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November 21, 2014

Fred

The very funny Fred Armisen is already on board for the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and now he's got another NYC appearance happening a few days later. He was added to the Town Hall (12/13) stop of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's Christmas tour, which also includes The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.

Fred's also starring in an upcoming movie with Billie Joe Armstrong, opening Bob Mould's New Year's Eve show in Chicago, and the trailer was just released for season 5 of his IFC show with Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia. The 5th season is set to feature guest appearances from Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch. Sounds pretty awesome. The S5 premiere airs on Thursday, January 8 at 10 PM. Watch the trailer below.

Meanwhile, Carrie Brownstein's band Sleater-Kinney are reunited and bringing their tour to NYC for two Terminal 5 shows in 2015. Both are sold out.

Continue reading "Fred Armisen playing Aimee Mann/Ted Leo Xmas show after 826NYC benefit; Portlandia season 5 trailer out now (watch)"

November 20, 2014

by Klaus Kinski

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If I were to sit back and take stock in which comedians I hold in the highest regard, I would guess that about 90% of them are from overseas. Maybe it's the accents. Maybe it's the fact that their stateside appearances are rare and therefore more meaningful. Maybe it's because I am sick of the American perspective of everything. Either way, one face that'd be prominently chiseled onto my Mount Rushmore of great contemporary non-American comedians would be New Zealander Rhys Darby. Like most Yanks, Rhys fell onto my radar via his impeccable performances as Murray Hewitt on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords. I have seen him many times over the past years, and although I initially thought his brand of sound-effect-based stand-up was a little corny at first, the guy just grew and grew on me. His show Short Poppies, a mockumentary series from 2014 where he plays a new character in each episode, was a superb showcase of this man's insane comedic agilities.

So on that note I am happy to report that Rhys has SIX NY-area shows coming up including two shows at the Bell House on Friday November 28 ( tickets for early and and late). The other four shows happen at Comix at Foxwoods between November 20 - November 22. These rare US appearances are not to be missed and you'd have to be a psychopath not to want to be marked "present" at at least one of them. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and check out "Short Poppies" on Netflix.

Videos starring Darby are below...

Continue reading "Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) playing 6 NY-area shows, including two at the Bell House next week"

November 18, 2014

Mulaney

John Mulaney's sitcom has not done so well in the ratings. FOX recently swapped it and Bob's Burgers' timeslots on Sunday, putting Mulaney in the 7:30 PM position which is often preempted by late-running sports. Has anyone watched it? On the bright side John is still a super funny guy and continues to tour. He's got an East Coast run this month that skips NYC but he'll be here next year, playing Carnegie Hall on March 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/18) at 11 AM.

All upcoming dates are listed below...

Continue reading "John Mulaney touring, playing Carnegie Hall in March; his sitcom's not doing so well"

November 17, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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John Lee and Vernon Chatman have been weirding out late night television viewers for 10 years as the primary creative forces behind PFFR: first with not-for-kids kids show Wonder Showzen, then with the hallucinogenic, hard-to-look-at Xavier: Renegade Angel and, most recently, on the Southern Gothic soap opera The Heart, She Holler. (They were also writers and producers on Jon Glazer's awesome Delocated.) The thread running through them all: Lee and Chatman's gleeful dismantling of American culture, labyrinthine and pun-filled dialogue, and a desire to see viewers' jaws drop.

Season three of The Heart She, Holler debuts on December 1 on Adult Swim, starring folks like Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Steve Little (East Bound and Down) and other familiar comedy faces. You can watch the trailer below. There's a Season Three preview screening on Tuesday (11/18) at BAM at 7:30 with a Q&A with Q&A with Adsit (who just joined the cast) and John Lee. It's free and you can RSVP to attend, though entry is based on capacity. We're also giving away a pair of guaranteed passes as well, and details on that are below.

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In addition to working on his own shows, John Lee has directed episodes of Broad City and a few music videos, and he used to be in a couple bands: jokey late-'90s indie rockers Muckafurgason, and a pre-TV PFFR who put out records in the early '00s. Full disclosure: I've known John for almost 20 years, and he took a few minutes away from scarring Middle America's eyeballs to talk about The Heart She Holler, food courts, unprecedented sexual positions, Morrissey, David Lynch and the difficulties of wrangling an ex-President for a cameo. PFFR are infamous for their non-interview interviews, but there's at least a little directness here.

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BrooklynVegan: So what are you working on now? Season 3 of The Heart She Holler is in the can, right?

John Lee: Yeah, it's in the trash can as we say. The trash can of America. Any of your local mall food courts, that's what we call the trash can. We call the South "Food Court America" up here in the North.

BV: How much time have you and Vernon spent in the South?

JL: (Laughs) Together or separately? Well, together it was all in sin. It felt like forever but it was only six minutes. Um, separately? Through touring... it would add up to a handful of peanuts. A bag of boiled peanuts, that's how long I've spent in the South. But the thing is you don't even need to spend time in the South to understand American culture, like American hillbilly ideals. All you have to do is go 40 minutes outside of any city and you're there. America, it's all that. It's everywhere you go. The South is just the place everyone says "Oh, it's that." But it's not, it's everywhere.

Did you think you'd be doing a third season of The Heart, She Holler when you guys came up with the idea?

We, as in PFFR, all our shows that are self-created have never gotten past a second season. This is the first time we've broken the curse. Wonder Showzen was only two seasons, Xavier was only two seasons. Delocated made it longer, but that wasn't just our show. It was a thrill, but we were also scared because when you break a curse you never know what sort of demon's going to show up. The undead will rise? Your nightmares will become reality? We'll see.


