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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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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.

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.

The Inside Story of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

“I’ve always been fascinated with the moment people go from being a just a group in a room to one unit – for me, that’s the most interesting thing on the planet,” says Emily Gordon, co-producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. “Movies do that, and church does that, and comedy shows do that, and I always wanted to make an environment where that happens.”

Every Wednesday night, it happens in an unlikely place: the dim, unfinished back room of a comic book shop on Sunset Boulevard. 

Just a few blocks east of Los Angeles’ biggest comedy clubs, the NerdMelt Showroom is home to one of [...]