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January 21, 2014
Some of you may remember "The Super Bowl Shuffle," a Sugarhill Gang style rap single recorded by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew at the tail end of 1985. (The Bears would go on to win Super Bowl XX a couple months later.) Featuring verses by Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, William "Refrigerator" Perry and other members of the team, the six-minute single featured awkward rapping (and worse dancing in the video)...but you couldn't turn on a radio without hearing it. If you missed this blip of pop culture history, you can watch the original music video below.
With two weeks until Super Bowl XLVIII -- which is happening in the NYC-area (with lots of concerts) if you just woke up from a coma -- Sean Cannon of WFPK's "After Dark" has orchestrated a cover of "The Superbowl Shuffle" featuring a veritable Who's Who of indie rock, internet, and comedy talent, including Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav), Tom Scharpling (of The Best Show), web cat Lil Bub, wrestler Colt Cabana, John Roderick (of The Long Winters), filmmaker David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), Comedy Bang! Bang!'s Scott Aukerman, Kyle Kinane, and occasional BV contributor and WFMU DJ Dave Hill (who plays guitar on the cover). Proceeds from sales of this 2014 version of "The Superbowl Shuffle" (which keeps the original rhymes) go to Reading is Fundamental.
Just how did this come about? Cannon offers up a lengthy/labyrinthine explanation which you can read, while listening to the song, below...
Sasheer Zamata, SNL's first African American female cast member since 2007, made her debut on on the show this past week as part of the Drake-hosted episode. She was in a bunch of sketches, but didn't have a whole lot of lines -- though her Rihanna-as-Blossom bit was a definitely highlight. You get a much better example of her comic chops in a video just posted to Lorne Michaels' AboveAverage YouTube channel. In it she plays Madison, a girl who gives Girls tours of Greenpoint, featuring locations from the popular HBO show. Example, "This is Cafe Grumpy where Hannah works and they have a drink called 'The Hannah.' It's an $8 cup of coffee." You can watch the whole thing in this post.
Meanwhile the third season of Girls is three episodes in and does continue to feature lots of GPT locales. In this past week's episode, Hannah celebrated her 25th birthday at Matchless. Did you catch that one? Maybe you were an extra in it?
Watch the Girls Tour featuring Sasheer Zamata below...
January 6, 2014
Dave Hill kicked off 2014 with the first shift on WFMU. You can stream it here. That was actually a fill-in slot for "Seven Second Delay," but he'll premiere "The Goddamned Dave Hill Show" on it's regular Tuesday 9 PM slot (old home of "The Best Show") this week (1/7).
In addition to that, Dave has a couple live performances with his band Valley Lodge. One will be at Union Hall on Friday (1/10) as part of his "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" series which started back in October. This edition, "an incredible night of comedy, music and gunplay," features Har Mar Superstar, Jackie Kashian, Cleveland indie rock legend Doug Gillard, Mike Bocchetti, Ben Lerman, Alex Edelman, and Jodi Lennon with Valley Lodge as the house band. Tickets are on sale. Dave says Har Mar and Doug will do a few songs each. Valley Lodge will also play The Rock Shop on January 17.
Speaking of Har Mar Superstar, he's got a couple shows coming up this month. He'll headline Brooklyn Night Bazaar on January 25 with Computer Magic, Not Blood Paint, and Static Jacks also on the bill. Then on January 31 it's the next of his Free Fridays at Knitting Factory which happen at midnight.
December 23, 2013
Dave Chappelle @ Knitting Factory last night (via @optimisticdaze)
One of the best free weekly comedy shows in NYC is Hannibal Buress' Sunday evening show in Knitting Factory's front room. It is always packed to the gills and for good reason -- serious A-listers regularly show up for suprise performances. (Chris Rock and Louis CK have appeared multiple times.) Last night (12/22), Dave Chappelle dropped by for an impromptu set. Hopefully the knit crowd was a little more appreciative (and less inclinced to yell "I'm Rick James, Bitch!") than the ones he dealt with on this summer's Oddball tour.
Comedy Night at Knitting Factory starts at 9 PM but fills up much earlier than that. Who will be at this Sunday's show (12/29)?
December 5, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
Comedy-wise, if there was one night where I wish I could be in two places at once, tonight (Thursday, December 5) is it for there are two spectacular shows happening this evening that unfairly pit Gowanus versus Williamsburg. Geographically and line-up wise, Williamsburg has a slight edge for me as Over The Eight (594 Union Ave) will play host to The Bobby Tisdale Show. As part of a recurring series of shows called The Talk Show Series, these shows are set up more like casual conversation panel talk shows with incredible guests. Tonight's line-up is particularly stacked and features Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing, author), Tim Harrington (Singer of Les Savy Fav, beard owner), Kevin Corrigan (famous actor), Andy Blitz (comedian, amazing man and one of my personal favorites), Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers, Home Movies, Archer) and, if you can handle it, more. And it's hosted by the affable, hilarious, Bobby Tisdale (Bobs Burgers, Invite Them Up, Wards of Merkin). The show starts at 8:00pm and is ABSOLUTELY FREE. I haven't been this erect about a line-up since the old days of Rififi. Gonna be a scorcher! Flyer below...
Several subway lines, bus routes, or one expensive cab ride away in Gowanus, prolific performer and mind warrior Greg Barris brings his long-running comedy-life experience Heart of Darkness to the confines of The Bell House. Tonight's installment, entitled HEART OF DARKNESS: IN SPACE! features Gold Pass Klaus Kinski Favorite Todd Barry, mind warrior Elizabeth Gallager Kennick (NASA, Space Frontier, Teachers in Space), comedian Jena Friedman, house band The Forgiveness, musical guests Rich Stein and Matt Kilmer, guest band The Mast PLUS a special guest. A smattering of tickets are still available, so if you find yourself in that neighborhood this evening and have a hankering for a life changing life experience, do venture inside The Bell House and absorb. Doors are at 8pm, show is at 8:30pm. It is going to be a doozie!
December 4, 2013
Klaus-favorite and all around awesome dude Scott Rogowsky has a recurring live late-night-talk-show-formatted show called Running Late With Scott Rogowsky. Running Late is one of NYC's only live talk shows and combines the traditional, familiar late-night format; sidekick (his dad Marty), monologue, house band, sketches, celebrity interviews etc. It's got a real old school Johnny Carson-esque vibe to it, and each installment features some pretty top-shelf, super-famous talent. Scott currently has two Running Lates on his radar. The first happens TONIGHT (12/4) at Symphony Space and features television icon Regis Philbin, along with Lizz Winstead (The Daily Show co-creator and former head writer), comedian Michael Kosta (The Tonight Show, Conan) and Scott Wiener (Scott's Pizza Tours). The show takes place at 8:30 PM and there are a handful of tickets left.
On December 18, Running Late will head into Brooklyn to the more intimate confines of Littlefield where he will be joined by Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), actor Josh Pais, as well as Simon Rich and Farley Katz (authors of The Married Kama Sutra: The World's Least Erotic Sex Manual). Tickets are currently available. Get em while they're hot!
December 2, 2013
John Waters hasn't directed a film since 2004's A Dirty Shame, but he has stayed busy doing other things. Like hitchhiking across America last year (Here We Go Magic gave him a ride at one point), an experience he's turning into a book titled Carsick, which comes out in June, 2014. He's also been going to the movies and recently gave Artforum his Top 10 of the year and picked Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers as his #1. You can check out his list below and read his commentary on them at Artforum.
In other news, Waters is going on a holiday tour this month where he'll share "some of his favorite holiday traditions, from his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts to his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus and an unhealthy love of real-life holiday horror stories." The tour includes two NYC shows at Stage 48 on December 13 & 14. Tickets are on sale now and make "a great Christmas present for the pervert in your life."
All John Waters tour dates are listed, along with an interview with Prince Paul, below...
November 26, 2013
Dave Hill rocking out @ Bumbershoot (more by Melissa O'Hearn)
Current.Org reports the exciting news!
New Jersey-based freeform community radio station WFMU will replace The Best Show on WFMU in January with a program hosted by comedian and musician Dave Hill.....We couldn't think of a better man for the job. Congrats Dave! More info at Current.
...Hill and Ken Freedman, WFMU's station manager, are still discussing plans for the content of the new show, but it may also include interviews, according to Freedman. Like most other WFMU DJs, Hill will hold down his show as a volunteer.....
Dave Hill's new show which will not be called "The Best Show" will air in the "Best Show"'s Tuesday night 9 p.m. to midnight slot that Tom Scharpling recently announced will become available.
by Klaus Kinski
Eugene Mirman w/ Bobcat Goldtwait (via Eugene's instagram)
Ladies and germs, today we find ourselves on the brink of Thanksgiving and a Nor'easter. I can't wait to see which one will be a bigger disaster for me personally. Regardless, before you pack your backpacks or your hobo-bandanas that you'll hang from the end of a stick and head out to see your friends and family, here's a quick comedy round up for you to enjoy.
