Entries tagged with: Jonah Ray
by Klaus Kinski
Chris Gethard hosting RBSS show at Knit in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
When I first mentioned the 2013 New York Comedy Festival back in August, I wasn't able to hide my blasé feelings about the initial line-up. If you recall, I described the initial line-up as being "bogged down with conservative, mainstream talent." Towards the end of the post, however, I tried to end on a more optimistic note by stating that in festivals past they were sure to include more indie-centric fare and that there was no reason to think the 2013 installment of the fest would be any different. Sure enough, the fest has announced some shows that are definitely more up my/our alley. Highlights for me (click on the show title for tickets) include:
Matt Braunger at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Wednesday November 6 at 9:30 PM (tickets): Simply put, Matt Braunger is absolutely fucking hilarious and his special Shovel Fighter is one of the great comedy experiences of all time. He is easily one of the most underrated comedians out there and this show is sure to be a treat.
Julian McCullough at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Thursday November 7 at 9:30 PM (tickets) : Julian McCullough is an absolute powerhouse of hilarity who I've seen about 100 times and who is one of the most solid and consistently funny comedians in the biz. Julian has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR's This American Life, and starred in his own half hour special on Comedy Central. You can also catch him every Saturday as host of TBS' Very Funny News and on MTV2's hit series Guy Code. He gigs around town a lot and any opportunity to see him is a must.
Chris Gethard and Friends at The Creek and the Cave on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM (tickets): Klaus favorite and friend of BV (and host of last night's Red Bull Sound Select show at MHOW), Chris Gethard is one of the funniest and most capable storytellers in the history of mankind and I am convinced he is incapable of failure as a performer. Head out to Queens for this show in a nice room with nice people and great beers.
Behind the Scenes at The Colbert Report at Town Hall on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM (tickets): Yes, I know, Colbert is far from indie. But he's really just a talking head propped up by an extremely talented pool of writers. For the most part, these writers are a major part of the indie NYC comedy scene in one way or another. This will be a great opportunity to bring these behind-the-scenes people into the spotlight alongside His Highness Mr. Colbert. Because, without them, Colbert is nothing more than that guy who was hilarious in Strangers With Candy.
Nikki & Sara & Friends at The Gramercy Theater on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM (tickets): You might know Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer from their MTV show Nikki and Sara LIVE. I know Nikki and Sara from years of seeing them live all over NYC for the past several years. Individually or as a team, they rule. I cannot recommend this show enough. Plus, Gramercy sells those massive cans of Budweiser.
An Evening with David Cross at The Paley Center on Friday November 8 at 6:30 PM (tickets): New York City Resident David Cross recently wrapped up a small tour with Mr. Show Alumni Bob Odenkirk and Brian Posehn which landed at Town Hall for two shows on September 12. This time around, he's flyin' solo for what the Paley Center describes as "The Paley Center and the New York Comedy Festival welcome Cross to discuss his career, his creative process and thoughts on comedy, and life as a never-nude." Though billed as "An Evening With David Cross" that description makes it sound like a moderated interview. Who knows. It's worth checking out regardless.
Rhys Darby at The Gotham Comedy Club on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM/ 10:30 PM and Saturday November 9 at 8:00 PM/10:00 PM/11:45 PM (tickets): You might know Rhys as the lovable manager Murray Hewitt on HBO's Flight of the Conchords. But Rhys is also an hilarious comedian with a penchant for sound effects. He rarely blesses our shores with a performance, so I urge to you try and catch one of his five performances at the Gotham Comedy Club.
Oh, Hello : The Kroll Show at The Paley Center on Saturday November 9 at 4:00 PM (tickets): I've been an avid fan of Nick Kroll for many many years. His repertoire of characters is astounding and usually a spot-on lampooning of some of the most insufferable sects of popular culture. The Paley Center event will include "executive producers and writers Kroll, John Levenstein, and Jonathan Krisel (who also directs the episodes) to discuss the production of the technically dazzling parodies, the process of breathing life into such tragic souls as Ref Jeff, and the perils of ice dating." Attendees will also see two episodes from Season 2 of the Kroll Show. Nick is a great dude and a super-talent and his success is much deserved and makes your man Klaus happy.
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail at The Bell House on Saturday November 9 at 7:00 PM (tickets): Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani are two of my favorite people on earth. Kumail even did one of our Rock n ROFL shows back in the day. It broke my little black heart when Kumail moved to Los Angeles, but I can't say that I blame him as his career has thrived since the relocation. The Meltdown is a recurring comedy showcase out in Los Angeles that brings in some of the biggest names in comedy. It's so great, in fact, that it was picked up by Comedy Central and will soon be a TV show executive produced by some dude named Ben Stiller or something. It is a blessing from the Gods of Comedy that they will bring their show to NYC for one night only. Even though the line-up has not been announced, I urge one and all to get tickets now before it's too late and you get a one way ticket to Regretsville USA.
by Klaus Kinski
Holy smokes dudes. Lookit, I don't really go for the whole 'festival' scene, nor do I have the scratch or the resources to get my ass on a plane to go to some far off place and put myself up in a hotel in order to endure a few days of music and drunk idiots and awful tattoos and dudes in short-shorts prancing around like the world around them isn't basically in the worst shape it has ever been and stuff. And I am too old to do the old bro-out road trip, share a hotel room with eight dudes nonsense. However, two upcoming events in Elsewhere, USA are forcing me to consider eBaying everything I own in order to personally witness their majesty. The first event, which I've already mentioned, is Festival Supreme which is taking place on the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday October 19. Top to bottom, this show boasts the best line-up of entertainment I have ever seen including performances by Tenacious D, Zach Galifianakis, The Mr. Show Experience, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Eric Idle, Tim & Eric, Sarah Silverman, and scores more of top shelf greatness. If ever there was a show worth the price of admission, a plane ticket, and a hotel room somewhere this is it.
Less than a month after that, the incredibly curated Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 has to go ahead and add a comedy line-up to their already powerhouse festival. If you're at the fest, which happens in Austin Texas from November 8 - 10, prepare yourself, for their comedy line-up includes the impossibly great Tenacious D, Patton Oswalt, Craig Robinson, Doug Benson, Rob Delaney, The Eric Andre Show Live(!), Kyle Kinane, Jonah Ray, and tons tons tons more. The fact that, in a single festival, I can see Slayer, Quicksand, The Descendents, Judge, Subhumans, and the Cro-Mags as well as all this great comedy is basically my most wonderfully imaginative dream come true. Tickets are currently on sale and I urge you to get on it tout de suite, sunshine.
But hey, if you're a New Yorker like me and dreams of travel to exotic US locations for comedy/music festivals are just that, a dream, have no fear. For as we mentioned yesterday The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival will return for it's 6th year with shows at The Bell House and Union Hall from September 26 - 29 that are sure to be so good you're gonna want to have a clean pair of underwear handy. This year's festival is bursting at the seams with comedy, maybe some music, and definitely more. Klaus favorites including Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Che, Kurt Braunohler, and Leo Allen are all scheduled to perform in one way or another. In addition to that, the ALWAYS SOLD OUT StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman will be back this year, as well as tons of smaller shows featuring newer talent and comedians who are sure to be sucked into the vacuum that is Los Angeles sooner or later. And you know your man Klaus is stoked for the return of Invite Them Up, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen, and that super dope Bob's Burgers Season 4 Celebration. It's going to be a great festival loaded with the shows and comedians that made me fall in love with the NYC comedy scene in the first place.
For some of you today is probably payday so get those sweet bunz of yours onto TicketFly and start buying those tickets!
Not long after The Locust's first U.S. show in 5 years was announced via the Austin Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup, LA's FYF Fest announced that the Locus would return for their U.S. fest even sooner, a late FYF Fest lineup addition. At the moment I think those are the only two dates for the spazzy masked band who reunited for a Yeah Yeah Yeahs curated ATP in the UK in May, but more can't be far behind.
FYF Fest also just added a whole bunch of comedians to the lineup, which you can see in the updated poster above, and in list form below...
