Entries tagged with: Colin Quinn
by Klaus Kinski
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...
For 10 years, Seth Herzog's excellent comedy showcase Sweet has been a NYC comedy staple, bringing fresh faces and old pros together. Everyone from Donald Glover to Jeff Ross has performed there over the years, with Herzog's distinctive energy keeping the crowd coming back week after week.
To celebrate Sweet's tenth anniversary, Herzog has put together a three-day comedy extravaganza at its current home of The Slipper Room running tonight (9/8) through Wednesday (9/10), featuring the likes of Colin Quinn, Hannibal Buress, Vanessa Bayer, Dave Hill, Questlove, and many more surprises to come each night. As for who's playing which night, you're just gonna have to show up and find out. Tickets ($10 per night or $25 for all three) are on sale now.
Watch a Sweet set featuring Reggie Watts, Questlove, Greg Barris, and more, below...
Kraftwerk at MoMA in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Kraftwerk @ United Palace Theater
Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk bring their 3-D tour to NYC for two shows at one of the prettiest venues in the city.
Disco Doom, Ovlov, Bad History Month, Leapling @ Death by Audio
This is the second of two NYC dates on Switzerland indie rockers Disco Doom's current tour. They'll be joined by their EIS labelmates Ovlov and Bad History Month, plus local indie pop band Leapling, making for a pretty good lineup all around.
Spirit Family Reunion, Leland Sundries, Willy Gantrim @ Union Pool
Brooklyn's Spirit Family Reunion are far from the only band to jump on the old timey folk revival bandwagon, but unlike your Lumineers or your Mumfords, they keep the raw aesthetic of those old bands intact as well. For a band who has headlined Bowery Ballroom, tonight's Union Pool show should feel very intimate.
'Comedy Notebook' w/ Colin Quinn, "TV's Frank" Conniff, Liam McEneaney, Carla Rhodes, Andy Shernoff @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
This series is a chance to check out comedians working out new material. (Plus, The Dictators' Andy Shernoff. It's free but this show fills up early, get there before 7 PM.
Janeane Garofalo, Adam Wade, Nisse Greenberg @ Union Hall
Tonight's show is part of the "Geeking Out" series that finds actors, musicians, comedians, authors and other notables "shameless nerding out on the bands they love, the celebrities they obsess over and the video games that nearly wore their thumbs to stumps."
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Jerry Seinfeld will perform stand up on various dates around the country over the next few months, including on April 17th at the Theater at MSG in NYC to raise money for Stand Up For A Cure. The benefit show tickets are on presale (passwords = standup and SEINFELD) go on general sale starting 2/1 at 10am. Colin Quinn opens again. All Seinfeld dates are listed below...
by Klaus Kinski
The great Colin Quinn entered my life in 1987 when I was a 10 year old MTV-addicted mouth-breather; for in 1987 MTV's first original non-musical program Remote Control premiered. Colin played co-host to the late Ken Ober. Since then I've remained interested in Colin's career; from his stint as host of A&E stand-up showcase Caroline's Comedy Hour in 1989, to his evolution as SNL writer-turned-full-time-cast-member from 1995 - 2000, to his tenure with Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, to the zillions of times I've seen him do stand-up over my past 13 years as a New York City resident, to his one-man show Colin Quinn Long Story Short on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre which was directed by Jerry Seinfeld. I am not going to say that Colin's comedic output has been 100% great and consistent. Quite the contrary; Colin is a fearless performer with acres of material at his disposal and I've never seen him deterred when a bit falls completely flat. He just keeps moving right along to the next bit, unfazed.
