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Devo's classic 1980 album Freedom of Choice celebrates its 35th birthday this year and coinciding is the release of Evie Nagy's 33 1/3 book about the album which was just published last week. In celebration of both things, there's a "Comedy Tribute to Devo" at Littlefield on Thursday (5/29) hosted by Jake Fogelnest and featuring the band's own Gerald Casale (UPDATE: Gerard had to cancel which is a bummer), plus Dave Hill, Sara Benincasa, Liam McEneaney, Joe Garden, Fort Lean and "special guests." Fred Armisen wrote the foreword to the 33 1/3 book so maybe if he's in town? Tickets are on sale. Flyer, a stream of Freedom of Choice, and videos for its title track and "Girl U Want," below.

In related news, Loser's Lounge will present a New Wave-themed edition -- B-52's Vs. Devo" at Joe's Pub on June 11, 12 & 13. If you've never been to a Loser's Lounge before, they feature the LL Orchestra (commanded by Joe McGinty) and a host of guest vocalists tackling the featured artists' songs. They're usually a lot of fun and tickets are on sale.

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Public Services with Jo Firestone is an all-new variety show from Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000, UCB, WFMU) and Jeremy Levenbach (Whiplash, Big Terrific). Featuring a staged reading of an original sewer-themed soap opera called "Public Services", this show also features celebrities, up-and-coming comedians, and notable nobodies. Public Services combines soap opera, celebrity interviews, and live comedy to give the audience that sweet alt comedy they didn't even know they were cravin'.
"Public Services with Jo Firestone" happens tonight (3/4) at Littlefield and it's got a pretty amazing group of comedians for the show: Jon Glazer, Chris Gethard, Eugene Mirman, Aprana Nacherla, Andy Blitz, Larry Murphy, Dan Lica and more, plus a live music set from Langhorne Slim. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

Jon Glaser will be back at Littlefield next week (3/11) for the Brooklyn Free Space Fundraiser Spectacular Evening of Entertainment! featuring Janeane Garofalo, H. Jon Benjamin and more -- which is now sold out.

Aparma Nacherla, meanwhile, will be at Union Hall on Friday (3/6) for this month's edition of Dave Hill's "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" that also features Mrs. Smith, Bandits on the Run, and Eliot Glazer (tickets). Then she'll be at the Bell House on March 10 for Jezebel's "March Madness: An Evening of Readings by Women We Love" that also features Ariel Dumas, Jena Friedman, Jean Grae, Phoebe Robinson, Juli Weiner, and Delaney Yeager. That event is free by sending an RSVP email to Madness@Jezebel.com.

Janeane Garofalo will headline an event called "Reductress Presents: The Brotherhood of Women" at The Bell House on March 19 that also features Sara Benincasa, Naomi Ekperigin, Lizz Winstead, Eliot Glazer, Tyler Coates, Elissa Bassist​, Cocoon Central Dance Team, and Anna Drezen (tickets).

Later this spring at The Bell House, on May 7, Greg Proops will be taping an episode of his podcast "Greg Proops is The Smartest Man In The World" and tickets for that are on sale.

Back over at Union Hall, SNL's Sasheer Zamata hosts "Sasheer Zamata Party Time!" at the venue on March 19 with guests Bridget Everett, Sabrina Jalees, Charla Lauriston, and Liza Treyger (tickets).

Dave Hill will also be at Union Hall on March 21 for a live taping of Nerdist podcast "Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction" that also features Jared Logan, Ashley Brooke Roberts, Max Silvestri, Eli Sairs, Kara Klenk, Mehran Khaghani, Jono Zalay, and host Bryan Cook. Tickets are on sale.

by Klaus Kinski

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

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

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

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

Dave Hill & Tig Notaro
Dave Hill and Tig Notaro

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

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

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

Jim Gaffigan also has other bigger area shows coming up.

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

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

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

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Asobi Seksu @ Highline Ballroom
Asobi Seksu

the great pumpkin: Asobi Seksu is based in New York where there is a booming coffee scene. Are you a coffee drinker? What is your favorite Local Coffee Shop & Drink of Choice?

James Hanna of Asobi Seksu: I love coffee, Qathra near my house in Ditmas Park is solid. I either like a double espresso or just plain old French press. Generally I make my own because few places make it murky enough for me. Viscosity is very important.

Fine dining is big in this city, but it's easy to get great food for a low price. Do you have any favorite cheap eats?

James Hanna of Asobi Seksu: I love Wonton Garden in Chinatown. There are some really good spots down there but mostly terrible ones. I miss Carmines Pizza in Greenpoint.

Do you have a favorite New York City restaurant? Yuki mentioned in her interview with Eater that she likes Five Leaves in Greenpoint.

James Hanna of Asobi Seksu: Yuki is a fool... No just kidding. There are too many restaurants in New York City, and not enough good ones.

If there was any food-related tension in the band (pretend or real), it didn't show at Highline Ballroom on 4/16, when Asobi Seksu stood in solidarity with Planned Parenthood. The NYC shoegaze crew were joined by North Highlands, Little Big & comedian Sara Benincasa at the Monday night shindig. Here are some pictures and a video. More, with tour dates (I hope the band likes Japanese food), below...

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Asobi Seksu at Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Asobi Seksu

Asobi Seksu just announced that they'll be playing a Planned Parenthood benefit in NYC on April 16 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now with a $75 VIP option which includes early entry at 6PM, artist meet and greet, champagne toast for 21+, and gift bag. The show is with host comedian Sara Benincasa and special guests. They don't appear to have any other North American dates at the moment.

The video for "Trails" off 2011's Fluorescence is below...

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