Mitchell

* bear in mind that this is a Solo show.
** estimated

March 10 at 8pm: NYC’s Dance Music Comedy Art Show Returns

Milazzo-OffscreenMarginsNow in its 5th Year, Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret features an inspired, curated monthly roster of thrilling music, smart comedy, amazing dance, clever storytelling, sexy burlesque, art and theatrical vaudeville spectacle. A great show in a legendary East Village venue: a NYC night out like no other!

*** NOTE: For March Only: the Rat is at a special time, 8:00PM! So start your debaucheries with us, then spill out into the gutters of Gotham. ***

Saturday March 10, 8:00pm Show Features –

SOULFUL ROCKER:
Guitarist, singer-songwriter and East Village legend Mike Milazzo will thrill you with his artistry. Member of Fire & Knives, Broken Arrow, the Board Lords, Mike’s talents range across a slew of musical genres. Come see why we’re thrilled to welcome him back to The Rat.

WORLD DANCE TROUPE:
The Fishnet Follies, a boutique team created specially for the Rat, are members of the acclaimed international Guilty Pleasures Cabaret dance troupe. They bring their Moulin Rouge-style 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 and resorts from Belize to China!

HYSTERICAL:
Comedian Veronica Garza! Host of the hysterical “Stick to What You Know” podcast, Veronica won a Residency in “The PIT Presents,” the standup comedy program at the People’s Improv Theater. Journeying to Gotham from Dallas, she can be seen regularly at QED, Eastville Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club and other places where smart funny unique wits perform — like the Rat!

WONDROUS LUNATIC MAGIC:
Physical comedian and emcee, Tanya Solomon has been a cast member of Coney Island Sideshows by the Seashore, toured with the legendary Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, produced the Wonder Farm Cabaret in New Orleans, AND she produces and hosts the long-running monthly Force Majeure Vaudeville! We are delighted to have her back at Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret!

MONTHLY ART-ENTERTAINMENT BRILLIANCE:
The Rat’s not complete without the funny, clever, eccentric work of Bill Chambers. A horrifying parody of an Apple tech expo, the tale of Vincenzo the Chain-Smoking Monkey, re-animating a “dead” Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelly — expect the unexpected. Bill is seen in the Frigid Festival, Canuck Cabaret, and the annual East Village Antifolk Festival.

PSEUDO ‘GERMAN’ NIGHTCLUB HUMOR:
Gregor of Berlin (aka Gregory Levine) – suave, sinister, sarcastic, appearing “by contractual obligation,” the Fatherland’s favorite entertainer will regale you with horrid tales of Berlinner childhood, decadence, morphine, prostitution, and of course, show biz. (Seen at Feinstein’s/54 Below, APAP showcases at the Duplex, Capital Fringe, Frigid Festival, Travel Channel and in the Guinness World Records).

…AND MORE TO COME!

HOSTED by Stand Up Comic/Storyteller, Canadian Import Jillian Thomas(MTV Live, The Toronto Show, The Buzz, Listen Missy, & Much Music’s Love Court). Not to mention the annual East Village Oscar Awards Party, and Canada’s longest-running cannabis-cafe comedy-club show!

produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine

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

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 10:30pm

$10 (Discounts if you qualify. Contact us.)

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

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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group/Frigid NY

Performer Update II: Jesse Wintermute joins Feb. 10 cast!

JessicaRabbitPerformer Update! The Rat is delighted to announce that Jesse Wintermute will be joining the Sat. Feb. 10 show cast! New Mexico native, song-and-dancer, costume obsessive and mega-entertainer, Jesse has brought the world an even less innocent Britney, a Tinder Fairy Matchmaker, Mariah Xmas Lip-Sync Disaster and more!

– Details: Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret: NYC’s Dance Music Comedy Art Show ! 
– Click for Tickets: $10

 

Meet Your Feb. 10th Musical Guests: Samantha Echo!

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Meet Your Feb. 10th Musical Guests: Samantha Echo!

A creature of beautiful dark moods and affects, NY native Samantha Echohas been described as “Comic Con’s Kate Bush” (Janna Pelle) “somewhere between dangerous and whimsy” (Jack Murray, Unknown Nobodies) and “one of the smartest, most poetic, exciting, engaging young singers out there today” (Suzanne W. Stout, Playwright in Residence at Theater 80 St Marks).

Biting lyrics, soaring operatic arias, soulful heartaches: She captivated the Rat’s audience in her last appearance and we’re thrilled to have Samantha back.

LISTEN:

“Habanera” (aria from “Carmen”): https://www.facebook.com/walter.weeks.39/videos/847361295356896/

“The Slut of Denmark” – (lyrics by Echo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V19gxeFnWLY&feature=youtu.be

Next Show – Full Details:
FEB. 10, 10:30PM SHOW – BE OUR VALENTINE!

Feb. 10, 10:30pm Show – Be Our Valentine!

 

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Now in its 5th Year, Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret features an inspired, curated monthly roster of thrilling music, smart comedy, amazing dance, clever storytelling, sexy burlesque, art and theatrical vaudeville spectacle. A great show in a legendary East Village venue: a NYC night out like no other!

