Posted in comedy | music | tour dates on August 3, 2007

We're playing some catch up, so here is the first half of this week's Comedy Canon....

Craig Wedren, David Wain & friend @ Gramercy Theatre, NYC - Aug 2, 2007 (CRED)
DAvid Wains birthday @ THE TEN event

I unfortunately couldn't make it to last night's "Ten" event at the Blender (Gramercy) Theatre, but as you can see from the picture above - the film's co-creator David Wain was also celebrating his birthday. How did it go?

Fred ArmisenThis Fall, Drag City will release the first in a series of DVD's called Fred Armisen Presents. For those of you not in the know, Fred is quite the seasoned drum veteran; he appears on the new Les Savy Fav record, he was in early 90's punk band Trenchmouth, and one of his most beloved characters on SNL was Fericito, a drumming latino variety show host. So it's only fitting that the first Fred Armisen Presents DVD will focus on drum wunderkind Jenns Hannemann whose Complicated Drumming Technique made Fred realize Jenns is a man who could change the world of drum instruction . Billed as an incredible educational opportunity for the musician in us all the disc is set to hit music shops around the globe in October.

But wait; who the hell is Jenns Hannemann? I don't know, but according to Pitchfork, Jenns recently did a show with Will Oldham. He also put on a clinic in Canada last month. This guy's good. Real good.

Neil HamburgerAnd speaking of Will Oldham, have you seen the new Kanye West video he's in with Zach Galifianakis? Probably yes, but if not, hurry up!

Neil Hamburger is on tour, and going on tour. He'll be at the Knitting Factory in NYCon September 8, 2007 with Pleaseeasaur. If anyone reading this will be in Chicago on August 4, 2007 - and looks like Neil, why not enter the NEIL HAMBURGER LOOK-A-LIKE CONTEST. The winner gets two tickets to his Lakeshore Theater gig. My condolences to the winner.

All of Neil's tour dates can be found at the end of this post, and much more comedy, below...

Todd Barry is another comedian with a whole assload of upcoming shows across the country. He's recording another LIVE CD over the course of three shows on August 2nd and 3rd at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge (two shows are already sold out). Then he's got five shows lined up at the Punchline in San Francisco. Then he hits the road with Louis CK for another 11 shows. On November 7th he plays Carnegie Hall with Sarah Silverman - it's part of the 2007 New York Comedy Festival. Check out Todd Barry's tour dates page for more info on his shows, and make sure to look at the comedy festival's site for more info on what they have going on as well.

Comedian Demetri Martin took the stage at a recent Travis show at Irving Plaza to perform a live white t-shirt ode to "Selfish Jean". Thighs Wide Shut has a review of the show as well as a fantastic side-by-side video embed showing the Irving Plaza version and the regular video version.


There are some nights when the comedy stars align and I am afforded the opportunity to see nearly all of my favorite comedians in the course of a single evening. Thursday 7/12/07 was just such a night, though it actually began in the early evening and ended in the wee hours of the following morning.

I kicked things off with the Patton Oswalt performance and signing CD release party at Sound Fix Records in Williamsburg. I got there at 6:30pm to indulge in their $2 PBRs and by the time the 8:oopm performance started, the live room was completely full and the crowd literally spilled deep into the record store. Having just finished a Conan O' Brien taping, Patton, still with his TV make-up on, ripped into an 25-minute set full of new material and beaming with relentless energy. The room was totally into Patton and remained completely silent and focused throughout his set. Following his performance, Patton set up shop in the record store for a signing of his new album Wherewolves and Lollipops - released that day on Sub Pop (which Sound Fix ended up selling out of).

Buffalo Tom & David Cross - July 12, 2007 (CRED)
Buffalo Tom & David Cross

I ended up hitching a ride with Patton and some friends to SouthPaw for the Tinkle hosted South Toward Home benefit show. The show started an hour late so we arrived just as things were getting started. Hot, steamy, and completely packed don't even begin to adequately describe the situation at SouthPaw, but these less than ideal conditions did nothing to spoil the mood of the crowd or hinder the quality of the comedy. Hosted by Tinkle (David Cross, Todd Barry, and Jon Benjamin), the show featured Heather Lawless, John Roberts, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, A.D Miles,Patton Oswalt, and a short set by Buffalo Tom. Even though not a single comedian let me down, I have to say Patton, Eugene, and A.D. were by far the highlights of the evening if only because they hit me with a bunch of new material that was super strong and unbelievably funny. If you want a better play-by-play of the show, check out Bumpershine.

