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by Arielle Gordon

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For the second year in a row, online comedy hub Funny or Die is bringing an insane lineup of comedians, entertainers, and other funny people to 20 different cities around the U.S via the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. This year, the tour includes a fantastic lineup of comedians young and old with literally someone to please everyone: Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick and Aziz Ansari to Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, and Mark Maron, with even a few true oddballs (Demetri Martin, Reggie Watts) in the mix. There's also a second stage hosted by Brody Stevens. Lineup varies from venue to venue, but all announced Oddball 2014 performers are listed below.

The tour doesn't stop in NYC proper -- though Aziz has that under control on his own at MSG -- Oddball does have a few stops in the NY area: August 16 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, August 17 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, August 22 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. and August 23 at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT.  Tickets are currently on Citi cardmember and Previous Purchasers presale and go on sale to the general public Saturday (6/28) at 10 AM.

The full tour dates are listed, along with a tour poster and 2014 lineup, below.

Continue reading "Louis CK, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron & more on board 2014 Oddball comedy tour (dates)"

Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Blondie

This past Sunday's Grammys telecast is behind us, but another televised event that will have a ton of Americans in front of their TVs happens this Sunday (2/2): the Super Bowl. A bunch of NYC-area concerts have been announced for the weekend-wide celebration, and since we last spoke, even more have been added.

NYC punk/new wave legends Blondie will play a FREE show at the Super Bowl Boulevard Concert Stage on Saturday (2/1). The stage is located in downtown Manhattan at Broadway & 40th Street, and Blondie go on at 8:30 PM. Blondie are also set to speak and perform at SXSW this year.

Jay Z (who performed and won an award at the Grammys) is also playing a Super Bowl concert. His happens on Saturday and is an invite-only DirecTV party.

Howard Stern's 60th Birthday Bash happens Friday (1/31) at Hammerstein Ballroom at 6 PM and will stream on SiriusXM. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the event, and guests include Louis C.K., David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Jon Bon Jovi, John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and others. Hopefully if you're there you'll get to see Steven Tyler dance again.

Meanwhile, catch Louis CK and the Arctic Monkeys on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight (1/27).

There's also ASPIRE'S Ultimate 70s Soul Party with The O Jays at Time Warner Cable Studios and the 15th Annual NFL SUper Bowl Gospel Celebration with Patti Labelle, Mary Mary, Natalie Grant, Tamela Mann and Donnie McClurkin at MSG, both on Friday.

Other previously announced Super Bowl weekend concerts include Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses, The Roots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janelle Monae, TLC, Drake and more.

by Wyatt Marshall

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PETA just released a new set of limited edition stamps featuring famous vegetarians, and a bevy of musicians and music industry folks are included on the sheet amongst the likes of Bob Barker and Joaquin Phoenix (though the list two years ago was a bit more interesting with Leonardo da Vinci, Johnny Appleseed who I wasn't aware he was actually a person and Gandhi). Paul McCartney, Ricky Martin, Russell Simmons, Joan Jett, Sarah Silverman, Vivienne Westwood, Mayim Bialik, Edie Falco, Belinda Carlisle and, of course, Morrissey made the cut. Would Grimes use these stamps? (she probably won't be featured on one)

As Morrisey says,

I think animals look to humans for protection, and of course humans lead them into slaughterhouses, which to me is just like an image of leading children into a slaughterhouse. There's no difference.
And some words of wisdom from Sir Paul McCartney:
If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That's the single most important thing you could do. It's staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.
You can order the stamps over at PETA, and be sure to use the Joan Jett ones for all your letters to South Dakota.

Speaking of Morrissey, a new book aiming to catalogue Smiths tattoos is in the work, and they're looking for anyone with a Smiths or Morrissey tattoo to be a part of it. Here are deets on that:

"To Me You Are A Work of Art" is a photo project in search of anyone with tattoo(s) related to, or inspired by, Morrissey and/or The Smiths. The photographs will profile fans and all their tattoos from various cities across the country over the course of the next few months. All photos will be taken by Toronto based photographer Patrick Moore.
The New York City date is this upcoming Sunday, November 24th and will be held at the Rocks Off offices in the Lower East Side (195 Chrystie St #401B) between 2pm and 4pm.
For any additional information - email YouWorkOfArt@gmail.com"
In Ricky Martin news, RM just listed his East Village condo in that really cool turquoise building on Bond Street for $6.8 million, and he just had his first book published, a children's book called "Santiago the Dreamer in 'Land Among the Stars.'" It's good to be Ricky Martin.

