Neko Case & Eric Bachmann added to EMCF Boston fest + lots of weird sponsorship opportunities!

Great news! We’ve added Neko Case & Eric Bachmann to our Pretty Good Friends show May 3rd at Berklee Performance Center (along with me, Daniel Kitson, Nick Thune and Janelle James)!

Now, onto the second half of the title of this post! You (or your company!) can be a sponsor of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and help us do various fun/ dumb things at our shows. So far Newbury Comics, Otto Pizza and Cuntwarbler Whiskey have all bought sponsorship items. Thank you to them and soon, thank you to you!

What kind of stuff can you help sponsor? Well, things like, “throw a water balloon at a slam-poet.” What else? A Judgmental Parent Station! How will it work? With your help we’ll hire a Judgmental Parent who’ll sit at a table, talk to attendees and give potentially spirit-crushing feedback about their lives. Or, maybe you’d like to help us pay for an Awkward Duck Boat Ride full of businessmen, religious music and odd food for festival-goers to enjoy/ have an awkward time on.

It can be hard for companies to get press, but imagine a write-up of our festival in TIME Magazine with a picture of “YOUR COMPANY sponsored Awkward Duck Boat Ride” right on the cover! Wow! That is probably a bad example, because of how rarely Time Magazine writes about small, half-ironic comedy-festivals, but the overall point is reasonable. I can’t think of a better way to be all over social media (but that is partially because I am not trying to). And of course, a festival sponsorship makes a wonderful birthday gift for a friend or a super-weird anniversary gift for a spouse. Imagine George Bush senior coming to the festival and seeing water balloons being thrown at a slam-poet and a sign that says, “Throw Water Balloons At Slam-Poet Sponsored By George Bush” and realizing it was a gift from his friend Colin Powell (for those keeping track, I actually got 2nd Place in an Example Making Contest in 9th grade. I’m that good.)

There’s lots of other types of sponsorship options too — you can buy an ad in our program, be the King and Queen of the whole festival, or buy a phone call of me delivering good news on your behalf to a loved one. Check out some of the options below and if you’re interested in seeing the full rate card with all of the sponsorship options, please email Julie Smith-Clem at juliesmithclem (at) gmail.com.


$100 – Special thanks in our festival program under the heading “barely charitable organizations.”
$250 – 1/2 page ad in our program.
$450 – Full page ad in our program.
$250 – Eugene Mirman will make a 1-2 minute phone call on your behalf. Got good news for someone? Are you recently engaged? Got a promotion? New home? Let Eugene be the one to call your mom – or anyone you want to share the good news with…he’ll be very complimentary towards your achievement.
$500 – Your logo can appear on LOGO JOHNNY (a guy that will walk around with logos on him – 15 sponsors max – at a minimum of 1 show, more shows if we get enough sponsors).
$750 – Notebook of Advice! Eugene and some of the comics will write life advice in crayon inside a wide-ruled spiral notebook for you to keep.
$1000 – Official Sponsor of the “Throw a Water Balloon at a Slam Poet” booth outside of a venue before one of the shows.
$1250 – King or Queen of the Festival – You will get two seats in the front row to every show. Eugene will also make you two crowns. You will be royalty throughout the festival, sort-of…
$1500 – Judgmental Parent – You will be the sponsor of the Official Judgmental Parent who will sit by the merch table and anyone can come up to, talk to them, and experience a brief potentially spirit-crushing conversation in which they are told what they’re doing wrong with their life.
$2000 — Advice from a Priest, Rabbi & Nicolas Cage Impersonator.  You can make this happen!  We will set up an advice table at a show and give the gift of their combined advice to everyone that attends and seeks their help. You will be the official sponsor of our Priest, Rabbi & Nicolas Cage Impersonator and everyone will know that it was your company’s generosity that made it possible.
$2500 – Official sponsor of our “Play Connect Four with a Dermatologist” table.
$5000 Official Sponsor of our AWKWARD DUCK BOAT RIDE! Featuring businessmen, a variety of religious music, unusual food and, if we’re lucky, a former cast member from a bad reality TV show.

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Pretty Good Friends tour with Daniel Kitson!

I’m going on a short US tour in May with award-winning bearded British comedian Daniel Kitson. This is Kitson’s first US tour ever (he’s done shows only in NYC previously). If you’re wondering if Daniel has been called the “Salinger of stand-up,” the answer is yes. Is he possibly the “reluctant hero of British comedy”? Again, yes. I say he’s won awards, but are they all impressive foreign awards we American’s don’t know much about? Kind of: Edinburgh Perrier Comedy Award 2002,  the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award 2007, and The Scotsman Fringe First Award (though I didn’t Google this one, I imagine it’s not easy to win it in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010). There’s others, but I’ve run out of space! Also, a little while back, he was included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 50 Funniest People Now. If you’re in any of the cities we’re coming to, you should come.

Here’s a show of Daniel’s from The Stand in Edinburgh 2005 that he put up on Bandcamp. It’s one of the first shows of his I ever saw and I really loved it.

Tour dates are:
May 3, Boston, MA
May 9, Ferndale, Michigan
May 11, Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 12, Chicago, Illinois
May 13, Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio
May 14, Nashville, Tennessee

Click HERE for ticket links and more info.

Lastly, here’s John Oliver telling a story of a heroic act of friendship on Daniel’s part:

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Become a sponsor of the Boston/ Cambridge EMCF 2014!

We’re very excited for our festival this year — full of amazing performers, including: Kristen Schaal, John Hodgman, Nick Thune, Wyatt Cenac, Chelsea Peretti, Daniel Kitson, Bridget Everett, Jon Benjamin, Janelle James, a special Star Talk Live guest hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Mehran Kheghani, Ken Reid and more!

