Recent Posts in comedy - Page 7
September 9, 2015
The first season of Why? With Hannibal Buress just wrapped up on Comedy Central. Watch a clip from that below.
As you may know, Stephen Colbert is busy with his own new talk show, but he's still making time for other things. He'll be at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 21 to talk with director J.J. Abrams. This "Nerd-Off" happens a little less than a month before JJ Abrams' much-anticipated new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters worldwide. Tickets are currently on presale (use password "NERDOFF") and go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/11) at 10 AM. Proceeds from this event benefit The Montclair Film Festival, "New Jersey's leading film non-profit."
Stephen Colbert made his debut as host of CBS' The Late Show on Tuesday night (9/8) with guests George Clooney and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. The end of the show featured a performance by house band Jon Batiste and Stay Hungry, covering Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" with a whole bunch of special guests, including Mavis Staples, Ben Folds, Buddy Guy, Beirut's Zach Condon, Kyle Resnick, and Ben Lanz, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and lots more. Watch that below (via Vulture) and the whole episode is streaming over at CBS.
September 3, 2015
by Klaus Kinski
The relentlessness of New York City's expensification, corporatization, yuppification, Eurotrashification, mindless Condo-nality and Trustafarianism makes it difficult for any person or persons to set-up a weekly or monthly comedy show that can survive longer than a calendar year. Somehow, though, the great Seth Herzog has been a been able to keep his wonderful comedy/variety/insanity showcase Sweet alive and well for a whopping 11 years with little need for antibiotics or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Currently back home on Tuesdays at the Slipper Room after a bit of a stay at Ella, the longevity of his show defies logic, economics, and New York City's heartless appetite to consume anything wonderful before we get too used to it. And that is just wonderful; in this day and age, in this dumb city, it sure is nice to have something we can count on.
To celebrate Sweet's massive 11-year anniversary, Herzog is taking his show from the Slipper Room to the confines of the intimate Studio at Webster Hall on Monday September 14 for a showcase that is sure to rip. The line-up so far includes the legendary David Cross, Hasan Minhaj ("Daily Show" correspondent, host of MTV's "Failosophy"), and more to be announced as the date gets closer. And it wouldn't be Sweet without an appearance from Seth's mom. Tickets are currently onsale so grab a couple and join me for what is going to be the show of the century.
September 2, 2015
The October edition of Dave Hill's variety show "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" happens at Union Hall on 10/2 with Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie, plus Matthew Holtzclaw, Mary Radzinski, and Michelle Buteau. Dave's group Valley Lodge are the house band and tickets are on sale now.
In other comedy news, Patton Oswalt is doing two shows at The Bell House on November 12 (7 PM & 9 PM) as part of the NY Comedy Festival. Tickets are on sale. Also part of the NYCF, Patton will be "in conversation" at 92Y on November 11 to talk about his memoir Silver Screen Fiend. Who he'll be in conversation with, they haven't said, but tickets are on sale now.
August 25, 2015
Hannibal Buress has been busy with his new late night variety show, Why? with Hannibal Buress and his co-starring role on Broad City, but apparently not too busy to return to his old Brooklyn stomping grounds. According to the comedian's Instagram, he is performing at The Knitting Factory on Sunday, September 20, a return to form from his old days hosting shows there every Sunday. This show, though, will be in the main room and tickets will be on sale soon.
Hannibal is also playing some shows across the Midwest and a show at Toronto's Just For Laughs festival. Tour dates listed below.
