See comics up close and personal with Live @ the Apt
This intimate stand-up series brings comics and their audience together in a unique space: a series of apartments around New York City
Tue Dec 31 2013
Photograph: Daniel Hurwitz
Staging a full-fledged comedy show out of one’s apartment may seem like an awesome idea to some and a nightmare to others. For Drew Miller, it was a long-shot scheme that became a reality last March: That’s when he began inviting comedians to do sets in his East Village home, kicking off an online project he named Live @ the Apt. “I wanted to make my own show, [and] TV is expensive and impossible to make,” he explains. “So I figured, Why not do a Web series?” He and his roommate, Daniel Hurwitz, are both big comedy fans, and came up with the idea of filming emerging and established stand-ups in a snug setting.
The show, hosted by Charles Gould, quickly became popular, and now takes place at Miller and Hurwitz’s new Williamsburg abode and other comedy-friendly dwellings around the city. The most recent performance, held in a Tribeca loft on December 14, included My Damn Channel’s Beth Hoyt and a musical performance by Nancy Comedy. And although offering the “studio” audience free beer probably helped the series take off, the unique setting keeps people coming back. According to regular Live @ the Apt player Jonathan Morvay, “It’s more intimate than you would get at a comedy club, which I think most comedians would prefer. You definitely feel the audience there with you, and there’s no real space between the audience and performer.”
If you want to attend a taping, you can reach Miller and Hurwitz on Twitter at @liveapt or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Dates and exact locations are not released until a few days before the event, and past performances can be found on YouTube.
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