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April 21, 2015

by Bill Pearis

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In 1978, hard rock megastars KISS thought it'd be a good idea to star in a made-for-TV movie called KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park in which they use superpowers to save an old amusement park from an evil inventor. Needless to say it was terrible (but kinda fun terrible...kinda) and is basically their equivalent to the Star Wars Holiday Special (which came out the same year). Never heard of it? You can watch it in full below.

KISS treated it as an embarrassment for forever, if they acknowledged it at all, but it seems like they're starting to have at least a little sense of humor about it as they're lending their name and voices to the upcoming Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery whose plot has at least a few parallels:

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at KISS World - the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from KISS, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang's cunning and KISS's power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!
Wonder if Shaggy and the gang will mention the time "Mama" Cass Elliot helped the gang solve the mystery of The Haunted Candy Factory? (It's actually their second run in with the band.) We'll have to wait until July, when this straight-to-home-video title comes out on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download. But you can watch the trailer below.

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April 20, 2015

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British comedian Noel Fielding, who you may know from The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, Nevermind The Buzzcocks and lots more, will be bringing his new show, "An Evening With Noel Fielding," to NYC at the Theater For The New City from June 8 - 13. Tickets are on sale now. Noel, who performed with The Mighty Boosh in NYC back in 2009, says:

I'm thrilled to be finally coming to New York! When we (the Boosh) did Jack Black's festival the reaction was insane. I'm really excited and would love to play everywhere in America. It's a unique show and I think you crazy Americans would really dig it. x
You can also watch Noel announce the NYC run via a video below. He just finished an Australian tour, and here's a preview of what to expect via the Sydney Morning Herald:
Performing to a packed house at Hamer Hall, Fielding received a rock star welcome from the audience. They were always going to be on board (many appeared to have dressed up for the occasion) so it's pleasing to report that, over the course of two hours (plus interval) Fielding delivered.

To go into too much detail would spoil some of the delights of this show. Suffice to say that Fielding dispenses with the stand-up to move into much more absurd and surreal situations (with assistance from a couple of sidekicks) as the show goes on. The second half, which relies a bit more heavily on crowd work, even features a plot. From a show filled with surprises, that might be the biggest surprise of all.

You can check out a short video shot during the Australian tour below as well.

Continue reading "The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding bringing new comedy show to NYC in June (tickets on sale)"

April 10, 2015

the early days of Big Terrific (via Max Silvestri's Facebook)
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As you may know, weekly NYC live comedy show Big Terrific is coming to a close this month, with a big send-off show at Warsaw on Sunday, April 26 with original hosts Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman. That sold out, so they've added a late show at 10 PM, same night. Jo Mande will be appearing as well at both Warsaw shows, plus lots of promised "special guests." Tickets are on sale now.

April 6, 2015

Max Silvestri
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All things must pass, and Max Silvestri's long-running free weekly NYC comedy show, Big Terrific, is coming to an end this month:

After seven years of shows, first at Sound Fix and then Cameo Gallery, we're winding it down at the end of April. It's a bummer, but life is about change! It has been the most fun experience and it's the longest I've ever done something in my entire life. I mean, I moved around a lot as a kid so I never even went to one school for seven years. Also, school sucks!

Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate and I are going to do a big fancy show and party on Sunday April 26th to really close the door on the whole thing. It'll be at the Warsaw Bar and Lounge in Greenpoint, and the three of us will be joined by the OG Goof Joe Mande. And there will be lots of other surprises and guests too.

Tickets for the Big Terrific finale at Warsaw on 4/26 are on sale now.

There will still be three more Big Terrific's at Cameo on April 8,15 & 22 and Max says for the last two he's going to "put on a ton of my favorite people and they will be good and we will have fun." Those shows are free.

