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March 6, 2015
Bob's Burgers' Game of Thrones parody from last week's episode
The new Game of Thrones mixtape "Catch the Throne II," which mixes rap and rock this time, will be out March 17 and the full lineup of contributors are: Anthrax, Estelle, Kap G, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Melanie Fiona, Method Man, MNDR, Mushroomhead, Raquel Sofia, Snoop Dogg, Stalley, Talib Kweli, Ty Dolla $ign, and Yandel. They've shared Talib Kweli's contribution, "Lord of The Light" and he tells Complex, "I really nerded out on this song and there's a Game of Thrones reference in just about every line." You can listen to it below.
In related news, last week's Bob's Burger's offered up stories by the show's three kids, and Louise's was a cats-based Game of Thrones homage and you can watch that (via Vulture) below. Bob'd Burgers also recently featured Sleater-Kinney and The National. Catch the actors live on tour.
interview by Jonathan Dick
After a decade of providing an alternate and award-winning perspective on the late night show's formula of acerbic wit, topical humor, and the blessedly obligatory absurdist tendencies, Craig Ferguson stepped down last year as the host of The Late Late Show. An immediate anomaly amongst his contemporaries, Ferguson's role as host was defined by a narrative that was as unabashedly honest as it was hilarious. The Scotland native took a different approach to what's often a pessimistic, self-loathing MO for the late night context, choosing instead to disarm otherwise gut wrenching realities by telling stories both from his own personal life as well as those from multiple lives ranging from the famous to the infamous to the wonderfully normal. Since leaving The Late Late Show, Ferguson has signed on to star as an agoraphobe who leaves his apartment for the first time in 11 years in a pilot for ABC, The King of 7B.
In the meantime, the quick-witted and incredibly charming comedian who made his start in standup is currently on the road with his Hot and Grumpy Tour: Walking the Earth tour, which includes three shows at Town Hall, starting tonight (3/6). He was originally supposed to play last night (Thursday, 3/5) but that show was moved to Saturday (3/7) at 10 PM. There's a 7 PM show on Saturday, too, and tickets to all three are still avaialable. Some other dates on his tour have been rescheduled due to The King of 7B, and all are listed below.
Ahead of these shows, we talked to Ferguson about the tour, the new pilot, his time working as a bouncer at legendary East Village club Save the Robots, and more.
I wanted to ask you about the new show you've got lined up, The King of 7B. Going from something that's seemingly a bit looser like The Late Late Show to something that's a bit more scripted and focused like a television series, was there a bit of a challenge for you with that transition or was the change fairly natural?
Strangely enough, going into the idea of a pilot - should this show be picked up because you never know with these things - but if it gets picked up and then it goes on a journey into who knows where the hell it ends up, I mean, it's scripted but then an open-ended story, whereas late night for all its freedom is not an open-ended story. You're doing a monologue, you're doing some sketches, you've got a couple of guests, and then this and that. No matter how much freedom you can create for yourself within that with your Robot Skeleton or your fake horse, it's very constricted, whereas going into a story which begins with a man who's facing a crisis and should that story be opened up and goes to series and the series goes on for a length of time, you don't know where it's gonna go. So I feel like it's more open-ended. In the construction of it, it's more scripted absolutely, but that's fine because the people who are writing it are very, very close to that script. (Laughs)
March 4, 2015
Public Services with Jo Firestone is an all-new variety show from Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000, UCB, WFMU) and Jeremy Levenbach (Whiplash, Big Terrific). Featuring a staged reading of an original sewer-themed soap opera called "Public Services", this show also features celebrities, up-and-coming comedians, and notable nobodies. Public Services combines soap opera, celebrity interviews, and live comedy to give the audience that sweet alt comedy they didn't even know they were cravin'."Public Services with Jo Firestone" happens tonight (3/4) at Littlefield and it's got a pretty amazing group of comedians for the show: Jon Glazer, Chris Gethard, Eugene Mirman, Aprana Nacherla, Andy Blitz, Larry Murphy, Dan Lica and more, plus a live music set from Langhorne Slim. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.
Jon Glaser will be back at Littlefield next week (3/11) for the Brooklyn Free Space Fundraiser Spectacular Evening of Entertainment! featuring Janeane Garofalo, H. Jon Benjamin and more -- which is now sold out.
Aparma Nacherla, meanwhile, will be at Union Hall on Friday (3/6) for this month's edition of Dave Hill's "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" that also features Mrs. Smith, Bandits on the Run, and Eliot Glazer (tickets). Then she'll be at the Bell House on March 10 for Jezebel's "March Madness: An Evening of Readings by Women We Love" that also features Ariel Dumas, Jena Friedman, Jean Grae, Phoebe Robinson, Juli Weiner, and Delaney Yeager. That event is free by sending an RSVP email to Madness@Jezebel.com.
