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Tickets for the Jeff Lynne's ELO show at Irving Plaza go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Anthrax with Lamb of God at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the St. Germain show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Jose Gonzalez + yMusic show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for Ty Segall's new band The Muggers' two shows at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Yo La Tengo show at Loew's Jersey Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Ratatat show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Lush show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sunflower Bean show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets see A$AP Ferg open for G-Eazy at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cass McCombs show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Justice's New Year's Eve DJ Set at a TBA Brooklyn warehouse go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the A Sunny Day in Glasgow show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Phil Cook show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.

Single-day tickets for the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in NJ go on sale at noon.

Brooklyn duo Beacon are playing a show at Bowery Ballroom on February 11. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Local rockers Nude Beach play Union Pool this Saturday (11/14) with Savoy Motel, Fur Helmet and Eyes of Love. Tickets are available.

Swans guitarist Norman Westberg already has a release show for his new solo album happening Sunday (11/15) at Union Pool, and he since added another happening Saturday (11/14) at Bar Matchless with Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Western Estates and Faith NY. Tickets at door.

The day after Des Ark open for Hop Along and Radiator Hospital at Bowery Ballroom (sold out), they play their own show at Union Pool (12/13). Tickets are on sale.

Indie pop bands Expert Alterations, EZTV, and Mercury Girls play Cake Shop on December 19 with DJ Drew Citron (of Beverly). Tickets are on sale.

Emo bands Free Throw, Young and Heartless and Daisyhead play Cake Shop on January 10. Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn rap staple Jean Grae has a talk show at Union Hall, with editions happening November 24, December 12 and Dec 22 with different guests (like Wyatt Cenac and John Hodgman) each night. More info and tickets here.

Comedian Chris Gethard does his 'Career Suicide' shows again on November 18 and December 21 at Union Pool. The 11/18 show is with Joe Rumrill and the guest for 12/21 is still TBA. Tickets are on sale.

Local experimental band Zs, whose new album Xe came out earlier this year on Northern Spy, play Palisades on November 20 with Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Wume and Sunwatchers. Tickets are available.

Zs member Sam Hillmer also plays as Diamond Terrifier, and has free shows every Monday of November at Trans-Pecos. The first was earlier this week. More info on each one here.

Portland, OR folk singer Johanna Warren, Maryland post-hardcore band Two Inch Astronaut, Jonah Furman (frontman of the now-defunct Krill) and Thelma play a Sunday matinee at Palisades on November 22. Tickets are available.

Skronky local punks Pill play Palisades (11/22) that night with Courtship Ritual, Winkie, The Naked Heroes and Plaque. Tickets are available.

Local DIY-pop artists Adult Mom, Fern Mayo, Vagabon and Long Neck (aka Lily of Jawbreaker Reunion) play Palisades on November 28. Tickets are on sale.

There's a Nothing Changes party happening December 7 at Saint Vitus with Consumer Electronics, Yellow Tears, Alberich and Copley Medal. Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn's krauty indie rockers Grooms are playing Palisades on December 5 with Solvey (aka Jessica Zambri of Zambri) and Drawing Boards. Tickets are on sale.

Pile frontman Rick and his Exploding In Sound labelmate Bad History Month play Palisades on December 18 with Soft Fangs and Cave Cricket. Tickets are on sale.

There's a big ska show with The Slackers, The Pietasters, The Snails and Sammy Kay and the Fast Four happening December 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale.

Slackers keyboardist/vocalist Vic Ruggiero also has five solo shows at Grand Victory in December: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Different openers each night. More info and tickets here.

Escort, the 15-piece disco orchestra, play Brooklyn Bowl on December 18. Tickets are on sale now.

Amy Helm, the daughter of The Band's Levon Helm and who has played with Roger Waters, plays Brooklyn Bowl on January 14. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels are playing three nights at Brooklyn Bowl on February 25 - 27. Tickets are on sale. Special guests TBD and they've been exciting before.