Death Grips at FYF Fest, where they actually played (more by Wei Shi)
Death Grips

You're never, like, ever going to believe this, but Death Grips, who dropped off Lollapalooza and Osheaga this year, and have cancelled full tours in the past, just cancelled their set at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Nobody saw this coming.

In Death Grips' place, No Age (who have played FFF Fest before) have been added. And (not related to DG), Sarah Silverman has been added to the comedy portion. As discussed, the festival also includes Television, Slayer, Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, and a bunch of other bands that actually care about their fans. Tickets are still available.

In other news, The Smiths aren't reuniting and Liam Gallagher has an opinion on something.

by Klaus Kinski

Festival Supreme

I have got a WICKED soft-spot in my soul for the great Tenacious D. Back in the day when I was still a young pup exploring the world of comedy at large, a friend of mine gave me a VHS tape (recorded in EP mode) that featured David Cross' special The Pride is Back as well as every single episode of the HBO Tenacious D television series. I was familiar with Jack Black from other things, but this series blew my mind apart into about eighteen different piles of pinkish green sludge. To this day (and I have been and will continue to be raked over the coals for this analogy) I think Jack Black is a phenomenal singer who brings to mind someone like the great Mike Patton. Their zeal for the majesty of rock and the hilarious adventures he and the cherubic Kyle Gass got into made the series an instant fave of yours truly.

Over the years, The D has given us great music, great videos, great tours, and great laughs. But now, they are giving us the mother of all gifts: FESTIVAL SUPREME! Curated by (and featuring) Tenacious D, Festival Supreme is a one day comedy/music fest taking place on the Santa Monica Pier in California on Saturday October 19, 2013. This rain-or-shine, nearly seven-hour event features a line-up that is so incredible that I had to read it like 7 times. Attendees will thrill to the comedy and music of Tim and Eric, The Mr. Show Experience(!), The Mighty Boosh, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Sandler, The Gregory Brothers (aka the Autotune the News guys), Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress, Eric Idle, Fred Armisen, Princess (Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum), Will Forte, Demetri Martin, Dynasty Handbag, Reggie Watts, Beardyman, Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious, Garfunkel & Oates, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Neil Hamburger Band, The Abe Lincoln Story, Nancy and Beth (Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt), and, of-fuckin-course, Tenacious D. I've included the list below for those of you who see things better visually as a list.

Pre-sale tickets will be available on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 AM PST (password is SUPREME). Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am PST on Friday, June 14 at 10 AM PST. General admission tickets are $99 (plus fees), and VIP tickets are $250 (plus fees). VIP tickets include a VIP viewing platform of the main stage, VIP bar, access to golden toilets and special merchandise. Also, sorry kiddos, this is a 21+ event. HA! Grow up.

Preview video and line-up in list form is below.

Continue reading "Tenacious D plan 'Festival Supreme' with Mr. Show, The Mighty Boosh, Tim & Eric, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Sandler & more"

Sarah Silverman at The Apollo in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman has teamed up with Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, Eric Warehaim, and Reggie Watts for a new YouTube comedy channel, JASH. Rolling Stone reports:

"We each have pages within JASH and we each can curate those pages," Silverman said. "This is what we think is funny. It may not be your cup of tea, but there's no testing involved, there's no second-guessing of what a 14-year-old boy would like. It's just a place to do stuff and fail or not fail."

The new channel, which officially launched yesterday at SXSW Interactive, is still a work in progress, though the creators say Silverman is working on a "French film-noir trailer," Cera has a 25-minute short film on the way and Wareheim . . . well, he's busy, too.

You can watch the introduction video below, which includes the head of Google saying he commissioned the five comedians to destroy all existing YouTube videos and start over, interviews with each member, and finally, a new song written just for JASH.

Sarah Silverman will be in the NYC area to perform at Wellmont Theatre on April 26. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon.

Video below...

Continue reading "Sarah Silverman launching 'JASH' YouTube series w/ Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts, playing Wellmont Theatre"

Todd Barry @ The Bell House (more by David Andrako)
Todd Barry

Comedian Todd Barry has announced the "TODD BARRY 25TH ANNIVERSARY IN COMEDY SHOW" with special guests Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo,Ted Alexandro, "and more!" Tickets are on sale now for the November 1st event at the Bell House.

