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Joyce Manor at Rough Trade in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Love Inks at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joyce Manor

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

John Darnielle (reading), John Hodgman @ Le Poisson Rouge
While Mountain Goats main man John Darnielle has always been a storyteller, he's never written a book before now. His first novel, Wolf In White Van, comes out this week and he'll be reading from it and discussing it in NYC tonight. Joining him is Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman.

Joyce Manor, The Exquisites, Mike Bell and The Movies @ Bowery Ballroom
Cali rippers Joyce Manor make melodic punk with every ounce of fat trimmed (their most recent and longest album is 10 songs in 19 minutes), and those songs truly come alive at their shows. Tonight's their largest headlining gig in NYC yet and sold out. Sure to get rowdy.

No Joy, Tonstartssbandht @ Mercury Lounge
No Joy's shoegaze is the way it should be, a mesmerizing wall of sound and extremely loud. They're on tour opening for Deafheaven (just played MHOW last night), but will squeeze in this small headlining show tonight. Eccentric duo Tonstartssbandht open.

Strand of Oaks, Christopher Denny @ Rough Trade
Timothy Showalter has been making excellent folk as Strand of Oaks for a few years now, but for this year's HEAL LP he added a full band and a more rock-inspired sound and it's been putting him in increasingly larger venues. They'll be back in the winter for a Bowery Ballroom show, but will first play the smaller Rough Trade tonight (sold out). Opening is unique country singer Chris Denny, who has a new album out on Partisan this year.

Voice Coils, Ovlov, Ronald Paris, New Firmament @ Death by Audio
Brooklyn's Voice Coils include members of various local (or local-ish) bands, including Roomrunner, Mitski, Extra Life, Porches, Skeletons, Couch Slut and more. Together they make metallic prog and though that may be an unlikely style from this group, they do it well. Tonight's their 7" release show.

Love Inks, Air Waves, Hollow and Akimbo @ Glasslands
Austin's Love Inks make more of their minimalist pop on this year's Exi, their third album which came out last week. Local indie pop band Air Waves should be a good match too.

Final Bloom, Expert Alterations, Semi-Femme, Synths and Slides @ Palisades
Dark synth duo Final Bloom recall the sounds of '80s goth and industrial and they do the sound justice. Meanwhile, Semi Femme is the current band of Orca Team's Leif Anders and they make quality dark post-punk.

Lorde, Majical Cloudz @ United Palace Theatre
Australian pop ingenue/sensation and emotional bare wire Majical Cloudz may seem like a strange match for touring partners, but here we are.

Accept, Raven @ Gramercy Theatre
Two veterans of heavy metal meet up at Gramercy Theatre tonight with German speed pioneers Accept and NWOBHM-ers Raven.

John Mayall, Matt Andersen @ City Winery
British electric blues legend John Mayall led the influential Bluesbreakers in the '60s whose shifting lineup included a young Eric Clapton, Peter Green (later of Fleetwood Mac), Mick Taylor (later of The Rolling Stones) and others. He's in NYC for a two-night run at City Winery this week, tonight's being the first.

Night Train w/ guest ghost Hari Kondabolu @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show continues tonight with Hari Kondabolu guest hosting. Other guests include Kevin Avery, Janelle James, Ross Parsons, Jim Hamilton and Sean Devlin.

Brooklyn, Stand Up!! @ Knitting Factory
It's a night of free comedy including new SNL 'Weekend Update' co-anchor Michael Che, plus Katrina Braxton, Mike Cannon, Chris Disstefano, Kyle Grooms, Joe List and Amber Nelson.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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NBC's Saturday Night Live is hitting a milestone this fall, as the upcoming season will be its 40th. The show returns on September 27 with Parks & Rec's Chris Pratt as host and Ariana Grande as musical guest. Then on October 5 it's host Sarah Silverman and Maroon 5.

In more exciting SNL news, comedian Michael Che will become the first African American 'Weekend Update' anchor, replacing Cecily Strong as Colin Jost's co-host. Che, a regular in the NYC alt-comedy scene and on this site, had been a writer on SNL before leaving to become a Daily Show correspondent. Strong is still on the show, and apparently asked to step down, preferring to work on sketches.

As mentioned before, castmembers Brooks Whelan, John Milhiser, Nasim Pedrad, Noël Wells are all not returning this year. New cast has not been announced. The show also lost announcer Don Pardo, who died at age 96 this summer.

In celebration of SNL's 40th anniversary, NBC will be airing old episodes of SNL -- one from each season -- on Saturday nights at 10 PM. Whether this includes the weird years where Lorne Michaels left the show and it was run by Dick Ebersol, remains to be seen.

In related news, onetime castmember Ana Gasteyer (1996 - 2002) is performing at Joe's Pub on September 29. It's a release show for her new album, I'm Hip, and tickets are on sale now.

by Arielle Gordon

Neko Case surrounded by comedy admirers at '13 Mirman fest (more by David Andrako)
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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...

Continue reading "2014 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival lineup announced"

by Arielle Gordon

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For the second year in a row, online comedy hub Funny or Die is bringing an insane lineup of comedians, entertainers, and other funny people to 20 different cities around the U.S via the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. This year, the tour includes a fantastic lineup of comedians young and old with literally someone to please everyone: Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick and Aziz Ansari to Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, and Mark Maron, with even a few true oddballs (Demetri Martin, Reggie Watts) in the mix. There's also a second stage hosted by Brody Stevens. Lineup varies from venue to venue, but all announced Oddball 2014 performers are listed below.

The tour doesn't stop in NYC proper -- though Aziz has that under control on his own at MSG -- Oddball does have a few stops in the NY area: August 16 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, August 17 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, August 22 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. and August 23 at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT.  Tickets are currently on Citi cardmember and Previous Purchasers presale and go on sale to the general public Saturday (6/28) at 10 AM.

The full tour dates are listed, along with a tour poster and 2014 lineup, below.

Continue reading "Louis CK, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron & more on board 2014 Oddball comedy tour (dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Klaus Kinski

Jon Benjamin / Michael Che / Jon Glaser @ The Bell House 6/13/2014
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On Friday (6/13), The Bell House played host to the release party show for A Night at Whiplash, a live movie documenting a single night of NYC's most legendary weekly comedy show Whiplash, which takes place Monday nights at the UCB Theater in Chelsea.

