Entries tagged with: The Daily Show
by Bill Pearis
Jon Stewart and WWE's Seth Rollins on 'The Daily Show'
Jon Stewart just retired from hosting The Daily Show and already has a new gig: the celebrity guest host of WWE's annual SummerSlam which happens Sunday (8/23) at Barclays Center (sold out). Some of you may know that Stewart has been somewhat involved in a storyline about WWE's current World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins, and for a little catchup on that you can watch a video below.
Meanwhile, Trevor Noah will take over The Daily Show's anchor chair starting September 28 and you can watch a teaser for that below. In the meantime, Chris Hardwick's comedy game show @Midnight will be on in The Daily Show's usual 11 PM timeslot.
In other Comedy Central news, the very funny faux reality show Another Period, which features a veritable who's who of comedic talent (seriously, pretty much everybody's been on this show), has been unsurprisingly renewed for a second season. If you haven't checked out Another Period yet, the premise is basically a Kardashians style show but set in 1902 when morals, medicine and technology were very different. (The Drunk History folks are involved.) You can check out a few clips below.
Last night was Jon Stewart's final night on The Daily Show which was an extended episode with a few special guests. Some you might expect, like former correspondents Stephen Colbert and Mo Rocca, and, as rumored, a big sendoff from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band who played "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Born to Run" as cast and friends danced. You can watch that and Jon's goodbye below and the whole episode is streaming over at Comedy Central.
South African comedian Trevor Noah has been chosen as the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show once Jon Stewart steps down later this year. Noah joined the show as a correspondent back in December and has only made three appearances on the show. From the New York Times:
"You don't believe it for the first few hours," Mr. Noah said of learning about his new job. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."Noah's a brilliant storyteller, as anyone who saw his acclaimed Born a Crime show can attest. Congratulations and good luck, Trevor!
The appointment of Mr. Noah, a newcomer to American television, promises to add youthful vitality and international perspective to "The Daily Show." It puts a nonwhite performer at the head of this flagship Comedy Central franchise, and one who comes with Mr. Stewart's endorsement.
"I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor," Mr. Stewart said in a statement. "He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with." Mr. Stewart added that he "may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!"
But the decision also invites questions about Mr. Noah's experience and visibility (or lack thereof), and why the network did not choose a woman to crack the all-male club of late-night television hosts.
Michele Ganeless, the Comedy Central president, said in an interview: "We talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job."
Watch one of Noah's Daily show segments, below..
During tonight's taping of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart told the audience that he'd be stepping down from the anchor chair at the end of 2015. While the show obviously doesn't air till later tonight, the news hit Twitter and then was confirmed by Comedy Central:
UPDATE: Watch Jon Stewart break the news to The Daily Show's studio audience, below...
Now in its third year, the NYC Podfest brings the best of, you guessed it, podcasts from across the country to New York for a fun-filled audio-based weekend (January 9 - 11). This year festival founder Jeremy Wein is bringing bigger names than ever to The Bell House (Friday, January 9) and Fontana's (Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11). Tickets are on sale now. Things kick off at The Bell House with Kevin Allison's (The State) RISK! podcast. This show has become hugely successful online and in LA, where its monthly live show consistently packs the Nerdist Theater at The Meltdown. The show, which has featured Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, and more, asks its guests to reveal personal, often embarrassing stories about themselves that they thought they would never tell. This show's theme is "Butts" and features Sasheer Zamata (SNL), stand up Matt Braunger, and more TBA.
Other interesting shows include a podcast panel on 1/10 at Fontana's (tickets) hosted by Jason Zinoman of The New YorkTimes featuring podcast experts Dave Hill (WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show), Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week?, and Matt Braunger (Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger); later that same evening at Fontana's, it's "The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart" (featuring Hasan Minhaj and Executive Producer Adam Lowitt); and Fontana's on Sunday 1/11 at 8PM it's The Todd Barry Podcast with special guests Yo La Tengo.
There's lots more. View the full lineup below.
In celebration of her new book, Amy Yates Wuelfing appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night (3/25) to discuss her new book, No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens, which focuses on the long-closed, famed NJ venue City Gardens.
