Entries tagged with: Chris Gethard
photo: Jen Kirkman @ The Bell House, EMCF 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Famed bearded New York comic Dan St. Germain is bringing his stand up to Union Hall tonight (12/16). He's truly redefined the comedy hustle, performing at every venue from The Stand to Conan in the past few months. Now, he's showcasing his talents in his home turf and bringing some talented friends along with him. Joining the "Spooktacular" is none other than Brooks Wheelan (SNL), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Kevin Barnett (Sleepwalk With Me), Jacqueline Novak (fresh off her new album "Quality Notions"), and comedy duo Team Submarine (Chicago Sketchfest, NPR, UCB). Get tickets now before they're all gone!
Speaking of scary comedy, Eliot Glazer is hosting his Haunting Renditions show at The Bell House tonight. Hear Glazer transform quotidian pop melodies into sweeping ballads, right before your very eyes! Tonight he's doing holiday songs, natch. But that's not all -- tonight he's also joined by none other than his sister, Broad City's Ilana Glazer (who just did two sold-out shows at the same venue); also singing with the duo is Milk of RuPaul's Drag Race. The best part? Tickets are still available. For now at least.
If you still need more laughs tonight, check out Rhett Miller's second annual Holiday Extravaganza show at City Winery tonight. It's a stacked lineup, featuring Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac, Jen Kirkman (who performed at Cenac's 'Night Train' this week), and more. Tickets are still available. In addition, Kirkman has been playing shows all week around the city, including several upcoming nights at The Stand. Get tickets to her shows at The Stand on Wednesday (12/17), and Thursday (12/18), and Sunday (12/21).
Finally, coming up later this week, don't miss everyone's favorite nerd Chris Gethard perform with all his favorite comedic oddities at "Chris Gethard Fucking Loves Weirdos," coming to Union Hall this Saturday, December 20. This show features Shannon O'Neill (UCB, Broad City), stand up comedians Elsa Waithe and Dan Licata, and Connor O'Malley (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Tickets are on sale now.
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
(photo via @heidivanderlee)
A day after the reunited Sleater-Kinney put out a new song, all three members appeared on The Chris Gethard Show. But it wasn't to perform (Priests were the musical guests), it was to be part of a game called "All Hands On The Bad One." You can see how that went down by watching the episode below.
Chris has multiple upcoming appearances in NYC (and elsewhere), including Chumped's release show, Dr. Frank of Mr T. Experience's book release, the Don Giovanni showcases, Champagne Jam, and still a handful of others. Check out his full live schedule here.
Lookout! Records pop punk vets The Mr. T Experience haven't released an album since 2004, but this week they dropped a new song, "King Dork Approximately," that you can stream below. The song shares a name with MTX frontman Dr. Frank Portman's new book, which is the sequel to his previously released King Dork. The book comes out on December 9 and can be ordered here.
To celebrate the release, Dr. Frank is having a release party in Oakland on Sunday (12/7) and another in NYC the day it comes out. The one in NYC happens at Housing Works, and will feature him playing live. Joining Frank is the always busy comedian Chris Gethard, punk everywhere-man Mikey Erg, musician/writer Zachary Lipez (Publicist UK, Freshkills), former MTX member Joel Reader, and a handful of other writers including Emily Gould, Jami Attenberg, Beth Lisick, Gayle Forman, Liz Prince and Maeve Higgins. The event starts at 7 PM and admission is free.
Stream the new Mr T Experience song below...
And a new Screaming Females song...
Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Like every year, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records will be putting on a three-night showcase in Brooklyn in 2015. Unlike the last one, which have included two nights at MHOW and one night at the now-closed Death by Audio, all three nights this time will be at Knitting Factory. And also, to allow Screaming Females the chance to make their show a release show for Rose Mountain, the shows won't happen consecutively. But, as always, all of these lineups are great.
NIght 1 (February 6 includes Nude Beach, Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine and Crow Bait, and Night 2 (February 7) includes California X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower and Alice. Both of those will be hosted by Chris Gethard (who's got a lot going on).
Then at the end of the month, Screaming Females play night 3/their record release show on February 28 with Priests, Tenement and Vacation.
Tickets, including 2-day passes for the first two nights, go on sale Thursday (12/4).
Screaming Females also just premiered another new track, "Empty Head," from their new LP over at The FADER. Stream that, with show flyers and a few more streams from the DG showcase bands, below...
We'll have to wait until 2015 for the reunited Sleater-Kinney to give us a new album and tour, but they'll be making a non-musical appearance this week. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss will be on this week's episode of comedian and punk lover Chris Gethard's The Chris Gethard Show. Here's what Geth has to say about it:
This week on TCGS, we are super psyched to welcome SLEATER-KINNEY to TCGS! That's right - this seminal punk/riot grrrl/generally all around bad ass band has reunited and for some reason they've decided to come hang out on the panel of your favorite public access television show. We'll be playing a game with them all night long that you can call in and be a part of... it's called ALL HANDS ON THE BAD ONE, and you don't want to miss it.Though they won't be playing, the musical guests are also pretty exciting and it's a band that likely owe some of their style to Sleater-Kinney -- Chris Gethard's Don Giovanni labelmates Priests (who played one of the last Death by Audio shows). The show tapes and airs live Wednesday (12/3) at 11 PM EST on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. If you'd like to attend, email email@example.com.
Meanwhile, Chris will be at tonight's (12/1) edition of Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train show at Littlefield (tickets), Chumped's release show at Suburbia on 12/13 (tix at door), and Union Hall on 12/20 (tickets).
Stream Sleater-Kinney's new single and a Priests song below...
James Blake at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Jono Bernstein)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Bob Dylan @ Beacon Theatre
Bob Dylan undeniably changed the worlds of folk music and folk rock, and over half a century after the release of his first album he's still going strong. His 36th album is due out next year and right now he's on a tour which continues his five-night run at Beacon Theater tonight. This is night 4.
James Blake, Airhead @ MHOW
An early Christmas gift to some lucky fans, James Blake is playing this intimate gig (for him these days) tonight at MHOW as part of a short tour with Airhead. Sold out, natch. He's also DJing at Output later this week too.
Mirel Wagner @ Rough Trade
Finland's Mirel Wagner makes bare, haunting folk that achieves a lot of power with just her voice and softly strummed guitar. Her new album, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, came out on Sub Pop.
Doug Loves Movies: The 12 Guests Of Xmas @ Gramercy Theatre
In a very special holiday edition of Doug Benson's popular podcast, 12 guests will compete in the "Leonard Maltin Game." Sold out.
Yung Lean, Sad Boys, Gravity Boys, Goth Money Records @ Webster Hall
Yung Lean's sad boy rap has been catching a ton of buzz lately. You can experience it for yourself tonight.
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy cavalcade welcomes Chris Gethard, Jen Kirkman, Giulia Rozzi, and Charla Lauriston this week.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Edan and Josh of DbA on the final night (more by PSquared)
Chris Gethard wearing DbA tribute on his show this week (photo by Heidi Vanderlee)
Comedian Chris Gethard wore a homemade t-shirt, inspired by the one DbA booker Edan Wilber wore on the showspace's final night, at the taping of the most recent episode of The Chris Gethard Show which you can see above.
Bands felt like Death By Audio was a second home - indie phenoms Future Islands and wild Canadian rockers METZ both played their first ever New York shows at Death By Audio. It was the kind of place where a small fledgling band had a good chance of playing on the same bill as a much bigger, touring band. And one day, that fledgling band might just become a headliner.You tended to get just as much as you were willing to put in: if you attended or played shows there regularly, there was a good chance you'd get to know the staff there, as well as other regulars. Those were the people who made up the bulk of the crowd last Saturday night - some of them who since moved to other cities even flew across the country to be there. It's also why there were a lot of tears, hugs, and positive energy going around in the final hours.
Oliver Ackermann on stage (more by P Squared)
Impose gathered up tributes from a variety of artists, DbA employees and other people in the DIY scene, including manager/booker/soundguy Edan Wilber:
The value of what I have gotten from my experiences here are immeasurable, and leaps and bounds more valuable than any material wealth I could've gained doing something else. I have met people from all around the world just because they heard about this little room that some friend of their's said they just had to play in. It's a shame to lose something like that because it can't be manufactured. We have always run on the best of intentions and it propelled us so far for so long, none of us could've imagined it would've lasted as long as it did and stayed true to its beliefs from day one. I'm happy to go out on such a high note, the past few weeks have been mind-blowingly incredible and I have gotten to see many old friends make their pilgrimage here one last time and I look forward to a few more rad weeks before we are forced out of the only place in NYC thats ever felt like home to me.Impose also tracked down most of the DbA show flyers from their entire existence. There are also reports from the final night at The Observer, Gothamist, Stereogum, and The Village Voice.