It wouldn't be a Klaus Kinski outing if mother nature didn't deliver a horrendous onslaught of earth shatteringly shitty weather, and boy did she deliver the night of Friday the 13th. Black-green skies, crazy bolts of lightning, long, rolling peals of thunder... the works. Luckily I managed to get to the venue during breaks in the storm, but the rain was so horrendous that the Bell House flooded and needed to be quickly wrung out prior to the show. Hats off to whoever sopped up all that rain water because aside from a few minute wet spots (including the one on the front of my pants lol jk) you never would have known that they had a defcon 5 water situation on their hands just prior to the show.

But enough about wet spots. I got to the show a minute or two into the great Leo Allen's awesome lead-off set. I think I've seen Leo more times than any other comic, and the dude consistently delivers. Leo is the weekly host of Whiplash, so you can, literally, once a week, see this man dominate live. And I'm not even talking about the many bills he pops up on otherwise. He is the man. Leo was followed by Jared Logan who is easily one of the best comics in the biz nowadays. Super high energy, sharp as a tack, and flippin' loud, the dude's a machine of awesomeness. Jared literally performs at least once a night somewhere in NYC when he's not on the road, so I highly suggest you click on his hyperlinked name a sentence or two back and check out his calendar and make it to one of his shows. That dude's going places. Trust me.

Jared was followed by dance duo Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass who did a really well-executed, high energy, and, at times, extremely funny dance number to a James Brown song. I was sort of vexed as to how something like this would fit into the evening's line-up, especially since dance really is not my wheelhouse at all. But I loved it! They were great! And they really kept the momentum going.

H. John Benjamin was next and, as usual, his set was odd but extremely funny. He kicked things off by doing a dance number of his own to the same song Monica and Anna did, only he dragged some poor girl onto the stage to continue the dance while he took her seat. After upbraiding her for not performing as well as he expected, he riffed for a while before finally reading text exchanges between his 11-year old son and his friend. Truly awkward and hilarious, though, man, that poor kid.

Aparna Nacherla
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The next act up was Aparna Nancherla who I had never seen before but have been hearing volumes of good stuff about lo these past few months. All the positive things I've been hearing and reading about her are beyond well-founded; she's the best. I cannot remember the last time I have seen a comic do "self-deprecating" so well. Her unassuming appearance hides an unbelievable level of snark and biting wit and as her set progressed, the mask of delicacy started to slip. It was awesome. Her CV is already pretty stacked but this kid is going places. Do go to her website and check out one of her many upcoming NY C area shows. Trust me.

Comedy veteran Jon Glaser was next and he definitely proceeded with a very Jon Glaser signature set about soccer and, well, stories about people with papercuts on their penises and how they got them. Glaser is another comic I have seen more than just about anyone else and, as usual, the material seemed totally off-the-cuff and unrehearsed, but completely hilarious nonetheless. The final act was Michael Che, a comedian who, right now, is so on top of his game it's ridiculous. Through relentless gigging and rock solid material, Che is basically world renowned at this point. As a new recurring correspondent, Che made his Daily Show debut earlier this month and  was a fantastic headliner and a world class wrap up to a phenomenal show.

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by Klaus Kinski

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The New York City comedy landscape is peppered with tons of great recurring comedy shows. One of the heaviest hitters in the land of recurring comedy shows has got to be Whiplash. Hosted by Klaus Kinski All Time Gold Pass Favorite Leo Allen, Whiplash takes place every Monday night at 11 PM at the UCB Theater in Chelsea. Each week, Whiplash treats attendees to solid line-ups consisting of the biggest names and most promising rising stars in comedy. Big fish like Aziz Ansari (who's playing a way bigger than UCB Theater venue called Madison Square Garden), Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifianakis, Louis CK, Chris Rock and more have graced the Whiplash stage on several occasions.

Back on September 9, 2013, Whiplash endeavored to bring the Whiplash experience to the masses by doing a live concert documentary. Welp, that sucker, titled A Night at Whiplash, is finally "in the can" as they say in Hollywood and to celebrate the fine Whiplash folks are throwing an epic release party on Friday (6/13) at The Bell House. As one would expect from a Whiplash related event, the line-up for the evening is STACKED. Attendees will thrill to host Leo Allen as he welcomes guests Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser, Michael Che, Aparna Nancherla, Jared Logan, and a dance thingy by Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. "Will there be special guests?" you ask? Well, doy, yeah, probably. Use your head kid. Anyhow, a smattering of tickets are on sale and you gotta believe me this show is going to go so far above and beyond the price of admission you won't be able to stop tweeting about it for the rest of your life.

Check out a trailer for A Night at Whiplash below...

Continue reading "'A Night at Whiplash' documentary being celebrated at The Bell House with Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser & more"

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The next edition of Dave Hill's monthly variety show, "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets," moves from it's usual home of Union Hall to The Bell House on June 18. The reason could be the guests this time, as the show is pretty stacked: David Cross, Juliana Hatfield, Michael Che, Jean Grae, Kate Berlant, and Marcus Monroe. Dave plays host and Valley Lodge (which he fronts) is the house band. That's a pretty killer bill of comedy and music and tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.

For folks in the rest of the country, look for Dave Hill on Comedy Central's popular fake game show, @Midnight, on June 9 where he'll join fellow comedian/contestants Michelle Buteau, Steve Agee and host Chris Hardwick.

Continue reading "David Cross, Juliana Hatfield, Michael Che & more at June edition of Dave Hill's "Meet Me In the Bathroom" variety show"

Method Man @ Knitting Factory - 3/30/14 (via Erika Kaz)
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Hannibal Buress' free comedy night at Knitting Factory Brooklyn almost every Sunday, but yesterday's (3/30) show was special one, celebrating the comedian's birthday (which actually is February 4, but why get into specifics?). The show happened in the main room, as opposed to the smaller front room where Hannibal usually performs, and also featured Michael Che, Bridget Everett, Kurt Metzger, and DJ Roofeeo. The show also billed a "VERY special musical guest," which turned out to be Staten Island rapper Method Man. Check out two short clips of Meth performing at last night's show, below.

