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November 10, 2014
You may have heard/seen that last week it became a thing on the internet to follow anything comedian Russell Brand said with a cry of "Parklife!" It's a jab at his hyper-verbose way of speaking, especially on social/political issues (to which he speaks a lot these days) and how in his accent it kinda sounds like Phil Daniels on Blur's 1994 UK hit. Video mashups were made.
Russell Brand has now offered up his own take on "Parklife," hitting back at those making fun (and his critics) while getting in a bunch of politics as well. You can watch it, Blur's original and one of the mashups, below...
November 7, 2014
There were no special guests listed when Bob Odenkirk's Sunday NYCF appearance (11/9) at Gramercy Theatre was first announced. It has since been confirmed that the Breaking Bad actor will be reunited on stage with his Mr Show co-creator David Cross, as well as Michael Ian Black (The State/Stella/etc) and Brandon Wardell at the event where "Bob Odenkirk will be reading from his new book A Load of Hooey, screening videos, and giving a talk about some highlights of his comedy career." Tickets, which include a copy of his book, are still available. Also on Sunday, Bob will be signing books at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo (95 Prince St., 1 PM).
Brandon Wardell is on Odenkirk's whole tour. The two also have an album coming out together titled Amateur Hour via AST Records. (That's the cover art above.) Says Wardell, "I thought I was just opening for his album recording and then found out after the show I'm actually on it and he just didn't want me to be nervous." The album's out November 25.
Odenkirk's Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, debuts in February.
November 6, 2014
Greg Barris (photo via Michael Alex Newman)
Comedian Greg Barris is a busy guy. He's co-hosting the Doctors Without Borders benefit at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 (tickets) and, among other things, started a new series/podcast this year called "Mind Warriors" which mixes science and laughs:
Mind Warriors: Bringing you the most cutting edge information from the edge of the universe (that's two edges). Mind Warriors is a comedic, science interview show hosted by Greg Barris that delves into the spiritual and scientific research and practices of each guest Mind Warrior with a question and answer session at the end with the audience.The next edition of "Mind Warriors" happens at Brooklyn's Union Hall on January 11 with Andrew WK as guest. Tickets for that are on sale now. The first "Mind Warriors" video is below.
Andrew WK is busy too, playing a solo show at Knitting Factory on November 22 (part of their Fifth Anniversary celebration), and will be with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg at Gramercy Theatre on January 17. He'll also be on WNYU on December 11 at 4PM for a " live radio interview and party DJ set!" so mark your calendars. Updated AWK schedule is listed below.
And in related funny/smart news, there's a benefit for 826NYC (the nonprofit that promotes creative and expository writing skills) at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Sarah Vowell, Fred Armisen and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale.
Reggie Watts also plays The Bell House on Friday (11/7) as part of the NY Comedy Fest, and then later in the evening at The Blue Note.
Andrew WK dates -- including New Year's Eve in Chicago -- are listed, along with the first episode of "Mind Warriors," below..
November 5, 2014
Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub in September (more by Chris La Putt)
Bridget Everett's acclaimed, raunchy show "Rock Bottom" sold out its initial run. For those who didn't get to see it, or those who want more, she'll be back early next year at Joe's Pub for 18 "Rock Bottom" performances from January 6 - February 20. Tickets are on sale now.
All upcoming "Rock Bottom" dates are listed below...
Folks in NYC can catch Hannibal Buress most Sundays where he hosts his free comedy night at The Knitting Factory. Though as he's become a lot more popular -- he's had his own Comedy Central Special and is a cast memeber of Broad City -- and on tour a lot, those nights have become less frequent. He'll be doing a proper set at Knit on November 23, part of their five-year anniversary week, which is sold out. He also has a sold-out show at Town Hall on Friday (11/7) that's part of NY Comedy Fest. You've got a couple other chances to see him this month, as
he's part of the Doctors Without Borders benefit (along with Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Regina Spektor and more) at Irving Plaza on November 19 (tickets).
UPDATE: Hannibal has had to drop off the Doctors Without Borders benefit.
Hannibal has just added a couple NY-area shows to the tail end of his "Comedy Camisado" tour: February 6 at The Space in Westbury on Long Island and February 7 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets to both The Space and Capitol Theatre go on sale Friday (11/7) at noon.
All tour dates are listed below...
November 4, 2014
IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! is currently in the middle of its new season and there have already been a few notable music guests on the show. The National made an appearance on the fall season premiere as part of a fake makeover show "Retool the School" and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne appeared on the Halloween episode (dressed as Carrie), and then made some impromptu music with bandleader Reggie Watts as a web exclusive. Watch clips from all three of those below.
Reggie Watts has a couple NYC shows coming up. On Friday (11/7), he'll be at The Bell House as part of a NY Comedy Fest show that also features Jim Gaffigan, James Adomian, Cameron Esposito, and Eliot Glazer. It's a benefit called Uncivil Union and proceeds go to The Ally Coalition and New Alternatives which look to "raise awareness and funds to end discrimination against LGBTQ people." Tickets are on sale.
