Entries tagged with: Eugene Mirman
words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Last night, election night, I made my way to The Bell House in Park Slope/Gowaus for what was sure to be a nervously excited crowd counting down the minutes until the new president was announced. I've only been to The Bell House once, but I can't imagine that the new venue has ever been more packed than it was last night. People came out in masse for the election coverage - so much so that they even turned people away at the door. I think I heard 500 people. Watching an election in a large group of like-minded individuals like that was truly overwhelming - especially when they announced Virginia and a bunch of people jumped on stage and gave everyone a beer shower.
After Obama gave his acceptance speech, things didn't calm down. Host Eugene Mirman said a few words congratulating our first "half-white president," and introduced The Blue Album Group, who rocked out, pretty much note for note, Weezer's Blue Album. Though a lot of people went home, those that were left drunkenly danced and celebrated. After the last note of "Only in Dreams" rang out, I grabbed a quesadilla from the Red Hook soccer field vendors - another big draw of the evening. It was delicious.
More pictures below...
Anti-Pop Consortium @ Terminal 5 (more by Ryan Muir)
Anti-Pop Consortium - 2008 Tour Dates
Oct 17 - Obamarama @ The Bell House
Party and Silent Auction to benefit Barack ObamaNov 14 - The Apple Store West 14th St.
w/ Dirty on Purpose, Dragons of Zynth, Takka Takka and more...
Dec 12 - Knitting Factory: Anti-Pop Consortium Presents: MELTDOWN
The KF is closing down and re-locating to Brooklyn and they asked us to curate a special evening...this will be an all club event booked by APC. Stay tuned for special guest announcements...More upcoming free Apple shows and the Obamarama flyer with details below...
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Last night (October 7) 6 musicians and 6 comedians came together to raise money for Democrtaic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The not-so-packed, but sold out event went on over the course of 5 and a half hours, ending with a set by Andrew Bird who thought this was the greatest afterparty he could imagine. The $40 event was highlighted by an appearance by not-so-secret-guests Franz Ferdindand (who play the same venue again tonight)
"Thanks for letting a bunch of Limeys like us play your rally," said Scot and Greenpoint resident Alex Kapranos. "We only hope you'll invite us back for your victory party." It was a fun night in support of who many of us hope will be the next President of the United States. [Sound Bites]Other highlights were Eugene Mirman's RNC video coverage, a Les Savy Fav (another not-so-secret guust) patriotic song sing-a-long, and a set by the Fiery Furnaces.
Fiery Furnaces may have played all new songs, I didn't recognize an of them at least. Once again, they've reinvented themselves since last seeing them at MHOW last December. They're now organ-heavy, early '70s funk. I still marvel at Elanor's ability to memorize Fiery Furnaces insanely-verbose lyrics. [Sound Bites]Each band played 3-5 songs and each comedian joked for about 15 minutes. Downstairs was Obama headquarters where live video of the debate was viewable.
More pictures below...
Andrew Bird / Eugene Mirman / The Fiery Furnaces / Kumail Nanjiani / Alina Simone / Heather Lawless / Guster / Lizz Winstead / Martin Bisi / John Roberts / Adira Amram / Special Secret Musical Guests -- (Not appearing in order)This show happens while Andrew Bird is in town to play two shows at Hiro Ballroom.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN!
Tue 10/7, on sale 9/27 12:00 pm, 18+
Doors 6:30 pm / Show 7:30 pm
$40 advance / $40 day of show
@ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
This will be the last time we post the entire schedule for the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival that kicks off Thursday night at the Bell House and includes a special musical guest which is rumored to be Les Savy Fav or Flight of the Conchords but is most likely neither. The latest and greatest lineup (now with even more tickets available for advanced purchase) below....
photos by Abbey Braden for atp 2008
comedian Eugene Mirman @ ATP NY, Friday night
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival kicks off at the Bell House on Thursday. More pictures from ATP NY, days one and two, below....
