Think Up Funny Band Names With Comedian Eric Andre

If you’re like me, you think up funny names for bands all the time. I usually come up with them when I’m on the subway, so when a rapper named "Earlier Incident" drops his first mixtape, you can thank me. But some people are far more obsessed with making up band names than I am, and better at it to boot. One of those people is actor, comedian, and talk show host (and my one-time drinking buddy) Eric Andre. Andre just launched a website called ericsbandnames.com which has a list of hundreds of great band names. They’re wildly different yet uniformly hilarious, and if they already exist as bands in Williamsburg or Silver Lake or wherever, I’m sure Andre arrived at the name independently. A few standouts:

Bigot Sudoku

The Rolling Hills of Chipotle

Ken Griffey Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger

Vice Magazine is LITERALLY, Not Ironically, Racist

Aryan Soft Porn

Zach Braff’s Blog

and my favorite …

Hoda Kotb

Think up your own fake band names and tweet them @ericandre. If accompanied by some misspelled abuse, he might even retweet you. And if you think his band names are funny, you’ll love his twisted talk show, The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim, and you can also see him on ABC’s Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23. (He says Bitch, not B, so I will too.) If you’re in LA, you can catch his stand-up act at clubs all over town. 

Drinking On the Edge With Eric Andre

It’s Friday night in New York’s East Village, and everybody’s partying. The Studio under Webster Hall, one of the city’s most enduring nightclubs, is filled to capacity. Actor and comedian Eric Andre has taken his twisted talk show, The Eric Andre Show, on the road, and the crowd can’t wait to be a part of it. The moment he hits the stage, the room explodes with noise and energy, but Andre’s the wildest one in it, jumping out from behind a curtain and immediately tossing drinks, destroying his cardboard desk, knocking over a globe, diving into the audience, and bringing people on stage to dance with him. Just as suddenly, he settles down with exaggerated gravitas to interview guests ranging from the real Sally Jessy Raphael to a fake Russell Brand. Andre shows films of man-on-the-street bits—one involving him arriving at a Mensa meeting dressed in a suit of armor—and hams it up with bits like Doc Chicken, which involves a rubber fowl wearing a stethoscope flying across the stage suspended from a string while disco music plays. His show has only been on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim for one season, but his fan base is devoted, following every movement of the wild-haired, 29-year-old, Haitian-Jewish-American entertainer.

And now it’s Saturday night in Chelsea, and Andre and I are at *The Tippler, an industrial-chic cocktail bar beneath Chelsea Market that raises mixology to an art form. As we take our seats, Andre tells me that he’s as surprised as anyone about the success of his live show. “I was expecting three people in the audience,” he says. “And two of them would be bartenders.” Here comes a bartender now. Alan Denniberg—who also plays in a band called Jen Urban & the Box—is mixing us a selection of cocktails that represent the cutting edge of ingredients, flavors, and presentation, and we’re loving it. Andre’s not as animated as he is on stage, where he risks serious injury with every flop and dive (“The adrenaline protects me,” he says), but he’s just as sharp and funny, riffing off the various drinks that Denniberg delivers, a mix of Tippler house cocktails and his own recipes. We spend two hours hanging out before Andre heads to the airport to fly back to Los Angeles, where, in addition to his own show, he appears in the ABC sitcom Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. But first, cocktails.

Derek Smalls

Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka, Averna Sambuca Agrumi, Honey Syrup, Cucumber Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Lemon Juice, Mint, Bittercube Jamaican #1 Bitters.

“This is nice. I want to drink it outside. It makes me want to put on a bathrobe and go sit in a meadow with my taint touching the grass. It feels healthy, like the spirit of Jack LaLanne on a juice fast.”

Spazerac

Redemption Rye Whiskey, Absinthe, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters.

“Oh that’s good. I wish I had this when I was younger, along with some Charleston Chew and some hash, so I could watch Ninja Turtles ironically. This is Muppet blood. It’s what you get when you jam Gonzo into a meat grinder.”

Shotgun Wedding

Compass Box Great King St. Blended Scotch, Smith & Cross Navy Strength Rum, Cynar, Allspice Dram, Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub Bitters.

“This is deceiving because there’s a slice of grapefruit in it. It looks sweet but it tastes like a curmudgeonly writer. It’s like putting a little pink top hat on Charles Bukowski’s head.”

Viola Royale

El Dorado 3-Year-Old White Rum, Plymouth Gin, Crème de Violette, Luxardo Maraschino, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Champagne.

“Wow, this is floral. It’s like a bouquet of roses bukkake-ing on my face. This is what the cougar at the wedding drinks.”

The Buck Stops Here

Santa Teresa 1796 Solera-Aged Rum, Fernet-Branca, Orgeat, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer.

“This one is like a delicious cake with nutrients. I feel like it’s improving my health. It’s something your doctor would prescribe for you, if your doctor is Dr. Awesome.”

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Olga Kurylenko Covers Our Upcoming New Regime Issue!

With the end of the year comes the inevitable: lists and lists and lists of so-and-so and what’s-his-face’s favorite movies, albums, animated gifs, and/or Honey Boo Boo catchphrases of the year. Of course, we at BlackBook like to close out the year a little differently, which is why I’m pleased as punch to reveal the cover for our upcoming December/January issue featuring our annual New Regime feature. Rather than looking back on the year in review, the editors at BlackBook have compiled a list of our favorite up-and-coming stars. Inside you’ll find the best and brightest talents in film, music, television, art, and nightlife. 

Of course, we saved our favorite for the cover: Olga Kurylenko. Already having made a name for herself as a Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, the Ukranian model-turned-actress is prepped for a big year in 2013. Fresh off her supporting role in this fall’s Seven Psychopaths, Kurylenko has a few big projects coming up, including starring alongside Tom Cruise in April’s Oblivion. And let’s not forget her role in To the Wonder, directed by that little-known and totally underrated writer-director Terrence Malick. (I’m kidding, of course; there’s hardly anything more exciting than a highly anticipated release from the notoriously unprolific Malick.) Kurylenko shares with us her own personal experiences of working with the enigmatic director and shares the long road to cover girl and movie star. 

Meanwhile, Brian Jonestown Massacre member Tony O’Neill talks to novelist Nick Tosches about his new book, Me and the Devil; Walter Salles opens up about his long-waited adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road; The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus takes on a tour of his local lower Manhattan haunts; and comedian Eric Andre sits down for cocktails and LOLs. And, as usual, we cover the newest trends in nightlife, restaurants, and fashion—including a gorgeous Amish-themed men’s fashion spread. 

Look for the New Regime issue on newsstands in December, and, as always, check back here for full coverage!

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