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September 18, 2014

photos by Chris La Putt

Bridget Everett - 'Rock Bottom' at Joe's Pub 9/12/2014
Bridgett Everett

Mr. Shaiman, who pounds away at the piano keys during the show, and Mr. Wittman, who directed it, and her other collaborators, Adam Horovitz and Matt Ray, have not attempted to impose a demure superego on the rampaging id that is Ms. Everett. On the contrary, "Rock Bottom" lets her run as loose and sing as loud as ever, celebrating the louche life and flaunting her flair for exhibitionism -- sexual, emotional and physical -- across 90 minutes of hair-raising, jaw-dropping and, yes, sometimes cringe-making performance. This unbridled performer makes the breast-baring, mouthy Bette Midler of the 1970s seem like Julie Andrews trilling and twirling on that mountaintop in "The Sound of Music."

Ms. Everett performs 10 songs in the show, at least three of which feature titles that are not fit for print. One of the funniest finds her making sport of her own ample dimensions while using a festively colored sex toy of considerable size as a prop to help detail her rapacious exploits around the globe. - [NY Times]

Bridget Everett seems to be everywhere in NYC lately, with the official debut of her new show at Joe's Pub, Rock Bottom (which has been in previews for a while). In addition to the New York Times review, she was also on the cover of the 9/10 issue of The Village Voice. The very bawdy show, which also features frequent collaborator and Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz, plays select dates through October 16 at Joe's Pub. Tickets are on sale and all show dates are listed below. We caught Rock Bottom last Friday (9/12) and pictures from that are in this post.

There's no Rock Bottom show tonight, but you can catch Bridget Everett tonight (9/18) at The Bell House as part of the kickoff event at the 2014 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Tonight's show is 'The Talent Show Presents: Gowanus Idol' and has a stacked lineup of talent, also featuring Amy Schumer, Dave Hill, Ira Glass, Bobby Tisdale, Derrick Brown, Amber Tamblyn, Joseph Keckler, Eliot Glazer, Giulia Rozzi, THE ENGAGEMENTS and hosts Elna Baker and Kevin Townley. Tickets are still available.

Rock Bottom show dates, plus more pics from the show and the Voice cover, below...

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September 17, 2014

John Oliver and co-anchor Cookie Monster
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The eighth annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit happens at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5. Bruce Springsteen returns to play again this year, and comedic talent includes Louis CK, John Mulaney, and John Oliver, plus NBC's Brian Williams and more "surprise guests" to be announced. It's part of the New York Comedy Festival and tickets are on sale now.

September 16, 2014

Demetri Martin

The witty Demetri Martin is heading out on a Canadian tour this November (dates), and the following month he'll go on a short US trek as well. He doesn't come to NYC proper, but he'll be nearby for a show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on December 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon.

All US dates are listed, with a video of his If I special, below...

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September 12, 2014

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Mountain Goats main man John Darnielle has always been a storyteller, it's a wonder he's never written a book before now. Yet Wolf In White Van is his first novel. It's out on Tuesday (9/16) via Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and here's the synopsis:

Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian--a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail--Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America.

Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.

You can listen to Darnielle read an excerpt from Wolf In White Van's audiobook below. You can also hear him read from it in person as Darnielle starts a book tour next week, starting in NYC on Monday (9/15) at Le Poisson Rouge with John Hodgman there to, presumably, coax anecdotes out of him. Doors are at 6:30 PM, it starts at 7:30 and it's free to attend. As for what to expect, here's John himself:

Dear anybody whose question "will there be a book tour?" I have seemed to ignore, please know that I was not ignoring you, but that there was a plan to tell people about the tour I'll be doing for Wolf In White Van. I am constitutionally predisposed to call this plan a dark and evil plan, but honestly I don't see how going places and reading from my book can really be thought of as dark and evil, though I will do my best...

...it seems probable that a number of people who like our music will also be interested in the book, but for purposes of clarity be advised that I am leaving my guitar at home for this one and will play no songs on this tour, though I can't promise that Mr. Hodgman and I won't do an a capella chorus or two of "Sing a Song About Love", or possibly "We Bite."

See you out there!

All John Darnielle book dates are listed, along with the audio excerpt stream, below...

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Michael Che

NBC's Saturday Night Live is hitting a milestone this fall, as the upcoming season will be its 40th. The show returns on September 27 with Parks & Rec's Chris Pratt as host and Ariana Grande as musical guest. Then on October 5 it's host Sarah Silverman and Maroon 5.