We have lots of weird, fun sponsorship opportunities for companies (or individuals). A recent study, conducted by me this morning while day-dreaming, suggests that our festival is the number one way to reach 18 – 49-year-olds with disposable annual incomes of $60,000,000 per household! How do you convince a 20-year-old engineering student to buy YOUR company’s helicopter or iPhone App? By becoming a sponsor of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival.

Are you a wonderful company or person? Then maybe you’d like to chose an item from our oddball sponsorship menu — which ranges from “quite affordable” to “pleasantly expensive.” Email juliesmithclem@gmail.com if you’re interested and she can provide you with our full rate card with all our sponsorship options. For now, here’s a few:

$100 – Special thanks in our festival program under the heading “barely charitable organizations.”

$500 – Your logo will appear on LOGO JOHNNY (a guy that will walk around with logos on him – 15 sponsors max – at a minimum of 1 show, more shows if we get enough sponsors).

$1,000 (includes 2 VIP tickets to one show) — Before a show of your choice, two MIMES will casually mime your company’s mission statement to audience as they arrive.

$2,500 (includes 4 VIP tickets to one show) — We will prominently display items with your logo in a big trash can.

$2,500 (includes 4 VIP tickets to one show) — Eugene will talk about your company for 30 seconds at the beginning of one of our shows — he can say anything he wants!

$10,000 (includes 2 VIP tickets to every show or 8 VIP tickets to any one show) — Official Sponsor of our VERY SPECIAL AFTER PARTY.

$10,000 (includes 2 VIP tickets to every show or 8 VIP tickets to any one show) — A banner that says “X Company paid $10,000 for you to see this crappy banner we bought for $340.”

We also offer $250 half-page ads in our program and $450 full-page ads in our program, along with several other sponsorship options. So far, our sponsors include one of my beloved childhood record stores — Newbury Comics, the delicious Otto Pizza and famous Cuntwarbler Whiskey. Will you join the ranks of these esteemed companies?

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Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Coming to Boston and Cambridge May 1 – 4!

I’m very excited to announce that we’re doing our comedy festival in Boston and Cambridge in the first weekend of May with lots of fantastic performers, including Kristen Schaal, John Hodgman, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Daniel Kitson (from London!), Nick Thune, Star Talk Live with guest host Bill Nye The Science Guy, Bridget Everett, Janelle James, Ken Red and Mehran Khaghani.

Tickets go on sale Friday March 7th at noon. Click on this small picture of the schedule to see it bigger and then be able to read it:

Go to www.eugenemirmancomedyfestival.com or my live dates section for more info and ticket links.

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Chris O’Dowd + Jon Ronson added to 826NYC 10-Year-Anniversary Show + Discount Code!

On March 5th, 826NYC will celebrate 10 years of tutoring and creative writing workshops for the children of New York City, some of whom might go on to become president, an investigative reporter, or a doctor who is very good at creative writing! To mark the occasion we’re putting on a show at Town Hall in New York called One-On-One that will feature conversations between paired artists: WNYC’s Kurt Andersen and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, British ex-pat comedian John Oliver and Time Magazine’s Coolest Person of 2013 (this is true) Questlove, New York Times journalist Anand Giridharadas and Russian LGBT activist and journalist Masha Gessen, author Jon Ronson and Irish actor Chris O’Dowd, Fred Armisen and the Audience, hosted by Sarah Vowell and I, along with music by Robyn Hitchcock. All proceeds support 826NYC’s free writing and literacy programs. Get tickets by clicking on the following words — I am a good person who wants to help kids while enjoying a wonderful, unique show.

Also, you can use the discount code of 826NYC for 25% off regular tickets. There are also VIP tickets available for $250, which include great seats and a post-show meet-and-greet. If you get the $250 tickets, feel free to come up to me at the meet-and-greet, give me a hug, and then whisper, “You’re welcome.” I think that’s fair.

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Sarah Vowell and I are hosting the 10 year anniversary celebration of 826NYC, the free writing and tutoring center that is behind a secret bookcase at the Superhero Supply Company. The show will be at Town Hall on March 5th and feature one-on-one live conversations between various artists, including Ken Burns and Kurt Andersen, John Oliver and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson,” Anand Giridharadas and Masha Gessen, Fred Armisen and the Audience, along with music by Robyn Hitchcock. All proceeds support 826NYC’s free writing and literacy programs. More guests TBA. Get tickets by clicking on the following words — I am a good person who wants to help kids while enjoying a wonderful, unique show.

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Star Talk Radio Live 2/24/14

We’re doing another Star Talk Live with Neil deGrasse Tyson, me and special guest Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory, Blossom) on February 24th in Brooklyn at BAM! Tickets will go on sale 2/5/14.

I will be on tour for a few weeks before that in NC, GA, KY, OH, Pittsburgh & Ithaca. Click one the phrase clicky-clicky-show-show-info for show info.

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New episode of Star Talk Radio!

Here’s a new episode of Star Talk Radio, “Cosmic Queries: Science Fiction – The Sequel.” Neil deGrasse Tyson and I answer fan’s science questions about science fiction.

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February Tour Dates!

I’m going on tour in February. Opening for me will be the awesome, Austin-based poet Derrick Brown. Here’s a nice thing the New York Times (still the paper of record! Sorry, Rush Limboob!) said about Derrick’s writing, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.”

We’ll be in NC (Asheville and Carrboro), GA, KY, OH (Lakewood and Columbus), Pittsburgh and Ithaca, NY! Click on the crappy screen grab of my tour dates to go to my Live Shows page where there’s more info and links to tickets.

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StarTalk Live: I, Robot (Part 2)

Here’s Part 2 of StarTalk Live with Neil, Stephen Gorevan of Honeybee Robotics, W. Kamau Bell, Jason Sudeikis and me:

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