Hannibal Buress also premiered his new special, Hannibal Buress: Live From Chicago, a day earlier (3/29) on Comedy Central (anyone catch that?). You can purchase it digitally now, and it comes out on CD/DVD on Tuesday (4/1).

Meanwhile, Method Man's group, Wu-Tang Clan, are releasing two new albums, one of which you might never hear.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Method Man joined Hannibal Buress at the Knit (videos)"

Priests at MHOW in 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Priests, Downtown Boys, 1/2 of Swearin', Olga Bell @ MoMA PS1
DC punks Priests have a new album coming out on Don Giovanni (they just released the killer lead single), and many upcoming tour dates, three of which are in NYC. Today's show is a little different than the other two though. It's an afternoon show (3 PM start) "of discussion and music surrounding feminist punk rock with artists" as part of MoMA PS1's Sunday Sessions, and also includes fellow punk band Downtown Boys, 1/2 of Swearin' (Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride) and Dirty Projector Olga Bell. The artists will be in conversation with Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly.

King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer, Highness @ Saint Vitus
Australian thrashers King Parrot and Northeast US black metallers Vattnet Viskar team up for what should be an excellent double bill at Saint Vitus tonight.

Vaz, Anwar Sadat, Guardian Alien, The Library Is On Fire @ Death By Audio
Louisville's Anwar Sadat make fast, angry post-punk that doesn't feel weird being compared to The Jesus Lizard or Big Black. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows this weekend, and really the whole bill is killer with noise crew Vaz, Guardian Alien (aka the insane drumming of ex-Liturgy skinsman Greg Fox plus lots of noise) and shoegazy punks The Library Is On Fire.

Antibalas, LP, Angelique Kidjo, John Doe & guests @ City Winery
City Winery founder Michael Dorf presents a Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall tomorrow, but at his own venue tonight there will be a live rehearsal show of Simon's music with the above-mentioned artists and other special guests.

Call Of The Wild, Tournament, Hellbear, Iron Force @ Union Pool
Heavy garage rockers Call of the Wild team up with their punky Brooklyn neighbors Tournament, their speed metal Brooklyn neighbors Iron Force, and Richmond's Hellbear. Earplugs recommended.

Lady Gaga @ Roseland Ballroom
The long-lived NYC venue Roseland Ballroom will be closing its doors in early April, but before then it will go out with seven Lady Gaga shows, this being the second.

Hannibal Buress, Michael Che, Bridget Everett, Kurt Metzger, DJ Roofeeo & "a VERY special musical guest" @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Hannibal Buress' birthday may be February 4, but he's choosing March 30 as the day of his birthday celebration at Knitting Factory, where he performs for every Sunday. A bunch of his friends are announced for this one, but what isn't announced is the "VERY special musical guest." Who could it be? Usually his shows are in the front room, but this time he takes over the main room, and its sold out.

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Speedy Ortiz at Irving Plaza in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Speedy Ortiz @ Other Music
Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz are about to release their Real Hair EP tomorrow, which gives us four more tracks at least as good as the material on 2013's Major Arcana. Tonight they celebrate that with a free in-store at Other Music.

Vacation, Nancy, Flykills @ Cake Shop
Cincinnati's Vacation make poppy punk (but not exactly "pop punk"), and having just played NYC as part of the Don Giovanni showcase last week, you'll now get another chance to see them, headlining Cake Shop tonight.

Mas Ysa, Pictureplane, Logan Takahashi, Dutch E Germ, Michael Beharie @ Glasslands
NYC indie pop dude Mas Ysa celebrates his new Worth EP at Glasslands tonight. Good openers too, and it's especially worth seeing Pictureplane whose electronic pop always gets a party started.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Hop aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield tonight. This week's guests include Michael Che, Laura Swisher, Byron Bowers, John Roy, and Jacqueline Novak.

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Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Jay Z @ Barclays Center
While Jay Z no longer has any stake in Barclays Center, no doubt it will still feel like home for this first of two nights at the arena.

Chris & Cosey @ Radio Bushwick
When industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle shut down operations in 1981, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti kept working together, making icy, trance-like dance music with occasional forays into pop. Having just played sold-out shows as MoMA PS1 and Santos, Carter Tutti perform Chris & Cosey material tonight -- no advance tickets, $20 at the door.

Cloud Control, Avers, ARMS, Little Racer @ Brooklyn Bowl
Australia's Cloud Control play their second NYC show this weekend as part of the "It's A School Night series" which is free with RSVP.

globalFEST @ Webster Hall
This annual world music festival takes over Webster Hall once again. If you're going, don't miss Caribbean "tumbutronic" artist KiT. Full globalFEST schedule is below.

NYC Podfest @ Fontana's
Witness live recordings of some of the best podcast's on the web -- featuring the likes of Myq Caplan, Colin Quinn, Dave Hill and lots more. The talk starts at 3 PM and tickets are still available to many of the events.

Giles Corey, Planning For Burial, My Mountain, Whip Angels @ Cameo
Giles Corey and Planning for Burial share a similarly bleak vibe: Corey, one half of Have a Nice Life, works a melancholy brand of folk in solo mode; PfB bring droning, shoegaze-y minimalist songs with occasional hints of black and doom metal to the table. Prepare to revel in your mid-January SAD.

"How to Use Outboard Effects" workshop w/ El-P & Nick Hook @ Converse Rubber Tracks
It's the third weekend of free (if you registered) creative workshops at Converse Rubber Tracks. Tonight learn from rapper EL-P & producer Nick Hook. Mind you, if you're first question is "What are Outboard Effects" this workshop might not be for you.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Tonight's announced guests included Harris Stanton, Chris Cotton, Bridget Everett. Get there early.

Stanley Clarke Trio feat. The Harlem String Quartet + Bettye LaVette, The Walkervilles @ Highline Ballroom
This sounds kind of special: legendary jazz bassist Stanley Clarke playing with the Harlem String Quartet, plus the great Bettye LaVette.

Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir @ Joe's Pub
Longtime anti-capitalist crusader Reverend Billy concludes his Sunday ministry/residency at Joe's Pub.

Arto Lindsay/Greg Saunier/Shahzad Ismaily/Ofir Ganon, PC Worship, Mr Transylvania @ Death by Audio
No wave legend and experimental composer Arto Lindsay (of DNA and others) joins Deerhoof's Greg Saunier plus Shahzad Ismaily and Ofir Ganon for a collaborative set which should get pretty intense.

