Upcoming Shows

  • February 7, 2014 7:30 pmFirst Fridays w/ Interrobang
  • November 22, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
  • November 22, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • November 22, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 22, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • November 22, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • November 22, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 22, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • November 26, 2014 8:00 pmComedy Masters
  • November 27, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • November 27, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • November 28, 2014 8:00 amNationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • November 28, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • November 28, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • November 28, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • November 28, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • November 28, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • November 29, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
  • November 29, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • November 29, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 29, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • November 29, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • November 29, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 29, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • December 3, 2014 8:00 pmComedy Masters
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And the Winner of the November WitOut Caption Contest is…

Congratulations to Skittles McFancy, winner of the November WitOut Caption Contest and totally not someone using a fake name!  Here’s Skittles’ caption:

“…and that, fine sirs, is why I must take my leave of the Gentleman’s Crouching Club!” 

 

Skittles, look for an email from WitOut soon with information to claim your prize (two tickets to an N Crowd show of your choice)!

To the rest of you: Thanks for participating, and best of luck next time! We’ll launch the next WitOut Caption Contest on December 15th.

Tweets of the Week, Vol. 9

Follow Witout on Twitter for updates from our site, as well as retweets of more of the best 140-character-or-less jokes from Philly comics.

ApocoLIPS + ManiPedi

Description: Come on out for a great night of comedy with Apocalips and ManiPedi!

Apocalips is a long-form improv group that hails from the fine city of Philadelphia. Formed in December of 2011, Apocalips (Karen Coleman, Jen Curcio, Shannon Devido, Mandy Dollar, Jana Savini, Cara Schmidt, Lizzie Spellman, Becca Trabin) have performed a number of comedy showcases around Philly, including the F. Harold Comedy Festival, Polygon Comedy, Comedian Deconstruction, and The SideShow, and have performed at New York City’s Del Close Marathon. A high-energy team of funny ladies with backgrounds in stand-up, storytelling, and everything in between – Apocalips aims to break boundaries and put the “fun” in to funny!

ManiPedi was pieced together in the summer of 2011. Madonna Marie Refugia, Shannon Brown, Briana Kelly, Kaitlin Thompson, and Aubrie Williams make up this Philadelphia based sketch comedy group. They were nominated for the 2011 WitOut Award for Best Sketch Group in Philadelphia and featured in the Ladies are Funny Festival 2012 in Austin, TX, as well as the 2012 Boston Comedy Arts Festival, where they were named one of the top festival picks by Dig Boston. ManiPedi brings on the laughs with their combination of irreverent wit and inherent un-femininity.

Style: Improv, Sketch

Date: November 30, 2012

Time: 10pm – 11pm

Admission: Purchase Tickets Online

Location: Philly Improv Theater – 407 Bainbridge St.

Contact: Website

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 13

Is it possible to summarize The Simpsons using just ten episodes? The A.V. Club gives it a try with this article.

In Episode 10 of Modern Comedian Sean Patton takes viewers on tours of New York and Los Angeles.

Do you like Bob’s Burgers? Well, now you can watch the original test pilot from 2010 for the animated show online.

The Nerdist YouTube network debuted their new web series Neil’s Puppet Dreams. It’s about Neil Patrick Harris and puppets!

Splitsider interviewed Chris Hardwick about comedy stuff and nerd stuff.

There’s been a bit of a backlash this week after Gilda’s Club, a non-profit cancer support network named in honor of the late “Saturday Night Live” comedian Gilda Radner, recently announced that several of its branches will undergo a name change to be called the Cancer Support Community.

Here’s an 11-minute documentary on The Subculture of Improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade.

High Dramma Sketch Comedy – December Show Promo

The first show of the season for High Dramma (winners of this year’s Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia competition) debuts next week.  Here’s a little preview:

High Dramma’s December show will run December 5th-8th at Walking Fish Theatre (2509 Frankford Ave.)  Shows start nightly at 8 pm.  Tickets are available at bsomeday.org.

High Dramma – December Show

Description: The premiere of our 5th season at the Walking Fish Theatre! It is scheduled a mere two weeks before the world is scheduled to be destroyed, so consider this your apocalypse appetizer. Attending a High Dramma show is the perfect way to make SURE you’re not taken up with whatever end of the world Rapture may be to come. So not only will you get to laugh, but you’ll also be able to do all the looting and playing with puppies you want! Sounds like a win-win to us.