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
by Klaus Kinski
I was sitting at work reconciling a bunch of budgets when a small but heavy pile of comedy news fell into my lap. It is now up to me to disseminate this news to your hungry eyes. But before I get down to bidness I have to mention a recent comedic experience that really floated my denim clad boat. I don't normally review comedy shows because comedy is so subjective, but this show was enough to get me out of my apartment during a heatwave so it deserves mention. Klaus favorite Tom Shillue brought his storytelling show Funny Story to the confines of Brooklyn Brewery for the first time last night, June 20th, 2012 and cleaning crews are still at work gathering my busted guts from the walls and ceiling of the place. Funny Story has taken place at a few venues in the city, including UCB East and UCB West but this was the first one at the Brewery. The second you walk in, the first thing you notice is the smell. I don't know if you've ever been in a brewery, but imagine putting burnt pizza crust and Eukanuba dog food in a black plastic garbage bag and leaving it on the hood of a cement truck in the dead of summer and then opening said bag after 8 hours. It is a rank odor that I was afraid would distract me for the entire show; happily for some reason my nose got used to it in about 15 minutes and I was able to enjoy the STELLAR line-up unencumbered of olfactory distractions. Tom kicked things of with a hilarious tale of an early visit to NYC with his 2nd cousin Grover, adventures at famed nightclub Tunnel, getting Andy Warhol's autograph on a soup can in Boston, and eventually losing touch with Grover in the late 90s. Musical genius Walter Schreifels was up next and regaled the venue with various tales of neighborhood life in Williamsburg before offering up a heart-breaking grand finale story about bike theft and redemption. Philip Galinsky was up next, but I sadly missed a good amount of his performance due to a bathroom break and a beer token run; but what I did see and hear was hilarious and his stage presence was absolutely incredible. He runs the Manhattan Monologue Slam with his brother Robert, so keep your eye out for him. The great Bobby Tisdale followed Galinsky and told what, for me, were probably the funniest anecdotes of the evening. Topics included having sex like a cat, having his yam-bag punctured by a cat in search of his girlfriend's 'essence,' and having his own Julie Robert's-pretty-woman-jewel-box-surprise-moment, only it wasn't a jewelry box and the surprise involved an unexpected spray of water. I wish the event was being recorded because everyone on earth MUST hear these tales. MUST. The night was capped off with the incomparable John Mulaney who waxed about he and his family's history and experiences with Bill Clinton. Not sure when the next installment of Funny Story is but I will do everything in my power to spread the word on BV because it's a must-see. And you get a beer with the cost of admission. Boo-ya!
In other comedy news, as expected, Dame Julie Klausner's live podcast taping at the Bell House happening on June 27th with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Jim Gaffigan, and the recently added Martha Plimpton, and more, is now sold out. Do yourself a favor and start mining Craigslist for a ticket now because this could be the show of the century.
Speaking of comedy shows that will sell out, LA based comedian, ex-Mr. Show cast member, and all around great, great man Scott Aukerman is bringing Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! to the Highline Ballroom on August 7, 2012. The show will feature James Adomian and Tim Heidecker. Comedy Bang! Bang! is not only a hugely successful and totally rad podcast, but it's also a show on IFC that you can see Friday's at 10/9C. In other Tim Heidecker in NYC news, don't forget you can catch him on Friday June 29th at Littlefield where he will be on Kurt Braunohler's show Night of the Living alongside millionaire armpit hair aficionado Amanda Palmer. And much like Scott Aukerman, Braunohler has a show on IFC Friday nights at 10:30/9:30C called Bunk
And speaking of LA-based comedians coming to NYC, Klaus favorite Doug Benson will be in town on July 2nd, 2012 at the Gramercy Theater where he will deliver us Doug Loves Movies Live Podcast with Doug Benson & Special Guests. I have been to these I Love Movies podcast tapings before and they are absolutely the most fun you can have sitting down.
Why not keep this LA comedy in NYC ball rolling (awful segue, huh?)? I am pleased as punch to say that the Nerdist Podcast Live is COMING TO NYC on October 12th, 2012! Tickets for this show, which happens at the massive Best Buy Theater, went on sale at noon today. The Nerdist Podcast features Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira. You know Chris from his extensive television work, including hosting "Web Soup" on G4 and "Talking Dead" on AMC, his appearances with Conan O'Brien, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Fallon, and many others, his book "The Nerdist Way." Jonah's a rising standup comic in Los Angeles, co-hosts a popular weekly live standup show, and writes for E! Entertainment Television's "The Soup." Matt's a staffer on G4's "Attack of the Show" and host of his own weekly live standup comedy show in L.A. as well. Together, they host the Nerdist Podcast, one of the most popular comedy podcasts in the world and are all featured on the 'Nerdist' specials airing on BBC America. For sheer skills as a comedian though, Jonah Ray wins. I love that dude. More Nerdist dates here.