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)
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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...

Continue reading "Klaus Kinski's Comedy Cannon (Eugene Mirman, Daniel Kitson, John Roberts, Julie Klausner, Kathleen Hanna & more)"

Sky Ferreira @ Webster Hall, 11/11/2013 (moire by Adele Laconte)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Rough Trade NYC Grand Opening w/ Charles Bradley, Sky Ferriera
The successful London mini-chain finally opens their first NYC store complete with a 250 capacity venue, a cafe run by Five Leaves, a recreation of Donald Glover's bedroom in Community (no really), and over 20,000 records/CDs (and none of them used). Opening day performances include Sky Ferreira (free entry w/ CD purchase, line opens at 8 AM fyi) at 6:30 PM; and Charles Bradley (free, 9 PM).

David Byrne's 'Here Lies Love' @ Terminal 5
While looking for a new home for Here Lies Love, David Byrne has gathered the cast of his and Fatboy Slim's successful Public Theatre musical for this performance to benefit the people of the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders and tickets are still available.

Temples, Ex Cops, Dead Heart Bloom @ Bowery Ballroom
While their debut album won't be out until early 2014, UK psych pop band Temples come armed with a string of catchy singles, jangly 12-string guitars and Mark Bolan haircuts. Their first of two NYC shows, this one's matched with locals Ex Cops and tickets are still available. You can also catch Temples tomorrow at the much smaller Union Pool.

S O H N, Empress Of, Daniel James @ Glasslands
SOHN recently signed to 4AD and makes the kind of indie/R&B that's been in style lately, and Empress Of isn't on 4AD, but her brand of art pop is not too far removed from another artist currently on that label, St. Vincent. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.

Honey Wild, Hippy, The Sanctuaries, Always @ Mercury Lounge
Like a twangier Vampire Weekend, quartet Honey Wild headline this all-Brooklyn show that also features likeably scruffy indie rock combo Hippy.

Thundercat, Mike Slott @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Bass master  and Frequent FlyLo collaborator Thundercat returned earlier this year with his new album, Apocalypse, and well as a tribute to the late Nintendo head Hiroshi Yamauchi.

Van Morrison @ Theater at Madison Square Garden
Jazz-pop/folk rock legend released his well-received new album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, earlier this year, garnering favorable comparisons to his 1970 classic Moondance. His tour brings him into NYC for two shows, this being the first.

Nils Frahm, Dawn of Midi @ Le Poisson Rouge
Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm released his new album, Spaces, a collection of minimalist piano pieces, lush synthesizer workouts and other sonically adventurous stuff that melds the classical and electronic-music worlds. Opening are Dawn of Midi who meld the synthesized and organic.

TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner @ Joe's Pub
Writer/comedian Julie Klausner is in the midst of her 5-night TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN run at Joe's Pub, where she promises to "sing some goddamn songs." This is Night 4.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac celebrates the one-year anniversary of his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests David Cross, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Michael Che, Andy Wood, and...free pie! Sold out.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Mirman & Neko Case / dancing Ira Glass / Michael Ian Black
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The 6th annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival just wrapped up last night (9/29), bringing four nights of laughter -- from both big names and rising talent -- to The Bell House and Union Hall. Here's picture highlights from the first two days (September 26 & 27), including: The Urbane Comedy Hour (9/26) which featured a string quartet and dancing (NPR's Ira Glass included), along with comedians Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac and Mike Birbiglia; the always popular Star Talk Live! (9/27) with astrophysicist Neal deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, Stephen Gorevan, W. Kamau Bell and Jason Sudekis; and Invite Them Up (9/27) which featured Todd Barry, Michael Ian Black, Kurt Braunohler, Neko Case (fresh off her big Radio City show) and more.

More pics below...

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Atoms for Peace @ Roseland Ballroom, 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Atoms for Peace

Superchunk @ A.V. Fest 2013 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Superchunk

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

"We Have An Anchor" @ BAM
Jem Cohen presents his new work as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, a cinematic tribute to Nova Scotia with live music by a band that reads like an ATP line-up: Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and more. Tonight's the second of three performances.

Atoms for Peace @ Barclays Center
Though Thom Yorke might love dancing on stage no matter what band he's in, Atoms for Peace gives him a great excuse to do so. The first album as a full band, this year's AMOK, is possibly Thom's most beat-oriented album yet. Expect to hear much of that, much of Thom's solo record, The Eraser, and some other surprises from throughout his career thrown in as well.

Superchunk, Spider Bags @ Bowery Ballroom
One of America's quintessential indie rock bands remain at the top of their game: the new I Hate Music is packed with hooks and, live, Mac can still land a flying leap off the drum riser. The first of two sold-out out shows at Bowery.

US Girls, Spacin', Onakabazien, DJs Pete Swanson & Slim Twig @ Death By Audio
Toronto experimental pop artist U.S. Girls (aka Meg Remy) is back in Brooklyn tonight to play a release show for her new EP, Free Advice Column. Also on the bill is hip hop producer Onakabazien (who collaborated with her on the new EP) and Philly garage rockers Spacin' (who, like Purling Hiss, have ties to Birds of Maya).

Aeroplane, Light Year, JDH & Dave P @ Highline Ballroom
Better known for his killer remixes -- like the one for Friendly Fires' "Paris" featuring Au Revoir Simone -- then his originals, Aeorplane (aka Belgium's Vito de Luca) is a master DJ who knows how to set a dancefloor soaring. Check out a stream of his "All Night Long" mix below

The Legendary Pink Dots, Orbit Service @ Knitting Factory
Edward Ka-Spel and Phil Knight have been making gothy, baroque psychedelia for over 30 years and remain shockingly prolific: The Gethsemane Option, is their... we actually lost count how many records they've released. Legendary indeed.

Har Mar Superstar, Reputante, Lizzo @ Knitting Factory
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar can turn any place into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too.  Fellow Minneapolis native Lizzo opens.

The Sadies @ Mercury Lounge
These long-running and underappreciated twangy Canadians just released Internal Sounds, their 16th album in 15 years.

