9/5/13

Chicago and Minneapolis shows with Robyn Hitchcock this weekend

I’m doing two shows with Robyn Hitchcock this weekend, one Saturday 9/7 in Chicago at Old Town School of Folk Music and one Sunday 9/8 in Minneapolis at the Varsity Theater. Won’t you join us?

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:

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8/26/13

Therapy Bouncy Castle Sold! Become a EMCF Sponsor!

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!

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8/19/13

MirmanHodgmanSchaal Sandwich-To-Go Tour

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

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7/30/13

Star Talk Storms of Our Century Parts 1 & 2

Here’s the two parts of Star Talk Live from the Bell House, with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Questlove, Michael Showalter, Dr. Adam Sobel and me.

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6/23/13

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Boston + Cambridge June 28 – 30th!

For the last several years my friends, Julie Smith and Caroline Creaghead, and I have put on a small, silly, half-sincere/ half-parody comedy festival in Brooklyn. Last year we brought it to Seattle. This year we’re bringing it to Boston and Cambridge. We’re doing four shows (at The Wilbur and Sinclair): Pretty Good Friends (our super-fun former-weekly comedy show), Eugene’s Friend Ben’s Favorite Boston Comics (my friend Ben’s favorite comics!), One of Each (featuring comics of various ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations and religions!), and Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders (a music/ comedy/ literary variety show that I’ve done with Wes for many years in New York and on the road that’s now a live show on NPR). We’ll also probably have also lots of random silly things at the shows as well. More to come as we think of them/ do a small Kickstarter to pay for them (awkward party buses don’t pay for themselves). Here are the details of who is on what show, with more people being announced over the next few weeks, and some people not being announced until they are on stage:

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Boston + Cambridge Presents:

Fri, Jun 28
Wilbur Theater, Boston, MA
Pretty Good Friends with Eugene Mirman, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac and special guest! Tickets $27.

Sat, Jun 29, 6pm doors
The Sinclair
Cambridge, MA
Eugene’s Friend Ben’s Favorite Boston Comics. These are my friend Ben Dryer’s favorite Boston comics (which include me!!!!) Hosted by Ben Dryer and featuring Eugene Mirman, Guitler Raphael, Lillian DeVane, Katie McCarthy, Larry Murphy and Ken Reid and more! Tickets $15.

Sat, Jun 29, 9:30pm doors
The Sinclair
Cambridge, MA
One Of Each! with Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman, Claudia Cogan, Mehran Khaghani, Stephin Merritt and special guest! Tickets $20.

Sun, Jun 30
The Sinclair
Cambridge, MA
Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders featuring Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), Eugene Mirman, Tanya Donnelly, Steve Almond, Jenny Dee, Damon & Naomi, Bill Janovitz & Chris Colbourn (of Buffalo Tom), Bobcat Goldthwait and special guest! Tickets $20.

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6/14/13

Kickstarter Goal Reached + Kristen Schaal added!

We hit our goal! Thanks to everyone who bought one of our silly incentives to help us put on our festival! See at least three of you at the Official Eye-Contact Booth! We have 9 hours left with some fun rewards still available! Also, we’re very excited to announce Kristen Schaal has been added to the Pretty Good Friends show Friday June 28th at the Wilbur! Thanks to our backers we can put Kristen up in a hotel and not on a mattress we sneak into the Newbury Comics warehouse.

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6/12/13

30+ hours left and $1200 to go!

We’re very close to our Kickstarter goal and have a bit over two days left. I know we added the incentive only a few days ago, but it’s hard to believe only 3 people want to be listed in the program as a Racist so far. Who knows, the number may yet grow?

The good news is, there is still time to buy a hand-made classic ‘Zine, take out a 1/2 page ad for your business, or even for just $1000 — be the official caviar sponsor of the festival. I don’t know how much it would normally cost to have your company casually mentioned in various newspapers, but I imagine $1000 as an official caviar sponsor is fair — whether you sell automobiles, medicine or pleasure-machines. Either way, your company will shine in the eyes and wallets of the key demographic (humans!).

