8/31/14

UPDATED! Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Brooklyn 2014!


We’ve added some performers to the 7th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Brooklyn! A bunch of the shows at Bell House are sold out, but there are still some tix for some of the Union Hall shows and a few of the Bell House ones.

This year’s performers include Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Che, Nick Thune, Robyn Hitchcock, Jon Glaser, Elna Baker, Kevin Townley, Ira Glass, Bridget Everett, Dave Hill, Bobby Tisdale, Derrick Brown, Amber Tamblyn, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Joseph Keckler, Elliot Glazer, Guilia Rozzi, Josh Gondelman, Mehran Khaghani, Michelle Wolf, Phoebe Robinson, Janelle James, Beth Lisick, Maeve Higgins, Jim Tews, Emily Maya Mills, Damien Lemon, Jessi Klein, Chris Duffy and more!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
THE TALENT SHOW PRESENTS…GOWANUS IDOL
Hosted by: Elna Baker and Kevin Townley
With Ira Glass, Bridget Everett, Dave Hill, Bobby Tisdale, Derrick Brown, Amber Tamblyn, Joseph Keckler, Elliot Glazer, Eugene Mirman and Guilia Rozzi!
8p doors, 830p show @ Bell House $20
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655429

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
5 COMICS TO WATCH GET ON VARIETY’S 10 COMICS TO WATCH LIST
Hosted by Josh Gondelman.
With Mehran Khaghani, Michelle Wolf, Phoebe Robinson, Janelle James and more!
7p doors, 7:30p show @ Union Hall $10
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655477

DERRICK BROWN’S COMEDY & POETRY EXTRAVAGONZO!
Featuring the book launch of “Our Poison Horse,” comedy, and a post-show dance party.
Hosted by: Derrick Brown.
With: Elna Baker, Wyatt Cenac, Beth Lisick, Maeve Higgins and more!
9p doors, 9:30p show @ Union Hall $10
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655483

A NIGHT OF CUTIE-PIES
With: Michael Che, Eugene Mirman, Nick Thune, Jon Glaser and more!
8:30p doors, 9:00p show @ Bell House $20
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655439

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
5 COMICS TO WATCH GET ON VARIETY’S 10 COMICS TO WATCH LIST
Hosted by Jim Tews, with Emily Maya Mills, Maeve Higgins, Damien Lemon and more!
7p doors, 7:30p show @ Union Hall $10
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655491

PRETTY GOOD FRIENDS — SOLD OUT
With: Nick Thune, Eugene Mirman, Jessi Klein, Wyatt Cenac, Robyn Hitchcock and more!
7p doors, 7:30p show @ Bell House $20
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655445

YOU NEVER KNOW WHO MIGHT DROP BY! — SOLD OUT
Hosted by: Special Guest.
Featuring: Special guest, H. Jon Benjamin, and special guest. With special guest.
9:30p doors, 10p show @ Bell House $20
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655447

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
YOU’RE THE EXPERT
4:30p doors, 5:00p show @ Bell House
Hosted by: Chris Duffy
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655451

STARTALK LIVE! — SOLD OUT
with host Bill Nye, co-host Eugene Mirman, and special guests.
7:30p doors, 8:00p show @ Bell House
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655461

MONDAY, SEPTMEBER 22
STARTALK LIVE! — SOLD OUT
with host Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-host Eugene Mirman, and special guests.
8p doors, 8:30p show @ Bell House
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655469

For updates and more information go to EugeneMirmanComedyFestival.com!

Also, this year, we’ve added a festival pass (well only 10 of them). We’ve given it a dumb name, as any festival demands — the EUG EXPRESS LANE VIP PASSES! Purchase of a EUG EXPRESS LANE VIP PASS gets you admission to every festival show (for you and a guest). You can skip the line, too! But don’t brag about it. You will also receive a custom gift basket made by Eugene Mirman! The gift basket will definitely include two slightly cumbersome drink tickets, the generic equivalent to Excedrin, Epsom Salt and other oddities!

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8/7/14

EMCF 2014 Brooklyn Line-up Announced!

Announcing the 7th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Brooklyn! Some of this year’s performers include Jon Benjamin, Wyatt Cenac, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Robyn Hitchcock, Bridget Everett, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Derrick Brown, Elna Baker, Michael Che, Nick Thune, Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, Jessi Klein & many more! Tickets on sale Friday 8/8 at 1pm.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
THE TALENT SHOW PRESENTS…GOWANUS IDOL
Hosted by: Elna Baker and Kevin Townley
With: Bridget Everett, Dave Hill, Ira Glass and more!
8p doors, 830p show @ Bell House $20
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655429

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
5 COMICS TO WATCH GET ON VARIETY’S 10 COMICS TO WATCH LIST
With: Mehran Khaghani, Michelle Wolf and more!
7p doors, 7:30p show @ Union Hall $10
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655477

DERRICK BROWN’S COMEDY & POETRY EXTRAVAGONZO!
Featuring the book launch of “Our Poison Horse,” comedy, and a post-show dance party.
Hosted by: Derrick Brown.
With: Elna Baker, Wyatt Cenac, Maeve Higgins and more!
9p doors, 9:30p show @ Union Hall $10
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655483

A NIGHT OF CUTIE-PIES
With: Michael Che, Eugene Mirman, Nick Thune, Jon Glaser and more!
8:30p doors, 9:00p show @ Bell House $20
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655439