Le1f, Antwon, Lakutis @ Santos Party House
These three genre-defying rappers have been on tour together and tonight they hit Santos Party House.

Heaven's Gate, LODRO, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Extra Feeler @ Silent Barn
Having formed two years ago from the ashes of the short-lived (and missed) Sweet Bulbs, Heaven's Gate took their old band's droning guitar roar into new territory. Their debut, Transmuting, hit this week and is a powerhouse rock record. Tonight's the record release party, with a pretty great set of openers.

Portugal. The Man, Crystal Fighters @ Terminal 5
These proggy alt-rockers returned with a Danger Mouse-produced album earlier this year, and if you can picture what Portugal. The Man and Danger Mouse would sound like together in a studio... well that's kinda what this sounded like. Check out the weirdo-funky sounds at Terminal 5 tonight.

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ The Bell House
Night Two of the EMCF features two shows at The Bell House: early its "Startalk: Live" with hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman welcoming a bunch of surely big name surprise guests (sold out); the late show is "Invite Them Up!" with Bobby Tisdale, Eugene Mirman, Michael Che, Mehran Khaghani, Michael Ian Black, and Todd Barry. You can still get tickets to that one.

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ Union Hall
Meanwhile at Union Hall, the Mirman Fest is happening too, and tonight's show title explains itself: "Comics Marc Maron Will Probably Resent in the Next Couple of Years," specifically Mike Lawrence, Adam Newman, Seaton Smith, Jim Tews, Kate Berlant, Ahmed Bharoocha.

Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson @ Town Hall
Folk legend and guitar hero Richard Thompson has been touring pretty much constantly since the release of his new album, Electric, back in February. Tonight he keeps things all in the family - his talented son, Teddy, opens.

Tegan and Sara @ Starland Ballroom
Tegan and Sara have been touring behind their poppy new album Heartthrob this year, and after hitting the NYC-area a few times, tonight they're back for a NJ show at the newly-reopened Starland Ballroom.

The Suburbs, Shake the Baron @ Mercury Lounge
Secret show theorists back off! The Arcade Fire may be in town for SNL, but this is The Suburbs, the cult Minneapolis new wave band who just released the not-bad-at-all Si Sauvage, their first album in 27 years.

Chick Corea @ Blue Note
Jazz fusion pianist Chick Corea, known for collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and others, continues his 6-night run at The Blue Note tonight.

John Zorn @ Miller Theatre
Avant-sax great John Zorn continues his Zorn at 60 concerts that have been going on all year.

toe, Birthmark @ Glasslands
Japanese post/math rockers toe have been around for over a decade, and this year they're getting a career-boost in North America, as they're re-releasing some material on Boston label Topshelf Records and touring here. Tonight's show is with Birthmark, the solo project of Nate Kinsella, who also has a long history in '00s math rock. Sold out.

Vulture Shit, Big Ups, I'm Sick, Ellis Dodi @ The Neverlands
Vulture Shit and Big Ups are two of Brooklyn's better young punk bands, and tonight they share a bill at The Neverlands (538 Johnson).

Forest Fire, Zachary Cale, Metal Mountains @ Union Pool
For those into psychedelia and folk, all three artists on this lineup do that sound well, and this one's not to miss.

Sidi Toure @ Highline Ballroom
Legendary Malian blues singer/guitarist has a new album out on Thrill Jockey, and he's currently back in North America for a tour. If you're unfamiliar, you can read more about him here.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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As we announced recently, the sixth annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival just announced its lineup. With so many comedy options every week in New York, here are ten reasons you should see some shows at EMCF this year:

  1. The festival started as a joke when Mike Birbiglia and producer Julie Smith suggested that it would be ridiculous to have a festival named after Eugene Mirman. Six years and various tours around the country later, it's still happening, and it's still one of the strongest comedy festivals around. This year's lineup is stronger than ever, featuring everyone from Jim Gaffigan to The Daily Show producer Jena Friedman. Support ironic festival titles. Go see some shows at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival this year.

  2. NPR diehards will be happy to learn that Ira Glass, host of NPR's This American Life will be making an appearance in the first show of the festival, the aptly titled "Urbane Comedy Hour." It promises to be a hilarious show that you can brag to your friends about, featuring Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman and more.

  3. It's the only festival that features accurate show titles, such as the "Comics Marc Maron Will Probably Resent in the Next Couple of Years" Show, featuring up-and-coming comedians such as Adam Newman, Jim Tews, Kate Berlant, and many more who will definitely keep the podcast pundit up at night.

  4. Eugene brought the festival to Boston this year, with the help of $5,000 in Kickstarter donations. In order to raise that money, Eugene promised (and delivered) some crazy perks, including "an autographed headshot of Eugene that says, 'AMERICA'S LITTLE DARLING' at the bottom," and "your name will be printed in the festival guide, in small print, as Racist." If he's willing to go to those lengths to bring Kristen Schaal to Boston, who knows what insane things he's willing to do to make this year's return to Brooklyn the best festival yet.

  5. Eugene is bringing back Invite Them Up, a legendary weekly stand up show that has featured everyone from Aziz Ansari to Chelsea Peretti. He and Bobby Tisdale host the show, which so far has Michael Che and Mehran Khaghani billed. More great standups are definitely going to be added, so be sure to get tickets before it sells out.

  6. Kristen Schaal and Eugene Mirman both released their first full length Comedy Central specials this year, so this festival is a great time to test if the fame has gone to their heads. Will Kristen wear a diamond-studded dress to Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen? Will Eugene bathe in champagne onstage while Yo La Tengo perform live behind him? Probably not, but who knows?! Only attendees of the festival will find out.

  7. Pretty Good Friends is a show near and dear to my heart and to the hearts of comedy nerds everywhere (probably). Every Sunday at Union Hall, Eugene and Kristen (until she ceremoniously moved to LA) hosted this awesome standup showcase. Well, it's rearing its glorious head again, closing out the festival with the cast of Bob's Burgers and a premiere of the new season of the show. Get tickets now before you're jealous of everyone who got them before they sold out.

  8. Last year's festival featured John Oliver, H Jon Benjamin (in a fedora! And in armor!), John Mulaney, Sarah Silverman, Demetri Martin, and so much more. And a naked guy! For sure, the sixth anniversary will bring just as many big-name standups, all while keeping it weird with surprise guests and show titles that plead with its comedians to stay in New York.

