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June 15, 2015
If there's one universal truth out there, it's that love hurts. And it's a topic comedian/actor Aziz Ansari explores in Modern Romance (Penguin Press), co-written with NYU sociology professor Eric Klinenberg.If you've seen Aziz Ansari's MSG special (if you haven't, it's on Netflix), you know he's got a lot of opinions on modern romance -- it was the name of his tour and now it's also a book. Aziz is celebrating with a book tour, that begins in NYC on Tuesday (6/16) at NYU Skirball Center. Tickets for the whole tour are on sale now, and come with a copy of the book.
The book, inspired by topics Ansari riffs on during his stand-up act, looks at how Tinder and texting have impacted the way we date and mate, and why. [USA Today]
All tour dates are listed below...
June 12, 2015
Adult Swim weirdos Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are making the logical step into the self-help world with new book Zone Theory, that offers "7 Easy Steps to Achieve a Perfect Life." Are you saying, "tell me more?" Well, the book is due July 7, and you can get a first look via a promotional video below. The pair will also be taking Zone Theory on tour which starts in NYC on July 8. Details, like where its happening, remain TBA. Consult your crystals and stay tuned for more info. Dates are listed below though.
Meanwhile, eclectic Tim & Eric affiliate David Liebe Hart, a jack-of-all-trades, BFF, and frequent contributor to the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (known for his puppeteering), is also busy touring the nation. He'll be at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium on Monday (6/15) with Pocket Hercules and pop punk band Hiccup ($8 at the door). and you can also catch him on Tuesday (6/16) at The Funhouse in Jersey City, for a multimedia show with Citizen Blast Kane and Crazy & the Brains. Tickets for the Funhouse show are available.
All tour dates for Tim & Eric and David Liebe Hart are listed, along with videos, below...
June 8, 2015
Festival Supreme, the music/comedy fest put on by 2015 Best Metal Album Grammy winners Tenacious D, will return for its third year this fall, happening at Los Angeles' Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds on October 10. The lineup is pretty supreme indeed, including Kids in the Hall, Rocket from the Crypt, the original cast of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, The Darkness, Die Antwoord, Jenny Slate, Amy Poehler, Super Dave Osborne, Neil Hamburger, Dan Deacon, Andrew WK and lots more.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday (6/11) at noon PDT, with a Festival Supreme website presale beginning Tuesday (6/9) at 10 AM PDT (password: SUPREME). Full 2015 Festival Supreme lineup is listed below...
May 29, 2015
photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Sacher
Chris, Hallie & Jeff / Screaming Females / Mimi on the Hoops
The Chris Gethard Show made the move from public access to cable network Fusion last night (5/28), and Chris and a number of his talented friends celebrated in style with a BrooklynVegan-presented premiere party at Rough Trade NYC. Chris began the night asking if anyone was a fan of TCGS, which was met by roars from the majority of the crowd, and most of the room was bopping around to openers Hiccup, whose lineup includes Hallie Bulleit and Alex Clute from TCGS' house band.
After Hiccup, Chris returned to the stage to introduce the next musical guest, Jeff Rosenstock. As anyone who's seen a Jeff show knows, Jeff Rosenstock fans LOVE Jeff Rosenstock and they go hard the whole time he's on stage. He played as a power trio which included his former Bomb the Music Industry! bandmate John DeDomenici on bass. Chris introduced them and got the performance started with an "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant (a tradition). That went on for four or five minutes and had pretty much the whole crowd involved. That crowd involvement didn't die once, even during the more lyrically advanced songs. Jeff played stuff off his new solo album, We Cool?, which the crowd already knew all the words to. And when he brought out Fake Problems' Chris Farren to play stuff from their collaborative Antarctigo Vespucci project, the crowd knew all the words to that too. The whole place basically never stopped jumping around (including Chris Gethard, who was in the jumping mob of people for almost the whole set), both on stage and off.
For Jeff's big finale, he brought Chris Gethard back out on stage to sing lead on a Smiths cover (Chris's favorite band), and then Chris and Jeff led the crowd in yet another "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant. Soon, they were joined by Hallie from Hiccup/TCGS and then she took over the chant in an even crazier way. (Less baseball game chant, more rap metal yelling.) This big grand finale included her and Chris lying on stage, Jeff's guitar making its way through the crowd, and more shenanigans before finally ending with just Jeff's trio playing a piano/synth/xylophone coda.
After all that craziness, the night could have ended there. But of course it didn't, because the main reason the event was even happening had yet to begin: the screening of The Chris Gethard Show's cable TV debut. The episode, which was a bit dark on Rough Trade's screen (sorry about that!), included some impressive guests for his debut, including Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who go back with Chris to their UCB days and also work with him on their cable TV show, Broad City. The premise of the episode was acknowledging weird things about your weird body and then totally owning it, and Chris, Ilana and Abbi had guests either Skype in or show up in person to celebrate their bodily weirdness. I won't ruin anything in case you haven't seen the episode yet, but one detail is that it includes a "Genital Chamber" (watch a clip from that part below). To paraphrase Chris, how can you make the move to cable TV and not incorporate genitals? Ending the show was a musical performance from more old friends The Front Bottoms. (Members of TFB were also in attendance at the premiere, but none made appearances on stage.)
After the screening, Chris took the stage again and thanked everyone for watching, and brought out a few other TCGS cast members, including Shannon Patricia O'Neill, Murf, and crowd favorite Mimi on the Hoops for her hula-hooping routine.
