Julian Fleisher

Julian Fleisher is a singer, writer, producer and performer living in New York. With his Rather Big Band, he has performed with the likes of Jennifer Holiday, Martha Plimpton, Molly Ringwald, Michael Feinstein, Justin Vivian Bond, Kenny Mellman, Bridget Everett, Lauren Graham, Tonya Pinkins and Diana Krall. He recently appeared as George Davis in Gabe Kahane’s February House at The Public Theater, as the Cat in Stephin Merritt's Coraline at MCC and he is a member of Elevator Repair Service. Julian wrote the music for the plays Almost, Maine and The Performers on Broadway and he is the composer/lyricist of the new musical Measure of Success with librettist Kirsten Guenther, which has received grants and residencies from The Rockefeller Brothers, The Orchard Project, The Lark and the Peter S. Reed Foundation. A native of Baltimore and a graduate of Yale, Julian produced CDs for himself, Kiki & Herb and Ana Gasteyer, among others, but he began his professional career as a writer — he's the author of many books on the subjects of grammar, self-improvement and vocabulary from Random House as well as The Drag Queens of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide (Riverhead). A genuine "renaissance man", Fleisher draws on a wealth of varied experiences to undress the American songbook (as well as his guests) in a fresh, quirky and entertaining way. As the editors of iTunes Music wrote of his latest CD, Finally (Modern Records), “It’s as if Fleisher can get away with anything. “ julianfleisher.com / @JulianFlei


Julian Fleisher appears in the following:

44 Charlton: Martha Plimpton, Erin Markey, Jason Suran and the New York City Labor Chorus

Friday, March 01, 2019

Bite into a hot slice of NYC life! Watch our live stream with performances by Martha Plimpton, The New York City Labor Chorus, writer/performer Erin Markey and mentalist Jason Suran. 


Remembering Ethel Ennis and Stanley Donen

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The songbook recently lost two great apostles. Julian Fleisher remembers Ethel Ennis and Stanley Donen, and their contributions to the songdom.


44 Charlton: Dead of Winter

Friday, February 01, 2019

Host Julian Fleisher welcomes tap dancer Ayodele Casel, punk/metal string quartet Seven)Suns and cast members from the Off-Broadway musical We are the Tigers.

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44 Charlton: Lucy Wainwright Roche, Eman El-Husseini and Michael Longoria

Friday, January 04, 2019

Watch a video stream as host Julian Fleisher kicks off the new year with singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche, comedian Eman El-Husseini and Broadway sensation Michael Longoria.  

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44 Charlton: Ana Gasteyer, QuaQuaQua and Dewayne Perkins

Friday, December 07, 2018

'Tis the season for holiday queer, and we're digging in for another witty and wild episode of the show!


The Jews Who Wrote Christmas

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Host Julian Fleisher counts down his top ten Christmas songs written by Jews.

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44 Charlton: Midterm Madness

Friday, November 02, 2018

This month, Julian Fleisher hosts NXGN Dance Crew, one of New York's top house and street styles crew, comedian Ayo Edebiri, hip-hop/soul artist Mr. Reed and Heartbeat Opera.


44 Charlton: Nathan Lee Graham, Lady Rizo, Ganavya, and Gary Ferrar

Friday, October 05, 2018

Bite into a hot slice of NYC life at 44 Charlton with your host Julian Fleisher. This month's theme is Oktoberfest


44 Charlton, Season 3 Premiere: Nellie McKay, LubDub Theatre, Witness Relocation

Monday, September 17, 2018

In this season 3 premiere, Julian Fleisher hosts singer-songwriter Nellie McKay; theatre company LubDub Theatre; dance theater company Witness Relocation; and comedian Rebecca O'Neal.


Lessons I've Learned from My Dad, Leon Fleisher

Monday, July 23, 2018

To mark his father’s 90th birthday, singer-songwriter and host Julian Fleisher shares just a few of the deeply important lessons he’s learned from the legendary pianist.
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44 Charlton: Hungry March Band, Comedian Jocelyn Chia, and Unitard!

Friday, June 01, 2018

Join us for a variety show with performances from the Hungry March Band, comedian Jocelyn Chia, the comedy trio Unitard, and host Julian Fleisher!  


44 Charlton: Francine the Lucid Dream, Frances Ruffelle, Midtown Staxx, and Little Lord!

Friday, May 04, 2018

Bite into a hot slice of NYC life at our variety show. Join us for a night of games, soulful soundscapes and irreverent theater. Plus, a May the Fourth Star Wars Costume Contest! 


44 Charlton: Jo Firestone, Grace McLean, Mrs. Smith and Harlem School of the Arts

Friday, April 06, 2018

Bite into a hot slice of NYC life as Julian Fleisher hosts a night of comedy, music and dance in this installment of 44 Charlton.


44 Charlton: Nore Davis, Atlas Circus Company, Vicki Kristina Barcelona and James Tigger! Ferguson.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Julian Fleisher hosts a night of comedy, music, circus and neo-boylesque in the March installment of NYC's gutsiest variety show. Watch live Friday, March 2 at 7pm.


Let's Talk about Miss Simone

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Singer, Songwriter, social activist. How does one even begin discussing Nina Simone? Luckily, we have a few friends to help us out in this Extra, dedicated to the High Priestess of Soul.

44 Charlton: Diana Oh, Pendulum Swings and Kenny Neal Shults

Friday, February 02, 2018

Bite into a hot slice of NYC life with the gutsiest comedy, music, dance, theater, spoken word, and genre-bending performances smashed onto a single stage, hosted by Julian Fleisher.


44 Charlton: Vinny Deponto, Penny Arcade and Joseph Keckler

Friday, January 05, 2018

Bite into a hot slice of NYC as Julian Fleisher hosts critically acclaimed mentalist and mind reader Vinny Deponto, legendary performance artist Penny Arcade and vocalist Joseph Keckler.


44 Charlton: Tonya Pinkins, John Roberts, Harrison Greenbaum and Eganam Segbefia

Friday, November 03, 2017

Julian Fleisher hosts Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, John Roberts (Linda Belcher on "Bob's Burgers"), comedian Harrison Greenbaum and trumpeter Eganam Segbefia. 


Ira Glass, Act Four

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A few months ago, we showed you Ira Glass, naked in 3 Acts. Ira got deep with Julian on some pop music that didn't fit into our show, so here's Act 4!

Rachel Bloom & Julian Fleisher Ring In Year 5778

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Julian and his new favorite Jewess, Rachel Bloom welcome year 5778 with praises of Sheldon Harnick and gluten-free matzoh!