A Monthly Series from Actor/Magician Patrick Terry Showcasing an Underground Vaudeville Experience with a Rotating Cast of World Renowned Variety Artists
New York, NY (July, 2016) — On Saturday, July 30th legendary NYC venue The Cutting Room will present “Wondershow”, a monthly series produced by magician and actor Patrick Terry! With a rotating cast of new performers each month, each production is uniquely different from the last with new acts and new ways for audiences to be astonished and awestruck. This month’s performance will feature magicians Elliot Zimet (America’s Got Talent) and Matthew Holtzclaw (Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us”), martial-arts comedian Master Lee (Showtime at The Apollo), and comedian Harrison Greenbaum (Last Comic Standing) hosted by Lauren Hope Krass!
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Elliot Zimet is unparalleled in the world of magic and illusion. His fresh approach to his material is incomparable. Audiences have been captivated watching his appearances as a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent where judges exclaimed, “You surprised me. Your style was cool, and the audience loved you!” Recently he has been featured on Ryan Seacrest’s AXS TV- “AXS Live”, CBS – “The Early Show” and VH1 – “Big Morning Buzz Live”.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Elliot found great inspiration in New York City’s rich culture of music and fashion. When Elliot saw his first magic show at the age of nine, he knew that magic was to be his life. He has gone on to amaze audiences throughout the country from Madison Square Garden, to the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. In the Fall 2012 Elliot starred in his own off Broadway show, which had an extended run in Times Square NYC. He toured with “The Greatest Show on Earth” – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and “The Most Interesting Show in the World ” for the Dos Equis company. Major brands and corporations such as the Grammy’s, People En Espanol Magazine, JC Penny, MAC, BMW and Macy’s have enlisted Elliot’s artistry.
Matthew Holtzclaw is one of New York City’s most in-demand entertainers and consultants, and has been recognized as one of the top performers and technicians in the world of magic and special effects. Matthew’s company The Artifice Group offers a fine selection of the best magicians working today; each unique and perfect for any type of gathering. Rolling Stone Magazine has called him “…UNFORGETTABLE, AND UNLIKE ANYTHING ELSE ON TELEVISION.”
William Lee started out busking as a juggler before turning to stand-up in the early ’90s. At the time, Lee estimates that there were only a handful of Asian comics working the club circuit. There, he was able to start turning stereotypes inside out: “Here’s my Bruce Lee impression,” he’d tell a crowd before blankly staring back at them. For Lee, those years of work paid off, though, as he netted appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Showtime at the Apollo and Comic Relief, not to mention a cameo on Sesame Street.
Harrison Greenbaum began performing stand-up comedy while studying psychology and English at Harvard. A summa cum laude graduate, Harrison was the co-founder of the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society (or “Harvard College SUCS,” as the group’s name is cheekily acronymized), the first organization at Harvard dedicated to the performance and appreciation of stand-up comedy and one still popular on campus today.
Now living in Manhattan, Harrison has quickly become one of the most in-demand comedians in New York, performing in more than 600 shows a year and thus leading both Time Out New York and the NY Daily News to call him “the hardest-working man in comedy.” One of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch,” Harrison has also received many awards and honors for his comedy, including the Andy Kaufman Award (2010) for creativity and originality in comedy, the Shorty Award in collaboration with Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival for “Best Emerging Comic” (2011), and the Magners Comic Stand-Off (2011). On television, Harrison was featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing (for a clip, click here), AXS.TV’s Gotham Comedy Live and National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games, was a regular panelist on CurrentTV’s Viewpoint, and has appeared on MTV, SPIKE TV, the Discovery Channel, and the Science Channel. Behind the scenes, Harrison was a producer for Primetime: Would You Fall for That? on ABC (which premiered in 2013 to over 3.5 million viewers) and a story producer for VH1’s This is HOT 97, and was the warm-up comic for Katie, Katie Couric’s daytime talk show on ABC.
Lauren Hope Krass (HOST) is a New York based performer and writer who has won awards for her stand up (Charleston Comedy Festival) and her playwriting (College of Charleston.) She has been featured in many festivals and performs regularly around the city. She hosts a monthly show, “Laughter School Special” at Q.E.D. in Astoria.
To enjoy what Broadway World has called “The Most Perfect Date Night” and what AXS gives “5 out of 5 stars” and “Cannot recommend highly enough” come down to The Cutting Room Saturday, July 30th for WONDERSHOW (Doors Open 7PM, Show at 8PM)!
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The Cutting Room is keeping alive a New York tradition of live music that began even before the Swing Era, with the Supper Clubs of old, and continued through the Rock N Roll generation and beyond.
Steve Walter is the manager and prime owner, and the actor Chris Noth is an investor. “He gets the fan mail, I get the bills,” Walter jokes in an interview. But Walter is serious about his club, the music, and keeping alive New York as a place of real, honest-to-goodness live music.
Over the years, The Cutting Room has hosted some of the biggest names in music: Neil Young, Donovan, Buddy Miles, Judy Collins, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, and Alanis Morrisette. Alexa Ray Joel made her debut at The Cutting Room, while her proud parents, Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel, looked on.
The Cutting Room’s current location, at 44 East 32nd Street, is its second incarnation. It has been there since January, 2013. The venue is larger, with a bigger kitchen, more tables, better acoustics and larger food selections. The Cutting Room opened in November, 1999, on West 24th Street.
But Walter acknowledges the city is different than the one he started in almost two decades ago. Many of the live clubs have been driven out by astronomically high New York rents. A younger generation is now more interested in computerized music and DJs. The Internet has also taken its toll, with free music for all.
So how does The Cutting Room keep its doors open?
“It’s events and parties and the generation that still likes live sound,” said Walter, a guitarist from his youth who was graduated from the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. “The corporate events, the food, and the music keeps them coming,” he said.
The Cutting Room has also begun serving Sunday brunches, a virtual religion in New York.
His 7,000-square-foot venue with its 18-foot high ceilings makes for excellent acoustics, which is something not too many other places can boast of anymore. “That’s why we’re still getting the top talent,” Walter said. “There’ not much else like us around these days.”
Walter, who grew up in Asbury Park, N.J., and was highly-successful in selling women’s garments before opening his music club, said he is trying to keep alive the edge that New York City had decades ago.
“Sometimes I feel like a blacksmith,” he said, referring to an antiquated trade. But those feelings vaporize when some of his talent takes to the stage and the audience feels the music. He recalls fondly when Joan Rivers brought the crowd to its knees with her sharp jabs at New York society and the crazy life in the Big Apple. And, there was the time in April, 2001, when Sheryl Crow made an unadvertised appearance with Kid Rock.
The Cutting Room does not intend to be among them. “We’ll be here, keeping the lights on and letting the live music flow,” Walter said. “We keep getting the major talent.”