Entries tagged with: Wyatt Cenac
David Cross on set with David Koechner and Amy Sedaris
David Cross, who may be doing something as part of Mr. Show this year, is currently promoting his feature directorial debut, a comedy titled Hits. The yet-to-be-released film is choc-full of comedy talent, including Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Meredith Hagner, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, Amy Sedaris, Jason Ritter, Michael Cera, Amy Carlson, Erinn Hayes, David Koechner, and Jake Cherry. What's it about? Here's the synopsis:
Hits is a dark comedy exploring the nature of fame in 21st century youtube america. The film takes place in a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations. It's a story in which fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them.You can watch the trailer for Hits below.
Inspired by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's very successful solo album BitTorrent model and Louis CK's recent tours, Cross is aiming to distribute the film directly to fans with help from a Kickstarter campaign that is currently underway:
We want you to decide how much tickets cost and you pay artists directly, not distributors or studios. This is an experiment, a first of its kind to see if we can make it more sustainable for both fans, and filmmakers. In order to do this in theaters as widely as possible we need your help to raise $100K. We are distributing ourselves and there are costs associated with making all of this happen. In addition to theater rental fees, we need to cover our marketing and publicity efforts. We ideally want to be in 50 markets, but the more money we raise the more theaters we can be in, so if we go over $100k, we'll just expand our plans, which would be great!You can watch a video where Cross explains the whole thing over at the Kickstarter site. If the campaign is successful, Cross is planning on distributing via bit torrent, and theaters and via iTunes, Google Play, etc. He's about a quarter of the way there, currently, with 27 days to go.
photo: Jen Kirkman @ The Bell House, EMCF 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Famed bearded New York comic Dan St. Germain is bringing his stand up to Union Hall tonight (12/16). He's truly redefined the comedy hustle, performing at every venue from The Stand to Conan in the past few months. Now, he's showcasing his talents in his home turf and bringing some talented friends along with him. Joining the "Spooktacular" is none other than Brooks Wheelan (SNL), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Kevin Barnett (Sleepwalk With Me), Jacqueline Novak (fresh off her new album "Quality Notions"), and comedy duo Team Submarine (Chicago Sketchfest, NPR, UCB). Get tickets now before they're all gone!
Speaking of scary comedy, Eliot Glazer is hosting his Haunting Renditions show at The Bell House tonight. Hear Glazer transform quotidian pop melodies into sweeping ballads, right before your very eyes! Tonight he's doing holiday songs, natch. But that's not all -- tonight he's also joined by none other than his sister, Broad City's Ilana Glazer (who just did two sold-out shows at the same venue); also singing with the duo is Milk of RuPaul's Drag Race. The best part? Tickets are still available. For now at least.
If you still need more laughs tonight, check out Rhett Miller's second annual Holiday Extravaganza show at City Winery tonight. It's a stacked lineup, featuring Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac, Jen Kirkman (who performed at Cenac's 'Night Train' this week), and more. Tickets are still available. In addition, Kirkman has been playing shows all week around the city, including several upcoming nights at The Stand. Get tickets to her shows at The Stand on Wednesday (12/17), and Thursday (12/18), and Sunday (12/21).
Finally, coming up later this week, don't miss everyone's favorite nerd Chris Gethard perform with all his favorite comedic oddities at "Chris Gethard Fucking Loves Weirdos," coming to Union Hall this Saturday, December 20. This show features Shannon O'Neill (UCB, Broad City), stand up comedians Elsa Waithe and Dan Licata, and Connor O'Malley (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Tickets are on sale now.
"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...
Fleetwood Mac @ Jones Beach 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Fleetwood Mac @ Madison Square Garden
With Christine McVie back in the band for the first time since the late '90s, this is the Fleetwood Mac most people want to see see expect the return of songs like "Songbird" and "You Make Loving Fun" to the setlist.
GusGus, Kiko King & Creativemaze @ Highline Ballroom
Long-running Icelandic band GusGus, once part of the 4AD stable, have been making music for nearly 20 years, having released their ninth, very dancey, album, Mexico, in June via Kompakt.
The Bangles @ City Winery
While some associate The Bangles with the silly but fun "Walk Like an Egyptian" and shmaltzy "Eternal Flame," the band got their start -- when they were just called The Bangs (as in Lester) -- as part of LA's early-'80s Paisley Underground scene that spawned Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and The Three O'Clock.
Walter TV, Tonstartssbandht, Jerry Paper
Walter TV are probably best known as Mac DeMarco's backing band (that Mac often plays in). But the band, who are based outta LA these days (Mac's in Brooklyn) are going out on tour Mac-free this fall with Tonstartssbandht (whose Andy Boay is in the new lineup of Mac's band). Tonight's the tour kickoff.
