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

GraceGotham-Stumblebum-80UPDATE: Act Added! Karina Libido! (See below!)
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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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Sept. 7: THIRD ANNIVERSARY SHOW!

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(UPDATE: New Act Added – ESCAPE ARTIST! See below!)

Can you believe it hath been three (3) (III) years?! Neither can we! Come celebrate the Rat’s Big Triannum with The Best of the Best: an all-star cast of top performers who’ve graced our stage since our 2013 debut.

Come and partake in great music, hot burlesque, the smartest comedy, storytelling, theatricality, costumery. (All in air-conditioned comfort!)

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.

Sept. 7, 9:30pm Show Features:

ESCAPE ARTIST:

Jeffrey Wetzel – cool smooth magician and a Rat favorite, Jeff will Houdini his way out of an inescapable trap — before your eyes!

DARK SMART BURLESQUE

Mary Cyn – mistress of hot conceptual burlesque, Ms. Cyn is known for the long-running Original Cyn productions, “Bardlesque” Shakespearean burlesque, and anything that combines intellect, nerd culture and theater with extremely sexy striptease.

GRANDE OPERA
Julie Lauren Stevens – Julie brings back her beautiful pipes to make the walls tremble with operatic glory — oh, and some sassy Broadway show tunes!

RAZOR-SHARP COMEDY
Subhah Agarwal – rocketing her way to the top on MTV and TruTV, Subhah has been seen on Comedy Central, at New York Comedy Club, Greenwich CC, Broadway CC, & the Laughing Devil. She has performed at the New York Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, and was a featured comedian on PBS’s popular web series “Modern Comedian.” She is now a professional TV comedy writer.

HOT DANCE REVUE
Dancers of the Guilty Pleaures Cabaret (pictured) – Tap, contortion, hair flips and high kicks: GPC’s members have performed around the world, including for the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi. They’ll bring their tight drilled dance numbers (everything from Fosse to Beyonce) back to the Rat!

MONTHLY GENIUS
Bill Chambers – He put words in the mouth of Henry Rollins, reenacted The Karate Kid, and traced the career of Neil Diamond. The Rat’s own Artist-in-Residence graces and stuns the Cabaret with more of his monthly greatness, oddness, genius, hilarity.

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

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 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 / 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., Sept. 7, 2016 – 9:30pm-11pm / Doors Open 9:15 Sharp
$15
TICKETS – At the Door, or click here to Reserve Online. (If link doesn’t work, copy and paste into your browser: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix)
Discounts Available – Inquire

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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group

What a show last night!

Rat-Poster-USM-Fence-TIME-Deleted-NO-GarbageAgainst some crazy odds, and a few emergencies, we pulled off a terrific show last night! Thanks first to our supersharp talent:
Sung Lee, thrilling beatboxer, who constitutes an entire band all by himself; Liam McEneaney, one of NY’s top comedians, hilarious as always; Galatea Stone, striking polymath dance-burlesquer (thanks for being so pro and such a rockstar at the last minute); Bill Chambers‘ sly and funny tale of catering a bizarrely casual funeral (with Dan Ricker‘s musical accompaniment); Adam Auslander, clown extraordinaire, deftly funny and a joy to watch. I had what was inarguably a great set as Gregor of Berlin.

Our staff and crew: Jillian Thomas‘ hosting was on fire, on point, and very funny! Bill gets a second mention for being an indispensable part of executing the show. Debby Bell, purveyor of salty sweet treats and confections, in her new added role as pre-show introducer and Horse Trade* factotum. Stage manager Clay West took on yet more responsibility as he kept the show fluid; the same goes for sound-and-light maven William Glenn, tops in the biz. Thanks also to Sarah keeping thirsts quenched at the theater bar, and Ari working the door and greeting the public.

Naturally, my co-producer (and show videographer/live-streamer) Rob Dub — you can’t stop the signal!

*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 — THANK YOU. Please join us on Wed. Sept. 7, 9:30pm when we celebrate The Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret‘s THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY! It’s gonna be a special one!

August 3 Show!

Update II: New Act!*

(UPDATE: Act added!)
Air Conditioning! Sex may not always sell, but AC does. And we have both! Come endure summer in NYC with great music, hot burlesque, the smartest comedy, storytelling, theatricality, costumery. We repeat: In air-conditioned comfort!

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.

Wed. Aug. 3, 2016 Show Features:

*DARK BURLESQUE/DANCE
Galatea Stone – human art statue (“Weeping Angel,” “Avenging Justice,” and many more), performer, producer of the thrilling “We Are Legion” show series brings her beautiful oddity to the Rat, at long last! (Oh, and: Floral designer and crafter of adult paraphernalia. What doesn’t this genius do??)

COMEDY:
Liam McEneaneyLiam will guest star on The Jim Gaffigan Show (with Andy Richter), airing August 7th on TV Land. His standup video is now at over 100,000 views and counting. And Liam was included on GQ Spain’s “100 Best Comedians of All Time” list.

NEXT-LEVEL BEATBOX:
Sung Lee – Finalist at Kollaboration New York and veteran of BEATBOX Battle, he’s gonna tear the roof off!

MONTHLY GENIUS:
Bill Chambers – He’s re-animated a Teddy Ruxpin, put words in the mouth of Henry Rollins. The Rat’s own Artist-in-Residence graces and stuns the Cabaret with more of his monthly greatness, oddness, genius, hilarity.