Soulful singer Gabriel Garzón-Montano, who sings on the new Drake album, plays Baby's All Right on December 18. Tickets are on sale now.

Comedians Starlee Kine, Jon Ronson, Sasheer Zamata, Aparna Nancherla, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Jon Glaser, Maeve Higgins and more will perform at a benefit for UNICEF's Syrian children relief which happens at The Bell House on December 20. Tickets are on sale.

More benefits: Ted Alexandro, The Lucas Brothers, Hasan Minhaj, Sasheer Zamata, Seaton Smith, Michelle Wolf, Giulia Rozzi, Will Miles, Kenny DeForest, Clark Jones are all performing at The Bell House on November 18 with proceeds going to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Tickets are available.

The "Landlady Holiday Spectacular" happens at The Bell House on December 6 with Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim, Erica Eso, Big Thief, The Danny Fisher-Lochhead Ensemble, Gemma, Jeff Curtin and His Magic Theremin, Angelica Bess, Sarah Pedinotti and more. Tickets are on sale.

Electronic dance artist Tiga performs at Output on November 28. Tickets are on sale.

Nineties dance music vet John Digweed plays Output on December 29. Tickets are on sale.

DJs/producers/remixers the Martinez Brothers spin at Verboten on November 25 with wAFF and Filsonik B2B Jesse Calosso. Tickets are on sale.

Multitalented R&B artist Meshell Ndegeocello plays Le Poisson Rouge on February 20. Tickets are on sale now.

Saratoga Springs' finest band, The Figgs, play their annual NYC holiday show at Bowery Electric on December 11 with Doug Gillard on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.

House music DJ/producer/remixer extraordinaire Todd Terry spins at Bowery Electric December 23. Tickets are on sale.

English folk rock vets The Strawbs play BB King Blues Club on May 10. Tickets are on sale now.

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A few comedy options for you over the next week. Tonight (11/5) at Housing Works it's "Loose: A Comedy Show," hosted by the funny/ubiquitous Jo Firestone and featuring a pretty great lineup of Chris Gethard, Megan Gailey (CONAN), Roy Wood, Jr., Michelle Wolf (Late Night with Seth Myers), Sasheer Zamata (SNL) and some surprise guests. The $10 ticket includes a free drink.

On Friday (11/5) at Union Hall it's this month's edition of Dave Hill's variety show, "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" with Marcus Monroe, Adira Amram & The Experience, Danny Felts, Murderfist, Greg Barris, and Dave's group Valley Lodge as house band (tickets).

Filmmaker and comedian Judd Apatow, who will be in town for the New York Comedy Festival, will be doing a "lengthy set" at popular UCB Chelsea show "Whiplash" on Monday (11/9) which is sold out but you can try the standby line.

Also Monday night at Littlefield is Wyatt Cenac's "Night Train" which will feature guests Ian Abramson, Langston Kerman, Matthew Broussard, Shalewa Sharpe, Andrew Michaan, Sonia Denis, and more (tickets).

The NY Comedy Fest starts proper on Tuesday (11/10) and they've added some cool shows in addition to the big ticket headliners. On Tuesday at Littlefield, Comedy Central is presenting "Seven Minutes In Purgatory" which challenges comedians to "perform directly to a camera alone in a soundproof room, while audience members watch a live feed in another room." This week's test subjects: Ian Abramson, Aparna Nancherla, Nick Vatterott, Dave Hill, Seaton Smith, Joel Kim Booster, Wham City, plus "special guests!" Tickets are on sale.

Over at Union Hall on Tuesday it's a NYCF edition of Chris Gethard's "Career Suicide" which is "an hour of comedy focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." Marcus Monroe is also on the bill (tickets).

Meanwhile at The Bell House of Tuesday, it's a live taping of the "Sporkfull" podcast featuring John Hodgman, WNYC's Brooke Gladstone, former NY Times food critic Mimi Sheraton, pro eater Crazy Legs Conti, and Mamie Minch (tickets).

