Entries tagged with: Ted Alexandro
by Klaus Kinski
One of NYC's most interesting and criminally overlooked-by-me venues has to be Astoria Queens' multi-use space Q.E.D. The place opened back in November of 2014 and has since played host to an incredible array of performances, lectures, comedy events, and more and someone should probably punch me and the yams for waiting this long to blab about it. Q.E.D. was started by a superior lady named Kambri Crews, a long-time producer and promoter of stand up comedy who, for four years, served as the Director of Marketing and PR for the comedy club Comix. During that time she also created and ran the 50-seat venue Ochi's Lounge. Those are two venues I miss very much. She followed that by becoming the comedy booker for the 92Y Tribeca. Kambri is also the author of the heartbreaking memoir Burn Down The Ground and an accomplished public speaker and storyteller, giving speeches and performing around the USA.
Q.E.D. is very much a venue for the people, by the people. Not only do they present us with a staggering variety of their own free or cheap programming and classes, (like a special effects make-up class that looks crazy awesome on Saturday [June 27]), but they're also all ears if YOU want to teach a class or if YOU want to curate your own show. It's DIY without all the pretension and affectation.
And Kambri very much keeps her roots as a comedy producer and curator alive and well at Q.E.D. July in particular has a ton of great shows on the calendar, including such names as Aparna Nachrerla, "TV's Frank" Conniff, Myq Kaplan, Ted Alexandro, and more. So when you're done cooking yourself to tumor city on Rockaway Beach, cool of at Q.E.D. yo!
Notable QED comedy shows are listed below...
by BIll Pearis
The Hall at MP on opening night (via @thehallbrooklyn)
More new Brooklyn venue news for ya. The Hall at MP just opened on Driggs at N. 10th and is attached to MP Taverna, the newest restaurant from star chef Michael Psilakis. The Hall threw a big opening party last Thursday (6/11) that was hosted by comedian Eddie Brill and featured some music (including Jackie Greene of The Black Crowes), some burlesque dancers, and lots of drinking and eating. But was basically a chance to check out the space. Like the restaurant, The Hall is big, kind of fancy, and seems more set up to be something like City Winery where you can dine while watching the night's entertainment than a rock club. (They refer to it as a "unique hospitality driven music and event space.")
As to what they'll be booking, there's not a whole lot on their schedule yet, but Eddie Brill will host "Stand Up Stand Out" on June 30 with Carmen Lynch, Ted Alexandro, and Myq Kaplan also performing. Tickets are on sale.
Todd Barry, after a delay due to Sandy, will be celebrating 25 years in comedy in December at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Guests at the 12/19 show, which is still on sale, are now listed as Janeane Garofalo, Ted Alexandro, Jim Gaffigan and Eugene Mirman (who hosted his own show at the Bell House on Sunday) (Nick Kroll was a secret guest). Get a ticket before it's too late!
If you don't get a ticket though, there are plenty more chances ot see Todd inside and outside NYC, at places big and small, and even additional times with Janeane Garofalo. One day after the Bell House show, and one day after that, and one day after that, Todd and Janeane will play an assortment of co-headlining shows at NYC's Eastville Comedy Club (where tickets are $20 each AND there's a two drink minimum).
But wait... wait until January because that's Todd will bring the "CROWD WORK TOUR" to the intimate, basement of Union Hall in Brooklyn for two shows on 1/21. Tickets, $12 each, are on sale now for EARLY and LATE.
More dates TBA? All we know now is that you'll also find Todd at Schubas in Chicago on 1/23 and 1/24, and at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee on 1/25. Keep an eye on ToddBarry.com for more where that came from.
by Klaus Kinski
I am going to spare you my usual editorializing and get right to the meat of the situation here. Basically, there is an absolute shit-ton of comedy and benefit type shows coming to the Bell House. I hope you like brass tacks, because I'm going to get right down to them.
Hey, did you get tickets for PROFESSOR BLASTOFF LIVE with Hosts Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, David Huntsberger plus a special guest? It happens at the Bell House on Saturday November 17 (aka this Saturday!) and, man, it sure as hell sold out.
