Posted in comedy | music on October 21, 2010

by Klaus Kinski

Nick Kroll
Nick Kroll

When Rififi shuttered it's doors back in 2008, the part of my brain that required comedy in order for me to live also shuttered itself, though not completely. I did, and still do, continue to see comedy, but for some reason when the Rififi option was off the table, my zeal plummeted to a dangerous low and I psychologically couldn't overcome it. Melodramatic, huh? Yeah. Rififi exposed me to bazillions of comedians who to this day I still regard as favorites, but one favorite who I haven't seen much of since Rififi's closure is Nick Kroll.

Nick is part of a gaggle of comedians, including Jon Daly, Brett Gelman, and John Gemberling, who kill me not so much for their stand-up prowess (though, they don't lack in that department) but more for the insanely funny characters they come up with and perform as on stage and in videos.

Nick's characters include Bobby Bottleservice (1/2 of the Ed Hardy Boyz), a Rich Dick, and Fabrice Fabrice, among others. I cannot remember the last time I saw Nick live, so I was chuffed to see that he is doing two Comedy Central tapings at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 18th, early and late. These tapings will amount to a future 1 Hour Nick Kroll comedy special called Thank You Very Cool. I don't know what to expect, but I am hoping it will feature both stand-up and sketch material. Get your tickets! For serious.

In other, closer-to-now-shows-news, did you get your tickets to see Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, and Reggie Watts at NYU's Skirball Center this evening (10/21)? It carries with it a $25 price tag, but if you've got it spend it! You have to support your local favorites when they hit the larger stages people. Be loyal, not a dicknose. Oh, and you also might be able to get in to this one with your CMJ badge.

OK. Fine. I totally get it. You were a good pup and bought your tickets to tonight's comedy-free BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happening at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. That was a smart move, and I now see why you didn't buy your tickets to see Ms. Schaal, Mr. Braunohler, and Mr. Watts at Skirball tonight.

So, since you missed the show at Skirball tonight, you should be happy to know that you can still see Reggie Watts for FREE at the BrooklynVegan and Converse FREE Saturday Party that's happening at Public Assembly from 12:00pm - 6:00pm.

Once you've had your fill of beer and other free goodies Saturday, you and your buddies are going to hop in a cab and head over to Union Hall for the Heart of Darkness: A Night of Forgiveness and Salvation CMJ show that features Greg Barris, Reggie Watts (again!), Kurt Braunohler, Dave Hill (who's band Diamondsnake has a show coming up at Mercury Lounge), and Kristen Schaal. There will also be music by The You Are Forgiven Choir featuring Ariel East, Mother of Three and New Beard. Tickets are only $10 and are, inexplicably, STILL AVAILABLE.

So tonight, Tivo Night of Too Many Stars and rock your socks off with BV at the Music Hall. And then on Saturday, see a ton of comedy and music, drink for free, and go to bed happy for a mere $10.

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Comments (19)

"...but one favorite who I haven't seen much of since Rififi's closure is Nick Kroll."

He is on this year's funniest television shows. Rodney!

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 3:10 PM

I meant that I haven't seen him live in a while

Posted by Klaus | October 21, 2010 3:15 PM

I figured you knew that, being that you prety much seem like an expert on what going on here. (Thank you for the info, btw) I just dont want anybody to feel bad for the guy. As a casual spectator, he seems to be doing very well for himself. Sorry to come across as an all knowing prick.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 3:19 PM

New season of Life and Times of Tim is already in the works. Gonna be awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 3:48 PM

Hey guys, remember Roc? Great show!

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 3:54 PM

Nope not prickish at all. I shoulda been clearer. Still buds? Still buds.

Posted by Klaus | October 21, 2010 3:59 PM

Better remembered as Roc Live...Charles S. Dutton is the man!

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 4:19 PM

Remember Good Grief? *shudder*

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 4:25 PM

Nick is kinda racist towards Hispanics frequently with his characters. Not a surprise.

Posted by Anonymous | October 22, 2010 1:20 AM

Goodness. Guy looks like a total goober.

Posted by Anonymous | October 22, 2010 9:49 AM

With that “Caveman” show, Nick Kroll redefined massive denial of what a horrible piece of shit show a performer was on.

Posted by Anonymous | October 22, 2010 8:43 PM

Nick Kroll got into trouble when some patrons complained that Kroll was giving another male comic a blow job in plain view. Some closed minded asshole told everyone and that's why Nick has been doing badly. I wish the comedy world wasn't so closed minded. Kroll is gay- big fucking deal.

Posted by james | October 24, 2010 5:23 PM

Glad you said, James. I think though it had less to do with Kroll's being gay than the fact that Kroll has a really bad repuation as a dishonst asshole. He can't expect that he can pull the kind of shit he's been pulling and not face the consequences. Karma is a bitch.

Posted by arnold the biz | October 24, 2010 5:28 PM

Ummmmm Can we please talk about the "How to Make Iced Tea" video?? hilarious AND educational. What more could you ask for!!

Posted by ReformedWhores | October 25, 2010 12:22 PM

James, Arnold. What the fuck are you talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2010 10:57 PM

I heard that Nick Kroll screwed over too many people trying to rise in show business and that is why he's not doing well. Hollywood is full of gays and don't let Nick try to tell you that his recent troubles have anything to do him giving a blow job to that guy. B.S. Nick Kroll is an asshole, who pissed off the wrong people. End of story

Posted by peter k | October 28, 2010 12:54 AM

If Nick Kroll got hit by a truck in the forest, would he make a sound? Who cares.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2010 6:42 PM

Say what you will, unfunny, worthless haters. His shows sold out. Man or Astroman didn't even sell out.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 12:53 AM

Nick Kroll is a lame douchebag. Nobody cares that he's gay. People hate him cause he's a vile human being and that he's not funny.

Posted by harve | November 21, 2010 12:45 AM

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