Entries tagged with: Todd Barry
Louis CaKeshop, 7/21/2015 (photo by @dxtrho)
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. It happens every Tuesday at 8 PM and has been going for a while now and is picking up steam. Last night featured suprise sets from Louis CK, Todd Barry and Nikki Glaser in addition to its announced lineup.
Other drop-ins at Cake Shop Comedy in past shows include Wyatt Cenac, Ilana Glazer, Bobcat Goldthwait, James Adomian, Janeane Garofalo, Kate Berlant, Brendon Small (Metalocalypse), Hannibal Buress, Rory Scovel, Myq Kaplan and more. Again it's free.
by Klaus Kinski
Way back in January of 2013, I mentioned that Todd Barry would be embarking on a "Crowd Work" tour. The whole tour was predicated on the premise that Todd would have zero prepared material and would rely solely on crowd work as the genesis of his sets. Having seen his crowd work in action 2 or 3 million times in my lifetime, I knew it was the greatest idea of all time and would pay big dividends, laughs-wise.
What I didn't realize at the time was that the entire tour, which encompassed a seven date run from San Diego, CA to Anchorage, AK, was being documented by the great Lance Bangs for a documentary that would eventually get released for a measly $5 on Louis CK's website. Louis CK ponied up the production money, approved Todd's choice of director, and provided post-production facilities and an editor. Louis also made sure that Todd maintained 100% of the rights to the work (just as long as Louis gets the costs he fronted to the project paid back). The doc hit LouisCK.net on March 21, 2014 where I happily ponied up the cash so I could own it forever. The documentary exceeded expectations both from a production value perspective and from a performance perspective. Beautifully shot with Bangs' prodigal sense of direction, the video is wall-to-wall classic Todd Barry. It showcases how unbelievably quick Todd can read, analyze, and hilariously react and reduce a situation.
I am happy to report that as of today, July 15, 2015, the documentary is now streaming on Netflix! This is a great opportunity for people too cheap to buy it the first time around to see it and for fans of comedy to see a true master at work. This is literally and unarguably the only title on Netflix worth watching.
Todd also has a ton of live dates coming up; some are crowd work dates, some are regular stand up, some are local, some are far away. For those of us in the tri-state area, we have several opportunities to see him. Todd will be performing on July 17 at the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. Then on July 19 atThe Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ you can catch Todd dominating.
Todd will be performing as part of The Oddball Comedy Festival which hits Nikon at Jones Beach on September 4 (take a helicopter) and PNC Bank Arts Center on September 5. Tickets are still available for both Oddball shows.
Todd is also the king of the "drop-in," so be on the lookout for him at one of the many weekly comedy showcases throughout NYC. Full dates below a clip from the Crowd Work movie below.
Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer were both on the 2014 Oddball Comedy Tour, but in the time since then both have gotten noticeably more famous, and they'll now co-headline the 2015 Oddball Comedy Tour. Support lineups vary between dates.
The NYC-area gets stops at Wantagh, NY's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on September 4, Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center on September 5, Hartford, CT's XFINITY Theatre on September 12, and Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on September 13. The Jones Beach and PNC shows have support from Anthony Jeselnik, Jay Pharaoh, Jeff Ross, Jim Norton, Michael Che, Nick Kroll and Todd Barry. Hartford has Bridget Everett, Nikki Glaser, Dave Attell, Antony Jeselnik, Jeff Ross and Nick Kroll (and remember, Hartford is also where Dave Chappelle walked off stage in 2013 and made a surprise appearance to apologize in 2014). And Camden is the same as Hartford, plus Michael Che and John Mulaney.
Tickets for the whole tour go on sale Friday (7/10) at 10 AM with Previous Purchaser and VIP presales starting Wednesday (7/8) at 10 AM, and Ticketmaster/Live Nation presales starting Thursday (7/9) at 10 AM. Check out the Oddball website for each stop's lineup. All dates are listed below.
by Klaus Kinski
One of NYC's most interesting and criminally overlooked-by-me venues has to be Astoria Queens' multi-use space Q.E.D. The place opened back in November of 2014 and has since played host to an incredible array of performances, lectures, comedy events, and more and someone should probably punch me and the yams for waiting this long to blab about it. Q.E.D. was started by a superior lady named Kambri Crews, a long-time producer and promoter of stand up comedy who, for four years, served as the Director of Marketing and PR for the comedy club Comix. During that time she also created and ran the 50-seat venue Ochi's Lounge. Those are two venues I miss very much. She followed that by becoming the comedy booker for the 92Y Tribeca. Kambri is also the author of the heartbreaking memoir Burn Down The Ground and an accomplished public speaker and storyteller, giving speeches and performing around the USA.
Q.E.D. is very much a venue for the people, by the people. Not only do they present us with a staggering variety of their own free or cheap programming and classes, (like a special effects make-up class that looks crazy awesome on Saturday [June 27]), but they're also all ears if YOU want to teach a class or if YOU want to curate your own show. It's DIY without all the pretension and affectation.
And Kambri very much keeps her roots as a comedy producer and curator alive and well at Q.E.D. July in particular has a ton of great shows on the calendar, including such names as Aparna Nachrerla, "TV's Frank" Conniff, Myq Kaplan, Ted Alexandro, and more. So when you're done cooking yourself to tumor city on Rockaway Beach, cool of at Q.E.D. yo!
Notable QED comedy shows are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Johnny Marr has covered Depeche Mode's 1993 single "I Feel You" to be released as 7" for Record Store Day 2015 with a live cover of The Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want". It's a pretty straightforward cover ("I Feel You" was during DM's flirtation with guitar) and you can stream it below.