Along with her on the show was Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes, who Amy (and co-author Steven DiLodovico) interviewed for the book, and whose band was one of Jon Stewart's (who bartended there) first shows at the venue with Dead Kennedys. You can watch a video of Amy, Gibby and Jon discussing the book and past experiences at the venue, below. Also keep an eye out for "Gwar" written on Gibby's arm in honor of the late Oderus Urungus.
As discussed, there are some upcoming live events for No Slam Dancing, including a signing/reading in NYC on April 19 at Jonathan Levine Gallery (529 W 20th St #9) from 3-5 PM.
Gibby Haynes will also be in NYC soon. He's taking part in Michael Dorf's Paul Simon tribute show which happens on Monday, 3/31 at Carnegie Hall. Gibby will be performing as a duo with Bob Forrest (Thelonius Monster, The Bicycle Thief), and other artists include Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar), Isobell Campbell (ex-Belle & Sebastian) with Andy Cabic (Vetiver), John Doe (X), Judy Collins, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Allen Toussaint Josh Ritter, Mike Gordon (Phish), Madeleine Peyroux with Jon Herington (Steely Dan), and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
Daily Show video below...
Atoms for Peace are in NYC currently, getting ready for their big show at the Barclays Center on Friday (9/27). While here they stopped by The Daily Show last night (9/25). Thom Yorke and Flea talk with Jon Stewart a bit about how a supergroup like this forms and then the band played "Default" and "Harrowdown Hill" (from Thom Yorke's Eraser) over the closing credits. Video of their appearance is in this post.
Atoms for Peace puzzle
In other related news, Atoms for Peace are now selling a jigsaw puzzle, via their website, of an illustration (above) by Stanley Donwood who does their artwork as well. The 192-piece laser-cut wood puzzle, titled "Los Angeles," shows the titular city facing apocalyptic events and is pretty small - 360mm X 250mm (a little bigger than a legal pad). It's not cheap ($106) but you can buy it here.
photos by Ryan Muir
Mavis Staples @ Prospect Park - 6/14/13
Soul legend Mavis Staples brought her tour to NYC for a free Celebrate! Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on June 14, the day before she played Croton's Clearwater Festival. Support at the Prospect Park show came from Cody ChesnuTT, who played his own show at SOB's (6/13) a day earlier. Pictures from Prospect Park are in this post.
As discussed, Mavis' new album, One True Vine (produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco), will be out next week (6/25). You can now listen to the entire thing ahead of its release date at NPR. Mavis also just performed her cover of Funkadelic's "Can You Get To That" (which appears on her new album and which she also played at Prospect Park) on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A video of that performance is below.
Other recent Celebrate! Brooklyn shows include the Jim James/The Roots show, and last night's (6/20) Blackalicious, Phony PPL, and D-Nice show. The next one is Amadou & Mariam tonight (6/21), which is totally free.
More pictures from Prospect Park and the 'Daily Show' video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Back in May 2012, Brooklyn producer Baauer (aka 23-year old Harry Rodrigues) released the single "Harlem Shake" on Mad Decent imprint Jeffree's. It was a solid single and one of the more memorable dance tracks of 2012, but I don't think any of us had any idea that almost a year later, it would become one of the biggest memes on the internet. If you haven't seen it yet (aka if you haven't been on a computer in two weeks), it's a video meme that's been blowing up YouTube (something like, oh you know, 4,000 videos uploaded in a day reaching over 40 million total views) that lasts about 30 seconds and features one person dancing in a crowded room to "Harlem Shake" and then once the bass drops, the whole room joins in. The "Harlem Shake dance" that they do isn't the "Harlem Shake" that the hip hop community knows dates back 30 years, but pretty much just a bunch of people going crazy. And it's been done by everyone from Matt & Kim to The Daily Show to The Today Show. Videos of those three are below, if you wanna see more, try YouTube.
So how did any of this happen anyway? Well FADER has laid out a comprehensive history of the meme, discussing the meme, its inventor, 19-year old film hobbyist Filthy Frank, Baauer, the real "Harlem Shake" dance, how Baauer actually feels about it, and if he's making any money from it.
And the memes are leading to other uses of the song too. Azealia Banks, who was supposed to release her debut full length this week but didn't, decided to record herself rapping over the beat, but Baauer's since had the track removed. Azealia questioned him on Twitter, "@baauer why you coccblockin tho??? Lmaoooooo" to which Baauer simply responded "cause its not ur song lol." Azealia then backfired "you're a pussy. You don't belong in hip hop" and Baauer has yet to respond, but Azealia's old pal Perez Hilton stepped in, causing Azealia to call him a "faggot" again. Perez then tweeted "Ugh. There you go again with the F word. Showing your true colors. You are so parched."
