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June 26, 2014
It's hard to believe it's been well over a decade since the Upright Citizens Brigade first started their weekend-long improv marathon. Since its more modest conception as a two-day festival at one theatre, the Del Close Marathon has expanded exponentially, enjoying its biggest and most diverse year yet this weekend (June 27 - 29). While over 420 (hehe) shows across eight venues may seem intimidating to some, the Del Close Marathon is definitely worth checking out. Passes are $30 (cash only) and can be purchased at any of the venues. They get you into most of the shows, some bigger performances have separate tickets.
This year's lineup is packed with more comedy elite than a Comedy Central roast. Big names include Nick Kroll, Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Thomas Middleditch (of Silicon Valley), Sasheer Zamata (SNL), the girls of Broad City (Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson), and more. Beyond just the celebrities, this weekend promises to bring some of the strongest improvised comedy you're likely to see anytime soon, so stop by! Here are some highlights from the weekend:
Friday is packed with premium shows. "John and Scott" features John Lutz and Scott Adsit, experienced improvisors and 30 Rock cast members, doing what is sure to be a hilarious hour of two-man comedy. You can find tickets to that show here. The Chris Gethard Show is having a Game of Thrones-style battle to the death to see who gets to attend its Comedy Central pilot (which didn't get picked up) for the first, and only, public viewing. You can buy tickets to that show here. However, for the real improv nerds, the place to be Friday night is the original UCB Theatre in Chelsea. Come for the 4 PM press conference and stay for "Director's Commentary with Ben Schwartz [of Parks & Recreation] & Friends"; "MOTHER" (veteran improv team featuring Jason Mantzoukas (of The League and Jon Daly of Kroll Show).
Saturday, stop by UCBeast to listen in on a live taping of Matt Besser's podcast, improv4humans at 2 PM. Then run back to the main Chelsea theatre for "The Hiking Trip," (featuring Gil Ozeri, Ben Schwartz, and Horatio Sanz), "Mantzoukas and Morris" (with Jason Mantzoukas and Seth Morris), "Casey & Woods" (with SNL writer Neil Casey and Zach Woods (The Office, Silicon Valley). Or check out the late night lineup at the theatre, featuring Mike Birbiliga telling monologues, SNL's John Milhiser improvising, and the original Derrick Comedy crew, minus Donald Glover.
If you've made it to Sunday, dear reader, you've made me proud. And you will be rewarded, in the form of a fantastic afternoon of improv. Stop by the Chelsea theatre for "Baby Wants Candy" (an improvised musical act from LA), "The Mantzoukas Brothers," "Adsit & You," and more. Then run over to the Haft Auditorium to wait on a standby line for the legendary ASSSSCAT, featuring all of the original members of the UCB theatre doing what they do best. Both ASSSSCATs are sold out, but you might get lucky.
So grab your friends, grab a bottle of water (as the Del Close Marathon really is a marathon), and grab your wristbands at any of the eight venues hosting the festival across the city. I'll see you there.
June 25, 2014
For the second year in a row, online comedy hub Funny or Die is bringing an insane lineup of comedians, entertainers, and other funny people to 20 different cities around the U.S via the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. This year, the tour includes a fantastic lineup of comedians young and old with literally someone to please everyone: Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick and Aziz Ansari to Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, and Mark Maron, with even a few true oddballs (Demetri Martin, Reggie Watts) in the mix. There's also a second stage hosted by Brody Stevens. Lineup varies from venue to venue, but all announced Oddball 2014 performers are listed below.
The tour doesn't stop in NYC proper -- though Aziz has that under control on his own at MSG -- Oddball does have a few stops in the NY area: August 16 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, August 17 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, August 22 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. and August 23 at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT. Tickets are currently on Citi cardmember and Previous Purchasers presale and go on sale to the general public Saturday (6/28) at 10 AM.
The full tour dates are listed, along with a tour poster and 2014 lineup, below.
