Recent Posts in comedy
February 8, 2016
Scott Aukerman's very popular podcast Comedy Bang! Bang! just released its 400th episode, featuring guests Jason Mantzoukas (How Did This Get Made) and Andy Daily (Review). You can listen to that below.
You can witness the Comedy Bang! Bang! experience live when Aukerman takes the podcast on the road for live tapings this spring, and he's bringing Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus, and Neil Campbell along with him. That includes a stop at NYC's Gramercy Theater on May 13 for an early (7 PM) and late (9:30 PM) show. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/12) at 10 AM but you can get them early via a BrooklynVegan presale which starts Tuesday (2/9) at 10 AM. Check back Tuesday morning for the password.
All dates are listed below...
February 7, 2016
by Klaus Kinski
As BrooklynVegan's resident UK comedy fiend and all around Anglophile, I am pleased as punch to report that 25 year old Scottish comedic powerhouse Daniel Sloss is about to bring his stand-up show "Dark" to NYC's Soho Playhouse from February 9 through February 13. Tickets are on sale now. After that, he jets over to Los Angeles to perform at the Westside Comedy Theater on February 16 and February 23.
In his quarter century on this planet, Daniel has become of of the UK's most sought-after comedians. Not only did he sell out all eight of his seasons at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival, but "Dark" has previously sold out four weeks at the renowned Edinburgh Conference Centre to over 10,000 people. He's also toured 80 dates across UK and 15 countries in Europe plus a week-long run of dates in London which were added because of insanely high demand. Sloss is also big on the tele in the UK; he starred in his own BBC3 show The Adventures of Daniel, and appeared on UK TV's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Sunday Night at the Palladium, The John Bishop Show, Russell Howard's Good News, The Paul O'Grady Show and many more.
In the US, he appeared on Conan a whopping five times. He's also performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Pete Holmes Show, and @Midnight. This is a great opportunity to see a prolific comedian on our home turf in an intimate setting before he inevitably moves onwards and upwards to large theaters. Check out his five Conan appearances below.
February 3, 2016
Hannibal Buress' new Netflix comedy special, "Comedy Camisado," debuts on Friday (2/5), but people in NYC can see it early when he'll host a free screening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (2/4). That's also Hannibal's birthday. Here's more, straight from Hannibal:
Hey it's Hannibal, I'm doing a special screening of my new Netflix special "Comedy Camisado." If you can't come to this event, it'll be streaming on Netflix February 5th. I also turn the weird age of 33. They're will be some music by DJ Yamez following the screening. We might have a special musical guest. There will be no hors d'oeuvres. It's not that type of party. Yes I had to google how to spell hors d'oeuvres.Doors at 7 PM and things start at 8 PM. It's 18+. Who do you think the special musical guest could be?
It's a busy month for Hannibal, with Season 3 of Broad City debuting in a couple weeks, he's got a new Spotify show (just like us), and you may have heard him talking with Joey Bada$$ on Pitchfork Radio yesterday live from Men's Fashion Week.
If you need more Hannibal Buress to watch, he made a pilot for Comedy Central titled Unemployable that didn't get picked up. He's shared the whole thing though -- watch it, along with a trailer for "Comedy Camisado," below.
February 2, 2016
photo: Mac Sabbath @ Brooklyn Bowl London, 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
The kings of Drive-Thru metal, Mac Sabbath, are heading out on tour this year. You pretty much know the drill by this point: fast-food themed Black Sabbath covers with elaborate costumes and stage show. They'll be coming through NYC for a show at the Highline Ballroom March 25 with support from Syka and The U.S. Americans. Tickets for that are on sale now.
As you may know the real Black Sabbath are on tour too. All tour dates are listed, along with a few Mac Sabbath live videos, below.
January 29, 2016
Broad City returns with Season 3 on February 17 on Comedy Central. Guest stars this season include Vanessa Williams, Melissa Leo, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Alda, Tony Danza and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Get pumped via a couple teaser videos below. The first two seasons are streaming on Hulu. More good news: Comedy Central has already renewed Broad City for seasons 4 and 5.
Superfans may want to head to North 11th St and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg on Saturday, February 6 from noon to 5 p.m. where you can help paint a Broad City mural ad that's going up there. Bedford & Bowery notes that there will be an afterparty at nearby Kinfolk Studios with free drinks, photo ops and swag. The first 100 people to arrive will get a "Broad Fucking City" t-shirt.
