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Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate @ Warsaw 4/26/2015
Big Terrific

Big Terrific, the free weekly NYC comedy series, came to an end after seven years with two big ticketed shows at Warsaw on Sunday night (4/26). Original hosts Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman (both of whom live in LA these days) and Max Silvestri were on hand and Greg Johnson and Joe Mande were also there for both shows, delivering very funny sets. Pictures from the early show are in this post.

The late show, which I went to, also featured an appearance from Hannibal Buress (who also appeared at BT's final free show at Cameo earlier in that week). Jenny, Gabe and Max have come a long ways since Big Terrific's beginnings in the back of Sound Fix and all three's sets were, um, terrific -- though a late start meant Jenny's closing set didn't start till 12:30 and I think a lot of people were checked out (mentally if not physically) by that point. At the end, it was a quick goodbye without a lot of sentimentalizing, which was ok. We did get a reprise of Gabe and Jenny's collaborative impersonation of "Kelsey Grammer in line for craft services" which was welcome. They've done this one-joke bit (he farts a lot!) many times but it remains funny.

More pics from the early show of Big Terrific's Warsaw send-off, below...

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Louis, Hannibal & more at Big Terrific last night (photo by @ryanmuir)
Big Terrific

Max Silvestri: I guess we should talk about the show Big Terrific.

Gabe Liedman: I'm glad we're giving it a nice ending.

MS: Yeah, I'm so happy you guys are going to be back in town for the last shows.

Jenny Slate: Me, too.

GL: Me, too. It is going to be really fun and fancy, and I heard that that theater is gorgeous.

JS: Is it like an actual theater?

MS: Well, no, I mean, the stage looks like a theater, but it is like a raw space.

JS: A raw space with curtains.

MS: [Laughs.]

JS: That's what I call my pusssaaaayy, girl. I'm sorry. I apologize.

MS: Stay on brand. Stay on brand. - [Vulture]

Long-running Williamsburg comedy show Big Terrific had its final regular free Wednesday show last night (4/22) at Cameo. Max Silvestri welcomed back onetime BT co-host Jenny Slate and, as promised, there were lots of big special guests, including sets from Louis CK and Hannibal Buress. The standing-room-only show also featured Jessi Klein, Emily Heller, Sheng Wang, Ron Lynch, Nick Turner, and Jared Logan. Did you go?

Max, Jenny and third co-founder Gabe Liedman will all be back for the two gala Big Terrific farewell shows at Warsaw on Sunday (4/26). Joe Mande will also be on hand for both and lots of special guests are promised for these as well. Both shows are sold out.

Louis CK, who's FX show just started its fifth season, popped by UCB East for an impromptu set earlier this week.

the early days of Big Terrific (via Max Silvestri's Facebook)

As you may know, weekly NYC live comedy show Big Terrific is coming to a close this month, with a big send-off show at Warsaw on Sunday, April 26 with original hosts Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman. That sold out, so they've added a late show at 10 PM, same night. Jo Mande will be appearing as well at both Warsaw shows, plus lots of promised "special guests." Tickets are on sale now.

Max Silvestri

All things must pass, and Max Silvestri's long-running free weekly NYC comedy show, Big Terrific, is coming to an end this month:

After seven years of shows, first at Sound Fix and then Cameo Gallery, we're winding it down at the end of April. It's a bummer, but life is about change! It has been the most fun experience and it's the longest I've ever done something in my entire life. I mean, I moved around a lot as a kid so I never even went to one school for seven years. Also, school sucks!

Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate and I are going to do a big fancy show and party on Sunday April 26th to really close the door on the whole thing. It'll be at the Warsaw Bar and Lounge in Greenpoint, and the three of us will be joined by the OG Goof Joe Mande. And there will be lots of other surprises and guests too.

Tickets for the Big Terrific finale at Warsaw on 4/26 are on sale now.

There will still be three more Big Terrific's at Cameo on April 8,15 & 22 and Max says for the last two he's going to "put on a ton of my favorite people and they will be good and we will have fun." Those shows are free.

