Seven months ago we declared Rell Battle and Brian Moses‘ Los Angeles Based Roast Battle comedy show to be the “biggest can’t miss show in comedy” and now we’re excited to announce Roast Battle is getting a permanent weekly home in New York City.
Today, Emilio Savone told us that he is joining forces with Rell Battle to bring the Original Roast Battle to the New York Comedy Club in New York City. The show which has been standing room only every week in its LA home on at The Comedy Store’s Belly Room, will now have a weekly spot Friday nights at the New York Comedy Club starting on July 10th at 11:30pm. Here’s how to get tickets to the first show.
Savone said Rell will spend a month in New York City getting the show started in July. Details are still in preliminary stages, but there are plans to try to connect the east and west coast shows in some way.
The Los Angeles incarnation of Roast Battle has been the ultimate “you had to be there” experience. In November we described it as what you’d get if you combined 8 Mile style rap battles with a Comedy Central Roast and held it at a circus. The Los Angeles version has two younger comedians battling through three rounds of roast jokes, with a panel of heavyweight comics judging, and a Roastmaster hosting. A “racist couple” sitting in the front row and plenty of interruptions, chaos and hype permeate the show. Emilio hasn’t said whether the New York version will exactly model the Los Angeles version, but he has said he’s giving Rell free rein with the show.
Savone first became exposed to to Roast Battle when the show exploded at the New York Comedy Festival last fall at the Gramercy Theater. “When I saw that show, I was like, man, this would be great to have this show in our club.” So he reached out to Rell to see if he might be interested in doing a West Coast / East Coast kind of thing. Rell was on board and now it’s just a matter of finalizing the details.
Savone added, “Roast Battle will be such a good fit for us and what we’re doing in our club.”
Savone has other big plans for the summer at the club. New York Comedy Club will be bringing Jay Nog’s outlandish Paid or Pain to the stage, which pits comedians in a competition to be funny, and win money, or face the wrath of an on-stage dominatrix. Fleshlight is on board to sponsor the show, and retired porn star and fantasy basketball radio host Lisa Ann will be co-hosting. That goes down on July 17th. Get tickets here!
Exciting things are also happening outside the realm of theme shows. Mike Recine, John Campanelli, and Giulia Rozzi are all going to be recording albums at the club this summer. John Campanelli is recording on Friday June 19th at 7 and 9pm, Giulia Rozzi will be recording her album on June 25th at 9:30pm, and you can catch Mike Recine’s album recording on July 24th at 7:00 and 9:00.
New York comedy club has been serving up the best comedy in the city to the Gramercy neighborhood and all of Manhattan since 1989. Under new ownership since 2014, NYCC still features the best comedians in the city 7 nights a week, plus an updated front bar and is located at 241 East 24th Street between 2nd and 3rd. Visit newyorkcomedyclub.com for more information and follow them on twitter @NewYorkComedy.