Category Archives: Comedy

Win Tickets to Sinbad at the Apollo!

Win tickets to Sinbad the Apollo on Friday, Jan 17!
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Hey folks, want to see Sinbad at the legendary Apollo Theater on Friday night? If you said “Yes,” then you’ll be happy to hear that I’m giving away some tickets! This is a short fuse contest everyone, so if you’re interested and want to go, please enter right away. Contest ends tonight (Jan 16) at midnight ET, winners will be notified first thing tomorrow morning. Fill out the contest entry form after the jump, good luck! Also, if you’re interested in buying tickets to the show, you can get two for $25 if you click this link and use the password Sinbad.

Contest entry form and more Sinbad tour dates after the jump.

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Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Starts Tonight! Also Eugene and Friends Playing Gramercy Theatre

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival (Sep 26-29, 2013)
2013 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Hey folks, the 6th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival starts tonight (Sep 26) and runs through the Sunday at The Bell House and Union Hall.

The EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL announces another amazing line up of comedy shows for its 6th annual Brooklyn-based festival. 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) and “a fall highlight in the local comedy scene” (Time Out New York). 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!

For those of you who can’t make it to the comedy fest this weekend, or if Manhattan is more your thing, you can catch Eugene and friends at the Gramercy Theatre on Oct 22 for A NIGHT OF COMEDY, MUSIC AND OTHER AWESOME STUFF!! to benefit. The evening’s featured performers will include Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Wyatt Cenac, Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander and Rhett Miller of the Old 97s. To buy tickets (and have a direct impact on children’s lives), visit http://venue.thegramercytheatre.com/event/CMS249. Doors open at 7pm with an 8pm show time.

View the full EMCF 2013 lineup after the jump.

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Bob Odenkirk, David Cross and Brian Posehn Going on Tour

An Evening with Bob and David and Posehn
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Bob Odenkirk, David Cross and Brian Posehn are doing a little five city comedy tour that will be making pit stops in NYC on September 10 (Powerhouse Arena) and September 12 (Town Hall). Tickets for the Town Hall show go on Amex presale on Wednesday, July 24.

Or is it tonight? I don’t know. I purposely stay away from the internet unless it’s specifically porn-based or baseball. Or local Georgia politics. Or banana bread recipes. Or help for Borderlands 2. But definitely NOT facebook! I don’t get it. Anyone who’s seen a longer set I’ve done in the last six months or so knows how I feel about facebook (and it’s clones). But the best thing about facebook. The only best thing about facebook, is letting people know about gigs and things I’m doing that you may want to know about (as opposed to a photo of a “pretty good” Bahn Mi sandwich I had at that place near the ferry). So, with that in mind, here are the dates and places (or vice versa I suppose) of where Bob and Brian and I will be doing at least three new sketches (if not a bunch more) and stand-up, and who knows what all else? We’d be doing more but unfortunately our schedules don’t allow for it. Bob is very busy with The Birthday Boys (premiering soonish on IFC) and I am directing a movie I wrote in upstate NY. I’ll tell you more about that later. We start shooting a week from today and it’s got Matt Walsh, Dave Koechner, Amy Sedaris, Wyatt Cenac, Derrick Waters, Russ Tamblyn and his daughter Amber, and a ton of other great folks. Oh. I just told you about it now didn’t I? Should be a really fun shoot and ultimately up for consideration of being one of the top twelve movies in cinematic history.[David Cross on Facebook]

All Bob and David and Brian tour dates after the jump.

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4th of July Weekend Super Comedy Giveaway

So it’s not the 4th of July anymore and it’s barely still the weekend, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to give away some killer comedy CDs and DVDs. Take a look at the awesome comedy prize pack I’m giving away to one lucky Bumpershine reader:

Bob Saget – That’s What I’m Talkin’ About
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In That’s What I’m Talkin’ About, Bob Saget takes to the stage with a song in his heart: a filthy, filthy song. In the CD/DVD/Download to be released by New Wave Dynamics on July 16th, Saget lets loose and once again embraces his dark side. He tells his newest jokes and shares stories of his dad – the guy who made him like this. He also pulls out a guitar for several songs they would have never played on “Full House,” but will have you rolling in the aisles. The special premiered on SHOWTIME in May and was recorded at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.