In probably quite related news, Max Silvestri, who used to write Top Chef recaps for Eater, will host a new Bravo culinary competition show, titled Recipe for Deception, and here's how the press release describes it:

It is a battle of secrets and knives in this fast-paced and innovative self-contained cooking competition series where a chef's cunning is almost as important as their culinary skill. In each stand-alone episode host Max Silvestri guides four new chefs through head-to-head elimination rounds in which they are tasked with creating a stunning dish featuring a main ingredient. The twist is that they have no idea what that ingredient is while cooking. Based on the popular parlor game 'Two Truths and a Lie,' competing chefs ask each other three "yes or no" questions to determine what their mystery ingredient is, and their opponent answers strategically with two truthful answers and one outright lie. If you can't stand deceit, get out of the kitchen.
No premiere date for Recipe for Deception so stay tuned. We will miss Big Terrific but wish Max best of luck with this new show.

by Klaus Kinski

(photo by David Andrako)
star talk

If there's one live comedy show in NYC that always startles me by how fast it sells out, it has to be StarTalk LIVE with Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman. For those without Google, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a world renowned astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. StarTalk is normally a radio show hosted by Neil and co-hosted by Eugene wherein they discuss science where it intersects with pop culture with incredible clarity, humor and excitement. Each week they are joined by an ever changing line-up of guest comedians, actors, scientists, and whoever else can bring something to the table. Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not surprised at all by how fast their live shows sell out (even before special guests are announced). The show kicks supreme ass and you will always leave the experience a much smarter person. Guaranteed. Previous live guests have included Alan Alda, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Sarah Silverman, Wyatt Cenac, Kristen Schaal, John Hodgman, and many many many other people of note.

Like a supernova, StarTalk LIVE! is exploding beyond the confines of their normal go-to venue The Bell House and will be heading to TOWN HALL on Wednesday February 27 for a BIG show with BIG special guests! Tickets are on sale now, and I cannot emphasize how mind-blowing one of the special guests is. I don't want to be all coy and dramatic, but one of the guests is literally one of the most important human beings in the history of mankind. No exaggeration. It's going to be one of the most fulfilling intellectual and comedic experiences of your life. And that's an Iron Clad Klaus Kinski Gold Standard Guarantee.

In other news, awesome storytelling show Funny Story will be gracing the smelly halls of Brooklyn Brewery TONIGHT, February 21. The line-up features DC Benny, taco champion and man-about-town Jonathan Schnapp, The Shed story salon co-curator Jason Fried, and now-grown-up child star MARA WILSON (Matilda!)! Admission is $10 and includes a FREE BEER (thanks Brooklyn Brewery!). Doors at 8PM, show at 8:30PM, 21+.

And don't forget that every Sunday evening Creaghead & Company take over Union Hall for an evening of awesome awesome awesome comedy. This Sunday (2/24) C&C welcome Seaton Smith, Streeter Seidell, Doogie Horner, Matt Graham, and Sean O'Connor. H. Jon Benjamin and Klaus All Time Fave Larry Murphy might even be there, but they're not sure. Doors are at 7:30pm, show's at 8:00pm, cover is $7.

In other comedy news, don't forget that Big Terrific celebrates 5 years of being one of the best free comedy show in NYC. Moving down the street from Cameo Gallery to the Music Hall of Williamsburg, the show will feature the three original hosts Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri together again and lovelier than ever. The show is happening on Friday March 15 scads of special guests! Get your goddamned tickets this instant, you.

Max, Jenny, Gabe

As you may know, free comedy show Big Terrific happens at Williamsburg club Cameo. The show actually started in the back of Sound Fix's original space on Bedford with hostsGabe Liedman, Jenny Slate and Max Silvestri. While Gabe recently moved to Los Angeles and Jenny has a busy career now, Max holds down the fort on Wednesdays (a busy night for him as he also recaps Top Chef for Eater). Tonight's show at Cameo features Mike Lawrence, Seth Herzog, James Adomian, and Adam Newman. Show is at 8 PM.

