Recent Posts in comedy
May 22, 2015
Did you know that Coldplay were working on a Game of Thrones musical? Spoiler alert: they're not, really, but that's the premise of a 12-minute mockumentary short that was made for yesterday's Red Nose Day comedy fundraising marathon. Narrated by Liam Neeson, starring a lot of the GoT cast singing a lot bad songs and featuring a Chris Martin that just calls Kit Harrington Jon Snow the whole time, you can watch it below.
Actual spoiler alert: this is loaded with spoilers if you're not caught up.
May 21, 2015
You can check clips of Emily on Conan and Late Night with Seth Meyers below, and you can also listen to the podcast she co-hosts with Lisa Hanawalk, Baby Geniuses. That Union Hall Show is part of her "Please Consider This" tour and all dates are listed below.
May 20, 2015
the late Del Close in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'
The Upright Citizens Brigade's annual Del Close Marathon will feature 575 improv shows from June 26-28, happening around-the-clock on nine stages across seven locations: UCB Chelsea, UCB East, Theater for the New City, 4th Street Theatre, Magnet Theater, SVA Theatre and FIT Haft Auditorium. You can buy a $35 wristband at UCB Chelsea starting June 26 at noon, and that gets you into every show (subject to capacity, of course). The only shows with advance tickets are the higher-profile, bigger shows at SVA and FIT, which include:
FRIDAY 6/26: Broad City Live (sold out), an improv session with Key & Peele writers, Horatio Sanz's "The Hooray Show"; and improv with the cast of Silicon Valley.Non-ticketed events, most of which are only 30 minutes (some even less), include Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard (6/27, 3 PM at UCB Chelsea), "Mike Birbiglia's Dream" (6/27, 6:30 PM at UCB Chelsea), the writers of Late Night with Seth Meyers doing a show (6/27, 9:30 PM at Magnet Theatre), 30 Rock's Scott Adsit (6/28, 3:30 PM at UCB Chelsea), and an entirely improvised episode of Seinfeld (6/28, 4:30 PM at UCB Chelsea).
As this goes for three days straight, needless to say there is a lot more, so pour over the whole 2015 Del Close Marathon schedule.
May 15, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Amy Schumer, whose very funny Comedy Central series is in the midst of its third season, stars in one of this summer's most anticipated comedies, Trainwreck, which she wrote and was directed by Judd Apatow and also stars Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer and Dave Attell. All those funny folks (except for Hader) will be out promoting the film on the Trainwreck Tour which has multiple stops in North America, each one benefitting a different charity. It'll hit NYC at Beacon Theatre on June 15. Tickets, which benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, are on sale now.
Trainwreck, much of which was filmed in Williamsburg (including at the soon-to-close Trash Bar) is out July 17. All Trainwreck Tour dates are listed, along with the film's red-band trailer, below...
May 14, 2015
Simpsons fans may have to get used to not seeing Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and Principal Skinner anymore... or at least maybe hearing them with slightly different voices. Harry Shearer, who voices those characters (and many more) tweeted last night that he will not be returning to the show, the news being delivered by the lawyer of The Simpsons' producer James L Brooks:
Like what's happening with David Lynch and the new Twin Peaks, this may be just very public negotiation, but Variety reports that the show -- the longest running in television history -- has already begun production of its 27th season without Shearer, who you may also know as Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap (and lots of other stuff.) It's looking pretty certain, as showrunner Al Jean told CNN, "We do not plan to 'kill off' his characters, but replace them with the most talented members of the voice over community." How do you feel about having someone else voice Mr. Burns? Do you still watch the show? The 26th season finale of The Simpsons airs this Sunday (5/17) on FOX.
May 12, 2015
As previously mentioned, comedian Chris Gethard (whose credits include Broad City and Don Giovanni) is moving his public access show to cable network Fusion this month. The first episode airs on at 10 pm on 5/28. In celebration, BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that we've teamed with Chris and Fusion to throw a premiere party in Williamsburg on May 28 at Rough Trade NYC!
Chris will be there of course, and we'll have live music from his Don Giovanni labelmates Screaming Females and Mal Blum, as well as his old friend Jeff Rosenstock and new-ish band Hiccup who include Unlovables singer Hallie Bulliet, who's also a member of The Chris Gethard Show's house band. In addition to the music and live laffs, we'll also screen the first episode of the new show as it airs.
The party is totally FREE but you do need to RSVP, which is now open (18+ to get in). Even with RSVP though, admission is first come first served based on capacity, so get there early!