Meanwhile you can catch Todd tonight/Friday & Saturday (10/4-5) at Eastville Comedy Club (also in NYC).

Heads up also to Arlington, Virginia! Todd will be there too, at the end of November.

Continue reading "Todd Barry celebrating 25 years of comedy with Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo & other guests (on sale)"

Sarah Silverman @ the EMCF recently (more by David Andrako)
Sarah Silverman

In addition to her upcoming appearances at the New Yorker Festival and roasting Anthony Bourdain, not to mention the zillion shows she seems to be adding lately, Sarah Silverman has scheduled ANOTHER NYC show, but this one is much sooner. Silverman and Webster Hall headliner Reggie Watts will team up for a surprise show at The Bell House in Brooklyn TOMORROW (Monday, 9/24). Tickets are on sale (grab em before they sell out like the October 8th 826NYC benefit with almost the same lineup very quickly did).

photos by David Andrako (Bell House) and Ryan Muir (Union Hall)

Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman & Eugene Mirman @ The Bell House 9/14/2012
Eugene Mirman 2012 Comedy Festival - Day 2 in Pictures

Friday night saw (9/14) the 2012 edition of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival expand to two venues, with Union Hall playing host to "This Is The Night These Comics Get Discovered and Become Stars!" and The Bell House hosting "StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson." The former event featured stand-up comedy from upstarts like Phoebe Robinson, Nick Turner, Greg Johnson and more, while the latter was a discussion featuring Mr. Mirman himself, Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan and more (Sarah and Jim were both special guests at the same venue the night before). Pictures from both Friday night events are in this post.

Today (9/15) the festival expanded even further, encompassing three shows (an afternoon show and two night events) at the two Brooklyn spaces: "Uh Oh: Dangerous, Inappropriate Comedy For Teenagers" happened in the day and "Comedians Two to Five Years Away From Their Own TV Shows" at night at Union Hall; as well as "Talent Show presents: Speech & Debate" at The Bell House.

Continue reading "The Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest: night 2 in pics (Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, Neil deGrasse Tyson and more) "

photos by David Andrako

Eugene Mirman / Sarah Silverman at The Bell House 9/13/2012
Eugene Mirman 2012 Comedy Festival
Eugene Mirman 2012 Comedy Festival

The fifth-annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival kicked off last night at The Bell House with an evening titled "We Appreciate Ourselves: The Five Year Anniversary Celebration of The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival" that featured a VIP herring room, an opportunity to throw water balloons at a slam poet, plus the comedy stylings of John Mulaney, Delocated's Jon Glaser, Todd Barry, surprise guests Sarah Silverman and Jim Gaffigan, plus Mirman himself.

Tonight (9/14) the fest continues at the Bell House and Union Hall with the sold-out "Star Talk Live" which will feature Sarah Silverman again (she's busy this fall) as well as an unannounced line-up of cool celeb types. More pictures from Thursday night are below.

Continue reading "Jim Gaffigan, Todd Barry, John Mulaney & Sarah Silverman helped kick off the 2012 Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest (pics)"

by Klaus Kinski

Sarah Silverman

I am pretty sure the last time I saw the great Sarah Silverman in the flesh was when Todd Barry was celebrating his 20th anniversary as a stand up comedian at Union Hall on November 1, 2007. I thought about that evening recently as I sold the Thin Lizzy t-shirt I was wearing that night on eBay last week because I got too fat for it. Now some dufus in Tokyo owns it. Anyhow, turns out, Sarah's back in town! Thin Lizzy pun! Sarah has a shit-ton of NYC appearances on the horizon, so get out your Palm Pilots and styli out and make note!

Your first chance to see her is on Wednesday September 12 at 8 PM at BAM as part of the great comedy series Get it Out There. This event is FREE(!) and also features Katina Corrao, The Lucas Brothers, Brent Sullivan. This show can only accomodate 300 guests, so get there before 8 PM doors. Show starts at 9 PM. And as a brief aside, Brent Sullivan is one of my favorite, grossly not-famous-enough local comedians in the biz and author of one of the funniest jokes I've ever heard. This show is gonna be PACKED, so let me reiterate GET THERE EARLY.

