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Now in its third year, the NYC Podfest brings the best of, you guessed it, podcasts from across the country to New York for a fun-filled audio-based weekend (January 9 - 11). This year festival founder Jeremy Wein is bringing bigger names than ever to The Bell House (Friday, January 9) and Fontana's (Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11). Tickets are on sale now. Things kick off at The Bell House with Kevin Allison's (The State) RISK! podcast. This show has become hugely successful online and in LA, where its monthly live show consistently packs the Nerdist Theater at The Meltdown. The show, which has featured Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, and more, asks its guests to reveal personal, often embarrassing stories about themselves that they thought they would never tell. This show's theme is "Butts" and features Sasheer Zamata (SNL), stand up Matt Braunger, and more TBA.
Other interesting shows include a podcast panel on 1/10 at Fontana's (tickets) hosted by Jason Zinoman of The New YorkTimes featuring podcast experts Dave Hill (WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show), Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week?, and Matt Braunger (Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger); later that same evening at Fontana's, it's "The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart" (featuring Hasan Minhaj and Executive Producer Adam Lowitt); and Fontana's on Sunday 1/11 at 8PM it's The Todd Barry Podcast with special guests Yo La Tengo.
There's lots more. View the full lineup below.
Eugene Mirman with Robyn Hitchcock and H. Jon Benjamin
The 7th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival took over the Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn for the past few days to bring audiences an audacious, eclectic, and titillating smorgasbord of comedic events. Of all the events, I chose to attend You Never Know Who Might Drop By at the Bell House on Saturday September 20 at 10:00pm. The only guest to be announced ahead of time was H. Jon Benjamin. The rest of the line up was listed as "Special Guest." Remarkably, even with only one guest announced, the show was very sold out.
The show ended up being hosted by special guest Eugene Mirman. I sort of assumed that would be the case, but you know what happens when you assume right? Ass. U. Me. Anyhow, Euge was the host and he performed his duties with his usual grace and aplomb. His hosting agilities shouldn't be surprising considering he's a non-stop performer and has hosted recurring comedy showcases Invite Them Up, Tearing The Veil of Maya, Pretty Good Friends, and probably more. Saturday evening, he kept his opening set extremely short and tight, but he did have an extremely funny riff about how you can literally write whatever you want about yourself on LinkedIn and there is zero proof required. He read off samples of his own bullshit LinkedIn profile and I gotta tell you it was pretty damn funny.
Eugene's first guest was Wyatt Cenac. Throw a dart at an open page of Time Out New York and chances are you will hit a show listing with his name on it. The dude not only has his own show called Night Train every Monday night at Littlefield, but you can see him practically every night of the week at several other venues throughout the city. The dude's a machine. A relentless performer. It has taken me a while to be drawn into Wyatt's super low energy delivery and stage demeanor, but I gotta say he was killing me on Saturday. He's definitely a super popular comic who is definitely worth checking out.
Glaser as Johnny Ding-Dong
After Wyatt wrapped up his set, the great and Klaus-Approved Gold Pass Favorite Jon Glaser came out (not his first time this year), reprising his role as Brooklyn's #1 Insult Comic Johnny Ding-Dong. I haven't seen this particular character of his in eight freaking years; the last time was during a Comedians of Comedy stop at Irving Plaza (video here). Johnny basically insults audience members over pretty banal and obvious characteristics of theirs; a hat, glasses, how they're sitting...then he sits down and eats a slice of pizza, very slowly. At some point during this, the sound guy 'accidentally' starts playing the theme song to the 1978 drama The Deerhunter, which also happens to be one of the saddest instrumental tunes of all time. Johhny then goes through an emotional breakthrough. Aside of being extremely funny, the whole bit intentionally goes on for waaaaay too long, testing the audience's endurance to the fullest. It is not an easy bit, but it is one of my favorites as it so absolutely alienates the audience to the extreme.
