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The New York Times ran a swell article about Kevin Geeks Out and The Brooklyn Brain Jam. You can read it HERE.

Want to attend an upcoming KEVIN GEEKS OUT show? 
We have 3 big events in October: 

NERD COMEDY: for nerd, by nerds
with TV’s FRANK (from MST3K)
Wednesday October 8th @ 8:00pm

KEVIN GEEKS OUT – COMIC CON SPECTACULAR
at Webster Hall — click HERE for tickets
Saturday October 11th @ 8:00pm

KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT ABOUT ZOMBIES
Thursday October 23rd @ 9:30pm
For details on THE BROOKLYN BRAIN JAM, here’s a link for the full schedule and another link for tickets.
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Lastly, the Times’ tin-foil hat photo (by Matt Glasson) is from KEVIN GEEKS OUT ABOUT ALIENS. You can watch the trailer below, along with trailers for previous KGO shows. 
KEVIN GEEKS OUT ABOUT EVIL


KEVIN GEEKS OUT ABOUT VISIONS OF THE FUTURE
KEVIN GEEKS OUT ABOUT ALIENS

KEVIN GEEKS OUT ABOUT MONKEYS

KEVIN GEEKS OUT ABOUT WRESTLING
Follow me on twitter to find out about any upcoming events.
@KevinGeeksOut
photo by Tom Henning.

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This Sunday, September 7th it’s the 
FIRST ANNUAL BROOKLYN BRAIN JAM

A day-long festival of entertainment from long-running shows, including KEVIN GEEKS OUT, THE STORY COLLIDER, NERD NITE and THE BIG QUIZ THING.

Click HERE for tickets.

Sunday, September 7th, 12 – 6pm
at The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY


12:10pm Kevin Maher recaps his weird wrestling career.

All day long — Gorilla Cheese Food Truck is serving food.

1:50pm Tenebrous Kate talks about Turkish Rip-Off Cinema…

with clips from the unlicensed Captain America Vs. Spider-Man.

2:45pm A live interview with Pete & Alex, the co-creators of THE STAR WARS MINUTE.

3:00 – 5:00pm Free Hawaiian Shave Ice.


3:45pm R. Sikoryak‘s MASTERPIECE COMICS…

including Kafka’s METAMORPHOSIS told with the Peanuts gang. (featuring voices by M. Sweeney Lawless)

4:20pm Get your photo taken with Santa 


4:40pm Glen Heroy tells true stories of being Santa.  

Plus plenty of other funny, engaging presentations about science, pizza, terminators, trivia and prizes.

Sunday, September 7th, 12 – 6pm

at The Bell House

149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY

tickets are just $10 in advance $12 at the door



** RELATED **  

Upcoming Shows — three October events, including: 

* a nerd comedy event with TV’s Frank (MST3K) 

* A Comic-Con variety spectacular

* Kevin & Matt Geek Out About Zombies


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Updated schedule of Kevin Maher Comedy Shows/Events: 

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THE BROOKLYN BRAIN JAM
Sunday September 7th, 12 noon – 6:00 PM
at The Bell House, 149 7th Street in Brooklyn

What: A six-hour extravaganza, a buffet of entertainment from four distinct series KEVIN GEEKS OUT, THE STORY COLLIDER, NERD NITE and THE BIG QUIZ THING. 

Tickets and details HERE.

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I was recently  guest on THE FLOPHOUSE podcast, where I talked about my most hated movie: WALKING WITH DINOUSAURS

You can listen to it HERE.


And for new-comers, I’m reposting my manifesto about WHY I HATE WALKING WITH DINOSAURS :
(after the jump)

(reposted from 1/01/14) 

Imagine an average, healthy woman. 
Now pretend she gets extensive cosmetic surgery — collagen implants, eye lift, botox, the works. 
But it’s a botched operation, leaving this woman a grotesque imitation of beauty standards. 
That’s what WALKING WITH DINOSAURS is. 
A BBC mini-series was transformed for American audiences and it’s a horror show. 
My problem isn’t just with the movie, but the cultural forces that transformed it. 
THE ORIGINAL MINI-SERIES
The 2013 American film is based on a BBC mini-series. It was the most expensive British television program ever made (and it shows, the series is visually stunning.)  The program combined live-action locations with computer-generated creatures to create the closest thing we could get to a nature documentary about dinosaurs.  Kenneth Branagh narrated the series, providing insights into the environment and habits of pre-historic reptiles. 
Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? 

