Entries tagged with: David Cross
by Klaus Kinski
I don't get to see nearly as much comedy as I used to, but the scene is as vibrant as ever. If the mood strikes and I find myself wanting to get my yuck-on there is absolutely no shortage of one-off shows and recurring weekly shows. The Tribeca branch of the 92nd St Y has been booking some insane comedy shows recently. I caught Zach Galifianakis there a few weeks ago and was mightily impressed by the performance space and the insane, reasonably priced beer list at the bar. Sound Fix in Williamsburg has free comedy every Wednesday and Thursday. Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkle host Totally J/K every Wednesday at 9:30pm, while Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate host Big Terriffic at 8:00pm on Thursdays. These shows fill the void left by the demise of Rififi and its staples Invite Them Up and The Greg Johnson & Larry Murphy Show by attracting big names like Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, and zillions more. Speaking of Greg Johnson, he's got a free show every Sunday at Pianos. And speaking of Invite Them Up, former host Bobby Tisdale now has a semi-regular, RSVP only show happening in Greenpoint called Wards of Merkin. It's usually $10 and there's usually free booze and top shelf comedians. And don't forget that the UCB Theater and The Pit have calendars bursting with options as does Comix's underground lair Ochi's. And that's just barely scratching the surface of the goings ons. Below are some shows currently on my radar...
David Cross @ Knitting Factory (more by Eric M Townsend)
upcoming guests @ Sleepwalk With Me
Jan 07 - Janeane Garofaloupcoming shows @ 92YTribeca
Jan 14 - Jonathan Ames
Jan 21 - David Cross
Jan 28 - Andy Borowitz
Jan 08 - Janeane Garofalo, Paul F. Tompkins, David Cross, Kristen SchaalIn other comedy news, Demetri Martin has a couple of shows coming up, and Jessi Klein, Ryan McKee & Cock Lorge will be telling Stripped Stories @ UCB on Thursday. Penis Photographer video below...
Jan 27 - Best Week Ever, John Hodgeman, Paul F. Tompkins
Masked men opened many of the YLT Hanukkah shows this year
Yo La Tengo Hanukkah 2008 @ Maxwell's in Hoboken
- Oneida and Paul F. Tompkins opened. Mix disc by Aesop Rock. Special guests = Janet Weiss & Britt Daniel.
- The Magnetic Fields opened and John Hodgman opened. Mix disc by Steve Shelley. Special guest = Doug Gillard & Ira's mom.
- John Zorn & Marc Ribot and Slovin & Allen opened. Mix disc by Gaylord Fields. Special Guests = Yoni Wolf & Smokey Hormel.
- Jennifer O'Connor and Jon Benjamin opened. Mix disc by Russell Maer.
- Antietam and Fred Armisen opened. Fred also played drums. Mix disc by Georgia. Special guest = Cyril Jordan.
- Lambchop and Jon Wurster (as Marky Ramone) opened. Mix disc by James.
- Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band and David Cross (as Rabbi Alan Sugarman) opened. Mix disc by Ira. Special guest = David Mansfield.
- Metal Mountains and Todd Barry opened. Mix disc by Zooey Deschanel.
How was the New Years one? Did anyone go to all nine shows? Other thoughts? Memories? Best night? Anything?
Videos & stuff below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
Nick Diamonds/Thorburn of Islands put together a NY Cares benefit at Knitting Factory in NYC. It happened back on December 8th. The three floor event featured experimental music, art and someone on LSD in a cage on the bottom floor (Old Office), comedy (Eugene Mirman, Dave Hill, Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav, God's Pottery, Jessie Klein, etc...) followed by Street Carnage (Gavin McInnes showing funny pictures and telling really dirty stories about them) on the second flooor (Tap Bar), and music (Conrad Keely, Leona Naess, Marnie Stern, Despot and Nick Diamonds) and comedy (Eugene Mirman and Fred Armisen) on the main stage. More pictures below...
