Posted in comedy | tour dates on August 15, 2011

by Klaus Kinski

Kristen Schaal & Eugene Mirman (more by David Andrako)

When the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival reared it's beautiful head for the first time in 2008, the sheer magnitude of the thing was really and truly mind-blowing; 10 epic shows, 4 nights, 2 venues. And for reasons which I can't fully explain because I don't quite understand them myself, I thought the festival would be a one-off thing. The whole thing had a slight whiff of irony, like it was lampooning the very concept of a comedy festival. Then the sucker was back in 2009 with a similar formula; 10 epic shows, 4 nights, 2 venues, and loads of shiver-inducing top-shelf talent. "Huh," I thought, "Maybe this really is something I can look forward to as an annual event." Then, BAM, Fall 2010 comes around and with it The 2010 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. That time around, the festival included The Rock Shop as a third venue (note: did you get your 8/27 Ted Leo tix yet?) and featured yet another magnificent roster of talent.

Well folks, it's nearly Fall 2011 and I have some really bad news for the humorless, hummus-eating commenters out there and really GREAT news for everyone else; The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is BACK and will take over the Bell House and Union Hall from September 15-18, 2011. And as with previous years, the 2011 Fest is sure to blow the toupee or merkin right off your body. Expect appearances from H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Jon Glaser as Bobby Tisdale, Aisha Tyler, Matt Thompson, Adam Reed, Jessica Walters, Jon Hodgman, Ira Glass and way way way way way more. Brace yourself, the whole schedule with ticket info is below. Check out the coverage and news from past fests to get an idea how truly remarkable they have been.

Hey. If you think I'm done talking about Eugene Mirman, you are so fucking wrong bro. Because there is another important aspect of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival that I've mentioned before but absolutely bears repeating; The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Kickstarter page. No, Eugene didn't have a DIY venue packed with $40K worth of stuff that he forgot to insure that was subsequently robbed. The Festival costs a lot of money to produce, and the talent and people behind the scenes bust their asses to make it work for little or no money. The purpose of the Kickstarter is to amass a solid kitty (a pool of money, especially one to which a number of people have contributed for a designated purpose) that Festival organizers can use to produce a series of shows that will knock your socks off. Ticket costs can only cover so much. I donated because I am not an idiot who thinks this money is going to line some doofus' pockets; I donated because I know everyone who sees these shows will end up reaping the rewards of our collective generosity. Currently at 81%, The Kickstarter Campaign ends on AUGUST 17th, which is like so soon, so please donate and make this an amazing festival for EVERYONE.

In other Mirman-related news, be advised that there is a Pretty Good Friends 5 Year Anniversary Show happening at The Bell House on Sunday, August 21 at 7:30pm featuring the great David Cross, AD Miles, and more. Tickets are $15 and are currently on sale. Get em while they last. And if you find yourself in riot stricken London at some point between October 5th and October 15th, catch one of many Pretty Good Friends shows happening at the Soho Theater. Tickets are on sale. Don't be a pratt, wanker. Shag baby! Oh, behave! Don't give me that codswallop!

Mirman Fest schedule below...

Thursday, September 15
An Evening Of Science
featuring StarTalk Live with Neil deGrasse Tyson plus Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman and John Oliver (unless The Daily Show sends him somewhere)
@ The Bell House / 8PM / $15

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Friday, September 16
Invite Them Up Hosted by Jon Glaser As Bobby Tisdale
Featuring Eugene Mirman and Special Guests
@ The Bell House / 8PM / $20

A Night Of Very Likeable Comedians
@ Union Hall / 7:30PM / $10

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Saturday, September 17
The Archer Variety Hour and Panel
Featuring Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Matt Thompson, Adam Reed, Jessica Walters
@ The Bell House / 6PM / $20

The Talent Show Presents: The Drunk Show
Featuring Jon Hodgman, Ira Glass, Eugene Mirman and more
Hosted by Kevin Townley and Elna Baker
@ The Bell House / 9PM / $20

A Night Of Very Likeable Comedians
@ Union Hall / 6:30PM / $10

The Rick Jenkins Comedy Studio Showcase
@ Union Hall / 8:30PM / $10

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Sunday, September 18
A Special Food Themed Comedy Show For You
Including performances, delicious food, chefs and the world's first caviar eating contest!
@ The Bell House / 6PM / $20

Pretty Good Friends
@ The Bell House / 9PM / $20



Comments (28)


Btw: funny that even BV hates it's commenters. :)

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 2:40 PM

This is great news, but no Daniel Kitson?!?!?!?!?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 3:03 PM

Bah, get back to me when Nick DiPaolo is back in town.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 3:57 PM

Can't get enough of them ironic Jewish observational comics

About as fun as stranding outside in a rainstorm. Oh, wait ...