Glasslands, which is right around the corner from DbA and will close at the end of December, offered up
tonight we bid farewell to our good friends and neighbors @DeathbyAudio, have a great last night homies! #ripdba
-- Glasslands (@glasslands) November 22, 2014
And this was Death by Audio's final word, via Twitter:
Thank you to everyone and anyone that played a show, attended a show, helped us out or supported us in any way
-- Death By Audio Shows (@DeathbyAudio) November 24, 2014
Death by Audio's final month of shows was pretty astounding, including performances by Lightning Bolt, METZ, Protomartyr, Future Islands,Thee Oh Sees (twice), Dan Deacon, Les Savy Fav, Ty Segall, A Place To Bury Strangers (twice) Future Punx/Priests, Deerhoof, Woods, Woolen Men, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood (twice), White Mice, Burnt Skull, a reunited Dirty on Purpose, Pampers, Coasting, Guerrila Toss, not to mention the very cool Death by Art installation (which some people didn't like).
For those who'll be in Washington, DC next weekend, many of the in-house created, super-hard arcade games that you may have played in DbA's back room will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's courtyard on December 6 as part of an "indie arcade" curated by MAGFest and American University's Game Lab.
We've got all of Death by Audio's last month's shows listed, along with video from many of them, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chumped at BK Bazaar in September (more by Mimi Hong)
Brooklyn's Chumped have been tearing up the local scene for the past year -- if you go to pop punk shows in NYC (like, the good kind) there's basically no chance you haven't seen them -- and they only get better every time. (If you're into this kind of stuff and you haven't seen them, definitely amend that soon.) This week, their debut album, Teenage Retirement, came out on Anchorless Records and it basically lives up to everything their EPs and super fun live shows proved they were capable of. To quote Stereogum, who awarded it Album of the Week:
Even if Teenage Retirement doesn't offer anything new, exactly, it's the best kind of comfort food. It surges and flares and swoons in the right ways, at the best moments. It doesn't just remind you of old records, records that might've once meant a lot to you. It is one of those records. And if you give it the chance, it could mean a whole lot to you right now.That pretty dead on in my opinion, and if you want to hear it for yourself, check out the full album stream embedded below.
Chumped will be celebrating the new record with a weekend of release shows in Philly, Brooklyn and Long Island from December 12-14. The Brooklyn show happens December 13 at Suburbia (same place as their 2013 EP release show) and is stacked with Don Giovanni-signed comedian Chris Gethard (who's a regular at punk shows), former Bomb the Music Industry frontman Jeff Rosenstock, Philly indie rockers Cayetana (repaying the favor from when Chumped opened their release show), and Chumped's past tourmates Adult Dude. Tickets at door. Suburbia's gonna be packeddd.
After the release weekend shows, Chumped have another previously announced NYC show on December 30 at Acheron opening for Plow United. That one's also with Mikey Erg, Up For Nothing and Hatrabbits. Tickets are still available.
All dates are listed, with the LP stream and release weekend flyer, below...
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NJ's folk/pop/punks The Front Bottoms are teaming up with BrooklynVegan yet again to celebrate the holidays this year. Last year, it was a small show at Shea, but this year it's gonna be a much bigger affair called the Champagne Jam which takes over all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday, December 21. The Front Bottoms are playing the Grand Ballroom with Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and magician Magic Mike. In The Marlin Room it's two NYC punk bands, The So So Glos and Big Ups, two alt-leaning rappers, Kitty and GDP, novelty rockers Baby Baby and Don Giovanni-signed comedian Chris Gethard. And in The Studio it's electronic musician Emperor X, two mathy emo bands, Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, CT indie rockers The Guru, and Girl Spells, the new project of Adrianne Gold of Philly indie popsters Catnaps.
Tickets, which get you into all three rooms, go on sale Friday (9/26) at 10 AM. There's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Tuesday (9/23) at 10 AM and a Front Bottoms fan club presale starting Wednesday (9/24) at 10 AM. Check back here tomorrow morning for the BV presale password. The show's all ages (under 16 must be accompanied by a parent).