David Cross (you may know him as the Crane from the movie Kung Fu Panda) is confirmed to appear with Eugene Mirman at the previously mentioned Tearing the Veil of Maya holiday show at Union Hall in Brooklyn on December 7th. Tickets are now on sale. That's one day before David appears at Knitting Factory with Marnie Stern and Fred Armisen.
Eugene Mirman is confirmed to appear at Variety Shac's Farewell to the Knit (at the Knit) on December 17th. Also on the bill: Tigers and Monkeys (a band that is often on the bill of comedy shows), Jon Glaser and Stella's Michael Showalter. Tickets are on sale.
Stella performed two shows at Union Hall this past Saturday and will be appearing at Nokia Theatre December 9th and 10th.
Demetri Martin plays UCB tonight, Monday December 1st.
ALSO TONIGHT (MONDAY): @ Pianos - It Is It (free comedy) w/ Pete Holmes, Hannibal Burress, Roger Hailes, Noah Garfinkle, and others.
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Suicide @ Webster Hall (more by Faith-Ann Young)
FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER - DON'T LOOK BACK/COMEDY
DAVID CROSS - CURATING COMEDY »SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER - CURATED BY ATP
SUICIDE PERFORMING FIRST LP »
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TBCAs previously reported, ATP NY is returning to Kutscher's in upstate NY in 2009, but note the new dates. They originally said the fest would happen Labor Day weekend, but are now listing it as one week later. Tickets are already on sale. (thx Tye)
Atlas Sound doesn't have any upcoming shows, but Bradford Cox is playing with Deerhunter at Music Hall of Williamsburg on that same night (12/8).
Suicide are playing Europa on December 11th.
Anti-Pop Consortium are taking over Knitting Factory in NYC on December 12th.
Anti-Pop Consortium Presents: MELTDOWN w/ very special guests Bomb Squad (Hank & Keith Shocklee), Dragons of Zynth & Chin Chin; Sugar Shack Burlesque in the Tap Bar & The Magma Chamber multi-media installation in the Old Office + many more special guestsTickets are now on sale.
Animal Collective are playing a sold-out show in NYC on January 20th, aka inauguration day, aka the day their new album comes out which will probably leak before then which may or may not be the fault of Grizzly Bear. Chris Bear, Panda Bear cage match date TBA.
Other upcoming ATP's (All Tomorrow's Parties) around the world include the one Sleep is playing in the UK, the one the Breeders are curating in the UK, the one The Melvis and Fantomas curated with Boss Hog and others in the UK, and the one Nick Cave chose Silver Apples for in Australia.
Islands @ Market Hotel (more by Leia Jospe)
Nick Diamonds of Islands Presents : a BENEFIT for NY Cares, December 8th @ Knitting Factory in NYC. Tickets are on sale. Flyer below...
photos by Chris Graham
Darondo--wiry and hyperkinetic in a flashy suit, gold sneakers, and white hat--hit the stage while Moschella and company backed him. The sexagenarian busted astonishing James Brown-cum-Michael Jackson moves, and belted out songs with a weathered tenor that suggested a cross between Al Green and The Spinners' Bobby Smith. He flat-out commanded the stage, delivering everything from moral indignation on "Let My People Go" to deliciously libidinous boudoir funk on "Legs". Dear God in a velour tuxedo, he was nothin' short of a revelation. [Pop Culture Petri Dish]
photos (all but one) by Jason Bergman
NJ Ira (this photo by Paul Bachmann)
I'm always running late, so I unfortunately didn't get to the Pool on Sunday (Aug 24, 2008) until Yo La Tengo was about to go on. That was right around the time they also shut the gates for being at capacity. It was also when I saw Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz walk in. I heard he was supposed to introduce Yo La Tengo, but he got there a minute too late.
