Recent Posts in comedy
March 9, 2014
Last night (3/8) was a very Brooklyn episode of Saturday Night Live with Girls' star/creator Lena Dunham hosting, and The National as musical guest. The National performed "Graceless" and "I Need My Girl," both of which are from the band's 2013 album, Trouble Will Find Me and you can watch video of both below.
To up last night's starpower, the episode also featured a bevy of cameos: Liam Neeson, John Hamm, and former SNL castmember Fred Armisen. The next new episode of SNL is March 29 with Louis CK as host. No musical guest has been announced, unless Louis is gonna pull a Drake.
The National will play two Celebrate Brooklyn! shows in Prospect Park in June as part of the band's continuing world tour. Watch their SNL performances below...
March 6, 2014
by Bill Pearis
We posted the video short of new SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata as a guide giving tours of Girls locations in Brooklyn. That is likely to turn into a reality as On Locations Tours, the company that did Sex & the City bus tours of NYC, is going to do one for the hit HBO show. On Location rep Georgette Blau told the Daily News visitors could be bussing around Bushwick and Greenpoint this fall. "The locations aren't exactly glamorous, but they're authentic," Blau said, adding, "It's so hot right now. I hope that hipsters would embrace it."
Elsewhere, Girls creator/star Lena Dunham will host SNL this weekend with The National as musical guests, making it perhaps the most Brooklyn episode of Saturday Night Live ever. You can watch a bunch of promos for the episode all strung together below.
And while on the subject of comedies about 20-something girls trying to make it in the Big City, if you haven't watched Broad City on Comedy Central yet, it's real funny, and may speak to some of you more than Dunham and crew do. (Plus Hannibal Buress as a dentist!) A few clips of that below....
March 3, 2014
As you may remember, comedian Chris Gethard (who recently starred in the new Front Bottoms video) is releasing his first album, My Comedy Album, on April 22 via NJ punk/indie label Don Giovanni Records. He'll celebrate with "a night of music and comedy" on the album's release date (4/22) at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. No word yet on who else will be there, but as the show flyer points out, "Chris Gethard has both an album and friends," so we can probably count some of those friends showing up. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/7) at 10 AM.
Show flyer and a video below...
February 28, 2014
by Bill Pearis
UK comedian Simon Amstell has brought his terrifically funny show Numb to NYC a couple times already -- as well as some "work in progress" shows -- and if you missed it before, he's coming back to do a bigger show at The Bell House on April 8 and tickets are on sale now.
Simon also recently appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast and you can check that out here. If you're completely new to his comedy, you can check out a few clips from his "Numb" performances below...
February 26, 2014
The very funny Mike Birbiglia is about to take his "Thank God for Jokes" set on tour, which doesn't include any dates in NYC, but before he leaves the Northeast area, he'll do another of his small "Working It Out" shows at Union Hall on Monday (3/3). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a message from Birbiglia about the tour, below...
February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis (L) and the rest of the 'Ghostbusters'
The comedy and film world lost a huge talent today:
Harold Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.Harold Ramis was a member of storied Chicago comedy troup Second City where he worked with John Belushi, Bill Murray, and others. He's been a part of -- either as writer, director or both -- some of the biggest comedy hits of the last 40 years, including National Lampoon's Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, Meatballs, National Lampoon's Vacation, Back to School, Groundhog Day and, of course, Ghostbusters in which he also co-stared as Egon. He was 69.
Ramis' serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis' Ocean Pictures production company. - [The Chicago Tribune]
Rest in peace, Harold. We'll miss ya.
by Klaus Kinski
Back in December I tried to hip you l'il pups to a new comedic series called "The Talk Show Series Presents..." which takes place, sporadically, in the back room of Williamsburg bar Over the Eight. (Aka the bar that used to be Royal Oak.) The series is a talk-show formatted live show featuring a revolving cast of hosts and guests. My first experience with this fantastic show was back 0n December 5 and that particular installment of the show was hosted by Bobby Tisdale and featured guests Mike Doughty, Jon Benjamin, Andy Blitz, Tim Harrington, and SNL cast member Noel Wells. The show was loose, unscripted, and unbearably fun and featured an absolutely stunning closing number by the great Mike Doughty. It was the most fun I had had in a long time, and I have been eagerly awaiting a follow up installment ever since.
