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Seth Meyers

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True Crime Obsessed

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The Be A Man Experience

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Majah Hype

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One Funny Lisa Marie

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John Mulaney: From Scratch

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POSTPONED TBD – Tanya Tucker w/ Special Guest Walker Country

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Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond The Fluffy World Tour – Go Big or Go Home

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Moved to Chevalier – Steve Hofstetter

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Sat Aug 28th - 7:00PM
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Doug Stanhope

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Thu Sep 2nd - 7:30PM
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Fri Sep 3rd - 7:30PM
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A Tribute To The Beatles’ White Album (feat. Christopher Cross, Jason Scheff, Jay Demarcus, Deen Castronovo and Joey Molland)

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Thu Sep 9th - 8:00PM
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Valerie June

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Fri Sep 10th - 8:00PM
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Kathleen Madigan: Do You Have Any Ranch?

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Sat Sep 11th - 7:00PM
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An Evening with Antoni

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Mon Sep 13th - 8:00PM
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Jay Pharoah

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Fri Sep 17th - 7:00PM
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Indigo Girls

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Toad the Wet Sprocket

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Thu Sep 23rd - 8:00PM
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Fortune Feimster

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Fri Sep 24th - 7:30PM
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Robin Trower

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Sun Sep 26th - 08:00 PM
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Maz Jobrani: Things Are Looking Bright Tour

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Fri Oct 1st - 7:30PM
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Melvin Seals and JGB

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Sun Oct 3rd - 8:00PM
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Whose Live Anyway?

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Wed Oct 6th - 07:30 PM
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Jess Hilarious

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Fri Oct 8th - 07:30 PM
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Norm Macdonald

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Sat Oct 9th - 7:00PM
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Andrew Santino

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Fri Oct 15th - 7:30PM
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Fri Oct 15th - 10:00 PM
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Amanda Seales Presents: Smart, Funny & Black

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Sat Oct 16th - 7:00 PM
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Mike Birbiglia Live!

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Sun Oct 17th - 07:00 PM
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Mon Oct 18th - 07:00 PM
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Whitney Cummings: Touch Me Tour

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Sat Oct 2nd - 07:00 PM
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Paul Virzi

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Fri Oct 22nd - 7:00PM
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Kyle Kinane: The “So…Where Were We” Tour

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Sat Oct 23rd - 7:00PM
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Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend in Concert

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Sun Oct 24th - 7:00PM
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Tracy Morgan

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Sat Nov 6th - 07:00 PM
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Pat Metheny Side-Eye With James Francies And Joe Dyson

**PLEASE NOTE** This show is in 2021.

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Sun Nov 7th - 7:00PM
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Chris Fleming: Tricky Tricky

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Fri Nov 12th - 7:30PM
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Ronny Chieng: The Hope You Get Rich Tour

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Sat Nov 13th - 7:00PM
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Sat Nov 13th - 9:45PM
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That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

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Sun Nov 14th - 07:30 PM
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Jacksfilms presents YIAY Live Live!

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Tue Nov 16th - 07:00 PM
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Gary Gulman Live

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Fri Nov 19th - 7:30PM
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Sinbad

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Sat Nov 20th - 07:30 PM
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Chris Botti

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Fri Nov 26th - 8:00PM
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Sat Nov 27th - 8:00PM
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Hot Tuna: Acoustic & Electric

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Sun Nov 28th - 8:00PM
Openers: w/ Special Guest David Grisman Trio
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The Musical Box : A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II

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Tue Nov 30th - 08:00 PM
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Small Town Murder

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Fri Dec 3rd - 08:00 PM
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Kurtis Conner

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Mon Dec 6th - 7:30PM
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Steve-O’s Bucket List Tour

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Sat Dec 11th - 07:00 PM
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Puddles Pity Party: Unsequestered Tour

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Wed Dec 15th - 8:00PM
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Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour

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Fri Dec 17th - 7:30PM
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Countess and Friends Christmas Show

