A packed house crowded into the Philly Improv Theater at the Shubin Theatre on Wednesday night for the most recent installment of Reasonable Discourse with Jerks. Host Jim Grammond took the stage and introduced the audience to the panel for the night, Philly’s popular sketch group Camp Woods, minus member Madonna Refugia.
For the next hour, this panel generated some very entertaining conversation, filled with jabs at each other, themselves, and just about anything even remotely related to any of the topics covered. And they covered many topics, ranging from the Faces of Death film franchise to childhood bullying and 9/11 conspiracies.
One of the funniest discussions of the night followed Grammond showing an Oreo filled with rainbow colored cream and explaining that people who are not supportive of the gay lifestyle are in outrage over this advertisement and threatening to boycott. From Brendan Kennedy’s image of a fat bigot giving in to temptation and eating an E.L. Fudge cookie of two elves fellating each other to various members’ outrage over the fact that the rainbow cookie doesn’t actually exist for consumption, the discussion was wrapped up neatly by Rob Baniewicz’s question, “Who gives a shit if a cookie’s political?”
One of the best aspects of the night was the chemistry not only between the members of Camp Woods, but also between them and Grammond. This was exemplified when Grammond raised the question, “What foods will you not eat?” and began going around the table one by one to get answers. However, as expected with such a lively panel, the order was quickly abandoned. Actually, it was abandoned as soon as JP Boudwin offered up the first answer: “Pass.” The conversation then turned to how Camp Woods would eat anything, from Boudwin and Kennedy’s recent dinnertime breakfast pizza topped with gyro meat to Billy Bob Thompson eating cake out of a used motor oil can. Even when the conversation was brought back to its original question, the members provided their usual absurdity and quirkiness, with Patrick Foy stating that Qdoba is better than Chipotle because the onions are easier to pick out of the pico de gallo and Sam Narisi announcing that he’ll still eat one, but he’s “never really been happy to see a baked potato.”
Other highlights included a recurring theme of hipsters prompted by Grammond’s experience with a conspiracy theorist referring to “mainstream” archaeology, Thompson’s ignoring the racist implications of a McDonald’s advertisement due to his disturbance by the fact that everyone was holding food and none of it had bites out of it, and Kennedy’s impression of a racist Elmo trying to make it in show business.
Hey there! Lisa here with my weekly video round-up! This week I checked out the awesomely funny Local Holiday Miracle. Local Holiday Miracle is a sketch comedy duo that is one part Andrea Kuhar, one part Aubrie Williams. I have put together three of their videos that I thought you might thoroughly enjoy!
1. Cats: The Musical starring REAL CATS! Do you like cat puns? Do you like Broadway Musicals? If so, this is the video for YOU!
2. First Divorce with Mompoms! A mom supports her son through tough times with Mompoms! Jeez, I wish my Mom had Mompoms.
3. MIDI Life Crisis. Dr. Susan Kitchen has found a way to cure your mid-life crisis. Something for me to look forward to in 30 years.
Description: Host Jim Grammond leads a panel with Philly’s funniest comics in a discussion of world events, pop culture, and oddities in the news.
Style: Panel Comedy
Date: June 27th
Time: 9:00p.m. – 10:00p.m
Admission: $10 at the door $8 in advance
Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia
Contact: Website, Buy Tickets Here
Last night, the seventh annual Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest continued at Helium Comedy Club with Pat Barker, Carolyn Busa, and Tim Butterly moving on to the semi-finals. The competition continues Monday, July 8 and the opening round continues on Sunday and Monday nights until August 13 (full schedule here).
The lineup and date for the next Camp Woods Plus has been announced. Joining Camp Woods on stage at L’etage on Wednesday, July 25 will be New York sketch group Listen, Kid!, and the show will also mark the debut of a full set from new Philadelphia sketch group Tap City (Aaron Hertzog and Luke Field).
This Saturday, Urban Saloon will host the Laughs on Fairmount Showcase the weekend partner to the weekly open mic from Mary Radzinski and Carolyn Busa. This weekend’s show will feature comedy from Blythe Wimbush, Alejandro Morales, Alex Grubard, James Hesky, and John McKeever. Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8:00.
Hey there! Lisa here with my weekly video round-up! This week I checked out the supercool (and yeah I said supercool) Down the Show! Down the Show is a constant open door sketch group, welcoming stand-ups, sketch writers, performers, videographers and joiners from all walks of life. So I have put together three of their videos that I thought you might get a kick out of (just don’t hurt anyone in the process).
1. My Talking Henry Rollins. Henry Rollins is a doll that offends people. I here they’re also coming out with an Ian MacKaye doll that’s supposed to help with sobriety.
2. “BEER SNOBS”. This is what might happen when two beer snobs run into each other. Hint: Ecstasy Ensues.
3. The Pilot. Philadelphia comedians and filmakers come together to give the world a sketchy-sketch comedy show.
Last night, the seventh annual Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest continued at Helium Comedy Club with Darryl Charles, Tom Cassidy, and Chris Smith moving on to the semi-finals. The competition continues next Sunday, June 24 and the opening round continues on Sunday and Monday nights until August 13 (full schedule here).
This Tuesday, Rose Luardo and Andrew Jeffrey Wright host another edition of Comedy Dreamz at The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia.) This month’s show will feature performances by Body Dreamz, Malwina, Nick Lucas, A Chorus Of Flesh, Omar Scruggs, Doogie Horner, Potato, and JP Boudwin as well as videos from Jason Hsu and The New Dreamz. Doors open at 9PM and the show starts at 10 – with a dance party following the comedy.
This Friday at Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St. Philadelphia) JP Boudwin hosts the Uh Oh! Party Show – a night that “has no focus other than having fun.” The show will feature performances by The Feeko Brothers, Charles Rosen, and Magic Missile as well as a contest where comedians will be put to the test as each will draw a challenge to base their set around. The contest will feature Aaron Hertzog, Brendan Kennedy, John Nunn, Tim Butterly and Jim Grammond doing their best with whatever challenge they draw, whether it be writing a song, talking about current events, using props, or something else “equally horrible”.
Also Friday, Alex Gross and Mike Hochman will host Mike and Alex Get You Drunk at The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St. Philadelphia). The show will feature improv from Philly’s Rare Bird Show, Richmond’s Richmond Comedy Coalition, and New York’s The Imposters as well as music from comedy band Lightning Bolts of Pain.
Finally, the latest episode of Gettin’ Close with Mike Marbach is online – on the new and improved Mike Marbach dot com. This episode features BJ Ellis – with whom Mike discusses “life, the ever present shortform-longform talk, the N Crowd, his feelings about Philly improv and much more”.
Hey there! Lisa here with my weekly video round-up! This week I checked out the hilarical sketch group The Feeko Brothers! The Feeko Brothers are a comedy duo formed by Christian Alsis and Billy Bob Thompson. So I have put together three of their videos that I thought you might thoroughly enjoy!
1. Holiday Popcorn Tins. Guys Christmas is only 195 days away, so here is an uplifting commercial for “Elmer Pickaninny’s Holiday Popcorn Tins.” It gets better.
2. MOISTACHE. In this commercial, spokesman Ty Bradford tells the many wonders of MOISTACHE. Ty Bradford was the star of the classic 80’s sitcom, “The Growing Years.” Jeez, I wish my Dad was as cool and smelled as good as Ty Bradford.
3. The More You Know PSA- Joseph Gordon Levitt. The More You Know PSA that you wish aired during the 90s.
Think The Feeko Brothers are excelente? Want to see more?! visit http://www.thefeekobrothers.com/