Feb. 1 Show: L’Amour du Rat!

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UPDATE: Sketch Act Added! (See below.)
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Je t’aime. Te amo. Ich liebe Dich! The Rat loves you but just can’t find the words in English. So let us express it in the universal language of smart, saucy, unique and brilliant entertainment. A monthly night of dance, comedy, music, storytelling – a slice of NYC nightlife in a classic East Village venue. A night out like no other.

FEB. 1, 2016 SHOW FEATURES:

DEPRAVED SKETCH COMEDY:
National Scandal – a multi-year House Team at the legendary PIT. (https://thepit-nyc.com/)
“National Scandal dissects society and politics in order to find its beautifully flawed human core. Like your scientist friend who gets too drunk at a dinner party, National Scandal is smart yet unpredictable. They’re the dirty freaks you wouldn’t mind introducing to your parents.”

GOOD GOOD MUSIC:
Smax Bella – funky, beautiful, sexy songs of love and life in style all his own: “a fusion mix of Caribbean Rock/Groove and Acoustic Soul.”http://www.smaxmusic.com/

FUN FIERY BURLESQUE:
Taradise Bizub – Winner of the 2014 Burlesque Idol competition, you may have seen her in the “New Years Eve: Old Havana Masquerade Ball NYC” (a TimeOut NY Highlight event!) — and you’d remember if you did!

SMART COMEDY:
Rojo Perez – A cast member on MTV’s Decoded, Rojo was featured on Comedy Central’s Funny ‘Cause It’s True, Time Out New York and Univision’s FLAMA. This year he was selected as a Standup NBC finalist and has been a part of the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, LA Riot Comedy Festival and Akumal Comedy Festival in Mexico.

MONTHLY BRILLIANCE:
Bill Chambers – Storyteller, multimedia artist, musician, he’s brought you the iPhone Blood Diamond, reanimated a dead Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelley, and brought “Henry Rollins” and “Neil Diamond” to the stage. What’s next??

FAUX GERMAN SCHEISS:
Gregor of Berlin (sometimes known as Gregory Levine) – suave, arrogant, egomaniac, Germany’s most beloved / despised performer makes a fresh start in NYC…by contractual obligation. He wants you to know that.

…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!

WITH Atmospheric Retro Candy Gal Debby Bell ! Purveyor of salty sweet treats and delights!

produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine

~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)

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

Wed., Feb. 1, 2017 – 9:30pm-11pm
Doors Open 9:15pm
$15

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

www.tenfootrat.com

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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group (http://www.horsetrade.info/)

Jan. 4: The Hot Science Show!

work-rat-scienceandmontageEnergy and matter coalesce into electric guitars, mics, storytelling, burlesque, amazing art and video, and a hilarious guest who escaped from a German insane asylum. WHAT MADNESS IS THIS??

It’s all part of Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret’s Hot Science Show. Presented in conjunction with Horse Trade Theater Group’s annual STEMFest* Since Sept. 2013, The monthly Rat brings you an evening of performing arts, entertainment, storytelling, music, burlesque — a slice of NYC nightlife like no other.

JAN. 4, 2017 SHOW FEATURES:

THE KING (SORT OF):
The hilarious Jamie Cummings performs his “fourth-ranked Elvis impersonator in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.” See it ahead of his brilliant full-length show!
Here’s a review:
“This tribute to those who pay tribute to Elvis is smart, genuine, and has a huge heart. Cummings’ obvious affection for the King and his latter-day cult comes through in every lip curl and hip waggle. Go, laugh, and find yourself saying, ‘Thankyaverymuch.'”
Matthew Love
(NY Times, Rolling Stone)

SCI-FI BURLESQUE:
The saucy Foxy Squire brings her take on Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy to our stage!

SMARTEST COMEDY:
Tyler Fischer – A Rat fave, Tyler will be playing a co-star role on season 3 of TV Land’s “Younger.” He has over 23 million Vine views and 6 million views on his YouTube videos such as “Pretending to be Humans of NY” and “Pretending to work at Apple.” His videos are regularly featured on The TODAY show, Huffington Post and Elite Daily. OH: he also played the latter role in “Jimmy Fallon Interviews Adolf Hitler.”

