Yesterday I co-hosted Star Talk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson. He’s an astrophysicist who is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History. We talked about the science behind UFOs and UFO sightings. Guess what? If you think you saw a UFO it’s more likely your mind lying to you about a weird cloud or balloon you’ve never seen before. Don’t worry, I’m not saying there’s no way space-men from a lizard planet have infiltrated top levels of government, I’m just saying on top of that, your mind lies to you. But also, it’s pretty unlikely that lizard-aliens are here, regardless of all the proof you can hear on late-night radio driving through the mid-west. You can listen to the episode here and on iTunes.
I’ll be the guest co-host of StarTalk today at 6pm on 970am in NY or streamed live at www.startalkradio.net. We’re going to be talking about UFOs. But because Neil is a scientist, it will be informative and not the real or imagined ravings of a captured, probed woodsman.
Someone at New York Magazine had the wonderful sense to force (in exchange for money) Paul F. Tompkins to watch and review American Idol for this new season. You can read it here and here and here and here. (Finally! This is the year I will become known as America’s first Hyper-Link Comedian!)
The Onion’s AV Club is probably my favorite place for arts reviews and interviews and whatnot. If you don’t follow them on Twitter, you should. It’s the best way to find out exactly who Bane is or to read a fair review of a not great, but not terrible movie. Anyway, here’s a great interview with Kristen Schaal.
Over the holiday break I stopped by Thrive Project in Turners Falls, MA and did a talk about writing and comedy with Thrive’s co-founder and director, Jamie Berger. Thrive Project is a non-profit devoted to helping young adults pursue happiness, which is something I admire. There’s countless people who might need something big or small (but genuinely, realistically attainable) to help them pursue their dreams, and Thrive Project helps them. Enjoy this video below. And consider donating here! Thanks, friend.
Daniel Kitson, the charming and perfectly bearded British comedian/story-teller is in New York City this month doing a one-man theater show at St. Ann’s Warehouse. He’s truly wonderful and you should go see him. You will be making a mistake if you do not, because he rarely comes to America and when he does, he almost never makes eye contact with people. Here’s an article on Daniel from today’s New York Times (a paper that to this day impresses anyone’s parents if you’re in it).
Here’s an interview I did with Vanity Fair full of predictions for 2011. Enjoy!
I’m going to be live blogging about the mid-term election on November 2nd for Comedy Central’s Indecision site. I haven’t decided what I’ll be wearing yet, but probably American flag underwear, for those who are curious (I’m talking to you, Gretchen Van Doodle). I’ve never live-blogged before, but from what I understand it’s when you share your feelings about junior-high and politics as they happen. I will try not to confuse the two (even though they are so similar!!!) I’m going to do a few pre-live blogs before the election. Here’s my first entry, about how I am a kind-hearted centrist who dislikes kooks.
I’m doing a show in Turners Falls to benefit Thrive Project Saturday 10/2 at the Elks Lodge on L and 9th street at 8pm with Michael Showalter, A.D. Miles and Leo Allen.
Also, several weeks ago, Kristen Schaal, John Roberts and I were in LA doing interviews in a hotel for several hours talking about Bob’s Burgers. We sat in a room as different reporters would come in. As the day went on we became more and more rambunctious. Here is one such interview we did with Dallas radio station.
Here is the line-up for this year’s Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival taking place in lovely Brooklyn, NY from September 16th to the 19th:
An Evening of Comedy From 1986 (THURSDAY 9/16, Bell House, 8PM, $10) w/ Emo Philips, Tony V., Larry Murphy, Ron Lynch and Jon Glaser, Eugene Mirman.
Montreal Callbacks (FRIDAY 9/17, Union Hall, 7:30PM, $10) w/ Mike Lawrence, Dan St. Germain, Ken Reid, Hannibal Buress, Greg Johnson, Max Silvestri, Kurt Braunohler.
Invite Them Up (FRIDAY 9/17, Bell House, 9PM, $15) w/ Bobby Tisdale, A.D. Miles, Eugene Mirman, Maeve Higgins, Reggie Watts, Daniel Kitson.
Mike Birbiglia Interviews a Bunch of Sort of Authors and Sarah Vowell (SATURDAY 9/18, Bell House, 5:30 doors, 6PM show, $15) w/ Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Vowell, Michael Showalter, Eugene Mirman, Patrick Borelli.
A Night of Gay or Foreign Comedy (SATURDAY, Rock Shop, 7:30, $10) Hosted by Gabe Liedman w/ Maeve Higgins, Glenn Wool, Brent Sullivan, Kumail Nanjiani. (Tickets not on sale yet on website).
Eugene’s World Class Masters Of Comedy (SATURDAY 9/18, Union Hall, 7:30PM, $10) w/ Daniel Kitson, Ron Lynch, Marc Maron and more!
Why Do I Know Everything About Everyone At This French Diner?: An Evening of Espionage Themed Comedy Celebrating Our Love of the Bourne Trilogy and All Things Spy (SATURDAY 9/18, Bell House, 8:30 doors, 9PM show, $15) w/ Slovin and Allen, William Graham, Kumail Nanjiani, Sarah Vowell, Eugene Mirman, Marc Maron, John Wesley Harding.
Wes and Eugene’s Cabinet Of Wonders (SUNDAY 9/19, Bell House, 6PM, $15) Hosted by John Wesley Harding w/ Yo La Tengo, John Oliver, Colson Whitehead, Darin Strauss, Eugene Mirman.
Toddless Tinkle (SUNDAY 9/19, Bell House, 9PM, $15) w/ David Cross, Jon Benjamin, John Mulaney, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal and more!
In other news…
I will be performing in London on September 10th as part of the Greenwich Comedy Festival. Come to that show if you live in the UK or want to travel to London, where it is expensive, but nice.
I will also be doing a benefit in Turners Falls, MA on October 2nd for Thrive Project at The Elks Lodge (1 Columbus Ave) w/ Michael Showalter, A.D. Miles, and Leo Allen. 8pm, $15.
About Thrive: Based in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, the Thrive Project – through tutoring, coaching, apprenticeship, creative engagement and community participation – helps young adults go beyond merely surviving to build lives that they find meaningful.