Monday, June 25, 8-10pm, $8
Union Hall, 702 Union Street near Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Each month, Bare! brings together storytellers, comedians, sex educators and others to share true tales from their own experiences of sex, desire and romance. With stories as diverse as the people telling them, Bare! opens doors to bedrooms, back seats and dungeons to tell what your mama left out about the birds, bees and in-betweens.
This month, our devoted storytellers dig in for the long haul, for better or worse, with tales of commitment.
Hosted by Jefferson (One Life Take Two, Spill!)
William Mullin (Santa Fe Comedy Festival, Haitus Improv)
Jeff Simmermon (And I Am Not Lying)
Sharon Spell (The Big Shrink)
Üla Überbusen (Here Kitty, Kitty Titty Show)
Musical guest Reformed Whores
. . . and you! You have a story of commitment—or perhaps one for which you should be committed. Put your name in the hat for a chance to bare all on the Bare! stage.
And more! One lucky audience member will win Bare’s sex-toy raffle, courtesy of Babeland.
Jefferson is the curator and host of Bare! A sex educator and writer, Jefferson keeps a pseudonymous blog, One Life, Take Two, that details his life as a parent and pervert. He is a storyteller frequently seen on stages around the city and elsewhere, including The Moth, where he is a StorySlam winner. He is also host of the monthly series Spill! True Stories of Queer Sex, Desire and Romance.
William Mullin performs stand-up comedy all over New York City, including at Comix Comedy Club, Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club and Don’t Tell Mama. Mullin has performed improv and written and performed with sketch comedy groups including the award-winning Hiatus Improv group and The Jakes. William is founder, producer and performer of the Santa Fe Comedy Festival, the southwest’s largest stand-up comedy festival. He has performed at numerous colleges and universities including Boston University (his alma mater), Green Mountain State College, and Rutgers University. William currently lives in Hamilton Heights with his partner and his black Labrador Guffman.
The musical comedy duo Reformed Whores, fronted by Marie Cecile Anderson and Katy Frame, have been lassoing hearts throughout the New York City comedy scene. e Charleston City Paper. You can catch Reformed Whores at such notable venues as UCB, The PIT, The Creek and The Cave and Caroline’ss on Broadway. They’ve also been busy touring the country and have performed at the Chicago Sketchfest, LAFF, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and the Charleston Comedy Festival.
Jeff Simmermon is a writer and storyteller who regularly appears at shows around New York. He has written for Vice Magazine, appeared onstage at The Moth’s GrandSlam, on the Moth’s podcast, and on This American Life. He produces, hosts and performs in And I Am Not Lying, a comedy storytelling burlesque sideshow that has appeared around NYC, at SXSW 2012 and most recently at the Black Cat in Washington, DC. The show is based on a blog packed full of stories, art, and other weirdness. And even though he’s been writing for years, he never gets any better at doing these bios.
Although her training and background geared her for a life of sitting alone in a studio inhaling paint fumes, Southern-born fashion plate Sharon Spell longed for a life before an audience. She moved to New York City from Hattiesburg, Mississippi (via Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) after earning a BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi in Painting and Drawing. Her visual art has been described as possessing a “fine and distanced beauty that suggests abstract expressionism.” It wasn’t very long after graduation that she dove headfirst in the cabaret performances, putting her fine and distanced beauty onstage, spouting abstract expressionist humor that everyone can relate to. Spell is host of the monthly show “The Big Shrink” at UCBEast.
Üla Überbusen is an actress, burlesque dancer, ukulele strummer, song writer and teller of tales. Incongruously, she makes her living by performing in bluegrass gospel musicals and stripping. She was featured in the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival (Atlanta) and the Show-Me Burlesque Festival (St. Louis). Also a playwright, her short, “The Ice Cream Man,” was featured in an evening of one-act plays at The Ensemble Studio Theater. Recently, Überbusen produced her first show, “The Here Kitty Kitty Titty Show,” at the Kraine Theatre, featuring her epic and insane burlesque trilogy about forbidden love between a lady and her cat. She can usually be found performing sexy dances and playing silly songs (and occasionally performing silly dances and playing sexy songs) all over New York City.
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Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance takes place on the final Mondays of the month at Brooklyn’s Union Hall. Also visit our monthly companion show Spill! True Stories of Queer Sex, Desire and Romance at Fontana’s in Manhattan.