Posted in comedy | tour dates on September 2, 2011

by Klaus Kinski

TYF

It goes without saying that New York Fucking City is the best fucking city in the fucking galaxy. Name some attributes of another city (and I am sure people *cough*commenters*cough* will) and any New Yorker worth his or her salt will gladly, after they're done laughing hysterically, verbally pants your claims and make you realize how much time you just wasted with your nonsense. Everything here is better, and we have more of it. End. Of. Fucking. Story. Among our better-than-everywhere-else attributes is our Comedy scene. And one way we articulate and reinforce this attribute is by having several comedy shows happening across this city every night of the week.

One of NYC's biggest stand-out weekly shows is Tell Your Friends! which happens in the basement of a place called Lolita Bar (almost) every goddamned Tuesday. Tell Your Friends! is the brainchild of the talented Liam McEneaney and it has been bringing some of the most incredible line-ups to its basement audiences for over 6 years. Conceived as a showcase that danced somewhere between open mic territory and some of NYCs other smaller, more intimate alt rooms, Tell Your Friends! was devised as sort of a "comedy workout room;" a place where comedians could workshop new material without all the hassles and limitations of standard open mics. No, Tell Your Friends! wasn't the first place to do this type of thing; 15 years ago NYC had Eating It at Luna Lounge, Klaus favorite Patrick Borelli set up shop at the Gershwin Hotel, and, of course, there was Invite Them Up at Rififi where Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale basically wrote the book on how smaller, independent comedy showcases should be run until its demise in 2008. Invite Them Up took their backroom comedy debauchery to the next level when they did three nights of recording at Pianos for a 3 CD/1 DVD set that was released by Comedy Central Records. Incidentally, now that Invite Them Up is long gone (unless you count the upcoming Invite Them Up night at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival), that CD/DVD set serves as an extremely important document of just how bonkers and diverse that era in comedy really was.

Like Invite Them Up, Tell Your Friends! has brought their presence in the comedy world to the next level with the release of Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!. Shot at the Bell House, Liam McEneaney says

I had this idea that since I wanted to do a movie with standup comedians, comedians who had gotten their start outside the traditional comedy club scene, it shouldn't be shot as a typical comedy special. I sent Victor (Varnado) clips from concert films I felt should serve as the template, Woodstock, The Last Waltz, Stop Making Sense, The Beatles First Visit To America... Films that didn't just point a camera at a performance, but got you onstage with the acts themselves. And that didn't just record a concert, but really encapsulated a moment in history. Ultimately, we narrowed our influence down to Woodstock, and The Last Waltz, and used those more as our guides.
This epic piece of greatness features Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Christian Finnegan, Leo Allen, Rob Paravonian, Nick Nace, Ann Enzminger, Marc Maron, and more. WANNA SEE IT!? Well SketchFest NYC is proud to present the New York City Premiere of Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film! at the Paley Center for Media on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011; at 7:30pm. After the movie there will be a panel moderated by Liam and feature Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Christian Finnegan, Leo Allen, Neal Brennan, Jon Glaser, and Victor Varnado. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for the general public UPDATE: and $8.00 to BV readers!

In unrelated comedy news, don't forget that FYF Fest is Saturday September 3rd in Los Angeles and features a pretty toupee-spinning bunch of comedy check out the full comedy line-up below.

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Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film! Trailer

Comedy Show #1: 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Hosts: Jonah Ray & Kumail Nanjiani
Matt Besser (upright citizens brigade)
Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately, Reno 911)
Matt Peters (Weeds)
Joselyn Hughes (Tosh.0)
Marc Maron (WTF podcast)

Comedy Show #2: 2:40pm - 3:30pm
HOSTS: Jonah Ray & Kumail Nanjiani
The Sklar Brothers (Sklarbro Country)
Matt Braunger (MadTV, Comedy Central Presents)
Ron Funches (Conan)
Matt Dwyer (How I Met Your Mother)
Steve Agee (Super, The Sarah Silverman Programme)

Comedy Show #3: 4:25pm - 5:15pm
HOSTS: Jonah Ray & Kumail Nanjiani
Emo Philips
Nick Thune (The Tonight Show, Conan)
Sean O'Connor (Conan, Sports Show w/ Norm Macdonald)
Jon Dore (The Jon Dore Television Show)
Jim Hamilton (Comedy Central)
Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist Podcast)

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Comments (40)

this looks incredible. TYF is one of the best rooms out there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 5:34 PM

Ethnocentric NYC brand attitude from comedians who moved here from elsewhere is cute as hell. But hey at least you can brag about over half of these comedy school kids being mediocre.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 5:40 PM

The blonde has really nice jugs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 6:18 PM

I also found discount tickets, only eight bucks: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/869525/prm/sketchfest

Is it worth it, though?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 6:20 PM

zing! i can't wait to see the backlash from the bv comments.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 6:37 PM

Anybody who feels the need to boast about how good their whatever is, is doing so because they're insecure that they're not actually as tight as they say they are. Why else would they need to brag? They'd be sufficiently satisfied with what they had. Anyways, certainly wouldn't want to spend much/any time with anyone who thinks/feels like OP (Klaus) does. Have a great night.

Posted by dingus | September 2, 2011 8:49 PM

Dingus. You break-a my heart.