THUNDEROUS MUSIC:
LTrain – This band (Gabriel Castellar and Crystalla Gonzalez) will thrill you with their great big rock-blues sounds!

MONTHLY BRILLIANCE:
Bill Chambers has reanimated a dead Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelley, brought “Henry Rollins” and “Neil Diamond” and shared a morbidly hilarious tale of NYC apartment hunting / grave robbing… what madness will he wreak this month??

MULTIMEDIA INSANITY:
Art, culture, pop, video, striptease, deconstruction: the genius of Katie Macyshyn returns to NYC, and the Rat is thrilled to present her latest masterpiece!

DARK ‘GERMAN’ COMEDY MONOLOGUE:
Gregor of Berlin tells of his escape from a Teutonic “insane asylum”…and then there’s that rumor he killed the owner of the doomed Glockenspiel Theater…

…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!

WITH Atmospheric Retro Candy Gal Debby Bell ! Purveyor of salty sweet treats and delights!

produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine

~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)

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

Wed., Jan. 4, 2017 – 9:30pm-11pm / Doors Open 9:15
$15
TICKETS – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix
Discounts Available – Please Inquire
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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group (http://www.horsetrade.info/)
*STEMFest: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Festival

Twas a Hell of a Holiday Show!


Thank You to everyone who took part in Wednesday’s Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret Holiday Show! (Wed. Dec 7 – 9:30p) .
Performers: Samantha Echo (gorgeous music!), Eric Kirchberger (Hysterical! and thanks for jumping in on short notice!), Delilah (splendid!), Bill Chambers (so sharp and witty!) with Dan Ricker (ibid! redux!), Adrian Sexton and Jason Specland (cannot wait for your longer show of “Drinks with George and Martha”), and I must humbly mention Gregor of Berlin (the German version of Rudolf Rednose was excellent, frankly).
Crew and staff: William Glenn in the booth, stage manager extraordinaire Clay West, Salli in the bar, newer HT employee Sarah (surname?) at the door, Debby Bell purveying the treats and minding the safety. Jillian Thomas excelled as host!
Naturalmente, my co-producer, Rob Dub.
Special thanks to Erez Ziv and everyone at Horse Trade Theater Group, who do more than we’ll probably ever know to keep independent theater and unique entertainments alive in NYC.
And of course, YOU, the friends, family and strangers who came out (and the beloved agoraphobes and psychopaths who stayed in and viewed the Live Stream) to watch and enjoy live performing arts! THANK YOU! Hope your holidays are swell, and we’ll see you at the next Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret on WED. JAN. 4!

(photos courtesy of Jim Flynn)

A Rat Fave Returns This Month!

erickirchbergerheadshotThe witty Eric Kirchberger is jumping on board the show this month! Comedian, actor, and screenwriter, he can be seen on Comedy Central, HBO Comedy and performing live in New York City and throughout the world. He has appeared in the movie LUCKY with Jeffrey Tambor and the film WILD GIRLS GONE with Matt Walsh and Amy Poehler.  Check out Eric making hilariousness out of a pickled heckler.

Little Known Fact #1: Eric’s Italian grandfather grew up living next to the Mussolinis (yes those Mussolinis), and as a kid was in the Camicie Nere, which Eric’s mom once described to him as “like the Cub Scouts, except that they beat up socialists.”

Dec. 7: The Holiday Show!

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Update Redux! The great Eric Kirchberger has jumped into this month’s show! See “Hilarious Comedy” below for more! Or just check out this video of Eric in action with a deranged heckler.

Cast Updated! See “BEAUTIFUL MUSIC” below for more!

