Join How Was Your Week? host Julie Klausner on October 20th as she welcomes guests PAUL F. TOMPKINS, BILLY EICHNER and rock star TED LEO, who will be on stage the entire night to play a live, full-length version of the How Was Your Week? theme song, in addition to other music that is important for you to have in your ears.
Plus, special surprise guests! Comedy of all sorts of kinds of things! Videos, we think! And much, much more. So much more than a live-on-stage version of a podcast, this show is, however, mostly that.
Julie Klausner is a comedy writer/performer, podcaster, and author. Her first book, I Don't Care About Your Band, was released in 2010 from Gotham Books, and her podcast, How Was Your Week, was recently named one of the best 10 comedy podcasts of the moment by Rolling Stone and one of the best podcasts in GQ's Comedy Issue. In July 2010, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company, Gary Sanchez Productions,optioned I Don't Care About Your Band for a television series to star Lizzy Caplan. Julie's TV staff writing credits include Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins, Billy Eichner's upcoming Funny or Die show for Fuse, and The Big Gay Sketch Show. She's also written for Robert Smigel's "TV Funhouse" on SNL, and for comedy legend Joan Rivers on a few different occasions.
Ted Leo came to indie fame in the late-'80s New York hardcore scene by playing with Citizen's Arrest and Animal Crackers. He then moved to Washington, D.C. where he founded Chisel, a mod/punk outfit that you should already know about. When they disbanded, Ted headed up north to New York City and started playing as Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and eventually signed with Matador Records. He released his first record with them, The Brutalist Bricks, in 2010. Catch Ted Leo and the Pharmacists on tour this fall all over the US of A.
Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian. I'm sorry-- Paul F. Tompkins is THE comedian. He was the host of VH1's Best Week Ever for a while. You may have or may yet see him on Mr. Show with Bob and David, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Real Time with Bill Maher, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and over four other things. He has been seen in the films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Tenacious D In The Pick of Destiny, There Will Be Blood and The Informant! (emphasis the movie's). He can be heard in the movie Magnolia. Sight and hearing-- those are the only two senses you will need to experience Paul's film career. You may touch the films if that pleases you. Paul performs all across the country of the United States. Learn more about the United States in your local school.
Fred Armisen has proven through the years that he is a true chameleon when it comes to impressions, and audiences have marveled at the effortlessness with which he switches from character to character. Armisen has landed on Rolling Stone's Hot List as well as appeared several times on Entertainment Weekly's Must List. He's appeared in countless feature films, including the animated feature "The Smurfs"; "Cop Out," alongside Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan; "Confessions of a Shopaholic" opposite Isla Fisher; "The Rocker"; and "The Promotion." Armisen also co-created, co-wrote, and stars in the critically acclaimed IFC comedy series "Portlandia." Currently taping their second season, the show takes a comedic and whimsical look at the eco-friendly city of Portland, Oregon. Armisen began his career as a musician in the Chicago-based post-punk band Trenchmouth as well as playing with Blue Man Group. His transition to comedy came with the 1998 underground short film "Fred Armisen's Guide to Music and SXSW" which followed him through the Austin, Texas South by Southwest Music Festival posing as a music journalist. In 2006, he tried his hand at actual musical journalism, profiling the indie darling Cat Power for the influential music website Pitchfork.com.He blended music and comedy, becoming drummer Jens Hannemann and releasing an instructional DVD "Complicated Drumming Technique" in 2007.
Billy Eichner is a comedian, actor, writer, and host known for his popular viral videos. He is currently hosting a new pop culture trivia game show inspired by his viral videos, which will premiere on Fuse this winter and is produced by Funny or Die. A regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade, in 2010 Billy's viral videos brought him a legion of new fans as they were featured on The Huffington Post, Funny or Die, Gawker, Entertainment Weekly, VH1, Jezebel, New York Magazine and more. TV credits include the recently picked up BBC America chat show Would You Rather? with Graham Norton, Fashion Police on E!, The Bravo A-List Awards on Bravo, Joan Rivers' Straight Talk, and Best Week Ever on VH1.