Then Chris brought up another musical performer, his Don Giovanni labelmate Mal Blum. Mal and Chris performed their collaborative song "Crying at the Wawa" from Chris's comedy album, My Comedy Album, which came out on Don Giovanni last year. Then Chris left the stage and Mal did a solo cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" (which her DG labelmates Downtown Boys recently recorded a cover of too) followed by one of her own songs.
Chris Gethard and Mal Blum
Finally to wrap up the night was a set from Don Giovanni's shreddingest [sic] band, Screaming Females. Though Screaming Females aren't the sing-along kind of band that Jeff Rosenstock is, and they included no chants about eating butts, the crowd was just as enthusiastic for them. Mimi returned to the stage for more hula-hooping during their set. People all over the floor and in the balconies were dancing and jumping around, and of course the band was great as always. They were super tight, Marissa Paternoster's solos were face-melting as ever, Marissa even crowd surfed, and we got a great setlist with old favorites like "It All Means Nothing" and "I Don't Mind It" mixed in with stuff from their great new album.
Screaming Females (who also gave a performance and Q&A with Ted Leo at Apple Store SoHo a day earlier) next play the area opening for Bouncing Souls in NJ in July. Chris Gethard has more NYC shows, including the Vulture Festival at The Bell House this weekend, and one with Mal Blum, who plays Palisades on 7/2, the day after Hiccup play there with Chumped. Chris Farren next plays NYC in July on his tour with Rocky Votolato and Dave Hause.
Set your DVRs to start taping The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion if you can. Check out more pictures from last night's Rough Trade show and a clip from the first episode, below...
May 28, 2015
Tonight's (5/28) the premiere of the cable TV debut of The Chris Gethard Show (previously on public access), which the cable network Fusion recently picked up. If you'd like to watch it, check out the listings above for where to watch. Guests on the first episode are Ilana Glazer and
Abbi Jacobson of Broad City along with musical guest The Front Bottoms. Extra footage, including of the band, will also be posted on Fusion's website.
You can also watch the episode if you're going to the BrooklynVegan-presented premiere party at Rough Trade tonight. If you're going, you had to RSVP (which is now closed), but even with RSVP admission is first come, first served. Get there early! Doors are at 7.
UPDATE: The show aired and the premiere party happened and it was all awesome! Stay tune for more on that.
In addition to a screening of the show and comedy from Chris, tonight's show has music from Screaming Females, Jeff Rosenstock, Mal Blum and Hiccup.
Mal is also teaming up with Chris for one of his two Career Suicide shows at Union Hall, which will have "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." She plays the second (June 15), and the first one (June 1) has another of Chris's musically inclined friends, Mikey Erg. Tickets for both are on sale now.
Chris is also part of UCB's 2015 Del Close Marathon at the end of June.
photo: Gorburger @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gorburger, the giant alien monster who took over a Japanese talk show so he could interview (and sometimes eat) musicians, may be moving to cable. And not some channel you've never heard of, either. Variety reports that HBO has ordered a pilot of the show which ran two seasons on YouTube/Funny or Die. That would make TJ Miller, who voices Gorburger, a busy guy as he also stars as Erlich on HBO's Silicon Valley. Moby, Ed Helms and Johnny Knoxville will be guests on HBO's The Gorburger Show pilot, along with musical guests Danny Brown and HEALTH (who are doing a song together), as well as Eagles of Death Metal.
We last saw Gorburger at one of the BrooklynVegan SXSW parties in 2013. You can watch a 2012 episode of his show featuring HEALTH, below...
May 27, 2015
Hello. This is your man Dave Hill with an announcement of global importance. On Tuesday, June 9, my debut comedy album Let Me Turn You On will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public by aspecialthing records, a reputable label if there ever was one. As you can probably imagine, I am very excited about this as it is the culmination of nearly ten years of performing live comedy in dank basements, juke joints, convalescent homes, and correctional facilities all over the world. And while, sure, the sex has been incredible, it also feels good to have some of my live comedy work be released both in the popular CD format and on iTunes, which is why I write to you today. Whether you need a good laugh or would just like a better understanding of why I have never once appeared on network television (I have, however, appeared on basic and premium cable many, many times. Let me be clear on this, everyone I went to high school with! Haha. Ha.), I encourage you to go ahead and pre-order your copy of my incredible album today. It is full of "jokes", anecdotes, stories, and other theoretically humorous observations from a life lived to the best of my abilities for the most part. I also rip a couple sweet guitar solos here and there because I can. It is a really great album to listen to while enjoying a killer workout, participating in medical experiments, or just sitting there eating a corn dog or something probably. I don't even know. You'll figure it out. And as if all of that is not enough, the cover art is by the great Danny Hellman, one of my favorite artists ever.Dave Hill will be celebrating the release of Let Me Turn You on at The Bell House on June 9 with guests Michelle Wolf, Daniel Koren, Greg Barris, Seaton Smith and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Before that, Dave is a part of the "Comedy Tribute to Devo" at Littlefield on Thursday (5/28) that also features Devo's Gerald Casale, Sara Benincasa, Liam McEneaney, Joe Garden, Fort Lean and "special guests." Tickets are still available. Dave says he's "gonna do a song, not sure which one yet. I might rip a sweet solo or two also."
You can also get a dose of Dave via WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show which airs every Monday from 9 PM - midnight, Eastern time. Dave's got a few other live dates as well, and all are listed below.
Bad news, comedy fans. The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding has postponed the upcoming NYC run of his new comedy show that was supposed happen at Theater for the New City (June 8 - 13) "due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with cast and crew." Dates are being rescheduled, specifics still to be determined. Refunds are available at point of purchase (and if you bought online, the refund is automatic). Stay tuned.
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.