Entries tagged with: Greg Barris
Hello. This is your man Dave Hill with an announcement of global importance. On Tuesday, June 9, my debut comedy album Let Me Turn You On will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public by aspecialthing records, a reputable label if there ever was one. As you can probably imagine, I am very excited about this as it is the culmination of nearly ten years of performing live comedy in dank basements, juke joints, convalescent homes, and correctional facilities all over the world. And while, sure, the sex has been incredible, it also feels good to have some of my live comedy work be released both in the popular CD format and on iTunes, which is why I write to you today. Whether you need a good laugh or would just like a better understanding of why I have never once appeared on network television (I have, however, appeared on basic and premium cable many, many times. Let me be clear on this, everyone I went to high school with! Haha. Ha.), I encourage you to go ahead and pre-order your copy of my incredible album today. It is full of "jokes", anecdotes, stories, and other theoretically humorous observations from a life lived to the best of my abilities for the most part. I also rip a couple sweet guitar solos here and there because I can. It is a really great album to listen to while enjoying a killer workout, participating in medical experiments, or just sitting there eating a corn dog or something probably. I don't even know. You'll figure it out. And as if all of that is not enough, the cover art is by the great Danny Hellman, one of my favorite artists ever.Dave Hill will be celebrating the release of Let Me Turn You on at The Bell House on June 9 with guests Michelle Wolf, Daniel Koren, Greg Barris, Seaton Smith and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Before that, Dave is a part of the "Comedy Tribute to Devo" at Littlefield on Thursday (5/28) that also features Devo's Gerald Casale, Sara Benincasa, Liam McEneaney, Joe Garden, Fort Lean and "special guests." Tickets are still available. Dave says he's "gonna do a song, not sure which one yet. I might rip a sweet solo or two also."
You can also get a dose of Dave via WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show which airs every Monday from 9 PM - midnight, Eastern time. Dave's got a few other live dates as well, and all are listed below.
photo: The Sonics in Chicago in 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Whirr, Adventures, Makthaverskan @ Baby's All Right
This show is stacked from start to finish with three diverse bands signed to or affiliated with Run For Cover Records. There's Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan playing their second NYC show ever (their first was Monday), the punk/indie rippers Adventures (ft. 3/4 of Code Orange), and finally the wall-of-sound shoegazers Whirr.
Arca @ Bowery Ballroom
Arca initially came from NYC's forward-thinking underground electronic scene, but his profile has significantly risen thanks to collaborations with Kanye West, Bjork and FKA twigs, and his recent solo album on Mute. Tonight's show is sold out.
There's also an afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse with Arca, Dutch E Germ, Ian Isiah, Sadaf (DJ) and a special guest.
Jose Gonzalez, Olaf Arnalds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
We've gotten a lot of great hushed, bare-bones folk albums in 2015, and Jose Gonzalez's new one, Vestiges & Claws (his first solo album since 2007), is no exception to this. Tonight's his first of two sold-out NYC shows on his tour with Icelandic folk singer Olof Arnalds.
The Sonics, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages @ Irving Plaza
Seattle garage punk progenitors The Sonics just released their first new album in almost 50 years and has them pretty much picking up where they left off. They play Asbury Park tomorrow.
Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
This long-running free comedy series, hosted by soon-to-be Bravo cooking competition host Max Silvestri, is coming to an end at the end of the month, so don't be surprised if there are extra special guests at the remaining shows.
Nothing Changes w/ Cervello Elettronico, Theologian @ Home Sweet Home
Tonight's edition of goth/industrial/darkwave/etc party Nothing Changes features live sets from Californian industro-IDM producer Cervello Elettronico, and NYC power electronics outfit Theologian. Expect late late times, high volume and lots of smoke machines.
Empire Records 20th anniversary celebration (aka Rex Manning Day) @ Rough Trade
For the 20th anniversary of beloved '90s movie Empire Records, Williamsburg record store/music venue Rough Trade NYC will turn into the Empire Records store from the movie for three days (this being the first). It's an immersive experience, which includes a Rex Manning autograph, a head-shaving station, a live band and DJ each night (tonight it's ARMS and ADVENTURE[s], respectively), a screening of the film, and more. And perhaps most excitingly, GWAR (who make a cameo in the film) will appear at all three nights. All are sold out.
