Upcoming Shows

  • 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
  • November 1, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 1, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • November 1, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • November 1, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 1, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • November 5, 2014 8:00 pmComedy Masters
  • November 6, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • November 6, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • November 7, 2014 8:00 amNationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • November 7, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • November 7, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • November 7, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • November 7, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • November 7, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
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Mark Viera at the Laff House

Description: Bronx native Mark Viera became fascinated with comedy, the art he would one day master, very early on. Today Mark has honed his talent to craft his own unique, creative style of comedy. His performances reflect his lighthearted, fun loving approach to entertaining, and his uncanny knack for seeing humor in even the most ordinary situations. His manner is so real and engaging, just about everyone can relate to his experiences. Whether he’s talking about his beloved grandparents, doing one of his dead-on impressions or just talking about his life growing up in the Bronx, Mark takes his audience on a hilarious, heartfelt journey, finding enjoyment in the absurdities of life! Mark’s also taken aim at the “small screen” with a network television debut on NBC’s Emmy Award winning show “30 Rock”. Now at the Laff House Comedy Club to make you laff all weekend long.

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 15 – 16

Time:  7:30pm & 9:45pm

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: The Laff House – 221 South St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

Tommy Too Smoov at The Laff House

Description: TOMMY TOO SMOOV is an innovative comedic genius. He is described as The Comic of Characters and is guaranteed to have you doubled over with laughter.
Tommy – a man of many faces- takes comedy  to a whole new level. There is no doubt that this man is funny in so many ways. From his character’s “ Drank”  to “Bijoo” and the infamous Lu Lu Mae, Tommy has laughed crowds right out of their seats in cities everywhere. Performing with greats like Bernie Mac, Mike Epps, Sommore, Tommy Davidson, Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertaine, Dave Chappelle and more , Tommy has mastered his craft. Now headlining at the Laff House Comedy Club for the very first time for 4 incredibly entertaining performances.

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 1-2

Time:  7:30pm & 9:45pm

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: The Laff House – 221 South 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: March 23

Time: 3:30PM

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

Colin Kane at Helium Comedy Club

Description: A born and bred New Yorker, Colin Kane has been laying the comedy smackdown on packed houses since 2002, forging his career on the New York comedy circuit. Playing to audiences in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, D.C., Chicago, Mexico City, Norway and Stockholm, Kane has proven his acidic brand of humor has a wide and multifarious appeal. His ability to convert audiences into staunchly loyal fans has helped him spread his uniquely perverse brand of comedy to a worldwide stage. Billed by Dennis Miller as “the next really big comedian” and described by fans as “acerbic and brilliant”, Colin Kane nailed down the winning spot on Howard Stern’s Kill or Be Killed and is a serial guest on the zenith of early morning radio, Opie and Anthony. Kane’s talent and prolific vocation have allowed him the opportunity to work for everyone from the racially charged Paul Mooney to the deeply perceptive Jerry Seinfeld, playing on his ability to appeal to a diverse cross section of audiences. Kane’s unequaled defining factor is his knack for incorporating improv into his sets, maintaining a level of surprising originality in each performance. Rarely does a comedian come along that has the verbal agility to spin rapid fire wit and comebacks so smoothly. After a successful two year run at the world renowned Caroline’s on Broadway, Kane has continued his meteoric rise in the comedy scene by playing to 7,000 fans at Madison Square Garden Theater. With his sardonic banter and brazen observations, Kane has solidified his reputation as an entertainer who can not only fill seats, but enrapture the general masses and create a legion of unwavering followers.

