3/5/15

The 2nd ever BROOKLYN BRAIN JAM - Sunday 3/15

KEVIN GEEKS OUT is teaming up with THE BIG QUIZ THING and NERD NITE for a spectacular 6-hour show. 
The Brooklyn Brain Jam
Sunday March 15th 
at Littlefield 
Just $12 (get ticket HERE

It's a buffet of nerdy, geeky entertainment, with

Multi-media and storytelling from KEVIN GEEKS OUT
Trivia Games with THE BIG QUIZ THING
Fun and heady presentations from NERD NITE

You can read this New York Times article about the previous BK Brain Jam. 

plus: 
Here's the schedule for the day, followed by details on the KEVIN GEEKS OUT segments. 



Here's a closer look at the KEVIN GEEKS OUT segments: 

1:30pm INTERGALACTIC PAPERWORK -- a supercut video by M. Sweeney Lawless

Kirk, Spock and McCoy boldly went where no one had gone before... and they had the paperwork to prove it.




M. Sweeney Lawless is a comedy writer/performer whose work appears in humor collections and The Lowbrow Reader [lowbrowreader.com] She can hide up to five bees secretly in her mouth. 

2:35pm "GIFTED CHILD" story by Susie Felber

Comedian Susie Felber tells the story of her first experience with summer camp. 

Susie Felber is a writer, comedian and producer with nearly two decades of stand-up, improv, radio, web, video game, TV and film experience. She’s especially proud of appearing multiple times as a hooker on Conan, writing jokes for Car Talk, and being the voice of the letter “O” on Sesame Street. She currently performs in storytelling shows, hosts and produces a live variety show, and works as a Senior Copywriter at Audible Inc.


4:05pm SCI-FIVE: Cartoon Visions of the Future by Kevin Maher

Comedian Kevin Maher looks back at 5 cartoon visions of the future, from a Jetsons knock-off to an animated wasteland.

Kevin Maher is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer, whose work has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, SyFy and Nickelodeon. He’s created several web-series including AMC’s “The Sci-Fi Deparment” (short-listed for a Webby) and “Andrew 12- Sided Dice Clay.” Kevin hosts the long running variety series “Kevin Geeks Out”, each installment taking an obsessive look at pop-culture, with topics like Shark Cinema, Robots, Wrestling and Zombies. On a dare, he once wrote 100 haiku about Batman. 


4:55 INTERMISSION WITH "FUN CITY" by Jonathan Hertzberg

"Dirty Old New York aka Fun City" is a "video mixtape" series that serves as an outlet for Jonathan Hertzberg to share his obsession with the New York of my youth and pre-youth, as it was represented by the films of that era, roughly late '60s - early '80s.  I tried to connect shots by at least one of the following: location, film, character, actor, signage, repeating opbject, or recurring motif.


5:15 KEVIN GEEKS OUT Interview: Jonathan Herzberg

Kevin talks with Jonathan about his obsession with Dirty Old New York. They look at some of the recurring themes in the FUN CITY videos: Punk v. Disco, Joe v. Hippies, tube televisions, Blaxploitation, pay phones, Gere v. Travolta, checker cabs, Simon, Garfunkel, vinyl records, subways with graffiti and much more.


6:15PM SCIENCE POETRY by Usman Hameedi

Poet and biologist Usman Hameedi will be sharing nerdy science poems that would make Madame Curie blush.
Usman Hameedi is a poet and cancer biologist from New York City. He has competed and coached at both collegiate and national level poetry slams.  Usman has been highlighted on the Huffington Post and Upworthy, has featured at venues in Boston, New York, and Washington D.C., and has been invited to speak at the Harvard Kennedy School and The White House. In his spare time, he tutors nerds on how they can step their game up. 



The Brooklyn Brain Jam
Sunday March 15th 
at Littlefield 
Just $12 (get ticket HERE


1/26/15

Joe Franklin's phone call


When I visited Joe Franklin's office he got a phone call. 


JOE: (answers phone) Si si?


(pause) 


Si si!


(pause)


Si si. 


(pause) 


No, no. 


(pause) 


Si si. 


(hangs up, continues conversation with me)

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Rest in peace, Mr. Franklin. 

1/21/15

Guest Presentation on NAZI ZOMBIES



This Friday night I'm giving a 20-minute multi-media presentation at NERD NITE in NYC.

It promises to be an exciting evening.


Friday January 23, 2015
Trivia+Presentations at 7pm (doors at 6pm): $14
Presentations-only at 8:20pm: $10
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St (between Sullivan & Thompson Sts.)

Back To The Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1
The Cold War Comic Book Massacre!

by George Pasles

Description: A presidential hopeful looking for a spotlight…  A sex-obsessed psychiatrist looking for a scapegoat… An amphetamine-addled comic book publisher just trying to stay awake… WHO will survive and WHAT will be left of them? Grandstanding senators, shoddy scientific research, vengeful zombies, ambiguously gay superheroes, and catastrophic censorship collide in the unbelievable but absolutely true story of the strange birth, gruesome death, and terrifying afterlife of horror comic books of the 1950s.

