RISK! RELEASES EPIC 300th EPISODE FEATURING THE STATE:
TRUE, UNCENSORED STORIES FROM MEMBERS OF CULT COMEDY TROUPE

INCLUDING: David Wain, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Kerri Kenney, Michael Showalter, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Robert Ben Garant, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black and RISK! creator & host Kevin Allison

RISK! releases its 300th episode with an epic podcast featuring true, uncensored stories from every single member of cult comedy troupe THE STATE. You’ll hear David Wain, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Kerri Kenney, Michael Showalter, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Robert Ben Garant, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, and RISK! Creator & Host Kevin Allison sharing funny, and many never-before-heard stories about their lives behind the scenes and working and playing together in the 90sJaneane Garofalo makes a guest appearance. In classic RISK! form, it’s also completely uncensored and couldn’t be aired on regular radio, but you can download or stream as a free podcast on the RISK site and platforms including iTunes.

Go to http://risk-show.com/podcast/remembering-the-state/ to hear about:

  • Joe Lo Truglio tells about doing psychedelic mushrooms for the first time with the group
  • Tom Lennon’s surprise from Kerri Kenney during his first rehearsal with The State 
  • Michael Ian Black tells about how the competitiveness of the group once made him vomit all over himself
  • David Wain describes a gourmet dinner party the group once threw where all the food and supplies were shoplifted
  • Ken Marino tells of the time the group once screamed orgasmically for 40 minutes nonstop
  • Ben Garant talks dropping out of the group to become a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
  • Michael Showalter describes how Kevin Allison got the idea to add a severed pigs head as a prop for a State sketch while in a gay sex club
  • Kerri Kenney-Silver tells about the first time the group heard Smells Like Teen Spirit and slam danced like never before or since. 
  • And more!

The RISK! podcast, which started in 2009 in former State member Kevin Allisons NYC apartment, has grown to be a hugely popular live show and podcast getting over 1.5 million downloads every month from fans around the world.

RISK! LIVE is performed monthly at both The Bell House in Brooklyn and Bootleg Theater in LA. It also travels across the country with host Kevin Allison to showcase local talent and stories.

SEE RISK! LIVE:

8/24 – Brooklyn @ The Bell House, hosted by Kevin Allison, 8pm
9/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Post Theater
http://www.ticketfly.com/venue/7375-the-post-theater/

9/17 – LA, CA @ The Bootleg Theater, hosted by Beowulf Jones
9/22 – Nashville, TN @ Belcourt Theater  
http://bit.ly/2c6VTSr

9/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House, hosted by Kevin Allison, 8pm
9/30 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
ttp://www.thebroadberry.com/event/1276449-risk-live-show-podcast-richmond/

10/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House, hosted by Kevin Allison, 8pm
11/11 – New Orleans, LA @ Café Istanbul  
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2586610
11/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Creative Alliance
http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2016/risk

 Listen to past RISK! podcasts, keep up with RISK! LIVE and more athttp://risk-show.com/

twitter: @RISKshow


W. KAMAU BELL ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM RELEASE

‘SEMI-PROMINENT NEGRO’ OUT SEPT 30 VIA KILL ROCK STARS

FALL STAND-UP TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Critically-acclaimed socio-political comedian W. KAMAU BELL (Totally Biased, CNN’s United Shades of America) announces the album release of his first solo stand-up special, W. KAMAU BELL: SEMI-PROMINENT NEGRO. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Freakonomics) and originally seen on Showtime, ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ was filmed before a live audience in Brooklyn and features Kamau’s uniquely insightful and hilarious views on a host of social and political issues such as gentrification, marriage equality, “mixed-race” children, and doing Black children’s hair just to name a few. Throughout ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ Bell confirms his stature as one of the leading cultural critics of our time.

Upon the film’s release in April, Kamau said, “We live in critical times and comedy can help make those times a little bit easier to deal with. I hope that ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ can help people laugh and deal with these times. Also, I hope it helps me afford better health insurance. Specifically dental and vision.”

W. Kamau Bell is the host of the Emmy-nominated CNN docu-series “United Shades Of America”, KALW's “Kamau Right Now”, the Chris Rock produced “Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell” and current co-host of “Totally Re-Active” podcast alongside Hari Kondabolu. Kamau has appeared on Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, The Rachel Maddow Show, The View, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Comedy Central’s @midnight, The Nerdist, This American Life, Tavis Smiley, and more.

‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ follows Kamau’s previous two stand-up comedy albums: One Night Only’ and ‘Face Full of Flour’ which was named one of the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of the year by iTunes and Punchline Magazine. 

