NEAL MEDLYN

The online home of Neal Medlyn, performance artist.

BIO:

Champagne Jerry Neal Medlyn is a musician and artist whose work straddles the line between performance art, comedy, and music. His most well-known work is his seven show Pop Star Series and Champagne Jerry, the subsequent iteration of his work with popular music. He was named one of the top ten performers in New York by Time Out New York.

His work as Champagne Jerry has appeared at Joe’s Pub, BAM, New York Live Arts and on tour in various music venues, art galleries and Walmart parking lots as well as online. His album “For Real, You Guys” debuted in 2014 and his latest album “The Champagne Room” debuted in 2016. His albums feature collaborations with Max Tannone, Adam Ad-Rock Horovitz, Bridget Everett, Kathleen Hanna and others. Champagne Jerry was the musical guest on “The Chris Gethard Show” on Fusion TV. His touring stage show was named the best show in Chicago in 2016.

The Pop Star Series works have been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, PS122, the Chocolate Factory and others as well as in various festivals and theaters around the U.S. and abroad such as American Realness, the TBA Festival, the Live Art Festival at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany and others. The Pop Star Series was also made into a book published by 53rd State Press. Other work of his has been presented by the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Andy Warhol Museum and he has received support from Creative Capital, NYFA and others.

He appeared in Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder on Comedy Central and co-stars in a web series called People Are Detectives with Carmine Covelli and the Grossmalerman sitcom by artist Guy Richards Smit, directed by Joshua White. He was the co-creator and co-host of the popular monthly show Our Hit Parade at Joe's Pub for five years. His Beyonce concert re-enactment premiered at The New Museum and toured the US and Canada. His Kanye West show was seen and praised by Mr. West himself.

PRESS QUOTES:

One of “New York City’s Top Ten Downtown Cabaret Performers,” “he keeps weirdness alive.” -- Time Out New York

"Medlyn deals in theatrical miracles. He transforms the stuff of our celebrity- obsessed, media-saturated world into impossibly beautiful, absurdist happenings....He's amazing." – WNYC, All Things Considered  

 

Photographer: Paula Court

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Just in case you were dying to know, here is, I think, everywhere I have ever performed ever in my life:

Movements Gallery, Ruta Maya, Java Jacks, Wooldridge Square Park, Motel 6, The Hideout theater, Guadalupe street, Bad Dog Comedy Theater, private residences in Berlin, PS122, Collective Unconscious, that place in Times Square, a pop up place for the movie "Scotland, PA", Rubalad party somewhere in Williamsburg, Surf Reality, Here Arts Center, Mo Pitkins, Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Riverside Park,Ruby Streak Studio, The Kitchen, InterArts Annex, Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, Galapagos Art Space, the Highline Ballroom, Joe's Pub, some empty building on 42nd st, some restaurant near Times Square, some awful private club on 14th St., The Apocalypse Lounge, 42 Below, BAM, Ars Nova, Capitale, south street seaport, The Chocolate Factory, the Queens waterfront, Alvin Ailey, Abrons Art Center, The Skirball, NYU Performance Studies, CalArts, The New Museum, the Experience Music Project, Buddies in Bad Times theater in Toronto, Uncharted Art Gallery, the Blue Theater, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 7 Stages in Atlanta, The Hole, the Slipper Room, the Zipper, outside Love Saves the Day on second Avenue on Saint Marks Place, a Holiday Inn in Austin for some bisexual convention, a boat in the Hudson River for a bisexual film, a boat in the East River, Fez, Bushwick Starr, TBA festival various locales, Brixton Academy in London, Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany, The Jones Beach Theater, some party where Salman Rushdie was, my apartment in Williamsburg, my boss' private residence in Coral Gables Florida, Dixon place in two locations maybe three, the Tango Center in Chelsea, New World Stages, Super Happy Fun Land in two locations, Under St. Marks, some restaurant on St. Marks Place, Big Sky Works, the Knitting Factory in two locations, the University of Michigan Art Museum, Secret Project Robot, the Greene Space, Weiner Festwochen in Vienna, Austria, House of Yes, Walmart parking lots in Virginia, California, Maryland, Georgia (I think), Littlefield and more!