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Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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I know this site is all about free entertainment, but some things in life are worth paying for and seeing Eugene Mirman is one of those things. Now for all those non-comedy nerds out there, Mirman plays the landlord on the HBO’s series, ‘Flight of the Conchords’. He’s done a ton of TV comedy specials over the years and hosts a regular comedy night with comedian Michael Showalter. One at the now defunct Rififi and Union Hall. Eugene as I like to call him, (as we are now on a first name basis since he licked my hand one fateful night 4 years ago), is sort of a comic’s comedian. He has a posse of famous friends and seems to be loved by all.

Today marks the conclusion of the 3-day Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival which I was lucky enough to attend on Friday. Starting at 3, Leo Allen (who is also hysterical) and Eric Slovin host the panel “Why Talented People Create Terrible Shows” at the Bell House. A question I have often asked myself while watching Weeds.

Later saunter over to Union Hall to see “Witty Cartoon for Snobs” where cartoonists from the New Yorker and less snooty publications go head to head for a no-holds barred cartoon off. Followed by a surprise musical guest.

Back to the Bell House for “Ten Drink Minimum: Stores Leading to Sobriety” with Michael Showalter and more funny people. (If you don’t recognize the names, look them up cause this aint IMDB bitches).

And wrapping up the festival is “Tearing the Veil of Maya” with Mirman and friends. If you can’t do a days worth of comedy I highly suggest just waiting for this show. And whatever you do, don’t eat the food in the VIP room (aka a cardboard room with streamers attached to it) it will make you ill. Just looking out for you kids!

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
Bell House
149 7th St (Between 2nd & 3rd Ave) [Gowanus]

Union Hall
702 Union St, at 5th Ave [Park Slope]

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Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S, left the "sixth borough" three years ago to settle in Brooklyn. After working at some daily rags, she now does writing on the side but still eats more Ramen then necessary. When she's not moving residences every 6 months, eating her way through every neighborhood, and trying every microbrew known to man, she is unsuccessfully rediscovering home economics. With her binging days behind her, she's now exploring new projects and rediscovering the city that she loves (although is still prone to sliding on her knees during a Prince karaoke set).