Style: Sketch

Date: Wednesday, December 5th to Saturday, December 8th – 8:00pm

Time: 8PM

Admission: Weds is Pay What You Want; Thursday is Craft Beer Night (free booze!); Thurs-Sat is $10

Location: Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia PA

Contact: high.dramma@gmail.com or highdramma.combsomeday.org for tickets

Another WitOut EXCLUSIVE: The Making of Tweets of the Week – Featuring Luke Field & Judd Apatow

 

Luke Field is a Philly Improv Theater instructor, a member of PHIT House Teams Asteroid! (improv) and The Flat Earth (sketch), and one half of the improv duo Hot Dog.

Judd Apatow is The Judd Apatow.

Johnny Goodtimes: 5 Minutes with WID

Watch as quizzo master/comedian Johnny Goodtimes talks to The Legendary WID about a few of the bands and comedians he opened for in the past. The clip also showcases some highlights from one of WID’s sets at Philly Improv Theater.

“I Don’t Like Girl Comics Either” – Interview with Mary Radzinski

by Alison Zeidman

Mary Radzinski is the sassiest lady-comic to ever hoist up a pair of ovaries and get ‘erself up on a stage full o’ people ready to laugh at her unique lady-take on wimmin stuff and—just kidding, I’m not going to do that to her.

Mary Radzinksi is the co-host of the Monday night open mic Laughs on Fairmount at Urban Saloon (along with friend and fellow funnyperson Carolyn Busa), and one of the newest additions to the Helium Comedy Club hosting roster.  She’s one of the friendliest faces in the Philly comedy scene, an exceedingly talented writer and performer, and really, really funny.

In short, Mary is swell.  For further proof, read on:

 

Alison Zeidman: For people that maybe aren’t familiar with you, can you talk about how you got started in comedy?

Mary Radzinski: Six years ago I took a comedy writing class as part of Main Line School Night, and there was a graduation show at the end.  So the first time I did stand-up it was a graduation show, and then I did a couple ones-y little things with people in the class because we were like “We’re rockstars, this is amazing!” And then I didn’t do anything. I waited a couple years, and four Julys ago I got onstage at an open mic and I’ve been religiously doing that since.

AZ: What made you want to get started again?

MR: My best friend lives in Fairmount and at the time there was [another] open mic here [at Urban Saloon]. And she was like, “Oh let’s go to this bar, there’s an open mic, it’s Monday nights”—which is funny, same night—and that got me to do it.

AZ: You’re one of the newest Helium hosts. Did you do anything special to prepare for your audition?

MR: I think having done the audition a couple years ago and then…you know, we’re all still so new in this game, but I think just getting onstage all the time [was the most helpful]. In terms of specific preparation for that show, just being confident in my jokes and trying not to second-guess myself. When I first heard about the audition again, I was like “I need to write all new material!” The self-doubt sets in and stuff. But then I was like no, and I just tried to tweak a few jokes and maybe  strengthen some things that had been going well, and just tried to do my jokes and get out of my own head.

And I have hosted in some clubs, so I think that’s helped more in preparation of that longer set for a club show, and knowing like what’s a good five minutes, what’s a good ten minutes, what’s a good fifteen minutes.  And being at Helium while my friends are hosting and watching it, more than anything, I think has given me a little confidence and prepared me.

AZ: Now I’m going to try to not ask you the question you’re not going to like—because I think it’s a touchy question for any female comic.  So I don’t want to ask, “What’s it like to be a woman in comedy?” or even “What’s it like to be the first female comic on Helium’s regular host rotation?”, but more like, how do you celebrate that accomplishment, and acknowledge that, yeah, that is significant, but at the same time, keep the focus on the fact that comedy should be comedy, regardless of gender? How do you strike that balance?

MR: I think about it all the time, because I do think it’s a numbers game. Helium in Philly has not had a female host [in their regular hosting roster] yet—but I mean, I know Helium’s not against females by any means—so I’m excited and I’m proud and I hope that it’s because it’s at the time that I’m a good comic, or that I will be a good host or an asset for whoever they pair me with as the headliner and that sort of thing.  I do think it’s a numbers game where—I was just talking to somebody about this, where if in a lineup of ten comics, there’s only one girl, and if that girl’s not funny, that just leaves a bad taste for a lot of audience members [in terms of female comics in general].

