Robots can’t laugh, but the crowd never stopped when StarTalk Live went back to the Bell House for the 6th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Guests included Stephen Gorevan of Honeybee Robotics, the makers of robotic equipment used on NASA’s Mars Rovers, along with comedians W. Kamau Bell and Jason Sudeikis. In Part 1, host Neil deGrasse Tyson leads a conversation about robots and space exploration, from Voyager 1 to the Mars Opportunity, Spirit and Curiosity Rovers and beyond. You’ll learn what actually defines a robot, why some robots are built to mimic humans and others are built to perform certain tasks, and the benefits and drawbacks of using
robots vs. people. You’ll also find out about the New Horizons mission to Pluto, Robonaut 2 on the ISS, and the plans to send a nuclear powered robotic mole to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, to dig through its icy surface to explore the ocean beneath.
I’m doing a few tour dates in the north east. The first one is in Northampton, MA at the Academy of Music on 11/30 with Mehran Khaghani and Zach Livingston.
I can’t wait to return to Western Mass and joke around about Thornes Market, the PVTA and Bart’s Ice Cream (where I used to work! — the one in Northampton (not Amherst) — that’s now Pizzaria Sam’s — that’s probably not what it’s called, but that’s what I decided to call it based on Google street view).
Here is part one of the Star Talk Radio Live that we recorded at Town Hall with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Buzz “I will punch you in the face if you harass me and say I never walked on the moon” Aldrin and Daily Show guest-host John Oliver.
I’m happy to announce the 6th annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival from September 26th to the 29th, featuring world-class entertainers, including: Kristen Schaal, Jon Benjamin, Ira Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Jim Gaffigan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Todd Barry, Kurt Braunohler, Bobby Tisdale, Michael Che and many more! Check out the line-up below.
Thursday, Sept 26 @ Bell House
The Urbane Comedy Hour: Non-Stop Courtesy and Culture Through the Prism of Comedy
With: Eugene Mirman, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass with Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass, Wyatt Cenac and special guest!
8:00p Doors, 8:30p Show
Friday, Sept 27 @ Bell House
StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman
6:30p Doors, 7:00p Show
Friday, Sept 27 @ Union Hall
Comics Marc Maron Will Probably Resent in the Next Couple of Years
Hosted by: Jim Tews
With: Seaton Smith, Kate Berlant, Adam Newman and more!
7:30p Doors, 8:00p Show
Friday, Sept 27 @ Bell House
Invite Them Up!
Hosted by: Bobby Tisdale
With: Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Michael Che, Mehran Khaghani and more!
9:30p Doors, 10:00p Show
Saturday, Sept 28 @ Bell House
Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen
With: Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Eugene Mirman, Nick Turner, Leo Allen, Bridgett Everett and more!
7:00p Doors, 7:30p Show
Saturday, Sept 28 @ Union Hall
Comics We Hope Don’t Move to LA (Though We Understand There Is Much More Work There)
Hosted by: Sean Donnelly
With: Jena Friedman, Dan St Germain, Claudia Cogan, Josh Gondelman
9p doors, 9:30p show
Sunday, Sept 29 @ Bell House
Pretty Good Friends: Celebrating the Season 4 Premiere of Bob’s Burgers!
Performances from Bob’s Burgers Cast Members and Guest Stars.
Followed by an After-Party and live screening of the season premiere.
With: Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Jon Benjamin, Larry Murphy and many more!
5:30p doors, 6:00p show.
Here’s a clip of Robyn Hitchcock singing Airscape from Storefront Hitchcock, a concert film by Jonathan Demme, the taping of which I attended as a young man:
Thanks to the lovely people at JASH we will now have a bouncy castle at the festival with a therapist inside that you can talk to about your problems as you bounce!
We have many more wonderful things your company can sponsor to help us with all our dumb, fun goals. As you know, our audience consists entirely of Trend-Masters and sponsoring something at The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is possibly like reaching 28,000,000.
Some things you can still sponsor include our Official Eye Contact Booth, the “Throw a water balloon at a Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro or Jack Nicholson impersonator” station outside of the venue, pony rides, pig roast (or even just a side dish!), take out ads in the program and much more! Email Julie.Smith (at) gmail.com for our rate card. Thanks!
MirmanHodgmanSchaal Sandwich-To-Go Tour:
Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, and Kristen Schaal
Team Up For Six-City Tour This October
Tickets on sale Friday, August 23 at 12pm
[August 19, 2013, New York, NY] – Comedians Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, and Kristen Schaal will take to the road this October as they set off on their “MirmanHodgmanSchaal Sandwich-To-Go Tour” presented by AEG Live. The tour will stop at six cities in six days, starting with the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA on October 15 and wrapping up at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland, OH on October 20.
“John and Kristen are two of my favorite people to watch do comedy, travel with, and hopefully, if I play my cards right, cuddle with,” says Mirman of the tour.
The trio has shared the stage and the screen with Mirman and Schaal as regulars on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, and Schaal and Hodgman as contributors on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Currently Mirman and Schaal voice the characters “Gene” and “Louise” on Fox’s hit animated series Bob’s Burgers. Hodgman also recently starred in his own Netflix special John Hodgman: Ragnarok.
“The MirmanHodgmanSchaal sandwich shall soon be among the most famous sandwiches in the United States,” says Hodgman. “Much more famous than the Beef on Weck and Croque-Monsieur, but not as famous as the French Dip. GODDAMN YOU FRENCH DIP. STOP HOGGING THE LIMELIGHT.”
Adds Schaal: “Mirman, Hodgman and I have wanted to do this tour for awhile. We are so thrilled that it’s finally happening! Comedy connoisseurs! Come whet your appetites on this delicate, yet robust, and slightly aged sandwich of us! Your city, plus the three of us together will probably only happen once in all our lifetimes.”
Tickets for the “MirmanHodgmanSchaal Sandwich-To-Go Tour” will go on sale on Friday, August 23 at 12pm and will be available at AXS.com, Ticketmaster.com, or the venue box office.
The pre-sale password is “cheese”.
Oct 15 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
Oct 16 Washington, DC Lisner Auditorium
Oct 17 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 18 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
Oct 19 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre