Recent Posts in comedy - Page 5
August 16, 2013
by Arielle Gordon
We just wrote about the Sixth Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and here's another comedy festival and this one hits next week: The Brooklyn Comedy Festival. It's being held at a variety of venues in the general Williamsburg area from August 19 - 24.
According to the festival organizers, it will include a mix of sketch, improv, and standup and features some strong local comedians, such as Chris Gethard (who traveled to Lollapalooza with us just a week ago), The Lucas Bros., Dan St. Germaine, Calise Hawkins, Mike Lawrence, Nimesh Patel, and more. Schedule is at the BCF website and full performer list and show dates are listed below.
by Klaus Kinski
When I first really started getting into the NYC comedy scene, one of the first people to get the Klaus Kinski Gold Pass of Unbridled Greatness was Kurt Braunohler. Back when BV and I started doing our Rock n ROFL shows at Pianos Kurt participated in one of them and absolutely blew the roof off of the place. I remember a lot of people in attendance not really knowing much about Kurt, but when the show was over most of the people there couldn't stop talking about how amazing Kurt was. I initially came across Kurt when I caught him and his comedy partner Kristen Schaal as part of a showcase somewhere; probably UCB or Rififi. Since then I have seen him dozens of times, alone or with Kristen, and he is literally one of the best in the biz. Like so many comedians I love, NYC lost Kurt to the greener pastures of Los Angeles and, man, is that mofo flourishing!
I'd say that the one big thing he did that brought his name into the greater public consciousness was his "how do I land" prank aka "The Cloud Project" in which he raised $6k on Kickstarter and hired a pilot to write the words "How Do I Land?" across the LA sky. It wigged people out and sure enough it hit newspapers, blogs, and news reports from Timbuktu to Portland, Maine -- or Portland, Oregon for that matter. Besides that, Kurt has been a regular on Bob's Burgers and continues to host the weekly comedy variety show "Hot Tub" with his comedy partner Kristen Schaal which packs the house each Monday night in LA just as it did in NY for seven years.
I am beside myself to report that Kurt also recorded an album which comes out on Tuesday August (8/20) via Kill Rock Stars. The album, titled How Do I Land, was recorded earlier this year to totally cram-packed rock clubs in Seattle and Portland. Not only is it Kurt's first release, it's also Kill Rock Star's first comedy signing-slash-release. Right now you can pre-order the sucker, which I highly recommend, because it is without question one of the tightest comedy albums I have heard in an extremely long time.
And I am also beside my besided self to report that Kurt is going to be celebrating the release of How Do I Land with an epic CD Release Party at The Bell House on Tuesday August 27. Not only am I chuffed that he is having this release show in his old stomping grounds of NYC, but I am also chuffed at the caliber of guests that will be joining him that evening. Besides Kurt (already worth the price of admission) the evening also includes sets by Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Hannibal Burress, Nick Turner and musical guest Ted Leo. Schwing! Tickets are just about gone, but there will be some at the door.
Footage of Kurt's appearance on Conan last night (8/15), my favorite Vine of all time, and his tour schedule, are below.
by Klaus Kinski
Holy smokes dudes. Lookit, I don't really go for the whole 'festival' scene, nor do I have the scratch or the resources to get my ass on a plane to go to some far off place and put myself up in a hotel in order to endure a few days of music and drunk idiots and awful tattoos and dudes in short-shorts prancing around like the world around them isn't basically in the worst shape it has ever been and stuff. And I am too old to do the old bro-out road trip, share a hotel room with eight dudes nonsense. However, two upcoming events in Elsewhere, USA are forcing me to consider eBaying everything I own in order to personally witness their majesty. The first event, which I've already mentioned, is Festival Supreme which is taking place on the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday October 19. Top to bottom, this show boasts the best line-up of entertainment I have ever seen including performances by Tenacious D, Zach Galifianakis, The Mr. Show Experience, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Eric Idle, Tim & Eric, Sarah Silverman, and scores more of top shelf greatness. If ever there was a show worth the price of admission, a plane ticket, and a hotel room somewhere this is it.
