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December 30, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

NYC Podfest

Now in its third year, the NYC Podfest brings the best of, you guessed it, podcasts from across the country to New York for a fun-filled audio-based weekend (January 9 - 11). This year festival founder Jeremy Wein is bringing bigger names than ever to The Bell House (Friday, January 9) and Fontana's (Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11). Tickets are on sale now. Things kick off at The Bell House with Kevin Allison's (The State) RISK! podcast. This show has become hugely successful online and in LA, where its monthly live show consistently packs the Nerdist Theater at The Meltdown. The show, which has featured Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, and more, asks its guests to reveal personal, often embarrassing stories about themselves that they thought they would never tell. This show's theme is "Butts" and features Sasheer Zamata (SNL), stand up Matt Braunger, and more TBA.

Other interesting shows include a podcast panel on 1/10 at Fontana's (tickets) hosted by Jason Zinoman of The New YorkTimes featuring podcast experts Dave Hill (WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show), Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week?, and Matt Braunger (Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger); later that same evening at Fontana's, it's "The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart" (featuring Hasan Minhaj and Executive Producer Adam Lowitt); and Fontana's on Sunday 1/11 at 8PM it's The Todd Barry Podcast with special guests Yo La Tengo.

There's lots more. View the full lineup below.

Continue reading "2015 NYC Podfest line-up & schedule: Kevin Allison, Yo La Tengo, Todd Barry, 'The Daily Show,' Gilbert Gottfried & more"

December 29, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

Sara Schaefer

Everyone's favorite podcaster-cum-show host Sara Schaefer (Nerdist's Lies with Sara Schaefer, MTV's Nikki & Sara Live, @Midnight) is recording her stand up album at Union Hall in Brooklyn on January 22. She's doing two shows that night, at 7 and 9 PM, and both should be a great chance to support one of our favorite New York comics. Get tickets HERE and HERE before they're all gone!

Sara also has upcoming dates in Chicago, Toronto, and elsewhere. They're all listed below...

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December 23, 2014

Louis CK

In Louis's own words:

Hello there. This is Louis again. Or you can call me Louie. I really don't care. I can't hear you. I'm I'm my house.

Well I put two shows on sale yesterday at the Chicago theater, and one at Madison Square Garden, and ya'll went and bought every ticket. So I'm adding two more shows in Chicago and another one in New York.

Tickets for these are now on sale at:

Chicago Theater - January 5th, Late Show
Chicago Theater - January 6th, Late Show
New York Madison Square Garden Arena - January 14th

Tickets will be $45 and there are no fees on top.

If you are outside a 200 mile radius- you will not be able print tickets at home but will still be able to pick up your tickets at will call night of the show with a photo ID. We do this as one of many methods to monitor and prevent scalpers.

We have implemented several scalper prevention methods, and have and will invalidate tickets if they fit into criteria that is usually associated with scalpers- so anyone buying from a scalper site, be wary as those tickets can be invalidated at any point.
Please come and see me. I like it when people are there.

Happy new year to you and also other people.

December 22, 2014

Louis CK

Hi. It's Louis CK. Do you remember me? I'm a professional standup comedian. Today I am writing this because I'm going to do some shows in January to wrap up this year's touring schedule before I begin production on season five of my series.

Here's where I'll be playing.... (I put those three dots in to give you a minute to collect yourself before you read this list of 3 cities)

Chicago Theater (January 5th and 6th)
New York MSG (January 7th)
LA (January 11th)

Tickets are as always 45 dollars all in. Except at MSG we have some tickets for 25 and a few for 65.

New York State has laws which prohibit us from forcing out of town ticket buyers to pick up their tickets in person which is something we do in order to reduce scalping and price gouging. Therefore If you are trying to buy tickets to the MSG shows and you are outside of a 200 mile radius, you won't be able to. This is because we think you might be buying the tickets just to resell them. If you are a fan from out of town who is getting lost in the cracks of this system please email tickets@louisck.net and we will try to help you get tickets.

I hope you make it to one of the shows.
Happy new year. Happy holidays. Happy life. Happy family. Happy pets. Happy elephants.

Louis ck.

Louis CK will kick off the new year with two Chicago shows, a NYC show, and an LA show in early January. All four shows are on sale now.

December 19, 2014

Colbert

The Colbert Report aired its final episode last night (12/18) after nine seasons on Comedy Central. At the end, Randy Newman and Jon Stewart came out to help Stephen Colbert sing the 1939 standard "We'll Meet Again" and soon they were joined by stageful of celebrity guests, including Willie Nelson, Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Cranston, Tom Brokaw, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Ric Ocasek, James Franco, Patrick Stewart, Arianna Huffington, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, and many, many more. You can watch that below.

Then, instead of the usual closing-credits music, Colbert used Neutral Milk Hotel's "Holland 1945." Slate notes that the song, from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, has special importance to Colbert who lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash. You can watch the whole episode over at Comedy Central.

Colbert will succeed David Letterman at CBS' The Late Late Show sometime after May 2015.

Continue reading "'The Colbert Report' finale: group sing-a-long w/ Jeff Tweedy, Michael Stipe, Big Bird & more ++ NMH's "Holland, 1945""

December 18, 2014

Serial's Sarah Koenig arm wrestling Ira Glass
Serial

It's official: "Serial" is the hottest podcast in the history of the known universe, the most significant moment in audio since the "War of the Worlds" broadcast, and the most innovative development in communication arts since the smoke signal. In fact, it's a breakthrough symbolizing the Great Podcast Renaissance of 2014. [Yahoo]
Like composer Nick Diamonds, This American Life's Ira Glass was involved with the most popular podcast of all time, Sarah Koenig's Serial, which aired its final episode about Hae-Min Lee and Adnan Syed today (12/18). What did you think of the ending (which was slightly different than Funny or Die's version)? I thought it ended okay, but will leave it at that. #nospoilers

Ira Glass (first cousin once removed of Philip) is of course the host of public radio's popular This American Life of which Serial is a spinoff. When not speaking on the radio, Ira sometimes relaxes with a documentary. He listed some of his favorites for the Sundance Doc Club, including Stop Making Sense, and crime drama The Thin Blue Line.

