Recent Posts in comedy - Page 8
July 25, 2013
Suave, sophisticated, Aziz Ansari (more by Chris LaPutt)
HI. I'M COMEDIAN AZIZ ANSARI. I'M DOING A SERIES OF INTIMATE SHOWS TO WORK ON NEW MATERIAL FOR MY NEXT HOUR OF STANDUP COMEDY.Though Aziz Ansari might want to get a look at his caps lock button (or maybe he's JUST! THAT! PASSIONATE!), it's still exciting that he'll be playing an intimate shows for the new material, aimed at specific demographics (hence the "ANSWER THE QUESTIONS HONESTLY" part). Enter for the lottery, the show goes down on July 31 (location TBA) at 8PM.
TICKETS ARE $10. TO GET TICKETS, FILL OUT THE FORM AND YOU'LL BE ENTERED INTO A LOTTERY TO WIN TICKETS FOR YOU AND A GUEST. PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTIONS HONESTLY, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE SHOW AND THOSE WHO LIE WON'T BE ADMITTED.
Aziz explains a little more about the nature of these shows, below.
July 24, 2013
As mentioned earlier today, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are going on a comedy tour with fellow Mr. Show cohort Brian Posehn in September, including a show at the Town Hall on 9/12. They actually sold all of the Chicago seats during the presale, we're not sure if that's what happened for Town Hall too but the presale is definitely sold out. Nonetheless, a second show is being added as per Oderkirk's tweet above. Stay tuned.
photos by Michael Dubin
Texas is the Reason @ Maxwell's 7/22/2013
Goodbye, Texas is the Reason.. from the USA at least. The reunited post-hardcore band is currently in the EU to bid adieu to the band, playing dates as part of their final stretch of shows. Thankfully, they left us with a parting gift in the form of their Maxwell's appearance on Monday (7/22). We already posted the setlist and now here are photos from that show -- including ones of opener Dave Hill.
While you're down there, check out the video interview with the band where they nerd out on gear, discuss the reunion and the reason (Texas is, of course) why they decided to have their big send off overseas.
More pictures from Maxwell's, which closes forever in a week (but not before Mission of Burma play there twice), and that video are below.
by Klaus Kinski
On June 10, 2013, I wrote a post about an incredible looking Tenacious D curated 1-day comedy/music festival called Festival Supreme which is happening on the Santa Monica Pier in California on Saturday October 19, 2013. The festival includes a performance from The Mr. Show Experience and if you look carefully at the post you will notice that my mention of said troupe was followed by the coveted exclamation-point-in-parentheses qualifier, which is basically Klaus Kinski Shorthand for "Holy shit are you serious!?"
Being the impoverished pea-brain that I am, I've been scrambling to figure out ways to afford a trip out there to see this majestic show of shows, but so far my endeavors as prostitute, drug pusher, stand-over man, body guard, and dentist have hardly made a dent in my finances so I probably won't make it out there which has me in a depressive funk. HOWEVER the grey bog that has overwhelmed my mood got a ray of sunshine when David Cross posted on his FaceBooks that a show called Bob (Odenkirk) and David (cross) and Brian (Posehn) would be doing a 5-city tour, including a show at the venerable Town Hall on Thursday, Sep 12, 2013(!)
Bob and Brian and I will be doing at least three new sketches (if not a bunch more) and stand-up, and who knows what all else? We'd be doing more but unfortunately our schedules don't allow for it. Bob is very busy with The Birthday Boys (premiering soonish on IFC) and I am directing a movie I wrote in upstate NY. I'll tell you more about that later.The day before that, Bob tweeted:
ME, DAVID, and BRIAN POSEHN on TOUR in September! We'll be doing standup AND sketch, BOTH - Never been done! PRE-SALE links to COME...The NYC PRESALE begins TODAY (7/24/13) at 12:00 NOON on the dot. (Passwords are Fireworks (Live Nation) and Evening (Artist)) (Passwords are not case sensitive yo).
-- Mr. Bob Odenkirk (@mrbobodenkirk) July 22, 2013
The crew will also swing by Brooklyn on September 10 where they will descend upon the PowerHouse Arena for god knows what. Complete tour dates are below. Please note that some of the dates are at book stores and are not being billed as performances, per se.
In related news, Klaus Favorite Brian Posehn released an album called "The Fartist" back in June, and if you haven't heard it I urge you to rectify that oversight this instant. Besides these Bob and David shows, Posehn has a handful of solo shows on the horizon. Those are below.
July 23, 2013
photos by PSquared Photography
Bob Saget, who you probably know is a lot more profane than his character on Full House might lead you to believe, has been on a stand up tour that hit Bonnaroo last month, and just came to NYC this past Saturday (7/20). While he was here, Bob stopped by two places that are usually rock clubs (he did use a guitar for part of the show): Bowery Ballroom (early show) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (late show). Comedian Mike Young opened both shows. We caught the early show at Bowery Ballroom, and pictures of that one are in this post.
