Items tagged with 'comedy'

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally at The Palace

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Comedians/actors Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are set for a show at The Palace August 25. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 6 -- they're $39.50 and up.

The comedy show for the married couple is titled "Summer of 69: No Apostrophe." Blurbage:

With this show, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are yanking the britches right off of their marriage, exposing the salacious details of their fiery union for all the world to enjoy, featuring songs, funny talking, heavy ribaldry, light petting and an astonishing final act of completion.

Mullally, of course, has appeared in a bunch of TV shows and movies, including Will and Grace. Offerman is most famous for playing Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, on which Mullally also appeared on his character's ex-wife.

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photo: Eric Schwabel

The Puppet Dead at Proctors

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This looks like... well, we're not really sure: A show called The Puppet Dead is set to be at Proctors October 26. It's a musical parody of The Walking Dead. With puppets. Blurbage:

Get ready to have your funny bone annihilated as your favorite apocalyptic show gets torn to shreds in this hilarious unauthorized parody ... None of your favorite Walking Dead characters are safe in this razor sharp comedy that delivers laughs and destruction--and did we mention puppets? ...
From the dark creative minds that brought you Kids in the Hall Live, Mythbusters Live, and from the producers of Archer Live! comes The Puppet Dead, a twisted, and hysterical take on the hit series. This new musical parody features survivors (some human, some felt-based life forms) packing some serious comedy ammunition as they slay the undead and lay on the laughter in this infectiously funny farce. Comedy has a new sheriff in town...Will you survive The Puppet Dead?

You know, if the puppetpocalypse ever does come, it might be better to just go gently.

Tickets for The Puppet Dead at Proctors go on sale this Friday, April 1 -- they're $25 and up.

Albany Improv Festival

Albany Improv Festival logoThe first Albany Improv Festival is scheduled for April 23 at the Madison Theater. The festival will feature short performances throughout the afternoon and evening by comedy troupes both from this area and around the country. The schedule of acts is after the jump.

Tickets are available online now -- they're $20 for an all-day pass / $17 for two blocks of performances / $11 for one block. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Damien Center.

Earlier that day the festival will also include a workshop with improv coach Christopher Simpson. Tickets for that are $20 and available online.

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Amy Schumer at the TU Center

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Comedian Amy Schumer is set for a stand-up show at the TU Center May 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 18 -- they're $39 and up.

Schumer's star has been steadily rising. A few years back her stand-up act was getting a lot of press, then her Comedy Central show got strong reviews. And then last year she starred in the film Trainwreck, which she wrote (and Judd Apatow directed) -- it brought in almost $140 million at the box office.

Her appearances here in Albany have tracked that path: a sold-out show at The Egg in 2013, a show at The Palace in 2014, and now the TU Center.

photo via Amy Schumer FB page

Bill Maher at the Palace

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Comedian/TV host Bill Maher is set to play a stand-up show at The Palace November 6. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 26 -- they're $39.50 and up.

As you know, Maher is famous for his comedy and commentary on politics, religion, and current events. His show on HBO -- Real Time with Bill Maher -- has run for more than a decade.

Maher was last at The Palace in 2013.

Random media history bit: The Daily Show was created by Comedy Central in the 1990s to replace Politically Incorrect, which Maher had taken from the channel over to ABC.

Speaking of comedy at the Palace...
+ Jerry Seinfeld is there March 3
+ And Lewis Black will be there April 15

photo: Alberto Tolot

Weird Al at Proctors

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"Weird Al" Yankovic is set to play a show at Proctors September 17. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 26 -- they're $30 and up.

The Proctors show will be part of a continuation of Weird Al's tour supporting his Mandatory Fun album. Press release blurbage:

According to Al: "I've decided to do the Mandatory World Tour for one more year, after learning that some people didn't make it out to the show this last time around. Apparently, they don't know the meaning of the word 'mandatory'!!

So, you've been notified.

Weird Al's accordion-fueled rampage across the nation brought him to the Palace last summer.

photo via Weird Al's website

Jim Gaffigan at the TU Center

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan will be at the TU Center July 13 for a stand-up show. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 26 -- they're $36.75 and $46.75. (There are also various pre-sales this week.)

Gaffigan has appeared on something close to every TV show, both scripted and talk, either as a star, recurring character, or guest. And movies. And commercials. And his own comedy specials. His comedy tends to be observational stuff about everyday life things, like Hot Pockets.

A few years back, Gaffigan played a show at Proctors and it sold out. So, this show will probably be popular.

photo via Jim Gaffigan FB page

Comedy Get Down at the TU Center Albany

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The Comedy Get Down tour will be at the TU Center April 9. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 12 -- they're $26.75 and up.

The lineup for the tour includes a bunch of comics who have been all over TV and movies: Cedric 'The Entertainer', Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, and Charlie Murphy.

Chris Gethard at MASS MoCA

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Comedian/TV host/writer Chris Gethard will be at MASS MoCA this Saturday (January 30) for a stand-up show. Tickets are $16 ahead / $22 day of / $10 students.

Gethard's done a little bit of everything: authored a Weird New York book, done improv with Upright Citizens Brigade, appeared on late night shows, and hosted a public access/internet talk show. He's recently been producing episodes of the show for Fusion, and will be back for another run this spring.