Newman & Mirman joined forces @ the Bell House last night
The Bell House in the Gowanus-near-Park-Slope section of Brooklyn will host its first-ever public show tonight (Sept 18). It's free, and Lilys, Matt Pond PA, Takka Takka, Robbers on High Street and possibly some special guests are all on the bill. Last night the new venue hosted friends, family and press to test out the sound system with full sets by The Mugs and Tim Fite, and shother performances by Alina Simone, Sharon Van Etten, Mia Riddle, comedian Eugene Mirman, New Pornographer Carl ("AC") Newman, members of Takka Takka (Conrad), members of the National (Bryan), and members of Nada Surf.
Tickets are now on sale for more upcoming shows at the Bell House including Liam Finn/The Veils, The Rosebuds/Ladybug Transistor/Crystal Stilts, AC Newman, the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and Department of Eagles.
The pictures in this post (from last night) are courtesy of 'Week in Indie' Bill Pearis. More below...
by Klaus Kinski
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival (9/25-9/28 at The Bell House and Union Hall in Park Slope) kicks-off in just over a week and the line-up and ticket info is finally coming to light. As predicted, the roster of participants is siiiiiicccckkkkk. In addition to a ton of local favorites, some of the best comedians from Chicago, LA, San Francisco and beyond are also gracing our fine burrough. I am particularly stoked to see Bobby Bingo, Arj Barker, Tig Notaro, Morgan Murphy, Hannibal Buress and the Sklar Brothers. More special guests are in the works, but for now feast your eyes on the current dates and line-ups (and ticket links) below....
Out with the old, in with new...
On October 18th, the 92nd Street Y is thrilled to celebrate the official opening of its amazing new downtown venue 92YTribeca, with a stream of outstanding programming and events including a special programming lineup we're calling 18 Nights of Inspiration. The 18 Nights will represent a mix of awesome live experiences including music, comedy, film, theater, food and more, and featuring some of entertainment's hottest talent and thought-provoking performers and presenters.Just when you thought I wouldn't post another Eugene Mirman performance date.... all upcoming shows at 92Yribeca, below...
Why 18 Nights? 18 represents Chai, meaning life in Hebrew, and also signifying the number 18. You can also find the 18 dots represented in our logo.
92YTribeca is committed to fueling your life with experiences that inspire you. We welcome and serve a diverse community of young people from New York City and beyond, including musicians, artists, filmmakers, performers, writers, educators, humorists, directors, speakers, sports enthusiasts, and many others.
So come visit us at 92YTribeca this fall!
by Klaus Kinski
Good ole Brooklyn is going to be the epicenter of some of the world's best comedy from September 25th - September 28th when the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival rolls into Park Slope. The 4-day festival boasts 10 MASSIVE shows that will take place at Union Hall and the soon-to-be-open Bell House. The exact line-ups and guests have yet to be set in stone, but prepare yourself for a sweet opening night awards ceremony, an Invite Them Up reunion, an Apartment 2F renuion, an installment of Variety Shac, some fresh faces of comedy, a Tearing The Veil of Maya closing night blow-out, and, of course, appearances by the best of the best (think Galifianakis, Birbiglia, Schaal, Oliver, Showalter, The Sklar Brothers, and many many many more....). Here's how the schedule looks thus far:
Eugene Mirman is reporting live from the Democratic National Convention in Denver for 23/6. Below you'll find the first video followed by proof that his weekly Tearing the Veil of Maya shows at Union Hall are starting up again very soon....
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).
