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The 2015 edition of the NY Comedy Festival happens November 10 - 15 at various venues all over NYC. The main line-up was just announced and includes Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Trainwreck / Knocked Up director Judd Apatow, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Margaret Cho, Norm MacDonald, Bill Maher, Bill Burr, Gabriel Iglesias, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Nathan Fielder (Nathan for You), Kathy Griffin and more. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 17 but there's a NYCF presale starting Tuesday (8/11) morning at 10 AM.

by Bill Pearis

Bird & Bee

The Bird and the Bee, aka Inara George and Greg Kurstin, are back with their first album in five years, titled Recreational Love and out July 17. The first single is "Will You Dance?" and finds them going the pure pop route. Not that they were far from it before, but perhaps Kurstin's recent successes with Sia's "Chandelier" and Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" has sent them even further in that direction. (Maybe their fizzy, loungy side will be represented in other album tracks.) The video for the song features Patton Oswalt and The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg and you can watch it, via Funny Or Die, below.

The band will be playing a few shows, including a record release show in NYC at Webster Hall on July 17. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon. All dates (the rest are in The Bird and The Bee's hometown of LA) are listed below...

Continue reading "The Bird and the Bee releasing new LP, share "Will You Dance?" video starring Patton Oswalt, playing NYC & LA"

by Klaus Kinski

Colin Quinn
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2015 is finally here. As the least productive member of the BV team, I want to start off this new year right by throwing a few awesome funny-related events onto your stupid radars. The first event of note is Colin Quinn: Breuklyn which is taking place tonight (1/5)  at Over the Eight in Williamsburg (594 Union Ave, near McCarren Park and a bunch of horrendous condos). "Breuklyn" is the Park Slope-born comedy veteran's new one-man show about, well, Brooklyn. This intimate event is basically a dry run before Colin does a big ass taping of it for the television. Colin is a powerhouse veteran and pro, and the irony that this show is taking place in the now nearly completely culturally destitute corporate village of Williamsburg certainly isn't lost on yours truly. Doors are at 7:30 PM, show is at 8 PM, and it is totally free.

After Colin leaves us breathless and sore from the gales of laughter we've showered him with, stick around because there's another sweet event happening in that very same room immediately after! Famous Hollywood actor Kevin Corrigan and maybe-less-famous-but-still-very-prolific actor, producer, writer, and director Larry Fessenden will do a live reading of the classic Scharpling and Wurster bit THE GORCH. You can hear the original Gorch bit below, but for the uninitiated, the gist is that a man called The Gorch was the basis for the character The Fonz in Happy Days (and is bitter about it) and Tom has the honor of interviewing him on the phone. It's just a great, classic bit. I have NO CLUE WHY they are doing this, but I am not questioning it because it's gonna be awesome. This event is free.

The above mention of Kevin Corrigan and Tom Scharpling is the perfect segue into the next dope comedy type event happening this week that I wanted to mention. The Kevin Corrigan Show (which used to happen at Over the Eight) returns on Thursday (1/8) at 9:30 PM at Brit Pack (153 Lafayette Street, Manhattan) with yet another pants-shittingly awesome line-up. This talk-show styled free show will welcome, as mentioned, comedy legend Patton Oswalt, fellow comedic genius and king of broadcasting Tom Scharpling, as well as punk icon Kathleen Hanna (!) who was the subject of the great documentary The Punk Singer. Again it's free and with this lineup, get there early.

Patton has some other NYC appearances this week, and a new book too. Flyers for some of the shows mentioned in this post, plus "The Gorch" stream, below...

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by Klaus Kinski

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Patton Oswalt has a pretty flipping full agenda right now. He has a new book called Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film coming out Tuesday (1/6):

So this new one - Silver Screen Fiend - is looser but better structured. It's about a very specific period of my life. May 20th, 1995 to May 20th, 1999. Those four years when I'd just moved to Los Angeles. Alternative comedy rooms like The Un-Cabaret, The Largo, and dozens of other gone-forever spaces where I could go onstage, sometimes two or three times a night, and develop as a comedian at nitro speed.