August 20, 2015
by Klaus Kinski
The third annual Brooklyn Comedy Festival will be taking place across 12 different venues throughout the borough from August 24 - August 30. Showcasing a staggering array of New York's finest comedic talent, the festival will deliver audiences everything under the comedy rainbow including stand-up, sketch, duo, improv, musical comedy, character, storytelling, and more. Mercifully, the shows are either free or extremely inexpensive. Who, exactly, is gonna be there? Let's see:
Performers this year include Sasheer Zamata, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Monroe Martin, Chris Gethard, Sean Patton, Aparna Nancherla, Seaton Smith, Mark Normand, Nick Vatterott, Michelle Wolf, Nick Turner, Myq Kaplan, Louis Katz, Kevin Barnett, Yamaneika Saunders, Michelle Buteau, Joe Pera, Dave Hill, Josh Gondleman, Jared Logan, Pete Lee as well as sketch and improv from groups like Murderfist, GUS, RICHARD. There will be surprise drop ins and special guests including Ron Jeremy. The final show of the festival will bring Roast Battle to The Knitting Factory!The fest begins with a Kick-off Party and Showcase at Knitting Factory on Sunday (8/23) and will culminate, as mentioned above, with a grand finale Roast Battle at the Knitting Factory on August 29. There will be a wrap party at Crown Victoria on August 30 (1-6 PM) where folks can nurse their comedy hangovers with daytime drinking and fellowship. Festival highlights are listed below, but I urge you to VISIT THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE where you can find a more elaborate schedule that includes listings of free events and special additions.
August 19, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Jon Stewart and WWE's Seth Rollins on 'The Daily Show'
Jon Stewart just retired from hosting The Daily Show and already has a new gig: the celebrity guest host of WWE's annual SummerSlam which happens Sunday (8/23) at Barclays Center (sold out). Some of you may know that Stewart has been somewhat involved in a storyline about WWE's current World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins, and for a little catchup on that you can watch a video below.
Meanwhile, Trevor Noah will take over The Daily Show's anchor chair starting September 28 and you can watch a teaser for that below. In the meantime, Chris Hardwick's comedy game show @Midnight will be on in The Daily Show's usual 11 PM timeslot.
In other Comedy Central news, the very funny faux reality show Another Period, which features a veritable who's who of comedic talent (seriously, pretty much everybody's been on this show), has been unsurprisingly renewed for a second season. If you haven't checked out Another Period yet, the premise is basically a Kardashians style show but set in 1902 when morals, medicine and technology were very different. (The Drunk History folks are involved.) You can check out a few clips below.
It's been six years since the last new Flight of the Conchords episode on HBO. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie have played live shows since (like at the McKittrick Hotel two years ago) but there's now hope of new stuff. At a press junket for his new film People Places Things, Clement was asked if we might ever get some new Conchords material, like a movie, and he replied like this:
We have actually started writing one...but who knows if it will ever be made, we've written some notes for some different film ideas. We're not down to the stage where we're going, "The film is going to be like this," it could be this, this, this, this, this.That's a lot of "this." In other very vague news, Clement has said that he and McKenzie were considering a North American tour soon as well, though nothing has been announced either.
In the meantime, you can see Clement in People Places Things (watch the trailer below), hear him as a talking horse in those DIRECTV commercials, and if you haven't seen the terrific vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows (that he co-wrote and stars in), it's available on various streaming services and DVD. He's also working on a new HBO series with Judd Apatow which he describes as "The Twilight Zone, but comedy." He's also starring in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG that's being written by Melissa Mathison (who wrote E.T. and very little else since). Stay tuned.
McKenzie, you may remember, won an Oscar in 2012 for writing "Man or Muppet" from the 2011 The Muppets movie and wrote songs for 2014's Muppets Most Wanted as well.
by Bill Pearis
Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Myers have a new series on IFC called Documentary Now! which parodies various nonfiction films, including Grey Gardens, Nanook of the North, and VICE's HBO series. They got Helen Mirren to intro every episode and he series premieres this Thursday (8/20) at 10 PM EST with "Sandy Passage" (the Grey Gardens parody). You can watch the entire VICE parody, titled "DRONEZ" and featuring Jack Black as a Shane Smith-inspired character, as well as a few other clips below.
Bill Hader was on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday to promote the show, which also featured a live performance by fake '70s soft rock band Blue Jean Committee, who feature in Documentary Now!'s two-part 'Behind the Music' style season finale that includes cameos from HAIM, Darryl Hall, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, and more. You can watch their performance of "Catalina Breeze" (pretty good Loggins & Messina / England Dan & John Ford Coley style yacht rock) You may remember Blue Jean Committee from a 2011 SNL episode. Here, they've gone deep in the shag, recording a bunch of songs which will be released on an EP in November via Drag City (who put out BJC's "Massachusetts Afternoon" last year as a 7"). That's the cover art above and you can stream two tracks from that right now, below...