Entries tagged with: Mike Lawrence
by Klaus Kinski
One of NYC's most interesting and criminally overlooked-by-me venues has to be Astoria Queens' multi-use space Q.E.D. The place opened back in November of 2014 and has since played host to an incredible array of performances, lectures, comedy events, and more and someone should probably punch me and the yams for waiting this long to blab about it. Q.E.D. was started by a superior lady named Kambri Crews, a long-time producer and promoter of stand up comedy who, for four years, served as the Director of Marketing and PR for the comedy club Comix. During that time she also created and ran the 50-seat venue Ochi's Lounge. Those are two venues I miss very much. She followed that by becoming the comedy booker for the 92Y Tribeca. Kambri is also the author of the heartbreaking memoir Burn Down The Ground and an accomplished public speaker and storyteller, giving speeches and performing around the USA.
Q.E.D. is very much a venue for the people, by the people. Not only do they present us with a staggering variety of their own free or cheap programming and classes, (like a special effects make-up class that looks crazy awesome on Saturday [June 27]), but they're also all ears if YOU want to teach a class or if YOU want to curate your own show. It's DIY without all the pretension and affectation.
And Kambri very much keeps her roots as a comedy producer and curator alive and well at Q.E.D. July in particular has a ton of great shows on the calendar, including such names as Aparna Nachrerla, "TV's Frank" Conniff, Myq Kaplan, Ted Alexandro, and more. So when you're done cooking yourself to tumor city on Rockaway Beach, cool of at Q.E.D. yo!
Notable QED comedy shows are listed below...
Hot on the heels of his historic (somewhat controversial) interview with President Obama on his WTF podcast, Marc Maron is in the NY-area this week as part of his "Maronation Tour." It will stop at Port Chester's The Capitol Theater tonight (6/25), and then Brooklyn Academy of Music on Friday (6/26), plus shows at Huntington, NY's The Paramount on Saturday (6/27) and Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theatre on Sunday (6/28). Although BAM is sold out, tickets are still available The Cap, The Paramount and Count Basie Theatre. For more Maron, you can also watch Maron, his IFC sitcom that's currently airing in its second season, tonight at 10 PM Eastern.
If one funny white guy with facial hair wasn't enough, he's bringing the hilarious Mike Lawrence to open for him for all four NY-area dates. Lawrence, a local comic who has been touring like a mad man ever since the 2013 release of his Comedy Central Half Hour (watch a clip below), will also be at Carolines on July 19 (tickets).
All Marc Maron and Mike Lawrence tour dates are listed below...
photo: Trash Talk @ Afropunk Fest 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Trash Talk, Ratking, Lee Bannon @ Palisades
Raging hardcore band Trash Talk pretty much never play a show that doesn't have both the band and crowd going apeshit, and tonight's at small-ish Bushwick venue Palisades should be just that. (Trash Talk were also one of the first bands to play Palisades when it opened last year and it was insane.) Alt-rappers Ratking and hip hop producer Lee Bannon open, and the three of them do it again at Webster's Marlin Room tomorrow.
Matthew E. White @ BRIC House
White's lush, string-laden new album, Fresh Blood, is out next week and he'll be celebrating tonight. It's a special show, where he'll be backed by a 30-piece orchestra, which should really bring those songs to life. Sold out.
Nails, Incendiary, Deathcycle @ Saint Vitus
Nails blend metal and hardcore in a way that's as relentlessly brutal as the former but embraces the brevity of the latter. Their latest record, 2013's Abandon All Life, is one of the more superior albums in this style of recent years, but of course this stuff is best experienced live.
Torres @ The Greene Space
Torres has a new album on the way, and from the sound of its lead single, it further embraces her rocking side. Catch her playing a few shows on your lunch break (this is a 12:30 PM show) at this WNYC Soundcheck session today.
Bleed The Pigs, Anicon, Skullshitter, Belus @ The Acheron
Nashville grinders Bleed the Pigs make raw, powerful stuff on their new split with Thetan that dropped last week. Stream it below, and catch them at Acheron tonight. Good local support too.
Rivergazer, Small Wonder, Plume Giant, Diet Cig @ Shea Stadium
Pretty good lineup of local bands with the Porches-related Rivergazer, Epoch member Small Wonder, the poppy Plume Giant, and lo-fi pop duo Diet Cig.
Dropkick Murphys, The Mahones, Blood or Whiskey @ The Paramount
It's almost St. Patrick's Day, and what better time to see Boston's favorite Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys? Tonight begins their 5-show run in the NYC-area.