Wednesday (11/10) at The Bell House it's the debate of the century: "Trump Vs. Sanders!" The real politicians (or whatever Trump is) are busy, so doing their best impressions will be Anthony Atamanuik as Trump and the great James Adomian as Sanders. It'll be mostly improvised based on questions from the audience. Tickets are on sale and get a taste via a video below.

The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy

At Union Hall on Wednesday, also part of NYCF, is a talk between SNL "TV's Funhouse" (and Triumph the insult comic dog) creator Robert Smigel and Kliph Nesteroff who just wrote the terrific book The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy. We hear Triumph just might make an appearance. Tickets are still available.

At Littlefield on Wednesday is an NYC edition of LA show "Picture This!" which features "stand-ups performing while they are drawn live by some of the best animators, cartoonists, and other artists." Hosted by Brandie Posey, the show features Ilana Glazer, Chris Gethard, Sean Patton, Michelle Buteau, Brooke Van Poppelen, Aparna Nancherla, Matteo Lane, Bryan Brinkman, Mike Hollingsworth, Rachel Gitlevich, Nelson Diaz, Patrick Hosmer, and Dan Pinto (tickets).

Thursday (11/12) at The Bell House it's a NYCF edition of WNYC's popular "Ask Me Another" gameshow with guestestant David Cross (tickets).

Community creator Dan Harmon will do live taping of his popular "Harmontown" podcast on Friday and Saturday (11/13 & 11/14) at Gramercy Theatre. Friday is sold out but tickets to Saturday are still available.

Also on Friday at Kings Theatre is the "Comedy Central Live in Brooklyn" show whose lineup now looks like this: Hannibal Buress, Nathan "For You" Fielder, Jay Oakerson, "Oh, Hello with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney," Jeff Ross, Roy Wood, Jr. and more (tickets).

There's loads more NYCF shows -- check out their full schedule.

Continue reading "upcoming comedy shows: 'Harmontown,' Robert Smigel, Judd Apatow, NYCF additions and more"

photos: Tamaryn @ Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Tamaryn at Levitation fest 2015

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Tamaryn, Samantha Urbani @ Le Poisson Rouge
Tamaryn went from gothy shoegaze to gothy, shoegazy pop (there's a difference) on her new terrific album, Cranekiss. Tonight's the record release show with onetime Friends singer Samantha Urbani opening.

Deradoorian, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Image Man @ Trans-Pecos
Deradoorian's new album is a wild ride. It pulls sounds from all over the globe, it's part psych, part prog, and always strangely accessible. Tonight's her first of two NYC shows this weekend.

So Hideous, Set and Setting, North, Bereft, Sangharsha @ Saint Vitus
So Hideous' upcoming album puts screamo, post-rock, and atmospheric black metal in a blender, and adds a noticeable modern classical influence courtesy of a 30-piece orchestra. Their tour with the similarly heavy/atmospheric Set and Setting hits NYC tonight.

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Andrew Combs @ Bowery Ballroom
For fans of country that shies away from top 40's slick sounds but remains accessible, both artists on this bill are worth catching.

Raven, Fate Breaks Dawn, METALFIER, Moniasin, Oblivion, Unholy Dispute @ Nihil Gallery
NWOBHM vets Raven have been going strong since dropping their debut single 35 years ago, and this year returned with their thirteenth album, ExtermiNation. Their last show here was loaded with classics.

Heems, Chris Rose (host), Seaton Smith, Dan Soder @ Livestream Public
Das Racist may be over but Heems is still making quality music on his own, most recently releasing the 2015 album Eat, Pray, Thug. Tonight he'll be interviewed (and he'll perform) at music-comedy "Late Night Basement" show taking place at this multi-use Bushwick events space.

Machinedrum, Dave Q, Alex English, Hiyawatha @ Slake
Production wiz Machinedrum is moving from NYC to Los Angeles. Come dance the night away at his farewell party.

