Get Ready for a Docu-Special of Bobcat Goldthwait & Dana Gould Touring, a “Joy Ride”
A docu-special from either Bobcat Goldthwait or Dana Gould would very much peak our interest, but a tour doc/concert film is something else altogether. Indeed, Goldthwait and Gould went on the road together, often performing on stage as a duo and they had the whole thing documented (including them driving from town to town to town to town).
Called Joy Ride, it not only shows to giants in comedy share some masterfully crafted jokes and some astounding stories, but it captures the unique, rare sort of friendship that is forged from some hardened bitterness. If you’re going to the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin later this month, you can catch the premiere of Joy Ride on Sept. 25th, but, if not, you’ll be able to stream it on demand or catch in theaters in limited release on Oct. 29th.
In the meantime, get a taste of all of we just mentioned above in the trailer for Joy Ride here. A very well may be a touring road doc/buddy comedy/comedy concert film unlike any other.
Pick of the Day: Space Babes (in LA) 9/24
Live comedy on the Eastside in LA grows stronger day by day. More venues and shows are either coming back or popping up (and this was the case pre-lockdown as well). The latest addition to the comedy boom on the eastside of town is a brand spanking new, outdoor stand-up show called Space Babes.
Taking the outdoor space at Highland Park’s long standing neighborhood bar, The Offbeat, the ever cleverly rambunctious Randy Liedtke will host this new stand-up endeavor and kick it off with a real barnburner of an inaugural line-up. That’ll include Rory Scovel, Lizzy Cooperman, Sara Schaefer, and Jared Goldstein (and there’s more to come!).
Best of all, it’s free to attend (so long as you have proof of vaccination).
Don’t miss the very first Space Babes on Fri. Sept. 24th at 8PM PT.
“The Nowhere Inn” Is a Trippy Meditation on the Nature of Fame (That Also Happens to Be a Satirical Comedy Too)
It must have been much of your experience over the last year and a half to take in a gargantuan amount of TV and movies; very likely more than you’ve ever watched in any other time in your life. With binge watching of content at an all time high, you’re likely to note the repetitive and homogenous nature of it all. There are slight tweaks hear and there, some new talent you’ve never seen before and some of your old stand-bys try something new.
Certainly, very little of it jolted us out of the dynamic of just watching something because it was on and new.
The extremely trippy, meta rock mockumentary, The Nowhere Inn, from writers Carrie Brownstein and Annie Clark AKA St. Vincent and director Bill Benz is a much needed, refreshing, starkly funny departure from so much of, well, everything else out there. It’s already a bold concept to have a fictional documentary/satire about making a documentary of art rock phenom St. Vincent on tour going off the rails of the here and now and into several layers of the subconscious and unconscious. It takes on the nature of fame/rock stardom in such a surreal fashion that really makes you reexamine why they are so desired (or that being the narrative we’ve been subjected to with hours and hours and box sets upon box sets of rock docs and live concert specials).
Throughout that particular journey, The Nowhere Inn jumps, breaks, stretches genre tropes, and expectations in bolder and bolder ways that one might wonder where the film is taking us and, just as important, where we were just a few moments ago. That may be some deep water to dive into, but trust that Brownstein’s presence here makes sure there’s enough Portlandia-esque subversion to keep a fascinating narrative thread going.
In fact, The Nowhere Inn seems to be on a mission to subvert the whole idea of performatively pondering the difference between art and artist and the fame cloaking it all, especially if you just simply love the art that they make for us all.
We couldn’t help but keep thinking of This Is Spinal Tap throughout watching Clark and Brownstein’s attempt at making a very curated, hip behind-the-scenes tour documentary go awry. Famously, Spinal Tap saw a hair metal band let their egos hysterically get the best of them in a faux documentary format and The Nowhere Inn carries that torch, but opts to go to the outer limits with it. There’s more than a few passages in the film that are very much are a lucid dream that’s starting to unravel (before you get thrust back into some sort of reality).
Both Clark and Brownstein take really take huge swings in being something unto itself and wholly and enthrallingly unique and absurdly funny in the process even as they’re literally and figuratively winking at their own fictional selves winking at the camera.
The Nowhere Inn hits theaters and VOD this Fri. Sept. 17th.
You can get a dab of what’s to come with The Nowhere Inn trailer here.
The Comedy Bureau Field Report Ep. 77: Chase Bernstein & Letting Go
Chase Bernstein. Perhaps, the guest we have the best chemistry with on The Comedy Bureau Field Report? You judge for yourself as Chase and TCB’s Jake Kroeger delightfully run through the news of the passing of Norm MacDonald, season renewals of Only Murders in the Building and The Amber Ruffin Show, and Jim Breuer refusing to perform at venues that require proof of vaccination. Chase also details the virtue of really just not giving an “F” and the freedom of it when doing comedy.
