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Mike Birbiglia (more by David Andrako)
Kirin J Callinan @ BV CMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Roomful of Teeth, Holly Herndon @ Le Poisson Rouge
For this indie/classical crossover show, vocal octet Roomful of Teeth are performing the world premiere of Caroline Shaw's "Partita," in addition to works by Caleb Burhans, Brad Wells, and William Brittelle. And opening the show is experimental musician Holly Herndon, which makes for quite the double bill.
Kirin J Callinan, Jenny Hval @ 285 Kent Avenue
This is an excellent show for fans of the eccentric. Kirin J Callinan's stuff is pretty unclassifiable, and whether you know the songs or not, his live show can't be ignored. And Jenny Hval makes the kind of art pop that falls somewhere between PJ Harvey and Laurie Anderson.
Slam Dunk, Crosss, Duzheknew, Pupppy @ Cake Shop
Vancouver's sax-filled swaggering rockers Slam Dunk have been on a tour with Built to Spill, which hits NYC on Thursday (11/7) at Irving Plaza, but tonight you can see them in a much more intimate environment when they headline Cake Shop.
Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko @ Irving Plaza
Jessie Ware has the voice of a pop star and the forward-thinking production of musicians like SBTRKT, Disclosure, and Joker, all of whom she's worked with. She's an excellent performer too, and tonight's show -- her second of two in NYC this week -- should be a memorable one.
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests The Lucas Brothers, Rob Cantrell, Andrienne Lapalucci, Matt Wayne, Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket, and more.
Black Lips, The Subsonics, Weird Womb @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Georgia garage rockers Black Lips are busy working on their new album but are taking a break with a short US tour. You can also catch their Middle East tour documentary, Kids Like You and Me, at Nitehawk Cinema tonight.
Midlake @ Other Music
Midlake and singer Tim Smith parted ways a year ago, and the band scrapped a half-finished album, eventually making Antiphon which is out this week. The band will perform a free acoustic set tonight, and later this week will play a sold-out show at Mercury Lounge.
Albert Hammond Jr., Nightbox @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is no slouch on his own, making catchy guitar rock like on his brand new EP, AHJ.
Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia plays big rooms these days but still loves testing out new material at cozy Union Hall. This is an early show (7:30 PM) and tickets are still available (as of this posting).
Startalk Live@ Town Hall
Neil deGrasse Tyson brings his popular space-themed radio show to Town Hall with cohost Eugene Mirman and "special guests."
SZA, DJ Diamond Kuts @ Converse Rubber Tracks
Forward-thinking R&B singer SZA, who recently signed to Black Hippy's TDE label, plays this FADER-presented show at Brooklyn's Converse Rubber Tracks tonight. Free with RSVP (which is now closed).
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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photos by David Andrako
Mirman & Neko Case / dancing Ira Glass / Michael Ian Black
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...
by Arielle Gordon
Chris Gethard w/ Jessie Ware @ Lollapalooza (more by Cory Dewald)
Comedian Chris Gethard has been working his ass off in the New York comedy scene for years, performing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre with his supergroup The Stepfathers and the theatre's famous ASSSSCAT 3000, doing stand up everywhere from Union Hall to the East Village, and of course, hosting The Chris Gethard Show every Wednesday night on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. His recent deal with IFC has propelled him further into comedy nerd stardom, and he's a friend of BrooklynVegan, having co-hosted our Lollapalooza interviews earlier this month, and we're happy to announce he'll be hosting our Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon show at MHOW on 9/30 (part of Red Bull Sound Select).
Meanwhile, all of this is culminating in a spectacular Week at the Creek. Many comics are fortunate enough to get a residency at The Creek and The Cave. However, Chris Gethard is taking this coveted spot and running with it in a way that only he can.