Fletcher C. Johnson, Divers, Big Eyes, Friend @ Palisades
It's a good show all around with two garage rockers, the Burger-signed Fletcher C Johnson and Portland, OR's Divers, and indie-punks Big Eyes.
Rioux, Dadas @ Union Pool
Brooklyn producer Erin Rioux will release his new EP, 'Evolver,' next month. If you dig Caribou, and other live band electronic acts, Rioux are worth investigating.
Gesaffelstein (DJ Set), Flat White @ Output
Arca's not the only Yeezus contributor in NYC tonight. French producer Gesaffelstein is also hear to DJ Output. Tickets at door.
Chet Faker, XXYYXX @ Terminal 5
Chet Faker headlines this show, and if you're going we recommend showing up for XXYYXX too. It's the final night of three, and sold out.
Greg Barris, Bridey Elliot, Mike Pomranz @ Union Hall
This is a premiere party for Greg Barris' new comedy web series Roommates but will include live performances as well.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Greg Barris (photo via Michael Alex Newman)
Comedian Greg Barris is a busy guy. He's co-hosting the Doctors Without Borders benefit at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 (tickets) and, among other things, started a new series/podcast this year called "Mind Warriors" which mixes science and laughs:
Mind Warriors: Bringing you the most cutting edge information from the edge of the universe (that's two edges). Mind Warriors is a comedic, science interview show hosted by Greg Barris that delves into the spiritual and scientific research and practices of each guest Mind Warrior with a question and answer session at the end with the audience.The next edition of "Mind Warriors" happens at Brooklyn's Union Hall on January 11 with Andrew WK as guest. Tickets for that are on sale now. The first "Mind Warriors" video is below.
Andrew WK is busy too, playing a solo show at Knitting Factory on November 22 (part of their Fifth Anniversary celebration), and will be with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg at Gramercy Theatre on January 17. He'll also be on WNYU on December 11 at 4PM for a " live radio interview and party DJ set!" so mark your calendars. Updated AWK schedule is listed below.
And in related funny/smart news, there's a benefit for 826NYC (the nonprofit that promotes creative and expository writing skills) at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Sarah Vowell, Fred Armisen and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale.
Reggie Watts also plays The Bell House on Friday (11/7) as part of the NY Comedy Fest, and then later in the evening at The Blue Note.
Andrew WK dates -- including New Year's Eve in Chicago -- are listed, along with the first episode of "Mind Warriors," below..
by Klaus Kinski
I heard a funny ebola joke. But you probably won't get it.
While ebola mania has Americans rapt with fear, the reality is that the chances of it becoming a real, widespread epidemic here is basically nil. As far as viruses go, ebola is pretty terrifying and I can see why people would be freaking out and why the news media would use it as fodder to scare the shit out of us. But it's not an airborne virus like the flu; you have to physically come in contact with it. And according to Dr. Jon LaPook over at CBS, "Every single Ebola outbreak in Africa over the past 40 years has been brought under control with standard infectious disease measures -- basically, isolating infected patients and tracking down their contacts." So once a case is identified, measures are taken to ensure it gets isolated. At least, that's what we hope will happen.
The real urgency simply isn't here on American soil; it's in Africa where they do not have the infrastructure to adequately deal with viral epidemics like this. There, it is much harder to contain and much easier to spread. Right now, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is on the front lines of dealing with the crisis in Africa. 80% of their funding comes from private donors, and what better way to contribute than with an awesome benefit show with awesome talent at an awesome venue? On Wednesday November 19 Irving Plaza will host and MSF/DWB International Fundraiser to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The event will be hosted by Klaus favorites Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo. Many, many more acts will be added to the bill. Onsale date/time are still TBD as well but should be available via Livenation soon, but mark your calendars and keep your eyes on BV for updates.
Meanwhile, tickets are still available for a show benefiting another good cause. Seth Herzog (Fallon, 'Sweet,' Comedy Central, NatGeo), Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central, VH1, Conan), Damien Lemon (Half Hour, Guy Code), Dan Soder (Conan, Guy Code, O&A) and Michelle Wolf (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers), and The Amigos Band will convene at the Bell House on Thursday (10/23) to raise money for 'Stand Up for Rockaway,' the organization still helping the Rockaways rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Use code "ROCKAWAY" when buying tickets to get $10 off.
You can also catch Greg Barris during CMJ at Union Hall on Friday (10/24) for a special edition of his "Hearts of Darkness" show, featuring Shonali Bhowmik, Corn Mo, Larry Murphy, The Forgiveness, and "surprise guests!" Tickets are on sale and you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.
Dave and his new pal, Lucy (via @mrdavehill)
Everyone's favorite comedian / musician / actor / Amazon.com employee / BV contributor Dave Hill is returning to his old stomping grounds on Union Hall on September 3 for a new show. This is not just any show, however - Dave is recording for his new album, to be released on independent stand up label A Special Thing Records. Larry Murphy and Greg Barris will perform as well and tickets are on sale.
In other news, fellow friend-to-BV, Chris Gethard was supposed to perform at Highline Ballroom on July 25 but was rescheduled for October 20. The show is billed as "Chris Gethard and Friends" and while those "friends" haven't been announced yet, tickets are on sale now.
Watch video of Dave performing at Union Hall below...
Reggie Watts @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tickets are still on sale for Reggie Watts' big headlining performance at Town Hall, happening this Wednesday (6/18). Get out there and support the man at one of his biggest live shows yet. Heading to Toronto for NXNE? Reggie will be there too.
Speaking of the Bell House, you can get tickets to the 6/24 live taping of the Tell Your Friends! podcast with Andy Borowitz, Bryan Tucker, Ophira Eisenberg, Andy Blitz, MIchelle Carlo, Bob Powers, Liam McEneaney, and Jessi Klein.
The Bell House is also where Jen Kirkman is doing a night of new material.
The next edition of Running Late with Scott Rogowsky: Brooklyn's Live Late Night Comedy Talk Show happens at Littlefield on 6/25 with Mike Sacks (Author, Poking A Dead Frog, And Here's The Kicker), Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show), and Dan St. Germain.
The next edition of The Talk Show Series Presents is set to happen this Thursday (6/19) at Williamsburg's Over the Eight. Bobby Tisdale is the host, with guests Ahna Tessler, Eleanor Friedberger, and more TBA. It's free. Over the Eight is also showing the World Cup, though, so it may be more crowded than usual just from overlap.
Dave Hill is also taking part in An Evening of Friends at the Ace Hotel on 6/23 with John Early, Michael Cavadias, Jemima Kirke, Cole Escola & Kate Berlant.
Max Silvestri (or someone subbing for him) still hosts The Big Terrific Comedy Show every Wednesday night at Cameo. It's free, and you never know who might pop in. Sometimes Aziz Ansari does a set. Maybe you'll catch him testing out material for his upcoming SHOW AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.
Speaking of lots of tickets, Dave Chappelle has NINE Radio Cith shows coming up.
Rob Delaney has six upcoming shows at comedy club Caroline's.
Chris Gethard has a bunch of shows coming up, big and small.
Browse our NYC Comedy Show Calendar for much more.
by Klaus Kinski
Comedy-wise, if there was one night where I wish I could be in two places at once, tonight (Thursday, December 5) is it for there are two spectacular shows happening this evening that unfairly pit Gowanus versus Williamsburg. Geographically and line-up wise, Williamsburg has a slight edge for me as Over The Eight (594 Union Ave) will play host to The Bobby Tisdale Show. As part of a recurring series of shows called The Talk Show Series, these shows are set up more like casual conversation panel talk shows with incredible guests. Tonight's line-up is particularly stacked and features Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing, author), Tim Harrington (Singer of Les Savy Fav, beard owner), Kevin Corrigan (famous actor), Andy Blitz (comedian, amazing man and one of my personal favorites), Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers, Home Movies, Archer) and, if you can handle it, more. And it's hosted by the affable, hilarious, Bobby Tisdale (Bobs Burgers, Invite Them Up, Wards of Merkin). The show starts at 8:00pm and is ABSOLUTELY FREE. I haven't been this erect about a line-up since the old days of Rififi. Gonna be a scorcher! Flyer below...
