Recent Posts in comedy - Page 3
August 19, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Myers have a new series on IFC called Documentary Now! which parodies various nonfiction films, including Grey Gardens, Nanook of the North, and VICE's HBO series. They got Helen Mirren to intro every episode and he series premieres this Thursday (8/20) at 10 PM EST with "Sandy Passage" (the Grey Gardens parody). You can watch the entire VICE parody, titled "DRONEZ" and featuring Jack Black as a Shane Smith-inspired character, as well as a few other clips below.
Bill Hader was on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday to promote the show, which also featured a live performance by fake '70s soft rock band Blue Jean Committee, who feature in Documentary Now!'s two-part 'Behind the Music' style season finale that includes cameos from HAIM, Darryl Hall, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, and more. You can watch their performance of "Catalina Breeze" (pretty good Loggins & Messina / England Dan & John Ford Coley style yacht rock) You may remember Blue Jean Committee from a 2011 SNL episode. Here, they've gone deep in the shag, recording a bunch of songs which will be released on an EP in November via Drag City (who put out BJC's "Massachusetts Afternoon" last year as a 7"). That's the cover art above and you can stream two tracks from that right now, below...
August 18, 2015
This past February, Dave Chappelle did a multi-night run of Gramercy Theatre shows, and this September he'll do another. He plays 9 and 11:30 PM sets on September 28, 29 and 30, so six total shows. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (8/19) at noon.
The shows are part of a tour that also includes shows in upstate NY, Connecticut, and more. All dates are listed below...
August 17, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Saturday Night Live is gearing up for its 41st season and they've just announced the first three hosts: Miley Cyrus will host the season premiere on October 3, then it's Amy Schumer on 10/10 and former SNL castmember Tracy Morgan on 10/17. The latter is especially notable as it will be Morgan's first comedic work since the horrific 2014 car accident that killed his friend James McNair and left Morgan in critical condition. This will only be his second public appearance since the crash, the first being a Today Show interview back in June where he revealed he's still suffering effects from the traumatic brain injury he incurred in the accident. Tracy, glad to have you back and looking forward to a new Brian Fellows sketch.
No word on musical guests yet. Stay tuned.
August 11, 2015
As mentioned, the 2015 NY Comedy Festival happens November 10 - 15, featuring Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Trainwreck / Knocked Up director Judd Apatow, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Margaret Cho, Norm MacDonald, Bill Maher, Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt are more. Tickets for all shows go on NYCF presale today at 10 AM. Password is FNYCF.
August 10, 2015
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.
Dear Human Person,Meanwhile, Louie is on another hiatus.
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.
August 7, 2015
by Klaus Kinski
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.
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.
August 6, 2015
photo: The Loft @ Cameo Gallery in May (more by PSquared)
UPDATE: It's official... Cameo will close on November 21.
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!
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...
August 4, 2015
by Bill Pearis
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.