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A few comedy options for you over the next week. Tonight (11/5) at Housing Works it's "Loose: A Comedy Show," hosted by the funny/ubiquitous Jo Firestone and featuring a pretty great lineup of Chris Gethard, Megan Gailey (CONAN), Roy Wood, Jr., Michelle Wolf (Late Night with Seth Myers), Sasheer Zamata (SNL) and some surprise guests. The $10 ticket includes a free drink.

On Friday (11/5) at Union Hall it's this month's edition of Dave Hill's variety show, "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" with Marcus Monroe, Adira Amram & The Experience, Danny Felts, Murderfist, Greg Barris, and Dave's group Valley Lodge as house band (tickets).

Filmmaker and comedian Judd Apatow, who will be in town for the New York Comedy Festival, will be doing a "lengthy set" at popular UCB Chelsea show "Whiplash" on Monday (11/9) which is sold out but you can try the standby line.

Also Monday night at Littlefield is Wyatt Cenac's "Night Train" which will feature guests Ian Abramson, Langston Kerman, Matthew Broussard, Shalewa Sharpe, Andrew Michaan, Sonia Denis, and more (tickets).

The NY Comedy Fest starts proper on Tuesday (11/10) and they've added some cool shows in addition to the big ticket headliners. On Tuesday at Littlefield, Comedy Central is presenting "Seven Minutes In Purgatory" which challenges comedians to "perform directly to a camera alone in a soundproof room, while audience members watch a live feed in another room." This week's test subjects: Ian Abramson, Aparna Nancherla, Nick Vatterott, Dave Hill, Seaton Smith, Joel Kim Booster, Wham City, plus "special guests!" Tickets are on sale.

Over at Union Hall on Tuesday it's a NYCF edition of Chris Gethard's "Career Suicide" which is "an hour of comedy focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." Marcus Monroe is also on the bill (tickets).

Meanwhile at The Bell House of Tuesday, it's a live taping of the "Sporkfull" podcast featuring John Hodgman, WNYC's Brooke Gladstone, former NY Times food critic Mimi Sheraton, pro eater Crazy Legs Conti, and Mamie Minch (tickets).

Wednesday (11/10) at The Bell House it's the debate of the century: "Trump Vs. Sanders!" The real politicians (or whatever Trump is) are busy, so doing their best impressions will be Anthony Atamanuik as Trump and the great James Adomian as Sanders. It'll be mostly improvised based on questions from the audience. Tickets are on sale and get a taste via a video below.

The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy

At Union Hall on Wednesday, also part of NYCF, is a talk between SNL "TV's Funhouse" (and Triumph the insult comic dog) creator Robert Smigel and Kliph Nesteroff who just wrote the terrific book The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy. We hear Triumph just might make an appearance. Tickets are still available.

At Littlefield on Wednesday is an NYC edition of LA show "Picture This!" which features "stand-ups performing while they are drawn live by some of the best animators, cartoonists, and other artists." Hosted by Brandie Posey, the show features Ilana Glazer, Chris Gethard, Sean Patton, Michelle Buteau, Brooke Van Poppelen, Aparna Nancherla, Matteo Lane, Bryan Brinkman, Mike Hollingsworth, Rachel Gitlevich, Nelson Diaz, Patrick Hosmer, and Dan Pinto (tickets).

Thursday (11/12) at The Bell House it's a NYCF edition of WNYC's popular "Ask Me Another" gameshow with guestestant David Cross (tickets).

Community creator Dan Harmon will do live taping of his popular "Harmontown" podcast on Friday and Saturday (11/13 & 11/14) at Gramercy Theatre. Friday is sold out but tickets to Saturday are still available.

Also on Friday at Kings Theatre is the "Comedy Central Live in Brooklyn" show whose lineup now looks like this: Hannibal Buress, Nathan "For You" Fielder, Jay Oakerson, "Oh, Hello with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney," Jeff Ross, Roy Wood, Jr. and more (tickets).

There's loads more NYCF shows -- check out their full schedule.

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With Bob and David

We're just a couple weeks away from Netflix dropping Bob Odenkirk and David Cross' new With Bob & David sketch series (November 13 to be specific) which is, in everything but actual name, new Mr. Show. To get you excited they've shared one of the sketches, titled "Resolutions," which has Bob, David, and fellow Mr. Show alums John Ennis, Paul F Tompkins, and Jay Johnston playing cards and talking about finally sticking to New Year's resolutions, for real this time. You can watch it below.

Meanwhile, David Cross is guest-hosting Night Train at Littlefield tonight (10/26) with guests Marcella Arguello, Crystian Ramirez, Bryan Cook, Eric Neumann, and Roy Wood Jr. Tickets ($5) are still available. Regular host Wyatt Cenac will be back for the November 2 edition which is Night Train's third anniversary with Aparna Nancherla, Joyelle Johnson, Mike Lawrence, Janelle James, and free pie! Tickets are on sale.

