Events

Saturday Sessions: Hosted by curator Miriam Katz featuring comedy by Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, Jenny Slate, Reggie Watts, Maeve Higgins, and Rory Scovel

Saturday, March 19, 2011
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Jenny Slate
Photo: Peter van Hyning

Rory Scovel
Photo: Diana Pappas

Reggie Watts
Photo: Noah Kalina

Miriam Katz hosts an afternoon of experimental comedy, featuring live performances by Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, Jenny Slate, and Reggie Watts, as well as newly commissioned videos by Maeve Higgins and Rory Scovel.

Jon Glaser is the creator and star of Delocated on Adult Swim. He is the author of the book My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top, which recently came out on Harper Perennial.  

Dublin-based comedian Maeve Higgins has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the New Zealand Comedy Festival, and the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival.  

Comedian and musician Dave Hill has appeared on MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Adult Swim, the Sundance Channel, and TLC. He has written for The New York Times, Salon, Blender, The Huffington Post, and the New York Daily News, and is a contributor to NPR's This American Life. Hill performs with the bands Valley Lodge, the Walter Schreifels Band, and Diamondsnake.

Rory Scovel has performed at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the Vancouver Comedy Festival, the Seattle Comedy Competition, and the Chicago Improv Festival. He has opened for Louis CK, Daniel Tosh, and Nick Swardson, and has appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This spring he will be featured on The John Oliver Show for Comedy Central and will record his first album with Stand Up Records.

Jenny Slate is a Saturday Night Live alum, and plays Stella on the HBO comedy series Bored to Death. Alongside comedian Gabe Liedman, Slate is half of the comedy duo Gabe & Jenny. Their show with Max Silvestri, Big Terrific, was named best new variety show of 2008 by Time Out New York. Slate co-wrote and voiced the stop-motion short film Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, (co-written and directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp), which won Best Animated Short at the AFI Fest in 2010, and was a part of the Shorts Program at Sundance in 2011. Slate and Fleischer-Camp will have their first "Marcel" picture book published in the fall of 2011 on Penguin Books.

Comedian and musician Reggie Watts has performed at SXSW, Bonnaroo, Soho Theatre London, the Montreal Comedy Festival, and PopTech!. Last spring he was featured on the Conan O'Brien Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television tour throughout the US and Canada. Watts has received the ECNY Award, 2009, the Brighton Festival's Argus Angel Award, 2010, and the Andy Kaufman Award, 2006. His CD/DVD Why $#!+ So Crazy was released on Comedy Central Records in 2010.

Miriam Katz is a Brooklyn-based curator and writer. In 2010 she organized "The Absolutely Other" at The Kitchen, where she served as the 2008-2009 Curatorial Fellow. Katz currently works as an editorial researcher for Artforum and is pursuing her master's degree in Art History at Hunter College. 

 


Saturday Sessions is a program of events designed to introduce wide-ranging directions in performance. The experimental program is structured around collaboration and focuses on engaging MoMA PS1 visitors in a unique, two-hour-long experience. Each session features a different host and will occur every other Saturday of the month in the Third Floor Main Gallery.