Neil Hamburger - 2007 Tour Dates
Tue July 31 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
Wed Aug 1 Iowa City, IA Picador
Thu Aug 2 St. Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
Sat Aug 4 Chicago, IL Lakeshore Theater
Tue Aug 28 Montreal, QC, Canada Zoobizarre
Wed Aug 29 Ottawa, ON, Canada Zaphod Beeblebrox
Thu Aug 30 Waterloo, ON, Canada Starlight Waterloo
Fri Aug 31 Toronto, ON, Canada El Mocambo
Sun Sept 2 Pittsburgh, PA Gooski's
Mon Sept 3 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
Tue Sept 4 Morgantown, WV 123 Pleasant St
Wed Sept 5 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Thu Sept 6 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Fri Sept 7 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
Sat Sept 8 New York, NY Knitting Factory
Sun Sept 9 Cambridge, MA Middle East Upstairs
Mon Sept 10 Providence, RI Living Room
Sat Sept 29 San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern(2 shows)




Comments (9)

In response to BV's question of how last night was, I want to first state that I'm a huge State/Stella/Wet Hot American Summer/The Baxter fan, and I'm eagerly anticipating seeing the Ten.

That said, last night was a GOD AWFUL affront to every fan of theirs. They were ill-prepared and presented us with some REALLY lame music from the movie, and rehashed comedy bits.

I only stayed until Peter Sallett came on, but that was really pushing it. David Wain bombed (imo), Showalter did the sandwich bit from his Union Hall run, but fucked it up multiple times, Garafalo also redid her Union Hall bit (thankfully leaving out the incredibly dated X-files jokes, but still leaving in the awful Mike Rowe material). Amy Poehler came on literally to just say hi and run off the stage... The only thing I was excited about after this amateurish display was the promise of some Ten clips... But they couldn't even do that right. The dude's computer wouldn't work and they asked the audience if anyone had an "old-style" mac power plug... COME ON, you can't even get a back-up for a show?

Worst show I've ever paid for, hands down.

Posted by mangrilla | August 3, 2007 12:30 PM

Any comedians that you've stumbled across and aren't already connected somehow to David Cross or Patton Oswalt or part of this increasingly weirding music/comedy union? I'm all for cameo's, you know. Adventures of Pete and Pete style. All this stuff is real high quality, and I like hearing news about Cross and Oswalt.

While I don't think Tisdale/Mirman are exceptionally funny (Mirman's Pot video notable exception), I can respect the job they did at Rififi, turning it from a free groanfest to a hotspot. I really felt that Cross, Oswalt, Posehn, Yo La Tengo, Leo Allen, Todd Barry, Aziz and the rest that really helped create something pretty strong over there. But it's a really tough clique, and a pretty specific brand of comedy, and I was wondering if there's any stuff you are into that's not in that genre.

Posted by slim | August 3, 2007 12:47 PM

I cannot agree more. 'The Ten' Celebration was wretched. It was disrespectful to charge people to be there last night and then not prepare anything in exchange. Don't get me wrong, I've loved their body of work and I am more excited that The State is coming to DVD than for the birth of my first child but Wain, Showalter, Marino et al. really failed miserably last night. If you need to raise money to cover costs, man at least put some effort into making it a worthwhile event. It was frankly embarrassing and I think a lot of the audience was not enjoying/laughing/scowling like myself.

Poehler seemed really confused and uncomfortable, and I think all of us were still waiting for her bit to begin when she left the stage. Anyway, I could go on and flame all of them for wasting my money and time but then I'd have to spend more time thinking about how awful it was. Mangrilla hit all the right notes, anyway. I didn't make it through Garafalo so maybe after I left they surprised everyone with free tickets, beer and godknowswhat. Still not worth it. A horrible time had by all. But hey, at least they got paid. Sorry, guys.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2007 1:06 PM

Wow, sound like it was shittastic.

Posted by bumpershine | August 3, 2007 2:26 PM

The Ten thing was pretty bad, especially sitting through the musical portions of the show while standing there hoping for something to happen that would save the evening like free beer or tickets but no dice on that. The whole thing came off as something thrown together at the last minute which was really disappointing.

Posted by Ryan | August 3, 2007 2:39 PM

i'm surprised no one mentioned the fact that they made ticektholders wait on line outdoors for 30 minutes after doors-open time b/c "the box office was closed".

the evening was pretty close to a waste. the music was terrible, awkward and took up way too much time, not to mention the fact that craig wedren spoiled each scene that accompanied his music by "introducing" the songs and their relation to the movie. showalter did his corny sandwich routine, which, surprisingly, was even less funny than it was at union hall (we still love you, michael!). garofalo was plain old awkward. contrary to what others have said, david wain's stand up routine was the only saving grace of the night. he's f'ing great, that's all i can say. my girlfriend and i left when david yazbek went on stage, and we didn't regret it for one second. everyone who attended this event should receive free copies of The State on DVD for having to endure such an awful showing (and paying for it, nonetheless!).

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2007 2:53 PM

Ha that's my picture! I had a good time, but I agree that there was too much crappy music, and they should have been better prepared.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2007 2:59 PM

I had a feeling that The Ten show would be a stinker. Wah wah.

Posted by Nate | August 3, 2007 4:13 PM

Well, Seth Herzog made me laugh so hard my throat hurt. He walked out, music came on, he ripped off his track suit to reveal a tight fitting Wonder Woman outfit, and danced and lip sync'd to the Wonder Woman song - really putting his heart into it. He then did his little bit, which was funny, standing up there dressed as Wonder Woman with his junk all bunched up.

Posted by Brian | August 3, 2007 4:50 PM

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