New York Funny Songs Festival Kicks off 5th and Final Fest This Thursday


The 5th and final New York Funny Songs Fest kicks off this Thursday, May 19th at The Unicorn (105 Henry St. at Pike St.). Known as “NYC’s only comedy music festival,” the array of musical comedians hit the boards for three days of non-stop shows at venues throughout the L.E.S. (and in Brooklyn) featuring more than 65 participants.

Founder and comedienne Jessica Delfino says this will be the last go around for the festival.

Highlights of the 2016 fest include opening night at The Unicorn followed by a secret karaoke after party, the Annual Unicorn Parade with a mini-tour of Chinatown on Friday, followed by the infamous “50 Funny Songs” event hosted by Carolyn Castiglia and featuring 50 comedic musicians performing back to back at Littlefield in Brooklyn, alongside Bitchcraft at Union Hall, a long-running witchy-esque variety show hosted by Selena Coppock and Lauren Maul.

On Saturday, an all afternoon brunch show called “20 Titillating Minutes” offers long sets by performers over a pancake breakfast ($10 includes pancakes) with an industry panel to follow. The evening wraps up with “A Night of Dirty Songs,” with Delfino and her renowned “Dirty Folk Rock” songs at the helm. A full schedule of events can be found here.

Next on the agenda for Delfino is her new solo show, “Before My Water Breaks,” premiering at Joe’s Pub on July 23rd.  Delfino notes she will then “commit to her most intense creation yet,” a baby son, due in late August.

NY Funny Songs Fest 2013 is This Weekend

NY Funny Songs Fest

The NY Funny Songs Fest is all wound up and ready for its second year of singing and comedy — together — with music. The festival, which debuted last year, presents four fun-filled days of workshops, showcases and comedic songs (from an impressive roster of comedy musicians) at local venues around the Lower East Side.

We checked in with founder and musical comedienne, Jessica Delfino, to see how she’s feeling about the Sophomore year of coordinating the festival and to get some tips on what to see.  Delfino noted this year has, “bigger stakes, a bigger budget, more performers, better venues, and (she’s) pretty frickin’ psyched.”

Last Call — Support the 2nd Annual NY Funny Songs Fest

NY Funny Songs Fest

After a smashing start last year, our friends at the NY Funny Songs Festival are raising money for their second annual event.  Their Kickstarter campaign ends tonight so be sure to chip in – if you like funny songs, that is.

Arts Watch: Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots) at Joe’s Pub

Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots) – Photo by Alex M. Smith:

There’s a fun show at Joe’s Pub this Sunday evening at 9:30pm.  The (comedy) rock duo Die Roten Punkte are in town.  The (so called) ‘brother and sister’ team, “Princess Astrid Rot and Prince Otto Rot,” from Berlin, will feature LES lady of lore, Jessica Delfino, as a special guest.

‘Princess’ Astrid Rot told us, “We are super excited to play Joe’s Pub. We saw ‘Our Lady J’ perform there two years ago and loved her and loved the room, it’s so beautiful. We met Jessica a few years ago, we actually performed a spot for her on one of her shows and then we all became friends.”

1st Annual Funny Songs Festival Kicks Off

Left to right: Jessica Delfino, Carolyn Castiglia and Jen Kwok - a few of the musical comediennes performing at the Funny Songs Festival this weekend. Photo by Alex M. Smith.

We are excited for the First Annual Funny Songs Fest to kick off tomorrow night.  Organizer Jessica Delfino has been working around the clock with her team, securing cheap drinks, fun treats for goodie bags and over 50 talented musical comedians at some great venues here on the LES.

Delfino, who lives in the neighborhood, has been playing ukelele and singing “dirty folk” for almost a decade.  She told us she wanted to hold the event here because she is “focusing on developing the comedy music community,” and wanted those developments to enhance and benefit her neighbors and local community, as well.  “Plus,” she said,  “it’s just a few blocks away from my apartment, so I can party hard and stumble home with ease.”

