Nov. 4th, part of the New York Comedy Festival!

Fancy Meeting You Here, presented by the New York Comedy Festival!

That’s right, now you can get arted under the banner of New York’s premier comedy festival, the New York Comedy Festival.


That means this show will be extra fancy and extra here (we’ll figure it out later).

But we’ll be exploring the halls of our home museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, adding guides and exhibits right up until we say “Hurry, security’s on the way!”

The show is Friday Nov. 4th at 7 and here’s the link for tickets


May 20th at The Met

Come along Friday, May 20th at 6:30 and add instant class to your weekend! Immerse yourself in culture with another Fancy Meeting You Here show! Get arted!

Joining Dave and Carl this time out are

Brett Davis!
Anna Drezen!

The tour size is extremely limited. Visit to purchase tickets. This ticket link is INCREDIBLE! It saves Carl 15 minutes of awkwardness before each tour. You’ll love it too. When you purchase tickets, you’ll be notified about meeting location, time, etc a few days before the show.

Admission to the The Met is $22. Because we enter as an official group with a proper lecture badge, “pay what you want” is not an option for this tour. Fancy Meeting You Here is itself free.

The museum allows us to tour, but does not know anything about the groups that visit them, so please do not contact them with questions regarding this show. Instead, email us at and we’ll get things straightened out.

FMYH Feb 19th 2016 at The Met

Greetings you bon vivant, you!

Thanks for looking into Fancy Meeting You Here. Let’s explore the famed galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art together! The show starts at 7, and all pertinent info about meeting, etc will be in the ticket confirmation email.

So who’s in? Well Dave and Carl, of course. But there’s also Brett Davis! John Early! and the one and only Maeve Higgins!

Tickets available here:  

Questions?  Drop us an email at fmyhcomedy AT

As always, top hats and formal wear optional.

– Fancy Meeting You Here


A Return to the Met June 12th

An intimate tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art June 12th. Tonight a roster of bon vivants! Jo Firestone! Craig Baldo! Brooke Van Poppelen! Kevin Allison! Plus, the first appearance of Julianna Marguilies in history!

We get moving at 6:30, with advance tickets available at

Meeting instructions will be sent with your confirmation.

Get arted, see you tonight!

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FMYH at The Met May 1st

We’re back at the Metropolitan Museum of Art once again. Let’s call it a homecoming.  You in? Great, let’s get started!

Tonight there are some faves old and new, an extended roster of guides to take on these hallowed halls.


Please reserve tickets in advance, if possible, at the link below. Instructions on meeting will be sent with the tickets.  We’ll meet around 6:45, and start a little after 7 for the stragglers.

Let’s get cultured!

Tickets at


One More Time! July 19th @ The Met

Still drenched with culture from a sold out tour of European capitals, Dave and Carl once again tackle that fabled cabinet of curiosities known at the Met.

Join the tour on Saturday, July 19th at 5:30 and let those two, plus these three, whisk you around its cavernous expanses….

Griffin Newman
Michelle Wolf
Bridey Elliott

Admission to the museum is $20 (seniors are cheaper). Because we enter as an official group with a proper lecture badge, “pay what you want” is not an option for this tour. Fancy Meeting You Here is itself free.

The tour size is extremely limited. Visit to purchase tickets. This ticket link is INCREDIBLE! It saves Carl 15 minutes of awkwardness. You’ll love it too. When you purchase tickets, you’ll be notified about meeting location, time, etc a few days before the show.

The museum allows us to tour, but does not know anything about groups that visit them, so please do not contact them with questions regarding this tour. Instead, email us at and we’ll happily answer any questions you may have.

FMYH @ The Met June 21st

Now that we’re even more cultured after a trek through Europe, it’s time to put our newly found exotic accents to work and return to the hallowed halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  

The Met allows us to tour, but they know nothing about the show so please don’t contact them, just email us with any questions.

This tour takes place on Saturday, 6/21 at 5:30 and we’ll be joined by 3 ace guides:

Joe Garden (The Onion, Adult Swim)

Shaina Feinberg (The Goddamn Dave Hill SHow)

Christina Gausas (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, The Amazing Burt Wonderstone)

The tour size is extremely limited, so please email us at to reserve a place.  We’ll respond with all the information you’ll need to attend.  The show is free but group admission to the museum is $20. 


