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May 28, 2015

Chris Gethard

Tonight's (5/28) the premiere of the cable TV debut of The Chris Gethard Show (previously on public access), which the cable network Fusion recently picked up. If you'd like to watch it, check out the listings above for where to watch. Guests on the first episode are Ilana Glazer and
Abbi Jacobson of Broad City along with musical guest The Front Bottoms. Extra footage, including of the band, will also be posted on Fusion's website.

You can also watch the episode if you're going to the BrooklynVegan-presented premiere party at Rough Trade tonight. If you're going, you had to RSVP (which is now closed), but even with RSVP admission is first come, first served. Get there early! Doors are at 7.

UPDATE: The show aired and the premiere party happened and it was all awesome! Stay tune for more on that.

In addition to a screening of the show and comedy from Chris, tonight's show has music from Screaming Females, Jeff Rosenstock, Mal Blum and Hiccup.

Mal is also teaming up with Chris for one of his two Career Suicide shows at Union Hall, which will have "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." She plays the second (June 15), and the first one (June 1) has another of Chris's musically inclined friends, Mikey Erg. Tickets for both are on sale now.

Mal Blum also has Palisades show (7/2) coming up, and Hiccup play one there with Chumped a day earlier.

Chris is also part of UCB's 2015 Del Close Marathon at the end of June.

photo: Gorburger @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gorburger

Gorburger, the giant alien monster who took over a Japanese talk show so he could interview (and sometimes eat) musicians, may be moving to cable. And not some channel you've never heard of, either. Variety reports that HBO has ordered a pilot of the show which ran two seasons on YouTube/Funny or Die. That would make TJ Miller, who voices Gorburger, a busy guy as he also stars as Erlich on HBO's Silicon Valley. Moby, Ed Helms and Johnny Knoxville will be guests on HBO's The Gorburger Show pilot, along with musical guests Danny Brown and HEALTH (who are doing a song together), as well as Eagles of Death Metal.

We last saw Gorburger at one of the BrooklynVegan SXSW parties in 2013. You can watch a 2012 episode of his show featuring HEALTH, below...

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May 27, 2015

dave hill

Hello. This is your man Dave Hill with an announcement of global importance. On Tuesday, June 9, my debut comedy album Let Me Turn You On will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public by aspecialthing records, a reputable label if there ever was one. As you can probably imagine, I am very excited about this as it is the culmination of nearly ten years of performing live comedy in dank basements, juke joints, convalescent homes, and correctional facilities all over the world. And while, sure, the sex has been incredible, it also feels good to have some of my live comedy work be released both in the popular CD format and on iTunes, which is why I write to you today. Whether you need a good laugh or would just like a better understanding of why I have never once appeared on network television (I have, however, appeared on basic and premium cable many, many times. Let me be clear on this, everyone I went to high school with! Haha. Ha.), I encourage you to go ahead and pre-order your copy of my incredible album today. It is full of "jokes", anecdotes, stories, and other theoretically humorous observations from a life lived to the best of my abilities for the most part. I also rip a couple sweet guitar solos here and there because I can. It is a really great album to listen to while enjoying a killer workout, participating in medical experiments, or just sitting there eating a corn dog or something probably. I don't even know. You'll figure it out. And as if all of that is not enough, the cover art is by the great Danny Hellman, one of my favorite artists ever.
Dave Hill will be celebrating the release of Let Me Turn You on at The Bell House on June 9 with guests Michelle Wolf, Daniel Koren, Greg Barris, Seaton Smith and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Before that, Dave is a part of the "Comedy Tribute to Devo" at Littlefield on Thursday (5/28) that also features Devo's Gerald Casale, Sara Benincasa, Liam McEneaney, Joe Garden, Fort Lean and "special guests." Tickets are still available. Dave says he's "gonna do a song, not sure which one yet. I might rip a sweet solo or two also."

You can also get a dose of Dave via WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show which airs every Monday from 9 PM - midnight, Eastern time. Dave's got a few other live dates as well, and all are listed below.

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Noel Fielding

Bad news, comedy fans. The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding has postponed the upcoming NYC run of his new comedy show that was supposed happen at Theater for the New City (June 8 - 13) "due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with cast and crew." Dates are being rescheduled, specifics still to be determined. Refunds are available at point of purchase (and if you bought online, the refund is automatic). Stay tuned.

May 22, 2015

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Did you know that Coldplay were working on a Game of Thrones musical? Spoiler alert: they're not, really, but that's the premise of a 12-minute mockumentary short that was made for yesterday's Red Nose Day comedy fundraising marathon. Narrated by Liam Neeson, starring a lot of the GoT cast singing a lot bad songs and featuring a Chris Martin that just calls Kit Harrington Jon Snow the whole time, you can watch it below.

Actual spoiler alert: this is loaded with spoilers if you're not caught up.

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May 21, 2015

Emily Heller

The very funny Emily Heller is the latest comedian to sign to Kill Rock Stars. She'll be recording her first album for the label at Union Hall on June 3 and tickets are on sale now.

You can check clips of Emily on Conan and Late Night with Seth Meyers below, and you can also listen to the podcast she co-hosts with Lisa Hanawalk, Baby Geniuses. That Union Hall Show is part of her "Please Consider This" tour and all dates are listed below.

