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Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate @ Warsaw 4/26/2015
Big Terrific, the free weekly NYC comedy series, came to an end after seven years with two big ticketed shows at Warsaw on Sunday night (4/26). Original hosts Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman (both of whom live in LA these days) and Max Silvestri were on hand and Greg Johnson and Joe Mande were also there for both shows, delivering very funny sets. Pictures from the early show are in this post.
The late show, which I went to, also featured an appearance from Hannibal Buress (who also appeared at BT's final free show at Cameo earlier in that week). Jenny, Gabe and Max have come a long ways since Big Terrific's beginnings in the back of Sound Fix and all three's sets were, um, terrific -- though a late start meant Jenny's closing set didn't start till 12:30 and I think a lot of people were checked out (mentally if not physically) by that point. At the end, it was a quick goodbye without a lot of sentimentalizing, which was ok. We did get a reprise of Gabe and Jenny's collaborative impersonation of "Kelsey Grammer in line for craft services" which was welcome. They've done this one-joke bit (he farts a lot!) many times but it remains funny.
More pics from the early show of Big Terrific's Warsaw send-off, below...
Louis, Hannibal & more at Big Terrific last night (photo by @ryanmuir)
Max Silvestri: I guess we should talk about the show Big Terrific.Long-running Williamsburg comedy show Big Terrific had its final regular free Wednesday show last night (4/22) at Cameo. Max Silvestri welcomed back onetime BT co-host Jenny Slate and, as promised, there were lots of big special guests, including sets from Louis CK and Hannibal Buress. The standing-room-only show also featured Jessi Klein, Emily Heller, Sheng Wang, Ron Lynch, Nick Turner, and Jared Logan. Did you go?
Gabe Liedman: I'm glad we're giving it a nice ending.
MS: Yeah, I'm so happy you guys are going to be back in town for the last shows.
Jenny Slate: Me, too.
GL: Me, too. It is going to be really fun and fancy, and I heard that that theater is gorgeous.
JS: Is it like an actual theater?
MS: Well, no, I mean, the stage looks like a theater, but it is like a raw space.
JS: A raw space with curtains.
JS: That's what I call my pusssaaaayy, girl. I'm sorry. I apologize.
MS: Stay on brand. Stay on brand. - [Vulture]
Max, Jenny and third co-founder Gabe Liedman will all be back for the two gala Big Terrific farewell shows at Warsaw on Sunday (4/26). Joe Mande will also be on hand for both and lots of special guests are promised for these as well. Both shows are sold out.
Louis CK, who's FX show just started its fifth season, popped by UCB East for an impromptu set earlier this week.
the early days of Big Terrific (via Max Silvestri's Facebook)
As you may know, weekly NYC live comedy show Big Terrific is coming to a close this month, with a big send-off show at Warsaw on Sunday, April 26 with original hosts Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman. That sold out, so they've added a late show at 10 PM, same night. Jo Mande will be appearing as well at both Warsaw shows, plus lots of promised "special guests." Tickets are on sale now.
All things must pass, and Max Silvestri's long-running free weekly NYC comedy show, Big Terrific, is coming to an end this month:
After seven years of shows, first at Sound Fix and then Cameo Gallery, we're winding it down at the end of April. It's a bummer, but life is about change! It has been the most fun experience and it's the longest I've ever done something in my entire life. I mean, I moved around a lot as a kid so I never even went to one school for seven years. Also, school sucks!Tickets for the Big Terrific finale at Warsaw on 4/26 are on sale now.
Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate and I are going to do a big fancy show and party on Sunday April 26th to really close the door on the whole thing. It'll be at the Warsaw Bar and Lounge in Greenpoint, and the three of us will be joined by the OG Goof Joe Mande. And there will be lots of other surprises and guests too.
There will still be three more Big Terrific's at Cameo on April 8,15 & 22 and Max says for the last two he's going to "put on a ton of my favorite people and they will be good and we will have fun." Those shows are free.
In probably quite related news, Max Silvestri, who used to write Top Chef recaps for Eater, will host a new Bravo culinary competition show, titled Recipe for Deception, and here's how the press release describes it:
It is a battle of secrets and knives in this fast-paced and innovative self-contained cooking competition series where a chef's cunning is almost as important as their culinary skill. In each stand-alone episode host Max Silvestri guides four new chefs through head-to-head elimination rounds in which they are tasked with creating a stunning dish featuring a main ingredient. The twist is that they have no idea what that ingredient is while cooking. Based on the popular parlor game 'Two Truths and a Lie,' competing chefs ask each other three "yes or no" questions to determine what their mystery ingredient is, and their opponent answers strategically with two truthful answers and one outright lie. If you can't stand deceit, get out of the kitchen.No premiere date for Recipe for Deception so stay tuned. We will miss Big Terrific but wish Max best of luck with this new show.
