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November 26, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

Eugene Mirman w/ Bobcat Goldtwait (via Eugene's instagram)
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Ladies and germs, today we find ourselves on the brink of Thanksgiving and a Nor'easter. I can't wait to see which one will be a bigger disaster for me personally. Regardless, before you pack your backpacks or your hobo-bandanas that you'll hang from the end of a stick and head out to see your friends and family, here's a quick comedy round up for you to enjoy.

Last night (11/25), Wyatt Cenac's Littlefield-based comedy residency Night Train celebrated its One Year Anniversary with an absolutely dominating evening of talent. The line-up included sets by David Cross, Michael Che, Ted Leo, Seth Herzog, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Andy Wood, Michelle Buteau, and of course, Wyatt Cenac. Congrats on a successful year and a successful anniversary celebration, Wyatt! Check out the Littlefield calendar for more upcoming Night Train shows.

Speaking of Eugene Mirman, NYC semi-recurring-ish comedy staple Pretty Good Friends has a holiday show coming up at the Bell House on Tuesday December 17 and the announced guests so far include Eugene Mirman and the great Daniel Kitson. Last weekend Daniel Kitson began yet another massive residency St. Ann's Warehouse that is set to wrap-up on December 21 2013. A lot of those shows are sold out while a handful of others only have a handful of seats left, so get tickets now. Eugene Mirman also has some December dates with Klaus Hero Kurt Braunohler. Those are listed below.

And for Cod's sake, let's not forget that Union Hall is still a force to be reckoned with in terms of small-room huge-talent comedy bookings. Every Sunday night Creaghead and Company takes over the room and for a measly $7 brings us some of the biggest names and freshest talent in the biz. Tickets are only available at the door and the room fills up quick, but if you want to see comedians before they become superstars or comedians who can sell out places like Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, this is the place to be.

One show on the Union Hall calendar that I am really looking forward to is the release party for comedy photography book Funny Business by the great Seth Olenick which is happening on December 21. The shindig will feature Seth Olenick, Brooke Van Poppelen, Max Silvestri, and "very special guests". While there, you will also have the opportunity to purchase the book. If you recall, we mentioned Seth's Kickstarter campaign back in February 2013 and I was so happy to see that he actually exceeded his goal. This is an exceptionally solid body of work by a fantastic portrait photographer.

Manhattan venue Joe's Pub has been programming some comedy into the calendar lately too. John Roberts, viral video master and voice Linda on Bob's Burgers, will be headlining the venue on Sunday December 15.  Along with his many original characters, look for Roberts to bring his east coast everymom and star of the viral "Christmas Tree" videos "Margie" to life onstage. Tickets are on sale.

And while we're on the subject of Joe's Pub, tonight (11/26) the great Julie Klausner wraps up the 5-night run of her show TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner. For tonight's evening of music and comedic banter, Julie welcomes Ted Leo. A handful of tickets are available.

Julie's incredible podcast How Was Your Week recently featured American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer Kathleen Hanna and is something I must insist you listen to immediately. Kathleen is the subject of a new documentary called The Punk Singer which begins its theatrical rollout on Friday (11/29). New Yorkers can catch the film -- which also includes appearances from Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Tavi Gevinson, Adam Horovitz, Kim Gordon, and Kathryn Wilcox --  at Nitehawk Cinema or the IFC Center. Hanna will appear in person for a Q&A after the 2:00pm screening at Nitehawk on Saturday November 30 and tickets are on sale. Click here for a full list of screening dates and cities.

Eugene Mirman dates are listed, along with John Roberts' "Christmas Tree" video, below...

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November 23, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

Monty Python

On October 15th 2009 your man Klaus had what can only be described as a "living daylights wet dream nerdgasm." For on that evening of evenings John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and even the late Graham Chapman reunited at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the creation of comedy troupe Monty Python. The reunion event included a screening of the theatrical version of the IFC original documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth, a presentation of a BAFTA award, and a Q&A with the cast (including Carol Cleveland). What brought the evening to a completely dangerous and unheard of tier of nergasmness was the fact that Klaus-Mega-Idol Steve Coogan decided to sit next to me (like, elbow-to-elbow next to me) and the fact that every single Python was sitting directly in front of me. For the first time in my life, I almost fainted because of the presence of celebrities. It was one of the greatest evenings of my wasted life.

