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July 22, 2015

Louis CaKeshop, 7/21/2015 (photo by @dxtrho)
Louis CK at Cake Shop

If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. It happens every Tuesday at 8 PM and has been going for a while now and is picking up steam. Last night featured suprise sets from Louis CK, Todd Barry and Nikki Glaser in addition to its announced lineup.

Other drop-ins at Cake Shop Comedy in past shows include Wyatt Cenac, Ilana Glazer, Bobcat Goldthwait, James Adomian, Janeane Garofalo, Kate Berlant, Brendon Small (Metalocalypse), Hannibal Buress, Rory Scovel, Myq Kaplan and more. Again it's free.

July 21, 2015

photo: Hannibal Buress opening for FlyLo at T5 in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Hannibal Buress

Comedian Hannibal Buress really has come such a long way from his earlier days as a regular at small shows around NYC. He was already an actor on one Comedy Central show, Broad City, and his own series, Why? with Hannibal Buress, made its debut on Comedy Central a couple week's ago:

Why? with Hannibal Buress provides a glimpse into the offbeat mind of this laid-back comedian. Each episode tackles topical issues with sketches, man-on-the-street interviews and special guests as well as stand-up in front of a studio audience. If it's in the zeitgeist, Buress will dissect it -- and he'll finally get answers to all his burning questions.
The first episode was a little shaky, but the second episode -- which marked the debut of Flying Lotus as the show's house DJ -- was a marked improvement. It's not the first time the two have teamed up. The third episode airs Wednesday night (7/22) at 10:30 PM EST.

Hannibal has a few live appearances coming up too, but nothing in NYC at the moment. Check out a recent 'Comedy Central Exclusive' video of him at Comic-Con below...

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July 15, 2015

by Klaus Kinski

Todd Barry Superhero 7

Way back in January of 2013, I mentioned that Todd Barry would be embarking on a "Crowd Work" tour. The whole tour was predicated on the premise that Todd would have zero prepared material and would rely solely on crowd work as the genesis of his sets. Having seen his crowd work in action 2 or 3 million times in my lifetime, I knew it was the greatest idea of all time and would pay big dividends, laughs-wise.

What I didn't realize at the time was that the entire tour, which encompassed a seven date run from San Diego, CA to Anchorage, AK, was being documented by the great Lance Bangs for a documentary that would eventually get released for a measly $5 on Louis CK's website. Louis CK ponied up the production money, approved Todd's choice of director, and provided post-production facilities and an editor. Louis also made sure that Todd maintained 100% of the rights to the work (just as long as Louis gets the costs he fronted to the project paid back). The doc hit on March 21, 2014 where I happily ponied up the cash so I could own it forever. The documentary exceeded expectations both from a production value perspective and from a performance perspective. Beautifully shot with Bangs' prodigal sense of direction, the video is wall-to-wall classic Todd Barry. It showcases how unbelievably quick Todd can read, analyze, and hilariously react and reduce a situation.

I am happy to report that as of today, July 15, 2015, the documentary is now streaming on Netflix! This is a great opportunity for people too cheap to buy it the first time around to see it and for fans of comedy to see a true master at work. This is literally and unarguably the only title on Netflix worth watching.

Todd also has a ton of live dates coming up; some are crowd work dates, some are regular stand up, some are local, some are far away. For those of us in the tri-state area, we have several opportunities to see him. Todd will be performing on July 17 at the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. Then on July 19 atThe Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ  you can catch Todd dominating.

Todd will be performing as part of The Oddball Comedy Festival  which hits Nikon at Jones Beach on September 4 (take a helicopter) and PNC Bank Arts Center on September 5. Tickets are still available for both Oddball shows.

Todd is also the king of the "drop-in," so be on the lookout for him at one of the many weekly comedy showcases throughout NYC. Full dates below a clip from the Crowd Work movie below.

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July 14, 2015

photo: Sharon Van Etten at Governors Ball 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sharon Van Etten

The new Tig Notaro documentary, Tig, comes out on Netflix this Friday (7/17). For the film, Sharon Van Etten wrote the original song "Words," which is now streaming. Listen below.