But I’m trying not to let that “girls aren’t funny” thing get me down, and knowing that I wasn’t going to become a host there until I was a funny comedian, regardless of gender, makes me feel confident now. I do have as one of my openers, “I don’t like girl comics either,” and that can be taken several ways—some females can be like, “Why would you do that?”—but I also feel like it’s just sort of knocking that sort of preconceived notion…

AZ: Oh totally. It’s commenting and poking fun at the idea that that’s even a thing.

MR: Yeah. And a lot of times, when people ask, “Who are your favorite comics?” I don’t necessarily immediately think of women. I think of people who have made me laugh.  So I want that. And I think that stereotype can be negative, but I also think it’s a fun challenge to break through.  There’s always going to be someone who’s like “You’re really funny for a girl, I don’t usually like girls,” and you get that all the time, and I’ve learned not to take that the wrong way because there are fewer female comics, and so a lot of times when people don’t see a ton of comedy—it’s totally a numbers game.

AZ: Your first hosting gig is going to be with Hal Sparks, right? What are you excited about for that week?

MR: Honestly it’s so funny, in my head I’m just like “I don’t care who it is! I would want to open for anyone there!” But I’m excited. I don’t know a ton about Hal Sparks—I’ll clearly do my homework—but from what I understand I think he does have a decent female following, and you know, could that be why they paired me with him? Probably, but I also like that—because I’m just looking forward to a full room.

AZ: OK, and this will hopefully be a fun question: What would be your fantasy hosting gig?  Who would feature, who would headline, who would heckle that you would get to shut down, and who would come up to you afterwards and tell you that they really liked you? Anyone in the world.

MR: Oh my god…that’s amazing. Oh god, there’s so many. I mean my favorite comedians, like I love Louis CK, to open for someone like that…this is going to get me!

AZ: Have you ever seen High Fidelity? This is going to be like at the end when that reporter interviews him and asks for his all-time top 5 songs or albums or whatever it is, and he’s calling her every fifteen minutes to change his list.

MR: Yeah! I will definitely think about this…

AZ: You can send it to me later if you want.

MR: Can I? Because I definitely love that question, and I totally…if I give you an answer now, I would be texting you later to change it.

 

A week later, after a lot of thought and apologies for the delay, Mary sent me her responses. She reserves the right to change them at any time.

Headliner: Louis CK
Feature: Hannibal Buress or Kyle Kinane
Heckler: Some self-important dick from Everywhere, USA, or Adam Carolla
Person Who Liked Me: Seth MacFarlane or Bill Murray, or Sarah Silverman—along with the entire waitstaff from the venue. And then long after the show was over, Adam Carolla.

 

See Mary weekly at Laughs on Fairmount at Urban Saloon (2120 Fairmount Ave.), and this week at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom St.) with Hal Sparks from Nov. 29th-Dec. 1st.

Alison Zeidman is a stand-up comedian, improviser, and Editor for WitOut.net.

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 66

In case you missed it, sketch group ManiPedi was featured as the cover story for last week’s Philadelphia Weekly. Pick up a copy while they are still in newsstands around the city and read the article online.

Tonight begins another run of shows at Philly Improv Theater (at The Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia). Their run kicks off at 9pm tonight with The Monthly Hour with James Hesky and following it will be the final edition of Aaron Hertzog’s stand-up comedy showcase Hey Everybody, with shows continuing for the next two weeks. You can find their full schedule and purchase tickets online.

A new open mic will begin this Thursday night at Roosevelt’s Pub (2220 Walnut St. Philadelphia). The new open mic promises that it takes place in a private room at Roosevelt’s with a real stage, no loud TVs and drink specials every week! Sign ups begin at 7:30 with the mic starting at 8.

The next Camp Woods Plus at L’etage (624 S. 6th St.) will be next Thursday, December 6th and will feature sketch comedy from New York group We’re Matt Weir as well as Philly groups Daring Daulton and American Breakfast. As always, the show will be headlined with a set of brand new sketches by Camp Woods.

Nominations are now open for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia ComedyPerformers may nominate up to three choices in 13 different categories for the awards, which will be held on January 13, 2013 at World Cafe Live. Nominations will be open until November 30.

WitOut is now accepting submissions from performers and comedy fans for our Top Five of 2012 list series. We are encouraging anyone to write about their favorite moments, shows, performers, sketches, quotes, or anything at all to help us recap and remember the past year in Philadelphia comedy. You can pitch your Top Five of 2012 idea to contact@witout.net

If you have any Philly comedy news worth mentioning – send it our way with an email to contact@witout.net