No comedy troupe has divided the populace into a "love column" and a "hate column" more than Monty Python. People either categorically love them or categorically hate them; I have yet to hear or see the words, "Monty Python? Yeah, they're ok." So as a person in the "love column" it is with stupefied joy that I tell you that Monty Python will be reuniting for a live stage show which will take place at the O2 Arena in London in July of 2014. The show has a working title of "One Down, Five to Go" which is no doubt a reference to deceased 6th Python Graham Chapman. This show will mark the first time the group has performed together on a British stage in over 40 years. Much like their TV show, movies, and other stage performances, this performance will feature new bits, classic bits, music, as well as their signature animations. At the moment it is being billed as a one-off performance, but the idea of a tour is not too far fetched. It will be filmed, so if the idea of future performances gets shit-canned at least people will still get to see it.

I realize this has nothing to do with New York. Or even the United States of American. But here's hoping for a successful London show and an eventual residency in New York!

Full press conference below.

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by Wyatt Marshall

stamps

PETA just released a new set of limited edition stamps featuring famous vegetarians, and a bevy of musicians and music industry folks are included on the sheet amongst the likes of Bob Barker and Joaquin Phoenix (though the list two years ago was a bit more interesting with Leonardo da Vinci, Johnny Appleseed who I wasn't aware he was actually a person and Gandhi). Paul McCartney, Ricky Martin, Russell Simmons, Joan Jett, Sarah Silverman, Vivienne Westwood, Mayim Bialik, Edie Falco, Belinda Carlisle and, of course, Morrissey made the cut. Would Grimes use these stamps? (she probably won't be featured on one)

As Morrisey says,

I think animals look to humans for protection, and of course humans lead them into slaughterhouses, which to me is just like an image of leading children into a slaughterhouse. There's no difference.
And some words of wisdom from Sir Paul McCartney:
If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That's the single most important thing you could do. It's staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.
You can order the stamps over at PETA, and be sure to use the Joan Jett ones for all your letters to South Dakota.

Speaking of Morrissey, a new book aiming to catalogue Smiths tattoos is in the work, and they're looking for anyone with a Smiths or Morrissey tattoo to be a part of it. Here are deets on that:

"To Me You Are A Work of Art" is a photo project in search of anyone with tattoo(s) related to, or inspired by, Morrissey and/or The Smiths. The photographs will profile fans and all their tattoos from various cities across the country over the course of the next few months. All photos will be taken by Toronto based photographer Patrick Moore.
The New York City date is this upcoming Sunday, November 24th and will be held at the Rocks Off offices in the Lower East Side (195 Chrystie St #401B) between 2pm and 4pm.
For any additional information - email YouWorkOfArt@gmail.com"
In Ricky Martin news, RM just listed his East Village condo in that really cool turquoise building on Bond Street for $6.8 million, and he just had his first book published, a children's book called "Santiago the Dreamer in 'Land Among the Stars.'" It's good to be Ricky Martin.

November 21, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

Chris Gethard hosting a BV-RBSS show (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Chris Gethard

It goes without saying that Chris Gethard is one of my favorite comedians in the biz these days. Not only that, he's a favorite of just about everyone here at BV HQ. Over the past few years, Gethard's popularity has been on a steady trajectory upwards and I've been enjoying his explosion with butt loads of pride, joy, and glee. Between his now legendary cable access show The Chris Gethard Show, his relentless and always fresh live gigging all over the place, and of course his book A Bad Idea I'm About To Do, this dude is never not dominating. And now it appears he will be taking his comedic dominance to Comedy Central as it was just announced that Comedy Central ordered, no, DEMANDED, a pilot of The Chris Gethard Show! which will be produced by Funny Or Die and Zach Galifianakis. From Deadline.com:

Brillstein Entertainment Partners is co-producing, with Gethard and Zach Galifianakis exec producing alongside Funny Or Die's Will Ferrell, Owen Burke, Adam McKay and Mike Farah as well as Brillstein's Brian Stern. TCGS, whose episodes often are based on original bits, has featured such guests as Galifianakis, Sean Combs, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, John Mulaney, Bobby Moynihan and Andrew WK. The show also is known for championing the Brooklyn music scene and New York's fringe artists and oddballs.
Wondering why Chris is making this move? He lists the many reasons he is and isn't doing it, at his website.

Meanwhile, catch Chris Gethard live on December 28th at Shea Stadium (if you have a ticket because it's sold out) as part of the BrooklynVegan Holiday party with Chris and The Front Bottoms.

