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July 17, 2014
by Klaus Kinski
Harrington w/ LSF @ Austin's Mohawk (more by Tim Griffin)
As usual, I am nailing you with a super last-minute show announcement that I should have mentioned days ago so you could have adjusted your agendas accordingly. Recurring show of awesomeness The Talk Show Series Presents will be back at Over the Eight in good ole Disney Presents Williamsburg Brooklyn TONIGHT (7/17) at 8:30pm. As you know, the Talk Show Series presents is an ongoing series that takes place at Over the Eight (594 Union) with a revolving cast of hosts, guests, and show titles. A recent installment called The Kevin Corrigan Show took place on April 17th and brought a whopper of a line-up including Michael Shannon, Natasha Lyonne, as well as Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson from Broad City. It was insane. And packed. And people were butt-hurt when they couldn't get in. But I have a place for those people. It's called "day care." Because they are freakin' babies.
Anyhow, the next installment of The Talk Show Series Presents is, as I mentioned in the paragraph above, TONIGHT (7/17) at 8:30 PM and is billed as The Tim Harrington Show and features special guests Holly Miranda, J.C. Chandor (Director of All is Lost, Margin Call), Sasheer Zamata (SNL's first African American female cast member since 2007), and Carmelo the Science Fellow (Brooklyn's Mr. Wizard). And the show is abso-tootely free! You know host Tim Harrington as vocalist and partial nudist of legendary rock n' roll outfit Les Savy Fav. As a matter of fact, I caught Tim when he was a guest during a Talk Show Presents episode hosted by Bobby Tisdale and can 100% vouch for his attributes as extremely funny and engaging human being. Tonight's show promises to totally rip. It's gonna be funny. As well as poignant. And cozy. So if you have nothing to do head over there and enjoy yourself.
In other The Talk Show Series Presents news, the folks over there have been recording episodes of The Kevin Corrigan Show at someone's high-rise apartment, and so far the guests have been staggering. Head over to their tumblr and thrill to immaculate photographs shot by the great Seth Olenick that feature superstars Nick Offerman, Pedro Pascal, Janeane Garofalo and James Franco. More pics here and here.
July 16, 2014
by Arielle Gordon
Sometimes, too many cooks in the Saturday Night Live kitchen can lead to legendary casts, unforgettable sketches, and the distinctively young comedic energy for which the NBC show is known. And sometimes, it just leads to a lot of people standing around with nothing to do. That's what the most recent season (#39) of the legendary sketch program felt like to many, and the numbers back up this sentiment: many cast members, especially new recruits brought on last season, seemed to barely be on the program at all. When even Lorne acknowledged SNL was in need of some serious shakeups, it was only a matter of time until the chopping block came down.
The first victim? New York stand-up comedian Brooks Wheelan. As confirmed by Wheelan on his twitter account, he has been cut from the SNL cast after only one season
Other shake-ups include the departure of Noël Wells and John Milhiser, as well as longtime castmember Nasim Pedrad, who is leaving to join the cast of John Mulaney's new sitcom.
Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke... FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!— Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) July 14, 2014
If you're already mourning the loss of Wheelan, perhaps you'll be comforted to find out that he's performing at Union Hall on July 28. Aptly titled "Brooks Wheelan Falls Back on Stand-Up Comedy," this show promises to be a valiant return to Wheelan's stand-up career and, at the very least, perhaps a place to hear juicy Lorne Michaels gossip. Tickets are on sale now.
by Klaus Kinski
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, aka Tim and Eric, aka two of the most fertile minds in comedy and unparalleled strangeness, are about to embark on a long overdue live tour that is sure to entertain and nauseate. What has their legions of fans in a doubly insane tizzy is the fact that legendary character and man-about-town Dr. Steve Brule (aka John C. Reilly) will be along for the ride, as will the great and profusely entertaining DJ Douggpound. Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job was my favorite program on Adult Swim. A festival of insane music, skits, and editing, the show was as painfully strange as it was painfully hilarious.
The tour kicks off on Thursday 9/4 in Montreal and snakes its way provocatively around North America before culminating in a two show finale on Saturday 10/11 at the Best Buy Theater in NYC (early and late). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon.
This is not the first time T&E have performed at the Besy Buy Theater and, honestly, it is not the most ideal venue for something like this. For bands that bring relentless volume to the stage like Meshuggah and Carcass, it's great but comedy... eh... not so much. Too cavernous. You hear so much of the ambient noise around you which at a T&E show means farts, people shufflin' their feet, and lighters clicking to life to set a doobie alight. Oh well. Dinguses can't be choosers, so I'm straight gonna be there. Below is a list of all tour dates, as well as some of my favorite Tim and Eric related videos....