Public Services with Jo Firestone is an all-new variety show from Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000, UCB, WFMU) and Jeremy Levenbach (Whiplash, Big Terrific). Featuring a staged reading of an original sewer-themed soap opera called "Public Services", this show also features celebrities, up-and-coming comedians, and notable nobodies. Public Services combines soap opera, celebrity interviews, and live comedy to give the audience that sweet alt comedy they didn't even know they were cravin'."Public Services with Jo Firestone" happens tonight (3/4) at Littlefield and it's got a pretty amazing group of comedians for the show: Jon Glazer, Chris Gethard, Eugene Mirman, Aprana Nacherla, Andy Blitz, Larry Murphy, Dan Lica and more, plus a live music set from Langhorne Slim. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.
Jon Glaser will be back at Littlefield next week (3/11) for the Brooklyn Free Space Fundraiser Spectacular Evening of Entertainment! featuring Janeane Garofalo, H. Jon Benjamin and more -- which is now sold out.
Aparma Nacherla, meanwhile, will be at Union Hall on Friday (3/6) for this month's edition of Dave Hill's "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" that also features Mrs. Smith, Bandits on the Run, and Eliot Glazer (tickets). Then she'll be at the Bell House on March 10 for Jezebel's "March Madness: An Evening of Readings by Women We Love" that also features Ariel Dumas, Jena Friedman, Jean Grae, Phoebe Robinson, Juli Weiner, and Delaney Yeager. That event is free by sending an RSVP email to Madness@Jezebel.com.
Janeane Garofalo will headline an event called "Reductress Presents: The Brotherhood of Women" at The Bell House on March 19 that also features Sara Benincasa, Naomi Ekperigin, Lizz Winstead, Eliot Glazer, Tyler Coates, Elissa Bassist, Cocoon Central Dance Team, and Anna Drezen (tickets).
Later this spring at The Bell House, on May 7, Greg Proops will be taping an episode of his podcast "Greg Proops is The Smartest Man In The World" and tickets for that are on sale.
Back over at Union Hall, SNL's Sasheer Zamata hosts "Sasheer Zamata Party Time!" at the venue on March 19 with guests Bridget Everett, Sabrina Jalees, Charla Lauriston, and Liza Treyger (tickets).
Dave Hill will also be at Union Hall on March 21 for a live taping of Nerdist podcast "Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction" that also features Jared Logan, Ashley Brooke Roberts, Max Silvestri, Eli Sairs, Kara Klenk, Mehran Khaghani, Jono Zalay, and host Bryan Cook. Tickets are on sale.
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.
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.
Comedian Joe Mande is busier than ever. Not only has he popped up on Brooklyn Nine Nine, Parks and Recreation, and Kroll Show, but tonight he's doing stand up on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Before you catch him on Late Night, come see him perform with comedians Wyatt Cenac and Max Silvestri tonight in Brooklyn at The Bell House in Brooklyn, tonight (3/27) as part of his #Bitchface Mini World Tour. Somehow, tickets are still available so grab them while you still can.
The last date of his #Bitchface tour is Friday (3/28) at The Great Scott in Boston. Watch a clip of Mande on Kroll Show below:
Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall
Neil Young did the Crazy Horse thing for much of 2012 and 2013, playing some excellent, noisy shows, and tonight he begins a four-night run at Carnegie Hall, which will presumably be more stripped down and show off his prettier side.
Potty Mouth, Radiator Hospital, Kissing Is A Crime @ Glasslands
Tonight Glasslands hosts an excellent double bill of punky indie rock (or indie rock-y punk) with the deadpan melodies of Potty Mouth and the #feelings bedroom rock of Radiator Hospital. Local post-punks Kissing Is A Crime open, and they're worth catching too.
Child Abuse, I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues, Nebadon, Weakwick @ Silent Barn
Local faves Child Abuse bring the heavy, technical noise to Silent tonight, and there's a strong support bill, including I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues (whose lineup includes Mick Barr of Krallice) and savage Minneapolis noise rockers Weakwick.
Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia plays big rooms these days but still loves testing out new material at cozy Union Hall. This early show is sold out.
John Hodgman @ Union Hall
Right after Birbiglia wraps up, John Hodgman will take over Union Hall for a show he's calling "Daddy Pitchfork." We're not sure exactly what that is, but it's sold out.
