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You Had To Be at QED for Dave Hill's New Comedy Series "You Had To Be There"

You Had To Be at QED for Dave Hill's New Comedy Series "You Had To Be There"

Cleveland-born comedian Dave Hill knows funny.

He’s spent the last 15 years of his life in New York City performing standup, hosting The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU radio, and making guest appearances on hit shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Inside Amy Schumer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and The Jim Gaffigan Show. Oh, and did we also mention he’s a musician? That’s right - Dave Hill is the lead singer and guitar player of the power pop band Valley Lodge, and - *fun fact* - he also penned the theme song for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Now, the multi-talented Hill is bringing his quirky sense of humor to a new venture: You Had To Be There, a live show at QED in Astoria, Queens. The show is a new weekly series; recordings will be posted online as a podcast for those unable to attend in person. For those who can attend, we highly recommend taking the N/W subway line to its last stop in Astoria-Ditmars on Wednesdays at 9pm for an evening of unforgettable - and inimitable - laughs.

In You Had To Be There, Hill’s subtle hilarity plays on humanity’s innate fear of being irrelevant. We all know that person who feels the need to fight against insignificance by over-stressing his or her role in any event in a sort of one-uppance with history. You Had To Be There is kind of like watching your drunk uncle at Thanksgiving as he overshoots his role as back-up to the back-up quarterback, or seeing your work nemesis bluff his resume and experience while he’s interviewing for that promotion.

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As the show’s co-producer Chris Gersbeck states, You Had To Be There is “basically a long-form improv show where Dave bullshits his importance in culturally significant events like his creation of CBGB’s and his tenure in the Eagles. His two co-hosts Jim Biederman (producer for the Kids in the Hall) and Jodi Lennon (producer/writer for At Home with Amy Sedaris) then question him and call out the implausibility of it all. 

The trio’s chemistry - in particular the dynamic between Hill and the ever-so-smooth-voiced Jim Biederman - is really what creates the magic on stage. Both Biederman and Lennon know how to perfectly draw out stories from Hill, who in a recent show discussed how his original idea of creating a “family-friendly Mexican-Austrian restaurant” morphed into the cocaine-fueled infamous venue Studio 54. Stories of Lamb Chop puppets stuffed with coke, a menu comprised of items like “quesadillas” made of schnitzel instead of tortillas, and a roving “small person of Mexican origin” (don’t you dare call him a Mexican midget!) following a laser pen around the restaurant had the audience in stitches. Explaining the jokes confuses at best and offends at worst, so needless to say - you simply had to be there.

Don’t miss out on Hill’s hilariousness and make your way over to QED (27-16 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105 ) every Wednesday at 9pm to see Hill, Biderman, and Lennon in person. You can purchase your tickets for You Had to Be There here. And if you’re unable to come in person, stay tuned - the shows are being recorded and will be released as podcasts so you can listen on the go.

If you like comedy, check out our review of comedian Nicky Sunshine’s one-woman show “Confessions of a Massage Parlor Madam!”

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