Bob Saget will be appearing at the Bowery Ballroom and the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Jul 20 (early/late).

Anthony Jeselnik – Caligula
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As everyone’s favorite dark prince of comedy, Anthony Jeselnik obliterates subjects no one else jokes about and most people don’t even talk about. In front of a live audience at the legendary Vic Theatre in Chicago, Jeselnik doesn’t hold back, covering every taboo topic imaginable, and then some.

Anthony Jeselnik: Caligula extended and uncensored DVD includes Jeselnik’s uncut performances from the “Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump,” the “Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen,” and the “Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne.”

Kevin Nealon – Whelmed…But Not Overly
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In his most recent stand-up special, which premiered on SHOWTIME last year, Kevin Nealon delivers laughs to an enthusiastic Denver, Colorado audience. In Whelmed…But Not Overly, Nealon delivers the laughs in his jazzy cool style. He’s like a big kid as he delights in stories of messing with celebrities, embarrassing moments, and the fear that people won’t get the joke… you know, what with the economy and everything. He performs stand-up all over the country and continues to appear in film and TV.

Brian Posehn – The Fartist
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Comedian and actor Brian Posehn is banging his head to the beat of being a Dad in his most recent stand-up special, The Fartist. The one-hour special, which premiered on Netflix earlier this year and was directed by Jay Chapman, was released on DVD and CD by New Wave Dynamics on June 25, 2013.

In The Fartist, Posehn raises the questions every parent needs to ask, such as when’s the right time to tell your kid about Star Wars, or how much should you tip a stripper?

Posehn, one of the most distinctive voices (and faces) in comedy today, has appeared in or written for countless film and TV projects that riff on his angry heavy metal nerd character. He’s appeared in The Sarah Silverman Program, Just Shoot Me and Five Year Engagement; written for Mr. Show, Human Giant, and Metalocalypse; and made himself one of America’s major funny men.

Chris Hardwick – Mandroid
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The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick, celebrates all things nerdy in Mandroid, his first Comedy Central special. Hipsters beware: there is no irony in Chris’s affinity for Captain Picard, Comic-Con and the Atari 2600. Mandroid features candid comedy tales that cover virginity, chess club, shark vaginas, awkward childhood, awkward adulthood (which in this case is an extension of awkward childhood) and a myriad of other topics which may or may not include Quidditch. This extended and uncensored DVD is a wonderland of discovery, and if you take but on like lesson from it, let it be, “Don’t f**k animals.”

Trevor Moore – Drunk Texts To Myself
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Drunk Texts To Myself serves as the debut album of songs from Trevor Moore (a founding member of sketch troupe The Whitest Kids U’ Know). Utilizing genres from rap to metal and country to dub-step, Moore uses his signature comedic styling to explain the perils of child pop stardom and uncover the pope’s money-making potential, uncover the pope’s money-making potential, and prove that Tom Hanks is far from being the nicest guy in Hollywood. The deluxe digital version of Drunk Texts To Myself includes previously released videos for the “Founding Fathers Rap” and “The Pope Rap (Modern Day Profit).” The title track also features an appearance from comedian Reggie Watts.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of this awesome comedy prize pack, please fill out the contest entry form after the jump. Contest ends on Sunday, July 14 at midnight ET. One entry per person, US residents only.

Contest entry form, Bob Saget, Chris Hardwick and Kevin Nealon tour dates after the jump.

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15th Annual Del Close Marathon Starts Today (Friday)

15th Annual Del Close Marathon (June 28-30, 2013)
15th Annual Del Close Marathon

From Friday afternoon June 28 to after midnight Sunday June 30, the UCB Theatre in NYC hosts a long-form improv marathon. Groups from all over the country and world will come to NY to honor Del Close, the legendary improv director and teacher.

You can buy a weekend pass to see all shows at any of the venues during the marathon for $30, or you can buy tickets for individual premium shows ahead of time on the website (see schedule for individual premium show listings, which include all shows at the SVA and FIT stages, as well as the Sunday night Asssscat shows).