Later Friday night Reggie will also perform at The Blue Note for a 12:30 AM set. Reservations are available.
Comedy Bang! Bang! videos below...
October 30, 2014
Paul Reubens made a big announcement on Fallon last night. Watch below...
October 24, 2014
By Klaus Kinski
A few days ago I mentioned that Irving Plaza will be playing host to at Doctors Without Borders Benefit on Wednesday November 19. Unbelievably in the few days that have elapsed since that post, ebola has officially shat itself upon our doorstep. Looks like I'll have to curtail all of my various hobbies that involve playing with human feces, blood, and saliva amIright? Anyhow, tickets for that benefit are officially onsale. Tickets are being sold in two tiers; $60 general admittance and $110 VIP admittance which allows bearers access better seating/standing. The line-up currently consists of hosts Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, Ted Leo, and more TBA. AKA, this is going to sell out. So pony up the dough because this ebola shizz is serious biz.
October 20, 2014
by Klaus Kinski
I heard a funny ebola joke. But you probably won't get it.
While ebola mania has Americans rapt with fear, the reality is that the chances of it becoming a real, widespread epidemic here is basically nil. As far as viruses go, ebola is pretty terrifying and I can see why people would be freaking out and why the news media would use it as fodder to scare the shit out of us. But it's not an airborne virus like the flu; you have to physically come in contact with it. And according to Dr. Jon LaPook over at CBS, "Every single Ebola outbreak in Africa over the past 40 years has been brought under control with standard infectious disease measures -- basically, isolating infected patients and tracking down their contacts." So once a case is identified, measures are taken to ensure it gets isolated. At least, that's what we hope will happen.
The real urgency simply isn't here on American soil; it's in Africa where they do not have the infrastructure to adequately deal with viral epidemics like this. There, it is much harder to contain and much easier to spread. Right now, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is on the front lines of dealing with the crisis in Africa. 80% of their funding comes from private donors, and what better way to contribute than with an awesome benefit show with awesome talent at an awesome venue? On Wednesday November 19 Irving Plaza will host and MSF/DWB International Fundraiser to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The event will be hosted by Klaus favorites Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo. Many, many more acts will be added to the bill. Onsale date/time are still TBD as well but should be available via Livenation soon, but mark your calendars and keep your eyes on BV for updates.
Meanwhile, tickets are still available for a show benefiting another good cause. Seth Herzog (Fallon, 'Sweet,' Comedy Central, NatGeo), Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central, VH1, Conan), Damien Lemon (Half Hour, Guy Code), Dan Soder (Conan, Guy Code, O&A) and Michelle Wolf (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers), and The Amigos Band will convene at the Bell House on Thursday (10/23) to raise money for 'Stand Up for Rockaway,' the organization still helping the Rockaways rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Use code "ROCKAWAY" when buying tickets to get $10 off.
You can also catch Greg Barris during CMJ at Union Hall on Friday (10/24) for a special edition of his "Hearts of Darkness" show, featuring Shonali Bhowmik, Corn Mo, Larry Murphy, The Forgiveness, and "surprise guests!" Tickets are on sale and you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.
October 17, 2014
by Bill Pearis
artwork for 'THE BEST OF THE BEST SHOW'
There's a lot of news in the world of Tom Scharpling. Firstly, he announced the return of much-loved, much missed The Best Show, which ran for 13 years on WFMU until going off the air in December 2013. (Dave Hill took over his time slot.) Where is still unknown but its return starts in November with comedy co-conspirator Jon Wurster and engineer AP Mike. Scharping did just announce that the show had a new email address: BestShow2014@yahoo.com. Could this be a clue as to where The Best Show will call home?
In other news, some of Scharpling & Wurster's best Best Show bits are being compiled on a massive, 16-CD box set, which is being released by the Numero Group (!) in March. Here are all the details:
75 calls over 16 compact discs, edited by Scharpling & Wurster (over 50 of them previously unreleased or unaired), a 108-page hardcover book with cover art by Joe Matt that features essays by Patton Oswalt, Julie Klausner, Damian Abraham (lead singer of F*cked Up) and Best Show associate producer Michael Lisk (aka A.P. Mike), a definitive interview with Scharpling & Wurster by Jake Fogelnest, notes on the evolution and inspiration behind each bit written by Scharpling & Wurster, a USB drive with all of the calls plus 4 hours of bonus material, a fold-out map of Newbridge, Philly Boy Roy & Timmy von Trimble Paper Dolls, postcards, and temporary tattoos with The Best Show catch-phrases.Also, pre-orders come with a piece of the phone Wurster used to make his first call to The Best Show ("Rock, Rot & Rule") and was smashed to bits by Wurster and Scharpling, as can be seen in a video below. When announced, demand was so high it crashed Numero Group's website!
There's a third "secret project" that Scharpling will announce soon. Meanwhile, check out the Scharpling & Wurster box set video, and a special mix Tom made for The Best Show's 14th anniversary (not for folks who don't want to hear a sampled Chris Hardwick repeatedly shout "POINTS!"), below...