Last night (11/25), Wyatt Cenac's Littlefield-based comedy residency Night Train celebrated its One Year Anniversary with an absolutely dominating evening of talent. The line-up included sets by David Cross, Michael Che, Ted Leo, Seth Herzog, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Andy Wood, Michelle Buteau, and of course, Wyatt Cenac. Congrats on a successful year and a successful anniversary celebration, Wyatt! Check out the Littlefield calendar for more upcoming Night Train shows.
Speaking of Eugene Mirman, NYC semi-recurring-ish comedy staple Pretty Good Friends has a holiday show coming up at the Bell House on Tuesday December 17 and the announced guests so far include Eugene Mirman and the great Daniel Kitson. Last weekend Daniel Kitson began yet another massive residency St. Ann's Warehouse that is set to wrap-up on December 21 2013. A lot of those shows are sold out while a handful of others only have a handful of seats left, so get tickets now. Eugene Mirman also has some December dates with Klaus Hero Kurt Braunohler. Those are listed below.
And for Cod's sake, let's not forget that Union Hall is still a force to be reckoned with in terms of small-room huge-talent comedy bookings. Every Sunday night Creaghead and Company takes over the room and for a measly $7 brings us some of the biggest names and freshest talent in the biz. Tickets are only available at the door and the room fills up quick, but if you want to see comedians before they become superstars or comedians who can sell out places like Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, this is the place to be.
One show on the Union Hall calendar that I am really looking forward to is the release party for comedy photography book Funny Business by the great Seth Olenick which is happening on December 21. The shindig will feature Seth Olenick, Brooke Van Poppelen, Max Silvestri, and "very special guests". While there, you will also have the opportunity to purchase the book. If you recall, we mentioned Seth's Kickstarter campaign back in February 2013 and I was so happy to see that he actually exceeded his goal. This is an exceptionally solid body of work by a fantastic portrait photographer.
Manhattan venue Joe's Pub has been programming some comedy into the calendar lately too. John Roberts, viral video master and voice Linda on Bob's Burgers, will be headlining the venue on Sunday December 15. Along with his many original characters, look for Roberts to bring his east coast everymom and star of the viral "Christmas Tree" videos "Margie" to life onstage. Tickets are on sale.
And while we're on the subject of Joe's Pub, tonight (11/26) the great Julie Klausner wraps up the 5-night run of her show TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner. For tonight's evening of music and comedic banter, Julie welcomes Ted Leo. A handful of tickets are available.
Julie's incredible podcast How Was Your Week recently featured American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer Kathleen Hanna and is something I must insist you listen to immediately. Kathleen is the subject of a new documentary called The Punk Singer which begins its theatrical rollout on Friday (11/29). New Yorkers can catch the film -- which also includes appearances from Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Tavi Gevinson, Adam Horovitz, Kim Gordon, and Kathryn Wilcox -- at Nitehawk Cinema or the IFC Center. Hanna will appear in person for a Q&A after the 2:00pm screening at Nitehawk on Saturday November 30 and tickets are on sale. Click here for a full list of screening dates and cities.
Eugene Mirman dates are listed, along with John Roberts' "Christmas Tree" video, below...
November 23, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
On October 15th 2009 your man Klaus had what can only be described as a "living daylights wet dream nerdgasm." For on that evening of evenings John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and even the late Graham Chapman reunited at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the creation of comedy troupe Monty Python. The reunion event included a screening of the theatrical version of the IFC original documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth, a presentation of a BAFTA award, and a Q&A with the cast (including Carol Cleveland). What brought the evening to a completely dangerous and unheard of tier of nergasmness was the fact that Klaus-Mega-Idol Steve Coogan decided to sit next to me (like, elbow-to-elbow next to me) and the fact that every single Python was sitting directly in front of me. For the first time in my life, I almost fainted because of the presence of celebrities. It was one of the greatest evenings of my wasted life.
No comedy troupe has divided the populace into a "love column" and a "hate column" more than Monty Python. People either categorically love them or categorically hate them; I have yet to hear or see the words, "Monty Python? Yeah, they're ok." So as a person in the "love column" it is with stupefied joy that I tell you that Monty Python will be reuniting for a live stage show which will take place at the O2 Arena in London in July of 2014. The show has a working title of "One Down, Five to Go" which is no doubt a reference to deceased 6th Python Graham Chapman. This show will mark the first time the group has performed together on a British stage in over 40 years. Much like their TV show, movies, and other stage performances, this performance will feature new bits, classic bits, music, as well as their signature animations. At the moment it is being billed as a one-off performance, but the idea of a tour is not too far fetched. It will be filmed, so if the idea of future performances gets shit-canned at least people will still get to see it.
I realize this has nothing to do with New York. Or even the United States of American. But here's hoping for a successful London show and an eventual residency in New York!
Full press conference below.