  9. Two years ago, Andrew Bird made a surprise appearance at the EMCF. Who's next? Belle and Sebastian? Stephin Merritt? The Velvet Underground (probably not)?! In any event, this may be the only comedy festival to feature surprise musical acts on a show hosted by Michael Showalter, which should be reason enough to check it out.

  10. Eugene is one of the hardest working Brooklyn comedians out there. He's constantly working out material at Union Hall, The Bell House, and other local venues, and he's kept his festival there every year. He does great work with 826NYC, and he is very nice in his responses to mail sent to his Dear Eugene email address. He's a good person. Support his festival, won't you?

In related news, Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman and Kristen Schaal are going on tour!

by Klaus Kinski

Tenacious D(uh)
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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!

Mirman Festival

The 6th annual EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL is returning to the Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn this September...

Featuring expert curator and comedy host extraordinaire Eugene Mirman and an all-star cast of comedians, actors, musicans and super surprise guests, the EMCF has been called "the best ironic-comedy-festival-but-also-real-comedy-festival known to man" (HuffingtonPost).....EMCF 2013 sees the return of popular shows like StarTalk Live! and the legendary Invite Them Up and Pretty Good Friends. The festival is packed with amazing performers such as Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Che, Kurt Braunohler, Leo Allen and many more!
Tickets are on sale now the shows happening September 26-29 at the Bell House and Union Hall. Full lineup with links below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Comedy Bang Bang are Bonnaroo-ing it
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While you are noodle-dancing your way to, and at, the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee (June 13 - 14), you might not be aware that this year marks the milestone 10-year anniversary of their annually-awesome and totally legendary Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre (Hosted by IFC). This year they are really shooting the works with a gold-standard, rock-solid, pant-shittingly awesome line up. So while you're at the festival, take a break from those dumb bands and thrill to the air-conditioned comedy of, in alphabetical order, James Adomian, Cristela Alonzo, Eric Andre, Maria Bamford, Mike Birbiglia, Jerrod Carmichael, Michael Che, Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts, David Cross, Kyle Dunnigan, Chris Gethard, Nikki Glaser, Ed Helms' Whisky Sour Radio Hour, Improvised Shakespeare Company, Jared Logan, Bob Saget, and Daniel Tosh.

If you'd like to see Ed Helms doing music here in NYC, his bluegrass trio plays Rockwood Music Hall on April 6 and tickets are on sale now.

Video of David Cross' comedy line-up announcement, shot on the Brooklyn shores of the east river, below.

BYE.

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Hannibal w/ Mario and Alvin at his 30th birthday party...
Hannibal

COME AND SEE A SPECIAL EDITION OF COMEDY AT THE KNITTING FACTORY. ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24TH WE MOVE THE SHOW INTO THE BACK ROOM. THERE WILL STILL BE GREAT COMICS BUT THE BACKROOM HAS BETTER TECH AND A PROJECTOR THAT ALLOWS US TO SHOW PORNOGRAPHY WHENEVER THERE'S A LULL IN THE SHOW. WE HAVE TO CHARGE MONEY. IT'S 5 BUCKS IN ADVANCE. THAT'S NOT A LOT OF MONEY. THAT'S ONE NAKED JUICE OR A NICKLE BAG OF WEED. (FROM THAT TIME IN OUR LIVES WHEN YOU COULD GET A BAG OF WEED FOR 5 BUCKS.) I DIGRESS. COME CHECK IT OUT. THERE WILL BE SOME OTHER PEOPLE ON THE SHOW. IT'LL BE FUN. SALUTATIONS.
That's a message from Knitting Factory's Sunday Night Comedy host Hannibal Buress. Some of those other people include Todd Barry and Michael Che, and as Hannibal mentioned above, this Sunday's (2/24) show is five bucks and tickets are on sale now.

UPDATE: Hannibal himself chimed in in the comments: "We're trying to make the transition into the backroom. We're going to try it out monthly. Todd Barry had to reschedule so he won't be on the show on Sunday."

In other news, Hannibal Buress recently turned 30 which was celebrated at Knit in November with Prince Paul DJing, and appearances from Action Bronson, Spongebob, Mario, Alvin Chipmunk and others. Video of that below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Aziz Ansari & Chris Rock @ Whiplash @ UCB last week
Aziz and Chris Rock

UCB Theater Chelsea's Monday night staple comedy jam session Whiplash still happens every Monday night at 11:00pm. Sadly, for old man Kinski, 11pm is just a tooouuucccchhhhh too late to be out and about galavanting with some of comedy's greatest talents these days. Which is sad, because you never know who will show up to perform, and those who do show up will usually blow your mind. For example, the Monday November 19th installment featured Chris Rock, Aziz Ansari, Simon Amstell and Anthony Jeselnik. Holy.

Chris Rock (pictured above with Aziz at Whiplash), good pals with Louis CK, also recently made a surprise appearance for Louis at his Staten Island Sandy Benefit Shows on November 17th.

But before the next Whiplash, the UCB Theater in Chelsea will be playing host to an awesome Sandy Benefit show on Sunday November 25th at 9:30pm. The line-up is festooned with so many Klaus favorites. $15 not only gets you piece of mind knowing you are helping out people whose lives were turned upside-down by hurricane Sandy, but you get performances by Arden Myrin, W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX), Seth Herzog, Dave Hill, Jamie Kilstein, Janine Brito, Kevin Avery, Sara Benincasa, C.F. Lederer, and Chris Gethard (who by the way has a small part in the very last episode of Bored to Death) (I just watched it the other day and was reminded of that important fact). The show will be hosted by Nato Green.

Dave Hill & Tig Notaro
Dave Hill and Tig Notaro

And speaking of Dave Hill and the UCB Theater in Chelsea, prepare yourselves for another fantastic installment of The Dave Hill Explosion which will take place on Thursday November 29th at 9:30pm. Dave's special guest will be Tig Notaro (who recently released a CD via Louis CK) and more. We all know Dave Hill is one of NYC's best comedians, guitar players, and show reviewers, but the Explosion is always a truly epic experience where Dave REALLY shines. The Dave Hill Explosion is a long-running live talk show hosted by Dave Hill. He doesn't do it that often but when he does it's awesome. One of the greatest shows I've ever seen was the Explosion that featured Rufus Wainwright and Dick Cavett. Holy.