Bio: Let your mysterious host, “Gentleman” George Pasles, guide you through the past, darkly, to see how any medium is only one moral panic away from oblivion.

*Presentation #2
New York City’s Greatest Myths, Hoaxes, and Urban Legends

by Mike Miscione

Description: Did the Dutch really buy Manhattan Island for $24? Were the winged moonmen that made headlines in the New York Sun in 1835 for real? Are there really Alligators in New York City’s sewers? Since colonial days Gotham has been an incubator for great myths, hoaxes, and urban legends. This presentation will separate facts from fiction.

Bio: Michael Miscione, is the official Manhattan Borough Historian and a native New Yorker. Every year on February 9th he holds an Alligators in the Sewers Day celebration. His presentation will explain why.

*Presentation #3
Nazi Zombies: Pop Culture’s Most Evil Villain

by Kevin Maher

Description: Can you think of a more terrifying bad guy than a Nazi Zombie? The recurring trope of undead S.S. soldiers has become a staple in video games, comic books and films from around the world. This talk examines the roots of the archetype and explores how its meaning has changed over time. We’ll observe how Nazi Zombies are similar to and different from other mythical monsters. And ultimately we’ll answer the question, “Why is this trope so popular?” Featuring rare video footage you won’t find on Netflix or Hulu.

Bio: Kevin Maher is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer whose work has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. His short films have screened everywhere from MoMA to Troma. He hosted AMC’s long-running web-series “The Sci-Fi Department.” And he produces “Kevin Geeks Out,” a video variety show dedicated to topics like Bigfoot, Robots, Wrestling and Shark Cinema.





12/2/14

BATMAN podcast

I was a guest on Nick Nadel's new podcast MOVIES MY FRIENDS HAVE NEVER SEEN

Having never seen BATMAN RETURNS (1992) I was invited to watch the film and discuss it. 

Hear it here

(or here on iTunes )

Some highlights include: 
  • My Burton-as-Penguin theory.
  • "Batman Returns" is a tagline, not a title. 
  • One good reason to respect Tim Burton.
  • Me saying "um" a lot. 

BATMAN RETURNS was just added to Netflix Streaming, in case you want to revisit the film (or see it for the first time.) 

And here's a list of titles newly added to Netflix Streaming (We can finally see LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF.) 

A nod to the 1966 episode of the same title. 

Seriously, what does Catwoman want? 

Walken as Walken as Donald Trump as Harvey Dent Max Shreck 


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10/20/14

Guest Post: THE ART OF EATING ZOMBIE


Today's post is from Lauren Wilson, author of THE ART OF EATING THROUGH THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. We're giving away a copy of her book at Thursday's ZOMBIE SHOW. (Can't wait? You can buy the book here.)


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Huh? There was a news report of some guy whacked out on bath salts eating some other dude’s face off in the street today? Hurmmmm, there was a piece in the paper about a lady being mauled to death by an unidentified wild animal in a nearby park?

Welcome to the zombie apocalypse! Tomorrow is a big day: you will be losing your head (hopefully not literally) trying to fend off the newly infected. On top of that, those pesky little weak spots in your fortress will surely present themselves, leaving you overwhelmed with survival and physical defense–focused activities.

Before you go to sleep tonight (if it even seems safe to do so), why not plan ahead for breakfast? Not only will it help use up some of your perishables (milk, eggs, butter, bread) before the power goes out, it will also give you a calorie-rich jumpstart to your undead-filled day.

If the power has already gone out, reduce the amount of time you soak the bread to a couple of hours and use an Oven Hack (page 41) to cook this bad boy.


Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast

Yields: 4 Hungry Survivor servings, 6 Regular Joe servings
Requires: Chef’s or survival knife and cutting board
1 bread knife
1 small mixing bowl
1 mixing spoon
1 fireproof baking dish (preferably 7″ x 11″)
1 large bowl
1 whisk (or fork)
Piece of foil, to cover baking dish
Heat Source: Indirect, conventional oven or other Oven Hack (page 41)
Time: 10 minutes prep
4–8 hours inactive soaking time
35 minutes unattended cooking time

10/19/14

HORROR MOVIES A to Z

To get ready for Thursday's ZOMBIE SPECTACULAR** at Nitehawk Cinema, here's an A-Z poem about horror films. 

A is for Alien, chest-bursting bitch


B is for Belial, makes baskets twitch


C's for Chatterer, cenobite #2


D is for Damien, this hanging's for you

10/17/14

8 GREAT HORROR MOVIES YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF (But I have, because I'm better than you) ***PARODY***

Looking for some super scary movies this Halloween? Horror Hound Kevin Maher rounds up some of the most obscure films you've never heard of, because you don't know anything. 

HOUSE
This Japanese nail-biter stars William Katt as a horror novelist staying in the most haunted house ever. An instant cult-classic -- and yet most people have never seen it!


