Entries tagged with: David Cross
David Cross on set with David Koechner and Amy Sedaris
David Cross, who may be doing something as part of Mr. Show this year, is currently promoting his feature directorial debut, a comedy titled Hits. The yet-to-be-released film is choc-full of comedy talent, including Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Meredith Hagner, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, Amy Sedaris, Jason Ritter, Michael Cera, Amy Carlson, Erinn Hayes, David Koechner, and Jake Cherry. What's it about? Here's the synopsis:
Hits is a dark comedy exploring the nature of fame in 21st century youtube america. The film takes place in a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations. It's a story in which fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them.You can watch the trailer for Hits below.
Inspired by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's very successful solo album BitTorrent model and Louis CK's recent tours, Cross is aiming to distribute the film directly to fans with help from a Kickstarter campaign that is currently underway:
We want you to decide how much tickets cost and you pay artists directly, not distributors or studios. This is an experiment, a first of its kind to see if we can make it more sustainable for both fans, and filmmakers. In order to do this in theaters as widely as possible we need your help to raise $100K. We are distributing ourselves and there are costs associated with making all of this happen. In addition to theater rental fees, we need to cover our marketing and publicity efforts. We ideally want to be in 50 markets, but the more money we raise the more theaters we can be in, so if we go over $100k, we'll just expand our plans, which would be great!You can watch a video where Cross explains the whole thing over at the Kickstarter site. If the campaign is successful, Cross is planning on distributing via bit torrent, and theaters and via iTunes, Google Play, etc. He's about a quarter of the way there, currently, with 27 days to go.
Well this is something to look forward to in 2015. Earlier today, Paul F. Tompkins tweeted the above picture, saying that "Maybe something new coming from the Mr. Show gang in the new year?" There have been Mr Show-related tours in the past, but could this mean new episodes? In that picture we've got both David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, Brian Posehn, Jay Johnston, Tompkins... that looks like Scott Aukerman in the sunglasses, and who are the two guys in the back? Let's hope Jerry Minor and Mary Lynn Rajskub are part of it too (Tom Kenny and John Ennis, too), whatever it is. Stay tuned.
by Bill Pearis
Meemaw visits 'Wake Up, White People' host David Cross on 'The Heart, She Holler' S3
John Lee and Vernon Chatman have been weirding out late night television viewers for 10 years as the primary creative forces behind PFFR: first with not-for-kids kids show Wonder Showzen, then with the hallucinogenic, hard-to-look-at Xavier: Renegade Angel and, most recently, on the Southern Gothic soap opera The Heart, She Holler. (They were also writers and producers on Jon Glazer's awesome Delocated.) The thread running through them all: Lee and Chatman's gleeful dismantling of American culture, labyrinthine and pun-filled dialogue, and a desire to see viewers' jaws drop.
Season three of The Heart She, Holler debuts on December 1 on Adult Swim, starring folks like Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Steve Little (East Bound and Down) and other familiar comedy faces. You can watch the trailer below. There's a Season Three preview screening on Tuesday (11/18) at BAM at 7:30 with a Q&A with Q&A with Adsit (who just joined the cast) and John Lee. It's free and you can RSVP to attend, though entry is based on capacity. We're also giving away a pair of guaranteed passes as well, and details on that are below.
PFFR's John Lee
In addition to working on his own shows, John Lee has directed episodes of Broad City and a few music videos, and he used to be in a couple bands: jokey late-'90s indie rockers Muckafurgason, and a pre-TV PFFR who put out records in the early '00s. Full disclosure: I've known John for almost 20 years, and he took a few minutes away from scarring Middle America's eyeballs to talk about The Heart She Holler, food courts, unprecedented sexual positions, Morrissey, David Lynch and the difficulties of wrangling an ex-President for a cameo. PFFR are infamous for their non-interview interviews, but there's at least a little directness here.
BrooklynVegan: So what are you working on now? Season 3 of The Heart She Holler is in the can, right?
John Lee: Yeah, it's in the trash can as we say. The trash can of America. Any of your local mall food courts, that's what we call the trash can. We call the South "Food Court America" up here in the North.
BV: How much time have you and Vernon spent in the South?
JL: (Laughs) Together or separately? Well, together it was all in sin. It felt like forever but it was only six minutes. Um, separately? Through touring... it would add up to a handful of peanuts. A bag of boiled peanuts, that's how long I've spent in the South. But the thing is you don't even need to spend time in the South to understand American culture, like American hillbilly ideals. All you have to do is go 40 minutes outside of any city and you're there. America, it's all that. It's everywhere you go. The South is just the place everyone says "Oh, it's that." But it's not, it's everywhere.
Did you think you'd be doing a third season of The Heart, She Holler when you guys came up with the idea?
We, as in PFFR, all our shows that are self-created have never gotten past a second season. This is the first time we've broken the curse. Wonder Showzen was only two seasons, Xavier was only two seasons. Delocated made it longer, but that wasn't just our show. It was a thrill, but we were also scared because when you break a curse you never know what sort of demon's going to show up. The undead will rise? Your nightmares will become reality? We'll see.
