by Klaus Kinski
Secret Wars @ All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
So we've got the Del Close Marathon happening this weekend (8/14-8/16) and we've got the New York Comedy Festival happening in November. And now it is with unbridled enthusiasm that I can achieve a comedy-festival-posting-hat-trick by announcing the EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL which is set to take over Brooklyn venues Union Hall and the Bell House from September 17 - September 20. OK, so we briefly mentioned the festival before, but with line-ups, showtimes, as well as venue and ticket info just released, it's time to spread the word.
Curated by the great Eugene Mirman, this year's festival has a gasp worthy line-up that is truly beyond belief and will feature stand-up, panels, videos, special guests, 'theme' shows, the occasional free drink, after-parties, and much more. The highlight of the festival for me are two Daniel Kitson headlining gigs at Union Hall. Daniel is a British Stand-up comedian who I've only had the opportunity to see once, but that one experience was epic. More monologuist than stand-up comedian, he is one of the smartest, funniest, most energetic and eloquent performers I have ever seen. We are blessed to have two chances to see him headline such an intimate room. Besides that, the festival boasts appearances by Reggie Watts, Todd Barry, John Hodgman, Bobby Tisdale, AD Miles, Kristen Schaal, Michael Showalter, Marc Maron, John Mulaney, Jon Benjamin, and many many more. And, of course, Eugene.
The schedule so far is below. According to the folks in charge, even more excitement will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!! Tickets for all shows go on sale
Sunday August 16 Saturday, August 15 at noon via Ticketweb (Bell House, Union Hall).
Full lineup and more below...
Michael Showalter as Eugene Mirman
9/17, 8:00pm - The Bell House - EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT!
Sponsored by Planet Funny! "A made up comedy channel", with performances by Kristen Schaal, Pete Holmes, Jon Benjamin & Sal Lupo, Eugene Mirman and more! Plus videos from Leo Allen, Max Silvestri and many more! Featuring a whole roast pig, a cardboard VIP room, a special musical guest, and a big after party.
9/18, 7:30pm - Union Hall - DANIEL KITSON
9/18, 8:30pm - Bell House - INVITE THEM UP
Hosted by Bobby Tisdale with Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Reggie Watts, John Hodgman and special guests.
9/19, 6:00pm - Bell House * Early Show * - I'LL BE FAMOUS IN 5 YEARS (or a Copywriter / Audience Coordinator)
With Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, Brent Sullivan, Patrick Borelli and more.
9/19, 7:30pm - Union Hall - DANIEL KITSON
9/19, 8:30pm - Bell House * Late Show * - THE COMEDIANS OF LAW AND ORDER
What is this show? Basically, it's comedians who we like who've been on at least one of the 9 different Law and Orders, including Zak Orth, AD Miles and more very special guests.
9/20, 3:00pm - Bell House - PANEL: WHY TALENTED PEOPLE CREATE TERRIBLE SHOWS
Eric Slovin and Leo Allen host a panel of comedians, executives and industry people discussing why so many talented people make such terrible shows.
9/20, 5:30pm - Union Hall - WITTY CARTOONS FOR SNOBS
Top cartoonists from The New Yorker and other crappier publications battle it out in a no-holds-barred cartoon-off with cartoons based on audience suggestions. Plus a surprise musical guest.
9/20, 6:00pm - Bell House * Early Show * - TEN DRINK MINIMUM - STORIES LEADING TO SOBRIETY
Hosted by Marc Maron with Michael Showalter, John Mulaney, Brett Gelman, Tony V and special guests. One drink included!
9/20, 8:30pm - Bell House * Late Show * - TEARING THE VEIL OF MAYA (and closing night bash)
With Eugene Mirman, Michael Showalter, Daniel Kitson, John Mulaney and special guests.
Like I said, as the show dates approach, even more awesomeness will be announced. If you want to get warmed up for this marathon of comedy, check out Eugene Mirman, John Oliver, Wyatt Cenac, Ted Alexandro and more at an 826NYC benefit at the Highline Ballroom on September 14.
Three days earlier (9/11), Eugene joins David Cross and The Jesus Lizard at ATP NY.
Eugene, who happens to be a published author has a NEW ALBUM coming out on October 6th via Sub Pop Records entitled God is a Twelve Year Old Boy with Asperger's. It was recorded at the Lakeshore Theater in Chicago late last year and loaded with new material. I can't wait. Here is the tracklist:
God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger'sEugene Mirman's Inbound Marketing Video
1. Hello and Several Jokes on Topics Ranging from Elevators to Goofing Around on a Whale Watch
2. My Gas Got Shut Off--Boo!
3. Vancouver, Detroit, and Bears!
4. Divisive Online Banner Ads
5. America Is Better than Abortion
6. The Questionable Polls of Russia Today
7. I Found an iPod
8. The Will to Whatevs Book Tour and an Amazing Boy with Asperger's
10. Sex, ??? AirLIES, and Videotape: A Three-Part Radio Play Very Based on a True Story
11. My Letter to ??? Airlines, Your Postcard to ??? Airlines