Entries tagged with: Tell Your Friends
by Klaus Kinski
Reggie Watts on Late Night last night (video below)
As a longtime fan of the great Mike Birbiglia, I always do my best to spread the word whenever I hear of an upcoming NYC Birbigs happening. The other day someone forwarded me a Ticketweb link to a show happening at the Highline Ballroom on Sunday December 2nd called 'Inside Jokes': a benefit for NYWC's Justice Writing Program featuring Mike Birbiglia. "Sweet. Article time," thought I. So I go to get started on a quick write-up for BV, head over to the ticketweb link and, KABOOMsky... no more Birbiglia. Turns out, he is no longer on the bill but other Klaus favorites Janeane Garafolo, Dave Hill, Eugene Mirman ARE on the bill as are Special Guests. Could Birbiglia be a special guest? One wonders. Either way, it's a great line-up regardless, and the charity NYWC is more than worth some of your time and money.
NYWC stands for New York Writers Coalition (not New York Water Closets, as I initially ass-umed).
NYWC creates opportunities for formerly voiceless members of society to be heard through the art of writing. We provide free, unique and powerful creative writing workshops throughout New York City for people from groups that have been historically deprived of voice in our society, including at-risk and disconnected youth, the homeless and formerly homeless, the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, war veterans, people with disabilities, cancer and major illness, immigrants, seniors and others.Your man Klaus is a big proponent of literacy and of allowing the voices of the "historically deprived" to be heard, one way or another. Standard GA and VIP tickets are currently onsale, and there a field for an optional "access code" (anyone know what it is?). Great show for a great cause. Get on it!
Meanwhile, you can catch Janeane Garafolo (and Reggie Watts and others) on 11/1 at Todd Barry's 25th Anniversary in Comedy show at the Bell House, if you have a ticket because it's now sold out. Tickets are still available however for the Tell Your Friends! The Halloween Spooktacular with Gilbert Gottfried, Myq Kaplan, Liam McEneaney, Rena Zager, and more at the Bell House on 10/30.
Speaking of Reggie Watts, he was on Conan last night. Watch below...
Cold Specks at Hotel Vegan, March 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Tom Rainey @ Barbes
* The Do @ Mercury Lounge
* Marty Ehrlich @ The Stone
* Kathy Mattea @ City Winery
* Jonny Corndawg @ Mercury Lounge
* Rob Base @ Tappen Park Summerstage
* New York Chamber Trio @ The Stone
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Doom Squad, North America @ Zebulon
* Mumford & Sons, Dawes @ Pier A Park
* Peter Yarrow @ McNally Jackson Books
* Le Blorr, Sunbears! @ Knitting Factory
* Cold Specks, Doe Paoro, ARMS @ Glasslands
* Sanctuaries, Life Size Maps @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Family Band, Jennifer Castle, El Dorado @ Union Pool
* The Voices In Your Head, The Can't Tells @ Cameo Gallery
* The March Fourth, Ruby Fray, Globular Cluster @ Cake Shop
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Big Black Cloud, Girls of Porn, Family Curse, Necking @ Death By Audio
* Dream Affair, Anasazi, Religious To Damn, Nao Katafuchi @ Public Assembly
* Yemen Blues, Khaira Arby, UkanDanZ @ Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell
* CMA Songwriters Series w/ Little Big Town, Natalie Hemby, Bob DiPiero@ Joe's Pub
* Dukes of September (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs) @ Beacon Theatre
* Lucy Wainwright Roche, Maggie Roche, Sloan Wainwright, Suzzy Roche @ Madison Square Park
* Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, Todd Barry, Starlight Girls, Liam McEneaney @ The Bell House
* Summerscreen ('The Princess Bride') w/ Extreme Animals, Soft Circle, PC Worship @ McCarren Park
"Tell Your Friends" comedy comes to The Bell House tonight, and in addition to the listed guests like Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and Todd Barry, there's a "JUST CONFIRMED: A SURPRISE GUEST" which they "can't say too much about this guy, except to say, if you've seen one of the TYF! surprise guests before, you know it means we've got someone goddamned amazing to close out the show. Trust me, if you miss this you're going to be very very sad."
"Celeste and Jesse Forever" opens in theaters this Friday. Hopefully you already caught our free screening on Monday at Sunshine Cinema. Tonight you can "Meet the Filmmakers: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, and Lee Toland" at the Apple Store in SoHo.
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The xx play Terminal 5 on Thursday (8/2). Check out video of new song "Swept Away" from their recent LA show below.
Grimes DJ'd 285 Kent this past Sunday (7/29), you can check out video from her set (she's cranking Marylin Manson) below. Don't forget she plays a free River Rocks show next week (8/9) with Wild Nothing and DIIV.
Passion Pit made a video for their single "Constant Conversations" and you can watch that below too.
Action Bronson at Bamboozle 2012 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* ROMA! @ Joe's Pub
* Leni Stern @ Barbes
* Paloma Faith @ Le Baron
* Aaron Novik @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Brian Lopez Band @ Joe's Pub
* Never Sleep Alone @ Joe's Pub
* Brazilian Girls @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Beanie Sigel @ Apple Store Soho
* Led Er Est (DJ) @ Nitehawk Cinema
* Face To Face, Nat Rufus @ Maxwell's
* Joe Purdy, Giving Tree Band @ City Winery
* Matt Marks-Shame Remixes @ The Stone
* Smashing Pumpkins @ iHeart Radio Theater
* Destroyer, Sophia Knapp @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples @ Wellmont Theatre
* Walk the Moon, Vacationer @ Mercury Lounge
* Ani DiFranco, Melissa Ferrick @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dukes of Brooklyn, Chris Ayer @ Mercury Lounge
* Wintersleep, Jeff Beam, Soft Bullets @ Knitting Factory
* Future of the Left, Freshkills @ Generation Records
* The Tallest Man On Earth, Strand of Oaks @ Town Hall
* MMOTHS, Young Yeller, Jacob 2-2, Cult Fever @ Glasslands
* The So So Glos, Carnivores, Darlings, Big Ups @ Shea Stadium
* Anamanaguchi, Yellow Dogs, Hooray For Earth @ Tammany Hall
* Das Racist, Action Bronson, Trouble Andrew, Brenmar @ Red Hook Park
* Terrible Feelings, Death First, Plastic Cross, These Days @ Death By Audio
* The Dirty Pearls, This Good Robot, The Click Clack Boom, Dana Alexandra @ Santos
* The Pendulum Swings, Erin Barra, Mitchell Grey, Zoe Sundra, The Great Apes @ Cake Shop
* The Black Box Revelation, Ambassadors, Ghost Beach, Mannequin Party @ Gramercy Theatre
* Mr. Coconuts w/ Gabe Delahaye, Ted Leo, Michael Che, Emily Heller, Taylor Negron @ Union Hall
* Love As Laughter, This Frontier Needs Heroes, The Heaven's Jail Band, The Blank Tapes @ Union Pool
* Tell Your Friends w/ Wyatt Cenac, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Bryan Tucker, "secret famous comedian" @ Lolita
* Diamond Terrifier presents Charlie Looker, Marc Edwards & Slipstream, Time Travel, Jeananne Dara, Glockabelle, The Oracle DJ's @ Zebulon
Liam McEneaney's long-running comedy show Tell Your Friends! is hosting its LAST-EVER show at Lolita Bar tonight. I don't know if it's the last ever 'Tell Your Friends!' but it's definitely the last one at the Manhattan bar it called home up until now. Guests tonight include Wyatt Cenac, Kristen Schaal and her Hot Tub Partner Kurt Braunohler (who we just mentioned has an upcoming Night of the Living talk show with Amanda Palmer and Tim Heidecker), Bryan Tucker and a "SECRET FAMOUS COMEDIAN." This is not to be missed. If you can't make it to Lolia, you can also catch Kurt tonight at SWEET with Bryan Callen, Jessi Klein, and Greg Barris, plus a surprise guest.
Twin Shadow debuted his video for "Five Seconds" last night on the Jumbotron in Times Square. Now you can watch it on the tiny screen on your laptop below.