The MASS MoCA show will be hosted by Joseph Greene, and include an opening set from NYC-based comic Josh Carter. It starts Saturday at 8 pm in the museum's Club B-10.

Free Day
By the way: Saturday is the annual free day at MASS MoCA. It's what it sounds like -- admission to the museum is free from 11 am-7 pm. There will also be a series of events and tours that day.

photo via Chris Gethard Show FB

High Mud Comedy Fest with Tig Notaro at MASS MoCA

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MASS MoCA has a two-day comedy event -- The High Mud Comedy Fest -- lined up for March 11 and 12. The headliner is comedian Tig Notaro. Festival tickets are on sale now -- they're $42 ahead / $55 day of / $32 students.

Notaro is a standup comic and writer who's appeared a bunch of places, including Comedy Central and This American Life. In recent years, she's been recognized for a set in which she announced she had breast cancer -- Louis C.K. called it one of the "truly great, masterful standup sets." And she has a new semi-autobiographical TV series -- One Mississippi -- coming out on Amazon Prime later this year.

The festival lineup also includes Ophira Eisenberg as host (she's a comedian and host of NPR's Ask Me Another), Sean Patton, Dave Hill, Thomas Attila Lewis, Seth Brown, and Mark Jagiello. There will be stand-up comedy in the evenings, and screenings of comedy films and shorts in the afternoon.

photo via Tig Notaro FB

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Josh Gondelman

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The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series at Proctors brings Josh Gondelman to town for a stand-up show January 23. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $15 ahead / $20 day of.

You might not recognize Gondelman's name, but you've probably seen his work. He's co-creator of the Modern Seinfeld Twitter feed. And he's also a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver -- he wrote the pumpkin spice latte bit for the show's web series.

Gondelman co-authored a book -- You Blew It!: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways in Which You've Already Ruined Your Life -- published last month. And he has a half-hour special set to run on Comedy Central later this year.

Here's a New York Observer profile of Gondelman from last fall.

The show at Proctors (in the Education Center) starts 8 pm on Saturday, January 23.

David Cross at Troy Music Hall

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Comedian/actor David Cross is set to make a stop at the Troy Music Hall March 20 for a stand-up show. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 8 -- they're $34 and $44.

Cross is famous for his role as Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development, and before that for his work on Mr. Show. He's also appeared in a bunch of other shows, movies, and music videos.

The tour bringing Cross to Troy as the "Making America Great Again!" tour.

The Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA.

David Sedaris at The Egg

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Author David Sedaris will be at The Egg April 9. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 20 -- they're $38.50 and $48.50.

It's been a few years since Sedaris last made a stop here -- 2013, we think. And his appearances are often very popular. So, if you'd like to go, getting tickets sooner rather than later is probably a good idea.

The most recent book from Sedaris is Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls.

If you've never seen Sedaris in in a live performance, (in our experience) it goes something like this: he reads a bit, he talks a bit, reads a little bit more, talks some more, people laugh -- sometimes not exactly sure of when they should. So it's kind of like you'd expect.

photo: Hugh Hamrick

Jerry Seinfeld at The Palace

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Jerry Seinfeld is set to return to The Palace for a stand-up show March 3. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 20 to the general public -- they're $48 and up.

Seinfeld has made a recent habit of playing the Palace in October every two years (he was last here in October 2013). So, a March visit? What's the deal with that?

Tracy Morgan at Funny Bone

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Comedian Tracy Morgan is set to play a series of standup shows at the Funny Bone at Crossgates November 19-22. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $35 and up.

Of course, Morgan is famous for time on Saturday Night Live and his role on 30 Rock. He was in the news last year after a tractor trailer rear-ended the limo he was in on the New Jersey Turnpike. One of the other passengers in the limo died, and Morgan was seriously injured along with three others. (Morgan's tour at the time -- which had been scheduled to stop at the Egg -- was canceled.) Last month he made his first extended appearance on TV following the accident when he hosted SNL.

Morgan's website bills the shows here as part of a string of warm-up dates ahead of a national tour that starts next year.

photo: Paul Mobley

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Beth Stelling

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Comedian Beth Stelling will be at Proctors this Friday for a stand-up show as part of the Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series. Tickets are $15.

Stelling appeared on Comedy Central last month in a half-hour feature of her stand-up. And she's been on a bunch of the late night shows. And she has a new comedy album out, Simply The Beth. Here's a recent interview with Splitsider.

The show this Friday (November 6) at Proctors is on the Fenimore Gallery stage. And a guest comedian will open. Show starts at 8 pm.

Lewis Black returning to the Palace

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Comedian Lewis Black is scheduled for a return to the Palace April 15. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (November 6) -- they're $29.50 and up.

As you know, Black is famous for his many appearances on The Daily Show. This stand-tour is called "The Emperor's New Clothes: The Naked Truth" and is being promoted as "all new." (Spoilers: He's probably angry about a few things.)

Black has performed in Albany a bunch of times, mostly recently in October of 2014.

Hannibal Buress at Skidmore

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Comedian Hannibal Buress is set for a stand-up show at Skidmore October 2. Tickets went on sale today -- they're $20 for the general public. (It looks like the method for the general public to buy tickets hasn't been announced, yet. So if you're interested in going, keep an eye on the event page.)