Meanwhile you can find Dave Hill TONIGHT (11/24) at UCB East as part of "If You Build It", and check out Dave Hill's latest podcast featuring Chris Elliott. And don't forget that you can catch Chris Elliott at the Bell House on December 7th as part of Ted Leo and Tom Scharpling's epic and now totally sold out Sandy Benefit. You can also see him at the Pit with his daughters Abby and Bridey Elliott on Thursday December 6th at Running Late with Scott Rogowsky.

Hoity-Toity gastro-comedy joint The Stand will be hosting a rather impressive Sandy benefit called MTV Presents Stand up for Sandy on Tuesday November 27th. The line-up features Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac, Nikki Glaser, Sara Schaefer and Sean Patton. The tickets are a super reasonably priced $20 and are currently on sale. And for those keeping score, Sean Patton and Sarah Schaefer are two of my favorite and definitely underrated comedians in the biz. This might be THE show that gets your man Klaus out of his comfort zone and into The Stand.

Jim Gaffigan also has other bigger area shows coming up.

Wyatt Cenac (who also performs in the sold out Sandy Benefit show at the Bell House this Sunday November 25th) continues his new Monday night residency at Littlefield on Monday November 26th and every Monday. As a matter of fact, Har Mar Superstar is musical guest this Monday November 26th.

And speaking of Littlefield, celebrate Christmas Eve there with Wyatt Cenac because it looks like it will be a special night with guests Janeane Garofalo, Michael Che (who also plays the sold out show at Bell House this Sunday), and more already announced. But before that, on Sunday December 9th Littlefield will be hosting Concert & Comedy For Sandy Animals: Benefit for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue with comedy by Michael Showalter and Jena Friedman, and music by Supercute, Casey Shea and more.

For more upcoming shows check out Eugene Mirman's schedule, Pete Holmes & Doug Benson's tour dates, Nick Kroll's tour dates, Greg Proops, and a big list of upcoming shows at the Bell House (and HERE).

by Klaus Kinski

Wyatt Cenac

I am going to spare you my usual editorializing and get right to the meat of the situation here. Basically, there is an absolute shit-ton of comedy and benefit type shows coming to the Bell House. I hope you like brass tacks, because I'm going to get right down to them.

Hey, did you get tickets for PROFESSOR BLASTOFF LIVE with Hosts Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, David Huntsberger plus a special guest? It happens at the Bell House on Saturday November 17 (aka this Saturday!) and, man, it sure as hell sold out.

On Wednesday (11/21), the Bell House will play host to The Musical Extravaganza to Restore Red Hook! starring Rosanne Cash and featuring Alex Battles and the Whisky Spitter Rebellion and B61: A film by Michael Buscemi. Here's more:

The evening kicks off with a square dance, hosted by NYC Barn Dance. Roseanne Cash will headline the evening, and Jesse Lenat, John Pinamonti and the Brotherhood of the Whiskey Spitter Rebellion will play. Michael Buscemi will screen his new film on the bus that runs through Red Hook, called "B61."

This show will benefit Restore Red Hook. Restore Red Hook aims to raise funds to help the small businesses of Red Hook, Brooklyn reopen their doors as soon as possible after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

Tickets are on sale now.

On Sunday, November 25th at 8:00pm, as mentioned, the Bell House and Pretty Good Friends team up for a Hurricane Relief Benefit featuring A Very Funny 'F*ck You' To Sandy. The show will be hosted by Eugene Mirman and feature comedy from a powerhouse line up including Jon Glaser, Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia , Michael Che and more. I am vexed that this show isn't sold out, so get your tickets now!!

Wyatt Cenac at Prospect Park, August 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Wyatt Cenac

And speaking of Wyatt Cenac, check him out a little less than a month later at the much smaller Union Hall when, on Friday December 21, he'll be part of the comedy roster at The Afterlife Comedy Show. The show is gang-hosted by Emily Heller, George Gordon, Erin Judge, and Josh Gondelman. The show is a measly eight bucks and besides Wyatt and the awesome hosts and hostess there will be more comedy to boot!

On Friday November 30 Nick Kroll, one of my all time favorite comedians, takes the stage for a headlining show at the Bell House. Sadly, this show sold out faster than a speeding bullet. I am still recovering from wounds sustained during a self-flagellation sesh I performed on myself upon realizing this had happened. But keep your eye on the Bell House twitter feed in case they release more tickets. Or, go hang outside the venue before the show because I promise you there will be many-a nimrod out there with extra tickets they'd sell for face.

Allow me to go ahead and continue to mention another great Wyatt Cenac related show, this one happening at the Bell House on Wednesday December 5th; for on Wednesday December 5th you can thrill to the THE TELL YOUR FRIENDS! THE CONCERT FILM! RELEASE SHOW/SANDY BENEFIT (caps totally necessary). Join host Liam McEneaney as he brings to the stage Wyatt Cenac, Aaron Freeman (formerly Gene Ween), Christian Finnegan, Victor Varnado, A Brief View of The Hudson, Rob Paravonian , and more! The guests WILL be quite special, your money is going to a good cause, and it's not sold out yet. Get yer tix now!

And don't forget about Wyatt's weekly show "Night Train" which happens at Littlefield.

On Thursday December 6 the Bell House will be the site of two live podcast recordings of How Did This Get Made? A Live Podcast With Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael. The early show went on sale and promptly sold out, but they added a late show (Thank Cod!) and tix for that are currently still available. Kaboom!

Flash forward a week later to Thursday December 13 and the Bell House will play host to The Party Machine's 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit Blowout! The show is hosted by the EXTREMELY funny and wonderful Arden Myrin and Lisa Delarios and features and atomic line-up of comedians including Jon Glaser, Chris Gethard, Sheng Wang, Janeane Garofalo and Adira Amram and the Experience. Tickets are only $12 and it will sell out, so git along l'il doggie and buy some tix!