Less than a month after that, the incredibly curated Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 has to go ahead and add a comedy line-up to their already powerhouse festival. If you're at the fest, which happens in Austin Texas from November 8 - 10, prepare yourself, for their comedy line-up includes the impossibly great Tenacious D, Patton Oswalt, Craig Robinson, Doug Benson, Rob Delaney, The Eric Andre Show Live(!), Kyle Kinane, Jonah Ray, and tons tons tons more. The fact that, in a single festival, I can see Slayer, Quicksand, The Descendents, Judge, Subhumans, and the Cro-Mags as well as all this great comedy is basically my most wonderfully imaginative dream come true. Tickets are currently on sale and I urge you to get on it tout de suite, sunshine.
But hey, if you're a New Yorker like me and dreams of travel to exotic US locations for comedy/music festivals are just that, a dream, have no fear. For as we mentioned yesterday The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival will return for it's 6th year with shows at The Bell House and Union Hall from September 26 - 29 that are sure to be so good you're gonna want to have a clean pair of underwear handy. This year's festival is bursting at the seams with comedy, maybe some music, and definitely more. Klaus favorites including Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Che, Kurt Braunohler, and Leo Allen are all scheduled to perform in one way or another. In addition to that, the ALWAYS SOLD OUT StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman will be back this year, as well as tons of smaller shows featuring newer talent and comedians who are sure to be sucked into the vacuum that is Los Angeles sooner or later. And you know your man Klaus is stoked for the return of Invite Them Up, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen, and that super dope Bob's Burgers Season 4 Celebration. It's going to be a great festival loaded with the shows and comedians that made me fall in love with the NYC comedy scene in the first place.
For some of you today is probably payday so get those sweet bunz of yours onto TicketFly and start buying those tickets!
by Klaus Kinski
Earlier this month I mentioned that the 10th Annual New York Comedy Festival would be taking place at various venues throughout NYC from November 6 - 10, 2013. Of the many shows taking place in that time, one of the ones I highlighted as being a must see is Anthony Jeselnik's headlining show at Town Hall on Saturday November 9. Turns out, that NYC date is one of nearly 10,000 other dates making up a massive bazillion-city tour of the United States.
Besides NYC, other area shows include a stop at Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY on September 12 (tickets) and Asbury Park, NJ's The Paramount Theater on September 13 (tickets). Full tour dates are listed below.
August 15, 2013
The 6th annual EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL is returning to the Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn this September...
Featuring expert curator and comedy host extraordinaire Eugene Mirman and an all-star cast of comedians, actors, musicans and super surprise guests, the EMCF has been called "the best ironic-comedy-festival-but-also-real-comedy-festival known to man" (HuffingtonPost).....EMCF 2013 sees the return of popular shows like StarTalk Live! and the legendary Invite Them Up and Pretty Good Friends. The festival is packed with amazing performers such as Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Che, Kurt Braunohler, Leo Allen and many more!Tickets are on sale now the shows happening September 26-29 at the Bell House and Union Hall. Full lineup with links below...
August 9, 2013
Comedian Doug Benson returns to New York on September 9 at The Gramercy Theatre for another live taping of his always hilarious podcast Doug Loves Movies. Jump on this, guys - his last New York DLM taping featured Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Jason Mantzoukas and Bobby Moynihan, and the special guests on the taping before that were Ari Shaffir, Eugene Mirman, John Mulaney and Pat Kiernan. No word on who will join him next month, but tickets are on sale now.
Other Doug Benson dates (both DLM tapings and stand up) are listed below.
by Arielle Gordon
Comedian Dan St. Germain just announced the recording of his debut album. He's recording the album, set to be titled "Bad at the Good Times," at Meltdown Comics in LA on September 13. There are two sets - 7:30 and 9 - so be sure to catch him if you're in town!
Germain is a comic who is heavily involved in the New York stand up scene, often popping into The Creek and the Cave to test out new material and defending the stand up community during the infamous UCB debates earlier this year. He's recently had success on a more national scope, landing a spot on Conan earlier this year and touring across America. In the month leading up to his September 13 album taping, Germain is doing an insane amount of hometown shows to prepare, from Whiplash this Monday to Kabin on September 5. See the full list of New York shows and a video reel (including his appearance on Fallon) below.