Sharon also released a demo version of her cover of Karen Dalton's "Remembering Mountains," which appears on the recent Karen Dalton tribute. You can listen to that below too.

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July 9, 2015

by Arielle Gordon

Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival

These days, it seems like every bar or restaurant with a basement is jumping on the comedy train with open mics of dubious quality and the occasional improv show. But the East Village's 24-hour all-biscuits-all-the-time Empire Biscuits is taking the comedy-restaurant collaboration to a whole new level with the very first Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival. The festival spans three nights, August 2 to August 4, with three showcases each night. The festival kicks off Sunday (8/2) at 7 PM with Liza Treyger (Comedy Central's Half Hour), Alingon Mitra (Last Comic Standing), Joe Pera (Comedy Central), and Mark Normand (Inside Amy Schumer). Other Sunday highlights include Jo Firestone, Giulia Rozzi, Brett Davis (The Special Without Brett Davis) and Jim Tews (Louie) at 9 PM.

The comedy continues Monday night (8/3) with sets from Joe List (Comedy Central) and Ben Kronberg (Last Comic Standing) at 7 PM. The night continues with two more shows, including sets from Mike Lawrence (who recently toured New York with Marc Maron), Nate Fernald (The Pete Holmes Show), Abbi Crutchfield (VH1) and more.

Finally, Tuesday night (8/4) starts out with heavy hitters Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, @SeinfeldToday), Nore Davis (Inside Amy Schumer), and Nick Turner (Comedy Central). The subsequent shows are just as stacked, featuring Michelle Wolf (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), Sasheer Zamata (SNL), and Kevin Barnett (Friends of the People) at 9 PM. The final show of the festival features Seaton Smith (Mulaney), Sean Donnelly (Comedy Central), Phoebe Robinson (Girl Code), Carmen Lynch (Inside Amy Schumer), and Aparna Nancherla (Conan).

So you're probably wondering - how much do I have to pay to see this fantastic lineup of indie New York comics? Well, for the low price of $50, you can see all nine shows, including one biscuit and one beer per night. It's $14 for a single show, which also includes a biscuit and a beverage. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineups for all nine Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival shows are listed below...

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July 8, 2015

by Arielle Gordon

almost as good as 'Daleks On Ice'...
Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular

New York Comic Con will be back in October and so will New York Super Week, the concurrent pop culture festival that encompasses almost every type of entertainment related to nerdom - concerts, comedy shows, lectures, podcast tapings, and food events too. It runs October 5 - 11 at various venues around the city.

While the fest is still adding events to the schedule, there are already great shows abound. There's a special superhero vs. super villain edition of bimonthly debate show Uptown Showdown which will happen October 8 at Symphony Space (tickets). Past performers have included everyone from Michael Ian Black to Ilana Glazer, so be prepared for some can't-miss debate action.

There are some pretty interesting discussions during the festival as well, such as "Sheroes: An Exhibition of Women Comic Book Artists- Panel Discussion & Artist Reception" at La Casa Azul Bookstore on October 6, and a live taping of Nerdist's Sex Nerd Sandra podcast on October 10 at Union Hall (tickets). Another intriguing event is the "Inside the Writer's Room" workshop at Hard Rock Cafe on October 10 (tickets), featuring writers from shows like Parenthood and The Vampire Diaries, as well as television executives for Sony, HBO, Cinemax, and more.

There are a few music-related events happening. On October 7 at Barclays Center will be  the "Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular" which features "well over 100 musicians, singers, and monsters live on stage, all under the talented conducting baton of Ben Foster." They'll be playing the music from the long-running BBC science fiction series, and the event is hosted by Michelle Gomez who plays Missy, the current incarnation of the Doctor's nemesis, The Master. And yes there will be Daleks. Hopefully a chorus line of them. There's a 3 PM and a 7 PM performance and tickets are on sale.

Then on October 9 at Hard Rock Cafe it's a DJ set from Kristian Narin, aka Hodor from Game of Thones (Game of Thrones). He DJ'd during NY Comic Con last year, too. Tickets are on sale. Having been a well-known house DJ well before being cast on Game of Thrones, Nairn just released his first single, titled "Up" and you can stream that below if you want.

There's lots more NY Super Week action, so check out all announced events.

