Friday, July 8, 2011

John Fugelsang - The Unholy Experiment + Open Mic - Thursday, July 14

The Inspired Word Presents John Fugelsang - The Unholy Experiment + a 12-slot open mic open to all kinds of artists + NYC spoken word legend Nathan P., comedian Carolina Hidalgo, and special guests writer/artist/producer/director Eve Brandstein and novelist Marcus Sakey.

Hosted by 3-time HBO Def Poetry star Gemineye.



John Fugelsang is an actor, comedian, writer, spoken-word performer & political satirist with one of the most eclectic resumes in the business. His mother is an ex-Nun and his father was a Franciscan Brother. His Drama-League Nominated Off-Broadway solo show “ALL THE WRONG REASONS” was based on their love story & he was named “Outstanding NY Monologist” by MAC at Lincoln Center.

He interviewed Paul McCartney in London, and George Harrison in New York – in the same week; he appeared on “CSI,” “Providence” and in the films “Coyote Ugly” and “Somewhere in the City”; he’s been featured on CNN, Fox News, PBS, Air America, CNBC and is a regular on HLN's “The Joy Behar Show.” He even hosted “America's Funniest Home Videos” and “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.”

He's currently performing across the country with “The Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour'' and recently shot the independent feature “Price Check” with Parker Posey. He's delighted to perform this very special show with The Inspired Word.

What they say about John:

"One of my favorite comedians" - Bill Maher

"Fugelsang has the soul of an Iconoclast." - The New Yorker

“A Rapier Wit” – The Hollywood Reporter


Other Artist BIOS:

Besides being a poet, Eve Brandstein has been a major studio and network executive, a producer, a film and theater director, writer/creator, and casting director. She is also an artist, teacher and workshop facilitator, who has led writing and performance groups. Her poetry appears in national publications and she is one of the organizers of the celebrated reading series – Poetry In Motion, launched in 1988 with fellow poet, Michael Lally. Eve is once again producing Poetry in Motion as a monthly series at the venerated home of Los Angeles poetry, Beyond Baroque. She is a publisher of The Hollywood Review an anthology of L.A. poets and also the author of “The Actor – A Practical Guide to a Professional Career” plus has published several collections and anthologies of poetry chapbooks. Recently she co-produced and co-directed 13 episodes of "John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You.” Currently she directed the premiere of Revisiting Wildfire which is at the Odyssey Theater., LA. As an accomplished artist her work is shown at TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station, Los Angeles. Her next poetry collection will be published and distributed by Zeitgeist Press. For more info on Ms. Brandstein, please visit

Marcus Sakey is a bestselling novelist born in Flint, Michigan, and now living in Chicago. Before becoming a writer, Sakey used to run a graphic design company in Atlanta. He writes crime novels set in the blue collar world of the south side of Chicago. To conduct research for his plots, he has shadowed homicide detectives and gang cops, toured the morgue, gone shooting with Special Forces soldiers, and learned to pick a deadbolt. His debut novel, The Blade Itself, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, and as a New York Times Editor's Pick, as well as named one of Esquire Magazine's 5 Best Reads of 2007. Ben Affleck’s production company bought the film rights to The Blade Itself in 2008 for Miramax. The Chicago Tribune called his second novel, At the City’s Edge, “nothing short of brilliant.” And his third novel, Good People, came out to wide critical acclaim, with the movie rights selling to Tobey Maguire.

Stepping to the stage in his trademark suit, cufflinks and fedora style hat, poet Nathan P. became the poster child of style, grace and class on the slam circuit in early 2000. With a voice that resonates bass, the sound of his words were as captivating as his words themselves. This talent and stage presence enabled him to become a Nuyorican Grand Slam Finalist in his very first year on the circuit. He ultimately became the host at the Nuyorican Poets Café for seven years. He's been in two off-Broadway productions: "Be Beautiful" and "An Evolution in Reinvention," produced two books of poetry: "Madness" and "The Colors of My Mind," appeared on numerous CDs, most notably his solo project "Chalklines on Black Asphalt." He is host of The Inspired Word's Tuesday Night Open Mic Joint.

Carolina Hidalgo is a New York City comedian and the host of Killer Comedy at Stand Up NY Comedy Club and Angels and Kings.


When: Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where: One and One Bar & Restaurant (downstairs Nexus Lounge)
76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue)
Manhattan, NYC
Phone: (917) 703-1512

Doors open for open mic sign-up @ 6:30pm

Show starts @ 7:30

Cover Charge: $10


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