Entries tagged with: David Cross
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.
the tenth in a series where we asked comedians to tell us what was good this year....
I first experienced Jon Glaser a really long time ago when he was hosting some show at UCB that had David Cross on the bill. At that point in my life, I'm pretty sure Cross was really the only reason I was there. Glaser came out as Dave Gordon, a man who has tiny hands. It was (and still is) one of the funniest things I had ever seen and I became an immediate fan and follower of Glaser. To me, he is by far the funniest, most unique character actor around, and I rarely see him play the same character twice. Favorites include Johnny Ding-Dong, Silent Fury, one of the Fuggedabuddies (w/ Jon Benjamin), bassist for A Matter of Trust, member of Gloucester-based band The Perfect Storm, and many, many others. A former member of The Second City and writer for Conan O'Brien, he can be heard as voice of DJ Jesus in the Adult Swim cartoon Lucy: The Daughter of the Devil. He also played Dr. Rawstein in Horse Apples on Wonder Showzen. He was in a pilot called Gay Robot that Nick Swardson wrote. Oh, and he's also 50% of Midnight Pajama Jam w/ Jon Benjamin. The list of credits could go on for miles. Here's Jon's take on what was good in 2007 - Klaus
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I have a 21 month old son. As a dad just tryin' to be cool by playing 'non-kid, cool' songs for his child, here are the "Top 10 Songs I Played For My Son In 2007 That I Am Glad He Seemed To Like", aka a pretentious list of my own musical taste that I forced on him. These are all old songs (except one), but were new to my son in 2007.
"Mr. Tough", Yo La Tengo - An early and continuous favorite. He was dancing to it in his bungee swing before he could walk, let alone dance, on his own.
"Blitzkrieg Bop", The Ramones - I didn't want to include this one because the image of kids dancing to The Ramones feels like a lame Huggies commercial (as opposed to a well done Huggies commercial, of which I think there are several). But I kept it in because the way he danced to it one of the first times he heard it was insane. He snapped his neck to the side so hard a couple times I thought he was going to break it.
"You're No Rock N' Roll Fun", Sleater-Kinney - He enjoyed watching himself in the mirror as he danced to this, and at one point yelled "Go!"
DOWNLOAD: Riskay - Smell Yo Dick (Gold Brix Remix) (MP3)
the ninth in a series where we asked comedians to tell us what was good this year....
David Cross is absolutely, 100%, the sole reason I got interested in comedy and, like many people, it all started with Mr. Show. As far as stand-up is concerned, from a young age I thought it was the trade of coked-out hockey-haired douche bags wearing bolo ties. Then I saw his stand-up special The Pride is Back, and I got a fresh new perspective on what stand-up should be. From there I was introduced to comedians like Bill Hicks, Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Doug Benson, Paul F. Tompkins, and many others. Just becoming a fan of this one comedian led me to be a more proactive seeker of good comedy. I'm not a comedian, but this man has influenced my taste more than anyone. He acts, does voice work, writes, and is one of the greatest stand-up talents of all time. I couldn't be more thrilled that he took the time out to tell us what he was into in 2007. - Klaus
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Top Ten list for Brooklynvegan that has very little to do with music because, let’s be honest, who cares what I think really?
Battlestar Gallactica - Several months ago Patton Oswalt was nice enough to spend some of his Balls of Fury money and sent me the entire first season of BG with a note telling me to watch it because it was one of the best shows on TV. I didn’t believe him. And because I’m not really much of a sci-fi fan it stayed in the shrink-wrap until I got really sick and laid up for about a week. After exhausting my supply of unwatched dvd’s I looked over at the BG set and in my Nyquil haze opened them and popped the pilot in. After about five minutes I was hooked. Great stories, great casting and acting and surprisingly subversive. When I was done with Season One, I got up, and with a fever and pounding headache, crawled down to the video store to BUY Season 2 and 2.5. I highly recommend it. And it is only tangentially “sci-fi” so don’t worry about it being too nerdy.
The God Delusion / Breaking The Spell / Misquoting Jesus - Three very different but all excellent books dealing with religion and its origins, possible causes, effects, history and perversions. Each author approaches their subject with varying degrees of reverence and understanding, from cutting, cynical opinion (The God Delusion) to purely dry, historical fact (Misquoting Jesus). They are all fascinating and enlightening.
Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place - This is a British show that is another in a long, probably never ending line, of smart, funny, innovative comedies. The pretense is that it is an old sci-fi show from the early 80’s that is only now being released. It’s really funny on a number of different levels. Seek it out and see it now before you can’t.
Scuba Diving - I got certified this year and have been on six dives now. It’s probably the closest one can come to the experience of space travel without actually going into space, which would be infinitely harder and more expensive. It’s so fucking beautiful and otherworldly down there. It’s very easy to dive, as well as get licensed. And it's the only place left where we're still safe (so far) from the terrorists!
the eighth in a series where we asked comedians to tell us what was good this year....
Sam Seder, David Cross and Jon Benjamin (CRED)
Jon Benjamin is another one of my favorite funny people in NYC. A fellow mass-hole by birth, Jon has carved his niche in the comedy world through his extensive voicework, absurd videos, unforgettable live collaborations, and unique approach to stand-up. Jon is part of Tinkle, a stand up show co-hosted by David Cross and Todd Barry as well as Midnight Pajama Jam with Jon Glaser. His voicework includes Dr. Katz, Home Movies, The Venture Brothers, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Family Guy, Lucy Daughter of the Devil, Freak Show, Assy McGee, Wet Hot American Summer, and more. He's also guested and cameoed on a zillion TV shows and movies. Jon took a moment to tell us what he was into in 2007. - Klaus
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My top ten music-related things of 2007 by Jon Benjamin
Let’s Stay Friends, Les Savy Fav
Theme to Pocket Tanks, the downloadable game - this would have made my 2006 list, if I had made one
Mountain’s "Mississippi Queen" – this was the first song my son played on Guitar Hero 3 so it will always hold a special place in our hearts.
"Smell Yo Dick" by Riskay - isn’t there an easier way to expose your man for cheating? dicks frequently emit a bad smell which can be mistaken for pussy
night eight of eight, 2007...
More photos by Daniel Arnold, info, and setlist, below....
"Ask The Rabbi"....
Kitson, Oliver, Schaal, Clement (CRED)
Daniel Kitson added a FOURTH show at Union Hall. The Sunday and Monday shows are completely sold out, but there's a handful for tickets left for the remaining shows. I'm telling you, if ever there was a comedy show that absolutely cannot be missed it's this one. As a matter of fact, I'm giving away one pair of tickets to the Wednesday 12/5, 10pm show (details at the end of this post). Maybe they'll release a ticket or two the nights of the peformances, maybe they won't. It's totally worthy a shot though.
And don't forget about the NY Mag Not Your Office Holiday Party featuring We Are Scientists and the UCB Theater happening on 12/18/07 at the Canal Room. The show will be hosted by Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle who will also serve as The Boss. Partygoers will be provided with fakey name tags as well as a checklist of inappropriate office things that you should be partaking in such as admitting your best excuses for taking a sick day, kissing a co-worker under the mistle toe, brown nosing your boss, and photo-copying your buns. It sounds like lots of fun. I've got two pairs of tickets to give away (also at the end of this post).
Taking a page out of Sub Pop's book, indie label Matador Records has signed their first comedy act! Earles and Jensen Present: Just Farr A Laugh Vol. 1 and 2 will be released February 19th on Matador Records. Their myspace page has an ever changing sample of their work, so check it out. Scads more info at Chunklet.
MUCH MORE BELOW......
Max Silvestri @ Rififi, NYC - Oct 29, 2007 (CRED)
In addition to all the special comedy shows always going on, don't forget that there are plenty of shows that happen weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly in NYC that are always reliable, rarely over $5, and usually feature some of the biggest comedians in the business. Why, just the other day Invite Them Up featured Jim Gaffigan, Demetri Martin, Nick Kroll, Andy Blitz, and Max Silvestri. Nuts, right!? Here are some other recurring shows I highly recommend.