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
5 COMICS TO WATCH GET ON VARIETY’S 10 COMICS TO WATCH LIST
With: Emily Maya Mills, Maeve Higgins and more!
7p doors, 7:30p show @ Union Hall $10
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655491

PRETTY GOOD FRIENDS
With: Nick Thune, Eugene Mirman, Jessi Klein, Wyatt Cenac, Robyn Hitchcock and more!
7p doors, 7:30p show @ Bell House $20
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655445

YOU NEVER KNOW WHO MIGHT DROP BY!
Hosted by: Special Guest.
Featuring: Special guest, H. Jon Benjamin, and special guest. With special guest.
9:30p doors, 10p show @ Bell House $20
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655447

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
YOU’RE THE EXPERT
4:30p doors, 5:00p show @ Bell House
Hosted by: Chris Duffy
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655451

STARTALK LIVE!
with host Bill Nye, co-host Eugene Mirman, and special guests.
7:30p doors, 8:00p show @ Bell House
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655461

MONDAY, SEPTMEBER 22
STARTALK LIVE!
with host Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-host Eugene Mirman, and special guests.
8p doors, 8:30p show @ Bell House
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/655469

For updates and more information go to EugeneMirmanComedyFestival.com!

Also, this year, we’ve added a festival pass (well only 10 of them). We’ve given it a dumb name, as any festival demands — the EUG EXPRESS LANE VIP PASSES! Purchase of a EUG EXPRESS LANE VIP PASS gets you admission to every festival show (for you and a guest).  You can skip the line, too!  But don’t brag about it.  You will also receive a custom gift basket made by Eugene Mirman!  The gift basket will definitely include two slightly cumbersome drink tickets, the generic equivalent to Excedrin, Epsom Salt and other oddities!

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6/29/14

New items in online store + sale!

There’s a bunch of new stuff available in my online store. Looking for a weird thing to own/ give as a gift? Consider this amazing commemorative plate (it says, “I’m gonna kick you so hard in the dick you’re gonna cum fear.”):

I originally made these years ago to sell on a tour with Flight of the Conchords and thought they were all sold out. But it turns out I still have some! I probably won’t make any more commemorative plates (they are very unnecessarily heavy to travel with, though a lot of fun to own).

I also have a handful of ‘Zines I made left over from a recent tour. Like a disenfranchised teenager in 1991, I took a bunch of things I wrote, cut them up, taped them to pieces of paper and photo-coppied them. This 34-page ‘Zine is a collection of odds-and-ends, including, restaurant recommendations, weird lists, skits, photographs, a Reddit monologue I wrote for Samuel Jackson, the original filled-out Cupid bit and other random stuff. The cover is a picture of my pre-school in Moscow from 1977 or so:

Here is also a limited edition screen-printed poster (made on very heavy stock, it would be fair to call the paper “cardboard-esque”) that I made for my recent live-album taping in Seattle:

If you’re looking for something of mine, don’t buy one of those shitty 8x10s on ebay that I’ve maybe autographed for the insanely unreasonable price of $85 that screwballs sell, but maybe get one of these nice, weird things I’ve made. Thanks!

Also, there are a bunch of old posters from past festival and things on sale in the store as well.

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5/18/14

My Two Graduation Speeches

It’s graduation season once again! In case you are still in need of life-advice, here is the entire collection of my award winning (not really) commencement speeches — the first is from my old high school, Lexington, MA, in 2009, and the second is from my alma mater, Hampshire College, in 2012. If you watch both, along with your years and years of studying stuff, you should have the building-blocks of leading a happy, fulfilled life:

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4/29/14

US Tour Dates with Britain’s Daniel Kitson!

Tour dates are:
May 9, Ferndale, Michigan — The Loving Touch
May 11, Minneapolis, Minnesota — Women’s Club Assembly Hall
May 12, Chicago, Illinois — House of Blues
May 13, Cincinnati, Ohio — Bogart’s
May 14, Nashville, Tennessee — Belcourt Theater
May 16, Brooklyn, NY — Masonic Temple

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 unfamiliar with him, here’s a great article about him. And another about him being the “reluctant hero of British comedy.” He’s won lots of international awards, including the Edinburgh Perrier Comedy Award, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award, and The Scotsman Fringe First Award (whatever that is, but he won it in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010). A few years ago 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.

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4/23/14

Last few days to sponsor our fest & raise your brand’s status to “Level 9 Wonderful Brand!”

This excellent photo of me holding a baby lion was taken by the amazing Kelly Davidson-Savage. But it’s really not related to this post. Anyway…

Instead of renaming our festival something sad, like the Exxon Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival for $1,000,000, we’re offering a chance for people and companies to sponsor specific, fun/ odd things at our festival. You can also just buy a 1/2 page or full page ad in our festival program. If you’re interested in these, please email Julie Smith-Clem at juliesmithclem (at) gmail.com. She’ll also get you our full list of sponsorship stuff.

We’d like to thank some of our awesome sponsors so far, including, Newbury Comics, Otto Pizza and Cuntwarbler Whiskey! Thank you very much, wonderful companies!

HERE IS AN AWESOME, PARTIAL LIST OF THINGS YOU CAN SPONSOR OR BUY

$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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4/14/14

Neko Case & Eric Bachmann added to EMCF Boston fest!

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)!

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4/3/14

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. If I say he’s won awards, but are they all impressive foreign awards we Americans 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 8, Brooklyn, NY
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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3/15/14

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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3/7/14

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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