“Mirman is king” – Interview Magazine
Brooklyn resident Eugene Mirman escaped the clutches of Russian communism at the age of four when his family immigrated from Moscow to Lexington, MA (where along with Paul Revere and John Adams he kicked off the American revolution). He attended Hampshire College and designed his own major of Comedy — doing a one-hour standup act as his thesis, for which he was made fun of, don’t worry.
Currently, he does the voice of “Gene” on FOX’s Emmy Award-winning animated series Bob’s Burgers and is the regular co-host of the hugely popular StarTalk podcast and live show. In the streets he’s sometimes recognized as “Eugene” the landlord from Flight of the Conchords or from his role as comedian/mobster Yvgeny Mirminsky on Adult Swim’s Delocated. On Aqua Teen Hunger Force he’s Dr. Eugene Mirman and on Home Movies he was Eugene, the Russian foreign exchange student. He also had his own half hour special on Comedy Central and a full hour comedy special, “Eugene Mirman: An Evening in a Fake Underground Laboratory,” which aired on Comedy Central and is also available on CD/DVD.
Eugene was named Best New York City Comedian by the Village Voice, one of “50 Funniest” by Time Out New York, and one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine. He’s released three comedy albums (the last two on Sub Pop records) and an incredibly funny parody-ish self-help book, The Will to Whatevs. Named by Rolling Stone as “Hot Twitterer,” Eugene also keeps over 340k followers entertained daily.
A pioneer of the comedy variety show since the days of Rififi, Eugene also created and curated Pretty Good Friends, a weekly comedy show featuring Eugene and special guests/comedians which packed Union Hall in Brooklyn every Sunday. Along with Julie Smith, Eugene produces what began as a joke and has become the hugely popular annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Now in its eighth year, the EMCF happens every Fall in Brooklyn, and extended to the West Coast with a Seattle-hosted EMCF in Spring 2012 and to Boston in 2013 and 2014.
“Riotously funny stand-up” – Big Takeover
“The anchor of the Brooklyn scene” – The New York Times
“Equal parts Andy Kaufman and Andy Warhol.” – Esquire