Entries tagged with: David Cross

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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 & friends

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

Les Savy FavLet’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

continued below....

Continue reading "Best of 2007 by Jon Benjamin"

night eight of eight, 2007...

Yo La Tengo @ Maxwells

More photos by Daniel Arnold, info, and setlist, below....

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo & Howard Kaylan (Turtles) @ Maxwells - pics ---- HANUKKAH is OVER"

Kitson, Oliver, Schaal, Clement (CRED)
Daniel Kitson,  John Oliver,  Kristen Schaal,  Jemaine Clement

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).

Just for a LaughTaking 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.


Continue reading "Klaus Kinski's Comedy Canon (12/01/07)"

Max Silvestri @ Rififi, NYC - Oct 29, 2007 (CRED)
Max Silvestri

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.

What else? -Klaus

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)
DAvid Wains birthday @ THE TEN event

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?

Fred ArmisenThis 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 HamburgerAnd speaking of Will Oldham, have you seen the new Kanye West video he's in with Zach Galifianakis? Probably yes, but if not, hurry up!

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...

Continue reading "Klaus Kinski's Comedy Canon (08/03/07) (part 1)"

Michael ShowatlerThe 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.

David CrossIt 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),.....

Continue reading "Michael Showalter adds 2 more shows + WIN TIX & Union Hall & other comedy stuff"

DOWNLOAD: Patton Oswalt - Dukes of Hazard (MP3) (info)

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.

Louis CKI 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....

Continue reading "Klaus Kinski's Comedy Canon (06/19/07)"

Demetri Martin & Pete Yorn (CRED)
Bonnaroo 2007

Crowd Surfer?(CRED)
Bonnaroo 2007

More photos and sad Ornette Coleman news below....

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Lily Allen & Jagermeister
Bonnaroo 2007

David Cross & ?uestlove
Bonnaroo 2007

Continue reading "some pictures from Bonnaroo 2007"

DOWNLOAD: The Silent League - Breathe (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Loney, Dear - I am John (MP3)

David Cross @ Union Hall, Brooklyn, NYC - June 10, 2007 (CRED)
David Cross @ Union Hall

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.

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.

Loney, Dear @ Union Hall, Brooklyn, NYC - June 10, 2007 (CRED)
Loney Dear @ Union Hall

Official gig poster below....

Continue reading "David Cross, the Silent League & Loney, Dear @ Union Hall"

Klaus Kinski reports...

David Cross, Cheryl,and Louis CK in NYC - Apr 29, 2007 (CRED)
David Cross & Louis CK

Didn't get Franz Ferdinand tickets, huh? Neither did I. Well here are several opportunities to laugh ourselves out of the depths of despair....

Continue reading "DAVID CROSS tonight & other upcoming NYC comedy shows"

Flight of the Conchords

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.

Kristin SchaalSpeaking 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.........

Continue reading "Flight of the Conchords, Human Giant, Kristen Schaal, YOUR FAVORITE COMEDIANS, Michael Showalter, Brian Posehn & MASTODON"

Who killed Anna Nicole Smith?....

Continue reading "VIDEO: David Cross on Law & Order"

Tribeca Film FestivalWell maybe he is, but his appearance with David Wain at UCB NYC on May 2nd is not sanctioned at all. (thx Klaus)

More sanctioned, but requiring Tribeca Film Festival badges, are the music shows going on at Canal Room that week:

Continue reading "David Cross not appearing at Tribeca Film Fest"

Rififi is known for hosting last night's party,....

Mach '07 Trash (CRED)
DJ Jess & Bronques @ Rififi


Miss Firecracker and Mister Reusch (CRED)
Miss Firecracker and Mister Reusch @ Rififi

and comedy....

David Cross & Patton Oswalt - March 2006 (CRED)
David Cross & Patton Oswalt @ Rififi

And now it can all be yours....from Craiglist via the Apiary:

This East Village bar is just two avenues from the NYU Dorms in the heart of the East Village is a fully equpped/turn-key operation with Full Liquor Licene. I am exclusively representing the owner of this bar as a real estate professional in Manhattan. This bar is a money maker. The owner has other business that he is involved with and would like to get out of this situation. The place gets packed, and has a history in the area that goes back to the 90's. If you ever wanted a bar, or currently operate bars this is a perfect opportunity to continue your success or start now.