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:03 PM

"humorless, hummus-eating commenters"

wa-wa-wa-wait just a minute there, young feller. just because I enjoy the pasty pleasure (and can't get enough while reading and posting to BV) I think that it's unfair to group us all as humorless. I laugh early and often at the posts here, and I have seen one Hawk of Fro cracking a smile more often than not (although he may be a little more inclined to meat snacks than hummus, if you know what I mean).

so, let the humor roll! bring out the hummus!

let the wild rumpus start!

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:08 PM

By "humorless", I'm sure he just meant "unfunny".


Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:15 PM

i like fat dudes

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:25 PM

By "humorless", I think he meant hummusless cause all of our fridges are empty of it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:25 PM

"humorous, hummus-eating commenters" * Fixed that for ya bv. I never thought the writers/editor actually read the comment section.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:30 PM

Apparently, the writer's comment struck a nerve with y'all, LOL!

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:42 PM

a nerve? no.
flattery? oh, yes!

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:47 PM

As the self proclaimed president of the Hummus Underground, I feel it to be rather insulting that our posts proclaiming love for the hummus are viewed as comedy. The chickpea mash that we dine on isn't a comic relief but a sacred dish that is packed with energy giving phyto-nutrients that gives us wonderful stamina to do rock and roll dancemoves such as the hip thrust.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:50 PM

Its a real pita that Klaus Kinski doesn't like hummus jokes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:53 PM

4:47: That's about the only attention you people will get! LOL!

- Werner Herzog

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 4:57 PM

Why does Sabra have to make their Luscious Lemon hummus so luscious. Why is it so difficult to be a carrot/hummus guy and a pita/hummus guy. Why can't I be a pita & carrot eating hummus guy?

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 5:00 PM

Klaus Kinski must be jealous I got two cases of hummus at my house.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 5:02 PM

Sabra hummus is the worst. If it's not homemade, you might as well not even dip your pita in it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 6:22 PM

Well, I, for one, am looking forward to it. Thanks for covering this, Klaus! Glad I was able to score tickets to the David Cross show!

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 6:24 PM

ooo a dig at the silent barn, classy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 7:17 PM

being berated always makes me want to pony up money.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 7:18 PM

Is Klaus Kinsky that German dancer that was in all of those Peckinpaugh movies that died of AIDS in California?

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 8:50 PM

Oh, widdew 7:18 feews bewated. Poow widdew bubby.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2011 9:15 PM

Dear Klaus Kinski,

I would like to simply make a brief statement regarding the tan colored paste we all know and love around here. Although some of us in the community may indeed over indulge from time to time (and even get a bit nervous when the fridge doesn't have an extra tub handy), the majority of us simply like to sing our praises to the chickpea, and use BV as a platform to spread the gospel and convert those that are still on the fence of dipping in a pita triangle. It is our goal to get these phyto-nutrients pumping through the bloodstream of our fellow hipsters to create more dancemoves (hip thrust, etc) upon dancefloors when we see a show. These bacon corndog eaters that commonly stand around with crossed arms and stationary hips are simply no fun to see when sufjan is up there shredding way hard on his gibson les paul.

Posted by anonhummus | August 15, 2011 10:13 PM

inbred humorless, hummus babbling tourettes child like eating comments"

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2011 1:30 AM

Is Eugene having another kickstarter fest fund for this little comedy event?

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2011 1:37 AM

Learn how to spell and write correctly.

"reared ITS beautiful head"

And stop using contractions (can't, don't). Use the entire words.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2011 8:18 PM

Grammar correction is the lamest form of rolling ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2011 12:19 PM

Congratulations to Pretty Good Friends, The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and to the 232 backers who donated a combined $18,122 to the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Kickstarter. Shit be gettin' real.

Posted by Klaus Kinski | August 17, 2011 2:11 PM

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