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There were no special guests listed when Bob Odenkirk's Sunday NYCF appearance (11/9) at Gramercy Theatre was first announced. It has since been confirmed that the Breaking Bad actor will be reunited on stage with his Mr Show co-creator David Cross, as well as Michael Ian Black (The State/Stella/etc) and Brandon Wardell at the event where "Bob Odenkirk will be reading from his new book A Load of Hooey, screening videos, and giving a talk about some highlights of his comedy career." Tickets, which include a copy of his book, are still available. Also on Sunday, Bob will be signing books at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo (95 Prince St., 1 PM).
Brandon Wardell is on Odenkirk's whole tour. The two also have an album coming out together titled Amateur Hour via AST Records. (That's the cover art above.) Says Wardell, "I thought I was just opening for his album recording and then found out after the show I'm actually on it and he just didn't want me to be nervous." The album's out November 25.
Odenkirk's Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, debuts in February.
Regina Spektor at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
As discussed, there's a benefit for Doctors Without Borders (who are on the front lines of dealing with the ebola crisis in Africa) going down at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 with an awesome lineup of Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo, plus hosts Greg Barris and Jena Friedman. We mentioned that more acts would be added and we now know of two more good ones: Regina Spektor and radio/TV personality Ira Glass. Ira will be performing with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass, who joined him this past September for the premiere of their show, "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host." Tickets are still available. Stay tuned for any more updates.
Watch the 'Three Acts' trailer below...
by Klaus Kinski
I heard a funny ebola joke. But you probably won't get it.
While ebola mania has Americans rapt with fear, the reality is that the chances of it becoming a real, widespread epidemic here is basically nil. As far as viruses go, ebola is pretty terrifying and I can see why people would be freaking out and why the news media would use it as fodder to scare the shit out of us. But it's not an airborne virus like the flu; you have to physically come in contact with it. And according to Dr. Jon LaPook over at CBS, "Every single Ebola outbreak in Africa over the past 40 years has been brought under control with standard infectious disease measures -- basically, isolating infected patients and tracking down their contacts." So once a case is identified, measures are taken to ensure it gets isolated. At least, that's what we hope will happen.
The real urgency simply isn't here on American soil; it's in Africa where they do not have the infrastructure to adequately deal with viral epidemics like this. There, it is much harder to contain and much easier to spread. Right now, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is on the front lines of dealing with the crisis in Africa. 80% of their funding comes from private donors, and what better way to contribute than with an awesome benefit show with awesome talent at an awesome venue? On Wednesday November 19 Irving Plaza will host and MSF/DWB International Fundraiser to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The event will be hosted by Klaus favorites Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo. Many, many more acts will be added to the bill. Onsale date/time are still TBD as well but should be available via Livenation soon, but mark your calendars and keep your eyes on BV for updates.
Meanwhile, tickets are still available for a show benefiting another good cause. Seth Herzog (Fallon, 'Sweet,' Comedy Central, NatGeo), Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central, VH1, Conan), Damien Lemon (Half Hour, Guy Code), Dan Soder (Conan, Guy Code, O&A) and Michelle Wolf (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers), and The Amigos Band will convene at the Bell House on Thursday (10/23) to raise money for 'Stand Up for Rockaway,' the organization still helping the Rockaways rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Use code "ROCKAWAY" when buying tickets to get $10 off.
You can also catch Greg Barris during CMJ at Union Hall on Friday (10/24) for a special edition of his "Hearts of Darkness" show, featuring Shonali Bhowmik, Corn Mo, Larry Murphy, The Forgiveness, and "surprise guests!" Tickets are on sale and you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.
Dave Hill x2
The next edition of Dave Hill's monthly variety show, "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets," moves from it's usual home of Union Hall to The Bell House on June 18. The reason could be the guests this time, as the show is pretty stacked: David Cross, Juliana Hatfield, Michael Che, Jean Grae, Kate Berlant, and Marcus Monroe. Dave plays host and Valley Lodge (which he fronts) is the house band. That's a pretty killer bill of comedy and music and tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
For folks in the rest of the country, look for Dave Hill on Comedy Central's popular fake game show, @Midnight, on June 9 where he'll join fellow comedian/contestants Michelle Buteau, Steve Agee and host Chris Hardwick.
Irish retro garage rockers The Strypes, whose debut LP Snapshot placed at #43 on Rough Trade Shops' Top LPs of 2013 list, are playing a NYC show on January 22 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
An all punk lineup of Timeshares, Up For Nothing, Mikey Erg, Freelance Romantic, and Brian McGee (of Plow United) are playing Union Hall on January 4. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Andrew Cedermark, Average Girl, and Cosmonaut are playing tonight (12/6) at Cameo Gallery. Tickets to that show are available.