Big Terrific turns five this year and Max, Gabe and Jenny are celebrating together for a big show down the street from Cameo at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 15. They are promising "VERY special guests" and tickets ($15) go on sale at noon today (2/20).


today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Darnaa @ Joe's Pub
* String Noise @ The Stone
* The Palimsetic Series @ Barbes
* Conor Hanick plays John Cage @ The Stone
* Mondo Generator, Saviours, Wino @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Leela Holt, Piper Hayes, Aisha Eustache, Calling August @ Cake Shop
* The Eggs, The Finks, The Neighbors, Linus in the Sapphire @ Glasslands
* NY Funk Exchange, Jane Lee Hooker, Jahn & The Bowerytones @ Mercury Lounge
* WIERD w/ DJs Frankie Teardrop, Christian Kount, Nick Mariano @ Home Sweet Home
* My Morning Jacket, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joseph Arthur, Nicole Atkins, River City Extension, Tangiers Blues Man @ Paramount Theatre (Asbury Park)

New York is still in New Year's hangover/break mode with not a lot of shows going on. Maybe time to catch up on your holiday movies?

The biggest show of the night is the Hurricane Sandy relief benefit at Asbury Park, NJ's Paramount Theatre, featuring My Morning Jacket, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joseph Arthur, RNDM, Nicole Atkins, and more. Tickets are still available.

WIERD tonight at Home Sweet Home is free.

Tonight's Big Terrific comedy show at Cameo will be the last to feature host Gabe Leidman who is moving to Los Angeles. Guests include Michael Showwalter, Jessi Klein, Eli Yudin and "a secret guest or two." As always, it's free. 8:30 PM.

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Mondo Generator, Wino and Saviours hit Saint Vitus tonight (1/2). Though tickets are still available, you can also try your luck at winning a pair! Details on how to enter are below

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Big Terrific

I didn't check any other price points, but I was able to pull up a $1000 ticket no problem to tonight's show at Beacon Theater no problem. It's this one:


Tickets are much cheaper, if not already sold out, for the rest of the events comprising this year's NY Comedy Festival which runs through November 13th. Venues range from the fancy Beacon to the homes of drink minimums to more indie offerings. The official schedule lists Big Terrific at Cameo and multiple things happening at UCB East and West tonight.

Tim Minchin, Cintra Wilson & Colson Whitehead are appearing at the Greene Space today and tickets are still available.

Louis CK

John Oliver is hosting/taping a "New York Stand-Up Show" at NYU's Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Saturday & Sunday - January 14-16...

"Stand-up Comedian and Daily Show correspondent, John Oliver, hosts a unique series of stand-up comedy shows for Comedy Central which feature some of America's most influential stand-up stars and great upcoming comics. Season 2 is sure to be amazing. Headliners this year include Greg Behrendt, Pete Holmes, Al Madrigal and Maria Bamford as well as these great comics Brendon Walsh, Kyle Kinane, Anthony Jeselnik, Marina Franklin, Jen Kirkman, Deon Cole, Mike Lawrence, Kumail Nanjiani, Rory Albanese, Glenn Wool, Moshe Kasher, Rory Scovel plus more tbd..."
Sign up for free tickets to the Comedy Central event.

Wyatt Cenac is doing something similar. Free tickets available.

Free weekly series Whiplash continues every Monday night at NYC's UCB Theater. Tonight's special guests are John Oliver, Rory Scovel & Mike Lawrence.

Reggie Watts and Daniel Pinchbeck are having "An Open Dialogue About the Future" at Cameo Gallery tonight (1/10) (doors at 9pm). On January 17th, 2011, Daniel Pinchbeck will host a screening of "2012, Time for a Change" at the same venue.

The Wednesday night free "Big Teriffic" show has been happening again at Cameo Gallery, and it will happen again on 1/12 and 1/19 (and probably after that!). Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, and Jenny Slate host. Other special guests perform too.

Hannibal Buress still hosts the free show every Sunday night at Knitting Factory. 1/16 promises Rory Scovel, Ben Lerman, Jermaine Fowler, John Mulaney & Rob Shapiro

Monthly show Variety Shac with Andrea Rosen returns to UCB on January 13th with special guests John Mulaney, Aasif Mandvi & Negin Farsad.

Joe Mande breaks out at Caroline's this Tuesday, January 11th. Tickets are on sale.

Neil Innes of Monty Python and The Rutles fame plays Highline Ballroom on May 10th. Tickets are on sale.

Did you miss all six appearances Patton Oswalt just made in NYC? If you live in Fargo, North Dakota you're in luck.

Did you miss the opening weekend of Daniel Kitson's show at St. Ann's Warehouse? Well, you have until January 30th to correct that!

Aziz Ansari's Carnegie Hall show happens on January 22nd. Tickets are still on sale.

Louis CK has a new CD and DVD entitled "Hilarious" which gets relesaed this Tuesday, 1/11. That's the cover art above. Have you seen it on Comedy Central? Well, the DVD is " uncensored and feature an additional 40 minutes of content not aired on TV." Check out the trailer/e-card thing below...

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Islands were the special musical guest at the Big Teriffic show at Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday night, and as part of their short 'funeral set', Nick Diamonds and gang performed a medly of two Daniel Johnston songs: "True Love Will Find You In the End" and "Honey I Sure Miss You". They sounded great. Check out the proof in the video below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Islands at a show w/ comedians in 2008 (more by Eric Townsend)

Oh, hey guys. Lemme get these headphones off. There. Sorry, I've been listening to this Justing Bieber song that's been slowed down 800 percent non-stop since yesterday (sounds like a Justin K. Broadrick remix for crying out loud). Anyway, I almost forgot to tell you about some more very important comedy news. Keeping with the theme of great comedy coming to Brooklyn, Williamsburg's weekly Wednesday night comedy staple Big Terrific will leave the confine's of Cameo and grace the much larger stage of Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday August 27th (8:00pm doors). For the uninitiated and/or too-lazy-to-google, Big Terrific is a weekly show hosted by Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, and Jenny Slate that showcases local talent as well as international comedic super stars. It is one of the many great weeklies in NYC, and it boasts one of NYC's most consistently stellar comedy line-ups, week after week after week, and has been doing so for over two years.

As far as I'm concerned, all really great comedy shows in NYC deserve to get dragged out of the back rooms and basements and given the opportunity to curate a larger scale show at one of our better venues (like Invite Them Up did at Bowery... 5 freakin years ago!? (5 years!? damn)). And the Big Terrific show at MHOW seems like the ideal scenario. It's on a Friday. It's on a payday (for some of us). It features the comedy whatnots of Todd Barry, Brent Sullivan, Joe Mande, Jesse Popp, and MORE. It features a live performance by Islands. It'll have a shitload of surprises that cannot be publicized because that's how the industry works people. It's ONLY 12 BUCKS. So if you're into amazing comedy, jaw dropping surprises, reasonably priced beer, great music, at a wonderful venue (that is turning three years old), I'd say your Friday night is covered. And if you don't like any of those things, I'm wondering why you read this far. Shouldn't you be opposing a mosque somewhere or something? Anyway, times are tough, so if you'd like to try and win a pair of tix, look below.

In addition to Big Terrific, your hosts Max, Gabe, and Jenny are pretty busy pups. SNL keeps Jenny very busy, but she will be returning to the new season of Bored to Death on HBO, which premieres in September. She also just released a short film she made with Dean Fleischer-Camp called Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Gabe Liedman can be seen on the Short List on Fridays at 9 on VH1. And Max just finished filming a pilot for Comedy Central that will hopefully get picked up and then air for thirty years. Following the MHOW show, you can count on Big Terrific every Wednesday at Cameo.

Some videos (and the contest details) below...

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A Night of Too Many Stars

Laugh with the stars at Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education on Saturday, October 2 at the Beacon Theatre.

Hosted by Jon Stewart, the evening will feature Lewis Black, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Joel McHale, John Oliver, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and too many more scheduled to appear!

Proceeds benefit autism education and family service programs across the country in support of the overabundance of autistic individuals that so desperately need quality services.

American Express® cardmembers can purchase advance tickets, Thursday, July 29 from 10AM - Sunday, August 1 at 10PM before they go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 2 at 9AM.

A great lineup for a great cause.

Much sooner: Tearing The Veil of Maya, the sometimes-weekly show that mostly happens at Union Hall is turning four and celebrating at Union Hall's sister venue The Bell House. The Four Year Anniversary Show will feature Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Leo Allen, AD Miles, Wyatt Cenac "and friends!" Maybe Michael Showalter will be there too? That's at the Bell House on August 1st and tickets are on sale (note: "This show will be mixed seated/standing - please come early for the best seats.")

And speaking of weekly comedy shows happening in bigger, near-by venues, The Cameo's "Big Terrific" is happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 27th. Hosts Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate (SNL) and Max Silvestri promise "Many Special Guests". Tickets are on sale.

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