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SF SKETCHFEST ANNOUNCES 2015 FESTIVAL DATES + PRE-FEST PARTY

 

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SF Sketchfest, The San Francisco Comedy Festival, announces dates for the highly anticipated 2015 festival.  The internationally-recognized and critically-acclaimed event which features major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for over two weeks of sketch, improv, stand-up, alternative comedy, films, tributes, music and panel discussions takes place in venues across San Francisco January 22-February 8, 2015.

 
Hailed as “One of America’s most respected comedy festivals” by Rolling Stone, “a damn good festival” by Paste Magazine, and praised for hosting a line up that is “bigger, badder, and funnier each year” by 7X7 Magazine, SF Sketchfest offers its audiences the rare opportunity to see their favorite performers in intimate live appearances. You can expect the 14th annual festival will again bring ace comedians, groundbreaking new talent and one-of-a-kind performances to the city.
Ticket sales begin Sunday, December 14 and are available via  www.sfsketchfest.com.

In past years, SF Sketchfest has featured renowned comedy artists such as: Aziz Ansari, Fred Armisen, Marc Maron, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Paul Reubens, Amy Sedaris, Key & Peele, Tenacious D, Dan Aykroyd, Margaret Cho, David Cross, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Elliott, Reggie Watts, Robin Williams, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tim Heidecker, Neil Hamburger, Eddie Izzard, Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Garry Shandling, Dana Carvey and MANY MORE.

The festival has also hosted film and television stars: Alan Arkin, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd, Danny DeVito, Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick Harris, Candice Bergen, Dick Cavett, Bud Cort,  Cloris Leachman, Jason Segel and Gene Wilder; a reunion of the casts of Wet Hot American Summer and Party Down, live podcasts;  StarTalk Live, Judge John Hodgman, and Wits, ensemble comedy groups Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The State and Upright Citizens Brigade; and musical guests David Byrne, Ben Gibbard, Aimee Mann, Loudon Wainwright III, Robert Glasper, Nellie McKay, and Michael Penn.

Venues include Brava Theater, California Academy of Sciences, Castro Theatre, Cobb’s Comedy Club, Doc’s Lab, The Eureka Theatre, Kanbar Hall at the JCC, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, The Nourse, Punch Line Comedy Club, and Verdi Club.

“It’s sure to be a blast, so don’t miss it!” – Examiner

“the entertainment mastodon” – CourtingComedy

“one of the biggest/coolest comedy festivals in the US” – Portland Mercury

“pure entertainment from a crew of some of the most talented people on earth” – SpinningPlatters

“an eclectic variety of performances celebrating smash TV shows, cult classic movies, comedic bands and brilliant stand-ups.” – Bay Area Reporter

“If there is one comedy festival that you should actually go out of your way to get to, it’s SF Sketchfest” – Paste

“an insanely well-curated program of top-notch comedians, anniversary film screenings, star-studded panels, and tributes to some of entertainment’s legendary and notorious cutups” – 7X7

For up-to-date information and announcements, go to  www.sfsketchfest.com

STARTALK WITH NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON, EUGENE MIRMAN, RICHARD DAWKINS LIVE AT BEACON THEATER NYC NOV 18

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Science, pop culture and comedy collide in New York City on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 18 as the immensely popular podcast and radio show STARTALK LIVE comes to the BEACON THEATER.  Hosted by astrophysicist NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON, director of the Hayden Planetarium and host and narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, and co-hosted by actor/comedian EUGENE MIRMAN (Bob’s Burgers, Conan) the night will also feature special guests including scientist RICHARD DAWKINS for a thought-provoking evening of science and fun unlike anything else in the universe.

Richard Dawkins is one of the most respected scientists in the world and the biggest draw in secularism.  His around-the-world speaking tour is the focus of a recent documentary “The Unbelievers.”

