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October 26, 2015
We're just a couple weeks away from Netflix dropping Bob Odenkirk and David Cross' new With Bob & David sketch series (November 13 to be specific) which is, in everything but actual name, new Mr. Show. To get you excited they've shared one of the sketches, titled "Resolutions," which has Bob, David, and fellow Mr. Show alums John Ennis, Paul F Tompkins, and Jay Johnston playing cards and talking about finally sticking to New Year's resolutions, for real this time. You can watch it below.
Meanwhile, David Cross is guest-hosting Night Train at Littlefield tonight (10/26) with guests Marcella Arguello, Crystian Ramirez, Bryan Cook, Eric Neumann, and Roy Wood Jr. Tickets ($5) are still available. Regular host Wyatt Cenac will be back for the November 2 edition which is Night Train's third anniversary with Aparna Nancherla, Joyelle Johnson, Mike Lawrence, Janelle James, and free pie! Tickets are on sale.
October 25, 2015
Public Enemy on 'Kimmel'
Jimmy Kimmel Live wrapped up its week in Brooklyn on Friday (10/23) with a tribute to Spike Lee's classic 1989 film Do the Right Thing. The Park Slope Two Boots they transformed into Sal's Pizza was for a short called Do the White Thing that poked fun at Brooklyn's current rep for being home to kale-eating beardos and features, among other, Billy Crudup, Zooey Deschanel, Jay Duplass, Rosie Perez (reprising her original role), and Mr. Robot's Rami Malek as an updated Radio Raheem who now has a vinyl boombox and spins Neutral Milk Hotel. Watch that below.
Public Enemy were the musical guests that night -- Kimmel introduced them from a miniature version of Di Fara Pizza that was part of the stage set -- and performed a medley including Do the Right Thing's theme song, "Fight the Power," and "911 is a Joke." Flava Flav also makes an appearance in the film parody. PE video below, too...
October 22, 2015
Jimmy Kimmel has been doing his ABC talk show live from Brooklyn Academy of Music this week which has involved a whole bunch of high-profile stunts. On Tuesday (10/20) he and guest Jay Z walked the entire audience to the star-studded TIDAL concert at nearby Barclays Center, and last night for "Back to the Future Day" (10/21/2015, maybe you heard something about it) Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd showed up, in character and in a Delorean. Jimmy updated Marty and Doc on what did and didn't actually get invented by 2015. Last night's show also had presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on, who (in response to last week's Saturday Night Live cold open) did his best Larry David impression. Video of all that is below.
The show also remade Park Slope's Two Boots into Sal's Pizza from Do the Right Thing. Perhaps that will tie into Friday's musical guest Public Enemy, whose "Fight the Power" was the film's theme song.
Tonight (10/22), Jimmy's guests are Bradley Cooper, Joy Behar, Paul Shaffer, and Esperanza Spalding.
October 21, 2015
Dave Hill and his good friend Danzig
The above Instagram photo of Danzig posing with Dave Hill, taken at Danzig's tour stop at Electric Factory in Philly on Friday, is a great reminder that Danzig headlines the Playstation Theater in NYC TONIGHT (10/21). Tickets are still available.
UPDATE: Right after posting this we realized that Danzig has been also making news today for allegedly roughing up someone taking pictures at the Montreal show, two nights after he was hanging with Dave.
Dave Hill was backstage at that Philly show, after himself performing "Fuck Your Enemy" with openers Superjoint Ritual -- not the first time Dave did that with Phil Anselmo's band, and hopefully he finds time to do it again tonight before flying to Austin where he opens for Snoop Dogg on Friday night (?!?).
UPDATE 2: Dave did in fact make it on stage again in NYC:
Dave also returns to Texas in November to be part of Anselmo's Housecore Horror Festival where among other things, he'll be playing guitar as part of Thor's band. Johnny Kelly of Danzig (and Type O Negative) will be on drums for that supergroup.
Housecore has also announced their full film lineup. The massive slate includes a documentary about Thor, aptly titled I Am Thor (he'll also be introducing Zombie Nightmare and Rock N' Roll Nightmare), a screening of the GWAR-movie Skulhedface with live commentary by Gwar's own Sleazy P. Martini, a screening of Dawn of the Dead with live accompaniment by Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, and a special screening of the classic Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer in honor of Corey Mitchell, the author who co-founded Housecore with Anselmo and who passed away last year. This is all in addition to just a ton of horror films and rock docs with titles like Cannibal Man, Voodoo Dick, Deathgasm, Coffin Cruising and Terrain Hatefuck. You get the idea. The updated festival poster and Aztec Theater lineup are at the end of this post.