Cold Fronts @ Fulton Stall Market
South Street Seaport's multi-use Fulton Stall Market is hosting free shows on Friday. The space is nice, there's bar and a secluded courtyard...worse ways to spend a couple hours after work on a Friday. Tonight's performers are Philly band Cold Fronts.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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by Klaus Kinski

Brooklyn Comedy Festival 2015

The third annual Brooklyn Comedy Festival will be taking place across 12 different venues throughout the borough from August 24 - August 30. Showcasing a staggering array of New York's finest comedic talent, the festival will deliver audiences everything under the comedy rainbow including stand-up, sketch, duo, improv, musical comedy, character, storytelling, and more. Mercifully, the shows are either free or extremely inexpensive. Who, exactly, is gonna be there? Let's see:

Performers this year include Sasheer Zamata, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Monroe Martin, Chris Gethard, Sean Patton, Aparna Nancherla, Seaton Smith, Mark Normand, Nick Vatterott, Michelle Wolf, Nick Turner, Myq Kaplan, Louis Katz, Kevin Barnett, Yamaneika Saunders, Michelle Buteau, Joe Pera, Dave Hill, Josh Gondleman, Jared Logan, Pete Lee as well as sketch and improv from groups like Murderfist, GUS, RICHARD. There will be surprise drop ins and special guests including Ron Jeremy. The final show of the festival will bring Roast Battle to The Knitting Factory!
The fest begins with a Kick-off Party and Showcase at Knitting Factory on Sunday (8/23) and will culminate, as mentioned above, with a grand finale Roast Battle at the Knitting Factory on August 29. There will be a wrap party at Crown Victoria on August 30 (1-6 PM) where folks can nurse their comedy hangovers with daytime drinking and fellowship. Festival highlights are listed below, but I urge you to VISIT THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE where you can find a more elaborate schedule that includes listings of free events and special additions.

Continue reading "2015 Brooklyn Comedy Fest starts Sunday: lineup / schedule"

dave hill

Hello. This is your man Dave Hill with an announcement of global importance. On Tuesday, June 9, my debut comedy album Let Me Turn You On will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public by aspecialthing records, a reputable label if there ever was one. As you can probably imagine, I am very excited about this as it is the culmination of nearly ten years of performing live comedy in dank basements, juke joints, convalescent homes, and correctional facilities all over the world. And while, sure, the sex has been incredible, it also feels good to have some of my live comedy work be released both in the popular CD format and on iTunes, which is why I write to you today. Whether you need a good laugh or would just like a better understanding of why I have never once appeared on network television (I have, however, appeared on basic and premium cable many, many times. Let me be clear on this, everyone I went to high school with! Haha. Ha.), I encourage you to go ahead and pre-order your copy of my incredible album today. It is full of "jokes", anecdotes, stories, and other theoretically humorous observations from a life lived to the best of my abilities for the most part. I also rip a couple sweet guitar solos here and there because I can. It is a really great album to listen to while enjoying a killer workout, participating in medical experiments, or just sitting there eating a corn dog or something probably. I don't even know. You'll figure it out. And as if all of that is not enough, the cover art is by the great Danny Hellman, one of my favorite artists ever.
Dave Hill will be celebrating the release of Let Me Turn You on at The Bell House on June 9 with guests Michelle Wolf, Daniel Koren, Greg Barris, Seaton Smith and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Before that, Dave is a part of the "Comedy Tribute to Devo" at Littlefield on Thursday (5/28) that also features Devo's Gerald Casale, Sara Benincasa, Liam McEneaney, Joe Garden, Fort Lean and "special guests." Tickets are still available. Dave says he's "gonna do a song, not sure which one yet. I might rip a sweet solo or two also."

You can also get a dose of Dave via WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show which airs every Monday from 9 PM - midnight, Eastern time. Dave's got a few other live dates as well, and all are listed below.