Several subway lines, bus routes, or one expensive cab ride away in Gowanus, prolific performer and mind warrior Greg Barris brings his long-running comedy-life experience Heart of Darkness to the confines of The Bell House. Tonight's installment, entitled HEART OF DARKNESS: IN SPACE! features Gold Pass Klaus Kinski Favorite Todd Barry, mind warrior Elizabeth Gallager Kennick (NASA, Space Frontier, Teachers in Space), comedian Jena Friedman, house band The Forgiveness, musical guests Rich Stein and Matt Kilmer, guest band The Mast PLUS a special guest. A smattering of tickets are still available, so if you find yourself in that neighborhood this evening and have a hankering for a life changing life experience, do venture inside The Bell House and absorb. Doors are at 8pm, show is at 8:30pm. It is going to be a doozie!
Back in September, the NY Mag-affiliated blog Bedford + Bowery opened up a pop-up called the B+B Newsroom on Grand St, just off Bedford in Williamsburg, a space that hosts panel discussions, artists talks and screenings. (Some people were disappointed that it didn't turn out to be a cat cafe like posters promised.) They've hosted discussions on the state of nightlife and DIY venues, did some stuff during CBGB Fest and other events. The space is popping down at the end of the month but they do have a few interesting things -- all free -- planned before they do, including the previously-mentioned Andrew WK lecture on partying on 10/29. Here's a few highlights:
Tonight (10/23) they're screening documentary Dirty Old Town which is about Billy Leroy of the iconic and Billy's Antiques & Props which was at Bowery and Houston until last year. (You may know him from from cable reality shows Baggage Battles or Storage Wars.) Billy will be in attendance at the screening.
On Thursday (10/24) they're hosting a screening of The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations, a documentary about the beloved children's book which just premiered at The New Yorker Festival.
Sunday (10/27) is "Comedy Night" with BV contributor Dave Hill, plus Greg Barris, Sara Armour, Matteo Lane and Neal Stastny.
And on October 30, they'll host a panel discussion titled "How to Grown an Indie Label" with the heads of local indie record labels labels Captured Tracks, Loma Vista, and Cascine.
You can see the full rundown of events over at B+B. Trailers for Dirty Old Town and The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations below...
by Klaus Kinski
August is more than half over, the hottest July ever is behind us, September is around the corner, I can hear October's footsteps slowly trudging up the stairs. Fall and it's cool weather cannot get here fast enough, but until then here are some good comedy things happening that will hopefully make what remaining ball-danglingly hot and humid days are yet to be endured a little more tolerable.
Before I mention some cool shows, I must acknowledge the fact that there are hundreds of great comedy things happening every freaking week in this awesome city, but I don't have the time or the resources to even scratch the surface. My contributions to BV are completely erratic at best and I tend to stick with what I know and like. If you want to know what is happening in NYC comedy on a particular day, you gotta get hip to this dude Hy Bender and his site Best New York Comedy. The site is updated daily and features a super exhaustive look at what is happening in the NYC comedy world that particular day. The site is updated religiously. Forget tour dates, show reviews, pics, exhaustive commentary, snarky comments and crap like that.... It is your daily comedy itinerary and it scares me how on top of his shit this guy is. Anywhoozle...
Don't let his show fool you; late night talk show host Craig Ferguson is actually a pretty f-ing funny stand up comedian; definitely worth checking out if you've got the means. He's doing a ton of fairly expensive, large venue dates in October, one of which happens to be at Radio City Music Hall on October 6th. Tickets, which fall in a price range from $53.40 to a whopping $96.35 are currently on sale. However, I am going to assume you've got credit debt and student loans to worry about, so I am happy to report we are giving a pair of tickets away to one lucky winner. Instructions on how to try and win are waaayyyyyy down below.
On Saturday August 18th, the great Greg Barris brings his wondrous feast for the senses, Heart Of Darkness, to the cool and windowless confines of Union Hall's basement. Hosted By Greg Barris, the show will feature comedian Kate Berlant musical act The Bowery Riots, and Mind Warrior Daniel Pinchbeck as well as music by The Forgiveness. HOD is not just some straight-up comedy show; it is literally an incredibly engaging live experience that will wake your ass up and get you thinking, man. If you are in Philadelphia and happen to be reading this, Heart Of Darkness invades your town TONIGHT, August 16th, at Underground Arts. Part of the Heart of Darkness Summer Forgiveness Tour 2012, the show will feature Greg Barris, New Beard, Corrupt Autopilot, Wigmaker's Son, and Yazan. Philly, you are in for a treat. Take a break from your Toynbee Tile investigations for a night and check this shit out.