As mentioned, Baauer is on tour with veteran producer Just Blaze (and collaborating with him too) and that tour comes to NYC TONIGHT (2/15) for a show at Webster Hall. Once Baauer's fame picked up, tickets started going fast for that one and now it's sold out, but you might still be able to get VIP tickets.
Neil Young at MSG on Tuesday (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse are on tour with Patti Smith and Everest now, having just played MSG on Tuesday (11/27) and he was interviewed on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night (11/28). You can watch the video of that interview, which was on his memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, below.
The tour returns to NYC for a show at Barclays Center on Monday (12/3) and after that, Neil Young & Crazy Horse will play a Hurricane Sandy benefit in Atlantic City at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on December 6. Everest will open the show, but unfortunately Patti Smith won't be on this one. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/30) at 10 AM via TheBorgata.com or by phone at 866-900-4TIX (4849) and proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.
A list of updated dates and Daily Show video are below.
Pete Townshend at Barnes & Noble Union Square (via @Griffin Lotz/RollingStone.com)
The Who's Pete Townshend came to NYC this week in support of his new memoir, Who I Am, making appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and NYPL on Monday (10/8), at Barnes & Noble in Union Square yesterday (10/9), and then on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon later that night (the same episode that Jens Lekman was the musical guest on). That's a picture of him performing at Barnes & Noble above, where he played "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Drowned" after a 45-minute interview. He also performed at his NYPL appearance, playing "Drowned" and "I'm One." Rolling Stone attended the B&N show and they report:
Townshend also opened up about the difficulty he's faced continuing the band after John Entwistle's death in 2002. "We feel the ghosts of Keith and John," Townshend said. "The second phase of the Who in a sense was really when we started to tour again around the year 2000, 2001. We were still able to evoke the sound, particularly with Zak Starkey. Now it's much more difficult even though Zak's there. John's sound was very big and rich and organic. When John died, there was a hole in the sound onstage and I was able to grow into that and find space. And I have to say as a guitar player, I prefer working without John. But as a member of the Who creating the incredible, powerful, driving, visceral sound, he's gone. I can't really do that again."You can check out videos from his interviews on The Daily Show and Fallon, and his performance "Drowned" from the NYPL show below. You'll notice in the Daily Show video that when Pete walks out, Jon Stewart's house band plays a clip strikingly similar to the second half of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." Neither Pete or Jon acknowledge it, but it's a pretty ironic move considering Pete never liked Zeppelin's music (though he does think they're great guys).
At one point, Wenner asked Townshend why he hasn't made a solo album in 20 years. "I write lots of music, I record lots of music. I probably write a song every couple of days," he said. "I have a very big archive of unfinished material."
Currently, Townshend is working on the musical project Floss, which he said he is about two-thirds finished, which he described as "a story with music, characters, a Aristotelian plot line very different from what I've done in the past. . . . The thesis is we're all terrified. We're living in terror, we're living in anxiety, discomfort and the fear that we have is for the future, the fear for our children's future, we're worried about the planet, we're worried about terrorism, being able to sustain life as we love it, we're afraid we can't guarantee peace."
Townshend said he loves Lady Gaga and constantly listens to music. "I just kind of surf Spotify and last.fm and iTunes and stick it on my iPhone. I listen to a lot of new music." He added that he predicted digital downloads "back in 1985 and before that in 1971. I knew there the digital revolution would change the way art happens and is made and is sold and we're not finished yet."
The Who are taking their Quadrophenia tour to the NYC area for four shows in November and December.
Videos are below.
