Entries tagged with: Sara Schaefer
As mentioned, the NY Comedy Festival happens November 5 - 9 at venues all over NYC. While the big shows -- Marc Maron, Tig Notaro, Bill Cosby, Nick Offerman, Amy Schumer and others -- have been announced for some time, they just announced the smaller/cooler/more interesting offerings on the slate. We just wrote about Bob Odenkirk who's playing Gramercy Theatre on November 9, and here are a few more highlights as chosen by BV laffmaster Klaus Kinski. He offers up some parenthetical comments too. Read on:
-Popular internet-obsessed comedy game show @Midnight (hosted by Chris Hardwick) will be taping in NYC the week of NYCF, at ABC 24 New York on November 3, 4 and two tapings on 11/5. Tickets are free and mostly claimed but you can get on the waitlist.
-Seth Herzog's longrunning "Sweet" will do a NYCF-specific show at The Slipper Room on 11/4 ("Always. Seth is the man.") No advance tickets yet.
-"Comedy Underground" Live with Dave Attell at Village Underground on November 4. ("I love Attell and hope he sees a resurgence. Also, big a-listers will drop by for sure.") Two performances, 8 PM and 10:30 PM (Tickets)
- Leisure Hour With Brian McCann at UCB Chelsea on November 5. ("Longtime Conan writer/performer. Dude is NUTS.") Tickets available soon.
- Kyle Kinane at Union Hall on November 5. ("Great opportunity to see him in a small room.") Sold out, but there may be standbys at the door.
- 'Race Wars' with Kurt Metzger and Sherrod Small at Comedy Cellar at The Village Underground on November 5. ("Smart and very controversial.") Reservations are being accepted now.
- 'Lies' feat. Sara Schaefer at the Jerome L. Greene Space on November 6. ("I have always loved Sara.") Tickets are on sale now.
- Aparna Nancherla & Friends at The Creek and the Cave on November 7. ("New on my radar, she is one of the funniest people ever.") Tickets are on sale now.
- The Talk Show Series Presents The Kevin Corrigan Show at Union Hall on November 7. Moving from its usual (free) Williamsburg, The Kevin Corrigan show will be at Union Hall this time with a bunch of cool guests TBA. Tickets are on sale.
- "Clown Panties and Other Unpleasant Truths: An Evening With Inside Amy Schumer" on November 8 at The Paley Center for Media. ("Amy Schumer also has a big stand up show, but I think an event about her show is more interesting than her stand up. Though her stand up is great.") Tickets go on sale Friday (10/3) at noon and are on presale now to Paley members.
-'Up To Snuff: Mark Normand & Friends' at The Stand on November 8. (Guy is GREAT. Made a year end list of mine. He needs to be famous.) Tickets are on sale now.
- Emily Heller at UCB East on November 8. ("So f'ing funny. Another comedian who made a year end list of mine.") Tickets are on sale now.
There are lots more NYCF events happening and the whole schedule is here.
by Klaus Kinski
Aziz Ansari & Chris Rock @ Whiplash @ UCB last week
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.
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
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).
DOWNLOAD: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Hawk Highway" (MP3)
Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Staten Island rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars will be taking the ferry over to Manhattan next week to be the musical guests on Wrestling Team's live taping of their podcast, Beginnings, which happens on October 9 at UCBEast. The tapings happen on the second Tuesday of every month (AC Newman played the last one). Tuesday's show will also feature comedian Sara Schaefer. $5 tickets for the show are on sale now.
Sara Schaefer, who is currently living in NYC as well, will also do a show one day earlier (10/8) at Ace Hotel. This show begins at 9 PM, and happens the same night that Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone) does her DJ residency in the Ace Hotel Lobby.
Earlier this month (just around the time they opened for Bob Mould actually), Cymbals Eat Guitars put out the song, "Hawk Highway," for the video series Masters From Their Day. You can download that song above or stream it below. You can also read the song's lyrics HERE.
Conan O'Brien is filming his late night show live from the Beacon Theater in NYC all this week. One of last night's musical/comical guests was Reggie Watts. Check out the video of Reggie doing a special rendition of "The Boys Are Back in Town" below.
Fallon writer Sara Schaefer co-hosts her weekly show at UCB East.
Also tonight: Todd Barry celebrates his 24th year in comedy with a one-hour Comedy Central special run-through show at the Pit. Tickets are still available.
Hopefully Todd also makes it over to Bowery Poetry Club in time to see the FAKE HIM perform as part of The 4th Annual SCHTICK OR TREAT. Other fake versions that will perform include:
Anthony JeselnikThink Halloween tribute show, but comedians.
