The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival might have started out as an inside joke among Mirman (Bob’s Burgers) and his comedian friends, but now, as it goes on six years and has even toured to Seattle and Boston, is it taking itself more seriously? Judging by the title of the kickoff event, “The Urbane Comedy Hour: Nonstop Courtesy and Culture Through the Prism of Comedy,” that would be a no. Tonight’s absurdity includes performances by Mirman, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass (with Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass), Wyatt Cenac, Tom Shillue, and more. On Friday, catch “Invite Them Up!,” with guests Todd Barry, Michael Che, Michael Ian Black, and Mehran Khaghani. Saturday reunites Kurt Braunohler with Kristen Schaal for their bizarre variety show Hot Tub, and Sunday is a party for the season four premiere of Bob’s Burgers with performances by the cast.
Thursdays-Sundays, 5 p.m. Starts: Sept. 26. Continues through Sept. 29, 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 25, 2013