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Singer-songwriter Julian Velard and comedian Brooke Van Poppelen are The Comfort Zone: a musical experience featuring songs that skewer relationships when they reach the all too familiar intersection of Netflix and chill.

Hoping to create a new genre called “Faux-mance” the convincing, but not actually dating duo, sing their catchy, hilarious songs about smartphone addiction, take-out battles, bathroom anxiety, and frenzied brunch plans with the assuredness of a couple who has not had sex in a solid four months.

The Comfort Zone got its start in 2015 as a live, monthly show at Union Hall Brooklyn after comedian and secret singer-songwriter, Brooke Van Poppelen approached Julian, a singer-songwriter and secret comedian to see if there was potential for collaboration. Well out of their own respective lanes, the two perform comedic, crowd participation segments and dare to debut a brand new song every month which adds an air of excitement and hilarious potential for  disaster each time. Past line-ups featured notable musical guests and comedians including Har Mar Superstar, Janeane Garofalo, Michelle Buteau, Jordan Carlos, and Dave Hill who all got in on the fun.


These live shows took The Comfort Zone to SXSW in 2016 as they hosted the Interactive Awards Ceremony and wrote and performed quick, witty songs and bits for each category to the delight of the 1,000+ person crowd. The duo has also performed at Littlefield, The Slipper Room, and Sid Gold’s Request Room; iconic comedy and music scenes in NYC. This has all led to the upcoming debut of their 2019 EP “The Comfort Zone”, music videos, and a tour with dates coming up in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, and Chicago.