Continue reading "Dave Hill offers to 'Let Me Turn You On' on new album, celebrating at The Bell House ++ other dates"

Brett (right) & Darren Mabee on cable access show 'The Special'
Brett Davis and Darren Mabee

When Chris Gethard left cable access for cable television (his show will debut in May via on Fusion), the guy who took over his Manhattan Neighborhood Network show was Brett Davis. You may know Davis from New Brunswick basement punk shows, from the many NYC comedy shows he appears at, or more recently from TCGS where he played Smith, a character that inspired a lot of hate mail, or you may remember him from his mid-'00s alter ego MC Steinberg (maybe you remember MC Steinberg from public access show New York Noise).

Chris Gethard & Brett Davis

Brett's public access show is called The Special: Without Brett Davis and Chris Gethard talked him up to Laughspin:

"I think the Chris Gethard Show fans will love him," Gethard tells Laughspin. "He's innovative and smart and likes to play with things in a way that I think will totally embrace the anarchy of public access and all the different ways you can connect to people while using it. I don't think his show will be like mine at all. I think it will be totally unique and reflect his sensibilities. But I really think we managed to do some innovative stuff on public access and if there's one guy in New York who I think is an innovator right now, it's Brett."

Amongst a community of peers and fans in New York, Davis is known for immersive character work on stage. Brett cites Scharpling & Wurster as a major influence, which shows in his work. The comedian has built somewhat of his own "Newbridge"-style universe in New York. The workhorse comedian runs three regular shows per month, all of which he hosts in the guise of an ever-expanding amount of characters. Usually, carefully plotted narratives play out over the course of each show. You can also expect absurd audience participation bits, choreographed but convincing on-stage violence and a smattering of other surprises. In other words, fans who loved the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the Gethard show are in good hands with Brett Davis.

Each week, Brett plays a different character (hence the "Without" part of the title) as guest host. One of the regular players on the show is Darren Mabee, who was a fixture at NYC shows in the mid-'00s and had the band We Are the Seahorses. You can watch the most recent episode, hosted by "punk guru" Craig Evanhalen, below.

You can catch Brett in action as host of both of the BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select shows with The Menzingers: April 11 at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ with Big Eyes and Cheerbleeders, then April 14 at Baby's All Right with Big Eyes, and Crazy & The Brains. Both shows are $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.

In addition to his cable access show Brett also co-hosts (with Sally Burtnick) the monthly The Macaulay Culkin Show at Shea Stadium. The April edition (4/26) will feature Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Saenz, Unisex, Max Wittert, Brian Fiddyment and Edy Modica.

You can also catch Brett this weekend in NYC. Tonight (4/3) he'll be at BHQFU on Avenue A, for the "Quinceañera de Elisa" with Brian Fiddyment & Edy Modica, Becca Kauffman, Mary Houlihan & Sam Taggart, Colin Burgess and hosts Lorelei Ramirez and Ana Fabrega. On Saturday (4/4) at The Creek, he'll be appearing as part of "Underbelly" with Nick Vatterott, Maria Heinegg, Tony Zaret, Courtney Maginnis, Joseph Klein, Clark Jones, Will Winner, Amber Nelson, and host Nick Naney. He's got a bunch of other appearances lined up and all dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Brett Davis took over Chris Gethard's timeslot, hosts 'Macaulay Culkin Show', hosting BV-presented Menzingers shows & more"

photo: Trash Talk @ Afropunk Fest 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
trash talk

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Trash Talk, Ratking, Lee Bannon @ Palisades
Raging hardcore band Trash Talk pretty much never play a show that doesn't have both the band and crowd going apeshit, and tonight's at small-ish Bushwick venue Palisades should be just that. (Trash Talk were also one of the first bands to play Palisades when it opened last year and it was insane.) Alt-rappers Ratking and hip hop producer Lee Bannon open, and the three of them do it again at Webster's Marlin Room tomorrow.

Matthew E. White @ BRIC House
White's lush, string-laden new album, Fresh Blood, is out next week and he'll be celebrating tonight. It's a special show, where he'll be backed by a 30-piece orchestra, which should really bring those songs to life. Sold out.