On Wednesday (11/21), the Bell House will play host to The Musical Extravaganza to Restore Red Hook! starring Rosanne Cash and featuring Alex Battles and the Whisky Spitter Rebellion and B61: A film by Michael Buscemi. Here's more:
The evening kicks off with a square dance, hosted by NYC Barn Dance. Roseanne Cash will headline the evening, and Jesse Lenat, John Pinamonti and the Brotherhood of the Whiskey Spitter Rebellion will play. Michael Buscemi will screen his new film on the bus that runs through Red Hook, called "B61."Tickets are on sale now.
This show will benefit Restore Red Hook. Restore Red Hook aims to raise funds to help the small businesses of Red Hook, Brooklyn reopen their doors as soon as possible after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
On Sunday, November 25th at 8:00pm, as mentioned, the Bell House and Pretty Good Friends team up for a Hurricane Relief Benefit featuring A Very Funny 'F*ck You' To Sandy. The show will be hosted by Eugene Mirman and feature comedy from a powerhouse line up including Jon Glaser, Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia , Michael Che and more. I am vexed that this show isn't sold out, so get your tickets now!!
Wyatt Cenac at Prospect Park, August 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
And speaking of Wyatt Cenac, check him out a little less than a month later at the much smaller Union Hall when, on Friday December 21, he'll be part of the comedy roster at The Afterlife Comedy Show. The show is gang-hosted by Emily Heller, George Gordon, Erin Judge, and Josh Gondelman. The show is a measly eight bucks and besides Wyatt and the awesome hosts and hostess there will be more comedy to boot!
On Friday November 30 Nick Kroll, one of my all time favorite comedians, takes the stage for a headlining show at the Bell House. Sadly, this show sold out faster than a speeding bullet. I am still recovering from wounds sustained during a self-flagellation sesh I performed on myself upon realizing this had happened. But keep your eye on the Bell House twitter feed in case they release more tickets. Or, go hang outside the venue before the show because I promise you there will be many-a nimrod out there with extra tickets they'd sell for face.
Allow me to go ahead and continue to mention another great Wyatt Cenac related show, this one happening at the Bell House on Wednesday December 5th; for on Wednesday December 5th you can thrill to the THE TELL YOUR FRIENDS! THE CONCERT FILM! RELEASE SHOW/SANDY BENEFIT (caps totally necessary). Join host Liam McEneaney as he brings to the stage Wyatt Cenac, Aaron Freeman (formerly Gene Ween), Christian Finnegan, Victor Varnado, A Brief View of The Hudson, Rob Paravonian , and more! The guests WILL be quite special, your money is going to a good cause, and it's not sold out yet. Get yer tix now!
And don't forget about Wyatt's weekly show "Night Train" which happens at Littlefield.
On Thursday December 6 the Bell House will be the site of two live podcast recordings of How Did This Get Made? A Live Podcast With Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael. The early show went on sale and promptly sold out, but they added a late show (Thank Cod!) and tix for that are currently still available. Kaboom!
Flash forward a week later to Thursday December 13 and the Bell House will play host to The Party Machine's 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit Blowout! The show is hosted by the EXTREMELY funny and wonderful Arden Myrin and Lisa Delarios and features and atomic line-up of comedians including Jon Glaser, Chris Gethard, Sheng Wang, Janeane Garofalo and Adira Amram and the Experience. Tickets are only $12 and it will sell out, so git along l'il doggie and buy some tix!
Then on Wednesday December 19th catch TODD BARRY 25TH ANNIVERSARY IN COMEDY SHOW featuring Janeane Garofalo, Ted Alexandro, Jim Gaffigan and more! Thanks to that skank hurricane Sandy, Todd's first attempt at a 25th anniversary show was left in ruins so this is your make up date people. No excuses. This show WILL SELL OUT, so get your tickets right this very second. This show is a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Two days later on Friday December 21, toddle on over to the Bell House for John Hodgman: That Is All. December 21, 2012 is the last day of the Mayan long count calendar and many buffoons and dipshits are prophesizing that this day marks certain doom for mankind. Along with musician Cynthia Hopkins and other special guests, Hodgman will count down to midnight, when his predictions will be proved TRUE! Or else FALSE! Tickets are on sale, but not for long! I prophesize a sell out!
Todd Barry @ The Bell House (more by David Andrako)
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.
by Klaus Kinski
Rarely do we at BrooklynVegan.com devote a singular post to a single, recurring, local comedy show. But sometimes a single, recurring, local comedy show reaches such a magnificent milestone that they deserve the proverbial tip o' the hat. Therefore, it is with a heartful of joy and pride that I say "Happy 8th Birthday" to Seth Herzog's superior comedy/variety/insanity show Sweet!
Herzog is a preposterously hilarious and bombastic staple of the NYC comedy scene who also happens to be the warm-up guy for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Sweet, which currently takes place at Ella Lounge on Tuesdays for a measly $5, serves as sort of an exercise yard where he and his "wicked famous," "famous," and "definitely on the road to being famous" friends have carte blanche to get up there and do whatever they fuck they feel inspired to do. The line-ups each week are engorged with unbelievable talent and usually include an appearance by his mother, Kera Herzog. While the NYC comedy scene loses great comics to the allures of Los Angeles on a monthly basis, Sweet remains a constant in showcasing the best talent around. As he said in a great NY Times article:
"The thing about L.A.," Mr. Herzog said, lamenting Hollywood's never-ending lure, "is that all great New York comics move out there. I have to tell my audience: 'Those guys you loved? They left. But now you have these new guys, and you're going to love them soon. I promise."8 years is a long time for any independent comedy show to survive in this city. To celebrate this monumental milestone, TONIGHT (9/18), the Sweet 8 Year Anniversary Show will take over the Studio at Webster Hall!! The show will feature David Wain, Ted Alexandro, Will Forte, Questlove, as well as surprise guests! I cannot tell you WHO the guests are but, trust me on this one, they are very, very, very, very, very great and beyond worth the $15 day-of-show ticket price (flyers say $10, but that ain't what they cost yo). Tickets are currently on sale and still available!
If you can't make it to tonight's show, don't forget you can catch regular Sweet at Ella Lounge on Tuesdays for a measly $5. It is still unclear whether or not Sweet will return to its former home The Slipper Room who are scheduled to reopen, heavily renovated, after closing in 2010.
Flyers for the 8th Anniversary show are below.
Yo La Tengo Hanukkah @ Maxwell's 12/22/2011 (via TheRealYLT)
The Lee Ranaldo Band and comedian Ted Alexandro opened the third night of Hanukkah for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's. Lee, Steve Shelley, and Alan Licht, who is also in Lee's band, joined Yo La Tengo for a number of songs in the latter half of their set, including a cover of Sonic Youth's "Mote," which Lee sings lead on. In the encore, Yo La Tengo covered John Cale's "Andalucia" and Barry Manilow's "Mandy," the latter of which they were joined by John Cameron Mitchell on vocals. Check out the full setlist via Frank & Earthy below.
Speaking of Lee Ranaldo, he's working on his solo album called Between The Times & The Tides, which will be out March 20 via Matador. As mentioned, his live band includes Alan Licht, Irwin Menken, and SY bandmate Steve Shelley. All three members contribute to the album in addition to Sonic Youth collaborator Jim O'Rourke, Nels Cline, John Medeski, Bob Bert (who drummed in SY before Steve Shelley joined, and was also in Pussy Galore who are rumored to be opening one of the YLT shows), Lee's wife and longtime collaborator Leah Singer, and Kathy Leisen. The album was produced by Lee Ranaldo and John Agnello, who produced Sonic Youth's most recent album, The Eternal. According to Sonic Youth's site, he is planning a 2012 tour. Lee spoke to Rolling Stone about the new album:
It's eight songs with a full band and two songs with pretty much acoustic guitar only. I've always been an acoustic guitar player and I've pretty much continued to play acoustic guitar throughout all of the Sonic Youth periods. My material for Sonic Youth often started on acoustic guitar. What was refreshing about this was just to see all these songs sprout and actually kind of follow each other down this road and actually get completed. I've got millions of tapes of half-completed songs and for some reason, at this point, I had the energy to take them all the way through to the end.And about the future of Sonic Youth:
I'm feeling optimistic about the future no matter what happens at this point. I mean, every band runs its course. We've been together way longer than any of us ever imagined would happen and it's been for the most part an incredibly pleasurable ride. There's still a lot of stuff we're going to continue to do. There's tons and tons of archival projects and things like that that are still going on, so there are so many ways in which we are tied to each other for the future both musically and in other ways. I'm just happy right now to let the future take its course and I guess I'm kind of thankful that I've got this other project that kind of came about on its own. It wasn't kind of like, well, "Oh the band is ending for a while and I've got to figure out what to do." It kind of naturally happened in the course of things so that was a nice way for that to come about. I played my first show the day after Kim and Thurston announced [their separation.] That was completely weird.A picture of Lee Ranaldo Band from the Yo La Tengo show and setlists below...