The following night (Sunday August 19th), at the same place, Union Hall, Klaus favorite Greg Johnson brings his show Greg Johnson - Live: One Night Only! to what I can only assume will be a sold out audience. At the show Greg performs stand up comedy, along with a few very special guests, one night only. $5 tickets are still available but the last installment sold out and I betcha this one will too. Greg is one of my favorite comedians in NYC and he is also one of the most painfully overlooked ones out there. You gotta go.
Then on Tuesday August 21st, the hilarious Gabe Delahaye brings his monstrous comedy showcase The Mr. Coconuts Comedy Show to Union Hall's basement for yet another staggering showcase. The show will bring to the stage Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, Greg Johnson, Dan St. Germain, David Rees, Jessi Klein, and John Mulaney. I'd like to think that if Darrell Sheets knew anything about comedy and saw that line-up he'd say "That line-up's a 50 dollar bill all day long." BUT it's only 10 bucks! As of writing it is, predictably, sold out. But keep your eyes on ticketweb for last minute ticket releases (if there are any)(not likely)(but not impossible) OR just show up the night of the show and hope some loser's +1 didn't show up or some comedy dignitary who has a freebie awaiting him or her doesn't show up and snag their vacancy.
Oh yeah, also, I almost forgot! Tom Shillue's Funny Story returns to Brooklyn Brewery on Thursday August 23rd with guests Jessi Klein, Lisa Delarios, and Trace Crutchfield. Tickets are CHEAP and you get a nice, cold, free beer!
Union Hall's big brother/big sister venue The Bell House is no stranger to epic comedy. The first not-to-be-missed event is on Friday, August 24 a fundraiser for the always incredible Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. The event is called Bring Your Checkbook: The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Fundraiser and, as the title states, is a fundraiser in support of the upcoming Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival which will invade Brooklyn September 14-16. The fundraiser will feature a cocktail reception from 7pm - 8pm as well as an AMAZING raffle and silent auction. At 8:30pm an epic show will commence featuring Eugene Mirman, Brendan Small (!) from METALOCALYPSE and a TON of other guests who I am not able to divulge but who will knock your socks off. Like, you won't believe it. Tickets are $25 and are currently onsale. You will not believe what prizes and guests are in store for you, so I wouldn't put off buying a ticket because it's gonna sell out and no emoticon in the world will adequately express how f-ing bummed you will be.
Blasting ahead a bit, the Bell House will play host to two other awesome comedy events, one of which is already sold out! The show is called The Thrilling Adventure Hour and it's basically a staged show in the style of old-timey radio. The cast features Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, John Hodgman, Busy Philipps and James Urbaniak (!). The show takes place on Sunday September 30th at 7:30pm and 10:00pm. The 7:30pm show is SOLD OUT, but there are a handful of tickets left to the 10:00pm show, so get on this now son.
Oh, and don't forget: On Wednesday October 17th you can catch a live taping of the ever so wonderful Julie Klausner's podcast How Was Your Week? at The Bell House with house band Ted Leo and friends. Tickets are available!
Pat Kiernan is hosting 'The Ultimate Trivia Night: 15 Minutes of Fame' at The Bell House on August 21. Tickets for that are on sale now. These shows always sell out in advance.
Tell Your Friends! hosts a special event at The Bell House on August 1 with Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and Todd Barry with host Liam McEneany. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Fountains of Wayne are playing The Bell House on November 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
"Communion", which used to be at Public Assembly, continues at Union Hall on July 11 (tonight) with Lucius, Seasick Mama, Faces on Film, and Dave Doobinin. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Greg Barris is hosting 'Heart of Darkness' at Union Hall on July 21 with musical guests Steven Bachmann and Susanna Raeven plus Mind Warrior filmmaker Vikram Gandhi, Barry Rothbart, and more. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Greg Johnson is playing Union Hall on August 19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
by Klaus Kinski
Pete & Pete reunion @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/24/2012 (photo by jenipherlyn)
Hey guys. So, lookit, you're about to ingest a lot of comedy data in a moment. But it's just the tip of the NYC comedy iceberg. No, it's less than the tip. It's a piece of dandruff that sailed from an Arctic explorer's head and settled on the tip of the iceberg. I don't have the time and you don't have the attention span to handle an entire survey of the NYC scene right now. What follows is a brief glimpse into some cool goings on in the coming weeks. Take it with a grain of dandruff.
