Pick of the Day: Looking Foward To It with Josh Gondelman (in NYC) 7/17
Throughout the pandemic, Looking Forward To It and its host Josh Gondelman have faithfully served up virtual comedy shows specifically in support of voter engagement beyond the 2020 election (which is over despite what QAnon folks might think). Just on their virtual run, they’ve raised over $50K.
Now, with America opening up, Gondelman will get the chance do the very first Looking Forward To It in person at Brooklyn’s beloved littlefield with a, per usual, amazing line-up. This edition will be supporting Field Team 6 and feature the comedy stylings of Jes Tom, Negin Farsad, Larry Owens, a video from Dan Fox, and hip-hop improv from North Coast.
This very first in-person Looking Forward To It is set for Sat. Jul. 17th at 8PM ET and tickets are $15 GA and $40 VIP. Go get ’em here.
Pick of the Day: Looking Forward to It with Josh Gondelman (in Support of Fair Fight) 5/10
So, state by state, it seems as though new restrictive voting laws are being put in place and enacting how little the voting body of this country is and who gets to be part of it (Florida is the latest perpetrator, FYI). Don’t be mistaken; it’s turning back the clock of history and moving forward as a society.
With that in mind, one should always be in attendance and support the marvelous comedy show Looking Forward to It with Josh Gondelman as it is a show dedicated to both continuing the fight for voter engagement and representation in the very crucial years to come and give you a top shelf night of comedy. This month, one of the most effervescent comedians around, Josh Gondelman, will assemble the brilliance of David Wain, Sara Schaefer, Khalid Rahmaan, Alison Leiby, and Dan Fox and raising money for the amazing efforts of Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight.
Get in on the fun and the fight with your tickets (starting at a $20 suggested donation) here. This edition of Looking Forward to It with Josh Gondelman goes live on Mon. May 10th at 5PM PT/8PM ET, presented by Nowhere Comedy Club on Zoom.
Pick of the Day: Looking Forward to It with Josh Gondelman 4/3
It you’re looking for beacons of hope in comedy, one of the brightest of them is none other than than Josh Gondelman. Not only does his award winning comedy (he just snagged a WGA Award for his work on Desus & Mero) bring light and joy through his clever attention to detail, but he has repeatedly put his comedy out there in service of worthy causes.
As of late, he has been the host and face of a monthly comedy live-stream Looking Forward To It that is specifically dedicated to voter engagement past this most recent general election here in the U.S. This particular month is special as Gondelman along with a fantastic line-up of Ike Ufomadu, Aparna Nancherla, Josh Sharp, Jenny Yang, and a video by Dan Fox & Desi Domo will be raising money for Asian Americans Advancing Justice (it’s still a pretty important issue, FYI).
Pick of the Day: Make My Day with Josh Gondelman 12/3
While the election is over and Trump is due for a harsh exit, the air still hangs slightly heavy as to what to do or what will come next, especially as COVID-19 still plagues our lives quite literally. For now, there are still small things you can do, even just make a single person’s day better in some way, shape, or fashion.
Also, you can watch comedians attempt to do that very thing for one of the kindest comedians around, Josh Gondelman, for a special live version of Gondelman’s podcast, Make My Day. The podcast indeed has comedians, in a game show format, try to cheer Gondelman up. 2020 has made that quite a feat no matter who it is, but it can be a whole hell of a lot of fun watching comedians, some of the most critical people on the planet, do it for other comedians.
There will be a very special live-stream edition of Make My Day on Thurs. Dec. 3rd at 5PM PT/8PM ET with the likes of other very kind hearted comedians Gary Gulman and Emmy Blotnick joining in the quest to cheer Josh up. Littlefield NYC will be virtually hosting and donations ($10 suggested) will be accepted for live-stream access. Also, a portion of donations will go towards Fair Fight, an org fiercely dedicated to defending voting rights.
Please go get your tickets for what might be one of the more heartwarming comedy live-streams you’ve seen in awhile and support a crucial cause.
Pick of the Day: Boast Rattle 5/9
Saying things that are nice to other people is one of the most valuable things you can do in times like these. In fact, even a competition of how nice one comedian can boast about someone better than another comedian that they’re going to head-to-head with, boast for boast, can still help in spreading positive vibes during these dire times.
Thus, it’s the perfect time for Kyle Ayers‘ terrific compliment contest Boast Rattle that has run for years and will now get to run once again on Twitch. Attempting to out-compliment to each other will be an amazing line-up that really ought to make a barnburner of niceness including: Josh Gondelman, Sara Schaefer, Dave Ross, Giulia Rozzi, and Will Miles.
This latest edition of Boast Rattle will take place this Saturday, May 9th at 6PM PT/9PM ET on Kyle’s Twitch here.
Boast Rattle, a Compliment Contest, is back! @BoastRattle!
This Saturday, May 9, at 9p EST / 6p PST! Comedians competitively compliment. Niceroasting.
Streaming live at https://t.co/Y9FaFkflME
— Kyle Ayers (@kyleayers) May 5, 2020
Pick of the Day: Operation Save Abortion 4/30
The far reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic go beyond just the virus spreading and the deaths it causes or even the terrifying economic disruption. For instance, access to independent abortion providers is getting shut down even though it’s an essential, crucial service. It’s heinous to do this sans pandemic, it’s particularly despicable to do during these times with the most devastating pandemic nearly anyone has lived through.
So, Lizz Winstead, the co-creator of The Daily Show, will be leading as the head of Abortion Access Front and hosting this Operation Save Abortion fundraiser to raise money for said independent abortion providers to stay open and operating in these dire times. It’ll be 12 hour live-stream on Instagram Live at the AAFs Instagram @abortionfront going from Thurs. Apr. 30th 7AM PT/10AM ET-7PM PT/10PM ET.