And it wouldn't be a Klaus article if I didn't editorialize and ponder, so here goes: Besides the fact that The Chris Gethard show is consistently hilarious, unique, and interesting, there is something very novel and important about the show's current home on Manhattan public access which I think is what makes the show so goddamned appealing. And although this is CERTAINLY awesome news for Gethard and his cast of pals in terms of bouncing into the big leagues, I have to wonder if the show's endearing lo-fi character will be destroyed by the monster that is Comedy Central. I mean, WE ALL SAW WHAT HAPPENED TO WAYNE AND GARTH, right!?

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Ad-Rock and Champagne Jerry
Ad Rock and Champagne Jerry

Kathleen Hanna isn't feeling well, so her husband Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock will be filling in for her as DJ at MoMA's Pop Rally event tonight (11/21). Kim Gordon's group Body/Head also performs and tickets are still on sale.

You can still catch Kathleen soon though, but on the big screen, when "The Punk Singer" opens in theaters on 11/29 (maybe you caught the documentary as part of Doc NYC). Ad-Rock is also featured prominently in the film, and even filmed a scene.

It's not all DJing, movies and bass playing for Ad-Rock these days though. The former Beastie Boy reportedly also raps a few verses on a forthcoming track called "Yo Kev" that he co-wrote with rapper and performance artist Champagne Jerry who he has been collaborating with lately.

"CHAMPAGNE JERRY also known as Neal Medlyn is, by far, the greatest rapper in the world. He likes snacks, books, sexual intercourse, and rhyming."
If you don't know, now you know. Listen to "Tampa Realness" below - the track "was written by Champagne Jerry (lyrics) and Adam Ad Rock Horovitz (music) with additional production and mixing by Max Tannone. It is dedicated to the city of Tampa and all things neon, Four Loko, and teal. Adam wrote the beat on a plane to Hawaii, CJ wrote the lyrics on a bus in Brooklyn." Stay tuned for "Yo Kev".

"Tampa Realness" and "Yo Kev" will appear on Champagne Jerry's album For Real You Guys which is being rolled out one single at a time, and one monthly show in NYC at Joe's Pub at a time. The next show is December 7th and Ad-rock will be in the house, like he has been for many intimate shows at Joe's Pub in the past, sometimes with Bridget Everett who is also a Champagne Jerry collaborator, as is Carmine Covelli (who is in both Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin and Bridget Everett's band the Tender Moments) and Max Tannone (whose credits include Jaydiohead).

Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments next play Joe's Pub on 12/11 and 12/12.

We recently caught the Julie Ruin at Fun Fun Fun Fest and at MHOW, and not that long ago at Union Pool where Ad-Rock was reportedly seen hanging with Champagne Jerry.

Champagne Jerry music and videos below....

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November 13, 2013

by Wyatt Marshall

Compressorhead in Union Square 11/12/13 (via @serisuekoishi)
Compressorhead

"Heaviest metal" robot band Compressorhead played Union Square on Tuesday (11/12), bringing the (not metal) hits like The Ramones' "I Want to Be Sedated" to the masses. You can check out video of that in this post. \m/, for sure, and bonus points for perfectly timed headbands, four-armed drumming and the guitar playing robot's cowboy boots.

If you're not familiar with Compressorhead, here's a little bit about the band, via their Facebook, where Compressorhead has shown a propensity for calling humans "meatbags" and dropping a lot of F-bombs:

Stickboy (drums) was created to exacting specifications. 4 arms, 2 legs, 1 head, no brain. he plays a Pearl 14 piece kit with double kick. stickboy junior, the bastard child of an unknown mother takes control of the hihat shuffle. inception date 2007

Fingers (guitar) joined stickboy in 2009 and brings 78 purpose built fingers, enough to play the entire fret board and pluck.

Bones (bass) is the highest precision bass player in known existence, and the youngest member of the band. inception date 2012.

Standaside meatbags. Oil is thicker than blood.

Compressorhead claims to be from Berlin, and though some might wonder if Banksy might somehow be involved, it is actually part of a GE campaign called Brilliant Machines, a year long effort to promote what megacorp is calling the "Industrial Internet" --- the merger of "big iron with big data to create brilliant machines" --- or, as I see it, one step closer to being enslaved by the Compressorhead dudes.

Anyway, apparently these maniacs played for seven fucking hours yesterday and the concert was streamed on Spotify--did anyone see it in Union Square?

Check out Compressorhead doing "Blitzkrieg Bop" and The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go" at Union Square, along with other videos of the bots playing Motörhead's "Ace of Spades" and what I think is Pantera's "Becoming," in this post. If that Pantera cover is the best the robots have got, no need to alert Jon Connor.