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It’s the Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret Holiday show! Whatever your thing is – Christmas, Hannukah, Geeta Jayanti, Kwanzaa, Eid al-Mawlid an-Nabawi, Winter Solstice – it’s a joyous and/or horrific time of year. And we haven’t even mentioned your family yet! So start the season right: Come prep your soul and celebrate with your beloved Ten-Foot Rat. An evening of East Village nightlife, dazzle and smarts, great music and smart comedy, theatricality, burlesque, storytelling, art, entertainment, liquor and candy! Then you can face your loved ones and work “friends.”


Wed. Dec. 7, 2016 – 9:30pm Show Features:

DRINKS WITH GEORGE AND MARTHA:
Brilliant comedian-performers Adrian Sexton and Jason Specland bring their hilarious, clever, shocking take on Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and “Who’s Afraid of Virgina Wolfe?” — recreated in bizarre fashion like you’ve not seen before!

BEAUTIFUL MUSIC:
Samantha Echo, instrumentalist, singer and lyricist, brings her dark magic back to the Rat. (Here, take a listen to a personal fave, “The Slut of Denmark.”)
“[Echo is] Somewhere between dangerous and whimsy” – Jack Murray, Unknown Nobodies

CLASSY SAUCY BURLESQUE:
The great and beautiful Delilah returns to light up Under St. Marks with her distinctive costumery and sizzle!

HILARIOUS COMEDY:
The great Eric Kirchberger returns to the Rat! Comedian, actor, and screenwriter, he can be seen on Comedy Central, HBO Comedy and performing live in New York City and throughout the world. He has appeared in the movie LUCKY with Jeffrey Tambor and the film WILD GIRLS GONE with Matt Walsh and Amy Poehler.(http://www.erickirchberger.com/)

MONTHLY BRILLIANCE:
Bill Chambers, the Rat’s Artist-in-Residence and producer of The Other Show, has animated a dead Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelly, arranged a special appearance by “Neil Diamond,” or related the funny, strange horror of catering a hated man’s funeral. What will he do this month?? (Seen in the Frigid Festival, Canuck Cabaret, and punk rock shows all across the Former Communist Bloc.)

PSEUDO-GERMAN XMAS FOLK TALES
Gregor of Berlin relates the beloved Christmas tale of “Rudolf Rotschnauz” (Rednose), the highly intelligent reindeer who dared to break free from the oppression and brutality of the others in Santa’s Proletarian Workshop.

…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!

WITH Atmospheric Retro Candy Gal Debby Bell ! Purveyor of salty sweet treats and delights!

produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine

~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)

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

Wed., Dec. 7, 2016 – 9:30pm-11pm / Doors Open 9:15
$15
TICKETS – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix
Discounts Available – Please Inquire

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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group

Update: New Act Added to Nov. 2 Show!

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We at the Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret are thrilled to announce the addition of Karina Libido to the Wed. Nov. 2 show. The self-styled “Nesting Doll of Burlesque” has sojourned from the Eastern realms to bring us her Matryoshka Dance, set to traditional Russian  kalinka music! (http://www.karinalibido.com/burlesque)
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Come and partake in great music, hot burlesque, the smartest comedy, storytelling, theatricality, costumery.

Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret: Where art and entertainment meet since 2013. A slice of NYC nightlife in a classic East Village venue. A night out like no other. Now in its 4th year!

Must be 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

Wed., Nov. 2, 2016 – 9:30pm-11pm / Doors Open 9:15
$15
TICKETS – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix
Discounts Available – Please Inquire

Hear ye! Nov. 2 Show Is Hereby Announced

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It’s November* and the real autumn can begin! No more crisp sunny lies — now it’s dark, spooky, gray and chilly — a perfect night for a show.

Come and partake in great music, hot burlesque, the smartest comedy, storytelling, theatricality, costumery.

Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret: Where art and entertainment meet since 2013. A slice of NYC nightlife in a classic East Village venue. A night out like no other. Now in its 4th year!