Wyatt Cenac's Night Train @ Littlefield
Get on board Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show, this week with guests Max Silvestri, Dan St. Germain, Tiffany Stevenson, Justy Dodge and more. Tickets are still available.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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by Klaus Kinski
Eugene Mirman w/ Bobcat Goldtwait (via Eugene's instagram)
Ladies and germs, today we find ourselves on the brink of Thanksgiving and a Nor'easter. I can't wait to see which one will be a bigger disaster for me personally. Regardless, before you pack your backpacks or your hobo-bandanas that you'll hang from the end of a stick and head out to see your friends and family, here's a quick comedy round up for you to enjoy.
Last night (11/25), Wyatt Cenac's Littlefield-based comedy residency Night Train celebrated its One Year Anniversary with an absolutely dominating evening of talent. The line-up included sets by David Cross, Michael Che, Ted Leo, Seth Herzog, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Andy Wood, Michelle Buteau, and of course, Wyatt Cenac. Congrats on a successful year and a successful anniversary celebration, Wyatt! Check out the Littlefield calendar for more upcoming Night Train shows.
Speaking of Eugene Mirman, NYC semi-recurring-ish comedy staple Pretty Good Friends has a holiday show coming up at the Bell House on Tuesday December 17 and the announced guests so far include Eugene Mirman and the great Daniel Kitson. Last weekend Daniel Kitson began yet another massive residency St. Ann's Warehouse that is set to wrap-up on December 21 2013. A lot of those shows are sold out while a handful of others only have a handful of seats left, so get tickets now. Eugene Mirman also has some December dates with Klaus Hero Kurt Braunohler. Those are listed below.
And for Cod's sake, let's not forget that Union Hall is still a force to be reckoned with in terms of small-room huge-talent comedy bookings. Every Sunday night Creaghead and Company takes over the room and for a measly $7 brings us some of the biggest names and freshest talent in the biz. Tickets are only available at the door and the room fills up quick, but if you want to see comedians before they become superstars or comedians who can sell out places like Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, this is the place to be.
One show on the Union Hall calendar that I am really looking forward to is the release party for comedy photography book Funny Business by the great Seth Olenick which is happening on December 21. The shindig will feature Seth Olenick, Brooke Van Poppelen, Max Silvestri, and "very special guests". While there, you will also have the opportunity to purchase the book. If you recall, we mentioned Seth's Kickstarter campaign back in February 2013 and I was so happy to see that he actually exceeded his goal. This is an exceptionally solid body of work by a fantastic portrait photographer.
Manhattan venue Joe's Pub has been programming some comedy into the calendar lately too. John Roberts, viral video master and voice Linda on Bob's Burgers, will be headlining the venue on Sunday December 15. Along with his many original characters, look for Roberts to bring his east coast everymom and star of the viral "Christmas Tree" videos "Margie" to life onstage. Tickets are on sale.
And while we're on the subject of Joe's Pub, tonight (11/26) the great Julie Klausner wraps up the 5-night run of her show TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner. For tonight's evening of music and comedic banter, Julie welcomes Ted Leo. A handful of tickets are available.
Julie's incredible podcast How Was Your Week recently featured American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer Kathleen Hanna and is something I must insist you listen to immediately. Kathleen is the subject of a new documentary called The Punk Singer which begins its theatrical rollout on Friday (11/29). New Yorkers can catch the film -- which also includes appearances from Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Tavi Gevinson, Adam Horovitz, Kim Gordon, and Kathryn Wilcox -- at Nitehawk Cinema or the IFC Center. Hanna will appear in person for a Q&A after the 2:00pm screening at Nitehawk on Saturday November 30 and tickets are on sale. Click here for a full list of screening dates and cities.
Eugene Mirman dates are listed, along with John Roberts' "Christmas Tree" video, below...
Baroness at Chaos in Tejas in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Melvins, Baroness, Honky @ House of Vans
The free shows at House of Vans continue tonight with sets from sludge veterans Melvins and the just as great, but more contemporary torchbearers, Baroness (for whom this will be their first NYC show following last year's bus accident). This one should get pretty crazy. RSVP closed a while ago, but even if you did RSVP, remember that it's first come, first served. Doors are at 7 PM.
Maxwell's Block Party w/ The Bongos, The Individuals, "a" @ Maxwell's (FREE)
And so it ends: After 35 years, Hoboken rock club Maxwell's will shut its doors after tonight. Before that happens, though, a block party (starting at 4 PM) and, later, performances from three bands from the early days of the club. Free.
M. Ward, The Kami Lyle Trio with Joey Spampinato & Tad Price @ Union Pool
Forget about She & Him. M Ward is an amazing songwriter on his own with ripping guitar skills to boot, and in the tiny Union Pool those skills will be on full display. It's a rare intimate appearance for such an amazing talent.
Summerscreen w/ Hector's Pets, The Numerators, Juniper Rising @ McCarren Park (FREE)
Tonight's Summerscreen film is '80s kids adventure classic The Goonies. Which of the three bands playing before the movie will bite the apple and cover Cyndi Lauper's theme song? Bands at 6 PM with the movie starting around sunset. Free.
The Love Language, Eternal Summers @ Mercury Lounge
North Carolina's The Love Language just released their new album, Ruby Red, on Merge; tourmates Eternal Summers, meanwhile, are putting the finishing touches on their new one which is out soon. Go out and here some new tunes.
Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, Off With Their Heads, Ben Marwood @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Night 2 of Frank Turner's intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg shows. Like last night, this one's sold out, but Frank will return in the fall for a much larger show at Terminal 5.
Jherek Bischoff, Jen Goma (of People Get Ready), Greg Saunier (of Deerhoof), Contemporaneous @ Le Poisson Rouge
Amanda Palmer/Parenthetical Girls collaborator Jherek Bischoff, who just performed with the Kronos Quartet during Lincoln Center Out of Doors, is playing his own show at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. He's be joined by some nice support too, including members of People Get Ready and Deerhoof.
Beyonce @ Izod Center
Beyonce has four Barclays Center shows coming up (three next week, one in December), but before that she'll be in NJ tonight for a show at Izod Center. In addition to the hits, it's looking pretty fair to expect some new songs too. A totally elaborate stage show seems possible too.
Beth Orton @ The Bell House
Fresh off the Newport Folk Fest, UK singer Beth Orton plays her second of two shows in NYC. Tickets are still available.
Aziz Ansari @ Secret Venue
TREAT YO-SELF. The Parks & Rec star's demographically-focused comedy set at a secret venue will undoubtedly be interesting, if not utterly side-splitting.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Tonight's Big Terrific is a little different in format than usual. Max Silvestri turns the hosting duties over to Nick Turner with sets from Jon Daly and Nate Bargatze. Max, meanwhile, will perform a full hour set. Free.
For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar.
Mike Doughty @ City Winery
The former Soul Coughing singer has two shows at City Winery tonight: the early show features songs from Skittish, Rockity Roll, Haughty Melodic, and The Flip Is Another Honey; the late show features songs from Golden Delicious, Sad Man Happy Man, and Yes And Also Yes. (Did you know he had so many solo records?) Both will also feature a few Soul Coughing Numbers, too.
Dead Stars, The Hairs, The Teen Age, Honduras @ Glasslands
Here's a quality bill of indie rock, with '90s-leaning Dead Stars, the adenoidal angst of The Hairs, and The Teen Age whose music is much better than their name. Honduras play too.
Lost Tribe, Anasazi @ Home Sweet Home
It's punk night at the predominantly goth party Nothing Changes, where Lost Tribe will team with Anasazi for night at the fog-engulfed venue. The pair of bands together promises to be worth a wiped out Thursday.
Slick Rick (w/ Lifted) @ Stage 48
Born in London but raised in The Bronx, Slick Rick's flow is as distinctive as his signature eyepatch, and old-school classics like "La Di Da Di" and "Children's Story" still get the party going.
David Neff, Run-On Sunshine, Jenn Kelly, Preston Spurlock @ Cake Shop
If you like your pop twee and nasally (and some do), head to Cake Shop tonight for two likeminded artists from Arizona: David Neff and Run-On Sunshine.
Erin McKeown, Lake Street Dive @ Madison Square Park (FREE)
Folk pop artist Erin McKeown performs at tonight's installment of Madison Square Park's free concert series. 6PM
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Offerman in 'Somebody Up There Likes Me'
Nick Offerman, who we recently interviewed, produced and stars in new comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me, which also features Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, and Kevin Corrigan. The film also features a score by Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio. Here's the synopsis:
Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman stars in this deadpan comedic fable with touches of the supernatural. In possession of a magical suitcase, Max (Poulson), his best friend Sal (Offerman), and the woman they both adore stumble through 35 years of unfulfilling entanglements. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at last year's Locarno Film Festival, this "highly original and delightfully unorthodox" (The Hollywood Reporter) ensemble piece features an original score by Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio, showcases stunning animated sequences by Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly), stars Will & Grace's Megan Mullaly and character actor Marshall Bell (Total Recall), and boasts cameos by indie stalwarts Andrew Bujalski, Alex Ross Perry, Kate Lyn Sheil, and others.You can watch the trailer below.
The film premieres in NYC this week at BAM Rose Cinemas (Mar 29--Apr 4). The 7 and 9:30 PM screenings on Friday, March 29 will also feature Q&A's with Offerman, Baio, Poulson and director Bob Byington. On Saturday, March 30, the 7 PM screening has a Q&A with Offerman and Byington, and the 9:30 with Offerman, Byington, and Poulson. Get your tickets now.
Doug Benson, in caricature form...
In other comedy/movie news, Doug Benson will be in NYC on April 2 at Gramercy Theatre to do a live taping of his popular Doug Loves Movies podcast. That is sold out, but he just added another Gramercy DLM appearance on July 1 and tickets for that show are on sale now and still available. All Doug Benson dates are below.
Wyatt Cenac's Night Train comedy show happens at Littlefield every Monday. This week's (3/25) guests include Hari Kondabolu, John F. O'Donnell, Rojo Perez, Ed Gavagan, and John McKeeverTickets are still available.
Speaking of Wyatt, he'll also be at The Bell House on March 31 as part of Tell Your Friends! The Spring Fling! with Janeane Garofalo, W. Kamau Bell and Allison Castillo. Tickets are still available.
Similarly named and at the same venue a few days later, Pretty Good Friends with hosts Eugene Mirman and John Hodgman comes to The Bell House on April 3. Wyatt Cenac will be at this one too, as will H. Jon Benjamin of Archer/Bob's Burgers/etc fame. Tickets are still available!
One more: A live taping of Julie Klausner's How Was Your Week? podcast happens at The Bell House on April 5. Guests include Max Silvestri, Ted Leo, chef Pichet Ong, and Siggy Flicker. Tickets are still available.
The Somebody Up There Likes Me trailer and Doug Benson tour dates are listed below...
Max, Jenny, Gabe
As you may know, free comedy show Big Terrific happens at Williamsburg club Cameo. The show actually started in the back of Sound Fix's original space on Bedford with hostsGabe Liedman, Jenny Slate and Max Silvestri. While Gabe recently moved to Los Angeles and Jenny has a busy career now, Max holds down the fort on Wednesdays (a busy night for him as he also recaps Top Chef for Eater). Tonight's show at Cameo features Mike Lawrence, Seth Herzog, James Adomian, and Adam Newman. Show is at 8 PM.
Big Terrific turns five this year and Max, Gabe and Jenny are celebrating together for a big show down the street from Cameo at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 15. They are promising "VERY special guests" and tickets ($15) go on sale at noon today (2/20).
As we've said before, Reggie Watts is a busy beaver and and true performer who'll loves to get on stages big or small. Tonight NYC has two chances to catch him. First he'll be performing at The Blind Barber on E. 10th St. at 7:30 as part of an event titled "An Evening of Original Sin" that is a fundraiser for Genesis, a new aerial play by Julia Kaminsky. Also performing is onetime Das Racist cohort Lakutis. More info on the show is here.
Then, Reggie will hop on the L Train (or take a cab) to head to Cameo's weekly free comedy show, "Big Terrific." It's host Max Silvestri's 30th birthday tonight and he's also got Hannibal Buress and Greg Johnson on board for the celebration. Big Terrific starts at 8 PM and is FREE.
On November 15, Le Poisson Rouge will host "The People's Bailout: A Variety Show and Telethon to Benefit the 99%," a benefit show for Occupy-affiliated organization Strike Debt. The show features a huge (and very impressive) lineup of Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel) (who has played for Occupy Wall Street in the past), Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) (who has also played for Occupy Wall Street before), Guy Picciotto (of Fugazi), Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio), Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Max Silvestri, Frances Fox Piven, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, corproate pranksters The Yes Men, John Cameron Mitchell, Climbing Poetree, The invisible Army of Defaulters, members of Healthcare for the 99%, Occupy Faith, and many more. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, November 2 at 10 AM.
Meanwhile, Lee Ranaldo also plays as one third of Text of Light at 285 Kent on November 13.
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!
photos by Chris La Putt
If you're going to GoogaMooga on Sunday, you might want to eat and drink before you get there. More pictures from Saturday below...
Nick of Islands on stage w/ Mister Heavenly (more by Graeme Flegeheimer)
Islands will release their new album A Sleep & A Forgetting this February 14th via Anti-Records..., this time band leader Nick Thorburn has infused the songs with a personal introspection that gives the record a new and powerful emotional resonance.Though Nick Thorburn has made multiple appearances lately (10/18 at Union Hall, a 10/21 day party at Fontana's, a DJ slot at Creators Project), Islands played just a single CMJ show which was on 10/22 at Dominion Theater and Lounge (428 Lafayette Street)...