Saturday Feb. 10, 10:30pm Show Features –

L’amour du Rat! Our special Pre-Valentine’s Day bill of fare:

URBANE CHARMING AMUSING:
Pianist, comedian, choral singer, mathematician, entertainer David Bell brings a bit of Cole Porter sparkle to the Rat, especially for Valentine’s Day. “In his wicked youth, he studied operatic performance and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1996, later performing opera through the US, Canada, Europe, and on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered.'” (You can see David regularly in a dazzling musical-theater-improvisation House Team at the PIT Theater!)

SHARP, CONTEMPO AND HILARIOUS:
Selena Coppock created @NYTVows, the parody Twitter and Instagram account satirizing the New York Times Wedding section. You’ve seen Selena in the Amazon Prime sitcom “Red Oaks” and on Bravo, Lifetime, VH1 andCollegeHumor.com. (Oh, and on influential pop-culture podcasts obsessing analyzing Guns N Roses.) Now the Rat presents the comedian The New York Times called an “impressive young talent.”

WORLD DANCE TROUPE:
The Fishnet Follies, a boutique team created specially for the Rat, are members of the acclaimed international Guilty Pleasures Cabaret dance troupe. They bring their Moulin Rouge-style 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 and resorts from Belize to China!

GORGEOUS MUSIC:
From the cafes, clubs and streets (literally!) of NYC and the world comes the beautiful thrilling music and soaringly talented musicians that are the Rat’s signature! Every month, we’ll highlight a different musical form: Roadhouse blues, French chanson, Saloon piano, Beatbox, rock, opera — what will you see and hear THIS month?

MONTHLY ART-ENTERTAINMENT BRILLIANCE:
The Rat’s not complete without the funny, clever, eccentric work of Bill Chambers. A horrifying parody of an Apple tech expo, the tale of Vincenzo the Chain-Smoking Monkey, re-animating a “dead” Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelly — expect the unexpected. Bill is seen in the Frigid Festival, Canuck Cabaret, and the annual East Village Antifolk Festival.

PSEUDO ‘GERMAN’ NIGHTCLUB HUMOR:
Gregor of Berlin (aka Gregory Levine) – suave, sinister, sarcastic, appearing “by contractual obligation,” the Fatherland’s favorite entertainer will regale you with horrid tales of Berlinner childhood, decadence, morphine, prostitution, and of course, show biz. (Seen at Feinstein’s/54 Below, APAP showcases at the Duplex, Capital Fringe, Frigid Festival, Travel Channel and in the Guinness World Records).

HOSTED by Stand Up Comic/Storyteller, Canadian Import Jillian Thomas(MTV Live, The Toronto Show, The Buzz, Listen Missy, & Much Music’s Love Court). Not to mention the annual East Village Oscar Awards Party, and Canada’s longest-running cannabis-cafe comedy-club show!

produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine

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

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

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 – 10:30pm
$10 (Discounts if you qualify. Contact us.)

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

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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group

What a Show! (The Rat Recap)

Rat-Poster-USM-1030-10DollarsWhat a terrific Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret it was! Talking about the Sat. Jan. 13 edition. It started with some bumps but we sailed though smoothly. Thanks so much to our top-notch performers: beautiful rocking LTrain (Gabriel Castellar and Crystalla Gonzalez) – you guys have evolved to an even better level than last time! The same goes for the ever-hysterical Nat Towsen (Nosferatu! Of course! The Max Schreck, not the Klaus Kinski, ja?). And Michael Delisle – so funny. I KNEW I had to book you; and you psychically precognitived it, didn’t you? Bill Chambers, thanks again for our newly-revivified sketch partnership (but I DO wish you’d put the daggers back where you found them). (Thanks also to Dan Ricker for playing the laugh-track board! And Rob for programming the software). And of course, excellence from the Fishnet Follies*,  with a special congrats to Kayla Radomski and Melissa Buriak for their captainship of the dancers.

Thanks to our deft crew: William Glenn, scrambling and juggling and handling sound and light (and a second mention of Dan R for indispensible tech help), Julia Philina for jumping in last-minute as Stage Manager. The lovely Diana Van Decker Byrne in the Bar, and Carter managing the door — in icy temperatures.

Thanks as always to our mistress of ceremonies, Jillian Thomas, hysterical and energizing all the way through!

And of course, my co-producer, Rob Dub: we pulled it off — again!

Special thanks go to Erez Ziv and everyone at Horse Trade Theater Group, for all they do to keep unique entertainments and art like ours alive in NYC. (Plug: HT’s annual FRIGID New York Theater Festival is coming up next month. Go see some original, crazy and often brilliant indie theater at the Frigid!)

BUT the biggest thanks go to you, yes, YOU, the viewing public, you beautiful maniacs, who came out on a freezing Saturday night (25-degree drop in 24 hours!) to watch a great live show. Strangers, old friends, new friends, you packed the house, loved the show and we love you right back!

See you at the next Rat: Sat. Feb. 10, 10:30pm!!! THANK YOU!!!