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Dec 19, 2010

A Holiday Video Card from Yours Truly!

"Happy Holidays" to you and yours from me and mine!

Nov 30, 2010

It's That Time Again...


Well, it's that time of year again...ECNY Nomination Time! And what's that you say? You want to nominate one, Leslie Goshko, for something but don't quite know what? Well, you're in luck. Because here are some categories that would be perfect! (and much appreciated) :
  • Best One-Person Show (VODKA SHOES)
  • Best Storyteller
  • Best Poster Design (VODKA SHOES by Roger Haskins)
and this year, there's also a nominate your own category and nominee. I haven't quite figured out what I would want that to be, but hey! Let's get  creative.

I'd be so appreciative for any and all nominations. Thank you all so much for helping make this a great performance year for me. An end-of-the-year recap is sure to come.

Happy Holidays and much love!


Oct 18, 2010

Guilty Pleasure Monday

1. The Pizza Song!
So, even though facebook is slowly and systematically taking over the world and gutting our souls, I'm glad it exists because without it, I'm not sure I would have been exposed to this video. I rarely laugh out loud at videos, but within the first 30 seconds, I was gaffawing with delight over this one. Whoever was the genius to spend actual time out of their day to manipulate this, Thank You! You have given me a new guilty pleasure (oh, and the :42 sec mark is where it's at!):

2. Staying Alive (w/a special guest appearance by Showgirls!)
I have maintained for quite a while, and with all sincerity, that Staying Alive with John Travolta has got to be one of the best movies of all time. And I don't mean that in an Alanis Morissette "Ironic" kind of way, I mean it in a "I can watch this every night of the week without blowing my brains out" way. So when I finally got to witness the uber guilty pleasure, Showgirls, I of course squealed with delight that another dance guilty pleasure existed (but with more nudity and homoerotic activities). I even ended up writing a little movie review of said guilty pleasures which got featured on which was listed as a featured blog today on TMZ! And that, my friends, is the power of Staying Alive and Showgirls!

3. Not really a guilty pleasure, but I didn't want to write a whole separate blog post about it...
I was notified last week that I will be competing as a semi-finalist for the Andy Kaufman Award! I am very thrilled and honored. Details to come.

In Summation:
  • Pizza is delightful as a food or song (especially when it's sung by audio-manipulated children).
  • Staying Alive (and Showgirls, although it will always come in second) will be the only things to survive the Apocalypse.
  • I'm geeking out.

Oct 7, 2010

The Toxic Spuds!

What's better than super group of the 90's, The Cranberries? How about the world's foremost Cranberries cover band, The Toxic Spuds?! Here are The Toxic Spuds as they serenade legendary "Shrink" host, Mama Spell, at her birthday show.

Oct 4, 2010

I Heart Air Guitar Nation!

I'm so in love with this video I can't stop! It's bordering on an unhealthy obsession. I've even watched it enough to know that my favorite part is at the :30 sec mark where C-Diddy front humps the air. So now, it is with great pleasure that I share with you, this little slice of pure joy!

(For a whole "joy pie" check out the documentary in its entirety: "Air Guitar Nation".)

Sep 22, 2010

KGB Bar presents SIDESHOW GOSHKO (Sept. Edition)

Well, after a standing-room-only debut, being named a Time Out NY "Critic's Pick" & NY Daily News "Editor's Pick"...we're back! Join us for an evening of superb storytelling at the legendary KGB Bar (named "best literary venue in NY" by NY Magazine). There’s live accordion music, a challenging trivia game, and a free wine giveaway where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce!

With Tales From:

Adam Wade (16-time Moth StorySlam Champion)
Ryan Paulson (UCB, "I'm Uncomfortable")
Michele Carlo (author "Fish Out of Agua")
Margot Leitman (MTV, VH1, "Stripped Stories")

Hosted by Leslie Goshko
music by Dr. Michelle-Leona Godin

Sideshow Goshko
Thursday, September 23rd, 7pm

Sep 2, 2010

Oh, What a Night!

Last week, the legendary KGB Bar (voted "best literary venue in NYC") hosted our very own Sideshow Goshko! And what a great night it was. We were named a Time Out NY "Critics Pick" and packed the place out. There were so many people, it was standing room only with people spilling out into the hallway and the bar running out of glasses. Thanks so much to everyone who came out and made our evening absolutely magical! Myself and all the performers (many thanks to Andy Christie, Carter Edwards, Kambri Crews, and Dan Allen) are eternally grateful.

For a review of the evening, CLICK HERE! Thanks to "A Stymied Vowel" for the review and for attending. 

Stay tuned for info on the next Sideshow Goshko. It's gonna be a doozy!

Jul 21, 2010

Cruel to be Kind

*Blogger is stupid and deleted my original post, so this is going to be a lamer, shorter version. 

I don't understand intentionally cruel people, I never have. That might sound odd coming from a comedian where there are so few topics off-limits, but it's true.

The other night while performing with the BTK Band, some guy went backstage, ransacked everyone's personal items, and made off with a bunch of cash and several cell phones. Once I got back there, I saw that my purse was open and my wallet was gone. Great! I immediately went into crisis mode thinking of all the things I had to do (and thank goodness my husband was there). "Okay, need to cancel my card, make a trip to the DMV for a new I.D. (blech), call my bank, what else am I forgetting..." A girl then came up to me and said that someone found some of their things strewn about the back hallway. I ran back to the greenroom, looked around, and luckily found my wallet with all its innards intact (apparently, the thief only wanted cash, and since I'm a comedian, I'm perpetually broke). I was so grateful! Especially since I despise the DMV!

Jun 14, 2010

SIDESHOW GOSHKO: June Storytelling Edition

This edition of Sideshow Goshko marks a historic event...OUR VERY FIRST THURSDAY SHOW! That's right! And we're very excited about it. So, come on down and hear NY's top storytellers reveal the odd and bizarre tales of their lives.

Stories from:

H. ALAN SCOTT! (Sirius Radio, hereTV)

GREG LEITMAN! (um, he's basically everywhere)

DR. MICHELLE-LEONA GODIN! (That's right! She'll be playing accordion AND telling a story)

and more!

So, help us celebrate our first Thursday evening in style. And now, introducing Ochi's NEW DRINK SPECIALS!!!

$3 beer special and $5 well drinks all night long in Ochi’s. YAY

Thursday, June 17th
Ochi's Lounge (basement of Comix)
No Cover!!! just buy a soda or something

May 12, 2010

SIDESHOW GOSHKO: May Storytelling Edition

Well, we've had the April showers, so now it's time for May flowers. And this month's Sideshow Goshko has a bouquet of new stories and storytellers. And trust me, it's gonna be a doozy!

with stories from
  • KEVIN ALLISON (MTV's "The State", RISK!)
  • JOHN FLYNN (Nights of Our Lives)
  • CARTER EDWARDS (UCB, The Liar Show)
and more!

And as always, the indelible DR. MICHELLE-LEONA GODIN will be there to serenade us with live accordion music throughout the evening. And don't forget our signature trivia game where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of SIDESHOW SAUCE! That's FREE wine, people!



Apr 14, 2010

SIDESHOW GOSHKO: April Showers Edition

April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring out the crazy stories from some of NY's top storytellers. This month, hear sideshow tales from:
  • MARGOT LEITMAN (VH1, Comedy Central, Stripped Stories)
  • ROBERT HURST (Liar Show, BTK Band, and a sh*t-load of other shows)
  • BRAD LAWRENCE (Stories at the Creek, Monsters in the Wood)
  • MYKA FOX (Comical Radio, Keith and the Girl)
with live accordion music by DR. MICHELLE LEONA and hosted by LESLIE GOSHKO (Risk! Liar Show, Vodka Shoes). And don't forget our challenging trivia game where one lucky audience member will win and walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce (that's FREE WINE, people!).

So, strap on those galoshes and we'll see you there!

Mar 16, 2010

SIDESHOW GOSHKO: Drinkity Drink Drink Edition

Okay, you know you're going to be out drinking anyway, so why not come drink and laugh with us? Oh, and if that isn't enough incentive...


So, if you ever wanted to make things uncomfortable for, or just embarrass, me, then come on out to Ochi's Lounge on St. Patty's Day and hear great tales from:




*KATRIN HIER (Sister Katrin's Confessional)

and as always, DR. MICHELLE LEONA will be there to serenade us with live accordion music. Plus there's trivia and one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce.

Storytelling. Drinks. SEE YOU THERE!

Wednesday, March 17th, 7:30pm
Ochi's Lounge (353 W. 14th St.--basement of Comix)
FREE! Just buy a soda or something

Feb 10, 2010

February Sideshow Goshko

Ah, February...the month of love. Whether you're fabulously single, "living in sin," or matrimonially hitched, we would LOVE to see your gorgeous face at the Sideshow.

With stories from:

*DAN ALLEN! (Sacapuntas)

*ILANA GLAZER! (High School Talent Show)

*GARRY HANNON! (Seriously LOL)

*ROSS HYZER! (County Fair)

and of course, live accordion music by our lovely DR. MICHELLE LEONA along with our signature trivia game and free wine giveaway!


NO COVER! just buy a soda or something:)

Feb 9, 2010

Goshko and Killer Killy Do The Frigid!

My friend Killy Dwyer and I are both participants in this year's NY Frigid Festival. She's super funny and sexy and makes a good cup of tea. We hung out one afternoon to discuss our shows. Here's what happened:

Thanks to Jacki Schklar, creator of, for editing!

Tickets for Vodka Shoes HERE
Tickets for Kill The Band HERE

See you at the show!!!!

Feb 8, 2010

Feb 6, 2010

On the homepage of Funny Or Die!

While filming footage for our upcoming Frigid promos, a small section gets saved from the cutting room floor and finds its way to the homepage of Funny Or Die. Thanks!

Feb 2, 2010


Jan 7, 2010


Well, our Sideshow Goshko baby turns 1 yr. old this month, and we're gonna celebrate! And boy do we have a great lineup to get the party going:

Tom Shillue (Comedy Central)
Adam Wade (Moth Grandslam Champion)
Ophira Eisenberg (VH1)
Andy Christie (The Liar Show)

and accordionist extraordinaire, Dr. Michelle Leona, will serenade us throughout the evening while we play trivia and give away a free bottle of Sideshow Sauce to one lucky audience member. So put your party hats on and come help us celebrate two birthdays in one!

Wednesday January 20th, 7:30pm
Ochi's Lounge (basement of Comix)
FREE! Just buy a soda or something :)