In probably quite related news, Max Silvestri, who used to write Top Chef recaps for Eater, will host a new Bravo culinary competition show, titled Recipe for Deception, and here's how the press release describes it:

It is a battle of secrets and knives in this fast-paced and innovative self-contained cooking competition series where a chef's cunning is almost as important as their culinary skill. In each stand-alone episode host Max Silvestri guides four new chefs through head-to-head elimination rounds in which they are tasked with creating a stunning dish featuring a main ingredient. The twist is that they have no idea what that ingredient is while cooking. Based on the popular parlor game 'Two Truths and a Lie,' competing chefs ask each other three "yes or no" questions to determine what their mystery ingredient is, and their opponent answers strategically with two truthful answers and one outright lie. If you can't stand deceit, get out of the kitchen.
No premiere date for Recipe for Deception so stay tuned. We will miss Big Terrific but wish Max best of luck with this new show.

April 3, 2015

Fat White Family on Letterman
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Fat White Family were in NYC this week, playing a sold-out late show on Tuesday (3/31) at Mercury Lounge (how was that show?), and then made their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday (4/2). "You don't see that every night!" chuckled Dave after their performance of "Is It Raining in Your Mouth?" which was fairly restrained for the Fat Whites, but probably crazier that what you normally see on Letterman. Check out the video below.

Fat White Family will be touring North America again in about a month, including another NYC show: April 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. That's right before they head to Austin's Levitation Festival. Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...

Continue reading "Fat White Family played Mercury Lounge & performed "Is It Raining in Your Mouth?" on 'Letterman' (watch)"

Brett (right) & Darren Mabee on cable access show 'The Special'
Brett Davis and Darren Mabee

When Chris Gethard left cable access for cable television (his show will debut in May via on Fusion), the guy who took over his Manhattan Neighborhood Network show was Brett Davis. You may know Davis from New Brunswick basement punk shows, from the many NYC comedy shows he appears at, or more recently from TCGS where he played Smith, a character that inspired a lot of hate mail, or you may remember him from his mid-'00s alter ego MC Steinberg (maybe you remember MC Steinberg from public access show New York Noise).

Chris Gethard & Brett Davis
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Brett's public access show is called The Special: Without Brett Davis and Chris Gethard talked him up to Laughspin:

"I think the Chris Gethard Show fans will love him," Gethard tells Laughspin. "He's innovative and smart and likes to play with things in a way that I think will totally embrace the anarchy of public access and all the different ways you can connect to people while using it. I don't think his show will be like mine at all. I think it will be totally unique and reflect his sensibilities. But I really think we managed to do some innovative stuff on public access and if there's one guy in New York who I think is an innovator right now, it's Brett."

Amongst a community of peers and fans in New York, Davis is known for immersive character work on stage. Brett cites Scharpling & Wurster as a major influence, which shows in his work. The comedian has built somewhat of his own "Newbridge"-style universe in New York. The workhorse comedian runs three regular shows per month, all of which he hosts in the guise of an ever-expanding amount of characters. Usually, carefully plotted narratives play out over the course of each show. You can also expect absurd audience participation bits, choreographed but convincing on-stage violence and a smattering of other surprises. In other words, fans who loved the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the Gethard show are in good hands with Brett Davis.

Each week, Brett plays a different character (hence the "Without" part of the title) as guest host. One of the regular players on the show is Darren Mabee, who was a fixture at NYC shows in the mid-'00s and had the band We Are the Seahorses. You can watch the most recent episode, hosted by "punk guru" Craig Evanhalen, below.

You can catch Brett in action as host of both of the BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select shows with The Menzingers: April 11 at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ with Big Eyes and Cheerbleeders, then April 14 at Baby's All Right with Big Eyes, and Crazy & The Brains. Both shows are $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.

In addition to his cable access show Brett also co-hosts (with Sally Burtnick) the monthly The Macaulay Culkin Show at Shea Stadium. The April edition (4/26) will feature Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Saenz, Unisex, Max Wittert, Brian Fiddyment and Edy Modica.