Langhorne Slim, Jonny Fritz @ Baby's All Right
Langhorne has a new record coming out soon and, ahead of it's promotional push, plays this solo show tonight with Deer Tick's Johnny Fritz. Sold out.
HTRK, Blazer Sound System, Kiki Kudo @ Baby's All Right
Australian post punk act HTRK released Psychic 9-5 Club, last year which was their first album made as a duo, following the death of Sean Stewart who died in 2011. It's their most hushed, electronic-based album to date, but expect volume to be high tonight.
Rain Machine, Lewis Lazar (and The Hydras), Aerial East, Kelsey Lu @ Cameo
When not playing in TV on the Radio, Kyp Malone stays busy with his solo project Rain Machine that takes on influences like bluegrass and gospel.
Aparna Nancherla, Michelle Buteau, Seaton Smith, Ben Kronberg, Mike Lawrence, Dave Hill @ Littlefield
This show is "Picture This" which is "a live comedy show with stand-ups performing while they are drawn live by some of the best animators, cartoonists, and other artists."
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Cuddle Magic @ Rough Trade
Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, gets the "whimsy" tag a lot (mainly due to her name) but new album Ripely Pine shows she's got some serious muscle, too. Tonight's the record release show for that LP and it's sold out.
Yonatan Gat, Beech Creeps, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo @ Union Pool
Onetime Monotonix member Yonatan Gat celebrates the release of his new album, Director, tonight with with a pretty stellar lineup of avant/experimental rock. Gat smudges the line between performer and audience -- as long as you're prepared to be an active participant, his shows are a lot of fun.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Reggie Watts @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tickets are still on sale for Reggie Watts' big headlining performance at Town Hall, happening this Wednesday (6/18). Get out there and support the man at one of his biggest live shows yet. Heading to Toronto for NXNE? Reggie will be there too.
Speaking of the Bell House, you can get tickets to the 6/24 live taping of the Tell Your Friends! podcast with Andy Borowitz, Bryan Tucker, Ophira Eisenberg, Andy Blitz, MIchelle Carlo, Bob Powers, Liam McEneaney, and Jessi Klein.
The Bell House is also where Jen Kirkman is doing a night of new material.
The next edition of Running Late with Scott Rogowsky: Brooklyn's Live Late Night Comedy Talk Show happens at Littlefield on 6/25 with Mike Sacks (Author, Poking A Dead Frog, And Here's The Kicker), Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show), and Dan St. Germain.
The next edition of The Talk Show Series Presents is set to happen this Thursday (6/19) at Williamsburg's Over the Eight. Bobby Tisdale is the host, with guests Ahna Tessler, Eleanor Friedberger, and more TBA. It's free. Over the Eight is also showing the World Cup, though, so it may be more crowded than usual just from overlap.
Dave Hill is also taking part in An Evening of Friends at the Ace Hotel on 6/23 with John Early, Michael Cavadias, Jemima Kirke, Cole Escola & Kate Berlant.
Max Silvestri (or someone subbing for him) still hosts The Big Terrific Comedy Show every Wednesday night at Cameo. It's free, and you never know who might pop in. Sometimes Aziz Ansari does a set. Maybe you'll catch him testing out material for his upcoming SHOW AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.
Speaking of lots of tickets, Dave Chappelle has NINE Radio Cith shows coming up.
Rob Delaney has six upcoming shows at comedy club Caroline's.
Chris Gethard has a bunch of shows coming up, big and small.
Browse our NYC Comedy Show Calendar for much more.
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
We just wrote about the Sixth Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and here's another comedy festival and this one hits next week: The Brooklyn Comedy Festival. It's being held at a variety of venues in the general Williamsburg area from August 19 - 24.
According to the festival organizers, it will include a mix of sketch, improv, and standup and features some strong local comedians, such as Chris Gethard (who traveled to Lollapalooza with us just a week ago), The Lucas Bros., Dan St. Germaine, Calise Hawkins, Mike Lawrence, Nimesh Patel, and more. Schedule is at the BCF website and full performer list and show dates are listed below.
Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by kolored)
today in NYC
* Jen Chapin @ Barbes
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Tomas Barfod, Patou @ Le Bain
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* The Monkees @ Beacon Theatre
* Janeane Garofalo @ EastVille Comedy Club
* Smashing Pumpkins @ Mohegan Sun Arena
* Anaka, Drop Down @ The Mercury Lounge
* The Dardys, Drowners @ Mercury Lounge
* Yo Gabba Gabba! @ Madison Square Garden
* BB King @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
* Pretty Good Friends w/ Eugene Mirman @ Union Hall
* Melvin Van Peebles Wid Laxative @ Zebulon
* Ian Hunter, Graham Parker @ The Paramount
* Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone @ BB King's
* Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo @ The Stone
* Kimya Dawson, Rob Sonic, Sir Jarlsberg @ Europa
* KRTS, ShadowBox, Blak Nite, Datalog @ Glasslands
* Titus Andronicus, Ceremony, Lemuria @ Webster Hall
* Endand, Bugs in the Dark, Seasick Mama @ Death By Audio
* Oneohtrix Point Never, Holly Herndon, Ducktails @ P.S. 1
* Clint Michigan, Emily Danger, David King @ Cameo Gallery
* Talib Kweli, Jasmine Solano DJ set, DJ Mad Sol @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Kiernan McMullan, Matt Cranstoun, Oh! My Blackbird @ The Rock Shop
* Hem, Willie Evans Jr., Geo Wyeth, Dynasty Handbag @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Charles Mansfield, Yes William, The Ben Pagano Band, Fayaway @ Cake Shop
* Little Rock-its by Frolic! Featuring Tim Kubart and Special Guests @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* A Big Yes And A Small No, Xylofaux, Joanna Erdos and The Midnight Show @ Bowery Electric
TONIGHT at Knitting Factory, BrooklynVegan is presenting advance screenings of Only The Young and Tchoupitoulas (a double feature!) starting at 7 PM and is free (first come, first served). See you there!
Over at Warsaw is the 3rd Annual Beer Masters.
Janeane Garafolo, Dave Hill, Eugene Mirman & Special Guests were scheduled to play a NYWC benefit at Highline Ballroom tonight but that show has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Eugene Mirman will be at Union Hall for his Pretty Good Friends show though. Guests tonight include Nikki Glaser, Karl Hess, and Mike Lawrence.
And Janeane Garofalo will be at EastVille Comedy Club for her recurring comedy show at that venue with guests.
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words & photos by David Andrako
Daniel Kitson / Jim Gaffigan
The first show of the evening was held at Union Hall and was billed as "Montreal Callbacks" - a reference to the Montreal Comedy Festival. Kurt Braunohler began the show with a brief set before he assumed the role of host for the evening. The night featured young stand-ups many of whom can be found performing weekly at clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Mike Lawrence, Greg Johnson, Max Silvestri, Andrea Rosen, Ken Reid, Dan St. Germain and Hannibal Buress.
Highlights of the show included Ken Reid's set, which featured stories of his "white trash" childhood growing up in Massachusetts, Dan St. Germain's self depreciating tales of living in Brooklyn and Andrea Rosen recounting awkward encounters with celebrities and long lost friends. I caught the first few minutes of always great Hannibal Buress's set before heading off to The Bell House for the second show of the night.
Invite Them Up, the much beloved weekly comedy show that Eugene was involved with from 2005-2008 returned for a sold out performance at The Bell House. The show was again hosted by Bobby Tisdale, and featured performances by ITU co-host (and the host of the night) Eugene Mirman, A.D. Miles, , Maeve Higgins, Morgan Murphy, Reggie Watts, Daniel Kitson and special guest, Jim Gaffigan.
Jim Gaffigan, who headlines SIX shows at the Best Buy (formerly Nokia) Theater in December, was greeted with some of the loudest cheers of the evening and the fact that the comics from the earlier show had made their way down to The Bell House to watch his set from the back of the room speaks to his status as a massively respected comedian. His unannounced appearance strengthened an already packed show.
Daniel Kitson, the British stand-up and storyteller, ended the show with an hour long set that featured some impressive crowd work and allowed him to display his razor sharp commentary and lightning fast wit. After admitting that he "didn't have the professionalism to be a middle act," Kitson launched into quizzing audience members on their names and occupations only to later weave them all together in a freestyle rant comparing audience members to each other. In addition to his biting commentary, he wasn't afraid to display his vulnerability explaining that, "I'm quite lonely and I live alone. This is my chance to chat." He also addressed his stutter, which was apparent during his performance. At the age of 33, his stand-up act is impressive and made even more impressive by the fact that Kitson has turned down most television work in the US and Britain. He has performed both story shows and stand-up at the past eleven Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.