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June 25, 2015

by Arielle Gordon

Marc Maron

Hot on the heels of his historic (somewhat controversial) interview with President Obama on his WTF podcast, Marc Maron is in the NY-area this week as part of his "Maronation Tour." It will stop at Port Chester's The Capitol Theater tonight (6/25), and then Brooklyn Academy of Music on Friday (6/26), plus shows at Huntington, NY's The Paramount on Saturday (6/27) and Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theatre on Sunday (6/28). Although BAM is sold out, tickets are still available The Cap, The Paramount and Count Basie Theatre. For more Maron, you can also watch Maron, his IFC sitcom that's currently airing in its second season, tonight at 10 PM Eastern.

If one funny white guy with facial hair wasn't enough, he's bringing the hilarious Mike Lawrence to open for him for all four NY-area dates. Lawrence, a local comic who has been touring like a mad man ever since the 2013 release of his Comedy Central Half Hour (watch a clip below), will also be at Carolines on July 19 (tickets).

All Marc Maron and Mike Lawrence tour dates are listed below...

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June 24, 2015

Will Ferrell, Letterman's bridge & a wedding on 'TCGS' (via @patrickcotnoir)
Will Ferrell officiating a wedding on The Chris Gethard Show with pieces of David Letterman set

When The Late Show with David Letterman closed up shop last month, much of the set was unceremoniously dumped outside the Ed Sullivan theater for garbage pickup. Needless to say, fans picked up on it and grabbed stuff -- including the NYC backdrop. The Brooklyn Bridge and the George Washington Bridge parts of the set were rescued by The Chris Gethard Show staff. Letterman gave his blessing and now they live on as part of TGS' set. The bridges make their debut on this week's episode of TCGS which taped on Tuesday (6/23) and featured three live weddings:

One thing that people like to do when they get married in New York is get married in front of some of our bridges. You see it all the time. So, it's very hard to find a bridge that fits inside a television studio, but luckily, one of my heroes David Letterman, he recently gave us the thumbs-up to use the bridges from his show. So I can think of no better way to debut them on The Chris Gethard Show than to let them serve as the backdrop of your wedding.
Best Man for all those weddings was Will Ferrell. The weddings episode of The Chris Gethard Show will air on Thursday (6/25) at 10 PM EDT on the Fusion Network.

P.S. Brooklynites can catch Chris Gethard live at Union Hall twice in July.

jen kirkman i'm gonna die alone tour

Comedian Jen Kirkman, who wrote the book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself; Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, back in 2013, released a new standup special, I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), on Netflix in May. You can watch the trailer for it below. Jen is also on tour, where she promises "mostly new material with only maybe 25% from my Netflix special" and dates include a NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on September 1. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/26) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the Netflix special trailer and a few other videos, below...

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June 23, 2015

Wet Hot American Summer First

As you may know, the Wet Hot American Summer prequel miniseries, subtitled First Day of Camp, is coming to Netflix on July 31 starring Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Molly Shannon, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, John Slattery, Jason Schwartzman and more. Your first look at this laff fest comes via a phony promotional video, narrated by Jon Benjamin (who played the can of vegetables in the original WHAS), and made to look like it was edited with two VCRs. Watch below...

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June 18, 2015

Heder and Bangalter in 'Réality'
Daft Punk Thomas Bangalter unmasked Jon Heder

One of the great mysteries of our time, up there with Easter Island and the Pyramids, is what do Daft Punk look like without their masks. Sure, there are pictures out there, but what if you wondered what Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter looked like currently, interacting with Napoleon Dynamite actor Jon Heder, you'd be out of luck. Until now. Bangalter has a cameo director Quentin Dupieux's 2014 comedy Réality where he can be seen in a Doctors office waiting room as Heder storms out. That clip has made its way online and you can watch it below.

You may also know Quentin Dupieux as Mr. Ozio, creator of '90s club hit "Flat Beat."