Captivating subjects-such as space travel, extra-terrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of our Earth and the environment, and breaking news from the universe-will all be explored.   Previous guests on StarTalk Live! have included Buzz Aldrin, Alan Alda, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Schaal, John Oliver, Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman and more.

StarTalk! Live
Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman
With Special Guest Richard Dawkins
Tuesday, November 18 @ Beacon Theater
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Tix $35 – $55
Tickets and more info:  
http://bit.ly/1sfoXGX

StarTalk Live! is co-produced by Pretty Good Friends and StarTalk Radio.

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 https://twitter.com/startalkradio

 

ALEX BORSTEIN, JUDAH FRIEDLANDER, TODD BARRY, MARCUS MONROE AT 2nd ANNUAL “WHAT’S SO BLOODY FUNNY” BENEFIT OCT 28 NYC

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Alex Borstein (Family Guy, HBO’s Getting On), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock)  Todd Barry (Louie) and Marcus Monroe are featured performers at What’s So Bloody Funny, a night of comedy to benefit the National Hemophilia Foundation on Tuesday, October 28.  NYC’s New World Stages will host a night of comedy, costumes, raffle drawings, VIP open bar, super surprise guests, music and more for the Halloween week event not to be missed!

Don your costume and bring your friends for a night of good fun for a great cause.  All proceeds will benefit The National Hemophilia Foundation in their efforts to find better treatments and cures for inheritable bleeding disorders and to preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research.

 What’s So Bloody Funny?
An evening of comedy to benefit The National Hemophilia Foundation
New World Stages (
340 W 50th St, NYC 10019)
Tuesday, October 28
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Tix: $65-$150 (VIP w open bar)

Tickets and more information available at:
www.hemophilia.org/halloween

 

 

CAMERON ESPOSITO ‘SAME SEX SYMBOL’ #1 ON ITUNES

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CAMERON ESPOSITO‘s fantastic new comedy album ‘SAME SEX SYMBOL’ is out this week on KILL ROCK STARS!  It zoomed to #1 on the iTunes Comedy Chart while the likes of NPR called it “sharp, insightful and very funny” and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY hailed Cameron as “one of the most exciting young stand-ups working today.”

Buy it on iTunes: http://goo.gl/EM4ap5
Amazon.com: http://goo.gl/2E1DVg

 

Cameron heads out on tour in support, Rhea Butcher opens all dates.  Don’t miss out!

10/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall Doors 7:30, $10/$12   http://bit.ly/1AI6Ufu
10pm show – SOLD OUT
10/12 – Akron, OH @ Musica 8pm, $15, 18+   http://tktwb.tw/VAtS7M
10/14 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall  9pm, $15, 21+ http://bit.ly/1COVuqA
Early show – SOLD OUT
11/2 – SF @ Independent  Doors 7pm, show 8pm, 21+, $18   http://ticketf.ly/XaIvjr
11/5 – Denver, CO @ Comedy Works, $15, 18+     http://bit.ly/VDgv6R
11/14 & 15 – San Diego, CA @ Legends  http://www.legendscomedyclub.com/#!
1/3/15 – Portland OR @ Mississippi Studios  Show 7pm 21+   http://bit.ly/1nxzBSx

 Check out the video for ‘Same Sex Symbol’ album track “Guacamole”

JARED LOGAN ANNOUNCES DEBUT COMEDY ALBUM ‘MY BRAVE BATTLE’ OUT OCT 14 on ASPECIALTHING RECORDS

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JARED LOGAN announces the release of his debut comedy album ‘MY BRAVE BATTLE’ out OCTOBER 14 on ASPECIALTHING RECORDS.  Recorded live in Nashville, the NYC-by-way-of Morgantown, WV comedian cracks wise about his lineage of coal miners, the ways of the redneck, speaking in tongues and adult Disney enthusiasts.  ‘My Brave Battle’ is available for pre-order on iTunes http://bit.ly/1wceK0v and CD http://bit.ly/1qJyGTM