It's not unusual to catch Colin in one of the many small room comedy showcases all over the city, but when there's an opportunity to see him do a solo, FULL SET in a small room it is definitely worth seeing. On Monday January 14 and Monday January 21 at 8:00pm at the UCB Theater in Chelsea, catch COLIN QUINN: Unconstitutional (A Work In Progress). Unconstitutional is Colin's upcoming new off-Broadway show and these intimate performances at the teeny UCB Theater serve as a way for Colin to exercise the material in front of live bodies to see what sticks. These shows cannot be missed and are sure as shit gonna sell out fast so get your tickets NOW!
by Klaus Kinski
Love it or shove it, Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most important comedians of my lifetime (I'm 35). Growing up, 'Seinfeld' was one of my favorite shows and I saw every episode from all 9 seasons the evenings they premiered. Even now, there's an hour of 'Seinfeld' on beginning at 7:00pm every night and if I'm home I am watching that shit. Nowadays, it's easy (and sort of fashionable) to disregard Seinfeld, his comedy, and his TV show as being dated, too white-centric, and corny. Fuck that noise though. I love it. One of my many maxims is that people who try to make you feel like shit about the comedy you like and what makes you laugh are a waste of your time. Anyone dogmatic about what is and isn't funny is a douche bag. A friendless, tedious, insufferable, miserable wretch of a douche bag. When something makes you laugh, it's a completely unconscious reaction and you have absolutely no control over it. So own it.
When BV announced that Jerry Seinfeld will be doing a stand-up show in each of the 5 boroughs in late October and early November, I'm not going to lie; I was f-ing pumped (even though tix are out of your pal Klaus' price range)! Comedy legend Colin Quinn will be opening all these shows which actually makes a lot of sense. For one thing, Quinn is a native New Yorker (born in Brooklyn) and has been no stranger to goggle boxes and movie screens all over America since 1987. More importantly though, Jerry Seinfeld directed Colin's superb one-man show Long Story Short. HEADS UP, though. Turns out, presales, and in some cases on-sales, begin VERY SOON. Like, TODAY!
Presales and on-sales actually vary from borough to borough, here's the rundown:
His October 11 show at the Concert Hall at the Lehman Center for the Arts in the Bronx go on sale today at 10am.
His show on October 4 show at the Beacon Theater goes on presale today (password THURSDAY) at 11AM. General on-sale is Monday, July 30 at 10AM.
His November 8 show at the Walt Whitman Theatre at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn are on presale now (password: BCJS12).
His October 18 show at The Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Queens go on sale Monday, July 30 at 10AM.
His November 1 show at the St. George Theater on Staten Island go on sale Monday July 30th.
"there are certain emotions in your body that not even your best friend can sympathize with , but you will find the right film or the right book , and it will understand you . "- Bjork
today in NYC
* stuff @ Barbes
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Jay-Z @ Carnegie Hall
* Howlin Rain @ Living Room
* Cate Le Bon @ Other Music
* Bjork @ New York Hall Of Science
* Nikolista, Lovebomb 69 @ Europa
* Commercial Interruption @ UCB
* Ted Leo hosts Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* Gotye, Sea of Bees @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jacques Labouchere @ Knitting Factory
* The Darkness, Foxy Shazam @ Irving Plaza
* Summer Camp, Field Mouse @ Mercury Lounge
* Thieving Irons, Bandana Splits @ The Rock Shop
* Comedy Central Corporate Retreat @ UCB East
* The Warsaw Village Band @ Le Poisson Rouge
* An Evening with Tom Kalin & Doveman @ MoMA
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Mirah, blair, Wrest, DJ Emoticon @ Glasslands Gallery
* Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, The Dust Busters @ City Winery
* "Harsh Realm", The Babies, Punks on Mars @ Cake Shop
* Dan Neustadt plays Radiohead's "OK Computer" @ Knitting Factory
* The Lighthouse and The Whaler, Ravens & Chimes @ Mercury Lounge
* Reptar, Fort Lean, Tiny Victories, Casual Curious @ Shea Stadium
* Behold... The Arctopus, Seabrook Power Plant, Normal Love @ Death By Audio
* Tony Scherr Trio, Anton Fier, Rob Jost, Jim Campilongo Electric Trio, Stephan Crump, Tony Mason @ Living Room
Thieving Irons (ex Pela) plays The Rock Shop every Monday in February, including tonight with Bandana Splits (featuring Dawn Landes).
Jay-Z's super expensive Carnegie Hall shows are not sold out.
Colin Quinn, Chris Gethard, Myq Kaplan, Dan St Germain, Joe Mande & Hari Kondabolu will all be at Whiplash tonight.