Video below...

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November 6, 2013

Mike Birbiglia (more by David Andrako)
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Tickets are on sale now for intimate Mike Birbiglia shows in Manhattan, Nashville, Brooklyn, and LA. All dates are listed below...

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October 31, 2013

Jesus is just all right with them: Triumph & Klausner @ Bell House (via @kieshak)
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Julie Klausner did a live taping of her How Was Your Week? podcast last night (10/30) at The Bell House and guests included Ted Leo, AC Newman, Jean Grae and Leslie Kritzer (subbing for a sick Laura Benati). Among the things that happened was a live performance of songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Ted Leo as Judas and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog as King Herod. You're just gonna have to wait for the podcast to hear that.

If you missed it, you can see her soon in NYC as Julie announced a five night run (November 22 - 26) at Joe's Pub titled "TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner" where she promises to "sing some goddamn songs." Tickets are on sale now. She did it back in June, too, with guest (but maybe not surprise) appearances from Ted Leo and Bridget Everett.

In other news, on Sunday (10/27)k Julie feigned outrage on Twitter over Banksy's lastest reign of terror, a Halloween "installation" on Houston & Elizabeth which featured a Grim Reaper in a bumper car and an accordion player, plus occasionally playings of Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper." Some people, though, didn't get that her Twitter rant (including such bursts as "You know where I like my art? IN MUSEUMS. You know how I like my apartment building? FREE OF BANKSY AND THE CROWDS HE ATTRACTS") wasn't real.

And finally, Julie and her pal Ted Leo co-starred in a recent How Was Your Week? video where they (and Chris Spooner) take a class on whiskey, with predictable (and funny!) results. You can watch that below.

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October 30, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

best show

Ladies and gentlemen, last night the great Tom Scharpling announced that he will be shutting down the venerable Best Show on WFMU radio show after 13 incredible years. At the tail end of last night's episode Tom dropped the painful and, to many, literally tear-inducing shit-bomb of an announcement to his legions of admirers that The Best Show will cease transmission forever more after the December 17, 2013 installment. Tom has threatened a Best Show shutdown several times over the years; sometimes petulantly, sometimes jokingly. But there can be no mistaking the earnestness of last night's declaration. Most people who didn't hear the news live last night most certainly heard the news from Splitsider who seemingly broke the story first. Splitsider summarizes:

For the uninitiated, The Best Show is a weekly comedy/music radio show that Tom Scharpling started out of New Jersey in October of 2000 before the program grew a devoted international audience thanks to it being released online in podcast form. Clocking in at three hours each week, Best Show finds Scharpling taking listener calls, playing music, doing popular pre-written bits with his comedy partner Jon Wurster, and playing host to a slew of comedy and music elite as guests like regulars Patton Oswalt, Aimee Man, and John Hodgman.
Tom Scharpling is one of my personal heroes, most notably for his role as one of the key figures in bridging the gap between comedy and music. And the bits he and Jon Wurster spawned are without exaggeration some of the funniest moments of comedy I have ever experienced in any environment. I simply don't have the brain power to adequately tell you how important a show The Best Show is and on how many different levels it has played a role in the evolution of music and comedy. It's insane. And he did it all for free. And I am a card carrying Friend Of Tom and listen to his show as religiously as I can. Call-ins are a huge part of the show, yet I've never indulged. With 7 shows left, it seems I must surely seize the opportunity and make myself heard at least once before he's gone.

Meanwhile, while Tom says goodbye to radio, let's not forget that he is one of the more sought after music video creators of our time. He's also working with BV favorite Chris Gethard for something they're developing for IFC. Tom's future is wide open, and I predict only a preposterous amount of success.

Below find one of my favorite Scharpling and Wurster bits turned into a great song by Klaus favorite Ted Leo.

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October 26, 2013

Marcia Wallace

Actress Marcia Wallace, the voice of Edna Krabappel on the Fox show "The Simpsons" and earlier Carol Kester, the receptionist on the 1970s sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show," has died at 70.

"I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace," said executive producer, Al Jean. "She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character."

Wallace, who had survived breast cancer, died at home, according to a Fox publicist, Antonia Coffman. - [Reuters/NYT]

In addition to acting, Wallace was a constant prescence on '70s and '80s game shows. Some clips from Password Plus and Match Game below. We'll miss you, Marcia. Rest in peace.

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