Entries tagged with: Todd Barry
Pampers at MHOW, 2013 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Bushwick Open Studios
This weekend is the annual Bushwick Open Studios, which is a great chance to see a bunch of art where it's being made, walk through the many studios in the Brooklyn neighborhood, and probably nab a few free drinks along the way.
Naam, Pampers, Iron Force, Tournament, Fletcher C. Johnson, Such Hounds, Blackout, The Montauk Project, No Way, Twin Strike @ Bushwick Collective Block Party
Part of Bushwick Open Studios, this free block party is also part of the Bushwick Collective's first-ever art show, showcasing some of the city's best street artists. They'll be doing their magic on Troutman St between St. Nicholas and Wyckoff Aves all afternoon, with a terrific array of garage/punk bands -- like Pampers and Fletcher C. Johnson -- playing. Free.
WFMU Record Fair @ 69th Regiment Armory
The annual vinylpalooza also features live broadcasts from WFMU shows, with live performances today from Laura Cantrell. Get in cheap with out 69th Regiment Armory!
Eels, Chelsea Wolfe @ Apollo Theater
Indie rock veteran Eels' output continues to remain consistent with this year's The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, their eleventh album. Chelsea Wolfe opens with an acoustic set and she's not to be missed. And hey, maybe Eels will bring out Steve Perry again? Don't stop believin'.
Concert for Scotty @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a benefit for artist Simon Scott who's been battling cancer and has mounting medical bills. Dave Hill and Todd Barry host and musicians performing include The Bogmen, Annie Ragz, Beast Patrol, Ben Cartel, Bloodletters & Bad Men, Blubba Bros, Bucky Hayes, Desert Stars, Hidden Cities, Jerry Fuentes, Las Hormiguitas, Love Jupiter, Major Leans, Meredith Meyer, Patrick Salt Ryan, Poor Lily, Sun Ladders, The Supernatural and more. The concert starts at 4PM.
Living Colour @ City Winery
Living Colour's genre-breaking debut album Vivid, which spawned hits "Cult of Personality" and "Glamour Boys," turned 25 last year and remains a classic.
NYC Popfest w/ The Spook School, Colour Me Wednesday, Heathers, Gold-Bears, The New Lines, The Cat's Miaow + The Shapiros (Pam and Bart), Marine Life, Lost Tapes @ Littlefield
NYC Popfest comes to a close with this all-day show at Littlefield, featuring some of the most anticipated acts of the week: '80s-era band The Popguns, scrappy UK upstarts The Spook School and Colour Me Wednesday, great Georgia band Gold-Bears and lots more.
Beverly, Mark Monnone, Pam Berry, Rocketship @ Trans-Pecos
If you missed Rocketship at Cameo last night, they play again today at this very non-Popfest-affiliated show featuring a lot of popfest bands, including solo sets from Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, Glo-worm), Mark Monnone (The Lucksmiths) and headliners Beverly. This show starts early (1 PM) and most of it is over before today's Popfest show starts, if you wanna go to both.
Chrissie Hynde @ Rough Trade
Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde releases what's technically her first-ever solo album this year (even if she's the only consistent Pretenders member) and from the sound of the singles she's released, she's still in good form. If you pre-ordered the album from Rough Trade, you can get into this 6 PM in-store, though space is limited.
Funebrarum, Pseudogod, Wrathprayer, Diabolical Messiah, Geryon, Arsantiqva @ Saint Vitus
Lots of international metal represented on this one with Russia's Psuedogod, Chile's Wrathprayer, Chile's Diabolical Messiah, and a few local bands too.
Julie Klausner, Ted Leo, Nellie McKay, Jake Folgnest, Danielle Henderson @ The Bell House
Julie Klausner does a live taping of her popular "How Was Your Week?" podcast tonight with frequent guests Ted Leo and Jake Fogelnest in tow, not to mention Nellie McKay.
Billy Idol @ The Space at Westbury
The man who perfected the curled-lip sneer, Billy Idol also has a lot more hits than you may remember, all from the golden age of MTV. Most of them -- "Eyes Without a Face," "Dancin' with Myself," "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding" -- still sound pretty good today.
Hot 97 Summer Jam @ MetLife Stadium
Day-long NYC-area hip hop festival Hot 97 Summer Jam returns with some great stuff including 50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, DJ Mustard w/ YG & Ty Dolla $ign, Action Bronson, Troy Ave and plenty more.
Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.
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by Klaus Kinski
Way back in January of 2013, I told you dumplings that Todd Barry would be embarking on a string of dates called The Crowd Work Tour. If you search the terms "Klaus Kinski" and "Todd Barry" on BrooklynVegan, it'll take you about 4 seconds to realize that Todd has been and continues to be one of my favorite comedians who ever lived. Between his rock solid material and his flawless off-the-cuff crowd work, a Todd Barry live set delivers a 100% success rate of hilarity.
When I saw he was doing a tour comprised entirely of crowd work and no predetermined material, I thought it was the most brilliant endeavor ever conceived for the crowd work master. Besides the tour, he did tons and tons of warm-up shows in NYC, all of which I missed for one reason or another. As a matter of fact, I didn't see a single Crowd Work tour date! Some fan I am, right? Anyhow, Todd has some very big friends in very high places. One of these friends, a friend whose relationship with Todd goes back a bazillion years, is the venerable Louis CK. One day, Todd mentioned to Louis that he'd love to have his tour filmed (well, videoed) and eventually released as a special and Louis was all "May I finance this endeavor and release it via my website?" and Todd was all "Oh hell yes, Louis. That would be so sweet."
Flash-forward to today, Friday March 21, 2014. Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour is now officially available via LouisCK.com for a measly FIVE DOLLARS. The video is available in crummy SD or wonderful HD. As I type this I am downloading the video from the website and simply cannot wait to watch the master at work.
The Comics Comic has a great interview with Todd about the genesis of the project and I highly recommend you read it.
