Entries tagged with: Mark Normand
by Klaus Kinski
The third annual Brooklyn Comedy Festival will be taking place across 12 different venues throughout the borough from August 24 - August 30. Showcasing a staggering array of New York's finest comedic talent, the festival will deliver audiences everything under the comedy rainbow including stand-up, sketch, duo, improv, musical comedy, character, storytelling, and more. Mercifully, the shows are either free or extremely inexpensive. Who, exactly, is gonna be there? Let's see:
Performers this year include Sasheer Zamata, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Monroe Martin, Chris Gethard, Sean Patton, Aparna Nancherla, Seaton Smith, Mark Normand, Nick Vatterott, Michelle Wolf, Nick Turner, Myq Kaplan, Louis Katz, Kevin Barnett, Yamaneika Saunders, Michelle Buteau, Joe Pera, Dave Hill, Josh Gondleman, Jared Logan, Pete Lee as well as sketch and improv from groups like Murderfist, GUS, RICHARD. There will be surprise drop ins and special guests including Ron Jeremy. The final show of the festival will bring Roast Battle to The Knitting Factory!The fest begins with a Kick-off Party and Showcase at Knitting Factory on Sunday (8/23) and will culminate, as mentioned above, with a grand finale Roast Battle at the Knitting Factory on August 29. There will be a wrap party at Crown Victoria on August 30 (1-6 PM) where folks can nurse their comedy hangovers with daytime drinking and fellowship. Festival highlights are listed below, but I urge you to VISIT THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE where you can find a more elaborate schedule that includes listings of free events and special additions.
These days, it seems like every bar or restaurant with a basement is jumping on the comedy train with open mics of dubious quality and the occasional improv show. But the East Village's 24-hour all-biscuits-all-the-time Empire Biscuits is taking the comedy-restaurant collaboration to a whole new level with the very first Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival. The festival spans three nights, August 2 to August 4, with three showcases each night. The festival kicks off Sunday (8/2) at 7 PM with Liza Treyger (Comedy Central's Half Hour), Alingon Mitra (Last Comic Standing), Joe Pera (Comedy Central), and Mark Normand (Inside Amy Schumer). Other Sunday highlights include Jo Firestone, Giulia Rozzi, Brett Davis (The Special Without Brett Davis) and Jim Tews (Louie) at 9 PM.
The comedy continues Monday night (8/3) with sets from Joe List (Comedy Central) and Ben Kronberg (Last Comic Standing) at 7 PM. The night continues with two more shows, including sets from Mike Lawrence (who recently toured New York with Marc Maron), Nate Fernald (The Pete Holmes Show), Abbi Crutchfield (VH1) and more.
Finally, Tuesday night (8/4) starts out with heavy hitters Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, @SeinfeldToday), Nore Davis (Inside Amy Schumer), and Nick Turner (Comedy Central). The subsequent shows are just as stacked, featuring Michelle Wolf (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), Sasheer Zamata (SNL), and Kevin Barnett (Friends of the People) at 9 PM. The final show of the festival features Seaton Smith (Mulaney), Sean Donnelly (Comedy Central), Phoebe Robinson (Girl Code), Carmen Lynch (Inside Amy Schumer), and Aparna Nancherla (Conan).
So you're probably wondering - how much do I have to pay to see this fantastic lineup of indie New York comics? Well, for the low price of $50, you can see all nine shows, including one biscuit and one beer per night. It's $14 for a single show, which also includes a biscuit and a beverage. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineups for all nine Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival shows are listed below...
photos: A Place to Bury Strangers / Grooms @ DbA 11/22/2014 (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
A Place to Bury Strangers, Grooms, Ed Schrader's Music Beat @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Having both played the final night of Death by Audio, bands A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms release their new albums today and celebrate with this show. Also on the bill: Frasier-loving Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat.
Doomtree, Open Mike Eagle @ Highline Ballroom
It's a good double header of alternative rap at Highline Ballroom tonight with Minneapolis collective Doomtree, who put out a new album on their own label last mont, and Chicago rapper Open Mike Eagle, who put out Dark Comedy last year.
Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens, Gates, Twin Strike, Descender @ Saint Vitus
Post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels dives into the heavy psych and garage rock of the late '60s for Dead Heavens, one of two newly-formed bands he's fronting. Tonight's the second of their three-show residency at Saint Vitus.
Jeffrey Lewis, Diane Cluck, Kid In The Attic @ Trans-Pecos
Jeffrey Lewis wraps up his tour with fellow folk singer Diane Cluck at this show presented by NYC Taper, so if you can't make it (or want a memento), expect recordings of the show not too long after.
Nick Hakim, Honduras, Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meekv @ Mercury Lounge
This is a makeup show for Nick Hakim's final date of his Mercury Lounge residency which was rescheduled due to Winter Storm Juno.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ BB King's
The legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic pushed the boundaries of rock, soul, funk and psychedelia on their classic early '70s albums, and they're still at it. Released late 2014, First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate was the first Funkadelic record in in six years.
Lauryn Hill @ Rough Trade
This is the first of Lauryn Hill's nine NYC dates as part of her "Small Axe" acoustic tour. Sold out.
Not Suitable For Television: An Evening of Material Rejected from Television @ Littlefield
Jon Glaser, Sasheer Zamata, Mark Normand, Josh Gondelman, Matt Koff, Charla Lauriston, Jess Dweck, Nate Fernald, Luke Cunningham, Zhubin Parang share jokes that didn't make it past TV censors, sketches cut for time, pitches gone awry and other ideas that never got on the tube.
Colin Hay @ City Winery
Who can it be now? It's former Men at Work singer Colin Hay, who plays the second of his three City Winery shows this evening.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
Follow BrooklynVegan on instagram.
As mentioned, the NY Comedy Festival happens November 5 - 9 at venues all over NYC. While the big shows -- Marc Maron, Tig Notaro, Bill Cosby, Nick Offerman, Amy Schumer and others -- have been announced for some time, they just announced the smaller/cooler/more interesting offerings on the slate. We just wrote about Bob Odenkirk who's playing Gramercy Theatre on November 9, and here are a few more highlights as chosen by BV laffmaster Klaus Kinski. He offers up some parenthetical comments too. Read on:
-Popular internet-obsessed comedy game show @Midnight (hosted by Chris Hardwick) will be taping in NYC the week of NYCF, at ABC 24 New York on November 3, 4 and two tapings on 11/5. Tickets are free and mostly claimed but you can get on the waitlist.
-Seth Herzog's longrunning "Sweet" will do a NYCF-specific show at The Slipper Room on 11/4 ("Always. Seth is the man.") No advance tickets yet.
-"Comedy Underground" Live with Dave Attell at Village Underground on November 4. ("I love Attell and hope he sees a resurgence. Also, big a-listers will drop by for sure.") Two performances, 8 PM and 10:30 PM (Tickets)
- Leisure Hour With Brian McCann at UCB Chelsea on November 5. ("Longtime Conan writer/performer. Dude is NUTS.") Tickets available soon.
- Kyle Kinane at Union Hall on November 5. ("Great opportunity to see him in a small room.") Sold out, but there may be standbys at the door.
- 'Race Wars' with Kurt Metzger and Sherrod Small at Comedy Cellar at The Village Underground on November 5. ("Smart and very controversial.") Reservations are being accepted now.
- 'Lies' feat. Sara Schaefer at the Jerome L. Greene Space on November 6. ("I have always loved Sara.") Tickets are on sale now.
- Aparna Nancherla & Friends at The Creek and the Cave on November 7. ("New on my radar, she is one of the funniest people ever.") Tickets are on sale now.
- The Talk Show Series Presents The Kevin Corrigan Show at Union Hall on November 7. Moving from its usual (free) Williamsburg, The Kevin Corrigan show will be at Union Hall this time with a bunch of cool guests TBA. Tickets are on sale.
- "Clown Panties and Other Unpleasant Truths: An Evening With Inside Amy Schumer" on November 8 at The Paley Center for Media. ("Amy Schumer also has a big stand up show, but I think an event about her show is more interesting than her stand up. Though her stand up is great.") Tickets go on sale Friday (10/3) at noon and are on presale now to Paley members.
-'Up To Snuff: Mark Normand & Friends' at The Stand on November 8. (Guy is GREAT. Made a year end list of mine. He needs to be famous.) Tickets are on sale now.
- Emily Heller at UCB East on November 8. ("So f'ing funny. Another comedian who made a year end list of mine.") Tickets are on sale now.
There are lots more NYCF events happening and the whole schedule is here.