You can also catch Sarah on Friday September 14 at The Bell House as part of the 2012 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. That evening's show, Startalk LIVE! with Neil Degrasse Tyson sold out like minutes after we initially mentioned it which totally sucks, but is also great for Neil, the venue, the folks who managed to get a ticket. But keep your eyes on ticketweb, craigslist, eBay, twitter, and the book of faces because you never know if and when a ticket or two might become available.

Speaking of Friday September 14th... Friday September 14 is the day that Mac-loving, bespectacled, super-intellectual white New Yorkers clamor for tickets to the 2012 New Yorker Festival which happens to feature an appearance by the great and just talked about Sarah Silverman which happens on Saturday October 6 at 10 PM where she will be in conversation with the insufferable Andy Borowitz at the Directors Guild Theatre on 57th street. This years's fest features other cool stuff which we've already covered, but for an even more detailed look at the fest's offerings, have a gander at this printable event guide.

ALMOST one month to the day following Startalk (mentioned above) Sarah will be back in town again! On Thursday October 11 people with $400 or more to burn can catch Sarah Silverman as part of the epic event On The Chopping Block: A Roast of Anthony Bourdain. Hosts Mario Batali and Willie Geist will be joined by an incredible roster of roasters including the absolutely vile and violent-outburst-inducing Guy Fieri, Gilbert Gottfried, Artie Lange, Marc Maron, Jim Norton, and a special appearance by Sarah Silverman. I am not a foodie and think that having channels and channels of programming devoted to food in a world where millions go to bed hungry is the ultimate in vanity deserving of eternal hellfire... yet, I love Anthony Bourdain. He is funny, can't say no to a drink, and seems like the coolest travel buddy of all time (just like me!). This event takes place at Pier Sixty - Chelsea Piers, West 23rd Street at Eleventh Avenue and is part of a MUCH LARGER New York City Wine & Food Festival. I so badly want to see this. Anyone need a date?

Sarah Silverman also gets totally naked in the movie Take This Waltz. So there you go.

by Klaus Kinski

Merch from last year's Mirman Fest (more by David Andrako)
Mirman Merch

Somehow my subconscious brain knew that the 5th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival announcement was bloody fuckin nigh. Yesterday I was noodling around flickr looking at pics of Invite Them Up from back in the day. Then last night I had a dream I showed up to the Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest and, while waiting in line, was cut by some d-bags who I then loudly called the C-word only to be publicly reprimanded by Eugene for using such language. He then gave me a 15 foot long nylon tent full of toiletries and candy and I spent the next few REM cycles stressing about how I was going to get all that stuff home.

Flash forward to noon today when I get the formal announcement crammed into my inbox alerting me that the 5th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival will take place September 13 - 16 2012 at the Bell House and Union Hall. As with the announcements for past EMCF's, details at this stage in the game are scant. (Sarah Silverman on 9/14 is one of the few announced names at this point.) Which is fine with me. The announced shows, below, are the mere skeletal structure of a great, big, fat, tall, and deformed monster of what the Fest will actually evolve into as the show dates get closer. Tickets for all shows are NOW ON SALE!

The schedule as of writing is below, but don't forget! THIS FRIDAY! August 24th, 2012 The Bell House will be hosting Bring Your Checkbook: The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Fundraiser hosted by Eugene Mirman and featuring Brendon Small, James Adomian, and many other surprise guests. Per Eugene:

We're doing a show this Friday to raise money for our 5th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. You should come. Then you'll 1) see a great show with me, Brendon Small (Home Movies, Metalocolypse), James Adomian (Comedy Band Bang, Craig Ferguson) and surprise guests 2) be able to bid on awesome silent auction prizes like Sarah Silverman doing your outgoing voicemail message, tickets and a meet and greet to Jim Gaffigan's Appolo show, plus 3) a raffle with such prizes as David Cross' mustache clippings in a Potpourri bag made by Amber Tamblyn, dinner with me and festival producers and more!
Schedule, skeletal as it is, for the 2012 Euguene Mirman Comedy Festival is below.

