Recent Posts in comedy - Page 8
February 26, 2014
The very funny Mike Birbiglia is about to take his "Thank God for Jokes" set on tour, which doesn't include any dates in NYC, but before he leaves the Northeast area, he'll do another of his small "Working It Out" shows at Union Hall on Monday (3/3). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a message from Birbiglia about the tour, below...
February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis (L) and the rest of the 'Ghostbusters'
The comedy and film world lost a huge talent today:
Harold Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.Harold Ramis was a member of storied Chicago comedy troup Second City where he worked with John Belushi, Bill Murray, and others. He's been a part of -- either as writer, director or both -- some of the biggest comedy hits of the last 40 years, including National Lampoon's Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, Meatballs, National Lampoon's Vacation, Back to School, Groundhog Day and, of course, Ghostbusters in which he also co-stared as Egon. He was 69.
Ramis' serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis' Ocean Pictures production company. - [The Chicago Tribune]
Rest in peace, Harold. We'll miss ya.
by Klaus Kinski
Back in December I tried to hip you l'il pups to a new comedic series called "The Talk Show Series Presents..." which takes place, sporadically, in the back room of Williamsburg bar Over the Eight. (Aka the bar that used to be Royal Oak.) The series is a talk-show formatted live show featuring a revolving cast of hosts and guests. My first experience with this fantastic show was back 0n December 5 and that particular installment of the show was hosted by Bobby Tisdale and featured guests Mike Doughty, Jon Benjamin, Andy Blitz, Tim Harrington, and SNL cast member Noel Wells. The show was loose, unscripted, and unbearably fun and featured an absolutely stunning closing number by the great Mike Doughty. It was the most fun I had had in a long time, and I have been eagerly awaiting a follow up installment ever since.
And that wait is finally over! This week, the lucky few who can squeeze into the intimate back room of Over the Eight can thrill to not one but two epic installments of "The Talk Show Series Presents!" The shows, which happen on Thursday (2/27) and Friday (2/28), are titled The Talk Show Series Presents: THE KEVIN CORRIGAN SHOW, and are both hosted by wicked famous actor Kevin Corrigan. The Thursday February 27 instalment features Janeane Garofalo, Steve Buscemi (!), music by Daniel Harnett, and a super, super, unbelievable special guest whose identity I cannot even hint at besides saying he is one of NYC's biggest political figures of all time. If you are lucky enough to be at this show, you'll be so shocked that this man is sitting just a few feet in front of you that you won't even be able to applaud; you'll be too busy processing what you are experiencing. Doors are at 7:30 PM and the show is free. Get there early.
Then On Friday (2/28), enjoy a second installment of The Talk Show Series Presents: THE KEVIN CORRIGAN SHOW. This time, Kevin brings guests Michael Rappaport (currently on Justified), Jonathan Ames (wordsmith, pugilist), Frederic Seaman (John Lennon's personal assistant!) and music from Mirah (who has a new LP and a headlining show in April). There's another special musical guest on the bill who I also am unable to divulge, but I believe they will be billed as "Kelly Slater Sangre". Doors are at 7:30pm and the show is free. Get there early.
February 12, 2014
New York nonprofit 826NYC is celebrating 10 years of providing students ages 6 - 18 with free literacy and writing programs. Part of this year's festivities is a fundraising event happening March 5 at Town Hall called the Tenth Anniversary Chat Spectacular. Hosted by Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell, the night pairs distinguished artists in conversation, specifically: documentary filmmaker Ken Burns & author Kurt Andersen; former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver and musician / journalist Questlove; Portlandia's Fred Armisen & the Audience; as well as Russian author Masha Gessen and music by Robyn Hitchcock. 826NYC promise more guests to be announced.
Tickets to 826 NYC's Tenth Anniversary Chat Spectacular are on sale now.
Sid Caesar (and Edie Adams) in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
The comedy world lost a big one today:
Sid Caesar, one of the first stars created by television via his weekly live comedy program "Your Show of Shows," died Wednesday in his home. He was 91.Born and raised in Yonkers, Sid Caesar's contribution to modern comedy -- both through his own talents and his fostering of others -- cannot be overstated. We'll miss ya, Sid. Rest in peace.
Caesar, partnered with Imogene Coca, is credited with breaking ripe comedic ground with the 90-minute live program: It didn't rely on vaudeville or standup-inspired material but rather on long skits and sketches written by an impressive roster of comedy writers including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Lucille Kallen and Mel Tolkin.