Nails, Incendiary, Deathcycle @ Saint Vitus
Nails blend metal and hardcore in a way that's as relentlessly brutal as the former but embraces the brevity of the latter. Their latest record, 2013's Abandon All Life, is one of the more superior albums in this style of recent years, but of course this stuff is best experienced live.

Torres @ The Greene Space
Torres has a new album on the way, and from the sound of its lead single, it further embraces her rocking side. Catch her playing a few shows on your lunch break (this is a 12:30 PM show) at this WNYC Soundcheck session today.

Bleed The Pigs, Anicon, Skullshitter, Belus @ The Acheron
Nashville grinders Bleed the Pigs make raw, powerful stuff on their new split with Thetan that dropped last week. Stream it below, and catch them at Acheron tonight. Good local support too.

Rivergazer, Small Wonder, Plume Giant, Diet Cig @ Shea Stadium
Pretty good lineup of local bands with the Porches-related Rivergazer, Epoch member Small Wonder, the poppy Plume Giant, and lo-fi pop duo Diet Cig.

Dropkick Murphys, The Mahones, Blood or Whiskey @ The Paramount
It's almost St. Patrick's Day, and what better time to see Boston's favorite Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys? Tonight begins their 5-show run in the NYC-area.

Langhorne Slim, Jonny Fritz @ Baby's All Right
Langhorne has a new record coming out soon and, ahead of it's promotional push, plays this solo show tonight with Deer Tick's Johnny Fritz. Sold out.

HTRK, Blazer Sound System, Kiki Kudo @ Baby's All Right
Australian post punk act HTRK released Psychic 9-5 Club, last year which was their first album made as a duo, following the death of Sean Stewart who died in 2011. It's their most hushed, electronic-based album to date, but expect volume to be high tonight.

Rain Machine, Lewis Lazar (and The Hydras), Aerial East, Kelsey Lu @ Cameo
When not playing in TV on the Radio, Kyp Malone stays busy with his solo project Rain Machine that takes on influences like bluegrass and gospel.

Aparna Nancherla, Michelle Buteau, Seaton Smith, Ben Kronberg, Mike Lawrence, Dave Hill @ Littlefield
This show is "Picture This" which is "a live comedy show with stand-ups performing while they are drawn live by some of the best animators, cartoonists, and other artists."

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Cuddle Magic @ Rough Trade
Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, gets the "whimsy" tag a lot (mainly due to her name) but new album Ripely Pine shows she's got some serious muscle, too. Tonight's the record release show for that LP and it's sold out.

Yonatan Gat, Beech Creeps, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo @ Union Pool
Onetime Monotonix member Yonatan Gat celebrates the release of his new album, Director, tonight with with a pretty stellar lineup of avant/experimental rock. Gat smudges the line between performer and audience -- as long as you're prepared to be an active participant, his shows are a lot of fun.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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by Arielle Gordon

Brooklyn Comedy Festival

We just wrote about the Sixth Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and here's another comedy festival and this one hits next week: The Brooklyn Comedy Festival. It's being held at a variety of venues in the general Williamsburg area from August 19 - 24.

According to the festival organizers, it will include a mix of sketch, improv, and standup and features some strong local comedians, such as Chris Gethard (who traveled to Lollapalooza with us just a week ago), The Lucas Bros., Dan St. Germaine, Calise Hawkins, Mike Lawrence, Nimesh Patel, and more. Schedule is at the BCF website and full performer list and show dates are listed below.

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Mirman Festival

The 6th annual EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL is returning to the Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn this September...

Featuring expert curator and comedy host extraordinaire Eugene Mirman and an all-star cast of comedians, actors, musicans and super surprise guests, the EMCF has been called "the best ironic-comedy-festival-but-also-real-comedy-festival known to man" (HuffingtonPost).....EMCF 2013 sees the return of popular shows like StarTalk Live! and the legendary Invite Them Up and Pretty Good Friends. The festival is packed with amazing performers such as Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Che, Kurt Braunohler, Leo Allen and many more!
Tickets are on sale now the shows happening September 26-29 at the Bell House and Union Hall. Full lineup with links below...

