10/27/15 8:00am
Eugene Mirman's brought Brooklyn comedy to the mainstream with Bob's Burgers, but his new album is a masterpiece of strange. Left: Shawn Brackbill; right: Fox.

Eugene Mirman brings Brooklyn comedy to the mainstream with Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, but his new album is a masterpiece of strange. Left: Shawn Brackbill; right: Fox.

Eugene Mirman is one of those special Brooklyn comics who can simultaneously rep the block while also poking fun at it. As a staple in the Brooklyn comedy scene, he’s been known to go out of his way to mock us — from telling jokes while playing the theremin on stage to opening the Flotsam General Store, which delivered hand-foraged leaves, uncomfortable sex dice and more to anyone who placed an order for a Mystery Sack from the artisanal outlet.

On Friday, Eugene will release his new 9-volume, 7-LP album I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome), a comedic compilation unlike anything you’ve ever laid ears on. The album opens with a full stand-up set recorded live last summer in Seattle and quickly turns into an absurd audio experience, including a guided meditation, an erotic soundscape, a digital drug pharmacy, 45 minutes of crying, an introduction to spoken Russian and 195 orgasms. To be honest, it’s probably the perfect soundtrack for a Brooklyn house party.

We talked to Eugene about what it costs to make a super-sized concept album, what he spends his Fox primetime paycheck on and some of his favorite spots in the borough. (more…)

09/18/15 11:21am
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Zig-a-zig… uh… (#16)

1. Get a head-start on the beeriest month at Die Koelner Bierhalle’s Brooklyn Oktoberfest Launch Party, kicking off weeks of beer, brats, and beats. (Friday, FREE)

2. Head to NYC’s geekiest gathering: Nerd Nite, this month featuring lectures on sensory illusions, story theory, and what Angry Birds can teach us about autoimmune diseases. (Friday, $10)

3. It’s the final weekend of BEAT Fest, with some great performances left, including Ocaso, a Sunset Park “performance adventure” featuring theater, opera, and dance. (Friday & Saturday, $20)

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09/10/14 10:14am
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Whether you tell him you think he’s a cutie pie or not is entirely up to you

Hey, remember the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival? We certainly hope so, we just told you about it last week. Anyway, leaving your terrible memory aside, we imagine you saw the news and said “Boy I’d like to go to a show at that festival that objectifies some comedians, and maybe go to another one with rising comic stars.” Well, we are nothing if not obliging to very specific requests, so if you subscribe to our weekly email, you’ll have the chance to win a pair of tickets to A Night of Cutie Pies, featuring Michael Che and Jon Glaser, and 5 Comics to Watch Get on Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch List featuring Jena Friedman and Maeve Higgins. (more…)

09/02/14 1:20pm
We can't promise you won't end up at the bottom of a human pyramid, but it'll be worth it.

We can’t promise you won’t end up at the bottom of a human pyramid, but it’ll totally be worth it.

There’s no scarcity of comedy shows here in Brooklyn, which could make you think you’ve filled your laugh quota. No. You are wrong. Stop being wrong. The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is back for its 7th year and once again it’s got some pretty funny names, or rather some normal names that represent funny people. (more…)

09/26/13 7:00am
Spend all day trying to find yourself in the picture, your boss will get it. Photo by Ann Billingsley

Spend all day trying to find yourself in the picture, your boss will get it. Photo by Ann Billingsley

1. Which comics will Marc Maron secretly hate in a couple years and why? The only way to find out is at the show called “Comics Marc Maron Will Probably Resent in the Next Couple Years” (Friday)

2. Excited about the Veronica Mars movie? Excited enough to spend a Friday night watching it with people? (Friday)

3. It’s time for the New York City Burlesque Festival, and where better to have the premiere party than Brooklyn, where everyone from your bartender to your accountant is secretly a burlesque dancer (Friday) (more…)

He's bringing back Kurt and Kristen! Photo by Mandee Johnson, via Facebook

He’s bringing back Kurt and Kristen! Photo by Mandee Johnson, via Facebook

Well OK, we goofed when we wrote up the Brooklyn Comedy Festival and said that Brooklyn hadn’t had a comedy festival yet. And now that mistake is coming around to hit us in the face like so many cream pies, because the lineup and dates for the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival have been announced, and holy moly. It looks good enough to skip your friend’s wedding to see it. (more…)

09/14/12 1:20pm

Promotional poster for Babe 3: Pig on a Platter

1. So you didn’t get a ticket to see Eugene Mirman and Neil deGrasse Tyson talk stars. You can still go hang with them at the free after party. (Friday).

2. Plus, the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival continues all weekend: a show for teens, a talent show, a comedy film fest and the big closing night show. (Saturday, Sunday)

3. It’s only a legitimate extravaganza if there are shadow puppets, so the Prospect Concerts Opening Night Extravaganza passes muster. (Friday)

4. A 150-pound pig isn’t that impressive on its own, but if you add fire to it and you hang around drinking Lagunitas, you’ve suddenly got a good time on your hands. (Saturday)

5. Ever wonder how many dumps a human can fit in their trunk? Find out at this dumpling eating competition. (Saturday)

6. See the secret gardens of Williamsburg. Maybe they have buried treasure in them. (Saturday)

7. Summer is almost over (booooo). Celebrate by hanging out with a bunch of tattooed bikers in Coney Island. (yaaaaayy). (Saturday-Sunday) (more…)

09/16/11 4:06pm

FRIDAY
various times (thru sun)
: the annual eugene mirman comedy festival takes over the bell house and union hall for four days with guests neil degrasse tyson, john hodgman, ira glass, jessi klein, leo allen, michael showalter, hannibal buress, marc maron, sarah vowell, more. $10-20. (more…)