Mike Geffner presents The Inspired Word, featuring (in alphabetical order) Omar "Ion" Holmon (Slam Champion), Ilya Khodosh (Vanessa Hidary's Monologues), Margot Leitman (Upright Citizens Brigade), and Shappy Seasholtz (HBO Def Poetry, Bowery Poetry Club). + 5-slot open mic. + Guest appearance by poet/multimedia artist Joe Ray Sandoval, the co-writer of the new move "Spoken Word," featuring Ruben Blades and which hits New York City theaters July 23.
Where: One and One Bar & Restaurant (downstairs Nexus Lounge)
76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue)
Phone: (212) 598-9126
Time: 7pm (open mic sign-up starts at 6:30)
Cover Charge: $10
Must be 21 years of age or older. Please make sure to bring ID.
Socially awkward with +87 charm points Omar "Ion" Holmon can usually be found standing in a Comic book store hallway talking about how he be in Comic book stores all day. His Slam trading card states accomplishments such as: 2010 Urbana Grandslam champion, 2009 Nuyorican Grandslam champion, Loserslam Grandslam champion (2009,2008).
Ilya Khodosh is a writer and performer in New York. He performs with the improv collective Rural Juror, and his work will be featured in the literary anthology NEXTbook, to be published this fall. He had previously toured nationwide as a company member of the storytelling/spoken word show, Vanessa Hiary's Monologues. Ilya was awarded a Hutchinson Fellowship in theater at Williams College (2008), and top honors at the Dialogue One Theater Festival (2007). He is the chief theater critic for the Berkshire Review for the Arts. He is the associate artistic director of the solo performance festival, United Solo, to take place in New York this November.
Standing 5-foot-6 by the fourth grade, Margot Leitman developed a thick skin and a sharp sense of humor instead of learning how to play basketball. Measuring 5-foot-10 today, Margot’s off beat, brutally honest, fearless comedy has earned her two ECNY “Best Female Stand Up” nominations and the “Joke of the Week” in Time Out New York. She’s appeared as various characters, including the cult favorite Gynoblast on “Late Night With Conan O’ Brien,” in addition to appearances on VH1’s “Best Week Ever,” ESPN’s “Cheap Seats,” AMC, the Style Network, E!, Comedy Central, MTV and NBC Broadband. Every month she and Giulia Rozzi co-host the wildly popular, monthly, sex-themed storytelling show “Stripped Stories." Margot has been featured in Glamour Magazine, and the books “Fifty Dates Worse Than Yours” and “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes.” She has written online for the Lifetime Network, College Humor.com, EHow.com and in print for Playgirl Magazine. She currently teaches storytelling through the UCB Theatre.
Shappy Seasholtz is the current Slam-Master of NYC-URBANA poetry slam series which runs every Tuesday at 7PM at the BOWERY POETRY CLUB where Shappy is also the surly barkeep. He's the head Dungeon Master of Spoken Nerd and runs the NERD SLAM every year at the National Poetry Slam. He has 12 long boxes of comics, over 100 Viewmaster reels and a complete run of Wacky Packages. He has been seen in DEF POETRY, SLAM PLANET and most recently as a Trekkie in the film FANBOYS. He can be heard on INDIEFEED SPOKEN-WORD PODCAST. He toured this past fall with the Elephant High-Dive Revival tour with WRITE BLOODY PRESS. He is the Chosen One.
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
Joe Ray Sandoval, poet, multimedia artist, and the co-writer of the new move "Spoken Word."
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