FIXTURE FEE is $300K A price that is negociable! Rent is $15K Per Month

Actual listing with pictures here. Should be cheaper than the Knitting Factory.

This week's Comedy Canon is coming soon. This is just the prequel...

David Cross Mess With Texas

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.

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.

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.


  • 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.
And that is it. Stay tuned for the rest of this week's Canon. In the meantime, read the old ones. Also, here's who else is playing SXSW.


One Punk Under God

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)
* 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)
OK, now vote, or at least post your favorite song of 2006 in the comments.

DOWNLOAD: Sloan - Who Taught You To Live Like That (new MP3)

David Cross & Samantha Cole

The Onion's Annual Obligatory Party
Saturday, December 16, 2006 - 8:00pm
@ Union Hall (702 Union St. at 5th Ave.), Park Slope, Brooklyn

"We love fake news. First the good people at The Daily Show throw a concert/party and give all of the proceeds to 826NYC, and now, exactly one month later the good people at The Onion are throwing a concert/party and giving all of the proceeds to 826NYC. The Onion's Annual Obligatory Pary is a holiday blow-out featuring performances by Sloan, David Cross, Whitest Kids 'U Know, Jessica Rose & The Hi-Life, and Found Footage Festival's Holiday Collection. We hear there will also be DJs, raffles, food and drinks—all for a mere $15 requested donation. Again, the proceeds come to support our programs." [826NYC] (thx Klaus)

UPDATE: Per the Onion, this is a private event. THE RSVP is now closed, sorry.


The above Sloan MP3 is one of thirty tracks appearing on their new album out January 7th on Yep Roc. Sloan are also playing some other dates in January.

David Cross & Modest Mouse play One Bank

DOWNLOAD: Matmos - Steam and Sequins for Larry Levan (MP3)

Shortbus Premiere

If you didn't know already, Hedwig's John Cameron Michell has a new unrated movie out called Shortbus. The above picture was from the premiere party at Angel Oresanz in NYC on September 26th. Tricia Romano was there.

David Cross and Jon Benjamin have a new show on Comedy Central. It's called Freak Show. The NY Times talked about it. David Cross also stars in the VICE Guide to Travel which is playing at CMJ this year.

Matmos are on tour. This Friday and Saturday they play Symphony Space in NYC. Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan loves the Matmos song "Roses and Teeth for Ludwig Wittgenstein".

Matmos last performed in NYC at a benefit with Antony and CocoRosie. Antony and CocoRosie performed at last year's Tokion Creativity Conference. Matmos isn't performing at this year's conference, but they will be "will be presenting with Christian Marclay and Cory Arcangel on the Lost+Found panel about using found materials in art" on Saturday (10/14). Other late additions to this weekend's schedule include David Cross and John Cameron Mitchell.

Doug Benson"The Benson Interruption - No, it's not the latest Robert Ludlum novel, it's a show where comedian Doug Benson (The Marijuana-logues, VH1's Best Week Ever) invites his fancy, big-name, professional stand-up pals to the stage, but then interrupts whenever he feels like it. Recommended by Time Out New York, it's a bouillabaisse of awkwardness and fun!" [@ UCB NYC - Oct 23, 2006] (thx Klaus)

The William Shatner roast on Comedy Central wasn't as good as the Pamela Anderson one, but anyway here's a clip starring Comedians of Comedy's Patton Oswalt and Brian Posehn along with Andy Dick and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leah)....

Updates to the Comedians of Comedy tour below...

Continue reading "Comedians of Comedy tour: Warsaw cancelled, David Cross & Fred Armisen added, more dates, etc..."

David Cross is hosting the NYU Jamnesty benefit show at the Puck Building on April 20th. Sigmund Droid, Jean Grae and Saul Williams are playing.

David Cross and Demetri Martin were the special guests last night at Aziz Ansari's weekly (when he's in town) Monday night "Crash Test" show at the UCB Theatre (April, 3, 2006). The following set of pictures closely documents the transition from David Cross' stand-up set back to host Aziz Ansari. Then came the part where Aziz did some more comedy before introducing Demetri Martin to the stage.

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Aziz said he's pretty sure next week should also have another very special guest.

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