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January 28, 2014

Portlandia Live at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Fred Armisen (SNL, Ian Rubbish) and Carrie Brownstein's (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag) quirky IFC comedy Portlandia is returning for its fourth season on February 27, but ahead of that, you can get a sneak peek of the new season over at Entertainment Weekly. EW also points out that this season's celebrity guests include Kirsten Dunst, Maya Rudolph, Olivia Wilde, Vanessa Bayer, k.d. Lang, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, and previous guests Steve Buscemi, Jason Sudekis, Kyle MacLachlan and Jeff Goldblum will return.

Right before the new season airs, Fred and Carrie will make their way to NYC for "A Conversation with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein" at 92Y on February 25. Tickets are on sale now.

In related news, Drag City is releasing a series of 7" of the many fictional bands Armisen was a part of on Saturday Night Live. The first of these will be released on February 18 and features Blue Jean Committee's "Massachusetts Afternoon" (originally on a 2011 episode hosted by Jason Segel) on one side and and the pseudo-synthpop group Fingerlings' "Embrace Me" (from the 2011 Dana Carvey episode) on the flip. You can check out The Fingerlings' sketch below...

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January 27, 2014

Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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This past Sunday's Grammys telecast is behind us, but another televised event that will have a ton of Americans in front of their TVs happens this Sunday (2/2): the Super Bowl. A bunch of NYC-area concerts have been announced for the weekend-wide celebration, and since we last spoke, even more have been added.

NYC punk/new wave legends Blondie will play a FREE show at the Super Bowl Boulevard Concert Stage on Saturday (2/1). The stage is located in downtown Manhattan at Broadway & 40th Street, and Blondie go on at 8:30 PM. Blondie are also set to speak and perform at SXSW this year.

Jay Z (who performed and won an award at the Grammys) is also playing a Super Bowl concert. His happens on Saturday and is an invite-only DirecTV party.

Howard Stern's 60th Birthday Bash happens Friday (1/31) at Hammerstein Ballroom at 6 PM and will stream on SiriusXM. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the event, and guests include Louis C.K., David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Jon Bon Jovi, John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and others. Hopefully if you're there you'll get to see Steven Tyler dance again.

Meanwhile, catch Louis CK and the Arctic Monkeys on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight (1/27).

There's also ASPIRE'S Ultimate 70s Soul Party with The O Jays at Time Warner Cable Studios and the 15th Annual NFL SUper Bowl Gospel Celebration with Patti Labelle, Mary Mary, Natalie Grant, Tamela Mann and Donnie McClurkin at MSG, both on Friday.

Other previously announced Super Bowl weekend concerts include Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses, The Roots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janelle Monae, TLC, Drake and more.

January 21, 2014

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Some of you may remember "The Super Bowl Shuffle," a Sugarhill Gang style rap single recorded by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew at the tail end of 1985. (The Bears would go on to win Super Bowl XX a couple months later.) Featuring verses by Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, William "Refrigerator" Perry and other members of the team, the six-minute single featured awkward rapping (and worse dancing in the video)...but you couldn't turn on a radio without hearing it. If you missed this blip of pop culture history, you can watch the original music video below.

With two weeks until Super Bowl XLVIII -- which is happening in the NYC-area (with lots of concerts) if you just woke up from a coma -- Sean Cannon of WFPK's "After Dark" has orchestrated a cover of "The Superbowl Shuffle" featuring a veritable Who's Who of indie rock, internet, and comedy talent, including Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav), Tom Scharpling (of The Best Show), web cat Lil Bub, wrestler Colt Cabana, John Roderick (of The Long Winters), filmmaker David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), Comedy Bang! Bang!'s Scott Aukerman, Kyle Kinane, and occasional BV contributor and WFMU DJ Dave Hill (who plays guitar on the cover). Proceeds from sales of this 2014 version of "The Superbowl Shuffle" (which keeps the original rhymes) go to Reading is Fundamental.

Just how did this come about? Cannon offers up a lengthy/labyrinthine explanation which you can read, while listening to the song, below...

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Sasheer Zamata, SNL's first African American female cast member since 2007, made her debut on on the show this past week as part of the Drake-hosted episode. She was in a bunch of sketches, but didn't have a whole lot of lines -- though her Rihanna-as-Blossom bit was a definitely highlight. You get a much better example of her comic chops in a video just posted to Lorne Michaels' AboveAverage YouTube channel. In it she plays Madison, a girl who gives Girls tours of Greenpoint, featuring locations from the popular HBO show. Example, "This is Cafe Grumpy where Hannah works and they have a drink called 'The Hannah.' It's an $8 cup of coffee." You can watch the whole thing in this post.

Meanwhile the third season of Girls is three episodes in and does continue to feature lots of GPT locales. In this past week's episode, Hannah celebrated her 25th birthday at Matchless. Did you catch that one? Maybe you were an extra in it?

Watch the Girls Tour featuring Sasheer Zamata below...

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January 6, 2014

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Dave Hill kicked off 2014 with the first shift on WFMU. You can stream it here. That was actually a fill-in slot for "Seven Second Delay," but he'll premiere "The Goddamned Dave Hill Show" on it's regular Tuesday 9 PM slot (old home of "The Best Show") this week (1/7).

In addition to that, Dave has a couple live performances with his band Valley Lodge. One will be at Union Hall on Friday (1/10) as part of his "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" series which started back in October. This edition, "an incredible night of comedy, music and gunplay," features Har Mar Superstar, Jackie Kashian, Cleveland indie rock legend Doug Gillard, Mike Bocchetti, Ben Lerman, Alex Edelman, and Jodi Lennon with Valley Lodge as the house band. Tickets are on sale. Dave says Har Mar and Doug will do a few songs each. Valley Lodge will also play The Rock Shop on January 17.