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Amy Schumer

Madonna's upcoming tour lands in NYC on September 16 & 17 at MSG and 9/19 at Barclays Center, and those three shows just got a pretty sweet opener. The very funny comedian Amy Schumer, who played NYC on her trainwreck tour earlier this week, will support Madonna at the shows. Tickets for all three are available.

Naturally, Amy (whose movie Trainwreck is out in July) has footage of her childhood self singing "Like A Prayer." Watch that, with Amy's recent hilarious "Celebrity Interview" clip from her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, below.

Madonna also just put out a new video. It's for her song "Bitch, I'm Madonna" (ft. Nicki Minaj, prod. Diplo & SOPHIE), and it features both Nicki and Diplo, as well as Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Chris Rock and more. Watch below.

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June 15, 2015

Aziz Ansari

If there's one universal truth out there, it's that love hurts. And it's a topic comedian/actor Aziz Ansari explores in Modern Romance (Penguin Press), co-written with NYU sociology professor Eric Klinenberg.

The book, inspired by topics Ansari riffs on during his stand-up act, looks at how Tinder and texting have impacted the way we date and mate, and why. [USA Today]

If you've seen Aziz Ansari's MSG special (if you haven't, it's on Netflix), you know he's got a lot of opinions on modern romance -- it was the name of his tour and now it's also a book. Aziz is celebrating with a book tour, that begins in NYC on Tuesday (6/16) at NYU Skirball Center. Tickets for the whole tour are on sale now, and come with a copy of the book.

Earlier that day, he's also doing a signing at Barnes & Noble in Union Square at noon. You have to pick up the book at the store that day, or at BN.com to get it signed.

All tour dates are listed below...

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June 12, 2015

Tim & Eric Zone Theory

Adult Swim weirdos Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are making the logical step into the self-help world with new book Zone Theory, that offers "7 Easy Steps to Achieve a Perfect Life." Are you saying, "tell me more?" Well, the book is due July 7, and you can get a first look via a promotional video below. The pair will also be taking Zone Theory on tour which starts in NYC on July 8. Details, like where its happening, remain TBA. Consult your crystals and stay tuned for more info. Dates are listed below though.

Meanwhile, eclectic Tim & Eric affiliate David Liebe Hart, a jack-of-all-trades, BFF, and frequent contributor to the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (known for his puppeteering), is also busy touring the nation. He'll be at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium on Monday (6/15) with Pocket Hercules and pop punk band Hiccup ($8 at the door). and you can also catch him on Tuesday (6/16) at The Funhouse in Jersey City, for a multimedia show with Citizen Blast Kane and Crazy & the Brains. Tickets for the Funhouse show are available.

All tour dates for Tim & Eric and David Liebe Hart are listed, along with videos, below...

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June 8, 2015

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Festival Supreme, the music/comedy fest put on by 2015 Best Metal Album Grammy winners Tenacious D, will return for its third year this fall, happening at Los Angeles' Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds on October 10. The lineup is pretty supreme indeed, including Kids in the Hall, Rocket from the Crypt, the original cast of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, The Darkness, Die Antwoord, Jenny Slate, Amy Poehler, Super Dave Osborne, Neil Hamburger, Dan Deacon, Andrew WK and lots more.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday (6/11) at noon PDT, with a Festival Supreme website presale beginning Tuesday (6/9) at 10 AM PDT (password: SUPREME). Full 2015 Festival Supreme lineup is listed below...

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May 29, 2015

photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Sacher

Chris, Hallie & Jeff / Screaming Females / Mimi on the Hoops
Jeff Rosenstock
Screaming Females
The Chris Gerthard Show Premiere

The Chris Gethard Show made the move from public access to cable network Fusion last night (5/28), and Chris and a number of his talented friends celebrated in style with a BrooklynVegan-presented premiere party at Rough Trade NYC. Chris began the night asking if anyone was a fan of TCGS, which was met by roars from the majority of the crowd, and most of the room was bopping around to openers Hiccup, whose lineup includes Hallie Bulleit and Alex Clute from TCGS' house band.

