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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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October 23, 2013

DOT

Back in September, the NY Mag-affiliated blog Bedford + Bowery opened up a pop-up called the B+B Newsroom on Grand St, just off Bedford in Williamsburg, a space that hosts panel discussions, artists talks and screenings. (Some people were disappointed that it didn't turn out to be a cat cafe like posters promised.) They've hosted discussions on the state of nightlife and DIY venues, did some stuff during CBGB Fest and other events. The space is popping down at the end of the month but they do have a few interesting things -- all free -- planned before they do, including the previously-mentioned Andrew WK lecture on partying on 10/29. Here's a few highlights:

Tonight (10/23) they're screening documentary Dirty Old Town which is about Billy Leroy of the iconic and Billy's Antiques & Props which was at Bowery and Houston until last year. (You may know him from from cable reality shows Baggage Battles or Storage Wars.) Billy will be in attendance at the screening.

On Thursday (10/24) they're hosting a screening of The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations, a documentary about the beloved children's book which just premiered at The New Yorker Festival.

Sunday (10/27) is "Comedy Night" with BV contributor Dave Hill, plus Greg Barris, Sara Armour, Matteo Lane and Neal Stastny.

And on October 30, they'll host a panel discussion titled "How to Grown an Indie Label" with the heads of local indie record labels labels Captured Tracks, Loma Vista, and Cascine.

You can see the full rundown of events over at B+B. Trailers for Dirty Old Town and The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations below...

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Running Late

Tonight (10/23) at Littlefield is the two year anniversary of Running Late with Scott Rogowsky and SG has put together quite a line-up to celebrate, with Demetri Martin, Grizz from 30 Rock, Eugene Mirman, Mark Normand and Canadian comic Levi MacDougall. Tickets are on sale.

After that, the next RLWSG happens on November 6 at Symphony Space where his guest will be former talk show host and master of the anecdote, Dick Cavett. Tickets for that are on sale as well.

October 16, 2013

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As you may remember, former Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon were in NYC a few weeks ago to celebrate (and talk about) the new Clash box set that's just out. While here, they were interviewed by fellow old school punker Ian Rubbish (ok, Fred Armisen) whose own career, we learn, strangely mirrored The Clash's. Mick and Paul seemed to get a kick out of it and even played live with Rubbish for his fake old chestnut "Hey Policeman." You can watch it below, and catch Ian Rubbish live in LA Friday.

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October 8, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

Louis CK

Friday October 4th was the anniversary of when I moved my then-skinny ass to New York City and made the unintentional commitment to a life of poverty and alcoholism. As this anniversary of anniversaries fell on a Friday evening, my now-fat ass wanted to celebrate in boozy style, so of all the shows on this fine city's entertainment agenda, I decided to show myself a good time at Dave Hill's inaugural installment of Meet Me In The Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets, which is now an official monthly at Union Hall in Park Slope. The show was set to feature performances by house band Valley Lodge (who play Mercury Lounge this Saturday) and comedy by Valley Lodge member Dave Hill (who joins Jake Fogelnest at the Bell House Thursday), the absolutely phenomenal Brooke Van Poppelen, Klaus Gold Pass All-Time favorite Todd Barry, uber-offensive yet completely brilliant rhymesmith T. Berry, and a storytelling session with Gorilla Biscuit/Quicksand frontman and Klaus-idol since 1991 Walter Schreifels. All of the above totally ruled.

But the capper of all cappers was an unscheduled appearance by none other than the great Louis CK (who appeared at the Paley Center one night earlier). When Louis waddled onstage, his presence momentarily sucked the air out of the room which then exploded in a cacophony of applause, cheers, and shouts of "LOOOUUUUUUUIIIEEEE." The excitement in the room was some of the most authentic and overwhelming I have ever seen with people doing a triple-take at Louis, then a triple-take to whomever they went to the show with, followed by another triple-take at Louis. Anyhow, it was the best anniversary a lone wolf like myself ever could have dreamed of and it perfectly encapsulated why I love this rotten city with all my heart. Anything can happen.

Obviously still riding the wave from his dominating set at Union Hall, Louis decided to shoot out one of his absolutely rare email blasts, urging his subscribers to pony up the completely reasonable $5 to download his special "Oh My God" which aired on HBO in the spring and won an Emmy for best writing of a variety special. Read the entire sales pitch below, and when you have a sec GET THIS SPECIAL.

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October 7, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

Kitson

When I saw British monologuist Daniel Kitson for the first time a few years ago, I thought to myself, "That was one of the most brilliant and fulfilling comedic experiences I have ever witnessed. Too bad he's from the UK which probably reduces my chances of seeing him around NYC much in the future." And yet, as though someone somewhere in the cosmos heard my pessimistic deep-thought, since that time he's been no stranger to super long residencies in the NYC area. Back in 2011 he had a whopping 22-show residency at St. Ann's Warehouse for his show The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church. In 2012 he had an almost month long residency at St. Ann's Warehouse called It's Always Right Now, Until it's Later. Then this past July Kitson had a 7-show residency at the Barrow Street Theater from July 7 through July 13 for a piece called Something like a Stand Up Show. So yeah, I, we, have had more than enough opportunities to get our Kitson fix over the past few years.

