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Hoff’s Horrorfest Presents: POLTERGEIST!

March 23, 2015

PoltergeistHoff’s Horrorfest is a monthly show at Brit Pack (3rd floor, 153 Lafayette, Manhattan) featuring stand-up comedy from me (Hoff Matthews) and a guest performer, followed by a horror movie screening. It’s free and BYOB. This month’s installment will be at 9:30pm, Friday, March 27th. RSVP to hoffmatthews@gmail.com to guarantee admission.

This month’s guest performer: Myka Fox (Someecards; contributor, SNL Weekend Update)

This month’s movie: Poltergeist (1982)

It’s often been theorized that horror movies thrive on poverty. That’s why so many of the genre’s classics have been micro-budget affairs (Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Blair Witch Project, etc.): The lack of slick production values gives everything an unsettling griminess, and the inability to afford elaborate special effects leaves the threat mostly unseen and therefore more frightening, because, after all, it’s what we don’t see that really scares us.

And that’s often true. But every once in a while there’s a high-profile studio extravaganza like Poltergeist that manages to hit the nail on the head. Read more…

Upcoming Show: March’s HP5000!

March 10, 2015

HP5000This Friday, me and my fake brother Lukas Kaiser present HP5000: Free drinks & comedy at Brit Pack Theater!

Featuring MIKE RECINE (Conan), ROBBIE COLLIER, GABE PACHECO, a new short film & more!

It all goes down at BRIT PACK THEATER – 153 LAFAYETTE ST 3RD FLOOR.

If you want to attend, you MUST RSVP. Email BRITPACKRENTALS@GMAIL.COM with the password & number of people in your party BEFORE FRIDAY March 13TH at 8pm.

This month’s password is: HOT NEPHEW

The show is always over capacity – it’s a fun time and we want to make sure you GET IN!

DOORS AT 8:45. LINE UP EARLY, EVEN IF YOU RSVP’D! See ya Friday!

Hoff’s Horrorfest Presents: PSYCHO II!

February 20, 2015

Psycho IIHoff’s Horrorfest is a monthly show featuring stand-up comedy from me (Hoff Matthews) and a guest performer, followed by a horror movie screening. It’s free and BYOB. This month’s installment will be at 9:30pm, Friday, February 27th, at Brit Pack (3rd floor, 153 Lafayette, Manhattan).

This month’s guest performer: Lukas Kaiser (SPIKE TV, HP5000)

This month’s movie: Psycho II (1983)

The very idea of Psycho II seems like a joke, like a gag from 30 Rock or one of the Scream sequels. Its 1960 Hitchcock predecessor is so sacred to both film buffs generally and horror fans specifically that the concept of a follow-up–let alone one released twenty-three years later, with a new director and in a vastly transformed pop cultural context–appears so obviously misguided and doomed to failure that it could only exist as a satirical indictment of Hollywood’s creative bankruptcy. Read more…

Hoff’s Horrorfest Presents: H. P. LOVECRAFT’S NECRONOMICON: BOOK OF THE DEAD!

January 6, 2015

H. P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon: Book of the DeadHoff’s Horrorfest is a monthly show featuring stand-up comedy from me (Hoff Matthews) and a guest performer, followed by a horror movie screening. It’s free and there is free beer and free popcorn. This month’s installment will be at 9:30pm, Saturday, January 17th, at Brit Pack (3rd floor, 153 Lafayette, Manhattan).

This month’s guest performer: Charla Lauriston (Clench and Release, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

This month’s movie: H. P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993)

Adapting the works of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft for the screen is supposed to be incredibly difficult, and yet I don’t think I’ve ever watched a Lovecraft movie adaptation that I haven’t enjoyed.

It’s true that his focus on otherworldly experiences too alien to be described or imagined wouldn’t seem to gel that well with a visual medium like film, where monsters are expected to be not just described but presented in full view onscreen. But while few movies have captured the essence of Lovecraft’s prose, the ones that try tend to have a foolhardy ambition that makes them entertaining even if they’re not entirely successful. Read more…

Upcoming Show: January’s HP5000!

January 6, 2015

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This Friday, me and my fake brother Lukas Kaiser present our monthly stand-up show HP5000 – Free Drinks & Comedy at Brit Pack Theater. This month we’re welcoming:

APARNA NANCHERLA (Conan)!
EDDIE BRAWLEY (Vice Magazine)!
ROJO PEREZ (Bridgetown Comedy Festival)!
PEGGY O’LEARY (Creek Cave Live)!
CHARLIE KASOV!
JIMMY LECHASE!
& more!

It all goes down at BRIT PACK THEATER – 153 LAFAYETTE ST 3RD FLOOR.

If you want to attend, you MUST RSVP. Email BRITPACKRENTALS@GMAIL.COM with the password & number of people in your party BEFORE 9:00pm on FRIDAY JAN 9TH at 8pm.

This month’s password is: JAZZ DADS.

The show is always over capacity – it’s a fun time and we want to make sure you GET IN!

DOORS AT 8:45. LINE UP EARLY, EVEN IF YOU RSVP’D! See ya Friday!

Upcoming Show: December’s HP5000!

December 9, 2014

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Ho! Ho Ho! Me and my fake brother Lukas Kaiser are back with this month’s HP5000–THIS FRIDAY, December 12th, at 9!! FREE BOOZE! FREE SHOW!

Featuring:

DAVE HILL – Tasteful Nudes/WFMU

JULIA PRESCOTT – VICE/NerdMelt

BRANDON SCOTT WOLF – UCB/Weekend Update

LISA SOBIN – See You Next Tuesday

& more!

BRIT PACK THEATER – 153 LAFAYETTE ST 3RD FLOOR.

This month’s password is: HEAVY METAL.

The show is always over capacity–it’s a fun time and we want to make sure you get in. So, if you want to go to the show, email BRITPACKRENTALS@GMAIL.COM with the password & number of people in your party BEFORE 9:00pm on FRIDAY DEC 12th. DOORS AT 8:45. LINE UP EARLY, EVEN IF YOU RSVP’D! See ya Friday!

Upcoming Show: Hoff’s Horrorfest Presents: BLACK CHRISTMAS!

December 3, 2014

Hoff's Horrorfest Presents: BLACK CHRISTMAS!

On Friday, December 19th, I’m hosting this free comedy show and horror movie screening, featuring stand-up from me and guest performer Jeff Cerulli (Industry Night, Hungry) followed by 1974’s Black Christmas, the second-best slasher movie ever made. There’ll be free popcorn and beer and enough holiday-themed horror to erase “Wonderful Christmastime” from your brain!

It all goes down at 9pm, December 19th, at Britpack (3rd floor, 153 Lafayette, Manhattan). Be there and be SCAREDDD!