Francis And The Lights are playing Rough Trade on January 17. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
"On December 11th, join Selected Shorts for a night celebrating food, fiction and commentary with Lucky Peach. Chef David Chang and writer Peter Meehan introduce tales from their quarterly journal of food and writing. Readings and commentary by David Cross (Arrested Development), chef Mario Batali, Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), and Gaby Hoffmann (Crystal Fairy, Sleepless in Seattle). Featuring stories by Nelly Reifler, and others. Selected Shorts is hosted by BD Wong. Launched in 2011 by Chang, Meehan, and editor-in-chief Chris Ying, each issue of Lucky Peach explores a single topic through essays, art, photography, and recipes." Tickets are on sale.
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Rough Trade NYC Grand Opening w/ Charles Bradley, Sky Ferriera
The successful London mini-chain finally opens their first NYC store complete with a 250 capacity venue, a cafe run by Five Leaves, a recreation of Donald Glover's bedroom in Community (no really), and over 20,000 records/CDs (and none of them used). Opening day performances include Sky Ferreira (free entry w/ CD purchase, line opens at 8 AM fyi) at 6:30 PM; and Charles Bradley (free, 9 PM).
David Byrne's 'Here Lies Love' @ Terminal 5
While looking for a new home for Here Lies Love, David Byrne has gathered the cast of his and Fatboy Slim's successful Public Theatre musical for this performance to benefit the people of the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders and tickets are still available.
Temples, Ex Cops, Dead Heart Bloom @ Bowery Ballroom
While their debut album won't be out until early 2014, UK psych pop band Temples come armed with a string of catchy singles, jangly 12-string guitars and Mark Bolan haircuts. Their first of two NYC shows, this one's matched with locals Ex Cops and tickets are still available. You can also catch Temples tomorrow at the much smaller Union Pool.
S O H N, Empress Of, Daniel James @ Glasslands
SOHN recently signed to 4AD and makes the kind of indie/R&B that's been in style lately, and Empress Of isn't on 4AD, but her brand of art pop is not too far removed from another artist currently on that label, St. Vincent. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.
Honey Wild, Hippy, The Sanctuaries, Always @ Mercury Lounge
Like a twangier Vampire Weekend, quartet Honey Wild headline this all-Brooklyn show that also features likeably scruffy indie rock combo Hippy.
Thundercat, Mike Slott @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Bass master and Frequent FlyLo collaborator Thundercat returned earlier this year with his new album, Apocalypse, and well as a tribute to the late Nintendo head Hiroshi Yamauchi.
Van Morrison @ Theater at Madison Square Garden
Jazz-pop/folk rock legend released his well-received new album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, earlier this year, garnering favorable comparisons to his 1970 classic Moondance. His tour brings him into NYC for two shows, this being the first.
Nils Frahm, Dawn of Midi @ Le Poisson Rouge
Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm released his new album, Spaces, a collection of minimalist piano pieces, lush synthesizer workouts and other sonically adventurous stuff that melds the classical and electronic-music worlds. Opening are Dawn of Midi who meld the synthesized and organic.
TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner @ Joe's Pub
Writer/comedian Julie Klausner is in the midst of her 5-night TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN run at Joe's Pub, where she promises to "sing some goddamn songs." This is Night 4.
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac celebrates the one-year anniversary of his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests David Cross, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Michael Che, Andy Wood, and...free pie! Sold out.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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by Klaus Kinski
Eugene Mirman at his comedy festival last weekend (more by David Andrako)
It isn't often that I dedicate a single post to a single one-off show, but sometimes one pops-up that has such a great line-up and whose proceeds go to such a great charity that I gotta spill it. On Tuesday October 22, Gramercy Theater will play host to an event called A Night of Comedy, Music and Other Awesome Stuff. The purpose of this event is to benefit an organization called OneKid OneWorld and their projects in Kenya and El Salvador:
OneKid OneWorld provides a foundation for education in impoverished communities throughout Kenya and El Salvador by giving children from primary school up through secondary school the opportunity for a better and brighter future.If that's not something you can get behind then you're a monster and belong in my nightmares and not amongst humanity. The line-up so far is preposterously awesome and features sets by David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Eugene Mirman, Judah Friedlander, Wyatt Cenac and Todd Barry. Attendees will also thrill to music care of the great Rhett Miller from the Old 97's. The show also promises appearances from other "stars from stage and screen," though these add-ons are still TBD.
By providing the basic needs of learning fundamentals like desks and books as well as paying teachers' salaries, building classrooms and even installing solar power technology so students can study at night, OneKid continues to make a tremendous impact not just on individual lives, but communities as a whole.
Tickets are currently on-sale and are available in three different options ranging from $50 - $85; front section VIP tickets (including close to the stage seating, a OKOW t-shirt and three raffle tickets) are $85, reserved seating just behind the VIP section are $65 and General Admission tickets are $50. So reach into those coffers of yours and pull out some dough and make a difference in the life of someone who cannot even fathom the privileges you take for granted on a daily basis and get rewarded with an incredible show. And don't forget that Gramercy sells those gigantic cans of Budweiser which are basically the best.
And in somewhat related news; David Cross has a show during the 2013 NY Comedy Festival, Eugene Mirman just had a comedy festival, and Todd Barry has a lot of shows coming up including a podcast taping at The Bell House on Tuesday October 29 (with Natasha Lyonne, Hannibal Buress, Nick Turner, Andy Borowitz, and more).