 THE GATE
 
Lovers of old movies will love this campy, tongue-in-cheek tribute to scary cinema.


10/16/14

ZOMBIE-MOVIE MADNESS at Brooklyn's NiteHawk Cinema


KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT ABOUT ZOMBIES
Thursday October 23rd @ 9:30pm

Get tickets HERE
  
Kevin & Matt Geek Out About Zombies - Trailer from Matthew Glasson on Vimeo.


A two-hour feast of zombie film footage and pop culture commentary.

Comedian Kevin Maher and filmmaker Matt Glasson present an obsessive look at zombies, from White Zombie to World War Z. The hosts explore pre-Romero voodoo zombies, Night of the Living Dead rip-offs, the recurring theme of Nazi Zombies in film, and the recent run of zombies overtaking pop culture. The two-hour show features dozens of clips including zombie film highlights from Italian, Asian, British and Mexican filmmakers.


With special guest presentations by 
  • Heather Buckley (Fangoria, Dread Central
  • Daan Van Versendaal (Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience) 
  • Brian Solomon (The Vault of Horror
  • Captain Cruella (Village Invasion Zombie Crawl)
  •  Plus trivia prizes and zombie snack foods!


Kevin and Matt are excited to bring their humorous, terrifying, quite unforgettable video variety show to Nitehawk Cinema. From casual filmgoers to die-hard zombie fanatics, it’s an evening of guaranteed zombie fun for everyone!


Get tickets HERE



A two-hour feast of zombie film footage and pop culture commentary.
Comedian Kevin Maher and filmmaker Matt Glasson present an obsessive look at zombies, from White Zombie to World War Z. The hosts explore pre-Romero voodoo zombies, Night of the Living Dead rip-offs, the recurring theme of Nazi Zombies in film, and the recent run of zombies overtaking pop culture. The two-hour show features dozens of clips including zombie film highlights from Italian, Asian, British and Mexican filmmakers.
With special guest presentations by Heather Buckley (Fangoria, Dread Central), Brian Solomon (The Vault of Horror) and Captain Cruella (Village Invasion Zombie Crawl). Plus trivia prizes and zombie snack foods!
Kevin and Matt are excited to bring their humorous, terrifying, quite unforgettable video variety show to Nitehawk Cinema. From casual filmgoers to die-hard zombie fanatics, it’s an evening of guaranteed zombie fun for everyone!
- See more at: http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/movie/kevin-geeks-out-zombies/#sthash.Ewuk54jD.dpuf

A two-hour feast of zombie film footage and pop culture commentary.
Comedian Kevin Maher and filmmaker Matt Glasson present an obsessive look at zombies, from White Zombie to World War Z. The hosts explore pre-Romero voodoo zombies, Night of the Living Dead rip-offs, the recurring theme of Nazi Zombies in film, and the recent run of zombies overtaking pop culture. The two-hour show features dozens of clips including zombie film highlights from Italian, Asian, British and Mexican filmmakers.
With special guest presentations by Heather Buckley (Fangoria, Dread Central), Brian Solomon (The Vault of Horror) and Captain Cruella (Village Invasion Zombie Crawl). Plus trivia prizes and zombie snack foods!
Kevin and Matt are excited to bring their humorous, terrifying, quite unforgettable video variety show to Nitehawk Cinema. From casual filmgoers to die-hard zombie fanatics, it’s an evening of guaranteed zombie fun for everyone!
- See more at: http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/movie/kevin-geeks-out-zombies/#sthash.Ewuk54jD.dpuf

A two-hour feast of zombie film footage and pop culture commentary.
Comedian Kevin Maher and filmmaker Matt Glasson present an obsessive look at zombies, from White Zombie to World War Z. The hosts explore pre-Romero voodoo zombies, Night of the Living Dead rip-offs, the recurring theme of Nazi Zombies in film, and the recent run of zombies overtaking pop culture. The two-hour show features dozens of clips including zombie film highlights from Italian, Asian, British and Mexican filmmakers.
With special guest presentations by Heather Buckley (Fangoria, Dread Central), Brian Solomon (The Vault of Horror) and Captain Cruella (Village Invasion Zombie Crawl). Plus trivia prizes and zombie snack foods!
Kevin and Matt are excited to bring their humorous, terrifying, quite unforgettable video variety show to Nitehawk Cinema. From casual filmgoers to die-hard zombie fanatics, it’s an evening of guaranteed zombie fun for everyone!
- See more at: http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/movie/kevin-geeks-out-zombies/#sthash.Ewuk54jD.dpuf

10/10/14

FREE TICKET to KEVIN GEEKS OUT - NY COMIC CON SHOW



Free admission to KEVIN GEEKS OUT (with this flyer)

KEVIN GEEKS OUT: 
COMIC CON SPECTACULAR
Saturday October 11th @ 8:00pm
Webster Hall - 125 East 11th Street, NYC


Free admission with the above flyer.