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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.

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by Klaus Kinski

Simon Amstell

Let me get this out of the way for you: "Who?"

OK. Moving on. The one thing my Anglophilia and its relationship to comedy has taught me is that if you find a single British comedic personality you like you will, after a series of youtubes and googles, discover between 5 - 10 related comedic personalities you will just as quickly fall in love with. This is precisely how I came to discover the great Simon Amstell. My discovery and subsequent adoration of Simon Amstell was set into motion years ago with my obsession with the preposterously underrated and underknown-in-the-US British series Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. The show, written, directed, and starring Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade (whose birthday happens to be today, June 12th) only lasted 6 episodes. From Wikipedia:

Darkplace is presented as a lost classic: a television series produced in the 1980s, though never broadcast at the time. The presentation features commentary from many of the "original" cast, where characters such as "Marenghi" (Holness) and "Dean Learner" (Ayoade) reflect on making the show. Darkplace parodies numerous aspects of '80s low-budget television, including fashion, special effects, production gaffs, and music, as well as the widespread practice of including commentary tracks on DVD releases of old films and television shows.
To this day, Darkplace is one of my favorite shows of all time. It was this show that introduced me the the comedic greatness that is Matt Berry. With his deadpan facial expressions and deep, throaty, British voice, I could not get enough of this guy. It didn't matter what he said; his delivery was like nothing I'd ever seen or heard. Brilliance. My next logical step brought be face to face with Berry's (also short-lived) show Snuff Box which he co-wrote and co-starred in alongside American comedian Rich Fulcher. Darkplace also lead me to one of my all-time favorite shows The IT Crowd, which brought Berry on in season two, but which had  Ayoade as one of the main characters for all four seasons. I also became a huge fan of the Mighty Boosh. Incidentally, both Snuff Box and The IT Crowd are streaming on NetFlix. I will admit that season 1 of The IT Crowd is a bit slow going, but starting with episode 1 of season 2 the show absolutely explodes with hilarity.

OK, at this point you are either asleep or poking your eyeballs out with a pen wondering what the hell this complicated British Comedy family tree has to do with how I came to discover Simon Amstell. Well, I'll tell ya how. On one of my famous long-form YouTube search sessions, I was looking at Mighty Boosh stuff, which led me to look for some Noel Fielding stuff which eventually led me to clips of the TV show Nevermind the Buzzcocks which happened to be hosted by SIMON AMSTELL. Ya see! It was convoluted, but I got us there! [Ed note: 'Buzzcocks' is/was a "game show" with a mix of music, comedian and actorly contestants that was basically an excuse to make fun of pop culutre and celebrities in general. I was a big fan of the Amstell reign too. -Bill]  In the clips I was watching, Simon was an extremely sharp, fast, hilarious, and unbearably likable host. His rapport with the panelists was so genuinely funny, clever and very very loose that, in true Klaus fashion, I decided I wanted to know more about this guy. In short, he is a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning English comedian, television presenter, screenwriter and actor, best known for his roles as former co-host of Popworld, former host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and co-writer and star of the sitcom Grandma's House. He is also a stand-up comedian and has been since he was 17.

Amstell is massive in the UK and Australia. He does these comedy tours at huge venues that sell out faster than a Quicksand reunion at the Mercury Lounge (not happening). In the US, however, he is grossly unknown. Which is a shame as I think his material would totally resonate with people like us here in the US and especially NYC. So on that note I am pleased as punch to announce that Simon Amstell is bringing his new show, Numb, to NYC in July! Opening July 10 for a five week run at Theatre 80 on St. Marks, the show will run Tuesday through Thursday nights at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $20.00; a limited number of $10.00 student rush tickets will be available at the Box Office one hour before show time. It's only a matter of time before Amstell becomes the next Ricky Gervais, Eddie Izzard, or Russell Brand so to have so many opportunities to catch his show at such an intimate space for such a reasonable ticket price is something for you to jump on, if only to one day have the vanity to declare "Yeah I saw Amstell in a wicked small room in NYC back in the day. I am so cool man, I was there on the cutting edge and I saw God, Jack."

Below are a few Amstelt-related clips, including the infamous Amy Winehouse appearance on Buzzcocks.

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photos by Lori Baily

The Mighty Boosh

""I've been waiting three years for this," yelled one excited fan when the Brit com troupe The Mighty Boosh took the stage Tuesday [7/21] eve at New York's Bowery Ballroom for over two hours of stand-up, sketches, and music (yes, they DJ'd a set). "We couldn't get a flight," replied ascot-clad Boosh co-creator Julian Barratt. "We've been on standby for two," added his excellently coifed co-leader, Noel Fielding.

And so started one of the most brilliant nights of my life. Because The Boosh aren't just any comedy group or stand-up guys. Their show is an interactive, absurdist explosion of pure, crazy, bust-your-gut-laughter plus a boatload of rocking tunes. (Did I think I'd ever do the Mick Jagger dance to "Brown Sugar"? No, but yesterday held a lot of firsts.) Attendees were invited to jump on stage, caress Fielding's boots, play "pelt the rabbit in his big white face" (don't ask), and add their own fan art to the set. There were lots of kisses and hugs, free posters, and a wild parade of costumes (cheers to the guy who kept his Moon character face mask on the entire night)... [EW]

The Mighty Boosh also visited Other Music that day, as well as San Diego Comic Con and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon while they were in our country. More pictures and videos from Bowery Ballroom, and the Fallon video, below...

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The Mighty Boosh

The creators of BBC comedy show The Mighty Boosh (now on Cartoon Network), Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, will be in NYC today (July 21st) for a 6pm signing at Other Music (15 E 4th St) and a Myspace Secret Stand-Up show at Bowery Ballroom. Their Myspace says that they'll be DJing at the Bowery, but considering the show's live-action start, you can probably expect a little more than your standard DJ set (other cast members, including Bollo, a talking gorilla, will be in tow as well) (oh, and the press release says it is a "Stand-Up performance") (a MySpace Secret Stand-Up actually) (though I guess technically DJ's stand up while playing.) (kidding).

What is the Mighty Boosh?

In "The Mighty Boosh," self-absorbed wannabe glam rocker Vince Noir (Fielding) and the intellectually vain and self-proclaimed genius and jazz aficionado Howard Moon (Barratt) are in a band and live alongside a freelance shaman, Naboo (Michael Fielding) and Bollo (David Brown), a talking Gorilla. Each season, The Mighty Boosh creates its own unique environment, taking place in a vast array of locales, including the "Zooniverse", the Frozen Tundra and the Australian desert. Each episode features an original Mighty Boosh song as Vince and Howard continue their never-ending search for the "new sound."
They'll also be in LA next Tuesday, July 28th. Info on that with clips from the show, below...

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