(most) photos by Eric M. Townsend
Stipe, Buck, Mills, and their two amigos came out whaling and they never let up. Playing only a couple of ballads, and everything being short and sweet, R.E.M. made the case for arena rock to live on just a little bit longer. The hypnotic goings on behind the band - a series of screens that relayed the scene on stage as if it was an already edited and produced performance video - were not only beyond impressive, they were actually distracting. At one point, it was even safe to wonder if the show would have been half as interesting without it. But the ferocity of "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" and "Bad Day" easily silenced that. Other highlights included the Mike Mills-led "Don't Go Back to Rockville", the Johnny Marr-joined "Fall on Me", "Losing My Religion", "Supernatural Superserious", "The One I Love", and "Man on the Moon". Michael Stipe did something I never thought he did...ever: He smiled and laughed a lot. In his dapper striped suit, the ever chatty, chrome domed Stipe had his usual political things to say but had even more to say in the field of being friendly, open, and inviting. Like the band's music.More pictures from last night's show at MSG (June 19, 2008), below....
It went Michael Showalter --> Kristin Schaal --> Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunholer --> Neko Case & Lucy Wainwright Roche --> Eugene Mirman --> Todd Barry. It was June 5, 2008 @ Southpaw in Brooklyn. Plus, the whole thing was hosted by LA's Andrew Donnelly who I guess counts as the "super special guest" (though Kurt wasn't on the bill either).
And, yes, Neko and Lucy performed TOGETHER (as you can see in the pictures above). I didn't realize they would do that. It was just the two of them, their mics and a guitar. Unfortunately, they only played two songs - both covers, one of which was a kind of a half-joking semi-disaster. For about a minute though - during the second song, the half-filled Southpaw got a little bit of magic from the ladies, and all in an extra special intimate setting.... for $25, but it was for a very good cause. Honestly, they could have played a few more songs, but I'm not complaining. The comedy part was almost all funny from start to finish and there weren't even supposed to be musical guests originally. Did I mention it was for a good cause?
I'm glad I went. I was a bit torn about missing the Black Lips/Titus/Gringo show.
Kristin and Kurt showed episode 5 of their hilarious series "Penelope Princess of Pets". You can watch episode 1 below...
by Klaus Kinski
The caption to the above photo on Flickr is "keetah and me at the eugene mirman show at arlington draft house" (in case you were wondering), but more importantly....
NYC is being bombarded with fantastic comedy shows this week (tonight included). It's insane. I don't think I've ever had this much trouble figuring out what the hell to do with myself. Here are some highlights....
LA comedian Morgan Murphy doesn't make it to NYC enough. That's a picture of her up there performing on day two of the Sasquatch Festival this past weekend. Below is a picture she took of Eugene Mirman at the same festival. I found it on her MySpace Sasquatch blog.
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.
Eugene Mirman fighting for Union Hall, May 8, 2008
Late last month some residents of Park Slope secured themselves a Community Board meeting with CB6 to air their complaints about Union Hall, and attempt to stop their liquor license from getting renewed. The meeting took place last night, lasted more than two hours, and to everyone's surprise -- the board voted against Union Hall. The vote of six to two (with two abstentions) means CB6 will advise the State Liquor Authority (SLA) against renewing the liquor license of Union Hall.The article goes on to say that although Union Hall lost this fight, the neighbors are still unlikely to get the bar shut down.
The meeting was mostly an open forum for the Board to hear voices in favor of and against the bar/venue's presence in the neighborhood. The voices against were predominantly residents of the Union Avenue block Union Hall is located at, led by community activist Jon Crow (aka "Old Man Crow"). The supporters of the bar consisted of patrons, employees, and regular performers at the venue including Michael Showalter and Eugene Mirman.... [Gothamist]
Ohbijou & Takka Takka play Union Hall tonight (May 9)
Kristen Schaal ROFLaughing (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Thu. 6/5EVEN SOONER: a benefit for Develop Don't Destroy @ the same venue
South Towards Home Presents:
MICHAEL SHOWALTER/KRISTEN SCHAAL
TODD BARRY/EUGENE MIRMAN
7:30 pm doors/8 pm show
A benefit to help rebuild the Gulf Coast 18+
>> buy tickets
ALSO DON'T FORGET: Negative Approach
AND Zombieville XI THIS FRIDAY (May 9th) w/ Reggie Watts
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.....
Sub Pop is now confirming a lot of the rumors and then some.....
Eugene Mirman & Alina Simone @ Union Hall - March 30 (Bryan Bruchman)
This Friday, April 4, Eugene will be hosting a show at Joe's Pub in NYC where Alina Simone will perform songs from her upcoming record, Everyone Is Crying Out To Me, Beware, which consists of covers of Russian punk-folk icon Yanka Dyagileva. All I have to say is that there will be horseradish vodka drink specials and that sounds AWESOME to me. Get tickets here! [Bryan Bruchman]* Dance
* Dance some more
* Ambulance LTD is at Maxwell's
* Limewire party @ Crash Mansion
* Kimya Dawson is playing Maxwell's
* Phonograph & others @ Living Room
* Alina Simone & Eugene Mirman @ Joe's Pub
* Absolute Body Control & Wolf Eyes @ Music Hall
* Murder by Death & O'Death are playing Bowery Ballroom
* Oxford Collapse & Cause Co-Motion in the West Village
* Carbon/Silicon & Matt Pond PA are playing Irving Plaza
* Larry Murphy, Demetri Martin, & Kumail Nanjiani at Rififi
* Matt & Kim and Team Robespierre are playing SUNY Purchase
* Dirty on Purpose & Shooting Spires are playing Mercury Lounge
Posehn about to go on stage @ Mess With Texas 2008
Klaus didn't go see Brian Posehn at Comix last night because he (Klaus) came down with some laryngitis or something. Ironically, that is the same reason he (Brian) couldn't tell his jokes when he performed at the Mess With Texas Festival in Austin during SXSW a couple of weeks ago. The remedy: Brian whispered his (dirty) jokes in Eugene Mirman's ear and Eugene told them instead. It was sunny and warm out and the middle of the afternoon.
Tickets are still available for Brian's 3rd & 4th shows at Comix in NYC tonight (March 29) (late and inside). More photos from Austin below....
It's been a while since I posted much comedy-related news, and the last thing I did post turned out to be somewhat of a false alarm caused by completely erroneous listings on Ticketmaster and Live Nation (which they've since corrected). Sorry about that.
Eugene Mirman & Bobby Tisdale cakes, final Invite Them Up (Anya Garrett)
One of the bigger bits of NYC comedy related news was the final installment of Invite Them Up which took place at the still-to-remain-open Rififi on 2/27/08. It was the last of three final shows and, having heard the crowds weren't actually that insane at the previous two, I decided to get there at 8pm sharp. That was a huge mistake. When I arrived the bar was so full that I couldn't even close the door behind me. As the crowd began to file into the live room, I knew there was no way I'd fit in there either, so I decided to watch the show on a large flatscreen from a stool at the bar. The evening's line-up was absolutely insane and featured Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Slovin & Allen, Todd Barry,Chelsea Peretti, Eugene Mirman, Jon Glaser & Jon Benjamin, and Demetri Martin. Craig Baldo did the very final "30 Seconds of Stand-Up" during which Rififi received a noise complaint from one of the neighbors.
a cop storms Rififi (Heather Fink)
Because the bar itself was completely packed and everyone was really focusing their attention to the flatscreen, I don't feel like I missed anything by not being in the actual live room. Plus, being at the bar I never had to wait for a beer which was truly joyous. Like every other ITU I've gone to, I left this one extremely drunk and amply satisfied with the fantastic comedy they gave me for a mere $5. Although I am sad to see ITU go, the reality is that it isn't the only cheap, awesome, and reliable comedy showcase in town. We've still got Greg and Larry, Totally J/K, Tearing the Veil of Maya, CBS/NYC, Sweet, ITU's replacement Gelmania, and so many more. So cheer up.
Demetri Martin, Invite Them Up RIP (Driven By Boredom)
One night later I co-hosted our first installment of Rock 'n' ROFL at Pianos, but more about that HERE. Stay tuned for another announcement coming any second with the lineup of our March 31st edition.
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