Yo La Tengo are such a great live band - from beginning to end, but the highlight of my 90 minutes at the Pool (which were also the final 90 minutes of JellyNYC's 3-year run of Pool Parties at McCarren) was, when during Yo La Tengo's encore, fellow NJ band Titus Andronicus joined them on stage to do a cover of "Where Eagles Dare" by Misfits (who were also from NJ) ("I ain't no goddamn son of a bitch, You better think about it baby"). Ira announced that now that Brooklyn was over (a joke referring to the end of the pool), NJ is where it's at. Titus' frontman also held up a NJ flag in Jersey's honor and then draped it over Ira's back (see above).
Obama was barely in the house. More of Jason's pictures below...
"On August 24th, Brooklyn for Barack is partnering with JellyNYC to co-host the Last Pool Party (ever) at McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Held one day before the start of the Democratic National Convention, the event hopes to not only raise money for Barack's campaign but to celebrate the increased participation of youth in this election. The Pool Party is an all day concert, featuring Yo La Tengo, Titus Andronicus, Ebony Bones, and other special guests. Although the Pool Party is free to enter, there is a suggested donation of $20 that will go directly to Obama for America. There will be a free concert poster- designed by Jessica Hische- for the first 1000 people who donate $20 or more. Please donate by clicking on the image at the right of the screen!That's a conflicting message. Are they asking for $20 at the door which gets you the poster on the spot (which you then have to carry all day), or are they asking you to donate online which doesn't even guarantee you get in and may or may not get you a poster.... I'm confused.
Note: donating here does not guarantee your entrance to the concert! Please arrive early! When the event reaches capacity, they will turn people away." [BarackObama.com]
Obama's addition to Sunday's lineup (not literally!) seemed to pop out of nowhere, but I think it was planned all summer. Various people sent me pieces of information about an "Obama fundraiser" at McCarren - possibly with Mos Def involved, possibly with a lot of arguing about who would play the show and possibly at a free Pool Party (which I didn't get). Nothing concrete ever showed up so I didn't post it. They seem to be downplaying it to the general Pool Party public (aka no mention of it at all on Jelly's website) while letting Obama's people do their thing.
BTW, DJ David Cross and Syd B (Les Savy Fav) are also on Sunday's bill. You'll probably recognize their familar faces at the DJ booth on the left of the stage.
words by Klaus Kinski, photos by Shawn Brackbill
Right off the bat, I want to bring something to your attention that's been making it's way around the internet recently. Back in June, comedian Patton Oswalt delivered a graduation speech at his old high school. Anyone familiar with Patton's comedy, his blogs, and his interests in life will realize rather quickly that, in addition to being one of the funniest people alive, Patton is a sharp, thoughtful individual. Anyhow, read the damn speech.
Whether you know him from VH1's "Best Week Ever," NBC's "Last Comic Standing" or his documentary "Super High Me," chances are Doug Benson has made you laugh before. Now he will make you laugh again, repeatedly, with his first full-length solo comedy album, "Doug Benson: Professional Humoredian." Recorded live at the world-famous Hollywood Improv, "Professional Humoredian" catches Doug at his loosest, silliest and most hilarious. Playing to a rowdy sold-out house on 4/20, Doug tears through his set with wild abandon, delivering material on such wide-ranging topics as movies, politics, relationships, anti-drug campaigns and the miracle of modern science known as McGriddles. A perennial favorite among comedy aficionados, Doug placed sixth on Season Five of "Last Comic Standing" and was named "Stoner of the Year" by High Times Magazine in 2006. Patton Oswalt calls him "prolific ... a resin-scented miracle." One listen and you'll understand why Doug has won such acclaim: witty, charming, relentless and irrepressible, Doug Benson is a Professional Humoredian.This CD is only 10 bucks and will be worth every penny. If you aren't familiar with Doug, I HIGHLY suggest attending The Doug Benson Interruption on August 7th at 9:30pm at the UCB Theater. The Interruption is for me the funnest, loosest comedy event on the planet. These shows ALWAYS sell out and feature line-ups so majestic and stupefying that many comedy fans fall to their knees and weep. Maybe you'll be able to buy the CD at the show.
