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May 20, 2013
Tim & Eric have released an new video for "Goatee," featuring some of the most amazing drum fills you'll hear this side of... well, at least a few drummers. Check it out below.
Check out all three videos below.
May 19, 2013
by Bill Pearis
Fred Armisen & friends / Stefon & Seth / Kanye & Ben on SNL
Even without Kanye's musical appearance, last night's Ben Afleck hosted Saturday Night Live season finale was especially eventful (and teary) as it was the final show for three long-running star players: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudekis.
Fred got his farewell moment via a sketch featuring his punk character Ian Rubbish who performed song called "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day." His band featured fellow departing castmembers Hader and Sudekis (and Taran Killam, sure to be a big player next season), and then he welcomed a cavalcade of musical talent onstage, including his Portlandia costar Carrie Brownstein, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones. With a chorus of "It's been alright, I've had a lovely night," it was a nice little sendoff. Video of that is below.
Hader got his sendoff moment, as expected, as Weekend Update nightlife correstondent Stefon, where anchor -- and soon to be Late Night host -- Seth Meyers finally gives in to his advances. "Weekend Update" also featured a surprise appearance by former co-anchor Amy Poehler who came out for "REALLY??" and stuck around to read the news. Seth, who is also SNL's head writer, will leave midseason next year to take over for Jimmy Fallon who is moving up to The Tonight Show.
Hader, Armisen, Sudekis and Meyers' departure leaves a giant comedy hole for next season. It will be interesting to see how Lorne Michaels fills it.
Kanye on 'SNL'
Kanye West has had a busy weekend. On Thursday (5/16), he played a private show at Roseland for Adult Swim where he performed a few new songs. He also, as is his wont, let loose one of his stream-of-conscious rants, this time mostly about celebrity culture. You can watch video of that below.
One of the songs Kanye performed at Roseland was new track "New Slaves." A video for that song made its debut on Friday night (5/17), projected at, according to maps on Kanye's website, 66 locations around the world. Nine of them were in NYC, including two in Williamsburg: one being outside the Bedford Ave L stop, and the second on the Wythe Hotel, and there's video of the former below.
The song, which features a sample of 1969 single "Gyöngyhajú lány" by Hungarian rock band Omega and vocals from Frank Ocean, will feature on Kanye's follow-up to 2010's My Dark Twisted Fantasy which is, according to Pitchfork, titled Yeezus and has appearances from Daft Punk, Skrillex and more.
This activity was all centered around Kanye's appearance on Saturday Night Live's season finale hosted by Ben Afleck. (The teaser videos are below.) He performed "New Slaves" and debuted another new song, "Black Skinhead," and video of those, along with the other clips mentioned in this post, are below.
May 16, 2013
When, Diddy announced via Twitter yesterday that he was a "series regular" on Downton Abbey and PBS denied it, we wondered if it might be for a Funny or Die video? Turned out that's indeed what it was. Sean Combs let us know that despite producers announcing they'd just cast their first black character on the popular PBS/BBC melodrama, he had in fact already been on the show as Lord Wolcott, "the new owner of Down Town Abbey," despite being ignored by the rest of the cast. See how it all plays out in Downton Diddy, below...
May 14, 2013
May 13, 2013
As Jimmy Fallon will take over The Tonight Show next year (and moving it back to NYC at rumored), the Late Night slot will go to current SNL "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers, reports the New York Times:
In an interview before taking the stage on Saturday's edition of "SNL," Mr. Meyers said: "Working at 'SNL' requires 100 percent of your mental capacity -- on easy weeks. And so I had not really spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to do next. Obviously I can't quit Lorne. So this seems like a pretty good deal that I have an opportunity to keep working with him."Lorne Michaels will produce both The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, which will make their debut sometime around the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
Vampire Weekend were on this past weekend's SNL. This Saturday (5/18) is the season finale with host Ben Afleck and musical guest Kanye West.
In Liam's own words:
LIAM McENEANEY:That's the art Liam speaks of above. Grab your tickets at the links above before they're all gone.
LIVE IN BROOKLYN:
AN ALBUM TAPING
WITH ROB PARAVONIAN & JANEANE GAROFALO
WITH ROB PARAVONIAN & JIM GAFFIGAN
at Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
Liam is recording his debut album with ASpecialThing records (home of Paul F. Tompkins, Jen Kirkman, WTF with Marc Maron, Doug Loves Movies).
It doesn't have a title yet. It used to, but then he changed his mind.
Also, Cathryn Lynne took this lovely art:
May 6, 2013
While most of the world still thinks of him as that guy from Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos, it's fairly well known in comics circles that Bob Saget's personal sense of humor (and standup act) is pretty dark and very profane. A lot of people realized this in in the extra-profane 2007 comedy documentary The Aristocrats which Bob appeared in (you can watch his segments below).
A lot more people will really get a look into Saget's very dirty mind this Friday (5/10) when his new Showtime special, That's What I'm Talking About, comes out. Bob was just on Conan plugging the special, where he shared some Full House memories involving a donkey. You can watch that below too.
Bob will also be on tour this summer, including two NYC shows on the same night, July 20. He'll play an early show (8 PM) at Bowery Ballroom and then hop in a car across the bridge for a late show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (11 PM). Tickets to both shows go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (5/8) at noon with the regular on-sale happening on Friday (5/10) at noon. The shows come with the disclaimer "For Mature Audiences."
All tour dates are listed, along with those videos, below...
May 1, 2013
Comedian John Mulaney has two shows in one night coming up at The Bell House on June 6. Both will feature other guests TBA and are benefits for The Innocence Project, which is "a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice." Tickets to both the early (7 PM) and late (10 PM) shows are still available.
The last time we wrote about John, he was opening for Yo La Tengo and The Feelies at Maxwell's during Hanukkah. As mentioned, The Feelies have a Bell House show coming up too on May 18 and tickets are still available. The day before (5/17) they play Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY and tickets are still available for that as well.
April 30, 2013
Ian Rubbish opening for Vampire Weekend last weekend (more by Robert Altman)
A few weeks ago, Saturday Night Live ran a filmed segment on fictional UK punk Ian Rubbish (aka Fred Armisen) who hated everything except the late Margaret Thatcher. Well, Fred has been carrying on the joke. You may have seen him as Rubbish opening for Vampire Weekend at Roseland on Sunday, and now he's actually released an EP as Ian Rubbish -- including "Sweet Iron Lady" and "Maggie Thatcher" -- as a free download. You may remember when Fred and Dave Grohl had fun with '80s hardcore on SNL a while back.
If you haven't seen the Ian Rubbish SNL short, you can stream it below.