Thanks to co-producersNick P. Rossand my dear friendNikki Boyer, I shot a piece for Soul Pancake titled "That Moment You Stop Apologizing." I'd love for you to watch this 4min video. I've been very moved by the response that it's received online. Over the years, I have learned to NEVER read the comments on a YouTube page but these have been GREAT!
I also have some great shows coming up this month that are listed below!
Feb 13th - The Fireside Edition of Downbeat 720 - For over sixteen years, we've been holding it down, creating a safe & supportive space for high school performers. For once, we're opening it up to the public! Come join us and enjoy some performances from some very talented high school performers!
Eliza is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on The Pete Holmes Show, @Midnight, Chelsea Lately, Upload with Shaquille O’Neal, MTV, Showtime, AMC and the BBC. She has performed in festivals all over the world including RiotLA, SXSW, Bridgetown, the NY Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. In his Reddit AMA, Patton Oswalt called her one of his favorite up-and-coming comedians. Eliza was a writer and correspondent on Totally Biased (produced by Chris Rock), Fashion Police (with Joan Rivers), Adam Ruins Everything (truTV) and The Late Late Show with James Corden. In 2014, she was selected to be one of the “New Faces Of Comedy” at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. In 2015 she was selected for the “SF Sketchfest Dozen” and TimeOut LA named her one of 9 “Comics To Watch in 2015″.
She's one of our favorite comics! She headlined our comedy night a few years ago and we're excited to have her back at the Miles!
Joe Hernandez-Kolski & Joshua Silverstein met while performing in the spoken word poetry scene several years ago. They collaborated on a poem and have been working together ever since, although it's like a marriage - it's challenging sometimes. Their unique blend of comedy, spoken word poetry, rap and revealing storytelling attracts fans from all backgrounds. Not only is Joshua Silverstein an accomplished actor but he’s also a professional beatboxer who has performed all over the world, including with Wayne Brady in Las Vegas and on the Late Late Show with James Corden. He's currently the resident beatboxer/sex symbol on TBS' "Drop The Mic." Joe Hernandez-Kolski is an Emmy award-winner and two-time HBO Def Poet who can be seen in the recent Netflix reboot of “Gilmore Girls.”
"When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin?"
--The New York Times
I am very proud to be a part of the LA premiere of Anne Washburn's "Mr. Burns, a post-electric play," happening at Sacred Fools Theater right now! Yes, if you're a fan of "The Simpsons," you'll love a lot about this show! Take a look at some of the amazing press that we've been getting! All of the details are below. Buy tickets now cuz the show is selling out!
Also, I have two big shows coming up out of town:
Portland, OR - Sat. Nov 11th at 8pm - "The Joe & Joshua Show!" - The Siren Theater - with special guest Lone Wolves, hosted by Tasia Bernie
by Anne Washburn
score by Michael Friedman
lyrics by Anne Washburn
directed by Jaime Robledo
LOS ANGELES PREMIERE! After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors keep the spark of human spirit alive by telling stories around a campfire. As the years wear on, these stories expand into the realm of legend and myth. At turns sidesplitting and bone-chilling, Mr. Burns also features an unusual approach for the Fools: each act will be staged in a different theater space in the Broadwater complex, transporting the audience as we search for the light. Performing in the Broadwater Black Box, Second Stage, and Mainstage.
OCTOBER 13 - NOVEMBER 18, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 7pm
"WOW!!! HILARIOUS!! Seriously, so so funny, so much energy, wit, and intelligence. I laughed, I cried, I met some awesome people!" --Dufflyn Lammers
I think our friend Dufflyn gives the most accurate review of one of our shows. We do our best to reveal both the funny and the sad and, yes, you're bound to meet some awesome people! We're proud of the community that we continue to cultivate and, these days, community is very important.
So come out and laugh on August 30th at the Comedy Central Stage! We've been invited to do a FREE performance! You must RSVP by clicking here!
Come see why reviews say things like "electrifying" and "the real deal" and "a masterful mixture of comedy and spoken word."
If you're in another part of the country, here are some of my upcoming college performances:
Friday, August 25th - University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Monday, August 28th - Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA
Monday, October 2nd - Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Tuesday, October 3rd - Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
Wednesday, October 4th - Cal Poly U, San Luis Obispo, CA
Thursday, October 5th - Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA
Here's something you can watch right now!