And that wait is finally over! This week, the lucky few who can squeeze into the intimate back room of Over the Eight can thrill to not one but two epic installments of "The Talk Show Series Presents!" The shows, which happen on Thursday (2/27) and Friday (2/28), are titled The Talk Show Series Presents: THE KEVIN CORRIGAN SHOW, and are both hosted by wicked famous actor Kevin Corrigan. The Thursday February 27 instalment features Janeane Garofalo, Steve Buscemi (!), music by Daniel Harnett, and a super, super, unbelievable special guest whose identity I cannot even hint at besides saying he is one of NYC's biggest political figures of all time. If you are lucky enough to be at this show, you'll be so shocked that this man is sitting just a few feet in front of you that you won't even be able to applaud; you'll be too busy processing what you are experiencing. Doors are at 7:30 PM and the show is free. Get there early.
Then On Friday (2/28), enjoy a second installment of The Talk Show Series Presents: THE KEVIN CORRIGAN SHOW. This time, Kevin brings guests Michael Rappaport (currently on Justified), Jonathan Ames (wordsmith, pugilist), Frederic Seaman (John Lennon's personal assistant!) and music from Mirah (who has a new LP and a headlining show in April). There's another special musical guest on the bill who I also am unable to divulge, but I believe they will be billed as "Kelly Slater Sangre". Doors are at 7:30pm and the show is free. Get there early.
February 12, 2014
New York nonprofit 826NYC is celebrating 10 years of providing students ages 6 - 18 with free literacy and writing programs. Part of this year's festivities is a fundraising event happening March 5 at Town Hall called the Tenth Anniversary Chat Spectacular. Hosted by Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell, the night pairs distinguished artists in conversation, specifically: documentary filmmaker Ken Burns & author Kurt Andersen; former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver and musician / journalist Questlove; Portlandia's Fred Armisen & the Audience; as well as Russian author Masha Gessen and music by Robyn Hitchcock. 826NYC promise more guests to be announced.
Tickets to 826 NYC's Tenth Anniversary Chat Spectacular are on sale now.
Sid Caesar (and Edie Adams) in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
The comedy world lost a big one today:
Sid Caesar, one of the first stars created by television via his weekly live comedy program "Your Show of Shows," died Wednesday in his home. He was 91.Born and raised in Yonkers, Sid Caesar's contribution to modern comedy -- both through his own talents and his fostering of others -- cannot be overstated. We'll miss ya, Sid. Rest in peace.
Caesar, partnered with Imogene Coca, is credited with breaking ripe comedic ground with the 90-minute live program: It didn't rely on vaudeville or standup-inspired material but rather on long skits and sketches written by an impressive roster of comedy writers including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Lucille Kallen and Mel Tolkin.
"Your Show of Shows" was "different from other programs of its time because its humor was aimed at truth," Simon once observed. "Other television shows would present situations with farcical characters; we would put real-life people into identifiable situations." - [Variety]
A few clips of Caesar in action, below...
February 6, 2014
by BIll Pearis
Legendary comedian Bill Cosby may be 76 but would like to let you know he's "far from finished." That also happens to be the name of his current one-man show which he'll be bringing to a city near you this year. All dates are listed below, but the New York area will get a few chances to catch him: New Jersey PAC on March 7, Staten Island's St. George Theatre on May 16, and two shows at Long Island's Paramount Theatre on October 18 (5:30 and 8:45 PM). Tickets for all these NY-area shows are on sale now. If the Cos' is not coming to a town near you, you can get "Far From Finished" on DVD. You can watch a trailer for it below.
In related news, Cosby's '70s/'80s cartoon series, Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids, is part of a travelling art exhibit titled "Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution" which features animation art from classic cartoons of the 1970s. While animation house Filmation, who did Fat Albert, and "art" are words not often used in the same sentence, the show did have style (though "Dumb" Donald's personal style still confuses me) and was better written than most cartoons. "Funky Turns 40" (which includes animation cels from Charlie Brown specials, Josie & the Pussycats, Super Friends, the Soul Train opening credits and more) is currently in NYC at the NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture where it will be on display through June 14. One chance to see it might be during their First Friday event this Friday (2/7) which is free with RSVP.
"Funky Turns 40" exhibition schedule and Bill Cosby tour dates are listed below...