The Antlers @ Bowery Ballroom last May (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Ribbons @ Don Hill's
* Hip Hop legends @ BB King's
* The Bad Plus @ Highline Ballroom
* Amy Ray, Toshi Reagan @ The Bell House
* Patrick Bower, Oceanographer @ The Cameo
* Blacklist, Tigersapien @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Bouncing Souls, 7Seconds, Tim Barry @ Webster Hall
* Freshkills, Dark Vibe, X-Ray Eyeballs @ Bruar Falls
* Fixed w/ Trouble & Bass, Boy 8 Bit @ Public Assembly
* Bloody Panda, Liturgy, Battilus, Castavet @ Union Pool
* Does It Offend You, Yeah? (DJ), Teenage Bad Girl @ Webster Hall
* Blind Date w/ DJ Dolores & SIBA, Otto @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
* Extra Life, Vaz, Little Women, Wires Under Tension @ Death By Audio
* Vulture Whale, Della Valle, Neil Nathan, Elisa Girlando @ Maxwell's
* Cannabis Corpse, Tournament, Survival, Shred Bundy @ The Charleston
* The Antlers, Murder Mystery, Twin Thousands, Brent Arnold @ Mercury Lounge
* Yatagarasu, Best Fwends, Teenage Nightwar, Gun Outfit, GDFX @ Cake Shop
* Tanlines, Teengirl Fantasy, Sewn Leather, MNDR, Angels Of America @ Monster Island Basement
* Real Estate, Pet Ghost Project, Pill Wonder, Phil & The Osophers, Clinical Trials @ Shea Stadium
The Antlers are celebrating the release of their new disc, Hospice, at the Mercury Lounge tonight with Murder Mystery, Twin Thousands and solo cello from Brent Arnold.
No South Street Seaport concert tonight, but one more was just announced.
LOTS OF TICKETS went on sale.
Bouncing Souls play another NYC show. Last night, Lifetime opened their gig. Tonight 7Seconds, whose lead singer Kevin Seconds was interviewed by the Souls' Greg Attonito on this site, will open. Check out Greg discussing vegetarianism in a video below.
Best Fwends played yesterday with Das Racist. Tonight they perform at the second of their four NYC shows, at the Cake Shop. Yatagarasu, Teenage Nightwar, Gun Outfit, McDonalds and GDFX are also on the bill.
Catch metal tonight from Cannabis Corpse, Tournament, Survival and Shred Bundy at the Charleston. Bloody Panda, Liturgy, Battilus and Castavet play at Union Pool. WIZARDRY will be at the venue Sunday with "fellow face melters" Marching Teeth and Skeleton Breath. See Wiz's new effigy-burning, forest-rocking video below.
The Bad Plus play their Friday night installment of the Highline Piano series tonight at the Highline Ballroom.
Girl Talk is at Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday.
A 'Punk Photo' exhibition at Littlefield tonight. flyer below..
"[Former NY Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey appeared on last night's episode of "The Daily Show" to discuss her belief that the House health care reform bill will force Americans into end-of-life directives they might come to regret -- the source, some say, of Sarah Palin's "death panels" commentary." Albany Times-Union. Video below.
by Klaus Kinski
The 10th Annual Del Close Marathon is just a few weeks away, and like last year, the schedule is a tad overwhelming. Featuring over 150 shows from improv groups from all over North America, this milestone anniversary edition of the Marathon takes place non-stop from Friday afternoon August 8 to after midnight on Sunday August 10.
Del Close was the driving force behind improvisational comedy in Chicago for over 30 years influencing Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, John Belushi, Chris Farley and the Upright Citizens Brigade to name a few. After Del's passing in 1999, the UCB started the Del Close Marathon to celebrate their mentor and keep alive his name and teachings for future generations.Shows will be taking place at the UCB Theater, Hudson Guild Theater, Urban Stages, FIT Kate Murphy Ampitheatre, and the FIT Haft Auditorium. The Marathon website has each theater's schedule individually mapped out, so creating your own itinerary should be a breeze.
Weekend passes are a measly $25 and are only sold at the door. Shows taking place at the FIT Kate Murphy Ampitheatre, however, are $10 each and can be purchased directly from the UCB Theater website. The FIT shows feature appearances by Horatio Sanz, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Rob Riggle people from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, Amy Poehler and many many many other popular comedians. Buy tickets for those soon, as I expect them to sell out rather quickly.
Tonight (March 10, 2008) @ Pianos goes something like this:
11:00 SOUTH (UK)"It is It" is free, and goes something like this....
