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Entries in Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival (2)


Wave After Wave of Stinky Garbage Hurled at Todd Barry

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival happened again and everyone had wonderful evenings full of LOLs. Except for Todd Barry. Who totally didn't! He had planned to make a surprise appearance at The Bell House late Sunday at Toddless Tinkle, which was named so because it's a revival of Todd's weekly show from the early 00's but Todd couldn't be there because he was opening for Superchunk across town.  As luck would have it, Mr. Barry rescheduled his scheduling conflict and decided to drop in after all. But he wasn't aware that host David Cross had ruined the surprise walk-on for the audience and urged the crowd before Todd showed up to please, "Boo Todd relentlessly. Throw shit at him. When Jon (Benjamin) and I tell you to stop, ignore us and boo louder."

And then everyone threw stuff at Todd! The boos were so loud, the soundwaves could've toppled nearby boaters in the Gowanus Canal. It would probably hurt my feelings if hundreds of people chanted horrible things and lobbed plastic beer cups at me and according to the comment thread at Brooklyn Vegan, it allegedly hurt Mr. Barry's feelings too. Todd left the stage all sad and went back to the Superchunk concert.

One Brooklyn Vegan commenter commented on the incident saying, "[Todd was] at the bell house for about 2 minutes. It was funny to see jon glaser force todd on stage but after he left, visibly upset, I felt a little bad and wished we had gotten to welcome him back appropriately. I recognize why david/jon wanted to berate todd for bailing on their old show for a concert, but kitson nailed it when the crowd just went along with the "popular" kids in the room. Eugene was also appalled at how disrespectful the crowd actually was to who he called, one of the greatest nyc comics."

To which Todd Barry replied:

Hi. It's Todd Barry. I didn't "bail" on David and Jon "for a concert." I was part of the concert. I opened for Superchunk at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. It was a paying gig, booked well before the Bell House show was offered. When David, Jon and I were doing our "old show" there were several instances that only two of us hosted, because someone (usually David) had a schedule conflict. The day of the Music Hall show, I thought it might be fun to try to run over to the Bell House and do a surprise walk-on, even though I had to rush back to the Music Hall (because Superchunk were gracious enough to let me play drums on their encore). So I scrambled to get a car service over to the Bell House, excited that I'd found away to do both shows. So you can imagine how I felt to walk on stage, only to be booed, and have GARBAGE thrown at me. And then when I had a human reaction to that (wanting to leave the stage) my path was blocked, so I could get more GARBAGE thrown at me. I can only imagine what David Cross' reaction would be if someone did this to him. It would probably involve a lot more than commenting on Brooklyn Vegan. Sorry I didn't get to hear Daniel Kitson's set.




GIVEAWAY | Tickets to The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy FestivalThe Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival kicks off tomorrow night with shows scheduled at Union Hall and the Bell House through Sunday.

TimeOut NY just published a nice article about it which says:

Beyond catching the elusive Kitson, there are a few festival requirements. First, there's the Opening Night party, with a lineup that includes Kristen Schaal, Pete Holmes, Jon Benjamin, Mirman himself, a VIP room made out of cardboard and an entire roasted pig. Next, a welcome reunion of Mirman and Bobby Tisdale’s long-running Invite Them Up promises both John Hodgman’s stoic, erudite persona dishing fabricated facts, and Reggie Watts’ menagerie of characters backed by flurries of virtuosic beat-boxing. Lastly, there’s something called the Comedians of Law & Order—another ridiculous conceit that features a stellar lineup (A.D. Miles, Zak Orth and Jim Gaffigan). As Mirman says, "It's silly and it's a festival."

The promoters were kind enough to offer pairs of passes to the following shows:

*Early Show: I'll Be Famous in 5 Years (or a Copywriter / Audience Coordinator)
With Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, Brent Sullivan, Patrick Borelli and more.
18+ Time: Doors: 6p, Show: 630p,  Bell House, $10

*Late Show: The Comedians of Law and Order
What is this show? Basically, it's comedians who we like who've been on at least one of the 9 different Law and Orders, including Zak Orth, AD Miles and more very special guests.
21+ Doors: 830p, Show: 9pm, Bell House,  $15

*Panel: Why Talented People Create Terrible Shows
Eric Slovin and Leo Allen host a panel of comedians, executives and industry people discussing why so many talented people make such terrible shows.
18+  Doors at 3p, Show at 3:30pm, Bell House,  $7

1) Put "Tickets to The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival" in the subject line of an email addressed to Please tell us which of the three shows you'd most like to attend.
2) Send that email by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT EST (9/16).
3) If you win, tell your friends via your blog or a Facebook bulletin that The Apiary made you a winner.

Winning entrants will be selected at random and notified TOMORROW. If you like winning stuff, check back every day this week for more prizes.

AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED! You should live in NYC area if you'd like to enter.