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May 20, 2015

the late Del Close in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'
Del Close

The Upright Citizens Brigade's annual Del Close Marathon will feature 575 improv shows from June 26-28, happening around-the-clock on nine stages across seven locations: UCB Chelsea, UCB East, Theater for the New City, 4th Street Theatre, Magnet Theater, SVA Theatre and FIT Haft Auditorium. You can buy a $35 wristband at UCB Chelsea starting June 26 at noon, and that gets you into every show (subject to capacity, of course). The only shows with advance tickets are the higher-profile, bigger shows at SVA and FIT, which include:

FRIDAY 6/26: Broad City Live (sold out), an improv session with Key & Peele writers, Horatio Sanz's "The Hooray Show"; and improv with the cast of Silicon Valley.

SATURDAY 6/27: Nick Kroll & Friends, an improv show with The Daily Show writers; Mad Men finale scene-stealer Brett Gelman's Gelmania! Live!, and an improvised show with Comedy Bang! Bang! writers.

SUNDAY 6/28: a special preview screening of Thank You Del Close documentary and two editions of ASSSSCAT 3000 (7:30 PM sold out; 10 PM you can get tickets)

Non-ticketed events, most of which are only 30 minutes (some even less), include Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard (6/27, 3 PM at UCB Chelsea), "Mike Birbiglia's Dream" (6/27, 6:30 PM at UCB Chelsea), the writers of Late Night with Seth Meyers doing a show (6/27, 9:30 PM at Magnet Theatre), 30 Rock's Scott Adsit (6/28, 3:30 PM at UCB Chelsea), and an entirely improvised episode of Seinfeld (6/28, 4:30 PM at UCB Chelsea).

As this goes for three days straight, needless to say there is a lot more, so pour over the whole 2015 Del Close Marathon schedule.

May 15, 2015

by Bill Pearis

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Amy Schumer, whose very funny Comedy Central series is in the midst of its third season, stars in one of this summer's most anticipated comedies, Trainwreck, which she wrote and was directed by Judd Apatow and also stars Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer and Dave Attell. All those funny folks (except for Hader) will be out promoting the film on the Trainwreck Tour which has multiple stops in North America, each one benefitting a different charity. It'll hit NYC at Beacon Theatre on June 15. Tickets, which benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, are on sale now.

Trainwreck, much of which was filmed in Williamsburg (including at the soon-to-close Trash Bar) is out July 17. All Trainwreck Tour dates are listed, along with the film's red-band trailer, below...

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May 14, 2015

Simpsons

Simpsons fans may have to get used to not seeing Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and Principal Skinner anymore... or at least maybe hearing them with slightly different voices. Harry Shearer, who voices those characters (and many more) tweeted last night that he will not be returning to the show, the news being delivered by the lawyer of The Simpsons' producer James L Brooks:

Simpsons

Like what's happening with David Lynch and the new Twin Peaks, this may be just very public negotiation, but Variety reports that the show -- the longest running in television history -- has already begun production of its 27th season without Shearer, who you may also know as Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap (and lots of other stuff.) It's looking pretty certain, as showrunner Al Jean told CNN, "We do not plan to 'kill off' his characters, but replace them with the most talented members of the voice over community." How do you feel about having someone else voice Mr. Burns? Do you still watch the show? The 26th season finale of The Simpsons airs this Sunday (5/17) on FOX.

May 12, 2015

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As previously mentioned, comedian Chris Gethard (whose credits include Broad City and Don Giovanni) is moving his public access show to cable network Fusion this month. The first episode airs on at 10 pm on 5/28. In celebration, BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that we've teamed with Chris and Fusion to throw a premiere party in Williamsburg on May 28 at Rough Trade NYC!

Chris will be there of course, and we'll have live music from his Don Giovanni labelmates Screaming Females and Mal Blum, as well as his old friend Jeff Rosenstock and new-ish band Hiccup who include Unlovables singer Hallie Bulliet, who's also a member of The Chris Gethard Show's house band. In addition to the music and live laffs, we'll also screen the first episode of the new show as it airs.

The party is totally FREE but you do need to RSVP, which is now open (18+ to get in). Even with RSVP though, admission is first come first served based on capacity, so get there early!

If you're unfamiliar with The Chris Gethard Show, here's some history in Chris' own words:

The Chris Gethard Show started out at the UCB Theater in 2009 and eventually spent four years on public access television, where it garnered a cult audience spread out all over the world. It's a highly interactive talk show that is known for empowering lonely kids, embracing its own loser status, and putting on some of the strangest comedy going. From having Zach Galifianakis give random audience members haircuts to hosting the first ever public appearance by a recently re-united Sleater Kinney, The Chris Gethard Show is producing some of the most innovative comedy of the last few years. They also created an annual holiday dedicated to sandwiches.
Chris also adds this about the premiere party:
After many years in the public access trenches, TCGS is headed to greener pastures. The Chris Gethard Show debuts on the Fusion network on May 28th, and Brooklyn Vegan is hosting a premiere party at Rough Trade Records in Williamsburg. The debut episode will be shown and a number of bands who are friends of TCGS will help celebrate the occasion. Hiccup features Hallie and Alex from the TCGS house band (The LLC). Mal Blum is one of the most beloved TCGS musical guests of all time. Screaming Females put on an unforgettable performance where King Mike insisted on having his head off screen the entire time. And Jeff Rosenstock was a part of an infamous evening known simply as "Eat More Butts". Please come out and join the celebration as these friends gather to celebrate New York's favorite resident underground show making the jump to cable.
See you there????

Check out videos of Screaming Females, Jeff Rosenstock, and Mal Blum from public access episodes of TCGS, below...

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