Entries tagged with: Greg Barris
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...