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August 14, 2014

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Some were a little surprised when Aziz Ansari announced he'd be playing MSG on October 9. Well he's now added a late show (10:30 PM) happening at MSG the same night (10/9). Tickets for the just-added show are currently on presale (password: GARDEN) with tickets going on sale to the general public on Friday (8/15) morning at 10 AM. The early show (7:30 PM) appears to be sold out, it's currently "off sale." Way to go Aziz!

Aziz is also on several nights of the Oddball Comedy Tour with Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer and more. The closest stop to NYC with Aziz on board is the Hartford, CT show.

August 12, 2014

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Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn't confirm that it was a suicide, they did issue this statement. "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." - [EW]
While he was known of late for more family fare, Robin Williams was an anarchic comedian in the '70s and early '80s, whose influence shouldn't be underestimated. Very sad news. Rest in peace, Robin. Nanu nanu.

President Obama issued a statement:

Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.

Robin's most recently released movie, which co-starred Peter Dinklage, is called "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn."

If you're dealing with suicidal thoughts, you don't have to suffer alone. People want to help you. Please reach out to someone. Wikipedia has a list of crisis hotlines around the world.

A few clips, including his classic 1982 HBO special "An Evening With Robin Williams," below...

Continue reading "Robin Williams, RIP"

August 11, 2014

photos by Samantha Saturday

Garfunkel & Oates @ Outside Lands 2014
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 1

The plots in Garfunkel and Oates are often so great on their own that they don't need the musical interruptions. "Speechless," a funny song about men's sports obsessions, is shoved almost haphazardly into what would otherwise be a wonderful episode about the absurdity of dating. (The central plot involves Riki and Kate seeing how long they can date two men without saying a single world; the results are hilarious.)

This isn't to say that Garfunkel and Oates is bad. In fact, it's quite good, and the strangeness of the show shines throughout the three episodes I viewed. The humor is both absurd and relatable, whether the stars are trying to "fade away" instead of breaking up with someone or are dealing with their porn doppelgangers achieving an overnight level of fame that Riki and Kate could only dream of. Episodes often drift into bits of fantasy, with the leads imagining their agent as a bumbling puppet or pausing during oral sex to sing a song about a poor gag reflex. [Flavorwire]

Garfunkel and Oates, the new comedy show starring and fictitiously based on comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates (aka actress/singers Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome), premiered on IFC last week (8/7). That's an excerpt of Flavorwire's review above. Did you catch it? What did you think? You can check out a clip of their ode to "the embarrassment of an overactive gag reflex," below.

Garfunkel and Oates the band are currently on tour (dates listed below), having just hit Outside Lands in San Francisco over the weekend. We've got a set of pictures of them from that fest in this post.

The tour hits NYC on August 30 at Irving Plaza and returns to San Francisco on September 27 at Cobbs (for early and late shows). You can still get tickets to most dates on the tour, including both of those shows, and we're giving away a pair of tickets with meet and greet for both NYC and San Francisco (late show).

Contest details, with more Outside Lands pics, dates and that video, below...

Continue reading "Garfunkel & Oates premiered new IFC show, played Outside Lands, touring (pics ++ a chance to win tix & meet and greet)"

August 6, 2014

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The New York Comedy Festival will happen from November 5 - 9 and the initial lineup includes Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Bill Cosby, Chris D'elia, Bill Maher, Marc Maron, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman, and Amy Schumer. Here are the announced shows:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6
TIG NOTARO: BOYISH GIRL INTERRUPTED - 8 PM - TOWN HALL

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7
HANNIBAL BURESS - 7 PM - TOWN HALL
AMY SCHUMER: PROFESSIONAL - 8 PM - CARNEGIE HALL
MARC MARON - 7:30 PM - NYU SKIRBALL CENTER

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
BILL MAHER - AN EVENING WITH BILL MAHER - 7 PM - BEACON THEATRE
CARLY AQUILINO AND JESSIMAE PELUSO -- 7 PM -- NYU SKIRBALL CENTER
BILL COSBY - 8 PM - CARNEGIE HALL
CHRIS D'ELIA: UNDER NO INFLUENCE - 7 PM - TOWN HALL
MARIA BAMFORD - 9:45 PM - TOWN HALL
NICK OFFERMAN: FULL BUSH - 9:45 PM - BEACON THEATRE

Tickets are currently on fan presale (password is FNYCF) and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 11 at 10 AM. Lots more NY Comedy Fest shows still to be announced, so stay tuned.

Dave and his new pal, Lucy (via @mrdavehill)
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Everyone's favorite comedian / musician / actor / Amazon.com employee / BV contributor Dave Hill is returning to his old stomping grounds on Union Hall on September 3 for a new show. This is not just any show, however - Dave is recording for his new album, to be released on independent stand up label A Special Thing Records. Larry Murphy and Greg Barris will perform as well and tickets are on sale.

In other news, fellow friend-to-BV, Chris Gethard was supposed to perform at Highline Ballroom on July 25 but was rescheduled for October 20. The show is billed as "Chris Gethard and Friends" and while those "friends" haven't been announced yet, tickets are on sale now.

Watch video of Dave performing at Union Hall below...

Continue reading "Dave Hill recording live comedy album at Union Hall; Chris Gethard's Highline Ballroom show now happening in October"

July 31, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

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Comedian, actor, and master of deprecating storytelling Mike Birbiglia is no stranger to BAM, having recently appeared in This American Life: One Night Only at BAM (which actually ended up having two nights). He returns to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on September 5, this time to premiere his new show/tour, Thank God For Jokes. His new batch of jokes should be equal parts embarrassing and hilarious, as always, and it's definitely worth grabbing tickets before they're gone. Tickets for his BAM appearance go on sale August 5 for BAM members and August 7 for the general public.

The BAM show is the kickoff to what will be a busy fall of touring. All tour dates, which include shows in NJ and Purchase NY, are listed below...

Continue reading "Mike Birbiglia says "Thank God for the Jokes" on new tour, including BAM show in September (dates)"

July 25, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

Sarah Silverman

You may know Sarah Silverman from her brief stint on SNL, her under-appreciated program The Sarah Silverman Program, or her relationship with Matt Damon. You can now add to the list: Sub Pop sweetheart. Following in the paths of David Cross, Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, and more, Silverman is releasing her next comedy album We Are Miracles on Seattle's Sub Pop. The album, which is set to be released this September, is taken from her latest live tour, and is available for pre-order on Sub Pop's site now.

If you just can't wait to hear Silverman, you can catch her on Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which includes Silverman, as well as Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Hannibal Buress, and more. It hits the NYC area in August.

Silverman's close friend, SSP co-star, and fellow comedian Brian Posehn is also on tour, with an upcoming date at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this September and an appearance at Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin.

In other comedy news, Kurt Braunohler, of "Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen [Schaal]," and the canceled-too-soon Bunk is premiering his Comedy Central Half Hour tonight (725) at midnight ET/11 PM CT. CC has a preview.

In other ex-SNL star news, comedian Brooks Wheelan got the ax from SNL and scheduled a show at Union Hall on Monday (7/28) which is now sold out. However, tickets for a second one on Sunday (7/27) are on sale now.

Finally, comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray just premiered their new show, The Meltdown, based on their weekly LA stand-up show of the same name, on Comedy Central last night. You can watch the first episode in full online here.

Those charming men: Phil Anselmo & Dave Hill enjoying breakfast...
Phil Anselmo and Dave Hill

To quote Housecore Records' YouTube posting, "After screening their Metal Grasshopper project at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, this happened..." WATCH BELOW...

Continue reading "watch Pantera's Phil Anselmo cover The Smiths (with Morrissey's biggest fan Dave Hill on guitar)"

July 17, 2014

by Klaus Kinski

Harrington w/ LSF @ Austin's Mohawk (more by Tim Griffin)
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As usual, I am nailing you with a super last-minute show announcement that I should have mentioned days ago so you could have adjusted your agendas accordingly. Recurring show of awesomeness The Talk Show Series Presents will be back at Over the Eight in good ole Disney Presents Williamsburg Brooklyn TONIGHT (7/17) at 8:30pm. As you know, the Talk Show Series presents is an ongoing series that takes place at Over the Eight (594 Union) with a revolving cast of hosts, guests, and show titles. A recent installment called The Kevin Corrigan Show took place on April 17th and brought a whopper of a line-up including Michael Shannon, Natasha Lyonne, as well as Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson from Broad City. It was insane. And packed. And people were butt-hurt when they couldn't get in. But I have a place for those people. It's called "day care." Because they are freakin' babies.

Anyhow, the next installment of The Talk Show Series Presents is, as I mentioned in the paragraph above, TONIGHT (7/17) at 8:30 PM and is billed as The Tim Harrington Show and features special guests Holly Miranda, J.C. Chandor (Director of All is Lost, Margin Call), Sasheer Zamata (SNL's first African American female cast member since 2007), and Carmelo the Science Fellow (Brooklyn's Mr. Wizard). And the show is abso-tootely free! You know host Tim Harrington as vocalist and partial nudist of legendary rock n' roll outfit Les Savy Fav. As a matter of fact, I caught Tim when he was a guest during a Talk Show Presents episode hosted by Bobby Tisdale and can 100% vouch for his attributes as extremely funny and engaging human being. Tonight's show promises to totally rip. It's gonna be funny. As well as poignant. And cozy. So if you have nothing to do head over there and enjoy yourself.

In other The Talk Show Series Presents news, the folks over there have been recording episodes of The Kevin Corrigan Show at someone's high-rise apartment, and so far the guests have been staggering. Head over to their tumblr and thrill to immaculate photographs shot by the great Seth Olenick that feature superstars Nick Offerman, Pedro Pascal, Janeane Garofalo and James Franco. More pics here and here.

July 16, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

Brooks Wheelan
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Sometimes, too many cooks in the Saturday Night Live kitchen can lead to legendary casts, unforgettable sketches, and the distinctively young comedic energy for which the NBC show is known. And sometimes, it just leads to a lot of people standing around with nothing to do. That's what the most recent season (#39) of the legendary sketch program felt like to many, and the numbers back up this sentiment: many cast members, especially new recruits brought on last season, seemed to barely be on the program at all. When even Lorne acknowledged SNL was in need of some serious shakeups, it was only a matter of time until the chopping block came down.

The first victim? New York stand-up comedian Brooks Wheelan. As confirmed by Wheelan on his twitter account, he has been cut from the SNL cast after only one season

Other shake-ups include the departure of Noël Wells and John Milhiser, as well as longtime castmember Nasim Pedrad, who is leaving to join the cast of John Mulaney's new sitcom.

If you're already mourning the loss of Wheelan, perhaps you'll be comforted to find out that he's performing at Union Hall on July 28. Aptly titled "Brooks Wheelan Falls Back on Stand-Up Comedy," this show promises to be a valiant return to Wheelan's stand-up career and, at the very least, perhaps a place to hear juicy Lorne Michaels gossip. Tickets are on sale now.