Check out the full DCM 15 schedule over here.

DCM 15’s line-up of premium shows after the jump.

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“Put A Fork In It” Comedy Benefit Tonight at The Bell House w/ Reggie Watts, Todd Barry, Sara Schaefer and More!

Put a Fork In It” at The Bell House (06/20/13)
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Hey folks, if you’re looking for a fun comedy option for tonight, you can’t go wrong with this show, and it’s for a good cause.

PUT A FORK IN IT
A benefit for New York City Coalition Against Hunger’s Craig Murphey Fellowship Fund hosted by Nick Turner.
WITH:
Reggie Watts
Wyatt Cenac
Todd Barry
Max Silvestri
Sara Schaefer
Jim Vanblaricum & Jim Crocamo (Crappy Cinema Council)

The Bell House
8:00 PM, June 20, 2013
Brooklyn, NY
$18.00 Tickets at the door or via Ticketweb

Win Tickets to Mike Birbiglia’s “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” at Carnegie Hall

Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend at Carnegie Hall (06/02/13)
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“Excuse me sir, how do you get to Carnegie Hall?”
“Practice.”

Mischa Elman

Hey folks, comedian Mike Birbiglia is wrapping up performances of his latest show, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” with a feather capping, one night stand at NYC’s venerable Carnegie Hall on June 2 (Buy Tickets). For those of who may not be able to afford a trip to Carnegie Hall, I’m happy to be giving away two pairs of tickets to the show. Contest ends at midnight ET on May 27, winners will be notified on Tuesday, May 28, 1 entry per person. Fill out the contest entry form after the jump, good luck!

Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, written by and starring Mike Birbiglia, will have its final performance at the famed Carnegie Hall on June 2nd.

In Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Mike shares a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues that most adults would spend a lifetime trying to forget. On this painfully honest journey, Mike struggles to find reason in an area where it may be impossible to find—love.

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show and directed by Seth Barrish (Sleepwalk With Me, The Tricky Part, Old Wicked Songs), Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend marks Mike Birbiglia’s return to the New York stage after his highly-acclaimed Off-Broadway engagement Sleepwalk With Me, for which he was nominated for the Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards.

Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend will now be performed for the final time at Carnegie Hall on June 2nd. The show has been performed nationally in more than 20 cities including an 81 performance run at the Barrow Street Theatre.

The show will also feature a special performance by Ira Glass and the Monica Bill Barnes & Company from their show, “One Radio Host, Two Dancers.”

My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend at Carnegie Hall contest entry form after the jump.

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Bluth Banana Stand at Yankee Stadium Today | New Season 4 Arrested Development Trailer

Bluth Banana Stand and the cast of Arrested Development
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There’s always money in the banana stand.” – George Bluth

The Bluth Frozen Banana stand*, long time fixture of the Bluth Company, will be at Yankee Stadium today from 3:30 – 8PM. Stop by before the game for a photo and a frozen banana. In conjunction with the banana stand, the Yankees are running a half price ticket offer for tonight’s matchup against the Mariners (May 15).

* The Bluth company has also owned and run a frozen banana stand started by George in 1953 on the Newport Beach boardwalk on Balboa Island. The stand was a popular meeting place for the buying and selling of marijuana in the 1970s. As the stand itself was built to resemble a large yellow banana, it was commonly known as “the big yellow joint”, and became the topic of a hit song by the same name. [arresteddevelopment.wikia.com]

The banana stand, is of course, an ingenious promotion for the highly anticipated premiere of Season 4 of Arrested Development on May 26 on Netflix.

Watch the trailer for Season 4 of @arresteddev after the jump.

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New “Maron” Episode Streaming on YouTube, Book Out Today, New Series Debuts on Friday on IFC

Maron on IFC (05/03/13)
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Marc Maron’s new eponymous series, Maron, premieres this Friday (May 3) on IFC. If you’d like a little sneak peek of the show, you can stream Episode 102, “Dead Possum”, on YouTube or at IFC’s Stream Room right now. Marc’s new book, Attempting Normal, also comes out today (April 30) via Spiegel & Grau.

Watch the full “Dead Possum” episode of Maron after the jump.

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