We did a StarTalk Live episode at The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Seattle in March, with Neil deGrasse Tyson, myself, Kristen Schaal, Paul F. Tompkins and Wil Wheaton. You can now listen to both parts one and two below!
I was on Too Beautiful To Live with Luke Burbank while in Seattle a few weeks ago, you can listen to the show below!
When I was at SXSW I was interviewed by the actor Kevin Pollak for his podcast. You can hear it now on iTunes, you’ll find it second in the list here!
Below you can listen to Part 2 of the episode of StarTalk recorded from the live show at The Bell House hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson with me, Wyatt Cenac, Professor of psychiatry Heather Berlin and science blogger Cara Santa Maria talking about brains.
A random note — I found out that this article was live because Mike Benner (who works on Bob’s Burgers tweeted me an image from the comments section):
Here’s some more comments:
Mostly, I want to clarify that I’m not paid by the companies I make fun of (though it would be amazing if Delta Airlines paid me to do a bit on my last album where I beep their name and claim they shit into everyone’s luggage and then set it on fire — alas — that is only something Jet Blue would pay for).
I love the Onion AV Club and the comments there. Even in this — where someone is wondering if I am paid to make fun of Time Warner — they are sympathetic to the possibility that I’d need to make money and, anyway, who knows how things work, right?
I know of comedians who are in commercials (I did one once!) or who’ve been paid to tweet about stuff (when I first joined Twitter some company offered to connect me to advertisers – meaning if we liked each other they would pay me and I would Tweet about them. However, my tweet was valued at $17.17 a tweet — which I promptly changed to $20,000 and never heard from anyone). Offhand, I don’t know of a comedian who has snuck products for money into their act. I could totally be wrong, I just have never heard of it.
This is not to say that if you are a company (that I like — or could learn to like) that you should not consider giving me millions of dollars. I am happy to accept money — I just won’t sneak it into my act. I might make a video. I might post your product to my Facebook page saying I like it, adding that I was paid and then I will thank you for hopefully helping me buy a nice oceanside home in Provincetown or Maine or somewhere. Please do not offer me under $500k. Thank you.
Also — to clarify — I did not take out a series of ads in the “Times” (New York Times?) getting people looking at Time-Warner’s improvements in service — but took out two ads in two weeklies — one in New York Free Press and another in the Greenpoint Gazette. I personally don’t think it reads like a list of improvements to their service.
Here’s also the bit I think Enkidum is talking about with Sprint (it’s about a banner ad I saw on MySpace years ago for Blackberry Storms — which I imagine are by now just used to teach current kindergarteners about the hard times we used to face in 2007).
Anyway, I know it’s a little silly to comment on this, but because I do so many bits about companies and ads and stuff, I just wanted to make it clear that I’m not sponsored by them.
Lastly, I am inside an airplane right now (won’t tell you the brand, but it’s an airline I hate!), and am heading to Seattle. Tomorrow is the first show of our festival. It is the return of Invite Them Up with Bobby Tisdale, me, Todd Barry, Ron Funches, Kurt Braunohler and probably more! Come!
UPDATE! The suggestion that I am a sneaky vehicle for companies I dislike has been rescinded! This is how the Internet should work! Random accusations of high people corrected by the accused while bored on airplane flights. This is what Al Gore had always dreamed for us.
Invite Them Up, 3/29 @ The Crocodile (8pm doors, 9pm show, $20, 21+) — with Bobby Tisdale, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Ron Funches and Todd Barry.
Star Talk Live, 3/30 @ Neptune (8pm doors, 9pm show, $19, all ages) — with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Paul F. Tompkins, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal and special guest!
Talent Show: Truth or Dare, 3/31 @ The Crocodile (6pm doors, 7pm show, $20, 21+) — with Elna Baker, Kevin Townley, Eugene Mirman, Bobby Tisdale, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler and more TBA!
Pretty Good Friends, 3/31 @ Neptune (8:30pm doors, 9:30p show, $19, all ages) — with Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, and Kurt Braunohler.
We’re bringing Brooklyn’s favorite ridiculous comedy festival to Seattle’s Neptune Theatre and The Crocodile at the very end of March. Here’s the most recent line-up and tickets are on sale now!
Invite Them Up, 3/29, The Crocodile Hosted by Bobby Tisdale w/ Eugene Mirman, Ron Funches and more TBA!
Star Talk Live, 3/30, Neptune Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson w/ Paul F. Tompkins, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman and special guests!
Talent Show, 3/31, The Crocodile Hosted by Elna Baker and Kevin Townley with Eugene Mirman, Bobby Tisdale and more TBA!
Pretty Good Friends, 3/31, Neptune With Bobcat Goldthwait, Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler and more TBA!
Here’s a little info on each show. We’ll be adding more people to shows as it gets closer to the date:
Invite Them Up was a weekly show that Bobby Tisdale (America’s greatest loveable clown-like wonder) and I used to do at the now defunct Rififi. It was a really fun show and we put out a three disc set on Comedy Central Records years ago.
Star Talk is a science radio show that is hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium, and someone who retains a suspicious amount of information about many, many subjects. For the last few years I’ve occasionally co-hosted Star Talk in the studio and from that came the idea of trying it live. We did the first Star Talk Live at our festival in September in Brooklyn and loved doing it. This is our first live one outside of New York. Here’s an episode we did with Scott Adsit, Kristen Schaal and Alan Alda(!). The Seattle taping will feature Neil, me, Paul F. Tompkins and some special guests.
Talent Show is a themed monthly variety show hosted by Elna Baker (This American Life) and Kevin Townley . It’s my favorite show to do in New York, because it’s genuinely unpredictable and super-fun. We did it at our Brooklyn festival and it was named the “Most memorable show/ descent into madness” of 2011 by Time Out New York.
Lastly, Pretty Good Friends is the weekly show that Julie Smith, Caroline Creaghead and I have been doing in Brooklyn for the last six years. This festival came out of us producing the weekly show. We’ve started touring Pretty Good Friends. Last year we did an east coast tour, a run of shows in London and just got back from San Francisco (here’s a review of the San Francisco show). I’m very excited Bobcat Goldthwait is coming to Seattle. His sets in San Francisco were awesome. Here’s a write-up in Rolling Stone about a bit he did with Ben Gibbard.
You can hear the episode of StarTalk recorded from the live show at The Bell House hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson with me, Wyatt Cenac, Professor of psychiatry Heather Berlin and science blogger Cara Santa Maria talking about brains! Check out the episode here.
We’re celebrating the Season Two premiere of FOX’s animated series Bob’s Burgers (airing on Sunday, March 11, 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), with a live show featuring comedy acts from me, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy, Kurt Braunohler and Jon Benjamin – plus previews from the new season – on Friday, March 9th. Doors are at 8pm and the show is free, but you’ll need a wristband to get in, which will be available at the Bell House box office while they last (first-come first-served), starting at 5pm on Friday.