Watch the '5 Second Films' Team's Four-Hour Live Show

In order to raise money for their crowdfunded full-length feature film Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, the folks behind 5 Second Films hosted a live streaming four-hour music and comedy show on YouTube yesterday. Here's the whole thing, in case you have four hours to fill or something.

Mike Birbiglia Is Playing Carnegie Hall

Comedian Mike Birbiglia announced on his website today that he's playing the prestigious concert venue Carnegie Hall this summer. Here's a bit from Birbiglia's announcement:

"The one in New York that’s so famous and you’re still Mike Birbiglia, right?"


"Are you sure there’s not another tiny Carnegie Hall?"

"I’m sure."

Referring to it as the "biggest announcement I've ever made," Birbiglia explains that his June 2nd Carnegie Hall gig will be the final performance of his one-man show My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, which he's currently adapting into a movie. Tickets are on sale now. Ira Glass and the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company will be the opening act, so [...]

Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock Performed Together Again Last Night – With Kevin Hart and Others This Time

Yesterday, we reported that Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock had done stand-up together live on stage at New York's famous Comedy Cellar late the previous night. It turns out the duo went onstage together again last night too. Hannibal Buress started off the evening, followed by Chappelle, then by Kevin Hart. After that, Chappelle, Rock, Hart, Marlon Wayans, and Bill Bellamy took to the stage together for some joking around and riffing. Here's ?uestlove, who was also present, describing the event on his Instagram:

I once sat in on drums with Prince on bass, Sheila E on percussion, Frank Mcomb on keys, Rachelle Ferrell on vocals [...]

With Comedy Bang Bang Gone, What's L.A.'s Next Big Stand-up Show?

2012 was the end of an era for the Los Angeles comedy scene, as Comedy Bang Bang, the influential weekly stand-up showcase co-created by Scott Aukerman, ended its ten year run earlier this month. Comedy Bang Bang (originally titled Comedy Death-Ray) will live in on in the form of the popular podcast and IFC show of the same name, but the live show's impact upon the L.A. comedy scene (and the comedy world at large) is endless. Comedy Bang Bang first started in 2002 when the term "alternative comedy" actually meant something, years before Zach Galifianakis was a major movie star or Louis C.K. was the country's leading [...]

Tickets Now Available for Funny or Die's Tour with Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords

Earlier this week, comedy website Funny or Die announced a live touring comedy festival called Oddball Fest, and tickets are now available via the official website. Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords are headlining the countrywide tour, which starts up in August and also features performances by Al Madrigal, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal, John Mulaney, Brody Stevens, Jim Jefferies, Chris D'Elia, and other people too probably.

NYC's Big Terrific Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary Tomorrow

Influential NYC stand-up show Big Terrific is celebrating its fifth anniversary tomorrow with a big ol' show featuring Pete Holmes, Nick Turner, the return of co-host Gabe Liedman, and surprise guests (co-host Jenny Slate will make an appearance via video because she's busy filming a pilot with Kristen Schaal and June Diane Raphael). Time Out New York has a fun interview with Slate, Liedman, and their fellow co-host Max Silvestri that you should totally read if you can't make it to the show like Jenny Slate (probably with a much worse excuse).

The Comedy Cellar Is Opening a New Room in Greenwich Village

The folks behind New York's most respected stand-up club The Comedy Cellar are opening up a second Comedy Cellar club this weekend. The announcement was made via email yesterday The new room is located right around the corner from the old one in Greenwich Village, at 130 W 3rd Street, off 6th Avenue. Here's owner Noam Dworman's description of the new room:

"It's a larger and more comfortable version of the Comedy Cellar.  It's a great room, and we feel it will become the most important room in the country.  Same brick walls, same Comedy Cellar stage, same lighting, same amazing atmosphere – we think you'll be hard-pressed to remember you're in a different location."

The new [...]

Soon You'll Be able to Stream the Laugh Factory Through Your Playstation 3

Do you have a Playstation 3? (If so, do you want to hang?) If so, you'll soon be able to stream shows through it from one of the countries most well-known comedy clubs, LA's Laugh Factory. At minimum, the app will allow you to be way ahead of everyone else if any other controversy goes down. It will be free until December when it bumps up to $3. It's perfect for if you like live comedy but hate two drink minimums and other human beings.

Funny or Die Announces a Comedy Tour with Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords, and More

Comedy website Funny or Die announced this morning their first-ever live tour, called "Funny Or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival," which will hit 13 cities this August/September with Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords headlining. Al Madrigal, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal, John Mulaney, Brody Stevens, Jim Jefferies, and Chris D'Elia will also be performing on the tour, which will have two stages in each city. Tickets go on sale Friday via the Oddball Tour's official website. Between this and Tenacious D's giant comedy rock festival in October, it's gonna be a pretty exciting season for live comedy.

Check out the monster [...]

'The Onion' Is Going on Tour

Over the years, The Onion has branched out into TV, film, web video, and books, and now the franchise is taking on another piece of new territory: live theater. The folks behind the revered satirical news entity just announced they'll be teaming up with The Second City, another Chicago-based comedy institution, for The Onion Live!, a stage show that will tour the country this fall. In a statement, The Onion said the show will teach audiences "The Onion’s journalism secrets through a series of presentations from the same news and lifestyle experts who train The Onion’s handsome, knowledgeable staff. Audiences will learn everything from how to chase a scoop [...]

Watch Jon Hamm and Maya Rudolph in a Sketch from "The Paul F. Tompkins Show"

Earlier this year, Paul F. Tompkins begun releasing videos from the vast archives of things filmed at his long-running Los Angeles variety show The Paul F. Tompkins Show. Here's the latest video from the PFT Vaults, which is a long 2011 sketch starring Tompkins and special guests Jon Hamm and Maya Rudolph. It's now the closest you can ever come to being at this show in 2011 without the aid of time travel.

Take a Video Tour of Five of New York's Best Comedy Shows

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New York has a lot of great weekly comedy shows and thankfully BlackBook made it slightly easier to navigate by highlighting five of the very best. Besides the above video about Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler's Hot Tub, there are videos below covering John Gemberling and Anthony Atamanuik's Tony & Johnny Show, Max Silvestri and Gabe Liedman's Big Terrific, Joe Mande and [...]