Last night, while most of you slept, we added one new incentive — a VIP badge (for $15!) that grants you no special access. Still, people will see it around your neck and wonder — does this person somehow have special access? Before you can even say, “No, I don’t,” that moment of curiosity is enough to start a new friendship, or better yet, a serious relationship that leads to a family and possibly a house in Falmouth, MA. Here is a beautiful screen-grab of several of the incentives, some purchased, some so-far left to the side, like a daughter of Lord Walder Frey, but still, surprisingly pretty. Maybe one is right for you?

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6/9/13

New Episode of Star Talk about Zombie Apocalypse!

Here’s part one of the latest Star Talk Radio with me, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Max Brooks (author of World War Z), and Dr. Ian Lipkin (Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia).

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6/6/13

New Kickstarter Incentives and video!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our Kickstarter so far! You’re the reason there will be some specials guests and extra fun! Also, let me know if you know of a good place in Boston to rent a baby goat so we can have people take pictures with it.

Enjoy the following viral video/ meme about the new incentives:

We’ve added several new Kickstarter incentives, some that will blow your minds! (IF you happen to be waking up from a coma of 16 years or more):

Eugene will braid your hair!
Beverages, Braids ‘n’ Bone Marrow “tots”- Eugene will do his best to braid your hair. Each backer gets one beverage, two braids and one order of bone marrow “tots”, 6pm at The Sinclair Kitchen on Sunday, June 30th.

Have Eugene call someone and ask them out for you (during the show at the Wilbur)!
Eugene will call someone and ask them out on a date on your behalf, live on stage during the Pretty Good Friends show at The Wilbur. You have to have their phone number.

Go roller-skating with Eugene, Ken Reid and Boston comics!
Come celebrate Ken Reid’s birthday with Eugene and Boston comics at a private roller skating party in a crappy town 20 minutes from Boston on Wednesday night, June 27th.

EUG-‘ZINE (I maybe definitely won’t call it that, you can relax!)
I’m going to make an old fashioned, photocopied ‘Zine with some various writings, photos, concert reviews, and bits & bobs and whoknowswhats!

Eugene will Tweet about you or your company!
Eugene will tweet something that either promotes or makes fun of you or your company to 280,000 followers (some of which are probably bots, but some of which are John Hodgman). Plus the tweet will be printed, framed, and autographed with the inscription, “Welcome to the future of advertising, fuck-face!”

Plus you can still…

Donate money to be called a racist in the program guide!
Submit a photo of yourself to the program and Eugene will write a caption for it!
Buy an autographed VIP Trash Bag that gets you into every show!
Buy a ½ page or full page ad in the program reaching powerful taste-makers and sex addicts!

And much more!

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5/29/13

We’ve Launched a Kickstarter Campaign for EMCF in Boston and Cambridge!

From June 28th to the 30th, some friends and I are doing a Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Boston and Cambridge, MA at The Wilbur Theater and The Sinclair. We’ve done our half-sincere-half-ironic festival in Brooklyn for the last 5 years and I’m excited to bring it home (The Sinclair is 3 blocks from where I did standup for the first time right after high school and a few blocks from The Comedy Studio, where I essentially began my comedy career after college).

Along with great acts (Bobcat Goldthwait, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Wesley Stace, Tanya Donelly, Damon and Naomi, Bill Janovitz & Chris Colbourn, Ben Dryer and many more), we often try to do a bunch of free, silly things. This year, aside from covering the various expenses of bringing in and putting up several acts, we’d like to have a baby goat photo-booth, give out red caviar, have a cardboard VIP room open to the audience, bring in special guests and potentially a myriad of other random things, depending on how much extra money we raise. As we did a few years ago, we’re turning to Kickstarter. So, if any of the incentives appeal to you, feel free to give us a little money. If you’re an eccentric thousand-aire, maybe consider being the Official Caviar Sponsor? Thanks. See you in a few weeks.

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