Buress has been showing up all over TV during the last few years. He's had his own special on Comedy Central, co-stars on The Eric André Show during Adult Swim, is part of the cast of Broad City, guested on Louie, Bob's Burgers, The Mindy Project, and also made appearances on the late night shows. (He's also gotten some notice for a bit about Bill Cosby that was part of the surge of attention to the rape allegations involving Cosby.)

He was last in town for a sold-out show at The Egg this past February.

The show at Skidmore is the Skidmore Student Entertainment Committee's annual Big Show. The opener is Kevin Barnett.

photo via Hannibal Buress website

Mel Brooks at Proctors

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Mel Brooks is set to appear at Proctors October 16 as part of a screening of his film Blazing Saddles. Tickets go on sale this Thursday (August 20) -- they're $40 and up.

The event will include a screening of Blazing Saddles on the Proctors main stage screen, followed by "a live conversation and audience Q&A" with Brooks.

It's been four decades since Blazing Saddles was first released. It's #6 on the AFI's list of "100 funniest American films of all time." Last year Brooks talked with Entertainment Weekly about the film -- touching on the conflicts with the studio, the contributions of Richard Pryor, and whether the movie would be made today.

Dave Chappelle at The Palace

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Comedian Dave Chappelle is set to play The Palace October 4. Tickets go on sale Monday (August 17) -- they're $58 (four-ticket limit).

Chappelle was riding a big wave of popularity back in the mid-2000s thanks in part to his Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central. And then, after two seasons, he famously quit, citing the effect the show was having on his life. (He moved his family to a small rural town outside of Dayton, Ohio.) The last few years he's been slowly making a comeback doing stand-up shows.

The Palace is big, but we're guessing this has a good chance of selling out. So, if you'd like to go, getting tickets sooner rather later is a good idea.

"Look, I've been president for eight years. I'm ready for some entertainment."

UAlbany alum Dion Flynn was back playing Barack Obama in a sketch with Jimmy Fallon this week. The Tonight Show skit was a phone call between Obama and Donald Trump, as played by Fallon, in which the President offers Trump debate advice. (The clip is embedded above.)

Flynn and Fallon first met in Albany in the mid-90s on the set of the short-lived TV show Metroland's Loose Camera. Flynn began playing Obama in Fallon's skits a few years back when Fallon was the host of Late Night.

Dion Flynn still comes back to the Capital Region to teach improv classes at MopCo. And later this month -- August 30 -- he'll be at Proctors for a production of his autobiographical one-man show The Only Brown Kid In The Trailer Park. Tickets are $15 and $25.

Craig Ferguson at Troy Music Hall

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Comedian Craig Ferguson is set to for a stand-up show at the Troy Music Hall September 27. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $37 and up.

In addition to being a comedian, Ferguson is also an actor and author -- but he's best known for his 10-year run as the host of The Late, Late Show on CBS, which ended this past December. Last year, in explaining his exit, he said he wanted to leave the show before he stopped enjoying it.

He's moved on to hosting a game show, an upcoming sitcom, and stand-up touring. Here's a Guardian review of one of his stand-up shows in New York City earlier this year.

The Troy Music Hall show is at 8 pm on Sunday, September 27.

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Giulia Rozzi

comedian giulia rozziThe Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series at Proctors is bringing Giuli Rozzi to town on Saturday for a standup show.

Rozzi has appeared on The Moth, a bunch of TV shows, and in print around the web. And he's had her own Upright Citizens Brigade show, "Bad Bride." Here's a clip from a recent Washington Post interview with her about her comedy:

Most of it is just really silly and stupid -- and probably some of it is self-serving. It's like: "Oh, I just want to tell this story about me." But I try to discuss issues that affect women -- in a funny way -- and issues about depression and anxiety and relationships. I think that just sharing a very open, self-aware style of comedy and storytelling, I think that . . . helps other people have permission to be more honest themselves.

The show at Proctors starts at 8 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $15.

Daniel Tosh at The Palace x2

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Comedian Daniel Tosh is set for a stand-up show at The Palace June 17. Ticket went on sale today (Friday, February 20) -- they're $49.50 and up.

Apparently the tickets have sold well. The Palace announced Friday that it's added a second Tosh show on June 17. So the first show is at 7 pm, and the second show is at 9:30 pm.

Tosh is most famous for his Comedy Central show, Tosh.0, which is largely focused on internet videos (and making fun of them). It's been Comedy's Central most-watched show.

Cosby
The Palace also announced Friday that it's Bill Cosby stand-up show scheduled for April 24 has been postponed indefinitely (a date in Rochester that week was also canceled). That's not surprising -- Cosby shows around the country been canceled in recent months as the accusations of sexual assault against the comedian have accumulated.

Kevin Hart at the TU Center

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Comedian Kevin Hart is set a stand-up showat the TU Center August 27. Tickets are $49.50 and up -- they go on sale February 20.

Hart is easily among the most famous stand-up comedians working now, and he's appeared in a bunch of movies and TV shows. Along the way he's built an entertainment empire for himself.

This will be Hart's second appearance at the TU Center -- he was also there back in 2012.