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Check out a few videos from some of the artists playing, below...
Holy Ghost! in Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Frankie Cosmos @ MoMA
Frankie Cosmos combines the twee pop of Beat Happening with the anti-folk of Moldy Peaches for a blend that works very well. She's a regular in NYC DIY venues, but this evening's show in MoMA's gorgeous courtyard should be a special one.
Holy Ghost!, Kim Ann Foxman, Dave P @ House of Vans
It's the last free Vans House Party of the summer tonight, and the parties will go out in style with the addictive dance pop of Holy Ghost!.
Pretty and Nice, Jacksie, Adult Dude, Denizen @ Glasslands
Pretty and Nice are unfortunately going on indefinite hiatus this year after being a band for nine years, but before that they've got a new EP out this week which continues their knack for catchy pop. And they've got some fairwell shows including tonight's so see them while you can. Local indie rockers Adult Dude are worth catching tonight too.
Twin Peaks, The Lemons @ Baby's All Right
Chicago's Twin Peaks make fun, summery garage rock not unlike their pals in The Orwells. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on their tour with The Lemons, whose catchy lo-fi pop is worth showing up for.
LODRO, Waltz, Electroputas, Ora Iso @ Death By Audio
Having put the wraps on their debut album (due sometime soon TBA) and a tour with DIIV, smoldering and bluesy LODRO should be well rehearsed and maybe armed with some new tunes. Waltz, meanwhile, have their amps set on Despair with some serious Birthday Party style melodrama.
Woodsman, Cloudland Canyon, Psychic Reality, Seabat, Velvet Zombie @ Palisades
The recently-opened Bushwick venue Palisades has very quickly become a hot spot for small shows, and tonight they'll host the first show in their new "Palisades Presents" series. The show will feature a few different types of ambient music from the guitar/loop pedal of Velvet Zombie, to the synthy Seabat, more synths (and vocals) from Psychic Reality, and finally a special collaborative set from Woodsman and Cloudland Canyon. Should be a cool night. Woodsman recently put out a new single that you can hear below.
New Myths, Skymatic, Two Seconds to Midnight, Little Anchor, Tutlie @ Pianos
Brooklyn synthpop trio New Myths will release their debut album this fall. Before that happens, they're doing an August residency at Pianos, and this is your second of four chances to see them.
Weeknight, Boot Blacks, Youth Worship @ Rough Trade
If you dig the moodier side of The Raveonettes, you'll probably be into spending an evening with Weeknight's desolate highway synth-n-twang sound. They're matched with two bands who probably also wear a lot of black.
Jamie Kilstein, Chris Gethard, Matty Blake @ Union Hall
Tonight at Union Hall it's a live recording of the 'Tell the Bartender' show with stories from guests Jamie Kilstein (Citizen Radio, 'Conan') and the always-entertaining Chris Gethard, plus an appearance from Matty Blake ('30 Rock,' 'Orange is the New Black').
Sete Star Sept, The Brood, Skullshitter @ Acheron
Sete Star Sept are an unhinged noisecore duo from Japan, laying waste with just drums and bass.
Dee Dee (from Dum Dum Girls) @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Pitchfork celebrates Issue 3 of their print edition The Pitchfork Review tonight, featuring readings from some of the writers and a solo set from Dum Dum Girls' singer, Dee Dee.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Head over to the BrooklynVegan Facebook page for a chance to win tickets to this year's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival stops at PNC Bank Arts Center or Jones Beach. Tickets for all four NYC-area shows are still available.
Chris Gethard is appearing at SiriusXM on August 21 for a taping of Unmasked. Head over to Interrobang for instructions on how to enter for a chance at tickets to the taping.
Ray Lamontagne already announced two Beacon Theatre shows, and he's now added a third happening November 14. Tickets for that one go on AmEx, Chase Preferred, MSGE and Ticketmaster presales today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts Friday (8/15) at noon. Ticketmaster says "not many left" for the first two.
Buke and Gase are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 10. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale Friday (8/15) at noon.
Bayside, I Am The Avalanche and Seaway are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 4. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Thursday (8/14) at noon.
RAC and The Knocks are playing Terminal 5 on October 23. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/15) at noon.
