Recent Posts in comedy - Page 5
October 1, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
Chris Gethard hosting RBSS show at Knit in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
When I first mentioned the 2013 New York Comedy Festival back in August, I wasn't able to hide my blasé feelings about the initial line-up. If you recall, I described the initial line-up as being "bogged down with conservative, mainstream talent." Towards the end of the post, however, I tried to end on a more optimistic note by stating that in festivals past they were sure to include more indie-centric fare and that there was no reason to think the 2013 installment of the fest would be any different. Sure enough, the fest has announced some shows that are definitely more up my/our alley. Highlights for me (click on the show title for tickets) include:
Matt Braunger at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Wednesday November 6 at 9:30 PM (tickets): Simply put, Matt Braunger is absolutely fucking hilarious and his special Shovel Fighter is one of the great comedy experiences of all time. He is easily one of the most underrated comedians out there and this show is sure to be a treat.
Julian McCullough at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Thursday November 7 at 9:30 PM (tickets) : Julian McCullough is an absolute powerhouse of hilarity who I've seen about 100 times and who is one of the most solid and consistently funny comedians in the biz. Julian has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR's This American Life, and starred in his own half hour special on Comedy Central. You can also catch him every Saturday as host of TBS' Very Funny News and on MTV2's hit series Guy Code. He gigs around town a lot and any opportunity to see him is a must.
Chris Gethard and Friends at The Creek and the Cave on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM (tickets): Klaus favorite and friend of BV (and host of last night's Red Bull Sound Select show at MHOW), Chris Gethard is one of the funniest and most capable storytellers in the history of mankind and I am convinced he is incapable of failure as a performer. Head out to Queens for this show in a nice room with nice people and great beers.
Behind the Scenes at The Colbert Report at Town Hall on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM (tickets): Yes, I know, Colbert is far from indie. But he's really just a talking head propped up by an extremely talented pool of writers. For the most part, these writers are a major part of the indie NYC comedy scene in one way or another. This will be a great opportunity to bring these behind-the-scenes people into the spotlight alongside His Highness Mr. Colbert. Because, without them, Colbert is nothing more than that guy who was hilarious in Strangers With Candy.
Nikki & Sara & Friends at The Gramercy Theater on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM (tickets): You might know Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer from their MTV show Nikki and Sara LIVE. I know Nikki and Sara from years of seeing them live all over NYC for the past several years. Individually or as a team, they rule. I cannot recommend this show enough. Plus, Gramercy sells those massive cans of Budweiser.
An Evening with David Cross at The Paley Center on Friday November 8 at 6:30 PM (tickets): New York City Resident David Cross recently wrapped up a small tour with Mr. Show Alumni Bob Odenkirk and Brian Posehn which landed at Town Hall for two shows on September 12. This time around, he's flyin' solo for what the Paley Center describes as "The Paley Center and the New York Comedy Festival welcome Cross to discuss his career, his creative process and thoughts on comedy, and life as a never-nude." Though billed as "An Evening With David Cross" that description makes it sound like a moderated interview. Who knows. It's worth checking out regardless.
Rhys Darby at The Gotham Comedy Club on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM/ 10:30 PM and Saturday November 9 at 8:00 PM/10:00 PM/11:45 PM (tickets): You might know Rhys as the lovable manager Murray Hewitt on HBO's Flight of the Conchords. But Rhys is also an hilarious comedian with a penchant for sound effects. He rarely blesses our shores with a performance, so I urge to you try and catch one of his five performances at the Gotham Comedy Club.
Oh, Hello : The Kroll Show at The Paley Center on Saturday November 9 at 4:00 PM (tickets): I've been an avid fan of Nick Kroll for many many years. His repertoire of characters is astounding and usually a spot-on lampooning of some of the most insufferable sects of popular culture. The Paley Center event will include "executive producers and writers Kroll, John Levenstein, and Jonathan Krisel (who also directs the episodes) to discuss the production of the technically dazzling parodies, the process of breathing life into such tragic souls as Ref Jeff, and the perils of ice dating." Attendees will also see two episodes from Season 2 of the Kroll Show. Nick is a great dude and a super-talent and his success is much deserved and makes your man Klaus happy.
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail at The Bell House on Saturday November 9 at 7:00 PM (tickets): Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani are two of my favorite people on earth. Kumail even did one of our Rock n ROFL shows back in the day. It broke my little black heart when Kumail moved to Los Angeles, but I can't say that I blame him as his career has thrived since the relocation. The Meltdown is a recurring comedy showcase out in Los Angeles that brings in some of the biggest names in comedy. It's so great, in fact, that it was picked up by Comedy Central and will soon be a TV show executive produced by some dude named Ben Stiller or something. It is a blessing from the Gods of Comedy that they will bring their show to NYC for one night only. Even though the line-up has not been announced, I urge one and all to get tickets now before it's too late and you get a one way ticket to Regretsville USA.
