Friends Who Folk:
A Night of Folk

Tuesday, January 16 @ 8PM


Created & Performed by Rachel Wenitsky & Ned Riseley
Featuring Catherine Cohen, Patti Harrison & Mitra Jouhari


Comedy folk duo Friends Who Folk takes you on a journey through the magical, intricate and startling world of folk music. From sea shanties to Celtic ballads, gentle acoustic jams to songs about the Whole Foods in Gowanus, powerhouse vocal duo Rachel Wenitsky and Ned Riseley will folk for a whole hour and still leave you hungry for more folk. So put down your phone, put on your hemp tunic and let’s get to folking!



RACHEL WENITSKY is a New York-based actor, writer and comedian. She is a writer and associate editor at Reductress, host of Reductress’s podcast Mouth Time and head writer of the Story Pirates podcast with Gimlet Media. She performs musical sketch comedy with Pop Roulette and is one half of the comedy folk duo Friends Who Folk. Recent theater credits include Song For a Future Generation and Big Bend In the Red Dirt Dessert, both at the Williamstown Theatre festival. TV/Film credits include The Good Fight and Elementary.

NED RISELEY is a Cloisters-based actor and writer. Most recently, he appeared on Broadway in the revival of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation. He has also performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which is where he met his folk partner, Rachel. Their duo Friends Who Folk has been featured in The New Yorker, Splitsider and Glamour, and they perform regularly at venues like UCB, Club Cumming and Union Hall. He lives inside the Cloisters.



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