A very odd week last week culminated in me booking a job for ScaryMommy, the parenting blog, which had partnered with Verizon for a spot on the Verizon Hum, a new app from the telecom giant that allows your car to talk to your smartphone and run diagnostics, or something. I don't really know much about cars. What I do know is that the job went from non-union to SAG the day before shooting, and so I was Taft-Hartleyed as an On-Camera Principle and now am eligible for the union. So, thanks Verizon! Can you hear me now?
I've been producing "Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler" for the better part of two months now, and it's been a wonderful experience. The New York Times called it "Fun to watch," and called Lucie herself "a delightful racconteur." All that, plus Woody Allen brought Soon Yi and saw it from the front row. Couldn't get much more productive (and totally odd) than that. The show closes 7/30!
Full disclosure, I started following 54 Below programming director Jennifer Ashley Tepper on social media in maybe 2012, because she was a professional Broadway fangirl, and I thought that was awesome, and she was awesome. Little did I know that after meeting her backstage at "School of Rock" in 2016, that she actually is awesome, and that I'd be joining the team at Feinstein's/54 Below to create a new late night comedy series.
The series plays every other Sunday at 11:30, and will mix standups with Broadway performers branching out into comedy. It's hosted by Tyler Fischer, the rising standup who's appearing on this season of "Chicago Med" and "Younger," and also happens to be a buddy of mine from college.
The idea for the show is simple: combine standups and Broadway stars who want to do comedy, together in Broadway's favorite club. The result is gonna be a standup club show that's also classy af, a great way to end your weekend.
Performers include Broadway favorites like Alex Brightman, Leslie Kritzer, and Julia Mattison, Standups like Janelle James, Mark Normand, and Matt Ruby, and plenty more names to be added.
So come to the basement of the old Studio 54: there's less cocaine than there used to be, but it's still gonna be a good time. Shows start March 5th.
I'm really excited to announce that "Occasionally Employed," fresh off winning Outstanding Variety Performance at MITF, is playing the Striker mainstage at The PIT on March 17th at 9:30. This show's been a labor of love for me over the last year, where it debuted in a workshop at The Lynn Redgrave Theatre before playing Theatre Row at the United Solo festival, the Workshop Theatre at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and a homecoming show at Epic Theatre Company in Providence, RI.
So start your St. Patrick's Day right: come drink and listen to a black Irish lapsed Catholic talk about all the fun ways he failed on the way to lucking into a job producing comedy. The show is 3/17 at 9:30.
Tickets are $10 and available here: http://thepit-nyc.com/event/2017-03-17-david-de-almo-occasionally-employed
"Occasionally Employed" is Directed by Max Friedman and Produced by Rebecca Crigler.
With "Chris Gethard: Career Suicide" closing after three successful Months, I've moved on to producing some smaller scale shows that are really exciting! First up was "Noel and Julia's Wayward Brainchildren," a crazy show somewhere between a concert, a sketch show, and a cabaret. It was directed by my "Occasionally Employed" director Max Friedman, and featured Noel Carey and Julia Mattison, the stars of the award-winning web series Brooklyn Sound. We sold out Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre, and I can't wait to work with them on future projects!
I also joined forces with my "New York Story" co-producer Kristen Buckels to begin work on a live taping of Will Miles (The Chris Gethard Show) and Giulia Rozzi's (Girl Code) "Hopefully We Don't Break Up" podcast, which will play SubCulture on February 10th.
Finally, I joined "Rules of Cool" producer Caitlin Cooke to begin work on "54 Loves You," a concert for mental health at 54 Below, March 26th. The concert features Broadway's current Fiyero Michael Campayno, as well as TV/Film star Larisa Oleynik (10 Things I Hate About You) among others, and benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. We're teaming up with Musical Director Ben Caplan, and can't wait to get going.
More to come!