10:00 KRISTOFFER RAGNSTAM
8:00 IT IS IT
words by Jon Roren, photos by Marianne Ways
DOWNLOAD: Cobra Krames - What More Time! (MP3)
Karin, Bobby and the time capsule @ Rififi, Feb 25, 2008
Invite Them Up has been a mainstay on the Downtown comedy scene for about six years, and has played host to many great talents. This week sees the end of ITU's run as a weekly show, with shows on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night to celebrate more than a half-decade of fart jokes and fireballs. If you're coming on Wednesday, bring something for the fancy time capsule.
Host Bobby Tisdale got night one-of-three underway with his patented rubbing of the microphone on some dude's balls before bringing up opening comic Greg Johnson - the co-host of the ECNY award-winning Rififi variety show 'Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy Show'. Johnson was followed by Michael Showalter whose set consisted of one of his trademark "showbiz rants" - this one about how he was only 3rd-to-last-night material and that he clearly wasn't good enough for Wednesday night before trying to tell jokes about shows nobody in the audience had seen.
by Klaus Kinski
I just had a gander at the UCB NY schedule and got super-pumped by a recurring February show called Ben Karlin Presents: Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me...LIVE!. The show will happen once a week, has an ever-changing line-up of comedians and special guests, and will feature live music by FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE. From the site:
"Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me...LIVE!” is an hour-long comedy show on the subject of failed relationships and the shit we endure to make them work even when God himself tells us they won’t. Sprung from the book of the same name – an anthology of essays and short humor pieces by men, edited by Ben Karlin (The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart) – the live show will feature a blend of read and performed pieces from the book, stand-up comedy, live music, special guests and other material wrapped around the theme of relationships gone bad.I think these shows will sell out very quickly (all shows are $5). Check out the schedule below, and click the dates to make rezzies.
BUT FIRST: Check out the new UCBCOMEDY.COM....
Original comedy from the twisted minds of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre’s best improv, sketch and stand up comedians. Funny, F’d Up and Illegal videos, podcasts, jokes and other content from the largest humor community in the world.Ben Karlin/FOW dates below....
Kitson, Oliver, Schaal, Clement (CRED)
Daniel Kitson added a FOURTH show at Union Hall. The Sunday and Monday shows are completely sold out, but there's a handful for tickets left for the remaining shows. I'm telling you, if ever there was a comedy show that absolutely cannot be missed it's this one. As a matter of fact, I'm giving away one pair of tickets to the Wednesday 12/5, 10pm show (details at the end of this post). Maybe they'll release a ticket or two the nights of the peformances, maybe they won't. It's totally worthy a shot though.
And don't forget about the NY Mag Not Your Office Holiday Party featuring We Are Scientists and the UCB Theater happening on 12/18/07 at the Canal Room. The show will be hosted by Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle who will also serve as The Boss. Partygoers will be provided with fakey name tags as well as a checklist of inappropriate office things that you should be partaking in such as admitting your best excuses for taking a sick day, kissing a co-worker under the mistle toe, brown nosing your boss, and photo-copying your buns. It sounds like lots of fun. I've got two pairs of tickets to give away (also at the end of this post).
Taking a page out of Sub Pop's book, indie label Matador Records has signed their first comedy act! Earles and Jensen Present: Just Farr A Laugh Vol. 1 and 2 will be released February 19th on Matador Records. Their myspace page has an ever changing sample of their work, so check it out. Scads more info at Chunklet.
MUCH MORE BELOW......
Max Silvestri @ Rififi, NYC - Oct 29, 2007 (CRED)
In addition to all the special comedy shows always going on, don't forget that there are plenty of shows that happen weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly in NYC that are always reliable, rarely over $5, and usually feature some of the biggest comedians in the business. Why, just the other day Invite Them Up featured Jim Gaffigan, Demetri Martin, Nick Kroll, Andy Blitz, and Max Silvestri. Nuts, right!? Here are some other recurring shows I highly recommend.
- Totally J/K with Joe and Noah: Every other Monday at Rififi with Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkle
- At Night with Gabe and Jenny: Mondays at Rififi
- Sweet: Tuesday at The Slipper Room with Seth Herzog
- Invite Them Up: Wednesdays at Rififi with Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale
- Greg Johnson & Larry Murphy: Fridays at Rififi with Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy
- It is It: Monthly at Pianos with Adam Lowitt (The Daily Show)
- Tearing the Veil of Maya: Sundays at Union Hall with Eugene Mirman and Michael Showalter