Story Pirates is a nationally-treasured troupe of actors and comedians, called “crazy entertaining” by the one-and-only Jon Stewart, that has sailed into towns across the country to inspire kids and adults alike. The highly respected education organization will come to Bethel Woods to perform a musical sketch comedy show featuring stories written by the region's young people.
Sometimes it can be hard to jump into a particular creative project, be it a social media or blog post, live event, or even a new way to look at your product. Luckily, I've got your back. For over 14 years, I've been the go-to in in NYC for innovative companies that want to get it done with an off-kilter and vibrant flourish.
My professional artistic career began at Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp: a 75-year-old maverick of an educational institution nestled in New Milford CT. There, I was the Artistic Director of the camp's sketch, improv and standup comedy program. I was a mentor for both a young Ezra Miller: The Flash in the upcoming Justice League movie and Griffin Newman: currently appearing as Arthur in Amazon's The Tick. That's right; I train future superheroes.
Since my time at Buck's Rock, I've grown my artistic life to include performing in Seth Lind’s internationally broadcast Cast Party (yep, you can watch me on Netflix), jump-starting the Magnet Theater Teen Improv program, co-creating the demented kids comedy show for adults APT. 33, and DJing retro-music dance nights around the city.
However, it was really through my work with the nationally acclaimed family entertainment company Story Pirates that I found myself in an intense and cutting-edge environment producing, directing and acting. Story Pirates is an organization that takes stories written by kids and makes them into hysterical live sketch comedy shows, videos and radio programs performed by professional artists. I'm proud of the way I've helped grow the company through producing new shows for clients at schools, community centers and even immense music events, like Wilco's Solid Sound Festival in Massachusetts.
While working for Story Pirates, I've found time to revamp and rename products for Brand Now! (I may have had a hand in inventing giant Reese's Peanut Butter Cups but can't officially say!), write online/offline music and culture articles for Elmore Magazine, Rebeat Magazine, and ToughPigs.com, and build and teach workshops in improv, theater, and creative writing to kids and adults across the five boroughs and beyond.
On my downtime, I love collecting records and comics, eating through every NYC restaurant that has veggie options, and yoga. Typical geek stuff. I'd love to geek out with you.
11:00 AM EDT, Saturday, October 29, 2016 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 200 Hurd Road Bethel, New York 12720
8:00 PM EST, Tuesday, November 22, 2016 The PIT Loft, 154 W 29th St NYC, 10001
Comic Book Club is a live, weekly talk show in New York City - and podcast every week on Nerdist.com. We've been running the show for over eight years, with hundreds of guests, multiple write-ups in the New York Times, and have appeared at conventions all over the country.
Free! Tickets available at the door.
Channel Z Has Resumed It's Programming Day
October 11, 2016
My old blog, Channel Z has a new mission, purpose, and hopefully a vibrant and meaningful life. You can check it out at http://channel-z.tumblr.com or from my links below.
For the past few years, I’ve become a staff writer for two excellent websites: Rebeat Magazine, an incredible mid-century music, arts and culture blog and ToughPigs.com, my favorite blog for Muppet Fans Who Grew Up (I’m capitalizing because it’s their tag line, silly!). Both these sites are a total joy. I can’t express the talent and care that my editors exhibit in curating some of the best work on the internet.
However, what if I want to write a piece that’s not about mid-century arts and culture or Jim Henson and his felty creations?
Enter the new Channel Z. I’m going to try to push myself as a writer, journalist and pop culture analyst by writing pieces that are about subjects I otherwise wouldn’t be able to pitch. Assignments for those websites can keep me busy, but I’m still going to do my best to keep some content flowing on Channel Z.
Thanks for tuning in!
New Article Up on Tough Pigs!
February 3, 2016
Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know, I have a new article up on Tough Pigs, a really cool Muppet fan site! It's about all the times Sesame Street parodied Donald Trump. Hope you enjoy: http://www.toughpigs.com/ronald-grump/
APT. 33 - Unplugged & Robopop Rocks It Won't Stop It, Gonna Rock It Wont Stop!
November 7, 2015
Guys! Got a packed week! My Hip-Hop improv team Robopop has two shows and APT. 33, my kids show for adults is doing a very cool, very sleek "unplugged" episode on Monday! If you haven't seen APT. 33 in a while, we are rocking it. We've got a new director and some awesome new cast-members. That show is on fleek. I'd love to see you there!
