Laughing Buddha Comedy! w/ Jeff Lawrence, Janeane Garofalo, Aida Rodriguez, and More!
16 & over
A prototypical native New Yorker, Jeff was born and raised in Queens, and is proud to let you know he got out. The Gay Jew, as he is affectionately known, was once a rock singer who has appeared on MTV, and with Bob Dylan on the Grammy Awards. He's a native New Yorker, Brooklyn Nets season ticket holder, recovering pothead, and is against gay marriage. Well, at least until he figures out gay dating. He professes to know more about sports than any straight dude, and less about gay culture than any gay man.
Whether he's denouncing organized religion, debunking gay stereotypes, or dissing his landlord in Chinatown, he always leaves audiences wanting more. Jeff has appeared on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal, as well as the Tampa Bay Times. He also been talked about in the New York Daily News, Time Out New York, Next Magazine, and GALA Magazine. Jeff has been heard on the Dr. Fritz Radio Show and Mancow Radio, as well as college stations across the U.S. He has performed in the NY Underground Comedy Festival, The Stand Up 360 Festival, the NY Comedy Competition (for the Boston Comedy Festival). He hits the road often and is a regular at Catch a Rising Star and has performed internationally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to the Greek Islands.
After beginning his entertainment career as a rock singer, Jeff migrated to the stage playing Ernest Hemingway in the musical "Scott and Zelda" at the Wings Theater in NYC. As a musician and singer, Jeff has recorded and performed with members of The Cult and Buck Cherry, released records, charted on radio, and toured internationally. He has also appeared in commercial, film and television roles.
Actress and Comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992.
In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the country, and the world. As well, she was instrumental in the successful launching of the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, "The Majority Report." A lightning rod for controversy, Janeane's well informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between. She is a noted peace activist.
Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films such as "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," "Steal This Movie," "Copland," "Reality Bites," and "Duane Hopwood," as well as for her specific brand of sharp wit and comedy shown in her roles in "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion," "Bye Bye Love," "Mystery Men," "Clay Pigeons," "The Minus Man" and "The Cable Guy," directed by her friend Ben Stiller. Ben and Janeane also co-authored the best seller "Feel This Book," (Ballantine May 1999). Janeane was also a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning Ben Stiller Show.
Janeane played the role of Paula, the acerbic talent booker, on "The Larry Sanders Show," for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1997 and two Cable Ace nominations. During the fall of '94 she joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live." Some of Janeane's other television work includes two specials for HBO, the series finale of "Mad About You" and the critically lauded, final season of NBC's "The West Wing," where she played Democratic campaign strategist Louise Thornton.
In 2007, Janeane's voice was featured in the Disney/Pixar animated comedy Ratatouille, and can be seen in Stella writer/director David Wain's ensemble comedy, "The Ten." Janeane can also be seen in the Lifetime movie "Girl's Best Friend" and as a character on the 2009 season of "24."