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September 17, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
Amy Schumer played MSG last night opening for Madonna and will do the same tonight (and then Barclays on Saturday), but looks like she's big as Madonna, I'll say it again, because she's now set to headline Madison Square Garden on her own on June 23, 2016. It's been a good year or so for comedians making the jump to headlining MSG, with Louis CK and Aziz Ansari (who Amy just co-headlined the Oddball tour with) doing the same. Tickets are on sale now.
Amy also teams up with Jerry Seinfeld to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Jessica Seinfeld's Baby Buggy organization, which "takes an innovative child-focused approach to curbing generational poverty by linking access to critical child gear items to parental participation in programs designed to lift the family out of poverty." That show happens November 16 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets are on sale.
All of Amy's tour dates are listed below...
September 16, 2015
photos by P Squared
Laetitia Sadier / Deradoorian
Former Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier began a tour in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right this past Friday (9/11) and sounded as enchanting as ever. Opening was her tourmate Deradoorian, whose otherworldly new album The Expanding Flower Planet came out a few weeks ago. She was introduced by none other than actor/comedian Pauly Shore, as you can see in the pictures in this post.
Speaking of, Pauly Shore just announced a NYC show for October 4 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now.
Opening the Baby's show was Operator (not to be confused with Dan Boeckner's band Operators). More pictures below...
September 11, 2015
by Bill Pearis
There was a while there -- oh, 2009 or so -- when you could barely go a day without someone posting a new parody of the scene in Downfall when Adolf Hitler learns he's lost the war. If you missed that somehow, the subtitles were redone so that the scene was about Hitler finding out there'd be no camera in the iPod Touch, or that his friends aren't going to burning man, or him failing to get The Fall's RSD09 single. Then someone made one where Hitler actually finds out about the Downfall Meme, and the meme quieted down, but I just came across a new one where he finds out that The Cocteau Twins aren't actually reuniting this festival season. It works in Slowdive, Ride and a few other shoegaze bands as well. It's clearly from this year, and funny, and you can watch it below...
September 10, 2015
by Klaus Kinski
In a move reminiscent of Pink Floyd's Everestian Discovery box set, longtime Klaus favorite comedian Eugene Mirman is set to release I'm Sorry (You're Welcome), a "monumental 9-volume, 7-LP comedy album" on October 30 via Sub Pop.
The monumental 9-volume/7-LP set, due October 30th on Sub Pop Records, is much more than a comedy album, and much less than the 100 CD-album that Mirman originally conceived for the project 10 years ago. In addition to Mirman's brilliant stand-up performance at Seattle's Columbia City Theater in June 2014, the collection includes more than 500 tracks featuring: a guided meditation for various body parts; an erotic new age "Fuckscape" for sexing to; a comprehensive sound effects library, voiced by Mirman, including everything from "rain" to "zoo with nothing to lose"; an aural pharmacy of "digital drugs" from marijuana to apple cider vinegar; over 45 real minutes of real crying; an introduction to possibly useful Russian phrases; ringtones and outgoing voicemail messages for your personal use; and 195 consecutive orgasms. It is, as comedian Daniel Kitson writes in the set's liner notes, "a parade of excellence punctuated with benevolent explosions of the purist, uncut, nonsense."Part comedy album, part high-brow-low-brow art project, my pea brain is still processing the magnitude of this upcoming release. The project will be released on several formats, but not on CD. You can get it on vinyl. You can get it digitally. And if you have $1200 burning a hole in your pocket, limited-edition embroidered robes and an armchair with embedded audio players are also be available to pre-order now from Sub Pop's Mega Mart (while supplies last) (obviously). It all sounds mega-weird and mega-random, and goddamnit I really wanna hear this thing. A full breakdown of the album's contents as well as a trailer for the project are below.
Eugene will do a small tour in honor of his masterpiece, including an NYC show at The Bell House on October 30. Tickets for that are on sale now. Those dates are below.
