Andrew WK, Kurt Braunohler, John Oliver, Leo Allen - Aug 20, 2007 (CRED)
Broin Out with Andrew WK

AbsintheThe UCB Theater played host to a freaking stupendous edition of Bro'In Out with Leo and Tony. The show, which featured guests Andrew WK, Jon Oliver, Kurt Braunohler and music by Sam Bisbee, may be the comedy highlight of my summer. The show kicked-off with a sedate and chill Andrew WK discussing his recent lectures and motivational speeches which I found quite interesting. I find his theme of blocking out the bad, letting in the good, and making sure you feel happy and fulfilled all the time a bit unrealistic though - for me at least. WK was followed by Hot Tub Variety co-host Kurt Braunohler who delivered a monologue about fathering thousands of children all over the country. I pretty much laughed throughout the entire monologue and pray he performs it again soon. Up next was Daily Show correspondent Jon Oliver. I should point out that at this point in the show the guests and hosts had just about finished an entire bottle of absinthe, and that the effects were totally dictating the direction of the show. When Jon Oliver hit the stage it was pretty much a free-for-all with guests and hosts talking over each other and just having a blast. One stand-out line occured during a back-and-forth between bartender Jawnee and Jon Oliver when Oliver exclaimed "Giving you alcohol is like giving a child a tambourine." Finally, Sam Bisbee came out to close out the evening with a few songs, one of which was the most touching ode to his little daughter. He was fantastic and brought the energy back down to a normal, non-manic level. I left the show sore. These pics truly capture the essence of the experience.

And speaking of shows, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the next installment of ROFL at Joe's Pub on August 31, 2007. To enter, send us an e-mail at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: ROFL), and tell us the last thing that made you ROFL. Include your first and last name. One winner will be picked at random and contacted. ROFL! is high art, low humor, YouTube video, Myspace weirdness, flash animation, web memes, conceptual puzzles, original film and non-sequiturs galore.

Stephen Colberts castA few weeks ago Stephen Colbert broke his wrist. Bid on the actual cast.

NYC comedy staple Variety Shac (featuring Heather Lawless, Chelsea Peretti, Andrea Rosen, and Shonali Bhowmik) is having a monster DVD release party on September 21st at the Knitting Factory. This evening of music, comedy, and shorts will have special guests including Zach Galifianakis, Fred Armisen, and Cory Arcangel. The show is on a Friday and tickets are only $8! Check out the sweet flyer.

Speaking of Fred Armisen.... Fred's been working on a new short video series called ThunderAnt with ex-Sleater-Kinney guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein. A while back Fred and Carrie did a short called Boink! Look for the premiere of the newest video sometime soon on Stereogum.

Keep reading for more upcoming comedy shows, more news, tour dates, and just more stuff....

Doug Benson standing

Doug Benson, one of my personal favorite comedians, was finally elimiated from shit-show Last Comic Standing. More on that and other topics at this great interview.

HBO has ordered up a six part series based on one of my favorite British Comedies, Little Britain. Though it will be re-tooled to take place in America, the U.S. series will feature a number of existing characters from the U.K. show, as well as new characters and ideas. Sounds like a terrible idea to me, but I'll give it one chance. The U.S. series will feature a number of existing characters from the U.K. show, as well as new characters and ideas. Read or discuss this potential travesty.

Comedians of Comedy dates are finally starting to appear! So far they announced two October dates happening in Portland and Seattle (flyer here). This is good news. This means the tour is taking shape and that hopefully a New York date announcement is just around the corner.

Dave Hill is a nudist?

Dead Frog gives us the low down on the upcoming New York Comedy Festival.

MORE UPCOMING SHOWS

8/27/07 - 8:00pm - Pianos - Hot Tub Variety Show: Hosted by Kurt Braunohler ad Kristen Schall and featuring Tony Camin, Todd Levin, Alex Castle, Baron Vaughn, and music by Pora! Pora!

8/27/07 - 8:30pm - Mo Pitkins - Eugene Mirman and Leo Allen: Didn't catch their Comedy Central Presents tapings? Then go to this! Special guests to be announced!

8/28/07 - 8:00pm - The Cutting Room - Leukemia Benefit: The $10 you pay to get into this will not only help fight leukemia, but it will allow you to see Eugene Mirman, John Mulaney, Leo Allen, Andy Blitz, Josh Comers, Tiger’s & Monkey’s, Demetri Martin, Chelsea Peretti, and Ophira Eisenberg!

8/28/07 - 8:00pm - Magnetic Field - Pant-Hoot!: FREE Comedy in Brooklyn featuring Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Premium Blend, VH1 Best Week Ever) Dan Allen (Comedy Central Premium Blend) Amy Crossfield (Comedy Central Open Mic Fight) and much more!

9/3/07 - 8:00pm - UCB Theater - Jeff Garlin's COMBO PLATTER: Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin and friends are in town and will blow your mind.

9/4/07 - 7:00pm - Barnes & Noble - Michael Palin: The Python Years: My favorite Python cast member will discuss and sign his memoir Michael Palin: Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years

9/7/07 - Midnight - UCB Theater - TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET - The New Chapters: A MUST SEE. From UCB, Join Aziz Ansari, Paul Scheer and a special guest panel as they view and discuss chapters 13-22 of R. Kelly's un-ironic hip-hopera, TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET, also known as "the most unintenionally hilarious music video of all time."

Louis CK - 2007 Tour Dates
Sat 08/18/07 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
Sat 08/25/07 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Thu 09/06/07 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
Fri 09/07/07 Harrisburg, PA Whitaker Center
Sat 09/08/07 Lincoln, NE Rococo Theatre
Fri 09/14/07 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live
Sat 09/15/07 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
Thu 09/20/07 Sarasota, FL McCurdy's
Fri 09/21/07 Sarasota, FL McCurdy's
Sat 09/22/07 Sarasota, FL McCurdy's
Sun 09/23/07 Sarasota, FL McCurdy's
Fri 09/28/07 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
Sat 09/29/07 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Fri 10/05/07 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
Sat 10/06/07 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
Fri 10/12/07 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre
Sat 10/13/07 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
Fri 10/19/07 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
Fri 10/26/07 Albany, NY The Egg
Sat 10/27/07 Northampton, MA Calvin Theater
Fri 11/02/07 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House
Sat 11/03/07 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Thu 11/08/07 New York, NY Town Hall
Fri 11/09/07 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
Sat 11/10/07 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
Thu 11/15/07 Saugus, MA Kowloon
Fri 11/16/07 Boston, MA Comedy Connection