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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.
January 14, 2016
It's been a while since we last heard from Adam Green. Turns out he's been working on an adaptation of Aladdin that will be both a film and a album. Say Green:
With Aladdin, I wanted to create a single and unified experience to showcase my music, art and writing...I approached the script like it was a song. It has been the creative journey of a lifetime, and I'm so excited to put this out!The film features handmade paper-máche sets, with more than 500 props and 30 rooms constructed out of phone books, newspapers, glue, and house-paint. Adam also tells Q Magazine that "the lamp is a 3D printer that prints out an analogue version of the internet, and the planet gets a sex change - it's not your Uncle Grandma's Aladdin."
The film's cast includes Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black), Macaulay Culkin (who continues to work with Moldy Peaches members), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Har Mar Superstar, Devendra Banhart, Zoe Kravitz and more. No release date for Adam Green's Aladdin has been set yet, but you can check out a trailer for the film below.
Green also promises a "worldwide Aladdin Tour concurrent with the film and album's release in Spring 2016." Stay tuned.
January 12, 2016
photo: Sharon Van Etten at Governors Ball 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Catie Lazarus' "talk show about work" podcast Employee of the Month tapes in NYC next on Thursday, January 21 at Joe's Pub at 9:30 PM. She's got some pretty exciting guests for this one, including singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten, comedian Sarah Silverman, and playwright/LGBT activist Larry Kramer. You can reserve a seat now.
The only other date we're currently aware of for Sharon Van Etten is NPR's All Songs Considered Sweet 16 Celebration in DC this week with Dan Deacon, Bob Boilen, and Robin Hilton.
Watch a Catie Lazarus interview with Jon Stewart below...
Festival creator Adam Zacks and Live Nation have announced the lineup for the Sasquatch! Music Festival, taking place May 27th - 30th, with over 120 artists including performances by The Cure, Florence & The Machine, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Grimes, Chet Faker, and Jamie xx. Created by Adam Zacks in 2002, the festival's stellar lineups have featured a blend of established and emerging artists at the stunning Gorge Amphitheatre set atop the cliffs overlooking the Columbia River, making this festival an international destination as well as a uniquely Pacific Northwest mainstay. Tickets to the 2016 Sasquatch! Music Festival will go on sale Tuesday, January 12 at 10 a.m. (PST) at SasquatchFestival.comCo-headliner Florence & The Machine was also announced on Shaky Knees today too, and just announced a tour with Grimes.
Check out the full Sasquatch lineup below...
January 5, 2016
David Cross, who recently reunited with his Mr. Show partner Bob Odenkirk for a Netflix series, is back with a third season of his cringey comedy Todd Margaret, which has its premiere on IFC on Thursday (1/7). Given the apocalyptic nature of the Season 2 finale (which aired in 2012) it will be interesting to see where the show will go this season. 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer joins the cast which also includes Will Arnett, and Sharon Horgan. You can watch a trailer for S3 below and other clips over at IFC.
In other news David Cross will be hitting the road on his 'Making America Great Again!' standup tour (his first solo tour in six years) which he announced last night on The Daily Show (which is now sporting a new Timbaland-produced version of its theme music). You can watch Cross talk with host Trevor Noah about the tour and Todd Margaret, below.
The tour hits the NYC area on April 1 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for the Cap show go on sale Friday (1/8) at noon. All North American dates for the tour are listed, along with related videos, below.