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April 23, 2014
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As you may know, Bonnaroo returns to Manchester, TN in June. The main lineup and the Club Stage lineup were already announced and 'Roo just announced the late night artists including Chance the Rapper, Darkside, Deafheaven, Die Antwoord, Disclosure, Frank Ocean, Ice Cube, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Pusha T, The Flaming Lips, Ty Segall, White Denim and more. Full late night lineup below.
Since we last spoke, the festival's comedy lineup was also announced and it includes Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller and Brad Williams.
Tickets for the fest, whose main lineup includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel and more, are still available.
Full late night lineup below...
April 22, 2014
(photo by Maryanne Ventrice)
Jiwon Lee, the NYC Columbia University student and comedian who went missing on April 1st, was all over the news at the begining of April. On April 8th it emerged that she may have been suicidal. Meanwhile, $86,000 was raised to hire a private detective, but sadly there still has been no word as to the whereabouts of Jiwon. The Facebook page dedicated to her search hasn't been updated since 4/7, though the gofundme page does have a 6-day old update that reads:
Hi Everyone, I know you are all wondering what the current situation for Jiwon is... Unfortunately, there are still no definitive updates. The NYPD is continuing their investigation as is our private investigator. I know this time is very frustrating for all of us... We feel powerless and want to be able to do something/anything! I ask that you continue to pray for Jiwon's safety and well-being. We continue to hope and pray for the best. Our family thanks you for your prayers. It is only by your love and God's support that we are managing as well as we have during this difficult period.Our prayers and hopeful thoughts continue.
Photo via the Comic's Comic.
April 17, 2014
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman have been doing a live version of space-oriented radio show "Star Talk" for some time, though Tyson is a lot better known these days, thanks to the reboot of science series Cosmos. But Neil and Eugene are still talking stars (live!) and will do so at Beacon Theatre on June 5 with special guests: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa and more! Tickets for this show are currently on fan presale (password is "cosmic") and go on sale to the general public Friday (4/18) at 11 AM.
In other live science show news, Bill Nye the Science Guy will be at Irving Plaza for three nights in July
The video collagists / crap connoisseurs known as Everything is Terrible! are back with two new "specials," which they'll be touring around the East Coast next month. The first, "Comic Relief Zero!," takes a look at those who dare stand in front of a brick wall for laughs; and the second, "Everything Is Terrible! Does The Hip-Hop!," is pretty self explanatory. If you need more explanation, or are just unfamiliar with the warped minds behind EiT!, you can watch trailers for both below.
The tour comes to NYC on May 21 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with video trailers, below...
April 16, 2014
by Klaus Kinski
Holy smokes people. Several times now I have tried to hip you l'il pups to Brooklyn's new and completely dominating series called "The Talk Show Series Presents..." which takes place, sporadically, in the back room of Williamsburg bar Over the Eight. The series is a talk-show formatted live show featuring a revolving cast of hosts and guests. The past few episodes have been hosted by famous awesome actor Kevin Corrigan and he has delivered such an unbelievable roster of high-end talent to that teeny tiny little room that they now need an ambulance on-site during the shows because people lose control of their bowels and sometimes faint or even drop dead from excitement.
And now, the next, star-studded, holy-shit-gasp inducing Talk Show Series Presents: The Kevin Corrigan Show is upon us and sweet baby Jeebus it's a whopper! Thursday (April 17), Talk Show Series will feature Michael Shannon, Nathasha Lyonne, as well as Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson from the wildly and justifiably popular and groundbreaking series Broad City. The show is at 9 PM on the dot, and the show is FREE. Get there early because the place only holds about 30 people; 27 if I attend because I am a lard ass and take up hella more space than most humans.
In other Michael Shannon related news, besides being a compelling powerful actor, he's also a musician who happens to be in a band. That band is called Corporal and they happen to have a gig coming up on Friday April 25 at 17 Frost Street Space in Williamsburg. 17 Frost is a tiny space nestled cozily next to a god awful shit looking condo building in Williamsburg. Blink and you'll miss it.
Thank you for taking the time to read my words.
April 15, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Where has crowd-funding led us? Perhaps the direction of Real Estate's new video for "Crime" (from this year's Atlas). In it, director Tom Scharpling (as played by Andy Daly of Comedy Central's The Review) explains that the video was paid for by different people in exchange for product placements and video concepts. So it becomes a cinematic edsel with undead skateboarders, ceramic figurines, a tribute to yesteryear, celebrity cameos and...maybe the Westboro Baptist Church. You can watch it below.
Having wrapped up their North American tour, Real Estate will be in Europe starting next month before returning for North American festival dates and then their biggest NYC show yet at Terminal 5 on October 2. Tickets are still available.
April 10, 2014
David Letterman announced last week that he'd be retiring in 2015, and today CBS has announced his replacement: Stephen Colbert! Said Colbert in an official statement:
Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.No other news has been announced yet, but tonight's The Colbert Report -- with guest Sting -- should now be interesting.
New question: what will replace The Colbert Report on Comedy Central?
April 9, 2014
As mentioned, comedian Chris Gethard is releasing My Comedy Album on April 22 via Don Giovanni, and he's celebrating with a release show in NYC at Knitting Factory the day it comes out. When that show was first announced, not many details were announced, but here's more. He'll be joined by a number of musical/comedic guests including Mikey Erg (of The Ergs and tons of other bands), Shannon O'Neill, who will reprise her Prison Freaks comedy show for this one night only, local DIY vets (and Don Giovanni labelmates) Shellshag, DG label head Joe Steinhardt (who's promising quality jokes), singer/songwriter Mal Blum, and comedian/Bob's Burgers star Eugene Mirman. Still more unannounced guests will be showing up as well. Tickets are still available.
Chris also recently released the first track from his new album, "Mother's Day," a bit about how on a recent Mother's Day his mom told him "a story she's never told anyone" about his birth. Listen to that, with his full list of upcoming dates (including other Chris solo and Chris Gethard Show events in NYC), below...
Bill Nye hanging with Barack Obama and Neil deGrasse Tyson
With his quirky/funny '90s-era afternoon PBS show, Bill Nye "the Science Guy" taught a lot of us about the world around us and beyond. He's been back in the news lately, debating creationist Ken Ham back in February, hanging with Cosmos/Star Talk host Neil deGrasse Tyson and President Obama, and currently shopping around a demo reel of a new TV show pitch. It would be great to have him back on television.
In the meantime, Bill Nye will be in NYC this summer for three lectures at Iriving Plaza on July 18, 19 & 20. Bill says in a short teaser video, "I'll be talking about you and me. Humankind. I'll be talking about evolution. And energy, and the cosmos and places within it, and our place in space." Bill says also it will be funny. Tickets are on sale Friday (4/11) at 10 AM with a Live Nation and Music Geeks presale (password is "music geeks") beginning Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM.
Check out that teaser video, the debate with Ham, and a few clips from his '90s show below...
April 8, 2014
The Columbia University dental student who's been missing for a week had attempted suicide a few days before her disappearance, the Daily News has learned.As discussed, Jiwon Lee was also a regular in the NYC comedy scene.
Jiwon Lee, 29, also left notes in her apartment on W. 98th St. claiming that she was "sorry she did not live up to expectations," and that she "could not live anymore," police sources said.
Lee, who also suffers from depression and bi-polar disorder, vanished on April 1. Her roommate and family reported her missing the next day. [Daily News]