February 10, 2021
Mary Bess and her co-writer/producers Hoff Matthews (Comedy Central), Andrei Alupului (Come Ova, UCB), and George Gordon (Laugh Track Festival, Your Good Friend) are kicking off 2021 with a brand new lineup of monthly HORRORFEST shows, beginning with 1972’s chilling, sci-fi adventure “Horror Express” on Wednesday, February 10th at 9:00pm EST via YouTube! Tune in for a tale of an ancient evil unearthed in Manchuria and wreaking havoc on a snow-swept Trans-Siberian train ride, starring horror icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Monsters, murders, explosions, Telly Savalas–this movie truly has it all!
Subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on all your favorite social media platforms, and learn more about upcoming screenings and events via our website, www.hoffshorrorfest.com. Tune in, sit back, and laugh until you scream!
February 5, 2021
Mary Bess is thrilled to be joining the team at KNOW YOUR ROLE(S) as their producer and in-house southern comfort food expert! Have you ever wanted to craft the perfect horror film a la NFL fantasy draft or assign A Tribe Called Quest albums to their corresponding “Seinfeld” characters? Well, now you can with Know Your Role(s)! Join your favorite neighborhood bartenders, comedian George Gordon (“Your Good Friend”) and writer David Kleinman (“On the Way North”), for a weekly workshop of words where “knowing your roles” means finding unexpected connections across all your favorite mixed media from film and television to music, literature, sports, and beyond! Sit down with special guests like musician and Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach, celebrated comedian Josh Gondelman, and “Eye of the Majestic Creature” series creator and cartoonist Leslie Stein for pop culture party games and barstool banter, bringing you the contextualization that’s sweeping the nation!
December 23, 2020
Your favorite live comedy show and horror film screening series HOFF'S PUBLIC DOMAIN HORRORFEST is returning to YouTube at 9:00pm EST on Wednesday, December 23rd for a Horrorday Special featuring the eerie 1972 slasher flick “Silent Night, Bloody Night!” As always, there’ll be a SLAY of new skits, bits, and screams to unwrap from host Hoff Matthews (Comedy Central) and co-producers Andrei Alupului (Come Ova, UCB), Mary Bess Pritchett (An Inconvenient Talk Show), and George Gordon (Laugh Track Festival, Your Good Friend)!
Welcome to HOFFTOBER! Your favorite live comedy show and horror film screening series HOFF'S PUBLIC DOMAIN HORRORFEST returns to YouTube Thursdays in October with our premiere screening of Roger Corman’s 1960 campy classic “The Little Shop of Horrors” at 9PM EST, Thursday October 1st! The Horrorfest team has been working hard to bring you a month-long series of Free, weekly screenings including the terrifying 1959 murder mystery “The Bat,” 1957’s science fiction thriller “Not of This Earth,” the macabre and menacing 1925 silent film “The Phantom of the Opera,” and the ultimate zombie horror romp, 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead.”
Tune in each week for original comedy segments, games, and special guests including host of “The New Flesh” horror movie podcast Brett Arnold, award-winning filmmaker and horror extraordinaire Sydney Clara Brafman, acclaimed comedian, actor and Prince of Public Broadcast Brett Davis, and more! Subscribe to our brand new YouTube channel, Hoff’s Horrorfest, learn more about upcoming screenings and events via our website, www.hoffshorrorfest.com, and follow us on all your favorite social media platforms. Tune in, sit back, and laugh until you scream!
July 24, 2020
“Gonzo comedian Rollie Williams plays a rode-hard Al Gore interviewing comedians and real scientists about climate change.”
— Time Out NY
Everyone's favorite former vice president and environmental crusader is now a late night talk show host, and he's taking no prisoners in this riotous breakdown of the current state of climate change. AN INCONVENIENT TALK SHOW brings together the world’s hottest comedians (Comedy Central, SNL, UCB, etc) and climate experts (NASA, VICE, NYU, Smithsonian, etc) to tackle the globe's hottest problem.
