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May 12, 2014

Stephin Merritt

The five-day RadioLoveFest is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in June, featuring various live radio shows with a variety of performers including Andrew Bird, Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen, They Might Be Giants, and Jonathan Coulton. On June 7th, Ira Glass will host an episode of This American Life live from BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, and though it is being billed as "one night only", it is now two shows in that one night. This is the updated description:

This American Life uses this evening at BAM as a chance to try something it's never attempted before: true stories staged as radio dramas. One of the stories will be an original mini-musical by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of In the Heights and Bring It On. In another, The Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company will perform while Glass narrates. Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) is writing and performing a mini-musical of his own, built around a real story from This American Life, and Mike Birbiglia will narrate another true story in his inimitable comedic form.

This American Life is a public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to 2.2 million listeners each week. Another million people listen each week by podcast. It's produced by WBEZ Chicago.

Tickets at BAM's website.

Stephin Merritt, who has a book of Scrabble-based poetry coming out in the fall, also has a show coming up in North Carolina as part of Merge Records' continuing 25th anniversary celebration. His Merge25 performance, not part of the actual Merge25 fest, is instead part of a special Merge parternship with the 'Duke Performances Concert Series', as part of Duke's 'Music in the Gardens' series on the Duke University campus. All shows in that series are listed below:

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May 7, 2014

Adam Scott will talk "Greatest Event in Television History" on Saturday
Scott

New York Magazine's pop culture website Vulture is throwing a two-day festival this weekend (May 10 & 11), titled simply Vulture Festival, featuring a bric-a-brac of panels and events based around movies, TV, music and comedy.

Saturday (5/10) events include: a talk with Deadwood creator David Milch (noon @ Milk Studios);  "The Greatest Panel in Television History" (5/10, 3 PM @ Milk Studios) with Adam Scott (Parks & Rec, Party Down) will discuss '80s TV title sequences (the basis of his Adult Swim series); a sold-out MIA/Solange show on Saturday at Webster Hall (5/10) happening after her Knockdown Center shows this week.

Sunday (5/11) events include: "Brunch with Rufus Wainwright" and Julie Klausner (5/11, 11 AM @ Milk Studios); a pop culture trivia night with the cast of Orange is the New Black (5/11, 5 PM @ Milk Studios); and a sold-out comedy night on Sunday @ The Bell House with Billy "On the Street" Eichner, Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine Nine), Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and more.

Tickets to most of the panels are still available and include drink tickets. Full Vulture Festival schedule and details, below...

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Jiwon Lee

Ophira Eisenberg, Carolyn Castiglia, Nichelle Stephens, Erin and Her Cello, Jessica Delfino, Jacquetta Szathmari, Kambri Crews, Abbi Crutchfield, Livia Scott, and Michelle Buteau will take the stage at Littlefield near Park Slope in Brooklyn on Sunday, May 18th for the next edition of comedy & variety show 'Chicks & Giggles'. The event, which was already being billed as a 10th anniversary for the all-female show, is now also a memorial for comedian Jiwon Lee whose body was found in the Hudson River over the weekend. "Following the show, says co-founder Carolyn Castiglia, an informal memorial will invite anyone wishing to speak about Lee." $5 advanced tickets are on sale.

As we've pointed out before, Jiwon was loved in the NYC comedy community. The Village Voice compiled a few memories in a new article. If you have memories you'd like to share, they're also being collected via the Facebook that was set up to help find Jiwon. The message there reads:

To honor Jiwon at her upcoming memorial we are asking for everyone to share funny memories/stories they have experienced with her. She has been an amazing person and friend to so many and we are sure she has left lasting impressions on everyone she's met. Let's all bring to light the wonderful person Jiwon is and use this as an opportunity to celebrate her life. Please send to weloveyoujiwon@gmail.com. Thank you!
The GoFundMe page which was created to help fund the search for Jiwon is now a scholorship. No details are listed, but the page says "$87,723 raised by 1,202 people in 1 month" and still promises an update on a memorial service.

May 4, 2014

"RIP Jiwon Lee" - Liza Dye

"Sad to hear about Jiwon Lee. I hadn't seen her since high school, but her voice and mannerisms still stand out in my memory. RIP." - Nick Hurwitch

"Hard part about losing Jiwon is knowing she would have been there for anyone struggling. #jiwonlee" - Diana Saez

"Jiwon Lee ?? miss you, beautiful girl. http://instagram.com/p/nl8n5dC-Kp/" - Anya Garrett

"Here's Jiwon Lee playing "Doctor" with @peteholmes @mccarthyredhead in 2008 http://youtu.be/dpdP0t0Fd2I" - TheComicsComic

"Truly sorry to hear about Jiwon Lee. My heart is with her friends and family. Suicide truly sucks. Lost my cousin a month ago & it's tough." - Emily Cohen

"Thanks all for sharing info about #JiwonLee They found her. My thoughts are with her family. A stunner and a star. " - Abbi Crutchfield

Jiwon LeE

Comedian and dental student Jiwon Lee went missing at the beginning of April. Rumors started to circulate that she may have commited suicide. Today a body matching Jiwon's description was pulled out of the Hudson. Those close to Jiwon are telling us that it was in fact Jiwon. Tragic news. Rest in Peace Jiwon.

