Recent Posts in comedy
August 25, 2015
Hannibal Buress has been busy with his new late night variety show, Why? with Hannibal Buress and his co-starring role on Broad City, but apparently not too busy to return to his old Brooklyn stomping grounds. According to the comedian's Instagram, he is performing at The Knitting Factory on Sunday, September 20, a return to form from his old days hosting shows there every Sunday. This show, though, will be in the main room and tickets will be on sale soon.
Hannibal is also playing some shows across the Midwest and a show at Toronto's Just For Laughs festival. Tour dates listed below.
August 20, 2015
by Klaus Kinski
The third annual Brooklyn Comedy Festival will be taking place across 12 different venues throughout the borough from August 24 - August 30. Showcasing a staggering array of New York's finest comedic talent, the festival will deliver audiences everything under the comedy rainbow including stand-up, sketch, duo, improv, musical comedy, character, storytelling, and more. Mercifully, the shows are either free or extremely inexpensive. Who, exactly, is gonna be there? Let's see:
Performers this year include Sasheer Zamata, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Monroe Martin, Chris Gethard, Sean Patton, Aparna Nancherla, Seaton Smith, Mark Normand, Nick Vatterott, Michelle Wolf, Nick Turner, Myq Kaplan, Louis Katz, Kevin Barnett, Yamaneika Saunders, Michelle Buteau, Joe Pera, Dave Hill, Josh Gondleman, Jared Logan, Pete Lee as well as sketch and improv from groups like Murderfist, GUS, RICHARD. There will be surprise drop ins and special guests including Ron Jeremy. The final show of the festival will bring Roast Battle to The Knitting Factory!The fest begins with a Kick-off Party and Showcase at Knitting Factory on Sunday (8/23) and will culminate, as mentioned above, with a grand finale Roast Battle at the Knitting Factory on August 29. There will be a wrap party at Crown Victoria on August 30 (1-6 PM) where folks can nurse their comedy hangovers with daytime drinking and fellowship. Festival highlights are listed below, but I urge you to VISIT THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE where you can find a more elaborate schedule that includes listings of free events and special additions.
August 19, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Jon Stewart and WWE's Seth Rollins on 'The Daily Show'
Jon Stewart just retired from hosting The Daily Show and already has a new gig: the celebrity guest host of WWE's annual SummerSlam which happens Sunday (8/23) at Barclays Center (sold out). Some of you may know that Stewart has been somewhat involved in a storyline about WWE's current World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins, and for a little catchup on that you can watch a video below.
Meanwhile, Trevor Noah will take over The Daily Show's anchor chair starting September 28 and you can watch a teaser for that below. In the meantime, Chris Hardwick's comedy game show @Midnight will be on in The Daily Show's usual 11 PM timeslot.
In other Comedy Central news, the very funny faux reality show Another Period, which features a veritable who's who of comedic talent (seriously, pretty much everybody's been on this show), has been unsurprisingly renewed for a second season. If you haven't checked out Another Period yet, the premise is basically a Kardashians style show but set in 1902 when morals, medicine and technology were very different. (The Drunk History folks are involved.) You can check out a few clips below.
It's been six years since the last new Flight of the Conchords episode on HBO. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie have played live shows since (like at the McKittrick Hotel two years ago) but there's now hope of new stuff. At a press junket for his new film People Places Things, Clement was asked if we might ever get some new Conchords material, like a movie, and he replied like this:
We have actually started writing one...but who knows if it will ever be made, we've written some notes for some different film ideas. We're not down to the stage where we're going, "The film is going to be like this," it could be this, this, this, this, this.That's a lot of "this." In other very vague news, Clement has said that he and McKenzie were considering a North American tour soon as well, though nothing has been announced either.
In the meantime, you can see Clement in People Places Things (watch the trailer below), hear him as a talking horse in those DIRECTV commercials, and if you haven't seen the terrific vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows (that he co-wrote and stars in), it's available on various streaming services and DVD. He's also working on a new HBO series with Judd Apatow which he describes as "The Twilight Zone, but comedy." He's also starring in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG that's being written by Melissa Mathison (who wrote E.T. and very little else since). Stay tuned.
