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July 8, 2015
almost as good as 'Daleks On Ice'...
New York Comic Con will be back in October and so will New York Super Week, the concurrent pop culture festival that encompasses almost every type of entertainment related to nerdom - concerts, comedy shows, lectures, podcast tapings, and food events too. It runs October 5 - 11 at various venues around the city.
While the fest is still adding events to the schedule, there are already great shows abound. There's a special superhero vs. super villain edition of bimonthly debate show Uptown Showdown which will happen October 8 at Symphony Space (tickets). Past performers have included everyone from Michael Ian Black to Ilana Glazer, so be prepared for some can't-miss debate action.
There are some pretty interesting discussions during the festival as well, such as "Sheroes: An Exhibition of Women Comic Book Artists- Panel Discussion & Artist Reception" at La Casa Azul Bookstore on October 6, and a live taping of Nerdist's Sex Nerd Sandra podcast on October 10 at Union Hall (tickets). Another intriguing event is the "Inside the Writer's Room" workshop at Hard Rock Cafe on October 10 (tickets), featuring writers from shows like Parenthood and The Vampire Diaries, as well as television executives for Sony, HBO, Cinemax, and more.
There are a few music-related events happening. On October 7 at Barclays Center will be the "Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular" which features "well over 100 musicians, singers, and monsters live on stage, all under the talented conducting baton of Ben Foster." They'll be playing the music from the long-running BBC science fiction series, and the event is hosted by Michelle Gomez who plays Missy, the current incarnation of the Doctor's nemesis, The Master. And yes there will be Daleks. Hopefully a chorus line of them. There's a 3 PM and a 7 PM performance and tickets are on sale.
Then on October 9 at Hard Rock Cafe it's a DJ set from Kristian Narin, aka Hodor from Game of Thones (Game of Thrones). He DJ'd during NY Comic Con last year, too. Tickets are on sale. Having been a well-known house DJ well before being cast on Game of Thrones, Nairn just released his first single, titled "Up" and you can stream that below if you want.
There's lots more NY Super Week action, so check out all announced events.
In related news, the biggest con of them all, The San Diego Comic Con starts on Thursday (7/9).
July 7, 2015
Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer were both on the 2014 Oddball Comedy Tour, but in the time since then both have gotten noticeably more famous, and they'll now co-headline the 2015 Oddball Comedy Tour. Support lineups vary between dates.
The NYC-area gets stops at Wantagh, NY's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on September 4, Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center on September 5, Hartford, CT's XFINITY Theatre on September 12, and Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on September 13. The Jones Beach and PNC shows have support from Anthony Jeselnik, Jay Pharaoh, Jeff Ross, Jim Norton, Michael Che, Nick Kroll and Todd Barry. Hartford has Bridget Everett, Nikki Glaser, Dave Attell, Antony Jeselnik, Jeff Ross and Nick Kroll (and remember, Hartford is also where Dave Chappelle walked off stage in 2013 and made a surprise appearance to apologize in 2014). And Camden is the same as Hartford, plus Michael Che and John Mulaney.
Tickets for the whole tour go on sale Friday (7/10) at 10 AM with Previous Purchaser and VIP presales starting Wednesday (7/8) at 10 AM, and Ticketmaster/Live Nation presales starting Thursday (7/9) at 10 AM. Check out the Oddball website for each stop's lineup. All dates are listed below.
Mike Birbiglia, who you may have seen on Season 3 of Orange is the New Black or at this year's Del Close Marathon, will be doing one of his "Mike Birbiglia's Dream" shows at UCB Chelsea on Wednesday (7/8) where he enlists a "dream cast" of improvisers to work off of his storytelling. This show will feature Tami Sagher (Broad City), Chris Gethard and more. There are a few tickets left.
Mike was also on last week's Inside Amy Schumer and has a role in her new film Train Wreck which is out next week. In other news, Birbiglia was on The Tonight Show last week and revealed that the first person he and his wife told that they were expecting a child was President Obama who then offered them some parenting advice. Watch video of that below.
July 6, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Turkington in Ant-Man
He's best known for his sweaty Borscht Belt yukkster alter-ego Neil Hamburger, but Gregg Turkington has had an active career outside of that. In addition to running Amarillo Records (home of Anton LaVey, the Pop-O-Pies and Harvey Sid Fisher) in the '90s, he's appeared on Tenacious D projects, worked frequently with Tim & Eric and does a fair amount of voice work, most recently as Toby Determined on Gravity Falls. You can see him in his highest-profile role yet, the Marvel action-comedy Ant-Man, where he plays [SPOILER ALERT] the manager of a Baskin-Robbins who fires Paul Rudd's character (who becomes Ant-Man) early in the film. You can see Gregg in action in a Japanese version of the trailer, below. non-Japanese, Turkington-free trailer is below too.
The film is a bit controversial in the Marvel/comic-con scene as the project originated as a labor-of-love adaptation by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim, etc) but parted ways from Ant-Man after production was underway. (Fans were not happy.) Director Payton Reed (Bring it On, Down with Love, lots of Merge Records bands' videos) took over and the finished product bows July 16.
Neil Hamburger, by the way, is still alive and well making awful jokes on tour all over the country. He'll play Brooklyn's The Bell House on November 7 with Nick Flanagan. Tickets are still available. All dates, which include an appearance at Tenacious D's Festival Supreme, are listed below...
