Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tompkins squared! Catch this comic at the Bell House on June 13

Get ready for your best night ever.

On June 13, Paul F. Tompkins, best known as the irreverent, gap-toothed host of “Best Week Ever,” as well as a cast member on “Mr. Show,” comes to the Bell House for a night of comedy.

Tompkins has local fans to thank for the show. As part of an ongoing bit about social media, Tompkins has vowed to perform wherever 300 online admirers demand it.

It’s a modest number for the dapper comedian, who’s gained fans for his three-piece suits, as well as his kingly storytelling, which delves from the personal (his mother’s death) to the silly (cake vs. pie). (See the comedian in action in the clip below.)

“There has been a debate raging in our society for many, many years,” says Tompkins in the latter bit. “People are on one side or the other. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground.

“Some people like cake more than pie, some people like pie more than cake,” he continues, building momentum. “We’ve never been able to agree which one is best — until this historic night!”

Want to find out which one is best? You’ll just have to count yourself among the 300.

Paul F. Tompkins at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], June 13 at 8 pm. Tickets $20. For info, visit


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