Then on Wednesday December 19th catch TODD BARRY 25TH ANNIVERSARY IN COMEDY SHOW featuring Janeane Garofalo, Ted Alexandro, Jim Gaffigan and more! Thanks to that skank hurricane Sandy, Todd's first attempt at a 25th anniversary show was left in ruins so this is your make up date people. No excuses. This show WILL SELL OUT, so get your tickets right this very second. This show is a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Two days later on Friday December 21, toddle on over to the Bell House for John Hodgman: That Is All. December 21, 2012 is the last day of the Mayan long count calendar and many buffoons and dipshits are prophesizing that this day marks certain doom for mankind. Along with musician Cynthia Hopkins and other special guests, Hodgman will count down to midnight, when his predictions will be proved TRUE! Or else FALSE! Tickets are on sale, but not for long! I prophesize a sell out!

Eugene Mirman at his 2012 Comedy Fest (more by David Andrako)
Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman, who performed at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin earlier this week (11/4), continues to do his 'Pretty Good Friends' show at Union Hall every Sunday, and he'll also be doing one at The Bell House on November 25 to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief dubbed "A Very Funny 'Fuck You' To Sandy." In addition to Mirman, the lineup for the show includes Jon Glaser, Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Che, and more. Tickets are on sale now and 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund.

In related news, Eugene Mirman's animated FOX show with Kristen Schaal and others, Bob's Burgers, will be returning for a fourth season.

Eugene is also one of the guests at the Comedy for NYWC show at Highline Ballroom on December 2 with Janeane Garofalo and Dave Hill. But as mentioned, Mike Birbligia, who plays the Bell House show with Mirman, is no longer listed on the lineup of that show, but "special guests" still are.

As mentioned, Wyatt Cenac began his new weekly 'Night Train' comedy show at Littlefield last night (11/5), replacing Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler's now-defunct 'Hot Tub' show that used to happen on Mondays at the Brooklyn venue.

Speaking of Janeane Garofalo, she'll be at Tell Your Friends at Union Hall on Wednesday (11/7) with Liam McEneaney (who hosts an election viewing party at The Bell House tonight), Frank Conniff, Tanya O'Debra, host Victory Varnado, and house band AM to AM.

Das Racist at MHOW in 2011 (more by Ryan Muir)
Das Racist

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* King Britt @ Le Bain
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* On Ka'a Davis @ The Stone
* Yoko Ono @ The Times Center
* Alicia Keys @ Avery Fisher Hall
* Black Onassis, We Run @ Mercury Lounge
* The Campilongo Quartet @ Living Room
* Cuckoo Chaos, Empty Chairs @ Spike Hill
* Brandy, Hal Linton, Bridget Kelly @ Best Buy Theater
* Admiral Fallow, Shea Vaccaro @ Mercury Lounge
* Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ Count Basie Theatre (NJ)
* Pujol, Nude Beach, Strip Mall @ Death By Audio
* Das Racist, LE1F, Safe, Lakutis @ Irving Plaza
* Habibi, The Immaculates, Yellow Dogs @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Mountain Goats, Matthew E. White @ Bowery Ballroom
* Agent Ribbons, Jordan Hull, Andrew Keoghan @ The Rock Shop
* Sleepies, Mr. Dream, Yvette, Alan Watts, Fasano @ Delinquency
* Mika, The Dolls: Mia Moretti & Caitlin Moe @ Webster Hall
* Stevie Nicks @ Cipriani Wall Street (Elton John AIDS Foundation Benefit)
* Silversun Pickups, Cloud Nothings, Atlas Genius @ Terminal 5
* Sloan (performing Twice Removed) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Lady Starlight, ROMA!, Eytan & The Embassy, Yankee Bang Bang @ Tammany Hall
* Clinical Trials, The Vandelles, The Foreign Resort, Autodrone @ Cameo Gallery
* Sam Flax, DMTs (OJ from X-Ray Eyeballs), Starred, Alexis and Icewater @ Glasslands
* Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Infinity Shred, Life Size Maps, Murals, Noxious Foxes @ Pianos
* The Dark Lords of Comedy w/ Dan St. Germain, Jared Logan, Mike Lawrence @ Union Hall
* Friend Roulette, Miniboone, Korova, KNTRLR, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Slothbear, Fan-Tan, Bad Weather @ Muchmore's
* Broken Comedy Presents Mike Denny, Michael Che, Nimesh Oatel, W. Kamau Bell, Myq Kaplan, Rachel Feinstein, Homo Thugs (Jermaine Fowler & Kevin Barnett) @ Littlefield

Deap Vally were supposed to play Maxwell's tonight. That show has been cancelled but you can catch the band in NYC this week for CMJ.

'90s R&B star Brandy and Alicia Keys are both back with new albums this year and are playing NYC tonight. Brandy releases her new album, Two Eleven, this week and celebrates it with a release show tonight at Best Buy Theater (tix). Meanwhile, Alicia Keys (the only guest to feature on Miguel's new album) is set to release Girl On Fire on Nov. 27 and she plays Avery Fisher Hall tonight (tix).

Sloan are performing their 1994 classic Twice Removed in its entirety tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. You can also pick up the album's new three-disc vinyl reissue at the merch table.

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Joanna Newsom performed a new song, "Look and Despair," at San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival over the weekend. Check it out below (via Pitchfork)

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photos by David Andrako

Daniel Kitson (R) gives Eugene Mirman a chuckle at The Bell House 9/15/2012
The Talent Brand Variety Show

Attendees at the third day (9/15) of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival were able to triple their fun with three shows across two venues. The matinee show, which took place at Union Hall, was called "Uh Oh: Dangerous, Inappropriate Comedy For Teenagers" and featured performances from Tom Shillue, James Patterson, Ben Kronberg, Jaqueline Novak, Brendon Small, and Craig Baldo. Union Hall also played host to a later show titled "Comedians Two to Five Years Away From Their Own TV" Jared Logan, Michael Che, Jena Friedman, Matt McCarthy, Emily Heller with David O'Doherty and more.

Meanhile, The Bell House was hosting "Talent Show presents: Speech & Debate" featuring special guests like Daniel Kitson, Arian Moayed & Meg Griffiths, Kevin Townley & Ashlie Atkinson, Hari Kondabolu, W Kamau Bell, Sarah Vowell & Todd Barry, Brendon Small, Stuckey & Murray and others. Pictures from that event, as well as both Union Hall shows are below.

If you missed it, check out coverage of night one and night two from the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival.

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