Climate Justice is Racial Justice, and addressing the global crisis begins with dismantling the racist policies that inflict the worst impacts of climate change on people of color. On Friday, July 24th, CLIMATE TOWN presents An Inconvenient Livestream CLIMATE JUSTICE, welcoming climate scientists, activists, and a dream team of comics to better understand the relationship between climate change and racism. Friday’s broadcast features special guest Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (TIME Magazine, How to Save a Planet, All We Can Save), marine biologist, author, activist and founder of the Ocean Collectiv and Urban Ocean Lab. This event will also feature special guest Sonal Jessel, MPH, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator with We Act for Environmental Justice, an incredible organization combating environmental racism and building healthy communities for people of color since 1988. Admittance to this online event is free, but audience members will have the opportunity to donate towards We Act for Environmental Justice throughout the broadcast.
Alongside creator Rollie Williams (Columbia University) and collaborator Mamadou N’Diaye (Sundance Makers Lab), audiences will be treated to a colorful cast of comedians including Mark Vigeant (Comedy Central), Tristan Griffin (Just For Laughs), Monique Moses (Astronomy Club on Netflix), Gianmarco Soresi (Caroline’s on Broadway), Taylor Ortega (Just For Laughs), and Asher Perlman (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert). Tune in HERE for a night of learning, laughter, and enlightenment as we work together to create a better world.
July 22, 2020
Your favorite live comedy show and horror movie screening series HOFF'S PUBLIC DOMAIN HORRORFEST returns this Wednesday at 9:00 PM EST! Join Hoff Matthews (Comedy Central) via Twitch as he livestreams classic public domain horror movies interspersed with host segments and special guests. Log on, sit back, and prepare to laugh until you scream!
This week, the Horrorfest team brings you Bernard Vorhaus’ 1948 thriller “The Amazing Mr. X,” starring Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell, and “The Turkish Delight” himself, Turhan Bey. Tune in to the Horrorfest Twitch stream at 9:00 PM EST on Wednesday, July 22nd for mysterious sightings, unexplained voices, haunting music, and shocking revelations from the beyond! Wednesday’s show features special guests Nevada Caldwell (UCB, Army Wives) and Glennis LaRoe (Buzzfeed, the PIT) along with new skits, bits, and screams from host Hoff Matthews and co-producers Andrei Alupului (Come Ova, UCB), Mary Bess Pritchett (An Inconvenient Talk Show), and George Gordon (Laugh Track Festival, Your Good Friend). See you there!
May 22, 2020
Tune in to FORCED COLLABORATIONS: A MUSICAL COMEDY HOUR live streaming on Facebook live at 8:00pm EST.
May 20, 2020
Paper Kraine presents FEMME BRULEE 2020 this Wednesday May 20th at 7:30pm EST via Facebook or PK's livestream link. This gorgeous annual celebration of female-identifying artists will benefit Planned Parenthood and features performances from Monica LaBadia, yours truly, Rebecca Vineyard, Terra Warman, Jay Malsky, Morgan Jade Booker with Alex Taylor and Aleigha Spinks, and more!
January 1, 2020
Mary Bess is tickled to be producing the second installment of her original variety show GENEROUS LAUGHS, an evening of comedy and music all benefitting a fantastic cause!
GENEROUS LAUGHS 2020: A RAICES BENEFIT SHOW returns to the littlefield stage on Wednesday January 15th, two years after its first iteration in 2018 benefitting the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. This year’s event will benefit RAICES, an incredible non-profit defending the rights of immigrants and refugees while empowering individuals, families, and communities through advocacy, education, and legal services.
Generous Laughs 2020 features a sparkling lineup of comedians and musical performers including Jennifer Vanilla (MOMA PS1), Jes Tom (Soojung Dreams of Fiji), Sam Taggart (Comedy Central’s Clusterfest), Karolena Theresa (Handmaid’s Tale: the Musical), Tommy McNamara (Caroline’s on Broadway), Ladies Who Ranch (Brooklyn Comedy Collective), Mamoudou N’Diaye (Comedy Central), Jay Malsky (NY Fringe Festival), Guitler Raphael (The Alley) and more! Join your hosts Mary Bess Pritchett and Ian Lockwood for a night of pure delight as we dive into the new year celebrating an incredible organization and the power of giving back!