July 2, 2015
Funny guy Scott Rogowski wraps up the current season of his live talk show, Running Late with Scott Rogowski, tonight (7/2) at Le Poisson Rouge. He's put together a pretty killer lineup of guests for his season finale, too: Jon Hamm and H. Jon Benjamin (both of whom are in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) will be there, as will Tom Papa and actor Craig Bierko. Tickets are still available.
Jon Hamm, who also lends his voice to upcoming Despicable Me sequel Minions, stopped by The Daily Show on Wednesday (6/30) to chat with departing host Jon Stewart, and you can watch that segment below.
After teasing us with a faux promotional video about Camp Firewood, we now have our first good taste of Netflix's prequel miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The three-minute trailer manages to pack in a good amount of jokes in between listing the who's who of comedy cast, that seems to include everyone you could imagine being in this thing apart from Nick Offerman. Watch the trailer below.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp will be streamable on Netflix starting July 31.
June 29, 2015
June 26, 2015
We all, in life, measure the length of our years not temporally, but in meaningful, personal intervals - in daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in Del Close Marathons. Yes, you heard me: the annual three-day improv extravaganza is once again upon us. Now in its seventeenth year, the Upright Citizens Brigade's annual festival has expanded from one theatre to nine featuring 636 improv shows! And just like music festivals, there is an unbelievable amount of talent (Mike Birbiglia, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Matzoukas, Nick Kroll, and SNL's Sasheer Zamata, just to name a few). However, just like music festivals, there are a ton of conflicts, and you have to make a game plan. If you've got tickets to many of the sold out premium shows, well, you're in luck. For the hefty prices on those shows, you have a guaranteed seat to watch some of the most famous faces in the comedy world improvise.
Although many are sold out, there are still tickets available for some premium shows. Tonight (Friday, 6/26): Key & Peele Writers tonight at 7:30 PM, and Convoy (featuring Jason Mantzoukas and Thomas Middleditch) at 10:15 PM. On Saturday (6/27), tickets are still available for Shitty Jobs (featuring "Derrick Comedy" members Dominic Dierkes and DC Pierson, along with Ben Schwartz) at 7:30 PM, The Daily Show Writers at 9:30 PM, and Comedy Bang! Bang! Writers at 11:15 PM.
However, if you were too lazy/broke to buy any of those, fear not! The rest of the marathon is accessible for a $30 fee, and the name of the game is strategy. As lines for the general shows (at UCB Chelsea, The Magnet Theatre, and all of the East Village theatres) can have you waiting around for four hours or more during peak festival times, the smartest move is to study the schedule and pick your favorite block of shows (a "block" herein defined as the shows in between two theatre cleanings) and camp outside the theatre to wait for your seat. (Hopefully you are reading this while in line.) For your hours waiting outside on W 26th Street, you will be rewarded with show after show of the most talented improvisers in the country (and in some cases, in the world). A quick run through of the best hours of the fest are below:
The Del Close Marathon also marks the 25th anniversary of the original Upright Citizens Brigade (Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh). Watch a Today Show interview with all four, below....
by Klaus Kinski
One of NYC's most interesting and criminally overlooked-by-me venues has to be Astoria Queens' multi-use space Q.E.D. The place opened back in November of 2014 and has since played host to an incredible array of performances, lectures, comedy events, and more and someone should probably punch me and the yams for waiting this long to blab about it. Q.E.D. was started by a superior lady named Kambri Crews, a long-time producer and promoter of stand up comedy who, for four years, served as the Director of Marketing and PR for the comedy club Comix. During that time she also created and ran the 50-seat venue Ochi's Lounge. Those are two venues I miss very much. She followed that by becoming the comedy booker for the 92Y Tribeca. Kambri is also the author of the heartbreaking memoir Burn Down The Ground and an accomplished public speaker and storyteller, giving speeches and performing around the USA.
Q.E.D. is very much a venue for the people, by the people. Not only do they present us with a staggering variety of their own free or cheap programming and classes, (like a special effects make-up class that looks crazy awesome on Saturday [June 27]), but they're also all ears if YOU want to teach a class or if YOU want to curate your own show. It's DIY without all the pretension and affectation.
And Kambri very much keeps her roots as a comedy producer and curator alive and well at Q.E.D. July in particular has a ton of great shows on the calendar, including such names as Aparna Nachrerla, "TV's Frank" Conniff, Myq Kaplan, Ted Alexandro, and more. So when you're done cooking yourself to tumor city on Rockaway Beach, cool of at Q.E.D. yo!
Notable QED comedy shows are listed below...
June 25, 2015
If you've ever wondered what the fourth wall of Jerry Seinfeld's Seinfeld apartment looked like, we now have your answer: floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out onto 10th Avenue and the Highline. (Also his apartment is street-level. And in Chelsea.) Well at least that's the case with the nearly perfect recreation of the Seinfeld apartment that you can visit at Chelsea's Milk Studios (451 West 14th Street). The "nearly" comes from replacing
Jerry's classic Mac with a PC desktop (UPDATE: they've fixed this egregious error), but nearly every other detail is there. It's to celebrate Hulu getting streaming rights to all nine Seinfeld seasons, and the exhibit also includes some of the diner, props (the Maestro's wand) and more. It's free to visit and will be open now through Sunday (6/28) from 10 AM - 7 PM. But expect lines to be longer than at the Soup Nazi.
You can also take a virtual tour right now. If you go, don't try and burst in like Kramer. Some guy tried that already and broke the set on the exhibit's first day. (Or if you must try it, take off your backpack first.) Video of that (via Vulture) below...