On Sunday (9/1), he's inviting his "enemy" Vacation Jason (Riley Soloner) to perform his "hit mixtape" Coconut Berry Lemon Tree on stage with Gethard as he does stand up. Monday's show is still a secret, but promises to be "FUCKING COOL." Tuesday, Gethard is joined by Mike Birbiglia, who will give him an "in-depth public critique" on his stand up set, with the goal of making Gethard as anxious for his stand up recording as possible. On Wednesday, Gethard is recording his set for the first time ever, then afterwards heading to The Chris Gethard Show. For true fans who go to both the recording and that night's episode of the show, Gethard promises to buy dinner between the two shows. Thursday's show is also a secret, but is apparently going to "BLEND WORLDS." Friday is going to be yet another recording of his stand up set.
Chris Gethard is one of the hardest working comedians I know, and really, he's earned this Week at the Creek. All the shows are free, so there's no excuse not to check out at least one. He will definitely make it weird.
by Arielle Gordon
Eugene Mirman has 10 Reasons and... (more by David Andrako)
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
by Arielle Gordon
Mike Birbiglia on stage at the Bell House (via @BVComedy)
Browse our NYC comedy calendar 24 hours a day every day, but here are some events we'd like to highlight happening tonight (7/26) and over the rest of the weekend...
Comedian Mike Birbiglia is testing out new material in "Working It Out" at the Cherry Lane Theatre tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday at 8 PM. Tickets are SOLD OUT for Friday and Saturday, but are still available for Sunday here.
Stand-up Jim Tews has his second-to-last Week At the Creek show tonight at The Creek and The Cave at 7 PM.
Stone Cold Fox, a sketch group featuring Connor Ratliff (The Chris Gethard Show) and Molly Lloyd (CollegeHumor, Funny or Die) at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, is performing its newest sketch show, A Triumph... Channing Tatum is Electric!" tonight at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea at 7:30 PM.
Browse our NYC comedy show list for more!
And speaking of Chris Gethard, we're excited he'll be with us for three days at Lollapalooza next week.
by Arielle Gordon
Well, it's that time of year again. No, not July 4. Not the official beginning of summer. Not even the weekend. I'm talking about the fifteenth annual Del Close Marathon, happening June 28 - June 30 in NYC.
Del Close was a seminal improvisor and comedian who trained some of your favorite comedians - think Amy Poehler, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, John Belushi, and Stephen Colbert. Every year since 1999, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts) have hosted a three-day festival in his honor. This year, it's back and bigger than ever, with six stages and 420 unique shows for your comedy nerd enjoyment. You can grab a wristband at any of the six stages, which will cover all but premium shows (at FIT and SVA theaters). More info on wristbands and tickets can be found at DCM's official website.
As always, this year's lineup features some great teams from around the country (Boston, DC, Chicago, LA, Austin), and around the world (Tokyo! Fucking TOKYO!). In addition, a bunch of television and movie stars who got their starts at the theatre are performing in their natural habitats - Ellie Kemper (The Office), Nick Kroll (The League, Kroll Show), Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks & Recreation), Zach Woods (The Office), Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me), Adam Pally (Happy Endings), and Bobby Moynihan (SNL), to name a few.
Here are a few highlights:
by Klaus Kinski
826NYC is a nonprofit tutoring center dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18, develop their writing skills in the realm of creative writing, expository writing and English as a Second Language. The 826NYC writing center provides free, daily, one-on-one tutoring sessions for students in need of after-school help. It also offers a free publishing resource to students, where volunteers are available to assist them in creating their own story collections, zines and other extracurricular student publications. In order for 826NYC to keep their vast array of programming free, they often throw insane comedy/music fundraisers in Brooklyn. 100% of the time the shows are more than worth the price of admission; but knowing your money is going to help childhood literacy makes dropping some coin on the event that much easier.