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac is back in the conductor's seat for this week's Night Train that features Sam Morril, Nate Fridson, and Alzo Slade.
Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
While Mike has been playing big rooms for his new show, "Thank God for the Jokes," he continues to hone his craft at these intimate "working it out" shows at Union Hall. Sold out.
Doug Loves Movies @ Gramercy Theatre
Doug Benson comes to NYC for another taping of his very popular podcast.
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Eugene Mirman with Robyn Hitchcock and H. Jon Benjamin
The 7th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival took over the Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn for the past few days to bring audiences an audacious, eclectic, and titillating smorgasbord of comedic events. Of all the events, I chose to attend You Never Know Who Might Drop By at the Bell House on Saturday September 20 at 10:00pm. The only guest to be announced ahead of time was H. Jon Benjamin. The rest of the line up was listed as "Special Guest." Remarkably, even with only one guest announced, the show was very sold out.
The show ended up being hosted by special guest Eugene Mirman. I sort of assumed that would be the case, but you know what happens when you assume right? Ass. U. Me. Anyhow, Euge was the host and he performed his duties with his usual grace and aplomb. His hosting agilities shouldn't be surprising considering he's a non-stop performer and has hosted recurring comedy showcases Invite Them Up, Tearing The Veil of Maya, Pretty Good Friends, and probably more. Saturday evening, he kept his opening set extremely short and tight, but he did have an extremely funny riff about how you can literally write whatever you want about yourself on LinkedIn and there is zero proof required. He read off samples of his own bullshit LinkedIn profile and I gotta tell you it was pretty damn funny.
Eugene's first guest was Wyatt Cenac. Throw a dart at an open page of Time Out New York and chances are you will hit a show listing with his name on it. The dude not only has his own show called Night Train every Monday night at Littlefield, but you can see him practically every night of the week at several other venues throughout the city. The dude's a machine. A relentless performer. It has taken me a while to be drawn into Wyatt's super low energy delivery and stage demeanor, but I gotta say he was killing me on Saturday. He's definitely a super popular comic who is definitely worth checking out.
Glaser as Johnny Ding-Dong
After Wyatt wrapped up his set, the great and Klaus-Approved Gold Pass Favorite Jon Glaser came out (not his first time this year), reprising his role as Brooklyn's #1 Insult Comic Johnny Ding-Dong. I haven't seen this particular character of his in eight freaking years; the last time was during a Comedians of Comedy stop at Irving Plaza (video here). Johnny basically insults audience members over pretty banal and obvious characteristics of theirs; a hat, glasses, how they're sitting...then he sits down and eats a slice of pizza, very slowly. At some point during this, the sound guy 'accidentally' starts playing the theme song to the 1978 drama The Deerhunter, which also happens to be one of the saddest instrumental tunes of all time. Johhny then goes through an emotional breakthrough. Aside of being extremely funny, the whole bit intentionally goes on for waaaaay too long, testing the audience's endurance to the fullest. It is not an easy bit, but it is one of my favorites as it so absolutely alienates the audience to the extreme.
Johnny Ding-Dong left the stage and was followed by a bit with Eugene Mirman and the great Robyn Hitchcock. They started out as a duo, offering up bits of very funny advice for problems submitted by audience members prior to the show. Luckily, before the bit got too long, Eugene left Robyn up there alone with an acoustic. Besides regaling the audience with great stories and personal philosophies, Robyn played three tunes, including a beautiful cover of "The Crystal Ship" by the Doors (on his new album) and a fantastic version of his tune "Dismal City" that was so much better than the full band version... it was nuts. He was a fantastic storyteller and I loved his solo tunes.
After Hitchcock came comedian Joe Wong who I actually never heard of, but man did he slay. I cannot tell you how much I loved this guy. There was a brilliant economy to each of his jokes. They were free of flair and BS; they were delivered as perfect as you could imagine. His insights into the racism inherent in American society, though troubling, were so elegantly lampooned that the entire room was roaring. For me he was the highlight of the evening. I love seeing a comic for the first time and having him/her absolutely destroy. Sadly, his calendar is empty, but if you see the name Joe Wong on any upcoming comedy showcases you should go. Refreshing talent. I would like him to be famous immediately, thanks.
Wong's set was quite brief unfortunately, and he was followed by Eugene Mirman and Ted Allen (Chopped, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy) for round two of audience advice. I missed this because I had to pee wicked bad and also needed another beer, but I heard some laughs while I was in the latrine so that was a good sign. Next up was the only billed comic of the night, H. Jon Benjamin. HJB definitely had the longest set of the evening, and it started out with a bit featuring him and Eugene, where Eugene read off all of HJB's requirements from his talent rider. This definitely felt like it went on a bit too long as even Eugene regarded the bit as "The exhausting comedy of Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman." Side note: Mirman and Benjamin have created Flotsam, a "Post-Structural Online Shopping Experience" where you can buy sacks of "hand-chosen items that are hand-hewn by machines in America and are shipped directly to you."