Todd Barry at MHOW in 2010 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Comedy variety show Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen [Schaal] continues to hit Park Slope/Gowanus club Littlefield every Monday. Tonight's lineup includes Todd Barry, Rob Cantrell, Leibya Rogers, and musical guest Adira Amram and The Experience who performs at Hot Tub this whole month. Tickets are still available for tonight (6/13), 6/20, and 6/27.
If you want to go June 27th, you should probably act quick because the "very special musical guest" on that one (as it was listed before today) has been revealed as Ted Leo. The bill also includes comedy superstar Wyatt Cenac, so it's a great one all around. Ted also plays a free headlining show on July 9 at South Street Seaport. Ted recently performed a new song in 'Room 205' which you can listen to at their site.
Todd Barry, who is on tonight's Littlefield show, also plays a headlining show at Maxwell's on July 31 with Ted Alexandro. Tickets are on sale. Todd also plays at this month's Mr. Coconuts Comedy show at Union Hall (6/21). The new monthly comedy show (which I think started in May) is hosted by Gabe Delahaye and the June bill also includes Gabe Liedman, Jessi Klein and more. Tickets are on sale.
Adira Amram is part of the very musical Amram family, much of which just played Bruar Falls. Adira's sister Alana (their father is composer David Amram), the force behind Alana Amram and the Rough Gems, is releasing Snow Shadows: Songs of Vince Martin on June 21. Vince Martin is a NYC folk singer who got his start in the late '50s recording with The Tarriers and with Fred Neil in the '60s. Martin was more recently discovered by Thurston Moore who he has since performed with. Alana stumbled upon him on her own though. She told WNYC:
I got pretty heavy into Greenwich Village, urban, folk musicians who I felt that I could really relate to a lot of their stories. I ended up moving down to New York City and here I am, kinda this country kid isolated, trying to find my way. And I'm playing in a bunch of rock and roll bands, everything's loud and crazy. And then I discover Fred Neil. He did that song "Everybody's Talkin' At Me," the theme from Midnight Cowboy. That led me to finding Karen Daulton who eventually led to Vince Martin. Now, he's my really good buddy and I'm really lucky to get access...to this cannon of songs that have been lost and kind of hidden.Alana was scheduled to play Maxwell's tonight (6/13) with Carrie Rodriguez but that show is cancelled. She does have other upcoming local shows though. Those include a country folk Northside showcase on June 16 at Teddy's Bar with Carrie Ashley, June 30 at Union Pool, the Clearwater Festival, and August 18 at Union Hall with Frankpine and Doc Marshalls. Tickets for the Union Hall show are on sale.
Listen to two songs off Alana's new album below...
by Klaus Kinski
As previously mentioned, Doug Benson, Rob Cantrell, and Tony Camin will hit the Gramercy Theater this Saturday 12/18 at 4:20pm for the magnificent, doobie-centric spoken-word show The Marijuana-Logues. Depending on who you ask, Doug, who hosts the preposterously hilarious Comedy Central show The Benson Interruption, is probably the most recognizable presence on the panel. But having seen Tony and Rob individually several times I can tell you that they are two of the funniest dudes in the biz and that there is absolutely zero imbalance in the comedy onslaught coming from those three fellas. As a triad, Doug, Rob, and Tony create one of the funnest, funniest atmospheres on the planet. Tickets are still on sale. I cannot recommend this show enough. Last time I saw the 'logues, I laughed so hard I had an asthma attack AND had tears streaming down my face. Plus, you have nothing better to do this Saturday afternoon. Nor is there anything better you could be doing in NYC this Saturday afternoon.