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photo: Hamilton Leithauser in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Hamilton Leithauser

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Joseph Arthur, Hamilton Leithauser, Kevin Devine, Søren Juul @ City Winery
KEXP is presenting this show and the lineup is pretty cool all around. There's long-running singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur, The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, emo-ish songwriter Kevin Devine, and dream popster Soren Juul (fka Indians).

'The Hum' w/ Becca Kauffman (Ava Luna), Angelica Bess (Body Language), Rosana Caban (Psychic Twin) & Kristin Slipp (Cuddle Magic); L.atasha A.lcindor AKA L.A., Hailey Niswanger, Nikara Warren & Katie Jones; Emily Wells & Lorna Dune @ Manhattan Inn
The series of free (with a suggested $5-10 donation) shows known as The Hum continues at Manhattan Inn tonight. The series brings together different artists for unique collaborations, and tonight's lineup looks pretty promising.

Advance Base, Amy Bezunartea @ Mercury Lounge
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's Owen Ashworth now focuses on his Advance Base project, which released the new album Nephew in the Wild over the summer. Tonight begins a 2-night run in NYC.

King Dude, Drab Majesty, Pop. 1280 @ Saint Vitus
If you like dark music, there probably isn't a better show to be at tonight than this one. Headliner King Dude is supporting his new album, Songs of Flesh & Blood - In The Key of Light, which came out over the summer.

King Dude, Drab Majesty @ Saint Vitus
King Dude's country croon is classic sounding, but he uses it to create genuinely dark stuff. Americana Gothic? Pretty close.

Night Train w/ David Cross @ Littlefield
David Cross fills in for regular Night Train host Wyatt Cenac and welcomes UK comedian Josie Long, as well as Adam Cayton-Holland, Rob Haze, Anthony DeVito, and Raj Sivaraman.

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by Klaus Kinski

bob and david

Your man Klaus is a little late to the announcement party, but that is how I roll. Comedy legends Bob Odenkirk and David Cross have wrapped up production of their new Netlix-only sketch comedy show With Bob and David and a release date has been set; November 13, 2015!

As a fledgling comedy aficionado in the mid-90s, Mr. Show With Bob and David was my bible and Bob and David were my Christs. I had been a Monty Python fan since I could understand English and, to me, Bob and David carried that marriage of irreverent live-action and pre-recorded material sensibility into a "hipper," more profane and contemporary arena. And although they reunited for a live tour in 2002 and for the production of Mr. Show movie Run Ronnie Run, Mr. Show superfans like me have always hungered for an all out, full-fledged, Mr. Show reunion series. Thank Cod for Netflix. The official teaser for "With Bob and David" (also featuring Brian Posehn) and some of my favorite Mr. Show sketches are below.

Meanwhile, fellow Emersonian, college drop-out, Emmy Award winner, Klaus-favorite, and indie comedy legend David Cross has really been making the rounds on the NYC comedy scene these past few weeks. He performed at Sweet's 11th anniversary show, he dropped in on a recent installment of comedy showcase Myrtle Comedy, and he was a guest on a recent installment of The Talk Show Series Presents: The Corrigan Show. He also dropped into Loose: A Comedy Show with Jo Firestone! at Housing Works Bookstore earlier this month. And these are just the appearances I can recall off the top of my head which is amazing considering I regularly forget what day of the week it is.

This past Monday (9/21), Cross hosted Night Train at Littlefield in place of usual host Wyatt Cenac. David Cross will again host Night Train at Littlefield this Monday (9/28), again in place of Wyatt Cenac, with Jo Firestone, Randy Liedtke, Aaron Glaser, KT Tatara, Donwill (DJ set) and more. That is sold out, but before that Cross has a headlining slot at Late Night Basement on Friday (9/25) at Livestream Public (195 Morgan Ave b/t Stagg St & Meadow St). Other items on the bill include a performance by Astronautalis, an interview/stand-up with Joe Berkowitz and comedian Josh Gondelman who collaborated on a book called "You Blew It: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways In Which You've Already Ruined Your Life" and an appearance by the great Jo Firestone. The show is free with 8:30 PM doors, 9 PM show. Oh, First 40 people to arrive receive will receive a free surprise gift: your choice of Josh Gondelman & Joe Berkowitz's upcoming book, "You Blew It!" or a nice cold can of Narragansett.

I am not sure if this barrage of live appearances is in preparation for a new stand-up special or what, but without a twitter account, an up-to-date facebook page, or an official website, keeping up with live Cross is pretty difficult. But he seems to be hitting all the usual comedy shows, so take a gamble and get out there.

Continue reading "'With Bob & David' making Netflix premiere in November; David Cross performing free NYC show & other standup dates"

photo: Youth Lagoon in Chicago in 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
Youth Lagoon

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Youth Lagoon, Yvette @ Rough Trade
Youth Lagoon has never made the same album twice, and his new one is a bold art rock record with a similar spirit to the last Perfume Genius LP (with which it shares a producer). It's great, and tonight's release show with sensory-overloaders Yvette is sold out.