Back to the Bell House, after that HJB was joined by one of my personal favorites Larry Murphy. The premise of their bit was that since we were at The Bell House we were most certainly missing episodes of the Big Bang Theory which seems to be on TV in perpetuity. So they acted out some smarmy Big Bang esque dialogue which, like the rider bit, went on a bit too long as well.
Although Jon Benjamin's set was definitely hilarious and worth seeing, it went on longer than I had the strength to endure. I was at a motorcycle block party earlier in the day and had been drinking since 3 in the afternoon, so by the time headliner Jen Kirkman took the stage, I was hot, sweaty, gassy, uncomfortable, and basically seeing quadruple. I can see why she'd headline; she has a history in comedy that stretches way back to the old days in Boston with Larry Murphy and Eugene Mirman, she has a book out that sold a zillion copies, she's a favorite on Chelsea lately, she was in from LA... she's famous and successful. But combine the fact that I don't really care for her comedy and the fact that my liver was hanging out my asshole and down my pant leg, it was time to go.
The early show at the Bell House was a special EMCF edition of "Pretty Good Friends" with Jessi Klein, Nick Thune and Karen Kilgariff. Pics from EMCF night 1 are here and we'll have more to come. Pics from night 3's early show, plus more from "You Never Know Who Might Drop By," below...
by Arielle Gordon
Neko Case surrounded by comedy admirers at '13 Mirman fest (more by David Andrako)
What do Ira Glass, Michael Ian Black, Mike Birbiglia, and Neko Case have in common? They all made an appearance at last year's spectacular Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, Brooklyn's most well-curated, arbitrarily created comedy festival.
Well, the festival is back for its seventh year from September 18 - 22 at The Bell House and Union Hall, this year with an extra night of festivities added onto the standard four-day lineup. As usual, its an eclectic mix of comedians, entertainers, musicians, and scientists, including H Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Michael Che, Dave Hill, Elna Baker, Nick Thune, Jon Glaser, Bridget Everett, Michelle Wolf, Jessi Klein, Wyatt Cenac, Robyn Hitchcock and Derrick Brown among those announced so far. There's also two nights of Startalk Live! this year, one hosted by Bill Nye and one with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Like every EMCF, the best shows are always rife with special guests and secret additions. 2014 schedule, as it stands, is below and tickets go on sale Friday (8/8) at 1 PM. You can also buy, for the first time, a ($500) Eug Express Lane VIP Pass that gets you into all the shows and allows you to skip the line.
2014 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival lineup is listed below...
As mentioned, The New Pornographers have a new album, Brill Bruisers, coming out in August and they're playing NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets just went on sale). If you'd like to hear the dulcet tones of frontman AC Newman's voice sooner than that, he'll be the musical guest at Night Train with Wyatt Cenac this Monday (6/15) at Littlefield. The lineup also includes the very funny and increasingly popular Chris Gethard, the funny and talented Kate Berlant, SNL cast member Brooks Wheelan, and Sheng Wang. Tickets (a mere $5) are on sale now.
If you haven't heard the title track to Brill Bruisers yet, stream that below.
Comedian Joe Mande is busier than ever. Not only has he popped up on Brooklyn Nine Nine, Parks and Recreation, and Kroll Show, but tonight he's doing stand up on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Before you catch him on Late Night, come see him perform with comedians Wyatt Cenac and Max Silvestri tonight in Brooklyn at The Bell House in Brooklyn, tonight (3/27) as part of his #Bitchface Mini World Tour. Somehow, tickets are still available so grab them while you still can.
The last date of his #Bitchface tour is Friday (3/28) at The Great Scott in Boston. Watch a clip of Mande on Kroll Show below:
Los Campesinos! in Austin in 2012 (Los Camps)
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Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power @ Capitol Theatre
After releasing one of the most classic indie albums of all time with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel pretty much disappeared with frontman Jeff Mangum choosing to remain mostly out of the public eye. A few years ago, Mangum began touring again, but it wasn't until late 2013 that Neutral Milk Hotel returned to the road. Their reunion tour finally comes to NYC and the surrounding area this month. Tonight they're in Port Chester followed by five NYC shows later in the week.
Los Campesinos!, Speedy Ortiz @ Irving Plaza
Welsh band Los Campesinos! put out their fifth collection of quality indie pop with No Blues last year, and they're currently over in North America supporting it. If you're going, get there early for Speedy Ortiz who do traditional indie rock right.