Continue reading "2012 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival: schedule and tickets"

NYCF

New York Comedy Festival is returning to multiple NYC venues this fall from November 9-13. The festival features a number of comedians including Wanda Sykes, Louis C.K., Russell Peters, Bill Burr, John Pinette, Tracy Morgan, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, Norm Macdonald, Ricky Gervais, John Pinette and Jo Koy. The festival spans venues including Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, Carolines on Broadway, 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, and BAM. Tickets are available for each show and are in various states of sale/presale. Full schedule is below.

Australian comedian/actor/musician Tim Minchin is returning to NYC this fall to perform at Town Hall on November 4. Tickets are available for Live Nation presale now (password: ELECTRIC) and go on sale to the general public today, Friday (8/12) at noon. Check out a video of Tim at Bamboozle this past Spring along with all dates below...

Continue reading "NY Comedy Festival 2011 lineup & tickets, Tim Minchin too"

Brooklyn Book Festival

"Now in its fifth year, the Brooklyn Book Festival is one of the top book festivals in the nation with a hip, huge and free all-star literary lineup!

Come see Salman Rushdie, Venus Williams, Sarah Silverman, Paul Krugman, Dennis Lehane, Paul Auster, Naomi Klein, Gary Shteyngart, Rosanne Cash, Jennifer Egan, John Ashbery, Nelson George, Mary Gaitskill, Colson Whitehead, Francine Prose, Esmeralda Santiago, Pete Hamill, Russell Banks, Michael Connelly, John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal, Sam Lipsyte, Sloane Crosley, Paul Harding and over 200 more! Plus children's and young adult lit stars like Rebecca Stead, Sara Shepard, Jacqueline Woodson, Jon Scieszka, Jenny Han, Tad Hills, and Francisco X. Stork! Click here for festival program schedule."

A Night of Too Many Stars

Laugh with the stars at Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education on Saturday, October 2 at the Beacon Theatre.

Hosted by Jon Stewart, the evening will feature Lewis Black, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Joel McHale, John Oliver, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and too many more scheduled to appear!

Proceeds benefit autism education and family service programs across the country in support of the overabundance of autistic individuals that so desperately need quality services.

American Express® cardmembers can purchase advance tickets, Thursday, July 29 from 10AM - Sunday, August 1 at 10PM before they go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 2 at 9AM.

A great lineup for a great cause.

Much sooner: Tearing The Veil of Maya, the sometimes-weekly show that mostly happens at Union Hall is turning four and celebrating at Union Hall's sister venue The Bell House. The Four Year Anniversary Show will feature Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Leo Allen, AD Miles, Wyatt Cenac "and friends!" Maybe Michael Showalter will be there too? That's at the Bell House on August 1st and tickets are on sale (note: "This show will be mixed seated/standing - please come early for the best seats.")

And speaking of weekly comedy shows happening in bigger, near-by venues, The Cameo's "Big Terrific" is happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 27th. Hosts Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate (SNL) and Max Silvestri promise "Many Special Guests". Tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "comedians fighting autism @ Beacon Theatre, Tearing the Veil of Maya turning four, Big Terrific getting bigger"

Leo Allen benefiting Haiti @ MHOW on 1/23 (by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Leo Allen

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!).

Todd Barry, John Mulaney and Hannibal Buress all return to Comix on the same (February 18th) night (code TBAF saves $5).

Leo Allen hosts Whiplash every Monday night at UCB

A few shows other shows coming up at UCB and other surprises below...

Continue reading "Aziz Ansari at Comix & The Apple Store, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress & other upcoming comedy shows"

DOWNLOAD: Gramercy Arms & Mascott - This Christmastime (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gramercy Arms - Looking at the Sun (w/ Sarah Silverman) (MP3)

Gramercy Arms

Gramercy Arms is an ever (r)evolving collective band project of New York-based artists.

On [their new self-titled] record, Gramercy Arms comprises members of Guided By Voices, Luna, Joan as Police Woman, Dead Air and The Dambuilders, along with comic Sarah Silverman, [The] album is a summery blast of gorgeous power pop, heartfelt tales of love and loss and the city they call their home...

You can ownload the track Sarah Silverman contributed to, "Looking at the Sun", above along with a new Christmas song Gramercy Arms recorded with Mascott (which you may have heard on on the TV show Grey's Anatomy).

Gramercy Arms open for Nada Surf and Delta Spirit at tonight/Friday's sold out show at Bowery Ballroom. They also have a couple of shows scheduled in February with Marykate O'Neil, who is opening for Nada Surf this Monday at Maxwell's (also sold out). All dates below...