After Hiccup, Chris returned to the stage to introduce the next musical guest, Jeff Rosenstock. As anyone who's seen a Jeff show knows, Jeff Rosenstock fans LOVE Jeff Rosenstock and they go hard the whole time he's on stage. He played as a power trio which included his former Bomb the Music Industry! bandmate John DeDomenici on bass. Chris introduced them and got the performance started with an "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant (a tradition). That went on for four or five minutes and had pretty much the whole crowd involved. That crowd involvement didn't die once, even during the more lyrically advanced songs. Jeff played stuff off his new solo album, We Cool?, which the crowd already knew all the words to. And when he brought out Fake Problems' Chris Farren to play stuff from their collaborative Antarctigo Vespucci project, the crowd knew all the words to that too. The whole place basically never stopped jumping around (including Chris Gethard, who was in the jumping mob of people for almost the whole set), both on stage and off.

For Jeff's big finale, he brought Chris Gethard back out on stage to sing lead on a Smiths cover (Chris's favorite band), and then Chris and Jeff led the crowd in yet another "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant. Soon, they were joined by Hallie from Hiccup/TCGS and then she took over the chant in an even crazier way. (Less baseball game chant, more rap metal yelling.) This big grand finale included her and Chris lying on stage, Jeff's guitar making its way through the crowd, and more shenanigans before finally ending with just Jeff's trio playing a piano/synth/xylophone coda.

Jeff Rosenstock

After all that craziness, the night could have ended there. But of course it didn't, because the main reason the event was even happening had yet to begin: the screening of The Chris Gethard Show's cable TV debut. The episode, which was a bit dark on Rough Trade's screen (sorry about that!), included some impressive guests for his debut, including Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who go back with Chris to their UCB days and also work with him on their cable TV show, Broad City. The premise of the episode was acknowledging weird things about your weird body and then totally owning it, and Chris, Ilana and Abbi had guests either Skype in or show up in person to celebrate their bodily weirdness. I won't ruin anything in case you haven't seen the episode yet, but one detail is that it includes a "Genital Chamber" (watch a clip from that part below). To paraphrase Chris, how can you make the move to cable TV and not incorporate genitals? Ending the show was a musical performance from more old friends The Front Bottoms. (Members of TFB were also in attendance at the premiere, but none made appearances on stage.)

After the screening, Chris took the stage again and thanked everyone for watching, and brought out a few other TCGS cast members, including Shannon Patricia O'Neill, Murf, and crowd favorite Mimi on the Hoops for her hula-hooping routine.

Then Chris brought up another musical performer, his Don Giovanni labelmate Mal Blum. Mal and Chris performed their collaborative song "Crying at the Wawa" from Chris's comedy album, My Comedy Album, which came out on Don Giovanni last year. Then Chris left the stage and Mal did a solo cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" (which her DG labelmates Downtown Boys recently recorded a cover of too) followed by one of her own songs.

Chris Gethard and Mal Blum
Chris Mal

Finally to wrap up the night was a set from Don Giovanni's shreddingest [sic] band, Screaming Females. Though Screaming Females aren't the sing-along kind of band that Jeff Rosenstock is, and they included no chants about eating butts, the crowd was just as enthusiastic for them. Mimi returned to the stage for more hula-hooping during their set. People all over the floor and in the balconies were dancing and jumping around, and of course the band was great as always. They were super tight, Marissa Paternoster's solos were face-melting as ever, Marissa even crowd surfed, and we got a great setlist with old favorites like "It All Means Nothing" and "I Don't Mind It" mixed in with stuff from their great new album.

Screaming Females (who also gave a performance and Q&A with Ted Leo at Apple Store SoHo a day earlier) next play the area opening for Bouncing Souls in NJ in July. Chris Gethard has more NYC shows, including the Vulture Festival at The Bell House this weekend, and one with Mal Blum, who plays Palisades on 7/2, the day after Hiccup play there with Chumped. Chris Farren next plays NYC in July on his tour with Rocky Votolato and Dave Hause.

Set your DVRs to start taping The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion if you can. Check out more pictures from last night's Rough Trade show and a clip from the first episode, below...

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