Ed Askew, Victor Herrero, Josephine Foster @ Issue Project Room
Ed Askew is a certifiable folk legend whose excellent (and often underappreciated) material dates back to the late '60s, and tonight he's with Josephine Foster (and her husband/collaborator Victor Herrero) who is a much newer artist but owes a lot to Ed's prime era.
The Rural Alberta Advantage, New Lands @ Glasslands
Canada's folky indie rockers The Rural Alberta Advantage are back in NYC for three shows this week, tonight's and two at Mercury Lounge tomorrow. This one's sold out but you can still grab tickets to tomorrow's early show.
Doug Paisley @ Joe's Pub
Canadian alt-country singer Doug Paisley just put out his solid new album, Strong Feelings, this week and tonight he comes to NYC to celebrate at Joe's Pub.
Ty Dolla $ign, Black Cobain, Tijon, Gliffics @ SOB's
LA rapper Ty Dolla $ign recently got some love for his Beach House 2 mixtape which featured Kevin Gates, DJ Mustard, IAMSU and others, and if you're into those guys Ty could be up your alley too.
Lo-Fang, Carroll @ Mercury Lounge
The 4AD-signed Lo-Fang makes art pop that mixes electronic and acoustic instruments, and though he's about to play some pretty big stages opening for Lorde, tonight you can catch him on his own in a smaller room, Mercury Lounge.
Jay Z @ Prudential Center
Jay Z recently did two nights at Barclays Center, and tonight he's just a bit outside of home for this Prudential Center show.
Wyatt Cenac @ Union Hall
Night Train host Wyatt Cenac is recording his new comedy album tonight in the confines of Union Hall's tiny basement showroom. There's an early and late show and both are sold out.
Endless Boogie, Call of The Wild, Degreaser @ Union Pool
Jammy Brooklyn rockers Endless Boogie continue their Union Pool residency tonight with power trio Call of the Wild and the heavy blast that is Degreaser.
Junior Prom, Lips, Krystalmath @ Pianos
Slick dancerockers Junior Prom headline this show but we're partial to Australian ex-pat Lips who makes winsome synthpop.
The Strypes, The Can't Tells @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Irish sensations The Strypes have been playing together for five years but are still in their teens -- and sound like mod '60s soul. Given that description you might not be surprised to learn Paul Weller, Roger Daltrey, Jeff Beck and Noel Gallagher are all fans.
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Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall
Neil Young did the Crazy Horse thing for much of 2012 and 2013, playing some excellent, noisy shows, and tonight he begins a four-night run at Carnegie Hall, which will presumably be more stripped down and show off his prettier side.
Potty Mouth, Radiator Hospital, Kissing Is A Crime @ Glasslands
Tonight Glasslands hosts an excellent double bill of punky indie rock (or indie rock-y punk) with the deadpan melodies of Potty Mouth and the #feelings bedroom rock of Radiator Hospital. Local post-punks Kissing Is A Crime open, and they're worth catching too.
Child Abuse, I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues, Nebadon, Weakwick @ Silent Barn
Local faves Child Abuse bring the heavy, technical noise to Silent tonight, and there's a strong support bill, including I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues (whose lineup includes Mick Barr of Krallice) and savage Minneapolis noise rockers Weakwick.
Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia plays big rooms these days but still loves testing out new material at cozy Union Hall. This early show is sold out.
John Hodgman @ Union Hall
Right after Birbiglia wraps up, John Hodgman will take over Union Hall for a show he's calling "Daddy Pitchfork." We're not sure exactly what that is, but it's sold out.
Wyatt Cenac's Night Train @ Littlefield
Get on board Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show, this week with guests Max Silvestri, Dan St. Germain, Tiffany Stevenson, Justy Dodge and more. Tickets are still available.
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by Klaus Kinski
Eugene Mirman w/ Bobcat Goldtwait (via Eugene's instagram)
Ladies and germs, today we find ourselves on the brink of Thanksgiving and a Nor'easter. I can't wait to see which one will be a bigger disaster for me personally. Regardless, before you pack your backpacks or your hobo-bandanas that you'll hang from the end of a stick and head out to see your friends and family, here's a quick comedy round up for you to enjoy.
Last night (11/25), Wyatt Cenac's Littlefield-based comedy residency Night Train celebrated its One Year Anniversary with an absolutely dominating evening of talent. The line-up included sets by David Cross, Michael Che, Ted Leo, Seth Herzog, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Andy Wood, Michelle Buteau, and of course, Wyatt Cenac. Congrats on a successful year and a successful anniversary celebration, Wyatt! Check out the Littlefield calendar for more upcoming Night Train shows.