Todd is about to embark on The Final Crowd Work Tour, including a finale at The Bell House in Brooklyn on May 13 and tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Video of Todd Barry absolutely DESTROYING Louis during a car ride is below too.
Darlene Love at "Right 2 Rock" benefit in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The holiday season is upon us, and its spirit and celebrations are just about everywhere you look. If you're looking for some musical ways to celebrate in NYC, here's a few options.
Like she usually does, Darlene Love is celebrating the holidays at BB King's. She already played one of her shows there earlier this month (12/6), and since we last spoke, she's added two more happening on Friday (12/20) and January 4. Friday's show is sold out (but the venue says tickets may be available the day of the show), and tickets for the 1/4 show are available.
Other previously discussed holiday shows at BB King's include Darlene's fellow A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector singer Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) on Sunday (12/22) (tickets), and Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats on Christmas (12/25) (tickets).
Street Dogs, the Boston punk band fronted by former Dropkick Murphy Mike McColgan, will play "Wreck the Halls" at Highline Ballroom on Friday (12/20) with Chosen Ones and Done With You. Tickets are available.
Doveman collaborator Justin Vivian Bond and friends are playing holiday shows at Joe's Pub on Sunday (12/22) and Monday (12/23). The shows are billed as "Let It Show!" and the description reads, "Celebrate the return of the light with Justin Vivian Bond and friends with an evening of Holiday inspired songs and stories. Expect surprises! (bring your own lumps of coal and watch them turn into diamonds) Keywords: starstruck, babies, booze, ox and ass. Oh Come All Ye Faithful!" Tickets for both shows are available.
While Union Hall won't be having any music, they will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the following day (12/26) to celebrate the holidays. The kitchen will be closed, but the bar will be serving holiday-themed drinks, and they'll have Christmas bocce ball and a fireplace going. The venue opens at 4 PM on 12/24 and 12/26 and 5 PM on 12/25.
Like last year, The Bell House will host the Harry Potter Yule Ball on Saturday (12/21) featuring sets from Harry and the Potters, The Potter Puppet Pals, Lauren Fairweather, and half-Mad can o' Destroy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
And another Christmas Eve option is 'Christmas Eve for the Jews' with comedians Joel Chasnoff, Judy Gold and Todd Barry at City Winery on Christmas Eve. This one's sold out, but you can sign up for the waiting list in case tickets become available.
Brooklyn Bowl has holiday celebrations all weekend with Jimmy Hill and the Allstarz Band featuring Black Velvet (aka James Brown Jr) at the early show on Saturday (12/21) (tickets) and Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance-Off with guest selector James Chance at the late show (tickets). Then on Sunday (12/22), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band does their Creole Christmas show at the venue (tickets).
Those are just a few holiday-themed music options in NYC. What else?
by Klaus Kinski
Comedy-wise, if there was one night where I wish I could be in two places at once, tonight (Thursday, December 5) is it for there are two spectacular shows happening this evening that unfairly pit Gowanus versus Williamsburg. Geographically and line-up wise, Williamsburg has a slight edge for me as Over The Eight (594 Union Ave) will play host to The Bobby Tisdale Show. As part of a recurring series of shows called The Talk Show Series, these shows are set up more like casual conversation panel talk shows with incredible guests. Tonight's line-up is particularly stacked and features Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing, author), Tim Harrington (Singer of Les Savy Fav, beard owner), Kevin Corrigan (famous actor), Andy Blitz (comedian, amazing man and one of my personal favorites), Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers, Home Movies, Archer) and, if you can handle it, more. And it's hosted by the affable, hilarious, Bobby Tisdale (Bobs Burgers, Invite Them Up, Wards of Merkin). The show starts at 8:00pm and is ABSOLUTELY FREE. I haven't been this erect about a line-up since the old days of Rififi. Gonna be a scorcher! Flyer below...
Several subway lines, bus routes, or one expensive cab ride away in Gowanus, prolific performer and mind warrior Greg Barris brings his long-running comedy-life experience Heart of Darkness to the confines of The Bell House. Tonight's installment, entitled HEART OF DARKNESS: IN SPACE! features Gold Pass Klaus Kinski Favorite Todd Barry, mind warrior Elizabeth Gallager Kennick (NASA, Space Frontier, Teachers in Space), comedian Jena Friedman, house band The Forgiveness, musical guests Rich Stein and Matt Kilmer, guest band The Mast PLUS a special guest. A smattering of tickets are still available, so if you find yourself in that neighborhood this evening and have a hankering for a life changing life experience, do venture inside The Bell House and absorb. Doors are at 8pm, show is at 8:30pm. It is going to be a doozie!
by Klaus Kinski
Friday October 4th was the anniversary of when I moved my then-skinny ass to New York City and made the unintentional commitment to a life of poverty and alcoholism. As this anniversary of anniversaries fell on a Friday evening, my now-fat ass wanted to celebrate in boozy style, so of all the shows on this fine city's entertainment agenda, I decided to show myself a good time at Dave Hill's inaugural installment of Meet Me In The Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets, which is now an official monthly at Union Hall in Park Slope. The show was set to feature performances by house band Valley Lodge (who play Mercury Lounge this Saturday) and comedy by Valley Lodge member Dave Hill (who joins Jake Fogelnest at the Bell House Thursday), the absolutely phenomenal Brooke Van Poppelen, Klaus Gold Pass All-Time favorite Todd Barry, uber-offensive yet completely brilliant rhymesmith T. Berry, and a storytelling session with Gorilla Biscuit/Quicksand frontman and Klaus-idol since 1991 Walter Schreifels. All of the above totally ruled.
But the capper of all cappers was an unscheduled appearance by none other than the great Louis CK (who appeared at the Paley Center one night earlier). When Louis waddled onstage, his presence momentarily sucked the air out of the room which then exploded in a cacophony of applause, cheers, and shouts of "LOOOUUUUUUUIIIEEEE." The excitement in the room was some of the most authentic and overwhelming I have ever seen with people doing a triple-take at Louis, then a triple-take to whomever they went to the show with, followed by another triple-take at Louis. Anyhow, it was the best anniversary a lone wolf like myself ever could have dreamed of and it perfectly encapsulated why I love this rotten city with all my heart. Anything can happen.
Obviously still riding the wave from his dominating set at Union Hall, Louis decided to shoot out one of his absolutely rare email blasts, urging his subscribers to pony up the completely reasonable $5 to download his special "Oh My God" which aired on HBO in the spring and won an Emmy for best writing of a variety special. Read the entire sales pitch below, and when you have a sec GET THIS SPECIAL.
BRMC @ T5 earlier this year (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Buke and Gase, Patrick Higgins, Mivos Quartet @ Le Poisson Rouge
Experimental pop duo Buke & Gase make their own instruments (bass/uke and guitar/bass, get it?) and they also make some really interesting sounds with them. They headline this bill at LPR tonight, which doubles as a release party for the new Patrick Higgins double-LP.
The New Yorker Festival
The annual compendium of erudite discussions and other fun stuff starts tonight. You might consider checking out the talk with Boardwalk Empire star, Deerhoof fan and generally intense dude Michael Shannon who will also perform with his indie rock band Corporal.
California X, Turnip King, Body Parts, Total Slacker (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
Equal parts sludge, punk, and indie rock, Amherst's California X simply rock, and as great as their record is, they're a band you really have to see live. Long Island indie rock traditionalists Turnip King open and they're worth catching too.
What Cheer? Brigade, Ski Lodge, Caged Animals @ Cheap Storage
Go for the very catchy indie pop sounds of Ski Lodge and Caged Animals, stay for Providence, RI's 19-piece brass band What Cheer?
Oneida, Dump @ Glasslands
Brooklyn stalwarts Oneida are always worth seeing, and tonight is with Dump (aka James McNew of Yo La Tengo).
Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Jacques Demierre & Vincent Barras @ Issue Project Room
PR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with Chicago Saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and New York trumpet stalwart Nate Wooley.
Porcelain Raft, Sarah Neufeld @ Mercury Lounge
Arcade Fire and Belle Orchestre violinist Sarah Neufeld released her new album of instrumental compositions, Hero Brother, and will be playing selections from that tonight.
Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert. Tonight's the final night, sold out.
Blondie, X @ Roseland Ballroom
These two classic punk bands have been on tour together for a while, and tonight they pass through Blondie's hometown for a Roseland Ballroom show. Blondie have a new record on the way, so expect some stuff from that, in addition to tons of classics.
Dan Friel, Bambara, Psychic Blood, Bennio Qwerty @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn's Bambara get loud, and they're about to head out on a European tour with a couple likeminded bands (A Place to Bury Strangers, METZ) but before that they play one last hometown show at Shea tonight. Also on the bill are Brooklyn's Bennio Qwerty and Mass' Psychic Blood, who have a similar taste for loud, raging rock, and ex-Parts & Labor member Dan Friel.
Pictureplane @ Mishka Store (350 Broadway)
He opens for Girl Talk Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl, but you can catch Travis Egedy even sooner and for free in a store this early evening (the event runs 7-10pm)
Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ The Space at Westbury
This is the first show for Bowery Presents' latest venue, The Space at Westbury, and features a nostalgic '90s evening of alt-rock favorites.
Dave Hill (via his @instagram)
Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Valley Lodge, Walter Schreifels, Brooke Van Poppelen, T. Berry @ Union Hall
Dave Hill pulls double duty tonight as host and leader of house band Valley Lodge at this evening of "comedy, music and gunplay." Todd Barry and Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, etc) are among the guests. Tickets are still available.
In the summer of 1975 on New York's Lower East Side, Pat Ivers and a group of like-minded videographers with borrowed cameras set out to capture as much of New York City's exploding punk music scene as possible. After an early disbanding of the original group, Ivers found a sole partner in Emily Armstrong and the two continued the project for a total of five years, capturing legendary performances at CBGB's, Mudd Club, Danceteria and elsewhere by iconic bands and artists such as Iggy Pop, Dead Boys, The Cramps and more. Ivers and Armstong continued filming until a 1980 arrest, along with the entire staff of the illegally operated Danceteria, convinced them to stop (the pair were quickly exonerated and freed).The filmmakers screen archive excerpts and talk with Richard Boch (Mudd Club) and Pat Irwin (Raybeats, B52's). 7PM.
Ceramic Dog (w/ Marc Ribot) @ Union Pool
Marc Ribot is a man of many projects. He's a well-known Tom Waits collaborator, and lately he's been doing some gigs with John Zorn. Tonight he takes his power trio Ceramic Dog to Union Pool.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Restavrant @ Warsaw
Denim, leather, garagey riffs and sneery attitude is what's in store tonight with BRMC.
Herbie Hancock @ The Capitol Theatre
Jazz/fusion legend Herbie Hancock has been a master of the keys for decades, and he's got plenty of great diverse material to pull from, making this NYC-area show a sure-to-be interesting night.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon, and tonight they'll be performing their 1980 album, Gaucho, in full plus "selected hits."
Foster Care, Teenager, Raccoon Fighter, Slothbear @ Cake Shop
One of NYC's best garage punk bands, Foster Care headline this show tonight but don't miss Toronto's awesome Teenanger who have previously toured with METZ.
Weird Owl, Ancient Sky, The Nuclears @ Death By Audio
NYC psych band Weird Owl are set to pop out their new album, Healing, via TeePee records and tonight's the record release show. Just know that whenever you tell someone you're going to see Weird Owl, expect "Eat It" or "Like a Surgeon" jokes.
Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese concludes her four-night run at Gramercy.
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photos by David Andrako
Mirman & Neko Case / dancing Ira Glass / Michael Ian Black
The 6th annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival just wrapped up last night (9/29), bringing four nights of laughter -- from both big names and rising talent -- to The Bell House and Union Hall. Here's picture highlights from the first two days (September 26 & 27), including: The Urbane Comedy Hour (9/26) which featured a string quartet and dancing (NPR's Ira Glass included), along with comedians Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac and Mike Birbiglia; the always popular Star Talk Live! (9/27) with astrophysicist Neal deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, Stephen Gorevan, W. Kamau Bell and Jason Sudekis; and Invite Them Up (9/27) which featured Todd Barry, Michael Ian Black, Kurt Braunohler, Neko Case (fresh off her big Radio City show) and more.
More pics below...
photos by Melissa O'Hearn
"Hands down best performer at #bumbershoot so far: Gary Numan." - Suzi Pratt
"Gary Numan is killing Bumbershoot " - darekmazzone
Billy Jones, Gary Numan & Dave Hill (bigger version @ Facebook)
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
Bumbershoot is underway. Sets on the first day of the 2013 edition of the Seattle music festival included !!!, Kendrick Lamar, Crystal Castles, Sallie Ford & The Outside Sound, Charles Bradley, Washed Out, Gary Numan and more. Some of those artists also stopped by the Toyota Soundwave tent where our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones are holding things down as the hosts of the early afternoon BrooklynVegan presentation each day.
Gary Numan, who is touring in support of a new album, chatted with Dave and Billy about living in LA now, not liking Halloween, his kids, his appearance on Mighty Boosh and more before also DJing for a bit during the Purevolume-curated portion of the day.
Sallie Ford and her band The Outside Sound stopped by to rock out for a few songs in our intimate setting to lucky fans. Comedian Todd Barry, who is also touring and performing multiple times at the Seattle fest, chatted with Dave and Billy for a bit even if he wasn't 100% sure why he agreed to do it. And we closed our portion of Saturday down with a special interview with Washed Out's Ernest Greene who also came back to the tent to DJ later in the day. When no guests were on stage, Ernest told us about his new record, touring, going from playing bedrooms to playing large festivals, his wife who is also is in his band on tour with him, how when he opened for the Shins in Portland people didn't know him until he played the Portlandia theme song, and how both Big Boi and Elton John recorded in the same studio with him and his hope that maybe he can collaborate with both one day. Dave Hill, a musician himself (who has a new album coming out Tuesday!), took acoustic requests on guitar. Pictures from the whole Soundwave day are in this post.
Today (Sunday), we're doing a special three hour segment on the Soundwave stage in honor of Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary. Check out our full schedule HERE, and more pictures below...
Like we did at Firefly, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, BrooklynVegan will be taking over 2-3 hours of the Soundwave tent each day at Bumbershoot in Seattle this Labor Day Weekend. We'll have a mix of live interviews and performances with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones, and a very special 3 hour session on Sunday dedicated to Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary.
by Arielle Gordon
Todd Barry has been busier than ever lately. He just did a killer set at Kurt Braunholer's How Do I Land release party this past Tuesday. And this weekend, he's performing multiple times at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle. While there, he'll also be stopping by the Soundwave Tent to talk live on stage with BrooklynVegan's Soundwave hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones on Saturday (8/31) at 2 PM
Speaking of which, Todd Barry recently had special guest Dave Hill on his new podcast, aptly named The Todd Barry Podcast. It was a great episode, and should only serve to get you comedy nerds more excited about a live taping of The Todd Barry podcast at The Bell House on October 29. Ticket are on sale now.
Chicagoans, Barry's coming to you as well! He'll be a special guest at Wesley Stace's the Cabinet of Wonders variety show at The City Winery on October 20. All tour dates are listed below.
by Klaus Kinski
When I first really started getting into the NYC comedy scene, one of the first people to get the Klaus Kinski Gold Pass of Unbridled Greatness was Kurt Braunohler. Back when BV and I started doing our Rock n ROFL shows at Pianos Kurt participated in one of them and absolutely blew the roof off of the place. I remember a lot of people in attendance not really knowing much about Kurt, but when the show was over most of the people there couldn't stop talking about how amazing Kurt was. I initially came across Kurt when I caught him and his comedy partner Kristen Schaal as part of a showcase somewhere; probably UCB or Rififi. Since then I have seen him dozens of times, alone or with Kristen, and he is literally one of the best in the biz. Like so many comedians I love, NYC lost Kurt to the greener pastures of Los Angeles and, man, is that mofo flourishing!
I'd say that the one big thing he did that brought his name into the greater public consciousness was his "how do I land" prank aka "The Cloud Project" in which he raised $6k on Kickstarter and hired a pilot to write the words "How Do I Land?" across the LA sky. It wigged people out and sure enough it hit newspapers, blogs, and news reports from Timbuktu to Portland, Maine -- or Portland, Oregon for that matter. Besides that, Kurt has been a regular on Bob's Burgers and continues to host the weekly comedy variety show "Hot Tub" with his comedy partner Kristen Schaal which packs the house each Monday night in LA just as it did in NY for seven years.
I am beside myself to report that Kurt also recorded an album which comes out on Tuesday August (8/20) via Kill Rock Stars. The album, titled How Do I Land, was recorded earlier this year to totally cram-packed rock clubs in Seattle and Portland. Not only is it Kurt's first release, it's also Kill Rock Star's first comedy signing-slash-release. Right now you can pre-order the sucker, which I highly recommend, because it is without question one of the tightest comedy albums I have heard in an extremely long time.
And I am also beside my besided self to report that Kurt is going to be celebrating the release of How Do I Land with an epic CD Release Party at The Bell House on Tuesday August 27. Not only am I chuffed that he is having this release show in his old stomping grounds of NYC, but I am also chuffed at the caliber of guests that will be joining him that evening. Besides Kurt (already worth the price of admission) the evening also includes sets by Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Hannibal Burress, Nick Turner and musical guest Ted Leo. Schwing! Tickets are just about gone, but there will be some at the door.