Guardian previews our Tate Modern show

 The Guardian home

Josie Long: finding the funny in a tour of Tate Modern
Interview by Paul Fleckney, Thursday 24 April 2014 06.51 EDT
Josie Long has never been one for comedy clubs – her latest gig takes audiences on a whistlestop tour of Tate Modern. Art always inspires her sets, but she may be an unreliable guide…
Josie Long
Josie Long: inspired by art. Photograph: Idil Sukan


I used to go to galleries for writing inspiration…
When I was in my mid-20s, galleries and museums were a massive source of inspiration for me. I found it useful to look outside my own life, and I love those little potted stories that you get by the side of an exhibit – they spark my imagination. I’ve always written standup about art and I try and get a bit in now, even in a show about politics.

Hieronymus Bosch was an amazing find for me, I was really thrown that I didn’t know about him and I talked about him in my show All of the Planet’s Wonders. Edward Hicks was another one, I loved the story behind Peaceable Kingdom. He did 100 of the paintings, and I had a bit about his wife getting upset with him about it – “I’ve got a present for you?” “Is it another fucking Peaceable Kingdom? Throw it on the pile.”

Not many people talk about art in comedy…
I always wanted to talk about more interesting things than the usual subjects you get on the circuit, things other than wanking. I write standup partly to better myself, so I felt I needed to go to cultural places like museums and galleries to do that. It sort of worked and sort of didn’t – I had interesting things to say and learned about loads of obscure things, but the jokes were still pretty silly and irreverent.

Also a few years ago I was part of a thing called Detours which was part of the Edinburgh art festival and allowed you to gig in unusual places and link up with artists. I did a video about the Scotsman Steps [in Edinburgh] being made out of marble, and another thing with the artist Ellie Harrison about an installation she’d done in the Fruitmarket; I had to write about my response to that. It is good to get a specific brief sometimes – to be presented with something and then it’s up to you to interpret it.

Galleries make me want to play the fool…
When I was a teenager we would go to National Trust houses on school trips. I would do pretend tours to my friends; put on a special voice mainly say things like “… and in a terrible fit of illness he murdered his wife in this very chair!” and just make up silly stories.

I like the idea of the naughtiness of doing something like that – you know what you’re doing is silly and lying and wrong. I’m hoping to be the worst tour guide ever at Tate Modern. It’s all well and good making up wonderful stories but it’s funnier to be belligerent and rude and badly informed.

Actually at uni we did a fake tour of Oxford. We painted this sign beautifully and said we were doing free tours to celebrate 100 years of this company. We got some students to pretend to be German teenagers and I brought them rucksacks which we decorated with Nirvana badges. We were getting people to kiss statues for good luck and lay on the floor and all sorts of things, but I could never keep a straight face. The real tour company found out and followed us about going: “THIS IS A FAKE TOUR.”

  Josie Long with drawing Edinburgh Festival 2006

Josie Long talks art in a 2006 Edinburgh festival gig. Photograph: Garaint Lewis/Rex

I’d rather perform in a gallery than a comedy club…
Comedy clubs don’t really suit me. I’m so much less interested in doing a club than a tour date or a strange, impromptu gig somewhere. It’s partly because big clubby clubs weren’t the sort of place I would go out, so why would I want to be on stage there? It’s also because I never really felt good enough for them. I love places like XS Malarkey and Invisible Dot, but on the whole I’d rather go to weird little nights.

There have been loads of odd ones: I did a Christmas special of Laughter in Odd Places at the Red Gate Gallery in Loughborough Junction; a friend got married at the Thames Barrier and I did some standup for that, pretending to be an awful astronaut doing a talk about the barrier and being really rude. I performed at the Museum of London in the Roman bath exhibit, improvising about it.

I’ve actually done a gig at the Tate Modern before for a really funny artist called Pierre Hughes. Simon Munnery and Robin Ince were there. Pierre had a lot of puppetry in his show so I made some puppets of me and Robin, and each puppet was holding a puppet version of themself. I’ve still got them, they took me hours to make.

Fancy Meeting You Here – a roving comedy show that takes audiences on tours of cultural landmarks – is at the British Museum on Friday 25 April with Maeve Higgins and Tom Meeten, and at Tate Modern on Saturday 26 April with Josie Long and John Kearns

The Independent describes Fancy Meeting You Here as “subversive joy”


The Week in Comedy: Stand-up comics lead art gallery tours for Fancy Meeting You Here

Alice Jones
Thursday, 1 May 2014

It is 4pm on Saturday and our guide at the Tate Modern has just dismissed a stainless steel sculpture as “the leftovers from last night’s dinner party”, spent five minutes talking about a fire door as if it were a piece of conceptual art, and finally told his group to go to Tate Britain. “They have proper paintings there.” If it wasn’t already abundantly clear from his Ray-Bans and offhand manner, he is no ordinary guide, and this is no ordinary Tate tour.

