In this week’s issue of the TYF! podcast, we speak to comedian/musician Rob Paravonian about his hugely popular Pachelbel Rant video on Youtube, and how he found his home in the crazy, anything-goes performance art scene of Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1990s.
In addition, he sings a couple of songs, including one from his new album, Keep Your Jazz Hand Strong. In addition, he’ll show us how combining comedy with a guitar makes beautiful women magically appear out of thin air. And I mean, literally. You’ll hear it.
Plus, Maggie Serota tells a story about how looking for an apartment on Craig’s List, surprisingly leads to hearing from pervy creeps.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS! AT THE CORNELIA COMEDY FESTIVAL!
with CHRIS GETHARD, LIAM McENEANEY, ROB PARAVONIAN, MYKA FOX, MEREDITH DiMENNA
Hey dudes, my friend John Morrison produces a wonderful annual comedy festival in the basement of The Cornelia Street Cafe.
This Sunday, he’s kicking it off with a very special Tell Your Friends! show. It’s very special because it’s the first one I’ve done in 6 months, and will probably be the last one I do until December, when I will be producing a huge fundraiser for a friend’s niece who needs a bone marrow transplant. YES, I will be guilting you about that A LOT so get ready.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18TH!
TYF! AT TCCF!
at Cornelia Street Cafe - 8:30pm
$20 cover - includes a drink
ROB PARAVONIAN (Pachelbel Rant, Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, Comedy Central)
MYKA FOX (reality TV)
Meredith DiMenna - the featured vocalist on The Stepkids breakout single “Legend in My Own Mind” and recently recorded on the upcoming album from blues legend, Johnny Winter.
Tell Your Friends! History’s Greatest Podcast! returns for the first issue of its second volume, with a double-issue filled to bursting.
We talk to Victor Varnado, who takes us down the path of his career, which took him from performing at gritty little East Village clubs to a Schwarzenneger film, from collaborating with Stan Lee on a comic book movie to directing his first feature film. He also describes what it feels like to do a major network late night TV spot.
Eden & John of the East River String Band talk about their early days in the gritty East Village, their first meeting at the Forbidden Planet comic book shop, Eden’s days as a squatter on Ave. C, and how they went from dating to artistic collaboration, and how Eden is the only person who can intimidate Robert Crumb into changing his artwork.
In addition, Maggie Serota tells us about her first apartment in NYC trying to decide who was the craziest roommate, and Bob Powers brings us a story of love in the aisles of Duane Reade.
All this, and Liam McEneaney tells another true story of illness and getting an unbelievable message from the Universe.
VIDEO FOR EDEN & JOHN’S EAST RIVER STRING BAND: “TAKE A LOOK AT THAT BABY”
starring Eden Brower, John Heneghen, and legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb.
This week’s issue of the TYF! podcast will feature Eden & John performing, as well as discussing their friendship with Crumb.
Liam McEneaney recording his standup album at Union Hall (with Heidi Vanderlee on cello).
JUNE 5th & 6th:
LIAM MCENEANEY: LIVE ALBUM TAPING
at Union Hall
NYC’s favorite son, comedian Liam McEneaney, is recording his debut album for ASpecialThing Records at Union Hall on June 5th & 6th, and you are invited to attend.
WITH ROB PARAVONIAN & JANEANE GAROFALO
BUY TICKETS HERE
WITH ROB PARAVONIAN & MYQ KAPLAN
BUY TICKETS HERE
Liam McEneaney has been seen on Showtime, Comedy Central, Vh1’s Best Week Ever, Caroline Rhea & Friends, and Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!
He has headlined across the US, as well as in Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, and Sweden.
He has also made multiple appearances on WTF with Marc Maron, as well as podcasts like Hang Out With Me with Myq Kaplan, and The Steven Brody Stevens Festival of Friendship.
* * * * *
"It’s the first time I’ve ever seen him (Liam McEneaney), and it’s a good riff. It’s personal and it’s funny and it’s broad, a perfect example of what I think the best comics these days do. " - Drew McWeeny, HitFix.com
"The main act, Liam McEneaney, is an experienced comic cast in a similar mould to Kevin Smith: American, geeky and very funny. The material is simple, focusing mostly on his childhood, his relationships and therapy with ‘Death of a Salesman’, but his take and delivery are exquisite." - Three Weeks magazine
Liam in the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903327904576526550932089070.html
TYF! returns this week with an interview with Julia Wertz, whose graphic novel, “The Infinite Wait & Other Stories,” has been nominated for a Walt Eisner Award for Best Nonfiction Work.
