Recent Posts in comedy - Page 7
September 30, 2013
photos by David Andrako
Mirman & Neko Case / dancing Ira Glass / Michael Ian Black
The 6th annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival just wrapped up last night (9/29), bringing four nights of laughter -- from both big names and rising talent -- to The Bell House and Union Hall. Here's picture highlights from the first two days (September 26 & 27), including: The Urbane Comedy Hour (9/26) which featured a string quartet and dancing (NPR's Ira Glass included), along with comedians Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac and Mike Birbiglia; the always popular Star Talk Live! (9/27) with astrophysicist Neal deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, Stephen Gorevan, W. Kamau Bell and Jason Sudekis; and Invite Them Up (9/27) which featured Todd Barry, Michael Ian Black, Kurt Braunohler, Neko Case (fresh off her big Radio City show) and more.
More pics below...
September 27, 2013
1,500 people are surrounded on three sides by huge translucent screens on which Curtis's dystopian film essay, Everything Is Going According to Plan, is projected, using all the digital drama of Massive Attack's regular technicians, United Visual Artists. At the far end the band provide the live soundtrack to the footage - mostly powerfully driven cover versions, ranging from Siberian punk to Barbra Streisand - and occasionally emerge from the shadows to become part of the film itself. The audience, many of whom have come to dance, stand pretty much motionless throughout, rapt or trying to keep up with the dizzying and seductive images that Curtis presents and sometimes sonorously narrates. From time to time you are reminded that this is a musical as well as a visual adventure - particularly when guesting Liz Fraser, once of the Cocteau Twins, steps forward to sing, with her rare dreamlike clarity, The Look of Love or later in haunting Russian - but mostly, even if the bass is making the walls shake, it is the film that overwhelms your attention. - [The Guardian]Massive Attack V Adam Curtis, the cinematic / live music / thinkpiece assault, which first premiered at Manchester international festival in July, comes to NYC starting Saturday (9/28) and running for six performances: September 28 - 30 and October 2 - 4 at the Park Avenue Armory. Something we didn't realize when we first posted about it: both reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser(!!!) will be on hand to provide live vocals for these performances. The opening and closing night shows are sold out (9/28 & 10/4) but you can still get tickets to the other four shows. You can also still get tickets to the closing night afterparty which is a benefit for the Amory. For a taste of the sensory overload that is this show, you can watch the trailer below.
And if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets to the sold-out Oct 4 final performance AND the afterparty. Details on that, along with the trailer, are below.
September 18, 2013
by Bill Pearis
Not a member of Belle & Sebastian: Simon Amstell
British comedian Simon Amstell was last here in November for a week run of his thoughtful and very funny show Numb. He's working on a new show as we speak and will be in NYC testing out new material next month for two shows at Union Hall on October 11 & 12. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are only $10, he's definitely worth seeing.
Check out an hour-long Simon Amstell performance and a recent appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson below...
September 10, 2013
Comedian, actor, and musician Reggie Watts is one of the busiest weirdos tearing up the comedy world right now. As one of the founding members of JASH, he's done social experiments testing if music can get you laid, start a party, get you high, and more. As the bandleader of IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!, he has provided the soundtrack to one of the best and most interesting phony talk shows on TV.
But he has just announced that he is headlining Irving Plaza on December 11, in what is apparently his last announced show of this year. (He likes to do unannounced shows, sometimes, though.) It's bound to be bizarre and wonderful, and I highly recommend seeing him live. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/13) at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Wednesday (9/11) at 10 AM, and Livenation and Music Geeks (password is "musicgeeks") presales starting Thursday (10/12) at noon.
All Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! and Reggie Watts solo tour dates are listed, along with a Comedy Bang Bang video with Aziz Ansari, below.
September 9, 2013
Roger Waters @ Yankee Stadium, July 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The seventh annual Stand Up for Heroes event will happen at Madison Square Garden
on November 6. This year's performers include Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Roger Waters and "other surprise guests." This is a big jump up in size for the charity event (last year at Beacon Theatre) which benefits injured service members, veterans and their families, and is part of the 2013 New York Comedy Festival. Tickets are on sale now.
Announcement video below...
One day before author and humorist David Sedaris takes over Carnegie Hall by himself, he'll hook up with 'Girls' creator and star Lena Dunham for "an insightful evening of reading and conversation" on the same stage. Lena and David will be 'Alone Together At Last' at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in NYC on November 19, 2013 (8pm). "An Evening with David Sedaris" is at Carnegie Hall on November 20.
Tickets for an "Evening with David Sedaris" are on sale now.
Tickets for Lena and David will go on sale Friday, September 13, but you can get them starting Tuesday (September 10) via an exclusive BrooklynVegan presale. Just head to the ticket page (which will be live soon) and enter code VEG18042.