As for the rest of #RSD15's releases, they're announcing the full list of product later today (3/10) at an invite-only press conference at Brooklyn's Rough Trade that features panelists St. Vincent, Kate Pierson of B-52's, comedian Todd Barry and onetime Clash manager Kozmo Vinyl. Stay tuned.
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.
Shilpa Ray @ Baby's All Right in May (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Ugly Club, Backwords, Economy Punk, Shilpa Ray @ Glasslands
Seven nights of Glasslands left! This varied bill features psych-folk band Backwords, and the always engaging Shilpa Ray (who has new stuff on the way). If you go, be sure to check out all the art.
Allen Toussaint Trio @ City Winery
While most of his best-known songs were made famous by other performers, producer, arranger, hitmaker and general New Orleans living legend Allen Toussaint in no small way helped shape not only the sound of that city's R&B scene but of rock n' roll and pop music in general. Tonight's show is being billed as "A New Orleans Christmas."
Richard Lloyd, Bakersfield Breakers, Certain General, Charlie Roth, Deborah Frost, Deer France, Jahn Xavier, James Wynbrandt, Jana Peri, Pin Ups, The Rousers, Tom Wynbrandt, Tuff Darts, Walter Lure, Walter Steding @ Bowery Electric
Tonight's the "Exile on the Bowery" holiday party featuring loads of performers associated with the late-'70s scene, including Television's Richard Lloyd and CBGB mainstays Tuff Darts.
Todd Barry, Brooks Wheelan, Rory Albanese and Mark Serritella @ Gotham Comedy Club
This edition of "ComedyJuice" features the acerbic, understated Todd Barry, and former SNL castmember Brooks Wheelan.
Black Lives Matter, a Fundraising Event for Eric Garner's Family @ SOB's
The lineup isn't announced for this one, but it's one of a few NYC shows this month happening to raise money for the family of Eric Garner.
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"We're not birds, we're a jug band!"
It's that time of year again. You can't seem to walk a block without seeing Christmas lights or hearing holiday favorites (all ten of them) from every passing storefront. If you're looking for something beyond "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for the hundredth time, there's no shortage of holiday-themed shows over the next few weeks. (Though some of them, however, may include that old chestnut.) Here's a few of them:
Sloan Wainwright is bringing the full band version of her intimate project to City Winery on Sunday (12/7) for a special holiday-centric show with the similarly minded Peter Stampfel & The Ether Frolic Mob (who plays new Greenpoint venue Aviv the night before) as well as performances from Cosy Sheridan, Muppeteer Peter Linz, Sam McTavey and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now. You can also catch Sloan at her niece and nephew Rufus and Martha Wainwright's holiday shows at Town Hall later in the month, one of which features, among many many others, Cyndi Lauper who's doing her own guest-filled holiday show.
Old 97's lead singer and prolific solo artist Rhett Miller is hosting his second annual holiday shindig at City Winery on December 16. The "Holiday Extravaganza" features music from Miller and comedy from Jen Kirkman, Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Like last year, B.B. King Blues Club is hosting a slew of shows dedicated to the holiday celebrations. There's the club's annual Christmas party hosted by Ronnie Spector on December 20 (tickets), and four shows from another Phil Spector protege, Darlene Love, on December 19, 26, 27 and January 2. Tickets for all four shows are still available.
For those celebrating the other major religious holiday during this season, a cappella group The Maccabeats are having their annual Hanukkah show at B.B. King's on December 25 with support from Y-Studs. Tickets are on sale now.
Another option is "Christmas for the Jews" at City Winery. The stand-up show features sets from Avi Liberman, Jon Fisch, Cory Kahaney and more. Sold out.
Meanwhile, Matisyahu plays his annual "Festival of Light" show on December 20 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.
What else? You can catch Dave Hill, his band Valley Lodge, Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Bridget Everett, Chris DiStefano, Larry Murphy and more at "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe and Tell Me All Your Secrets" on December 10 at The Bell House. Tickets for the show are still available.
As discussed, there's a few other holiday shows at The Bell House including Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots, The Sweetback Sisters, Eliot & Ilana Glazer, Wasabassco's 70's Christmas Carol and what's sure to be a very magical show presented by Harry & the Potters.
Bridget Everett will also perform at drag king legend Murray Hill's holiday show with Carmine Covelli (who's in Bridget's band The Tender Moments and The Julie Ruin), and burlesque performers Perle Noire, Trixie Little and Mr. Gorgeous on December 13 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are still available.
Another Christmas comedy show is Dan St. Germain's Christmas Spectacular at Union Hall on December 16 with sets from Brooks Wheelan, Jared Logan, Kevin Barnett, Jacqueline Novak and Team Submarine. Tickets for that show are still available.
Also at Union Hall, on December 14 (tix) is a Christmas edition of their monthly "Muppet Vault" series where they'll show classic holiday TV special Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas (done here as a singalong) and other appropriate clips from Muppetland.
For a night of music and comedy, there's Aimee Mann & Ted Leo's Christmas tour stop at Town Hall on December 13 with Fred Armisen, The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek-rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.
Other previously mentioned holiday shows include Nick Lowe, John Waters, and the stacked WFMU Holiday Cheer Benefit with Conor Oberst, Natalie Merchant, The Felice Brothers, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow and Jonathan Wilson.
For a little more traditional Holiday fun there's How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Theater at MSG from December 5 through December 28. (tix).
Speaking of Emmet Otter, check out some great bloopers/outtakes from that Christmas special below...
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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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...