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Founded in 2008, the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival has already amassed an impressive list of notable alumni: Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, Mike Birbiglia, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Fred Armisen, John Oliver, Louis C.K., Ira Glass, and many more. This year’s seventh annual edition presents both the return of a couple of these comics (Glass, Tyson) as well as the debut of several others — perhaps most notably, and surprisingly, Bill Nye the Science Guy, who hosts a live talk at Brooklyn’s Bell House on Sunday, and eccentric, psychedelic folk-rock maestro Robyn Hitchcock, who appears at the same location on the 20th. Tonight’s Bell House opener, however, prioritizes quantity over a single star presence, with co-hosts Elna Baker and Kevin Townley introducing a cast of talented performers, which includes Bobby Tisdale, Amber Tamblyn, Eliot Glazer, and the aforementioned Glass.
Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays, 8:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 18. Continues through Sept. 22, 2014