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Denver's High Plains Comedy Festival Unveils Headliner Anthony Jeselnik and Its Initial Lineup

Denver's High Plains Comedy Festival, the event put on by outgoing heads of the Denver comedy scene class Grawlix, has announced its initial lineup for this summer's festivities. The festival, taking place from August 20-22, will be headlined by Anthony Jeselnik, with a slew of great comedians also signed on to perform. The lineup includes: Kurt Braunohler, Jonah Ray, Matt Braunger, Guy Branum, Emily Heller, Beth Stelling, John Early, Kate Berlant, Jay Larson, Sean Patton, Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Roy, and Andrew Orvedahl.

More comedians, including a lineup of Denver locals, are expected to be added to the lineup in the coming months.

Photo by Evan Sémon.

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer Interview Sleater-Kinney for 'NPR'

To celebrate the band's reunion and new album, NPR recently matched up Sleater-Kinney with Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer for a lengthy Q&A in New York that covers a ton of topics like the band's new tour, artistic approach, and thoughts on constantly getting pigeonholed into the "all-female" label. As if teaming up the stars of Broad City and Sleater-Kinney wasn't enough, the Q&A ends with a round of questions sent in from hardcore Sleater-Kinney fan Amy Poehler.

Watch Conan O'Brien Sing "The Monorail Song" with the Los Angeles Gay Mens' Choir

The live Simpsons event took place at the Hollywood Bowl in LA over the weekend, and thankfully there are plenty of clips online for those of us not lucky enough to attend. Above, check out Conan O'Brien's performance of "The Monorail Song" with the Los Angeles Gay Mens' Choir — which O'Brien respectfully dedicates to the great Phil Hartman — then click through for a YouTube clip of nearly the entire show, with appearances from Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, Hank Azaria, Jon Lovitz, Weird Al, and more. (via Uproxx)

Conan O'Brien Set to Perform "The Monorail Song" at the Live 'Simpsons' Event

News came out last month that Hank Azaria would be hosting a live Simpsons event at Hollywood Bowl in September, and now the mind behind "Marge vs. the Monorail" is also set to make an appearance. In a new interview with Buzzfeed, Conan O'Brien revealed that he has agreed to not only show up at the event but also do a live performance of "The Monorail Song" from his classic episode. From the interview:

Two days before I left to come to England my phone rang and it was The Simpsons. And they said that they were doing a live show at the Hollywood Bowl, and [...]

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 [...]

Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, and Other Great Comedians Hitting the Road for a 'Trainwreck' Tour

Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow's new movie Trainwreck comes out this summer, but beforehand some of the cast is hitting the road to promote the movie and do comedy for a good cause. The Trainwreck tour will consist of this murderer's row: Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Mike Birbiglia and Vanessa Bayer. The seven-date tour will have proceeds going to benefit a different charity in each city. Here's the full lineup of dates, cities, and charities:

-June 14, 2015: Boston, The Wilbur Theatre. BENEFITING: Boston Health Care For The Homeless Program Inc -June 15: New York City, The Beacon Theatre. BENEFITING: National Multiple Sclerosis Society [...]

Come to 'Splitsider Live' Tonight with Michelle Wolf, Jena Friedman, Sheng Wang, Matt Fisher, and John Murray

Need plans for tonight? As part of this year's New York Comedy Festival, Splitsider has created a super fun night of comedy with tonight's show Splitsider Live hosted by Adam Frucci and featuring comedians Michelle Wolf, Jena Friedman, Sheng Wang, and Low Standards with Matt Fisher and John Murray. The show starts at 7:00pm and tickets are still available on UCB's website for only $10, so come out and enjoy a Thursday night full of great comedians.

Come Out to Our Dog and Pony Show on Monday Night

This coming Monday night, it's time again for our monthly Dog and Pony Show. You know the one! It's hosted by Halle Kiefer and Joe Stanton and it takes place at one of our favorite comedy venues in NYC, UCB East. This month's show features a killer lineup: Lil Rel Howery (truTV's Friends Of The People), Sachi Ezura (Girl Code), Jo Firestone (Punderdome), and Sean Donnelly (Letterman). All for a measly $5.

So come on by UCB East this coming Monday the 18th at 8pm. Grab your tickets here, and we'll see you there.

'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.

Bits on the Fun Bits: Inside an All-Female, Sex-Positive Comedy Show

Sex sells.

It’s an old advertising mantra frequently used to criticize lascivious billboards or to dismissively explain the success of “provocative” artists and personalities. We are rarely treated to literal demonstrations of the principle. This past Saturday night was the exception, as I squeezed my way into Greenpoint’s Coco 66. The crowd lined up wall to wall and out the door, anticipatory chatter and the lamentations of those unticketed drowned out by loud music.

When the event starts half an hour later, nearly two hundred people have crammed into the back room of this small bar. Organized by comedians Alise Morales and Betsy Kenney, the show centers around some solid [...]

Come See Michelle Wolf, Jena Friedman, Sheng Wang, and 'Low Standards' at Splitsider's NYCF Show

As part of the 2014 New York Comedy Festival, Splitsider has partnered up with some great comedians for a live show this Thursday, November 6th at UCB East. Titled Splitsider Live, the show starts at 7:00pm and features Late Night writer Michelle Wolf, Daily Show producer Jena Friedman, standup Sheng Wang, and Low Standards cohosts Matt Fisher and John Murray with Splitsider's own Adam Frucci hosting. Tickets are currently available at UCB's website for $10, so grab yours now and come enjoy a night of Splitsider-approved comedy this Thursday.

Weird Al Fans Are Petitioning for Him to Perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Between his new album, eight music videos, and #1 spot on the Billboard charts, Weird Al is definitely having a great year, and now fans want to make sure next year is just as big for Yankovic by creating a Change.com petition to have him perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. The petition reads:

For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and [...]

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 [...]