Recent Posts in comedy - Page 7
July 1, 2013
Kaiju Big Battel @ BB King's, 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
The wrestling-meets-japanese-monter-movie spectacle that is Kaiju Big Battel is invading NYC again on July 20 at Stage 48. Here's what to expect:
Be there as #13 and Hell Monkey fight to decide who will rule the Posse in the absence of Dr. Cube. Will Hell Monkeys seniority rule the day or will the ruthless #13 send the satanic simian running with his tail between his legs!Helping keep some kind of order to the meyhem and destruction will be guest referee Peelander-Yellow of interstellar rock band Peelander-Z (who will be at September's Riot Fest in Chicago). Tickets for Kaiju Big Battel are on sale now.
Be there as Monger King VS Dusto Bunny for the Arm Wrestling Championship Belt!
Be there as Cycloptopuss tries to hold on the mythical hammer against Slo Feng, its rightful owner!
Be there as Special Guest Referee Peelander Yellow tries his hand at maintaining order!
Be there as Danger happens in front of your very eyes!
Check out a Kaiju Big Battel video, plus the flyer for the show, below...
June 28, 2013
by Arielle Gordon
Well, it's that time of year again. No, not July 4. Not the official beginning of summer. Not even the weekend. I'm talking about the fifteenth annual Del Close Marathon, happening June 28 - June 30 in NYC.
Del Close was a seminal improvisor and comedian who trained some of your favorite comedians - think Amy Poehler, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, John Belushi, and Stephen Colbert. Every year since 1999, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts) have hosted a three-day festival in his honor. This year, it's back and bigger than ever, with six stages and 420 unique shows for your comedy nerd enjoyment. You can grab a wristband at any of the six stages, which will cover all but premium shows (at FIT and SVA theaters). More info on wristbands and tickets can be found at DCM's official website.
As always, this year's lineup features some great teams from around the country (Boston, DC, Chicago, LA, Austin), and around the world (Tokyo! Fucking TOKYO!). In addition, a bunch of television and movie stars who got their starts at the theatre are performing in their natural habitats - Ellie Kemper (The Office), Nick Kroll (The League, Kroll Show), Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks & Recreation), Zach Woods (The Office), Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me), Adam Pally (Happy Endings), and Bobby Moynihan (SNL), to name a few.
Here are a few highlights:
June 27, 2013
Jim Gaffigan w/ Sarah Silverman in NYC in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
The not-for-profit Woodstock Comedy Festival is being held from September 20-22 across various venues in Woodstock, NY. Net profits from the festival will benefit two charities: Family of Woodstock (which works with domestic violence) and Polaris Project (which works with human trafficking). More information on tickets (TBA), performers (TBA), venues and donations is available via the festival's website.
Much sooner than that, there will be a fundraiser for the festival happening in Brooklyn on Friday (6/28) at Littlefield. The intimate space will be headlined by comedian Jim Gaffigan, and the show also features Adam Conover, Eddie Brill, Lizz Winstead, and "special guests." There will also be a dance party afterwards hosted by Josh Ruben. Tickets ($15) for the fundraiser are on sale now.
Show flyer below...
To quote IFC:
To help kick off the new season of Comedy Bang! Bang! premiering July 12 at 10pm, IFC.com released a new sneak peek from the returning companion web series "Reggie Makes Music." The newest webisodes feature various celebrity guests from Comedy Bang! Bang! creating impromptu and entertaining musical tunes accompanied by musical cohort, Reggie Watts. In the web series' return, Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) grabs the mic and sings a little ditty about two topics that have been troubling his mind -- women and dietary restrictions.Watch below...
June 21, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
Back in March I alerted you fine folks that it was time for you to get hip to a truly spectacular recurring NYC show called Running Late with Scott Rogowsky which currently calls Galapagos Artspace home. The show, hosted by the great Scott Rogowsky (doy), is NYC's only live talk show that combines the traditional, familiar late-night format -- monologue, house band, sketches, celebrity interviews etc. And he even has a sidekick; Scott's dad Marty Rogowsky plays the Ed McMahon to Scott Rogowsky's Johnny Carson.
Running Late's third season comes to an end with a huge season finale on Wednesday June 26th at 8:30pm (7:30pm doors). If you are prone to sharting and find yourself in want of some Depends, you should probably stop reading because the line-up Scott has cooked up will loosen even the toughest bowels. Attendees to this sure to sell-out extravaganza will thrill to the likes of comedian WYATT CENAC (The Daily Show), Klaus Kinski Personal Idol TOM SCHARPLING (WFMU's The Best Show), the great and currently red hot NATHAN FIELDER (Comedy Central's Nathan For You), KYP MALONE (TV on the Radio), JOHN GALLAGHER JR. (Tony Award-Winning Actor, Spring Awakening), and THE GREGORY BROTHERS (Auto-Tune The News). The show is currently on sale with three ticketing options $12 advance tickets, $25 dollar VIP tickets, and $15 day-of tickets. If you use the code MARTY you can get them for $10. Save yourself the money and the heartache and get your tickets now because a) they're cheap and b) they goin fast.
June 20, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
BV commenters; love it or shove it, they are a necessary evil. Sometimes, when they take a break from shitting on everything, a ray of sunlight cracks through the clouds and someone posts a super-hot lead. And, by Cod, yesterday my post about a Reggie Watts / Daniel Kitson 826NYC benefit at the Bell House certainly managed to part the clouds. For one lone commenter dropped the bombshell that Klaus-favorite Daniel Kitson has a 7-show residency at the Barrow Street Theater from July 7 through July 13 at 10:00pm each night. I would only very apprehensively call Kitson a stand-up up comedian as I find his style more (hilarious) monologue. Yet, to my surprise, this particular show is called Something like a Stand Up Show.