Produced by Jake Kroeger
Music by Brian Granillo
Artwork by Andrew Delman and KT
Pick of the Day: Conservation Comedy (near LA) 9/21
If you are deathly concerned for the environment and the human effect on it or, recently, became deathly concerned for it due to so many scientific reports pointing towards even more climate related disasters than we’ve already had to endure in the last few years, you might want to go to this particular comedy show, Conservation Comedy next week.
Brought to you by Sara Newton (Big Litter Ocean), it’s both a comedy show and edutainment about plastic pollution in association with Plastic Oceans LA. Not only will you very likely be with other folks that want the wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and more to stop on such a disastrous scale, but you’ll get to enjoy the really, really great comedy stylings of Sheng Wang, Brooklyn Jones, Kristen Studard, and MK Paulsen.
This latest edition of Conservation Comedy is set for Tues. Sept. 21st at 6PM PT at the Warehouse Restaurant right on the marina in Marina Del Rey. You can come and enjoy the show for free (you can donate to Conservation Comedy as well)!
Pick of the Day: Cagematch 2121 (in NYC) starting 9/16
One of our favorite and, coincidentally, one of the best ways to watch long form improvisational comedy was through a late weeknight showcase known as “Cagematch”. Multiple teams would be pitted against each other to serve up the best performances they could to emerge victorious and, hopefully, remain on a winning streak as long as possible. We’ve been lucky enough to see runs go for well over a year when UCB used to have their improv Cagematches going in LA and it was some of the funniest things we’ve ever seen performed on a comedy stage of any kind.
With more and more comedy things reopening, we’re indeed going to get an improv cagematch back in, of all places, UCB’s old Chelsea venue in NYC, which is now under a different banner, Asylum NYC. The best of NYC improv will go head to head at Cagematch 2121 at Asylum NYC every other week starting on Sept. 16th (feat. Higgins vesus Shrecc). Ironically enough, many Cagematches fictionalized some sort of post-apocalyptic world in which these showdowns would take place and, for what it’s worth, it’s a little more close to reality now.
R.I.P. Norm MacDonald, 1959-2021
One of the funniest people in the history of comedy passed way today. One, Norm MacDonald, succumbed to a battle with cancer according to USA Today at the age of 61.
MacDonald’s revered career saw his rise as one of Canada’s best comedy exports of all time (and that’s a tall order to fill) in stand-up, on SNL (especially as Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy), and his legendary appearances on late night with Conan O’Brien (seriously, go down a YouTube or Team Coco rabbit hole to watch and marvel at how Norm beautifully confounds Conan at every turn).
There are a handful of ingenious books, hours and hours of stand-up, and are so many other countless TV and movie appearances (as well as Sports Show with Norm MacDonald and Norm MacDonald Has a Show), as well as his enlightening philosophical explorations into the nature of comedy (often made on his Twitter feed) that you need to revisit if you haven’t done so already. MacDonald is indeed a comedy legend as he was so in tune with his comedic voice that he could be funny in nearly any context that you put him in.
The sheer, never ending curiosity and subsequent comedic artistry of Norm is what we’ll remember him and continued to be inspired by.
Once, during an interview, he surmised that, “the perfect joke would be where the set up and the punchline were identical.” We’re not sure if he achieved that exactly, but Norm was so damn funny that him saying the set up was already one of the funniest things you have ever heard a human being say.
Pick of the Day: Jen Kirkman: OK, Gen-X Album Taping (in NYC) 12/1-12/4
Probably like the rest of you reading this, Jen Kirkman is one of the people we dearly miss seeing on stage since lockdown happened. Kirkman has consistently delivered some of our favorite hours between specials and albums over the years making for some of the most sharply observed material we’ve seen in comedy. Actually, we firmly believe Jen’s first Netflix special helped kick off Netflix’s ascent in comedy specials.
So, the prospect of being at the taping of Jen’s new hour is something we, too, firmly believe you shouldn’t miss. OK, Gen-X will be Kirkman’s new hour that will tape over four nights at Brooklyn’s own Union Hall from Wed. Dec. 1st-Sat. Dec. 4th. Tickets are only $25 and you best go get them now.
Get Your First Look at Jena Friedman Cracking Jokes During a True Crime Project Called “Indefensible”
Two long years ago, Jena Friedman had an amazing set on Conan that all focused on women’s obsession with true crime and, thusly, making for some of the best jokes about society’s lust for true crime that have been told in recent memory.