Footage of Kurt's appearance on Conan last night (8/15), my favorite Vine of all time, and his tour schedule, are below.
by Bill Pearis
Jon Glaser's Adult Swim series Delocated, a fake reality show about a guy in the Witness Protection Program, was one of the strangest, funniest shows of the last 10 years. (I thought so at least.) Last week the show sailed off into the sunset with a one-off series finale, but Jon will take one more trip to the bone zone, live on stage in NYC. The "The Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show" happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 29 and features castmembers Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Angie Pontani, Steve Cirbus and Janeane Garofalo will be be on hand, as will a surprise music guest. What exactly will go down is anyone's guess, but we can only hope there will be a potato skins bar.
Tickets for this extravaganza go on sale on Wednesday (3/13) at noon. Some choice Delocated clips below...
Hannibal w/ Mario and Alvin at his 30th birthday party...
COME AND SEE A SPECIAL EDITION OF COMEDY AT THE KNITTING FACTORY. ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24TH WE MOVE THE SHOW INTO THE BACK ROOM. THERE WILL STILL BE GREAT COMICS BUT THE BACKROOM HAS BETTER TECH AND A PROJECTOR THAT ALLOWS US TO SHOW PORNOGRAPHY WHENEVER THERE'S A LULL IN THE SHOW. WE HAVE TO CHARGE MONEY. IT'S 5 BUCKS IN ADVANCE. THAT'S NOT A LOT OF MONEY. THAT'S ONE NAKED JUICE OR A NICKLE BAG OF WEED. (FROM THAT TIME IN OUR LIVES WHEN YOU COULD GET A BAG OF WEED FOR 5 BUCKS.) I DIGRESS. COME CHECK IT OUT. THERE WILL BE SOME OTHER PEOPLE ON THE SHOW. IT'LL BE FUN. SALUTATIONS.That's a message from Knitting Factory's Sunday Night Comedy host Hannibal Buress. Some of those other people include
UPDATE: Hannibal himself chimed in in the comments: "We're trying to make the transition into the backroom. We're going to try it out monthly. Todd Barry had to reschedule so he won't be on the show on Sunday."
In other news, Hannibal Buress recently turned 30 which was celebrated at Knit in November with Prince Paul DJing, and appearances from Action Bronson, Spongebob, Mario, Alvin Chipmunk and others. Video of that below...
by Klaus Kinski
Todd Barry has been one of my favorite comedians for the past 10 years and the only reason he didn't make it onto my Top 10 Mostly Local Comedians Who I Really Enjoyed in 2012 list is because he is a seasoned 25-year veteran of the biz and as close to perfection as a comedian can possibly be. He don't need my props. We New Yorkers are lucky in that we can see Todd usually several times a week, but when the man announces a formal tour, a tour that even has a theme attached to it, well, it is my job to alert the masses. In just a few weeks, as mentioned, Todd will be embarking on a tour called TODD BARRY: THE CROWD WORK TOUR:
A Todd Barry show consists of two things: amazing jokes and amazing crowd work. On this tour he's not doing the amazing jokes. That's right, an entire show of riffing and bantering with the audience. Could be good!Could be good? More like WILL be good. I've seen Todd about a hundred times in places ranging from casual backrooms and basements to formal comedy clubs to larger theaters. When he breaks from his material to engage an audience member (or members), it is a sight to behold. It's a great opportunity to see how this guy's brain works.
Todd's tour hits NYC on January 21 at Union Hall for two shows. The early show is sold out but you can still get tickets to the 10 PM performance.
In addition to The Crowd Work Tour (dates below) you can catch Todd at the EastVille Comedy Club several times between January 10 - January 13. Todd plays there a lot (as does Janeane Garofalo) and you can also get free tickets to Eastville shows via Best New York Comedy. All tour dates are below.
Once we decided to give all of this year's money to Sandy-related charities (last night's was Hoboken's volunteer first responders), it seemed especially appropriate to keep the opening acts close to home as well. With Real Estate, we managed to keep it close to everyone's home: formed in New Jersey, based in Brooklyn--the only thing missing was they don't seem quite so broken up about Dames closing their Hoboken location as we are. They played a beautiful set--had I been more on the ball I would have asked the name of that supercool long new song they did third.For the fourth night (12/12) of their Hanukkah Week shows at Maxwell's, Yo La Tengo got fellow New Jerseyans Real Estate (who just played a hardware store in Williamsburg) plus comedian Todd Barry to open for them. Also, keeping up with the extra percussion trend we've seen all week (see Fred Armisen and The Feelies), Kid Millions of Oneida sat in on second drumkit for the entire set. Todd Barry, who can keep a beat himself, played drums in an encore cover of Blue Öyster Cult's "Burnin' for You." Martin Courtney of Real Estate came onstage to to sing the night's final song, "Our Way to Fall." The entire Hanukkah Night 4 setlist is below.
When Alex Beeker sang his first lead vocal of the night on the second to last song of the set, he probably didn't realize the shock waves were going to still be reverberating a half hour later. But at least one person in the audience found it hilariously noteworthy: our next act of the evening, Todd Barry, who spent a minute or two questioning the set list. Just off the plane from Australia where he had performed at the Sydney Opera House, Todd announced his farewell appearance at Maxwell's, as henceforth he will be working exclusively at opera houses and palais. He will be missed. - [YLT]
Last night's mix CD was by Shintaro Sakamoto and proceeds from the show went to Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps. We've cleared the Hanukkah week hump -- any guesses on who will open for Yo La Tengo tonight (12/12)? UPDATE: It's El-P and John Oliver and YLT drummer Georgia Hubley made the mix CD.
Mix CD cover and Night 4 setlist below...
