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September 6, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
One of the greatest recurring comedy showcases in this cesspool of a city gone soft has got to be Whiplash which takes place every Monday at 11pm at the UCB Theater in Chelsea. Sadly, the late hour of the show and the day of the week it falls on makes it difficult for your man Klaus to attend in person because he, me, has a big boy job with lots of big boy responsibilities and I gotta hot the rack at a reasonable time during the week or else things could fall apart at the office and my life and livelihood could be ruined. Which is a shame. Because Whiplash, which is hosted by the great and prolific Leo Allen, doesn't just get the occasional huge mega-star guest every now and then; their weekly line-ups are chock full of them. Always. I mean, just go to the With Reservation Whiplash photo page and you'll see that people like Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifianakis, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Todd Barry and so many other big dogs have graced its stage. It's insane! And it's always free!
As per usual, you can catch Whiplash on Monday night (9/9). However, this night will be a little different, for the fine folks at Whiplash will be undertaking the production of a live Whiplash concert movie! It's being billed as a Whiplash Concert Film, but if you want to get technical I can guarantee this sucker will NOT be shot on film. In this economy? Shyuh! Right! If it is, I'll get a tattoo across my face of something terrible. Anyhow, this Monday, Whiplash will take place TWICE; there will be a 9:30pm taping and an 11:00pm taping. Get your tickets now because in about 5 minutes both shows will be solidly sold out (there will be stand-by lines for each show, though).
In other comedy news...
* Dave Hill's book is now out in paperback. Celebrate with him TONIGHT (9/6) at 7pm at Book Court in Cobble Hill. He'll be reading, rocking and giving out free drinks!
* The New Yorker Festival lineup is announced.
* Pete Holmes announced a big NYC show, and a TV show.
* Greg Proops is touring.
* Todd Barry is taping a podcast live in Brooklyn & touring.
* Comedy Bang Bang is touring too.
September 5, 2013
As mentioned, the 2013 New Yorker Festival happens October 4, 5, and 6. They just announced this year's line-up which, as usual, is a mix of interviews, talks, screenings, tours and a few live music performances.
On the music tip: Kim Gordon will talk with Alex Halberstadt and perform with her new band, Body/Head on October 5 at SIR Stage 37; actor and all-around cool guy Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) will talk with Burkard Bilger and perform with his indie rock band, Corporal at The Bell House on October 4; country music star Brad Paisley will be in conversation with music writer Kelefa Sanneh at Gramercy Theatre on October 5; and Paul Simon talks with Paul Muldoon at the SIR Stage 37 on October 6.
Other interesting New Yorker Fest happenings: "Without a Script" with Christopher Guest, Rachel Dratch, Aubrey Plaza, and Horatio Sanz; "An Evening with Funny or Die" with new and favorite clips from the website; an advance screening of Aziz Ansari's new Netfix comedy special, Buried Alive; and "First-Person Filmmaking" with directors Miranda July, Kenneth Lonergan, Terrence Nance, and Alex Karpovsky.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 13 at noon. Full line-up is below...
September 4, 2013
by Arielle Gordon
Pete Holmes at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
It's been a long time coming for ol' Pete Holmes. He's done his time in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, taped a half hour special for Comedy Central, done countless late night spots, and even wrote for a few less-than-memorable television programs. His newest special, Nice Try, The Devil has been praised across the board, and rightfully so -- it was playful but thoughtful, and personal yet positive. And of course, his podcast, You Made It Weird, continues to enlighten and inspire comedy nerds everywhere with its insights into the minds of everyone from Chris Gethard to Judd Apatow. So it's not a stretch to say that Petey Holmes has most certainly earned his newest gig, The Pete Holmes Show, set to air on TBS after Conan starting Monday, October 28.
But before that show airs, you can catch Pete live when he returns to New York for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 10. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/6) at noon. He currently has no other upcoming tour dates announced.
by Arielle Gordon
Greg Proops is more than just "that guy from Whose Line is It Anyway." He is more than just the host of his fantastic The Smartest Man in the World podcast, which has been described as, "an hour of great conversation that flies by at a break neck clip." He is, in short, one of the best comedians and improvisers I've had the pleasure of seeing in person. And, lucky for you New York comedy nerds, he's coming to our humble city to record a live episode of The Smartest Man in the World on November 30 at the Bell House. Tickets are on sale now.
Other tour dates, including podcast tapings and Whose Line live shows, are listed below.
September 1, 2013
photos by Melissa O'Hearn
"Hands down best performer at #bumbershoot so far: Gary Numan." - Suzi Pratt
"Gary Numan is killing Bumbershoot " - darekmazzone
Billy Jones, Gary Numan & Dave Hill (bigger version @ Facebook)
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
Bumbershoot is underway. Sets on the first day of the 2013 edition of the Seattle music festival included !!!, Kendrick Lamar, Crystal Castles, Sallie Ford & The Outside Sound, Charles Bradley, Washed Out, Gary Numan and more. Some of those artists also stopped by the Toyota Soundwave tent where our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones are holding things down as the hosts of the early afternoon BrooklynVegan presentation each day.