Slated for the fundraising live-stream event is a marvelous row of comedy folks including: Elizabeth Banks, W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser, Jenny Slate, Sandra Bernhard, Margaret Cho, Beth Stelling, Dana Gould, Josh Gondelman, Samantha Irby, Shannon Woodward, Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Jessica Kirson, Krystyna Hutchinson (co-host of the Guys We F’cked podcast), and Lindy West (Shrill).
That’s not even the whole line-up that already includes many of comedy’s finest, which should make for one damn fine marathon live-stream chock full of stand-up, stories, bits, and more (on top of supporting a very important cause that might have otherwise easily gotten swept under the radar of the COVID-19 news cycle).
FYI, you can support this cause during the live-stream or even before then at keepourclinics.org.
— Lizz "Hollywood Death Cult" Winstead (@lizzwinstead) April 23, 2020
Please Enjoy Yet Another Josh Gondelman Late Night Set on Corden
Josh Gondelman and is kind of perfect for late night as his craftsmanship of jokes are fantastic and he has an upbeat charm, but it’s never overbearing. Those are just a couple of the reasons he gets to make the rounds performing stand-up on late night .
See for yourself in his latest set on The Late Late Show with James Corden here.
Please Get and Enjoy Josh Gondelman’s Latest Album Dancing on a Weeknight
In debating whether all comedians are inherently sad clowns, the name Josh Gondelman is routinely brought up to refute such claims as he is undeniably a positive light of a human being and also undeniably funny.
Dancing on a Weeknight marks Gondelman’s third album and further proof that his cleverness, command of the English language, and his beautifully open-minded perspective on the world can provide for a hysterical voice in comedy. Having worked the writing rooms of Last Week Tonight and Desus and Mero, Josh knows how to write a brutal punchline and his very sharp writing gets more surprising with his calm, easing voice and delivery.
Dancing on a Weeknight is now available from Blonde Medicine. Go get it and enjoy it on any night (or day) here.
The fantastic Josh Gondelman is about to release his third album (we hope you’d know about his other two albums and his writing at Last Week Tonight and Desus and Mero because it’s great) Dancing on a Weeknight. The record is a delight (we’ll tell you more about that when it comes out, but you can pre-order it here until then).
Come and indeed “dance (well, enjoy a comedy show while seated, then maybe dance afterwards?) on a weeknight” and celebrate this album release at Dynasty Typewriter! Please go get tickets here.
Please Enjoy Stand-Up on the Positive Tip with Josh Gondelman’s Set on Late Night Seth Meyers
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Josh Gondelman is not only great stand-up comedian, but proof positive that you don’t have to be a brooding, tortured artist in order to become great at stand-up.
Gondelman’s set for last night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers is yet another wonderful example of this. Watch it here.
You’ve very likely enjoyed Josh Gondelman’s comedy via his writing on Last Week Tonight. Beyond that, you ought to know that Gondelman is a wonderful comedian that shows that you can be a positive, upbeat personality in comedy and still be really damn funny.
He’ll be headlining The Virgil in Silverlake/Los Feliz next week and we highly suggest that you go.
Tickets are $5 in advance here and $7 at the door.
The rest of our listings for comedy shows, events, open mics, maps, and more can be found at www.thecomedybureau.com.
The Cinder Block Comedy Festival Is Bringing Another Comedy Festival to Brooklyn
Thanks to festival director Coree Spencer, a new festival is coming to the ever-burgeoning comedy that’s just happening in Brooklyn (there’s already a few comedy festivals that regularly happen in Brooklyn alone) within the already giant NYC comedy scene.
Called the Cinder Block Comedy Festival due to a personal incident with a cinder block that Coree had, it’ll take over multiple venues throughout Williamsburg in Brooklyn from Wednesday, September 14th-Sunday, September 18th for its very first run.
As, Baron Vaughn, Laurie Kilmartin, Murderfist, Myq Kaplan, Ted Alexandro, Josh Gondelman, Mike Drucker, Kevin Avery, Frank Conniff, Mike Recine, Lynn Bixenspan, Sofiya Alexandra, Greg Edwards, Jess Lane, Baron Vaughn, Emmett Montgomery, Kevin Yee, and more (check out the full line-up here) are all slated to perform, we urge you to go to Cinder Block next month if you’re in, around, or close to NYC.
You can (and should) get your festival passes here.
Josh Gondelman Makes His Late Night Stand Up Debut on Conan
If you really dug Josh, it might be a good idea to get his newly released album, Physical Whisper.
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It’s believed by many that all comedians are a heap of depressed quasi-sociopaths that just happened to find an outlet in comedy.
Josh Gondelman is undeniable proof against that.
Gondelman maintains his identity as an optimist in his comedy while still pointing out the overlooked absurdities of every day life and being really funny about it. His sharp, clever writing, unwavering positivity, and awareness of the not-so-positive world around him make for a really great hour on his new album Physical Whisper.
As The Name Suggests, “The Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival” Will Host a Comedy Festival at a Biscuit Shop
Though we had not thought of this question previously, it’s definitely worth asking now, “Wouldn’t three nights of live comedy and biscuits be lovely?”
Empire Biscuit in NYC, a dining establishment that pretty much deals in just biscuits, will try their hand at something way outside the biscuit wheelhouse by hosting three nights of a comedy festival.
With the line-up they’ve got, it looks like they’ll be having a pretty good time over those few days.
So far, at the Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival will be:
The festival goes from Sun. Aug. 2nd-Tues. Aug. 4th and you can and should, if you’re in NYC then, get your tickets here.