July 10, 2014
Dick Cavett and Dave Hill (via Dave's instagram)
You may know Dave Hill from his stand up, his band, or his book, or from sometimes shirtless concert reviews on this website. Today, however, Dave takes on another role -- "Vice President of Fulfillment" at Amazon.com. In case you haven't been following the dispute between Amazon and the French publishing group Hachette, this new video should shed some humorous light on the issue. The video features author Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, Blink), who has been personally affected by the dispute, and legendary talk show host Dick Cavett. This isn't the first time Dave and Dick have gotten together, either.
If that's not enough Dave Hill for you, you can catch him live, like at "Choice Cuts" which happens at Brooklyn's Littlefield on July 31 with Michelle Wolf, Colin Nissan, Mark Normand, Jen Kwok and more. (Ticktes). as part of , listen to his WFMU show, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, or listen in on his newest stint on Pete Holmes' podcast, You Made It Weird.
Upcoming Dave Hill tour dates are listed, along with that video, below...
July 9, 2014
by Klaus Kinski
New York City has always been a hotbed of recurring comedy showcases, but I feel like now more than ever we are having a serious Renaissance of comedy. Thank Cod for Hy Bender's religiously updated show-bible Best New York Comedy; he is literally the only person in NYC providing daily summaries of what's happening comedy-wise. It must be exhausting keeping that monster of a website alive. These days I don't get out to as many comedy shows as I would like, so for me my comedy Renaissance was in the pre-2009 era and revolved around legendary venue Rififi.
Rififi will always be regarded as a sort of Mecca to me as it was the right venue at the right time and had a weekly roster of recurring comedy shows that absolutely dominated the scene at the time. Obviously, Invite Them Up was the Godfather of comedy showcases, but my all time favorite Rififi showcase had to be The Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy Show, which had the coveted Friday night slot, which meant I could drink my balls off and not have to worry about getting up for work the next day, which means my memories of the show are all euphorically wonderful though extremely hazy. The reason this show had an edge over Invite Them Up (a miniscule edge but an edge nonetheless) was because Greg and Larry not only booked a similar caliber of top-shelf guests as ITU, but because of how much I truly love Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy as comedians and performers. On the one hand, you have Greg Johnson who is a classic stand-up comedian who is all about economical and brilliant set-up and delivery. On the other hand, you have Larry Murphy who is more renowned for his voice-work (Assy McGee, Bob's Burgers, Home Movies) and his varying onstage personas, including Sal Lupo, a cabbie from Canarsie, who is one of my favorite comedic creations of all time. (Check out a video below.) When Rififi died, this masterpiece of a show died with it. As did a large piece of my soul. It sucked.
Flash forward to February 27, 2014; Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy joined forces again for a new weekly comedy showcase called Myrtle Comedy With Larry Murphy and Greg Johnson taking place at Splitty (415 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn). The premier installment featured Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, James Patterson, and Kate Berlant. Nearly six months later and the show has been going on strong ever since, bringing with it a vibe that I thought died when Rififi shuttered its doors. It's a shame I never mentioned it earlier because the line-ups have been absolutely stacked. Their next installment is happening on Thursday (7/10) and features Jon Glaser, Jessi Klein, Giulia Rossi, and a secret special guest. The show is only 5 bucks. They're there every Thursday with mammoth line-ups, so if you can't make it tomorrow don't flip out. There's always next week. And the week after. And hopefully every Thursday from now until Brooklyn becomes property of Disney.
Sal Lupo video below...
July 2, 2014
Rooftop Films is in the midst of their 2014 season and Thursday's screening (7/3) happens at Industry City in Sunset Park. They're screeening Adam Newport-Berra's Thanksgiving, with a pre-movie performance by Reggie Watts who just played Town Hall. You can stick around for the afterparty sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits. Doors are at 8 PM, Reggie's on at 8:30 PM and the movie's at 9 PM, rain or shine. Tickets are still available. As for the movie, here's the synopsis:
Alex & Amy are the perfect Brooklyn couple. They have a cat, a Thanksgiving table of bohemian friends, and a glowing future together. Yet the sudden holiday appearance of Amy's mysterious brother Will quickly disrupts their idyllic lifestyle and calls into question what we're truly "thankful" for.After that, the next Rooftop Films screening is Saturday (7/5) at The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus. That night they're showing Russian/American documentary The Notorious Mr Bout with a live performance by Russian/American songwriter and Dirty Projectors collaborator Olga Bell. Tickets are available for that screening too. Trailer below...