Continue reading "Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival returns for the 6th time! (lineup & tickets)"

by Klaus Kinski

(photo by David Andrako)
star talk

If there's one live comedy show in NYC that always startles me by how fast it sells out, it has to be StarTalk LIVE with Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman. For those without Google, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a world renowned astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. StarTalk is normally a radio show hosted by Neil and co-hosted by Eugene wherein they discuss science where it intersects with pop culture with incredible clarity, humor and excitement. Each week they are joined by an ever changing line-up of guest comedians, actors, scientists, and whoever else can bring something to the table. Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not surprised at all by how fast their live shows sell out (even before special guests are announced). The show kicks supreme ass and you will always leave the experience a much smarter person. Guaranteed. Previous live guests have included Alan Alda, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Sarah Silverman, Wyatt Cenac, Kristen Schaal, John Hodgman, and many many many other people of note.

Like a supernova, StarTalk LIVE! is exploding beyond the confines of their normal go-to venue The Bell House and will be heading to TOWN HALL on Wednesday February 27 for a BIG show with BIG special guests! Tickets are on sale now, and I cannot emphasize how mind-blowing one of the special guests is. I don't want to be all coy and dramatic, but one of the guests is literally one of the most important human beings in the history of mankind. No exaggeration. It's going to be one of the most fulfilling intellectual and comedic experiences of your life. And that's an Iron Clad Klaus Kinski Gold Standard Guarantee.

In other news, awesome storytelling show Funny Story will be gracing the smelly halls of Brooklyn Brewery TONIGHT, February 21. The line-up features DC Benny, taco champion and man-about-town Jonathan Schnapp, The Shed story salon co-curator Jason Fried, and now-grown-up child star MARA WILSON (Matilda!)! Admission is $10 and includes a FREE BEER (thanks Brooklyn Brewery!). Doors at 8PM, show at 8:30PM, 21+.

And don't forget that every Sunday evening Creaghead & Company take over Union Hall for an evening of awesome awesome awesome comedy. This Sunday (2/24) C&C welcome Seaton Smith, Streeter Seidell, Doogie Horner, Matt Graham, and Sean O'Connor. H. Jon Benjamin and Klaus All Time Fave Larry Murphy might even be there, but they're not sure. Doors are at 7:30pm, show's at 8:00pm, cover is $7.

In other comedy news, don't forget that Big Terrific celebrates 5 years of being one of the best free comedy show in NYC. Moving down the street from Cameo Gallery to the Music Hall of Williamsburg, the show will feature the three original hosts Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri together again and lovelier than ever. The show is happening on Friday March 15 scads of special guests! Get your goddamned tickets this instant, you.

Wyatt Cenac at Prospect Park, August 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Wyatt Cenac

In a post titled "Starting Mondays in November until Littlefield realizes they've made a huge mistake", Wyatt Cenac, who spent this weekend at Fun Fun Fun Fest, details the plans that will likely drive Gowanus venue Littlefield toward financial and social ruin.

Comedian Wyatt Cenac ("The Daily Show," "King of the Hill") and Producer Marianne Ways ("Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen"), in conjunction with Littlefield, are proud to announce the start of new weekly comedy showcase NIGHT TRAIN WITH WYATT CENAC. Hosted by Brooklyn-based comedy favorite Wyatt Cenac, the show will feature comedy from the best local and international stand up comedians, and will at times feature new and established musicians, local celebrities, and occasional surprises that can only be found in Gowanus.
Night Train begins today (11/5) at Littlefield with special guests Eugene Mirman, Jessi Klein, Jeffrey Joseph and J.R. Havlan, and tickets are still available. Tickets are also on sale for shows through the better portion of 2012, including on 11/12 with Gary Gulman, Jerrod Carmichael, Seaton Smith, Erin Judge "+ more".

Of course all of this reconfirms the end of Kurt and Kristen's weekly Hot Tub Variety Show at Littlefield, which held its last Monday show in October. RIP to Hot Tub, but we're looking forward to Night Train.