True to form, 826NYC has a fundraiser coming up on Wednesday July 10 at the Bell House featuring a pretty unbelievable line-up. The evening will be hosted by Sarah Vowell and Eugene Mirman and will feature sets by BV fave Reggie Watts, another BV fave Daniel Kitson(!), and more special guests (UPDATE: Mike Birbiglia and John Oliver added). If you haven't seen Daniel Kitson... my Cod... dude, he's the greatest. Quite simply, one of the most brilliant and talented comedians to come out of the UK ever. Not kidding. Tickets are a reasonable $40 and on sale NOW. Get em while they're hot, because this bad boy is going to sell right the F out.
Meanwhile Reggie Watts will perform at another benefit at the Bell House on Thursday (6/20) that's also with Wyatt Cenac, Todd Barry, Max Silvestri, Sara Schaefer and Crappy Cinema Council duo Jim Vanblaricum & Jim Crocamo. This one benefits New York City Coalition Against Hunger's Craig Murphey Fellowship Fund. Tickets are $15 and still available.
by Bill Pearis
The Polyphonic Spree at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As you may know, Bonnaroo is happening this weekend in Manchester, TN, kicking off today (6/13) and going through Sunday (6/16) across a dozen or so stages and tents. Everybody knows about the big names -- that include Paul McCartney, Bjork, Tom Petty and many more (stream it live) -- but there are some cool things going on away from the main stages, too
The Polyphonic Spree (who played a BVSXSW day party this year) play the Cinema Tent tonight (6/13) at 11 PM, performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack in its entirety (!). Then the band are doing a second secret Bonnaroo set at 2 AM by the Fountain.
There's actually a lot of cool stuff going on in the Cinema Tent. Matt & Kim will host a panel discussion called "How to Make a Fun Music Video" where they'll also perform live (Thursday, 4:30 PM); Mike Birbiglia (who performs in the Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre) will present his terrific film Sleepwalk with Me (Friday, 5:45 PM); Reno 911/The State folks Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will show their new comedy, Hell Baby (Friday, 11:55 PM); Police Academy human sound effects machine Michael Winslow will perform on Friday (9:10 PM); and The National's Matt Berninger will present the new documentary, Mistaken For Strangers (6/16, noon).
Chris Gethard, who famously walked to Bonnaroo from L.A. last year, will be doing a bunch of things there this year:
Last year I did The Chris Gethard Show which is an experimental, crazy thing, but this time it's just stand-up. I have a pretty in-depth exploration of my Bonnaroo experience last year that I may tell on stage and see how the crowd likes it. I would call my act stand-up but I'm less of a joke writer and more on the confessional, philosophizing or whatever end. They're true stories. I'm playing Thursday and Friday. Then Saturday I'm hosting a look at public access TV with clips from my show and other public access shows that inspired mine. Things like Uncle Floyd--which I grew up with in New Jersey--and Chic-a-Go-Go from Chicago. Also, clips from my favorite prank call footage on various public access shows. And a lot of it will be clips from The Chris Gethard Show that I'm really proud of. But overall I just want to have fun and meet a lot more people. - [Fuse]Other comedy things -- besides what BV's Klaus Kinski already wrote about -- include The Improvised Shakespeare Company, who combine improv comedy with Elizabethan theatre, will be performing with Bob Saget for two performances on Sunday. Should be interesting.
There's good music away from the three main stages too: Deer Tick cohort Jonny Fritz (formerly Corndawg) will be tonight (New Music On Tap Lounge, 10 PM) and Friday (Sonic Stage, 12:45 PM); Ex Cops play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Friday at 8 PM; Canada's awesome White Lung play the Cafe Where? stage on Sunday at 7:45 PM; and Georgia rockers Royal Thunder play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Sunday at 8 PM. And look out for Mac DeMarco all over the place.
And last but not least, John Oates is the butt of a lot of good-natured ribbing, but you'll get to hear his side of the story when he performs and participates in a Q&A on the Solar Stage on Friday at 5 PM. Here's you chance to learn the real story behind "Maneater" without constant interjections by Daryl Hall.