Continue reading "Gramercy Arms = NY Supergroup (Guided by Voices, Nada Surf, Joan Wasser, SARAH SILVERMAN?...) - shows & MP3s"

concert photos by Chris La Putt, backstage shots by Kyle Dean Reinford

DOWNLOAD: Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue (MP3)

Jenny Lewis

"It was a great show with a nice mix of songs from Rabbit Fur Coat & Acid Tongue and I have to say, the songs from Acid Tongue (most of which I was seeing live for the first time tonight) came across very well, especially "The Next Messiah"! It was a a really nice show tonight and I had a lot of fun!" [Sean]
Jenny Lewis took the stage at The Apollo for the second time in a month on Saturday night (Oct 4) (the first time was for an Elvis Costello show taping) (Elvis also appears on her new album). Last weekend Jenny played twice at Austin City Limits.

Sarah Silverman (who made a guest appearance in one of Jenny's videos) made a surprise appearance as the Apollo opener. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis & Sarah Silverman @ The Apollo, NYC - pics"

Sarah Silverman @ Knitting Factory, NYC - Aug 19, 2008 [YouTube]
Sarah Silverman

Tonight [August 21] we bring you:

Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Anchorman)
Todd Barry (The Flight of the Conchords, Letterman, Conan)
Heather Lawless (Comedy Central, Stella)
Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central, VH1)
Rich Juzwiak & Tracie Egan (Jezebel.com's Pot Psychology)
...and a secret surprise guest!

And as always, Gabe & Jenny & I [Max Silvestri] are going to be really goofy and make you feel electric downstairs.

Sound Fix Lounge
110 Bedford Ave at North 11th St, Brooklyn, NY
FREE!

Did anyone go to UCB last night? Was Sarah the special guest? Will she be the special guest tonight? Max won't say. Meta video of Sarah saying don't tape this show at Knitting Factory the other night, below...

Continue reading "Sarah Silverman anti-video video + more comedy tonight"

Sarah Silverman @ Comic Con 2008 (veganstraightedge)
Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman was the special guest at the free comedy show 'It Is It' at Pianos in NYC last night (August 18). Todd Barry also performed.

Todd Barry performs again tonight (August 19) - at Knitting Factory with "Variety Shac, Jim Gaffigan, Tigers & Monkeys and VERY Special guests!!". The rumor is that Sarah once again will fall into that "special guest" category.

Where will Todd Barry be on Wednesday (August 20)? He'll be performing with Sean Conroy and "VERY special guest" at UCB's free, weekly "School Night" show. Will Sarah be the guest again? Only time will tell.

Sarah's next actually-scheduled performance (aka she will definitely be there) is at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 8th - part of the New York Comedy Festival and tickets are on sale.

by Klaus Kinski

Louis CK suprise appearance @ Pianos (more by Bao Nguyen)
Louis CK @ Pianos

The 2008 New York Comedy Festival is not until November 5-9, but tickets for lots of the shows start going on sale August 7th. The festival boasts some pretty massive talent, but the festival also boasts some enormous venues and somewhat hefty ticket prices. Individually, the tickets prices might not be so bad. But when you want to see 4 or 5 of these shows the overall cost (with fees) is a bit crippling. Some highlights of the Festival include:

What really has my curiosity going bonkers is the addition of "and Friends" to the Sarah Silverman and BJ Novak (The Office) shows. When Sarah performed at Carnegie Hall last year, her friends were Todd Barry and Doug Benson. TOTALLY worth the cost of admission. And BJ Novak, hilarious in his own right, has many many many very funny friends so there's a huge chance his show will absolutely blow the roof off of Town Hall. In their own words...
"We're thrilled to celebrate the fifth year of the New York Comedy Festival with such a talented and hilarious group of performers who are on the leading edge of the comedy business," said Caroline Hirsch, co-founder of the Festival and owner of Carolines on Broadway. "We are also very excited to launch a multi-year partnership with COMEDY CENTRAL, and look forward to working with them to extend the Festival's audience even further and to provide even more content and programming through COMEDY CENTRAL's various media platforms."