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My passion for shark movies outweighed my distrust of basic-cable talking-head clip shows and I agreed to appear on SyFy channel’s SHARKMANIA: THE TOP 15 BIGGEST, BADDEST, BLOODIEST BITES

Here are some jokes that did not appear during the broadcast, but are good enough to blog. 

(In the TV business, we call these “web exclusives!”) 


Say what you will about 2-HEADED SHARK ATTACK, it passes the Bechdel test.


If a sharknado really happened, Pat Robertson would somehow blame it on gay sharks.




FUN FACT: Killing a shark with a chainsaw was first seen in 2009’s MALIBU SHARK ATTACK


CGI sharks can do things that would normally be impossible, like caring about the characters in SHARK NIGHT


SHARKS IN VENICE was actually filmed in Bulgaria. But who’s gonna see a movie called SHARKS IN BULGARIA

The lead shark in SHARKS IN VENICE was played by Gary Busey. 


Humans kills 30 – 70 sharks per year in worldwide fisheries, so it makes sense that GHOST SHARK wants revenge. 


GHOST SHARK can appear wherever there’s water, so I guess some nerd has written some GHOST SHARK/WATERWORLD fan fiction. 

GHOST SHARK can appear wherever there’s water, so I guess the only safe place is Dune. Arrakis. Desert Planet. 

In ACE VENTURA, do we ever find out why there was a great white shark being held in captivity?
It’s as if the only reason there’s a shark tank in the room is to provide a comical set-piece for Ace Ventura.



The makers of the TV-movie SHARK KILL would like you to know that OPEN WATER is a rip-off of their JAWS knock-off. 


OPEN WATER was based on a true story where all the character die. And yet, there is a sequel. 

Downer movie OPEN WATER doesn’t rely on the standard ending of blowing up the shark. You can see why so many filmmakers stick to that formula. 


A true JAWS rip-off, SWAMP SHARK features a small town that won’t let a killer shark cancel their local event. “I’m not canceling Gator Fest!”


The closing credits of BAIT say that no sharks were harmed in the making of the movie. That’s because all the sharks were CGI. 


SAND SHARKS is another movie where the shark defies physics.  You see this with Ghost Shark, Super Shark, Avalanche Sharks. These movies make Swamp Shark seem realistic.


Sand Sharks have been around since that Huey Lewis & the News video “If This Is It.” 



Sand-dwelling creatures were also the villains in the 1980 film BLOOD BEACH


Odd that in these shark movies characters never mention the movie JAWS. Do they live in a world where JAWS was never released? Or no one saw it?


People forget that JAWS is a PG movie. The 70’s were a different time. 



JAWS 2 is the only JAWS film to be adapted as a children’s coloring book. 


The first JAWS featured complicated men going to sea to hunt a shark, but JAWS 2 is like “the cast of MEATBALLS goes sailing.” 

JAWS 3 is so bad it makes JAWS 2 look like JAWS 1

JAWS 4 is so bad it makes JAWS 3 look like JAWS 2



I don’t want to sound like an imdb message board, but in MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS, there’s just NOT ENOUGH MEGA SHARK!!


I hope Sam Jackson’s monologue in DEEP BLUE SEA is being used by high school drama students. 

I hope Sam Jackson has a long life, but when he passes, I want DEEP BLUE SEA to be his clip at the Academy Awards. 


SHARKTOPUS is the 2nd movie to feature a tentacled, mutant shark. The first is 1984’s DEVIL FISH, made popular by MST3K. 

In 1975 the New York Times called JAWS “a big-budget Roger Corman film.” Since then Roger Corman’s made a number of low-budget JAWS films. 

Corman is responsible for: 

UP FROM THE DEPTHS
PIRANHA
HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP
DINOSHARK
PIRANACONDA
SHARKTOPUS
SHARKTOPUS VS. PTEROCUDA
SHARKTOPUS VS. MERMANTULA

Sharks have this reputation as an eating machine, but sharks eat about 2 percent of their body weight each day, which is less than humans eat.

Shark movies are like Tyler Perry movies, even when they’re terrible they still make money. 



RELATED POSTS: 

Kevin Maher on the NERD GEEK DORK podcast episode about JAWS


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Can you identify these 22 films based on the graffiti? 

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Previously I’d compared the two types of Shark movie posters (see the gallery HERE.) 

But here’s another poster trope:  HANDS GRASPING FOR DEAR LIFE. 

The hands are always caucasian. And they frequently belong to men. (Otherwise the poster will show the woman in her bikini.) 

KINDERTRAUMA observed that GREAT WHITE’s hand is the MORTUARY hand. (It appeared again on a book cover.) 

tagline: “Wave goodbye…”  Geddit?
Here’s a more recent example of the trend. We even see some of the poor guy’s face. 

Her left hand is up, well, probably so we can get a better view of her chest. 

Roger Corman appears to have used the same model/pose for PIRANHA and UP FROM THE DEPTHS. 
Is it supposed to be the hand of a giant? 

FULL DISCLOSURE: This blog post is a segment we cut from KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT ABOUT SHARK MOVIE

(Click HERE for details and tickets.) 



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Happy Blobfest Weekend! 

Some of you are excited about Free Slurpee Day or the new Planet of the Apes movie. 

But I’m excited to go to Phoenixville, PA — the town where THE BLOB (1958) was filmed. 

Here’s a video I made for AMC back in 2008, my first Blobfest: 





This year’s theme is Kaiju, and the organizers had a “Kaiju Haiku” contest. There was a different prize each week. 

I was bummed that I didn’t win the King Kong pillowcases, but delighted to learn that my haiku won the grand prize: passes to Blobfest! 

And my poem was turned into this 3-panel comic by Jason Deeble (of Monster Haiku


Here’s the full schedule for this weekend’s Blobfest. (including appearances by Joel Hodgson and Ghoul a Go Go) 

It’s worth the trip. 




Beware of the Blob by KevinMaher

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I have 3 exciting shows coming to 3 excellent cities. 

WEEHAWKEN, NJ – on Sunday July 13th @ 7:00pm

THE HAWK – Comedy, Music & Storytelling



ABOUT THIS SHOW: 
Susie Felber’s new variety series features a variety of acts including music, storytelling and a rare stand-up performance by Kevin Maher. 

For more about the show, read this article

THE HAWK
at the PARK AVENUE BAR & GRILL
3417 Park Avenue, Union City NJ 07087
Just $5 (and 2-items) 


Sunday, July 13th @ 7:00 pm




BROOKLYN, NY – on Tuesday, July 15th @ 8:00pm

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS? 
with Kevin & Tom

Kevin Maher and Tom Blunt co-host this new little film chat show at the Actor’s Fund Theater. 

with special guests HARMON LEON (VICE, Esquire, Wired)

and FEM APPEAL (founder/producer of Kitty Nights Burlesque)


ABOUT THIS SHOW:
Two distinctive voices from NYC’s vibrant world of film appreciation prepare to join forces in an event that invites cinema junkies and curiosity-seekers to mingle, compare notes, and sample obscure film tidbits from the collections of odd-couple hosts Kevin Maher (Kevin Geeks Out) and Tom Blunt (Meet The Lady). Special guests: HARMON LEON and FEM APPEAL.

In conversations between film folks, “Have you seen this?” is a loaded question which can either illuminate a path toward common ground or kick off an endless cycle of one-upmanship — sometimes both! Enjoy as Maher and Blunt navigate this minefield in real-time, surprising each other with clips as a springboard into the sort of discussion and humorous observation that fans of “Kevin Geeks Out” and “Meet The Lady” have returned for year after year. One hour of show, plus one hour of after-party: a well-rounded evening of entertainment knitting together NYC’s artists and arts communities.

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS? with Kevin & Tom
At the Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Just $7

The Actor’s Fund is right off the Hoyt/Schermerhorn stop of the A/C/G trains, Hoyt stop of the 2/3, Jay St. F, Borough Hall 4/5, Dekalb B/Q/R, and so forth.



YONKERS, NY – on Saturday, July 19th @ 8:00pm

Kevin & Matt Geek Out About Shark Movies at The Alamo Drafthouse-Trailer from Matthew Glasson on Vimeo.

KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT 
ABOUT SHARK MOVIES

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