You can also catch Brett this weekend in NYC. Tonight (4/3) he'll be at BHQFU on Avenue A, for the "Quinceañera de Elisa" with Brian Fiddyment & Edy Modica, Becca Kauffman, Mary Houlihan & Sam Taggart, Colin Burgess and hosts Lorelei Ramirez and Ana Fabrega. On Saturday (4/4) at The Creek, he'll be appearing as part of "Underbelly" with Nick Vatterott, Maria Heinegg, Tony Zaret, Courtney Maginnis, Joseph Klein, Clark Jones, Will Winner, Amber Nelson, and host Nick Naney. He's got a bunch of other appearances lined up and all dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Brett Davis took over Chris Gethard's timeslot, hosts 'Macaulay Culkin Show', hosting BV-presented Menzingers shows & more"

Bob and David

Whether this is directly related to the mysterious Mr. Show writers confab that happened earlier this year or not, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are getting back into the sketch comedy show business with With Bob and David, which will be a Netflix original series available at some point later this year. There will be four half-hour episodes and an hour-long "making-of" special, Deadline reports. The pair describe it thusly:

After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEAL, Bob and David are back serving our country the way they do best: making sketch comedy. Four half-hours of brand-new comedy featuring all new characters, all new scenes and, most importantly, all new wigs.
Hopefully they'll also make room for Pit-Pat's return as well. Netflix is also home to the Wet Hot American Summer miniseries that will be available this summer. Bob Odenkirk's Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul wraps up its first season next week.

March 31, 2015

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Startalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman is coming to the Apollo Theatre on May 28. Tickets are currently on StarTalk presale (password = COSMIC), there's an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/1) at noon, an Apollo presale starting Thursday (4/2) at noon and tix go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/3) at noon.

StarTalk will become a weekly late night talk show on the National Geographic Channel starting April 20. That will have a wide variety of guests and each episode will feature a minute-long rant from Bill Nye (a la Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes). The show will be filmed in front of a studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium.

In other news, Eugene Mirman just performed in NYC as part of the "Bob's Burgers Live!" tour that hit Beacon Theatre on Friday (3/27). From Decider:

The lights go down and Benjamin (Bob Belcher) and Mirman (Gene) rise to the occasion to introduce how the night will play out -- every member of the Belcher clan will do their own stand-up routine, followed by a live table reading for an upcoming episode where they'll be joined by Kevin Kline (Mr. Fischoeder), Larry Murphy (Teddy), and showrunner Loren Bouchard. They then introduce Dan Mintz, known for his role as the inimitable Tina Belcher, who meekly took the stage following deafening applause. Needless to say, Mintz can't get through his first joke without the crowd breaking out into uproarious laughter -- Tina comes from that guy? -- and forcing him to start again. One might not expect Mintz, who looks like he enjoys quiet nights in with a good book after browsing Whole Foods and indecisively going home with nothing, to have been a part in creating one of the most fully formed female characters in primetime. Like Tina, however, Mintz gives whole new meaning to "deadpan" by refusing to smile during his entire set before bringing out his "sister," Kristen Schaal, followed by Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, and H. Jon Benjamin, who all brought the house down in their own fashion and comedic style before sitting down for a hilarious table read of an upcoming episode.
Eugene Mirman has a handful of live appearances coming up (including standup, StarTalks, and other things), though nothing in NYC right now, and those are listed below.

Continue reading "'StarTalk' coming to the Apollo & cable TV; Eugene Mirman performed w/ 'Bob's Burgers Live,' has more upcoming dates"

March 30, 2015

Trevor Noah

South African comedian Trevor Noah has been chosen as the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show once Jon Stewart steps down later this year. Noah joined the show as a correspondent back in December and has only made three appearances on the show. From the New York Times:

"You don't believe it for the first few hours," Mr. Noah said of learning about his new job. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."

The appointment of Mr. Noah, a newcomer to American television, promises to add youthful vitality and international perspective to "The Daily Show." It puts a nonwhite performer at the head of this flagship Comedy Central franchise, and one who comes with Mr. Stewart's endorsement.

"I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor," Mr. Stewart said in a statement. "He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with." Mr. Stewart added that he "may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!"

But the decision also invites questions about Mr. Noah's experience and visibility (or lack thereof), and why the network did not choose a woman to crack the all-male club of late-night television hosts.

Michele Ganeless, the Comedy Central president, said in an interview: "We talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job."

Noah's a brilliant storyteller, as anyone who saw his acclaimed Born a Crime show can attest. Congratulations and good luck, Trevor!

Watch one of Noah's Daily show segments, below..

Continue reading "Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart as 'The Daily Show' host"