Ira Glass also often appears live in front of audiences, and that continues to prove true throughout the next year, as you can see from his busy schedule outlined below. He appears at Town Hall in NYC this Friday (flyer below), and has upcoming talks at Yale, the Association of Performing Arts, Mayo Performing Arts Center, and many more places.

Dates and video instructions on how to listen to a podcast (by Ira Glass), below...

Continue reading "speaking of SERIAL, IRA GLASS is appearing live, touring, listing his favorite documentaries"

December 17, 2014

Colbert

The Colbert Report will air its final episode on Thursday night (12/18), after which Stephen Colbert (the real person, not his Report persona) will begin prepping to take over for the retiring David Letterman sometime next year. Last night (12/18) featured an appearance by Kendrick Lamar who will have the distinction of being the last-ever musical guest on the show -- unless Colbert pulls out some surprises tomorrow night. "No pressure, " Colbert told Kendrick, "but that means Paul McCartney, REM, Jack White and Nas were your opening acts." After an interview segment, Lamar performed a new, untitled song with backing from Thundercat, Terrace Martin on saxophone, and back vocals from Bilal and Anna Wise. You can watch that below.

Tonight's penultimate episode of The Colbert Report features Redeployment author Phil Klay and Thursday's finale features...the Grim Reaper? Tune in and find out. David Letterman's final The Late Show will be May 20, but reports are that Colbert may not take the host seat till September. Larry Wilmore will take over Colbert's time slot on Comedy Central. Craig Ferguson, meanwhile, will exit CBS' The Late Late Show at the end of December, with guest hosts filling in until James Corden (and bandleader Reggie Watts) take over in March.

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar was the last-ever musical guest on 'The Colbert Report,' which signs off for good this week (video)"

Bob Saget at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Bob Saget

Bob Saget, who as you probably know by now is much raunchier than the famed Danny Tanner, has a few shows announced for 2015, including two in the NYC-area. First he plays NYC proper on April 16 at Best Buy Theater, and that's followed by a Long Island show on April 17 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Tickets for the Best Buy Theater show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19), and tickets for Westbury are on sale now.

All currently announced dates are listed, with a video of his standup, below...

Continue reading "Bob Saget schedules 2015 dates, 2 NYC-area shows"

December 16, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

Jen Kirkman
photo: Jen Kirkman @ The Bell House, EMCF 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)

Famed bearded New York comic Dan St. Germain is bringing his stand up to Union Hall tonight (12/16). He's truly redefined the comedy hustle, performing at every venue from The Stand to Conan in the past few months. Now, he's showcasing his talents in his home turf and bringing some talented friends along with him. Joining the "Spooktacular" is none other than Brooks Wheelan (SNL), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Kevin Barnett (Sleepwalk With Me), Jacqueline Novak (fresh off her new album "Quality Notions"), and comedy duo Team Submarine (Chicago Sketchfest, NPR, UCB). Get tickets now before they're all gone!

Speaking of scary comedy, Eliot Glazer is hosting his Haunting Renditions show at The Bell House tonight. Hear Glazer transform quotidian pop melodies into sweeping ballads, right before your very eyes! Tonight he's doing holiday songs, natch. But that's not all -- tonight he's also joined by none other than his sister, Broad City's Ilana Glazer (who just did two sold-out shows at the same venue); also singing with the duo is Milk of RuPaul's Drag Race. The best part? Tickets are still available. For now at least.

If you still need more laughs tonight, check out Rhett Miller's second annual Holiday Extravaganza show at City Winery tonight. It's a stacked lineup, featuring Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac, Jen Kirkman (who performed at Cenac's 'Night Train' this week), and more. Tickets are still available. In addition, Kirkman has been playing shows all week around the city, including several upcoming nights at The Stand. Get tickets to her shows at The Stand on Wednesday (12/17), and Thursday (12/18), and Sunday (12/21).

Finally, coming up later this week, don't miss everyone's favorite nerd Chris Gethard perform with all his favorite comedic oddities at "Chris Gethard Fucking Loves Weirdos," coming to Union Hall this Saturday, December 20. This show features Shannon O'Neill (UCB, Broad City), stand up comedians Elsa Waithe and Dan Licata, and Connor O'Malley (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Tickets are on sale now.

Best ShowBest Show

As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's much loved, much missed The Best Show makes its return tonight (12/16) in live podcast form with the whole gang (Mike, Gary, Roy, Vance) in tow. Listen (and call in) live tonight from 9 PM - midnight. It will be available as a podcast as well through iTunes, etc. You can also relive some (ok, a whole lot) of Tom and comedy partner Jon Wurster's finest bits from The Best Show's WFMU years on the 16-disc The Best of the Best Show box set which will be out in March via the Numero Group.

While making sure he has all his mics plugged in and ducks in order, Tom put together a Top 10 For 2014 list just for us:

I kept my head down and didn't go out a whole lot so my list might not be as diverse as it would have been in past years. (Sorry, 4:35 PM!). These were some of the things I loved this year that I remembered before other things.
Scharpling's list includes albums, live shows, movies and TV, and commentary as well. Read the whole thing below...

Continue reading "Tom Scharpling tells us his "Top 10 For 2014"; new online version of 'The Best Show' debuts tonight"