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Brooklyn resident (and Russian immigrant) Eugene Mirman is a really great guy and comedian. After escaping the clutches of communism, he grew up in Lexington, MA (where the American revolution began through no fault of Eugene’s). He attended Hampshire College and designed his own major of Comedy — doing a one-hour standup act as his thesis. People made fun of him for it, because they were majoring in practical things, like playwriting and semiotics.
Since college, Mr. Eugene Mirman has appeared on television, which is still a relevant medium for another few years. Some examples include: his own half hour special on Comedy Central, appearances on Conan O’Brien, a recurring role on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, MTV, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Home Movies, Lucy, Daughter of the Devil and the Adult Swim live action series Delocated.
In 2009 he was named the Best New York Comedian by The Village Voice and named one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine. He’s also one of 2009’s “Hot” Twitter-ers according to Rolling Stone Magazine (and also Delta Sky Miles Magazine — but, really, according to Rolling Stone mostly).
Mr. Mirman tours the US regularly, headlining shows all across America (and at times the UK and Canada). He’s toured as part of Patton Oswalt’s Comedians of Comedy, and opened for bands such as Yo La Tengo, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Cake, and more. Eugene also co-hosts a traveling variety show with John Wesley Harding (Wes and Eugene’s Cabinet of Wonders) which features musicians, writers, poets and comedians. It’s a lot of fun, you should come sometime.
In 2004, Eugene released his first comedy album, Suicide Squeezes’ The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman (named one of the best comedy albums of 2004 by Time Out and one of the best standup albums of the last decade by The Onion). In 2005 Eugene and Bobby Tisdale released Invite Them Up, a 3CD/1DVD compilation on Comedy Central Records of their charming now defunct East Village alt-comedy staple (also named by The Onion as one of the best albums of the last decade). Eugene’s most recent albums are available from Sub Pop records, including En Garde, Society! and God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger’s.
Wait! Eugene is also the author of The Will To Whatevs, an outlandish self-help guide to modern life for Harper Collins in 2009.
There’s lots more, but who cares, right? Are you really going to be any more impressed to find out that Eugene once did one of those crappy VH1 talking heads things, was a suspected arsonist on the hour long drama Third Watch (holy shit! No way!?) or played a spokes-potato on Food Network during potato weekend in 2002? Probably not. But you should know that Pete Townshend (from The Who!) e-mailed Eugene in 2001 to say he liked Eugene’s Marvelous Crooning Child. That’s great.
Andy Kindler is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker. Originally from New York, and now complaining from California, he annoys people all over the world.
Andy is a frequent guest and correspondent for The Late Show with David Letterman. Each summer at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal he delivers the State of the Industry address to a packed ballroom filled with comics and Hollywood industry types. He is infamous for his scathing attacks on the world of entertainment, including the previously taboo practice of making fun of his fellow comedians. Just as the comedy boom of the nineties was imploding, Andy wrote the “Hack’s Handbook” for National Lampoon. This “how to” guide satirized and exposed tired comedy formulas.
Andy was recently seen as a judge on the 7th season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He is the star of two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and currently recurs on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place and Fox’s upcoming animation Bob’s Burgers. He was also a regular comedy litigator on The Root of all Evil. Other noteworthy credits include the HBO Young Comedians Special, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, The Daily Show, Dr. Katz Professional Therapist, Home Movies and The Larry Sanders Show. Andy is often recognized for playing the life-affirming character “Andy” on the CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond.