Just in time for the holidays, it’s Ghettoblaster #42. This issue features interviews from Lucero, Blackalicious, Battles, Baroness, Saul Williams, Big Grams, Silversun Pickups, Craig Finn, The Good Life, great Comedy Central shows Nathan For You and Moonbeam City, Sex Criminals illustrator Chip Zdarksy, comedian and WeWatchWrestling host, Matt McCarthy, a 3-page comic live review of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and so, so, so much more! Order online soon or grab one at your favorite record/book shop.
For fans that can’t wait for Swardson’s new material, the special will be available on May 25 on CC: Stand-Up Direct.
Swardson returns to the Paramount Theater, where he filmed his last special, Seriously Who Farted?, for this all-new one-hour special. Fans of Swardson won’t be disappointed, as his material hasn’t gone the route of being married, having children or any political epiphanies. He keeps it in the Swardson world with fresh takes on booze, chicks and diarrhea. With new stories, jokes and a new t-shirt, Swardson is back and it tastes good.
Leading up to the on-air premiere, Comedy Central Stand-Up will feature preview clips from the special. Fans can follow Swardson on Twitter at @NickSwardson, and tweet using the hashtag #TasteIt to join the social chatter around the special.
Taste It will be available on May 31 in the Comedy Central App to fans that sign in via their cable or satellite provider. The Comedy Central App is available for free for iOS on the App Store, on Chromecast, for Android on the Google Play store, and for Xbox One.
The extended and uncensored version of Taste It will be available for download on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network, Vudu and Google Play on June 2. The digital album also will be available on that date on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify and all streaming services.
Amy Schumer, whose very funny Comedy Central series is in the midst of its third season, stars in one of this summer’s most anticipated comedies, Trainwreck, which she wrote and was directed by Judd Apatow and also stars Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer and Dave Attell. All those funny folks (except for Hader) will be out promoting the film on the Trainwreck Tour which has multiple stops in North America, each one benefitting a different charity. It’ll hit NYC at Beacon Theatre on June 15. Tickets, which benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, are on sale now.
Trainwreck, much of which was filmed in Williamsburg (including at the soon-to-close Trash Bar) is out July 17. All Trainwreck Tour dates are listed below… June 14–The Wilbur Theatre–Boston, Massachusetts (benefitting Boston Health Care For The Homeless Program Inc.) June 15–The Beacon Theatre–New York, New York (benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society) June 17–Massey Hall–Toronto, Ontario (benefitting the David Lynch Foundation) June 18–Harris Theater–Chicago, Illinois (benefitting Youth Guidance and YMCA Chicago’s Urban Warriors) June 19–The Nourse–San Francisco, California (benefitting 826 National and 826 Valencia) June 20–The Moore Theatre–Seattle, Washington (benefitting Hilarity For Charity) June 21–The Wiltern–Los Angeles, California (benefitting Rape Treatment Center’s Stuart House serving child victims)
Kyle Kinane returns to Comedy Central in the world premiere of I Liked His Old Stuff Better, debuting on Friday, January 23 at Midnight ET/PT. For fans that can’t wait for Kinane’s new material, the special will be available on January 20 on CC: Stand-Up Direct.
Filmed at the historic 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia, Kyle Kinane’s new special delivers wonderfully grim anecdotes filtered through his own optimistic lens. In I Liked His Old Stuff Better, his second special for Comedy Central, Kinane chooses to marvel rather than rue such experiences as falling in the shower and receiving pickled eggs as a token of love.
Leading up to the on-air premiere, Comedy Central Stand-Up will feature preview clips from the special. Fans can follow Kinane on Twitter at @kylekinane, and interact with Kinane during his reddit AMA in the week leading up to the special.
I Liked His Old Stuff Better will be available on January 24 in the Comedy Central App to fans that sign in via their cable or satellite provider. The Comedy Central App is available for free for iOS on the App Store, on Chromecast, for Android on the Google Play store, and for Xbox One.