And helping - and often hindering - my development was The New Beverly Cinema (and a lot of other gone-forever rep theaters like Tales Cafe and The Four Star) where I became addicted to cinema. And not in a refined way. Not as a connoisseur. I had a meth addict's appetite. Four, five movies a day. In theaters.

On release day (1/6) at Barnes and Noble Union Square, Patton will read from the new book and talk about it too with John Hodgman. That is free and happens at 7 PM. That's part of a a lengthy book tour that also includes a stop in Jersey City at Word Bookstore on Thursday (1/8) where he'll be in conversation with Patrick Wilson.

Also this week, Patton will also be appearing at The Kevin Corrigan Show which happens Thursday (1/8) at 9:30 PM at Brit Pack (153 Lafayette Street, Manhattan) where the other guests will be Tom Scharpling and Kathleen Hanna. With free admission, an unbelievable line-up, and no advance ticketing, I have a feeling getting into this intimate thing is gonna be a bit of a nightmare, so maybe line-up early.

Patton also has a pretty full stand-up tour booked that will find him at Carnegie Hall on Friday (1/9). A handful of tickets are available right now, so don't snooze and, thus, looze.

All Patton Oswalt dates are listed below...

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Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt will host the 18th annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC tonight (5/19). Those without tickets can watch the action on demand starting Tuesday at 9am via www.webbyawards.com. Will Ferrell, Jay Z, Medium, Google, Netflix, Mashable, Vine, QuizUp, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bieber, Airbnb, Lawrence Lessig, Kickstarter, De La Soul, Freddie Wong, and The Jamaican Bobsled Team are among those who will be honored for their web prowess at this year's event.

Speaking of web prowess, in honor of tonight's event, Patton Oswalt devised a scheme to confront the anonymous losers who were trashing him on the internet. See how that turned out for him, courtesy of Funny or Die, below...

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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!

by Klaus Kinski

Funny Business

Finally, a Kickstarter campaign that gets the coveted Klaus Kinski Seal Of Total Approval and Gold Pass! Photographer Seth Olenick has been on the NYC comedy and music scene since 1997 and has amassed a gigantic and truly astounding portfolio of images of comedians, bands, and famous people. The images span a variety of scenarios; some are portraits that make use of props and environment, some are super in-the-moment live shots from shows, and all are masterfully executed and realized.

Although I've never really met him personally, I know Seth as an all-too-familiar face within the comedy scene. A friend to comedians coast to coast, Seth is entrenched in the comedy mix and comedy-related photographs is where he shines the most. Now, finally, some of his finest shots of funny business will be made available to the public (hopefully) in a Taschen-worthy book called Funny Business:

Funny Business is going to be an 11"x13" portrait-oriented, hardcover coffee table book with approximately 250 pages containing 200 full-color photos on glossy paper. This Kickstarter covers the 1st edition run of 1500 copies, 200 of which will come with a hand-printed special edition slipcase. I'm still finalizing the design that will be printed on the slipcases, and hope to unveil it before the end of this campaign. The book designer is Adriana Garcia, a Brooklyn-based graphic designer with years of experience on magazines, and a couple of books under her belt as well. The digital imaging guru is Jeff Spitery who has nearly 30 years experience with photo preparation for print, and is helping me with the retouching of all of the files as well.
I say "Taschen-worthy" because this book has all the attributes of a top-shelf Taschen art book. I also say "made available to the public (hopefully)" because this book is going to be self-published and requires us, fans of funny things and great photography, to put this sucker into production via Seth's Kickstarter Campaign. The campaign, which ends on March Monday Mar 11, 10:58am (SOON!!) allows potential donors to contribute anything from $1 to $5000 (or more). Each donation starting at $5 and more has assigned to it some pretty flippin' cool rewards as thank-yous for your generosity. For example, donating $2000 gets you the following:
Tim and Seth from Les Savy Fav will write a song about you based on information that you supply us about yourself. We will also make a video for the song, directed by animator/director Edmond Hawkins and myself. You will also get 2 copies of the special edition book, the ebook and the audio book, plus major bragging rights. You also get a double special thanks in the book.
Even a reasonable $150 donation will get you a copy of the book along with a limited edition 8x10 print of Patton Oswalt signed and numbered by Seth. This print is an edition of 25. You will also receive the audio book. Such an awesome book from an awesome local photographer. Get to donating! Every buck helps!

Dale Crover w/ Melvins Lite in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Dinosaur Jr. just keep adding more alternative rock royalty to their upcoming You're Living All Over Me 25th anniversary show, which happens in NYC at Terminal 5 on December 1. They've already announced Johnny Marr (of The Smiths), Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth), and Al Cisneros (of Sleep), and now they've added Dale Crover (of Melvins) too. Kurt VIle, who carries the torch that those musicians all helped light well, opens the show and tickets are still available.

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis is also one of the many guests appearing on the third season of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's IFC show, Portlandia, which returns on January 4 at 10pm ET/PT, prefaced by a pre-premiere episode on December 14 at 10:30pm ET/PT. In addition to J, other guests include Dirty Projectors, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, George Wednt and more. You can check out the full list of guests for season three and a video clip of the upcoming season below.

Speaking of Melvins, they're playing a New Year's Eve show in LA at The Alexandria with Redd Kross, who released their first new album since reuniting in 2004 this year. Tickets for the LA show are on sale now.

Portlandia video and list of guests are below.

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"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)
Ricky Gervais

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.

"I'm summoning all my party powers from above and below to channel them into your soul... Have the PARTIEST HALLOWEEN EVER!" - Andrew WK

Happy Halloween
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Let's just forget (not really) about this hurricane thing for one second, and try to remember that today is also Halloween! What are you going to be? What were you for Hallowmeme? Need instructions on dressing as a Canadian Indie Musician? Are you dressing up your baby? And are you going to one of the limited NYC events still happening? Or will you just save your costume and hopefully wear it to the belated Halloween Parade that might happen next week.

As you can see in the photo above, BV photographer Chris La Putt (not actually him) found his costume and is going to be Instagram for Halloween (actually, he's stranded without phone, internet or power in Jersey City).

Speaking of BV photoraphers, we just found out that we posted a picture of Jezebel writer Jenna Sauers in her Halloween costume in 2009 (and drunkenly ate falafel near her at 4am).

One CT resident got a Halloween-themed surprise when Sandy uncovered a human skeleton under a down tree. They think it was put there hundreds of years ago when the area was a burial ground.

Of course not everyone is having an unhappy holiday. And many are still dressing up, like Miley Cyrus who is doing Nicki Minaj.

Dum Dum Girls dressed up as nuns and brought out the Dum Dum Boys, last night.

LA band Deap Vally who are currently in Europe on tour with the Vaccines, show off their costumes....

Deap Vally
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Holy scary Those Darlins:

Those Darlins
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Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor Josh Sundquist, who has one leg, dressed up as the Christmas Story leg lamp.

Here's some dudes as the Beastie Boys:

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Patton Oswalt is Doc Oc:

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Honey Boo Boo as Bella:

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Bored? Learn how to carve jack-o-lanterns of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Azealia Banks, Danny Brown, and Action Bronson.

The appropriately named but not actually that scary Vampire Weekend are going to be on Kimmel tonight (which is being taped at BAM).

Diplo made a Halloween mix for BBC Radio 1, which features tracks by Danny Brown, TNGHT, M.I.A., Kanye West, Jay-Z, Destiny's Child, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Angel Haze, Misfits, and more. Stream/download it and check out the full tracklist HERE.

Lil B made a free Halloween mixtape which you can grab.

The Black Lips made a Halloween mixtape too. Stream below.