While I have your attention, apropos of nothing, please see my new favorite YouTube video of all time. Great song, great concept, hilarious main character, and a sweet ass cameo you gotta see to believe at the 2:33 mark.
by Klaus Kinski
Chris Gethard hosting RBSS show at Knit in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
When I first mentioned the 2013 New York Comedy Festival back in August, I wasn't able to hide my blasé feelings about the initial line-up. If you recall, I described the initial line-up as being "bogged down with conservative, mainstream talent." Towards the end of the post, however, I tried to end on a more optimistic note by stating that in festivals past they were sure to include more indie-centric fare and that there was no reason to think the 2013 installment of the fest would be any different. Sure enough, the fest has announced some shows that are definitely more up my/our alley. Highlights for me (click on the show title for tickets) include:
Matt Braunger at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Wednesday November 6 at 9:30 PM (tickets): Simply put, Matt Braunger is absolutely fucking hilarious and his special Shovel Fighter is one of the great comedy experiences of all time. He is easily one of the most underrated comedians out there and this show is sure to be a treat.
Julian McCullough at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Thursday November 7 at 9:30 PM (tickets) : Julian McCullough is an absolute powerhouse of hilarity who I've seen about 100 times and who is one of the most solid and consistently funny comedians in the biz. Julian has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR's This American Life, and starred in his own half hour special on Comedy Central. You can also catch him every Saturday as host of TBS' Very Funny News and on MTV2's hit series Guy Code. He gigs around town a lot and any opportunity to see him is a must.
Chris Gethard and Friends at The Creek and the Cave on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM (tickets): Klaus favorite and friend of BV (and host of last night's Red Bull Sound Select show at MHOW), Chris Gethard is one of the funniest and most capable storytellers in the history of mankind and I am convinced he is incapable of failure as a performer. Head out to Queens for this show in a nice room with nice people and great beers.
Behind the Scenes at The Colbert Report at Town Hall on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM (tickets): Yes, I know, Colbert is far from indie. But he's really just a talking head propped up by an extremely talented pool of writers. For the most part, these writers are a major part of the indie NYC comedy scene in one way or another. This will be a great opportunity to bring these behind-the-scenes people into the spotlight alongside His Highness Mr. Colbert. Because, without them, Colbert is nothing more than that guy who was hilarious in Strangers With Candy.
Nikki & Sara & Friends at The Gramercy Theater on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM (tickets): You might know Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer from their MTV show Nikki and Sara LIVE. I know Nikki and Sara from years of seeing them live all over NYC for the past several years. Individually or as a team, they rule. I cannot recommend this show enough. Plus, Gramercy sells those massive cans of Budweiser.
An Evening with David Cross at The Paley Center on Friday November 8 at 6:30 PM (tickets): New York City Resident David Cross recently wrapped up a small tour with Mr. Show Alumni Bob Odenkirk and Brian Posehn which landed at Town Hall for two shows on September 12. This time around, he's flyin' solo for what the Paley Center describes as "The Paley Center and the New York Comedy Festival welcome Cross to discuss his career, his creative process and thoughts on comedy, and life as a never-nude." Though billed as "An Evening With David Cross" that description makes it sound like a moderated interview. Who knows. It's worth checking out regardless.
Rhys Darby at The Gotham Comedy Club on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM/ 10:30 PM and Saturday November 9 at 8:00 PM/10:00 PM/11:45 PM (tickets): You might know Rhys as the lovable manager Murray Hewitt on HBO's Flight of the Conchords. But Rhys is also an hilarious comedian with a penchant for sound effects. He rarely blesses our shores with a performance, so I urge to you try and catch one of his five performances at the Gotham Comedy Club.
Oh, Hello : The Kroll Show at The Paley Center on Saturday November 9 at 4:00 PM (tickets): I've been an avid fan of Nick Kroll for many many years. His repertoire of characters is astounding and usually a spot-on lampooning of some of the most insufferable sects of popular culture. The Paley Center event will include "executive producers and writers Kroll, John Levenstein, and Jonathan Krisel (who also directs the episodes) to discuss the production of the technically dazzling parodies, the process of breathing life into such tragic souls as Ref Jeff, and the perils of ice dating." Attendees will also see two episodes from Season 2 of the Kroll Show. Nick is a great dude and a super-talent and his success is much deserved and makes your man Klaus happy.
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail at The Bell House on Saturday November 9 at 7:00 PM (tickets): Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani are two of my favorite people on earth. Kumail even did one of our Rock n ROFL shows back in the day. It broke my little black heart when Kumail moved to Los Angeles, but I can't say that I blame him as his career has thrived since the relocation. The Meltdown is a recurring comedy showcase out in Los Angeles that brings in some of the biggest names in comedy. It's so great, in fact, that it was picked up by Comedy Central and will soon be a TV show executive produced by some dude named Ben Stiller or something. It is a blessing from the Gods of Comedy that they will bring their show to NYC for one night only. Even though the line-up has not been announced, I urge one and all to get tickets now before it's too late and you get a one way ticket to Regretsville USA.
