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September 12, 2014

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Mountain Goats main man John Darnielle has always been a storyteller, it's a wonder he's never written a book before now. Yet Wolf In White Van is his first novel. It's out on Tuesday (9/16) via Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and here's the synopsis:

Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian--a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail--Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America.

Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.

You can listen to Darnielle read an excerpt from Wolf In White Van's audiobook below. You can also hear him read from it in person as Darnielle starts a book tour next week, starting in NYC on Monday (9/15) at Le Poisson Rouge with John Hodgman there to, presumably, coax anecdotes out of him. Doors are at 6:30 PM, it starts at 7:30 and it's free to attend. As for what to expect, here's John himself:

Dear anybody whose question "will there be a book tour?" I have seemed to ignore, please know that I was not ignoring you, but that there was a plan to tell people about the tour I'll be doing for Wolf In White Van. I am constitutionally predisposed to call this plan a dark and evil plan, but honestly I don't see how going places and reading from my book can really be thought of as dark and evil, though I will do my best...

...it seems probable that a number of people who like our music will also be interested in the book, but for purposes of clarity be advised that I am leaving my guitar at home for this one and will play no songs on this tour, though I can't promise that Mr. Hodgman and I won't do an a capella chorus or two of "Sing a Song About Love", or possibly "We Bite."

See you out there!

All John Darnielle book dates are listed, along with the audio excerpt stream, below...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats' John Darnielle wrote a novel, going on book tour, including free NYC reading w/ John Hodgman (dates)"

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NBC's Saturday Night Live is hitting a milestone this fall, as the upcoming season will be its 40th. The show returns on September 27 with Parks & Rec's Chris Pratt as host and Ariana Grande as musical guest. Then on October 5 it's host Sarah Silverman and Maroon 5.

In more exciting SNL news, comedian Michael Che will become the first African American 'Weekend Update' anchor, replacing Cecily Strong as Colin Jost's co-host. Che, a regular in the NYC alt-comedy scene and on this site, had been a writer on SNL before leaving to become a Daily Show correspondent. Strong is still on the show, and apparently asked to step down, preferring to work on sketches.

As mentioned before, castmembers Brooks Whelan, John Milhiser, Nasim Pedrad, Noël Wells are all not returning this year. New cast has not been announced. The show also lost announcer Don Pardo, who died at age 96 this summer.

In celebration of SNL's 40th anniversary, NBC will be airing old episodes of SNL -- one from each season -- on Saturday nights at 10 PM. Whether this includes the weird years where Lorne Michaels left the show and it was run by Dick Ebersol, remains to be seen.

In related news, onetime castmember Ana Gasteyer (1996 - 2002) is performing at Joe's Pub on September 29. It's a release show for her new album, I'm Hip, and tickets are on sale now.

September 11, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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The New Pornographers played the Brill Building last week and NPR now has pro video up of the entire show.

While there, the band's chief songwriter, Carl "AC" Newman, applied for a job as a hitmaker in the pop landmark's storied offices. Apparently there's only one songwriting team (Julie Klausner and Anthony Atamanuik) left in the building and they've been relegated to not the nicest space there. (The heyday of Leiber/Stoller and Goffin/King it ain't.) Needless to say, Newman won't be quitting his day job. Watch his video encounter, written by Jake Fogelnest for Funny or Die, below.

You can catch The New Pornographers live when their tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart hits NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets).

Continue reading "AC Newman tries out for a songwriting job at The Brill Building ++ watch New Pornographers' Brill Building set (video)"

September 8, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

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For 10 years, Seth Herzog's excellent comedy showcase Sweet has been a NYC comedy staple, bringing fresh faces and old pros together. Everyone from Donald Glover to Jeff Ross has performed there over the years, with Herzog's distinctive energy keeping the crowd coming back week after week.

To celebrate Sweet's tenth anniversary, Herzog has put together a three-day comedy extravaganza at its current home of The Slipper Room running tonight (9/8) through Wednesday (9/10), featuring the likes of Colin Quinn, Hannibal Buress, Vanessa Bayer, Dave Hill, Questlove, and many more surprises to come each night. As for who's playing which night, you're just gonna have to show up and find out. Tickets ($10 per night or $25 for all three) are on sale now.

Watch a Sweet set featuring Reggie Watts, Questlove, Greg Barris, and more, below...

Continue reading "Seth Herzog's 'SWEET' celebrating 10 years at 3-night comedy extravaganza w/ Colin Quinn, Questlove, Dave Hill & more"

September 4, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

Hannibal

Everyone's favorite deadpan sidekick Hannibal Buress is still on the Oddball Comedy Tour, but once that wraps up, he'll soon be back on the road again, this time on his own, for the "Comedy Camisado" tour. He stops in NYC at Town Hall on November 7 as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Tickets are still available. For those of you who live upstate, the tour also stops in Albany on November 20.

