Description: The 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy, sponsored by Philly Improv Theater and Narragansett Brewing Company, will be held at World Cafe Live on Sunday, January 13th at 6pm. The show promotes and celebrates Philadelphia comedy while at the same time parodying and poking fun at traditional entertainment awards shows.
This year’s show will be hosted by Philadelphia-based improv duo Grimacchio, known best for their Fringe Festival production of The Grimacchio Variety Hour. Grimacchio will be joined onstage by live band Philly Slick, Samantha Brown and The Grimacchio Dancers, and local comedians serving as presenters for each of the 13 awards categories. Pre-show festivities will include red carpet photography by Tom Lovelund, and an after-party will be held in the venue immediately following the show.
Tickets to the show and after-party will be on sale online via World Cafe Live. All tickets include free admission to the after-party and one free Narragansett beer.
Style: Awards Show
Date: January 13
Admission: Tickets available online
Location: World Cafe Live – 3025 Walnut St.
Contact: Facebook Event
Description: The Live, Love, Laugh Comedy Show will take place on Saturday February 2, 2013 in the wonderful Germantown section of Philadfelphia. The Live, Love, Laugh Comedy Show will bring the funniest comedians in the country as well all of your favorite local comedians. The Live, Love, Laugh Comedy Show is hosted every month by two of the funniest comedians in Philadelphia, Kendrick Jones and Shanell Renee. Both are two of the fastest rising and supremely funny comedians that Philadelphia has to offer. This first installment of The Live Love Laugh Comedy Show brings you the in your face comedy of newcomer Stax. Stax has been tearing up stages in Philadelphia recently. Here’s your chance to catch him before the ticket price goes way up. Our featured comedian for the night and is one of the funniest comedians in the city and east coast, Jonas. Jonas brings a very high energy brand of humor that you don’t want to miss. Our headliner for the night, hailing from Baltimore, MD, is the ultra hilarious Timmy Hall. With appearances on Def Comedy Jam, BET Comic View and One Mic Stand, Timmy Hall has proven that he can command the crowd and has performed with comedy heavy weights Kevin Heart, D.L Hughley, Ricky Smiley, George Wilburn, Monique, Guy Torry, and Tommy Davidson just to name a few of his peers. With over SIXTY EIGHT THOUSAND (68,000) YouTube views, comedy lovers around the world love Timmy Halls explosive stand-up routine which makes him a star on the rise.
Date: February 2
Admission: $10, Tickets available online
Location: East Eden Catering – 5600 Germantown Ave
Contact: Facebook Event
Description: Comic Energy Sketch Comedy, featuring crazy sketches that bridge generation to generation. Described as a cross between old time Saturday Night live and Monty Python…the group combines smart comedy with crazy situations…with original characters and impersonations…
Date: January 4
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Admission: Pay what you can
Location: The Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St.
Contact: Facebook Event
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 email@example.com!
Comedians love two things: giving themselves too much credit and giving their friends and peers a hard time in the name of having fun. And they also probably love their families and other stuff. Here are my five favorite things I did in 2012 that may make me an as*hole but myself and others enjoyed:
1. Sent Mentos an email to a YouTube link with a message saying “someone’s using your product to promote date rape.”
2. Voted for myself in every category something I was involved in was nominated in for a WitOut award.
3. Conspired with other comedians to let Rob DeSantis’s comment in a Twitter thread just hang after he went racial with it.
4. Having this song lyric I made up stuck in my head for a week:
We gonna fly down to
And set the block on fire.
5. Asking Pat House “New Foo Fighters sweatshirt?” when he was always wearing the same Foo Fighters sweatshirt. ALWAYS.
This New York Times profile of Jerry Seinfeld is an excellent look into his process of meticulously writing and crafting his stand-up act.
If you have an hour to kill the Reserve Channel just released this interview with Saturday Night Live writers Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, Chris Kelly, Marika Sawyer, Colin Jost, and Erik Kenward. It’s an hour-plus chat that digs deep into SNL‘s writing process.
Time Out New York named their best (and worst) comedy of the year.
The trailer for the upcoming end-of-the-world comedy This is the End was released last week. The movie, set for release in Summer 2013, will star Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Jay Baruchel, and will feature appearances by Jason Segal, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Aziz Ansari, and more.
Entertainment Weekly named their five best stand-up albums from 2012.
UCB artistic director Nate Dern debunks “reality” TV romances by talking about his experience on Beauty and the Geek.
Huffington Post Comedy shared their picks for the Best Tumblrs of 2012.
Laughspin shared that a nearly 50-minute video chronicling the last few years of late comedian Patrice O’Neal’s career has surfaced.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (with some help from Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld) performed their own version of Abbott & Costello’s classic bit Who’s on First.