"This album is far more personal than any I've made before," Thorburn explains. "I left New York after the end of a relationship and came to Los Angeles. There was a piano where I was staying and that's where I wrote these songs. This record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming. I started writing it on Valentine's Day and it's coming out on Valentine's Day."
...at Dominion NY, the sign outside promises an "Intimate Evening with Islands"; the venue isn't lying. The basement doesn't seat more than one hundred; it's dimly lit, and barely anyone in the audience is talking. In addition, I am sitting uncomfortably close ("intimately close," even) to the stage.That night, the new LP was the focus of the show and though there is no confirmation of the same at their forthcoming "special intimate seated show" on Friday, October 28th, expect some new jams at least. Comedian Max Silvestri and Mattie Safer (ex-The Rapture) are credited with the assist, and tickets are on sale for Islands' only current tour date.
While the rest of the band is dressed in black sports coats and black pants, Nick Thorburn is dressed in a light blue jacket and light-colored pants. He is clearly the star of the show. (None of the band members from the last time I saw them in 2008 are on stage here.)
Islands performs nine or ten songs from their new album, which Thorburn shares will be out February 2012. Some of the lyrical sentiments of the new songs are nice. At one point, Thorburn croons, "Don't I love you? Isn't the sky grey? Isn't the moon blue?" One of the songs has Geordie Gordon joining Thorburn on the piano playing a doo-wop style melody. To say that Thorburn's side project Mr. Heavenly with Honus Honus of Man Man is an influence on this song is an understatement. At one point, I said (to my notebook), "This sounds like 'Van Helsing Boombox.'"
Islands does break out two old gems: "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby" and "Swans (Life After Death)" from the 2005 album, Return to the Sea. [Evil Monito]
Diamond Doves @ Rock Shop (more by Jessica Amaya)
Last Thursday, Diamond Doves, whose members are the same as Elvis Perkins' backing band, began a residency at Brooklyn venue The Rock Shop which also includes appearances on March 17 and March 24. The March 17 show (tonight) includes openers The Woes and comedian Max Silvestri. The March 24 show is being opened by Last Good Tooth. The March 10th show was with Telekinesis and the Love Language who were touring through.
Diamond Doves then head out on a tour with The Felice Brothers starting March 25 at The Oneonta Theatre, which also includes March 26 at Club Helsinki, and March 27 and March 28 at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Click the links for tickets.
All dates below...
The new New Pornographers?
Neko Case has been keeping busy on the road lately, recording with the Dodos, spending lots of time with Jakob Dylan, and even sometimes playing with her band The New Pornographers, so it's nice to know that she (and the rest of the New Pornos) got the day off when they were making the video for "Moves" from their recent album Together.
In their place is a cast of funny characters including Julie Klausner (as Neko), Jon Wurster (as one version of Carl Newman), Kevin Corrigan (as Dan Bejar), and Ted Leo (as Kathryn Calder). Also look for Todd Barry, Other Music, Death By Audio, Wyatt Cenac, a mound of cocaine, Gabe Delahaye, Max Silvestri, Horatio Sanz, Bill Hader and Paul Rudd (the cast of Expectant Dads) and many more in the Tom Scharpling (who directed this Ted Leo masterpiece) directed video, that you can watch with full credits listed, below...
John Oliver is hosting/taping a "New York Stand-Up Show" at NYU's Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Saturday & Sunday - January 14-16...
"Stand-up Comedian and Daily Show correspondent, John Oliver, hosts a unique series of stand-up comedy shows for Comedy Central which feature some of America's most influential stand-up stars and great upcoming comics. Season 2 is sure to be amazing. Headliners this year include Greg Behrendt, Pete Holmes, Al Madrigal and Maria Bamford as well as these great comics Brendon Walsh, Kyle Kinane, Anthony Jeselnik, Marina Franklin, Jen Kirkman, Deon Cole, Mike Lawrence, Kumail Nanjiani, Rory Albanese, Glenn Wool, Moshe Kasher, Rory Scovel plus more tbd..."Sign up for free tickets to the Comedy Central event.
Wyatt Cenac is doing something similar. Free tickets available.
Free weekly series Whiplash continues every Monday night at NYC's UCB Theater. Tonight's special guests are John Oliver, Rory Scovel & Mike Lawrence.
Reggie Watts and Daniel Pinchbeck are having "An Open Dialogue About the Future" at Cameo Gallery tonight (1/10) (doors at 9pm). On January 17th, 2011, Daniel Pinchbeck will host a screening of "2012, Time for a Change" at the same venue.
