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TV Guidance Counselor

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TV Guidance Counselor

TV Guidance CounselorTV Guidance Counselor is a new podcast about old TV, hosted by Boston-based comedian Ken Reid. The premise is: Ken owns every TV Guide from 1980-1995. His guest picks a random TV Guide, writes down everything in it that they want to watch, and the podcast is the discussion of their choices. The conversations include stories about growing up, people’s relationship with television, and Ken spits out a lot of trivia. Past guests have included: Amy Sedaris, Christian Finnegan, Laura Kightlinger, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, Jonathan Katz, Hari Kondabolu, and many more.

Hosted by Ken Reid

Hosted by Ken ReidCalled a “pop culture maven” by the Boston Globe, Boston native Ken Reid has been performing for over 10 years in various capacities. In 1995 he formed the seminal Boston Punk Rock group “30 Seconds Over Tokyo” at Boston’s infamous “Rat” club.

In 2003 while living in London, Ken Reid decided to try his hand at stand up. After performing around the UK he returned to Boston in late 2003 and has been a staple on the comedy scene ever since.

Ken’s unique and very personal story telling style has gained him a loyal fan base in the area. Using photos, video clips, and his own brand of storytelling Ken has written and performed four one man shows. His first show “Ken Reid’s Cusack Attack” was a sold out affair at the Boston Center for the Arts. His second show “Very Special Episode: Portrait of a Pop Culture Victim” was also a sell out in March of 2008. “Music to My Years” from October 2009 was widely praised and was the featured pick on His most recent show was “Shirt Tales” from May 2012.

Ken has performed at the Riot LA Festival, the Charleston Comedy Festival, The AltCom Festival, and The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. In May 2012 he also performed as part of a special performance of John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders variety show at Brown University called the “Cabinet of Unspeakable Wonders”

He hosted and presented at the Boston Music Awards, was the Comic in Residence at The Comedy Studio in September 2006 and was a founding member of comedy troupe The Untrainables. With the Untrainables he hosted and co-produced the “Great and Secret Comedy Show” at Improv Boston from 2006 until 2009. He is also the creator of “Lafta Obscura” a unique comedy show at the Paradise Rock Club that ran during 2006

From August 2008 to December 2012 Ken was the regular Friday night host at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA.
In January of 2013 Ken Started his new show “Ken Reid’s Secret Menu” every Thursday night at the Comedy Studio.

Ken has toured as the opening act for Todd Barry during Barry’s “Substantial Tour of New England”, was chosen by Eugene Mirman as the opening act at Mirman’s record release show, opened for Patton Oswalt at the Wilbur Theater and Northeastern University, opened for Bob Saget during his 2011 New England Summer shows, and performed a series of “live talk show” appearances with Jonathan Katz. Ken was also nominated by the Boston Phoenix as Best Comedian in Boston 2010 and 2012.

With guest Eugene Mirman

With guest Eugene MirmanBrooklyn resident Eugene Mirman escaped the clutches of Russian communism at the age of four when his family immigrated from Moscow to Lexington, MA (where along with Paul Revere and John Adams he kicked off the American revolution). He attended Hampshire College and designed his own major of Comedy – doing a one-hour standup act as his thesis (for which he was made fun of, don’t worry).

Currently, he plays comedian/mobster Yvgeny Mirminsky on Adult Swim’s Delocated and does the voice of “Gene” on FOX’s hit animated series Bob’s Burgers. In the streets he’s sometimes recognized as Eugene, the landlord, from Flight of the Conchords. On Aqua Teen Hunger Force he’s Dr. Eugene Mirman and on Home Movies he was Eugene, the Russian foreign exchange student. His hour-long Comedy Central special Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Labratroy premieres in 2012.

Eugene was named Best New York City Comedian by the Village Voice and one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine. He has released three comedy albums (the last two on Sub Pop records) and an incredibly funny parody-ish self-help book, The Will to Whatevs. Named by Roling Stone as a “Hot Twitterer,” Eugene also keeps his over 210k followers entertained daily.

A pioneer of the comedy variety show since the days of Rififi, Eugene created and curates Pretty Good Friends, a weekly comedy show which features Eugene and special guests/comedians which sells out every Sunday night at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Along with Julie Smith and Caroline Creaghead, Eugene produces what began as a joke and has become the hugely popular annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. The EMCF happens every fall in Brooklyn and also had a run in Seattle in the spring of 2012.

“Riotously funny stand-up comedy” – Big Takeover

“Equal parts Andy Kaufman and Andy Warhol.” – Esquire

“Mirman has a skewed observational wit rather than a sweaty Friar’s Club shtick … and kills with self-deprecating ease.” – Spin

“Eugene Mirman is the de facto leader of the Brooklyn scene. From his early days with “Invite Them Up,” a stand-up staple until 2008, to his weekly “Pretty Good Friends” shows at Union Hall in Park Slope, Mirman is king and a kingmaker in the so-called “alt comedy” world.” – Interview Magazine

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TV Guidance Counselor
Sat 4/18 at 3:30 PM (Doors at 3:00)
You’re the Expert
Sat 4/18 at 6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
You’re the Expert
Sun 4/19 at 5:00 PM (Doors at 4:30)

Tickets on sale Friday 3/20 at 10:00 AM. This event is all ages. Brattle passes not accepted for this special event.