Funny Songs Festival Comes to the Lower East Side Next Week

Comedian, singer and festival organizer Jessica Delfino. Photo by Alex M. Smith.

Our friend Jessica Delfino got a nice write-up in the Times in advance of a new event she’s organized, the Funny Songs Festival, which kicks off next Thursday at locations throughout the Lower East Side.  The Lo-Down is excited to be media sponsor of New York’s only comedy music festival.  Here’s an excerpt:

“Comedy music has had a strange relationship with the world since it started,” said Ms. Delfino, who has performed comedy songs for a decade. “Imagine, if you will, a kid who is kind of nerdy and awkward in sixth grade, buck teeth and whatever. As he gets older, he learns sports and gets cool. That’s what’s happening here.” Although pioneers like Tom Lehrer and the Smothers Brothers have always made people laugh, it’s true that in the last several years alternative comics (who, as Ms. Delfino pointed out, are now mainstream comics, much in the way indie-rockers have found a steady home on the pop chart) have seized upon the fusion of music and comedy as an easy way to appeal to like-minded peers: savvy urban-dwellers obsessed with their record collections and unimpressed by clunky, punch-line-reliant zingers.

We’ll have much more on the festival next week. In the meantime. check out the event’s web site for detailed information.


JOIN US! For a Night of LES Trivia

Comedienne Jesica Delfino, who will be hosting our LES Trivia Night on June 28th.

We are thrilled to be co-sponsoring a night of Lower East Side trivia with our friends at the Tenement Museum’s Tenement Talks series.

The fun-filled night is also sponsored by Fontana’s, where the event will take place at 6:30p on Tuesday, June 28th.

The fantastic and lovely musical comedienne Jessica Delfino will be our wonderful host for the evening.

There will be plenty of drink specials, tasty treats from the neighborhood (did we mention cupcakes?) and exciting prizes from local businesses…Plus, all kinds of fun trivia about the Lower East Side. Categories will include: History, Music, Famous People, Landmarks and more…so grab your neighbors and join us for an exciting night of LES trivia and culture!

Visit us on Facebook for more details.

FREE // 6:30-8:00p // 105 Eldridge St.

Skits ‘N’ Tits Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary

The wacky and talented crew that is the comedy/burlesque variety show “Skits ‘n’ Tits” is back at the Bowery Poetry Club tomorrow night with their “2 Year Anniversary X-mas Blow Out” show.

Skits N’ Tits Back at Bowery Poetry Club Tonight

The wacky and talented ladies of Skits ‘N’ Tits are back at the Bowery Poetry Club tonight, promising a night of comedy, burlesque and booze. They write (via facebook): This Month, we welcome our new host, Mr. Lower East Side, Mike Amato!!! We’ve got new sketches and great special guests!

Craftermath’s New Wednesday at The Dressing Room

In lieu of Cinco De Mayo mayhem – the gals at Craftermath are hosting their monthly “New Wednesday” event at the Dressing Room bar and boutique. They promise to provide punk crafts, film shorts by a special guest filmmaker and a subversive new song (via performer Jessica Delfino)  – along with great drink specials – from 7-9pish tomorrow night. FREE

Jessica Delfino’s Besties at The Slipper Room

Self-titled comedian-musician-writer-craftivist-spelling bee champ Jessica Delfino (featured in My LES here) is back at The Slipper Room this Thursday with “Besties.”  This monthly comedy show brings some of her best friends (performers, musicians and comedians) together for an evening of music and laughter. This month: Andrea Rosen, Diane O’Debra, Livia Scott, Frank Peffercorn, Ben Lerman and Juliet Jeske. Plus, house band PUSS & BOOBS (featuring Lauren Oppelt as “BOOBS” and Delfino as “PUSS”). Join the party as she celebrates her Besties in fun and strange ways. Bring  your own pals and make new ones.| $5 | 7pm | 167 Orchard St. |