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photo via Kevin Hart Twitter

Great shows from 2014

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SLOC's production of Caroline or Change got multiple mentions.

With 2014 wrapping up, we thought it'd be fun to ask a bunch of people about some of their favorite/most interesting things from the past year.

Today we check in with a group of artists, performers and reviewers for their take on some of their favorite shows of 2014.

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ComFest 2015 headlined by Tig Notaro

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The National College Comedy Festival -- ComFest -- is back at Skidmore February 13-14. And the headliner for this year's festival is Tig Notaro.

Notaro is a standup comic and writer who's appeared a bunch of places, including Comedy Central and This American Life. In recent years, she's been recognized for a set in which she announced she had breast cancer -- Louis C.K. called it one of the "truly great, masterful standup sets." And this past November, Notaro -- who had a double mastectomy and didn't get reconstructive surgery -- performed a set topless.

Other headlining acts for this year's ComFest: Chris Thayer, the sketch comedy troupe Gentlemen Party, and improvised musical Baby Wants Candy. And, of course, there will be many college groups.

ComFest annual festival is a showcase for up-and-coming comedy writers, performers, and improv troupes -- and many past performers have gone on to great success (example: the festival's founder, David Miner, worked on 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation). Here's a good piece on the festival and its history over at Splitsider from a few years back, and a feature about an earlier festival in NYT.

The festival always sells out. Tickets for the general public go on sale online February 10.

photo via Tig Notaro FB

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Aparna Nancherla

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Looking ahead to the weekend: The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series has Aparna Nancherla coming into town for a standup show Saturday.

Nancherla has been on TV a bunch of times, including appearances on Comedy Central and Conan. From her bio: "Aparna's comedic goggles are dry and observational, and her act is sprinkled with absurdist wit and a whimsical point-of-view." A clip of a Conan appearance is post jump.

The opener this month is the one and only Kevin Marshall.

The show starts at 8 pm Saturday in the Underground at Proctors. Tickets are $15. And we hear last month's show sold out, so getting tickets ahead of time isn't a bad idea.

photo: Mark Manning

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Demetri Martin at The Egg

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Comedian Demetri Martin is returns for a stand-up show at The Egg January 29. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 14 -- they're $42.50.

Martin's been on Comedy Central a bunch -- both as part of his own show, and on The Daily Show. He's also appeared in a handful of movies, including (most recently) Contagion and In a World...

His style is understated and observational, with a lot of one-liners -- "Don't be so quick to judge others. Take your time and really get into it."

More upcoming comedy:
+ November 20: Hannibal Buress at The Egg
+ December 5: Gabriel Iglesias at The Palace
+ December 13: John Oliver at The Palace
+ March 7: Lily Tomlin at Troy Music Hall
+ April 18: Paula Poundstone at Troy Music Hall
+ April 24: Bill Cosby at The Palace
+ May 5: Brian Regan at The Palace

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Storytime Time returns

storytime time funny stories illustrationThe comedic storytelling series Storytime Time returns this month with a new location: Cafe NOLA in Schenectady. Blurbage (may we direct your attention to the second sentence):

The show, hosted by Ethan Ullman (as heard on The Howard Stern Show and the popular RISK! storytelling podcast hosted by Kevin Allison) and introducing co-host Talia Cass, features both comedians and storytellers. Mary Darcy, of All Over Albany and Mopco Improv, will perform at the kick-off show along with a number of other great storytellers.
Ethan Ullman started Storytime Time in 2013 at More Bread & Jam in Cohoes until the restaurant closed. The storytelling show moved to Kokopelli's nightclub in Troy earlier this year. Past headliners include Annie Lederman (Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately), Yoshi Obayashi (Showtime) and Steve Barnes (Times Union)

The show is at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 12. Tickets are $5.

If you're interested in telling a funny (and true) story at a future Storytime Time, email a brief summary to storytimetimepitch@gmail.com.

Gabriel Iglesias, Brian Regan at The Palace

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Gabriel Iglesias (left) and Brian Regan

Two recently announced shows:

Gabriel Iglesias
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is set to play a stand-up show at The Palace December 5. Tickets go on sale the general public this Friday (October 10) -- they're $33 and up.

The self-described "fluffy" comedian has been on Comedy Central a bunch (that's him on the right). And earlier this year he released a stand-up film, The Fluffy Movie. He was last in town at The Palace in 2012, and in 2011 played two shows in one night at The Egg.

Brian Regan
Comedian Brian Regan is set for a stand-up show at The Palace on May 5, 2015. (That's like... next year.) Tickets went on sale this past Friday (October 3) -- they're $35.75 and up.

Regan's been around for a long time, with numerous tours and TV appearances. He recently popped up on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

More comedy:
+ October 16: Lewis Black at The Palace
+ October 25: Amy Schumer at The Palace
+ November 20: Hannibal Buress at The Egg
+ December 13: John Oliver at The Palace

Found Footage Festival at Proctors

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From the fabric painting instructional video "Totally Tulip."

Could be (cringe-inducing) fun: The Found Footage Festival tour, a film and live comedy show, will be at Proctors this Wednesday. Blurbage:

The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.

Among the videos they'll be screening: a 1997 instructional video called "How to Have Cybersex on the Internet."

