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  • The Comedy Cellar to broadcast new weekly show on SiriusXM

    Comedy CellarToday SiriusXM announced a new addition to its recently revamped Raw Dog channel which now includes Ron & Fez. That new show is a show live from one of New York’s most renowned comedy clubs, The Comedy Cellar.

    Tomorrow, April 10th at 7pm ET The Comedy Cellar Show will launch on Raw Dog SiriusXM Comedy Hits channel 99 and air weekly every Thursday. The show will be hosted by Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman and comedian Dan Naturman.

    If you aren’t familiar with the show, it first started start as a podcast on the Riotcast Network as Comedy Cellar Live From The Table. In it every week Noam and crew would hold candid conversations amongst comedians touching on topics of the day. The SiriusXM show’s first guest will include Dave Attell and be expanded to include stand-up sets from comic performed the same night at the Cellar. Read More

    SXSW 2014: Comedy Bang! Bang! still just as absurd as you want it

    Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang! Bang! is an exercise in the sublimely weird. Aukerman has always had a way to offer a twisted skew on all things comedy with his guests. At a (completely full for an early 4pm recording), Aukerman brought the fun and charm of the podcast to the live stage at SXSW. To help him navigate the waters of Austin, Aukerman brought out to other comics to help him out. Jonah Ray (1/3 of the Nerdist podcast) and Adam Cayton-Holland (1/3 of the Grawlix) the three men on stage quickly realized that they should start their own trio of something. With Aukerman deliberately asking the most feigned-of-interest questions to Ray and Cayton-Holland who were more than willing to bat similar answers right back at the show’s host. Read More

    Podcast-a-nation: Robert Kelly’s ‘You Know What Dude!’

    YKWD ComicPodcasts have proven to be a very effective way for comedians to connect with their fans. Allowing fans a look into the lives and other interests of comedians so there’s a personal connection. In some ways it’s replaced the stand-up comedy album and provided fresh humor from our favorite comics on a more consistent basis. Comedians have excelled in the medium because by nature they’re pretty good at speaking and allowed to speak unfiltered about any topic they wish. It’s with that simple concept the odds of the podcast sticking around are larger than many new social media trends. It’s with this notion that we take the deeper dive into comedy podcasts to see how things tick behind the scenes.

    A favorite podcast in the TLB Towers lies in our backyard and consistently features some of the best comedic talent the East Coast has to offer. It’s comedian Robert Kelly’s You Know What Dude! podcast. YKWD mainly tapes in the Riotcast studios above the New York’s legendary Comedy Cellar. A club where at any given night, you’ll catch the city’s best comedians performing spots with the chance of seeing someone of Seinfeld, Chris Rock, or Louis C.K. caliber drop in to work on a new bit. Read More

    NYC Podfest 2014 was a huge success, now its time to eye 2015

    NYC Podfest 2014I had the privilege of enjoying several shows at NYC Podfest ’14 this past weekend. The main location of the fest was held at Fontana’s downtown on Grand street. A venue which seemed to be a perfect fit for a festival like one that celebrates podcasts. The broadcasts were taped in the bar’s basement venue which is a good sized basement, that’s dark and perfect for talking hard for their Hard Harry ambitions. A small stage, and a small bar as well. It was a very intimate setting which proved to be a lot of fun.

    The festival was full of big name acts over the course of sixteen shows in just two days. Boasting the awesome lineup of podcasters like Keith and The Girl, RISK!, The Dork Forest, Pep Talks with Eddie Pepitone, Tell Your Friends! (The Podcast!), I Sell Comics!, Hang Out With Me and The Laughspin Podcast. Comics appearing on podcasts included Lewis Black, Gilbert Godfrey, Colin Quinn, Judah Friedlander, Myq Kaplan, and many more. Sadly, sixteen podcasts proved to bee more than just one person could handle but those we were able to see perform were stellar as always.

    Upset you missed the festival this year? Fear not, I got a personal confirmation from the festival’s founder Jeremy Wein that it will indeed be back in 2015. Wein stated that he had hopes for the festival to remain in the same venue (Fontana’s) but the details are still being hammered out. As with every festival, the hope is always to grow and get bigger as the years progress in size and performers. After hearing this news, I had only one thing left to say, trust me, I’ll be there.

    ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete’ returns as a podcast

    The Adventures of Danny and MikeFor those who can’t get enough of the the oddly terrific Nickelodeon show, The Adventures of Pete And Pete well you need not worry, because Pete & Pete will be resurrected (sorta) in podcast form.

    The two actors that played the tile characters Danny Tamberelli (Little Pete) and Michael Maronna (Big Pete) are going to offer up a monthly podcast, The Adventures of Danny And Mike which will offer “adventure and fun” that will task the two hosts to perform a series of jobs/tasks/challenges in different destinations, “ranging from guest bartending in Montreal to managing an ice cream truck in Brooklyn.”

    The first episode featuring comedian Kurt Braunohler is now available on their website but we get the impression you’ll also want to subscribe on iTunes so you will not miss out.

    Bill Hicks almost toured with Tool according to Marc Maron’s interview with Maynard James Keenan

    While Marc Maron usually interviews fellow comedians or writers on his WTF podcast, he’ll also interview musicians, with Thom Yorke, Nick Cave, and Iggy Pop among those he’s had by his garage. His current podcast features Tool/Puscifer/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan. The near 90-minute interview is insightful, with the generally reclusive Keenan talking about his upbringing, joining bands and becoming a winemaker in more detail than he usually does.

    Eagle-eyed Mr. Show fans probably remember Keenan from the “Ronnie Dobbs” skit as the vocalist of a band called Puscifer in the skit. That skit predates his current solo project of the same name, and Keenan says that he integrated himself into the Los Angeles comedy community in the mid-’90s, introduced by his roommate. Read More

    Comedy Central once considered reviving ‘Tough Crowd’ without Colin Quinn, possibly with Greg Giraldo

    Tough Crowd with Colin QuinnAt last week’s Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, one of the highlights was Colin Quinn’s keynote address. It was less a speech than it was Quinn giving advice to the assemblage of comedians, agents, managers and TV execs. While he had the podium, Quinn mentioned that Comedy Central, the network on which his show Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn ran from 2002-2004 thought about bringing the show back with a different host.

    “Here’s the thing about Tough Crowd, I created that show and I brought that show from NBC to Comedy Central and here’s what bothers me, they tried to replace the show, without me, after the show left.” Quinn said during the keynote, “And this goes to point something out. You can’t just replace sh*t. Every comedian is individual. I’m not the best fucking host, I’m not even the best host of Tough Crowd, it’s a creative business. You have to hire comedians as consultants.” What was pretty much a passing statement during his keynote speech was brought up afterward when Quinn appeared on the live taping of Robert Kelly’s You Know What Dude podcast. Read More