To quote the YouTube description, "Just in time for Halloween (and Hurricane Sandy, for that matter) "Tears" is a short film by David Altobelli and Jeff Desom, with a score pulled from HEALTH's original soundtrack to 'Max Payne 3' from Rockstar Games." Watch below.

Passion of the Weiss put together a haunted hip hop mix you can go download.

RL Grime released a free Halloween mix too. Listen below.

Heliotropes covered Roky Erickson for Halloween.

Marissa Nadler covered Daniel Johnston's "Devil Town". Listen below.

Kate Nash vamps it up in the just-released, fangtastic video for her song "Fri-end" which you can watch below

John "Mountain Goats" Darnielle and family are dressed "as the 1992 Capcom game Quiz and Dragons."

John Darnielle
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Jean Grae is slightly mad at Sandy for messing up Halloween. Watch her scary new video for "Kill Screen" and the rest of the stuff mentioned, below.

Continue reading "ALSO: Happy (sort of) Halloween! (costume ideas, free mixtapes, Patton Oswalt, Black Lips, Deap Vally & more)"

New York Comedy Fest

We already mentioned that Rob Delaney will be playing the New York Comedy Festval and now here's the whole 2012 line-up which goes down November 7 - 11. Performers include Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, Kevin Hart, Bill Maher, Patton Oswalt, Brian Regan, Marlon & Shawn Wayans, Robin Williams and more. Tickets to most shows go on sale Monday, August 13 with a Citi Cardmember Presale happening right now (8/8). There's a NYCF presale that starts tomorrow (8/9) and you can get the password by liking their Facebook page.

Full NYCF line-up/schedule is below.

Continue reading "Ricky Gervais, Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Hart, Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari & more playing New York Comedy Festival (full line-up)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Hall & Oates & Peelander-Z - in Prospect Park (5/20/2012)
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Unlike Chris (who took these pictures), I didn't get to the Nethermead until 5pm, but what I saw was consistent with reports that the second day of GoogaMooga was free of a lot of the kinks experienced on Saturday. Lines were shorter on Sunday, there was more food, there were maybe a few less people, and everyone just generally seemed to be having a great time. Conversations on the first day were all about how long you had to wait to get something. Conversations on the second day seemed to be more about how much better things were, and how awesome it was to hear Hall & Oates play 80 minutes of hits in a huge park on a beautiful day to thousands of people, many of whom were dancing and singing along. Sure there were still lines for popular items, but nothing like the day before, and there were a lot less of them (would you agree?).

Other highlights of Sunday's free but ticketed event included a memorable performance by colorful punks Peelander-Z (whose red member can be seen flying over a porta-potty in one of the pictures above), a rocking set of Led Zeppelin tunes by Lez Zeppelin, soul by both Charles Bradley and Fitz & the Tantrums, another hour ExtraMooga Q&A session by the extremely entertaining, even to vegans, Anthony Bourdain who went into detail on his opinions of vegetarians at the request of one audience member (Anthony appears live in Brooklyn again at BAM on June 9), and an ExtraMooga night-closing Big Gay Ice Cream Dance Party complete with a DJ, alien dancer things, drag queens, free ice and ice cream, and scantily clad stilt workers (also ExtraMooga only).

The plan seems to be to bring GoogaMooga back in 2013 (hopefully next time with more vegan options), so stay tuned. More pictures from Sunday in Prospect Park, below...

Continue reading "GoogaMooga day 2 in pics (Hall & Oates, Peelander-Z, Fitz, Patton Oswalt, Tom Colicchio, Charles Bradley & more)"

by Klaus Kinski

Jon Benjamin

For those of us prone to agoraphobia, Comedy Central really brought the stank on Saturday April 21st when they premiered not one but TWO epic specials. First up at 10pm was Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour followed by Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions at 11pm. Patton's Finest came out as an audio cd back in September 2011, so to many of us the material has already been heard, only this time we can see the munchkin himself in action. Both specials were phenomenal and if you missed them because you have a life, don't worry. Patton's special has been available for ages on CD and download and is now available, uncensored and extended, for download on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video and available in HD exclusively on Xbox Live and Sony PlayStation Network. I am sure it'll be on reruns too. PFT's special is also available, uncensored and extended, for download on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Samsung Media Hub and in HD exclusively on Xbox LIVE and Sony PlayStation Network. Cripes, Comedy Central really made sure you nerds were covered on the download front.