The Proctors show starts at 8 pm Wednesday. Tickets are $9 / $6 for students.

Earlier on AOA: The First (and Probably Last) Annual Capital Region Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans at The Spectrum

photo: Eric Llung

Hannibal Buress at The Egg

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Comedian Hannibal Buress is set for a standup show at The Egg November 20. Tickets go on sale this Friday (September 4) -- they're $28.

Buress has been showing up all over TV during the last few years. He's had his own special on Comedy Central, co-stars on The Eric André Show during Adult Swim, is part of the cast of Broad City, guested on Louie, Bob's Burgers, The Mindy Project, and also made appearances on the late night shows.

A few other notable comedy shows coming up:
+ September 27: Carly Aquilino at The Egg
+ October 16: Lewis Black at The Palace
+ October 25: Amy Schumer at The Palace
+ December 13: John Oliver at The Palace

photo via Hannibal Buress website

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show poster 2014-AugustA new monthly comedy series called "Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show" starts this Wednesday, August 27 at Proctors. The show's at 8 pm and tickets are $15.

The headliner for the first show is Ahmed Bharoocha, who has appeared on Comedy Central and starred in a popular YouTube sketch comedy series. His standup bit on same-sex marriage was upworthied* and shared millions of times.

The Pretty Much series is the creation of local humorous gentleman Ethan Ullman and fellow comic Thomas Attila Lewis. The series will return each month, though day of the month will shift around for the next handful of months. The second show is currently slated for October 2.

* This website's name was used as a verb and you'll totally guess what happened next.

John Oliver at The Palace

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Comedian John Oliver is set for a standup show at The Palace December 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (August 15) -- they're $39.75.

Oliver is famous for his many years on The Daily Show, of course. But he recently left the show for his own show on HBO: Last Week Tonight. And it's already included some great segments -- you can watch many of them on YouTube.

He was last in town for a show at The Egg in January of 2013.

photo via John Oliver FB

Carly Aquilino at The Egg

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Comedian Carly Aquilino, from MTV's Girl Code, will be at The Egg for a standup show September 27. Tickets go on sale this Friday (July 25) -- they're $25 ahead ($30 day of) and up.

Over its two season Girl Code, featuring Aquilino and other female comedians, actresses, and musicians riffing on all sorts of topics -- has become one of MTV's biggest hits.

Lewis Black at the Palace

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Comedian Lewis Black will be back in town for a show at The Palace October 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 2 -- they're $29.50/

Black has performed here a bunch of times over the last few years. He can't stay away! This place must make... him... very... happy? Is that possible? (Actually: His secret -- he's always angry. Wait, that's another guy...)

Earlier on AOA: Lewis Black on Albany

More comedy
+ Maria Bamford will be at The Egg May 9.
+ Eddie Izzard will be at The Palace May 12
+ Steven Wright will be at The Egg October 17. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 2.
+ The Amy Schumer show at The Palace has been rescheduled for October 25.

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Tracy Morgan at The Egg 2014

tracy morgan 2013Comedian Tracy Morgan will be back at The Egg June 22 for a stand-up show. Tickets go on sale this Friday (April 4) -- they're $35.50.

Morgan is, of course, famous for his long run on SNL and his role on 30 Rock in which he played comedian and movie star "Tracy Jordan." That role sometimes verged on art imitating life. (See also: Questlove's celebrity stories.) Morgan said as much on Fresh Air in 2009.

Morgan was last in town for a show at The Egg last June. That show sold out (or was very close to a sell out), so if you'd like to go this time around, it's probably a better idea to tickets sooner than later.

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photo: Tracy Morgan Facebook

Wait, Wait back at Tanglewood this summer

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Alas, Carl Kasell is retiring this spring, though apparently home voice mail accounts can still hold out hope that he'll grace their recording.

The NPR news quiz show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me will be back at Tanglewood again this summer to record a show. Tickets for the August 28 show are $24 and up -- and currently on sale.

As we've said before, the idea of a funny NPR quiz show perhaps sounds unbearably public radio on paper. But it works. The host Peter Sagal is quick, the panelists are usually good, and the show has a way of turning up unexpectedly funny moments.

Speaking of being very public radio: A Prairie Home Companion will be at Tanglewood June 28, if you're so inclined.

photo: Tony Nagelmann / NPR

Drawing: Jim Belushi and The Board of Comedy at Proctors

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Jim Belushi's known for his many film and TV roles. But he got his start with the famous Chicago comedy group The Second City. And he's recently returned to his roots with a touring improv comedy show -- Jim Belushi and The Board of Comedy -- which will be at Proctors April 2. We have a pair of tickets for the show and we're giving them away -- maybe to you.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's a word that you find funny?

Yep, pretty simple. Just a word that you find funny -- maybe because of the way it sounds, or the way it's spelled, or what it means. Whatever. A quick line about why you find it funny won't help your odds, but it will earn your comment secret non-redeemable gold stars.

The show includes Belushi (of course), along with a group of about four other comedians and a musician. Belushi from the show blurbage:

"We are not stand-up comedians. Our show is not a passive, sit-back-and-watch experience. Most of the fun we have on stage comes from our inclusion of the audience - we get suggestions from them to begin each scene we perform, and in certain instances, bring them on-stage with us to add to our performance. It's less a 'show' and more a party. At least it feels like one to me. This group of actors brings me right back to how I started out in comedy - maybe that's why we have so much fun doing it."

