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December 19, 2014

Colbert

The Colbert Report aired its final episode last night (12/18) after nine seasons on Comedy Central. At the end, Randy Newman and Jon Stewart came out to help Stephen Colbert sing the 1939 standard "We'll Meet Again" and soon they were joined by stageful of celebrity guests, including Willie Nelson, Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Cranston, Tom Brokaw, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Ric Ocasek, James Franco, Patrick Stewart, Arianna Huffington, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, and many, many more. You can watch that below.

Then, instead of the usual closing-credits music, Colbert used Neutral Milk Hotel's "Holland 1945." Slate notes that the song, from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, has special importance to Colbert who lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash. You can watch the whole episode over at Comedy Central.

Colbert will succeed David Letterman at CBS' The Late Late Show sometime after May 2015.

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December 18, 2014

Serial's Sarah Koenig arm wrestling Ira Glass
Serial

It's official: "Serial" is the hottest podcast in the history of the known universe, the most significant moment in audio since the "War of the Worlds" broadcast, and the most innovative development in communication arts since the smoke signal. In fact, it's a breakthrough symbolizing the Great Podcast Renaissance of 2014. [Yahoo]
Like composer Nick Diamonds, This American Life's Ira Glass was involved with the most popular podcast of all time, Sarah Koenig's Serial, which aired its final episode about Hae-Min Lee and Adnan Syed today (12/18). What did you think of the ending (which was slightly different than Funny or Die's version)? I thought it ended okay, but will leave it at that. #nospoilers

Ira Glass (first cousin once removed of Philip) is of course the host of public radio's popular This American Life of which Serial is a spinoff. When not speaking on the radio, Ira sometimes relaxes with a documentary. He listed some of his favorites for the Sundance Doc Club, including Stop Making Sense, and crime drama The Thin Blue Line.

Ira Glass also often appears live in front of audiences, and that continues to prove true throughout the next year, as you can see from his busy schedule outlined below. He appears at Town Hall in NYC this Friday (flyer below), and has upcoming talks at Yale, the Association of Performing Arts, Mayo Performing Arts Center, and many more places.

Dates and video instructions on how to listen to a podcast (by Ira Glass), below...

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December 17, 2014

Colbert

The Colbert Report will air its final episode on Thursday night (12/18), after which Stephen Colbert (the real person, not his Report persona) will begin prepping to take over for the retiring David Letterman sometime next year. Last night (12/18) featured an appearance by Kendrick Lamar who will have the distinction of being the last-ever musical guest on the show -- unless Colbert pulls out some surprises tomorrow night. "No pressure, " Colbert told Kendrick, "but that means Paul McCartney, REM, Jack White and Nas were your opening acts." After an interview segment, Lamar performed a new, untitled song with backing from Thundercat, Terrace Martin on saxophone, and back vocals from Bilal and Anna Wise. You can watch that below.

Tonight's penultimate episode of The Colbert Report features Redeployment author Phil Klay and Thursday's finale features...the Grim Reaper? Tune in and find out. David Letterman's final The Late Show will be May 20, but reports are that Colbert may not take the host seat till September. Larry Wilmore will take over Colbert's time slot on Comedy Central. Craig Ferguson, meanwhile, will exit CBS' The Late Late Show at the end of December, with guest hosts filling in until James Corden (and bandleader Reggie Watts) take over in March.

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Bob Saget at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Bob Saget

Bob Saget, who as you probably know by now is much raunchier than the famed Danny Tanner, has a few shows announced for 2015, including two in the NYC-area. First he plays NYC proper on April 16 at Best Buy Theater, and that's followed by a Long Island show on April 17 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Tickets for the Best Buy Theater show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19), and tickets for Westbury are on sale now.

All currently announced dates are listed, with a video of his standup, below...

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December 16, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

Jen Kirkman
photo: Jen Kirkman @ The Bell House, EMCF 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)

Famed bearded New York comic Dan St. Germain is bringing his stand up to Union Hall tonight (12/16). He's truly redefined the comedy hustle, performing at every venue from The Stand to Conan in the past few months. Now, he's showcasing his talents in his home turf and bringing some talented friends along with him. Joining the "Spooktacular" is none other than Brooks Wheelan (SNL), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Kevin Barnett (Sleepwalk With Me), Jacqueline Novak (fresh off her new album "Quality Notions"), and comedy duo Team Submarine (Chicago Sketchfest, NPR, UCB). Get tickets now before they're all gone!

Speaking of scary comedy, Eliot Glazer is hosting his Haunting Renditions show at The Bell House tonight. Hear Glazer transform quotidian pop melodies into sweeping ballads, right before your very eyes! Tonight he's doing holiday songs, natch. But that's not all -- tonight he's also joined by none other than his sister, Broad City's Ilana Glazer (who just did two sold-out shows at the same venue); also singing with the duo is Milk of RuPaul's Drag Race. The best part? Tickets are still available. For now at least.

If you still need more laughs tonight, check out Rhett Miller's second annual Holiday Extravaganza show at City Winery tonight. It's a stacked lineup, featuring Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac, Jen Kirkman (who performed at Cenac's 'Night Train' this week), and more. Tickets are still available. In addition, Kirkman has been playing shows all week around the city, including several upcoming nights at The Stand. Get tickets to her shows at The Stand on Wednesday (12/17), and Thursday (12/18), and Sunday (12/21).

Finally, coming up later this week, don't miss everyone's favorite nerd Chris Gethard perform with all his favorite comedic oddities at "Chris Gethard Fucking Loves Weirdos," coming to Union Hall this Saturday, December 20. This show features Shannon O'Neill (UCB, Broad City), stand up comedians Elsa Waithe and Dan Licata, and Connor O'Malley (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Tickets are on sale now.

Best ShowBest Show

As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's much loved, much missed The Best Show makes its return tonight (12/16) in live podcast form with the whole gang (Mike, Gary, Roy, Vance) in tow. Listen (and call in) live tonight from 9 PM - midnight. It will be available as a podcast as well through iTunes, etc. You can also relive some (ok, a whole lot) of Tom and comedy partner Jon Wurster's finest bits from The Best Show's WFMU years on the 16-disc The Best of the Best Show box set which will be out in March via the Numero Group.

While making sure he has all his mics plugged in and ducks in order, Tom put together a Top 10 For 2014 list just for us:

I kept my head down and didn't go out a whole lot so my list might not be as diverse as it would have been in past years. (Sorry, 4:35 PM!). These were some of the things I loved this year that I remembered before other things.
Scharpling's list includes albums, live shows, movies and TV, and commentary as well. Read the whole thing below...

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December 15, 2014

best show

As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's The Best Show is coming back as an online live podcast. It will return in its familiar timeslot (Tuesdays from 9PM - Midnight, EST) and this Tuesday (12/16) will be the first show. You can tune in via TheBestShow.net.

You may have heard The Best Show do a trial run on Saturday afternoon (12/13) where Tom and engineer Mike played some tunes, took some calls and generally worked out some kinks. Scharpling kept saying "we'll see you April" but obviously that was a joke. The Best of The Best Show box set, featuring the funniest bits from their WFMU years, will be out in March via the Numero Group.

In other news, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show moved from The Best Show's old Tuesday slot to Mondays from 9PM - midnight on WFMU, so no conflict on which to listen to is now.

Welcome back, Tom!

Reggie Watts

The Late Late Show with James Corden will take over for the departing Craig Ferguson on March 23 and it's been announced that Reggie Watts will be the show's bandleader. It's a role Reggie already knows, as he's been doing it on Scott Aukerman's quasi-talk show Comedy Bang Bang! for three seasons. As for that show, Aukerman says, "Reggie is sticking around thru the first half of 2015, during which he have planned a very fitting goodbye for him." Comedy Bang Bang! wraps up its third season this Friday (12/19) and Season 4 begins January 9 on IFC.

Right before the S4 premiere, Reggie will be appearing on Nat Towsen's Downtown Variety Hour which happens at NYC's UCB East on January 5. Other guests include Janeane Garofalo, Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny (#NEWSFAIL, Citizen Radio), and "a special Two Boots Pizza Dedication Ceremony." Reservations (tickets $5) will be available soon.

This past Friday's episode of CBB! was an especially good one, featuring guest Eric Andre and a whole lot of time travel. You can watch it online at IFCtv.com.

December 3, 2014

craig-f

Craig Ferguson is in his final month as host of CBS's The Late Late Show. What will he do with his upcoming free time? Well, he hasn't said yet but some touring is probably on the way. A full set of dates hasn't been announced yet, but we do know he'll play three nights at NYC's Town Hall on March 5 - 7. Tickets for those NYC shows go on AmEx presale today (12/3) at noon with the public on-sale starting at noon on Friday (12/5).

What about The Late Late Show? Ferguson's replacement, British actor and comedian James Corden will take over starting March 9, 2015. Until then, CBS will fill the void with a string of guest-hosts, including Judd Apatow, Jim Gaffigan, Wayne Brady, Will Arnett, Thomas Lennon, Kunal Nayyar, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes and, uh, John Mayer. Drew Carey will be the first up, hosting January 5 - 9.

December 1, 2014

SK

We'll have to wait until 2015 for the reunited Sleater-Kinney to give us a new album and tour, but they'll be making a non-musical appearance this week. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss will be on this week's episode of comedian and punk lover Chris Gethard's The Chris Gethard Show. Here's what Geth has to say about it:

This week on TCGS, we are super psyched to welcome SLEATER-KINNEY to TCGS! That's right - this seminal punk/riot grrrl/generally all around bad ass band has reunited and for some reason they've decided to come hang out on the panel of your favorite public access television show. We'll be playing a game with them all night long that you can call in and be a part of... it's called ALL HANDS ON THE BAD ONE, and you don't want to miss it.
Though they won't be playing, the musical guests are also pretty exciting and it's a band that likely owe some of their style to Sleater-Kinney -- Chris Gethard's Don Giovanni labelmates Priests (who played one of the last Death by Audio shows). The show tapes and airs live Wednesday (12/3) at 11 PM EST on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. If you'd like to attend, email zerolaughs@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, Chris will be at tonight's (12/1) edition of Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train show at Littlefield (tickets), Chumped's release show at Suburbia on 12/13 (tix at door), and Union Hall on 12/20 (tickets).

Stream Sleater-Kinney's new single and a Priests song below...

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