Rather he is the comedian Harry Deansway and this is Fancy Meeting You Here, a pop-up tour of the gallery led by stand-ups. Josie Long is on the second floor in a room of Russian revolutionary art, battling a hangover, swearing loudly and, confusingly, talking about Joseph Wright of Derby. Meanwhile Tom Meeten is leading a group on a merry dance around the empty Turbine Hall, talking entirely in gibberish. Maeve Higgins is standing on a wall outside the café riffing on Tate cake.

The afternoon is the brainchild of two American stand-ups, Dave Hill and Carl Arnheiter who staged their first comedy heist at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009. They had been looking for a venue for a new stand-up night but could not find a back room they liked. Instead, they hit upon the idea of a walking tour, that would start in Washington Square Park, say, “bump into” various stand-ups along the way and end up in a Greenwich Village bar. To test out the walkabout concept, they started at the Met. “Because it’s a controlled environment with several floors, is open late on Fridays and has a rooftop bar”, explains Arnheiter.

It turned out that the Met offered far more than a controlled environment; indeed, that there was something inherently funny about letting comedians loose in the hallowed halls of a museum. The mix of the usual hushed respect for art and the boisterous irreverence of a stand-up set is an explosively silly one. The paintings and sculptures, meanwhile, offer a uniquely dramatic and inspiring backdrop. “We always like to say we’re the only comedy show that takes place on a $350million stage”, says Arnheiter. Since 2009, they have played the Met tens of times, museums in San Francisco and this week the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Stockholm’s Moderna Museet.

In the UK they have played the National Gallery and the British Museum before last Saturday’s debut at Tate Modern. It was a popular choice. Over 200 people signed up (all shows are free; the only cost is museum entrance, if applicable) via the website and had to be split into somewhat chaotic groups. Usually Hill and Arnheiter lead one group, dropping them off with local “guides” or stand-ups along the way. “The only thing we ask of them is that they do not do their regular set”, says Arnheiter.

Tate Modern, it turned out, was particularly ripe for ribbing. Standing in front of a wall of Dan Flavin neons, Hill announced, “These are on loan from the Tate giftshop.” Later he rushed the group through a hall of cubist masterpieces with the pithy assessment, “Everything in this room is bullshit!” It turned a few heads, but that is part of the subversive joy for audiences. Event exhibitions like those at the Hayward by Antony Gormley and, most recently, Martin Creed can be fun but it’s rare to hear belly laughs in a gallery.

Not everyone sees the funny side. Some join the tour by accident and are unimpressed. On Saturday, Long had a contretemps with a security guard who didn’t understand why she was swearing at her group. “We always tell galleries that we want to do a tour,” says Arnheiter. “We don’t necessarily tell them we’re comedians.”

Now back at the Met for the summer, they plan a return to London soon. In the meantime, they are working on a podcast guide for museums they have yet to infiltrate – like The Louvre. “They would never let us in in a million years”, says Arnheiter.


To read this review on The Independent’s website, click here.

Where to meet us in London (at the British Museum & Tate Modern)

Here’s how to find us in London.


The British Museum, first stop in our cultural tour of London on 25th April.


Enter through the main entrance on Great Russell Street.  Go straight ahead into the iconic Great Court, then bear left going past the families desk. There’s a group meeting point just to the left of the multimedia guide desk.  We’ll be there a bit before 19:00.


Incredible group of guides to introduce you to the treasures of the British Museum.  Here Dave & Carl are joined by:

Lars Berrum

Maeve Higgins

John Kearns

Tom Meeten

Harry Deansway


Next up, the Tate Modern (26th April)


Enter through the main entrance on Howard Street.  We’ll meet in the lobby there some time before 16:00.  Surely someone will make a sign at the last minute that reads “Fancy Meeting You Here” to help you find us.  


Another astounding collection of guides for this outing.  In addition to Dave and Carl, there”s also:

Lars Berrum & Martin Beyer-Olson

Maeve Higgins

John Kearns

Tom Meeten

Josie Long


If you’re running late, fashionably or otherwise, for either show we’ll do our best to tweet our location from either @carlarnheiter or @mrdavehill  #fmyh


See you then!