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August 10, 2015

Trevor Noah
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The 2015 edition of the NY Comedy Festival happens November 10 - 15 at various venues all over NYC. The main line-up was just announced and includes Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Trainwreck / Knocked Up director Judd Apatow, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Margaret Cho, Norm MacDonald, Bill Maher, Bill Burr, Gabriel Iglesias, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Nathan Fielder (Nathan for You), Kathy Griffin and more. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 17 but there's a NYCF presale starting Tuesday (8/11) morning at 10 AM.

Louis CK

Dear Human Person,

Hi. This is Louis CK. This is just a note to let you know that I have put a new show up on louisck.net. It's called "Louis CK live at Madison Square Garden". The show is exactly what is described there. It's the audio from my last of 3 shows that I performed at Madison Square Garden early this year. Some of the material is in the Comedy Store Special. Some of it isn't. But it's also a fun show on it's own. BUT since it's repeated material, I'm giving you the option to set your price anywhere from 1 dollar to 85. The default is 5. I hope you like it.

There isn't much else to say. I'm having a pretty nice summer and I hope you are too. I feel pretty good about the planet, the country and my immediate surroundings, even though a lot of things are a huge mess all over the world. It may be selfish, or naive or even calloused to feel pretty good ever about anything when anyone anywhere is having a bad time and there sure are a lot of anyones everywhere having a bad time. But then again if you're upset all the time because something bad is happening every second, then jesus. I mean... for christ's sake, take it easy.

I hope all of you are having a good summer. I hope you're all relatively okay or better. I hope that nobody shoots anybody today. What are the odds of that? low. But I hope it.

Take care

Louis

Meanwhile, Louie is on another hiatus.

August 7, 2015

by Klaus Kinski

Brian ReganBrian Regan

As a lover of comedy, I am ashamed and embarrassed that in my many years of contributing to BrooklynVegan I've never once mentioned comedy super-legend Brian Regan; a veteran comedian whose work I have loved since I was a wee lad and whose career has been on a steady trajectory upward since the early 90s. I've always admired Regan for the fact that he is one of the few comedians in the business who can appeal to a broad generational fanbase. I can watch him with my 70 year old uncle and we bust a gut. I can watch him with my friend's 9 year old son and his dipshit friends and we bust a gut. The guy's material is clean and relatable and he's often regarded as the favorite of most other comedians. David Letterman said it best when he quipped, "I'll take all of that guy you got." (On May 8, Brian made his 28th and final stand-up performance on The Late Show With David Letterman, the most of any comic since the show began on CBS).

I am happy to report that Brian Regan will be playing a massive show at Radio City Music Hall on September 26. This historical event will be broadcast live on Comedy Central as "Brian Regan: Live, from Radio City Music Hall" and will officially be the first live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central's history. Historical. It will air at 9 PM on the dot so if you're not at RCMH (tickets are still available), I highly recommend tuning into Comedy Central.

Brian tours relentlessly and sells out theaters and arenas all over the country like it's no big deal or something. Thusly, he has a ton of dates preceding the September 26 Radio City gig and a tons of dates following. Those dates are listed below.

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Jon Stewart Bruce Springsteen

Last night was Jon Stewart's final night on The Daily Show which was an extended episode with a few special guests. Some you might expect, like former correspondents Stephen Colbert and Mo Rocca, and, as rumored, a big sendoff from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band who played "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Born to Run" as cast and friends danced. You can watch that and Jon's goodbye below and the whole episode is streaming over at Comedy Central.

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August 6, 2015

photo: The Loft @ Cameo Gallery in May (more by PSquared)
The loft at Cameo Gallery

More changes to the Williamsburg club scene. Though no official announcement has been made (and, update: the club say it's not true), we hear (and have been hearing for a while) that Cameo Gallery will be closing soon. It opened in the back of the Lovin' Cup Cafe on North 6th St in 2008 (who saw Mumford & Sons there in 2009?).

A look at their calendar has nothing booked for September past the 9/19 edition of Mondo!, and only one show for October (Gringo Starr on 10/10). Their streamer-lined ceiling is second only to Glasslands' clouds as iconic Williamsburg club backdrops went. It will be sad to see those go.

UPDATE: Cameo reached out and says this is "all rumors right now! Not true." We hope so!

In the last year, Williamsburg has lost Death by Audio, Glasslands, Spike Hill, Trash Bar (which closed officially on June 27th), and more.

Also: that 9/19 edition of Mondo! will be the last for the long-running indiepop danceparty which is calling it quits after 11 years of playing "This Charming Man" and other favorites. Before Cameo, Mondo! threw down at Don Hill's. We'll miss ya, Mondo.

Big Terrific, the long-running, weekly comedy show at Cameo, already said goodbye earlier this year.

Check out a few videos from the club, below...