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
In addition to being part of the line-up for the now sold out Sunday November 25th The Bell House & Pretty Good Friends' Hurricane Relief Benefit the great Eugene Mirman has some other rad shows of note coming up (all in NYC).
You can see him at Public Assembly on Thursday November 29th where he will perform as part of an event called A Kickstarter Party for Happy Baby: The First Feature Film from The Rumpus!.
Then on Sunday December 2nd, check out Inside Jokes' a benefit for NYWC's Justice Writing Program at the Highline Ballroom. Thrill to the comedic stylings of Janeane Garafolo , Dave Hill , Eugene Mirman and special guests. Tickets are still on sale!
Then on Friday December 7th, those of you who didn't snag a ticket to the sold out Ted Leo and Tom Scharpling presented Sandy Relief Benefit at the Bell House can make your way to uptown Manhattan where Eugene Mirman will appear at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space for an event called Rants and Other Suggestions. The show, which is a benefit for 826 NYC and not Sandy victims, will also feature Jonathan Franzen, Gail Collins, Jonathan Ames, Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver, Sarah Vowell and music by Stephin Merritt. If you're an adult bully and like to pick on wimpy adults with glasses, this is the place to be amiright? Tickets are on sale now!
Then a week later, Friday December 14th, , as previously talked about in a post about The National, get those sweet little buns of yours over to the Bell House for a free premiere viewing party for Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy In a Fake Underground Laboratory. Eugene's new one-hour special, Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy In a Fake Underground Laboratory premieres on Comedy Central on December 14th at Midnight! This viewing party will take place in the front room of the Bell House starting at 11pm. Be there!
Also, on Sunday December 16th Eugene will participate in the great John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery. Besides Euge, the show features Fountains of Wayne, Joshua Ferris, Colum McCann, John Oliver, Ron Sexsmith, The Silver Ages, and David Wax Museum. Holy mother of Cod that's a sick line up. Get your tickets before there are no more tickets left!
Oh, and one more reminder; on Wednesday December 19th, the great Todd Barry celebrates 25 years in the comedy biz (read some of his career highlights in Time Out). Besides Janeane Garofalo, Ted Alexandro, and Jim Gaffigan, you know who else is on the bill? EUGENE MIRMAN! A handful of tickets are available, so get on it!
Watch Eugene give a real Commencement Keynote Speech in Amherst (also home of a CVS) , below...
by Klaus Kinski
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Back in, I think, 2004, I caught a really great Todd Barry show at Carolines in Times Square. This was right around the time when his incredible comedy album Falling Off The Bone dropped. I actually bought a copy from Todd in the lobby after the show. Anyhow, the thing you have to understand about Carolines is that it is the ultimate archetype of mainstream, 2-drink minimum comedy clubs; black and white pictures of past A-list performers all over the place, clean, semi-cheesy architecture, and clientele consisting mainly of tourists. Prior to being seated, everyone gets tightly corralled in an ante-lounge until they start letting people into the showroom a few at a time. It's very fucking annoying and if you suffer even the slightest claustrophobia you best prepare yourself for a flare-up. So anyway, prior to Todd's performance, as my fellow sheep and I were trying not to rub up against each other in the packed ante-lounge, this out-of-town-probably-from-Wisconsin-couple who were probably nearing their 70s were practically jizzing all over themselves looking at the pictures of past A-list performers. At one point, wife exclaims "Oh my gahd honeee! Mike Shoop! Mike Shoop performed here!"
You may be asking yourself "Klaus. Who the hell is Mike Shoop?" Exactly. Who the hell IS Mike Shoop? The answer is simple; there is no Mike Shoop, people! These idiots were pointing at a photograph of the great GREG PROOPS, one of my absolute all time favorite comedians who I've liked since way before I even realized I was a huge fan of comedy in general. Most people recognize Greg as that one guy from the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway who looks like he could be a sax player in a 3rd wave Ska band (as a matter of fact, host Drew Carey, at the time, looked like a trombone player of a 3rd wave Ska band). Greg's skills as an improv comic and a stand up comic are among the sharpest in the biz and I think he is criminally underrated, especially within the indie comedy community.
Podcasting is another skill Proops can add to his arsenal of comedic agilities. In his podcast Greg Proops is The Smartest Man in the World, Proops
takes center stage at small table and chair setup with a single microphone. Then he's off. An hour of great conversation that flies by at a break neck clip. He crams the feeling of a great two-way conversation into the lecture-style format of a one-way conversation.This is one of the most addictive podcasts I've ever heard and I am jjizzing MYSELF over the fact the he will be doing a live podcast taping in Brooklyn at the Bell House on Saturday January 19th, 2013 at 8:30pm. Tickets are currently on sale and I urge you, one and all, to do yourselves a favor and go to this event. The amount of podcasts at our disposal these days is overwhelming but this one is an absolute stand out. The Bell House is one of many live podcast events Proops is doing, so check out the full list of dates below.
For more Bell House comedy happenings, check out my recent Bell House Mega-Comedy Post, Todd Barry included.
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!
Sandy can't stop Halloween (photo via)
We just posted the many NYC cancellations for tonight/Halloween (though more shows are still happening tonight than previous nights), and there's already a few cancellations being announced for Thursday (11/1).
The Meat Loaf show at Beacon Theatre, which was supposed to happen on Thursday has been postponed to a later date. An announcement on the new date is forthcoming.
Woodkid was forced to cancel his dates in NYC, San Francisco, and LA due to the hurricane and its effect on major airports. The NYC show was supposed to happen Thursday (11/1) at Irving Plaza and will be rescheduled to a TBA date. Tickets are refundable at the reseller.
As mentioned, the ESG show at Bowery Electric with Sinkane has been postponed to a later date TBD in December/January. The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black show that was moved to Thursday from Tuesday (10/30) has been cancelled.
As mentioned, all Dita Von Teese shows have been cancelled.