"Your Show of Shows" was "different from other programs of its time because its humor was aimed at truth," Simon once observed. "Other television shows would present situations with farcical characters; we would put real-life people into identifiable situations." - [Variety]
A few clips of Caesar in action, below...
February 6, 2014
by BIll Pearis
Legendary comedian Bill Cosby may be 76 but would like to let you know he's "far from finished." That also happens to be the name of his current one-man show which he'll be bringing to a city near you this year. All dates are listed below, but the New York area will get a few chances to catch him: New Jersey PAC on March 7, Staten Island's St. George Theatre on May 16, and two shows at Long Island's Paramount Theatre on October 18 (5:30 and 8:45 PM). Tickets for all these NY-area shows are on sale now. If the Cos' is not coming to a town near you, you can get "Far From Finished" on DVD. You can watch a trailer for it below.
In related news, Cosby's '70s/'80s cartoon series, Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids, is part of a travelling art exhibit titled "Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution" which features animation art from classic cartoons of the 1970s. While animation house Filmation, who did Fat Albert, and "art" are words not often used in the same sentence, the show did have style (though "Dumb" Donald's personal style still confuses me) and was better written than most cartoons. "Funky Turns 40" (which includes animation cels from Charlie Brown specials, Josie & the Pussycats, Super Friends, the Soul Train opening credits and more) is currently in NYC at the NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture where it will be on display through June 14. One chance to see it might be during their First Friday event this Friday (2/7) which is free with RSVP.
"Funky Turns 40" exhibition schedule and Bill Cosby tour dates are listed below...
February 5, 2014
Internet cat celebrity Lil Bub moves to cable for Lil Bub's Special Special which airs on Animal Planet this Saturday (2/8) at 9 PM EST. It's bound to be weird -- guests include Amy Sedaris and Andrew WK (who's got Grand Piano parties in NYC in April). Get a taste, with help from AWK and a dude playing a "saxitar," via the video for single "Star Party Animal." It's pretty much what you'd expect, which is a good thing. You can also pre-order the single on iTunes and net proceeds will go to a charity of Lil BUB's choice.
Watch the video -- and a couple other clips from the Special Special -- below...
January 31, 2014
Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments released their debut, Pound It, last year a mix of rock and electrofunk with Everett's none-too-subtle come-ons front and center. She's just made a video for the album's opening track "What I Gotta Do?" which made its debut at her Joe's Pub show earlier this week (1/29) and makes its online premiere in this post.
"What I Gotta Do" is a question that there's more to -- which quickly becomes clear in the NSFW video, directed by 365GUY's Gregory Kramer and Timothy Reukauf. The video costars Everett's Tender Moments bandmates Carmine Covelli (of the Julie Ruin) and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz (who recently starred in a Champagne Jerry video too). Both do a good job as backup dancers. Look for faux Borscht Belt comedian Murray Hill too. You can watch it below.
January 29, 2014
Eddie Izzard is bringing his current show, "Force Majeure," to North America this summer, including three nights in NYC at Beacon Theater from May 13 - 15. Tickets for those Beacon shows are currently on fan presale -- use the code "BEES" -- and go on sale to the general public on February 4 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
For a taste of what to expect you can check out a couple clips from "Force Majeure" below.
January 28, 2014
Portlandia Live at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fred Armisen (SNL, Ian Rubbish) and Carrie Brownstein's (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag) quirky IFC comedy Portlandia is returning for its fourth season on February 27, but ahead of that, you can get a sneak peek of the new season over at Entertainment Weekly. EW also points out that this season's celebrity guests include Kirsten Dunst, Maya Rudolph, Olivia Wilde, Vanessa Bayer, k.d. Lang, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, and previous guests Steve Buscemi, Jason Sudekis, Kyle MacLachlan and Jeff Goldblum will return.
Right before the new season airs, Fred and Carrie will make their way to NYC for "A Conversation with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein" at 92Y on February 25. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Drag City is releasing a series of 7" of the many fictional bands Armisen was a part of on Saturday Night Live. The first of these will be released on February 18 and features Blue Jean Committee's "Massachusetts Afternoon" (originally on a 2011 episode hosted by Jason Segel) on one side and and the pseudo-synthpop group Fingerlings' "Embrace Me" (from the 2011 Dana Carvey episode) on the flip. You can check out The Fingerlings' sketch below...