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August 4, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Myrna the Monster Kathleen Hannah

The Julie Ruin's Kathleen Hanna has been the subject of a film -- documentary The Punk Singer -- and now here she is starring in a film. Well her voice at least, as the title character of Myrna, a short film about an alien from the moon trying to find love and meaning in Los Angeles. Writer-director Ian Samuels uses a mix of puppetry (he used to work for Jim Henson Co and Sesame Street) and CGI in this bittersweet, darkly comic character piece and Hanna's voice acting brings a lot of empathy to Myrna. The music is by YACHT, by the way. Myrna is pretty NSFW but you can watch it below.

Related: Hannah's old band Bikini Kill are reissuing their original demo tape on vinyl and CD.

Also related: YACHT released a teaser for their upcoming album, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler, which you can watch below.

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July 22, 2015

Louis CaKeshop, 7/21/2015 (photo by @dxtrho)
Louis CK at Cake Shop

If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. It happens every Tuesday at 8 PM and has been going for a while now and is picking up steam. Last night featured suprise sets from Louis CK, Todd Barry and Nikki Glaser in addition to its announced lineup.

Other drop-ins at Cake Shop Comedy in past shows include Wyatt Cenac, Ilana Glazer, Bobcat Goldthwait, James Adomian, Janeane Garofalo, Kate Berlant, Brendon Small (Metalocalypse), Hannibal Buress, Rory Scovel, Myq Kaplan and more. Again it's free.

July 21, 2015

photo: Hannibal Buress opening for FlyLo at T5 in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Hannibal Buress

Comedian Hannibal Buress really has come such a long way from his earlier days as a regular at small shows around NYC. He was already an actor on one Comedy Central show, Broad City, and his own series, Why? with Hannibal Buress, made its debut on Comedy Central a couple week's ago:

Why? with Hannibal Buress provides a glimpse into the offbeat mind of this laid-back comedian. Each episode tackles topical issues with sketches, man-on-the-street interviews and special guests as well as stand-up in front of a studio audience. If it's in the zeitgeist, Buress will dissect it -- and he'll finally get answers to all his burning questions.
The first episode was a little shaky, but the second episode -- which marked the debut of Flying Lotus as the show's house DJ -- was a marked improvement. It's not the first time the two have teamed up. The third episode airs Wednesday night (7/22) at 10:30 PM EST.

Hannibal has a few live appearances coming up too, but nothing in NYC at the moment. Check out a recent 'Comedy Central Exclusive' video of him at Comic-Con below...

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July 15, 2015

by Klaus Kinski

Todd Barry Superhero 7

Way back in January of 2013, I mentioned that Todd Barry would be embarking on a "Crowd Work" tour. The whole tour was predicated on the premise that Todd would have zero prepared material and would rely solely on crowd work as the genesis of his sets. Having seen his crowd work in action 2 or 3 million times in my lifetime, I knew it was the greatest idea of all time and would pay big dividends, laughs-wise.

What I didn't realize at the time was that the entire tour, which encompassed a seven date run from San Diego, CA to Anchorage, AK, was being documented by the great Lance Bangs for a documentary that would eventually get released for a measly $5 on Louis CK's website. Louis CK ponied up the production money, approved Todd's choice of director, and provided post-production facilities and an editor. Louis also made sure that Todd maintained 100% of the rights to the work (just as long as Louis gets the costs he fronted to the project paid back). The doc hit LouisCK.net on March 21, 2014 where I happily ponied up the cash so I could own it forever. The documentary exceeded expectations both from a production value perspective and from a performance perspective. Beautifully shot with Bangs' prodigal sense of direction, the video is wall-to-wall classic Todd Barry. It showcases how unbelievably quick Todd can read, analyze, and hilariously react and reduce a situation.

I am happy to report that as of today, July 15, 2015, the documentary is now streaming on Netflix! This is a great opportunity for people too cheap to buy it the first time around to see it and for fans of comedy to see a true master at work. This is literally and unarguably the only title on Netflix worth watching.

Todd also has a ton of live dates coming up; some are crowd work dates, some are regular stand up, some are local, some are far away. For those of us in the tri-state area, we have several opportunities to see him. Todd will be performing on July 17 at the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. Then on July 19 atThe Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ  you can catch Todd dominating.

Todd will be performing as part of The Oddball Comedy Festival  which hits Nikon at Jones Beach on September 4 (take a helicopter) and PNC Bank Arts Center on September 5. Tickets are still available for both Oddball shows.

Todd is also the king of the "drop-in," so be on the lookout for him at one of the many weekly comedy showcases throughout NYC. Full dates below a clip from the Crowd Work movie below.

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July 14, 2015

photo: Sharon Van Etten at Governors Ball 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sharon Van Etten

The new Tig Notaro documentary, Tig, comes out on Netflix this Friday (7/17). For the film, Sharon Van Etten wrote the original song "Words," which is now streaming. Listen below.

Sharon also released a demo version of her cover of Karen Dalton's "Remembering Mountains," which appears on the recent Karen Dalton tribute. You can listen to that below too.

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