Before that tour, the comedian will be hosting the 8th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival which happens next weekend. The fest will be bouncing between The Bell House and Union Hall from September 18 - September 20 and will crescendo with an installment of Startalk Live at the gigantic Beacon Theater on September 21. Advance tickets to many of the EMCF are sold out, but there's usually some tickets available when doors open each night. Feast your eyes on the ECMF schedule below! Basically, there's a shitload of stuff below, so get down there.
September 9, 2015
The first season of Why? With Hannibal Buress just wrapped up on Comedy Central. Watch a clip from that below.
As you may know, Stephen Colbert is busy with his own new talk show, but he's still making time for other things. He'll be at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 21 to talk with director J.J. Abrams. This "Nerd-Off" happens a little less than a month before JJ Abrams' much-anticipated new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters worldwide. Tickets are currently on presale (use password "NERDOFF") and go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/11) at 10 AM. Proceeds from this event benefit The Montclair Film Festival, "New Jersey's leading film non-profit."
Stephen Colbert made his debut as host of CBS' The Late Show on Tuesday night (9/8) with guests George Clooney and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. The end of the show featured a performance by house band Jon Batiste and Stay Hungry, covering Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" with a whole bunch of special guests, including Mavis Staples, Ben Folds, Buddy Guy, Beirut's Zach Condon, Kyle Resnick, and Ben Lanz, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and lots more. Watch that below (via Vulture) and the whole episode is streaming over at CBS.
September 3, 2015
by Klaus Kinski
The relentlessness of New York City's expensification, corporatization, yuppification, Eurotrashification, mindless Condo-nality and Trustafarianism makes it difficult for any person or persons to set-up a weekly or monthly comedy show that can survive longer than a calendar year. Somehow, though, the great Seth Herzog has been a been able to keep his wonderful comedy/variety/insanity showcase Sweet alive and well for a whopping 11 years with little need for antibiotics or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Currently back home on Tuesdays at the Slipper Room after a bit of a stay at Ella, the longevity of his show defies logic, economics, and New York City's heartless appetite to consume anything wonderful before we get too used to it. And that is just wonderful; in this day and age, in this dumb city, it sure is nice to have something we can count on.
To celebrate Sweet's massive 11-year anniversary, Herzog is taking his show from the Slipper Room to the confines of the intimate Studio at Webster Hall on Monday September 14 for a showcase that is sure to rip. The line-up so far includes the legendary David Cross, Hasan Minhaj ("Daily Show" correspondent, host of MTV's "Failosophy"), and more to be announced as the date gets closer. And it wouldn't be Sweet without an appearance from Seth's mom. Tickets are currently onsale so grab a couple and join me for what is going to be the show of the century.
September 2, 2015
The October edition of Dave Hill's variety show "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" happens at Union Hall on 10/2 with Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie, plus Matthew Holtzclaw, Mary Radzinski, and Michelle Buteau. Dave's group Valley Lodge are the house band and tickets are on sale now.
In other comedy news, Patton Oswalt is doing two shows at The Bell House on November 12 (7 PM & 9 PM) as part of the NY Comedy Festival. Tickets are on sale. Also part of the NYCF, Patton will be "in conversation" at 92Y on November 11 to talk about his memoir Silver Screen Fiend. Who he'll be in conversation with, they haven't said, but tickets are on sale now.
August 25, 2015
Hannibal Buress has been busy with his new late night variety show, Why? with Hannibal Buress and his co-starring role on Broad City, but apparently not too busy to return to his old Brooklyn stomping grounds. According to the comedian's Instagram, he is performing at The Knitting Factory on Sunday, September 20, a return to form from his old days hosting shows there every Sunday. This show, though, will be in the main room and tickets will be on sale soon.
Hannibal is also playing some shows across the Midwest and a show at Toronto's Just For Laughs festival. Tour dates listed below.