Tonight (10/23) at Littlefield is the two year anniversary of Running Late with Scott Rogowsky and SG has put together quite a line-up to celebrate, with Demetri Martin, Grizz from 30 Rock, Eugene Mirman, Mark Normand and Canadian comic Levi MacDougall. Tickets are on sale.
After that, the next RLWSG happens on November 6 at Symphony Space where his guest will be former talk show host and master of the anecdote, Dick Cavett. Tickets for that are on sale as well.
The Underachievers @ BrooklynVegan-SXSW (more by Bruno Simões)
Summerstage presents free shows in parks around NYC each summer. One of those parks is Red Hook Park where 2013 shows will happen on June 4 - 7. Check out the exact schedule below...
by Klaus Kinski
Will Chris Gethard make Klaus' list?
Because I have a terrible memory and personal tastes that change from week to week, coming up with a "Best of" list spanning an entire year is absolutely impossible. And the term "Best of" sounds too goddamned dogmatic to be taken very seriously. I only like lists when they are silly and light like "Top Ten Funniest Farts" or something of that nature. And anyway, the reality is that taste is subjective; a concept which you crotchety commenters can't seem to get through your thick skulls. Especially when it comes to comedy. So rather than give you a "Top 10 Funniest Comedians of 2012" list, what follows is "Though There Are Certainly Others, Here Are 10 Mostly Local Comedians Who Klaus Kinski Really Enjoyed in 2012 In No Particular Order, Really," below...
by Klaus Kinski
Reggie Watts on stage @ MSG (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
On Wednesday 3/30, Reggie Watts took time out of his busy schedule collaborating with LCD Soundsystem at Terminal 5 to headline two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The early show sold out quite in advance, and if I didn't know any better I'd say the second show sold out as well, judging by the massive line of people waiting to get in to the late show as we were leaving. The night got off to a rocky start for me when none of the bartenders honored their usual happy hour drink specials. It even said there'd be a happy hour on the ticket! Luckily for everyone at MHOW, my wet brain has rendered me rather docile and I was paying full price in seconds. Innnywhoozle, to warm up the primarily seated crowd, opener Mark Normand took the stage. In all my years of seeing comedy, I've never managed to see him. As a matter of fact, the only reason his name rung a bell was because he replies "attending" to every single comedy event I also happen to be invited to on Facebook. I just assumed he was some superfan or something. But, good grief, he is freaking hilarious. I really wish I had seen him sooner. Check out his calendar and try and catch him one of these days. His completely non-musical, non-beat-based comedy will blow your mind.
After a super-brief intermission, Reggie came out to a stage festooned with all sorts of gear; samplers, a computer, a keyboard, and more... a larger arsenal than I am used to seeing him with. But I haven't seen him in a while, so maybe this additional gear is part of an evolution that I've missed a lot of lately. Either way, for over an hour Reggie completely tore the roof off the place. Reggie's sets seem to have a life of their own and their progression feels extremely organic and unscripted. His mixture of humour, skills with a sampler and other gadgets, coupled with is seemingly unending well of Franco-German-Russian-Beat-Boxing-HillBilly-accents makes for a spectacle that I cannot believe is sprung from one man's afroed skull. The guy makes me bust a gut as heartily as he blows my mind with his abilities to create insane music. He is absolutely one of my favorite performers of all time and I cannot wait until we have a chance to see him do another long-form show.
And it doesn't look like that wait will be very long because from May 6th through May 22nd Reggie will be at PS122 for a show called Radio Play. Radio Play is the brainchild of Reggie and co-creator Tommy Smith. It is described as follows:
Modeled after radio programs of yesteryear, RADIO PLAY gathers a group of actors, musicians and sound-effects artists to create a surreal sonic entertainment. Songs, stories and soundscapes collide in a comedic mash-up of non-temporal quasi-political pop-cultural tropes.Even though I have yet to see Radio Play, the basic concept illustrates what makes Reggie one of my favorite performers in the world; he can do a short drop in set at one of NYCs many weekly comedy shows, he can sell out Music Hall of Williamsburg, or he can take the stage and completely dominate a more art-house oriented program. To simply regard him as a 'comedian' is an unfair reduction of one of the greatest performers in NYC.
And if you can't catch him live (or even if you can!), listen to him on CD or vinyl. Reggie released his debut comedy cd/dvd 'Why $#!+ So Crazy?' on Comedy Central Records in May 2010. He has a new album entitled 'Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records' which became available as a limited edition vinyl in March 2011.
Dates and videos, including one of Reggie talking about his LCD experience, below...