The Wednesday night free "Big Teriffic" show has been happening again at Cameo Gallery, and it will happen again on 1/12 and 1/19 (and probably after that!). Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, and Jenny Slate host. Other special guests perform too.
Hannibal Buress still hosts the free show every Sunday night at Knitting Factory. 1/16 promises Rory Scovel, Ben Lerman, Jermaine Fowler, John Mulaney & Rob Shapiro
Monthly show Variety Shac with Andrea Rosen returns to UCB on January 13th with special guests John Mulaney, Aasif Mandvi & Negin Farsad.
Joe Mande breaks out at Caroline's this Tuesday, January 11th. Tickets are on sale.
Neil Innes of Monty Python and The Rutles fame plays Highline Ballroom on May 10th. Tickets are on sale.
Did you miss the opening weekend of Daniel Kitson's show at St. Ann's Warehouse? Well, you have until January 30th to correct that!
Aziz Ansari's Carnegie Hall show happens on January 22nd. Tickets are still on sale.
Louis CK has a new CD and DVD entitled "Hilarious" which gets relesaed this Tuesday, 1/11. That's the cover art above. Have you seen it on Comedy Central? Well, the DVD is " uncensored and feature an additional 40 minutes of content not aired on TV." Check out the trailer/e-card thing below...
words & photos by David Andrako
Daniel Kitson / Jim Gaffigan
The first show of the evening was held at Union Hall and was billed as "Montreal Callbacks" - a reference to the Montreal Comedy Festival. Kurt Braunohler began the show with a brief set before he assumed the role of host for the evening. The night featured young stand-ups many of whom can be found performing weekly at clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Mike Lawrence, Greg Johnson, Max Silvestri, Andrea Rosen, Ken Reid, Dan St. Germain and Hannibal Buress.
Highlights of the show included Ken Reid's set, which featured stories of his "white trash" childhood growing up in Massachusetts, Dan St. Germain's self depreciating tales of living in Brooklyn and Andrea Rosen recounting awkward encounters with celebrities and long lost friends. I caught the first few minutes of always great Hannibal Buress's set before heading off to The Bell House for the second show of the night.
Invite Them Up, the much beloved weekly comedy show that Eugene was involved with from 2005-2008 returned for a sold out performance at The Bell House. The show was again hosted by Bobby Tisdale, and featured performances by ITU co-host (and the host of the night) Eugene Mirman, A.D. Miles, , Maeve Higgins, Morgan Murphy, Reggie Watts, Daniel Kitson and special guest, Jim Gaffigan.
Jim Gaffigan, who headlines SIX shows at the Best Buy (formerly Nokia) Theater in December, was greeted with some of the loudest cheers of the evening and the fact that the comics from the earlier show had made their way down to The Bell House to watch his set from the back of the room speaks to his status as a massively respected comedian. His unannounced appearance strengthened an already packed show.
Daniel Kitson, the British stand-up and storyteller, ended the show with an hour long set that featured some impressive crowd work and allowed him to display his razor sharp commentary and lightning fast wit. After admitting that he "didn't have the professionalism to be a middle act," Kitson launched into quizzing audience members on their names and occupations only to later weave them all together in a freestyle rant comparing audience members to each other. In addition to his biting commentary, he wasn't afraid to display his vulnerability explaining that, "I'm quite lonely and I live alone. This is my chance to chat." He also addressed his stutter, which was apparent during his performance. At the age of 33, his stand-up act is impressive and made even more impressive by the fact that Kitson has turned down most television work in the US and Britain. He has performed both story shows and stand-up at the past eleven Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
photos by Gabi Porter
"Came home soaked in beer glitter sweat and smelling like Tim Harringtons arm pit the girl thought strip club nope Les Savy Fav record launch" -JasonFerguson
"glitter & purple spandex & the sweat descends & awesomeness. les savy fav nails it every time." -madeleinepascal
If I didn't head to Brooklyn Masonic Temple last night (9/8) to catch Sleep, without a doubt I would have been at Mercury Lounge to catch the great Les Savy Fav. The show, a release party for the band's new LP Root for Ruin (out now on digital, and avail in hard formats on Tues, 9/14), featured the (anything but) normal antics of vocalist Tim Harrington (who recently played the last-ever(?) pool party) and from the looks of it, the OMGs and ROFLs were bountiful. The band focused heavily on the new record, but threw in old classics like 'Who Rocks the Party' & 'The Sweat Descends' as well. -BBG
Speaking of ROFLs, comedian Matt McCarthy opened the show which just made it a funny past week in general for LSF guitarist and Frenchkiss label-boss Syd Butler who also curated the lineup of comedians that played ATP NY Friday night.