This is a very specific point in time.
I've been waiting to have the idea for this show for weeks, for months. A space held open in my head waiting for the idea. For months. I've done previews and I've booked the tour and I've stared at the internet and I've made chicken and I've tried not to worry. But the idea has not come and I have worried. I've worried and doubted and waited more and more and more. But then today, having dropped my dad off at the train station and met my friends for some coffee, Whilst driving home to write this (very overdue) brochure copy - dreading the thought of heaving half lies and optimistic promises into something vaguely intriguing but not developmentally restrictive - half way home, it happened. Somewhere between East London and South London - It arrived. The Idea. Just like that. Like a child, late home from school, oblivious to the worry and the panic and the phone calls. It just walked in and sat down like it wasn't even a big deal. So now I'm typing this in my bedroom because the boy who lives next door is playing the James Bond theme on what I assume to be a trumpet.
And you have to trust me.
Two hours ago I didn't have the idea. Now I do. And it's going to be good.
Kitson is a tornado of brilliance and completely in a class all his own. Nobody comes close to bringing to a performance what he does, so when he graces US soil with a show it cannot be missed. Tickets are on sale now so get em while you can because pretty soon they are all gonna be gonezo. And don't forget to catch him at the Bell House on July 10th too.
June 19, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
826NYC is a nonprofit tutoring center dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18, develop their writing skills in the realm of creative writing, expository writing and English as a Second Language. The 826NYC writing center provides free, daily, one-on-one tutoring sessions for students in need of after-school help. It also offers a free publishing resource to students, where volunteers are available to assist them in creating their own story collections, zines and other extracurricular student publications. In order for 826NYC to keep their vast array of programming free, they often throw insane comedy/music fundraisers in Brooklyn. 100% of the time the shows are more than worth the price of admission; but knowing your money is going to help childhood literacy makes dropping some coin on the event that much easier.
True to form, 826NYC has a fundraiser coming up on Wednesday July 10 at the Bell House featuring a pretty unbelievable line-up. The evening will be hosted by Sarah Vowell and Eugene Mirman and will feature sets by BV fave Reggie Watts, another BV fave Daniel Kitson(!), and more special guests (UPDATE: Mike Birbiglia and John Oliver added). If you haven't seen Daniel Kitson... my Cod... dude, he's the greatest. Quite simply, one of the most brilliant and talented comedians to come out of the UK ever. Not kidding. Tickets are a reasonable $40 and on sale NOW. Get em while they're hot, because this bad boy is going to sell right the F out.
Meanwhile Reggie Watts will perform at another benefit at the Bell House on Thursday (6/20) that's also with Wyatt Cenac, Todd Barry, Max Silvestri, Sara Schaefer and Crappy Cinema Council duo Jim Vanblaricum & Jim Crocamo. This one benefits New York City Coalition Against Hunger's Craig Murphey Fellowship Fund. Tickets are $15 and still available.
by Klaus Kinski
Gang, I've been sitting on this news since May and feel like a real dildo about this world-class stupidity on my part. It's now mid-June. I hate myself for this. Anyhow, better late than never, right? Right. Beginning way back on May 15, 2013, South African comedian and monologist Trevor Noah brought his one man show, Born A Crime, to the off-Broadway confines of 45 Bleecker in Manhattan. The show, in which Trevor discusses the trials and tribulations of being born of mixed race in Apartheid South Africa, has enjoyed a ridiculously successful run of sold-out performances in theaters in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. Originally called The Racist, Trevor performed the show at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe in a month long, sold-out run which basically made him comedy royalty. Then he did a whopping three month run across South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa to still even more acclaim and more sell-outs. He then ran his show for a pants-shittingly astounding 6-week, sold-out run at London's famed Soho Theater.
Trevor is one of the most brilliant storytellers in the business and the greatness of Born A Crime is sure to propel him into the upper-stratosphere of world-famous comediandom. His material is extremely dense and fast-paced and comes from a place that hardly any of us could even fathom. Truly, he is one of the most unique voices in comedy and an opportunity to see him at the uber-intimate 45 Bleecker is something anyone with half a brain should jump on immediately. I obviously don't even have half a brain because I've waited over a month to tell you about this incredible show. I am hella dumb. The run at 45 Bleecker that began on May 15 runs all the way through June 29, with performances Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm with a second show on Saturdays that happens at 10:30pm. Tickets are $30.00 plus fees; subject to availability $20.00 rush tickets will be available at the Box Office two hours before show time.
Check out video of Trevor below...
June 17, 2013
Do you like to laugh? Do you like to do so in big outdoor arenas with a host of cool comedians? Then you should know about Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which will tour around the U.S. for five weekends in August and September. The festival, which will span two stages of hilarity, is headlined by Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords, and also features Al Madrigal, Brody Stevens (who'll MC the second stage), Chris D'Elia, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Jim Jefferies, John Mulaney, Kristen Schaal, and many more.
The tour hits the general NYC area for shows at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on September 6, and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on September 7. Tickets to both shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed, along with a video promo for the tour, below.
June 14, 2013
by Bill Pearis
You may know British comedic actor Matt Berry -- and his sonorous voice -- from The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace or Snuff Box all of which are highly reccomended if you've never seen them. But you may not know that he's an accomplished musician and songwriter: he wrote '80s parody "One Track Lover "for Darkplace (video below), lots of songs for Snuff Box and composed music for Steve Coogan's series Saxondale. He also released a few solo albums, most of which lean towards late '60s / early-'70s folky psych pop and they're all pretty good and not really "novelty." Berry also sings in a higher register than you might imagine given his bravado-laden speaking voice.
He recently released his fourth album, Kill The Wolf, and just made the whole thing available to stream which you can listen to below.