Speaking of Eugene Mirman, NYC semi-recurring-ish comedy staple Pretty Good Friends has a holiday show coming up at the Bell House on Tuesday December 17 and the announced guests so far include Eugene Mirman and the great Daniel Kitson. Last weekend Daniel Kitson began yet another massive residency St. Ann's Warehouse that is set to wrap-up on December 21 2013. A lot of those shows are sold out while a handful of others only have a handful of seats left, so get tickets now. Eugene Mirman also has some December dates with Klaus Hero Kurt Braunohler. Those are listed below.
And for Cod's sake, let's not forget that Union Hall is still a force to be reckoned with in terms of small-room huge-talent comedy bookings. Every Sunday night Creaghead and Company takes over the room and for a measly $7 brings us some of the biggest names and freshest talent in the biz. Tickets are only available at the door and the room fills up quick, but if you want to see comedians before they become superstars or comedians who can sell out places like Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, this is the place to be.
One show on the Union Hall calendar that I am really looking forward to is the release party for comedy photography book Funny Business by the great Seth Olenick which is happening on December 21. The shindig will feature Seth Olenick, Brooke Van Poppelen, Max Silvestri, and "very special guests". While there, you will also have the opportunity to purchase the book. If you recall, we mentioned Seth's Kickstarter campaign back in February 2013 and I was so happy to see that he actually exceeded his goal. This is an exceptionally solid body of work by a fantastic portrait photographer.
Manhattan venue Joe's Pub has been programming some comedy into the calendar lately too. John Roberts, viral video master and voice Linda on Bob's Burgers, will be headlining the venue on Sunday December 15. Along with his many original characters, look for Roberts to bring his east coast everymom and star of the viral "Christmas Tree" videos "Margie" to life onstage. Tickets are on sale.
And while we're on the subject of Joe's Pub, tonight (11/26) the great Julie Klausner wraps up the 5-night run of her show TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner. For tonight's evening of music and comedic banter, Julie welcomes Ted Leo. A handful of tickets are available.
Julie's incredible podcast How Was Your Week recently featured American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer Kathleen Hanna and is something I must insist you listen to immediately. Kathleen is the subject of a new documentary called The Punk Singer which begins its theatrical rollout on Friday (11/29). New Yorkers can catch the film -- which also includes appearances from Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Tavi Gevinson, Adam Horovitz, Kim Gordon, and Kathryn Wilcox -- at Nitehawk Cinema or the IFC Center. Hanna will appear in person for a Q&A after the 2:00pm screening at Nitehawk on Saturday November 30 and tickets are on sale. Click here for a full list of screening dates and cities.
Eugene Mirman dates are listed, along with John Roberts' "Christmas Tree" video, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Eugene Mirman at his comedy festival last weekend (more by David Andrako)
It isn't often that I dedicate a single post to a single one-off show, but sometimes one pops-up that has such a great line-up and whose proceeds go to such a great charity that I gotta spill it. On Tuesday October 22, Gramercy Theater will play host to an event called A Night of Comedy, Music and Other Awesome Stuff. The purpose of this event is to benefit an organization called OneKid OneWorld and their projects in Kenya and El Salvador:
OneKid OneWorld provides a foundation for education in impoverished communities throughout Kenya and El Salvador by giving children from primary school up through secondary school the opportunity for a better and brighter future.If that's not something you can get behind then you're a monster and belong in my nightmares and not amongst humanity. The line-up so far is preposterously awesome and features sets by David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Eugene Mirman, Judah Friedlander, Wyatt Cenac and Todd Barry. Attendees will also thrill to music care of the great Rhett Miller from the Old 97's. The show also promises appearances from other "stars from stage and screen," though these add-ons are still TBD.
By providing the basic needs of learning fundamentals like desks and books as well as paying teachers' salaries, building classrooms and even installing solar power technology so students can study at night, OneKid continues to make a tremendous impact not just on individual lives, but communities as a whole.
Tickets are currently on-sale and are available in three different options ranging from $50 - $85; front section VIP tickets (including close to the stage seating, a OKOW t-shirt and three raffle tickets) are $85, reserved seating just behind the VIP section are $65 and General Admission tickets are $50. So reach into those coffers of yours and pull out some dough and make a difference in the life of someone who cannot even fathom the privileges you take for granted on a daily basis and get rewarded with an incredible show. And don't forget that Gramercy sells those gigantic cans of Budweiser which are basically the best.
And in somewhat related news; David Cross has a show during the 2013 NY Comedy Festival, Eugene Mirman just had a comedy festival, and Todd Barry has a lot of shows coming up including a podcast taping at The Bell House on Tuesday October 29 (with Natasha Lyonne, Hannibal Buress, Nick Turner, Andy Borowitz, and more).