Oh and speaking of comedians, Stereogum sister-site Videogum is hosting the festivities at The Bell House in Brooklyn TONIGHT (9/9). Laugh your way into the Jewish New Year with free comedy by Max Silvestri, Joe Mande, Gabe Liedman, John Mulaney, Jon Glaser & more (8pm doors).
More pictures and video from the Mercury Lounge show are below....
by Klaus Kinski
Islands at a show w/ comedians in 2008 (more by Eric Townsend)
Oh, hey guys. Lemme get these headphones off. There. Sorry, I've been listening to this Justing Bieber song that's been slowed down 800 percent non-stop since yesterday (sounds like a Justin K. Broadrick remix for crying out loud). Anyway, I almost forgot to tell you about some more very important comedy news. Keeping with the theme of great comedy coming to Brooklyn, Williamsburg's weekly Wednesday night comedy staple Big Terrific will leave the confine's of Cameo and grace the much larger stage of Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday August 27th (8:00pm doors). For the uninitiated and/or too-lazy-to-google, Big Terrific is a weekly show hosted by Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, and Jenny Slate that showcases local talent as well as international comedic super stars. It is one of the many great weeklies in NYC, and it boasts one of NYC's most consistently stellar comedy line-ups, week after week after week, and has been doing so for over two years.
As far as I'm concerned, all really great comedy shows in NYC deserve to get dragged out of the back rooms and basements and given the opportunity to curate a larger scale show at one of our better venues (like Invite Them Up did at Bowery... 5 freakin years ago!? (5 years!? damn)). And the Big Terrific show at MHOW seems like the ideal scenario. It's on a Friday. It's on a payday (for some of us). It features the comedy whatnots of Todd Barry, Brent Sullivan, Joe Mande, Jesse Popp, and MORE. It features a live performance by Islands. It'll have a shitload of surprises that cannot be publicized because that's how the industry works people. It's ONLY 12 BUCKS. So if you're into amazing comedy, jaw dropping surprises, reasonably priced beer, great music, at a wonderful venue (that is turning three years old), I'd say your Friday night is covered. And if you don't like any of those things, I'm wondering why you read this far. Shouldn't you be opposing a mosque somewhere or something? Anyway, times are tough, so if you'd like to try and win a pair of tix, look below.
In addition to Big Terrific, your hosts Max, Gabe, and Jenny are pretty busy pups. SNL keeps Jenny very busy, but she will be returning to the new season of Bored to Death on HBO, which premieres in September. She also just released a short film she made with Dean Fleischer-Camp called Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Gabe Liedman can be seen on the Short List on Fridays at 9 on VH1. And Max just finished filming a pilot for Comedy Central that will hopefully get picked up and then air for thirty years. Following the MHOW show, you can count on Big Terrific every Wednesday at Cameo.
Some videos (and the contest details) below...
by Klaus Kinski
As I get older, I just I don't have the wherewithal to see as much comedy as I should. It's really depressing. There are so many goddamned GREAT comedy shows happening in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and even Queens that rather than pick one to go to, my brain shuts down and says "Just go home and watch Wheeler Dealers on the ole DVR, KK." It was easier to decide when Rififi was around. So thank Cod there's a yearly comedy festival in Brooklyntown that brings my ever flabbening body out of hibernation and reacquaints me with a sliver of the current roster of the greatest living comedians. That festival is the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and this year it takes place from September 16th - September 19th and will impregnate The Bell House, The Rock Shop, and Union Hall (or as I like to call them, the most annoying venues to go if you don't have kids or play bocce) with its comedy seedlings.
As with previous years, the 2010 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival brings together a supremely jaw-dropping group of comedians and performers. What can one expect? Oh, I don't know. Maybe (definitely) Emo Philips, Daniel Kitson, Jon Glaser, Max Silvestri, David Cross, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Yo La Tengo, John Wesley Harding, Sarah Vowell, John Mulaney, and so many more I'm liable to puke with glee should I continue. What am I most looking forward to? Thanks for asking! I'd have to say it's a toss up between the bill Yo La Tengo falls on and a rare Tinkle performance (without Todd Barry, sadly)(although, Todd is opening for Superchunk at MHOW on September 19th, so that's something) (sold out though) (probably because Todd is on the bill).
The festival line-up will be tweaked, added onto, emboldened, modified, and made better as we make our way to the opening date, but have a gander at what's already planned below. In the immortal words of the person who put the roster together for me, "This is what's happening; but not everything that's happening". Ticket info to follow, but many shows will be on sale in advance. Also, please see a message from enfant terrible David Cross below...