Purchase tickets here.
Poster art by Amanda Xeller
December 21st, 2019
Don't miss the FOURTH ANNUAL CHANUKAHSTRAVAGANZA: BRIGHTER THAN EVER, returning to Union Hall Saturday, December 21st at 7:30 PM. This brilliant, benefit show has been a smashing success the last three years, and 2019’s edition promises to be the biggest Chanukahstravaganza yet! This year features performers such as Josh Gondelman, Alison Lieby, Anna Roisman and more! All proceeds will be donated to the Center For Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care, and audience members will have even more chances to give this year as raffle tickets will be on sale during the event for a veritable smorgasbord of exciting prizes! Purchase tickets HERE!
FEATURING: Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight, Desus and Mero), Alison Leiby (The President Show, The New York Times), Anna Roisman (The Unemployed Show, Funny or Die), Jess Salomon (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Falon, Just For Laughs), Charlie Bardey (Vulture, August Exploration), Yaari Nadav Tal (Vulture), And MORE!
*PRODUCED BY: Mary Bess Pritchett
December 3rd, 2019
It's the show you've been waiting for all year long, AN INCONVENIENT HOLIDAY SPECIAL, coming to The Bell House on December 3rd, 2019 at 8:00 PM! The weather outside is truly frightful, but "Al Gore" (played by Rollie Williams) is determined to make climate activism delightful as he hosts this Night of Too Many Stars-style comedy event. Featuring "A-list celebrity appearances" (from a rising class of NYC comedy royalty), musical guests singing holiday songs, and climate scientists playing reindeer games. All proceeds will benefit a nonprofit working to support climate activism on the community level — WEACT For Environmental Justice. Purchase tickets HERE!
HOSTED BY Rollie Williams (Columbia U, Funny or Die)
WITH Mark Vigeant (Comedy Central Clusterfest's Up Next) and Mamoudou N'Diaye (Mic)
FEATURING COMEDY FROM Meg Stalter, Lucas O'Neil, John Trowbridge, Nicole Conlan, Jay Malsky, Torey Strahl, Sam Reece, Tristan Griffin, Natasha Vaynblat, Joey Dardano, Katie Hartman, Asher Perlman, Zach Zimmerman, Andrew Coalson, Brian Bahe, Matt Barats, Becky Chicoine, Marcia Belsky, Matt Gehring, Sarah Dooley, Taylor Ortega and Carmen Christopher
AND CLIMATE EXPERTS Alicia Perez-Porro (Museum of Natural History) and Ayana Johnston (Ocean Collectiv, NYU)
*PRODUCED BY: Carly Hoogendyk & Mary Bess Pritchett
Blessed as she is to know so many talented comedians, Mary Bess is excited to be producing GUITLER RAPHAEL'S first ever half hour of comedy at The Footlight on Friday September 27th, with special guests Carmen Lagala (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Saurin Choksi (Brown Privilege), Tawanda Gona (CBS), and Kofi Thomas (Auntie's House). Tickets can be found HERE.
Mary Bess is thrilled to be joining the production team behind the phenomenal AN INCONVENIENT TALK SHOW, a monthly offering at Caveat NYC from celebrated comedian and activist Rollie Williams. Every month, An Inconvenient Talk Show brings together comedians and climate experts to help close the information gap between the public and climate change.
“Gonzo comedian Rollie Williams plays a rode-hard Al Gore interviewing comedians and real scientists about climate change." — Time Out NY
Everyone's favorite former vice president and environmental crusader is now a late night comedy talk show host, and he's taking no prisoners in this riotous breakdown of the current state of climate change. An Inconvenient Talk Show brings together New York's hottest comedians (Comedy Central, SNL, UCB, etc) and world's hottest climate experts (NASA, VICE, NYU, Smithsonian, etc) to tackle the globe's hottest problem.
Don't miss this month's performance, Tuesday August 6th at Caveat NYC. Tickets can be found HERE!