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January 21, 2015

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As you may know, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster, the brains behind the newly relaunched The Best Show, have a 16-disc box set of the best bits from the show's WFMU days coming out via the Numero Group in March. Around the release of that, Scharpling & Wurster will be playing live dates in Brooklyn, Chicago and LA. Say the guys:

People of Brooklyn! Chicago! Los Angeles! Scharpling & Wurster will be appearing in your towns in March. There will be the usual music, mirth & mayhem plus special guests from Newbridge and beyond. The Los Angeles show will feature a screening of one of our favorite films: the barbershop singing documentary, "American Harmony."
The NYC show happens at The Bell House on March 11. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/23) at 10 AM.

The Chicago show happens March 19 at Lincoln Hall and tickets to that also go on sale Friday at 10 AM. The Los Angeles show, March 22 at Cinefamily, is already on sale.

January 20, 2015

Bob's Burgers

One of network TV's funniest series, Bob's Burgers will be taking the show on the road in March with Bob's Burgers Live:

...will feature the talented voice cast of the hit animated series, including H. Jon Benjamin ("Bob Belcher"), Kristen Schaal ("Louise Belcher"), Eugene Mirman ("Gene Belcher"), Dan Mintz ("Tina Belcher") and John Roberts ("Linda Belcher"), along with creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard. Performances will include a raucous and lively mix of stand-up comedy, fan Q&A, a live BOB'S BURGERS table read and an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming episodes.
What, no songs? Surely there will be songs. The NYC stop is March 27 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/23) at 10 AM with LiveNation, Chase cardmember and local presales starting Thursday (1/22) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

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January 19, 2015

SNL

Saturday Night Live took on Bushwick, Brooklyn gentrification this weekend, as you can watch in the video below..

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January 17, 2015

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I mean, if you keep buying the tickets, I have to keep doing the shows. My third show at Madison square garden on Saturday is nearly sold out. That happened even faster than the show before it. And both of the shows that I've done there have been intensely fun. So I'm going to add another show.
Louis CK has added a fourth Madison Square Garden show, this one on January 27. Tickets are on sale now.

January 14, 2015

Hard Times

If occasional Onion stories like "90s Punk Decries Punks Of Today" and "47 Punk Bands Change Name To 'The Miami Relatives" are not enough for you, check out The Hard Times, a hard-hitting new music news site whose tagline is "Punk News Comin' Your Way". So far they've published important stories like: "Deafheaven Bassist Falls Asleep Onstage", "Brooklyn's Newest Resident an Outspoken Critic of Gentrification", "Iggy Azalea Clarifies She Only Listens to Early Skrewdriver", "Henry Rollins to Start Third Black Flag", and a bunch more. Check it out!

The Kroll Show
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There's a few cool comedy-related talks and events happening soon at 92Y. On January 20, Nick Kroll will host a screening of The Kroll Show Season 3 premiere, and following that there will be a Q&A with the show's divorcees Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (John Mulaney). This is sold out but you can stream it live on via 92Y's website. Watch the Season 3 trailer below.

Keeping with the TV theme, there's a Better Call Saul panel discussion on February 5 featuring stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Michael McKean. Tickets are still available (they're cheap if you're 35 and under) and this will also be streaming on 92Y's site. Better Call Saul premieres February 8 on AMC. A new trailer is below.

Elsewhere at 92Y, Judy Gold has an ongoing series called 'Comedy Gold' where she talks with famous funny people. On January 27 it's with Jim Gaffigan (tickets) and on February 16 she'll be talking to Wanda Sykes (tickets).

And finally, Allison Williams of HBO's Girls will be talking with her friend and Late Night host Seth Meyers on February 18. (tickets) Maybe Seth will ask Allison what her father, NBC News anchor Brian Williams, thought about her first scene in Girls' just-aired season premiere.

Better Call Saul and Kroll Show trailers below...

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January 12, 2015

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Tickets are on sale now for a 1/24 NYC show. Ticket prices ($65, $45 and $25 with no added fees) and purchase security restrictions are the same as last two shows.

January 14th is sold out. January 7th happened (he wore a Charlie Hebdo t-shirt).

January 9, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Abbi and Ilana of 'Broad City'
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Two very popular comedies about struggling 20-somethings in NYC return to TV soon. Lena Dunham's Girls returns for its fourth season this Sunday (1/11) on HBO. Among the plotlines is Hannah (Dunham) leaving Greenpoint for the University of Iowa's prestigious Writer's Workshop. (The real UI denied HBO's request to film on campus, so they filmed around the city instead.) Most of the story still happens in Brooklyn, probably at bars and coffee shops you've been to. You can watch the Girls Season 4 trailer below.

