For this Woodstock Writer's Festival panel, four of the best writers for late night television come to Woodstock to share the mirth. Panelists include the legendary Bill Scheft (The Late Show with David Letterman), Jess Dweck (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), and Meredith Scardino (The Colbert Report). Moderated by J.R. Havlan, (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart).

The panel will be a live taping of J.R.'s podcast, Writer's Bloc - he joins us for a preview.

Aimee Mann most recent album, Charmer, was released on her own SuperEgo label in September of last year. It was her 8th solo album after splitting with the new wave band, Til Tuesday in 1990. Mann is is playing at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY on Thursday, April 18th at 8pm. Ted Leo will open.

    David Sedaris' new book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, will be released by Little Brown on April 23rd.

The satirist and public radio favorite will be at three venues in three different cities in our region: The Bardavon on 4/5The Mahaiwe on 4/6, and The Egg on 4/11.

Rachel Dratch

Feb 25, 2013

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered, she says, roles as “Lesbians or Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians.”

Her career as a female comedian at a low point, she suddenly had time for yoga, dog-sitting, learning Spanish—and dating. Dratch reveals the joys and terrors of putting herself out there in a quest to find love and then becoming a mother in an undreamed-of way in her book, Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle.

    Insane City is Pulitzer Prize winning humorist Dave Barry's first novel in more than 10 years, though he has been writing non-fiction best-sellers during that time. In the book, Seth Weinstein is on his way to his destination wedding in Florida.

Little does he know what's in store: Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a desperate Haitian refugee and her two children on the run from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.

British comedian Eddie Izzard will bring his brilliant and unique form of stand-up comedy to the stage at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, New York this Saturday, February 16th (as of this posting, tickets are available for the 6pm show, available on The Bardavon website or by calling 845-473-2072).

Comedian, dramatic actor of stage and screen, activist, transvestite, marathon runner, any one descriptor (or even a bundle of them) applied to Izzard would fail to summarize his career or the man himself. Still - with his help - we try in this segment.

Larry Hirshowitz

    Stand-up comedian, Marc Maron, kicks of his “Out of the Garage” Tour at The Egg in Albany, NY this Friday, February 1st.

The title of the show refers to the home-studio in his garage – the primary location used to record his very popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.” The podcast features perceptive stream-of-consciousness introductions and lengthy (usually one-on-one, occasionally one-on-two for example: Tenacious D) conversations with iconic entertainment personalities. The podcast premiered in 2009 and regularly hits #1 on iTunes and has been called a “must-listen” by Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and many other publications and entertainment websites.

Kevin Meany

Jan 25, 2013

  With a blend of lunacy that includes physical humor, impersonations, stylized caricatures of nightclub singers and his signature "man on the street" interviews. Emmy Award winner Kevin Meany has been one of the country's most popular standup comedians for more than 25 years.

In June of 1997, the first of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books was published in the UK. The scarred and bespectacled boy wizard’s popularity is virtually immeasurable and his adventures fill the pages of 7 total books - which have been the basis for 8 feature length films. As with anything – if there is anything – as popular as Harry Potter, the creativity doesn’t stop there – or even with officially sanctioned theme parks. Fans of the world Rowling created continue to retell and re-imagine the stories through fan-fiction, music, and theater.

In Potted Potter, two actors, Daniel Clarkson and Jeff Turner, comically and energetically deliver Harry Potter’s story on stage in 70 minutes. 7 books in 70 minutes. In their production – which was nominated for an Olivier award in London and has toured globally – Jeff Turner plays Harry, and Daniel Clarkson plays everyone else.

After the Fall: A Novel introduces us to a brilliantly eccentric family from New York’s Upper East Side.