The Big Terrific Comedy Show

The Big Terrific Comedy Show

Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, Various Cruelties

Wed, November 14, 2012

8:00 pm

Free

This event is 21 and over

Max Silvestri
Max Silvestri
Max Silvestri is a comedian, writer and actor living in Brooklyn. New York Magazine called him one of the "Ten Comedians People Find Funny," which means at least one person who works at a magazine thinks he is funny. He was one of Paste Magazine's best comedians of the year, and he co-hosts Big Terrific every Wednesday at Cameo Gallery.
Gabe Liedman
Gabe Liedman
Gabe Liedman is a comedian and comedy writer, in New York City. You can catch him solo around the city, weekly at his show Big Terrific in Williamsburg, or with his platonic life partner Jenny Slate. Gabe hails from Philadelphia, and is really a delight. Photo: Mindy Tucker.
Various Cruelties
Various Cruelties
Fusing classic British guitar pop with Motown and Stax grooves..the missing link between the Arctic
Monkeys and the golden age of doo-wop
The Guardian London

The world is theirs for the seducing
Evening Standard London

A talent for ska-inflected, hook-filled rock
Sunday Times London

Formed by frontman Liam O'Donnell in London just two short years ago, Various Cruelties is an
alternative indie soul incarnation. The four-piece outfit fuses classic British guitar pop with Stax
grooves to create a form of shabby Motown pop.

Their self-titled debut album has been made available through their own label, Almanac Recordings,
which is climbing the iTunes charts and currently top 50 whilst climbing the Billboard New Artist
Chart.

The album was recorded by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Goldfrapp, Foster The People) and the track “If It
Wasn't For You” is currently used in the holiday TV commercial for the diamond jeweler, Zales, where
previous artists Alabama Shakes and Black Keys were used.

Various Cruelties have supported Kasabian, The Vaccines and Grouplove and have appeared on the
BBC’s Later with Jools Holland alongside Lou Reed, Metallica and Aaron Neville.

Their cover of Ian Brown’s “F.E.A.R.” is currently being used as the trailer for the a HBO series
“Banshee”.

Various Cruelties is the musical alias of the prodigiously talented Liam O’Donnell – a teenage Strokes
fan with a sweetly soulful voice and a head full of classic soul standards, equally in thrall to the ‘New
York cool’ of Richard Hell, Percy Sledge and Orange Juice.

Born in London to a Scottish father and an Irish mother, and a distant relative of Oscar Wilde,
O’Donnell moved to Leeds at an early age where he spent his teenage years following the well-
trodden ‘indie’ path - summer bank holidays at the Leeds festival and a record collection full of Verve
and Stone Roses albums. Yet an early taste for the soul-classics made him realize musically there
existed a world beyond.

Moving to London, it proved a struggle to escape the the ‘singer-songwriter’ tag. A booking at
Mumford and Sons Communion night in Brighton proved to be a turning point – realising he had no
desire to tread the well-worn ‘troubadour’ path and inspired by recently supporting the Villagers, Liam
decided to do what he wanted; ditch performing under his own name and, inspired by an Ed Ruscha
exhibition, start working under the Various Cruelties tag. There first gig was at Londons infamous
Madam Jo Jo’s in support to the fledgling Vaccines in December 2010.
Venue Information:
Cameo Gallery
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.cameony.com