GERMAN THEATRICAL COMEDY:
Gregor of Berlin – Vain, brilliant, dark, humorous, decadent character performs “By contractual obligation.”  Enjoy some Schadenfreude at his expense.

JUGGLING:
Adam Auslander – veteran of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus!

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 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 / 21+ with ID to Drink)

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

Wed., Aug. 3, 2016 – 9:30pm-11pm / Doors Open 9:15 Sharp
$15
TICKETS – At the Door, or click here to Reserve Online. (If link doesn’t work, copy and paste into your browser: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix)
Discounts Available – Inquire

*(Cashel Campbell had to cancel her appearance due to an emergency. The Rat wishes her all the best.)
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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group

July 6 Show!

Vive le Rat! Celebrate independence and liberty and pride and humanity with physical comedy, decadence, sexuality, costumes, rock n roll, sketch comedy, theatrical characters, stories, and the return of host JILLIAN THOMAS!

A slice of NYC nightlife in a classic East Village venue. A night out like no other.

Wed. July 6, 2016 Show Features:

BURLESQUE:
Carson O’Gin ! Seen in shows inc. Fallen Woman, Ula Uberbusen’s Victrola Burlesque, The F*ck You Revue, and acting in “The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man,” a film directed/written by James Habacker of Slipper Room fame, screened at the Coney Island Film Festival

SKETCH COMEDY:
Cool Kid Comedy brings their hilarious bizarre unexpected scenes to the Rat. Maybe you’ve seen them shooting videos in the subway, or at any of the big comedy school/theaters. Or caught them on Funny Or Die, College Humor, Bloomberg TV and comedy blogs across the web. They’ve been selected to perform at The Boston Comedy Arts Festival, The New York City Sketch Festival, The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, and LA Comedy Festival! (http://www.coolkidcomedy.com/)

KILLER GUITAR:
Gabriel Castellar brings the house down. Check out this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE2oG4sDF4k) and ask: if he can slay it on video, in the challenging acoustics of a train platform, how badass will he be LIVE? (I can tell you the answer: QUITE.)

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE:
He’s re-animated a Teddy Ruxpin, put words in the mouth of Henry Rollins. The Rat’s own Bill Chambers graces and stuns the Cabaret with more of his monthly greatness, oddness, genius, hilarity.

THEATRICAL COMEDY:
Alex Curtis is a gifted, witty silent performer who will enact funny, beautiful, poignant scenes before you. As seen in one-man bravura show “Chalk” in the 2016 Frigid Festival.

‘GERMAN’ NIGHTCLUB CHARACTER:
Gregor of Berlin returns unwillingly from vacation in the demi-monde. Enjoy your Schadenfreude at his expense.

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 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 / 21+ with ID to Drink)

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

Wed., July 6,, 2016 – 9:30pm-11pm / Doors Open 9:15 Sharp
$15
TICKETS – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix
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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group (http://www.horsetrade.info/)

May 4 Show!

May Days: Darling buds. Mexican revolutions. Godless Commies. And Mom! Come celebrate the 5th month of the Gregorian calendar with a night of dance, smart comedy, great music, storytelling: a slice of NYC nightlife in a classic East Village venue. A night out like no other.

MAY 4, 2016 SHOW FEATURES:

MUSIC:
Zack Orion – his gorgeous style is “A soup that started in the African sands, whipped through Asia, boomeranged back through the Middle East, climbed the Carpathian mountains and screamed the Atlantic, legs still in a sprint, only to skid through an abandoned train tunnel cutting through the Appalachian hills.”
(https://zackorion2.bandcamp.com/track/stm-zv-3)

BELLYDANCE:
Shari Kamilah returns to the Rat with her signature sizzle — she teaches it and she performs it. Start fanning yourself now. Bring smelling salts to revive yourself…

COMEDY:
Paul Oddo – you’ve seen him on Fox Redeye, at the UCB, the CUNK Show at Creek and the Cave, SXSW, Boston Comedy Festval and Gotham Comedy Live, performing, producing and hosting…now the Rat has him!
(http://www.pauloddo.com/)

SKETCH TEAM:
Chambers and Levine, reunited!
Featuring the Rat’s Artist-in-Residence, Bill Chambers, seen in the Frigid NY Theater Festival, Canuck Cabaret, and some of your fave local bands. (His Henry Rollins and Neil Diamond tributes are epochal.) Co-starringGregory Levine, late of absurdist Russian mini-show PROUD PAPA at theAnnoyance Theatre NY and recurring guest performer with Guilty Pleasures Cabaret!

FAUX GERMAN SCHEISS:
Gregor of Berlin. Gregor regales the audience with tales of Teutonic childhood, decadence, morphine, prostitution, and of course, life in European show biz. (Seen in the Capital Fringe, Frigid NY Theater Festival, Travel Channel, and Guiness Book of World Records for Longest Continuous Variety Show.)

and JUST ADDED:
COOL DANGEROUS MAGIC:
Jeffrey Wetzel brings his hot fast illusions to the Rat. A 1-man show who will make you question your senses!

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!

AND sweet treats sold by atmospheric RETRO CANDY GAL Debby Bell !

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 / 21+ with ID to Drink)

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

Wed., May 4, 2016 – 9:30pm-11pm / Doors Open 9:15 Sharp
$15
TICKETS – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix
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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group (http://www.horsetrade.info/)