Check out the full Bonnaroo Schedule (scroll down, down down for smaller stages) for more.
by Klaus Kinski
Veteran readers of this dope ass website are probably cognizant of the fact that Mike Birbiglia is a certified Klaus Kinski Gold Pass Top Tier Favorite Comedian Of All Freaking Time. I haven't crunched the numbers but I'd venture to guess that over fifty percent of my posts mention Birbigs in one way or another. I've been a fan of Birbigs for about as long as I've been aware that I enjoy comedy more than most anything in this world that serves to distract us from how awful life really is. And in the time I've been following Birbigs I've seen him make a very clear evolution from stand-up comedian to brilliant, long-form monologist without ever losing the funny. Mike's two blockbuster monologues Sleepwalk With Me, which became a book and a movie, and My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, both dominated the off-broadway and international circuits with an unprecedented amount of consecutive sold-out performances. He was also nominated for and won shitloads of awards and accolades and stuff. It was crazy.
Mike has been performing My Girlfriend's Boyfriend all over planet earth since 2011 and over that period of time the piece has enjoyed an evolution of its own, having undergone a series tweaks and adjustments to get the piece to where it is today. For better or for worse, Mike is closing the book on My Girlfriend's Boyfriend with a final gigantic send-off show at the venerable Carnegie Hall in NYC on Sunday June 2nd at 8:00pm (sharp). If you are light on funds, have no fear. Discounted $21 balcony seats can be obtained by simply using promo code MGB17398 at the Carnegie Hall website. In addition to a performance of My Girlfriend's Boyfriend one last time, the evening will be rounded out with very special guest appearances by This American Life's Ira Glass and more. A handful of tickets are still available to what is sure to be a bittersweet evening of comedic greatness.
I had a chance to ask Mike a few questions the other day and he was kind enough to answer them for me, us. Thanks Mike!
by Klaus Kinski
Comedy Bang Bang are Bonnaroo-ing it
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.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia is about to head down under for a series of shows where he'll be peforming "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" and promoting his movie Sleepwalk With Me. Between then and mid-June you can catch Mike around the U.S. of A. including at fests like Sasquatch and Bonnaroo, and back at his favorite intimate Brooklyn venue Union Hall on May 6th. Tickets for that one are on sale. All dates are listed below...
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia likes to pop up at Union Hall and will be doing so this Sunday (12/9) for a 10 PM set. Tickets are on sale now.
"Thanks for your Gotham award jokes, everybody! Really funny. Will be reading 10 on stage! #Gothamjokes" - Mike Birbiglia
Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound) at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Jordan Catalano aka Elijah Wood's best friend aka 30 Seconds to Mars frontman aka one of the "alt-est" human beings alive Jared Leto is set to star in the new Jean-Marc Vallée-directed film, Dallas Buyers Club, where he plays an AIDS-infected cross-dresser whose lover is being played by Deerhunter/Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox (the alt-est couple ever?), Hollywood Reporter reports (via Pitchfork). The film also stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.
Jared Leto also recently directed his own film, a documentary called Artifact, which beat the PS 22 Chorus documentary Once in a Lullabye at the Gotham Awards last night (11/26). Gregory Ellwood was live blogging for Hitfix and after predicting Beasts of the Southern Wild would win, he wrote:
This was voted by members and the audience is shocked. Was there a limit to the number of times you could vote? [Jared Leto] says "This movie, which many of you haven't seen is a very, very personal film. It was made by a small group of people over a few years. It talks about being an artist and art and commerce. I'd like to thank everyone who voted for us online. I know some people are upset that 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' isn't up here and it's a phenomenal film." He adds, "Don't hate me because I won. I love that other film too."The Gotham Awards were hosted by Mike Birbiglia, who was partially telling jokes that were supplied to him by his Twitter followers, some of which he tested out live on stage at the Pretty Good Friends Sandy benefit at The Bell House one night earlier (11/25).