While I have your attention, apropos of nothing, please see my new favorite YouTube video of all time. Great song, great concept, hilarious main character, and a sweet ass cameo you gotta see to believe at the 2:33 mark.
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...
The 6th annual EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL is returning to the Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn this September...
Featuring expert curator and comedy host extraordinaire Eugene Mirman and an all-star cast of comedians, actors, musicans and super surprise guests, the EMCF has been called "the best ironic-comedy-festival-but-also-real-comedy-festival known to man" (HuffingtonPost).....EMCF 2013 sees the return of popular shows like StarTalk Live! and the legendary Invite Them Up and Pretty Good Friends. The festival is packed with amazing performers such as Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Che, Kurt Braunohler, Leo Allen and many more!Tickets are on sale now the shows happening September 26-29 at the Bell House and Union Hall. Full lineup with links below...
Wednesday night at The Bell House in Brooklyn, Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell hosted a comedy fundraiser for Dave Egger's nonprofit organization 826NYC (head there for more information and to donate). The co-hosts gave advice to audience members, collected donations for the organization, and told stories of police muggings in Mexico. Along with Mirman and Vowell were a handful of great stand-ups. Even though John Oliver cancelled due to a flight delay, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Kitson, and Reggie Watts still brought down the house.
Reggie played again last night - a sold out show at Mercury Lounge. How was that one?
Don't worry if you missed the shows though - Reggie Watts is playing a ton more this week and next in NYC and beyond. Currently in Chicago, Reggie is back in NYC on July 15 when you can catch him at that night's edition of Wyatt Cenac's weekly show Night Train at Littlefield. On Thursday, July 18, he's playing another weekly show, this time alongside Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Mike Drucker at UCBeast's Fresh Out!. On July 21 he has a spot on Laughter in the Park's Washington Square show.
Prefer the comfort of your own home? TONIGHT (July 12), Reggie returns to IFC along with Scott Aukerman for the second season of Comedy Bang! Bang!. Guests on this season include Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg, and many more.
For more comedy shows, browse our NYC comedy listings.
Watch a recent interview with Reggie below....
by Klaus Kinski
Back in March I alerted you fine folks that it was time for you to get hip to a truly spectacular recurring NYC show called Running Late with Scott Rogowsky which currently calls Galapagos Artspace home. The show, hosted by the great Scott Rogowsky (doy), is NYC's only live talk show that combines the traditional, familiar late-night format -- monologue, house band, sketches, celebrity interviews etc. And he even has a sidekick; Scott's dad Marty Rogowsky plays the Ed McMahon to Scott Rogowsky's Johnny Carson.
Running Late's third season comes to an end with a huge season finale on Wednesday June 26th at 8:30pm (7:30pm doors). If you are prone to sharting and find yourself in want of some Depends, you should probably stop reading because the line-up Scott has cooked up will loosen even the toughest bowels. Attendees to this sure to sell-out extravaganza will thrill to the likes of comedian WYATT CENAC (The Daily Show), Klaus Kinski Personal Idol TOM SCHARPLING (WFMU's The Best Show), the great and currently red hot NATHAN FIELDER (Comedy Central's Nathan For You), KYP MALONE (TV on the Radio), JOHN GALLAGHER JR. (Tony Award-Winning Actor, Spring Awakening), and THE GREGORY BROTHERS (Auto-Tune The News). The show is currently on sale with three ticketing options $12 advance tickets, $25 dollar VIP tickets, and $15 day-of tickets. If you use the code MARTY you can get them for $10. Save yourself the money and the heartache and get your tickets now because a) they're cheap and b) they goin fast.
by Klaus Kinski
The United States is rife with three things; assholes, podcasts, and assholes with podcasts. For me, podcasts are an unnavigable medium because anybody with a computer and 1/8th of a normal sized human brain can produce a podcast. Don't get me wrong; there are some incredible podcasts out there and the world is taking notice. Julie Klausner's podcast How Was Your Week has reached an almost legendary status and even got a glowing write-up in the Times recently. Marc Maron's WTF podcast basically set the standard for what constitutes a quality podcast. Greg Proops, Dave Hill, and Doug Benson also all have wonderful podcasts. And yet, the only reason I know of and can vouch for the quality of these podcasts and the people behind them is because I was a huge fan of these people in a pre-podcast world.