Speaking of Har Mar Superstar, he's got a couple shows coming up this  month. He'll headline Brooklyn Night Bazaar on January 25 with Computer Magic, Not Blood Paint, and Static Jacks also on the bill. Then on January 31 it's the next of his Free Fridays at Knitting Factory which happen at midnight.

December 23, 2013

Dave Chappelle @ Knitting Factory last night (via @optimisticdaze)
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One of the best free weekly comedy shows in NYC is Hannibal Buress' Sunday evening show in Knitting Factory's front room. It is always packed to the gills and for good reason -- serious A-listers regularly show up for suprise performances. (Chris Rock and Louis CK have appeared multiple times.) Last night (12/22), Dave Chappelle dropped by for an impromptu set. Hopefully the knit crowd was a little more appreciative (and less inclinced to yell "I'm Rick James, Bitch!") than the ones he dealt with on this summer's Oddball tour.

Comedy Night at Knitting Factory starts at 9 PM but fills up much earlier than that. Who will be at this Sunday's show (12/29)?

December 5, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

Bobby Tisdale
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Comedy-wise, if there was one night where I wish I could be in two places at once, tonight (Thursday, December 5) is it for there are two spectacular shows happening this evening that unfairly pit Gowanus versus Williamsburg. Geographically and line-up wise, Williamsburg has a slight edge for me as Over The Eight (594 Union Ave) will play host to The Bobby Tisdale Show. As part of a recurring series of shows called The Talk Show Series, these shows are set up more like casual conversation panel talk shows with incredible guests. Tonight's line-up is particularly stacked and features Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing, author), Tim Harrington (Singer of Les Savy Fav, beard owner), Kevin Corrigan (famous actor), Andy Blitz (comedian, amazing man and one of my personal favorites), Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers, Home Movies, Archer) and, if you can handle it, more. And it's hosted by the affable, hilarious, Bobby Tisdale (Bobs Burgers, Invite Them Up, Wards of Merkin). The show starts at 8:00pm and is ABSOLUTELY FREE. I haven't been this erect about a line-up since the old days of Rififi. Gonna be a scorcher! Flyer below...

Several subway lines, bus routes, or one expensive cab ride away in Gowanus, prolific performer and mind warrior Greg Barris brings his long-running comedy-life experience Heart of Darkness to the confines of The Bell House. Tonight's installment, entitled HEART OF DARKNESS: IN SPACE! features Gold Pass Klaus Kinski Favorite Todd Barry, mind warrior Elizabeth Gallager Kennick (NASA, Space Frontier, Teachers in Space), comedian Jena Friedman, house band The Forgiveness, musical guests Rich Stein and Matt Kilmer, guest band The Mast PLUS a special guest. A smattering of tickets are still available, so if you find yourself in that neighborhood this evening and have a hankering for a life changing life experience, do venture inside The Bell House and absorb. Doors are at 8pm, show is at 8:30pm. It is going to be a doozie!

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December 4, 2013

by Jeffrey Bergstrom

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Klaus-favorite and all around awesome dude Scott Rogowsky has a recurring live late-night-talk-show-formatted show called Running Late With Scott Rogowsky. Running Late is one of NYC's only live talk shows and combines the traditional, familiar late-night format; sidekick (his dad Marty), monologue, house band, sketches, celebrity interviews etc. It's got a real old school Johnny Carson-esque vibe to it, and each installment features some pretty top-shelf, super-famous talent. Scott currently has two Running Lates on his radar. The first happens TONIGHT (12/4) at Symphony Space and features television icon Regis Philbin, along with Lizz Winstead (The Daily Show co-creator and former head writer), comedian Michael Kosta (The Tonight Show, Conan) and Scott Wiener (Scott's Pizza Tours). The show takes place at  8:30 PM and there are a handful of tickets left.

On December 18, Running Late will head into Brooklyn to the more intimate confines of Littlefield where he will be joined by Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), actor Josh Pais, as well as Simon Rich and Farley Katz (authors of The Married Kama Sutra: The World's Least Erotic Sex Manual). Tickets are currently available. Get em while they're hot!

December 2, 2013

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John Waters hasn't directed a film since 2004's A Dirty Shame, but he has stayed busy doing other things. Like hitchhiking across America last year (Here We Go Magic gave him a ride at one point), an experience he's turning into a book titled Carsick, which comes out in June, 2014. He's also been going to the movies and recently gave Artforum his Top 10 of the year and picked Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers as his #1. You can check out his list below and read his commentary on them at Artforum.

In other news, Waters is going on a holiday tour this month where he'll share "some of his favorite holiday traditions, from his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts to his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus and an unhealthy love of real-life holiday horror stories." The tour includes two NYC shows at Stage 48 on December 13 & 14. Tickets are on sale now and make "a great Christmas present for the pervert in your life."

All John Waters tour dates are listed, along with an interview with Prince Paul, below...

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November 26, 2013

Dave Hill rocking out @ Bumbershoot (more by Melissa O'Hearn)
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Current.Org reports the exciting news!

New Jersey-based freeform community radio station WFMU will replace The Best Show on WFMU in January with a program hosted by comedian and musician Dave Hill.....

...Hill and Ken Freedman, WFMU's station manager, are still discussing plans for the content of the new show, but it may also include interviews, according to Freedman. Like most other WFMU DJs, Hill will hold down his show as a volunteer.....

We couldn't think of a better man for the job. Congrats Dave! More info at Current.

Dave Hill's new show which will not be called "The Best Show" will air in the "Best Show"'s Tuesday night 9 p.m. to midnight slot that Tom Scharpling recently announced will become available.