The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is now accepting online applications from improv groups, sketch groups, and stand-up comics. The festival will take place in Austin, Texas from August 28 to September 3 and will feature comedians from all over the country. A few performers from Philadelphia attended the festival last year, one of which was Becca Trabin, who had these things to say to encourage more of our city’s finest to apply for this year’s festival.
The Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival is accepting submissions for their 2012 festival, which takes place Labor Day weekend in Austin, Texas. I attended last year as a stand-up and half of the improv duo Get A Room, and I can’t recommend this festival enough. You get lots of perks for a tiny submission fee, Southern hospitality, adventures in a kooky city, and access to legit Mexican food (get the fish tacos at Chupacabra). The people are charming and the after-parties were some of the best I’ve been to– one was a house party with a taco truck in the driveway, and another was a swanky karaoke bar with a TV next to the dance floor hooked up with Super Nintendo. We drank, danced, sang, and played Mario Kart. Great festival. Highly recommend it. And do the mini golf tournament.
Online applications are now open for the 2012 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. Submission fee is $20 until 3/27 and $30 until the 4/30 deadline.
Word up Pizza Gang! I recently had the pleasure to sauce it up with Blake Wexler. When it comes to cool dudes, you will find few cooler than Blake, who is the host of one of my favorite podcasts, The Blake Wexler Show. Blake lives in Los Angeles, which is unfortunate because apparently the pizza there is unremarkable. The good news is that Blake is going to be around some great pizza when he’s in town performing with Todd Glass at Helium Comedy Club on March 21-24. Check it out!
Pizza Pal Joe Moore: How much do you like Pizza?
Blake Wexler: Good pizza is literally my favorite thing on Earth. If it wasn’t for pizza, I would weigh 150 pounds and be a top 5 regional backstroke swimmer- not sure which region. There’s a bar in LA where if you buy a beer, you get a free pizza. The other night after a few pizzas, the waitress there uttered the most depressing sentence I have ever heard in my entire life, “Mr. Wexler, I’m sorry but you’re at your pizza limit.”
PPJM: What is your favorite pizza topping?
BW: Extra sauce and hamburger… if it’s actual hamburger and not something gross.
PPJM: What is your favorite pizzeria in Philadelphia?
BW: Pica’s Pizza in Upper Darby. It’s perfect. They do an upside down pizza – sauce on the top, cheese on the bottom and all the toppings are extremely high quality and it’s not insanely priced. Whenever I come back to Philly, the first day I’m home I drive to Upper Darby and pick up some pies for the week. Vic and Deans on the Main Line is also good.
PPJM: You have been all over… You’ve lived in Philly, Boston and most recently LA and have spent some time in New York and Chicago. Where is the best pizza found?
BW: Food in LA blows. Boston doesn’t know what it’s doing when it comes to pizza. There’s so much shit pizza in New York it makes finding the amazing stuff a task. I can’t imagine there’s a better pizza than Pica’s in Upper Darby.
PPJM: When you were a kid, which day of the week was “Pizza Day” in your house?
BW: Usually Friday or Saturday. There was a 3 year period in my life as an elementary school-er where I got pizza hut literally every Saturday. My mom would order me, as per my request, a half cheese, half no cheese but w/extra sauce pizza. It got to the point where a year ago, I was back at home and ordered the same thing for nostalgia sake… it was the first time I had ordered pizza hut in like 4 years. The guy who took my order remembered me from when I was a child and we then talked for 15 minutes on the phone about how our lives had turned out. I’m doing better than he is.
PPJM: Anything else you’d like to add?
BW: Last time I was home, my mom, who is an incredible, gourmet-level cook, was ordering pizza from Bertucci’s. I had consumed a couple drinks and told her I wanted “The Ultimo”. She kept trying to order it, and the restaurant kept telling her they didn’t know what she was talking about. After she angrily hung up, I told my mother that I had made up the name of that pizza. Then I laughed so hard I had an actual asthma attack.
Wow! That was great! Now I really want an “Ultimo”… See you pizza pals at Helium!
The second annual March Madness Comedy Competition kicked off last night at The Famous International Variety Show at Drinker’s West. Moving on to the second round of the competition are: David Ray Ageykum, Josh Guarino, David Primiano, Rachel Bensen, Erik Whitacre, John Deal, David Terruso, Mike Logan. The first round continues tonight at Laughs on Fairmount (The Urban Saloon, 2120 Fairmount Ave. Philadelphia).
Last Friday at The Sideshow this year’s Troika competition kicked off with a show pitting The Mother Truckers (Jessica Snow, Mandy Dollar, Sue Taney) against Rogue (Alan Williams, Corin Wells, Mike Butler) and WKKM Channel 17 Action News (Karen Coleman, Katherine Banford, Maureen Costello). The Mother Truckers emerged victorious moving on to compete for the 2012 Troika championship. Round two of Troika this Friday at The Sideshow will feature Operators Standing By (Bert Archer, Michael Hochman, Steve Cohen) 3/9 (Alli Soowal, BJ Ellis, Katie Monaco) and 3AM (Jason Stockdale, Maggy Keegan, Rob Baniewicz)
This Friday marks the premiere of a new regular show from Philly Improv Theater House Team Mayor Karen upstairs at Plays and Players Theater (1714 Delancey St.). The show will feature James Hesky, Medic and music from Friends with Murder. The show will cost $10 and proceeds will go to a Mayor Karen festival travel fund.
This week, Matt Holmes joins Aaron to talk about his start and history in performing comedy, the rise of improv in Philadelphia over the past ten years, and Matt’s approach to improv from his point of view as both a performer and director. You can listen to this week’s episode below, or subscribe on iTunes.
With co-host Christine Meehan‘s move to New York, Alejandro Morales is on a search for a new partner for his monthly show Camp Tabu. Starting this Friday, Alejandro will test new co-pilots at each Camp Tabu show – in a Regis and Kelly style search for a co-host with the perfect chemistry. This week, Carolyn Busa will take the stage with Alejandro, and also close the show with a featured set. Future months’ guest hosts include Erin Mulville, R. Eric Thomas, Jaime Fountaine, Hillary Rea, Val Temple, and Mary Radzinski.
As far as the rest of the night at Camp Tabu, this month’s lineup features comedy from: Jim Grammond, Mollie Sperduto, Val Temple, and TJ Hurley. The format for the show has been tweaked a little, and Alejandro says to expect a bit tighter, quicker moving show – but just as much fun.
Camp Tabu is this Friday, 9:00PM at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar (200 South 12th St. Philadelphia).
Philly Improv Theater’s run of shows at The Shubin continues this week with a full schedule of shows. This Wednesday, at 10pm you can catch a preview of The Monthly Hour with James Hesky, the new variety show taking over for Chip Chantry’s One Man Show (with Special Guests) which ended its run last week. The Monthly Hour promises sketch and stand-up comedy from some of the city’s best performers, as well as a topical monologue from Hesky, and sketches produced by the show’s team of writers (which include Jim Grammond, Pat House, Mary Radzinski, Darryl Charles, and Mike Gleason).
The second annual March Madness Comedy Competition kicks off at the open mic at Drinker’s West on Sunday March 11. This year 72 comedians will compete at Drinker’s West, Laughs on Fairmount, Noche, and The Raven Lounge to be named champion of the tournament style competition.
This week, Aaron sits down with writer and comedian Luke Giordano. The two talk about Luke’s transition from Philadelphia to Los Angeles to write for television, his experience writing for Two and a Half Men, and his thoughts and ideas about comedy. Then Luke tries to recruit Aaron to move to LA. Listen to this week’s episode below and subscribe on iTunes.