Upcoming Shows

  • October 24, 2014 8:00 amNationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • October 24, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • October 24, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • October 24, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • October 24, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 24, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 25, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
  • October 25, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • October 25, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • October 25, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • October 25, 2014 9:00 pmComedy Train Rek presents Awkward Sex and the City
  • October 25, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • October 25, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • October 25, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • October 29, 2014 8:00 pmComedy Masters
  • October 30, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 30, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • October 31, 2014 8:00 amNationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • October 31, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • October 31, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • October 31, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • October 31, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 31, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • November 1, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
  • November 1, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
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Interview with Ken Jones of ‘Live, Love, Laugh’

If you read this week’s Philly Comedy Round-up, you already know there are a shit ton of shows happening this week.  One of ‘em is the brand new Live, Love, Laugh showcase, presented by TheComedyCircle.com and Ken Jones.  Here’s Ken talking about the show, his co-host, and why you should be there this Saturday.

WitOut: How did you get started doing comedy in Philly?72920_10200242551683480_204280982_n

Ken Jones: Well I started out making crazy [status updates] on Facebook and someone told me I should make video blogs. I did the blogs then someoneone told me I should hit the stage. So I did my first open mic in December of 2010 at the Raven Lounge and did great, and I’ve been in love with comedy ever since.

WO: What’s your role in TheComedyCircle.com, and who else is involved with that?

KJ: I don’t really have a role in it, but my business partner Anwar started it to give young comedians like myself more exposure.

WO: What’s the history of Live, Love, Laugh? And is there a story behind the name?

KJ: February 2nd will be our first show and it will be every first Saturday at Eden, East 5600 Germantown Avenue, but we would like to make our show more than just a show, but an event that people look forward to going to every month.

“Live, love, laugh” is a common saying that not only comedians but everyone uses on a regular basis, and it just seemed to fit us so well. We are just regular people trying to live in the world, feel loved and laugh more than cry.

WO: How did you get together with your co-host, Shanell Renee? What do you like about her as a comedian?

KJ: I met Shanell busting jokes in a circle of comedians at a show and our vibe was great because she has the same drive and hunger for comedy as me.  She can go joke for joke with the best and when she freestyles she is a monster.

WO: There’s a lot going on in Philly comedy for people to choose from this week, but your show is almost sold out. What do you think makes Live, Love, Laugh stand out for audiences?

KJ: The fact that we are genuine. We are just real people trying to provide good entertainment, versus the big businesses who just want money. We also personally invited our guests besides just posting our show on Facebook and handing out flyers. I mean those are great methods, but people like to be personal when they spend their money versus it just being a business transaction.

‘Live, Love, Laugh’ is this Saturday, February 2nd at East Eden Catering (5600 Germantown Avenue) at 8pm. Tickets are $9.

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 22

Rolling Stone released their list of the 50 Funniest People Now placing Louis CK at number one.

The internet has been a hotbed of debate recently after Facebook posts from comedian Kurt Metzger criticized the UCB Theater for not paying performers on their weekend shows.

Matt Besser and Ian Roberts discuss how and why they started the UCB theatre in New York, the UCB philosophy, and the economics of the theatre in this bonus episode of the improv4humans podcast.

NBC has picked up a multi-camera sitcom from stand-up and Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney.  Seth Meyers said it best via Twitter; this is “great news for people who like funny things.”

Huffington Post Comedy did some 30 Rock research to bring us Liz Lemon’s Life Lessons for Ladies.

Splitsider asked comedy bookers in New York and Los Angeles to help them rank the Top 10 Up-and-Coming Comedians on Each Coast  (former Philadelphia comedian Josh Rabinowitz is listed at number eight in New York, congrats, Josh!)

The AV Club started their new series SketcHistory this week with a breakdown of “Dalai Lama” and “Monk Academy,” from Mr. Show’s season four episode “It’s Perfectly Understandishable”. The new series promises to “get the story behind some of our favorite comedy sketches from the people who made them.”

Have you ever wondered what some comedy superstars were doing when they hit the quarter-century mark? Splitsider compiled this list of 50 comedians at age 25.

Paul F. Tompkins has started to release clips from his live show at Largo on his website. The first features Maya Rudolph getting a visit from her future son.

The Renaissance Faire and Japanese Bathhouses – Interview with Lizzie Spellman, Funny Person and Opening Act for ‘Call on Mister Blue’

Call on Mister Blue, a new play directed by Harry Watermeier and performed by Tara Demmy, Luke Field, Bryan Kerr, Brent Knobloch and Craig Lamm will show this Thursday, January 31st and Saturday, February 2nd at The Arts Parlor. The show will also feature the comedic ukulele songs of Lizzie Spellman as an opening act.  Lizzie put her ukulele down to talk about her comedic influences, musical background, and her parents hating her.


Dave Metter: What is your comedy background? Is musical comedy your first foray into comedy writing? Is your real name something garishly Eastern European and Lizzie Spellman’s your stage name?