Waters (ex Port O'Brien) are opening for Smallpools at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 28 and Irving Plaza on October 30. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon and Live Nation/Ticketmaste presales today at 10 AM, respectively. General on-sales start Friday (8/15) at noon and 10 AM, respectively.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
We think it would be a fun way to combine a few things; playing in one of our favorite venues, inviting some younger east coast bands on the shows which we don't always get to do, putting together some great merchandise sales and donating some of those profits to charity along with some other special surprises that we'll announce later.This year's will happen on December 27 and will feature Philly punks The Menzingers, as well as Modern Chemistry. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/15) at 10 AM, and there's an ongoing presale (details here). Show flyer below.
TBS are also playing all three Riot Fests this year and The Menzingers are on Chicago and Denver. Menzingers also play hometown festival Made In America this month (8/31), and they're playing an acoustic set at NYC's Knitting Factory on September 26 with Lawrence Arms singer Brendan Kelly to celebrate Red Scare's 10th anniversary. Tickets for the KF show are still available.
The Menzingers have also announced a couple Northeast shows leading up to their appearance at The Fest with the reactivated Spraynard and Cassavetes. They'll be nearby NYC for a Long Island show at Amityville's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on October 24. That show also includes Lee Corey Oswald, making for a good bill all around. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All Menzingers dates are listed below.
Speaking of The Fest, more bands were recently added including Kind of Like Spitting, Goodtime Boys, The Interrupters, Dave Hause, James Alex (Weston, Beach Slang), Living Room and more. A comedy showcase featuring Chris Gethard and more was also announced.
More Fest addition details, TBS show flyer, list of Menzingers dates and videos, below...
Dave and his new pal, Lucy (via @mrdavehill)
Everyone's favorite comedian / musician / actor / Amazon.com employee / BV contributor Dave Hill is returning to his old stomping grounds on Union Hall on September 3 for a new show. This is not just any show, however - Dave is recording for his new album, to be released on independent stand up label A Special Thing Records. Larry Murphy and Greg Barris will perform as well and tickets are on sale.
In other news, fellow friend-to-BV, Chris Gethard was supposed to perform at Highline Ballroom on July 25 but was rescheduled for October 20. The show is billed as "Chris Gethard and Friends" and while those "friends" haven't been announced yet, tickets are on sale now.
Watch video of Dave performing at Union Hall below...
(photo via @griffinshot)
Tickets for the Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and The Love of Everything show at Shea Stadium are on sale now. JG's Seaport Music Fest show with Big Ups happening three days afterwards is free.
Midnight Masses play Mercury Lounge on August 21. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (7/18) at noon.
Long-running indie rock band The Figgs play Mercury Lounge on October 3. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (7/18) at noon.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1 with Allen Toussaint. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (7/18) at noon.
Country duo Shovels and Rope play Bowery Ballroom on September 22 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 23, both shows with John Fullbright. Tickets for both shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (7/18) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
It's hard to believe it's been well over a decade since the Upright Citizens Brigade first started their weekend-long improv marathon. Since its more modest conception as a two-day festival at one theatre, the Del Close Marathon has expanded exponentially, enjoying its biggest and most diverse year yet this weekend (June 27 - 29). While over 420 (hehe) shows across eight venues may seem intimidating to some, the Del Close Marathon is definitely worth checking out. Passes are $30 (cash only) and can be purchased at any of the venues. They get you into most of the shows, some bigger performances have separate tickets.
This year's lineup is packed with more comedy elite than a Comedy Central roast. Big names include Nick Kroll, Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Thomas Middleditch (of Silicon Valley), Sasheer Zamata (SNL), the girls of Broad City (Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson), and more. Beyond just the celebrities, this weekend promises to bring some of the strongest improvised comedy you're likely to see anytime soon, so stop by! Here are some highlights from the weekend:
Friday is packed with premium shows. "John and Scott" features John Lutz and Scott Adsit, experienced improvisors and 30 Rock cast members, doing what is sure to be a hilarious hour of two-man comedy. You can find tickets to that show here. The Chris Gethard Show is having a Game of Thrones-style battle to the death to see who gets to attend its Comedy Central pilot (which didn't get picked up) for the first, and only, public viewing. You can buy tickets to that show here. However, for the real improv nerds, the place to be Friday night is the original UCB Theatre in Chelsea. Come for the 4 PM press conference and stay for "Director's Commentary with Ben Schwartz [of Parks & Recreation] & Friends"; "MOTHER" (veteran improv team featuring Jason Mantzoukas (of The League and Jon Daly of Kroll Show).