Ok I am starting to feel homesick. Better talk about NYC for a sec. On Monday June 25th 2012, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen is bringing the f-ing stank to Littlefield in Brooklyn. The line-up will feature Simon Amstell, who has a Numb residency happening in NYC VERY soon, the great Glenn Wool, Lady Carol, and Josh Gondelman. Tickets are on sale now, but get them now because the gonna be gone very very soon yo.
by Klaus Kinski
Chris Hardwick, Adam Savage, Matt Mira & Jonah Ray at Largo in LA
On August 16, 2011 at 8:18 PM, a whistle-blower came forward and called me out on something that I've been hoping would go unnoticed during my tenure as an esteemed, beloved, respected, deified, reviled, BV contributor; my grammar sux. So now I am back at school, bonin' up my wordliness. But with all this classwork and homework, I only have time for a quickie post thingy for you fine folks. So here goes. Tickets for the partially Kickstarter-funded 2011 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival went on sale a while back and, as expected, ticket sales were rather brisk (brisque?). As a matter of fact, a few shows sold out faster than I could say "It's IT'S not ITS?" The shows that sold out fast were An Evening Of Science featuring StarTalk Live with Neil deGrasse Tyson plus Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman and Scott Adsit on Thursday September 15th and The Archer Variety Hour and Panel featuring Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Adam Reed, Jessica Walter, Matt Thompson, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates which happens on Saturday September 17th. Both shows are happening at the Bell House. HOWEVER, according to delightful tweet by the Bell House Bot, tickets for those shows will go back on sale today, Tuesday September 13 at noon! Get those F5 buttons ready people! Full updated fest lineup below.
In other sold out Bell House comedy news, once the smoke clears from the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, the great Marc Maron will be in the House on Monday September 19th for a live taping of his better-than-most-other-podcasts podcast WTF with Marc Maron. Yeah, it's sold out, but so were those Eugene Fest shows... so you never know.
Oh, and speaking of live podcast tapings, The Gramercy Theater, who has a new booker in their ranks, has some pretty f-ing awesome podcast tapings coming up. On Friday October 14th, comedian Chris Hardwick brings The Nerdist podcast to the Gramercy with guests Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. In case you want to know, Jonah Ray is one of my favorite LA-based comedians in the business and it's a fucking honor to have him gracing our city with his tall, bespeckled, full head of hair having self. Do you like apples? Jonah is amazing. How d'ya like dem fackin apples? Tickets went on sale back on August 26th and the demand was so great that the added a show later that evening, happening at 10:30pm. It's going to be so awesome. Trust me. Hummus breath.
And speaking of the Gramercy Theater and live tapings, Klaus favorite Doug Benson will have a whopping TWO LIVE PODCAST TAPINGS at the Gramercy on Sunday October 23rd. He kicks things off at 4:20pm with The Benson Interruption. If you haven't seen an Interruption, you are missing out on some of the funniest shit ever. Doug invites his comedy friends to the stage and, while they attempt to do stand-up, he interrupts them. It. Is. The. Best. Tickets are on sale as I type this, so get on that shit Tout de suite. Later that evening, at 8:00pm, Doug brings his legendary Doug Loves Movies podcast to the Gramercy stage. At this point in the evening, I can tell you that Doug and his yet-to-be-announced panelists will be feeling prettttttty loose. As a person who has seen these shows live in the past, I must insist you dust the cobwebs off your wallet and check these suckers out. It may be the best Saturday October 23rd in your miserable lives. And after the shows, go home and buy Doug Benson's new CD Potty Mouth. The package features a CD AND a DVD. Schwing. Welp, I guess I gotta hit the books. Smell ya later.
the sixth in a series where we asked comedians to tell us what was good this year....
Jonah Ray is a surprisingly tall comedian from LA. He's also got a pretty impressive resume. He's appeared in TV shows including The Sarah Silverman Program, Saul of the Molemen, Comedy Central's Live At Gotham, and Human Giant. He's also got tons of videos on Super Deluxe including his man-on-the-street style docs shot at SXSW, and his series "The Freeloaders Guide To Easy Living with Jonah Ray". He recently went on tour with Sean O Connor, Nick Maritato, and Andrew Wright which was billed as the (Still) Born in the USA Tour. Oh, and he has a 7" on AST records. What follows is what he dug in 2007. - Klaus
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Lavender Diamond, Here Comes One - I couldnt stop listening to this song, over and over and over again i'd rock in my car, on my bike, in my house while cooking....everytime i listened to it it made me feel like i was in some kind of Romantic Comedy. Except when the song was over i wasnt with my quirky dream girl... i was still by myself mid-masturbate.
The Weakerthans, Reunion Tour - One of my favorite bands. They've made the same album three times now and i dont mind it. Each song has such a sweetness to it, and it doesnt hurt that the singer sounds a lot like Big Bird. Maybe thats why i like it? because it brings in these thoughts of a large, friendly bird bringing me in for a hug...then singing sweet political poetry into my earhole.
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