Dominick Fernow of Cold Cave (and other projects) curated Feb 1-15 at The Stone.
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by Klaus Kinski
Reggie Watts, Lisa Delarios & Arden Myrin
And now for the good news that will hopefully serve as an antidote for the terrible news. Have you been one of the lucky and smart mofos who has managed to catch The Party Machine at one of its many appearances at Brooklyn's Union Hall? Those shows, hosted by Lisa Delarios and Arden Myrin, are always off the f-ing chain and always rife with incredible guests. RIFE I tells ya. Structurally, Union Hall can barely withstand the ruckus the Party Machine inflicts on the place, so on Thursday December 8th, The Party Machine will test The Bell House's mettle with The Party Machine Holiday Benefit for The Stiller Foundation.
The Stiller Foundation is a philanthropic effort led by Ben Stiller (never heard of him) whose aim is "to support children around the world by providing educational opportunities to help them realize their full potential." The line-up for this show is EPIC to say the least. Like, so epic that if you suffer from incontinence or heart murmurs, you might want to take some meds before reading on. So far, the published line-up includes Colin Quinn, Michael Showalter, Eleanor Friedberger, Ana Gasteyer, the gorgeous Bobby Tisdale, Seth Herzog (no relation to my nemesis), Andy Kindler (!) and Adira Amram and the Experience. And that's just the talent I am allowed to tell you about. I've heard whispers of special guests what would knock the socks off a shoe cobbler. And the show is only $10! Tha fuck?! I know! Get tickets for the comedy event of the century, and help Ben Stiller in his crusade to help kids who have it so much worse than you whining tarts could ever imagine.
And while you've got your wallet out maybe you should get a coupla tickets to the previously mentioned Pretty Good Friends Holiday Show at the Bell House on December 11th featuring Eugene Mirman (please don't show those slaughterhouse pics again), Kristen Schaal, John Mulaney, and MORE. And when I say more, I mean "Damn, I should have bought a ticket when Klaus mentioned it" more. This show is a benefit for you, the ticket buying smarty-pants, who will get a massive dose of laughter which, I am told, is the best medicine.
Meanwhile catch Eugene Mirman, Dave Hill, Bobby Tisdale & Todd Barry at UCB East on December 5th. It's the Comedy Central Corporate Retreat show and Eugene will be giving a sneak peek of a pilot he made for the basic cable channel.
Todd Barry is filming a Comedy Central one hour special at Gramercy Theater four days earlier! Maybe you saw him practice the material at the Pit.
by Klaus Kinski
As previously mentioned, Doug Benson, Rob Cantrell, and Tony Camin will hit the Gramercy Theater this Saturday 12/18 at 4:20pm for the magnificent, doobie-centric spoken-word show The Marijuana-Logues. Depending on who you ask, Doug, who hosts the preposterously hilarious Comedy Central show The Benson Interruption, is probably the most recognizable presence on the panel. But having seen Tony and Rob individually several times I can tell you that they are two of the funniest dudes in the biz and that there is absolutely zero imbalance in the comedy onslaught coming from those three fellas. As a triad, Doug, Rob, and Tony create one of the funnest, funniest atmospheres on the planet. Tickets are still on sale. I cannot recommend this show enough. Last time I saw the 'logues, I laughed so hard I had an asthma attack AND had tears streaming down my face. Plus, you have nothing better to do this Saturday afternoon. Nor is there anything better you could be doing in NYC this Saturday afternoon.
If you are among the 1 or 2 people in NYC who have prior obligations or, Cod forbid, actually found something better to do Saturday afternoon, you may be wailing aloud "I'm going to miss Doug Benson's only NYC appearance!?" Relax, little grasshopper. I have great news. It was just announced that Doug will be returning to the Gramercy Theater that very evening, Saturday 12/18, for a live recording of his infamous Doug Loves Movies podcast. Tickets went on sale yesterday at the oddly specific time of 11:22am (is that another pot number reference a la 420 that I am not hip to?). The show will have special guests, and this being NYC I can promise that they will blow your mind away. Come to think of it, my first ever exposure to Doug Benson was way back when on bobanddavid.com (RIP) where he had a frequent column called I Love Movies. I liked him immediately and will never forgot his tweet-length review (before Twitter existed) "Amelie is as cute as a button. I hate buttons." Follow my example: go to both shows.