Bob (Odenkirk) and David (Cross) and Brian (Posehn) recently announced a five-city comedy tour which includes two NYC shows: a sold out early show at Town Hall on September 12, and a late show at the same venue that night, which you can still get tickets for. They've now just announced that they'll also do a launch/discussion for Bob, David, and Brian's book, Hollywood Said No! Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastards Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show in Brooklyn two days earlier at POWERHOUSE Arena (9/10) on 37 Main St in DUMBO. $8 tickets are on sale now and can be applied towards a purchase of the book.
Updated dates are listed below...
by Klaus Kinski
When Bob (Odenkirk) and David (Cross) and Brian (Posehn)'s 5 city comedy tour (dubbed An Evening With Bob And David [and Posehn]) was announced the other day, tickets sold faster than foil-wrapped burritos at a Phish tailgate party. So quickly, in fact, that the day they went on presale Bob tweeted that three of the five cities had sold out completely during the presale phase. And LCD Soundsystem wasn't even on the bill. What the what?!
Anyways, Bob promised that second shows for NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco would be added and, sure enough, one day later, second shows for those three cities have been added! Hooray! Tickets for An Evening With Bob And David (and Posehn) in NYC at Town Hall in NYC on Thursday September 12 at 10:30 PM go on sale today (7/26) at
10 AM noon. No presale dibble-dabble this time. So go in there gunz a-blazin' and get your tickets!
The shows added to Chicago and San Francisco will take place at 10:30 PM the same evening of the previously announced shows. Live in Frisco and wanna see the late show? Welp, tickets for the San Francisco late show go on sale today (7/26) at 10:00am PACIFIC TIME. Folks in the Windy City who got shut out of the early show should plan on being online when tickets for the late show go on sale TODAY at 10 AM CENTRAL TIME. Good luck!
As mentioned earlier today, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are going on a comedy tour with fellow Mr. Show cohort Brian Posehn in September, including a show at the Town Hall on 9/12. They actually sold all of the Chicago seats during the presale, we're not sure if that's what happened for Town Hall too but the presale is definitely sold out. Nonetheless, a second show is being added as per Oderkirk's tweet above. Stay tuned.
by Klaus Kinski
On June 10, 2013, I wrote a post about an incredible looking Tenacious D curated 1-day comedy/music festival called Festival Supreme which is happening on the Santa Monica Pier in California on Saturday October 19, 2013. The festival includes a performance from The Mr. Show Experience and if you look carefully at the post you will notice that my mention of said troupe was followed by the coveted exclamation-point-in-parentheses qualifier, which is basically Klaus Kinski Shorthand for "Holy shit are you serious!?"
Being the impoverished pea-brain that I am, I've been scrambling to figure out ways to afford a trip out there to see this majestic show of shows, but so far my endeavors as prostitute, drug pusher, stand-over man, body guard, and dentist have hardly made a dent in my finances so I probably won't make it out there which has me in a depressive funk. HOWEVER the grey bog that has overwhelmed my mood got a ray of sunshine when David Cross posted on his FaceBooks that a show called Bob (Odenkirk) and David (cross) and Brian (Posehn) would be doing a 5-city tour, including a show at the venerable Town Hall on Thursday, Sep 12, 2013(!)
Bob and Brian and I will be doing at least three new sketches (if not a bunch more) and stand-up, and who knows what all else? We'd be doing more but unfortunately our schedules don't allow for it. Bob is very busy with The Birthday Boys (premiering soonish on IFC) and I am directing a movie I wrote in upstate NY. I'll tell you more about that later.The day before that, Bob tweeted:
ME, DAVID, and BRIAN POSEHN on TOUR in September! We'll be doing standup AND sketch, BOTH - Never been done! PRE-SALE links to COME...The NYC PRESALE begins TODAY (7/24/13) at 12:00 NOON on the dot. (Passwords are Fireworks (Live Nation) and Evening (Artist)) (Passwords are not case sensitive yo).
-- Mr. Bob Odenkirk (@mrbobodenkirk) July 22, 2013
The crew will also swing by Brooklyn on September 10 where they will descend upon the PowerHouse Arena for god knows what. Complete tour dates are below. Please note that some of the dates are at book stores and are not being billed as performances, per se.
In related news, Klaus Favorite Brian Posehn released an album called "The Fartist" back in June, and if you haven't heard it I urge you to rectify that oversight this instant. Besides these Bob and David shows, Posehn has a handful of solo shows on the horizon. Those are below.
Deltron 3030 (aka Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala) have been talking about their long-awaited second album, Event II, for some time now, and after revealing two of its singles, "Pay the Price" and "City Rising from the Ashes", they've finally officially announced the full album details. It will be out on October 1 via Bulk Recordings and features a ton of serious collaborators including Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Faith No More/Tomahawk/etc frontman Mike Patton, Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha, Emily Wells, The Lonely Island, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Bruno (of AWOLNATION), Black Rob, David Cross, Amber Tamblyn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Momofuku chef David Chang(!?), Casual, and Jamie Cullum. That's the album artwork above, and the tracklist is below.
