Father's Day Weekend
Eddie Brill & Son
Two Great Events!
Stand-up & Sit-down Comedy
Eddie Brill’s Building a Career in Comedy Seminar
Saturday, June 18 and Sunday June 19th
Over 100 Television Appearances!
17 Years Warming Up Audiences for
The Late Show With David Letterman!
A highly respected comedy seminar created and presented by Eddie Brill - Former Talent Coordinator of the “Late Show with David Letterman”. He has been running one-of-a-kind seminars and workshops around the world since 1998.
During the seminar Eddie will talk about the entertainment industry from his position as a stand up, as a booker, a host, a writer, and producer. He will share insights gained over a six decade career which took him from the nascent days of the legendary Boston Comedy Scene, through his seventeen years onstage and backstage at Letterman.
Joined onstage by BMCAF Artistic Director, Kevin Bartini who says of Brill, “Eddie Brill is a legendary presence in the comedy world, he has helped launch the careers of some of the biggest and best comics working today. He has maintained a career that spans all the way back to the 70’s and has a Zelig-like presence in the comedy biz.”
This seminar promises to be a fascinating and funny chance for both aspiring and working actors, writers, and comedians to gain valuable insights from Eddie's legendary career. Eddie is quick to point out, “You don’t have to be a standup to enjoy the seminar.”
Eddie Brill is a 3-time MAC award winner for Outstanding Male Comic in NYC, he has hosted and performed for hundreds of corporate events.
Eddie has taped more than 100 TV shows in six different countries, including ten appearances on The Late Show and on an Emmy nominated episode of the FX hit series, "Louie.”
For seventeen years, he served as the audience warm-up comic for The Late Show with David Letterman. For eleven of those years he was the Stand Up Comedy Talent Coordinator.
Eddie produces and helps book stand-up talent all over the world. He was the architect and the creative director of the wildly successful "Great American Comedy Festival." It honors Johnny Carson in his hometown of Norfolk, Nebraska. Also The Woodstock Comedy Festival in Woodstock, NY. He has assisted in booking the US acts for the International TV show, “The World Stands Up.”
Along with Norman Lear in 1978, he helped create one of the first ever college comedy writing departments in the country at Emerson College in Boston. He also helped create the Emerson Comedy Workshop, founded in 1976 and continues to thrive today. He currently teaches a highly acclaimed stand-up comedy workshop worldwide that helps comics, young and old, take their comedy work to the next level.
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Thanks for checking out the web page for The Berkshire Mountain Comedy Festival. This is an idea I have been thinking about for a while now. I have been very fortunate in my life. I have met amazing people, worked with genius comedians and had experiences that would have been impossible were it not for my childhood in Berkshire County.
I was raised in an area rich with history and unparalleled scenic beauty. Where Herman Melville was inspired to write Moby Dick. Where Rockwell Painted The Four Freedoms, Where Oscar winner Mel Gibson made his roaring return to film in Daddy's Home 2.
Yes, the Berkshires are beautiful and inspiring. But like Moby Dick, The Four Freedoms and Daddy's Home 2. The Berkshires aren't funny. But I want to change that.
I have an idea to partner with theaters and businesses in the Berkshires to produce all types of funny people doing all types of funny things. Not just stand-ups (although there will be plenty of stand-ups).
I am bringing up my funniest friends! Comedy teams from The Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City. Comedy Writers and cast members from The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live in performance and conversation. We will offer live podcast recordings, book signings, plays, roast battles and do it all in the name of raising money and the general wellbeing here at home.
My plan to give back to the community includes a few unique ideas. The first is that every show The Berkshire Mountain Comedy Arts Festival produces will be dedicated to raising funds, and awareness for people, issues and organizations with ties to the Berkshires.
I have a lot of big ideas and I am really excited to be kicking this Festival off. But I can't do it alone. The BMCAF is hiring staff, actively seeking volunteers, sponsorship, local comics, local issues and local venues. If you would like to join us please drop us an e mail and let us know how you can fit into our new festival.
We'd Love To Hear From You!
To contribute to the culture and the community of Berkshire County, our events will utilize theater spaces that too often sit empty during the off season. We will also be partnering with local bars, clubs, stores, restaurants and art galleries to create unique and memorable festival events.
While offering a diverse slate of events, the defining feature of the BMCAF is that every show we produce will be dedicated to benefit a specific cause, group, charity or organization in the Berkshires.
Not limited to a single weekend, the BMCAF will take place year-round and feature an exciting slate of events that includes:
Stand-up comedy shows headlined by world-famous comics.
Intimate sit-down conversations with beloved actors and writers who have ties to the Berkshires.
Live tapings of popular podcasts hosted by some of today’s brightest comedic voices.
A wide array of sketch and improv performances.
Theatrical performances running the gamut from innovative one-man shows to cherished comedic classics.
Book signings with best-selling authors.
Film screenings followed by Q&A with directors and actors.
And much more...
Who We Are
The Berkshire Mountain Comedy Festival is the collaboration of two childhood friends. Kevin Bartini, a comedian who has enjoyed moderate success in TV and radio. David Rice is an accomplished lawyer and litigator who has worked to recover billions of dollars for victims of Bernie Madoff.
Although raised in Lee, both men live and work in New York City. Drunk and sentimental at a midtown bar, Kevin and David realized that both had a desire to give back to their hometown and as a comedian and a lawyer they were in a unique position to do just that.
We will create a comedy festival that never ends! Every show a fundraiser! Our de-facto home will be at Shakespeare and Company campus in Lenox and The Spectrum Playhouse in Lee to start. But The Berkshire Mountain Comedy Arts Festival is designed to be a big part of the entire region. Our goal is to not only raise funds for local causes but to do it in a way that brings business and tourists to town.
Kevin, as Artistic Director will utilize his connections in the entertainment industry to furnish our festival with unique and hilarious shows. Shows designed to attract attention and bring comedy,TV and pop culture fans to The Berkshires from miles away. David as Chief Operating Officer will do all of the smart guy business stuff.
Both see the Festival as a reason to come back home more often.