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December 16, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

Jen Kirkman
photo: Jen Kirkman @ The Bell House, EMCF 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)

Famed bearded New York comic Dan St. Germain is bringing his stand up to Union Hall tonight (12/16). He's truly redefined the comedy hustle, performing at every venue from The Stand to Conan in the past few months. Now, he's showcasing his talents in his home turf and bringing some talented friends along with him. Joining the "Spooktacular" is none other than Brooks Wheelan (SNL), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Kevin Barnett (Sleepwalk With Me), Jacqueline Novak (fresh off her new album "Quality Notions"), and comedy duo Team Submarine (Chicago Sketchfest, NPR, UCB). Get tickets now before they're all gone!

Speaking of scary comedy, Eliot Glazer is hosting his Haunting Renditions show at The Bell House tonight. Hear Glazer transform quotidian pop melodies into sweeping ballads, right before your very eyes! Tonight he's doing holiday songs, natch. But that's not all -- tonight he's also joined by none other than his sister, Broad City's Ilana Glazer (who just did two sold-out shows at the same venue); also singing with the duo is Milk of RuPaul's Drag Race. The best part? Tickets are still available. For now at least.

If you still need more laughs tonight, check out Rhett Miller's second annual Holiday Extravaganza show at City Winery tonight. It's a stacked lineup, featuring Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac, Jen Kirkman (who performed at Cenac's 'Night Train' this week), and more. Tickets are still available. In addition, Kirkman has been playing shows all week around the city, including several upcoming nights at The Stand. Get tickets to her shows at The Stand on Wednesday (12/17), and Thursday (12/18), and Sunday (12/21).

Finally, coming up later this week, don't miss everyone's favorite nerd Chris Gethard perform with all his favorite comedic oddities at "Chris Gethard Fucking Loves Weirdos," coming to Union Hall this Saturday, December 20. This show features Shannon O'Neill (UCB, Broad City), stand up comedians Elsa Waithe and Dan Licata, and Connor O'Malley (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Tickets are on sale now.

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As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's much loved, much missed The Best Show makes its return tonight (12/16) in live podcast form with the whole gang (Mike, Gary, Roy, Vance) in tow. Listen (and call in) live tonight from 9 PM - midnight. It will be available as a podcast as well through iTunes, etc. You can also relive some (ok, a whole lot) of Tom and comedy partner Jon Wurster's finest bits from The Best Show's WFMU years on the 16-disc The Best of the Best Show box set which will be out in March via the Numero Group.

While making sure he has all his mics plugged in and ducks in order, Tom put together a Top 10 For 2014 list just for us:

I kept my head down and didn't go out a whole lot so my list might not be as diverse as it would have been in past years. (Sorry, 4:35 PM!). These were some of the things I loved this year that I remembered before other things.
Scharpling's list includes albums, live shows, movies and TV, and commentary as well. Read the whole thing below...

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December 15, 2014

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As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's The Best Show is coming back as an online live podcast. It will return in its familiar timeslot (Tuesdays from 9PM - Midnight, EST) and this Tuesday (12/16) will be the first show. You can tune in via TheBestShow.net.

You may have heard The Best Show do a trial run on Saturday afternoon (12/13) where Tom and engineer Mike played some tunes, took some calls and generally worked out some kinks. Scharpling kept saying "we'll see you April" but obviously that was a joke. The Best of The Best Show box set, featuring the funniest bits from their WFMU years, will be out in March via the Numero Group.

In other news, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show moved from The Best Show's old Tuesday slot to Mondays from 9PM - midnight on WFMU, so no conflict on which to listen to is now.

Welcome back, Tom!

Reggie Watts

The Late Late Show with James Corden will take over for the departing Craig Ferguson on March 23 and it's been announced that Reggie Watts will be the show's bandleader. It's a role Reggie already knows, as he's been doing it on Scott Aukerman's quasi-talk show Comedy Bang Bang! for three seasons. As for that show, Aukerman says, "Reggie is sticking around thru the first half of 2015, during which he have planned a very fitting goodbye for him." Comedy Bang Bang! wraps up its third season this Friday (12/19) and Season 4 begins January 9 on IFC.

Right before the S4 premiere, Reggie will be appearing on Nat Towsen's Downtown Variety Hour which happens at NYC's UCB East on January 5. Other guests include Janeane Garofalo, Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny (#NEWSFAIL, Citizen Radio), and "a special Two Boots Pizza Dedication Ceremony." Reservations (tickets $5) will be available soon.

This past Friday's episode of CBB! was an especially good one, featuring guest Eric Andre and a whole lot of time travel. You can watch it online at IFCtv.com.

December 3, 2014

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Craig Ferguson is in his final month as host of CBS's The Late Late Show. What will he do with his upcoming free time? Well, he hasn't said yet but some touring is probably on the way. A full set of dates hasn't been announced yet, but we do know he'll play three nights at NYC's Town Hall on March 5 - 7. Tickets for those NYC shows go on AmEx presale today (12/3) at noon with the public on-sale starting at noon on Friday (12/5).