And now, lo and behold! He'll be back for yet another lengthy residency! This time around, Daniel Kitson will undertake a whopping will 25-show residency from November 22 - December 21 at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse. This particular residency will have Daniel unleashing his new piece entitled Analog-Ue. Details on the overall plot of the work are pretty vague (to me at least) and it's primary summary is as follows:

A mess of cables. A mound of electronic junk. A single cassette player. And then -- Lights. Power Sockets. Audio Tape. Televisions. Vinyl. Neon Words. VCR Machines. Speaker cables. Amplifiers. At least one Ladder. Video Tape. Speakers. Super 8. Microphones. Projectors. And running. Lots and lots of running.
So, yeah. It appears to be about antiquated AV. And running. But is it, like, people running? Because when a piece of equipment is in operation, like a cassette player or a projector, we consider said equipment to be 'running.' So what does it all mean!? There's only one way to find out, and that is to experience the show first hand. Tickets for all 25 shows are currently on sale and as Daniel Kitson shows have a habit of selling out quickly and consistently I suggest getting some tix ASAP.

October 6, 2013

October 4, 2013

photos by David Andrako

Bridgett Everett & Nick Kroll / Kurt & Kristen / Stephin Merritt
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There was much laughter to be had at the 2013 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival last weekend at The Bell House and Union Hall. We already posted pictures from the first two nights and here's a set from Saturday (9/28) and Sunday (9/29). Saturday at The Bell House brought "Hot Tub with Kurt And Kristen" back to New York (both Braunohler and Schaal live in LA now) with appearances by Nick Turner, Nick Kroll, Leo Allen, and Bridgett Everett (whose new show is debuting at Joe's Pub soon); and over at Union Hall it was "Comics We Hope Don't Move To LA (Though We Understand There Is Much More Work There)."

Then on Sunday, the EMCF celebrated the Season 4 premiere of Bob's Burgers with cast members  Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Jon Benjamin,  Larry Murphy, Hannibal Buress, and Jon Glaser. Stephin Merrit -- who didn't even appear at The Bell House when Future Bible Heroes (a band he actually is in) played -- also came out with Kenny Mellman to sing one of the show's songs, "Electric Love." Over at Union Hall on Sunday it was "Creaghead & Company EMCF Edition: Thoughtfully Included Since It Was Scheduled Here Anyway."

Pics from nights 1 & 2 are here. More pics from nights 3 & 4 of EMCF 2013 below...

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October 2, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

Eugene Mirman at his comedy festival last weekend (more by David Andrako)
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It isn't often that I dedicate a single post to a single one-off show, but sometimes one pops-up that has such a great line-up and whose proceeds go to such a great charity that I gotta spill it. On Tuesday October 22, Gramercy Theater will play host to an event called A Night of Comedy, Music and Other Awesome Stuff. The purpose of this event is to benefit an organization called OneKid OneWorld and their projects in Kenya and El Salvador:

OneKid OneWorld provides a foundation for education in impoverished communities throughout Kenya and El Salvador by giving children from primary school up through secondary school the opportunity for a better and brighter future.

By providing the basic needs of learning fundamentals like desks and books as well as paying teachers' salaries, building classrooms and even installing solar power technology so students can study at night, OneKid continues to make a tremendous impact not just on individual lives, but communities as a whole.

If that's not something you can get behind then you're a monster and belong in my nightmares and not amongst humanity. The line-up so far is preposterously awesome and features sets by David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Eugene Mirman, Judah Friedlander, Wyatt Cenac and Todd Barry. Attendees will also thrill to music care of the great Rhett Miller from the Old 97's. The show also promises appearances from other "stars from stage and screen," though these add-ons are still TBD.

Tickets are currently on-sale and are available in three different options ranging from $50 - $85; front section VIP tickets (including close to the stage seating, a OKOW t-shirt and three raffle tickets) are $85, reserved seating just behind the VIP section are $65 and General Admission tickets are $50. So reach into those coffers of yours and pull out some dough and make a difference in the life of someone who cannot even fathom the privileges you take for granted on a daily basis and get rewarded with an incredible show. And don't forget that Gramercy sells those gigantic cans of Budweiser which are basically the best.

And in somewhat related news; David Cross has a show during the 2013 NY Comedy Festival, Eugene Mirman just had a comedy festival, and Todd Barry has a lot of shows coming up including a podcast taping at The Bell House on Tuesday October 29 (with Natasha Lyonne, Hannibal Buress, Nick Turner, Andy Borowitz, and more).

While I have your attention, apropos of nothing, please see my new favorite YouTube video of all time. Great song, great concept, hilarious main character, and a sweet ass cameo you gotta see to believe at the 2:33 mark.

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