June 24, 2014
Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett
Known collaborators and Ad-Rock associates Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett just got a little closer with the release of a new video, titled "Just Woke Up"...
Champagne Jerry, Max Tannone, Bridget Everett. They're all in your bedroom. You wake up. Early. Like at 5am. And boom. There they are. All three of them. Naked. Or dressed. Doesn't matter. Your choice. The TV is on in the background. A cooler with ice cold alcoholic beverages is within reach. Guess what, world? This is going to be the best morning of your life.Watch the Jason Cacioppo-directed sexy video for Jerry's new Max Tannone-written single ("Starring: Bridget Everett, Champagne Jerry, and the Champagne"), below.
Ted Leo associate Julie Klausner is also at Joe's Pub ALL THIS WEEK as part of a "Cabaret Situation" that "will feature a grown woman saying funny things, medleys of songs arranged suchly to make a point or to to just be pretty, and some visual "pow" that will leave your eyes both stimulated and lubricated."
Maybe you caught one of Champgane Jerry's monthly song release shows at Joe's Pub, like the one that just happened on 6/21 or the one on 4/3 with Ad-Rock. Maybe you didn't. Maybe you'll check out his next one on July 19, the day his full album is finally released. Maybe you won't. Jerry is also heading out on tour soon to "MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK, MARYLAND, NORTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, LOUISIANA, TEXAS", but those are the only details for now.
Check out the video below...
June 19, 2014
The dust has settled at Governors Ball where a whole bunch of artists performed over three days at Randall's Island. (Have you seen our pics?) Among those on the scene was media consultant Janessa Slater (a dead ringer for SNL's Vanessa Bayer) who interviews the likes of Interpol, Tanlines, Frank Turner, and others...as well as random Governors Ball attendees. It's vaguely Ali G and, though most bands seem in on the joke, she definitely gets in some good digs. Watch it over two parts below.
In related news, if you were at Governors Ball and lost anything (like maybe your keys or sunglasses), there's a Lost & Found posted to GovBall's Facebook that you can check.
June 17, 2014
Jon Benjamin / Michael Che / Jon Glaser @ The Bell House 6/13/2014
On Friday (6/13), The Bell House played host to the release party show for A Night at Whiplash, a live movie documenting a single night of NYC's most legendary weekly comedy show Whiplash, which takes place Monday nights at the UCB Theater in Chelsea.
It wouldn't be a Klaus Kinski outing if mother nature didn't deliver a horrendous onslaught of earth shatteringly shitty weather, and boy did she deliver the night of Friday the 13th. Black-green skies, crazy bolts of lightning, long, rolling peals of thunder... the works. Luckily I managed to get to the venue during breaks in the storm, but the rain was so horrendous that the Bell House flooded and needed to be quickly wrung out prior to the show. Hats off to whoever sopped up all that rain water because aside from a few minute wet spots (including the one on the front of my pants lol jk) you never would have known that they had a defcon 5 water situation on their hands just prior to the show.
But enough about wet spots. I got to the show a minute or two into the great Leo Allen's awesome lead-off set. I think I've seen Leo more times than any other comic, and the dude consistently delivers. Leo is the weekly host of Whiplash, so you can, literally, once a week, see this man dominate live. And I'm not even talking about the many bills he pops up on otherwise. He is the man. Leo was followed by Jared Logan who is easily one of the best comics in the biz nowadays. Super high energy, sharp as a tack, and flippin' loud, the dude's a machine of awesomeness. Jared literally performs at least once a night somewhere in NYC when he's not on the road, so I highly suggest you click on his hyperlinked name a sentence or two back and check out his calendar and make it to one of his shows. That dude's going places. Trust me.
Jared was followed by dance duo Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass who did a really well-executed, high energy, and, at times, extremely funny dance number to a James Brown song. I was sort of vexed as to how something like this would fit into the evening's line-up, especially since dance really is not my wheelhouse at all. But I loved it! They were great! And they really kept the momentum going.