The Squarepusher, Bonobo (DJ), Holy Fuck, and Mount Kimbie show at Terminal 5 is still on, and there will be drink specials before Squarepusher's headlining set. Squarepusher just played Moogfest in Asheville over the weekend, but had to cancel other dates on the tour after that, including his show in Silver Spring, MD on Monday (10/29) and his Boston show tonight (10/31).
The Freelance Whales show at Webster Hall
is still on too, but with recent reports from ConEd about the power situation in lower Manhattan, it wouldn't be surprising if that show gets cancelled. UPDATE: Yep, postponed.
UPDATE: Todd Barry's show at the Bell House is postponed.
The Darcys were supposed to play Mercury Lounge on Thursday (11/1) with Rey Pila but it has been postponed to November 6.
The Tom Tom Club show at Brooklyn Bowl is still on as of this post (and looking good considering the Big Freedia Halloween show is going on as scheduled).
The Chris Gethard Show is presenting a show on Thursday at Littlefield called "Come Take A Ride With The Weirdest Bands We Know" that features Big Digits, Stumblebum Brass Band, Naked Heroes and Mindtroll. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Social Distortion were forced to cancel their show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie on Sunday (10/28), but their shows at Starland Ballroom on Thursday and Friday are still on for now
We're still keeping tabs on the status of Santos Party House and we'll let you know when we have more info. As of now, the show is still on with Wolf Gang, Alex Metric, The Royal Concept, and Atlas Genius. They tweeted "We're still sorting things out, cross your fingers and stay posted." Tickets are on sale.
Over at Carnegie Hall, the performance by the Orchestra of St. Luke's with conductor Nicholas McGegan that was to be in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1 with soloist to be announced. And the performance by pianist Wael Farouk, that was to happen in Weill Recital Hall, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1. Tickets for both November 1 performances will be honored at their new date.
The Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks game at Barclays Center is postponed. New date: Saturday at 7:30pm.
We'll keep updating this post.
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.
photos by David Andrako
Eugene Mirman / Sarah Silverman at The Bell House 9/13/2012
The fifth-annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival kicked off last night at The Bell House with an evening titled "We Appreciate Ourselves: The Five Year Anniversary Celebration of The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival" that featured a VIP herring room, an opportunity to throw water balloons at a slam poet, plus the comedy stylings of John Mulaney, Delocated's Jon Glaser, Todd Barry, surprise guests Sarah Silverman and Jim Gaffigan, plus Mirman himself.
Tonight (9/14) the fest continues at the Bell House and Union Hall with the sold-out "Star Talk Live" which will feature Sarah Silverman again (she's busy this fall) as well as an unannounced line-up of cool celeb types. More pictures from Thursday night are below.
John Wesley Harding at Cabinet of Wonders in 2011 (more by Chris Graham)
John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace) has been up to a lot this year, as usual. He finally gave his 1996 album, John Wesley Harding's New Deal, its first-ever vinyl release last month via Yep Roc. He's also set to continue his guest-filled Cabinet of Wonders variety shows at City Winery. The next happens at the NYC venue on September 8 with Sam Amidon, Todd Barry, Iris Dement, Ben Marcus and STEW, followed by shows on October 19 and November 16. The guests for the second two shows have not been revealed yet. Tickets for all three Cabinet of Wonders shows are on sale now.
The September 8 show falls right in the middle of John Wesley Harding's upcoming tour with progressive folk vets Strawbs, who will be playing acoustic.. That tour hits the NYC area on September 7 at Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair, NJ and September 11 at BB King's. Tickets for both NYC area shows are on sale now. Strawbs also play Strand Theater (9/8) in Lakewood, NJ the day that John Wesley Harding does his Cabinet of Wonders show at City Winery. All dates on the tour are listed below.
John Wesley Harding will also be hosting one of the shows in BAM and Greenlight Bookstore's Unbound literary series. He'll host the Gary Shteyngart Roast that happens on November 20 at BAM Harvey Theater with Kurt Andersen, Jay McInerney, Sloane Crosley, and others TBA. The full Unbound schedule is below.
All lists of dates and that schedule are below.
by Klaus Kinski
Eugene Mirman at The Bell House, Sept. 2011 (more by David Andrako)
I mentioned some upcoming comedy-type events yesterday, but here are a few more shows of note that I forgot to mention. On Wednesday August 1st, 826NYC will play host to an event called 826NYC Presents Dueling Bingo. 826NYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. At the event, whose goal is to raise money for 826NYC and their various endeavors...
...you will go head to head against other players, including actress Catherine Keener, comedian Eugene Mirman, author Sarah Vowell, writer and producer Eric Gilliland, actor Scott Adsit, actress Kathy Najimy, and actor and musician Dan Finnerty to win fabulous prizes while supporting the free literacy programs of 826NYC.There is a $25 registration fee and you must raise at least $100 to qualify for play. This event floats my boat on three levels. First off, I am a huge proponent of literacy in young adults and children. True imagination and articulate minds are a dying commodity and if we don't perpetuate the cycle of literacy we don't have much of a future people. Second, good line-up! Scott Adsit dude! Eugene Mirman! The voice of Peggy Hill! NO DOUBT this is going to be hella fun. Lastly, I LOVE BINGO! Back when I was a young man living in small town USA I used to sometimes go to my local Elks Lodge on Bingo night and play along with the old timers. They were a quiet lot when the numbers were being called, but between games and during snacktime... man, the stories they'd tell! They even let me take pictures during gameplay one night back in 1998. Instill the desire to learn in the young and respect your elders people!
Not feeling charitable but still want something funny to entertain yourself with on August 1st? Then perhaps you should head over to the Bell House! For on August 1st, the Bell House will play host to TELL YOUR FRIENDS! SUMMER FUN SPLASHTACULAR! The show will be hosted by the great Liam Mceneaney and feature Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, Todd Barry, and musical guest The Starlight Girls.
Symphony Space, where I suffered permanent hearing damage during a Melvins/Keiji Haino live scoring of Cameron Jamie films, is a wonderful place with fantastically diverse programming. Comedy is a solid part of their repertoire and has been for quite some time. The comedic tradition continues on Tuesday July 24th when they present another in their ongoing and absolutely fucking hilarious series Uptown Showdown, this time featuring Kristen Schall, Kurt Braunohler, Christian Finnegan, Myq Kaplan, Bob Powers, and Matthew Love this time debating the topic of BABIES vs OLD PEOPLE.
Every other month Uptown Showdown brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to go head-to-head on a variety of topics, such as which pet is superior cats or dogs and is it better to be comfortable or fashionable? Debaters will argue these lingering questions, drawing from historical fact and personal opinion in equal measure, and with plenty of audience participation. Forget about school reform and health care, these issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night....in a good way. Winner decided by the audience.Tickets to this awesome show are on sale now. But don't dilly-dally. Get one or several ASAP! Symphony Space is such a great place to see a show; comfy seats, perfect sightlines no matter where you are, clean lavs... the works!
Last and least, we're sad to hear that Kristen Schaal is moving to LA (so catch her in NYC while you can!). Six days after the Symphony Space shows she plays what will be her LAST-ever Hot Tub with Kurt at Littlefield. Her and Kurt are also at Williamsburg Park this Thursday. NYC isn't going to be the same.
by Klaus Kinski
'Pretty Good Friends' at Williamsburg Waterfront, 2011 (more by David Andrako)
I wish so badly that summer was almost over because this heat is basically killing me softly and enveloping me in depression and heat-related anxiety. By the time I get to work I'm as sweaty as Michael Moore after 8 hours of mowing lawns and people are all "Are you ok?" because they think I'm dying right before their eyes. Sadly, the reality that summer has hardly begun was made apparent when I realized that the concerts at Williamsburg Park kick off TONIGHT with the Outlaw Roadshow featuring Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, and Kasey Anderson & the Honkies. Outlaw?! The fuck?! Yeah. Sure. Whatever, millionaires. Nothing says 'outlaw' like having a record that went 7× Platinum in both Canada and the United States.
I digress. What REALLY has me cranked is that Pretty Good Friends take their show from the tiny basement of Union Hall and return to the Waterfront again this year for a show on Thursday July 19th. This year's line-up is epic! Eugene Mirman will be joined by friends Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, the legendary Bobcat Goldthwait, music by OK Go and many surprises! (And hopefully no torrential downpours like last year.) For me, the main event is Bobcat. Over the past several years he has evolved from type-cast goofball character actor to acclaimed director, writer, and comedian. This is a rare treat for NYC and THE SHOW IS TOTALLY FREE! More Kurt Braunohler dates below...
I was out of town on Wednesday July 11th working on my tan and looking super hot and shiny on a beach which means I sadly missed BOB ODENKIRK and UCB PALS: A LOAD OF HOOEY! at the UCB Theater, Chelsea. This is a major heartbreaker for yours truly as Bob happens to be one of my idols, and seeing him perform in the flesh in NYC is beyond rare. Like, never happens. What makes it more painful was that his "pals" included the much loved/hated David Cross, Bob's partner in crime for many many years. I was gnashing my teeth at the idea that I missed a once in a life time reunion, but David quelled my anxiety with the following words on his facebook page.
Also, get your socks psyched for Bob and I to put something together for a low-key mini-tour of grandiose fucking around. We've been doing things with each other (not in a Penn State way) and they have been really fun and very well-recieved. I just jumped on a show he did at UCB here in NY last week. Super fun. So we'll be doing more of that hopefully late fall/early winter. Again, something very low-key, not a big production and in smaller theaters. Like 500 seaters, something like that. Keep it intimate.Commence the high-fiving everyone! In the meantime, David will be hitting the road for a handful of dates. He's also gettin hitched; sorry ladies. And gentlemen. Anyhow, check out his scheduled, ok-to-publish publicized appearances below. With any luck, he'll be working out his material in small rooms all over NYC in the days leading up to these shows!
The Gramercy Theater on 23rd street is no stranger to awesome comedy events, and if I'm to believe what I read in my inbox the pattern continues. On Sunday August 19th, Klaus favorite Doug Benson will take over the Gramercy Theater for a whopping TWO SHOWS! First, The Benson Interruption Live Podcast will tear the roof off the place at 4:20PM. I LOVE THE INTERRUPTION. The premise is simple; Doug has his favorite comedy friends do stand-up while he sits there and derails their entire set. The results are some of the funniest shit I've ever seen. Once the place cools down and clears out, the doors will re-open at 7:00pm for Doug Loves Movies. This is a KILLER day of comedy in one spacious, air conditioned venue. If you're like me you're gonna want to go ahead and pick up the Official Doug Benson Combo Pass and make seeing both shows a total cinch.
And speaking of comedy at the Gramercy, Klaus favorite Pete Holmes just announced a show there on Friday December 21st. Tickets go on sale Friday July 20th at noon! Check out this website for more upcoming show info.
Oh and speaking of the Gramercy Theater and Klaus favorites, Klaus SUPER FAVORITE Todd Barry recently recorded a live album at the Gramercy Theater. Titled "Super Crazy," you can watch the performance on Comedy Central Saturday July 21st at 11pm. If you don't have a DVR, Comedy Central, friends with Comedy Central, or have other reasons why you can't see the special on the TV which are none of my business, Comedy Central Home Entertainment will release the "Todd Barry: Super Crazy" extended and uncensored DVD and Comedy Central Records will release the extended and uncensored CD and Digital Album on July 24. The CD fairy left a copy in my mailbox and, lemme tell you, it is fucking hilarious. Classic Todd.
Tour dates for Kurt Braunohler, David Cross, and Todd Barry are listed below.