Posted in comedy | music on October 29, 2007

Todd Barry

Todd Barry is easily one of the greatest comedians in existence. Period. On November 1, 2007 at Union Hall Todd celebrates his 20th year in comedy on the exact date he first went on stage. Also on the bill are David Cross, Sarah Vowell, Michael Showalter, Heather Lawless, Slovin and Allen, and some surprises. Or maybe just one surprise. Probably more than one. There are a hand full of tickets left online and a few will be available at the door so buy now or get to the venue EARLY (doors are at 7:30pm). All proceeds go to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

JensWhile others were bouncing from JENS Lekman to Danzig on Saturday night, I was bouncing from (Fred Armisen's) JENS Hannemann show at Sound Fix to Comedians of Comedy at Irving Plaza. Jens came out at around 8:00pm to a comfortably crowded room . His stage was flanked with two drum kits and he began with a drum solo that was a pitch perfect caricature of every instructional drum video solo I've ever seen. From there he spoke for a short time and challenged anyone who was willing, to a drum-off. Shortly after that, the wig came off and Fred was Fred which is what I hoped would eventually happen; it isn't often that Fred Armisen does an appearance like this. He covered topics such as SNL (2 years left on his contract), Trenchmouth (don't expect a reunion EVER), and TV he likes (I couldn't agree more). He even played some melodies on the piano. He was extremely funny, gracious, and a real joy to hear talk.

MAria BamfordFrom Sound Fix, I hopped on the L-Train to check out the second of two Comedians of Comedy shows at Irving Plaza. Comedians of Comedy is the one show I look forward to more than any other on the planet. And with the fear in the back of my head that this might be the last CoC tour, I enjoyed this show with maximum relish. It was one of those shows that made me feel so lucky to live in NYC as we were treated to easily the best line-up of the entire tour. The line-up included Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, Eugene Mirman, David Cross, Aziz Ansari, John Mulaney, Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin, and Heather Lawless. From start to finish, the show was absolutely rock-solid. Even when some douche-nozzle had the balls to heckle Maria Bamford, the show never lost its momentum. As a matter of fact, that heckler probably added to the show's velocity as the subsequent comedians worked destroying said heckler into their routines. Every single comedian commanded the room, but I have to say the highlight of the show was John Mulaney. Sure, I've seen all of his material before, but he is such an amazing performer that his bits are always funny to me. Come to think of it, if there's one comedian out there who needs to make a CD ASAP, it's Mulaney. Sadly, no Zach Galifianakis this time around.

More comedy & NYC show listings, below....

10/29 - Rififi: TOTALLY JK with Joe and Noah!: Featuring Greg Johnson, Gabe & Jenny, and Max Silvestri, the highlight of this show, really, is Brett Gelman's performance of his opus 1000 Cats. You have to see this. I am not kidding

10/30 - Heathers: CAVALCADE!: Featuring Todd Barry, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Christian Finnegan, Pete Holmes & More! And it's FREE! Heathers is located at 506 E.13th St. (btwn A & B).

10/31 - Union Hall: UNION HALL-O-WEEN: I can't believe I am going to miss this. Spend Halloween with the cast of Lucy, Daughter of the Devil, Cheeseburger, Cassettes Won't Listen, and more., Only $5 to get in! Thanks Onion!

11/7- Carnegie Hall: Sarah Silverman
With Special Guests Doug Benson and Todd Barry
: No more tickets left on line, but try your luck by calling 212-247-7800

11/11 - Irving Plaza: ASSSSCAT: Featuring Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, & Matt Walsh plus special guests including Chad Carter & Horatio Sanz. RAD!


-Klaus

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Comments (8)

i was at the fred armisen thing. wasn't it weird when that guy asked fred "why aren't you busy tonight?" he clearly meant, "why don't you have anything to do on a saturday night," but fred quickly played it off as "why aren't you at SNL tonight." or, was that just me. it seemed awkward all the way around.

Posted by ko | October 29, 2007 6:50 PM

ko-

i was there as well, and while at first I thought the guy was being a douche, it probably was a reference to SNL. I hope.

did anyone else who was there notice Michael Cera in the back? When Fred asked what people's favorite TV shows, I tried really hard not to yell out Arrested Development....

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2007 7:03 PM

he was sitting right next to me. and i had no idea.

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Ugh. Koala Bears. Horrible vicious little demons. If its arms weren't so short it was going to slice that guy's head off. Not enough koala hunts going on if you ask me.

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Good wrap, Klaus. You're a Comedy Fan among Men. You're a Hero for a Friend. You are Crime, the Hives are Law. Stick with it.

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