As for Girls, which is up for five Emmys this year, the show is currently in production for Season 3 (which will feature Kim Gordon in an episode) which will air in 2014. You can watch an "In Production" teaser below.
In related news, the first-ever movie adaptation of a Sedaris essay is coming to the big screen. 'C.O.G.' premiered at Sundance and hits theaters on September 20. The trailer and more information on the two Carnegie Hall events, below...
September 6, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
One of the greatest recurring comedy showcases in this cesspool of a city gone soft has got to be Whiplash which takes place every Monday at 11pm at the UCB Theater in Chelsea. Sadly, the late hour of the show and the day of the week it falls on makes it difficult for your man Klaus to attend in person because he, me, has a big boy job with lots of big boy responsibilities and I gotta hot the rack at a reasonable time during the week or else things could fall apart at the office and my life and livelihood could be ruined. Which is a shame. Because Whiplash, which is hosted by the great and prolific Leo Allen, doesn't just get the occasional huge mega-star guest every now and then; their weekly line-ups are chock full of them. Always. I mean, just go to the With Reservation Whiplash photo page and you'll see that people like Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifianakis, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Todd Barry and so many other big dogs have graced its stage. It's insane! And it's always free!
As per usual, you can catch Whiplash on Monday night (9/9). However, this night will be a little different, for the fine folks at Whiplash will be undertaking the production of a live Whiplash concert movie! It's being billed as a Whiplash Concert Film, but if you want to get technical I can guarantee this sucker will NOT be shot on film. In this economy? Shyuh! Right! If it is, I'll get a tattoo across my face of something terrible. Anyhow, this Monday, Whiplash will take place TWICE; there will be a 9:30pm taping and an 11:00pm taping. Get your tickets now because in about 5 minutes both shows will be solidly sold out (there will be stand-by lines for each show, though).
In other comedy news...
* Dave Hill's book is now out in paperback. Celebrate with him TONIGHT (9/6) at 7pm at Book Court in Cobble Hill. He'll be reading, rocking and giving out free drinks!
* The New Yorker Festival lineup is announced.
* Pete Holmes announced a big NYC show, and a TV show.
* Greg Proops is touring.
* Todd Barry is taping a podcast live in Brooklyn & touring.
* Comedy Bang Bang is touring too.
September 5, 2013
As mentioned, the 2013 New Yorker Festival happens October 4, 5, and 6. They just announced this year's line-up which, as usual, is a mix of interviews, talks, screenings, tours and a few live music performances.
On the music tip: Kim Gordon will talk with Alex Halberstadt and perform with her new band, Body/Head on October 5 at SIR Stage 37; actor and all-around cool guy Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) will talk with Burkard Bilger and perform with his indie rock band, Corporal at The Bell House on October 4; country music star Brad Paisley will be in conversation with music writer Kelefa Sanneh at Gramercy Theatre on October 5; and Paul Simon talks with Paul Muldoon at the SIR Stage 37 on October 6.
Other interesting New Yorker Fest happenings: "Without a Script" with Christopher Guest, Rachel Dratch, Aubrey Plaza, and Horatio Sanz; "An Evening with Funny or Die" with new and favorite clips from the website; an advance screening of Aziz Ansari's new Netfix comedy special, Buried Alive; and "First-Person Filmmaking" with directors Miranda July, Kenneth Lonergan, Terrence Nance, and Alex Karpovsky.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 13 at noon. Full line-up is below...
September 4, 2013
by Arielle Gordon
Pete Holmes at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
It's been a long time coming for ol' Pete Holmes. He's done his time in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, taped a half hour special for Comedy Central, done countless late night spots, and even wrote for a few less-than-memorable television programs. His newest special, Nice Try, The Devil has been praised across the board, and rightfully so -- it was playful but thoughtful, and personal yet positive. And of course, his podcast, You Made It Weird, continues to enlighten and inspire comedy nerds everywhere with its insights into the minds of everyone from Chris Gethard to Judd Apatow. So it's not a stretch to say that Petey Holmes has most certainly earned his newest gig, The Pete Holmes Show, set to air on TBS after Conan starting Monday, October 28.
But before that show airs, you can catch Pete live when he returns to New York for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 10. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/6) at noon. He currently has no other upcoming tour dates announced.
by Arielle Gordon
Greg Proops is more than just "that guy from Whose Line is It Anyway." He is more than just the host of his fantastic The Smartest Man in the World podcast, which has been described as, "an hour of great conversation that flies by at a break neck clip." He is, in short, one of the best comedians and improvisers I've had the pleasure of seeing in person. And, lucky for you New York comedy nerds, he's coming to our humble city to record a live episode of The Smartest Man in the World on November 30 at the Bell House. Tickets are on sale now.
Other tour dates, including podcast tapings and Whose Line live shows, are listed below.