- Totally J/K with Joe and Noah: Every other Monday at Rififi with Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkle
- At Night with Gabe and Jenny: Mondays at Rififi
- Sweet: Tuesday at The Slipper Room with Seth Herzog
- Invite Them Up: Wednesdays at Rififi with Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale
- Greg Johnson & Larry Murphy: Fridays at Rififi with Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy
- It is It: Monthly at Pianos with Adam Lowitt (The Daily Show)
- Tearing the Veil of Maya: Sundays at Union Hall with Eugene Mirman and Michael Showalter
Cheeseburger & Jon Glaser @ Union Hall, NYC - Oct 31, 2007 (CRED)
Jon Benjamin & David Cross @ Union Hall, NYC - Oct 31, 2007 (CRED)
* Crown Point Festival
* Duran Duran on Broadway
* Sia is @ Highline Ballroom
* Sea Wolf & Tiny Vipers are @ Mercury Lounge
* Stars Like Fleas are @ Death By Audio
* Grand National & Thomas Dybdahl play Gramercy Theatre
* Blue Cheer & Awesome Color play Knitting Factory
* Neighbors Helping Neighbors benefit @ Union Hall
* Matt Pond PA is at Music Hall of Williamsburg
We're playing some catch up, so here is the first half of this week's Comedy Canon....
Craig Wedren, David Wain & friend @ Gramercy Theatre, NYC - Aug 2, 2007 (CRED)
I unfortunately couldn't make it to last night's "Ten" event at the Blender (Gramercy) Theatre, but as you can see from the picture above - the film's co-creator David Wain was also celebrating his birthday. How did it go?
This Fall, Drag City will release the first in a series of DVD's called Fred Armisen Presents. For those of you not in the know, Fred is quite the seasoned drum veteran; he appears on the new Les Savy Fav record, he was in early 90's punk band Trenchmouth, and one of his most beloved characters on SNL was Fericito, a drumming latino variety show host. So it's only fitting that the first Fred Armisen Presents DVD will focus on drum wunderkind Jenns Hannemann whose Complicated Drumming Technique made Fred realize Jenns is a man who could change the world of drum instruction . Billed as an incredible educational opportunity for the musician in us all the disc is set to hit music shops around the globe in October.
But wait; who the hell is Jenns Hannemann? I don't know, but according to Pitchfork, Jenns recently did a show with Will Oldham. He also put on a clinic in Canada last month. This guy's good. Real good.
Neil Hamburger is on tour, and going on tour. He'll be at the Knitting Factory in NYCon September 8, 2007 with Pleaseeasaur. If anyone reading this will be in Chicago on August 4, 2007 - and looks like Neil, why not enter the NEIL HAMBURGER LOOK-A-LIKE CONTEST. The winner gets two tickets to his Lakeshore Theater gig. My condolences to the winner.
All of Neil's tour dates can be found at the end of this post, and much more comedy, below...
The first two Michael Showalter CD-tapings @ Union Hall sold out, so they added two more a day earlier. Get your tickets. Also, one lucky person who e-mails BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM and tells me the last comedy show they saw will get a pair of free tickets to the taping of their choice. One winner will be picked at random and contacted.
It is also important to note here that this Sunday's (7/15) "Tearing The Veil Of Maya" anniversary edition show at Union Hall features "Michael Showalter + Eugene Mirman + David Cross + Janeane Garofalo + special musical guests > doors at 6pm, whole building, first come first served." All Union Hall anniversary shows HERE.
BONUS: Below you can watch a SXSW panel featuring David Cross (Arrested Development, Mr. Show), Zach Galifianakis (Comedians of Comedy, Dog Bites Man, Bad Art Auction), Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Best Show on FMU),.....
Tickets are on sale for The Dave Hill Explosion w/ John Hodgman & Jonathan Coulton @ UCB, Crash Test with Aziz Ansari @ UCB, and a special Tinkle show at Southpaw with David Cross, Todd Barry, and Jon Benjamin. Slovin and Allen and Reggie Watts are hosting ROFL at Joe's Pub. Patton Oswalt is playing a free show at Sound Fix.
Jon Benjamin paid a guy to serenade Eug and Bobby for the Invite Them Up anniversary. Oliver and Schaal look on from the back room. (April 25, 2007)More recently, Demetri Martin, Aziz, David Cross & Nick Kroll were at Bonnaroo, and Flight of the Conchords played Gramercy Theatre.
