MI – Failure is an Option Signing

Join Nicola’s Books at the Michigan Theater on Friday, May 4th at 8:00 PM to meet actor and comedian H. Jon Benjamin – the voice of “Sterling Archer” on FX’s Archer and and “Bob Belcher” on Bob’s Burgers, known for his deep monotone voice with deadpan delivery – at an exclusive talk and book signing for the release of FAILURE IS AN OPTION: An Attempted Memoir!

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Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
(734) 668-8397

TX – An Evening with Bob’s Burgers

H. Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman appear at the UNT Coliseum on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM.

They voice the characters of Bob and Gene Belcher on FOX’s Emmy Award winning show Bob’s Burgers. H. Jon Benjamin is a notable voice-actor who also voices Sterling Archer on FX’s Archer and can been seen on Netflix’s Master of None. Eugene Mirman has appeared on many TV shows including, Archer, Inside Amy Schumer, Flight of the Conchords, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Together they bring to the stage a night of unforgettable laughter.

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UNT Coliseum
801 North Texas Blvd Denton, TX 76201
(940) 704-1021

MA – H. Jon Benjamin Signing

Actor H. Jon Benjamin appears at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Thursday May 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM to present and sign his new book Failure is an Option. HJB will be joined in conversation by fellow comedian and Bob’s Burgers voice actor Eugene Mirman. Books sold by Brookline Booksmith.  Tickets available at the link!

Press Release:

H. Jon Benjamin—the lead voice behind Archer and Bob’s Burgers—helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure.

Most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin a comedy show business success. But he’d like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option. In this book, he tells stories from his own life, from his early days (“wherein I’m unable to deliver a sizzling fajita”) to his romantic life (“how I failed to quantify a threesome”) to family (“wherein a trip to P.F. Chang’s fractures a family”) to career (“how I failed at launching a kid’s show”).

As Jon himself says, breaking down one’s natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one. Society as we know it is, sadly, failure averse. But more acceptance of failure, as Jon sees it, will go a long way to making this world a different place…a kinder, gentler place, where gardens are overgrown and most people stay home with their pets. A vision of failure, but also a vision of freedom.

With stories, examples of artistic and literary failure, and a powerful can’t-do attitude, Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir is the book the world doesn’t need right now but will get regardless.

  • HJB’s book signing will take place at Brookline Booksmith (across the street from the theatre) immediately following the show.
  • HJB is happy to sign and personalize all copies of his memoir FAILURE IS AN OPTION, but he will not sign other merchandise or memorabilia.
  • Due to time constraints, HJB will not take posed photos or selfies with fans.

Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

NY – Failure Is An Option Signing

Actor H. Jon Benjamin appears at the Fisher Center on Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 8:00 PM to present and sign his new book Failure is an Option.

Press Release:

Oblong Books in association with The Fisher Center presents comedian H. Jon Benjamin—the lead voice behind Archer and Bob’s Burgers—who will help us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure.

Most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin a comedy show business success. But he’d like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option. In this book, he tells stories from his own life, from his early days (“wherein I’m unable to deliver a sizzling fajita”) to his romantic life (“how I failed to quantify a threesome”) to family (“wherein a trip to P.F. Chang’s fractures a family”) to career (“how I failed at launching a kid’s show”). As Jon himself says, breaking down one’s natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one.

Tickets available at the link!

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Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

 

NYC – Failure is an Option Launch Party

Actor H. Jon Benjamin appears at the Strand Book Store on Tuesday May 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM to sign his new book Failure is an Option.

H. Jon Benjamin is widely considered a comedy show success, but he’d like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option.

Breaking down one’s natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an impossible one. Society as we know it is, unfortunately, opposes failure. If failure became more accepted it would make the world a different place, a kinder, gentler place, where gardens are overgrown and most people stay home with their pets. A vision of failure, but also a vision of freedom.

With stories, examples of artistic and literary failure, and a powerful can’t-do attitude, Failure Is an Option is the book the world doesn’t need right now but will get regardless.

H. Jon Benjamin is an actor, voice actor and stand-up comedian, best known for voicing characters, including Sterling Archer in Archer, Bob Belcher in Bob’s Burgers, Dr. Katz in Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Coach McGuirk and Jason in Home Movies, and a can of mixed vegetable in the film Wet Hot American Summer.

Admission Options: Buy a copy of Failure is an Option or a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

CO – Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues

Comedian Scott Thompson appears at the Oriental Theater on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Get tickets here…

Lounge lizard Buddy Cole from Kids in the Hall makes a return to the limelight in an evening of humorous monologues from the period the show went off the air in 1995 to the present day.

SCOTT THOMPSON:
Well known to fans as a member of the sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, Scott Thompson is anything but your average comedic talent. After Lorne Michaels discovered them in the late eighties, The Kids in the Hall created a groundbreaking television series which ran from 1989 to 1995 on CBC in Canada and on HBO and CBS in the United States. After the Kids left television in 1995, Scott and the boys went on to write and star in their own feature film, the cult favorite Brain Candy. Thompson appeared as a regular for three years on Garry Shandling’s revolutionary comedy series The Larry Sanders Show as Brian, the assistant to Hank Kingsley. In this period and afterwards, he made numerous guest appearances on various talk shows such as Politically Incorrect, The Late Show with David Letterman, and was a regular fixture on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Thompson along with Paul Bellini, is the author of Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole, a hilarious memoir of one of Thompson’s most famous characters, bon vivant Buddy Cole. He has appeared in such feature films as Ron Ronnie Run, The Pacifier, and Mickey Blue Eyes and such television series as Hannibal, Reno 911!, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Carpoolers, The Odd Squad, Man Seeking Woman, Touched by an Angel, and Degrassi High. He has also worked on various animation projects, as the titular character in the popular children’s television series Roboroach, and in Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Simpsons, and American Dad.