APT. 33 Returns This Monday!
September 12, 2015
Hey everyone! Hope your summers are winding down and are becoming lovely and wonderful.
After doing a two-and-a-half hour insane show at the Magnet two weeks ago, APT. 33 IS BACK on Monday at 8:30 with a much more manageable one hour show! Will Alan ever move back into the apartment, do Louie and Alan have enough in common to continue hosting their demented kids show from hell from their apartment?? Only TIME will TELL!
Also - APT. 33 is looking for a Stage Manager, Producer and Social Media Ninja! Please check out this post on my blog if you're interested or want to pass along to people less crazy than Alan, Jo and myself: http://louie4711.tumblr.com/post/128955606536/apt-33-looking-for-producer-stage-manager
Who wants some cool 'pop?
August 5, 2015
Yo yo everyone! So much updating to do. Cast Party ended up being one of the best experiences of my creative life. Nothing like performing for almost 900 people over two nights and having it broadcast to movie theaters across three countries! For those of you who missed it, there will be a download. Don't worry - I'll let you know when I do.
This week you can see me do some sketch tomorrow at Magnet at 9, which is rare these days and you've still got two chances to see me with Robopop this month, one this monday! Our rhymes are sweet, our comedy is tight. What more could you want?
The Summer Won't Stop!
July 14, 2015
Oh man. What a month it's been since I've last done one of these. I Story Pirated for a crowd of slightly wet but enthusiastic parents and families at Wilco's very hip Solid Sound Festival, rocked it with Robopop at UCBeast and Dancefloor Makeout at The Magnet, and was best man at my favorite dude Owen's Calgary wedding - who's wedding photo went viral... WHAAAT?
This week, Robopop has a big show at Midtown International Theater Festival and I'm gearing up for a role in NPR Cast Party, which will be broadcast live at the end of the month in movie theaters across US & Canada. Great chance for you to see me if you don't live in NYC.
Three Big Ones This Week
June 14, 2015
Hey pals! I can't believe I didn't have any shows last week! It was actually great to have a performing week-off.. Ended up seeing Love and Mercy (I totally cried), going to FlameCon - the first ever LGBTQ Comicon anywhere ever (it was on fleek!) and played laser-tag while brunching today (I actually don't recommend this combo. At all.).
This week I'm back, baby! With three shows! Dancefloor Makeout has it's own slot at The Magnet tomorrow. We'd love to be doing more work there, and audience numbers matter so I'd love if you'd come out. Next Sunday is Robopop in Indy Cagematch at UCB! Your attendance could get us more shows there as well, so seriously, do a dude-bro a solid and I'll give you a manly hug after, a'ight? OK, I admit. Not so manly.
Bye May! June: BRING IT
June 3, 2015
Hey pals! May was great month creatively. I got to say goodbye to APT. 33 for a while, had some very silly improv sets with Triad and Dancefloor Makeout and raised a whole bunch of money for creative writing programs in well-deserving low-income schools at the fabulous annual Story Pirates benefit!
June sees more star-turns for Dancefloor Makeout, the return of Robopop and I'm making a rare appearance performing in Massachusetts at MASS MOCA with Story Pirates at Wilco's Solid Sound fest! How hipstery of me! If you can't join me in Mass, you can see We Love TV: The Muppet Show at The PIT that same weekend, which I'm serving as creative consultant on! So even though I'll be out of NYC, you can see a show I've touched (artistically, GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER THIS IS THE MUPPETS WE'RE TALKIN ABOUT!). More info about that exciting show next week!
Kids Sing Along Starting Next Week!
January 7, 2015
Hey pals! Starting next week I will be leading weekly kids sing alongs at QED. Every Wednesday at 10:30 will be filled with ukulele fun, instruments and dancing. $10 gets the whole family in and snacks for the kiddos! Check out my show calendar for more details.
I'm teaching intro to improv!
October 30, 2014
I am so happy to announce that I am going to be teaching an Intro to Improv class at QED: A Place to Show & Tell on November 16th.
QED is an incredibly exciting new arts space in Astoria. This class will be great for beginners and those wishing to get back into the craft.
Please pass along to your friends and anyone you think would be interested!
And thanks to Kambri Crews, for creating a space for us to do such awesome work!