As I write this, tickets are still available for all three Ricky Gervais shows happening at the WaMu Theater at MSG on July 14, 15, and 16. And I couldn't be more excited that Todd Barry will be the opener for the 15th and 16th shows. Todd had no problem winning over the sold out crowds at the Flight of the Conchords shows at Town Hall in May so I look forward to his domination of WaMu.
Speaking of Todd Barry, he and several other comedians were part of Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary Festival. The comedy portion of the Festival took place on Friday, July 11th The Moore Theatre and featured David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Kristen Schaal, and Eugene Mirman. I so with I was there. That's where the pictures in this post came from.
More pictures, news, vidoes and upcoming shows, below...
Michael Showalter & Janeane Garofalo @ Union Hall -July 2007 (Bryan Bruchman)
Last year David Cross, Janeane Garofalo and Land of Talk performed at Eugene Mirman and Michael Showalter's anniversary party. This year anything can happen. $10 tickets to the July 20th Union Hall show are on sale.
In related news, Tearing the Veil of Maya will return as a weekly show at Union Hall after Labor Day. Mike Birbiglia is playing Union Hall again this Tuesday (July 15), but not before performing at UCB on Monday. Dave Hill is playing the Union Hall party at the Brooklyn Bridge in August. Dave Hill is also performing at UCB on Thursday July 17th WITH Martha Plimpton and Lucy Wainwright Roche (who recently played Southpaw with Neko Case and Eugene Mirman and Michael Showalter).
AND: Fleet Foxes are playing Union Hall in Park Slope tonight. The Vaselines are playing right down the street at Southpaw in Park Slope tonight. Both Fleet Foxes and The Vaselines are then heading to Seattle to play the Sub Pop Festival this weekend along with Park Slope's Eugene Mirman (and David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry, Flight of the Conchords and Kristen Schaal) and No Age (who are playing South Street Seaport tomorrow) and Low (who are playing Union Hall in Park Slope on September 23rd).
Sonic Youth has finalized the track list for its compilation "Hits Are for Squares," due June 10 exclusively in Starbucks stores in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as online.Obviously this association with Starbucks is going to piss some people off, but Thurston doesn't care. Check out the tracklist below...
In addition to the exclusive Sonic Youth track "Slow Revolution," the limited-edition CD features Sonic Youth songs, handpicked by Radiohead, Chloe Sevigny, Dave Eggers, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Beck, Flea, David Cross and other enthusiasts. Participants have also written about their selections for the liner notes... [Billboard]
David Cross & Eugene Mirman @ Union Hall, July 15, 2007 (Bryan Bruchman)
Ohbijou & Takka Takka play Union Hall tonight (May 9)
Eugene Mirman plays Union Hall almost every Sunday, and he will be performing at a benefit at Southpaw on June. Southpaw is in the same Park Slope neighborhood as Union Hall. Southpaw is where Zombieville is tonight.
The neighbors claim they feel like zombies from the lack of sleep they get by living hear Union Hall.
The Instruments play their instruments at Union Hall later this month
(hopefully not too loud).
Delta Spirit are playing Union Hall in June.
DOWNLOAD: Neil Hamburger - At Least I Was Paid (MP3)
Well, what else do we need to say about this? "America's Funnyman" ("The World's Funnyman," actually) has decided to sing America's music at last! The country crooning of Neil Hamburger (though some would call it moaning) fits the white blues that is country music to a T! Neil's life story is perfect fodder for the "tear in the beer" genre as well - and Neil's original tunes, such as "At Least I Got Paid," "Three Piece Chicken Dinner" and "The Recycle Bin" bring his personality to the fore. His crack "Nashville West" band includes such luminaries as Dave Gleason, Atom Ellis, Prairie Prince, Rachel Haden and Joe Goldmark, all of whom play and sing their country-fried hearts out to create a sound that is decidedly old-school honky-tonk. All this plus cover versions of John Entwistle, Mark Eitzel and Billy Edd Wheeler add up to a powerful singing debut from America's newest hat act, Neil Hamburger!Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners is out this Tuesday April 22nd on Drag City! Some tour dates and a video at the end of this post.