There's also an I Am Thor screening and performance in Brooklyn on November 22 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale.
You can also catch the comedy and rock n roll stylings of Dave Hill at Union Hall in Brooklyn on November 6th for the next edition of "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets". Dave Hill hosts and plays in his band Valley Lodge that night. Special guests for the evening so far include Marcus Monroe, Adira Amram & The Experience, and Danny Felts.
Dave, who last week read his classic BrooklynVegan Def Leppard review out loud at a CMJ event, also appears as part of "Seven Minutes in Purgatory" at Littlefield on November 10th, along with Ian Abramson, Aparna Nancherla, Nick Vatterott, and more (part of New York Comedy Festival). (By the way, Def Leppard just announced a Barclays Center show with Styx and Tesla. Dave, you going??)
Last but not least, don't forget that you can tune into the The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU every Monday from 9pm-midnight (also available to stream any time in the archives).
Tracy Morgan hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend, his first major comedy appearance since the auto accident that nearly took his life in 2015. He seemed pretty much back to his old self and brought back recurring bits as "Brian Fellows' Safari Planet" and "Astronaut Jones." You can watch some SNL clips below.
You'll be able to catch Tracy on a stand-up tour next year, which includes a show at Huntington, NY's The Paramount Theatre on March 12. Tickets for that show are currently on venue presale (anyone know the password?) and go on sale to the general public on Friday (10/23) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
October 19, 2015
Filmaker David Lynch is working on a hybrid biography/memoir titled Life and Work that's due to be released in 2017. The biography portion of the book will be written by journalist Kristine McKenna. Says Lynch:
There's a lot of bullshit out there about me, in books and all over the Internet. I want to get all the right information in one place, so if someone wants to know something, they can find it here. And I wouldn't do it with anyone other than Kristine; she and I go way back, and she gets it right.Elsewhere, we''re still a year off from Lynch's new Twin Peaks episodes which are expected to air on Showtime in late 2016. Two original castmembers who fans will miss: Michael Ontkean (Sheriff Harry Truman) who has announced he will not return; and Catherine E. Coulson (who played The Log Lady) who sadly died in September.
In other news, Lynch and George Stephanopoulos will co-host a benefit concert for the David Lynch Foundation on November 4 at Carnegie Hall in NYC with performances by Katy Perry, Sting, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim James, Angelique Kidjo and Sharon Isbin. Tickets are on sale now.
October 2, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Childbirth's 2014 song "I Only Fucked You As a Joke" (from their self-titled tape) was a hilariously mean shoutalong insta-classic. The band, made up of Julia Shapiro (Chastity Belt), Bree McKenna (Tacocat) and Stacy Peck (Pony Time), return with their second album, Women's Rights, which is out today via Suicide Squeeze. It delivers 13 razor-sharp jabs, lampooning everything from the state of online dating ("Siri, Open Tinder"), the plusses of dating the newly wealthy ("Tech Bro"), "cool moms" ("Cool Mom"), doing coke at a baby shower ("Baby Bump") and so on.
A friend of mine from Seattle calls it the funniest thing out of the city since the heyday of the Young Fresh Fellows and like them, Childbirth do it without coming off novelty. There are a couple cheap jabs ("Breast Coast" pokes fun at vapid lyrics of certain indie bands) but overall, Childbirth deliver pointed barbs but also some serious punky hooks. You can stream the whole thing via NPR or Rdio, below.
October 1, 2015
The New York Comedy Festival (November 10 - 15) just announced 50 new shows to its 2015 lineup, including panel discussions, stand-up, musical comedy and podcasts. Among them is "Comedy Central Live in Brooklyn" which happens at Kings Theatre on November 13 and will features sets by Hannibal Buress, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, John Mulaney, Jeff Ross and more TBA. Tickets are on sale for that show.
Other new additions include: Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments at Gramery Theatre on November 12 (tickets); Craig Robinson & the Nasty Delicious at Brooklyn Bowl on November 15 (tickets); "A Sit-Down With The Tonight Show Writers" on November 14 at The TimesCenter (tickets); and "Keepin It 100: An Evening With The Creative Team Of The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore" at the Paley Center on November 14 (tickets on sale 10/7).
