Two Day Vulture Fest Focuses on Comedy This Year

Vulture Fest has become one of the premiere pop-culture events in the city for curated entertainment. Unlike the massive crowds at comic-cons and film festival industry needs at film festivals, Vulture Fest succeeds because it embraces a sense of intimacy at the events they bring to the public. For one weekend (May 20th-21st), you can enjoy two days of packed quality entertainment of all sorts. This year, Vulture’s put more focus on comedy, finding both big names and up-and-comers to attend.

In Conversation” this year, the biggest draw of Vulture Fest, is expecting huge names. Aziz Ansari will be there to talk about the second season of his Golden Globe winning series Master of None. Stephen Colbert will be hosted by Frank Rich…you can probably expect political talk, considering Vulture’s named the event State of the Union. Filmmaker Edgar Wright will talk about his career making the Cornetto Trilogy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and his new movie Baby Driver. Tituss Burgess, star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, shows a different side with an interview/wine tasting for his new Pinot noir. Chelsea Handler will be given a lesson in the kitchen by famed chef, José Andrés. But if you can’t spend the cash this year, a couple of the events are free to the public (with registration) including a free conversation with Kevin Bacon.

Like the “In Conversation” events, podcasts have also been on the rise, and Vulture will host several of the biggest names with live recordings. Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson will host an episode of their hit show 2 Dope Queens, Danielle Schneider and Casey Wilson will break down a Real Housewives episode on their show Bitch Sesh, Sean Clements and Hayes Davenport will give their “insiders” look at the industry with Hollywood Handbook. A live recording of Comedy Bang! Bang! hosted by Scott Aukerman, will feature guests Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus, and Jason Mantzoukas. will be a guest on a live episode of Good One hosted by Jesse David Fox. And the comedy team of Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will be there discuss their podcast Bodega Boys and Viceland’s Desus & Mero.

TV and film are heavily represented with panel conversations with the cast and creative minds behind Jane the Virgin, Shameless, and The Carmichael Show. Andrea Savage’s new truTV series I’m Sorry will premiere as one of the free events, and the comedy team behind Playing House, Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, are hosting a “Playing House Pajama Brunch” (with required nightwear attire). Film festival favorites Band Aid (written, directed, and starring Zoe Lister-Jones, costarring Adam Pally and ) and Dean (written, directed, and starring Demetri Martin, co-starring Gillian Jacobs and Kevin Kline) will have screenings. Both screenings will be at the new Alamo Drafthouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn with live conversations to follow, along with a performance by Band Aid.

And Vulture tops off the long Vulture Fest weekend with a night of comics with their free to the public “Above Average Live” comedy showcase. Comics Richie Moriarty, Matt Catanzano, Hadiyah Robinson, Patti Harrison, Julio Torres, and Bennington regular Matteo Lane will perform at the Brooklyn Brewery.

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Lesley Coffin is the Features/Interviews Editor for the movie site Filmoria. She has also written the books Lew Ayres: Hollywood Conscientious Objector (2012) and Hitchcock's Stars (2014), and currently writing a third book. Look for her brand new podcast, "Lake Shore Drive to Hollywood" part of the Second Wind Collective podcast network. Follow on twitter @filmbiographer for thoughts on movies and cat pictures.