Albert Hammond Jr., Walking Shapes @ Bowery Ballroom
Albert Hammond Jr's new solo album, Momentary Masters, has an almost Foals-like math-iness to some of it, and while still very hooky, it's definitely different territory for the Strokes guitarist.

Ride, DIIV @ Irving Plaza
Revived shoegazers Ride return for second visit to NYC and the first of two shows at Irving Plaza. Tonight's with DIIV; tomorrow has Besnard Lakes opening.

Chris Gethard, Laura Stevenson @ Union Hall
It's another night of Chris Gethard's Career Suicide shows, for which he promises "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." This one's with musical guest Laura Stevenson, who's new album is shaping up to be punkier than her last.

Startalk Live! w/ Neil deGrasse Tyson & Eugene Mirman @ Beacon Theatre
For the final event of the 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, it's another edition of the popular StarTalk Live! podcast tapings.

Night Train w/ David Cross @ Littlefield
David Cross, soon to be back on TV with his Mr. Show pal Bob Odenkirk, guest hosts this edition of Night Train with guests Owen Smith, Giulia Rozzi, Bryan Babylon, Jim Tews, Billy Wayne Davis, and Ayanna Dookie.

"Tree of Codes" w/ Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson, Jamie xx @ Park Avenue Armory
Choreographer Wayne McGregor and visual artist Olafur Eliasson have a new ballet called Tree of Codes and the music for it was done by Jamie xx, who's having an incredible year thanks to his very well-received new album In Colour. The ballet runs through September 21.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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The relentlessness of New York City's expensification, corporatization, yuppification, Eurotrashification, mindless Condo-nality and Trustafarianism makes it difficult for any person or persons to set-up a weekly or monthly comedy show that can survive longer than a calendar year. Somehow, though, the great Seth Herzog has been a been able to keep his wonderful comedy/variety/insanity showcase Sweet alive and well for a whopping 11 years with little need for antibiotics or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Currently back home on Tuesdays at the Slipper Room after a bit of a stay at Ella, the longevity of his show defies logic, economics, and New York City's heartless appetite to consume anything wonderful before we get too used to it. And that is just wonderful; in this day and age, in this dumb city, it sure is nice to have something we can count on.

To celebrate Sweet's massive 11-year anniversary, Herzog is taking his show from the Slipper Room to the confines of the intimate Studio at Webster Hall on Monday September 14 for a showcase that is sure to rip. The line-up so far includes the legendary David Cross, Hasan Minhaj ("Daily Show" correspondent, host of MTV's "Failosophy"), and more to be announced as the date gets closer. And it wouldn't be Sweet without an appearance from Seth's mom. Tickets are currently onsale so grab a couple and join me for what is going to be the show of the century.

Bob and David

Whether this is directly related to the mysterious Mr. Show writers confab that happened earlier this year or not, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are getting back into the sketch comedy show business with With Bob and David, which will be a Netflix original series available at some point later this year. There will be four half-hour episodes and an hour-long "making-of" special, Deadline reports. The pair describe it thusly:

After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEAL, Bob and David are back serving our country the way they do best: making sketch comedy. Four half-hours of brand-new comedy featuring all new characters, all new scenes and, most importantly, all new wigs.
Hopefully they'll also make room for Pit-Pat's return as well. Netflix is also home to the Wet Hot American Summer miniseries that will be available this summer. Bob Odenkirk's Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul wraps up its first season next week.

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.

Trailer below...

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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...

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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.

Continue reading "David Cross, Juliana Hatfield, Michael Che & more at June edition of Dave Hill's "Meet Me In the Bathroom" variety show"


Tickets to the Prince shows at Mohegan Sun Arena go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Band of Horses at Town Hall go on presale today at 10 AM (password: ACOUSTIC).

Tickets to see Xiu Xiu at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Action Bronson at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Aretha Franklin shows at Radio City Music Hall go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets to see Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Rocket From The Crypt at Bowery Ballroom and tickets to see them at The Bell House go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen and others perform Gene Clark's No Other at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the Sebadoh shows at Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Men at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Swearin' show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Against Me!, The Sidekicks and The Shondes at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cheap Time show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. No advance tickets for their Union Pool show at the moment.

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.

Tickets to see Com Truise at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Total Slacker at Rough Trade with Honduras and Life Size Maps go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Holly Golightly at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Francis And The Lights are playing Rough Trade on January 17. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Nicole Atkins at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Gambles show at Mercury Lounge 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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Sky Ferreira @ Webster Hall, 11/11/2013 (moire by Adele Laconte)


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.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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
Rhys Darby

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 & David

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...

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by Klaus Kinski

Bob and David and Brian

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

Bob and David

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...

-- Mr. Bob Odenkirk (@mrbobodenkirk) July 22, 2013

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).

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.

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Deltron 3030

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...

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photos by Jamie Goodsell, additional photos by Katharine Hansen

Solange/Tallest Man on Earth/Beach House @ Bonnaroo 6/15/2013
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 3
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 3
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 3

"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.

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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."

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."

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.

QTV video below...

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