In other comedy news, hey San Francisco, Mike Birbiglia is coming to your town. Tickets are on sale for three shows. Grab them before they sell out like every one of his December Union Hall shows did.
We're just one day away from Reggie Watts' headlining show at Highline Ballroom.
Tickets are on presale NOW for a "Benefit for Greg Giraldo featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black & More." Taking place at the Beacon on 2/9, the show will be "hosted by Tom Papa and feature Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Norton, Dave Attell, Ted Alexandro, Lewis Black, Judy Gold, Colin Quinn, & Jesse Joyce." PRESALE PASSWORD = HECOMEDY. Regular sale starts Saturday, 12/18, at 10am. Greg Giraldo sadly passed away way too young back in September.
Jerry Seinfeld was recently spotted in the crowd of the Apollo Theater.
Jim Gaffigan's 7-show Best Buy Theater run continues this weekend.
You can catch Jenny Slate in Brooklyn tonight (12/16).
Todd Barry @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Want to laugh Tuesday night? Head over to Lolita Bar at Broome and Allen for another edition of "Tell Your Friends!". This week's special guests include HANNIBAL BURESS (who performs a free show every Sunday at Knitting Factory) (and who recently opened for Aziz Ansari at Beacon Theater), LIAM McENEANEY, ANDY DE LA TOUR, and a "MYSTERY GUEST" who "is doing a big big show later in the week, and can't be advertised for this. He appears all over television and films, though, and this may be your last chance to see him in a basement before he's too famous for our show. - A MUST SEE!" Hmm.
Speaking of a big big show later in the week, Nick Kroll's two tapings at Music Hall of Williamsburg take place this Thursday, 11/18.
MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden will be a guest at the live broadcast of WFMU's comedy/variety show "Seven Second Delay" at UCB Theatre on Wednesday (11/17). $5.00 tickets are still on sale, though note that he won't be performing. They'll be interviewing him, but they promise they have a couple of surprises planned. Other guests appearing on the same show: former New York Times Ombudsman Dan Okrent, and author / gambling expert / former bookie Beth Raymer.
That WFMU thing is early - like 6pm. Stick around after for an edition of Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel's Totally J/K with special guests Hari Kondabalu (Comedy Central Presents), Greg Johnson (Sirius/XM Radio) "& more!" Then stay even longer, cause Joe Mande is also part of the show right after that too. Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn & Ed Gavagan also perform in "The Nights of Our Lives"
Much like Pee Wee Herman, Colin Quinn has a new show on Broadway (which is directed by Jerry Seinfeld) (the Colin show) (Jerry didn't direct the Pee Wee show). We are giving away tickets to see Pee Wee. The Apiary has a pair up for grabs to see Colin.
What about Eugene Mirman you ask? Well, in addition to stuff we've mentioned in the past and his somewhat regularly scheduled Sunday night shows at Union Hall, you can catch him along with John Roderick (as Santa Claus), A.C. Newman, John Hodgman, Gary Shteyngart, and Ollabelle on December 17th at City Winery for the next edition of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders. Tickets are on sale.
You will also find Eugene Mirman at the Bell House on December 12th for "Pretty Good Friends (formerly Tearing the Veil of Maya) End of the Year Holiday Blowout" with Kristen Schaal, Jon Glaser and "more to be announced." Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of Kristen Schaal, was she at Littlefield last night/tonight/Monday night for "Hot Tub with Kurt"? It's unclear from the listings whether Kurt Braunohler is doing "Hot Tub" without her every Monday night through 11/29. Upcoming listed guests include Wyatt Cenac, Laura Krafft, Dan Friel, Jon Friedman, Liam McEneaney, and Chris Rozzi.
Patton Oswalt has four shows coming up at Caroline's - two on January 7th and two on January 8th. Tickets are on sale.