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
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.
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:
Sat, Jun 29, 6pm doors
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.
Sun, Jun 30
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.
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.
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?