What about The Late Late Show? Ferguson's replacement, British actor and comedian James Corden will take over starting March 9, 2015. Until then, CBS will fill the void with a string of guest-hosts, including Judd Apatow, Jim Gaffigan, Wayne Brady, Will Arnett, Thomas Lennon, Kunal Nayyar, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes and, uh, John Mayer. Drew Carey will be the first up, hosting January 5 - 9.

December 1, 2014

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We'll have to wait until 2015 for the reunited Sleater-Kinney to give us a new album and tour, but they'll be making a non-musical appearance this week. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss will be on this week's episode of comedian and punk lover Chris Gethard's The Chris Gethard Show. Here's what Geth has to say about it:

This week on TCGS, we are super psyched to welcome SLEATER-KINNEY to TCGS! That's right - this seminal punk/riot grrrl/generally all around bad ass band has reunited and for some reason they've decided to come hang out on the panel of your favorite public access television show. We'll be playing a game with them all night long that you can call in and be a part of... it's called ALL HANDS ON THE BAD ONE, and you don't want to miss it.
Though they won't be playing, the musical guests are also pretty exciting and it's a band that likely owe some of their style to Sleater-Kinney -- Chris Gethard's Don Giovanni labelmates Priests (who played one of the last Death by Audio shows). The show tapes and airs live Wednesday (12/3) at 11 PM EST on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. If you'd like to attend, email zerolaughs@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, Chris will be at tonight's (12/1) edition of Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train show at Littlefield (tickets), Chumped's release show at Suburbia on 12/13 (tix at door), and Union Hall on 12/20 (tickets).

Stream Sleater-Kinney's new single and a Priests song below...

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Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is currently on his "Far from Finished" tour but persistent allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted numerous women over the years are trying to prove the tour's title wrong. While he hasn't canceled the tour, some promoters have pulled the plug on shows in Las Vegas and Arizona, and now Cosby is offering refunds to ticketholders who want them. That includes his upcoming two NY-area shows at Tarrytown Music Hall on Dec. 6 (afternoon and evening shows).

Cosby played NYC proper, at Carnegie Hall, last month as part of the NY Comedy Festival which received a positive review from The Guardian.

November 24, 2014

Fred Armisen @ Irving Plaza - 11/19/14 (via Haley Klausmeyer)
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Fred Armisen took part in the recent Doctors Without Borders benefit at Irving Plaza (11/19) with Greg Barris, Ted Leo, Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Buress, David Cross and more, and the New Yawkers in the audience were treated to some improvised, hometown-specific humor when Fred went through the differences in New York accents. Watch Fred differentiate between The Rockaways, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, the Upper West Side and more in ANIMAL's video (via Gawker) below.

Fred has more NYC appearances scheduled, including the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and the Aimee Mann/Ted Leo Christmas show on December 13 at Town Hall with The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and Jonathan Coulton (tickets).

Video below...

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November 21, 2014

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The very funny Fred Armisen is already on board for the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and now he's got another NYC appearance happening a few days later. He was added to the Town Hall (12/13) stop of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's Christmas tour, which also includes The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.

Fred's also starring in an upcoming movie with Billie Joe Armstrong, opening Bob Mould's New Year's Eve show in Chicago, and the trailer was just released for season 5 of his IFC show with Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia. The 5th season is set to feature guest appearances from Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch. Sounds pretty awesome. The S5 premiere airs on Thursday, January 8 at 10 PM. Watch the trailer below.

Meanwhile, Carrie Brownstein's band Sleater-Kinney are reunited and bringing their tour to NYC for two Terminal 5 shows in 2015. Both are sold out.

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November 20, 2014

by Klaus Kinski

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If I were to sit back and take stock in which comedians I hold in the highest regard, I would guess that about 90% of them are from overseas. Maybe it's the accents. Maybe it's the fact that their stateside appearances are rare and therefore more meaningful. Maybe it's because I am sick of the American perspective of everything. Either way, one face that'd be prominently chiseled onto my Mount Rushmore of great contemporary non-American comedians would be New Zealander Rhys Darby. Like most Yanks, Rhys fell onto my radar via his impeccable performances as Murray Hewitt on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords. I have seen him many times over the past years, and although I initially thought his brand of sound-effect-based stand-up was a little corny at first, the guy just grew and grew on me. His show Short Poppies, a mockumentary series from 2014 where he plays a new character in each episode, was a superb showcase of this man's insane comedic agilities.

So on that note I am happy to report that Rhys has SIX NY-area shows coming up including two shows at the Bell House on Friday November 28 ( tickets for early and and late). The other four shows happen at Comix at Foxwoods between November 20 - November 22. These rare US appearances are not to be missed and you'd have to be a psychopath not to want to be marked "present" at at least one of them. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and check out "Short Poppies" on Netflix.

Videos starring Darby are below...

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