Recent Posts in comedy - Page 6
April 3, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Letterman w/ Future Islands
It's the end of an era, or soon will be. NYC icon David Letterman will announce his retirement from The Late Show on this evening's show (4/3). His last show will be sometime in 2015. The news broke, of all places, from former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills' Twitter, who is performing tonight with his old bandmate Peter Buck who are both backing Joseph Arthur. (The Late Show tapes in the afternoon.) He told the audience (via Hitfix):
The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'By next year, Letterman will have hosted The Late Show for 22 years, and he did 11 seasons of Late Night with David Letterman before that.
I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.
We don't have the timetable for this precisely down - I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up.
For those who only know him from The Late Show autumn years, Late Night with David Letterman changed not only the face of late night television but comedy in general. When the show began, the 12:30 AM time-slot was a wasteland and Letterman was a hilarious, often subversive presence, openly mocking NBC (and its parent corporation, G.E.) and occasionally even the guests. Like Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Simpsons, Letterman's impact on comedy cannot be overestimated.
Of course, Letterman's shows were also responsible for a lot of cool bands making their network debut, from R.E.M. (where they played "South Central Rain" a year before Reckoning was released) to Sonic Youth, to more recent bands like Dum Dum Girls and Future Islands, whose appearance from a couple weeks ago turned into an internet meme.
You deserve a break, Dave, but we'll miss your gaptoothed mug when you're gone. Video clips (including Bill Murray on Late Night's first-ever show) below...
April 2, 2014
Posehn posing with a Ghost and Scott Ian
Heavy metal loving comedian Deadpool comic book writer Brian Posehn, who last year toured with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, has a new batch of headlining shows scheduled including some on the east coat. Tickets for both Rhode Island (9/12 @ Fete) and Brooklyn (9/13 @ Knitting Factory) go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10am. A full tour hasn't been announced yet, but all the North American dates we know about are listed, along with Posehn's video for his Relapse-released "Metal By Numbers", below..
April 1, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Ceaselessly combing through garage sales and thrift shops for weird VHS tapes from heyday of home video just so they can show the weirdest, funny bits to the public, The Found Footage Festival (aka Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett) are celebrating 10 years of service in 2014. And with that comes a 10th Anniversary tour, filled with new clips and classic favorites. The tour will be in the NYC area this month for three shows: April 25 at BAMcinématek (tickets), April 26 at Anthology Film Archives (where their first ever show was) for two performances (tickets), and April 27 at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers (tickets). You can watch a trailer for the 2014 show below.
It's appropriate we're posting about this on April 1, as the Found Footage guys were responsible for one of the best, recent media pranks this side of The Yes Men. Prueher posed as a fictional TV chef named Chef Keith who was promoting his (nonexistent) cookbook Leftovers Right and managed to get himself booked onto five local morning news shows in the Midwest. When asked to describe his unorthodox cooking methods, he answers, "Are you familiar with GG Alin?" Watch the very funny highlight reel of his appearances, below.
Found Footage shows are always a lot of fun -- I've been to a bunch over the years -- and are highly recommended. All Found Footage Festival dates are listed, along with video clips, below...
March 31, 2014
Method Man @ Knitting Factory - 3/30/14 (via Erika Kaz)
Hannibal Buress' free comedy night at Knitting Factory Brooklyn almost every Sunday, but yesterday's (3/30) show was special one, celebrating the comedian's birthday (which actually is February 4, but why get into specifics?). The show happened in the main room, as opposed to the smaller front room where Hannibal usually performs, and also featured Michael Che, Bridget Everett, Kurt Metzger, and DJ Roofeeo. The show also billed a "VERY special musical guest," which turned out to be Staten Island rapper Method Man. Check out two short clips of Meth performing at last night's show, below.
Hannibal Buress also premiered his new special, Hannibal Buress: Live From Chicago, a day earlier (3/29) on Comedy Central (anyone catch that?). You can purchase it digitally now, and it comes out on CD/DVD on Tuesday (4/1).
Meanwhile, Method Man's group, Wu-Tang Clan, are releasing two new albums, one of which you might never hear.
March 27, 2014
Dave Chappelle returned to standup last year, going on the Oddball Comedy tour. While we've heard nothing about a new tour, Chapelle has announced a NYC date and it's a biggie: Radio City Music Hall on June 19. Tickets go on AmEx presale on Tuesday (4/1) at 10 AM with the pubic on-sale starting Friday, April 4 at 10 AM.
Comedian Joe Mande is busier than ever. Not only has he popped up on Brooklyn Nine Nine, Parks and Recreation, and Kroll Show, but tonight he's doing stand up on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Before you catch him on Late Night, come see him perform with comedians Wyatt Cenac and Max Silvestri tonight in Brooklyn at The Bell House in Brooklyn, tonight (3/27) as part of his #Bitchface Mini World Tour. Somehow, tickets are still available so grab them while you still can.
