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Time Out Live, our New York Comedy Festival show stars… Ophira Eisenberg and Summer & Eve

One stand-up storyteller and one perky, poppy comedic quartet help round out our New York Comedy Festival show

Photographs: Summer & Eve: Nathan Johnson Photography; Ophira Eisenberg: Jacques Cornell
Summer & Eve and Ophira Eisenberg

Ophira Eisenberg
Who she is: A Canadian transplant and versatile perfomer whose dedication to craft has made her a stand-up and storytelling star in venues around the city
What she does: Hosts new NPR game show Ask Me Another alongside other local favorite Jonathan Coulton; tells stories at the Moth and runs its StorySlam at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe once a month; wrote a book about sex and maturity, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, coming out in the spring
Why we love her:
With an arsenal of quick quips and emotionally substantive stories at her disposal, Eisenberg has the chops to play just about any room in town. Whether she’s talking about married life or car accidents, this sharp and classy lady can be both subtly subversive and a total dork. Above and beyond any exhibited world-weariness, her emphatic delivery and expressive eyes draw listeners right in.

Summer & Eve

Who they are: A sunny, comic pop rock quartet—married couple Nadia and Aaron Quinn, plus Rebecca Kaasa and Emily Tarver—who jangle their way through
ditties about cats, smoking and George Foreman
What they do: Play flashy cabaret joints, such as Joe’s Pub, as well as downtown bars and clubs; host a monthly show at UCBEast with a rotating series of songs; post topical tunes in a wide range of styles on their YouTube channel; individually, appear in a slew of commercials
Why we love them: Their catchy, pop culture–obsessed numbers are packed with silly jokes and tongue-twisting plays on words; while they taunt celebrities (like the Olsen twins) and spoof genres from country to hip-hop, the ensemble is never less than peppy and displays excellent harmony. Light banter—provided primarily by former Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson castmember Nadia and improviser Tarver—greases the wheels between songs.

Time Out Live happens Fri 9. It also features beloved stand-up and You Made It Weird podcast host Pete Holmes and former TONY comedy editor Jane Borden.Tickets available at east.ucbtheatre.com.

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