Neil Hamburger

Well, what else do we need to say about this? "America's Funnyman" ("The World's Funnyman," actually) has decided to sing America's music at last! The country crooning of Neil Hamburger (though some would call it moaning) fits the white blues that is country music to a T! Neil's life story is perfect fodder for the "tear in the beer" genre as well - and Neil's original tunes, such as "At Least I Got Paid," "Three Piece Chicken Dinner" and "The Recycle Bin" bring his personality to the fore. His crack "Nashville West" band includes such luminaries as Dave Gleason, Atom Ellis, Prairie Prince, Rachel Haden and Joe Goldmark, all of whom play and sing their country-fried hearts out to create a sound that is decidedly old-school honky-tonk. All this plus cover versions of John Entwistle, Mark Eitzel and Billy Edd Wheeler add up to a powerful singing debut from America's newest hat act, Neil Hamburger!

Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners is out this Tuesday April 22nd on Drag City! Some tour dates and a video at the end of this post.

I recently mentioned that Bob Odenkirk and David Cross would soon begin work on a pilot for HBO. Lo and behold, production of David's Situation begins May 9th, 2008 in sunny Los Angeles, with a live audience and everything. This show can't be completed and devoured by my eyes and ears soon enough. If anyone goes to the taping, tell me everything.

In related news, not only is Bob Odenkirk co-writer and director of David's Situation, but it turns out he'll also be playing Mike Birbiglia's older brother in Mike Birbiglia's CBS pilot Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal, a pilot you can read about here.

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Speaking of people soon-to-be producing things that I expect to be phenomenal, one of New York's finest comedians Tom McCaffrey recorded a live CD on April 20th at Pianos. The show featured Sam Brown and Timmy Williams from the Whitest Kids U Know as well as Roger Hailes and Greg Johnson. Should be a great record.

And while I'm on the subject of comedians making live albums, I should mention that Marc Maron recorded his THIRD live CD in Seattle on April 4th and 5th. The CD will be put out by Stand-Up! Records. Marc has a very angry, agitated, aggressive and stream of conscious style of stand up that I really dig. His other two albums Tickets Still Available and Not Sold Out are totally still available and not sold out and are highly recommended by yours truly.

Don't forget to catch Marc Maron along with Eugene Mirman and Andy Kindler on the Stand Uppity Tour (full dates below)!

Hey, since we're talking about Eugene Mirman, this might be a good time to mention the inaugural Alternative Comedy Festival happening at the beautiful Somerville Theater in Somerville Mass on May 9th and 10th. The event boasts an INSANE line-up of comedians, both from NYC and elsewhere and is totally worth checking out if you're in the area. May 9th features Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Emo Philips, and doktor cocacolamcdonalds. May 10th features Patton Oswalt, Morgan Murphy, Jim Jeffries and Boston's own Walsh Brothers. Discount tickets are available this very second if you use the password OSWALT. These are the kinds of line-ups that bring tears to my eyes.

Mitch HedbergIn March of 2005, the world lost one of it's greatest comedians when Mitch Hedberg passed away. He was so loved and respected by his fans, friends and his peers in the comedy community that his passing at age 37 left everyone at a total loss. So when I heard he'd be releasing a third album posthumously I was a bit taken aback. Turns out his wife, comedian Lynn Shawcroft, is overseeing the whole production process. In a recent article, Shawcroft states:

The audio for the album was taken from a weekend of shows three months before Mitch died. He wasn't recording these sets for release so there's mistakes in there. But I like that. Mitch was at the point where he was doing new and old material, so we're going through it now trying to pick out the new stuff. I want it to be a new material CD-- not a best of.

Mitch is still hailed as one of the greatest stand-up talents ever (he's the #1 fan favorite on Dead Frog), so this record will be a wonderful way to get reacquainted with a comic we thought was gone forever.

Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! is easily one of the funniest, most insane shows ever to hit the boob tube and it's one of my all-time favorites. Amongst the onslaught of animation and live action there are these incredible songs that are not only hilarious, but are remarkably well crafted. It never occurred to me how many songs they've actually come up with until I saw the awe-inspiring track listing for their upcoming CD Awesome Record, Great Songs!. The disc is set to drop on May 9th, but you can also get it at one of their upcoming live shows, including two at the Highline Ballroom on April 22nd which are hella sold out

If you can't get to any of the T&E shows because they were sold out by the time you decided to buy a ticket, why not sit at home and have fun making a Casey, Casey's Brother, or Casey's Brother Hamburger foldable toy!?

There's one online video serial that has consistently been killing me since episode 1; Horrible People. The brainchild of AD Miles (Wet Hot American Summer, Dog Bites Man), the show features the likes of Kristen Schaal, Joe Lo Truglio and scads of other actors and actresses who fit perfectly into their roles. The show is essentially the greatest caricature of a typical soap opera ever made and they just unleashed their season finale. If this show doesn't grab you by the end of opening credits, you're a corpse. It's stuff like this that makes me wish I was funny and/or could act.

ALERT! The Found Footage Festival to Debut All-New 2008 Show in New York! Seriously, this is going to be the greatest. For those who don't know, The FFF is curated by Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher and what they do is essentially showcase some of the best and funniest video footage they've discovered on videotapes found in thrift stores, dumpsters, garage sales, and warehouses all over the country. The all new show for 2008 will be held at the Anthology Film Archives on April 25th and 26th (two shows each night, 7pm & 9pm. Get Your Tickets Here. Seriously. You aren't going to believe what your fellow Americans are capable of producing on video.


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Profuse congratulations to Kristen Schaal (and British ventriloquist Nina Conti) for winning the Barry award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. They beat the shit out of 300 other acts and took the top prize. Nice!

53 pages, 1005 messages (not all his, obviously), and 135857 (and counting) page reads later, one of my favorite comedians Paul F. Tompkins decides to cease chatting with a loving and devoted population of his fans.

Like many other people, I was completely shit out of luck when it came to getting tickets to one of the upcoming Flight of the Conchords shows. However, the super sweet person who runs the unofficial Conchords website has set up a forum where people can trade and sell tickets for face value. Here goes nothin'



4/22 - 8pm & 11pm - Highline Ballroom - TIm & Eric's Awesome Tour: Sold out. Good luck!

4/23 - 8:00pm - UCB Theater - CBS/NYC PRESENTS: MICHAEL SHOWALTER, REGGIE WATTS, & MORE!: How can THIS not be sold out?! Get on this!

4/24 - 9:30pm - UCB Theater - Shut Up! I Hate You!: Featuring John Mulaney, Kate Spencer, Dan Kois, & Josh Tyrangiel, it's a show where funny people discuss the things they hate.

4/25 - 8:00pm - UCB Theater - Kumail Nanjiani: Unpronounceable: Unpronounceable" is a very personal, eye-opening and hilarious recounting of Kumail Nanjiani's life growing up in Pakistan. Kumail is an amazing performer and KILLED IT at Rock 'n ROFL II so check this out!

4/30 - 9:30pm - UCB Theater - Kenny Mayne Has Written A Book: Kenny Mayne (ESPN, Dancing with the Stars) is coming to the UCB Theatre for one night only to read from his new book, An Incomplete & Inaccurate History of Sport. The show also features Chris Gethard, John Flynn, Jon Gabrus, & John Mulaney. So awesome

4/30 - 8:00pm - Comix - Comix Spotlight with Dave Hill: Dave Hill is one of the best there is and it's important to support our loved ones when they do big time club shows. I'll be there and urge anybody with the means to do the same. He will dominate.

5/05 - 9:00pm - Pianos - Rock n ROFL w/ host Max Silvestri & more TBA shortly!!