DOWNLOAD: Versus - Deseret (MP3)

Peter Moren, Carl Newman & the happy couple @ Union Hall, Nov 10, 2007 (cred)
Union Hall

Eugene Mirman now pronounces you man & wife, Nov 10, 2007
Union Hall

Union Hall can now call itself home to at least two major indie rock weddings, and both weddings involved The New Pornographers' Carl Newman, and Union Hall mainstay comedian Eugene Mirman, in one way or another. The first wedding (August 4, 2007) WAS Carl Newman's, and (luckily then) Carl merely played at the second one. Carl and Peter of Peter Bjorn & John did a set of covers at the private Saturday night show that also included sets by Dean & Britta and The Mugs (not the Muggs). Congratulations to Union Hall's booker Skippy, and his new wife Courtney. More photos like the two in this post, at Flickr. Read an interview with Skippy (Jack McFadden) at Gothamist.

For Peter, that meant his third show at Union Hall. His first was with Bjorn and John - their NYC debut back in January, and his second was just one night before the wedding - he was the not-so-secret guest on Friday night's David Kilgour show....

Peter played a short impromptu set of songs he's working on for an upcoming solo album, working out arrangements in advance of his "real" solo show at Joe's Pub on November 19. Stress on "working them out." There were stops and starts, flubbed lyrics... but luckily Moren's a real charmer so nobody seemed to mind....[Sound Bites]
BUT, ends up....
the real treat was after the night's show (including David Kilgour and Euros Childs) was supposed to be over.

1990s indie faves Versus reunited for their second show since breaking up in 2001. This wasn't the start of a reformation, however -- this was a 40th birthday present for former Teenbeat labelmate Matthew Datesman, who has logged time playing drums for various bands on that influential Arlington, VA label, including True Love Always, Aden, and currently Flin Flon. Teenbeat prez and Flin Flon singer Mark Robinson (who still looks like he's 25) was one of the 50 or in attendence, most of whom were super-psyched to be seeing Versus. [Sound Bites]

Versus reunion, Nov 09, 2007
Union Hall

And as if that wasn't enough, Michael Showalter's new comedy album Sandwiches & Cats is out this week. What does that have to do with Union Hall? Well, it was recorded there! Stream it now at AOL.

As you probably know by now - mostly thanks to Michael Showalter & Eugene Mirman's weekly Sunday night show "Tearing the Veil of Maya", Union Hall has become - along with UCB and Rififi, one of the best places to catch a show by one of NYC's many "alt-comedians". Aziz Ansari, David Cross, Jon Benjamin, Leo Allen.....the list goes on.....

Sarah Silverman poses with a super-fan, Nov 1, 2007
Union Hall

That's right - Sarah Silverman herself was the the "surprise" at Todd Barry's 20th year in comedy celebration at Union Hall earlier this month.

Upcoming shows at Union Hall include Daniel Kitson, Travis Morrison, and Oppenheimer. Eugene Mirman & Immaculate Machine played their Sunday night.

David Cross @ UCB Theater, NYC - Oct 19, 2007 (CRED)
David Cross @ UCB

Some Fred Armisen news y'all. Drag City Records has finally released Fred Armisen Presents Jens Hanneman: Complicated Drumming Techinque. I mentioned this DVD in a previous Canon, but have a look at the trailer at the end of this post. Fred will be at Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn on October 27th @ 8:00pm - performing, taking questions, and signing the DVD.

In the time that has elapsed since my last Canon, not only was the Sarah Silverman Program Season 1 DVD released, but the second season began airing on Comedy Central. So far, season two has been phenomenal and I just can't get enough of Jay Johnston, Brian Posehn, and Steve Agee's characters. In honor of a stellar-so-far Season 2, we're having a contest! To win, simply email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Silverman!). A grand prize winner will receive a shirt, season 1 DVD, and a condom. Two runners up will get the season 1 DVD. Don't forget, Season 2 airs Wed. nights at 10:30 pm EST on Comedy Central.

Oh, and don't forget to see Sarah Silverman, Todd Barry, and Doug Benson at Carnegie Hall as part of the New York Comedy Festival.

Some Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter news too! Michael Ian Black released a CD on September 25th entitled I'm A Wonderful Man. Michael Showater recorded a CD at Union Hall back in July for JDub Records. It doesn't come out until November, but it's called Sandwiches and Cats and you can totally pre-order it right this very second. The two Michaels will also be touring together! Dates below.

Nick Swardson released a CD too! Check it out.

MORE COMEDY BELOW.........

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