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January 26, 2015

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We've had the first major show casualty of the Blizzard known as Juno: Louis CK's fourth MSG show that was to have been on Tuesday (1/27). Says Louis:

I am really sorry about this and I am surprised to learn as I write this that there is only one L in the word canceled. I'll have to take my phone's word for it. But it doesn't look right to me.

In any case, there seems to be a massive storm approaching New York City. They are calling this storm "historic" which.... Well I didn't know you could call a thing historic if it hasn't happened yet. But I'm not one to defy future historic events. And I have to be respectful of the responsibility I have to the 15,000 people who are holding tickets to the show and could be stranded somewhere historically trying to get to or from my show. I think it's clearly better that I alter history in the name of safety and cancel. Besides, if you've ever tried to get your deposit back when you rent a banquet hall for a wedding that gets snowed out, you don't want to even know what the deposit is on Madison Square Jesus Christing Garden is.

Louis says all ticketholders will automatically get a refund.

Louis CK will, however, be on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight (1/26). "You can yell boo right at my stupid and very handsome face on your tv screen or on your paper towel or your watch or whatever you view Letterman on." CK also mentions that he'll have a new standup special available via his website soon.

As for other blizzard show cancelations, we'll be posting more soon.

January 22, 2015

Tina

As mentioned, the cast of Bob's Burgers are going on tour which and will be in NYC on March 27 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets are on presale now and you can use the password SOCIAL to get 'em. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/23) at 10 AM.

PS that awesome Tina throw pillow is something you can actually buy.

by Bill Pearis

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The weekend before D'Angelo plays his now sold-out show at The Apollo (2/7), he'll appear as the musical guest on the January 31 episode of Saturday Night Live with host JK Simmons of Whiplash (and Oz and those Farmers Insurance commercials). This will be his first appearance on the show and certainly his biggest moment in the spotlight since returning to action last year. This weekend (1/24), meanwhile, SNL has country star and The Voice judge Blake Shelton as both host and musical guest. Then on February 14, it's the big three-hour SNL 40th Anniversary prime time special.

Leading up to that, VH1 Classic will have a 19-day, 433-hour marathon of episodes from every season of Saturday Night Live that runs from January 28 - February 15. This will include, hopefully, some lesser-seen episodes, like from the years from 1981 - 1985 when Lorne Michaels quit and Dick Ebersol took over as executive producer. Or the rarely seen '85-'86 year when Michaels returned with a cast that included Robert Downey Jr, Randy Quaid and Anthony Michael Hall (who were all let go at the end of the season). In addition to showing whole episodes there will be daily theme blocks, like all six episodes with Justin Timberlake (January 31, 4 - 10 PM). I just hope they make room for "Jackie Rogers Jr's $100,000 Jackpod Wad."

January 21, 2015

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As you may know, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster, the brains behind the newly relaunched The Best Show, have a 16-disc box set of the best bits from the show's WFMU days coming out via the Numero Group in March. Around the release of that, Scharpling & Wurster will be playing live dates in Brooklyn, Chicago and LA. Say the guys:

People of Brooklyn! Chicago! Los Angeles! Scharpling & Wurster will be appearing in your towns in March. There will be the usual music, mirth & mayhem plus special guests from Newbridge and beyond. The Los Angeles show will feature a screening of one of our favorite films: the barbershop singing documentary, "American Harmony."
The NYC show happens at The Bell House on March 11. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/23) at 10 AM.

The Chicago show happens March 19 at Lincoln Hall and tickets to that also go on sale Friday at 10 AM. The Los Angeles show, March 22 at Cinefamily, is already on sale.

January 20, 2015

Bob's Burgers

One of network TV's funniest series, Bob's Burgers will be taking the show on the road in March with Bob's Burgers Live:

...will feature the talented voice cast of the hit animated series, including H. Jon Benjamin ("Bob Belcher"), Kristen Schaal ("Louise Belcher"), Eugene Mirman ("Gene Belcher"), Dan Mintz ("Tina Belcher") and John Roberts ("Linda Belcher"), along with creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard. Performances will include a raucous and lively mix of stand-up comedy, fan Q&A, a live BOB'S BURGERS table read and an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming episodes.
What, no songs? Surely there will be songs. The NYC stop is March 27 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/23) at 10 AM with LiveNation, Chase cardmember and local presales starting Thursday (1/22) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

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January 19, 2015

SNL

Saturday Night Live took on Bushwick, Brooklyn gentrification this weekend, as you can watch in the video below..

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January 17, 2015

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I mean, if you keep buying the tickets, I have to keep doing the shows. My third show at Madison square garden on Saturday is nearly sold out. That happened even faster than the show before it. And both of the shows that I've done there have been intensely fun. So I'm going to add another show.
Louis CK has added a fourth Madison Square Garden show, this one on January 27. Tickets are on sale now.

January 14, 2015

Hard Times

If occasional Onion stories like "90s Punk Decries Punks Of Today" and "47 Punk Bands Change Name To 'The Miami Relatives" are not enough for you, check out The Hard Times, a hard-hitting new music news site whose tagline is "Punk News Comin' Your Way". So far they've published important stories like: "Deafheaven Bassist Falls Asleep Onstage", "Brooklyn's Newest Resident an Outspoken Critic of Gentrification", "Iggy Azalea Clarifies She Only Listens to Early Skrewdriver", "Henry Rollins to Start Third Black Flag", and a bunch more. Check it out!

The Kroll Show
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There's a few cool comedy-related talks and events happening soon at 92Y. On January 20, Nick Kroll will host a screening of The Kroll Show Season 3 premiere, and following that there will be a Q&A with the show's divorcees Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (John Mulaney). This is sold out but you can stream it live on via 92Y's website. Watch the Season 3 trailer below.

Keeping with the TV theme, there's a Better Call Saul panel discussion on February 5 featuring stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Michael McKean. Tickets are still available (they're cheap if you're 35 and under) and this will also be streaming on 92Y's site. Better Call Saul premieres February 8 on AMC. A new trailer is below.

Elsewhere at 92Y, Judy Gold has an ongoing series called 'Comedy Gold' where she talks with famous funny people. On January 27 it's with Jim Gaffigan (tickets) and on February 16 she'll be talking to Wanda Sykes (tickets).

And finally, Allison Williams of HBO's Girls will be talking with her friend and Late Night host Seth Meyers on February 18. (tickets) Maybe Seth will ask Allison what her father, NBC News anchor Brian Williams, thought about her first scene in Girls' just-aired season premiere.

Better Call Saul and Kroll Show trailers below...

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January 12, 2015

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Tickets are on sale now for a 1/24 NYC show. Ticket prices ($65, $45 and $25 with no added fees) and purchase security restrictions are the same as last two shows.

January 14th is sold out. January 7th happened (he wore a Charlie Hebdo t-shirt).

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