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Sat Dec 18th - 7:00PM
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Paula Poundstone

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Sun Dec 19th - 07:30 PM
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Andrew Schulz: The INFAMOUS Tour

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Fri Dec 31st - 7:00PM
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Eddie Griffin

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Fri Jan 7th - 7:30PM
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Dave Attell

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Fri Jan 14th - 07:00 PM
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Demetri Martin: Wandering Mind Tour

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Sat Jan 15th - 7:00PM
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The Gilmour Project

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Thu Jan 20th - 8:00PM
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Drew Lynch

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Fri Jan 21st - 7:30PM
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The Kirk Minihane Show presented by Barstool Sports

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Sat Jan 22nd - 7:00PM
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Sat Jan 22nd - 9:45PM
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Brad Williams

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Fri Feb 4th - 07:00 PM
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Jim Norton

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Fri Feb 18th - 07:00 PM
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Fri Feb 18th - 9:45PM
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Preacher Lawson

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Sat Feb 19th - 7:00PM
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Nick Swardson

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Fri Feb 25th - 07:30 PM
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Fri Feb 25th - 10:00 PM
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Vic DiBitetto

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Sat Feb 26th - 7:30PM
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Beth Hart – The Thankful Tour

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Wed Mar 9th - 08:00 PM
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Thu Mar 10th - 8:00PM
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Irish Comedy Tour

Rescheduled from Chevalier Theatre

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Wed Mar 16th - 7:30PM
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One Night of Queen

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Tue Apr 5th - 08:00 PM
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Colin Hay

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Sat Apr 9th - 8:00PM
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Todrick Hall: The Femuline Tour

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Sun May 1st - 8:00PM
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Welcome to Night Vale

Please Note: This show is in 2022

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Fri Jun 10th - 8:00PM
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Bio

ABOUT DAVID BROMBERG: For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and

ABOUT DAVID BROMBERG:

For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues.

His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass.

Add in a period of self-imposed exile from his passion (1980-2002), during which he became a renowned violin expert, and Wilmington, Delaware’s cultural ambassador; top that off with a triumphant return to music-making, and you have an amazing tale leading back to one place: the blues.

Now, with The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues, his first release for Red House Records, Bromberg and multi-Grammy-winning producer/accompanist Larry Campbell (Dylan, Levon Helm, Paul Simon) focus on the music David discovered in high school, when, circa late 50s, he was introduced to a friend’s dad’s collection of blues 78s. He’d only just taken up guitar as a means to pass the time while in bed with the measles.

“I loved those 78s so much,” says David, “I taped them on a portable reel-to-reel, so I could listen at home and learn.”

That love is evident in The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues. The album is both blues primer and an opportunity to witness a master embracing this distinctly American music with passion and grace.

“There’s a lot of different types of blues on there,” Bromberg notes. “We decided to start it off with a dyed-in-the-wool blues [Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues”], but there’s also country blues [“Kentucky Blues”], and gospel-influenced blues [“Yield Not”].”

Bromberg, a onetime sideman himself, is quick to give props to his long-running road-and-studio cohorts: Butch Amiot (bass), Josh Kanusky (drums), Mark Cosgrove (guitar), Nate Grower (fiddle), and Peter Ecklund (cornet). Of producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, fellow Reverend Gary Davis acolyte, and old friend Larry Campbell, he says, “To use a baseball analogy, Larry is like a star at any position in the infield, because he can play them all.”

Since meeting in the early 80’s, Campbell and Bromberg had crossed paths many times. They finally worked together in Levon Helm’s studio for David’s 2013 return-to-form Only Slightly Mad. “He wanted to do a Chicago blues album then,” Larry says. “But we decided to remind folks of what he does better than anyone: the whole gamut of Americana, the full Brombergian. And we got some new fans. For this one, we went back to the blues, and made use of David’s great vocabulary in all veins of the genre.”

