Friday, April 29, 2011

MAY SHOWS - Two full sets in NYC

TWO FULL NYC SETS!!! In May, two presenters have invited me to perform half-hour sets. Come out and have some laughs. Your support means everything to me. The first one is this Sunday. Please join me!

Sun. May 1 -- 1/2 set -- 7:30 PM
Fontana's, FREE!
105 Eldridge Street, NYC
Intimate downstairs performance space

Sat. May 21 -- 1/2 set -- 8 PM
Googie's Lounge
, FREE Upstairs @ the Living Room
154 Ludlow Street, NYC
Before and after me, three AMAZING ukulele players

I'm also on a bunch of great upcoming showcases with some of New York's best comedians. Check out these shows!

Wed. May 4, 8 PM
Sacapuntas, $5
Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery, NYC
w/ Tom Shillue, Todd Womack, Ben Lerman, Ted Alexandro and special guest!
Bowery Poetry ECNY-nominated show
hosted by Ray DeVito and Dan Allen

Wed. May 11, 7 PM
Connotations, free
Luca Lounge 222 Avenue B, NYC
hosted by Selena Coppock

Thurs. May 12
10 PM
Beaches 2, $5
Under St. Marks Theater 94 St. Marks Pl, NYC I'm hosting for this HILARIOUS sketch group! This month's theme is After School Specials

Friday May 13, 9:30 PM
Funny & Furry, $10
Broadway Comedy Club 318 West 53rd Street, NYC
Part of "Urban Bear Weekend"
Leave your honey pot at home, and come woof at me! Hosted by Neil Thornton Wed. May 25, 8 PM How I Learned About... Sex, free Happy Ending 302 Broome Street, NYC
FANTASTIC storytelling performance series
hosted by Blaise Kearsley
This month's theme is SEX!

Friday, May 27, 7:30 PM
The Loose Caboose, $5
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery NYC Vaudvillian throwback variety show
hosted by Shane Web

Friday June 3, 8 PM
Hot Soup, free
O'Hanlon's Bar
349 E 14th St, NYC
Popular East Village comedy showcase
Hosted by Mark Normand, Andy Haines, David Cope, and Matt Ruby

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I'm a huge TV celebrity now, right?

Dear television watchers,

Being a huge TV celebrity has radically changed my life. The music video for "Ben Lerman Plays Ukulele" will air tonight, Wednesday, April 6, at 1:30 AM, on Logo TV's music video show, "New Now Next." Set your DVRs and watch the fame seep into my face — my beautiful, famous, televised face.

Yours in celebrity,

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Smoke a reefer

I feel like I got a contact buzz from watching Cab Calloway's hair fly around the screen.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

For Love or Country

I'm loving every single song on Time Magazine's List of the "Top 10 Ridiculous Country Songs." (*With the exception of "She Thinks My Tractor Is Sexy," though the title is funny.) These are almost all comedy songs, and the videos star comic actors like Jason Alexander and Rob Schneider.

Most country music—and here lies a strong tie to hip-hop—is a story-telling medium. It's the lyrics that move the music and not the other way around. I love a good story song, the more absurd, the better. I mean it's no secret that I love a certain Riskay song.

Though they skipped Toby Keith's "You Ain't Much Fun (Since I Quit Drinkin')" that's the type of country song they picked. But some of country's most hilarious stories are the gut-twistin' tales of Appalachia's most downtrodden souls. One of my favorites is Reba's "Fancy":