Lizzie Spellman: Well I basically started in comedy through musical theatre. So I was always really into music and singing. I didn’t really know people sang comedy songs until my dad started playing me old comedic singers he used to listen to like Allen Sherman and Tom Lehrer. Lizzie Spellman is in fact my real name. Although my full name is Elizabeth Esther Spellman. Because my parents hate me.

DM: When and how did you end up learning to play the ukulele?

LS: I actually didn’t start ’til much, much, later in life. I was never that motivated to learn, but after I worked at the PA Renaissance Faire (I know, I know), where a lot of people played instruments, I thought I’d try to teach myself guitar. I was also unemployed and living with my parents so I had a lot of free time. I picked up the ukulele my second year at the Faire (I know, I know), in 2011.

DM: Do you ever perform sans-uke? (Note: Sansuke is the name of the help staff at a Japanese bathhouse.)

LS: I work as an actress (when I have work) in the Philadelphia area. I’m also an improv performer with the PHIT team Hey Rube and the indie team Apocalips. The Japanese bathhouse may account for those two years of my life that to this day I still can’t recollect.

DM: What was your first gig like?

LS: Frightening actually. When I first started writing songs I was so scared that they were terrible. It took me like two years to perform them. I was asked this past summer by Mike Marbach to perform in The Sideshow. I agreed and it actually went over really great but the whole time I was shitting my pants…not literally…I think.

DM: What led you to musical comedy?

LS: I had originally attempted to write “serious” music which only lasted a hot second ’cause it was awful. They were so cheesy, I might as well have written about rainbows and meadow frolicking. The first comedy song I wrote (“The Money’s on the Table”) was written as a joke that I had with a friend.  After that I wrote a song for another friend (“The Text Message Song”) and I realized writing comedy songs was just a lot easier.

DM: Who are some of your musical comedy and…atonal comedy influences?

LS: There are a lot of girls out there now writing comedy music, especially on ukuleles. I particularly like the NYC band Summer & Eve. But my favorite comedy duo is probably Flight of the Conchords. My big non-musical influences are Carol Burnett and Gilda Radner. They’re not afraid to make fools out of themselves for the sake of comedy.

DM: What comes first, the melody or the lyric? Or the joke?

LS: The joke definitely. The way I write songs, I always need the topic first before I can start writing the lyrics. A lot of my songs are just based on weird things I’ve heard other people say. Hopefully those people haven’t figured that out yet…oops.

DM: What is your dream gig?

LS: As a comedian, I have no idea. I’ve never really been in the category of stand-up before, so I’m still figuring things out. I figure if it’s a gig that pays, that’s freaking awesome!

DM: How did you end up as the opening act for Call on Mister Blue? Have you worked with any of the performers before?

LS: I was asked by my friends Tara Demmy (who is also my roommate and teammate on Hey Rube) and Harry Watermeier who is directing. They’re big supporters of my music so I was very flattered to be asked to open for their show. It’s gonna be a fun night!

 

‘Call on Mister Blue’ is TONIGHT, Thursday, January 31st and Saturday, February 2nd at 8pm at the Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad Street). Admission is $5.

Dave Metter is a comedy writer from the Philly burbs. Follow Dave on Twitter @DaveMetter.

Josh Wolf at Helium Comedy Club

Description: Josh Wolf started doing comedy in Seattle. After moving to Los Angeles, his unique, honest and high energy style of storytelling made him an instant favorite at The Improv, The Laugh Factory and The World Famous Comedy Store. He also caught the eye of network TV. After doing his first one man show at the HBO Workspace, Josh landed a two year talent deal at 20th Century Fox and ABC for his own television show. Although his show never made the air, Josh learned a lot from watching people develop and write scripts. He learned so much that he decided to write one himself and he sold it to NBC. It was titled “Fairly Normal” and it, too, was to have Josh in the starring role. Being bit by the writing bug, Josh wrote on sitcoms for the next four years working on shows like “Yes, Dear”, Will Smith’s “All of Us” and “Cuts” starring Shannon Elizabeth. As he was wondering whether to go back for another season of writing, Josh decided he was tired of making other people funny and he jumped back into stand-up. He immediately got cast on “Last Comic Standing” and was on the season finale as one of the Last Comics Downloaded. Acting roles followed on “All of Us”, he had a recurring role on “My Name is Earl” and he has done several hosting gigs for E! Josh is recurring on the new Fox sitcom “Raising Hope,” and he hosted 2 seasons of “The College Experiment,” a comedic weekly online college sports show for Fox Sports. He regularly tours with, “The Comedians of Chelsea Lately” and headlines clubs and colleges all over the nation. He’s currently a regular round table guest and writer on the hit E! series “Chelsea Lately,” as well as a performer on the new E! series, “After Lately.” Josh is also writing a feature for Sony and Adam Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison. Josh just sold his first book to Grand Central, the publishing house behind the books for comedians Chelsea Handler, Tina Fey and Ellen DeGeneres and it is scheduled to be released in March of 2013. His latest venture is a radio show/podcast with Ross Mathews called “The Josh and Ross Show” which airs on Toadhopnetwork.com, Tuesdays from 7-9 PST and is also available on iTunes.

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 22-24

Time:  7:30pm, 10:00pm (Fri, Sat), 7:00pm (Sun)

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

Demetri Martin – Point Your Face At This Tour at Helium Comedy Club

Description: Demetri Martin rose to relative obscurity when he started doing stand-up comedy in New York City at the end of the 20th Century. Later he became a writer at Late Night with Conan O’Brien and then a regular performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2003, Demetri won the Perrier Award at the International Fringe Festival for his first one-man show, If I. He released a comedy album called These Are Jokes and then created and starred in his own television series called Important Things with Demetri Martin. His first stand-up comedy special, Demetri Martin. Person is considered by many to be his longest and only hour-long stand-up comedy special. Martin has appeared in movies as an actor, most recently in Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and most lengthily in Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock. His first book, This Is a Book by Demetri Martin is a New York Times Bestseller. Demetri has brown hair, and he is allergic to peanuts. You can find him at www.demetrimartin.com, at www.facebook.com/demetrimartin, on Twitter @demetrimartin, and in various places in the actual physical world.

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 20

Time:  7pm

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

John Oliver at Helium Comedy Club

Description: John Oliver is a writer and correspondent for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” He joined the show in 2006 and at the time of this writing is yet to be fired. Since then he has done everything from interviewing UN Ambassadors to breaking his nose fighting for the Confederate army. As a writer he has been nominated for both Emmys and Writers Guild Awards and he won the Breakout Award at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. He performs stand-up around the US and his Comedy Central Hour Special “Terrifying Times” debuted in April 2008. Along with Andy Zaltzman, he also writes and stars in a weekly podcast, “The Bugle: Audio Newspaper for a Visual World.”

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 8-9

Time:  730pm, 10pm (Fri) 7pm, 915pm (Sat)

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

Erin Jackson at Helium Comedy Club

Description: Armed with a megawatt smile and a pocket full of dreams, Erin Jackson is poised to conquer the world of stand-up. In fact, she’d probably be well on her way to superstardom by now if her friends and family hadn’t spent so many years stealing her joy.

Since making a name for herself at colleges and comedy clubs across the country, Erin has garnered national attention with performances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. She was a semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and was a featured writer and performer for TBS’s Bitcom Series. Erin has also made several appearances on The Bob and Tom Show. She was invited by HBO to open for Bill Maher at the tapings for his latest HBO special, and recently served as the warm-up comedian for BET’s Black Girls Rock! Awards show.

Erin is currently peddling her comedic wares at venues all around the country and looking forward to the day when she becomes famous enough to move to Hollywood, buy a mansion and marry a White woman — the ultimate symbol of success for Black celebrities.

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 6-7

Time:  8pm

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

Joe Fadule “People Ruin Everything” at Helium Comedy Club

Description: THIS JERSEY BOY LIVES IN MOUNT LAUREL AND IN A SHORT TIME HAS ALREADY DEVELOPED A FOLLOWING. OVER THE YEARS HE’S PERFORMED ALL OVER NYC, JERSEY, AND PHILLY. FADULE’S RAW SENSE OF HUMOR, QUICK WIT, BRUTAL HONESTY, AND ABILITY TO NOT CARE WHAT ANYONE THINKS, MAKES HIM A STAR ON THE RISE. THERE IS NO TOPIC HE WONT DISCUSS, NOBODY HE WONT INSULT, TOTALLY FINE HUMILIATING HIMSELF ALL WHILE KEEPING YOU SMILING AND LAUGHING. GROWING UP IN MARLTON NJ, THIS SKINNY, SHY, SWEET LITTLE BOY HAS CHANGED AND HAS SOME THINGS TO GET OFF HIS CHEST THAT WILL KEEP YOU LAUGHING FROM START TO FINISH. OLD, YOUNG, MALE OR FEMALE, YOU WILL LOVE THIS SHOW AND WILL LEAVE TELLING YOUR FRIENDS WHO THE NEXT BIG COMEDIAN MAY BE.

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 2

Time:  4:30pm

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

Philadelphia Comedy Academy Graduation at Helium Comedy Club

Description: Philadelphia Comedy Academy Graduation Comedians on the 3:30 show include: Steven Swan Michael Torjman Anthony Martin Barbara Naftulin Sarah Grayev Eric Clemons Pender Terrence Williams Gail Kasper Glenn Freezman Chris Kunkel Eric Tuller Carolyn Redmond Shannon Rose Jacob Leis Howard Algeo Alicia Stein Marci Goldschlack Cindy Marsh Tom Mcdonough Robert Bove Doug Layne

Style: Stand-up

Date: February 23

Time:  330pm

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

Bird Text at Helium Comedy Club

Description: Bird Text is a Philadelphia-based comedy group composed of Tommy Pope, John McKeever and Luke Cunningham.

Style: Stand-up

Date: February 7

Time:  8pm

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website