Johnny Ding-Dong left the stage and was followed by a bit with Eugene Mirman and the great Robyn Hitchcock. They started out as a duo, offering up bits of very funny advice for problems submitted by audience members prior to the show. Luckily, before the bit got too long, Eugene left Robyn up there alone with an acoustic. Besides regaling the audience with great stories and personal philosophies, Robyn played three tunes, including a beautiful cover of "The Crystal Ship" by the Doors (on his new album) and a fantastic version of his tune "Dismal City" that was so much better than the full band version... it was nuts. He was a fantastic storyteller and I loved his solo tunes.
After Hitchcock came comedian Joe Wong who I actually never heard of, but man did he slay. I cannot tell you how much I loved this guy. There was a brilliant economy to each of his jokes. They were free of flair and BS; they were delivered as perfect as you could imagine. His insights into the racism inherent in American society, though troubling, were so elegantly lampooned that the entire room was roaring. For me he was the highlight of the evening. I love seeing a comic for the first time and having him/her absolutely destroy. Sadly, his calendar is empty, but if you see the name Joe Wong on any upcoming comedy showcases you should go. Refreshing talent. I would like him to be famous immediately, thanks.
Wong's set was quite brief unfortunately, and he was followed by Eugene Mirman and Ted Allen (Chopped, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy) for round two of audience advice. I missed this because I had to pee wicked bad and also needed another beer, but I heard some laughs while I was in the latrine so that was a good sign. Next up was the only billed comic of the night, H. Jon Benjamin. HJB definitely had the longest set of the evening, and it started out with a bit featuring him and Eugene, where Eugene read off all of HJB's requirements from his talent rider. This definitely felt like it went on a bit too long as even Eugene regarded the bit as "The exhausting comedy of Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman." Side note: Mirman and Benjamin have created Flotsam, a "Post-Structural Online Shopping Experience" where you can buy sacks of "hand-chosen items that are hand-hewn by machines in America and are shipped directly to you."
Back to the Bell House, after that HJB was joined by one of my personal favorites Larry Murphy. The premise of their bit was that since we were at The Bell House we were most certainly missing episodes of the Big Bang Theory which seems to be on TV in perpetuity. So they acted out some smarmy Big Bang esque dialogue which, like the rider bit, went on a bit too long as well.
Although Jon Benjamin's set was definitely hilarious and worth seeing, it went on longer than I had the strength to endure. I was at a motorcycle block party earlier in the day and had been drinking since 3 in the afternoon, so by the time headliner Jen Kirkman took the stage, I was hot, sweaty, gassy, uncomfortable, and basically seeing quadruple. I can see why she'd headline; she has a history in comedy that stretches way back to the old days in Boston with Larry Murphy and Eugene Mirman, she has a book out that sold a zillion copies, she's a favorite on Chelsea lately, she was in from LA... she's famous and successful. But combine the fact that I don't really care for her comedy and the fact that my liver was hanging out my asshole and down my pant leg, it was time to go.
The early show at the Bell House was a special EMCF edition of "Pretty Good Friends" with Jessi Klein, Nick Thune and Karen Kilgariff. Pics from EMCF night 1 are here and we'll have more to come. Pics from night 3's early show, plus more from "You Never Know Who Might Drop By," below...
by Arielle Gordon
Neko Case surrounded by comedy admirers at '13 Mirman fest (more by David Andrako)
What do Ira Glass, Michael Ian Black, Mike Birbiglia, and Neko Case have in common? They all made an appearance at last year's spectacular Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, Brooklyn's most well-curated, arbitrarily created comedy festival.
Well, the festival is back for its seventh year from September 18 - 22 at The Bell House and Union Hall, this year with an extra night of festivities added onto the standard four-day lineup. As usual, its an eclectic mix of comedians, entertainers, musicians, and scientists, including H Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Michael Che, Dave Hill, Elna Baker, Nick Thune, Jon Glaser, Bridget Everett, Michelle Wolf, Jessi Klein, Wyatt Cenac, Robyn Hitchcock and Derrick Brown among those announced so far. There's also two nights of Startalk Live! this year, one hosted by Bill Nye and one with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Like every EMCF, the best shows are always rife with special guests and secret additions. 2014 schedule, as it stands, is below and tickets go on sale Friday (8/8) at 1 PM. You can also buy, for the first time, a ($500) Eug Express Lane VIP Pass that gets you into all the shows and allows you to skip the line.