 

A West Virginia native, Jared Logan  made his mark in comedy in Chicago, where he was named “Best Comedian” by the Chicago Comedy Awards, before making his way to NYC where he can be found on stages across the city just about every night.  He has performed his own half hour special on Comedy Central, has been featured on Comedy Central’s “The Meltdown” and “Live At Gotham,” and TBS’s The Pete Holmes Show. Jared’s web series “Don’t You Think” features Jared and guests including Christian Finnegan, Leo Allen, Chris Gethard and Nikki Glaser discussing the hot button topics like bullying, division of church and state, prisons and more. Check it out on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/dontuthinkwebseries 

 

Hear TWO ‘My Brave Battle’ album tracks:

“Balaam and the Donkey” https://soundcloud.com/jaredlogan/balaam-and-the-donkey

“Disney People” https://soundcloud.com/jaredlogan/disney-people

 

Find more Jared Logan at:
http://www.jaredlogan.com
http://www.jaredlogan.com/blog.html
https://twitter.com/JaredLogan

 

Judah Friedlander On Ping-Pong, Star Wars And Elvis

Ahead of his headlining run at Caroline’s this weekend, Judah Friedlander stopped by the WNYC studios to talk about his signature look,  Lynda Carter’s unintentionally hilarious cover of Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman,” and playing competitive ping-pong.  Plus, he shares a Pick Three playlist of songs he loves.

Judah headlines Caroline’s in NYC Thursday Oct 2 thru Saturday Oct 4 @ 7:30, 10pm
Tickets and more info: http://www.carolines.com/comedian/judah-friedlander

Hear the comedian and ’30 Rock’ actor’s  Pick Three playlist, including the song he finds funniest:

 

AFTERNOONS’ JOYFUL SINGALONG “SAY YES” FEATURED ON ALL SONGS CONSIDERED

Do you find yourself saying “no” more often than not? Robin Hilton does, which is why he kicks off this week’s All Songs Considered with L.A.-based Afternoons’ joyful sing-along, “Say Yes.”

Hear Afternoons featured on  All Songs Considered at http://n.pr/1qqJjaq

New album ‘Say Yes’  double vinyl + free MP3 download card available Oct 21 on Eenie Meenie.  Pre-order  with a discount through the October 21 release date at  http://bit.ly/1uKxhNF

 

W KAMAU BELL ANNOUNCES “OH, EVERYTHING!” TOUR

W. Kamau Bell announces dates for his Oh, Everything! Stand-up Comedy winter tour, which kicks off in November and runs through the end of January 2015, taking the comedian from coast to coast and everywhere in between.  A fanclub presale starts September 18,  general public presale starts  Friday September 19 at 11am local time.  Kamau worked hard to keep ticket prices as low as possible, most cities around $15,  and he will also be offering VIP Packages at $50 with proceeds benefiting Race Forward. These packages will include a post-show meet and greet with Kamau and an autographed, personalized tour poster.  Dates below.  All tickets are available at  www.wkamaubell.com.

Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell’s Oh, Everything! promises to be a comedic attack on everything he can’t stop thinking about, including but not limited to homophobia, the ’N” word, gentrification, President Obama, why the borders should be opened, his mixed race kids, your “friends”, your “followers”, why he could never be an atheist, why his God looks like Denzel Washington with dreadlocks, guns, guns, guns, and of course Kamau’s old buddy racism!

Kamau has emerged as the post-modern voice of comedy, hailed by the New York Times as “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years,” and voted San Francisco’s best comedian by the SF Weekly, the SF Bay Guardian, and 7×7 Magazine.  Kamau may be most recognizable for his critically acclaimed FX/FXX comedy series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Kamau was creator, writer and host of the show, which was executive produced by Chris Rock who became a fan of Kamau’s after seeing his one man show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.

Kamau’s writing has appeared on Salon.com, Buzzfeed, and colorlines.com. His recent Buzzfeed article on the lack of diversity in mainstream late night talk show hosts was quoted (and misquoted) all over the Internet, including in The Hollywood Reporter. Kamau’s TV, radio and podcast appearances include HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Conan on TBS, WTF with Marc Maron, The View, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and Comedy Central’ s @midnight and John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show.

 

W KAMAU BELL’S “OH, EVERYTHING!” COMEDY TOUR
 
Preview Shows
9/21 – Tempe, AZ @ The Tempe Improv
9/22 – San Diego, CA @ Mad House Comedy Club
9/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo

The Tour
11/4 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
11/5 – Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
11/6 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
11/8 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/9 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/11 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
11/12 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
11/13 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
11/14 – St. Paul, MN @ The Turf Club
11/15 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
11/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/19 – Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag
11/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
11/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
11/22 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I
11/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
12/3 – Manchester, NH @ Shaskeen Pub
12/4 – Burlington, VT @ Nectars
12/5 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
12/6 – Providence, RI @ Fete Lounge
12/7 – New York, NY @ SubCulture
1/6 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
1/7 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cantina
1/8 – Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall
1/9 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall – 1884 Lounge
1/10- Nashville, TN @ Exit In
1/14 – Athens, GA @ The Melting Point
1/15 – Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
1/16 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
1/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
1/21 – Portland, OR @ Hollywood Theatre
1/22 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
1/23 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
1/24 – Seattle, WA @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

https://www.facebook.com/wkamaubellofficial

 https://www.youtube.com/user/wkbonline

 

 

KURT BRAUNOHLER MAKES TONIGHT SHOW DEBUT

Kurt Braunohler made his Tonight Show debut this weekend to talk about the cruelty of biscotti, bad decisions and being single in NY.

You can catch Kurt every Monday night at The Virgil in LA co-hosting the hit comedy variety show Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal and you can find Kurt’s popular K Ohle podcast with new episodes weekly on Nerdist Network.  Coming up,  Comedy Central will launch Kurt’s fantastic Roustabout webseries, filmed earlier this summer on Kurt’s jet ski adventure from Chicago to New Orleans.

Comedy Central also announced that they picked up Kurt’s pilot “Gettin’ Some Strange with Kurt Braunohler,” a late-night talk show where Kurt covers the strangest stories of the day, revealing our beautifully insane world. More tba!

 

 

EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MORE ACTS & EXTRAS FOR BROOKLYN FEST

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The EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL has added even more talent to the already  amazing line up as well as some very special extras for its 7th annual festival kicking off next Thursday, September 18th through Monday, September 22nd at The Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn.   Bigger than ever before, the EMCF includes a fifth night of entertainment and features festival namesake/ curator/ comedy host extraordinaire Eugene Mirman plus an all-star cast of comedians, actors and musicians.

In addition to already announced performers including H Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Nick Thune, Bridget Everett, Dave Hill, Bill Nye, Wyatt Cenac, Derrick Brown and Robyn Hitchcock, the fest will also feature Scott Adsit, Amber Tamblyn, Julie Klasner, Karen Kilgariff,  Sarah Vowell, Jena Friedman, Carolyn Castiglia and even more surprise guests!

Extras to look forward to at EMCF 2014:
The Eye Contact Booth!
The return of the pig roast!
A licensed CPA or IRS agent in clown make-up giving free tax advice!
Bouncy Castle with a therapist inside!
Caricatures with a socially responsible theme!

Tickets for all EMCF 2014 shows as well as a  LIMITED NUMBER of Eug Express Lane VIP Passes which get you and one guest into every show are on sale now.  Some shows have sold out in advance so get your tickets now or you will miss out on attending New York’s comedy highlight of the Fall!

Complete info on the festival, updates and ticket links at:
http://www.eugenemirmancomedyfestival.com/shows-and-tickets/

 

EMCF 2013