Gary Numan, who is touring in support of a new album, chatted with Dave and Billy about living in LA now, not liking Halloween, his kids, his appearance on Mighty Boosh and more before also DJing for a bit during the Purevolume-curated portion of the day.
Sallie Ford and her band The Outside Sound stopped by to rock out for a few songs in our intimate setting to lucky fans. Comedian Todd Barry, who is also touring and performing multiple times at the Seattle fest, chatted with Dave and Billy for a bit even if he wasn't 100% sure why he agreed to do it. And we closed our portion of Saturday down with a special interview with Washed Out's Ernest Greene who also came back to the tent to DJ later in the day. When no guests were on stage, Ernest told us about his new record, touring, going from playing bedrooms to playing large festivals, his wife who is also is in his band on tour with him, how when he opened for the Shins in Portland people didn't know him until he played the Portlandia theme song, and how both Big Boi and Elton John recorded in the same studio with him and his hope that maybe he can collaborate with both one day. Dave Hill, a musician himself (who has a new album coming out Tuesday!), took acoustic requests on guitar. Pictures from the whole Soundwave day are in this post.
Today (Sunday), we're doing a special three hour segment on the Soundwave stage in honor of Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary. Check out our full schedule HERE, and more pictures below...
August 30, 2013
by Arielle Gordon
Todd Barry has been busier than ever lately. He just did a killer set at Kurt Braunholer's How Do I Land release party this past Tuesday. And this weekend, he's performing multiple times at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle. While there, he'll also be stopping by the Soundwave Tent to talk live on stage with BrooklynVegan's Soundwave hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones on Saturday (8/31) at 2 PM
Speaking of which, Todd Barry recently had special guest Dave Hill on his new podcast, aptly named The Todd Barry Podcast. It was a great episode, and should only serve to get you comedy nerds more excited about a live taping of The Todd Barry podcast at The Bell House on October 29. Ticket are on sale now.
Chicagoans, Barry's coming to you as well! He'll be a special guest at Wesley Stace's the Cabinet of Wonders variety show at The City Winery on October 20. All tour dates are listed below.
August 23, 2013
by Arielle Gordon
Chris Gethard w/ Jessie Ware @ Lollapalooza (more by Cory Dewald)
Comedian Chris Gethard has been working his ass off in the New York comedy scene for years, performing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre with his supergroup The Stepfathers and the theatre's famous ASSSSCAT 3000, doing stand up everywhere from Union Hall to the East Village, and of course, hosting The Chris Gethard Show every Wednesday night on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. His recent deal with IFC has propelled him further into comedy nerd stardom, and he's a friend of BrooklynVegan, having co-hosted our Lollapalooza interviews earlier this month, and we're happy to announce he'll be hosting our Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon show at MHOW on 9/30 (part of Red Bull Sound Select).
Meanwhile, all of this is culminating in a spectacular Week at the Creek. Many comics are fortunate enough to get a residency at The Creek and The Cave. However, Chris Gethard is taking this coveted spot and running with it in a way that only he can.
On Sunday (9/1), he's inviting his "enemy" Vacation Jason (Riley Soloner) to perform his "hit mixtape" Coconut Berry Lemon Tree on stage with Gethard as he does stand up. Monday's show is still a secret, but promises to be "FUCKING COOL." Tuesday, Gethard is joined by Mike Birbiglia, who will give him an "in-depth public critique" on his stand up set, with the goal of making Gethard as anxious for his stand up recording as possible. On Wednesday, Gethard is recording his set for the first time ever, then afterwards heading to The Chris Gethard Show. For true fans who go to both the recording and that night's episode of the show, Gethard promises to buy dinner between the two shows. Thursday's show is also a secret, but is apparently going to "BLEND WORLDS." Friday is going to be yet another recording of his stand up set.
Chris Gethard is one of the hardest working comedians I know, and really, he's earned this Week at the Creek. All the shows are free, so there's no excuse not to check out at least one. He will definitely make it weird.
Bob (Odenkirk) and David (Cross) and Brian (Posehn) recently announced a five-city comedy tour which includes two NYC shows: a sold out early show at Town Hall on September 12, and a late show at the same venue that night, which you can still get tickets for. They've now just announced that they'll also do a launch/discussion for Bob, David, and Brian's book, Hollywood Said No! Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastards Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show in Brooklyn two days earlier at POWERHOUSE Arena (9/10) on 37 Main St in DUMBO. $8 tickets are on sale now and can be applied towards a purchase of the book.
Updated dates are listed below...
by Arielle Gordon
Eugene Mirman has 10 Reasons and... (more by David Andrako)
As we announced recently, the sixth annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival just announced its lineup. With so many comedy options every week in New York, here are ten reasons you should see some shows at EMCF this year:
- The festival started as a joke when Mike Birbiglia and producer Julie Smith suggested that it would be ridiculous to have a festival named after Eugene Mirman. Six years and various tours around the country later, it's still happening, and it's still one of the strongest comedy festivals around. This year's lineup is stronger than ever, featuring everyone from Jim Gaffigan to The Daily Show producer Jena Friedman. Support ironic festival titles. Go see some shows at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival this year.