The extended and uncensored version of I Liked His Old Stuff Better will be available for download on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network, Vudu and Google Play on January 27. The digital album also will be available on that date on iTunes, and other digital retailers.
Words: Andrew R. Fetter
Sean O’Connor has already had an established comedy career before releasing his debut stand-up album, James Dean Type. He’s performed stand-up on Conan O’Brien as well as his own Comedy Central special that aired last year. Not to mention writing for shows like “Sports Show with Norm MacDonald”, “The Ben Show with Ben Hoffman” and FOX’s “Animation Domination High-Def” (plus working as a producer on “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal”). However, as I found out in my conversation with him, it wasn’t where he envisioned himself at first.
Was comedy something you had always wanted to do or did you have other aspirations?
Well, I didn’t really want to do stand-up comedy at first. I actually wanted to pursue a career in the music industry. I was in a band called ‘Sean O’Connor’s Fan Club. We just played comedy songs. But the band actually had to break up because scheduling was a nightmare. The other members were in other bands and it was hard to make my little fantasy band a huge priority. So, I then gravitated towards comedy and started performing stand up.
What influenced you as you moved towards comedy?
I guess the best way to describe my influences would be an equal mix of Norm McDonald, Dead Milkmen and Chris Jericho the wrestler.
That’s an interesting mix for a comedian.
Yeah, I was super into wrestling growing up and then I got back into it over the past four years. At some point in my life, I decided that just because I’m growing up doesn’t mean the things I like have to be grown up.
It’s interesting that you say that, because on the album you talk about your obsession with Ke$ha. When did that start?
It started with my girlfriend and I making these cheesy mix CDs for each other. I’ve seen her live a couple of times now and she really brings it every time she performs. And I always figured that the way she is in her music isn’t the way she is in real life. But when I met her I discovered that she totally is. She over-sexualizes things way more than they need to be.
How did you decide on the title of the record? It’s something you say on the record, but it’s almost in passing and seems to go unnoticed.
The title comes from something I said on stage that actually bombed. But I didn’t want to change it. I have a random process for how I write new material. I’ll think of something in the past that was funny and I focus on one thing in particular and just run it into the ground. I think the whole album really fits my vibe of not really caring. I mean we all want people to succeed, but I think part of my act is creating characters that lose. It’s always the biggest fear I have is bombing. You just have to move on and even try to play off it and make it work.
Is this material on this album all new or is there stuff you’ve been doing for a while?
Half of the album is old material and the other half is all new stuff. I lot of the older jokes I told didn’t really work anymore, so I had to move on from it real quickly. A joke is something that if it’s told too much it can go wrong real quick. It’s not like seeing a band where even if some of the songs are a little sloppy, you can still get into it.
You’ve done a few appearances on Conan. I’m curious what the difference is for you between performing in a club as oppposed to performing on television.
Being on TV is just completely nerve-wracking, way more so that performing in a club. I just freak out every time I do it. The first time I was on Conan I licked my lips 17 times because I was so thirsty and…I just wanted to live. That’s where my focus was. What’s so hard about it is that you’re not only performing for all those people and the TV cameras and everyone else who will see you on TV. You’re also performing for Conan, who is sitting just to the right of you, watching you perform.
In Ghettoblaster 37 (on stands now), we had a chance to interview Andy Daly on his new Comedy Central show, Review. Watch the hilarious “Pancakes; Divorce; Pancakes” episode tonight and enjoy these outtakes from Lorie Moulton’s photoshoot for us.
Print issue #37 of Ghettoblaster is on shelves now, folks! As is always the case, we put a ton of effort into this issue of the magazine, and we hope all you readers out there are looking forward to getting your copy on the magazine rack or in the mail.
Step Brothers is on the cover and there are pages and pages of features on such lovely acts as Sharon Jones, Dethklok, Stephen Malkmus, Liars, Mogwai, Glitch Mob, Moistboyz, Shearwater, Xiu Xiu, Wooden Shjips, Prince Po & Oh No, The Men and many more. There’s also a shit ton of album, book and movie reviews, as you might expect.