The album will be preceded by the City Rising from the Ashes EP, due out on August 13, which features both previously released singles and a third album track, "The Agony."
Deltron 3030 also just released an album trailer, which includes the album's opening track, "Stardate," which is essentially a spoken word track from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Check that out, along with the other two singles and tracklist, below...
photos by Jamie Goodsell, additional photos by Katharine Hansen
Solange/Tallest Man on Earth/Beach House @ Bonnaroo 6/15/2013
"I know it's hot out there," Solange told the audience during her Which Stage set, "but if I could could see you guys grinding just a little bit, that would make me so happy." And of course the audience shrieked back with approval, as her band began playing the dreamy "Bad Girls." Following her surprise appearances with Grizzly Bear and on Friday's hip-hop Superjam, it was refreshing to see Solange perform her own dreamy, soulful brand of pop. Throughout her set she shimmied, smiled and swooned along with her band, even pulling off some coordinated line-dancing with her natty and talented guitarist. - [SPIN]On Saturday (6/15) of Bonnaroo 2013, big names included R. Kelly, Bjork, Empire of the Sun and Cat Power. But there was lots, lots more going on at Bonaroo on Saturday, including Beach House, The Tallest Man on Earth, Two Gallants, and Solange, not to mention comedian Ed Helms in bluegrass mode, and David Cross. Pics from those acts and more are in this post.
If you missed them, our earlier pictures from Day 1 are HERE and HERE, Day 2 photos are HERE and here, Day 3 are HERE, and Day 4 are HERE. More photos from Saturday, June 15 (and a few from Sunday, 6/16) are below.
by Bill Pearis
Vampire Weekend @ ACL taping, 3/17/2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Q Live with Jian Ghomeshi taping with Vampire Weekend happened last night (3/28) at Jay College. Made for Canadian channel QTV, it featured VW performing three songs from their upcoming Modern Vampires of the City LP and they were interviewed as well. The show is up for streaming as a whole program (in two one-hour segments) so you have to skip around a bit. They open the show with "Diane Young." Then in the second streaming player, they perform "Unbelievers" at the 19 minute mark and then the third song, "Ya Hey," is at 43 minutes in. Or you could watch the whole thing, it also features David Cross, Alan Alda and Cyndi Lauper. You can watch it below.
Vampire Weekend recently taped an episode of Austin City Limits and while an air date hasn't been set, BV Austin was there and they have a full set of pics. Meanwhile, Vampire Weekend provoked the ire of car afficianados with the video stream for their song "Diane Young" which features a couple 900-series Saabs being burned in slow motion. Car blog Jalopnik called the band "a bunch of dicks" for not telling the previous owners what they were going to use the cars for. Said the towing company:
Ready for a Saab story? These two cars will be lit on fire in a music video on Saturday. The previous owners I picked them up from were telling me all of the nice times they had in them and to make sure to take care of them. Little do they know they will be charcoal in 2 days. Both said they wanted to see the finished video. It was hard to keep a straight face while they proclaimed their love for these Junkers.Frontman Ezra Koenig actually responded via Spinner:
"I want people to understand that we do respect cars and the last thing we want to do is to fuck up a collector's item or something like that," Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig tells Spinner. "Hopefully people believe me when I say that our record label was looking to purchase the cheapest, oldest cars possible; they weren't trying to buy a beautiful perfect condition car."They would've never done that to a Volkswagen! Anyway, let's move on. Tickets for Vampire Weekend's upcoming Roseland Ballroom show go on sale Saturday (3/30) at 10 AM. Also VW bassist Chris Baio will be at tonight's BAM screenings of the film he scored, Somebody Up There Likes Me, along with its star, Nick Offerman, for Q&As at 7 PM and 9:30 PM. Tickets for that are still available.
In fact, Koenig claims, his songwriting partner and group multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij has a special affinity for the now-bankrupt Swedish automaker.
"Rostam especially loves Saabs," Koenig claims. "When he grew up his family drove a Saab."
QTV video below...
by Klaus Kinski
Comedy Bang Bang are Bonnaroo-ing it
While you are noodle-dancing your way to, and at, the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee (June 13 - 14), you might not be aware that this year marks the milestone 10-year anniversary of their annually-awesome and totally legendary Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre (Hosted by IFC). This year they are really shooting the works with a gold-standard, rock-solid, pant-shittingly awesome line up. So while you're at the festival, take a break from those dumb bands and thrill to the air-conditioned comedy of, in alphabetical order, James Adomian, Cristela Alonzo, Eric Andre, Maria Bamford, Mike Birbiglia, Jerrod Carmichael, Michael Che, Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts, David Cross, Kyle Dunnigan, Chris Gethard, Nikki Glaser, Ed Helms' Whisky Sour Radio Hour, Improvised Shakespeare Company, Jared Logan, Bob Saget, and Daniel Tosh.
