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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.

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 [...]

The Premiere Before the World Premiere: Red Hot Video Fun Time

In a small Mexican restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Drew Luster waits on his tacos. Things have settled at the Bat Haus, a small event space two doors over, and Luster takes advantage of the calm to grab dinner. In a half hour, his sketch team, the Otter Boys, will kick off Red Hot Video Fun Time, a quasi-bimonthly video showcase featuring never-before-seen sketches by members of New York’s comedy community.

“If I’m here, we’re good to go,” Luster says. There are some minor complications. Two sketch groups drop out of the showcase, forcing a rearrangement the night’s lineup. Their beer sponsor also withdraws at the last moment, but the team [...]

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 [...]

The 17th Annual Del Close Marathon's Schedule Is Out

The Del Close Marathon is the annual weekend of improv comedy, beer, and sweatiness that the UCB Theatre throws every year. This year marks the 17th iteration, and it looks like it'll be the biggest one yet, with three straight days of non-stop performances spread out across eight different NYC venues. You'll be able to buy an all-you-can-eat wristband for $35 at any of the venues, but there are also a slew of "premium" shows that are now on sale as well, including improv by folks from Broad City, Silicon Valley, Kroll Show, Key and Peele, and tons more. The schedule is completely overwhelming, but you can head over to [...]

From Screen to Stage: The Rise of the Parody Musical

At a small midtown studio, the producers and cast of UNAUTHORIZED! met to rehearse That 80’s Time Travel Movie, a musical based on the 1985 Robert Zemeckis classic Back to the Future. I arrived around hour four as the group workshopped a number called “Forgetting You.” It’s a realization duet that follows the second act’s opener and hits like an upbeat male version of “For Good” from Wicked, heartfelt but comedic. Chris Barnes, who wrote the book and lyrics, directed actors Matt Rogers and Pat Swearingen, Marty McFly and Doc Brown respectively. The show’s composer, Ryan Mercy, provided an accompaniment as Barnes fine tuned movement and performance.

“This would be [...]

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.

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 [...]

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.

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.

This Year's Los Angeles Podcast Festival Will Feature a Ton of Your Favorite Comedy Podcasts

The third annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival is set to take place next month from September 26-28, and this week the lineup was officially released. Among the many comedy podcasts slated to record live shows at the event are WTF, Superego, Doug Loves Movies, Never Not Funny, The X-Files Files, Mohr Stories, The Todd Glass Show, improv4humans, and Who Charted?, with plenty more shows yet to be announced.

To check out the full schedule, head over to the Los Angeles Podcast Festival website.