First thing's first. Rob Delaney added a fourth NYC show, but you knew that. Moving on...
Did you miss the two Adventures of Pete & Pete reunion shows that happened at the Bowery Ballroom on February 24th? Bummer, right? Well, unfortunately the show I'm about to tell you about is already sold out, but where there's a will, there's a way (and that way could possibly include standby tix). Get a load of this. The great Kurt Braunohler has a late night talk show at The Pit called Night of the Living with Kurt Braunohler. The next installment of this show happens on Friday March 9th and features guest Mike Maronna (Pete) and Danny Tamberelli (Pete)! It's a fun sized, mini-reunion just for you! Also, Wyatt Cenac (Daily Show) will be there and a surprise musical guest who I am unable to mention, but whom we love and idolize here at BV headquarters (an internet cafe)! Hint, it is a man whose name may or may not rhyme with 'bread'.
Thursday March 8th marks the return of Tom Shillue's story-telling-centric show Funny Story to the hallowed halls of UCB East. This time he will have guests Amine Zaitzeff (owner of Zaitzeff Burger), Mike Albo, the great Margot Leitman, and Stephen Gevedon. A super-diverse and well curated line-up. Show is at 7:30pm, tix are on sale.
Speaking of burgers, Bob's Burgers is my favorite animated series on the TV and I was thrilled when it was (rightfully) renewed for another season (which premiers THIS Sunday March 11th on Fox). The casting a so fucking impeccable; H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Andy Kindler as well as guests like Jon Glaser. Holy! Well get a load of THIS shit. On Friday March 9th you can see the CAST OF BOB's BURGERS LIVE AT THE BELL HOUSE!! And IT'S FREE. I am not an all-caps kind of guy, but that pronouncement certainly merited such action. OK, full disclosure, the Bell House show doesn't feature the entire cast I listed above. The show will feature Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, and Larry Murphy doing funnies and also previewing clips from the next season. You can only get in with a wristband, and those will be distributed starting at 5:00pm. So, wristbands at 5pm, doors at 8pm, show sometime after that. 21+. Sorry, junior.
While I'm on the subject of TV-related comedy, NYU's Skirball Center will play host to John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show from March 10th through March 12th. The show, being taped for Comedy Central, will include sets by David O'Doherty, Hannibal Buress, Wyatt Cenac, Dana Gould, Michael Ian Black, Marc Maron, and a shit-ton of rising stars from with the stand-up world. You can totally get in to these things for free, but you gotta head on over to The Blacklist NYC and get yourself situated. And for the record... as far as people who put together audiences for tapings, The Blacklist is pretty tops. Very well managed, never confusing, very organized. Totally rad. Just saying.
Next Thursday, March 12th, Symphony Space will play host to an incredible comedy event called Uptown Showdown: Comedy Debate Series. This is not the first time Symphony Space has hosted this show, and I am wicked pissed at myself for not mentioning it to you people prior to earlier installments.
Uptown ShowDown is a comedy debate series that tackles some of the most important issues of our time, such as which decade was the coolest-the eighties or the nineties, is cake really better than pie and who would win in a showdown pirates or ninjas? Forget about school reform and health care, these issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night....in a good way. Past Performers include Michael Showalter, Leo Allen, Dave Hill, Jessi Klein, Julie Klausner, Andrea Rosen, A.D. Miles and more.Next week's show will have Michael Ian Black and friends facing off with The talent Show's Elna Baker and Kevin Townley on the subject of Fashion vs. Comfort. Tom Shillue will host the festivities. Following the event, Mr. Ian Black will read from his new memoir You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations. He'll also sign your copy. I wish I could tell you how funny or awful this book is but I never got a galley copy because I am chopped liver or something. Tickets are on sale now, and I am also giving away a pair AND a copy of Michael Ian Black's book! Instructions below.
The next installment of the mind-blowing experience known as Heart of Darkness will take place on Saturday March 17th at Union Hall. This time around, host Greg Barris will be joined by Joe Mande, Dave Hill, and more special guests that I shan't announce but are no doubt worthy of your attention. My thoughts? Get your tickets in advance, you.