I recently mentioned that Bob Odenkirk and David Cross would soon begin work on a pilot for HBO. Lo and behold, production of David's Situation begins May 9th, 2008 in sunny Los Angeles, with a live audience and everything. This show can't be completed and devoured by my eyes and ears soon enough. If anyone goes to the taping, tell me everything.
In related news, not only is Bob Odenkirk co-writer and director of David's Situation, but it turns out he'll also be playing Mike Birbiglia's older brother in Mike Birbiglia's CBS pilot Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal, a pilot you can read about here.
much, much, much, much more below.....
tonight in NYC
* party @ CBGB
* Protest @ CBGB
* Pure Fire @ APT
* Treasure Fingers @ Hiro Ballroom
* Radio 4 is playing Knitting Factory
* Cloud Cult & The Forms at Union Hall
* Ravens & Chimes are playing Union Pool
* Colin Meloy plays Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dan Deacon & Michael Showalter @ Ridgewood Temple
* GNR, Janes Addiction, Rage Against The Machine, etc.
Gossip played Letterman last night.
Chaotic Hearing in Polygamist Case.
* David Cross @ Rififi
* Disfear @ Knitting Factory
* Etta James @ BB King's
* Joe Jackson @ Town Hall
* Capsule @ The Charleston
* Wu-Tang Clan @ Irving Plaza
* Will Franken @ Sidewalk Cafe
* The Constantines @ Mercury Lounge
* Jason Anderson @ Pete's Candy Store
* Colin Meloy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Jason Collett & Paddy Casey @ Luna Lounge
* Yacht, Parts & Labor and Stars Like Fleas at Studio B
* Casiotone for the Painfully Alone at Death by Audio
Bob & David are working on a new show.
Colin Meloy recently performed at Jackpot Records in Portland. Professionaly shot video below.
by Klaus Kinski
Will Franken @ Rock n ROFL (more by Ryan Muir)
Holy Toledo. If ever there was a night when the NYC comedy scene presents you with two extremely tough choices of live entertainment, Wednesday April 16, 2008 is a doozie.
On the one hand, you've got the opportunity to see the truly brilliant comedic performance artist Will Franken unleash an HOUR-LONG SET at the Sidewalk Cafe (94 Ave A @ 6th Street) at 9:00pm. Will delivered a short, powerful and completely mesmerizing set at the last Rock n' ROFL that left me ready for a much longer, more involved performance. Tonight's our chance people. Oh, and it's ABSOLUTELY FREE!
Cripes, but on the other hand you've also got the opportunity to check out the latest installment of Rififi's (332 11th St. b/t 1st and 2nd Ave) new Wednesday night staple Gelmania. The show will be hosted by German entertainer Klaus Von Funn (not to be confused with Klaus Kinski), who I endorse completely and without hesitation. The roster of comedic guests makes me weep at the majesty of their caliber; guests include David Cross, Reggie Watts, Chelsea Peretti, Bobby Tisdale, Neil Casey and Anthony Antaminuik. Yes, all of them. Doors for this show are at 8:00pm and costs a mere $5.00.
It's stressful picking which show to go to, but no matter which one you choose, you will have chosen wisely. Gelmania flyer below....
by Klaus Kinski
HBO has wisely picked up a pilot written and pitched by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. They begin production of said pilot in April or May of this year. According to an MTV Movies Blog the show will be Mr. Show-esque in some ways but will rely heavily on playing on the conventions of your average sitcom. David will star as a dude who was fed up with Hollywood left it for a gated community in the suburbs somewhere. He's roommates with a super right wing guy and a super left wing hippie liberal. Also, according to their newsflash, there will be room for 150 audience members. Mr. Show completely changed how I view televised comedy and I'm nauseaus with anticipation for this next endeavor.
Human Giant @ UCB LA, Feb 24, 2008 (Eric Appel)
Hello, this is Ticketmaster Customer Service with an important alert for your upcoming event. Human Giant, scheduled at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, March 13, 2008, with doors opening at 8PM, has been cancelled.If you got one of those messages, it's because Paul Scheer landed a role in The Year One, a new moving starring Michael Cera, Jack Black, Hank Azaria (the voice of Chief Wiggum, Moe, Comic Boook Guy, Apu, etc.), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin), and David Cross. They need him to film on the same dates the live Human Giant dates were scheduled for. What this means exactly for each date is listed below...
Your Ticketmaster order number xxxx will automatically be credited the ticket price and convenience charges, and should post to your account within 7 to 10 business days. Please note, the $2.00 per order processing fee and any Ticketfast or UPS delivery charges are non-refundable.
David Cross @ The Plug Awards, 2007 (CRED)
David Cross and Patton Oswalt must still agree on at least one thing: hosting the Plug Awards ceremony is OK. I say that because, David Cross hosted them last year, and Patton Oswalt will be hosting them this year. They take place at Terminal 5 in NYC on March 6th. St Vincent is playing, and so is Jose Gonzalez. More TBA.
VOTE for the winners while you still can.
I doubt you remember this, but back in March of 2006 I was in New York, and ran into you at Rififi. I was wearing a suit, and without anyone asking about it or being the least bit interested (unlike you, I am in constant, panick-y worry about what people think of me), I explained, “I just came from the premiere of Failure To Launch.Miraculously, photographic evidence of this now infamous meeting has been uncovered....
THE LATEST: In true fairytale goodness, David's future self has since wrote David's present self a letter to round things out, and cool things off. It can be read in it entirity at David's site. Here's an excerpt...
Just don't sweat the small stuff is what I'm getting at here. Nobody really truly gives a shit about it. You're being more than a little vain if you think they do. And if they really, truly do care and you really truly care that they care, then you can drive down to Best Buy and hash it out with them in person (and don't forget to take a look at their screenplay that's almost finished. It's kind of like "Kill Bill" meets "Kill Bill Vol. 2 but waaaay radder). Also, just so you know, you and Patton will remain good friends. Although when Fox buys Pixar and makes "Alvin and The Chipmunks vs. Ratatouille - The Reckoning" things will get a little hairy for awhile. (No pun intended!!!!)-Klaus
by Klaus Kinski
So, David Cross (see what he liked in 2007) has a part in the recently released CGI/live action family movie Alvin and the Chipmunks. It didn't take long before message boards and blogs were alight with Cross fans (and people who think money grows on trees) crying 'sell out!'. Of course, this silly backlash on its own certainly didn't merit a defensive move by Cross. However, a few weeks ago, Patton Oswalt (see what he liked in 2007) published a characteristically funny and insightful myspace blog. Like most of his blogs, it was a good read and nothing within it struck me as particularly provocative, but to Cross this blog contained a stinger:
Oddly enough, both Brian Posehn and I were offered the part of Ian, the agent. We both threw the script across the room in disgust. David Cross caught it.Oh no he di'int!
These three sentences, coupled with a pre-existing backlash, provoked a whopping 5-part response from Cross which sets out to not only counter Patton, but to also address the petty whining of legions of disappointed Cross fans. For me, no explanation was needed; a person needs work. And to be honest, I found his 5 part response to be a mega-invaluable resource for learning what Cross has been up to these days.
But wait.... Patton ain't done. Via the Onion AV Club, Patton unleashed a counter-letter in response to David's treatise. That same day, Steve Hyden at the Onion had some strong, yet not altogether off-base, words on the subject. With message boards and commenters in full throttle, it looks like the argument is far from over. Who doesn't like cyclical arguments and flogging dead horses?
Public Enemy play Irving Plaza in NYC tonight (Dec 19), and then again at Warsaw in Brooklyn tomorrow. I have four pairs of tickets to give away - to the show of your choice. To enter, send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: PE). Let me know your first and last name and what one of your favorite shows of the year is.