NYC is an epicenter of podcasting. If only there was a way where a guy like me could see, say, over 20 live podcasts on 2 stages over the course of 2 days consuming nearly 12 amazing hours of my life. Of wait. THERE IS! The naugural New York City Podcast Festival will take place at on 2 stages at The Pit on January 12th and January 13th 2013!! This show features a staggering line-up of talent including Dave Hill (Klaus Kinski favorite), Nick Turner (Klaus Kinski favorite), Kevin Allison, Wyatt Cenac, Gary Gulman, Craig Rowin, Jeff Rubin, Jermaine Fowler, Liam McEneaney, TV's Frank Conniff , Halley Feiffer, Julieanne Smolinski, Dan St. Germain, Sean Donnelly, Jackie Kashian, Myq Kaplan, MC Mr Napkins, Jared Logan, Anthony Antamanuik, Dan Soder, Mike Pace, and many others. This, my friends and enemies, is probably the greatest crash course in awesome podcasts on the planet and it's happening in our very own back yard. Keep your (dead) eyes on the NycPodFest Facebook Page for updates!
You can see the FULL SCHEDULE BELOW. You can buy tickets for individual shows, buy a festival pass, or you can win tickets right here! We have 5 SINGLE tickets to give away for Dave Hills Podcasting Incident with guest Gavin Mcinnes for 1/12 at 11pm. We also have 5 SINGLE tickets to give away for ThisMyShow on 1/13 at 7pm with guest Nick Turner. Contest deets are waaayyyyy down there...
by Klaus Kinski
Aziz Ansari & Chris Rock @ Whiplash @ UCB last week
UCB Theater Chelsea's Monday night staple comedy jam session Whiplash still happens every Monday night at 11:00pm. Sadly, for old man Kinski, 11pm is just a tooouuucccchhhhh too late to be out and about galavanting with some of comedy's greatest talents these days. Which is sad, because you never know who will show up to perform, and those who do show up will usually blow your mind. For example, the Monday November 19th installment featured Chris Rock, Aziz Ansari, Simon Amstell and Anthony Jeselnik. Holy.
But before the next Whiplash, the UCB Theater in Chelsea will be playing host to an awesome Sandy Benefit show on Sunday November 25th at 9:30pm. The line-up is festooned with so many Klaus favorites. $15 not only gets you piece of mind knowing you are helping out people whose lives were turned upside-down by hurricane Sandy, but you get performances by Arden Myrin, W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX), Seth Herzog, Dave Hill, Jamie Kilstein, Janine Brito, Kevin Avery, Sara Benincasa, C.F. Lederer, and Chris Gethard (who by the way has a small part in the very last episode of Bored to Death) (I just watched it the other day and was reminded of that important fact). The show will be hosted by Nato Green.
Dave Hill & Tig Notaro
And speaking of Dave Hill and the UCB Theater in Chelsea, prepare yourselves for another fantastic installment of The Dave Hill Explosion which will take place on Thursday November 29th at 9:30pm. Dave's special guest will be Tig Notaro (who recently released a CD via Louis CK) and more. We all know Dave Hill is one of NYC's best comedians, guitar players, and show reviewers, but the Explosion is always a truly epic experience where Dave REALLY shines. The Dave Hill Explosion is a long-running live talk show hosted by Dave Hill. He doesn't do it that often but when he does it's awesome. One of the greatest shows I've ever seen was the Explosion that featured Rufus Wainwright and Dick Cavett. Holy.
Meanwhile you can find Dave Hill TONIGHT (11/24) at UCB East as part of "If You Build It", and check out Dave Hill's latest podcast featuring Chris Elliott. And don't forget that you can catch Chris Elliott at the Bell House on December 7th as part of Ted Leo and Tom Scharpling's epic and now totally sold out Sandy Benefit. You can also see him at the Pit with his daughters Abby and Bridey Elliott on Thursday December 6th at Running Late with Scott Rogowsky.
Hoity-Toity gastro-comedy joint The Stand will be hosting a rather impressive Sandy benefit called MTV Presents Stand up for Sandy on Tuesday November 27th. The line-up features Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac, Nikki Glaser, Sara Schaefer and Sean Patton. The tickets are a super reasonably priced $20 and are currently on sale. And for those keeping score, Sean Patton and Sarah Schaefer are two of my favorite and definitely underrated comedians in the biz. This might be THE show that gets your man Klaus out of his comfort zone and into The Stand.
Jim Gaffigan also has other bigger area shows coming up.
Wyatt Cenac (who also performs in the sold out Sandy Benefit show at the Bell House this Sunday November 25th) continues his new Monday night residency at Littlefield on Monday November 26th and every Monday. As a matter of fact, Har Mar Superstar is musical guest this Monday November 26th.
And speaking of Littlefield, celebrate Christmas Eve there with Wyatt Cenac because it looks like it will be a special night with guests Janeane Garofalo, Michael Che (who also plays the sold out show at Bell House this Sunday), and more already announced. But before that, on Sunday December 9th Littlefield will be hosting Concert & Comedy For Sandy Animals: Benefit for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue with comedy by Michael Showalter and Jena Friedman, and music by Supercute, Casey Shea and more.