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Continue reading "Adult Swim's 'The Heart, She Holler' returns for S3 (screening at BAM); creator John Lee discusses Broad City, his old bands, casting an ex-president, weirdness & more in BV interview"

November 14, 2014

Demetri Martin

As discussed, quirky comedian Demetri Martin is going on a short US tour this December which hits the NYC-area for a show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on December 12 (tickets). He's now expanded his tour through March and the new dates include three more shows in the NYC-area. He plays Long Island on January 30 at The Paramount, NYC proper on February 28 at Town Hall, and Montclair, NJ on March 1 at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets for the newly-added shows go on sale today (11/14) at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Demetri Martin expands tour, adds 3 more NYC-area shows"

November 11, 2014

Miracle Man

Last week, Adult Swin oddity (is that reduntant?) "Too Many Cooks" took the world by storm with its brilliantly strange (eventually disturbing) homage to TV opening credits sequences of the '70s / '80s / '90s. You may remember that Adult Swim initially aired it in a 4AM timeslot that just said "INFOMERCIAL" on cable box schedules. Last night Adult Swim aired a new "informercial" at 4 AM, this time bearing a little more resemblance to "paid programming." Starring UCB's Matt Besser and Rich Fulcher (Snuff Box, The Mighty Boosh), it's a parody of self-help programs with maybe a little Psychic Friends Network thrown in as well. Is that Steve Agee in the audience?

Who is Miracle Man and how can he help you? Well you're just going to have to watch. (It's no "Too Many Cooks," but it has its moments and fans of Besser and Fulcher will definitely want to watch.) It'll air on Adult Swim in the 4AM slot though November 14 and you can watch it via Adult Swim's website if you're a cable subscriber. Or you can watch a medium-definition rip of it over at Gawker.

Adult Swim has other "informercials" too.

November 10, 2014

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You may have heard/seen that last week it became a thing on the internet to follow anything comedian Russell Brand said with a cry of "Parklife!" It's a jab at his hyper-verbose way of speaking, especially on social/political issues (to which he speaks a lot these days) and how in his accent it kinda sounds like Phil Daniels on Blur's 1994 UK hit. Video mashups were made.

Russell Brand has now offered up his own take on "Parklife," hitting back at those making fun (and his critics) while getting in a bunch of politics as well. You can watch it, Blur's original and one of the mashups, below...

Continue reading "Russell Brand responds to "Parklife" meme by making his own version of Blur's song (watch the video)"

November 7, 2014

odenkirk

There were no special guests listed when Bob Odenkirk's Sunday NYCF appearance (11/9) at Gramercy Theatre was first announced. It has since been confirmed that the Breaking Bad actor will be reunited on stage with his Mr Show co-creator David Cross, as well as Michael Ian Black (The State/Stella/etc) and Brandon Wardell at the event where "Bob Odenkirk will be reading from his new book A Load of Hooey, screening videos, and giving a talk about some highlights of his comedy career." Tickets, which include a copy of his book,  are still available. Also on Sunday, Bob will be signing books at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo (95 Prince St., 1 PM).

Brandon Wardell is on Odenkirk's whole tour. The two also have an album coming out together titled Amateur Hour via AST Records. (That's the cover art above.) Says Wardell, "I thought I was just opening for his album recording and then found out after the show I'm actually on it and he just didn't want me to be nervous." The album's out November 25.

Odenkirk's Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, debuts in February.

 

November 6, 2014

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Comedian Greg Barris is a busy guy. He's co-hosting the Doctors Without Borders benefit at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 (tickets) and, among other things, started a new series/podcast this year called "Mind Warriors" which mixes science and laughs:

Mind Warriors: Bringing you the most cutting edge information from the edge of the universe (that's two edges). Mind Warriors is a comedic, science interview show hosted by Greg Barris that delves into the spiritual and scientific research and practices of each guest Mind Warrior with a question and answer session at the end with the audience.
The next edition of "Mind Warriors" happens at Brooklyn's Union Hall on January 11 with Andrew WK as guest. Tickets for that are on sale now. The first "Mind Warriors" video is below.

Andrew WK is busy too, playing a solo show at Knitting Factory on November 22 (part of their Fifth Anniversary celebration), and will be with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg at Gramercy Theatre on January 17. He'll also be on WNYU on December 11 at 4PM for a " live radio interview and party DJ set!" so mark your calendars. Updated AWK schedule is listed below.

And in related funny/smart news, there's a benefit for 826NYC (the nonprofit that promotes creative and expository writing skills) at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Sarah Vowell, Fred Armisen and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale.

Reggie Watts also plays The Bell House on Friday (11/7) as part of the NY Comedy Fest, and then later in the evening at The Blue Note.

Andrew WK dates -- including New Year's Eve in Chicago -- are listed, along with the first episode of "Mind Warriors," below..

Continue reading "Andrew WK adds dates, guesting on Greg Barris' "Mind Warriors"; Fred Armisen & more doing 826NYC benefit"

November 5, 2014

Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub in September (more by Chris La Putt)
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Bridget Everett's acclaimed, raunchy show "Rock Bottom" sold out its initial run. For those who didn't get to see it, or those who want more, she'll be back early next year at Joe's Pub for 18 "Rock Bottom" performances from January 6 - February 20. Tickets are on sale now.

All upcoming "Rock Bottom" dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Bridget Everett returning to Joe's Pub for more "Rock Bottom" shows in January and February"

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