Speaking of Comedy Central, one of the most egregious errors they ever made was cancelling the great Jon Benjamin Has a Van. CC has canceled many, many, many shows over the years and most of the time it was the right move because a lot of their original programming is/was horse shit. However, the loss of JBHAV really stuck in my craw. Jon Benjamin starred as a man on the street reporter, with a van, who always became a part of the stories he was reporting. The show was so goddamned funny I curse the day it was ever canceled. However, GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! Jon left this note on my pillow this morning (he calls me America) (You had to be there) (be glad you weren't):

HI AMERICA, it's me again, Jon Benjamin. I know we haven't spoken since my bar mitvah speech (sorry about my controversial opposition to the IDF's 1978 attack on Lebanon) Anyway, I made a show in 2010 called Jon Benjamin Has a Van and after a full season, myself, Leo Allen and Nathan Fielder decided to celebrate our middling ratings by launching a tour. Soon thereafter, Comedy Central cancelled our show, but the tour will still go on. So, without further adieu, I formally announce our Cancellation Tour. We will be in 7 cities over the course of ten days (a national record) and we'll perform comedy, magic and show uncensored footage and deleted scenes from American Reunion. It will be cheap, fast and easy. Thanks and hope to see you there. Love, Jon.
The Jon Benjamin Has a Tour tour will hit The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Thursday May 3rd. Tickets are on sale so get them while you can, because this will sell out and you. will. be. bumming. Full tour dates below.

Speaking of comedy at the Knit, it has been announced that Neil Hamburger will be playing there on a tour too.

Check out JB's tour dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Jon Benjamin Has a Tour (but not a Comedy Central show)"

Extra Mooga

We still have a few more days before we find out the entire music lineup of the Great GoogaMooga, but the new Prospect Park festival announced the May 19th & 20th schedule, and almost-full lineup, of "ExtraMooga", the part of the fest that requires you to pay extra money. Taking place in multiple park venues that you can see illustrated in the above map, in addition to chefs and the previously announced James Murphy & Aziz Ansari, the lineup now also includes WTF with Marc Maron, Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen, and Patton Oswalt too. You can view the whole thing HERE.

Meanwhile, Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen continues every Monday night at Littlefield.

Mastodon fans (more by Greg Cristman)
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Bon Iver was nominated for four high profile Grammys (though not "Album of the Year" which is what Arcade Fire won). Adele & Katy Perry nominated for a zillion, and other nominees include The Black Keys, Foster the Peepee, Cee Lo, Duck Sauce, Robyn, Cut Copy, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Radiohead, Mumford & Son, Mastodon, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Weird Al, Danger Mouse, Memory Tapes, TV On the Radio, A Tribe Called Quest, etc...

Tom Morello @ Newport Folk Fest 2009 (more by Jim Brueckner)
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Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has announced plans to perform at the Occupy Wall Street protest at noon [today] in Manhattan. Morello, who has previously performed at the Occupy Los Angeles rally, will play a solo set as the Nightwatchman.

"The Nightwatchman will Occupy Wall Street [today] at noon, adding one more voice to the growing chorus of millions demanding economic justice at home and around the globe," Morello tells Rolling Stone. "And I'll be playing some songs. Likely in the rain."

Morello will be the third major act to perform at the protest. Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum and rapper Talib Kweli have recently played impromptu sets at the protest site. Earlier this week, Kanye West visited the scene, but did not perform. [Rolling Stone]

Today (10/13) is also the first day of NY Comic Con & Anime Fest over at the Javits Center. Tom Morello performs in the convention center tonight with Z-Trip as part of the con's kickoff concert.

