The annual New York Comedy Festival is returning this fall, and as usual it's bringing a whole slew of high-profile shows to NYC. The biggest shows include Ricky Gervais chatting with John Hodgman at Town Hall for a Paley Center event, Kevin Hart at Madison Square Garden, Aziz Ansari at the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall, Bill Maher at the Beacon Theater, and "David Steinberg and Robin Williams Talking About Nothing That Important" at the 92Y. Those are the first big events announced, but expect a whole shitload more in coming days, as the festival generally hosts events at practically every comedy room in the city. Other comedians [...]
Let’s just say you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Julie Klausner and Ted Leo duet the incredibly creepy Bryan McKnight song “How Your Pussy Works” with a 6 foot cat dancing back up. If you were at The Bell House this past Wednesday for the third live installment of Klausner’s hilarious podcast “How Was Your Week,” then you know exactly what I mean. And yes, we will get back to the six-foot cat on stage.
It’s been a few months since I covered the last HWYW Live for Splitsider and I wanted to find out from Julie before Wednesday’s event why she originally brought the show to the [...]
Within an hour of arriving at Bonnaroo, I‘d stumbled into a smoky circle of kids from Annapolis. Across from me sat a shirtless boy who, between long draws from a Camelbak, kept loudly referencing The Tao of Pooh; to my right, one showing off the glass pipes he’d picked up at a roadside 3-for-1 sale. I checked my phone: still no service. With about 75 more hours of festival to go, this did not bode well.
A cross between Woodstock and spring break (circa 1998), in its ten-year run Bonnaroo has earned a reputation as a drug friendly hippie holiday, a completely immersive experience as focused on fostering [...]
Just in case today's guide to LA's comedy scene wasn't enough for you, here's a form to sign up for free tickets to Comedy Central's standup series Mash Up, hosted by TJ Miller. Comedians performing: Deon Cole, Nick Vatterott, Reggie Watts, Sean Flannery, Tom Segura, Chris D'Elia, Tig Notaro, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jonah Ray, Pete Holmes, Jon Dore, Jared Logan, Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Buress and others. Pretty great! You might as well go, as life is fleeting and brief moments of joy that are delivered by free entertainment are rare indeed.
Aziz Ansari is prepping a pretty huge nationwide tour this spring and summer dubbed Buried Alive! It's a brand new full hour of comedy, which is fun. And if you want to go to the show near you, a limited number of good seats will be available fee-free from the presale on his site starting on Wednesday. Set those alarms!