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December 15, 2014
The Late Late Show with James Corden will take over for the departing Craig Ferguson on March 23 and it's been announced that Reggie Watts will be the show's bandleader. It's a role Reggie already knows, as he's been doing it on Scott Aukerman's quasi-talk show Comedy Bang Bang! for three seasons. As for that show, Aukerman says, "Reggie is sticking around thru the first half of 2015, during which he have planned a very fitting goodbye for him." Comedy Bang Bang! wraps up its third season this Friday (12/19) and Season 4 begins January 9 on IFC.
Right before the S4 premiere, Reggie will be appearing on Nat Towsen's Downtown Variety Hour which happens at NYC's UCB East on January 5. Other guests include Janeane Garofalo, Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny (#NEWSFAIL, Citizen Radio), and "a special Two Boots Pizza Dedication Ceremony." Reservations (tickets $5) will be available soon.
This past Friday's episode of CBB! was an especially good one, featuring guest Eric Andre and a whole lot of time travel. You can watch it online at IFCtv.com.
December 3, 2014
Craig Ferguson is in his final month as host of CBS's The Late Late Show. What will he do with his upcoming free time? Well, he hasn't said yet but some touring is probably on the way. A full set of dates hasn't been announced yet, but we do know he'll play three nights at NYC's Town Hall on March 5 - 7. Tickets for those NYC shows go on AmEx presale today (12/3) at noon with the public on-sale starting at noon on Friday (12/5).
What about The Late Late Show? Ferguson's replacement, British actor and comedian James Corden will take over starting March 9, 2015. Until then, CBS will fill the void with a string of guest-hosts, including Judd Apatow, Jim Gaffigan, Wayne Brady, Will Arnett, Thomas Lennon, Kunal Nayyar, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes and, uh, John Mayer. Drew Carey will be the first up, hosting January 5 - 9.
December 1, 2014
We'll have to wait until 2015 for the reunited Sleater-Kinney to give us a new album and tour, but they'll be making a non-musical appearance this week. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss will be on this week's episode of comedian and punk lover Chris Gethard's The Chris Gethard Show. Here's what Geth has to say about it:
This week on TCGS, we are super psyched to welcome SLEATER-KINNEY to TCGS! That's right - this seminal punk/riot grrrl/generally all around bad ass band has reunited and for some reason they've decided to come hang out on the panel of your favorite public access television show. We'll be playing a game with them all night long that you can call in and be a part of... it's called ALL HANDS ON THE BAD ONE, and you don't want to miss it.Though they won't be playing, the musical guests are also pretty exciting and it's a band that likely owe some of their style to Sleater-Kinney -- Chris Gethard's Don Giovanni labelmates Priests (who played one of the last Death by Audio shows). The show tapes and airs live Wednesday (12/3) at 11 PM EST on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. If you'd like to attend, email email@example.com.
Meanwhile, Chris will be at tonight's (12/1) edition of Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train show at Littlefield (tickets), Chumped's release show at Suburbia on 12/13 (tix at door), and Union Hall on 12/20 (tickets).
Stream Sleater-Kinney's new single and a Priests song below...
Bill Cosby is currently on his "Far from Finished" tour but persistent allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted numerous women over the years are trying to prove the tour's title wrong. While he hasn't canceled the tour, some promoters have pulled the plug on shows in Las Vegas and Arizona, and now Cosby is offering refunds to ticketholders who want them. That includes his upcoming two NY-area shows at Tarrytown Music Hall on Dec. 6 (afternoon and evening shows).
November 24, 2014
Fred Armisen @ Irving Plaza - 11/19/14 (via Haley Klausmeyer)
Fred Armisen took part in the recent Doctors Without Borders benefit at Irving Plaza (11/19) with Greg Barris, Ted Leo, Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Buress, David Cross and more, and the New Yawkers in the audience were treated to some improvised, hometown-specific humor when Fred went through the differences in New York accents. Watch Fred differentiate between The Rockaways, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, the Upper West Side and more in ANIMAL's video (via Gawker) below.
Fred has more NYC appearances scheduled, including the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and the Aimee Mann/Ted Leo Christmas show on December 13 at Town Hall with The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and Jonathan Coulton (tickets).
November 21, 2014
The very funny Fred Armisen is already on board for the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and now he's got another NYC appearance happening a few days later. He was added to the Town Hall (12/13) stop of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's Christmas tour, which also includes The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.
Fred's also starring in an upcoming movie with Billie Joe Armstrong, opening Bob Mould's New Year's Eve show in Chicago, and the trailer was just released for season 5 of his IFC show with Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia. The 5th season is set to feature guest appearances from Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch. Sounds pretty awesome. The S5 premiere airs on Thursday, January 8 at 10 PM. Watch the trailer below.
November 20, 2014
by Klaus Kinski
If I were to sit back and take stock in which comedians I hold in the highest regard, I would guess that about 90% of them are from overseas. Maybe it's the accents. Maybe it's the fact that their stateside appearances are rare and therefore more meaningful. Maybe it's because I am sick of the American perspective of everything. Either way, one face that'd be prominently chiseled onto my Mount Rushmore of great contemporary non-American comedians would be New Zealander Rhys Darby. Like most Yanks, Rhys fell onto my radar via his impeccable performances as Murray Hewitt on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords. I have seen him many times over the past years, and although I initially thought his brand of sound-effect-based stand-up was a little corny at first, the guy just grew and grew on me. His show Short Poppies, a mockumentary series from 2014 where he plays a new character in each episode, was a superb showcase of this man's insane comedic agilities.
So on that note I am happy to report that Rhys has SIX NY-area shows coming up including two shows at the Bell House on Friday November 28 ( tickets for early and and late). The other four shows happen at Comix at Foxwoods between November 20 - November 22. These rare US appearances are not to be missed and you'd have to be a psychopath not to want to be marked "present" at at least one of them. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and check out "Short Poppies" on Netflix.
Videos starring Darby are below...
November 18, 2014
John Mulaney's sitcom has not done so well in the ratings. FOX recently swapped it and Bob's Burgers' timeslots on Sunday, putting Mulaney in the 7:30 PM position which is often preempted by late-running sports. Has anyone watched it? On the bright side John is still a super funny guy and continues to tour. He's got an East Coast run this month that skips NYC but he'll be here next year, playing Carnegie Hall on March 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/18) at 11 AM.
All upcoming dates are listed below...
November 17, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Meemaw visits 'Wake Up, White People' host David Cross on 'The Heart, She Holler' S3
John Lee and Vernon Chatman have been weirding out late night television viewers for 10 years as the primary creative forces behind PFFR: first with not-for-kids kids show Wonder Showzen, then with the hallucinogenic, hard-to-look-at Xavier: Renegade Angel and, most recently, on the Southern Gothic soap opera The Heart, She Holler. (They were also writers and producers on Jon Glazer's awesome Delocated.) The thread running through them all: Lee and Chatman's gleeful dismantling of American culture, labyrinthine and pun-filled dialogue, and a desire to see viewers' jaws drop.
Season three of The Heart She, Holler debuts on December 1 on Adult Swim, starring folks like Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Steve Little (East Bound and Down) and other familiar comedy faces. You can watch the trailer below. There's a Season Three preview screening on Tuesday (11/18) at BAM at 7:30 with a Q&A with Q&A with Adsit (who just joined the cast) and John Lee. It's free and you can RSVP to attend, though entry is based on capacity. We're also giving away a pair of guaranteed passes as well, and details on that are below.
PFFR's John Lee
In addition to working on his own shows, John Lee has directed episodes of Broad City and a few music videos, and he used to be in a couple bands: jokey late-'90s indie rockers Muckafurgason, and a pre-TV PFFR who put out records in the early '00s. Full disclosure: I've known John for almost 20 years, and he took a few minutes away from scarring Middle America's eyeballs to talk about The Heart She Holler, food courts, unprecedented sexual positions, Morrissey, David Lynch and the difficulties of wrangling an ex-President for a cameo. PFFR are infamous for their non-interview interviews, but there's at least a little directness here.
BrooklynVegan: So what are you working on now? Season 3 of The Heart She Holler is in the can, right?
John Lee: Yeah, it's in the trash can as we say. The trash can of America. Any of your local mall food courts, that's what we call the trash can. We call the South "Food Court America" up here in the North.
BV: How much time have you and Vernon spent in the South?
JL: (Laughs) Together or separately? Well, together it was all in sin. It felt like forever but it was only six minutes. Um, separately? Through touring... it would add up to a handful of peanuts. A bag of boiled peanuts, that's how long I've spent in the South. But the thing is you don't even need to spend time in the South to understand American culture, like American hillbilly ideals. All you have to do is go 40 minutes outside of any city and you're there. America, it's all that. It's everywhere you go. The South is just the place everyone says "Oh, it's that." But it's not, it's everywhere.
Did you think you'd be doing a third season of The Heart, She Holler when you guys came up with the idea?
We, as in PFFR, all our shows that are self-created have never gotten past a second season. This is the first time we've broken the curse. Wonder Showzen was only two seasons, Xavier was only two seasons. Delocated made it longer, but that wasn't just our show. It was a thrill, but we were also scared because when you break a curse you never know what sort of demon's going to show up. The undead will rise? Your nightmares will become reality? We'll see.
Continue reading "Adult Swim's 'The Heart, She Holler' returns for S3 (screening at BAM); creator John Lee discusses Broad City, his old bands, casting an ex-president, weirdness & more in BV interview"
November 14, 2014
As discussed, quirky comedian Demetri Martin is going on a short US tour this December which hits the NYC-area for a show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on December 12 (tickets). He's now expanded his tour through March and the new dates include three more shows in the NYC-area. He plays Long Island on January 30 at The Paramount, NYC proper on February 28 at Town Hall, and Montclair, NJ on March 1 at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets for the newly-added shows go on sale today (11/14) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed below...