Posted in comedy | music | tour dates on December 9, 2012

Brooke Shields and Tom Scharpling (via Patrick Cotnoir)
Brooke Shields

Tom Scharpling, Ted Leo, and Marianne Ways put together "A Very Special Benefit Show" on Friday (12/7) at the Bell House with a great lineup of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Chris Elliott (joined by Adam Resnick), John Hodgman, Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner (joined by Gary the Squirrel), Andrew W.K., Kristen Schaal, previously revealed surprise guests TItus Andronicus, and a secret appearance by Brooke Shields. The show began with an intro by Ted Leo and Tom Scharpling, and then the many acts began their (relatively short) sets with auctions spliced in between. Later on in the show, Tom and Ted returned to the stage together to interview Brooke Shields, and before Andrew WK's closing set, Ted played a song on stage with the auction winner. To end the night, after Andrew WK's set, he was joined on stage by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and members of Titus for a killer cover of "Louie Louie." A picture of the setlist from the show is below.

Ted Leo was also added to the previously mentioned Concert & Comedy For Sandy Animals: Benefit for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue, which takes place at Littlefield TONIGHT (12/9) with Michael Showalter, Casey Shea, The National Reserve, Jena Friedman, Colleen Pelletier (video), and Rawan Rihani (art). Supercute were initially supposed to play but they had to cancel. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

In case you missed it, Tom Scharpling also made the mix tape for the first of Yo La Tengo's eight Hanukkah shows last night (12/8). Last night's openers were The Raybeats and Emo Philips. Any guesses on who opens tonight?

Setlist from the Tom Scharpling benefit below...


Tom Scharpling Setlist



Comments (6)

this was awesome. scharpling is the best end of story.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 2:35 AM

Damn good time. And even a bargain at $40. (It was a benefit, so the $40 wasn't a problem to begin with.)

Brooke Shields informed us that the picture that's been going around purporting to be her sitting with HR of Bad Brains isn't her, and made a couple of points that were convincing mostly due to their self-deprecating nature. (The woman in the picture has a different shaped nose, she wasn't that cool, she was unaware of how to properly use a bong.)

Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick did a thing on Godfather III that was allegedly an excerpt from a 6 hour seminar they've held over the years. It was funny enough that I Googled to see if the seminar was a real thing. Yes, a SIX HOUR seminar.

No real clunkers in the whole night.

Posted by HarMarNonymous | December 10, 2012 3:40 AM

I saw Klaus skulking around. He is hella hot.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 1:04 PM

not really sold on this song... part of me wants to like it and part of me wants to slap the shit out of them for such an obvious rip-off of Sugar Ray (and at least a dozen other JAMC songs)

Posted by two way radios | March 8, 2013 2:00 AM

love to see this duo live

Posted by Auto Manutenção | May 21, 2013 10:52 PM

I liked the story.

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