If you're unfamiliar with The Chris Gethard Show, here's some history in Chris' own words:
The Chris Gethard Show started out at the UCB Theater in 2009 and eventually spent four years on public access television, where it garnered a cult audience spread out all over the world. It's a highly interactive talk show that is known for empowering lonely kids, embracing its own loser status, and putting on some of the strangest comedy going. From having Zach Galifianakis give random audience members haircuts to hosting the first ever public appearance by a recently re-united Sleater Kinney, The Chris Gethard Show is producing some of the most innovative comedy of the last few years. They also created an annual holiday dedicated to sandwiches.Chris also adds this about the premiere party:
After many years in the public access trenches, TCGS is headed to greener pastures. The Chris Gethard Show debuts on the Fusion network on May 28th, and Brooklyn Vegan is hosting a premiere party at Rough Trade Records in Williamsburg. The debut episode will be shown and a number of bands who are friends of TCGS will help celebrate the occasion. Hiccup features Hallie and Alex from the TCGS house band (The LLC). Mal Blum is one of the most beloved TCGS musical guests of all time. Screaming Females put on an unforgettable performance where King Mike insisted on having his head off screen the entire time. And Jeff Rosenstock was a part of an infamous evening known simply as "Eat More Butts". Please come out and join the celebration as these friends gather to celebrate New York's favorite resident underground show making the jump to cable.See you there????
Check out videos of Screaming Females, Jeff Rosenstock, and Mal Blum from public access episodes of TCGS, below...
May 4, 2015
New York Magazine's pop culture blog, Vulture, is bringing back Vulture Fest for a second year of screenings, talks and live performances, happening May 30 & 31 mostly at Milk Studios in Chelsea. A few of the events (such as a talk with Jerry Seinfeld, and a screening of Amy Poehler, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner's new show Difficult People) are sold out but tickets for most are still available, including: a talk with Lisa Kudrow about her HBO series The Comeback; a talk with Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson: a screening of Tig Notaro's short film Clown Service; a roundtable discussion with screenwriters David Goyer (The Dark Knight), Michael Weber (500 Days of Summer, The Fault in our Stars, and more), and Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer); a live taping of Kevin Smith's SModcast; and a Q&A with House of Cards creator Beau Williamson.
There's also a concert with Banks and St. Lucia on May 30 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (5/6) at noon.
All Vulture Fest events are listed below...
It's a big year for comedian Jim Gaffigan. His new sitcom premieres this summer on TV Land and is based on his real life, which he describes as "one man's struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy, and an insatiable appetite." It also stars State's Michael Ian Black and you can watch a couple preview clips below.
Meanwhile, Jim will also be going on his 'Contagious' tour this summer. Folks in NYC will have to wait till December, though, when he'll play Madison Square Garden on December 12. Jim said, "I needed to find a venue that was big enough to hold not only my kids and my friends but everyone I know in New York City." Hopefully that will do it. Tickets for his MSG show go on sale Friday (5/8) at 10 AM with a fan presale beginning Wednesday at 10 AM (password: JIM).
All tour dates, along with a tour announce video and Gaffigan's now-classic bit on Hot Pockets, below...
April 28, 2015
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate @ Warsaw 4/26/2015
Big Terrific, the free weekly NYC comedy series, came to an end after seven years with two big ticketed shows at Warsaw on Sunday night (4/26). Original hosts Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman (both of whom live in LA these days) and Max Silvestri were on hand and Greg Johnson and Joe Mande were also there for both shows, delivering very funny sets. Pictures from the early show are in this post.
The late show, which I went to, also featured an appearance from Hannibal Buress (who also appeared at BT's final free show at Cameo earlier in that week). Jenny, Gabe and Max have come a long ways since Big Terrific's beginnings in the back of Sound Fix and all three's sets were, um, terrific -- though a late start meant Jenny's closing set didn't start till 12:30 and I think a lot of people were checked out (mentally if not physically) by that point. At the end, it was a quick goodbye without a lot of sentimentalizing, which was ok. We did get a reprise of Gabe and Jenny's collaborative impersonation of "Kelsey Grammer in line for craft services" which was welcome. They've done this one-joke bit (he farts a lot!) many times but it remains funny.
More pics from the early show of Big Terrific's Warsaw send-off, below...
April 23, 2015
Louis, Hannibal & more at Big Terrific last night (photo by @ryanmuir)
Max Silvestri: I guess we should talk about the show Big Terrific.Long-running Williamsburg comedy show Big Terrific had its final regular free Wednesday show last night (4/22) at Cameo. Max Silvestri welcomed back onetime BT co-host Jenny Slate and, as promised, there were lots of big special guests, including sets from Louis CK and Hannibal Buress. The standing-room-only show also featured Jessi Klein, Emily Heller, Sheng Wang, Ron Lynch, Nick Turner, and Jared Logan. Did you go?
Gabe Liedman: I'm glad we're giving it a nice ending.
MS: Yeah, I'm so happy you guys are going to be back in town for the last shows.
Jenny Slate: Me, too.
GL: Me, too. It is going to be really fun and fancy, and I heard that that theater is gorgeous.
JS: Is it like an actual theater?
MS: Well, no, I mean, the stage looks like a theater, but it is like a raw space.
JS: A raw space with curtains.
JS: That's what I call my pusssaaaayy, girl. I'm sorry. I apologize.
MS: Stay on brand. Stay on brand. - [Vulture]
Max, Jenny and third co-founder Gabe Liedman will all be back for the two gala Big Terrific farewell shows at Warsaw on Sunday (4/26). Joe Mande will also be on hand for both and lots of special guests are promised for these as well. Both shows are sold out.
Louis CK, who's FX show just started its fifth season, popped by UCB East for an impromptu set earlier this week.