If you are among the 1 or 2 people in NYC who have prior obligations or, Cod forbid, actually found something better to do Saturday afternoon, you may be wailing aloud "I'm going to miss Doug Benson's only NYC appearance!?" Relax, little grasshopper. I have great news. It was just announced that Doug will be returning to the Gramercy Theater that very evening, Saturday 12/18, for a live recording of his infamous Doug Loves Movies podcast. Tickets went on sale yesterday at the oddly specific time of 11:22am (is that another pot number reference a la 420 that I am not hip to?). The show will have special guests, and this being NYC I can promise that they will blow your mind away. Come to think of it, my first ever exposure to Doug Benson was way back when on bobanddavid.com (RIP) where he had a frequent column called I Love Movies. I liked him immediately and will never forgot his tweet-length review (before Twitter existed) "Amelie is as cute as a button. I hate buttons." Follow my example: go to both shows.
In other comedy news, hey San Francisco, Mike Birbiglia is coming to your town. Tickets are on sale for three shows. Grab them before they sell out like every one of his December Union Hall shows did.
We're just one day away from Reggie Watts' headlining show at Highline Ballroom.
Tickets are on presale NOW for a "Benefit for Greg Giraldo featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black & More." Taking place at the Beacon on 2/9, the show will be "hosted by Tom Papa and feature Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Norton, Dave Attell, Ted Alexandro, Lewis Black, Judy Gold, Colin Quinn, & Jesse Joyce." PRESALE PASSWORD = HECOMEDY. Regular sale starts Saturday, 12/18, at 10am. Greg Giraldo sadly passed away way too young back in September.
Jerry Seinfeld was recently spotted in the crowd of the Apollo Theater.
Jim Gaffigan's 7-show Best Buy Theater run continues this weekend.
You can catch Jenny Slate in Brooklyn tonight (12/16).
Leo Allen opening for the Walkmen @ the Guggenheim (more by Kurt Christensen)
Leo Allen opened for The Walkmen at the Guggenheim Museum on Friday night. Leo Allen hosts Whiplash every Monday night at the UCB Theatre in NYC. David Cross, Ted Alexandro & Aparna Nancherla are among those performing there tonight (8/17).
Also tonight, but in Brooklyn: Falling Down, a new monthly comedy series at Bruar Falls hosted by Ali Wong, features Todd Barry, Dave Hill and more.
by Klaus Kinski
Secret Wars @ All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
So we've got the Del Close Marathon happening this weekend (8/14-8/16) and we've got the New York Comedy Festival happening in November. And now it is with unbridled enthusiasm that I can achieve a comedy-festival-posting-hat-trick by announcing the EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL which is set to take over Brooklyn venues Union Hall and the Bell House from September 17 - September 20. OK, so we briefly mentioned the festival before, but with line-ups, showtimes, as well as venue and ticket info just released, it's time to spread the word.
Curated by the great Eugene Mirman, this year's festival has a gasp worthy line-up that is truly beyond belief and will feature stand-up, panels, videos, special guests, 'theme' shows, the occasional free drink, after-parties, and much more. The highlight of the festival for me are two Daniel Kitson headlining gigs at Union Hall. Daniel is a British Stand-up comedian who I've only had the opportunity to see once, but that one experience was epic. More monologuist than stand-up comedian, he is one of the smartest, funniest, most energetic and eloquent performers I have ever seen. We are blessed to have two chances to see him headline such an intimate room. Besides that, the festival boasts appearances by Reggie Watts, Todd Barry, John Hodgman, Bobby Tisdale, AD Miles, Kristen Schaal, Michael Showalter, Marc Maron, John Mulaney, Jon Benjamin, and many many more. And, of course, Eugene.
The schedule so far is below. According to the folks in charge, even more excitement will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!! Tickets for all shows go on sale
Sunday August 16 Saturday, August 15 at noon via Ticketweb (Bell House, Union Hall).
Full lineup and more below...