America's Funnyman, Neil Hamburger and Guests
Dr El Suavo (special DJ set!)
‘Magic’ by Simone
America’s Funnyman Neil Hamburger is the hardest working comedian in existence, performing up to 399 shows a year internationally to critical acclaim and audience bewilderment. TV credits include Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Tom Green Live, Red Eye, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His Live At Third Man album was produced by Jack White in Nashville; an earlier Hamburger effort was included in SPIN’s “40 Greatest Comedy Albums Of All Time.” Neil’s latest album Still Dwelling is his eleventh for Drag City Records.
Neil has done 15 Australian tours, often with magician Dr. El Suavo or punk band Frenzal Rhomb. He was Faith No More’s hand-picked opener for their 2010 Australian and U.S. shows, and opened for Tenacious D at NYC’s Madison Square Garden in 2006 as well as throughout the USA and UK.
The feature movie Entertainment, in which Neil is the central character, premiered at Sundance in January, 2015. The film co-stars John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Lotte Verbeek, and Tye Sheridan, and was directed by Rick Alverson.
“He is the funniest and most infuriating stand-up comic alive.” – Jack Black
“A phlegm-filled sack of putrid self-loathing, Neil Hamburger is the perfect satire of a slick, professional nightclub comedian. If you’ve ever suspected that behind the glossy veneer of fake bonhomie of those perma-smile acts lies an ugly, embittered, grotesque soul – well Hamburger is that demon made flesh. In some living Sisyphean hell, every night he dons his tuxedo, greases down his hair and ploughs through the vile set that disgusts even him, just so he can earn a three-piece chicken dinner. His contempt for his own pitiful existence is surpassed only for his contempt for the audience who compel him trudge through his despicable cavalcade of jokes. And my, these gags are certainly not for the faint of heart, as he plumbs the depths of depravity for the sake of a laugh.” –(Chortle (U.K.))
“Hamburger is the clapped-out husk of a decorous Southern gentleman, now coughing in painful hacks, suppurating filth through his tuxedo, and her to tip a slurry of abuse all over celebrity and modern life…a combination of malignance and desiccated vaudeville.” (The Guardian)
“Neil Hamburger remains the greatest comedian I’ve seen the greater majority of an audience walk out on….No one was leaving their seats this evening though, as this peerless performer shocked and delighted in equal measure…On the road for 12 years with scarcely a day off, Hamburger is a condemned showbiz lag, doomed to perform his antagonistic anti-comedy to potential hostility forever.” (The Scotsman)
“A brilliantly awful persona of an old-school, C-list funnyman—the kind with an ill-fitting tuxedo and an enormous, greasy combover—on a very bad night. Neil Hamburger toys with an audiences’ expectations (and patience), and indeed his act is a kind of rude commentary on stand-up comedy altogether.” – (New York Times)