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TJ Miller Extends Into Compact Discs

Ever since Apple stopped putting optical drives in their MacBook Airs, I've been trying to figure out what to do with ALL THE USELESS CD PLAYERS in my apartment. Should I donate them to the underprivileged? Should I use them to incite a Party City looting free-for-all? I learned today there's a reason to keep at least one around for just another couple of days: Comedy Central announced the release date of TJ Miller's debut stand up album, The Extended Play E.P.

Among the fastest-rising comedy stars in the country, T.J. Miller, was named one of the "10 Comics to Watch" by Variety and one of the 12 Rising Stars of Comedy by Entertainment Weekly in 2008 and was included as one of ten comics to watch on COMEDY CENTRAL's "Hot List" in 2009. COMEDY CENTRAL Records releases T.J. Miller's "The Extended Play EP" CD on Tuesday, September 13.
Miller's potential is realized on this amazing hip-hop/pop/folk album and for the first time he’s expressing himself both emotionally and physically through music. With guest stars galore, great beats, and lyrics you’ll be chewing over for months or at least the rest of the evening, this is more than a comedy rap album – it's a life soundtrack you can play loudly in your car. With videos (featuring said star guests) being released in the weeks prior to and through the CD release, the album is being launched in anticipation of Miller's hour special on COMEDY CENTRAL, which debuts later this year.




Just for Laughs Chicago, Day One

Last night, Chicago Underground Comedy kicked off the 2010 Just for Laughs Chicago Festival. With two concurrent shows on stages upstairs and downstairs, the venue was at raucous capacity with 250 people. Special last-minute guests and Chicago expats Kyle Kinane and John Mulaney joined hosts Mike Bridenstine and Mike Sheehan, and Chicago up-and-comers Adam Burke, Beth Stelling, Brendan McGowan, Cameron Esposito, Dan Telfer, Hey You Millionaires, James Fritz, Junior Stopka, and Sean Flannery. Golden boy-come-home TJ Miller rounded out the evening’s festivities.

 TJ Miller | Photo by Erin Nekervis

Tonight, TJ Miller, along with Mike Bridenstine, James Fritz, and Kyle Kinane, will present Drinking Buddies at the Lincoln Lodge, an informal stand-up showcase followed by a screening of Miller’s film Successful Alcoholics. A second 11 p.m. show has been added; the 9 p.m. show is sold out.

Other JFL shows tonight include:

  • Aziz Ansari - The Dangerously Delicious Tour, The Vic Theatre, 7:00 PM -- SOLD OUT               
  • Lucha VaVOOM, Park West, 7:00 PM -- SOLD OUT        
  • Ellen's Somewhat Special Special, The Chicago Theatre, 7:30 PM -- some tickets available.      
  • Beer Shark Mice, iO Theater, 8:00 PM -- Contact the iO Box Office at 773-880-0199 for possible tickets.
  • Aziz Ansari - The Dangerously Delicious Tour, The Vic Theatre, 9:30 PM -- SOLD OUT
  • Comedy Death-Ray Podcast, Annoyance Theater, 10:00 PM -- SOLD OUT         
  • Lucha VaVOOM, Park West, 10:00 PM -- SOLD OUT     
  • Beer Shark Mice, iO Theater, 10:30 PM -- tickets available through the iO box office.

Can't get into any of the JFL shows but still hankering for some live comedy actions? Check out stand-up showcase Comedians You Should Know downtown, OINK variety show in Boystown, or stand-up showcase Bronzeville Coffee House Comedy Show on the Southside.

Related JFLCHI shenanigans: Aziz Ansari spotted at Logan Square hipster hot-spot the Whistler last night.

--Kristy Mangel


The LA Hip Tip

Poster illustration by JT Wilcox APRIL 29, 7:30PM and 9:30PM, The Hollywood Musicbox, 6216 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles: Reserve your free tickets now for Mash Up, a Comedy Central Presents live TV taping. Featuring stand-up by Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, TJ Miller, and Kumail Nanjiani, this show will be shot by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Vogt-Roberts referenced this project in our recent interview with him here, citing that the final product will be a Blerds-style production, with sketches and shorts interspersed with live stand-up. As for this leg of the production, you would be remiss to not reserve your free tickets for what is going to be a rip-roaring stand-up comedy show starring four poised-to-explode comics.

--Kristy Mangel


Successful Alcoholics to Screen at Sundance

T.J. Miller and Lizzy Caplan, screenshotThe 25 minute short film directed and produced by filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts, co-produced by Lizzy Caplan, written by T.J. Miller, and starring OVER ONE THIRD of Comedy Central's 2009 Hot List -- T.J. Miller, Matt Braunger, Whitney Cummings, and Nick Kroll -- in addition to Lizzy Caplan, Tony Hale, Nick Thune, Allison Munn, Fred Goss, Ryan Ridley, Brian Sacca, Pete Karinen, and Maribeth Monroe -- has been chosen to screen at the 2010 Sundance Festival. This news follows directly on the heels of Jordan's "TJ Miller's Yogi Bear Audition" success. Congrats to all! Watch the trailer for the film now!

--Kristy Mangel