October 6, 2014
Starting This Tuesday!
Great news! I've been cast on a Magnet Theater Musical Megawatt Team! That means that you'll be able to see me and my team regularly on Tuesday nights at the Magnet Theater creating improvised musicals for your enjoyment! My team's so fresh and so clean clean we don't even have a name yet! But we are: Alisa Ledyard, Miles Lindahl, Carolyn Malfa, Harry Marker , Louie Pearlman, Steve Whyte and Laura Yoder Witt
Our debut show is this Tuesday October 7th, Magnet Theater (254 W29th St) at 8PM! See you there!
No longer in Story Pirates show Sept 13th
September 4, 2014
Hi everyone! I am no longer in the Story Pirates show on September 13th. But I'm in a lot this month, so please come to one of my other shows. Thanks!
Story Pirates on Broadway!
September 3, 2014
Hey guys! Sept 13th got a special show coming up with Story Pirates performing for the first time at a Broadway theater! Fun right? Check the performance calendar for more details and tickets.
August 27, 2014
Hey everyone! I'm doing a bunch of shows in September - one in Calgary, the rest in NYC! Some musical, some for kids, some decidedly for adults. Check out my performance calendar and see ya there. -Louie
Donate to Story Pirates
May 14, 2014
Hello friends - there are two ways to help Story Pirates continue our wonderful work bringing creative writing workshops and performances to low-income schools across the country. You can donate to my causevox page here: http://storypirates.causevox.com/louie4711
or attend the Story Pirates and Friends benefit June 5th featuring Sasheer Zamata, Billy Eichner and me!! Check out info and ticketing links in my show calendar.
3 Chances to see me this weekend!
March 18, 2014
Dudes! Dude-etts! This is a great weekend of shows for me.
Come check me out doing Musical Improv at Magnet Training center Friday at 7! Then playing some uke songs with my ukulele duo After School Music Club at The Magnet Theater at 11:30 on Friday! Finally, hosting the kids show for adults that I created, APT 33 on Sunday 6PM at Magnet!
EEE! Info about everything in the show calendar below!
In Calgary for shows!
February 4, 2014
Guys! I'm currently in Calgary to premiere a new show I've created with longtime comedy partner Owen Chan. The show is called APT 33 and is going to be crazy fun and a rare chance to see me perform in my hometown!
Shows are this Friday and Saturday - you should check out http://www.kinkonauts.com/events/ for all the info you need. Thanks! -Louie
8 Shows this month!
October 3, 2013
Guys! Check it. I've got 8 shows in October alone. Whew! Lots of fun stuff. And I'm working on some wonderful things on the horizon. Will announce soon when they materialize more. Yay!
Donate to Story Pirates in honor of a teacher who inspired you and get some great swag!
May 22, 2013
Here is the donation link: http://storypirates.causevox.com/louie4711
Hey guys! As a lot of you know, I’m a Story Pirate.
Story Pirates are a group of comedians, actors, musicians, puppeteers and teachers that go into schools, run amazing creative writing workshops and make them into big, loud, crazy shows to perform for the kid-authors of the stories!
These shows inspire kids to write more and prove to these kids that their words and ideas are important.
Every year we serve over two-hundred low income schools with Story Pirates programs and we need your help! So, I’m trying to raise $2000 by June 14th to continue the important work we do in schools across the country and beyond.
This year, we’re dedicating all of our fundraising efforts to teachers that made a difference in our lives. I’m dedicating my fundraising to Brigid Stewart, an amazing teacher from Strathcona Tweedsmuir school in Okotoks, Alberta who directed me in six plays during junior high and high school and helped make me the crazy guy that I am today!
If you donate money to Story Pirates in honor of a teacher that inspired you, the Story Pirates will spread the love by writing a thank you note to the teacher of your choice shouting out to them on our facebook page and more! So your love of your teacher who inspired you helps the Story Pirates inspire countless kids that need our help.
Not only that, but your donation will get you some awesome prizes that you can check out here.
If you don't have any spare funds to donate to the Story Pirates cause, you can still donate your voice!
Ultimately our goal is to celebrate the ideas of young people, and one of the best ways we can do that is by continuing to have conversations about how to make education the best it can be.