August 6, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
The New York Comedy Festival is coming back from November 6 through November 10, 2013 for what will be their milestone 10 year anniversary. And although none of the shows are knocking my socks off as much as the Ben Stiller Show reunion they had last year did, this year's line-up is so far pretty impressive (albeit somewhat bogged down with conservative, mainstream talent). The shows will be taking place at venues all over our wonderful city including, but not limited to, Town Hall, The Beacon Theater, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, and Carnegie Hall. Highlights for your man Klaus include John Mulaney on Saturday November 9 at 7:00 PM at Town Hall, as well as Anthony Jeselnik at the same venue the same evening at 9:45 PM. Also a hot ticket will be Larry David in conversation with David Steinberg on Sunday November 10 at Town Hall.
The ticket presale for all shows will run from August 7 at 10:00 AM to August 11 at 10:00 PM. The general onsale for normal people starts Monday, August 12 at 10:00 AM. Tickets can be purchased through the New York Comedy Festival website and Ticketmaster.
Last year, after announcing their initial line-up, the fest scheduled a ton of indie-centric shows at places like the UCB Theater. It is that particular programming that is sure to please people like you and me a lot more than their industry-favorite big ticket shows. Keep your eyes peeled. Meanwhile, announced schedule is below...
July 31, 2013
Dave Hill, Phil Anselmo, a goat
Multiply the mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler by one hundred, give her the super-plus-size figure and fashion sense of Divine, the John Waters diva, and the manners of a Flintstone, and you've got a rough approximation of Bridget Everett, the alt-cabaret star who roared around the stage of Joe's Pub...That's a review from a recent Joe's Pub show and if you missed it, you have three more chances including tonight (7/31).
Who are the Tender Moments? Well, they would be Bridgett's band members: Mike Jackson on guitar; Adam Horovitz, a k a Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, on bass; Matt Ray on piano; and Carmine Covelli on drums. The bassist needs no introduction. You might recognize some of the other names from Ad-Rock's wife Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin (who announced a small show of their own today).
What does Dave Hill have to do with this? He also happens to be a regular guest at Bridgett Everett shows! He joined them at their last two Joe's Pub gigs and will do so again tonight. He'll also join the Tender Moments on stage at Outside Lands in San Francisco on Saturday, August 10th. It's one of three performances Dave is doing at the California fest on The Barbary stage, and only part of his whole Outside Lands itinerary which also includes hosting the SoundWave stage with us like he did at Firefly Fest (but won't be doing at Lollapalooza).
Why is Dave Hill pictured with Phil Anselmo and a goat on the top of this post? Because Phil (when not promoting a new music project) and Dave (when not investigating the royal baby) are currently filming a new sure-to-be both metal and hilarious online series for Adult Swim! it's called Metal Grasshopper and it will premiere later this year!
Where can I meanwhile see Dave Hill rock out? As mentioned, you can catch him at Joe's Pub, but for a more proper Dave Hill rock show, head to Mercury Lounge on Friday night (8/2) where his band rock band Valley Lodge will be performing. You can listen to their power pop hits at Soundcloud.
P.S. Paperback lovers take note: Dave's book "Tasteful Nudes" comes out as a paperback on Sept 3.
Another glorious pic of Dave and Phil and Phil Anselmo tour dates, below...
July 26, 2013
by Arielle Gordon
Mike Birbiglia on stage at the Bell House (via @BVComedy)
Browse our NYC comedy calendar 24 hours a day every day, but here are some events we'd like to highlight happening tonight (7/26) and over the rest of the weekend...
Comedian Mike Birbiglia is testing out new material in "Working It Out" at the Cherry Lane Theatre tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday at 8 PM. Tickets are SOLD OUT for Friday and Saturday, but are still available for Sunday here.
Stand-up Jim Tews has his second-to-last Week At the Creek show tonight at The Creek and The Cave at 7 PM.
Stone Cold Fox, a sketch group featuring Connor Ratliff (The Chris Gethard Show) and Molly Lloyd (CollegeHumor, Funny or Die) at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, is performing its newest sketch show, A Triumph... Channing Tatum is Electric!" tonight at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea at 7:30 PM.
Browse our NYC comedy show list for more!
And speaking of Chris Gethard, we're excited he'll be with us for three days at Lollapalooza next week.