Lane Moore can make anything, even Tinder, hilarious. Photo: Mindy Tucker
“Welcome to Tinder Live, where sadness comes to fuck.” That was my introduction to comedian, writer and musician Lane Moore and her blisteringly hilarious show, Tinder Live. It may also be the truest sentiment ever spoken about the addictive, slightly destructive and utterly inescapable dating app.
“Maybe this awful Tinder guy is just really bad online and we’ll have a great story about how I initially hated him but then it worked out!’”
Moore, who describes her comedy as, “Janeane Garofalo meets Mr. Show meets Mystery Science Theater meets a little kid who is really excited and also sad,” commanded the stage at The Bell House during January’s show as she ran through her pics of the week–profiles accompanied by the blurriest shots, the most tiger-filled compositions and photos featuring groups of eight guys where it’s unclear who you’re swiping for, or whether it’s a profile at all, or maybe just an efficient invitation to an orgy. (more…)
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As you may know, each month we co-curate a storytelling show at Brooklyn Brewery with Tom Shillue, a comedian, barbershop quartet enthusiast, and frequent performer on The Tonight Show. Some of our storytellers are comedians or regulars on the storytelling circuit, but others are just interesting people–chefs, journalists, filmmakers and all-purpose weirdos.
The show is such a good time that we decided to record it and produce a podcast, and this is the first one.
Wed May 28, 2014
Regis Philbin won’t be returning to Scott Rogowsky’s comedy couch this week, but Steve Buscemi will join the late-night host at Littlefield on Wednesday. Photo: Running Late with Scott Rogowsky
I’ll confess that when I moved to the Brooklyn a few years ago, I was sort of hoping to bump into Steve Buscemi–one of my fave celebs and a Park Slope resident–on a fairly regular basis. As it turns out, I’ve never spotted him once, but I guess if I starred in stuff like Boardwalk Empire, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, The Sopranos, and Reservoir Dogs, I’d probably have better things to do than wait in line at Bagel Hole on Sunday mornings, too. This Wednesday night, however, I finally get the chance to see Buscemi in real life when he’s a guest on Running Late with Scott Rogowsky: Brooklyn’s Live Late Night Comedy Talk Show at Littlefield. The show habitually draws A-listers from the comedy world, and this week’s slate of featured guests also includes SNL’s Brooks Whelan, Peter Rosenberg, Katie Nolan, and Adam Resnick, whose new book, Will Not Attend, is generating lots of positive buzz. That’s a lot of star power for a mere $8, so buy your ticket now to avoid being shut out. The show starts at 8:30.–KH
Tue February 11, 2014
Spend a night hearing other people share their most embarrassing childhood moments with total strangers next Tuesday at Littlefield. Photo: Littlefield
Most of us prefer to leave our awkward phases far in the past, buried somewhere deep down with our collection of old retainers, middle-school photos and stash of notes folded like paper footballs, which if ever brought to light, would lead to a mortal recoiling of our egos. There are, however, a few brave souls among us willing to mine their adolescent artifacts for comedic fodder and invite an audience to share in the schadenfreude. Head to Littlefield on Feb. 11 for Mortified, a showcase of people ready to exhume the most cringe-inducing relics from their teenage years–like letters, poems, diary entries and home videos–for the entertainment of total strangers. Hearing adults telling stories of their most embarrassing moments growing up, be it band camp encounters, first bong hits or high-school prom, is bound to be hilarious, so buy a ticket and be in Gowanus by 7pm.