Hear album track “How Do You Know It Was Racism?”
https://soundcloud.com/killrockstars/w-kamau-bell-how-do-you-know-it-was-racism/s-5AAj6

Pre-order ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ http://killrockstars.com/kamau/

“Politically Re-Active” podcast with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu:  
http://www.politicallyreactive.com/


truTV ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING LIVE! Tour

15-CITY TOUR BRINGS UPCOMING ELECTION SPECIAL TO LIFE

truTV announced today the first-ever tour of ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING LIVE! which kicks off on September 13 in Seattle at the legendary Showbox. Starring comedian Adam Conover and featuring his trademark humor and wit, the 15-city live stage show will feature elements of the recently-announced Adam Ruins Everything Election Special, which will be shot immediately following the tour and premiere Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on truTV

“I'm so excited to give audiences across the country a sneak peek of the Adam Ruins Everything Election Special before it hits truTV,” said Conover. “We'll be breaking down the history of our nation's election system, dispelling myths about our democracy, and diagnosing what makes this election different from any other. And every show will feature never-before-seen material that won't make it to TV and guarantees to blow your mind.”

Tickets for ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING LIVE! go on sale Friday, August 12 at axs.com at noon local time in each market. The tour is produced by AEG Live.

The Adam Ruins Everything television series stars Conover as he embarks on a comically inventive yet unrelentingly serious quest to reveal the hidden truths behind everything you know and love. Tackling topics ranging from football and weddings to drugs and prison, he gives you not just fun facts to know and tell your friends, but information that will make you see the world in a whole new way. 

In the upcoming hour-long election special and on the corresponding ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING LIVE! tour, Conover brings that same approach to the upcoming presidential election and explains everything you need to know before entering the booth on Election Day.

Watch the new season trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAG-0kKHSmI


HARI KONDABOLU ANNOUNCES NEW COMEDY ALBUM

‘MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC’ OUT ON KILL ROCK STARS

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“Hari Kondabolu’s ‘MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC’ Should Definitely Be Your Next Comedy Album” – THECOMEDYBUREAU

Hari is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer hailed as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by the New York Times and an “inventive and groundbreaking comedian by The AV Club. ‘Mainstream American Comic’, his 2nd stand-up album, was recorded live in Portland, OR, and on it, Hari makes a strong case for reasons why race, gender and politics should be mainstream comedy. In an early review, the Seattle Times calls the album “fantastic” noting “Kondabolu proves throughout the album that he’s a comedian who has found his voice and figured out how to harness it for consistent laughs.”  

VIDEO: album track “All Lives Don’t Matter”: https://youtu.be/7t7OiqpFLkA 

A popular headlining stand-up, Hari has performed on stages around the country and will be on tour in support of ‘Mainstream American Comic’. The tour launches next Friday in Detroit before he heads to Milwaukee, Chicago and back to Brooklyn for release shows – 3rd show added by popular demand! – and back out again.

A former writer and correspondent for “Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell, Hari has teamed up with Kamau for a new podcast called “Politically Re-Active” which recently premiered.
Find it here: http://www.politicallyreactive.com/ 

ORDER ‘Mainstream American Comic’ digital or CD: www.killrockstars.com/hari

MORE INFO + TOUR DATES...


MATT AND KIM BRING THE PARTY TO MO POP THIS SUNDAY


CATCH THEIR SET @ 7:20PM ON GRANDE STAGE

(photo credit: matt miller)

(photo credit: matt miller)

MATT AND KIM are ready to bring the party to Mo Pop Festival Sunday, July 24 with a 7:20 p.m. set on the Grande Stage. The duo known for infectious, beat-driven anthems and explosive live shows return to Detroit on the heels of touring with Ellie Goulding and the release of their hot new EP WE WERE THE WEIRDOS (FADER) and viral video for EP track Let's Run Away” - SEE IT HERE


RHEA BUTCHER aNNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HER DEBUT NEW COMEDY ALBUM ‘BUTCHER’ 

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(photo credit: megan thompson)

Out August 19 On Kill Rock Stars


RHEA BUTCHERS’s ‘BUTCHER’ on KILL ROCK STARS, recorded live in Portland, OR, perfectly showcases Rhea’s brilliant takes on vegetarian dog ownership, her wardrobe and mistaken identity, her Ohio roots – and much more. Read on for more information along with Rhea’s tour schedule.