A video of Atlas Sound and Lower Dens playing "Mona Lisa" at a special session during Primavera Sound in Barcelona this past June can be watched below...
by Klaus Kinski
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."Tickets are on sale now.
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.
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)
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!
"Whoever said sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, is a fucking idiot. Not only that, it stops me killing people" - Ricky Gervais last night at NYCF (via @newyorkcomedyfest)
John Hodgman and Ricky Gervais @ NYCF 11/07/2012 (via @yarp4cornetto)
The New York Comedy Festival got underway last night with Ricky Gervais shooting the breeze with John Hodgman at Town Hall. The fest keeps the laughs going all weekend.Tonight's (11/8) big event is the "Stand Up for Heroes" benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation at Beacon Theatre with Mike Birbiglia, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Robin Williams, John Maher and Roger Waters. Would you be surprised to learn that it's sold out? Well it is, and was also really expensive, but the good news is you can watch it online for free at 8pm EST!
Other shows tonight include Artie Lange at Town Hall, and Shawn and Marlon Wayans at Carolines (and you can still get tickets to those shows).
Other events this weekend include Patton Oswalt at Town Hall and Aziz Ansari at The Apollo on Friday (11/9), not to mention the Ben Stiller Show reunion at the Paley Center; Jim Gaffigan at The Apollo, Rob Delaney at NYU Skirball Center and Kevin Hart at MSG on Saturday (11/10); and Robin Williams in conversation with David Steinberg at 92nd St. Y on Sunday (11/11). There are lots of other shows happening as well, and full schedule and tickets are at the NYCF2012 website.
Also part of the NYCF is Hannibal Buress at Santos on Saturday (11/10) with DJ support from Prince Paul and Mike Lawrence. Tickets are still available. Hannibal is also celebrating the 3rd anniversary of his Sunday night comedy show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with a special show this week (11/11) in the main KF performance space (his shows are usually in the bar). Prince Paul will also be DJing this, plus "special guests." While Hannibal's shows there are usually free, this is a ticketed one ("We need the money to buy all of the party soup" - Hannibal). We're guessing it will be well worth it.
Oh, and if you're going to Knitting Factory Sunday, we also have a very good reason you should get there a few hours early.
Eugene Mirman at his 2012 Comedy Fest (more by David Andrako)
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.
Mike Birbiglia @ Williamsburg Park, July 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Mike Birbiglia will perform two shows in NYC next week at Union Hall: Monday (10/8) and Tuesday (10/9) and tickets for both shows are on sale now.
Meanwhile, his film Sleepwalk with Me is still playing in NYC at Nitehawk in Williamsburg.
by Kelly Pratt with photos by Bryan Murray
Kelly Pratt is currently on tour with St. Vincent and David Byrne, acting as co-musical director as well as one of their many band members. Since last week he's been chronocling that tour right here on BrooklynVegan. Welcome to the second installment, written last night...
End of rehearsals, Minneapolis, Milwaukee.
We finish our rehearsals at the beautiful Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey. Two full days of running the set as many times as possible takes a toll on the brass players' lips, but tightens up the choreography and transitions between songs considerably. Annie-B Parson is the choreographer for the show with Lizzie Dement assisting. She's worked with David in the past, and her next next project is with Baryshnikov--needless to say, she has some brilliant ideas that really expand the kind of performance we are used to. This is also the first time we have played the show with lighting design, which adds another level of difficulty.
The following morning the band heads to JFK for a flight to Minneapolis where we will have a much-needed day of rest. We travel on Sun Country Air. Ever heard of it? Me neither. The trip gets interesting when Ira Glass takes the seat next to me. He is on the way to Minneapolis to do a Q&A for the premiere of his and Mike Birbiglia's new film "Sleepwalk With Me". Always the workaholic, he interviews the guy sitting next to him who (after some deduction skills and Googling) I determine to be the inventor of the KneeDefender. He invites Jon and me to the premiere of his film that evening. The movie is great and we discover that Ira is as good at talking in person as he is on the air. The theater serves bourbon, a novelty for us (in the theater, not on its own).
