Rachel Dratch and Aubrey Plaza to Appear at the 2013 New Yorker Festival
12:20 pm, September 6th | by Colette McIntyre
The New York Festival has just announced its 2013 line-up and children — the gettings are good, especially for the homies interested in comedy. The event that we are most excited for is “Without a Script,” a panel on improvisation with Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Dratch, CHRISTOPHER GUEST (<3 <3 <3 <3 <3) (we figured that corralling our fangirling in a parenthetical was the mature thing to do), and Horatio Sands.
It is no surprise that Dratch was selected to talk about improvisation: the comedian got her start performing at ImprovOlympic and the Second City main stage, where she won two Joseph Jefferson awards for her performances in revues. She later developed “Dratch & Fey,” a two-person sketch show, with some, like, really underground comedian, you probably don’t even know her, her name is Tina Fey, whatever, which was performed at Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade. Aubrey Plaza, aka April Ludgate, aka Please Don’t Hurt Me, began her comedy career at UCB, performing sketches and improv. She also spent time working with the long form, guerrilla troupe Improv Everywhere. Horatio Sanz was a founding member of UCB. Christopher Guest is a perfect. Just a perfect. If you don’t know who Christopher Guest is, YOU DON’T DESERVE TO WITNESS THIS CONVERSATION. ….In short, this panel will be like looking into the eyes of God and having him wink back at you.
Other events of interest include “An Evening With Funny Or Die,” hosted by the magical Billy Eichner, and “Buried Alive,” an advance screening of Aziz Ansari’s new hour special followed by a conversation between Ansari and NewYorker scribe Andy Borowitz. Tickets for all New Yorker Festival events go on sale at noon on Friday, September 13th. Check the full schedule here.