Janeane Garofalo will headline an event called "Reductress Presents: The Brotherhood of Women" at The Bell House on March 19 that also features Sara Benincasa, Naomi Ekperigin, Lizz Winstead, Eliot Glazer, Tyler Coates, Elissa Bassist, Cocoon Central Dance Team, and Anna Drezen (tickets).
Later this spring at The Bell House, on May 7, Greg Proops will be taping an episode of his podcast "Greg Proops is The Smartest Man In The World" and tickets for that are on sale.
Back over at Union Hall, SNL's Sasheer Zamata hosts "Sasheer Zamata Party Time!" at the venue on March 19 with guests Bridget Everett, Sabrina Jalees, Charla Lauriston, and Liza Treyger (tickets).
Dave Hill will also be at Union Hall on March 21 for a live taping of Nerdist podcast "Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction" that also features Jared Logan, Ashley Brooke Roberts, Max Silvestri, Eli Sairs, Kara Klenk, Mehran Khaghani, Jono Zalay, and host Bryan Cook. Tickets are on sale.
Beloved Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall are reconvening for a tour. All dates haven't been announced but they'll be at NYC Town Hall on May 1 for a 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM show. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon.
All known tour dates, plus some classic KITH sketches, below...
February 26, 2015
Hannibal Buress on the 2/25 episode of 'Broad City'
Hannibal Buress' "Comedy Camisado" tour came through the NY area earlier this month, and he's now added a few additional dates, including Monclair, NJ's The Wellmont Theatre on March 28. Tickets for the Wellmont show are on Live Nation presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (2/27) at 10 AM. All dates, including a few other Northeast shows, are listed below.
Hannibal is all over Comedy Central this month, both on Broad City (he was great in last night's "business boat" episode) and on his hour-long "Live from Chicago" comedy special which you can watch below.
February 24, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Judd Apatow & Pee-wee
Pee-wee Herman's long-discussed return to feature film is finally happening, with a new movie, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, to start filming in March. It will premiere not in theaters but on Netflix. Here's the gist: "a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-Wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny." The film was cowritten by Paul Reubens (Pw's alter-ego) and Paul Rust, and is being produced by Judd Apatow who says:
As a fan of Pee-wee Herman since he first appeared on The Dating Game, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true.Directing the film is Wonder Showzen co-creator John Lee who we interviewed last year and who lately has directed episodes of Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer. The idea of the guy behind Wonder Showzen (one of the most twisted things to ever air on commercial television) making the new Pee-wee Herman movie, on paper at least, sounds like a very good thing.
February 20, 2015
Harris Wittels on 'Parks & Rec'
Sad news from the comedy world. Harris Wittels, who was a writer, producer and occasional actor on Parks and Recreation, was found dead Thursday (2/19) in his Los Angeles apartment of a suspected drug overdose. Wittels, who also worked on East Bound & Down, Comedy Bang Bang, The Sarah Silverman Show and coined the term "humblebrag," was open about his struggles with addiction. Parks and Recreation star Amy Pohler said a few words last night while at a Variety-sponsored charity event:
Today, I lost a friend. I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction. I'm sharing it with you because life and death live so close together, and we walk that fine line everyday. So, I don't really feel like telling any jokes. I'm kind of sad, and it's really great to be here tonight and listen to all of you, and listen to the great work that you do and be reminded why we live in this bizarre planet called 'Hollywood.' It's very strange.Harris, you'll be missed. Rest in peace.
February 19, 2015
Jon Glaser on last week's episode of 'Girls'
A host of comedy talent -- including Fred Armisen, Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman (who'll be on tour with Bob's Burgers), and current SNL castmembers Mike O'Brien and Michael Che -- will be at Littlefield on March 11 for show being billed as "A Brooklyn Free Space Fundraiser Spectacular Evening of Entertainment!" Jon Glaser will be your host for the evening and tickets are on sale now.
Glaser, who you may have seen recently on episodes of Girls or Parks and Recreation, will be appearing on Sunday (2/22) at Shea Stadium for The Macaulay Culkin Show (which does not actually feature the Pizza Underground member). He'll be there for a live reading of a screenplay, "Whenever Possible Forever," that also features Jake Fogelnest, Joe Rumrill, Julio Torres, Ted Shumaker, and Tynan Delong. Glaser gives the backstory on this:
about a year ago, Brett Davis messaged me on Facebook asking me to do his show. I wasn't available, and he basically said there was an open invitation to do the show "whenever possible forever". Highly enjoying that phrasing, I jokingly challenged him to write a screenplay called "Whenever Possible Forever". I immediately received an opening scene in response. I wrote back something along the lines of "You keep writing, I'll keep reading." I'd receive new scenes every week or so, and would volley back with continued encouragement. This went back and forth for about a few months, until finally, at another comedy show, approximately 35 hard copy pages were placed in my hands, printed out on different kinds of mismatched paper. This dumb bit turned out to be something very weird, creative. smart, stupid and funny, and the world needs to know about it!It's $5 at the door and starts at 8 PM. Flyer below...
February 16, 2015
Comedian Kurt Braunohler's Comedy Central web series Roustabout just wrapped up its first (perhaps only?) season. The show had a very original and charitable premise:
Comedian Kurt Braunohler has a plan: Jet ski the length of the mighty Mississippi, raise enough money to send 500 goats and 1,000 chickens to Africa, and spread as much absurdity and joy as possible along the way. Join him as he reconnects with old friends and makes new ones, performs stand-up and engages in good old-fashioned hijinks at each one of his stops along the great American river.You can watch the trailer and first episode of Roustabout below and you can donate to the cause as well.
Kurt, who still does "Hot Tub" with Kristen Schaal but it's now on the West Coast, will be going on a Roustabout tour that hits NYC on February 25 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below...
The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary was a spectacle, bringing together most of the show's famous cast, guest hosts, and favorite musical guests for a three-and-a-half hour extravaganza (with commercials, and not counting the extra hour of red carpet interviews that started an hour earlier on NBC). On the musical front, Kanye West got a lot of air time, performing "Jesus Walks" (while on his back), then getting up for "Only One" and new song "Wolves" (complete with ice-blue contact lenses) with Sia in a white wig, and Vic Mensa. Class skits were revisited, and Kanye was the target of some jokes in the new "Wayne's World" segment where "Kanye, Sit Down" came in at #5 on their Top 10 List.
Sia's wig would later appear on Zach Galifianakis when he introduced new Digital Short, "That's When You Break," that starred Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler (and clips of SNL actors cracking up ["breaking"] on camera). There was also Paul McCartney, who played Irving Plaza the night before, performing "I've Just Seen a Face" with Paul Simon and then "Maybe I'm Amazed." (He was very memorably, hilariously introduced by Keith Richards.) Later in the show Simon, introduced by Jack White, would come back out for "Still Crazy After All These Years" Related: Miley Cyrus covered Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (with Fred Armisen on invaluable tambourine, and Paul McCartney's drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing as part of her band too). Miley was introduced by Win Butler and frequent guest-host Candice Bergen.
Best buds Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon opened the show with a pretty impressive Beasties-style rap that chronicled the history of SNL. Later in the show Martin Short and Maya Rudolph (as Beyoncé) did a tribute to the many comedy musical sketches over the years many of whom made their return: Bill Murray's lounge singer (still great), Joe Piscopo as Frank Sinatra, Marty & Bobbi Culp (Will Ferrell & Ana Gasteyer), and The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd was wearing his Crystal Skull vodka knit hat on the red carpet).
The SNL band got a big shout-out too, which saw the return of longtime guitarist G.E. Smith. Late bassist Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who Smith played with on SNL and in Hall & Oates' band and died in 2010, was acknowledged in the "In Memoriam" segment that, hilariously, also included Jon Lovitz (who, not dead, was in the audience waving incredulously both times he was referred to as dead during the show). There was also a tribute to Tracy Morgan who is still recovering from a near-fatal car crash.
We got a lot of updates of classic sketches including the welcome return of "Celebrity Jeopardy," the maybe less welcome "The Californians" (with original cast member Laraine Newman, Taylor Swift> and a game Bradley Cooper who got to make out with Betty White), and Ackroyd did his famous "Bass-O-Matic" sketch again.
What else: Tina Fey and Amy Pohler did Weekend Update with Jane Curtain (and Edward Norton as Stefon and Melissa McCarthy as Chris Farley character Matt Foley); Jerry Seinfeld fielded questions from audience members Michael Douglas, John Goodman, James Franco, Larry David, Tim Meadows, Dakota Johnson and Sarah Palin; and Chris Rock paid tribute to Eddie Murphy who came out on the SNL stage for the first time in 30 years. That may have been one of the most awkward moments of the night. Everyone was hoping Eddie, who also talked to Al Roker on the red carpet in the pre-show, would perform, but that unfortunately didn't happen.
There was lots more: Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, a sports montage, a shorts montage.... You can watch the whole thing over at NBC.com. More pictures and clips of many of the highlights, below...