Making A Murderer’s Dean Strang & Jerry Buting: A Conversation On Justice Tour

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DEAN STRANG and JERRY BUTING, defense attorneys for Steven Avery in the Netflix documentary series Making A Murderer, announce North American dates for A CONVERSATION ON JUSTICE TOUR.

The Tour will involve the two attorneys in conversation about the Steven Avery case and its broader implications, as well as a discussion on the larger topic of the American criminal justice system. Each night will also feature a Q&A portion and the opportunity for the audience to address questions directly to Dean Strang and Jerry Buting.


JEN KIRKMAN ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR, NEW STAND-UP SPECIAL TAPING IN NYC

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(photo credit: robyn von swank)

JEN KIRKMAN announces summer tour dates as she gears up to tape her next comedy special in NYC this fall. On her summer tour, audiences will have the opportunity to see brand new material from Jen before it airs in 2017. She’ll be talking about getting her first tattoo at 41, a newfound hypochondria, the stupidity of long distance relationships, road rage, talking to strangers, and more! And after many of the summer shows, Jen will hang around to meet fans and sign copies of her great new book “I Know What I’m Doing & Other Lies I Tell Myself (Dispatches From a Life Under Construction)”. Check out Jen's upcoming dates at http://www.jenkirkman.com/tour-dates/

Jen's Netflix Original Comedy Special, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” is streaming worldwide and was named one of the top ten stand-up specials of 2015 by The AtlanticNew York Magazine and Time Out New York

A New York Times Best Selling Author, her first book, “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself (Tales of a Happy Life Without Kids)” hit shelves in April 2013. Her follow-up book “I Know What I’m Doing & Other Lies I Tell Myself (Dispatches From a Life Under Construction)" was released in April 2016 again gaining praise from fans and critics alike.


Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest Dates Announced: September 15-17, 2016

“a favorite of alternative comedians and comedy­savvy fans” – New York Times

“one of Brooklyn's signature comedy events” – amNY

The EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL is the world’s first sincere­ and ­ironic comedy event that celebrates a close­ knit comedy community while making fun of the trappings of mainstream comedy festivals. Now in its 9th amazing year, the popular annual event returns with another excellent lineup of shows Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 17. The 2016 festival kicks off with StarTalk Live! at The Beacon Theatre in NYC and continues with great comedy the next two nights at The Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn. 

This year’s fest features namesake/curator/comedy host extraordinaire, Eugene Mirman plus an all­-star cast of guests including, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jon Glaser, Chris Duffy, Aparna Nancherla, Ophira Eisenberg, Eliot Glazer, Ilana Glazer, Josh Gondelman, Hari Kondabolu, Jo Firestone, Marina Franklin, Sasheer Zamata, Kevin Barnett, Maeve Higgins, and more to be announced, plus musicians and surprise guests. In addition to the comedy onstage, offstage you may also find a bouncy castle with a therapist inside, a roaming CPA dressed like a clown giving tax advice, or a station where you can throw a water balloon at a slam poet. 

If history repeats itself, these shows will sell out, most in advance, so don’t miss your opportunity to attend the 9th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in New York! Check out FEST INFO for venues, dates and times.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now at http://eugenemirmancomedyfestival.com


MATT BRAUNGER HEADS OUT ON “MADE OF MISTAKES” TOUR INCLUDING 3 NIGHTS AT JFL MONTREAL

(photo credit: NashCO Photography)

(photo credit: NashCO Photography)

Comedian MATT BRAUNGER takes his new stand-up show “Made of Mistakes out on tour this summer including headlining dates at Just For Laughs Montreal on July 25, 26, 28. A popular stand-up and actor hailed as “a devastatingly funny stand-up comedian” (TheLaughButton) “with the every-dude likability of Will Ferrell.” (SF Gate), Matt Braunger has made a nice niche for himself in the comedy world. He has also messed up. Many times; from getting a tattoo at 19 on a dare in a pool hall, to his DUI for driving too slow while visiting his parents, and much more, he explains it all in his newest stand-up show. Don’t miss it. Check out more info for Matt’s tour schedule.

Many fans also recognize Matt from his many TV appearances including cast member on Mad TV, stand up on CONAN, a recurring role on Marvel’s Agent Carter, Comedy Central’s @midnight, MARON, Chelsea Lately, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Pete Holmes Show, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. His latest special “Big Dumb Animal” was named as a Netflix Best Stand-Up Special. His web series “White Flight” is available on ComedyCentral.com. He also hosts the popular podcast “The Ding-Donger” on Nerdist.  

Find all of Matt's dates and keep up with him on Twitter & Instagram!
http://www.mattbraunger.com/