The show starts at 8 pm on Wednesday, April 2 on the Proctors main stage. Tickets are $20 and up.

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Drawing: Colin & Brad from Whose Line...

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Drawing's closed! (But if you still want to share a joke, please do!)

In the depths of winter, sometimes you just need a good laugh. Two guys who can help with that are coming to Proctors next month -- Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from Whose Line is it Anyway. Sherwood and Mochrie are bringing their Two Man Group improv show to Proctors on Saturday, February 8, and we've got a pair of tickets that could be yours.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What is your favorite joke?

Yep,tell us a joke. It's been a long cold week and we need a laugh. We'll start. Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Give up? Because the chicken hadn't evolved yet.

OK, your turn.

We'll draw one comment at random -- that person will win the tickets.

If you don't win, but you'd still like to go, tickets are available at Proctors box office. Tickets are $29.75 - $36.75.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, January 10, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 2 pm on Monday, January 13 and must respond by noon on Tuesday, January 14.

Hey there, Ethan Ullman

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Jeff Curro and Ethan Ullman in the Stern show green room.

Local comedian Ethan Ullman got a surprise Wednesday: He ended up on the Howard Stern show. Well, you know, he wasn't surprised to be at the Howard Stern show -- he just never expected to actually be on the Howard Stern show.

Ullman was at the show accompanying Jeff "The Drunk" Curro, one of the show's recurring characters. They have a comedy show this Saturday at Bogie's in Albany.

We caught Ethan Wednesday afternoon to talk about being on the Stern show, the Capital Region's simmering comedy scene, the return of two popular local comedy and storytelling series, and the Machiavellian things that sometimes have to happen in order to rise to the top.

(there's more)

Amy Schumer at the Palace

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Update: The show has been rescheduled for October 25 "due to television commitments."
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Comedian Amy Schumer will be at The Palace for a standup show March 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 6 -- they're $37.50 and $45.

Here's how Schumer described her standup act to the St. Louis Post Dispatch last year:

[P]eople always say I look sweet but say some cutting stuff with a smile. I am sweet, but it's an adult show. ... I don't like the observational stuff. I like tackling the stuff nobody else talks about, like the darkest, most serious thing about yourself. I talk about life and sex and personal stories and stuff everybody can relate to, and some can't.

In addition to her standup, Schumer also has a show on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer, which is set to return for a second season next spring with a bunch of notable guest stars (including Paul Giamatti, Parker Posey, Questlove, and Mike Birbiglia). And Judd Apatow is directing a movie that she wrote and will star in.

Schumer played The Egg this past spring and the show sold out. The Palace has a lot more seats, but even so, if you'd like to go, it's probably better to get tickets sooner rather than later.

Bonus bit: Amy Schumer is related to Chuck Schumer -- they're second cousins.

photo via Amy Schumer FB page

Mike Birbiglia at Troy Music Hall

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Comedian/storyteller/actor/writer/director Mike Birbiglia will be at the Troy Music Hall for a show March 21. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 6 at 5 pm online, and in person on December 9 -- they're $29 and $34 (students get a $3 discount).

Birbiglia is probably best known for his one-man show Sleep Walk with Me and his appearances on This American Life. He collaborated with TAL host Ira Glass to turn Sleep Walk with Me into a film of the same title that was released last year.

Birbiglia's new show is Thank God For Jokes. Tour blurbage:

With this show, award-winning filmmaker, author, and comedian Mike Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories of telling jokes and how that can get you in trouble. Join Birbiglia as he visits Cats-a-chusetts, argues with someone about their nut allergy, hosts an awards show for angry celebrities, and learns that Fozzie Bear is a tough act to follow.

The Troy Music Hall show is at 8 pm on March 21 (a Friday).

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photo: Brian Friedman

Jerry Seinfeld back at the Palace

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Jerry Seinfeld is set to perform a stand-up show at the Palace October 4. Tickets are $48 and up -- they go on sale August 9.

Seinfeld was last in town in October 2011 for a show at the Palace. And his previous visit to that was in October 2009. Obvious conclusion: Jerry Seinfeld loves Albany in October. (What is the deal with Albany in October...)

In addition to sleeping on what is surely an enormous bed of money from his sitcom, Seinfeld lately has been doing a fun online video series: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The one with Alec Baldwin is a good place to start.

Storytime Time is back, featuring a special guest

annie ledermanThe Storytime Time series -- "not quite a comedy show, not quite not a comedy show" -- is back at More Bread and Jam in Cohoes tonight (Wednesday). And the lineup of storytellers includes a special guest: comedian Annie Lederman, who's been on Comedy Central and MTV, and is a regular on Chelsea Handler's show.

The full lineup for tonight's stories: Annie Lederman, Adrien Behn, Josh Davis, Thomas Attila Lewis, Lydia Nightingale and Gregor Wynnyczuk. And, of course, Ethan Ullman will be hosting.

The show starts at 6:30 pm and ends at the school-night friendly (wait, it's summer) 8 pm. It's $5 at the door.