If you'd like to see Ed Helms doing music here in NYC, his bluegrass trio plays Rockwood Music Hall on April 6 and tickets are on sale now.
Video of David Cross' comedy line-up announcement, shot on the Brooklyn shores of the east river, below.
by Klaus Kinski
There's a fantastic recurring NYC-based comedy/talk show that I think I may have mentioned here once in passing but I am totally zoning out to a Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Trance Remix CD and can't muster the energy to use the search bar staring me in the face on the BV home page. [Ed: you did, Klaus.] The show is called Running Late With Scott Rogowsky and it has taken place within the confines of places like The Pit, 92Y Tribeca, and, more recently, Galapagos Art Space.
Running Late with Scott Rogowsky is NYC's only live talk show hosted by Scott Rogowsky combining the traditional, familiar late-night format -- monologue, house band, sketches, celebrity interviews, musicians/comedians to close -- with a fresh, millennial sensibility (whatever the hell that means). New York Magazine calls it "the comedy talk show for the Internet age." I call it "The Chevy Chase Show" meets "The Pat Sajack Show" meets "The Magic Hour." Or Cavett meets Conan meets Rupert Pupkin. Oh, and my 64-year-old dad Marty is my sidekick.His roster of past guests is truly staggering and boasts names like Chris Elliott, Rachel Dratch, Reggie Watts, Michael Showalter, David Wain, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Big Ang, R.L. Stine, Jonathan Ames, A.J. Jacobs, Chris Barron, Jean Grae, Todd Barry, and more. The next installment of Running Late will take place at Galapagos on Thursday March 28 and will feature David Cross (who recently appeared at the 92nd Street Y), Andrew WK, the great Alan Zweibel, and Scott Wiener of Scott's Pizza Tours. Andrew WK will perform Party Hard with the Running Late band and maybe a few more jams! Scott Wiener will be giving away pizza! David's wife Amber might make the scene! Legends David Cross and Alan Zweibel will be dropping knowledge down our gullets! Tickets are on sale now so get em while you can.
Future Running Late's are already starting to pop up on the radar, so mark your whatever-you-mark-to-save-dates because on Thursday April 11 (Merry Klausmas!) Scott welcomes pale giant comedian Jim Gaffigan, Pulitzer Prize winning author/journalist Anna Quindlen, and more! On Thursday April 25 Scott welcomes Jon Glaser and more! So keep your dead-eyes on the Running Late website.
Sate your appetite for Running Late with some xtreme coverage on Thrillist and watch a couple "Scott's Pizza Tours" below.
As mentioned last week, "A Conversation with David Cross" is happening at 92Y's Kaufman Center on March 20. When we posted about this originally, we didn't know, exactly, who he'd be in conversation with. Well now we do. The conversation will be moderated by Cross' Arrested Development co-star, Michael Cera. Tickets are still available.
The much-anticipated fourth season of Arrested Development will debut in May via Netflix streaming. The show will, apparently, feature episodes based around a single character instead of the "meanwhile" format of the first three seasons. Look for guest appearances from Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig and James Lipton as well. Like they did with political drama House of Cards, Netflix will make all 14 episodes of Season 4 available on the same day.
by Klaus Kinski
David Cross is largely considered the godfather of so-called "alternative" or "indie" comedy. His truly unique and often controversial voice has garnered him tens, if not hundreds, of fans through things like the show he co-created with the great Bob Odenkirk, Mr. Show with Bob and David, his numerous stand-up specials, his 3 comedy albums, a tour documentary, a book, and a bazillion movie appearances and stand up tours at locations ranging from dive bar rock clubs to amphitheaters.
Live NYC appearances have been really few and far between the last few years. However, for folks with a hankering for some in the flesh David Cross action, look no further than the 92nd St. Y on Wednesday March 20th, 2013 as the Upper East Side venue will be hosting A Conversation With David Cross in their Kaufmann Concert Hall. Tickets are $29 and are flying off the shelves, so get on this right this very second.
Unfortunately, without a personal website or email blasts I have no idea if there are more David Cross dates coming down the pipeline. Someone on his facebook wall mentioned that they saw his name on a Bonnaroo poster, but I have yet to see that for myself. Bonnaroo will have Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre Hosted By IFC but that line-up has yet to be revealed. Anywhoozle, bye!
Why yes, we have posted a lot of stuff already today. Here's some more
Mythbuster? More like Myrthbuster. TV personality Jamie Hyneman apparently abandoned his first born. Luckily, NYC has a history of taking your poor, your tired, and your mustachioed; baby Hyneman has taken up residence at the New York Aquarium. (confused?).
Shades of Scott Tenorman: Radiohead Fan Sells Cheating Girlfriend's Tickets Online, Gets Invited to Hang Out with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul.
Morrissey is in NYC right now and appeared on Colbert.
Is Spotify's business model broken? Anybody pay for Spotify Premium? (editor's note: I do)
For those who like free stuff: We are giving away two tickets to see Menomena at Bowery Ballroom on October 11 on the BV Facebook Page as well as tickets to Dark Dark Dark and Emily Wells at LPR on 10/13 and to The Darkness at Terminal 5 on 10/21.
Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" "received more performances on U.S. radio and television than any other song in the BMI repertoire during 2011."
The Rolling Stones "are pleased to announce the WORLD EXCLUSIVE first airplay of the brand new single from The Rolling Stones, 'Doom And Gloom' will take place on Thursday October 11th at 8:15am. The single can be downloaded on the same day from iTunes."
Toro Y Moi has announced that he'll release a new album called Anything In Return on January 21st via Carpark Records.
Hey arty types: design Richard Hawley's Guitar Skin!
I swear we're not making any of this stuff up.
More stuff below...
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
by Klaus Kinski
'Pretty Good Friends' at Williamsburg Waterfront, 2011 (more by David Andrako)
I wish so badly that summer was almost over because this heat is basically killing me softly and enveloping me in depression and heat-related anxiety. By the time I get to work I'm as sweaty as Michael Moore after 8 hours of mowing lawns and people are all "Are you ok?" because they think I'm dying right before their eyes. Sadly, the reality that summer has hardly begun was made apparent when I realized that the concerts at Williamsburg Park kick off TONIGHT with the Outlaw Roadshow featuring Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, and Kasey Anderson & the Honkies. Outlaw?! The fuck?! Yeah. Sure. Whatever, millionaires. Nothing says 'outlaw' like having a record that went 7× Platinum in both Canada and the United States.
I digress. What REALLY has me cranked is that Pretty Good Friends take their show from the tiny basement of Union Hall and return to the Waterfront again this year for a show on Thursday July 19th. This year's line-up is epic! Eugene Mirman will be joined by friends Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, the legendary Bobcat Goldthwait, music by OK Go and many surprises! (And hopefully no torrential downpours like last year.) For me, the main event is Bobcat. Over the past several years he has evolved from type-cast goofball character actor to acclaimed director, writer, and comedian. This is a rare treat for NYC and THE SHOW IS TOTALLY FREE! More Kurt Braunohler dates below...
I was out of town on Wednesday July 11th working on my tan and looking super hot and shiny on a beach which means I sadly missed BOB ODENKIRK and UCB PALS: A LOAD OF HOOEY! at the UCB Theater, Chelsea. This is a major heartbreaker for yours truly as Bob happens to be one of my idols, and seeing him perform in the flesh in NYC is beyond rare. Like, never happens. What makes it more painful was that his "pals" included the much loved/hated David Cross, Bob's partner in crime for many many years. I was gnashing my teeth at the idea that I missed a once in a life time reunion, but David quelled my anxiety with the following words on his facebook page.
Also, get your socks psyched for Bob and I to put something together for a low-key mini-tour of grandiose fucking around. We've been doing things with each other (not in a Penn State way) and they have been really fun and very well-recieved. I just jumped on a show he did at UCB here in NY last week. Super fun. So we'll be doing more of that hopefully late fall/early winter. Again, something very low-key, not a big production and in smaller theaters. Like 500 seaters, something like that. Keep it intimate.Commence the high-fiving everyone! In the meantime, David will be hitting the road for a handful of dates. He's also gettin hitched; sorry ladies. And gentlemen. Anyhow, check out his scheduled, ok-to-publish publicized appearances below. With any luck, he'll be working out his material in small rooms all over NYC in the days leading up to these shows!
The Gramercy Theater on 23rd street is no stranger to awesome comedy events, and if I'm to believe what I read in my inbox the pattern continues. On Sunday August 19th, Klaus favorite Doug Benson will take over the Gramercy Theater for a whopping TWO SHOWS! First, The Benson Interruption Live Podcast will tear the roof off the place at 4:20PM. I LOVE THE INTERRUPTION. The premise is simple; Doug has his favorite comedy friends do stand-up while he sits there and derails their entire set. The results are some of the funniest shit I've ever seen. Once the place cools down and clears out, the doors will re-open at 7:00pm for Doug Loves Movies. This is a KILLER day of comedy in one spacious, air conditioned venue. If you're like me you're gonna want to go ahead and pick up the Official Doug Benson Combo Pass and make seeing both shows a total cinch.
And speaking of comedy at the Gramercy, Klaus favorite Pete Holmes just announced a show there on Friday December 21st. Tickets go on sale Friday July 20th at noon! Check out this website for more upcoming show info.
Oh and speaking of the Gramercy Theater and Klaus favorites, Klaus SUPER FAVORITE Todd Barry recently recorded a live album at the Gramercy Theater. Titled "Super Crazy," you can watch the performance on Comedy Central Saturday July 21st at 11pm. If you don't have a DVR, Comedy Central, friends with Comedy Central, or have other reasons why you can't see the special on the TV which are none of my business, Comedy Central Home Entertainment will release the "Todd Barry: Super Crazy" extended and uncensored DVD and Comedy Central Records will release the extended and uncensored CD and Digital Album on July 24. The CD fairy left a copy in my mailbox and, lemme tell you, it is fucking hilarious. Classic Todd.
Tour dates for Kurt Braunohler, David Cross, and Todd Barry are listed below.