Fiona Apple was on Jimmy Fallon last night. Videos from that (including a web exclusive performance) are below.
Also below... Mr Rogers remixed! It's pretty awesome if you haven't heard it yet.
As reported previously, '90s alt-rockers that dog. are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 24, the band's first NYC show in 15 years with Fred Armisen opening. That show sold out and the band added a second MHoW show the next night, Friday, May 25 with comedian openers Kurt Braunohler and Baron Vaughn. Tickets are still available to that one.
If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show of your choice. Details are below.
Oh, and speaking of Kurt Braunohler, he isn't playing the "Tell Your Friends! It's The Spring Fling!" at the Bell House tonight (5/15), but his partner in crime Kristen Schaal is along with host Liam McEneaney and fellow comedians Janeane Garofalo and Christian Finnegan, plus musical guest Hand Job Academy. Tickets are still available.
by Klaus Kinski
It goes without saying that New York Fucking City is the best fucking city in the fucking galaxy. Name some attributes of another city (and I am sure people *cough*commenters*cough* will) and any New Yorker worth his or her salt will gladly, after they're done laughing hysterically, verbally pants your claims and make you realize how much time you just wasted with your nonsense. Everything here is better, and we have more of it. End. Of. Fucking. Story. Among our better-than-everywhere-else attributes is our Comedy scene. And one way we articulate and reinforce this attribute is by having several comedy shows happening across this city every night of the week.
One of NYC's biggest stand-out weekly shows is Tell Your Friends! which happens in the basement of a place called Lolita Bar (almost) every goddamned Tuesday. Tell Your Friends! is the brainchild of the talented Liam McEneaney and it has been bringing some of the most incredible line-ups to its basement audiences for over 6 years. Conceived as a showcase that danced somewhere between open mic territory and some of NYCs other smaller, more intimate alt rooms, Tell Your Friends! was devised as sort of a "comedy workout room;" a place where comedians could workshop new material without all the hassles and limitations of standard open mics. No, Tell Your Friends! wasn't the first place to do this type of thing; 15 years ago NYC had Eating It at Luna Lounge, Klaus favorite Patrick Borelli set up shop at the Gershwin Hotel, and, of course, there was Invite Them Up at Rififi where Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale basically wrote the book on how smaller, independent comedy showcases should be run until its demise in 2008. Invite Them Up took their backroom comedy debauchery to the next level when they did three nights of recording at Pianos for a 3 CD/1 DVD set that was released by Comedy Central Records. Incidentally, now that Invite Them Up is long gone (unless you count the upcoming Invite Them Up night at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival), that CD/DVD set serves as an extremely important document of just how bonkers and diverse that era in comedy really was.
Like Invite Them Up, Tell Your Friends! has brought their presence in the comedy world to the next level with the release of Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!. Shot at the Bell House, Liam McEneaney says
I had this idea that since I wanted to do a movie with standup comedians, comedians who had gotten their start outside the traditional comedy club scene, it shouldn't be shot as a typical comedy special. I sent Victor (Varnado) clips from concert films I felt should serve as the template, Woodstock, The Last Waltz, Stop Making Sense, The Beatles First Visit To America... Films that didn't just point a camera at a performance, but got you onstage with the acts themselves. And that didn't just record a concert, but really encapsulated a moment in history. Ultimately, we narrowed our influence down to Woodstock, and The Last Waltz, and used those more as our guides.This epic piece of greatness features Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Christian Finnegan, Leo Allen, Rob Paravonian, Nick Nace, Ann Enzminger, Marc Maron, and more. WANNA SEE IT!? Well SketchFest NYC is proud to present the New York City Premiere of Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film! at the Paley Center for Media on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011; at 7:30pm. After the movie there will be a panel moderated by Liam and feature Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Christian Finnegan, Leo Allen, Neal Brennan, Jon Glaser, and Victor Varnado. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for the general public UPDATE: and $8.00 to BV readers!
In unrelated comedy news, don't forget that FYF Fest is Saturday September 3rd in Los Angeles and features a pretty toupee-spinning bunch of comedy check out the full comedy line-up below.