Wed. Nov. 2, 2016 – 9:30pm Show Features:

(Just Added!)
GLITTERING BURLESQUE:
Karina Libido, “The Nesting Doll of Burlesque,” has sojourned from the Eastern realms to bring us her Traditional Russian Matryoshka Dance!!! (http://www.karinalibido.com/burlesque)

GORGEOUS MUSIC:
The Rat welcomes back SisterMonk: glorious, soulful, sweeping. We’re thrilled and honored to have them again! (Listen and be convinced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8vYhV-dBhw ) (www.sistermonk.com)

SMART COMEDY:
Nat Towsen, host of the long-running Nat Towsen’s Downtown Variety Hour, is sly, smart, funny, and here to entertain you!

ROCK ‘N ROLL MAGICAL HI-JINKS:
Tanya Solomon, host and producer of the offbeat-yet-polished Force Majeure Vaudeville, entertainer-magician-comedian and, dare we say, downtown icon, brings her “New Vaudeville” insanity. Where else would you find David Lee Roth as a magician’s inspiration??

MONTHLY GENIUS
Bill Chambers – He’s told morbidly funny tales of Gotham apartment hunting, reanimated a dead Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelly, and arranged a special appearance by “Neil Diamond.” What hilarious madness will the Rat’s Artist-in-Residence have in store for us this month??

GERMAN-esque THEATRICAL COMEDY
Gregor of Berlin (Gregory Levine) – Vain, brilliant, charming, bleak, humorous, decadent character performs “By contractual obligation” for the show he despises! Enjoy some Schadenfreude and morphine at his expense.

…AND MORE. Watch this page for updates! (or check out the Facebook event page:  Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret: The Legendary East Village Show! )

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!

WITH Atmospheric Retro Candy Gal Debby Bell ! Purveyor of salty sweet treats and delights!

produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine

~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)

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

Wed., Nov. 2, 2016 – 9:30pm-11pm / Doors Open 9:15
$15
TICKETS – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix
Discounts Available – Please Inquire

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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group

*it will be November when you attend, that is: Wed. Nov. 2, 9:30pm.

Last Night’s Show: THREE YEARS DOWN!

romulusWe done it! Three (3) (III) years! Thanks to everyone who made last night’s Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret: THIRD Anniversary All-Star SHOW!  so special.

Performers: Julie Lauren Stevens, radiant and glorious as always, Subhah Agarwal, who describes modern life, sex, dating and ethnic bullsh*t like no one else — and is poised to explode in the comedy world; Mary Cyn, temptress and genius, who makes brilliant scary performance art out of burlesque; Bill Chambers (who may be the funniest man in NY), who makes me wish I were Robert Evans; Jeffrey Wetzel like a man possessed with a straitjacket and 50 pounds of stainless-steel chains; and the 500* dancers and singers of Guilty Pleasures Cabaret ( Andrea Elizabeth Palesh, Bridget Bose, Melissa Buriak, Melissa Cammarata, Katarina Lott, Annie Wessendarp, Vincent Ester) — super-sharp, kids! Oh, yes: and me as Gregor of Berlin, reenacting a horrific children’s show at Disney World.

Rat Staff-crew: Clay West, taking more and more on as stage manager, William Glenn, juggling 1,000 technical tasks and keeping us all looking and sounding sharp — with an injury, no less; Salli Squitieri Butterfield at the bar, Erez Ziv ** (more about him later) at the door. Debby Bell with the atmosphere and the big help. Hosting BIGtime by the face of the show, Jillian Thomas!
And of course, my co-producer (and show videographer/live-streamer — the man in the crowd) Rob Dub. We did it, tovarich!

**Special thanks go to Horse Trade Theater Group and Erez Ziv , who do more than anyone even imagines to support and nurture independent shows, plays, events and festivals, the artful entertainments that live in this town!

And last but MOST, all of YOU who watched the show, in person and online — THANK YOU!!! Please join us on Wed. October 5 at 9:30pm for the Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret’s New York Comic Con Unlicensed Copyright Infringement Tribute Show!

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Now in its 5th year, the Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret offers an inspired, curated monthly roster of thrilling music, smart comedy, amazing dance, clever storytelling, art and theater. A slice of NYC nightlife in a classic East Village venue. A night out like no other.