McKenzie, you may remember, won an Oscar in 2012 for writing "Man or Muppet" from the 2011 The Muppets movie and wrote songs for 2014's Muppets Most Wanted as well.
by Bill Pearis
Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Myers have a new series on IFC called Documentary Now! which parodies various nonfiction films, including Grey Gardens, Nanook of the North, and VICE's HBO series. They got Helen Mirren to intro every episode and he series premieres this Thursday (8/20) at 10 PM EST with "Sandy Passage" (the Grey Gardens parody). You can watch the entire VICE parody, titled "DRONEZ" and featuring Jack Black as a Shane Smith-inspired character, as well as a few other clips below.
Bill Hader was on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday to promote the show, which also featured a live performance by fake '70s soft rock band Blue Jean Committee, who feature in Documentary Now!'s two-part 'Behind the Music' style season finale that includes cameos from HAIM, Darryl Hall, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, and more. You can watch their performance of "Catalina Breeze" (pretty good Loggins & Messina / England Dan & John Ford Coley style yacht rock) You may remember Blue Jean Committee from a 2011 SNL episode. Here, they've gone deep in the shag, recording a bunch of songs which will be released on an EP in November via Drag City (who put out BJC's "Massachusetts Afternoon" last year as a 7"). That's the cover art above and you can stream two tracks from that right now, below...
August 18, 2015
This past February, Dave Chappelle did a multi-night run of Gramercy Theatre shows, and this September he'll do another. He plays 9 and 11:30 PM sets on September 28, 29 and 30, so six total shows. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (8/19) at noon.
The shows are part of a tour that also includes shows in upstate NY, Connecticut, and more. All dates are listed below...
August 17, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Saturday Night Live is gearing up for its 41st season and they've just announced the first three hosts: Miley Cyrus will host the season premiere on October 3, then it's Amy Schumer on 10/10 and former SNL castmember Tracy Morgan on 10/17. The latter is especially notable as it will be Morgan's first comedic work since the horrific 2014 car accident that killed his friend James McNair and left Morgan in critical condition. This will only be his second public appearance since the crash, the first being a Today Show interview back in June where he revealed he's still suffering effects from the traumatic brain injury he incurred in the accident. Tracy, glad to have you back and looking forward to a new Brian Fellows sketch.
No word on musical guests yet. Stay tuned.
August 11, 2015
As mentioned, the 2015 NY Comedy Festival happens November 10 - 15, featuring Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Trainwreck / Knocked Up director Judd Apatow, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Margaret Cho, Norm MacDonald, Bill Maher, Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt are more. Tickets for all shows go on NYCF presale today at 10 AM. Password is FNYCF.
August 10, 2015
The 2015 edition of the NY Comedy Festival happens November 10 - 15 at various venues all over NYC. The main line-up was just announced and includes Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Trainwreck / Knocked Up director Judd Apatow, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Margaret Cho, Norm MacDonald, Bill Maher, Bill Burr, Gabriel Iglesias, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Nathan Fielder (Nathan for You), Kathy Griffin and more. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 17 but there's a NYCF presale starting Tuesday (8/11) morning at 10 AM.
Dear Human Person,Meanwhile, Louie is on another hiatus.
Hi. This is Louis CK. This is just a note to let you know that I have put a new show up on louisck.net. It's called "Louis CK live at Madison Square Garden". The show is exactly what is described there. It's the audio from my last of 3 shows that I performed at Madison Square Garden early this year. Some of the material is in the Comedy Store Special. Some of it isn't. But it's also a fun show on it's own. BUT since it's repeated material, I'm giving you the option to set your price anywhere from 1 dollar to 85. The default is 5. I hope you like it.
There isn't much else to say. I'm having a pretty nice summer and I hope you are too. I feel pretty good about the planet, the country and my immediate surroundings, even though a lot of things are a huge mess all over the world. It may be selfish, or naive or even calloused to feel pretty good ever about anything when anyone anywhere is having a bad time and there sure are a lot of anyones everywhere having a bad time. But then again if you're upset all the time because something bad is happening every second, then jesus. I mean... for christ's sake, take it easy.
I hope all of you are having a good summer. I hope you're all relatively okay or better. I hope that nobody shoots anybody today. What are the odds of that? low. But I hope it.