May 11 - Southgate House, Newport KY (TIX)
May 12- Lake Shore Theater, Chicago IL (TIX)
May 13 - Turf Club, St. Paul MN (TIX)
May 14 - The Aquarium @ Dempseys, Fargo ND (TIX)
May 17 - Neurolux, Boise, ID (TIX)
May 18 - Bagdad Theater, Portland OR (TIX)
May 20 - Mezzanine, San Francisco CA (TIX)
May 22 - Echo Plex, Los Angeles CA (TIX)
May 26 - Sasquatch, Comedy Tent @ Gorge Ampitheater, George, WA
Marc & Eugene ONLY on this show (TIX)

Neil Hamburger - Jug Town

Neil Hamburger - 2008 Tour Dates
Sun Apr 27 - LOS ANGELES, CA - Spaceland
Fri May 30 - MESA, AZ - Hollywood Alley
Sat May 31 - SAN DIEGO, CA - The Casbah
Sun Jun 1 - LOS ANGELES, CA - Spaceland
Thu Jun 5 - PONTIAC, MI - The Pike Room
Tue Jun 10 - VISALIA, CA - The Cellar Door
Wed Jun 11 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Great American Music Hall
Fri Jun 13 - PORTLAND, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Sat Jun 14 - SEATTLE, WA - Sunset Tavern
Sun Jun 15 - BELLINGHAM, WA - Rogue Hero
Wed Jun 25 - ORLANDO, FL - AKA Lounge

Tim & Eric - 2008 Tour Dates
Apr 21 2008 8:30P - Cambridge, MA- SOLD OUT @ TT the Bear
Apr 21 2008 10:00P - Cambridge, MA- SOLD OUT
Apr 22 2008 8:00P - - New York @ HighLine Ballroom
Apr 22 2008 11:00P - - New York @ Highline Ballroom
Apr 23 2008 6:00P - - Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
Apr 23 2008 8:00P - - Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
Apr 24 2008 8:30P - - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall
Apr 25 2008 9:30P - - Atlanta, GA @ Plaza Theater
Apr 27 2008 2:00P - Tim and Eric DVD SIGNING!!! @ FYE
Apr 27 2008 11:00P - - Chicago SOLD OUT! @ The Empty Bottle
Apr 28 2008 7:00P - - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
Apr 29 2008 8:00P - - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Apr 30 2008 9:00P - - Austin, TX @ The Parish Room
May 2 2008 8:00P - - Seattle @ Neumo's
May 3 2008 7:00P - - Portland, OR @ McMenamin's Bagdad Theater
May 4 2008 7:00P - - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
May 4 2008 9:30P - - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
May 5 2008 8:00P - - Los Angeles @ Echo Plex (Below The Echo)

Awesome Record, Great Songs! Track Listing
1 Sports!
2 I Sit Down When I Pee
3 Doo Dah Doo Doo
4 Beaver Boys
5 Salame
6 Time Travel
7 Rolo Tony
8 Poke On
9 Petite Feet
10 Sit On You
11 Father And Son
12 My Sister's Cute
13 Hamburgers And Hotdogs
14 Pumpers Tumblers
15 Pizza Boy (Featuring David Cross)
16 Come Over
17 The New You (Featuring Maria Bamford)
18 Hearts (Featuring Aimee Mann)
19 Beach Blast
20 Stay In School
21 Dirty Socks
22 Horse And Buggy Ride
23 The Snuggler
24 All Of My Life
25 Raz
26 Long Legs
27 No Sunsets
28 Shrimp And White Wine
29 Marcama
30 Here She Comes (Featuring Bob Odenkirk)
31 Casey's Lost
32 Lost In The Wheel
33 Love Slaves
34 Wipe My Butt
35 Together Forever
36 Awesome Show Theme (DJ Douggpound Remix)
37 Wipe My Butt (The Shins)
38 Come Over (Built To Spill)
39 Where's My Chippy? (DJ Douggpound Remix)
40 One For My Pep Pep (Flying Lotus Remix)
41 Sports! (Sports Bar Remix)
42 Sports! (Dance Club Remix)
43 Come Over (A to Z)

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