We get why the Rage Against the Machine guitarist would show up at Occupy Wall St, but why Comic Con? Well, Comixcorner.com says:

Tom Morello's graphic novel Orchid, which tells the tale of a 16-year-old street prostitute in a dystopian future, will be released in twelve issues through Dark Horse Comics will be on sale October 12th. Orchid features a variant cover by the well-known and influential street artist Shepard Fairey, with interior art by Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic).

"Orchid is part Suicide Girl, part Joan of Arc, who becomes the Spartacus of Whores in a story that merges the epic scope of Lord of the Rings with the politics of street terrorism." - Tom Morello

Headlined by DJ Z-Trip, the concert is free to all VIP's and 4-Day ticket holders BUT seating is first come, first served and will be extremely limited due to size of the auditorium and popularity of the event. Ultimate Access, Special Access and Anime Access VIP ticket holders will be guaranteed to get into the show first; then, 4-Day ticket holders will be let in until the auditorium is full. The concert is open to all 4-Day ticket holders on a first come, first served basis and we cannot guarantee that all 4-Day ticket holders that want to attend the show will be able to get in.

"I'm stoked and honored to be playing alongside Tom Morello at the New York Comic Con. He's one of my favorite guitarists of all time, and I've always admired the level of consciousness he brings to the table. This show is gonna be great. Can't wait to read his new comic too." - DJ Z-Trip

Tom Morello is appearing courtesy of Dark Horse Comics, New York Comic Con and Midtown Comics - who will be selling Orchid #1 exclusively at the Kick-Off Concert.

Other guests at Comic Con include Jon Glaser, David Cross, Chris Elliot, Carrie Brownstein (who is in tour with Wild Flag), Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt, Fred Armisen, Mark Hamill, and many more. (Fred and Carrie will be promoting Portlandia)

photos by David Andrako

Kristen Schaal
Kristen Schaal

Like those who chose to spend their Friday night at an outdoor Long Island amphitheater watching Weezer & Flaming Lips, and those caught in the long line outside House of Vans, the people who decided on the free They Might Be Giants music & comedy show at Williamsburg Waterfront got wet. Visual proof continues (more about this show later), below...

Continue reading "comedy, rain & music @ Williamsburg Waterfront in pics (They Might Be Giants, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal & more)"

People at Williamsburg Waterfront last year (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Williamsburg Waterfront

This summer's Williamsburg Waterfront concert season begins this weekend with a free show on Saturday (6/11) (5:30pm doors). For what it's worth, that show is Coheed and Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio and Tigers Jaw, but it is free. It's also one of three currently announced free shows (there will be five free shows total, one of which will be classical music). The other two announced free events are Eugene Mirman and Pretty Good Friends (Patton Oswalt will be one of those friends!) and special musical guests They Might Be Giants on July 29, and a children's show with Moey's Music Party and Story Pirates (who recently hosted a benefit) on June 19 at noon.

Ticketed shows include Death From Above 1979, Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, Bright Eyes, Thievery Corporation (with Dam-Funk & Master Blazter and Raphael Saadiq opening), TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes and more. Check out the full lineup with openers listed below...

Continue reading "Williamsburg Waterfront opens this weekend, here is the full updated summer schedule"

by Klaus Kinski

Patton and Yankovick

Just shy of his 42nd birthday, comedic legend Patton Oswalt has done more with his time on earth than most people could ever dream of. He has conquered the art of stand-up, he has lent his acting talents to television and film, he has voiced a number of animated characters both mainstream and cult, he has had his own television specials, and he has had his comedy made a permanent record with several CD and DVD releases. He was even steps away from starring in a Broadway play, but twatress extraordinaire Megan Mullally, who tried to have Patton fired for his lack of stage experience, quit the play and the production folded entirely. This is a man who didn't get to where he is today because of luck. And certainly not because of good looks. This man got to where he is through relentless hard-motherf*cking-work and tenacity.