July 1, 2014
Singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly, Kinky Friedman is best-known lately for his 2006 bid for the Texas Governor's set. (He came in fourth of six, with 12% of the vote.) More recently, Friedman lost his recent run for the state's agriculture commissioner seat (it was a very close race), but he sees the campaign as a success nonetheless. So much so he's going on a Victory Tour where he'll sing, tell stories and generally entertain. That tour hits NYC on August 10 at BB King's and tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed below...
June 27, 2014
StarTalk Live! with Eugene Mirman is happening at select dates around the country, including two at this year's Bumbershoot in Seattle with Bill Nye the Science Guy and NYC's Super Week with Neil deGrasse Tyson, which is part of NY Comic Con. Before either of those Eugene will bring StarTalk to Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on August 16 with Bill Nye the Science Guy as filling in for Neil, who's off doing other things. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre show go on sale at noon today (6/27).
All upcoming StarTalk Live! dates are listed below.
June 26, 2014
It's hard to believe it's been well over a decade since the Upright Citizens Brigade first started their weekend-long improv marathon. Since its more modest conception as a two-day festival at one theatre, the Del Close Marathon has expanded exponentially, enjoying its biggest and most diverse year yet this weekend (June 27 - 29). While over 420 (hehe) shows across eight venues may seem intimidating to some, the Del Close Marathon is definitely worth checking out. Passes are $30 (cash only) and can be purchased at any of the venues. They get you into most of the shows, some bigger performances have separate tickets.
This year's lineup is packed with more comedy elite than a Comedy Central roast. Big names include Nick Kroll, Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Thomas Middleditch (of Silicon Valley), Sasheer Zamata (SNL), the girls of Broad City (Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson), and more. Beyond just the celebrities, this weekend promises to bring some of the strongest improvised comedy you're likely to see anytime soon, so stop by! Here are some highlights from the weekend:
Friday is packed with premium shows. "John and Scott" features John Lutz and Scott Adsit, experienced improvisors and 30 Rock cast members, doing what is sure to be a hilarious hour of two-man comedy. You can find tickets to that show here. The Chris Gethard Show is having a Game of Thrones-style battle to the death to see who gets to attend its Comedy Central pilot (which didn't get picked up) for the first, and only, public viewing. You can buy tickets to that show here. However, for the real improv nerds, the place to be Friday night is the original UCB Theatre in Chelsea. Come for the 4 PM press conference and stay for "Director's Commentary with Ben Schwartz [of Parks & Recreation] & Friends"; "MOTHER" (veteran improv team featuring Jason Mantzoukas (of The League and Jon Daly of Kroll Show).
Saturday, stop by UCBeast to listen in on a live taping of Matt Besser's podcast, improv4humans at 2 PM. Then run back to the main Chelsea theatre for "The Hiking Trip," (featuring Gil Ozeri, Ben Schwartz, and Horatio Sanz), "Mantzoukas and Morris" (with Jason Mantzoukas and Seth Morris), "Casey & Woods" (with SNL writer Neil Casey and Zach Woods (The Office, Silicon Valley). Or check out the late night lineup at the theatre, featuring Mike Birbiliga telling monologues, SNL's John Milhiser improvising, and the original Derrick Comedy crew, minus Donald Glover.
If you've made it to Sunday, dear reader, you've made me proud. And you will be rewarded, in the form of a fantastic afternoon of improv. Stop by the Chelsea theatre for "Baby Wants Candy" (an improvised musical act from LA), "The Mantzoukas Brothers," "Adsit & You," and more. Then run over to the Haft Auditorium to wait on a standby line for the legendary ASSSSCAT, featuring all of the original members of the UCB theatre doing what they do best. Both ASSSSCATs are sold out, but you might get lucky.
So grab your friends, grab a bottle of water (as the Del Close Marathon really is a marathon), and grab your wristbands at any of the eight venues hosting the festival across the city. I'll see you there.
June 25, 2014
For the second year in a row, online comedy hub Funny or Die is bringing an insane lineup of comedians, entertainers, and other funny people to 20 different cities around the U.S via the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. This year, the tour includes a fantastic lineup of comedians young and old with literally someone to please everyone: Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick and Aziz Ansari to Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, and Mark Maron, with even a few true oddballs (Demetri Martin, Reggie Watts) in the mix. There's also a second stage hosted by Brody Stevens. Lineup varies from venue to venue, but all announced Oddball 2014 performers are listed below.
The tour doesn't stop in NYC proper -- though Aziz has that under control on his own at MSG -- Oddball does have a few stops in the NY area: August 16 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, August 17 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, August 22 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. and August 23 at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT. Tickets are currently on Citi cardmember and Previous Purchasers presale and go on sale to the general public Saturday (6/28) at 10 AM.
The full tour dates are listed, along with a tour poster and 2014 lineup, below.