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the Bonnaroo 2012 comedy linuep, Marc Maron in NJ, Colin Hay, Aziz Ansari’s $5 special & more

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Hey guys. TGIF right? It has come to my attention that the comedy line up for the 11th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has dropped and boy is it something (awesome). Folks attending the comedy portion of the fest are sure to get a Boner-oo, that’s for sure. The indoor and air-conditioned Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre will feature appearances by Aziz Ansari, Steven Wright, Marc Maron, Brian Posehn, Reggie Watts, Judah Freidlander, Rhys Darby, Colin Hay, Garfunkle & Oats, Amy Schumer, Pete Holmes, Rory Scovel, Mike O’ Connell, Ali Wong, and Kyle Kinane. Holy. Cheezus. Read that list again. Digest. Read it again. Digest some more. There is so much goodness in that list it almost makes me sad that I don’t have the $$$ or the strength to go to Bonnaroo.

Former staple of the NYC comedy scene Aziz Ansari has been on a relentless and neck-breakingly fast rise to super-stardom and sells out some of the countries largest theaters. I love him ever so much and he is a whopper of an asset to the line-up. And in case you didn’t know, Aziz followed in the footsteps of comedy pioneer Louis CK by offering a download of his special Dangerously Delicious for a measly $5. Meanwhile catch Aziz on tour and at the Bonnaroo-related Googa Mooga thing happening in Brooklyn.

Marc Maron? Awesome. A living legend. Phenomenal stand-up pro and host of one of the best podcasts in this stinking, rotten world: WTF. You can also catch him live in New Brunswick four times in April.

Steven Wright is yet another living legend of stand-up. He’s been in the biz since 1979 and his style and delivery has given birth to some of the best bits and one-liners in the history of stand-up (here’s an exhaustive list). He bridges a seriously important gap between the current alt/indie/whateverthefuckyoucallit-comedy scene and the old school.

BRIAN POSEHN. Dude. BRIAN POSEHN!

Y’all even get a dose of Men At Work front-man Colin Hay who will play songs and share hilarious stories. I actually have two friends who shared drum duties with Hay on a recent tour and I got to have dinner with the guy. The dude’s got some ridiculous stories and, man, can he tell ’em. You can also catch him in NYC at Town Hall on April 27th.

And Reggie Watts! A man who just announced a huge tour that includes a headlining gig at the rather large Webster Hall.

And Pete Holmes! Didn’t I just get through telling you that Pete is awesome and even has a show coming up in NYC that you should not under any circumstances miss? Yes, I did.

Anyhow, this is one line-up I’d sure pitch a tent to see and you should take time out of your noodle-dancing schedule to check some or all of it out. Have fun!

A bunch of other dates are listed below…


AZIZ ANSARI 2012 DATES
APR 10TH – UCF Arena – Orlando, FL
APR 12TH – Kent State Mac Center – Kent, OH
APR 13Th – The Oncenter War Memorial Arena – Syracuse, NY
APR 14TH – Wellmont Theater – Montclair, NJ
APR 20TH – Jackson Theater – Nashville, TN
APR 21ST – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium – Asheville, NC
Apr 25TH – Paramount Theatre – AUSTIN, TX (early)
Apr 25TH – Paramount Theatre – AUSTIN, TX (late)
MAY 3RD – Barrymore Theater – Madison, WI (early)
MAY 3RD – Barrymore Theater – Madison, WI (late)
MAY 4TH – Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
MAY 5TH – Royal Oak Theater – Royal Oak, MI (early)
MAY 5TH – Royal Oak Theater – Royal Oak, MI (late)
MAY 10TH – Midland Theater – Kansas City, MO
MAY 11TH – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (early)
MAY 11TH – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (late)
May 12TH – Murat Theater – Indianapolis, IN
MAY 16TH – State Theater – Portland, ME
MAY 17TH – Wilbur Theater – Boston, MA (early)
MAY 18TH – Wilbur Theater – Boston, MA (early)
MAY 18TH – Wilbur Theater – Boston, MA (late)
MAY 19TH – MGM Foxwoods – Ledyard, CT
JUN 7TH – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
JUN 15TH – Chicago Theater – Chicago, IL (early)
JUN 15TH – Chicago Theater – Chicago, IL (late)
JUN 16TH – Beacon Theater – New York, NY (early)
JUN 16TH – Beacon Theater – New York, NY (late)

JUN 19TH – Mahalia Jackson Theatre -New Orleans, LA
JUN 20TH – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
JUN 21ST – Meymandi Hall – Raleigh, NC
JUN 22ND – Meyerhoff Theater – Baltimore, MD (early)
JUN 22ND – Meyerhoff Theater – Baltimore, MD (late)
JUN 23RD – Merriam Theater – Philadelphia, PA (early)
JUN 23RD – Merriam Theater – Philadelphia, PA (late)
JUN 28TH – Schnitzer Hall – Portland, OR
JUN 29TH – The Paramount – Seattle, WA (early)
JUN 29TH – The Paramount – Seattle, WA (late)
JUN 30TH – Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, BC
JUL 6TH – Sony Center – Toronto, ON (early)
JUL 6TH – Sony Center – Toronto, ON (late)
JUL 7TH – NAC Center – Ottawa, ON (early)
JUL 13TH – The Music Box at Borgata – Atlantic City, NJ
JUL 18TH – Nob Hill Masonic Center – San Francisco, CA
JUL 19TH- Center For The Performing Arts – San Jose, CA
JUL 20TH – Nob Hill Masonic Center – San Francisco, CA (early)
JUL 20TH – Nob Hill Masonic Center – San Francisco, CA (late)
JUL 21ST – Paramount Theater – Denver, CO (early)
JUL 21ST – Paramount Theater – Denver, CO (late)

STEVEN WRIGHT DATES
04.28.12 – PARAMOUNT THEATRE – Austin, TX
06.07.12 – BONNAROO – Manchester, TN
06.08.12 – BONNAROO – Manchester, TN
06.09.12 – BONNAROO – Manchester, TN
06.10.12 – BONNAROO – Manchester, TN
06.21.12 – COUNT BASIE THEATRE – Red Bank, NJ
06.24.12 – PENN’S PEAK – Jim Thorpe, PA
07.14.12 – THE ORLEANS – Las Vegas, NV
07.15.12 – THE ORLEANS – Las Vegas, NV

MARC MARON DATES
Apr 6-7 Marc Maron Live at the Denver Comedy Works – Denver, CO
Apr 13-14 Marc Maron Live at the Stress Factory – New Brunswick, NJ
Apr 19-21 Marc Maron Live at Helium Comedy – Portland, OR
Apr 26 Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival – Austin, TX
June 7-10 Bonnaroo, Tennessee somewhere.

COLIN HAY 2012 DATES
Apr 19 Baltimore Soundstage Baltimore, MD
Apr 20 The Birchmere Washington, DC
Apr 21 The Birchmere Washington, DC
Apr 22 Attucks Theatre Norfolk, VA
Apr 25 Appalachian Brewing CompanyHarrisburg, PA
Apr 26 The Avalon Theatre Easton, MD
Apr 27 The Town Hall New York, NY
Apr 28 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
Apr 29 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
May 02 Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center Old Saybrook, CT
May 03 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH
May 04 Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA
May 05 The Colonial Theatre Pittsfield, MA
May 06 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT
May 08 Petit Campus Montreal, Canada
May 09 First Baptist Church Ottawa, Canada
May 11 Hugh’s Room Toronto, Canada
May 12 Bears Den At Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Niagara Falls, NY
May 13 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA
May 16 The Kent Stage Kent, OH
May 17 20th Century Theater Cincinnati, OH
May 18 Wealthy Theatre Grand Rapids, MI
May 19 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
May 20 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI

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