And just when I thought Patton'd cover'd everything, he goes ahead and enters the world of literature with his epic tome Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt (release date January 4th, 2011). Like Columbine, this is one of the few books in recent memory that I simply could not put down. Besides being funny as hell, having been raised in similar environs as Patton the book was eerily relatable. There is absolutely no pretense in his style; it is straight up Patton Oswalt talking right to your brain through the written word. It is smart, direct, hilarious, profound, often times touching writing from beginning to end.

HEADS UP! Before scrambling over to Amazon or wherever to get your copy, there are a few more exciting ways to obtain this book. First, I have a few copies to give away! Follow the contest instructions below and maybe you'll get lucky. A second option would be to buy a ticket to a Patton Oswalt Book Event at Warsaw on January 8th at 5 pm. The Warsaw event is presented by Word Bookstore. Attending the Warsaw event is kind of a no brainer, people. The event costs $25, which gets you admission to the event and a copy of the book, which Patton will sign. The retail price of the book is $24.00. So for a dollar above cover price, and no tax, you get the book, see Patton, and get an autograph. Don't be stoopid!

There is no doubt the Warsaw book event will sell out, but have no fear. As previously mentioned, Patton will be back in town January 7th and 8th for FOUR SHOWS at Caroline's in Times Square. I know BV comedy fans aren't thrilled with Caroline's ticket prices, drink requirements, and clientele, and the promise of new material might not be enough to take the plunge. Luckily, your man Klaus has you covered. Well, a few of you. I have two pairs of tickets to giveaway! See contest instructions below! Tour dates, including other NYC in-store book events below too...

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Todd Barry @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Todd Barry

Want to laugh Tuesday night? Head over to Lolita Bar at Broome and Allen for another edition of "Tell Your Friends!". This week's special guests include HANNIBAL BURESS (who performs a free show every Sunday at Knitting Factory) (and who recently opened for Aziz Ansari at Beacon Theater), LIAM McENEANEY, ANDY DE LA TOUR, and a "MYSTERY GUEST" who "is doing a big big show later in the week, and can't be advertised for this. He appears all over television and films, though, and this may be your last chance to see him in a basement before he's too famous for our show. - A MUST SEE!" Hmm.

Speaking of a big big show later in the week, Nick Kroll's two tapings at Music Hall of Williamsburg take place this Thursday, 11/18.

Nick also did a show at UCB tonight/Monday right before Whiplash (with special guest Mike Birbiglia). How was that? Whiplash takes place every Monday.

MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden will be a guest at the live broadcast of WFMU's comedy/variety show "Seven Second Delay" at UCB Theatre on Wednesday (11/17). $5.00 tickets are still on sale, though note that he won't be performing. They'll be interviewing him, but they promise they have a couple of surprises planned. Other guests appearing on the same show: former New York Times Ombudsman Dan Okrent, and author / gambling expert / former bookie Beth Raymer.

That WFMU thing is early - like 6pm. Stick around after for an edition of Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel's Totally J/K with special guests Hari Kondabalu (Comedy Central Presents), Greg Johnson (Sirius/XM Radio) "& more!" Then stay even longer, cause Joe Mande is also part of the show right after that too. Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn & Ed Gavagan also perform in "The Nights of Our Lives"

Much like Pee Wee Herman, Colin Quinn has a new show on Broadway (which is directed by Jerry Seinfeld) (the Colin show) (Jerry didn't direct the Pee Wee show). We are giving away tickets to see Pee Wee. The Apiary has a pair up for grabs to see Colin.

What about Eugene Mirman you ask? Well, in addition to stuff we've mentioned in the past and his somewhat regularly scheduled Sunday night shows at Union Hall, you can catch him along with John Roderick (as Santa Claus), A.C. Newman, John Hodgman, Gary Shteyngart, and Ollabelle on December 17th at City Winery for the next edition of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders. Tickets are on sale.

