Comedian Brooke Van Poppelen and singer/songwriter Julian Velard are Comfort Zone, a musical duo that lampoons the state of modern thirty-somethings through original song. This December marks Julian and Brooke first ever holiday show featuring seasonally themed performances fromNYC comedians and musicians. Past guests include Har Mar Superstar, Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac Dave Hill and more
Julian Velard is a native New Yorker writing perfect and unorthodox pop tunes with a voice that sounds like it came straight off the Dock of the Bay. Blending effortless cool, with a naturally charming motor mouth, he has created his own brand of tin-pan alley, Broadway inspired piano pop.
A former Parisian street sweeper and nursery school gym teacher, Julian was plucked from relative obscurity in 2007 after being discovered on MySpace. He found himself at the center of a record company bidding war, eventually signing with the legendary label EMI. The Sunday Times have called him “A tantalizing prospect. Catchy but complicated; a surprisingly rare combination” and Time Out has compared him to Harry Nilsson and Tom Waits.
He has toured extensively nationally and internationally, sharing the stage with a wide variety of acts, musical and otherwise. The list includes Jamie Cullum, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Goldfrapp, Rumer, Kate Nash, Jose Gonzalez, Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard, SNL’s Horatio Sanz, and The League’s Paul Scheer.
In addition to recording 3 albums and various EPs, Julian has written scores of songs for others, including mutli-platinum selling UK Pop Sensation Olly Murs and The New York Knicks. He is also a regular guest on various NPR’s programs, including the musical trivia show Ask Me Another and Scott Simon’s Wonderful Town.