The last date of his #Bitchface tour is Friday (3/28) at The Great Scott in Boston. Watch a clip of Mande on Kroll Show below:
March 21, 2014
by Klaus Kinski
Way back in January of 2013, I told you dumplings that Todd Barry would be embarking on a string of dates called The Crowd Work Tour. If you search the terms "Klaus Kinski" and "Todd Barry" on BrooklynVegan, it'll take you about 4 seconds to realize that Todd has been and continues to be one of my favorite comedians who ever lived. Between his rock solid material and his flawless off-the-cuff crowd work, a Todd Barry live set delivers a 100% success rate of hilarity.
When I saw he was doing a tour comprised entirely of crowd work and no predetermined material, I thought it was the most brilliant endeavor ever conceived for the crowd work master. Besides the tour, he did tons and tons of warm-up shows in NYC, all of which I missed for one reason or another. As a matter of fact, I didn't see a single Crowd Work tour date! Some fan I am, right? Anyhow, Todd has some very big friends in very high places. One of these friends, a friend whose relationship with Todd goes back a bazillion years, is the venerable Louis CK. One day, Todd mentioned to Louis that he'd love to have his tour filmed (well, videoed) and eventually released as a special and Louis was all "May I finance this endeavor and release it via my website?" and Todd was all "Oh hell yes, Louis. That would be so sweet."
Flash-forward to today, Friday March 21, 2014. Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour is now officially available via LouisCK.com for a measly FIVE DOLLARS. The video is available in crummy SD or wonderful HD. As I type this I am downloading the video from the website and simply cannot wait to watch the master at work.
The Comics Comic has a great interview with Todd about the genesis of the project and I highly recommend you read it.
Todd is about to embark on The Final Crowd Work Tour, including a finale at The Bell House in Brooklyn on May 13 and tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Video of Todd Barry absolutely DESTROYING Louis during a car ride is below too.
March 19, 2014
Unless you've been living under a rock that doesn't have a great grasp of pop culture, you've probably heard of Broad City, the fantastic webseries-cum-TV hit that is wrapping up its first season on Comedy Central this year. The stars of the show, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, are veterans of the New York comedy scene and truly incorporate the city as a "character" without resorting to the same hackneyed New York stereotypes. In one episode, for instance, Abbi's date abandons her out of a very real fear of the disgusting Penn Station (watch a clip of that below).
If you want to experience Broad City in person, you're in luck -- the cast is playing shows all over NYC in the next few months! First, cast member Phoebe Robinson is performing in a benefit for comedian Liza Dye, who was recently injured when she fell onto subway tracks. The show is at Littlefield on March 27 and also features Ali Wong (@midnight), Jermaine Fowler (Guy Code), Murderfist, Michelle Wolf (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Sue Smith (Best Week Ever), Aparna Nancherla (Conan), & hosts Charla Lauriston and Justin Perez. Tickets are on sale now.
In addition, Abbi and Ilana are performing at UCB Chelsea on April 2 for their monthly "Broad City Live" show. Tickets are sold out, but try to get in off the stand-by line -- it's worth it! Info HERE.
Finally, Abbi and Ilana are touring nationally to support their new show. Although the tour was initially postponed so they could write the second season of Broad City, it's been rescheduled for the fall, and they're playing The Bell House on December 13. The show is also unfortunately sold out, but if you're really itching to see the duo, catch them at another date on their month-long tour. Find all tour dates below..
March 9, 2014
Last night (3/8) was a very Brooklyn episode of Saturday Night Live with Girls' star/creator Lena Dunham hosting, and The National as musical guest. The National performed "Graceless" and "I Need My Girl," both of which are from the band's 2013 album, Trouble Will Find Me and you can watch video of both below.
To up last night's starpower, the episode also featured a bevy of cameos: Liam Neeson, John Hamm, and former SNL castmember Fred Armisen. The next new episode of SNL is March 29 with Louis CK as host. No musical guest has been announced, unless Louis is gonna pull a Drake.
The National will play two Celebrate Brooklyn! shows in Prospect Park in June as part of the band's continuing world tour. Watch their SNL performances below...
March 6, 2014
by Bill Pearis
We posted the video short of new SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata as a guide giving tours of Girls locations in Brooklyn. That is likely to turn into a reality as On Locations Tours, the company that did Sex & the City bus tours of NYC, is going to do one for the hit HBO show. On Location rep Georgette Blau told the Daily News visitors could be bussing around Bushwick and Greenpoint this fall. "The locations aren't exactly glamorous, but they're authentic," Blau said, adding, "It's so hot right now. I hope that hipsters would embrace it."
Elsewhere, Girls creator/star Lena Dunham will host SNL this weekend with The National as musical guests, making it perhaps the most Brooklyn episode of Saturday Night Live ever. You can watch a bunch of promos for the episode all strung together below.
And while on the subject of comedies about 20-something girls trying to make it in the Big City, if you haven't watched Broad City on Comedy Central yet, it's real funny, and may speak to some of you more than Dunham and crew do. (Plus Hannibal Buress as a dentist!) A few clips of that below....