Saturday, stop by UCBeast to listen in on a live taping of Matt Besser's podcast, improv4humans at 2 PM. Then run back to the main Chelsea theatre for "The Hiking Trip," (featuring Gil Ozeri, Ben Schwartz, and Horatio Sanz), "Mantzoukas and Morris" (with Jason Mantzoukas and Seth Morris), "Casey & Woods" (with SNL writer Neil Casey and Zach Woods (The Office, Silicon Valley). Or check out the late night lineup at the theatre, featuring Mike Birbiliga telling monologues, SNL's John Milhiser improvising, and the original Derrick Comedy crew, minus Donald Glover.
If you've made it to Sunday, dear reader, you've made me proud. And you will be rewarded, in the form of a fantastic afternoon of improv. Stop by the Chelsea theatre for "Baby Wants Candy" (an improvised musical act from LA), "The Mantzoukas Brothers," "Adsit & You," and more. Then run over to the Haft Auditorium to wait on a standby line for the legendary ASSSSCAT, featuring all of the original members of the UCB theatre doing what they do best. Both ASSSSCATs are sold out, but you might get lucky.
So grab your friends, grab a bottle of water (as the Del Close Marathon really is a marathon), and grab your wristbands at any of the eight venues hosting the festival across the city. I'll see you there.
Reggie Watts @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tickets are still on sale for Reggie Watts' big headlining performance at Town Hall, happening this Wednesday (6/18). Get out there and support the man at one of his biggest live shows yet. Heading to Toronto for NXNE? Reggie will be there too.
Speaking of the Bell House, you can get tickets to the 6/24 live taping of the Tell Your Friends! podcast with Andy Borowitz, Bryan Tucker, Ophira Eisenberg, Andy Blitz, MIchelle Carlo, Bob Powers, Liam McEneaney, and Jessi Klein.
The Bell House is also where Jen Kirkman is doing a night of new material.
The next edition of Running Late with Scott Rogowsky: Brooklyn's Live Late Night Comedy Talk Show happens at Littlefield on 6/25 with Mike Sacks (Author, Poking A Dead Frog, And Here's The Kicker), Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show), and Dan St. Germain.
The next edition of The Talk Show Series Presents is set to happen this Thursday (6/19) at Williamsburg's Over the Eight. Bobby Tisdale is the host, with guests Ahna Tessler, Eleanor Friedberger, and more TBA. It's free. Over the Eight is also showing the World Cup, though, so it may be more crowded than usual just from overlap.
Dave Hill is also taking part in An Evening of Friends at the Ace Hotel on 6/23 with John Early, Michael Cavadias, Jemima Kirke, Cole Escola & Kate Berlant.
Max Silvestri (or someone subbing for him) still hosts The Big Terrific Comedy Show every Wednesday night at Cameo. It's free, and you never know who might pop in. Sometimes Aziz Ansari does a set. Maybe you'll catch him testing out material for his upcoming SHOW AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.
Speaking of lots of tickets, Dave Chappelle has NINE Radio Cith shows coming up.
Rob Delaney has six upcoming shows at comedy club Caroline's.
Chris Gethard has a bunch of shows coming up, big and small.
Browse our NYC Comedy Show Calendar for much more.
As mentioned, The New Pornographers have a new album, Brill Bruisers, coming out in August and they're playing NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets just went on sale). If you'd like to hear the dulcet tones of frontman AC Newman's voice sooner than that, he'll be the musical guest at Night Train with Wyatt Cenac this Monday (6/15) at Littlefield. The lineup also includes the very funny and increasingly popular Chris Gethard, the funny and talented Kate Berlant, SNL cast member Brooks Wheelan, and Sheng Wang. Tickets (a mere $5) are on sale now.
If you haven't heard the title track to Brill Bruisers yet, stream that below.
I got word about ten days ago that Comedy Central was going into high gear deciding if they wanted to air TCGS. This past weekend, I was in a sandwich shop in Toronto when I got a tough call - after much debate, Comedy Central have decided that TCGS is not for them.Read the rest at his Tumblr, though he notes: "I still feel in my gut like we are going to find a new home."