While on tour, Hannibal is taking a break from his free Sunday night series at Knitting Factory. Full tour dates are listed below below....

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Raunchy, gravelly-voiced and self-deprecating comedian Joan Rivers, who rose from Greenwich Village standup to occasional host of "The Tonight Show" and star of TV's "Fashion Police," died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on Sept. 3. She was 81.

"She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends," her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement. "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is
difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."

Rivers had been admitted to New York's Mt. Sinai hospital after she stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords at a New York Clinic, and was placed in a medically-induced coma to assess her condition. - [Variety]

It's been a tough couple weeks for comedy, having lost Robin Williams in August. Joan, you were a real pistol and will be missed dearly. If you only know her from the red carpet, you should definitely check out 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, it's terrific. RIP, Joan Rivers.

A few classic Joan clips are below...

Continue reading "Joan Rivers, RIP"

August 27, 2014

Lavell Crawford

You might know him best as everyone's favorite Breaking Bad character Huell, but Lavell Crawford is also a stand up comedian. This year he has live dates coming up in Knoxville, Washington DC, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, NYC and NJ. The SIX NYC shows are this October at comedy club Caroline's on Broadway (tickets). The NJ show was just announced at Wellmont Theater in Montclair on December 5. Tickets for the NJ show are available now for $30 VIA GROUPON. Friday they go up to at least $50 when they go on sale via Live Nation.

Breaking Bad just took home a whole bunch of Emmys for its final season which seems like it happened so long ago...

As "True Detective's" cosmically attuned sleuth Rust Cohle put it: "Someone once told me time is a flat circle. Everything we've ever done or will do, we're gonna do over and over and over again."
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Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, which is based on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman character (Huell's boss), will premiere on AMC in February 2015. Meanwhile they've released a few very short teasers which you can watch below...

Continue reading "Lavell Crawford (Huell) playing shows, Breaking Bad winning Emmys; Better Call Saul"

August 24, 2014

photo courtesy of Oddball tour
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You may remember that the Hartford stop of last year's Funny or Die Oddball Comedy tour was where Dave Chappelle walked off stage due to unruly hecklers. The 2014 Oddball Comedy Tour returned to Hartford last night (8/23), this time with Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, Dave Attell and Kevin Iso. Throughout the night, host Brody Stevens referenced last year's incident, saying it lit a fire under the tour. Earlier in the the day on the side stage, he said "NYC's only an hour away, you never know who could show up." And he was right. After Louie's headlining set, he said, "Ladies and gentlemen, Dave Chappelle." And Dave himself returned to the same stage that last year's "meltdown" occurred. This time it was all positivity though. He got a standing ovation from most of the crowd for his entire time on stage, which was half an apology and half a mini-set.

Watch a video of his set, with the list of remaining Oddball dates, below...

Continue reading "Dave Chappelle made a surprise return to Hartford on Oddball Comedy tour (where he walked off last year) (video)"

August 20, 2014

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We mentioned before that FXNOW would be streaming every episode of the Simpsons, but Nerdist points out:

So, it's happening: from August 21st thru September 1st, FXX has decided to air every single episode of The Simpsons on its network. That even includes The Simpsons Movie. It is a gargantuan undertaking of the most dizzying order. And we've got a rundown of the episodes right here, right now, right for you.

Why yes, that is 552 episodes of television and a movie in only 12 days, the longest marathon ever. Somebody bring me my eyedrops.

Check out the full FXX schedule below...

Continue reading "FXX about to air 552 Simpsons episodes (and the movie) in 12 days [schedule]"

August 19, 2014

Oddball

Sarah Silverman and Brody Stevens appear together at Gotham Comedy Club TONIGHT (8/19). Tickets are on sale.

Brody also appears with a "big secret guest" at The irish Exit tonight (busy night!). Jeffrey Ross (also on the Oddball tour) and many others are on that bill too.

Sarah also appears at Over the Eight in Williamsburg Thursday (8/21), as part of the Kevin Corrigan Show with Damien Echols (Paradise Lost) and Chuck Klosterman too.. Check out the flyer below.

As you can see from the PNC Bank Arts Center show main stage set times (it happened two nights ago in NJ), Sub Pop recording artist Sarah Sliverman (who Instagrammed that photo) is currently playing as part of the Oddball Comedy tour that is hitting big venues. Brody is on that tour too. Remaining dates, including Jones Beach, are listed below...

Continue reading "Sarah Silverman & Brody Stevens on Oddball Comedy Tour, playing last-minute NYC shows THIS WEEK"