Paul F. Tompkins
Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, and John Mulaney aren't on the list of comedians getting roasted tonight, but you can catch their real versions at the Pretty Good Friends Holiday show happening at the Bell House on December 11th. Tickets are on sale. Take a peak at Eugene's tour page for more upcoming gigs including one in Turners Falls, MA this Saturday (and Union Hall the night after that).
by Klaus Kinski
The new venue is located on 153 East 3rd St. in Manhattan, and is the former home of the Two Boots Pioneer Theater. Even though I had only been to the Two Boots Theater once (back in 2003 to see the confoundingly brilliant Adolfas Mekas (Brother of Jonas) film Hallelujah the Hills), I was sad to hear it was closed down. But then I was elated to hear that the fine folks at the Upright Citizens Brigade would resurrected it as a comedy venue; a much needed element to that neighborhood considering Mo Pitkin's currently RIPs. The crucial distinction between UCB East and the UCB in Chelsea is that UCB East will be more stand-up/variety/screening/non-improv/non-sketch oriented. And I don't care if this distinction means nothing to you because it means a lot to me and I am the only person that matters. Not only is the venue closer to my house than UCB West, but this new satellite venue will allow some of my favorite UCB West shows like Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel's Totally J/K to occur once a week (Thursdays at 9:00pm) as opposed to once a month. Plus, it'll introduce more non-improv/non-sketch weeklies to our lives. For example, the always incredible and probably criminally underrated Sara Schaefer has a show every Tuesday at 8:00pm called After Hours with Gene Hackman and Friends which will feature funny people, musical people, and other delightful things. On Thursdays at 11:00pm UCB's world famous open mic show Gutbucket (free!) gives people a chance to bomb in front of an audience. On Sundays at 9:00pm, hosts Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Andy Haynes and David Cope bring newbies and comedy veterans to the stage for their show Hot Soup. And this is just scratching the surface. A gander at the FULL SCHEDULE will show you what's what. And yes, sure, there is SOME sketch and improv on the schedule, but that is hardly this venue's focus and that's what makes it great. That and the location amIright? The place also boasts a comfy bar to hang about in as well as cover charges in the $5 range. Now if only UCB West would give me a freakin' slot for my improv jam Anonymous: That's My Hummus, an improv-slash-sketch show that is unfunny, negative, and completely unnecessary.
That was so weird. I still feel kind of nauseous (no dishes rattled though) (in Brooklyn anyway). I hope everyone's ok in Virginia (and elsewhere).
DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Even Heroes Have to Die (MP3)
Ted Leo @ Bell House Haiti Benefit in January (more by Jonny Leather)
Screaming Females are currently on tour with JEFF the Brotherhood - that trip kicked off in NYC and will be back for a show at Brooklyn's Death By Audio on February 23rd. Come March, Screaming Females will be joining Ted Leo & The Pharmacists (who played Bowery Ballroom with JEFF in December) for shows across the US. Those includes his previously mentioned April 9th show at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still on sale.
Ted's new album, The Brutalist Bricks, is due March 9th on Matador. His shows in support of that start in early March (some of which are opened by Title Tracks). A track from the album is above; full tour dates are below. Before then, he'll be appearing (for "songs and a chat") at "Get Off Your Knees" a comedy show hosted by Sara Schaefer and Kim Armstrong at the Bell House front lounge on Tuesday, February 16th (tonight). Other guests include Leo Allen and Jamie Kilstein. Ted Leo appeared at the venue last month for its Haiti benefit. His songs from that night and all tour dates are below...
Aziz Ansari added an extra two shows to his previously-announced run of CD Release shows at Comix. The new total is eight shows over four days (2/3-2/6) and they all appear to be sold out. "Friends scheduled to appear throughout the weekend:" Todd Barry, Moshe Kasher, John Mulaney, Max Silvestri, Joe Mande, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress, Leo Allen, Kumail Nanjiani, and Anthony Jeselnik. A fine set of openers indeed.
Don't have a ticket, but still want to see Aziz during his now-rare trip back to NYC? You can also catch him tonight (2/2) for free at the Apple Store in SOHO. Sarah Silverman will appear in the same venue one night later.
Speaking of Max Silvestri, don't forget to catch his Big Teriffic show every Wednesday night at The Cameo (free!).
Speaking of Kristen Schaal, you can catch her tonight (2/2) as part of Sara Schaefer & Kim Armstrong's new free weekly Tuesday night comedy show in the front lounge of The Bell House (which is also hosting a "TOTALLY SOLD OUT" Lost premiere party this evening as well).
Speaking of Kristen Schaal performing comedy at The Bell House, tickets are on sale for a February 27th show described as "Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn present Winter Warm-Up featuring Comedy with Eugene Mirman & Pretty Good Friends, Special guests include Kristin Schaal & Michael Showalter".
Speaking of Hannibal Buress, he hosts a comedy show every Sunday night at Knitting Factory (free!).
Leo Allen hosts Whiplash every Monday night at UCB
A few shows other shows coming up at UCB and other surprises below...
Tonight (March 10, 2008) @ Pianos goes something like this:
11:00 SOUTH (UK)"It is It" is free, and goes something like this....
10:00 KRISTOFFER RAGNSTAM
8:00 IT IS IT
"Save the World" - Bloc Party @ Live Earth London (CRED)
The most bizzare thing about the Bad Brains show on the boat was before the show when HR was just sort walking around by himself with his sunglasses on - looking extremely chill, and nobody was talking to him - at least when I saw him. He apparently did speak to at least one person before the show though, and it was DL host Sara Schaefer. AOL has the must-see video where they talk about the new album, and even sick Morrissey's favorite artist (and Gogol Bordello collaborator) Madonna. Keep the video running for a cool in-studio performance by Bloc Party that comes up right after Bad Brains. Updated Bloc Party tour dates below....