The first show of the tour goes better than expected. It may sound obvious, but performing in front of a live audience adds an extra level of energy and intensity. It's like we finally realize the show, in its full potential, for the first time. Afterwards, a few of us go across the street to a bar where we meet some folks from Dero, the company that manufactures the bicycle racks David designs. One of the best aspects of this tour so far has been the focus on cycling. Nearly everyone in the band bought a folding Tern bicycle before we left. There are even a couple extras for the crew. This is the first time that I have toured with a bicycle and I will never leave home without one again. It's so nice to slip away from the tour for an hour or two for a long ride. It has also allowed me to see more of the city than the few blocks near the venue. Both Minneapolis and Milwaukee are great cities for cycling with long bike paths and beautiful views.
Next we go to Chicago for a day off. It's Carter's birthday, so we may have to get him a white wine spritzer or two.
To bed, for we rise at 9:30 for 10(ish),
David Byrne & St. Vincent, Kelly Pratt & band play the Chicago Theater tonight (9/18) before continuing on their tour which includes three NYC shows. Check out some more photos from their rehearsals in NJ, a video from Minneapolis, and all tour dates, below...
Mike Birbiglia's movie Sleepwalk With Me, which he co-wrote with Ira Glass, is opening at NYC's IFC Center in NYC tonight, Thursday, August 23, 2012. Tickets are on sale for tons of shows between now and August 30, but some are more special than others, especially the one at midnight tonight. Not only will Mike and Ira be there, but "wear your pajamas and get free popcorn and soda!" PLUS: "Birbiglia & Glass in person Fri Aug 24 & Sat Aug 25 at ALL SHOWS! Birbiglia in person Sun Aug 26 at 12:15, 2:05 & 4:00!"
More details, including who will be selling the popcorn, and what cities Mike and Ira are travelling with the movie next (hint: LA and Chicago), in the NY Magazine exclusive video below.
Kristen Schaal w/ Mad Men's Jon Hamm dressed up as the Big Apple
As mentioned, NYC comedian and actress Kristen Schaal (who plays Symphony Space in NYC tonight, 7/24) is moving to Los Angeles, which is sad or all of us, but probably great for her because she's surely moving on to exciting things. On Thursday (7/19), Kristen joined Eugene Mirman, Mike Birbiglia, Kurt Braunholer, John Oliver, Bobcat Goldthwait and musical guests OK GO at the new Williamsburg Park for a giant and free edition of "Pretty Good Friends" where Kristen's pretty good friends, special guest Jon Hamm included, helped wish her goodbye (You may remember Kristen was in Mad Men's first episode). Jon Hamm appeared as the Big Apple, as you can see in the picture above. More pictues from the whole show (Williamburg Park's 2nd-ever show) (it was supposed to be the third), backstage included, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Mike Birbiglia cutting Kristen Schaal cake in Williamsburg (more by David Andrako)
I have a summer cold. An endless supply of watery snot is dripping down the back of my throat into my lungs and out my nostrils onto my mustache (which is part of a larger beard. I don't have just a mustache. Perish the thought). The air conditioning in my windowless office is relentless and exacerbating my various body aches. I am listening to "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" by Roger Waters and my office is currently lit by a single light bulb. The scene is... grim. But there's a silver lining. I just noticed that Klaus favorite Mike Birbiglia is going to be performing at the ever-so-tiny Union Hall on Sunday July 29th at 7:30pm. Tickets are currently on sale, but don't dawdle because they're going to be gone faster than you can say "Linsanity."
Mike recently had the honor of kicking off BAMcinemafest back in June with the premiere of his directorial debut movie Sleepwalk With Me, which he also starred in and which is based on his blockbuster one man show of the same name. Tons of Birbiglia dates are listed below.