Services are planned for this weekend. More details to follow.

UPDATE: The family has released the following statement via the GoFundMe page they had running:

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your continued prayers, donations, and support. Unfortunately, Jiwon, beloved daughter, sister, and friend has gone on to a better place. Our family thanks you at this time for respecting our privacy. We are currently planning a memorial service to honor Jiwon and will post further details as soon as possible.
The NY Post notes: "Her cellphone was tracked to the George Washington Bridge, prompting speculation she had jumped."

May 1, 2014

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The comedy world just lost a big one: former Mad Magazine editor Al Feldtein, who died Tuesday (4/29) at his ranch in Paradise Valley, CA. He was 88. From the NY Times obit:

Mr. Feldstein had been a writer and illustrator of comic books when he became editor of Mad four years into its life and just a year after it had graduated from comic-book form to a full-fledged magazine.

The founding editor, Harvey Kurtzman, established its well-informed irreverence, but Mr. Feldstein gave Mad its identity as a smart-alecky, sniggering and indisputably clever spitball-shooter of a publication with a scattershot look, dominated by gifted cartoonists of wildly differing styles.

Sources disagree about Mad's circulation when Mr. Feldstein took over; estimates range from 325,000 to 750,000. But by the early 1960s, he increased it to over a million, and a decade later it had doubled.

He hired many of the writers and artists whose work became Mad trademarks. Among them were Don Martin, whose cartoons featuring bizarre human figures and distinctive sound effects -- Katoong! Sklortch! Zazik! -- immortalized the eccentric and the screwy; Antonio Prohias, whose "Spy vs. Spy" was a sendup of the international politics of the Cold War; Dave Berg, whose "The Lighter Side of ..." made gentle, arch fun of middlebrow behavior; and Mort Drucker, whose caricatures satirized movies like Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" ("Henna and Her Sickos" in Mad's retelling).

Al Feldstein taught many of us the delights of snappy answers to stupid questions (among other things), even if our parents hated that we "wasted" our money on Mad. Rest in peace, Al.

April 30, 2014

Mike

Mike Birbiglia continues to tour but will squeeze in another small "Working It Out" show in NYC on Monday (5/5) at Union Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below...

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April 23, 2014

Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bonnaroo

As you may know, Bonnaroo returns to Manchester, TN in June. The main lineup and the Club Stage lineup were already announced and 'Roo just announced the late night artists including Chance the Rapper, Darkside, Deafheaven, Die Antwoord, Disclosure, Frank Ocean, Ice Cube, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Pusha T, The Flaming Lips, Ty Segall, White Denim and more. Full late night lineup below.

Since we last spoke, the festival's comedy lineup was also announced and it includes Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller and Brad Williams.

Tickets for the fest, whose main lineup includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel and more, are still available.

Full late night lineup below...

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April 22, 2014

UPDATE: Jiwon Lee's body reportedly found

(photo by Maryanne Ventrice)
Jiwon Lee

Jiwon Lee, the NYC Columbia University student and comedian who went missing on April 1st, was all over the news at the begining of April. On April 8th it emerged that she may have been suicidal. Meanwhile, $86,000 was raised to hire a private detective, but sadly there still has been no word as to the whereabouts of Jiwon. The Facebook page dedicated to her search hasn't been updated since 4/7, though the gofundme page does have a 6-day old update that reads:

Hi Everyone, I know you are all wondering what the current situation for Jiwon is... Unfortunately, there are still no definitive updates. The NYPD is continuing their investigation as is our private investigator. I know this time is very frustrating for all of us... We feel powerless and want to be able to do something/anything! I ask that you continue to pray for Jiwon's safety and well-being. We continue to hope and pray for the best. Our family thanks you for your prayers. It is only by your love and God's support that we are managing as well as we have during this difficult period.
Our prayers and hopeful thoughts continue.

Photo via the Comic's Comic.

April 17, 2014

Star Talk Live

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman have been doing a live version of space-oriented radio show "Star Talk" for some time, though Tyson is a lot better known these days, thanks to the reboot of science series Cosmos. But Neil and Eugene are still talking stars (live!) and will do so at Beacon Theatre on June 5 with special guests: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa and more! Tickets for this show are currently on fan presale (password is "cosmic") and go on sale to the general public Friday (4/18) at 11 AM.

In other live science show news, Bill Nye the Science Guy will be at Irving Plaza for three nights in July

EiT

The video collagists / crap connoisseurs known as Everything is Terrible! are back with two new "specials," which they'll be touring around the East Coast next month. The first, "Comic Relief Zero!," takes a look at those who dare stand in front of a brick wall for laughs; and the second, "Everything Is Terrible! Does The Hip-Hop!," is pretty self explanatory. If you need more explanation, or are just unfamiliar with the warped minds behind EiT!, you can watch trailers for both below.

The tour comes to NYC on May 21 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with video trailers, below...

Continue reading "Everything is Terrible! Live! on tour in May (dates)"