Earlier on AOA: Ethan Ullman performing at RISK! at The Linda

Trailer Park Boys at the Palace

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Merry Christmas, eh.

The Trailer Park Boys are scheduled to bring a new live show to the Palace December 12. Tickets are $35 and up -- they go on sale this Friday, June 28. (There's also a pre-sale.)

The Trailer Park Boys are a Canadian mockumentary group that's created a TV series and movies around characters who live in a trailer park in Nova Scotia. From the blurbage for this live tour:

When Bubbles tries to spread the true meaning of Christmas to the world, his good-hearted plans are botched by Julian wanting to cash in on the Festive season and Ricky's relentless pursuit to meet the real Santa. And if that wasn't enough, all three of them have to deal with the very intoxicated Jim Lahey and his cheeseburger-eating sidekick, Randy.

The group played a show at The Egg last year -- and it sold out. So if you're interested in going to see them at the Palace, you might want to think about getting tickets sooner rather than later.

Bill Maher at the Palace

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Comedian Bill Maher is schedule for a stand up show at Palace November 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday (April 12) -- they start at $39.50.

As you know, Maher is famous for his comedy and commentary on politics, religion, and current events. His show on HBO -- Real Time with Bill Maher -- is now in its 10th year.

photo: Alberto Tolot

Wham City returning to Troy; Dan Deacon at MASS MoCA

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Wham City

The Wham City comedy tour will be back in Troy April 17 at 51 3rd Street. Blurbage:

The Wham City Comedy Tour is a two-hour cross-genre variety show, showcasing the very best from Baltimore's award-winning artist collective and fabled party starters. Expect stand-up sets, videos, dramatic monologues, and ensemble sketches in a tightly-run, visionary performance.

Wham City is a Baltimore-based arts collective that includes Dan Deacon. Or, as it was described in a SPIN article a few years back, "a collective of hilarious weirdos that dig on the absurd." The group was last here in 2011.

Show starts at 8:30 pm. There's an $8 suggested donation.

Speaking of Dan Deacon...
He's playing a show at MASS MoCA April 20 at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 ahead / $16 day of / $10 students.

Deacon also now has a mobile app, which reacts during his shows. (He used it on Jimmy Kimmel in December.) From an interview with the Phoenix New Times last fall: "Culturally, phones are there. There's no way we're gonna remove them and people aren't gonna not use them so we might as well find a way to incorporate them into our work rather than pretend they don't exist."

Or, as the app's page at iTunes remarks: "For the first time, having your phone out at a concert is not a jerk move."

photo: Josh Sisk

Aziz Ansari at the Palace

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Comedian Aziz Ansari will be at the Palace May 14 for a standup show. Tickets are $27 and $32 -- they're on sale now.

Of course, Ansari stars on Parks and Recreation. But he's appeared in a bunch of other shows and movies, as well comedy specials. And during the last year, he's gone the Louis CK route and posted one of his standup specials for a $5 download.

Here's a recent Ansari interview The AV Club. And here's a gif of him making Michelle Dockery laugh.

photo via Aziz Ansari website

Kevin James at the Palace; and the parade of comedians

Kevin James tour publicity photoComedian Kevin James will be at the Palace June 2 for a stand up show. Tickets are $28 and up -- they go on sale this Friday (March 1).

James is, of course, the guy from the King of Queens sitcom. And now he's the guy from Movie That Will Get Bad Reviews But Still Make a Surprisingly Large Amount of Money.

Comedy, comedy, comedy
By the way: Albany apparently has become a popular stop on the comedy circuit. Among the comics making a stop here over the next few months: Mike Epps, Lewis Black, Demetri Martin, Ron White, Amy Schumer, Stephen Lynch, and Tracy Morgan. Not to mention a handful who've already made a stop in recent months: Kevin Hart, Marc Maron, Jeff Dunham, and Lisa Lampanelli. (And we're sure there are others.)

Tracy Morgan at The Egg

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Comedian Tracy Morgan will be at The Egg June 28 for a stand-up show. Tickets are $35.50 -- they go on sale this Friday (January 22).

Morgan is, of course, famous for his long run on SNL and his role on 30 Rock in which he played comedian and movie star "Tracy Jordan." That role sometimes verged on art imitating life. (See also: Questlove's celebrity stories.) Morgan said as much on Fresh Air in 2009.

Here's a recent Grantland video interview with Morgan.

Morgan played the Palace back in 2010.

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photo: Tracy Morgan Facebook

National College Comedy Festival 2013 at Skidmore

templeton philharmonic comedyThe National College Comedy Festival is this weekend at Skidmore. The annual festival is a showcase for up-and-coming comedy writers, performers, and improv troupes -- and many past performers have gone on to great success (example: the festival's founder, David Miner, is a producer for 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation). Here's a good piece on the festival and its history over at Splitsider, and a feature about last year's festival in NYT.

There are performances Friday and Saturday night featuring college (7 pm) and professional (10 pm) groups. Tickets are currently sold out (the festival always sells out). But we checked with the organizers today, and they say there's a good chance people who show up early will be able get in (because of the weather). Weekend passes for the general public are $20, nightly tickets are $5 for college groups, and $10 for professional groups. They're $15 / $3 / $5 for students.

photo: The Templeton Philharmonic, one of the professional groups performing at this year's festival.