Fri January 31, 2014
Somehow it has completely escaped my notice until now that one of my favorite local shops, Park Slope’s Community Bookstore, is in the habit of closing up on the last Friday night of each month to host a night of stand-up and stories that are sometimes, but not always, book-related. Dan Wilbur and Ross Hyzer, both writer/comedians, created Two Book Minimum to provide a stage for some of their favorite fellow writer/comedians, and the list of participants in past shows is pretty impressive. This month’s lineup is especially exciting to me because it includes Daily Show creator/women’s rights activist/whip smart politico/Tweeter-extraordinaire Lizz Winstead, who is also a Brooklynite. The show starts at 9:30pm and is totally free, so be sure to swing by for some after-dinner laughs and inspiration.–KH
Fri December 27, 2013
Begin 2014 on a high note—busting your gut laughing at the 8th Annual 50 First Jokes next Friday, Jan. 3, at The Bell House. Part of the appeal of this perennially popular show is the simplicity of the concept: 50 of New York City’s best acts will take the stage and tell the first joke each has written for the New Year. The result is a wildly popular post-NYE tradition that always sells out quickly (consider yourself forewarned) and has since been recreated in other cities like Los Angeles and Austin. Veteran comic John F. O’Donnell hosts again this year, and the lineup includes hilarious peeps like Dan St. Germain, Giulia Rozzi, Mike Lawrence, and more. Tickets are only $10 and we strongly urge you to pick yours up now to avoid being shut out of the fun.
Wed November 27, 2013
Find out how the fictitious lives of some of your favorite ’80s characters turn out on Wednesday at “45 Candles: An Evening of Fiction in which John Hughes Characters Grow the F*ck Up.” Photo: Universal Studios
Mock his movies all you want, but, despite the aggressive ’80s-ness of most of his work, a John Hughes flick is essentially timeless. If there was a moment, perhaps when Claire couldn’t shut up about just how popular she was, or when Ferris Bueller famously left his best friend to clean up the mess he made (like he was doing him a favor!), and you thought, “Holy crap, I can’t wait to see these sociopaths when the wrinkles set in,” well then, 45 Candles: An Evening of Fiction in which John Hughes Characters Grow the F*ck Up is the event for you. Thought up by Onion features editor Joe Garden and put on at Union Hall, featuring Emily Flake of the New Yorker, Liam McEneaney of Best Week Ever and others acting out your favorite (or least favorite) roles, you’ll finally get to see what happens once high school in Hughesland is over. Tickets are $7.
Wed November 6, 2013
There is little question that we are in the midst of a golden, if not completely unprecedented, era of comedy. With podcasts, Twitter and the ability to create shows and specials they can write/direct/edit/star in, comedians have the opportunity to interact with, and make fun of, the world in a highly personalized way. And yet, despite their ability to affect the way we think about everything from smartphones to books, most comedians themselves remain elusive, which is why Modern Comedian, the documentary web series produced and directed by comedian and Brooklynite Scott Moran, is so fascinating. It’s a rare glimpse of comics off stage, without the cover of their public personas. What’s even rarer though, it that this Wednesday, Nov. 6, Modern Comedian will be having a live version of its show at Union Hall, with past guests like Bonnie McFarlane and Beth Stelling in tow, as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Tickets are available here.
Wed August 21, 2013
Funny lady Brooke Van Poppelen kicked off Brooklyn Comedy Festival on Monday night at Spike Hill; catch her Aug. 23 on Comedy Central. Photo: Rafe Baron
As far as comedy goes, Brooklyn has pretty much everything. With a slew of the borough’s best venues offering a different flavor of funny every night of the week, to big names like John Hodgman and Mike Birgbiglia filming their specials (and movies) here, to the up-and-coming talent at open mics, there’s not a whole lot left to ask for–except maybe our own comedy festival. One and done, as this week marks the first ever Brooklyn Comedy Festival, happening all over Williamsburg, with new people and punch lines every night from now ’til Aug. 24. There’s a wide range of events and lots of great local talent, so check out the schedule and find something to laugh about.
Thu August 15, 2013
By now you know the drill–every month we co-curate Funny Story, an evening of storytelling with comedian and all-around nice guy, Tom Shillue. He lines up fellow comics, we line up writers, cooks, bartenders, minor celebrities, playwrights and weirdos. It’s always fun, there’s always beer and yet somehow you feel smarter and more connected to the world when you leave. Yes, the show is that good. We have a great cast of characters this month including Becky Yamamoto, Erik German, Anita Flores and Jason Saentz. Doors at 8pm, show at 8:30pm, your $10 ticket gets you a beer with your laughs.