For more upcoming shows check out Eugene Mirman's schedule, Pete Holmes & Doug Benson's tour dates, Nick Kroll's tour dates, Greg Proops, and a big list of upcoming shows at the Bell House (and HERE).
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!
Eugene Mirman and Wyatt Cenac are already playing a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit at The Bell House on November 25 for a special edition of Pretty Good Friends, and Jonathan Ames is doing one on Monday (11/12) at Union Hall, and now the three of them will be teaming up for a different benefit show with Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Sarah Vowell, Jonathan Frazen, Gail Collins, John Oliver, and Jon Ronson at Symphony Space's Peter Jay Sharp Theatre on December 7. The show is presented 826NYC and dubbed, "'Rants and Other Suggestions,' a very special evening of readings, performances, and music." Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell will be handling hosting duties and the others will be performing. Tickets will be available at the Symphony Space website and all proceeds will benefit 826NYC's writing lab for New York City students.
Eugene Mirman at his 2012 Comedy Fest (more by David Andrako)
Eugene Mirman, who performed at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin earlier this week (11/4), continues to do his 'Pretty Good Friends' show at Union Hall every Sunday, and he'll also be doing one at The Bell House on November 25 to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief dubbed "A Very Funny 'Fuck You' To Sandy." In addition to Mirman, the lineup for the show includes Jon Glaser, Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Che, and more. Tickets are on sale now and 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund.
In related news, Eugene Mirman's animated FOX show with Kristen Schaal and others, Bob's Burgers, will be returning for a fourth season.
Eugene is also one of the guests at the Comedy for NYWC show at Highline Ballroom on December 2 with Janeane Garofalo and Dave Hill. But as mentioned, Mike Birbligia, who plays the Bell House show with Mirman, is no longer listed on the lineup of that show, but "special guests" still are.
As mentioned, Wyatt Cenac began his new weekly 'Night Train' comedy show at Littlefield last night (11/5), replacing Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler's now-defunct 'Hot Tub' show that used to happen on Mondays at the Brooklyn venue.
Speaking of Janeane Garofalo, she'll be at Tell Your Friends at Union Hall on Wednesday (11/7) with Liam McEneaney (who hosts an election viewing party at The Bell House tonight), Frank Conniff, Tanya O'Debra, host Victory Varnado, and house band AM to AM.
Wyatt Cenac at Prospect Park, August 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
In a post titled "Starting Mondays in November until Littlefield realizes they've made a huge mistake", Wyatt Cenac, who spent this weekend at Fun Fun Fun Fest, details the plans that will likely drive Gowanus venue Littlefield toward financial and social ruin.
Comedian Wyatt Cenac ("The Daily Show," "King of the Hill") and Producer Marianne Ways ("Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen"), in conjunction with Littlefield, are proud to announce the start of new weekly comedy showcase NIGHT TRAIN WITH WYATT CENAC. Hosted by Brooklyn-based comedy favorite Wyatt Cenac, the show will feature comedy from the best local and international stand up comedians, and will at times feature new and established musicians, local celebrities, and occasional surprises that can only be found in Gowanus.Night Train begins today (11/5) at Littlefield with special guests Eugene Mirman, Jessi Klein, Jeffrey Joseph and J.R. Havlan, and tickets are still available. Tickets are also on sale for shows through the better portion of 2012, including on 11/12 with Gary Gulman, Jerrod Carmichael, Seaton Smith, Erin Judge "+ more".
Of course all of this reconfirms the end of Kurt and Kristen's weekly Hot Tub Variety Show at Littlefield, which held its last Monday show in October. RIP to Hot Tub, but we're looking forward to Night Train.
photos by Jessica Amaya
M. Ward/Yo La Tengo at Prospect Park - 8/7/12
M. Ward has been touring internationally all year in support of his new album, A Wasteland Companion, and after having played Webster Hall back in May, he made his way back to NYC on Tuesday (8/7) for a Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park with Yo La Tengo (who were without bassist James McNew due to medical reasons) and comedian Wyatt Cenac. M. Ward mixed his 21-song set up pretty evenly between material off of his four most recent albums, and threw in a handful of covers as well, including dedicating his first of two encores to all Daniel Johnston covers.
M. Ward was a paid show, but the free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park, which included Wild Flag, Mission of Burma, and Ted Leo last week (8/3), continue with Little Dragon and Frankie Rose on Friday (8/10).
You can catch Wyatt Cenac in NYC again when he plays Carolines on October 11 - 13. Tickets for those shows are available.
More pictures from the show and M. Ward's setlist 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.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.