It was a great year in comedy, so selecting the best of the best and compiling it into an hour-long special was a tall order. We have done just that, however, and we're kicking a new year off with a bang and The Best Comedy of 2012, as curated by the Bullseye staff.
You'll hear selections from the following, all of which are available for purchase now:
Here's where you can find some of our favorite people this week:
Asheville, NC - They Might Be Giants at The Orange Peel on Sept. 28th;
Atlanta, GA - Adam Corolla at the Tabernacle on Sept. 30th;
Baton Rouge, LA - Brian Posehn at the Manship Theater on Sept. 26th and 27th;
Bloomington, IL - The Comedy Attic will feature Jackie Kashian and Maria Bamford on Sept. 22nd, 23rd and 24th and Doug Benson (taping an episode of Doug Loves Movies) on Sept. 26th;
Canton, MA - The Hold Steady will appear at the Life Is Good Festival on Sept. 24th;
Chicago, IL - They Might Be Giants with Jonathan Coulton at The Vic Theater on Sept. 23rd;
Colorado Springs, CO - Doug Benson at The Black Sheep on Sept. 21st;
Des Moines, IA - Demitri Martin will appear at Hoyt Sherman Place on Sept. 23rd;
Detroit, MI - Chris Tucker will perform at the Fox Theater Detroit on October 1st;
Louisville, KY - The Improv will host Marc Maron on Sept. 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th and Doug Benson on October 1st; Bob Edwards will be appearing to promote his new book, "A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio", at the Filson Historical Society on the 22nd;
Madison, WI - Dave Atell will at the Comedy Club on State on Sept. 23rd and 24th;
Miami Beach, FL - Chris Tucker will be at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater on Sept. 24th;
Nashville, TN - They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton at the Cannery Ballroom on Sept. 27th;
New Haven, CT - Das Racist will play at Toad's Place on Sept. 29th;
New Orleans, LA - Chris Tucker at the UNO Lakefront Arena on Sept. 23rd;
New York, NY: Colson Whitehead will be doing a book signing at McNally Jackson Books as part of the New Yorker Festival on October 2nd; He'll also be participating in a panel discussion about Alternative Realities at SVA Theatre on Sept. 30th;
Omaha, NE - Demitri Marin will be at the Omaha Music Hall on Sept. 24th;
Ottawa, ON - Greg Proops will be performing "Whose Live Anyway?" at the Centrepointe Theater in Ottawa, ON on Sept. 23rd;
Providence, RI - Das Racist at The Met on Sept. 30th;
Raleigh, NC - Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson performing "Two Kids, One Hall" at Goodnights on Sept. 29th, 30th, Oct. 1st and 2nd;
Richmond, VA - They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton at the The National on Sept. 29th;
Salt Lake City, UT - Jimmy Pardo at Wiseguys Comedy Club on Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st;
Sayreville, NJ - Brian Posehn at the Starland Ballroom on Sept. 30th;
Seattle, WA - Demitri Martin at The Neptune Theater on Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st;
St. Louis, MO - They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton at The Pagaent on Sept. 24th
Tulsa, OK - They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton at Cains Ballroom on Sept. 25th;
Ventura, CA - Doug Benson at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club on Sept. 28th;
Washington, DC - Das Racist at the 9:30 Club on October 1st.
Andy Kindler will be at the Playboy Comedy Lounge of the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas August 25th to 27th.
Bill Burr will be at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ from August 25th to the 28th.
Colson Whitehead will be at the University of Wyoming in Laramie tonight, August 22nd.
Childish Gambino, Mobb Deep and Blu & Exile will be in Mountain View, CA as part of the Rock the Bells Festival at the Shoreline Amphitheater on August 27th.
Jackie Kashian and Maria Bamford will be performing at the Helium Comedy Club in Portland, OR on August 25th, 26th and 27th.
Jimmy Pardo will be at the Funny Bone in Virginia Beach, VA on August 25th-27th.
Kumail Nanjiani will be performing the Meltdown Show at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles on August 24th with Brent Weinbach, Jen Kirkman and Brett Gelman.
Marc Maron will be at Hilarities in Cleveland, OH on August 25th-28th.
Tig Notaro will be at the Tin Roof in Charleston, SC on August 24th and at the Calendonia in Athens, GA on August 25th.
Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson will be performing Two Kids, One Hall at Zanies in Nashville on August 25th-28th.
Wyatt Cenac will be appearing at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse in Arlington, VA on August 26th.
Here is a quick list of cities and venues where you can catch some face time with your favorite MaxFun performers during the coming week. Click on the name of the venue for ticket info.
From time to time, of course, there are shows which are likely to be so popular that I wouldn't recommend waiting until the week of the performance to buy tickets. I'll list one or two of those separately each week. Buy now:
Dave sits down with Tig Notaro, a veteran stand-up comedian who you might recognize from her Comedy Central special or perhaps her stint as "Officer Tig" on The Sarah Silverman Program.
She's just released her debut album, Good One, on indie music label Secretly Canadian. You can also find her mixing comedy and thoughtful musing on a different topic each week on the Professor Blastoff podcast.
In our interview, she talks about why she chose to be the only comedian on a music label, the slightly unorthodox way she taped the album's contents, collaborating with Sarah Silverman, and more.
DAVE HOLMES: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Dave Holmes in for Jesse Thorn. My guest this week is Tig Notaro. An accomplished comedian whose live act has been on this program many times before. Her first album, Good One, is out right now on Secretly Canadian Records. Let's hear a clip from it.
Comic Tig Notaro of the Professor Blastoff podcast joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss late-night smoke alarm searches, gangs of hare krishnas and more.
Our pals The Sklar Brothers have been working for some time on this web series, Held Up. For a web series, it's extraordinarily ambitious. Full feature length (in 9 parts), a wonderful cast (Tig, Steve Agee, friend of SPY Jon Dore), and funny as hell. Check out the rest of the series here.
And hey, while you're at it, check out their very, very funny sports and comedy podcast Sklarbro Country.