My recent performance at "Rant & Rave," a monthly storytelling event.
I had a BLAST hosting the annual millennial breakfast at this year's National Council of La Raza annual conference (now Unidos US). Click here or on the pic above to watch the fun dance routine that Olympic gold-medalist Laurie Hernandez and I came up with to surprise the audience!
Below are some upcoming shows in NYC and LA as well as my submission for the #HamiltonChallenge! Thanks to my comedy partner Joshua Silverstein! (Speaking of which, more details to come, but please put August 30th in your calendar. Joshua and I will be performing at the Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood!)
So...I hope you're doing well. I'm tired right now. It's 11pm and I'd love to just binge-watch some Game Of Thrones (I'm on episode 3 of season 1, I have some catching up to do!) but I've gotta send this out and prep for my NYC show this weekend! The work never ends, does it? Hang in there. xo
"Riley" The Staged Readings - Live in NYC this Sunday at 1pm or 6pm! I love this web series. Not only do I have a fun character (the cheesy boss Gavin) but it's an award-winning series that's almost all-female led, both in front of and behind the camera. Click herefor more details and how to buy tickets! Thanks to lead actress/producer Jennifer Cetrone for getting me involved!
Monday, August 7th at 8pm, I will be performing at Rant & Rave, a long-running storytelling series. This is ALWAYS a great event. Thanks to performer/guest curator Orlando Bishop for getting me involved!
And here's my #Ham4All submission! Enjoy, all of you crazy Hamilton fans!!
Take a look at our reviews page. The response has been ridiculous. Here's just a sample:
"In case you didn't realize it, this year at Fringe, you have the opportunity to watch a polished but still spontaneous live HBO comedy special disguised as a late-night 2 man show."
"These two performers are the real deal. Not sure if you're the type to close your eyes in a fringe show but with this one you won't. They are surprising, hilarious, and SMART and I am definitely a fan of these fellas."
Buy your tickets NOW! We will sell out. Not cuz we're popular or anything, it's just a really small theater space. :-)
p.s. Here's a little sample for those unable to attend the show. We performed last week at Da Poetry Lounge!
Joe & Joshua perform "Actors Named Chris" at Da Poetry Lounge!
You have FIVE chances to see me perform this weekend starting TONIGHT!
Tonight - Joshua and I have one of two performances of our show this weekend! 11pm at Sacred Fools Studio! We are digging deep into relationships and male entitlement. Buy your tickets NOW cuz we will sell out! Not cuz we're popular or anything, it's just a really small theater space. :-)
Saturday night - Joshua and I are performing as part of the Mixed Remixed Festival, hosted by actor David Oyelowo. It's FREE!
Sunday - 1) I'm performing as part of the choir at the special Secret City event at Grand Performances. 2) Then, I'm performing at the Hollywood Improv in a fundraiser for the Antioch University Counseling Center with an amazing line-up including Iliza Shlesinger and Cameron Esposito! 3) THEN! I've got another 11pm performance of "The Joe & Joshua Show!"
Phew. It's gonna be a fun and exhausting weekend! Please come join the fun!!
And, if you have 10 seconds, please click the link below to nominate Riley The Seriesas Best Indie Series for the Streamy Awards, one of the biggest online awards ceremonies. The deadline is tonight at midnight!
FAN NOMINATIONS! Click on the pic and please nominate "Riley The Series" for "Best Comedic Series." Voting ends at midnight tonight!
Saturday night - I'm performing with Joshua as part of the Mixed Remixed Festival at 6:30pm at LATC! Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo will be receiving the Storyteller's Prize! The event is FREE! Register now!
Sunday at noon - I'm performing at Grand Performances with the Secret City Choir! If you haven't attended Secret City yet, this will be a fun one! It's referred to as an "award-winning artistic tent-revival." That's a pretty good description. It's A LOT of fun! Click the pic for more details!
Sunday night - I'm performing at the Hollywood Improv with an amazing line-up including Iliza Shlesinger, Cameron Esposito and Erik Griffin for a great cause!
Are you into avant-garde musicals about sexual intimacy or comedy shows about men struggling with emotional intimacy? OR BOTH??
I'm currently working on a musical called "Hello Again" by Michael John LaChiusa with an amazingly talented cast over at Chromolume Theatre in Culver City. It's definitely been a fun and challenging role. I get to play a bisexual writer in both the 1970s and 1920s. We close this weekend. Get at me for discount tickets!
First of all, I'm totally channeling my mother in this picture. My facial expression, the way I'm holding her hands. Totally my mom. That said...
This woman, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, is one of the coolest people ever! She's so friendly and present and down to earth! And a Princeton Latina! Que viva!
I got to perform for her at the Princeton Latino Alumni Conference held last month. In the photo, I'm sharing with her greetings from Professor Nancy Malkiel, a mentor of hers, who was also my thesis advisor. I found out that Sonia struggled early on at Princeton (as I did) and she went to Professor Malkiel for assistance (as I did). A pretty cool connection. :-)
On stage, I told the Justice that I had seen her graduation photo on a wall of famous Princeton graduates earlier that day and I had to tell her...she is easily the sexiest Princeton graduate ever! She got such a kick out of the comment, smiling and laughing!
I also had fun with Ted Cruz's twitter account. Cruz is a Latino Princeton graduate who was supposed to attend the conference but canceled at the last minute. So I tweeted him a photo of all of us from stage. HA! (I can't believe I tweeted Ted Cruz.)
But that was LAST month! Here's what's happening RIGHT NOW...
For the month of May, I am singing in a musical!
Hello Again by Michael John LaChiusa is based on the 1897 play La Rondeby Arthur Schnitzler (also titled Reigen). It focuses on a series of love affairs among ten characters during the ten different decades of the 20th century. The musical premiered Off-Broadway in 1993, directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele.
You can snag 50% off tickets only until Sunday! Code "hello50." Click on the pic to purchase tickets!
For the month of June, my comedy partner Joshua Silverstein and I will be premiering a NEW SHOW at the Hollywood Fringe Fest! Tickets go on sale May 1st! We really like the material that we've been writing and we can't wait to do an intimate late-night show for YOU! Click on the pic for dates and more info!
I'm in this fun web series called "Riley" which was just selected for the New Media Film Festival and also TubeFilter's "Indie Spotlight." Watch me flirt with the ladies by clicking on the pic above! And watch 'til the end!
Also, I will be performing at Princeton this Friday night as part of the Latino Alumni Conference. This Friday 3/31 at 10:15pm at Richardson Auditorium. Let me know if you'll be there!
And PLEASE put May 19th-20th in your calendar now! My comedy partner Joshua Silverstein and I are doing a special event at Inner-City Arts. More details to come!
Back in March, I auditioned for a role on the Netflix series "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life." A few days later, I was shooting and, well, eight months later, it is finally here!! I know that numerous people are binge-watching as I type this! I had a wonderful time playing with Tony award-winning actors Sutton Foster and Christian Borle! So much fun, in fact, that I took a bunch of behind-the-scenes pics that you can view by clicking HERE or by clicking on the above pic!
“The actor-writer Joe Hernández-Kolski pivots on the hyphen in his name, and on other internal divisions, as exuberantly as a break-dancer.”
-The New York Times
"Hernandez-Kolski's performance is perfectly timed and delivered with a ferocity that careens from satirical to indignant."
Regardless of how long I've lived in LA, I will always consider Chicago my home. I'm SO PSYCHED to be premiering my latest solo show at the Chicago Fringe Festival this year in front of my hometown family and friends!!
ONLY FIVE PERFORMANCES!!
A mix of spoken word poetry and comedy that addresses relationships, male identity and gender constructs. You know, the fun stuff.
This is the third solo collaboration between me and my director Benjamin Byron Davis. We're excited to share what we've been developing!
I will also be hosting a writing workshop at Noon on Sat. Sept. 10th at Fringe Central in Costa Cafe.
See you very soon!
Chicago Fringe Festival 2016
Friday, September 2nd at 7pm
Saturday, September 3rd at 8:30pm
Sunday, September 4th at 4pm
Saturday, September 10th at 8:30pm
Sunday, September 11th at 5:30pm
(plus a one-time $5 Fringe button which gives you access to the surrounding Fringe activities)