2014 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival lineup is listed below...
by Klaus Kinski
New York City has always been a hotbed of recurring comedy showcases, but I feel like now more than ever we are having a serious Renaissance of comedy. Thank Cod for Hy Bender's religiously updated show-bible Best New York Comedy; he is literally the only person in NYC providing daily summaries of what's happening comedy-wise. It must be exhausting keeping that monster of a website alive. These days I don't get out to as many comedy shows as I would like, so for me my comedy Renaissance was in the pre-2009 era and revolved around legendary venue Rififi.
Rififi will always be regarded as a sort of Mecca to me as it was the right venue at the right time and had a weekly roster of recurring comedy shows that absolutely dominated the scene at the time. Obviously, Invite Them Up was the Godfather of comedy showcases, but my all time favorite Rififi showcase had to be The Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy Show, which had the coveted Friday night slot, which meant I could drink my balls off and not have to worry about getting up for work the next day, which means my memories of the show are all euphorically wonderful though extremely hazy. The reason this show had an edge over Invite Them Up (a miniscule edge but an edge nonetheless) was because Greg and Larry not only booked a similar caliber of top-shelf guests as ITU, but because of how much I truly love Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy as comedians and performers. On the one hand, you have Greg Johnson who is a classic stand-up comedian who is all about economical and brilliant set-up and delivery. On the other hand, you have Larry Murphy who is more renowned for his voice-work (Assy McGee, Bob's Burgers, Home Movies) and his varying onstage personas, including Sal Lupo, a cabbie from Canarsie, who is one of my favorite comedic creations of all time. (Check out a video below.) When Rififi died, this masterpiece of a show died with it. As did a large piece of my soul. It sucked.
Flash forward to February 27, 2014; Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy joined forces again for a new weekly comedy showcase called Myrtle Comedy With Larry Murphy and Greg Johnson taking place at Splitty (415 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn). The premier installment featured Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, James Patterson, and Kate Berlant. Nearly six months later and the show has been going on strong ever since, bringing with it a vibe that I thought died when Rififi shuttered its doors. It's a shame I never mentioned it earlier because the line-ups have been absolutely stacked. Their next installment is happening on Thursday (7/10) and features Jon Glaser, Jessi Klein, Giulia Rossi, and a secret special guest. The show is only 5 bucks. They're there every Thursday with mammoth line-ups, so if you can't make it tomorrow don't flip out. There's always next week. And the week after. And hopefully every Thursday from now until Brooklyn becomes property of Disney.
Sal Lupo video 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.
Hamilton Leithauser w/ Gene Clark tribute @ MHOW (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Nas @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Nas @ Beacon Theatre
Nas' groundbreaking debut, Illmatic, turns 20 this year and the making of that album is the subject of a new documentary, Time is Illmatic. That film screens tonight at Beacon before a performance from the man himself. Both are part of the opening night festivities of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
FKA Twigs @ Glasslands
London's trip-hop-inspired FKA twigs began picking up buzz last year for her EPs that were co-produced by UNO producer and Yeezus collaborator Arca. She's in town for her first NYC shows, tonight being the first. Sold-out.
Hamilton Leithauser @ Joe's Pub
Of all the Walkmen's members side projects, frontman Hamilton Leithauser's not surprisingly seems to be the one with the widest appeal. We'll have to wait until June 3 to hear his debut solo album, Black Hours, but this week he'll likely play much of it at tonight's two Joe's Pub performances. If you didn't get tickets, the 7:30 PM performance is streaming live.
Taking Back Sunday, The Used @ Best Buy Theatre
With their original line-up back in action and having just released new album Happiness Is, Taking Back Sunday bring their tour to NYC tonight.
Weed, TONSTARTSSBANDHT, Laced, Nandas @ Shea Stadium
Vancouver sludge rockers Weed released their debut album, Deserve, last year via Couple Skate Records and they're currently over in the US continuing to support it on tour. Tonight's also the debut performance of new band Laced, which features Couples Skate owner Ian Kim Judd, Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur and Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau.