We talk to Julia about her process, her hobby of exploring abandoned buildings, why she continues to turn down big money opportunities in exchange for artistic freedom, and we solve a mystery live on-air.
All that and Liam explains where we’ve been for the last two weeks.
* * * * *
SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Buy Julia’s book, The Infinite Wait and Other Stories.
* * * * *
Liam’s recording his debut album June 5th and 6th in Brooklyn. Check out the Facebook event invite here.
In this week’s issue: We talk to television producer Adam Spiegelman, who tells us about how meeting Jay Mohr as a teenager in the New Jersey open mic scene led him to getting promoted to guest producer at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and about how he discovered Neil Hamburger.
All that, and Liam McEneaney reads us his exciting scientific monograph.
THiS WEEK’S MUSIC:
Spiegs’ interview theme is Up From Below by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, from the album of the same name.
The TYF! theme was written and performed by A Brief View of the Hudson (abriefview.com)
In this week’s issue: we speak with Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR’s Ask Me Another and author of the book, Screw Everyone Sleeping My Way to Monogomy. We talk about beating the odds and finding a life partner in the dating wilds of New York City, aboot starting over from scratch in the Big Apple after being a successful comedian in Canada, and about the price of NPR fame (becoming “Ophira Eisenbag”).
* * * * *
April 4th! LIVE TYF! PODCAST TAPING! FREE!
as part of the Jersey City Comedy Festival
with guests Jessica Delfino, A Brief View of the Hudson, and Mike Doughty.
* * * * *
Theme song by A Brief View of the Hudson
In this week’s issue of Tell Your Friends! History’s Greatest Podcast!, we talk to singer/songwriter Eytan Mirsky, about how collaborating with Todd Solondzon an unlikely-sounding screenplay launched a career in writing music for film, about how he lucked into having music for The Tao of Steve all ready to go, and how nobody gets laid living in Forest Hills.
In addition, we have a story from NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg about how the spell of a voodoo priestess works when you least need it. And Liam McEneaney reads memos written to his neighbors.
* * * * *
THIS WEEK’S MUSIC:
You can buy Eytan’s latest album, Year of the Mouse, here.
The TYF! theme was written and performed by A Brief View of the Hudson. (abriefview.com)
David O’Doherty is one of Ireland’s premiere comedians, having won both the Perrier Best Newcomer and the if.comedy awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (in different years). He’s appeared on Irish television as well as American TV appearances on John Oliver’s New York Standup Show and his own Comedy Central Half-Hour special, and he tours extensively around the world. Liam McEneaney talks to him about the history of the Irish comedy scene, why the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is important, how Eddie Izzard got turned away for a spot at a comedy club, and how you can contact David to ask him how to fix your bike.
Also, we hear another story from Kambri Crews about the horse she owned as a child. And we spend another Moment with Stacey Nightmare.
All that, and Liam reminisces about his first European tour, and how everything worked out okay despite his own best lack of efforts.
MUSIC FOR THIS EPISODE:
You can buy David O’Doherty’s album We Are Not The Champions directly.
We hear the songs Summertime and Rosalee McFall from Jerry Garcia & David Grisman’s album The Pizza Tapes.
David O’Doherty’s interview theme is Rocky Road to Dublin by The Rolling Stones & The Chieftans from The Long Black Veil.
You can buy Kambri Crews’ memoir Burn Down the Ground here.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
SPRING FLING 2: SPRING BREAKERS!
With the return of the sun, the return of warm weather, and the return of baby chick Peeps to Duane Reade comes the return of one of our most popular TYF! events.
Come dance, and celebrate the fertility of mother earth in pretty much the opposite way they did in The Wicker Man, with some of our favorite TYF! comedians.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31st
at The Bell House
149 7th Street
7:30 DOORS//8:00pm SHOW
TICKETS: $8 adv//$10 DOS
BUY TICKETS HERE
HOSTED BY: Liam McEneaney
W KAMAU BELL
from FX’ “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell”
from “The Daily Show” and his one-hour Comedy Central special
from her HBO and Epix specials and “Wet Hot American Summer”
from MTV, Comedy Central, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival
runs the International Comedy Club, Ireland’s premiere comedy venue, and has done festivals around the world
and musical guest
A BRIEF VIEW OF THE HUDSON
with a rare, FULL BAND set as heard on their album, “Quincerea” which you can find at http://abriefview.com/
And if you’re bored, why not give the TYF! podcast a listen?