January 28, 2016
The Beastie Boys were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and now an exhibit featuring Beasties memorabilia will open at the organization's museum in Cleveland this weekend:
"Since we had such a rich, deep collection of stuff from the Beasties when they were inducted, we thought we'd put it out," Rock Hall curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger says. "We also wanted to represent more stuff from some of our recent inductees."In other Beastie Boys tribute news, JJ Abrams dropped in a reference in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where a character named Ello Atsy (named for Beastie Boys album Hello Nasty) has born "Born to Ill" inscribed on his helmet. (Check that out below.) This was not the only musical easter egg in The Force Awakens, either.
Rutledge-Borger says the unit will feature hand-written lyrics of the group's hit "Brass Monkey," action figures, Mike D's Volkswagen medallion and outfits from the "Intergalactic" video, among other things. - [Cleveland.com]
Elsewhere in the Beasties-related Universe: Champagne Jerry (aka Neal Medlyn) has a new album, The Champagne Room, that is out March 5, featuring beats by Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz and Max Tannone, plus guest vocals from Bridget Everett, Erin Markey, Murray Hill, Larry Krone and Jim Andralis.
To celebrate the LP's release, Jerry's turning New York Live Arts space into The Champagne Room for five shows from March 2 - 5. Neal will open each show as himself, followed by Champagne Jerry, who will be accompanied by the Champagne Club, a rotating cast of performers including Horovitz, Kathleen Hanna, Bridget Everett, Carmine Covelli, and "a series of real and invented bands that exist in a world of cheap gold, dance, memories to last a lifetime and effervescence." March 2 - 4 performances are at 7:30 PM, and on March 5 there are two performances at 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM. Tickets are on sale.
photo: Hannibal Buress at Terminal 5 in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Like BrooklynVegan, British R&B band Jungle and others, comedian Hannibal Buress now has a Spotify In Residence show. Like the others, the premise is that the show curator picks a handful of songs and then talks about whatever they'd like in between. On his new show, Hannibal tells Billboard: "I'm excited for this opportunity to change lives and inspire people with my choice of songs. I haven't had such an influential platform since my 2008 appearance on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. Thank you."
His first show is out now, and has music from Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Kanye West, Eminem, K-Ci & JoJo, Cam'Ron, Lupe Fiasco, T.I., OutKast, Kelis, Lil Kim, Green Day and Lil Wayne. If you're a premium Spotify user, you can hear the whole thing below (free users can hear the music but not the talking segments).
January 25, 2016
IFC's Comedy Bang Bang! has announced that Wierd Al Yankovic will be taking over for Kid Cudi as the bandleader/sidekick to host Scott Aukerman. Weird Al is no stranger to the show, having appeared on the show a few times as a guest. This is pretty exciting news for comedy fans, including Aukerman himself:
If you would have told me, when I was a teenager, listening and laughing along to Al's In 3-D album, that one day I would partner up with him, I would have asked who you were and how you got in my room, Then I would have politely shown you the door. Because that's how I was raised.You may remember that Cudi took over for Reggie Watts' after he left the show to be the bandleader for The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Production with Weird Al has already begun, and the new season is supposed to air sometime in March. Check out an audio clip from Al's appearance on the CBB podcast, and a video of him playing accordion with Reggie Watts, below.
January 20, 2016
by Bill Pearis
The sixth season of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's series Portlandia premieres Thursday (1/21) at 10 PM on IFC and takes place entirely at Oregon festival Pickathon (which just announced its 2016 lineup). Among the storylines are that headliners The Flaming Lips have split into two competing groups: The Flaming Lips Featuring Wayne Coyne and More Flaming Lips (with Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins and a new singer). Surely this will be the most momentous festival-based comedy episode since Homer Simpson went to Lollapalooza. Watch a clip below.
You can also watch an entire new episode of Portlandia (not the Pickathon one) over at IFC.
Related: Fred paid tribute to the late David Bowie on this past week's SNL.
January 19, 2016
by Bill Pearis
Pee-wee's Big Holiday, the first new Pee-wee Herman movie in 28 years, will premiere on Netflix on March 18. As you may recall, the movie is produced by Judd Apatow and directed by PFFR's John Lee (Wonder Showzen, Delocated). Devo's Mark Motherbaugh did the music this time and here's the synopsis:
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.A teaser trailer for the movie has just been released and fans of Pee-Wee's Rube Goldberg style house will dig this. You can watch below.
Speaking of Judd Apatow and Netflix, he's created a new series for them titled LOVE which will drop February 19. It stars co-creator Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!) and Community's Gillian Jacobs and is described thusly:
LOVE follows Gus and Mickey as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid.Fans of Apatow's series Freaks & Geeks may recognize a few McKinley High School staffmembers amongst LOVE's cast. (Nice to see you, Dave "Gruber" Allen.) You can watch the trailer for LOVE below.
Having recently ended their respective dysfunctional relationships, Gus and Mickey meet each other by chance at a convenience store and forge a connection in the mending of their broken hearts and egos.