Obviously this is a huge bummer, and there are a lot of feelings to sort out here. I'm sad it won't be going down. I feel like I let my friends down. I'm definitely a bit shell-shocked - it's been a crazy six months and I was pretty convinced for a moment there that it might actually happen.
Most of all though, I feel grateful.
Meanwhile, continue to watch new and old episodes on his website (Lemuria was his last musical guest), and go out and catch Chris live (at bigger and bigger venues). Tickets are now on sale for a 7/15 "Chris Gethard and Friends: show at NYC's Highline Ballroom, a pretty big room, but he can handle it.
Chris also plays the Slipper Room in NYC this Tuesday (6/10) at part of SWEET before opening some shows for his friend Mike Birbiglia including one in Atlantic City on 6/14. He also appears at an upcoming Night Train at Littlefield, at UCB for the upcoming Del Close Marathon, and at this year's Outside Lands festival. All dates are listed along with the last episode of the show (with Lemuria) below...
As mentioned, comedian Chris Gethard is releasing My Comedy Album on April 22 via Don Giovanni, and he's celebrating with a release show in NYC at Knitting Factory the day it comes out. When that show was first announced, not many details were announced, but here's more. He'll be joined by a number of musical/comedic guests including Mikey Erg (of The Ergs and tons of other bands), Shannon O'Neill, who will reprise her Prison Freaks comedy show for this one night only, local DIY vets (and Don Giovanni labelmates) Shellshag, DG label head Joe Steinhardt (who's promising quality jokes), singer/songwriter Mal Blum, and comedian/Bob's Burgers star Eugene Mirman. Still more unannounced guests will be showing up as well. Tickets are still available.
Chris also recently released the first track from his new album, "Mother's Day," a bit about how on a recent Mother's Day his mom told him "a story she's never told anyone" about his birth. Listen to that, with his full list of upcoming dates (including other Chris solo and Chris Gethard Show events in NYC), below...
As you may remember, comedian Chris Gethard (who recently starred in the new Front Bottoms video) is releasing his first album, My Comedy Album, on April 22 via NJ punk/indie label Don Giovanni Records. He'll celebrate with "a night of music and comedy" on the album's release date (4/22) at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. No word yet on who else will be there, but as the show flyer points out, "Chris Gethard has both an album and friends," so we can probably count some of those friends showing up. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/7) at 10 AM.
Show flyer and a video below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
still from Kevin Drew's "Good Sex" video
It's been a while since we've done one of our video roundups, but there were just too many good videos this week to pass up the opportunity. (Plus, in honor of Valentine's Day, there's some v-day-themed ones worked in here.) We already posted a bunch this week, like Little Dragon, Thurston Moore, Metronomy, The Notwist, Thundercat, OFF!, Marissa Nadler, Arctic Monkeys covering The Beatles, Mission of Burma covering The Beatles, Polica, DTCV, La Femme, The Marked Men's return to NYC, and more, yet there were still plenty of cool ones we didn't get to. Check out recent videos from Kevin Drew, The National, Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht, Phantogram, La Dispute, The Front Bottoms, Guided by Voices, Blouse, Chelsea Wolfe, S. Carey, Death Grips, Quilt, Shellshag and Twin Shadow & Samantha Urbani covering The Smiths, below.
Who doesn't love a good underdog story? The classic tale of "man works his way up the ranks of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, man is cast on a Comedy Central show that is cancelled after one season, man creates his own show on public access and does bizarre shit until he's discovered."
If you've been following the inspiring trajectory of The Chris Gethard Show over the past few months, you were probably screaming and crying with the rest of the GethHeads when Gethard announced that Comedy Central ordered a pilot of the show. You also probably attended, or wish you attended, his album recording at the Creek and the Cave.
Well lucky for you, he's finally releasing his debut comedy album, titled simply, My Comedy Album. It's coming out digitally and on vinyl through NJ punk/indie label Don Giovanni Records. The record is out on April 22, but you can preorder both vinyl and digital copies HERE now. Lose well, GethHeads.
Speaking of Don Giovanni, the label's annual Brooklyn showcases happen soon on 2/6 at DbA and 2/7 - 2/8 at MHOW with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, Tenement, Nude Beach, California X, Priests, Night Birds and more. Tickets for the DbA show and the MHOW shows are still available.