Full schedule for the 2015 NY Comedy Festival is here.
September 28, 2015
photo: Will Butler @ Baby's All Right in March (more by Erik Erikson)
Will Butler will close out a very busy 2015 with a holiday show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 17 with comedian Jo Firestone and the Hearing Things opening. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/2) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/30) at noon. You can watch a video preview about the show below.
Jo Firestone, who was just named one of Brooklyn Magazine's "30 Under 30," is a very busy performer as one look to her show calendar will attest. (She's also a writer on the Chris Gethard Show.) Her very very full schedule this week includes: Littlefield tonight (9/28) as part of Night Train with David Cross which is sold-out. She's also at Littlefield on Tuesday (9/29) with her show/competition "Punderdome 3000" that she co-hosts with her dad, Fred (tickets). On Thursday (10/1) at Housing Works she hosts her monthly series "Loose" (tickets); and on Friday (10/2) you can catch her at both the Slow Dance comedy show at Niagra (8 PM) and then at midnight she's part of "The Incredible Gameshow Showcase" at Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea (tickets). And on Saturday (10/3) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg it's "Jo & Billy Talking About Chocolate" with Billy Nord and that show is free. She also cohosts "Dr. Gameshow" on WFMU every Monday night from 6-7 PM EST. Jo has lots more stuff coming up, check out that calendar for details.
She's also warming up the crowd for bands TEEN and Ava Luna at Saint Vitus on October 24 (tickets). Check out some Jo Firestone videos below.
September 23, 2015
by Klaus Kinski
Your man Klaus is a little late to the announcement party, but that is how I roll. Comedy legends Bob Odenkirk and David Cross have wrapped up production of their new Netlix-only sketch comedy show With Bob and David and a release date has been set; November 13, 2015!
As a fledgling comedy aficionado in the mid-90s, Mr. Show With Bob and David was my bible and Bob and David were my Christs. I had been a Monty Python fan since I could understand English and, to me, Bob and David carried that marriage of irreverent live-action and pre-recorded material sensibility into a "hipper," more profane and contemporary arena. And although they reunited for a live tour in 2002 and for the production of Mr. Show movie Run Ronnie Run, Mr. Show superfans like me have always hungered for an all out, full-fledged, Mr. Show reunion series. Thank Cod for Netflix. The official teaser for "With Bob and David" (also featuring Brian Posehn) and some of my favorite Mr. Show sketches are below.
Meanwhile, fellow Emersonian, college drop-out, Emmy Award winner, Klaus-favorite, and indie comedy legend David Cross has really been making the rounds on the NYC comedy scene these past few weeks. He performed at Sweet's 11th anniversary show, he dropped in on a recent installment of comedy showcase Myrtle Comedy, and he was a guest on a recent installment of The Talk Show Series Presents: The Corrigan Show. He also dropped into Loose: A Comedy Show with Jo Firestone! at Housing Works Bookstore earlier this month. And these are just the appearances I can recall off the top of my head which is amazing considering I regularly forget what day of the week it is.
This past Monday (9/21), Cross hosted Night Train at Littlefield in place of usual host Wyatt Cenac. David Cross will again host Night Train at Littlefield this Monday (9/28), again in place of Wyatt Cenac, with Jo Firestone, Randy Liedtke, Aaron Glaser, KT Tatara, Donwill (DJ set) and more. That is sold out, but before that Cross has a headlining slot at Late Night Basement on Friday (9/25) at Livestream Public (195 Morgan Ave b/t Stagg St & Meadow St). Other items on the bill include a performance by Astronautalis, an interview/stand-up with Joe Berkowitz and comedian Josh Gondelman who collaborated on a book called "You Blew It: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways In Which You've Already Ruined Your Life" and an appearance by the great Jo Firestone. The show is free with 8:30 PM doors, 9 PM show. Oh, First 40 people to arrive receive will receive a free surprise gift: your choice of Josh Gondelman & Joe Berkowitz's upcoming book, "You Blew It!" or a nice cold can of Narragansett.
I am not sure if this barrage of live appearances is in preparation for a new stand-up special or what, but without a twitter account, an up-to-date facebook page, or an official website, keeping up with live Cross is pretty difficult. But he seems to be hitting all the usual comedy shows, so take a gamble and get out there.