September 30, 2013
PaleyFest 2013: Made in NY is happening in NYC this week (October 2 - 6), celebrating quality television made right here in the five boroughs (and surrounding area). There are screenings of classic shows, plus panel discussions featuring the cast and creators of shows like Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire, Person of Interest, The Americans, Nurse Jackie and more. Orange is the New Black is sold out, but you can still get tickets to the others. Full line-up is below.
One talk that was just announced is Louis CK who will be talking about his show, Louie, at The Paley Center on Thursday (10/3). Tickets go on sale to Paley Members TODAY (9/30) at 5 PM and to the general public Tuesday (10/1) at noon.
The fourth season of Louie will air on FX in Spring 2014. PaleyFest 2013: Made in NY schedule below...
photos by David Andrako
Mirman & Neko Case / dancing Ira Glass / Michael Ian Black
The 6th annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival just wrapped up last night (9/29), bringing four nights of laughter -- from both big names and rising talent -- to The Bell House and Union Hall. Here's picture highlights from the first two days (September 26 & 27), including: The Urbane Comedy Hour (9/26) which featured a string quartet and dancing (NPR's Ira Glass included), along with comedians Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac and Mike Birbiglia; the always popular Star Talk Live! (9/27) with astrophysicist Neal deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, Stephen Gorevan, W. Kamau Bell and Jason Sudekis; and Invite Them Up (9/27) which featured Todd Barry, Michael Ian Black, Kurt Braunohler, Neko Case (fresh off her big Radio City show) and more.
More pics below...
September 27, 2013
1,500 people are surrounded on three sides by huge translucent screens on which Curtis's dystopian film essay, Everything Is Going According to Plan, is projected, using all the digital drama of Massive Attack's regular technicians, United Visual Artists. At the far end the band provide the live soundtrack to the footage - mostly powerfully driven cover versions, ranging from Siberian punk to Barbra Streisand - and occasionally emerge from the shadows to become part of the film itself. The audience, many of whom have come to dance, stand pretty much motionless throughout, rapt or trying to keep up with the dizzying and seductive images that Curtis presents and sometimes sonorously narrates. From time to time you are reminded that this is a musical as well as a visual adventure - particularly when guesting Liz Fraser, once of the Cocteau Twins, steps forward to sing, with her rare dreamlike clarity, The Look of Love or later in haunting Russian - but mostly, even if the bass is making the walls shake, it is the film that overwhelms your attention. - [The Guardian]Massive Attack V Adam Curtis, the cinematic / live music / thinkpiece assault, which first premiered at Manchester international festival in July, comes to NYC starting Saturday (9/28) and running for six performances: September 28 - 30 and October 2 - 4 at the Park Avenue Armory. Something we didn't realize when we first posted about it: both reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser(!!!) will be on hand to provide live vocals for these performances. The opening and closing night shows are sold out (9/28 & 10/4) but you can still get tickets to the other four shows. You can also still get tickets to the closing night afterparty which is a benefit for the Amory. For a taste of the sensory overload that is this show, you can watch the trailer below.
And if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets to the sold-out Oct 4 final performance AND the afterparty. Details on that, along with the trailer, are below.
September 18, 2013
by Bill Pearis
Not a member of Belle & Sebastian: Simon Amstell
British comedian Simon Amstell was last here in November for a week run of his thoughtful and very funny show Numb. He's working on a new show as we speak and will be in NYC testing out new material next month for two shows at Union Hall on October 11 & 12. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are only $10, he's definitely worth seeing.
Check out an hour-long Simon Amstell performance and a recent appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson below...
September 10, 2013
Comedian, actor, and musician Reggie Watts is one of the busiest weirdos tearing up the comedy world right now. As one of the founding members of JASH, he's done social experiments testing if music can get you laid, start a party, get you high, and more. As the bandleader of IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!, he has provided the soundtrack to one of the best and most interesting phony talk shows on TV.
But he has just announced that he is headlining Irving Plaza on December 11, in what is apparently his last announced show of this year. (He likes to do unannounced shows, sometimes, though.) It's bound to be bizarre and wonderful, and I highly recommend seeing him live. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/13) at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Wednesday (9/11) at 10 AM, and Livenation and Music Geeks (password is "musicgeeks") presales starting Thursday (10/12) at noon.
All Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! and Reggie Watts solo tour dates are listed, along with a Comedy Bang Bang video with Aziz Ansari, below.
September 9, 2013
Roger Waters @ Yankee Stadium, July 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The seventh annual Stand Up for Heroes event will happen at Madison Square Garden
on November 6. This year's performers include Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Roger Waters and "other surprise guests." This is a big jump up in size for the charity event (last year at Beacon Theatre) which benefits injured service members, veterans and their families, and is part of the 2013 New York Comedy Festival. Tickets are on sale now.
Announcement video below...
One day before author and humorist David Sedaris takes over Carnegie Hall by himself, he'll hook up with 'Girls' creator and star Lena Dunham for "an insightful evening of reading and conversation" on the same stage. Lena and David will be 'Alone Together At Last' at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in NYC on November 19, 2013 (8pm). "An Evening with David Sedaris" is at Carnegie Hall on November 20.
Tickets for an "Evening with David Sedaris" are on sale now.
Tickets for Lena and David will go on sale Friday, September 13, but you can get them starting Tuesday (September 10) via an exclusive BrooklynVegan presale. Just head to the ticket page (which will be live soon) and enter code VEG18042.
As for Girls, which is up for five Emmys this year, the show is currently in production for Season 3 (which will feature Kim Gordon in an episode) which will air in 2014. You can watch an "In Production" teaser below.
In related news, the first-ever movie adaptation of a Sedaris essay is coming to the big screen. 'C.O.G.' premiered at Sundance and hits theaters on September 20. The trailer and more information on the two Carnegie Hall events, below...
September 6, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
One of the greatest recurring comedy showcases in this cesspool of a city gone soft has got to be Whiplash which takes place every Monday at 11pm at the UCB Theater in Chelsea. Sadly, the late hour of the show and the day of the week it falls on makes it difficult for your man Klaus to attend in person because he, me, has a big boy job with lots of big boy responsibilities and I gotta hot the rack at a reasonable time during the week or else things could fall apart at the office and my life and livelihood could be ruined. Which is a shame. Because Whiplash, which is hosted by the great and prolific Leo Allen, doesn't just get the occasional huge mega-star guest every now and then; their weekly line-ups are chock full of them. Always. I mean, just go to the With Reservation Whiplash photo page and you'll see that people like Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifianakis, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Todd Barry and so many other big dogs have graced its stage. It's insane! And it's always free!
As per usual, you can catch Whiplash on Monday night (9/9). However, this night will be a little different, for the fine folks at Whiplash will be undertaking the production of a live Whiplash concert movie! It's being billed as a Whiplash Concert Film, but if you want to get technical I can guarantee this sucker will NOT be shot on film. In this economy? Shyuh! Right! If it is, I'll get a tattoo across my face of something terrible. Anyhow, this Monday, Whiplash will take place TWICE; there will be a 9:30pm taping and an 11:00pm taping. Get your tickets now because in about 5 minutes both shows will be solidly sold out (there will be stand-by lines for each show, though).
In other comedy news...
* Dave Hill's book is now out in paperback. Celebrate with him TONIGHT (9/6) at 7pm at Book Court in Cobble Hill. He'll be reading, rocking and giving out free drinks!
* The New Yorker Festival lineup is announced.
* Pete Holmes announced a big NYC show, and a TV show.
* Greg Proops is touring.
* Todd Barry is taping a podcast live in Brooklyn & touring.
* Comedy Bang Bang is touring too.
September 5, 2013
As mentioned, the 2013 New Yorker Festival happens October 4, 5, and 6. They just announced this year's line-up which, as usual, is a mix of interviews, talks, screenings, tours and a few live music performances.
On the music tip: Kim Gordon will talk with Alex Halberstadt and perform with her new band, Body/Head on October 5 at SIR Stage 37; actor and all-around cool guy Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) will talk with Burkard Bilger and perform with his indie rock band, Corporal at The Bell House on October 4; country music star Brad Paisley will be in conversation with music writer Kelefa Sanneh at Gramercy Theatre on October 5; and Paul Simon talks with Paul Muldoon at the SIR Stage 37 on October 6.
Other interesting New Yorker Fest happenings: "Without a Script" with Christopher Guest, Rachel Dratch, Aubrey Plaza, and Horatio Sanz; "An Evening with Funny or Die" with new and favorite clips from the website; an advance screening of Aziz Ansari's new Netfix comedy special, Buried Alive; and "First-Person Filmmaking" with directors Miranda July, Kenneth Lonergan, Terrence Nance, and Alex Karpovsky.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 13 at noon. Full line-up is below...