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June 9, 2014
Sad news from the world of comedy. The BBC is reporting that Rik Mayall has died at age 56. He's probably best-known in America for playing Rick, the pompous, would-be anarchist and "people's poet" on The Young Ones, the "punk" sitcom that aired in The US on MTV during the network's early years. He also starred in 1991's Drop Dead Fred with Phoebe Cates, and numerous other British sitcoms. Rik, you'll be missed. Rest in peace.
Check out some Young Ones clips below...
June 6, 2014
I got word about ten days ago that Comedy Central was going into high gear deciding if they wanted to air TCGS. This past weekend, I was in a sandwich shop in Toronto when I got a tough call - after much debate, Comedy Central have decided that TCGS is not for them.Read the rest at his Tumblr, though he notes: "I still feel in my gut like we are going to find a new home."
Obviously this is a huge bummer, and there are a lot of feelings to sort out here. I'm sad it won't be going down. I feel like I let my friends down. I'm definitely a bit shell-shocked - it's been a crazy six months and I was pretty convinced for a moment there that it might actually happen.
Most of all though, I feel grateful.
Meanwhile, continue to watch new and old episodes on his website (Lemuria was his last musical guest), and go out and catch Chris live (at bigger and bigger venues). Tickets are now on sale for a 7/15 "Chris Gethard and Friends: show at NYC's Highline Ballroom, a pretty big room, but he can handle it.
Chris also plays the Slipper Room in NYC this Tuesday (6/10) at part of SWEET before opening some shows for his friend Mike Birbiglia including one in Atlantic City on 6/14. He also appears at an upcoming Night Train at Littlefield, at UCB for the upcoming Del Close Marathon, and at this year's Outside Lands festival. All dates are listed along with the last episode of the show (with Lemuria) below...
June 3, 2014
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver is about a month old at this point, with the former Daily Show correspondent (and guest-anchor)'s move to HBO. The pay-cable network not only allows for no language restrictions, but also longer form pieces as well, that allow Oliver and his writers to go a little more in depth. The show had its first viral moment this past Sunday with its 13-minute segment on the possible changes to the FCC's "Net Neutrality" regulations that could allow cable providers to offer different speeds to certain corporate clients. While being very funny, Oliver consisely explained Net Neutrality, noting they were "the only two words promising more boredom than 'Featuring Sting.'" He then urged the internet commenters to let the FCC know what they think of the proposed changes by going to the FCC's website that allows a 120-day public comment period. So many people did just that, and it crashed the FCC's servers (though it's working now). If you haven't seen the piece you can watch it below.
If you've watched Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, you maybe have also noticed its very catchy theme music, which is actually the song "Go" by Dave Hill's band, Valley Lodge. You can watch the video for that -- which came out last summer -- below. Your next chance to catch Dave and Valley Lodge is at The Bell House on June 18 which is part of his "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" variety show that features David Cross and more. Tickets are still available.
And if you're interested in attending a taping of Last Week Tonight, tickets can be requested here. "Net Neutrality" video and Valley Lodge song below...
June 2, 2014
Mates of State at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Several musicians and comedians are teaming up to perform at The Ally Coalition's benefit show in NYC on June 25 at Le Poisson Rouge. The show features indie pop duo Mates of State, Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer, W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser, Eliot Glazer, Carrie Keagan, Jillette Johnson, Wakey!Wakey!, Cameron Esposito, DJ $mall Change and surprise guests TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
The Ally Coalition is an organization "with the purpose of inspiring people, in particular their peers in the music, fashion and entertainment industry, to take action for LGBTQ equality. The concert happens the same week as NYC Pride Week.
Proceeds from the show "will benefit New Alternatives For LGBT Homeless Youth, which helps homeless LGBT youth become self-sufficient and transition into stable adult lives, and Broadway Impact, a grassroots organization of theater artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality."
Watch Mates of State play "Now We're Gonna Get It" for a BrooklynVegan Soundwave Session, below...
May 29, 2014
Tenacious D's Festival Supreme is back for a second year, this time happening at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park on October 25. The laffstravaganza (with music too) features over 40 performers, and if you are into comedy it's a pretty "holy crap" lineup, including The State, Workaholics, Metalocalypse, Cheech & Chong, The Eagles of Death Metal, The Dan Band, Peaches, Doug Benson, Dr. Demento and lots more (including the 'D themselves). Full 2014 lineup is listed below.
Tickets for 2014 Festival Supreme go on sale Friday (5/30) at 10 AM PST (that's 1 PM NYC time).
Dave Chappelle announced three musical nights to go down at Radio City Music Hall with The Roots on 6/24, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier & Janelle Monae on 6/25, and Erykah Badu on 6/26, which follow his five sold out nights of comedy at the venue (6/18-22). Tickets for all three nights go on AmEx presale today (5/29) at 10 AM.
May 28, 2014
We lost one of the greats today with the passing of Maya Angelou. Comedian Dave Chappelle is also in the news with the announcement of three more live shows at Radio City (musical guests included). In 2006, the Sundance Channel got Maya and Dave to spend a day together at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as part of their "Iconoclasts" series. The crazy but perfect match led to discussion of how poetry and comedy can bridge both genders and generations, and more. Watch the entire less-than-an-hour episode, below...
As previously discussed, Dave Chappelle is playing Radio City Music Hall in June, and since we last spoke his June 19 show was expanded to a 5-night run (6/18-22) which are all sold out.
In addition to those comedy shows, Chappelle will also do three more shows at the venue from June 24-26 that include different musical guests each night. On 6/24 it's The Roots, followed by Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier (who's up to other stuff too) and Janelle Monae on 6/25, and finally Erykah Badu on 6/26. Each one will also feature a full orchestra. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Monday (6/2) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (5/29) at 10 AM and a local presale starting Saturday (5/31) at 10 AM.
May 19, 2014
Patton Oswalt will host the 18th annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC tonight (5/19). Those without tickets can watch the action on demand starting Tuesday at 9am via www.webbyawards.com. Will Ferrell, Jay Z, Medium, Google, Netflix, Mashable, Vine, QuizUp, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bieber, Airbnb, Lawrence Lessig, Kickstarter, De La Soul, Freddie Wong, and The Jamaican Bobsled Team are among those who will be honored for their web prowess at this year's event.
Speaking of web prowess, in honor of tonight's event, Patton Oswalt devised a scheme to confront the anonymous losers who were trashing him on the internet. See how that turned out for him, courtesy of Funny or Die, below...
May 14, 2014
Dave Hill x2
The next edition of Dave Hill's monthly variety show, "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets," moves from it's usual home of Union Hall to The Bell House on June 18. The reason could be the guests this time, as the show is pretty stacked: David Cross, Juliana Hatfield, Michael Che, Jean Grae, Kate Berlant, and Marcus Monroe. Dave plays host and Valley Lodge (which he fronts) is the house band. That's a pretty killer bill of comedy and music and tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
For folks in the rest of the country, look for Dave Hill on Comedy Central's popular fake game show, @Midnight, on June 9 where he'll join fellow comedian/contestants Michelle Buteau, Steve Agee and host Chris Hardwick.