Speaking of Dave Hill, did you know that motherfucker wrote a book and that it comes out on May 22nd? If you're thinking what I think you're thinking, then you're thinking "Wait, Dave Hill is a flawless comedian. Dave Hill is a master guitar player, maybe the best in the world. Dave Hill is easy on the eyes. And Dave Hill can also write a freaking book? What can't that guy accomplish?" I know, right? The book is entitled Tasteful Nudes. If you like stories...
...about stolen meat, animal attacks, young love, death, naked people, clergymen, rock 'n' roll, irritable Canadians, and prison, you have just hit a street called Easy because my book talks about all that stuff and a bunch of other stuff, too.I am nobody's shill and I wouldn't be saying this if it wasn't the Cod's honest truth; this book is absolutely impossible to put down. It is so funny and well written that I simply could not put it down. Pre-order it now, then forget you pre-ordered it, so then one day it shows up in your mailbox and you're all "Ha. Dave Hill's done it again."
And speaking of Joe Mande, he has a ton of upcoming dates all over the Northeast. Check out his tour schedule below.
And now, before I hang it up for the day, I am happy to report that The PIT is going to unleash its first ever NYC Improv Festival! The NYC Improv Festival will take place from March 21st to March 24th at Peoples Improv Theater and feature OVER 40 improv troupes as well as workshops. A TON of the shows are free, and some require tickets. You can also buy a festival pass for next to nothing that will get you into all the shows. I also have two UNLIMITED festival passes to give away. Instructions on how to win them are down there.
Joe dates and contests below...
When I first saw Michael Showalter was appearing at a bookstore tonight (2/16) to promote a book, I thought, "wasn't that last year? Is it a new book??", but then I realized it's because the paperpack version of "Mr. Funny Pants" was recently released. Grab a copy. #TeamBev
You can also catch Michael tell some jokes at Union Hall on 2/25 as part of Heart of Darkness with host Greg Barris, and other guests Kate Berlant, Dr. Clayton Curtis, The Mast, and The Forgiveness. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Michael's Stella/State partner in crime Michael Ian Black also has a new book, but actually a new book, and his will be out, in hardcover, on February 28th. You can pre-order You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations at Amazon.
And Michael Ian Black also has a bunch of promotional appearances planned around the release of his book including one at the Strand and one at Greenlight. They're all listed below...
by Klaus Kinski
Euegene Mirman @ The Eugene Mirman Festival (more by David Andrako)
Ladies and gentlemen, we are approaching that time of year when I feel so oppressed and destroyed by the heat and humidity that I can't help but contemplate suicide knowing that I must endure this for many many many more weeks. As the sweat and grease springs forth from every pore of my body... as the sweat that begins at the back of my neck rolls its way south and converges with my back sweat and picks up momentum and girth as the sweaty tidal wave approaches my butt-crack... as I wince through this every day I think, "Dead people don't have to deal with this. It must be much cooler and shadier being entombed." (it's DEFINITELY cooler being in the band Entombed). People migrate to the beach not just to enjoy the sun and the water; they do so to escape the revolting sight of people like me panting and sweating through our clothing and the sheer lack of comfort we exude. It is at this point in the calendar year that I feel my lowest and need a serious and somewhat sustained pick-me-up. Thankfully, the fine folks at Creaghead & Company have a pile of comedic fare for me to ingest in the coming weeks that will hopefully keep me from the edge. It will do nothing for my perpetual moisture and shininess, but it'll make life more tolerable!
For those of you not in the know, Creaghead & Company is a small, mom and pop outfit from Brooklyn that puts together some seriously rad music and comedy events. You may not have known it, but Creaghead & Company was/is behind events and tours such as Pretty Good Friends (a weekly comedy show at Union Hall hosted by Eugene Mirman) (there was also a PGF tour that featured Mirman, Reggie Watts, and Kumail Nanjiani), The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, Heart of Darkness (brain child of Greg Barris), Marking Out (hosted by Matt McCarthy), and more. The shows C&Co put together aren't just standard stand-up fare. Each and ever yone of these shows DO feature some of the best minds in comedy currently drawing breath.
A more elaborate listing of their upcoming events are listed below, but allow me to take time out of MY busy day and give YOU a quick de-briefing (not the underwear kind) of what to expect in the coming days/weeks. The fun starts, like, soon... as in, like, Monday July 11th when Matt McCarthy's show Marking Out hits the Ace Hotel with guests including Michael Showalter,
Joe Mande, Adam Lowitt, and musical guest Toys & Tiny Instruments. For the record, McCarthy is an absolute comedic force. Sort of like the real Klaus Kinski, only hilarious and completely different looking. Or maybe like the Minor Threat of comedy where you want to be up front gnashing your teeth and pumping your fist with him, but instead reel it in and respectfully listen while he does his thing. One of my favorites in the biz.
Marking Out is at 8pm which means you can probably catch it before Whiplash, which, like every Monday night, starts at 11pm at UCB.
Then on Wednesday July 13th you can catch Tom Shillue's FunnyStory.biz at Caroline's On Broadway. The show is hosted by Klaus favorite Tom Shillue and features Kurt Braunohler, Rich Vos, Swords, and John Flynn. Yes, it's at Carolines but it's only 10 bucks. And as side note, I know Caroline's gets a lot of shit for being a corporate Time's Square tourist venue, but they have made a serious effort lately to have $5 shows, one of which is hosted by the great Joe Mande. So give 'em a break. You pompous shrill.
Then on Saturday July 16th you can catch Heart of Darkness at Union Hall. Hosted by Greg Barris, Heart of Darkness is waaayyyy more than a stand up revue. I spoke about it in my little corner of the internet, but to sum:
"It is an incorporative show," explains the project's charismatic creator, 28-year-old comedian Greg Barris, who will also take the stage. "The band and the comics will all be performing together, the audience will be involved, special guests will be involved--the whole way through. And people's sins will be forgiven."This particular episode featuresJaneane Garofalo, John F. O'Donnell, BV favorite Reggie Watts, and MIND WARRIOR: from the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University - Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D. This is something you experience, not passively watch. I really urge you to see this. If I had my way this show would happen nightly.
Head back to Union Hall on Monday July 18th for a pretty serious Creaghead & Company Mandatory Staff Meeting featuring Head Creaghead Caroline Creaghead. The meeting will also feature Department Heads: Eugene Mirman, Murderfist, Mike Pomranz, and intern Roger Hailes. And more. This event is actually not optional. If you don't go you'll be fired, from life. Pretty serious stuff.
Also, you might want to make sure that on July 29th you get your cut-off wearing ass over to the Williamsburg Waterfront for Creaghead & Co. related event Pretty Good Friends featuring Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal, and They Might Be Giants. The setting is beautiful, the event is free, and you deserve a good laugh. Trust me, you do.
More details on all these shows below...
Reggie Watts' upcoming March 30th headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg "in celebration of his Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records record release" has sold out, so they added a 2nd show happening later that same night. Look for tickets to the new show to go AmEx presale Wed at noon, and general sale Friday at noon.
Meanwhile Reggie is headed to Texas where he'll appear at 35 Conferette in Denton followed by a show at SXSW Interactive. And in RELATED news, there's a comedy show happening Tuesday night at Cake Shop that sounds really interesting. Details below...
photos by David Andrako
Fort Greene Park - Sept 14, 2010
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival kicks off tonight (9/16) at The Bell House and other venues. One of the performers you'll find on Friday's bill is the multi-talented Reggie Watts. Hopefully you have a ticket for that one though, because that is actually one of the two Bell House shows that is already sold out. Four of them, including the one Yo La Tengo is showing up at, still have tickets though.
You can also now buy a ticket for a comedic CMJ show taking place at Union Hall on Saturday, October 23rd, which also features Reggie Watts:
SAT 10/23: 8pm Doors / $10 ADV / $12 DOSYou can also try to get in to that, whatever it is, with your CMJ badge if you have one.
2010 CMJ Music Marathon
HEART OF DARKNESS: A NIGHT OF FORGIVENESS AND SALVATION
GREG BARRIS, REGGIE WATTS, KURT BRAUNOHLER, DAVE HILL AND KRISTEN SCHAAL
Music by The You Are Forgiven Choir featuring Ariel East, Mother of Three and New Beard
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens and Reggie Watts played a free show in Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park on Tuesday night (9/14). According to David Andrako, the mixing of gospel and comedy worked out wonderfully. A set of pictures from that outdoor event continues below...