Demetri Martin at the The Egg

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Comedian Demetri Martin will be at The Egg March 16. Tickets are $39.75 -- they go on sale this Friday (January 25.)

Martin has appeared frequently on Comedy Central -- he's had his own show, and also a recurring spot on The Daily Show. He has an understated style, using one-liners and a sketchpad. He's also a palindromist. A few of the recent jokes he's posted on Facebook:

If I had to pick one artist to tile my bathroom I would go with MC Escher.
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The lap of luxury is close to the crotch of luxury.
Oh oh, oh well. A suburb? A fat nasty baby T? Santa? Fab! Rub us all. Ew. Ho ho ho. <---- Holiday Palindrome

You might also recognize Martin from a few movies -- he played Elliot Tiber in Taking Woodstock and one of the microbiologists in Contagion.

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Marc Maron at The Egg

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Comedian Marc Maron will be at The Egg February 1. Tickets are $27.50 -- they go on sale to the general public this Friday (January 4).

Update: If you'd like to get in on the pre-sale, the code is "bazooka."

Maron has been in comedy for long time, and has made a bunch of appearances on TV. But the thing for which he's gotten the most recognition lately is his popular interview podcast WTF with Marc Maron.

More comedy, even sooner: John Oliver -- of Daily Show fame -- will be at The Egg January 11.

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photo: Dmitri von Klein

Lewis Black at the Palace

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Comedian Lewis Black will be back in town March 22 for a stand-up show at the Palace. Tickets go on sale this Friday (November 16). They start at $29.50.

Most people know Black from his commentaries on the Daily Show. The most recent election season has probably left him one or two things to talk about. (By the way: Black is also a playwright -- really. His work has been performed at places such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival.)

Earlier on AOA: Lewis Black on Albany

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photo: Flickr user Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Drawing: tickets for John Oliver at The Egg, and dinner at City Beer Hall

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John Oliver is pointing at you.

Drawing's closed!

Comedian John Oliver -- you know, from The Daily Show -- will be at The Egg January 11. We have two tickets for the show and we're giving them away. BUT. WAIT. There's more. We also have a $40 gift certificate for dinner at the City Beer Hall before the show. And, yes John, WE ARE ALSO giving that away.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

John Oliver is British. So, what's you're favorite Britishism -- real or made up?

This could be anything: cheeky, crikey, loo, dodgy, nutter, flat, sixes and sevens. Or even one that you make up that sounds plausibly British. (It might help to watch a few episodes of Skins. But not the fourth season, because the end is completely bonkers.) We'll pick one winner at random.

John Oliver first got attention in the UK doing standup and a politics-themed comedy radio show. He joined the Daily Show in 2006. And he still co-hosts a satirical news podcast about US and UK events called The Bugle.

His show at The Egg starts at 8 pm on January 11. Tickets are on sale now. They're $32.50.

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photo: The Daily Show / John Oliver website

John Oliver at The Egg

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Comedian John Oliver -- of Daily Show fame -- will be at The Egg January 11 (it doesn't appear the show has been posted there, yet). Tickets are $32.50. They go on sale this Friday (October 12).

As you probably know from the Daily Show, Oliver is British. He first got attention in the UK doing standup and a politics-themed comedy radio show. He joined the Daily Show in 2006. And he still co-hosts a satirical news podcast about US and UK events called The Bugle.

Jeff Dunham: Ventriloquist/comedian Jeff Dunham will be at the TU Center January 27. Tickets are $44.50. They go on sale this Friday.

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photo: The Daily Show / John Oliver website

Kevin Hart at the TU Center

kevin hartComedian Kevin Hart will bring his stand up show the TU Center September 28. Tickets go on sale this Friday (June 15). They start at $45.50.

Hart is one of, if not the, biggest stand up comedians in the country right now. He sold more tickets than any other comedian on Ticketmaster last year, and released a successful film version of his stand up show. There was an interesting Slate article this year looking at why Hart isn't more famous.

In addition to his stand up, Hart's been in a bunch of TV shows and movies. If you don't recognize his name, you've almost certainly seen him in something.

photo: Adam Bielawski via Wikipedia

Bill Cosby at The Palace

bill cosbyBill Cosby will be at The Palace November 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday (June 8) -- they start at $48.

The show is being touted as "an evening with the comedic legend," so we're guessing Cosby will be doing stand up. He's 74 years old now. But a review of stand up show from a year and a half a go reported that "he can still bring it." Maybe it's all the pudding pops and sweaters. [AP/The Hollywood Reporter]

Darrell Hammond at the Palace

darrell hammondComedian Darrell Hammond will be at the Palace April 27 for "an evening of comedy" (we're assuming that means he'll be doing standup). Tickets go on sale this Friday (February 17). They start at $29.50.

As you well know, Hammond was on Saturday Night Live forever. His impression of Bill Clinton is better than Bill Clinton's Bill Clinton. Hammond left the show in 2011. He's been promoting a memoir about his career, as well as his abusive childhood, mental illness, and drug problems.

Also coming to the Palace: One Night of Queen, a Queen tribute show, on April 1.

photo via Palace press release

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