I am also beyond giddy to report that HBO Video will be releasing Louis CK's live 1 hour special Shameless on June 26th, 2007. That's a Tuesday people. Shameless is CK's third HBO special, and further reinforces my opinion that he is easily one of the best comedians out there. He takes nauseatingly banal topics such as family life, childhood, and sex and riffs about them in such an unexpectedly blunt and graphic manner that you can't help but be drawn in. To celebrate this release, we are giving away TWO copies of Shameless to two lucky winners. Send an e-mail to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM and tell us what comedian you think should really release a DVD ASAP. Two winners will be picked at random and notified.
More comedy (including a Louis CK DVD clip) belooooooow....
Demetri Martin & Pete Yorn (CRED)
More photos and sad Ornette Coleman news below....
Lily Allen & Jagermeister
David Cross & ?uestlove
David Cross @ Union Hall, Brooklyn, NYC - June 10, 2007 (CRED)
a review by Nick Greto
The evening started rather lonesome, as my friends eluded me. I called just about everyone I knew, but no one had the time.Loney, Dear @ Union Hall, Brooklyn, NYC - June 10, 2007 (CRED)
Regardless, I made my way to Union Hall alone and arrived just before the doors opened at 9:15. But, ahh, what was this? It appeared that the early, weekly "Tearing the Veil of Maya" comedy show (this week with a very special guest) was still in session. I tried my luck. "Any chance I can get in for the end?"
A moment later I was on the other side of the door and Dr. Tobias Funke was on stage! Though I only caught about 15 minutes of his act, David Cross seemed unprepared. He fumbled through papers searching for each subject to discuss. However, when he did land a joke, it was a direct hit. One couldn't help but laugh. He discussed hippies and Hollywood, and sipped from what appeared to be a PBR. After the show everyone was asked to exit the room in preparation for the late show with The Silent League and Loney, Dear.
The Silent League took the stage a short while later and made for a perfect transition from David Cross to Loney, Dear. Their Flaming Lips-esque vocals and Bowie-influenced tunes seemingly warmed up an already excited crowd.
When Loney, Dear took the stage the room went silent, and the hushed sounds of frontman Emil Svanangen's acoustic guitar filled the air. Shortly thereafter came his distinctive vocals. The crowd stared on, apparently entranced. Then the entire band joined him for the second song, and the audience began to move.
On record - Loney, Dear's sound is relaxing - a chill, sort of "whoa is me/things aren't so bad" contrasting vibe, but live Svanangen's songs take new form. The hopefulness pours from the vocals and lyrics; the songs never feel depressing. The crowd was bubbly and filled with smiles. Svanangen shared stories, and joked with us. People swayed with the music, and sang along when asked.
The highlight of the performance was "Sinister in a State of Hope" - a beautiful rendition of a great song. At least one person near me was moved to tears. Moments earlier my girlfriend suddenly arrived - no longer lonely, I thought how appropriate it all seemed for a Loney, Dear show.
Official gig poster below....
Klaus Kinski reports...
David Cross, Cheryl,and Louis CK in NYC - Apr 29, 2007 (CRED)
Didn't get Franz Ferdinand tickets, huh? Neither did I. Well here are several opportunities to laugh ourselves out of the depths of despair....
We hosted a Flight of the Conchords (FOTC) contest. Some winners won passes to a screening of the first episode of the new HBO series. Now EVERYONE - even those who don't have HBO (like me) - can watch the first episode thanks to the kind folks at HBO.com. Look for appearances by UCB, Rififi and Union Hall regulars Arj Barker, Eugene Mirman, and Kristen Schaal.
Speaking of Kristen Schaal who was also a guest on the 24 Hour Human Giant Marathon on MTV, we asked all those entering the FOTC contest to tell us who their favorite stand up comedian was. We got something like 50 comedian names total, but these were - by a small margin - the top seven:
your favorite comedians
1) Demetri Martin
2) David Cross
3) Mitch Hedberg
4) George Carlin
5) Aziz Ansari (tie)
5) Brian Posehn (tie)
5) Kristen Schaal (tie)
That's right - you like Kristen Schaal as much as you like Aziz Ansari who you like just as much as Brian Posehn WHO LOVES METAL.........
Who killed Anna Nicole Smith?....
Rififi is known for hosting last night's party,....