In related news, the biggest con of them all, The San Diego Comic Con starts on Thursday (7/9).

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July 7, 2015

Aziz Amy Schumer Oddball

Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer were both on the 2014 Oddball Comedy Tour, but in the time since then both have gotten noticeably more famous, and they'll now co-headline the 2015 Oddball Comedy Tour. Support lineups vary between dates.

The NYC-area gets stops at Wantagh, NY's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on September 4, Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center on September 5, Hartford, CT's XFINITY Theatre on September 12, and Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on September 13. The Jones Beach and PNC shows have support from Anthony Jeselnik, Jay Pharaoh, Jeff Ross, Jim Norton, Michael Che, Nick Kroll and Todd Barry. Hartford has Bridget Everett, Nikki Glaser, Dave Attell, Antony Jeselnik, Jeff Ross and Nick Kroll (and remember, Hartford is also where Dave Chappelle walked off stage in 2013 and made a surprise appearance to apologize in 2014). And Camden is the same as Hartford, plus Michael Che and John Mulaney.

Tickets for the whole tour go on sale Friday (7/10) at 10 AM with Previous Purchaser and VIP presales starting Wednesday (7/8) at 10 AM, and Ticketmaster/Live Nation presales starting Thursday (7/9) at 10 AM. Check out the Oddball website for each stop's lineup. All dates are listed below.

Amy Schumer, whose new movie Trainwreck (which she wrote and is directed by Judd Apadow) is out next week, also makes three NYC appearances in September, opening for Madonna.

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Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia, who you may have seen on Season 3 of Orange is the New Black or at this year's Del Close Marathon, will be doing one of his "Mike Birbiglia's Dream" shows at UCB Chelsea on Wednesday (7/8) where he enlists a "dream cast" of improvisers to work off of his storytelling. This show will feature Tami Sagher (Broad City), Chris Gethard and more. There are a few tickets left.

Mike was also on last week's Inside Amy Schumer and has a role in her new film Train Wreck which is out next week. In other news, Birbiglia was on The Tonight Show last week and revealed that the first person he and his wife told that they were expecting a child was President Obama who then offered them some parenting advice. Watch video of that below.

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July 6, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Turkington in Ant-Man
Gregg Turkington in Ant-Man

He's best known for his sweaty Borscht Belt yukkster alter-ego Neil Hamburger, but Gregg Turkington has had an active career outside of that. In addition to running Amarillo Records (home of Anton LaVey, the Pop-O-Pies and Harvey Sid Fisher) in the '90s, he's appeared on Tenacious D projects, worked frequently with Tim & Eric and does a fair amount of voice work, most recently as Toby Determined on Gravity Falls. You can see him in his highest-profile role yet, the Marvel action-comedy Ant-Man, where he plays [SPOILER ALERT] the manager of a Baskin-Robbins who fires Paul Rudd's character (who becomes Ant-Man) early in the film. You can see Gregg in action in a Japanese version of the trailer, below. non-Japanese, Turkington-free trailer is below too.

The film is a bit controversial in the Marvel/comic-con scene as the project originated as a labor-of-love adaptation by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim, etc) but parted ways from Ant-Man after production was underway. (Fans were not happy.) Director Payton Reed (Bring it On, Down with Love, lots of Merge Records bands' videos) took over and the finished product bows July 16.

Neil Hamburger, by the way, is still alive and well making awful jokes on tour all over the country. He'll play Brooklyn's The Bell House on November 7 with Nick Flanagan. Tickets are still available. All dates, which include an appearance at Tenacious D's Festival Supreme, are listed below...

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July 2, 2015

Jon Hamm on the Daily Show

Funny guy Scott Rogowski wraps up the current season of his live talk show, Running Late with Scott Rogowski, tonight (7/2) at Le Poisson Rouge. He's put together a pretty killer lineup of guests for his season finale, too: Jon Hamm and H. Jon Benjamin (both of whom are in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) will be there, as will Tom Papa and actor Craig Bierko. Tickets are still available.

Jon Hamm, who also lends his voice to upcoming Despicable Me sequel Minions, stopped by The Daily Show on Wednesday (6/30) to chat with departing host Jon Stewart, and you can watch that segment below.

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