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The Oriental Theater
4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
(720) 420-0030

Greg Ayres & Monica Rial Appear at Anime Boston 2018

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first round of North American guests of honor today. Greg Ayres and Monica Rial will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

Greg Ayres has been blasting his way through 2017! He was thrilled to make his second appearance in Dragon Ball Super earlier this year as Frost, and equally excited to help blast bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars. 2017 also gave him the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast, and he will also be appearing in Haikyu as Yu Nishinoya, as well as voicing Zenji Marui in Food Wars.

With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta. He’s thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrilled to follow that up the in the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara.

Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the USA. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), FMA Brotherhood (May Chang), Hetalia (Belarus), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), My Hero Academia (Tsuyu), One Piece (Tashigi), Ouran High School Host Club (Renge), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Saga of Tanya the Evil (Tanya), Seraph of the End (Krul), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Watamote (Tomoko), Yona of the Dawn (Yona), and many more.

You can catch her as Bulma in Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super currently on Toonami. She voiced Jubilee on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and has also appeared in several video games including Ms. Splosion Man, Tribes Ascend, Smite, the Angry Birds series, Borderlands 2, Dungeon Boss, and the Borderlands Pre-Sequel.

Previously announced guests include FLOW and Asaka.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

SF – An Afternoon with the Venture Bros

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Join Paul Boocock (Jonas Venture, Sr.), Michael Sinterniklass (Dean Venture), Dana Snyder (The Alchemist) and James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture) for an afternoon of all-things Venture on Saturday, January 28th at 2:00 PM! Moderated by Dana Gould (“The Simpsons,” “Stan Against Evil”)

Tickets available at the link!

Presented by SF Sketchfest.

Cobb’s Comedy Club
915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 928-4320

SF – StarTalk LIVE

000_startalk_bill-nyeBill Nye the Science Guy and Eugene Mirman appear at the Curran on Thursday, January 12th at 7:30 PM for StarTalk LIVE!

Press Release:

Science meets comedy onstage at StarTalk Live!, the StarTalk Radio road show that’s entertaining and educating sold-out audiences around the country!

Just like the award-winning podcast and radio show, StarTalk Live! explores current events from the frontiers of science; and includes scientists, celebrities and comedians as featured guests. StarTalk Live! stage performances are hosted by either Neil deGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye the Science Guy, and are co-hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman. Each live show bridges the intersection between pop culture and science with clarity, humor and passion, covering captivating subjects like space travel, human intelligence, sex, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of our Earth and the environment.

StarTalk Live! gets its DNA from “StarTalk Radio,” the iTunes chart-topping radio show/podcast hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. “StarTalk” is also an Emmy-nominated television show in its second season on the National Geographic Channel.

StarTalk Live! is co-produced by Curved Light Productions and Pretty Good Friends. $30 – $50 (Note: Ticket price as listed on sfcurran.com includes all service and facility fees)

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

The Curran
445 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-2000

Pop Candy’s Comic-Con Meetup

USA Today’s Whitney Matheson posted details about her SDCC 2010 party on her blog:

Please join me for Pop Candy’s Comic-Con meetup July 24 at 5:30 p.m. The whole shebang will take place at Wine Steals, an awesome (and convenient) wine/cocktail bar located at 793 and 795 J St. in San Diego. We’ll be partying on the rooftop patio.

A note about the poster: Yes, it’s really in 3-D! You can see it on the blog, but it looks especially awesome when blown up full size. Here’s a PDF of the full-size version, in case you’d like to print it. All meetup attendees will receive a pair of Pop Candy 3-D glasses as a special souvenir.

Another bonus: The first 75 people who show up to the party will receive an exclusive Hasbro Comic-Con 2010 collectible. Hasbro’s brands include (but are not limited to): Marvel, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake. Exciting!

The event is free and open to all ages. An RSVP is encouraged but not required at popcandy@usatoday.com. I can’t wait to see you there.

See also outlined her panel appearances:

On Saturday afternoon I’ll be on the “Comics Across All Media” panel alongside several friends/heroes of mine: Brad Meltzer, Paul Feig, Chip Kidd and Michael Uslan.

Here’s the official description:

12:30-1:30 Comics Across all Media

Paul Feig (creator of Freaks and Geeks), Chip Kidd (Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal), Whitney Matheson (USA TODAY’s Pop Candy blog), Brad Meltzer (The Inner Circle), and Michael E. Uslan (The Dark Knight) are five superstars who make headlines in television, the graphic arts, journalism, novels and film. But they all have comics in common. As they reunite for another visit, join them for a discussion of all things nerd. It’ll be like a 21st century Breakfast Club — but with even better references. Moderated by audiobook star Scott Brick (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant). Room 24ABC

Tip: We’ve done this panel before, and it was really popular, so you might want to line up early.

I’ll also be moderating a panel Thursday afternoon with the awesome team at Radical Axis Studios! Here’s that description:

2:30-3:30 A Decade of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies and More: The Animated Insanity of Radical Axis Studios

The team from Radical Axis — animators, artists, and amateur magicians — celebrate the studio’s 10th Anniversary with a look back at its body of work that includes Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, and other cartoon insanity. Scott Fry (CEO), Craig Hartin (VP of production) and Todd Redner (animation director) are joined by friend/collaborator Matt Maiellaro (co-creator, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) for a no-holds-barred Q&A with USA TODAY’s Whitney Matheson. Room 6A

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