Mach '07 Trash (CRED)
Miss Firecracker and Mister Reusch (CRED)
David Cross & Patton Oswalt - March 2006 (CRED)
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This week's Comedy Canon is coming soon. This is just the prequel...
OLD NEWS: David Cross hosts the indie music Plug Awards at Irving Plaza in NYC this Saturday night. The show is of course sold out.
NEW NEWS: David Cross curated two days (March 16 & 17) of FREE & ALL AGES comedy and music at SXSW this year. Presented by the new comedy website Super Deluxe, this extravaganza may leave the bloggers wondering why nobody came to their party (I kid! I kid!). It's called "Mess with Texas" and it looks a little something like this:
Friday, March 16th (Hosted by David Cross) with: Les Savy Fav, The Black Angels, Gossip, Dead Meadow, Erase Errata, David Vandervelde, Matt & Kim, Danava, Brother Reade, Spindrift + special guest + Andrew WK discussing stuff.We even hear that MAYBE one of thse secret headliners might be Ghostface Killah! "Both shows will be taking place at Red Seven, 611 E. Sixth St. Austin, TX." I need to get my plane ticket.
Saturday, March 17 (Hosted by Patton Oswalt) with: The Walkmen, Sloan, The Black Lips, The Ponys, Fucked Up, Deerhunter, Fatal Flying Guiloteens, Ladyhawk, The Carbonas, The Cubical + two headliners that will be announced next week.
Comedians performing both days: David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman, Leo Allen, Laura Krafft, Kristen Schaal, Bob Odenkirk, Brian Posehn, Jon Glaser, Scott Auckerman, BJ Porter, Jon Benjamin, Zach Galifianakis, + more.
MORE DAVID CROSS & INDIE ROCK NEWS!
- DAVID ON PANEL AT SXSW ON 3/16: David will be part of a panel discussion about music and comedy on March 16th. The panel will include David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Robert Pollard, The Best Show on WFMU), Andy Earles (Just Farr A Laugh, "Where's the Street Team?" feature in Magnet), Megan Jasper (Sub Pop) and my personal entrepreneurial idol and man behind Chunklet Henry Owings. The discussion will be moderated by Bob Mehr.
- DAVID TO APPEAR AT HOT TUB VARIETY SHOW IN NYC - 2/22/07: Hot Tub Variety Show is a really fun variety show that takes place at Comix and is hosted by Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler. Other guests have yet to be announced, but David Cross is confirmed. It will be so much fun, I promise.
- DAVID TO EMCEE NOISE POP: San Francisco indie music festival Noise Pop celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The event happens February 27-March 4 and David Cross will emcee on 2/27. The Comedians of Comedy featuring Patton Oswalt and Brian Posehn will be at the festival on 3/4. See the overwhelming list of performers HERE.
- Also, David shows off his tats for the program Dos and Don'ts Friends on Vice Magazine/MTV's new video site, VBS.TV.
NOT DAVID CROSS (INFO)
David Cross is hosting the annual Plug Awards ceremony at Irving Plaza on February 10th, 2007 (musical acts TBA). David Cross is NOT in a new show called "One Punk Under God". David Cross IS performing at the Onion holiday party, but it's "sold out".
And speaking of the Plug Awards, there's still time to VOTE. Let's look at the songs nominated for "Song of the Year":
* Arctic Monkeys - "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" (Domino)OK, now vote, or at least post your favorite song of 2006 in the comments.
* Band Of Horses - "The Funeral" (Sub Pop)
* Gossip - "Standing In The Way Of Control" (Kill Rock Stars)
* Hot Chip - "And I Was A Boy From School" (Astralwerks)
* Hot Chip - "Over And Over" (Astralwerks)
* Jenny Lewis w/ Watson Twins - "Rise Up With Fists" (Team Love)
* Midlake - "Roscoe" (Bella Union)
* Peter Bjorn And John - "Young Folks" (Wichita)
* Silversun Pickups - "Lazy Eye" (Dangerbird)
* The Coup - "Laugh/Love/F**k" (Epitaph)
* The Knife - "We Share Our Mother's Health" (Mute)
* Tokyo Police Club - "Nature Of The Experiment" (Paper Bag)