Love
K_K

Posted by Klaus Kinski | September 3, 2011 12:10 AM

That dude with the crazy hair is hilarious. Look up fu#k Sh!t Stack on youtube for a laugh! lol

Posted by Buy Hammocks Online | September 3, 2011 12:37 AM

unattractive people are often funny, so maybe...

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 2:49 AM

Austin's where the real comedy's at. Aw, wipe that grin off your face, you smug shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 4:58 AM

LCD reunion

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 9:45 AM

new york city fucking sucks. best city in the galaxy? keep on drinking the tainted brooklyn lager.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 12:10 PM

Honestly I would cut off my thumbs for another LCD show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 1:44 PM

It isn'y really New York without a cameo from Murray Hill

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 3:25 PM

BV censors can't handle the truth!
Couldn't accept this without creative editing:
Chicago (>) Austin (>) a dirty cup of warm donkey piss (>) New York fuckin City

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 3:30 PM

Thanksgiving > Independence Day > Memorial Day > Presidents' Day > Labor Day

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 3:31 PM

4:58 - ain't nuthin but steers and queers in Austin. and you ain't got horns, sister.

3:30 - you have any more of that shit you're smoking?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 3:37 PM

Wow! That picture makes these people look not at all annoying and unfunny.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 4:41 PM

I don't even know what the fuck NYC is anymore. This is the problem a city faces when it is essentially a somewhat transient professional class and a homegrown idiot class with little hope of advancing into the former.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 5:49 PM

These guys do AT&T commercials right? Good for them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 6:43 PM

Hey 5:49, New york is always changing. You shouldn't know what it is. Lesser cities like Boston and Chicago can be labeled and stereotyped so easily because they stay the same. Boring.

Anyone who doesn't think so is just fucking jealous that they weren't born here. Native New Yorkers are always superior.

I bet you are a whiney Brooklyn hippy from the midwest or worse....LA.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 7:47 PM

Nice try, 7:47. You really don't know what the fuck you're talking about. But then, even if you're among the pathetic percentage of New Yorkers who graduate from high school these days, I'm sure you went to a shitty college and have a lousy job.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 7:55 PM

7:47 is a bitch. But he is correct in that the city is a complicated mess, where as other smaller American cities (less LA and SF) are much more "predictable". That doesn't mean that New York doesn't have no heart, when I can hear it beat out loud.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 8:14 PM

7:47 you should ground your comments. Just put the landing gear down on that thought pattern. New York is a supersonic culture, and you must fasten your seat belts if you care to enjoy the flight. But always remember that you must stow your expectations under your seat, and at the end of every day you should return the seat tray to it's original upright position.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 8:16 PM

What's refreshing is that I know none of you miserable, know-it-all, cunty commenters won't be at this screening, or any other comedy show around the city for that matter.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 8:23 PM

Obviously New York is always changing. The observation I'm making is that there's never been a time in my life where native New Yorkers had so damned little to do with it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 8:29 PM

Hey 8:29 - Patti Smith, David Byrne, Richard Hell, Andy Warhol .... all not native New Yorkers that made a profound impact on the city and it's culture in arguably the only golden era of NYC music culture (discounting the Tin Pan Alley glory days)..

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 8:39 PM

Grrrrrrr, angry. Grrrrrr.....

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 9:43 PM

That is 8:23 PM if you consider any of those self righteous "comedians" actually funny. Isnt the whole audience just other wanna be comedians that are friends with them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 9:55 PM

True, 8:39. New York has always taken credit for the successes of people who spent their formative years elsewhere, but the era you're referring to featured Old New York in the depths of decline before it began to be resuscitated by a massive influx of professionals from elsewhere. Essentially, NYC didn't renew itself, it renewed in spite of itself.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 10:11 PM

Hey Guys, see you at the movie!

Also, welcome back to town! Hope you had a nice summer home!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 10:49 PM

Thanks yes enjoyed the movie. It's great to be back in the crazzzy darn big apple. The summer home is almost as good as Reggie beat box Jones.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2011 12:57 AM

NYC is part of my identity. It's so different from other cities. I'm a human being, and as such I'm only worth as much as the place I was born in.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2011 3:15 AM

"Patti Smith, David Byrne, Richard Hell, Andy Warhol .... all not native New Yorkers that made a profound impact on the city and it's culture in arguably the only golden era of NYC music culture (discounting the Tin Pan Alley glory days).."

Unless you count the '60s folk scene that birthed Dylan.
Or the '80s party scene that birthed hip-hop.
Or the '90s rock scene... and so on.

Face it, American culture has always swept West from the 5 Boroughs. You're welcome.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2011 3:27 PM

NYC has the best hummus in the continental united states. And that should put the kabosh on this argument of "best city".

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2011 3:53 PM

"Face it, American culture has always swept West from the 5 Boroughs. You're welcome."

lulz

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2011 4:12 PM

NYC has the best hummus in the continental united states. And that should put the kabosh on this argument of "best city".

September 4, 2011 3:53 PM


Oh no it doesnt at all. Friends dont let friends eat canola.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2011 11:47 PM

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2011 11:59 PM

8:14 it is not appropriate to bring in Grateful Dead reference to this comedy blog

any comedy blog is pathetic and weak

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 9:01 AM

I love the afro.

Posted by Greg | February 10, 2014 7:47 PM

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