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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.
April 21, 2015
Jon Stewart announced last night that his last day as host of The Daily Show will be the August 6 episode, adding "I will be wearing a suit. I will more than likely be showered." If you'd like to attend the taping of Jon's final show, you can enter the contest he's running, which benefits autism charities.
No word on when Trevor Noah will take over -- after Labor Day perhaps? You can watch Jon Stewart announce his departure date, below...
by Bill Pearis
In 1978, hard rock megastars KISS thought it'd be a good idea to star in a made-for-TV movie called KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park in which they use superpowers to save an old amusement park from an evil inventor. Needless to say it was terrible (but kinda fun terrible...kinda) and is basically their equivalent to the Star Wars Holiday Special (which came out the same year). Never heard of it? You can watch it in full below.
KISS treated it as an embarrassment for forever, if they acknowledged it at all, but it seems like they're starting to have at least a little sense of humor about it as they're lending their name and voices to the upcoming Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery whose plot has at least a few parallels:
Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at KISS World - the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from KISS, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang's cunning and KISS's power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!Wonder if Shaggy and the gang will mention the time "Mama" Cass Elliot helped the gang solve the mystery of The Haunted Candy Factory? (It's actually their second run in with the band.) We'll have to wait until July, when this straight-to-home-video title comes out on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download. But you can watch the trailer below.
April 20, 2015
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British comedian Noel Fielding, who you may know from The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, Nevermind The Buzzcocks and lots more, will be bringing his new show, "An Evening With Noel Fielding," to NYC at the Theater For The New City from June 8 - 13. Tickets are on sale now. Noel, who performed with The Mighty Boosh in NYC back in 2009, says:
I'm thrilled to be finally coming to New York! When we (the Boosh) did Jack Black's festival the reaction was insane. I'm really excited and would love to play everywhere in America. It's a unique show and I think you crazy Americans would really dig it. xYou can also watch Noel announce the NYC run via a video below. He just finished an Australian tour, and here's a preview of what to expect via the Sydney Morning Herald:
Performing to a packed house at Hamer Hall, Fielding received a rock star welcome from the audience. They were always going to be on board (many appeared to have dressed up for the occasion) so it's pleasing to report that, over the course of two hours (plus interval) Fielding delivered.You can check out a short video shot during the Australian tour below as well.
To go into too much detail would spoil some of the delights of this show. Suffice to say that Fielding dispenses with the stand-up to move into much more absurd and surreal situations (with assistance from a couple of sidekicks) as the show goes on. The second half, which relies a bit more heavily on crowd work, even features a plot. From a show filled with surprises, that might be the biggest surprise of all.
April 10, 2015
the early days of Big Terrific (via Max Silvestri's Facebook)
As you may know, weekly NYC live comedy show Big Terrific is coming to a close this month, with a big send-off show at Warsaw on Sunday, April 26 with original hosts Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman. That sold out, so they've added a late show at 10 PM, same night. Jo Mande will be appearing as well at both Warsaw shows, plus lots of promised "special guests." Tickets are on sale now.
April 6, 2015
All things must pass, and Max Silvestri's long-running free weekly NYC comedy show, Big Terrific, is coming to an end this month:
After seven years of shows, first at Sound Fix and then Cameo Gallery, we're winding it down at the end of April. It's a bummer, but life is about change! It has been the most fun experience and it's the longest I've ever done something in my entire life. I mean, I moved around a lot as a kid so I never even went to one school for seven years. Also, school sucks!Tickets for the Big Terrific finale at Warsaw on 4/26 are on sale now.
Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate and I are going to do a big fancy show and party on Sunday April 26th to really close the door on the whole thing. It'll be at the Warsaw Bar and Lounge in Greenpoint, and the three of us will be joined by the OG Goof Joe Mande. And there will be lots of other surprises and guests too.
There will still be three more Big Terrific's at Cameo on April 8,15 & 22 and Max says for the last two he's going to "put on a ton of my favorite people and they will be good and we will have fun." Those shows are free.
In probably quite related news, Max Silvestri, who used to write Top Chef recaps for Eater, will host a new Bravo culinary competition show, titled Recipe for Deception, and here's how the press release describes it:
It is a battle of secrets and knives in this fast-paced and innovative self-contained cooking competition series where a chef's cunning is almost as important as their culinary skill. In each stand-alone episode host Max Silvestri guides four new chefs through head-to-head elimination rounds in which they are tasked with creating a stunning dish featuring a main ingredient. The twist is that they have no idea what that ingredient is while cooking. Based on the popular parlor game 'Two Truths and a Lie,' competing chefs ask each other three "yes or no" questions to determine what their mystery ingredient is, and their opponent answers strategically with two truthful answers and one outright lie. If you can't stand deceit, get out of the kitchen.No premiere date for Recipe for Deception so stay tuned. We will miss Big Terrific but wish Max best of luck with this new show.
April 3, 2015
Fat White Family on Letterman
Fat White Family were in NYC this week, playing a sold-out late show on Tuesday (3/31) at Mercury Lounge (how was that show?), and then made their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday (4/2). "You don't see that every night!" chuckled Dave after their performance of "Is It Raining in Your Mouth?" which was fairly restrained for the Fat Whites, but probably crazier that what you normally see on Letterman. Check out the video below.
Fat White Family will be touring North America again in about a month, including another NYC show: April 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. That's right before they head to Austin's Levitation Festival. Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...
Brett (right) & Darren Mabee on cable access show 'The Special'
When Chris Gethard left cable access for cable television (his show will debut in May via on Fusion), the guy who took over his Manhattan Neighborhood Network show was Brett Davis. You may know Davis from New Brunswick basement punk shows, from the many NYC comedy shows he appears at, or more recently from TCGS where he played Smith, a character that inspired a lot of hate mail, or you may remember him from his mid-'00s alter ego MC Steinberg (maybe you remember MC Steinberg from public access show New York Noise).
Chris Gethard & Brett Davis
Brett's public access show is called The Special: Without Brett Davis and Chris Gethard talked him up to Laughspin:
"I think the Chris Gethard Show fans will love him," Gethard tells Laughspin. "He's innovative and smart and likes to play with things in a way that I think will totally embrace the anarchy of public access and all the different ways you can connect to people while using it. I don't think his show will be like mine at all. I think it will be totally unique and reflect his sensibilities. But I really think we managed to do some innovative stuff on public access and if there's one guy in New York who I think is an innovator right now, it's Brett."Each week, Brett plays a different character (hence the "Without" part of the title) as guest host. One of the regular players on the show is Darren Mabee, who was a fixture at NYC shows in the mid-'00s and had the band We Are the Seahorses. You can watch the most recent episode, hosted by "punk guru" Craig Evanhalen, below.
Amongst a community of peers and fans in New York, Davis is known for immersive character work on stage. Brett cites Scharpling & Wurster as a major influence, which shows in his work. The comedian has built somewhat of his own "Newbridge"-style universe in New York. The workhorse comedian runs three regular shows per month, all of which he hosts in the guise of an ever-expanding amount of characters. Usually, carefully plotted narratives play out over the course of each show. You can also expect absurd audience participation bits, choreographed but convincing on-stage violence and a smattering of other surprises. In other words, fans who loved the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the Gethard show are in good hands with Brett Davis.
You can catch Brett in action as host of both of the BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select shows with The Menzingers: April 11 at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ with Big Eyes and Cheerbleeders, then April 14 at Baby's All Right with Big Eyes, and Crazy & The Brains. Both shows are $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.
In addition to his cable access show Brett also co-hosts (with Sally Burtnick) the monthly The Macaulay Culkin Show at Shea Stadium. The April edition (4/26) will feature Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Saenz, Unisex, Max Wittert, Brian Fiddyment and Edy Modica.
You can also catch Brett this weekend in NYC. Tonight (4/3) he'll be at BHQFU on Avenue A, for the "Quinceañera de Elisa" with Brian Fiddyment & Edy Modica, Becca Kauffman, Mary Houlihan & Sam Taggart, Colin Burgess and hosts Lorelei Ramirez and Ana Fabrega. On Saturday (4/4) at The Creek, he'll be appearing as part of "Underbelly" with Nick Vatterott, Maria Heinegg, Tony Zaret, Courtney Maginnis, Joseph Klein, Clark Jones, Will Winner, Amber Nelson, and host Nick Naney. He's got a bunch of other appearances lined up and all dates are listed below...