Two Soft Focus specials on Adult Swim later (that had Friedman interview the “Cannibal Cop” and the late John McAfee), Jena has her very own true crime centric project called Indefensible that looks deeper into the stories of those convicted for murder and having some of the sharpest, darkest jokes woven so deftly throughout.
See for yourself what Jena has cooked up in this promo here, then look for the premiere of Indefensible with Jena Friedman on SundanceTV on Thurs. Oct. 14th at 11PM.
— SundanceTV (@SundanceTV) September 10, 2021
Pick of the Day: Holy Sh*t Improv (in LA) 9/13
While stand-up is very firmly up and running on this side of the pandemic here in Los Angeles, the LA comedy scene is still beset with the question of what to do about improv. The fate of so many venues that regularly hosted some of the best long form improv that one could see have yet to be determined (especially when it comes to UCB).
So, there are improv shows that are popping up here and there where they have never been before and, honestly, we’re thrilled to see some of the best improv teams venture into territory that they’ve literally never been to before.
Case in point: Holy Sh*t Improv will bring some of LA’s best make-em-ups on the 2nd & 4th Mondays to Silverlake Lounge starting Mon. Sept. 13th at 8PM PT.
Oh, the teams, more specifically, for this inaugural edition of Holy Sh*t Improv are:
Queen George – Peter Banifaz, Greg Gallant, Hillary Matthews, Julia Meltzer, Ed Roe, Dhruv Singh, Carl Tart & Gregory Wallace
Yeti – Ally Beardsley, Devin Field, Victoria Longwell, Vic Michaelis, Zac Oyama, Talia Tabin, Lou Wilson & Jacob Wysocki
Wild – Amanda Bonar, Allyson Phillips, Cara Meyers, Jessica Svendsgaard & Meg Joh
You’re not going to want to miss this (even if you’re a comedy purist that only is mostly into stand-up comedy). Tickets are $11.30 and you can (and should) go get them here.
Pick of the Day: Hampton Yount (in LA) 9/11
Hampton Yount is in that class of comedians that you should catch any time that they’re going up as Yount’s blend of satire and silliness is a pure joy to watch. So, a special evening presented and curated by them at the wondrous Dynasty Typewriter this Saturday would be, of course, a do-not-miss sort of happening.
On top of that, this Saturday is 9/11 AKA Patriot Day AKA the 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11th, 2001 and, for our money, one of the better purveyors of 9/11 jokes, for several years now, has been Hampton Yount. If you’re already going to a comedy show on 9/11, you best make it this one then. Also, the wondrous comedy stylings of Joe Kwaczala, Robin Tran, Jonah Ray, Alana Johnston, and Norm Sousa will be featured as well.
Hampton’s night at Dynasty Typewriter on 9/11 is set for 10PM PT and tickets are $20 right now and $25 on the day of. Proof of vaccination will be required. Go get your tickets right now right here.
Pick of the Day: Tinder Live! with Lane Moore (in LA) 9/11 + Ticket Giveaway
If you haven’t heard us sing the praises of the hysterical comedy rollercoaster that is Tinder Live! with Lane Moore, know that Moore’s diving into Tinder completely live on stage with a panel of great funny folks is very much one of our favorite things that we’ve ever seen.
So, this 9/11, you might want to make plans, if you’re in Los Angeles, to go to an LA edition of Tinder Live! that’s happening at The Echo at 6PM PT (proof of vaccination required). For this round, Lane has Grace Helbig and Mara Wilson joining her in her Tinder adventures/misadventures.
Tickets are $20, but we got a pair of tickets to giveaway! Just shout us out on Twitter on Instagram @thecomedybureau for being your friendly neighborhood comedy resource and you’re automatically entered.
We’ll pick a winner on Friday 9/10 in the afternoon.
Whatever way you end up getting to The Echo, please do not miss out on bringing yourself some joy with Tinder Live! (especially because you don’t have to be the one to be on Tinder).
TCB Field Report Ep. 76: DeAnne Smith & Transplanting Again
The superb DeAnne Smith joins TCB’s Jake Kroeger for this week’s TCB Field Report as they have just re-transplanted themselves from LA to NYC (with love for both cities and their respective comedy hubs). Also, DeAnne fills us in their upcoming special which would expressly taped with some of their exes in the audience (complete w/interviews after the taping) and explains the joy they found in live-stream, front facing camera comedy.
Also, at the time of this recording, DeAnne is looking for a more permanent spot in NYC. If you have leads DM them.