S. Carey, White Hinterland @ Le Poisson Rouge
When Sean Carey isn't playing as a sideman in Bon Iver, he makes equally delicate work on his own under the name S. Carey. His new album, Range of Light, came out earlier this month on Secretly Candian and tonight's the record release party.
William Tyler, Trummors, Ryan Sawyer, Darius Jones @ Union Pool
Guitar great William Tyler, who has spent time in Lambchop and Silver Jews, took the solo route last year with an atmospheric guitar album on Merge, Impossible Truth, that deservedly ended up on a couple best of 2013 lists. He just wrapped up his tour with Daniel Rossen last night at MHOW, and plays a headlining show at tiny Union Pool tonight.
Carl Cox @ Output
Veteran British DJ and general dance music legend Carl Cox helped pioneer house and acid. He's still raving, as you can hear tonight.
Kristeen Young @ Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year's as Morrissey's go-to opener. Here's a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming "HOW SOON IS NOW!!!" in your ear. It's her second of four April residency shows gearing up for...yet another Morrissey tour.
LE1F, Brenmar @ Brooklyn Museum
After a series of terrific mixtapes, NYC rapper Le1f recently released Hey, his first record for Terrible Records/XL. Tonight's show, with Brenmar, is part of the Brooklyn Artists Ball Dance Party.
Holly Golightly @ Knitting Factory
Once a member of Billy Childish's band Thee Headcoatees, Holly Golightly has been solo for nearly 20 years. She just released her new album All Her Fault, which is another fine slice of raw rockabilly garage.
Nina Person @ Baby's All Right
Best known as singer of The Cardigans, Nina Persson's solo work -- as heard on her new album Animal Heart -- is a bit more somber than her "Lovefool" days, but no less appealing.
William Fitzsimmons, Leif Vollebekk @ NYU Skirball Center
It's a night of contemplative modern folk with Illinois' William Fitzsimmons and Canada's Leif Vollebekk.
Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's talent includes Dan St. Germain, Alice Wetterlund, Jessi Klein, and Chris Locke.
LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye Listening Party @ Rough Trade
The vinyl box of LCD Soundsystem's farewell performance -- the megashow at MSG -- comes out on Record Store Day but you can get a preview at this listening party. Free with RSVP.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Mac DeMarco @ Pitchfork 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
Priests @ DBA (more by Ivey Haber)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The Defibulators, Future Folk, Tall Tall Trees, Dubl Handi, Bennett Sullivan, DJ Becky Birmingham @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you like traditional bluegrass with a bit of a punk edge, head to Brooklyn Bowl tonight to catch Brooklyn's The Defibulators playing a release show for their new album, Debt'll Get'em. Should be a grand ol' time.
Sarah Neufeld @ Rockwood Music Hall
Arcade Fire violinist just released her first solo album, Hero Brother. Tonight she plays with Bell Orchestre's Stef Schneider on percussion. Tickets are still available.
Pure Bathing Culture, Mary Alouette, Jimmy Whispers, Tiger Dare @ Glasslands
Pure Bathing Culture put the pop in "dream pop" (in a good way) and their recently released debut album, Moon Tides, is a great example of that. Swoon along at Glasslands tonight.
Priests, Neonates, Downtown Boys, Household @ Death By Audio
DC band Priests released their second tape EP earlier this summer, full of spiky, shouty, catchy, dancey tunes. You can stream it below. Actually the whole show is like that with LA's Neonates, Providence's Downtown Boys and local post-punks Household. Good show!
Mac DeMarco @ East River Amphitheater (FREE)
While he's become somewhat known for his on-and-off-stage antics (dude is funny), let's not forget last year's Mac DeMarco II is very a solid record and his band is just tight enough to keep things from delving into chaos.
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Son of Dad, Shorts, Regal Degal @ Cake Shop
When he's not playing in Real Estate, Alex Bleeker makes drastically different music with his band The Freaks, who favor bluesy psychedelia over his other band's breezy jangle pop. Tonight he shares a bill with his Real Estate bandmate Jackson Pollis' other project, Son of Dad. And Regal Degal's weird art pop is worth showing up early for too.
Emeli Sande, Rudimental @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
Emeli Sande headlines Central Park tonight, and if you're going, we especially think it's worth catching Rudimental, the four-piece house/drum & bass group, who do pop crossover a bit like Disclosure does. And Emeli sings on their album, so maybe there will be some on-stage collaboration?
Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, Bear's Den @ Forest Hills Stadium
Queens' Tennis stadium Forest Hills, which used to host live music decades ago, is starting to do so again, and tonight it gets its first show in ages from three British indie bands, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, and Bear's Den.
VietNam, Prince Rupert's Drops, Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Union Pool
Longrunning band Vietnam returned after a five-year abscence to deliver A.merican D.ream, their first album in five years. It's a quality bill tonight, with an opening set from the psychy Prince Rupert's Drops and Jonathan Toubin on the turntables between sets.
Buster Poindexter @ Highline Ballroom
David Johansen has been back with the New York Dolls and doing some solo shows lately too, but for whatever reason tonight he's playing under his '80s/'90s pseudonym Buster Poindexter, best known for his version of "Hot Hot Hot."
Eve @ Gramercy Theatre
Eve returned this year with her first album in over a decade, and she actually sounded pretty hungry on a good deal of it. Not sure what she's like live these days, but you can find out for yourself at Gramercy Theatre (moved from Irving Plaza).
Matthew Sweet @ City Winery
Matthew Sweet went from being a college-radio cult favorite in the '80s to being a genuine alt-rock hitmaker in the '90s and gun-for-hire songwriter and guitarist in the '00s. His melodic skills and and catalog of great songs will be on display tonight.
Larry Graham @ B.B. King Blues Club
Grand Central Station funk conductor Larry Graham recently played Prince's post-VMAs show at City Winery. Prince has showed up at Graham's BB King's shows before. We're not saying he will tonight, but...just saying.
Roy Ayers @ Blue Note Jazz Club
Speaking of legendary funk, vibraphone master Roy Ayers is at Blue Note tonight. Let's hope her pulls out tracks from his much-lauded score to blaxploitation flick, Coffy (amongst his other great work). There are early and late shows, and it's his first of four nights at the venue.
The Rides @ The Iridium
Buffalo Springfield/CSNY's Stephen Stills heads up this blues rock supergroup that also features Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg. Sold out.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts this popular weekly free comedy show that tonight welcomes Leo Allen, Guy Branum, Jessi Klein, and Jim Tews.
Radness @ Union Hall
Hot 97's DJ Cipha Sounds & Lukas Kaiser are hosting this night of comedy featuring Hannibal Buress, Mark Normand, Giulia Rozzi, Lance Weiss, and Jason Burke.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Wyatt Cenac at Prospect Park, August 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
In a post titled "Starting Mondays in November until Littlefield realizes they've made a huge mistake", Wyatt Cenac, who spent this weekend at Fun Fun Fun Fest, details the plans that will likely drive Gowanus venue Littlefield toward financial and social ruin.
Comedian Wyatt Cenac ("The Daily Show," "King of the Hill") and Producer Marianne Ways ("Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen"), in conjunction with Littlefield, are proud to announce the start of new weekly comedy showcase NIGHT TRAIN WITH WYATT CENAC. Hosted by Brooklyn-based comedy favorite Wyatt Cenac, the show will feature comedy from the best local and international stand up comedians, and will at times feature new and established musicians, local celebrities, and occasional surprises that can only be found in Gowanus.Night Train begins today (11/5) at Littlefield with special guests Eugene Mirman, Jessi Klein, Jeffrey Joseph and J.R. Havlan, and tickets are still available. Tickets are also on sale for shows through the better portion of 2012, including on 11/12 with Gary Gulman, Jerrod Carmichael, Seaton Smith, Erin Judge "+ more".
Of course all of this reconfirms the end of Kurt and Kristen's weekly Hot Tub Variety Show at Littlefield, which held its last Monday show in October. RIP to Hot Tub, but we're looking forward to Night Train.
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!