H. John Benjamin was next and, as usual, his set was odd but extremely funny. He kicked things off by doing a dance number of his own to the same song Monica and Anna did, only he dragged some poor girl onto the stage to continue the dance while he took her seat. After upbraiding her for not performing as well as he expected, he riffed for a while before finally reading text exchanges between his 11-year old son and his friend. Truly awkward and hilarious, though, man, that poor kid.
The next act up was Aparna Nancherla who I had never seen before but have been hearing volumes of good stuff about lo these past few months. All the positive things I've been hearing and reading about her are beyond well-founded; she's the best. I cannot remember the last time I have seen a comic do "self-deprecating" so well. Her unassuming appearance hides an unbelievable level of snark and biting wit and as her set progressed, the mask of delicacy started to slip. It was awesome. Her CV is already pretty stacked but this kid is going places. Do go to her website and check out one of her many upcoming NY C area shows. Trust me.
Comedy veteran Jon Glaser was next and he definitely proceeded with a very Jon Glaser signature set about soccer and, well, stories about people with papercuts on their penises and how they got them. Glaser is another comic I have seen more than just about anyone else and, as usual, the material seemed totally off-the-cuff and unrehearsed, but completely hilarious nonetheless. The final act was Michael Che, a comedian who, right now, is so on top of his game it's ridiculous. Through relentless gigging and rock solid material, Che is basically world renowned at this point. As a new recurring correspondent, Che made his Daily Show debut earlier this month and was a fantastic headliner and a world class wrap up to a phenomenal show.
by Klaus Kinski
New York Comic Con, a geyser of nerddom people either love with unbridled passion or hate with unbridled passion, will descend its acne ridden buttocks upon the Jacob Javits Center on Manhattan's West Side from October 9 - 12. Discerning nerds and dorks of all stripes will thrill to panel discussions, vendors, signings, cosplay, and more without fear of atomic wedgies or being stuffed in lockers or God help us, a dreaded swirley. And unlike the San Diego Comic Con, which happens next month, the NYC one is actually managable to some extent.
The 2014 Comic Con will be a little different this year as it will be supplemented with a ton of programming leading up to and running concurrent with the event. This splinter programming is called New York Super Week which will happen October 3 - 12.
New York Super Week - a first of its kind pop culture festival. With different pop culture themed experiences happening in every corner of the City - including concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, food tastings and more - New York Super Week brings the entire universe of popular culture to every corner of all five boroughs of New York City.New York Super Week is the brainchild of pop culture event specialist ReedPOP:
ReedPOP has partnered with a number of venues, bars, restaurants and retailers throughout the city, including, but not limited to: Hammerstein Ballroom, 92nd Street Y, Rock Bar, The Bell House, Galapagos Art Space and Barcade. New York Super Week will be the ultimate celebration for fans of pop culture. Kicking-off with StarTalk Live! hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York Super Week events will demonstrate the breadth of international, national and local pop culture, ranging from live recordings of Ask Me Another and Slate's Hang Up & Listen podcast, to The Big Quiz Thing, Running Late with Scott Rogowsky featuring the co-creators of Dr. Katz, Story Collider, and eSports competitions.I am particularly intrigued by SLIMED! Presents a Nickelodeon Nostalgia Nite and Running Late with Scott Rogowsky featuring the co-creators of Dr. Katz. Right now ticket info and full program scheduling is TBA, but I do know you can get the New York Super Week Card to priority seating to all New York Super Week events taking place at such locales as 92Y Kaufmann Concert Hall, Barnes & Noble, and Galapagos Art Space as well as drink specials at venues and bars such as Rock Bar, Barcade, The Bell House, Union Hall, Videology, Duke's, Big Daddy's and The Way Station. Kaboom!
Full list of events thus far announced are below. ...
Reggie Watts @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tickets are still on sale for Reggie Watts' big headlining performance at Town Hall, happening this Wednesday (6/18). Get out there and support the man at one of his biggest live shows yet. Heading to Toronto for NXNE? Reggie will be there too.
