Description: Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian Lewis Black returns to the Academy of Music for one night only! The prolific comedian, actor, and writer came to fame as a guest on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has since become one of the hottest (and hot-headed!) performers working today. Following the long and arduous journey that was the presidential election, Black launches his‘Running on Empty’ tour. A brilliant actor, writer, and comedian — Black is known for his unfiltered and frank rants about the absurdity of politics and the world around us — and for having audiences rolling in the aisles!
Description: Heralding the horrible age when cartoons cross over into the human world, and begin to wreak their pixilated vengeance on the flesh oppressors, FX has announced via press release a live tour featuring the characters of Archer. Fortunately, we have long prepared for this day, and also the tour actually just features the actors who voice those characters—meat-sacks Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates, who will appear alongside series creator Adam Reed and executive producer Matt Thompson to participate in a live reading of classic scenes from the series, as well as answer fan questions/graciously endure “Danger Zone!” catcalls. Archer Live! is limited to just four dates in Los Angeles (Jan. 3 at the Echoplex), San Francisco (Jan. 4 at the Fillmore), Philadelphia (Jan. 11 at the Theatre of Living Arts), and New York (Jan. 12 at Irving Plaza), so every other city still has time to prepare to be slaughtered by cartoons.
Description: Hart began his career in comedy on amateur night at a Philadelphia comedy club, and was instantly hooked. He began performing full time at such clubs as The Boston Comedy Club, The Laugh Factor, and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. With his passion for stand-up, Hart continues to tour the country to sold-out audiences.
Description: Wyatt Cenac was born in New York City. After three years of big city life he had enough and moved to Dallas, Texas. Missing the big city life, Wyatt moved to North Carolina. After four years, he realized he got on the wrong plane and moved to the big city of Los Angeles where he would spend the next bunch of years doing comedy and getting into debt.
While in LA, Wyatt spent three seasons as a writer on FOX’s animated show “King of the Hill” and also did stand up at shows like “Comedy Death Ray” and “The Tomorrow Show.” To avoid his debt collectors, Wyatt spent most of his time performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Improv Olympic, where he did shows like “Rap Crisis Center,” “The Armando Show” and did a regrettably terrible Barack Obama impression that found its way onto the Internet. In 2008, Wyatt starred in the film “Medicine for Melancholy” which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards and lost all three (Thanks a lot, “Synecdoche, New York”).
Wanting to return to the big city he gave the finger to as a toddler, Wyatt moved back to New York in 2008 to join the news team of “The Daily Show” as a correspondent and writer. He forgot how cold it gets in the winter.
Most recently, Wyatt’s one hour stand-up special “Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person” for Comedy Central that aired in May 2011.
Description: Jim returned to the Edinburgh Festival last summer, where he performed a month long, sold-out run of his critically acclaimed, smash-hit new solo show Hammered. As one of the most successful acts at Edinburgh several years running, Jim performed for over 5,000 people. Jim was the talk of the Montreal “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival in 2007, wowing audiences with his performances in the Nasty Show, and
most notably, his one-hour solo show. Jim first appeared at the “Just for Laughs” Festival in 2005, where he performed in the highly acclaimed “Nasty Show,” and garnered one of the biggest press articles at the festival. Most notably, is Jim’s one-hour HBO Special, “I Swear to God,” which is now airing.
In America Jim has also been seen on HBO’s “Down and Dirty with Jim Norton.” In England, he has appeared on such shows as ITV2’s “Comedy Cuts” and “If.Com Eddies,” as well as on BBC1’s “Heaven & Earth,” and BBC2’s “Never Mind the Buzzcocks.” Jim was also on Channel 4’s “The History of Offensive Humor,” as well as “The World Stands Up” and “Edinburgh and Beyond” for the Paramount Comedy
High Dramma just released this video sketch, which they premiered at their shows at the Walking Fish Theatre last week.
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Congratulations to local stand-up comedian and improviser Shannon DeVido (of former PHIT House Team King Friday fame) on having the first episode of her new web series, Stare at Shannon, featured on Mashable.com! You can read Shannon’s interview about the series here, and watch the episode below.
As the year winds down, WitOut collects lists from comedy performers and fans of their favorite moments, comedians, groups, shows, etc. from the last year in Philly comedy. Top 5 of 2012 lists will run throughout December–if you’d like to write one, pitch us your list at firstname.lastname@example.org!
There are so many people and sketch groups that are outstanding, new and veteran comedians that inspire me to keep writing. Here are my five favorite moments from the past year.
1) I work with the Legendary WID. He makes me laugh. I know it’s old school props and jokes but he is extremely quick witted, smart, and funny. I performed with WID at a bar/restaurant in Gloucester City NJ where the green room was in the kitchen. As WID and I were talking we heard a scratching noise that turned out to be a live raccoon. It dropped out of the drop ceiling, walked on the counter, and started licking the grease from a deep fryer that wasn’t turned on. The owner came in and said “Is he back? Get the f**k outta here!” The raccoon waddled off out the screen door
2) At the same show, there was a very very large woman in attendance. WID asked her name and she said “Echo”. WID’s reply was ” You can say that again!” Then he asked her what she did and she said ” nothing”. WID came back with “Really? I thought you went to KFC and licked other people’s fingers!” She didn’t laugh.
3) Later that night, WID and I saw a gang member try to buy a pack of cigarettes at 28th and Oregon with 790 pennies. He was refused because he didn’t have ID.
4) Every time Oakland Seligson performs at Helium open mic is amazing. He’s like Jake Gylenthall rapping on Monster energy drinks.
5) Amir Golan always makes me laugh consistently.
5.5) Every time someone is roasted or moves to California some idiot dressed as Lincoln walks onstage only to be told to leave.