He also performed at the big Williamsburg Park edition of Pretty Good Friends. More pictures from that show (Jon Hamm and Bobcat Goldthwait included) HERE and a couple more below with all Birbigs dates...
by Klaus Kinski
The other night I had a dream that I was in some sort of drug cartel. I was at the foot of a very steep mountainside looking up. At the crest of the mountain, teetering at the edge, was a massive, almost blimp-like bus full of rival cartel members. I produced a very large weapon full of some flammable, gelatinous substance and sprayed it all the way up to the bus, covered it, got it to ignite, and blew it up. As flaming cartel members fled the burning wreckage, I pulled out an immense automatic rifle that was apparently equipped with unlimited ammo and proceeded to pick them off one by one. Other members lost their footing and were rolling down the side of the extremely steep mountain and I proceeded to dispatch them as well. My accuracy was mesmerizing and the gore was gratuitous. Eventually more rival cartel members arrived and chased me into a rain forest where I was eventually cornered and had to jump off a waterfall a la The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford. I awoke just before I hit the water below head first.
I have hyper-realistic dreams almost every night of the week. Luckily, I have the luxury of enjoying them without as much as a whimper or erratic movement in my sleep. Some people, however, are not so lucky. Klaus favorite Mike Birbiglia is one of those unfortunate souls whose dreamscapes cross the threshhold into physical reality causing him to sleepwalk. A couple years ago Mike turned that terrible affliction into one of the most compelling and hilarious one man shows I had ever seen. It was called Sleepwalk With Me and it had a long residency here in NYC, toured all over the place, and was unanimously hailed a work of genius. I am beyond wigging out to be able to say that this epic monologue was recently turned into a motion picture!
This hilarious and poignant autobiographical film stars Birbiglia as a bartender at a Park Slope comedy club who moves in with his long-term girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose). Struggling with his relationship and his stand-up career, he also battles an extreme form of sleepwalking where he acts out his dreams--even going so far as to throw himself out of a second story window. Both earnest and surreal, this bittersweet ciné-memoir won an audience award at Sundance and was a selection at SXSW. Features appearances by comics Kristen Schaal, David Wain, Marc Maron, Wyatt Cenac, and more. An IFC Films release.Directed by Mike Birbiglia (is there NOTHING this guy can't do?!) and co-directed by Seth Barrish, Sleepwalk With Me has been receiving some seriously and profoundly awesome critical acclaim. It was even an official selection at SxSW 2012 and Sundance 2012. The film won't be released on a large scale until August 24, 2012 but those of us in the tri-state area can see it much much sooner! The fourth edition of BAMcinemaFest kicks off on Wednesday June 20th 2012 with a spectacular screening in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House of the NEW YORK PREMIERE of comedian Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me, introduced by Birbiglia and co-writer Ira Glass, followed by a BAM-wide party for ticket holders. DOPE!
The show is tomorrow, and fortunately/surprisingly there are tickets still available. Also, did you see the part about how after the movie there will be a BAM-wide party for ticket holders? Did you know that the party will have free beer thanks to the fine folks at Brooklyn Brewery? Get tickets NOW. This close to the event date, I bet there are like 1.5, maybe 2 tix left.
OH, and speaking of Brooklyn Brewery and funny people; on Thursday June 21st Brooklyn Brewery is playing host to a supremely epic comedy show called Tom Shillue's Funny Story. The show will feature Shillue as well as John Mulaney, Bobby Tisdale, and more. It's a freaking pantheon of Klaus favorites. You'll also get a free pint of beer. Boo yah! I've mentioned Tom Shillue's Funny Story before. It is NOT to be missed. And the fact that it takes place at a brewery is an unbelievable scenario for your man Klaus. I feel like this show was booked solely to cater to my needs as a human being.
OH, and Mike Birbiglia is touring later this year and into 2013 too! Dates are listed below...