In more exciting SNL news, comedian Michael Che will become the first African American 'Weekend Update' anchor, replacing Cecily Strong as Colin Jost's co-host. Che, a regular in the NYC alt-comedy scene and on this site, had been a writer on SNL before leaving to become a Daily Show correspondent. Strong is still on the show, and apparently asked to step down, preferring to work on sketches.

As mentioned before, castmembers Brooks Whelan, John Milhiser, Nasim Pedrad, Noël Wells are all not returning this year. New cast has not been announced. The show also lost announcer Don Pardo, who died at age 96 this summer.

In celebration of SNL's 40th anniversary, NBC will be airing old episodes of SNL -- one from each season -- on Saturday nights at 10 PM. Whether this includes the weird years where Lorne Michaels left the show and it was run by Dick Ebersol, remains to be seen.

In related news, onetime castmember Ana Gasteyer (1996 - 2002) is performing at Joe's Pub on September 29. It's a release show for her new album, I'm Hip, and tickets are on sale now.

September 11, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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The New Pornographers played the Brill Building last week and NPR now has pro video up of the entire show.

While there, the band's chief songwriter, Carl "AC" Newman, applied for a job as a hitmaker in the pop landmark's storied offices. Apparently there's only one songwriting team (Julie Klausner and Anthony Atamanuik) left in the building and they've been relegated to not the nicest space there. (The heyday of Leiber/Stoller and Goffin/King it ain't.) Needless to say, Newman won't be quitting his day job. Watch his video encounter, written by Jake Fogelnest for Funny or Die, below.

You can catch The New Pornographers live when their tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart hits NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets).

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September 8, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

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For 10 years, Seth Herzog's excellent comedy showcase Sweet has been a NYC comedy staple, bringing fresh faces and old pros together. Everyone from Donald Glover to Jeff Ross has performed there over the years, with Herzog's distinctive energy keeping the crowd coming back week after week.

To celebrate Sweet's tenth anniversary, Herzog has put together a three-day comedy extravaganza at its current home of The Slipper Room running tonight (9/8) through Wednesday (9/10), featuring the likes of Colin Quinn, Hannibal Buress, Vanessa Bayer, Dave Hill, Questlove, and many more surprises to come each night. As for who's playing which night, you're just gonna have to show up and find out. Tickets ($10 per night or $25 for all three) are on sale now.

Watch a Sweet set featuring Reggie Watts, Questlove, Greg Barris, and more, below...

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September 4, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

Hannibal

Everyone's favorite deadpan sidekick Hannibal Buress is still on the Oddball Comedy Tour, but once that wraps up, he'll soon be back on the road again, this time on his own, for the "Comedy Camisado" tour. He stops in NYC at Town Hall on November 7 as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Tickets are still available. For those of you who live upstate, the tour also stops in Albany on November 20.

While on tour, Hannibal is taking a break from his free Sunday night series at Knitting Factory. Full tour dates are listed below below....

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Raunchy, gravelly-voiced and self-deprecating comedian Joan Rivers, who rose from Greenwich Village standup to occasional host of "The Tonight Show" and star of TV's "Fashion Police," died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on Sept. 3. She was 81.

"She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends," her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement. "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is
difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."

Rivers had been admitted to New York's Mt. Sinai hospital after she stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords at a New York Clinic, and was placed in a medically-induced coma to assess her condition. - [Variety]

It's been a tough couple weeks for comedy, having lost Robin Williams in August. Joan, you were a real pistol and will be missed dearly. If you only know her from the red carpet, you should definitely check out 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, it's terrific. RIP, Joan Rivers.

A few classic Joan clips are below...

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August 27, 2014

Lavell Crawford

You might know him best as everyone's favorite Breaking Bad character Huell, but Lavell Crawford is also a stand up comedian. This year he has live dates coming up in Knoxville, Washington DC, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, NYC and NJ. The SIX NYC shows are this October at comedy club Caroline's on Broadway (tickets). The NJ show was just announced at Wellmont Theater in Montclair on December 5. Tickets for the NJ show are available now for $30 VIA GROUPON. Friday they go up to at least $50 when they go on sale via Live Nation.

Breaking Bad just took home a whole bunch of Emmys for its final season which seems like it happened so long ago...

As "True Detective's" cosmically attuned sleuth Rust Cohle put it: "Someone once told me time is a flat circle. Everything we've ever done or will do, we're gonna do over and over and over again."
[Washington Post]
Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, which is based on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman character (Huell's boss), will premiere on AMC in February 2015. Meanwhile they've released a few very short teasers which you can watch below...

Continue reading "Lavell Crawford (Huell) playing shows, Breaking Bad winning Emmys; Better Call Saul"

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