July 17, 2013
Not long after The Locust's first U.S. show in 5 years was announced via the Austin Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup, LA's FYF Fest announced that the Locus would return for their U.S. fest even sooner, a late FYF Fest lineup addition. At the moment I think those are the only two dates for the spazzy masked band who reunited for a Yeah Yeah Yeahs curated ATP in the UK in May, but more can't be far behind.
FYF Fest also just added a whole bunch of comedians to the lineup, which you can see in the updated poster above, and in list form below...
July 16, 2013
by Arielle Gordon
You may remember David Liebe Hart, the oddball puppeteer from Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job!. The show may have ended in 2010 but he has continued to do his thing, much like he did before Tim & Eric thrust him into the (comedy fringe) spotlight. He recently released an exercise video (via Burger Records on VHS only!) and you can watch the "informercial" for that below.
Liebe Hart also plays music (he's performed in NYC before) and, lately, he's acquired a taste for punk rock and formed The David Liebe Hart Band. The group's debut album is getting a vinyl release on August 13 via Evil Weevil Records. That's the cover art above. It's a fun collection of songs about everything from church to aliens that disapprove of pornography.
We've got the premiere of the album's lead track, "Santa Monica Pier." It's a slightly heartbreaking number, most likely about Liebe Hart's own time busking there: "No money can be made at the Santa Monica Pier. You can only be there every three hours, then you have to move." It's pretty indicative of the type of loud, grungy, outsider art weirdness that permeates the album. Stream it below.
Lieb Hart doesn't have any U.S. dates at the moment, but he will be doing shows in Australia this fall. Those dates are listed, along with the track stream, below.
July 12, 2013
Wednesday night at The Bell House in Brooklyn, Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell hosted a comedy fundraiser for Dave Egger's nonprofit organization 826NYC (head there for more information and to donate). The co-hosts gave advice to audience members, collected donations for the organization, and told stories of police muggings in Mexico. Along with Mirman and Vowell were a handful of great stand-ups. Even though John Oliver cancelled due to a flight delay, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Kitson, and Reggie Watts still brought down the house.
Reggie played again last night - a sold out show at Mercury Lounge. How was that one?
Don't worry if you missed the shows though - Reggie Watts is playing a ton more this week and next in NYC and beyond. Currently in Chicago, Reggie is back in NYC on July 15 when you can catch him at that night's edition of Wyatt Cenac's weekly show Night Train at Littlefield. On Thursday, July 18, he's playing another weekly show, this time alongside Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Mike Drucker at UCBeast's Fresh Out!. On July 21 he has a spot on Laughter in the Park's Washington Square show.
Prefer the comfort of your own home? TONIGHT (July 12), Reggie returns to IFC along with Scott Aukerman for the second season of Comedy Bang! Bang!. Guests on this season include Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg, and many more.
For more comedy shows, browse our NYC comedy listings.
Watch a recent interview with Reggie below....
July 10, 2013
by Arielle Gordon
The 15th Annual Del Close Marathon went down in NYC from 6/28-6/30, and it was certainly "bigger than ever." With 420 shows on seven different stages, the marathon had no problem filling 56 straight hours with improv. As always, there were college teams, indie teams, local house teams, and mind-blowing team reunions with legendary lineups.
The Press Conference
The weekend kicked off with a press conference at the UCB Chelsea theatre (UCBT) with the original four UCB members (Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts). Amongst other topics, they premiered the illustrious Comedy Improvisation Manual, a dense comedy "textbook" written by Besser, Walsh, and Roberts. As Roberts put it, "The book took tremendous time to put together because we were painstaking in making sure that this could be understood by someone who's never seen improv and never had improv classes. So, we constantly challenged ourselves to look at it with naïve eyes."
At the DCM party space, other improv celebrities stopped by to hang out, take pictures, and discuss their hopes and fears for the festival. Matt Besser talked about the proliferation of improv culture since the beginning of DCM, saying that "it used to be something where you almost had to explain what it was; now it's something that even our parents know about." Poehler, looking in her element in a UCB Comedy shirt, gave advice to young girls, saying that improv could teach them that "being silly is okay and fun; there's power in enjoying yourself. No one looks stupid if everyone's having fun." Indeed, that mindset certainly set the tone for the rest of DCM15.
July 1, 2013
by Arielle Gordon
Notorious pot comic Doug Benson is releasing his new album, Gateway Doug on July 9th on ASpecialThing Records. The set was recorded in San Francisco on, of course, 4/20, and it promises to be a hilarious follow up to his last album, Smug Life. You can preorder the album HERE.
Benson also kicks off his summer tour today with a sold out Doug Loves Movies podcast taping at the Gramercy Theatre. His summer tour is a mix of stand up and podcast tapings and should be interesting either way. Find all tour dates below.
Finally, Benson made an appearance at the Del Close Marathon this weekend with The Benson Interruption. True to form, Benson sat on the side of the stage and interrupted as special guests Jason Mantzoukas, Nikki Glaser, DC Pierson,"Bob Ducca" (Seth Morris), and Matt Besser tried to tell jokes and stories. It was a 12:30 AM show. It was a small underground blackbox theatre. It was insane and hilarious.
More coverage of DCM coming soon. Check out all those dates below...