You will also find Eugene Mirman at the Bell House on December 12th for "Pretty Good Friends (formerly Tearing the Veil of Maya) End of the Year Holiday Blowout" with Kristen Schaal, Jon Glaser and "more to be announced." Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Kristen Schaal, was she at Littlefield last night/tonight/Monday night for "Hot Tub with Kurt"? It's unclear from the listings whether Kurt Braunohler is doing "Hot Tub" without her every Monday night through 11/29. Upcoming listed guests include Wyatt Cenac, Laura Krafft, Dan Friel, Jon Friedman, Liam McEneaney, and Chris Rozzi.

Patton Oswalt has four shows coming up at Caroline's - two on January 7th and two on January 8th. Tickets are on sale.

Last but not least, after postponing the original date, honorary Juggalo Gallagher will appear at Gramercy Theatre on April 8th. Tickets are on sale.

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photos by Chris Graham

Brent Weinbach

"At the sold-out Sasquatch, bands holding down the headliner spots haven't necessarily turned out to be the biggest draws. Sure, My Morning Jacket played to a mostly packed house on Saturday, and Massive Attack was overwhelmingly solid on Sunday despite a not-so-full amphitheater floor, but the band drawing the most populous, most stoked, most deserved gathering was unquestionably Vampire Weekend." [SPIN]
Pictures of Vampire Weekend, My Morning Jacket, and the rest of Day One of this year's Sasquatch Festival (which just went down over Memorial Day Weekend), below...

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Patton Oswalt & Conan O'Brien
Patton Oswalt

"The late-night nightmare is almost over. Conan O'Brien is leaving NBC and receiving a payout--and he'll be free to appear on another network before his contract expires, Kim Masters reports.

The NBC-Leno-Conan war is close to ending, according to a knowledgeable source. According to the outlines of a settlement, Conan O'Brien will leave NBC and the network will make an as-yet unspecified payment. The comedian will be free to appear elsewhere on television well before his contract expires, despite earlier threats from NBC that it would prevent him from working anywhere else.

There is still opportunity for the negotiation to fall apart, but clearly, at this point it is in NBC's interest to put an end to this dismal episode." [The Daily Beast] (via Gawker)

Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, and Ricky Gervais all recently appeared on Conan. Videos below...

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"Producers of a Broadway revival of Terrance McNally's "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," announced that Megan Mullally and Patton Oswalt would take the leading roles when the former Off-Broadway hit from 1991 returns to New York City's bigger stages in April 2010. It's set for a limited engagement to run through June." [the comic's comic]

Beast @ CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Beast

Lady Gaga was nominated five times. Considering her rocket to fame over the last year, many were expecting more for her. But at least the contests are going to be really interesting: Beyoncé, [Taylor] Swift and Lady Gaga are going head to head in three of the most important categories: album, record and song of the year. Will one of them sweep, or will the lady vote be split?

One of the usual complaints about the Grammys is that it over-rewards older, established, familiar acts at the expense of newer, fresher ones. MGMT, the Brooklyn synth-rock duo, was nominated for best new artist, a big coup although not unexpected. But some of the shoulda-been names that have been circulated and Tweeted: Grizzly Bear, another acclaimed Brooklyn group; Regina Spektor, a young New York songwriter who started in the underground and has found some mainstream popularity; Diane Birch, a young soul-style singer, just the revivalist type the Grammys usually adore; and the Decemberists, an alt-folk-rock band from Portland, Ore., that released an ambitious concept album this year. [NY Times]

Neko Case, Imogen Heap, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups, David Byrne, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are some of the other familiar names in the list of Grammy nominees this year. As Ben Sisario in the NY Times alludes, the nominations are a complete joke and predictable... but fun to look at anyway. Nobody expects Animal Collective to get picked, despite their soon-to-be status of being one of the highly rated artists of the year (and decade maybe).

One surprise (for me anyway) came this year in the video category. Montreal's Beast were nominated for "Mr. Hurricane". That video with a list of some of the other nominees, below...

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