Stand Up Stand Down is an evening of stand-up comedy by artists hosted by Amy Khoshbin. Stand Up Stand Down uses the form of stand-up comedy to provide space for artists to make social and institutional critiques. Artists have long used humor as a link to the human condition, allowing for connection and catharsis—which we all desperately need these days. Or at least I do. I’m Amy Khoshbin, the host of the evening. Hi. Come to the show and let’s all get to know each other. We’re trying to turn institutions inside out, so here I am addressing you on the High Line website like this is my email inbox. Comedy in an arts institution? Yes. Art in a comedy club? Sure, but not on Sept 18. Come laugh. With and at us. Either way you’re laughing, and that’s better than a panic attack.
Featuring Morgan Bassichis, Lorelei Ramirez, Melissa Brown, Seung-Min Lee, Jacques Louis Vidal, and Zuriel Waters.
The evening will be hosted in a site-specific installation titled La Deliciosa Show, conceived by the artist Radamés “Juni” Figueroa as part of the High Line’s open-air group exhibition, Mutations, which looks at how boundaries between the natural world and culture are defined, crossed, and obliterated. You can learn more about the exhibition at art.thehighline.org.
About the participants
Amy Khoshbin is an Iranian-American Brooklyn-based artist. She has shown at venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Leila Heller Gallery, Mana Contemporary, Times Square Arts, and festivals such as River to River and South by Southwest. She has received residencies at spaces such as The Watermill Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Anderson Ranch, and is a 2017 Franklin Furnace recipient.
Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer whose shows have been described as “out there” (by Morgan’s mother) and “super intense” (by Morgan). Morgan’s work has been featured at MoMA PS1, the New Museum, and multiple bar mitzvahs.
Melissa Brown is a painter, animator, and diviner who has tried to win the lottery with thousands of people and organizes winner take all poker tournaments played for art. Her work has been shown at Mass Moca, Magenta Planes, Derek Eller Gallery, The Journal Gallery, and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise.
Seung-Min Lee (b. Seoul, Korea) is an artist based in New York. She has an MFA from Hunter College and BA from Harvard University. She has performed most recently at Essex Flowers, Luxembourg and Dayan, Regina Rex, and David Lewis Gallery.
Lorelei Ramirez is an artist, comedian, and writer. She hosts a monthly show every 3rd sunday of the month at c’mon everybody, and another show called SLOOP JUMBLY at vital joint. She has appeared on The Special Without Brett Davis, The Chris Gethard Show, and performs live all over town. Be careful around her.
Jacques Louis Vidal is a Visual Artist and Experimental Comedian living and working in New York. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the US and Europe over the past ten years. He is very professional, and discreet.
Zuriel Waters is a Brooklyn-based painter and musician. He has shown his work at various galleries in NYC including Safe Gallery, Regina Rex, Bannerette, Eddy’s Room and GCA and played with art/music projects Privatetime, Bobo, Drooidz and the Funnyhole. He received an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010.