Produced by Jake Kroeger
Music by Brian Granillo
Artwork by Andrew Delman and KT
Get Your First Look at Adam McKay’s Latest Damning Satire “Don’t Look Up”
In the time that Adam McKay has left Gary Sanchez on to more hard hitting, satirical pastures with The Big Short and Vice, it’s clear that McKay has carved out an auteur niche and is very likely going to continue to put out high profile satires that go to the very core of our worst demons (McKay is also at work on a project about the profiteering coming from COVID-19).
The latest work he’s offering up is Don’t Look Up, which is a timely look at people disregarding scientists in lieu of comforting ignorance. Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio lead off an ensemble cast as scientists desperately trying to warn the powers that be about an incoming asteroid. If you love that razor sharp style of McKay’s last two films and were wanting to see a, perhaps, funnier version of Melancholia, this will very likely be the movie for you this year.
Best of all, we’re getting this cautionary tale as a gift as it will stream on Netflix on Christmas Eve this year. Get a look for what we’re in for with Don’t Look Up in this teaser here.
Watch Doug Stanhope Talk About Getting Death Threats in Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11
Pick of the Day: The Sarah Vaccine Live + In the Flesh (in LA) 9/23
Squirm will be “IN THE FLESH” as will a fantastic line-up of comedians and performers from every freaky little corner in LA. That’ll include Jamel Johnson, Natalie Palamides & Courtney Pauroso, music from Maylee Todd, and a Dynasty Handbag original video (and there might be more to come). This sure-to-be-never-forgotten evening will take place at Brain Dead Studios on Fairfax, which rose from the long smoldering ashes of Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre on Thurs. Sept. 23rd at 8PM PT.
Tickets are $14, all said and done, and you really best get them here.
#Pick of the Day: DeAnne Smith’s DeAnarchy (in NYC) 9/15
The wonderful and amazing DeAnne Smith has just switched coasts from LA to NYC (and NYC, you should feel so lucky). Smith originally hailed from up North in Canada and has, for the last few years, been a marvelous addition to the LA comedy scene.
Now, she’s in NYC, New Yorkers will get the expressed privilege of getting to see the undeniable charm and warmth that Smith brings in with her finely honed humor.
She’s doing her very own show, DeAnne Smith’s DeAnarchy, at Brooklyn comedy stronghold, Union Hall, on Wed. Sept. 15th at 7:30PM ET with a fantastic line-up of guests (Dylan Adler, Martin Urbano, and even LA’s own Ever Mainard). Tickets are $12 right now (and will be $15 on the day of). Go get ’em here.
Whether it be this night or another one, please, NYC, go see and book DeAnne.
The Comedy Bureau Field Report Ep. 75: Kelly McInerney & The New Landscape of Comedy
There is a vast new landscape to comedy as things may or may not continue to open up for live comedy here in the U.S. and across the world. Navigating this new world of comedy is, it would seem, as daunting as starting over, which is why we talk to LA staple Kelly McInerney about how she is figuring her way through a scene she already knew (and possibly looking across the pond to the UK for more opportunity). She’s also reviewed movies while stoned on the podcast she co-hosts, IMDWeed, leading to what movies they’ve missed out on watching high (2001: A Space Odyssey?!?). Finally, “hot” takes on Ms. Pat getting an hour special, What We Do in the Shadows’ After the Shadows, Steve Harvey getting his own court show.
Follow Kelly @hollyweirdo on IG and Twitter and listen to IMDWeed wherever you get your podcasts.
Produced by Jake Kroeger
Music by Brian Granillo
Artwork by Andrew Delman and KT
Pick of the Day: Alison Leiby: Oh God, An Hour About Abortion 9/28
Given the truly surreal rolling back of reproductive rights as of late, we’d like to highlight the very funny Alison Leiby‘s whole hour on abortion that is so wonderfully named, Alison Leiby: Oh God, An Hour About Abortion.
The unfortunate narratives that anti-abortion advocates push seem to deny the humanity of EVERYONE involved when it comes to a pregnancy (not to mention the agency that women inherently deserve over their own bodies). Leiby’s hour gives you a humor fringed window into what a real person goes through when it comes to considering abortion.
She has been doing one-off performances here and there around NYC and her very next date is set for Tues. Sept. 28th at Caveat at 9:30PM ET. Tickets are only $15 right now and we highly urge you to go get your tickets right now here.
Ms. Pat Gets Very First Hour Special at Netflix
Ms. Pat has lived through so much life that she could probably do several hours/solo shows/etc. and they’d all be captivating. Yet, it’s 2021 that’s proving to be a banner year for Ms. Pat as she has already gotten a lot more radars with The Ms. Pat Show and Netflix just announced today that she will be given her hour long stand-up special by the streaming giant.
If you’ve seen her do stand-up, listened to The Patdown, or heard/seen any sort of public appearance of hers, you’d know that an hour long Ms. Pat special was overdue. Her effortlessly unflinching and hilarious honesty about her past life dealing drugs and current life with all of that behind her make for some of the best stories we’ve ever heard on stage.
The hour long special ought to be chock full of such tales that will very likely feel tall, but are, most probably, very, very true.
The taping of Ms. Pat’s first hour special will tape at Atlanta Comedy Theater on Sept. 25 in case you’re in GA at the end of next month.
Pick of the Day: Rory Scovel – Improvised Stand-Up (in LA) 9/20
We sincerely, sincerely hope that you’ve seen Rory Scovel: Live Without Fear, the amazing documentary comedy special that captured the very special lightning in a bottle that comes with so many Scovel performances, especially if he’s improvising the whole thing.
If you haven’t, we then hope you’ve at least caught some of Rory mixing whimsy and complete honesty in the moment in person over the last several years. For us, watching Rory is always something revelatory and hysterical and we very much don’t miss any chance we have to go watch him live.
With that in mind, Rory will be doing a very special, exclusive, improvised stand-up performance at Largo at the Coronet Theatre on Mon. Sept. 20th at 8PM PT. In case it wasn’t clear already, clear out that night and make sure you go to this. Tickets are $46 (includes service charge) and you best go get them here before they sell out.
Pick of the Day: Merry Goodnight [Fridays] (in LA)
While stand-up comedy is very much back in Los Angeles, other forms of comedy have quite yet returned with such fervor to the LA comedy scene. Improv and sketch and other delightful comedy oddities are scarce compared to the plethora of shows that happened pre-lockdown.
Also, live comedy at the midnight hour wasn’t the biggest thing in LA, but there were always a few things you could count on. That too is very, very hard to find these days.
Fortunately, there has been a magical late night oasis of coloring-outside-the-lines comedy every Friday night at an adorably tiny backyard in Highland Park. Merry Goodnight is the sort of loosey goosey fever dream of a live comedy show that you’d be looking for at midnight on Fridays (especially because they absolutely don’t allow stand-up on their show). The unfiltered silliness of Grace Freud, Steven Kreager, Andrew Friedman, and Kate McCarthy pervade the midnight hour along with special guests from in and around LA to do that sort of wild comedy you’d only see past 11PM at UCB or on The Tomorrow Show or at Lyric Hyperion in general.
It’s free to attend, so long as you have your proof of vaccination and, with all of that in mind, you better get yourself to 6166 York Blvd. on this Friday night and every Friday night going forward. Get more info/details here.
Pick of the Day: Pop Show with Ziwe (in NYC) 10/8
Ziwe, the icon of IG Live turned iconic disruptor in late night/sketch on premium television, is doing an exclusive show at Brooklyn’s comedy haven, The Bell House.
We shouldn’t have explain any further for you to buy tickets, but, just in case, we will continue.
Pop Show will have Ziwe gather her favorite comedians in the city to perform their very own original pop songs as well as “pop presentations” to exude the most pop-stardom possible in one live comedy show. On the bill thus far is Jen Goma and DJ Donwill, but more will be announced very, very soon.
Pop Show with Ziwe will take place, iconically, on Oct. 8th at 7:30PM ET at The Bell House. Tickets are $25/proof of vaccination required (and they will sell out). Go get them here right now.
IHeartRadio Is Looking, Once Again, for The Next Great Podcast
If you’re one of the many, many people that started a podcast, comedy or otherwise, during lockdown or, at the very least, were someone who really fleshed out what you wanted to do with a podcast rather than just thinking about it in passing, you have a pretty great opportunity coming your way thanks to iHeartRadio and Tongal.
Just like they did last year with The Next Great Podcast, they’re taking pitches for such a podcast from now until Sept. 17th. One show from however many submissions they get will be rewarded with being developed into a full fledged show on the iHeartPodcast network.
Here are the specific details:
- You can pitch us your podcast here through noon PT on September 17, 2021.
- Pitches will be evaluated by a panel of podcast luminaries, led by head judge Dan Patrick.
- 10 semi-finalists will each receive $1,000 to produce a 10-minute pilot and fans all over the globe will vote for their favorite.
- ONE show will be named The Next Great Podcast 2021, and its Creator will be interviewed by legendary broadcaster Dan Patrick and work closely with iHeartRadio to develop their series for The iHeartPodcast Network.
Hear a little more and get to pitching here.