Watch a video from The Chris Gethard Show below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Front Bottoms @ Shea Stadium - 12/28/13 (via Terrence Meade)
We're still playing catch-up a bit now that the holidays are over, and in light of that, here's a somewhat belated recap of our BrooklynVegan holiday party at Shea Stadium on December 28 with The Front Bottoms, Chris Gethard and Tiny Moving Parts.
Tiny Moving Parts opened the show, and I admittedly was only vaguely familiar with their record going into it, but it was pretty hard not be won over by their great-spirited, intensely delivered mathy post-hardcore. Much of the crowd also seemed unfamiliar, but almost no one looked unimpressed. They were followed by comedian Chris Gethard, who hosted our Bouncing Souls and Foxygen shows earlier in the year, but this time was doing a full set. He began it with the premise that nobody wants comedy at a rock show, and was proceeded by multiple planned "interruptions" from "crowd members" who "thought they could do a better job."
Eventually, Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella walked on stage and asked, "are you sick of this guy yet?" and he was then joined by his band for a super fun headlining set. They had played a sold-out NYC show at the much larger Bowery Ballroom a day earlier, so needless to say this show at the dingy Shea Stadium was PACKED, sweaty, and exactly the kind of way you'd want to see The Front Bottoms. The whole crowd went nuts, moshing, stage diving, and shouting basically every single syllable back at Brian. The guys in Tiny Moving Parts came back on stage to sing one of Front Bottoms' songs with them, they had tons of props like big inflatable creatures in the back of the stage (including a snowman), and Gethard and some other people threw balloons and light sticks into the crowd during the songs. If you came, we hope you had as much fun as we did.
The Front Bottoms are about to hit the road with You Blew It!, and the closest that tour comes to NYC is a Long Island show on January 30 at 89 North (tickets). Meanwhile, you can catch You Blew It! in NYC when their tour with Prawn hits Shea Stadium on 2/8 with Crying and Living Room. YBI! are also streaming their new record on Pitchfork.
Check out a video of The Front Bottoms playing "Santa Monica" and a clip of "The Fued" from the Shea show, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Chris Gethard hosting a BV-RBSS show (more by Amanda Hatfield)
It goes without saying that Chris Gethard is one of my favorite comedians in the biz these days. Not only that, he's a favorite of just about everyone here at BV HQ. Over the past few years, Gethard's popularity has been on a steady trajectory upwards and I've been enjoying his explosion with butt loads of pride, joy, and glee. Between his now legendary cable access show The Chris Gethard Show, his relentless and always fresh live gigging all over the place, and of course his book A Bad Idea I'm About To Do, this dude is never not dominating. And now it appears he will be taking his comedic dominance to Comedy Central as it was just announced that Comedy Central ordered, no, DEMANDED, a pilot of The Chris Gethard Show! which will be produced by Funny Or Die and Zach Galifianakis. From Deadline.com:
Brillstein Entertainment Partners is co-producing, with Gethard and Zach Galifianakis exec producing alongside Funny Or Die's Will Ferrell, Owen Burke, Adam McKay and Mike Farah as well as Brillstein's Brian Stern. TCGS, whose episodes often are based on original bits, has featured such guests as Galifianakis, Sean Combs, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, John Mulaney, Bobby Moynihan and Andrew WK. The show also is known for championing the Brooklyn music scene and New York's fringe artists and oddballs.Wondering why Chris is making this move? He lists the many reasons he is and isn't doing it, at his website.
Meanwhile, catch Chris Gethard live on December 28th at Shea Stadium (if you have a ticket because it's sold out) as part of the BrooklynVegan Holiday party with Chris and The Front Bottoms.
And it wouldn't be a Klaus article if I didn't editorialize and ponder, so here goes: Besides the fact that The Chris Gethard show is consistently hilarious, unique, and interesting, there is something very novel and important about the show's current home on Manhattan public access which I think is what makes the show so goddamned appealing. And although this is CERTAINLY awesome news for Gethard and his cast of pals in terms of bouncing into the big leagues, I have to wonder if the show's endearing lo-fi character will be destroyed by the monster that is Comedy Central. I mean, WE ALL SAW WHAT HAPPENED TO WAYNE AND GARTH, right!?