Speaking of the Bell House, you can get tickets to the 6/24 live taping of the Tell Your Friends! podcast with Andy Borowitz, Bryan Tucker, Ophira Eisenberg, Andy Blitz, MIchelle Carlo, Bob Powers, Liam McEneaney, and Jessi Klein.
The Bell House is also where Jen Kirkman is doing a night of new material.
The next edition of Running Late with Scott Rogowsky: Brooklyn's Live Late Night Comedy Talk Show happens at Littlefield on 6/25 with Mike Sacks (Author, Poking A Dead Frog, And Here's The Kicker), Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show), and Dan St. Germain.
The next edition of The Talk Show Series Presents is set to happen this Thursday (6/19) at Williamsburg's Over the Eight. Bobby Tisdale is the host, with guests Ahna Tessler, Eleanor Friedberger, and more TBA. It's free. Over the Eight is also showing the World Cup, though, so it may be more crowded than usual just from overlap.
Dave Hill is also taking part in An Evening of Friends at the Ace Hotel on 6/23 with John Early, Michael Cavadias, Jemima Kirke, Cole Escola & Kate Berlant.
Max Silvestri (or someone subbing for him) still hosts The Big Terrific Comedy Show every Wednesday night at Cameo. It's free, and you never know who might pop in. Sometimes Aziz Ansari does a set. Maybe you'll catch him testing out material for his upcoming SHOW AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.
Speaking of lots of tickets, Dave Chappelle has NINE Radio Cith shows coming up.
Rob Delaney has six upcoming shows at comedy club Caroline's.
Chris Gethard has a bunch of shows coming up, big and small.
Browse our NYC Comedy Show Calendar for much more.
June 13, 2014
As mentioned, The New Pornographers have a new album, Brill Bruisers, coming out in August and they're playing NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets just went on sale). If you'd like to hear the dulcet tones of frontman AC Newman's voice sooner than that, he'll be the musical guest at Night Train with Wyatt Cenac this Monday (6/15) at Littlefield. The lineup also includes the very funny and increasingly popular Chris Gethard, the funny and talented Kate Berlant, SNL cast member Brooks Wheelan, and Sheng Wang. Tickets (a mere $5) are on sale now.
If you haven't heard the title track to Brill Bruisers yet, stream that below.
June 12, 2014
by Klaus Kinski
The New York City comedy landscape is peppered with tons of great recurring comedy shows. One of the heaviest hitters in the land of recurring comedy shows has got to be Whiplash. Hosted by Klaus Kinski All Time Gold Pass Favorite Leo Allen, Whiplash takes place every Monday night at 11 PM at the UCB Theater in Chelsea. Each week, Whiplash treats attendees to solid line-ups consisting of the biggest names and most promising rising stars in comedy. Big fish like Aziz Ansari (who's playing a way bigger than UCB Theater venue called Madison Square Garden), Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifianakis, Louis CK, Chris Rock and more have graced the Whiplash stage on several occasions.
Back on September 9, 2013, Whiplash endeavored to bring the Whiplash experience to the masses by doing a live concert documentary. Welp, that sucker, titled A Night at Whiplash, is finally "in the can" as they say in Hollywood and to celebrate the fine Whiplash folks are throwing an epic release party on Friday (6/13) at The Bell House. As one would expect from a Whiplash related event, the line-up for the evening is STACKED. Attendees will thrill to host Leo Allen as he welcomes guests Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser, Michael Che, Aparna Nancherla, Jared Logan, and a dance thingy by Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. "Will there be special guests?" you ask? Well, doy, yeah, probably. Use your head kid. Anyhow, a smattering of tickets are on sale and you gotta believe me this show is going to go so far above and beyond the price of admission you won't be able to stop tweeting about it for the rest of your life.
Check out a trailer for A Night at Whiplash below...