- NPR diehards will be happy to learn that Ira Glass, host of NPR's This American Life will be making an appearance in the first show of the festival, the aptly titled "Urbane Comedy Hour." It promises to be a hilarious show that you can brag to your friends about, featuring Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman and more.
- It's the only festival that features accurate show titles, such as the "Comics Marc Maron Will Probably Resent in the Next Couple of Years" Show, featuring up-and-coming comedians such as Adam Newman, Jim Tews, Kate Berlant, and many more who will definitely keep the podcast pundit up at night.
- Eugene brought the festival to Boston this year, with the help of $5,000 in Kickstarter donations. In order to raise that money, Eugene promised (and delivered) some crazy perks, including "an autographed headshot of Eugene that says, 'AMERICA'S LITTLE DARLING' at the bottom," and "your name will be printed in the festival guide, in small print, as Racist." If he's willing to go to those lengths to bring Kristen Schaal to Boston, who knows what insane things he's willing to do to make this year's return to Brooklyn the best festival yet.
- Eugene is bringing back Invite Them Up, a legendary weekly stand up show that has featured everyone from Aziz Ansari to Chelsea Peretti. He and Bobby Tisdale host the show, which so far has Michael Che and Mehran Khaghani billed. More great standups are definitely going to be added, so be sure to get tickets before it sells out.
- Kristen Schaal and Eugene Mirman both released their first full length Comedy Central specials this year, so this festival is a great time to test if the fame has gone to their heads. Will Kristen wear a diamond-studded dress to Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen? Will Eugene bathe in champagne onstage while Yo La Tengo perform live behind him? Probably not, but who knows?! Only attendees of the festival will find out.
- Pretty Good Friends is a show near and dear to my heart and to the hearts of comedy nerds everywhere (probably). Every Sunday at Union Hall, Eugene and Kristen (until she ceremoniously moved to LA) hosted this awesome standup showcase. Well, it's rearing its glorious head again, closing out the festival with the cast of Bob's Burgers and a premiere of the new season of the show. Get tickets now before you're jealous of everyone who got them before they sold out.
- Last year's festival featured John Oliver, H Jon Benjamin (in a fedora! And in armor!), John Mulaney, Sarah Silverman, Demetri Martin, and so much more. And a naked guy! For sure, the sixth anniversary will bring just as many big-name standups, all while keeping it weird with surprise guests and show titles that plead with its comedians to stay in New York.
- Two years ago, Andrew Bird made a surprise appearance at the EMCF. Who's next? Belle and Sebastian? Stephin Merritt? The Velvet Underground (probably not)?! In any event, this may be the only comedy festival to feature surprise musical acts on a show hosted by Michael Showalter, which should be reason enough to check it out.
- Eugene is one of the hardest working Brooklyn comedians out there. He's constantly working out material at Union Hall, The Bell House, and other local venues, and he's kept his festival there every year. He does great work with 826NYC, and he is very nice in his responses to mail sent to his Dear Eugene email address. He's a good person. Support his festival, won't you?
August 19, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
Listen; the concept of 'funny' is subjective and I am not here to tell you what to do or what to like; I am only here to guide you and simply make suggestions using my immense and throbbing sense of comedic taste. I'm no shill and will never steer you wrong. Ever. So when I say that the great Scott Aukerman is taking his show Comedy Bang! Bang! on the road for two weeks including TWO SHOWS at NYU's Skirball Center on Saturday October 12 and that you should make every effort to catch one of these shows, you better prick up your ears son because this is something abso-tutely not to be missed.
As far as comedians of my generation go, Scott Aukerman has some serious pedigree and is currently one of the most important figures in the comedy community. He fell taint-first onto my radar back when he was a writer and performer for Mr. Show with Bob and David. Since those glorious days, Aukerman has found success as a comedy writer, performer, producer, and maverick podcaster. Back in 2009, he took his, by that point, legendary live comedy show (that he started doing in 2002), Comedy Death Ray, to the airwaves on Los Angeles radio station Indie 103.1 before eventually moving over to the ole podcast medium. In May 2011 Aukerman renamed the show Comedy Bang Bang and just over a year later (June 8, 2012), IFC premiered the television series Comedy Bang! Bang! with Reggie Watts as co-host, house band, man of hair. And just so you know Aukerman is also 50% of the brains (alongside BJ Porter) behind the simply perfect Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.
The Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! tour will feature opening sets by The Birthday Boys, who are a Los Angeles comedy group whose new IFC sketch show will premiere this October, and the great, also legendary, and also ex-Mr.Show alum PAUL. F. TOMPKINS(!). Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! will feature a mix of live stand-up, character cameos, and improvisational games along with sneak peek clips from the series. Also, parts of each performance will be taped for Scott's popular Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. Also joining Scott will be a rotating cast of Comedy Bang! Bang! regulars. Contrary to what you might read online the NYU Skirball shows ARE NOT SOLD OUT! There are still some, though few, tickets left. Tickets for the 8pm show are here, and tickets for the 10:30pm show are here.
All dates are listed, along with video from Aukerman's Mr. Show days, below.