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August 24, 2014
photo courtesy of Oddball tour
You may remember that the Hartford stop of last year's Funny or Die Oddball Comedy tour was where Dave Chappelle walked off stage due to unruly hecklers. The 2014 Oddball Comedy Tour returned to Hartford last night (8/23), this time with Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, Dave Attell and Kevin Iso. Throughout the night, host Brody Stevens referenced last year's incident, saying it lit a fire under the tour. Earlier in the the day on the side stage, he said "NYC's only an hour away, you never know who could show up." And he was right. After Louie's headlining set, he said, "Ladies and gentlemen, Dave Chappelle." And Dave himself returned to the same stage that last year's "meltdown" occurred. This time it was all positivity though. He got a standing ovation from most of the crowd for his entire time on stage, which was half an apology and half a mini-set.
Watch a video of his set, with the list of remaining Oddball dates, below...
August 20, 2014
We mentioned before that FXNOW would be streaming every episode of the Simpsons, but Nerdist points out:
So, it's happening: from August 21st thru September 1st, FXX has decided to air every single episode of The Simpsons on its network. That even includes The Simpsons Movie. It is a gargantuan undertaking of the most dizzying order. And we've got a rundown of the episodes right here, right now, right for you.Check out the full FXX schedule below...
Why yes, that is 552 episodes of television and a movie in only 12 days, the longest marathon ever. Somebody bring me my eyedrops.
August 19, 2014
Sarah Silverman and Brody Stevens appear together at Gotham Comedy Club TONIGHT (8/19). Tickets are on sale.
Brody also appears with a "big secret guest" at The irish Exit tonight (busy night!). Jeffrey Ross (also on the Oddball tour) and many others are on that bill too.
Sarah also appears at Over the Eight in Williamsburg Thursday (8/21), as part of the Kevin Corrigan Show with Damien Echols (Paradise Lost) and Chuck Klosterman too.. Check out the flyer below.
As you can see from the PNC Bank Arts Center show main stage set times (it happened two nights ago in NJ), Sub Pop recording artist Sarah Sliverman (who Instagrammed that photo) is currently playing as part of the Oddball Comedy tour that is hitting big venues. Brody is on that tour too. Remaining dates, including Jones Beach, are listed below...
August 14, 2014
Some were a little surprised when Aziz Ansari announced he'd be playing MSG on October 9. Well he's now added a late show (10:30 PM) happening at MSG the same night (10/9). Tickets for the just-added show are currently on presale (password: GARDEN) with tickets going on sale to the general public on Friday (8/15) morning at 10 AM. The early show (7:30 PM) appears to be sold out, it's currently "off sale." Way to go Aziz!
Aziz is also on several nights of the Oddball Comedy Tour with Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer and more. The closest stop to NYC with Aziz on board is the Hartford, CT show.
August 12, 2014
Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn't confirm that it was a suicide, they did issue this statement. "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." - [EW]While he was known of late for more family fare, Robin Williams was an anarchic comedian in the '70s and early '80s, whose influence shouldn't be underestimated. Very sad news. Rest in peace, Robin. Nanu nanu.
President Obama issued a statement:
Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.
Robin's most recently released movie, which co-starred Peter Dinklage, is called "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn."
If you're dealing with suicidal thoughts, you don't have to suffer alone. People want to help you. Please reach out to someone. Wikipedia has a list of crisis hotlines around the world.
A few clips, including his classic 1982 HBO special "An Evening With Robin Williams," below...
August 11, 2014
photos by Samantha Saturday
Garfunkel & Oates @ Outside Lands 2014
The plots in Garfunkel and Oates are often so great on their own that they don't need the musical interruptions. "Speechless," a funny song about men's sports obsessions, is shoved almost haphazardly into what would otherwise be a wonderful episode about the absurdity of dating. (The central plot involves Riki and Kate seeing how long they can date two men without saying a single world; the results are hilarious.)Garfunkel and Oates, the new comedy show starring and fictitiously based on comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates (aka actress/singers Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome), premiered on IFC last week (8/7). That's an excerpt of Flavorwire's review above. Did you catch it? What did you think? You can check out a clip of their ode to "the embarrassment of an overactive gag reflex," below.
This isn't to say that Garfunkel and Oates is bad. In fact, it's quite good, and the strangeness of the show shines throughout the three episodes I viewed. The humor is both absurd and relatable, whether the stars are trying to "fade away" instead of breaking up with someone or are dealing with their porn doppelgangers achieving an overnight level of fame that Riki and Kate could only dream of. Episodes often drift into bits of fantasy, with the leads imagining their agent as a bumbling puppet or pausing during oral sex to sing a song about a poor gag reflex. [Flavorwire]
Garfunkel and Oates the band are currently on tour (dates listed below), having just hit Outside Lands in San Francisco over the weekend. We've got a set of pictures of them from that fest in this post.
The tour hits NYC on August 30 at Irving Plaza and returns to San Francisco on September 27 at Cobbs (for early and late shows). You can still get tickets to most dates on the tour, including both of those shows, and we're giving away a pair of tickets with meet and greet for both NYC and San Francisco (late show).
Contest details, with more Outside Lands pics, dates and that video, below...
August 6, 2014
The New York Comedy Festival will happen from November 5 - 9 and the initial lineup includes Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Bill Cosby, Chris D'elia, Bill Maher, Marc Maron, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman, and Amy Schumer. Here are the announced shows:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6Tickets are currently on fan presale (password is FNYCF) and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 11 at 10 AM. Lots more NY Comedy Fest shows still to be announced, so stay tuned.
TIG NOTARO: BOYISH GIRL INTERRUPTED - 8 PM - TOWN HALL
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7
HANNIBAL BURESS - 7 PM - TOWN HALL
AMY SCHUMER: PROFESSIONAL - 8 PM - CARNEGIE HALL
MARC MARON - 7:30 PM - NYU SKIRBALL CENTER
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
BILL MAHER - AN EVENING WITH BILL MAHER - 7 PM - BEACON THEATRE
CARLY AQUILINO AND JESSIMAE PELUSO -- 7 PM -- NYU SKIRBALL CENTER
BILL COSBY - 8 PM - CARNEGIE HALL
CHRIS D'ELIA: UNDER NO INFLUENCE - 7 PM - TOWN HALL
MARIA BAMFORD - 9:45 PM - TOWN HALL
NICK OFFERMAN: FULL BUSH - 9:45 PM - BEACON THEATRE
Dave and his new pal, Lucy (via @mrdavehill)
Everyone's favorite comedian / musician / actor / Amazon.com employee / BV contributor Dave Hill is returning to his old stomping grounds on Union Hall on September 3 for a new show. This is not just any show, however - Dave is recording for his new album, to be released on independent stand up label A Special Thing Records. Larry Murphy and Greg Barris will perform as well and tickets are on sale.
In other news, fellow friend-to-BV, Chris Gethard was supposed to perform at Highline Ballroom on July 25 but was rescheduled for October 20. The show is billed as "Chris Gethard and Friends" and while those "friends" haven't been announced yet, tickets are on sale now.
Watch video of Dave performing at Union Hall below...
July 31, 2014
Comedian, actor, and master of deprecating storytelling Mike Birbiglia is no stranger to BAM, having recently appeared in This American Life: One Night Only at BAM (which actually ended up having two nights). He returns to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on September 5, this time to premiere his new show/tour, Thank God For Jokes. His new batch of jokes should be equal parts embarrassing and hilarious, as always, and it's definitely worth grabbing tickets before they're gone. Tickets for his BAM appearance go on sale August 5 for BAM members and August 7 for the general public.
The BAM show is the kickoff to what will be a busy fall of touring. All tour dates, which include shows in NJ and Purchase NY, are listed below...
July 25, 2014
You may know Sarah Silverman from her brief stint on SNL, her under-appreciated program The Sarah Silverman Program, or her relationship with Matt Damon. You can now add to the list: Sub Pop sweetheart. Following in the paths of David Cross, Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, and more, Silverman is releasing her next comedy album We Are Miracles on Seattle's Sub Pop. The album, which is set to be released this September, is taken from her latest live tour, and is available for pre-order on Sub Pop's site now.
If you just can't wait to hear Silverman, you can catch her on Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which includes Silverman, as well as Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Hannibal Buress, and more. It hits the NYC area in August.
Silverman's close friend, SSP co-star, and fellow comedian Brian Posehn is also on tour, with an upcoming date at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this September and an appearance at Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin.
In other comedy news, Kurt Braunohler, of "Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen [Schaal]," and the canceled-too-soon Bunk is premiering his Comedy Central Half Hour tonight (725) at midnight ET/11 PM CT. CC has a preview.
In other ex-SNL star news, comedian Brooks Wheelan got the ax from SNL and scheduled a show at Union Hall on Monday (7/28) which is now sold out. However, tickets for a second one on Sunday (7/27) are on sale now.
Finally, comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray just premiered their new show, The Meltdown, based on their weekly LA stand-up show of the same name, on Comedy Central last night. You can watch the first episode in full online here.