Then on Wednesday (1/14) it's the Season 2 premiere of Comedy Central's wildly popular Broad City. Creators/stars (and UCB alumns) Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer use New York City as a character, maybe the most NYC-specific show since Seinfeld (or Bored to Death): the first episode of Season 1 featured them trying to score tickets to a secret Lil Wayne show at Bowery Ballroom -- as well as a lot of local comedians as regulars, including Chris Gethard and scene-stealer Hannibal Buress. Like the first series, Season 2 promises to have its fair share of guest stars, like Seth Rogen, Kumail Nanjiani, and TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone (as an employee at Main Drag Music). The show also revisits Abbi's obsession with Bed Bath & Beyond, which you can see in a clip below. There's also a couple Season 2 trailers below .

If you have somehow not seen Broad City yet, it's very funny and you can binge-watch Season 1 via DVD/BluRay, and it's streaming for free on Comedy Central's website and mobile app, and you can also watch on Amazon (free if you have Prime), Google Play, etc.

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January 7, 2015

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David Cross, who may be doing something as part of Mr. Show this year, is currently promoting his feature directorial debut, a comedy titled Hits. The yet-to-be-released film is choc-full of comedy talent, including Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Meredith Hagner, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, Amy Sedaris, Jason Ritter, Michael Cera, Amy Carlson, Erinn Hayes, David Koechner, and Jake Cherry. What's it about? Here's the synopsis:

Hits is a dark comedy exploring the nature of fame in 21st century youtube america. The film takes place in a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations. It's a story in which fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them.
You can watch the trailer for Hits below.

Inspired by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's very successful solo album BitTorrent model and Louis CK's recent tours, Cross is aiming to distribute the film directly to fans with help from a Kickstarter campaign that is currently underway:

We want you to decide how much tickets cost and you pay artists directly, not distributors or studios. This is an experiment, a first of its kind to see if we can make it more sustainable for both fans, and filmmakers. In order to do this in theaters as widely as possible we need your help to raise $100K. We are distributing ourselves and there are costs associated with making all of this happen. In addition to theater rental fees, we need to cover our marketing and publicity efforts. We ideally want to be in 50 markets, but the more money we raise the more theaters we can be in, so if we go over $100k, we'll just expand our plans, which would be great!
You can watch a video where Cross explains the whole thing over at the Kickstarter site. If the campaign is successful, Cross is planning on distributing via bit torrent, and theaters and via iTunes, Google Play, etc. He's about a quarter of the way there, currently, with 27 days to go.

Trailer below...

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January 5, 2015

by Klaus Kinski

Colin Quinn
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2015 is finally here. As the least productive member of the BV team, I want to start off this new year right by throwing a few awesome funny-related events onto your stupid radars. The first event of note is Colin Quinn: Breuklyn which is taking place tonight (1/5)  at Over the Eight in Williamsburg (594 Union Ave, near McCarren Park and a bunch of horrendous condos). "Breuklyn" is the Park Slope-born comedy veteran's new one-man show about, well, Brooklyn. This intimate event is basically a dry run before Colin does a big ass taping of it for the television. Colin is a powerhouse veteran and pro, and the irony that this show is taking place in the now nearly completely culturally destitute corporate village of Williamsburg certainly isn't lost on yours truly. Doors are at 7:30 PM, show is at 8 PM, and it is totally free.

After Colin leaves us breathless and sore from the gales of laughter we've showered him with, stick around because there's another sweet event happening in that very same room immediately after! Famous Hollywood actor Kevin Corrigan and maybe-less-famous-but-still-very-prolific actor, producer, writer, and director Larry Fessenden will do a live reading of the classic Scharpling and Wurster bit THE GORCH. You can hear the original Gorch bit below, but for the uninitiated, the gist is that a man called The Gorch was the basis for the character The Fonz in Happy Days (and is bitter about it) and Tom has the honor of interviewing him on the phone. It's just a great, classic bit. I have NO CLUE WHY they are doing this, but I am not questioning it because it's gonna be awesome. This event is free.

The above mention of Kevin Corrigan and Tom Scharpling is the perfect segue into the next dope comedy type event happening this week that I wanted to mention. The Kevin Corrigan Show (which used to happen at Over the Eight) returns on Thursday (1/8) at 9:30 PM at Brit Pack (153 Lafayette Street, Manhattan) with yet another pants-shittingly awesome line-up. This talk-show styled free show will welcome, as mentioned, comedy legend Patton Oswalt, fellow comedic genius and king of broadcasting Tom Scharpling, as well as punk icon Kathleen Hanna (!) who was the subject of the great documentary The Punk Singer. Again it's free and with this lineup, get there early.

Patton has some other NYC appearances this week, and a new book too. Flyers for some of the shows mentioned in this post, plus "The Gorch" stream, below...

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