You can donate your voice and opinions to that cause by interacting with story pirates on our twitter, Facebook, tumblr, Pinterest and more. The more people talking about education, the better! So spread the word and donate your voice today!
I love you all - Louie
Here are the rewards the Story Pirates and I will provide for your donation:
$25 – The Story Pirates will give a shout-out to the educator of your choice on our facebook wall.
$40 - Back by popular demand, Louie will make you a personalized Sixties Bubblegum Music Mix CD and mail it to you!
$50 – The pirates will dedicate a post to the educator of your choice on our Facebook wall and twitter feed.
$100 – The Story Pirates will send a thank-you letter to the educator of your choice
$200 - You will have a Holga portrait session taken by Louie, who will take some funky, amazing photos of you. You can see his work here: http://louie4711.tumblr.com/tagged/holga
$250 – The Pirates will create a video shout-out to the educator of your choice and post it on the Story Pirates YouTube account.
$300 - Louie will write a lovely ukulele song about you, record it and e-mail it to you.
$500 - We'll give a shout-out to the educator of your choice from the stage at the Story Pirates and Friends show (and send you a video of the shout-out!)
$1000 - We'll write a song for the educator of your choice, and post a video of the Story Pirates singing the song on the Story Pirates YouTube page!
Producing Roman Rimer's new show
May 5, 2013
Hey everyone! I am producing my friend Roman's new storytelling show that will be in New York starting at the end of the month.
Roman is an amazing Storyteller whose shows deal with issues of economic inequality, gender, love, loss and baseball games. I really believe in his work. Please take a look at his indiegogo page and throw him a few bucks if you can.
Even posting this page on your facebook or twitter would mean a lot. Thanks!
Billy on the Street & Teen Improv Registering!
April 20, 2013
April 7, 2013
Hey guys! Only time for a quick update. Did four shows this week! All for kids, all really fun. But whoo! Got some No Place Like Home at the Magnet Tomorrow, you should all come.
March 18th Weekly Update!
March 18, 2013
Hey True Believers! Another week - another update. Had a fun Story Pirates show in the Bronx on Friday morning in front of a bunch of screaming kids and surprised my writing-partner Kaitlin with a birthday party Saturday night!
This week, I'm super-excited about the Story Pirates After Dark, which is on Saturday at 8. You can enter the code FRIENDTIX for $5 off tickets. Gonna be a fun one, hope to see you guys there!
March 10th Weekly Update!
March 10, 2013
I'm going to try to do little weekly updates as to what I'm up to for this site and for my tumblr as well, so here it goes...
Just got back from a great writing meeting with my longtime comedy partner Kaitlin Fontana. We're attempting a try at written material (our first, all our other work is improvised) and it's going really well! I'm excited about the project, more news about it as it develops.
I had a really good time starting my new Teen Improv Class this week. There are still some slots left if you'd still like to register or know someone who does. If so, sign up here.
This week also saw me celebrate my ten year friendversery with the talented and amazing Angela DeManti. We had hummus at hummus place and then split a 16 Handles. It was pretty cute.
Finally, I was directing some awesome Story Pirates Create-A-Shows and Idea Storms in New Jersey.
This upcoming week, I've I'm in The Magnet's GLBTQ improv show There's No Place Like Home on Monday night and I'm in a new Story Pirates show at a school in the Bronx on Friday morning.
My DJ partner Allison and I are trying our hand at recording 60s-music themed a podcast this upcoming weekend. I can't wait to work on it with her and share it with the 60s music geeks of the world.
I'm also really looking forward to the Story Pirates After-Darks and Mainstage Shows I'm in near to the end of the month too. Aaaand that's my spring break from teaching that'll happen as well!
Thanks for all your nice facebook comments on the new website. I appreciate your feedback and support. -LP
March 7, 2013
Welcome to the new www.LouiePearlman.com
This will be your one stop for updates on all of Louie Pearlman's creative projects. Enjoy!
"The entire nine-person cast is hysterically funny (and that's a good thing, since The Spidey Project is, above all, a comedy), but Neumann and Pearlman are particular standouts for wringing laughs out of every lyric and line of dialogue."Daniel Lehman, Backstage.com
"A [true] example of 'improv THEATRE.' [Buckshot N Benny's] set is the sort of thing than non-improv people see and can't believe is improvised. It was that good."Gary Chan, Bad Dog Theater Toronto