Sweet’s Back at The Slipper Room Tonight! Slipper Room Also Hosting Live Music Shows Now

Seth Herzog, Seth’s Mom and Donald Glover @ Sweet (Feb 2011)
Photo: sweetcomedy.com

After decamping to the Ella Lounge for two years, Sweet, one of New York’s finest and longest running comedy shows, is returning to its newly renovated ancestral home, The Slipper Room (167 Orchard b/w Rivington St & Stanton), tonight (Tuesday, Oct 23).

Host Seth Herzog promises a great show, here’s what the lineup looks like for this evening’s show:

EDDIE PEPITONE (LA most beloved comedian, new Doc about him “The Bitter Buddha” is now out, “The Sarah Silverman Program,” Conan, “Community”, also doesn’t know whether to punch you in the neck or watch Next Food Network Star with you)

VICTOR VARNADO (NY’s busiest performer/Director, created “The Awkawd Show” Comedy Central, “Pluto Nash,” “End of Days,” truly NY’s best Albino)

NICK STEVENS (Sweet favorite, Host of TLC’s “Money on the Menu” CBS’ “Tailgate Fan,” AMC’s “Action Pack,” for radio personality, now host extrodinaire, has a famous alter ego, that’s not much different than him)

Plus another special guest!!

As well as MY MOM [aka Seth’s Mom. -ed.]

Once home to mostly variety, burlesque and comedy shows, the new Slipper Room promises to be bigger and better and it’s going to start hosting some legit music shows as well.

For eleven years, the Slipper Room presented Variety shows most every night of the week, on other nights you never knew what you might find, a kabuki dance troupe, a full orchestra, a play, a famous musician doing a secret show. The theatre also created its own touring company and began taking its show on the road around the US and Europe, spreading the word, and planting the seeds that led to so many scenes springing up in towns all over.

In 2010 the lease expired and the landlord decided that he was not interested in renewing. It was a one story building, with the Slipper Room as sole tenant, and the owners had plans to put their own business in the space. Not to be deterred, James convinced the landlord to knock the building down and erect a new one, with a new Slipper Room theatre on the second and third floors. This allowed James to design a better theatre with higher ceiling, so that aerialist work could be incorporated into the shows, a larger stage, better sight lines, a balcony section, and generally improved facilities across the board. In order to accomplish this, James took on Peter Shapiro as a full partner. Pete had been the original investor in the Slipper Room back in 1999, so was a part of the Slipper Room family from day one. He is very accomplished in his own right, having owned Wetlands, and currently Brooklyn Bowl and the Capitol Theatre. He will be working to bring many great bands into the venue for early evening showcase gigs, before the Variety shows. The new theatre is due to open September 2012, with most of its original staff coming back, and promises to take the scene, which has grown tremendously despite the loss of its home base, to the next level. [The Slipper Room]

In addition to hosting Sweet on Tuesday nights, some interesting musical acts that have shows booked at new The Slipper Room include: Alberta Cross, Jessica Lea Mayfield and David Mayfiels, Rosi Golan and Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers.

See the full Slipper Room upcoming music and comedy lineup after the jump.

Slipper Room Live Music Schedule
10/23/12 – Sweet w/ Seth Herzog (every Tuesday night)
10/24/12 – Carina Round, Rosi Golan
10/25/12 – Alberta Cross
11/01/12 – Alberta Cross
11/10/12 – Southeast Engine
11/15/12 – Mike Cooley (of Drive-By Truckers)
11/15/12 – Mike Cooley (of Drive-By Truckers)
12/01/12 – Jessica Lea Mayfield & David Mayfield
12/07 – Chadwick Stokes