Bromberg’s guitar work remains a marvel; amped electric lead – both slide and fretted – and delicately powerful acoustic fingerpicking propel these songs with the same force that made him the go-to guy for acts ranging from the Eagles to Link Wray to Phoebe Snow. This is a man who can go full-on Chicago gutbucket with “You Don’t Have to Go” (a Bromberg original), then slay with the jazz inflections of Ray Charles’ “A Fool for You,” rendered here intimately solo. Although Bromberg points out he’s not the same guitarist he was before his two decades away from performing and recording. “I play differently,” he says. “I can’t play as fast, but playing slower gives me more time to think about what I’m doing.”

“He’s always able to plug into the emotion of a song,” Campbell says. “He’s incredibly inventive as a player. Sometimes restrictions can be good.”

Listeners can actually hear what the years have given Bromberg in the spartan, acoustic “Delia.” Bromberg originally covered this traditional nugget on his 1972 self-titled debut – a live, solo rendition with a spoken-word break. The new version features Campbell and Bromberg in the studio, revisiting Bromberg’s live arrangement from their occasional duo tours. It is mesmerizing, with gravitas only experience can bring. “Larry and I have played ‘Delia’ a lot,” Bromberg says. “I love what he does on it.”

Longtime fans will notice another difference: Bromberg’s voice; he’s really singing. The vocals cover a broad range: impassioned, vibrato-laden testifying; pew-jumping soul shouts; soft, confident, crooning; and, of course, his peerless raconteur chops (particularly in “You Been A Good Old Wagon”).

“When I first started,” Bromberg says, “singing was something I did between guitar solos. But during the period I did so little performing, I took some voice lessons, and now, I know more what I’m doing. I love singing now. Love it.”

Larry Campbell was impressed at the newfound vocal chops, too. “He is a better vocalist than ever,” he says. “He’s strong, and present. None of the songs took more than three takes. And he was able to take the old folk song ‘900 Miles’ [a “railroad song” made famous by Odetta and Woody Guthrie], and turn it into an electric blues that’s a real high point of the album for me.”

Although he remains the proprietor of the beloved David Bromberg Fine Violins in Wilmington, Delaware – “I love my shop,” he says – Bromberg makes time to tour with his quintet, and he’s already included every song in his live repertoire (save “Yield Not,” which requires a choir), from The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues. As ever, he brings his characteristic devotional intensity to the music, invigorating his surprise third act with the same passion he felt as a teen, spinning those blues 78s, just before the road called. 

 

ABOUT LOUDON WAINWRIGHT:

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2010 GRAMMY Winner (Best Traditional Folk Album) for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (Two previous GRAMMY nominations: I’m Alright, 1985 and More Love Songs, 1986).

Best Album of 2009: High Wide & Handsome per NPR’s Ken Tucker (Fresh Air & Entertainment Weekly magazine).

High Wide & Handsome named among the year’s best per Village Voice, No Depression, FolkWax and fRoots.

“Mr. Wainwright has proved to be far and away the most candid diarist among the singer-songwriters who… brought confessional poetry into popular song… Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation.” – New York Times, Stephen Holden

Songs covered by Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Mose Allison, Big Star, Freakwater, Norma Waterson, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright.

Film acting credits include: Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up (for which he also recorded the soundtrack) and The 40 Year Old Virgin; Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration; Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown; Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator; Tim Burton’s Big Fish; 28 Days alongside Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen and Steve Buscemi; Jacknife alongside Robert De Niro and Ed Harris; Neil Simon’s The Slugger’s Wife.

Television acting credits include: Parks and Recreation (w/ Amy Poehler); Undeclared (w/ Seth Rogen & writer/producer Judd Apatow); Grounded for Life; Ally McBeal; The T.V. Show (w/ Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, Billy Crystal) where he played keyboard with the early Spinal Tap, which made it’s first appearance on this program; a recurring role on M*A*S*H and a role as the original musician/sidekick on The David Letterman Show.

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