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'The New Yorker' Profiles Eugene Mirman's Live Version of 'StarTalk'

"Throughout the show, these jokes created pauses for laughter, welcome little breaks in the onslaught of science, that allowed our brains to track, like undersea robots, the terrain that was laid before us. When Nye asked Gallo a high-minded question about the ages of ice and of water and their relation to the origin of life on Earth, Mirman said, 'Yeah—where did life begin? Just curious.' He added, 'And don’t say a really cool garden.'"

- from The New Yorker's new piece all about Eugene Mirman and Bill Nye doing a live version of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Nerdist web series StarTalk, which combines comedian guests with science experts.

Yee-haw! Come On Down to Splitsider's Dog & Pony Show This Coming Monday, July 21!

What better way to distract yourself from the seemingly unending horrors of the modern day world than with an hour of pure hilarity called Splitsider's Dog & Pony Show? Join your hosts me and Joe Stanton at UCBeast on Monday July 21 at 8:00pm to see such killer comedians as Adam Newman (Comedy Central Half Hour), Michelle Wolf (Late Night With Seth Meyers), Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City) and Hugh Moore (truTV's Friends Of The People). A truly sick lineup, if I do say myself. As always, tickets are only $5; RSVP for yours here.

Monday Night: Splitsider's Dog and Pony Show Featuring the Lucas Bros., Brooke Van Poppelen, Nate Fernald, and Sabrina Jalees

This coming Monday evening at 8:30pm, Splitsider's Dog and Pony Show returns to UCB East in NYC with another lineup of funny people who will say funny things for your amusement. The Lucas Bros., Brooke Van Poppelen, Nate Fernald, and Sabrina Jalees will be joining your hosts Halle Kiefer and Joe Stanton for a night of surprises and delights. All for a mere $5!

So go ahead and make your reservations here, and we'll see you on Monday night.

Come Celebrate the Release of 'A Night at Whiplash' This Friday with an Amazing Lineup of Comedians

We're celebrating the recent release of A Night at Whiplash this Friday night at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The lineup is pretty badass: Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser, Michael Che, Aparna Nancherla, Jared Logan, and a dance piece by Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. Even better? For the $20 price of admission you'll get a code for a free download of A Night at Whiplash. That's a lot of great comedy for not all that much money.

The show kicks off at 8pm this Friday night, and you can buy your tickets right here. See you on Friday!

Paul F. Tompkins Pitches a Sexy Mythical Creature Movie to Michael Sheen

Here's a clip from Paul F. Tompkins's Largo variety show Varietopia, in which he pitches a ridiculous movie franchise idea to actor Michael Sheen involving a group of very sexy mythical creatures. Will Sheen buy the idea, and more importantly, can these men even trust each other during this segment? It's definitely worth the watch to find out.

The Bitter and Acerbic Highlights of Andy Kindler's Just For Laughs Keynote Speech

Another standing-room only crowd, including some of the biggest names in comedy, came out Friday afternoon at the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal for Andy Kindler’s 19th State of the Industry address, in which the long-time alternative comic burns bridges from his safe position on Hollywood’s periphery, as Kindler himself would likely acknowledge.

Kindler went after his usual targets, including himself, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Jimmy Fallon and Adam Sandler, but he saved the brunt of his ire for former Opie and Anthony host Anthony Cumia, who was fired from SiriusXM recently after hurling off a series of racially insensitive tweets. The Cumia rant made for some [...]

Denver's High Plains Comedy Festival Unveils Its Huge Lineup

The High Plains Comedy Festival is returning to Denver for its second year this August 22-23, and they've put together a pretty stellar lineup. Pete Holmes, TJ Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon, Cameron Esposito, Amber Tozer, Jonah Ray, Jared Logan, and many, many more will be performing. Passes for the whole weekend are $80 and on sale now, so get them while they're hot. Here's the full lineup:

Come See Some of Our Very Favorite Comedians at The Bell House Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night, we'll be celebrating the release of our standup film A Night at Whiplash by hosting a show with our pals at Whiplash at The Bell House in Brooklyn. For $20, you'll get to see Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser, Michael Che, Aparna Nancherla, Jared Logan, and a dance piece by Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. On top of all that, you'll get a code to download A Night at Whiplash for free. Best of all? You'll have a reason to leave home on a Friday night and drink beers and laugh. What's better than that?

Doors are at 7:30, the show starts at 8:30, and you [...]

UCB Announces Its Packed 16th Annual Del Close Marathon Lineup

In a press release today, the Upright Citizens Brigade officially announced that its 16th annual weekend-long improv marathon DCM will take place from Friday, June 27th through Sunday, June 29th in New York and feature over 570 improv shows on eight different stages. UCB co-founders Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and Matt Besser will kick off the marathon, which will continue throughout the weekend with improv teams from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Austin, Philadelphia, England, Canada, Japan, Finland, Puerto Rico, and more with shows starring the writers of Key & Peele and Late Night with Seth Meyers, a Broad City live show, reunions of [...]

Keeping Moontower Weird: Inside Austin's Youngest Comedy Festival

I started my weekend by watching a grown man fit a fake vagina over a microphone. Let me explain.

The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival in Austin, Texas was in full swing this April 23-26 for its third year in a row. This festival is the place to be; not just because I do comedy and live in Austin, but because Moontower celebrates comedy as a whole, it lifts up the local Austin comedy scene, it recognizes the unique oddities that exist in the brains of comedians, and best of all — they gave every performer a Fleshlight in their welcome bag. Unfamiliar with the Fleshlight? We’ll return to that [...]

A Live 'Simpsons' Show Is Coming This September with Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Jon Lovitz, and More

The Simpsons will be celebrating the premiere of its 26th season this September, and to coincide with the event there will be a live Simpsons show at Hollywood Bowl on September 12th, 13th, and 14th, Rolling Stone reports. The event will be hosted by Simpsons voice regular Hank Azaria and feature Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Jon Lovitz, Beverly D'Angelo, Weird Al Yankovic, series creator Matt Groening, and many more yet-to-be-announced special guests, and Hollywood Bowl will be transformed into an immersive real-life Springfield for the occasion. The show is set to include live performances, selected scenes from all 25 seasons, and never-before-seen clips all set to the classy [...]

Louis C.K., Amy Schumer Headline Funny or Die's Oddball Tour 2014

Last summer, Funny Or Die held its first ever comedy tour, The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, with Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords headlining. Today, they announced the lineup for the 2014 Oddball tour, with 21 dates across the nation starting out this summer, with a whole slew of big-name comedians set to appear, including Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Ross, Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin, Brent Morin, Dave Attell, DJ Trauma, Jermaine Fowler, Jerrod Carmichael, Jim Jefferies, Julian McCullough, Michael Che, Moshe Kasher, Reggie Watts, Ron Funches, Rory Scovel, and a second stage hosted [...]

The Bonnaroo 2014 Comedy Preview

Now in it’s 13th year, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival continues to draw big crowds to a 700 acre plot of farmland in Manchester, Tennessee, about one hour outside of Nashville. While music is the driving force behind the festival, live comedy has become a staple since its introduction in 2005. In addition to scheduled sets, it’s not uncommon to see comics making surprise appearances all over the festival, both on-stage and off. This year’s comedy lineup, which kicks off tomorrow, boasts an eclectic blend of heavy hitters, rising young comics, current SNL cast members and the chance to interact with some of comedy’s best filmmakers.

Some of [...]

'The Last Night of the Pythons' to Air Live in US Theaters Next Month

Monty Python's American fans now have less reason to feel left out of their live London reunion shows next month. AP reports that there are now plans to screen the legendary British comedy group's final July reunion show in hundreds of theaters across the US including branches of AMC, Regal, Showcase, and Cinemark chains. Some of the theaters will screen the performance live on July 20th with additional screenings on July 23rd, 24th, and August 6th. According to Python member Eric Idle "fans will get plenty of old favorites, as well as some surprises 'that will completely freak people out.'"