Style: Stand-up

Date: April 3 – 6

Time:  8:00PM (Wed, Thur); 7:30PM & 10:00PM (Fri); 8:00PM & 10:30PM (Sat)

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

JB Smoove at Helium Comedy Club

Description: JB Smoove, currently staring as a series regular on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” is a gifted writer, comedian and actor, who continues to entertain audiences all over the world with his unique brand of comedic funk. In September of 1999, he moved to Los Angeles and landed a recurring role on MTV’s “The Lyricist Lounge Show,” as well as featured guest spots on “The Chris Rock Show” and “Premium Blend.” In June 2000, he landed his first big feature film role narrating and starring in the now cult classic Pootie Tang with actor/comedian Chris Rock. In March 2001 he paired up with Adam Sandler to co-star in Mr. Deeds. The collaboration between the two was so successful that Smoove signed a writing deal with both Revolution Studios and Happy Madison on the feature Drivin’ Down South. After an amazing yet short lived season as a cast member on Fox’s “Cedric the Entertainer Presents,” he moved back to New York City where he landed a writing position on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” In the stand-up and acting worlds, Smoove has been featured on Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd,” “Jamie Foxx Presents: Laffapalooza,” SNL sketches, and a regular on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Be sure to catch JB as the hilarious Leon in this season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and as Manny on Fox’s “Everybody Hates Chris.”

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 27 – 30

Time:  8:00PM (Wed, Thur), 7:30PM & 10:00PM (Fri, Sat)

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

The Cast of ‘Impractical Jokers’ at Helium Comedy Club

Description: You have seen the cast of Impractical Jokers on TV. Now come and see them live at Helium Comedy Club. This interactive comedy show features never before seen videos, audience question and answer, stand-up comedy, and more. Q, Sal, Joe and Murr have been entertaining each other for years with the most hilarious dares they could imagine. Now you can watch them on stage with their signature brand of comedy!

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 26

Time:  7:30 PM, 9:45 PM

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

Eddie Brill Presents Great American Comedy Audition Showcase at Helium Comedy Club

Description: Comics include: Doogie Horner, Dave Terruso, Jim Ginty, Andy Nolan, Darryl Charles, Chip Chantry, Mary Radzinski, Roger Weaver, John McKeever, Pat Barker, Tommy Pope, James Hesky, headlined by Eddie Brill.

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 3

Time:  7:00 PM

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

Tweets of the Week, Vol. 21

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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.

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 25

The story of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and their practice of not paying performers has continued to get coverage. This week the New York Times covered the issue with this article in which they talk to comedians Chris Gethard, Matt Besser, and Nick Turner.

Writer/Comedian/Former editor of WitOut Luke Giordano wrote this excellent piece on the tendency he (and other artists) have to compare themselves to their peers and the relationship between success and hard work for his website Everything You Like is Stupid.

The new David Cross comedy It’s a Disaster  has been released as a series of six-second clips via Vine as an experiment in social media marketing. The full film will be released through Video on Demand on March 5.

Anthony Jeselnik’s new Comedy Central show The Jeselnik Offensive, in which he and a panel of comedians joke about current events and pop culture topics, debuted this week. You can watch the first seven minutes of the episode online.

Comedian and Twitter darling Rob Delaney was featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week. First, in a segment called “Old People Read Rob Delaney’s Tweets” and later performing a stand-up set.

Splitsider put together this list of 57 books every comedy fan must read.

Watch New York-based stand-up comedian (and frequent Philly performer) Mark Normand make his late-night television debut on Conan.

If you have a free hour, you can watch Dan Harmon talk about himself and his process in creating Community at CommuniCon.

I won’t lie – I’m a little worried at how much I agree with Bro Bible’s list of “13 Hilarious Movies that Prove Our Review System is Broken”.

Andy Samberg talks on Conan about one of his favorite unaired SNL sketches.

 

“We Will Learn More about Them as Human Degenerates” – Interview with Kevin Ryan and Sidney Gantt of ‘Tough Stuff Comedy Show’

Captain Action Comedy Show‘s Sidney Gantt and Center City Comedy‘s Kevin Ryan have joined forces to bring you their very own show—and possibly also to publicly embarrass some of their best friends and favorite comedians.  Here they are to tell you all about it!

WitOut: Kevin, you co-hosted Sidney’s Captain Action Comedy Show last month. Is that where the idea for this partnership got started, or have you guys been wanting to work together on something new for awhile?

Kevin Ryan: We actually decided to work together a couple months ago when we realized we were both looking to do a monthly show in the city. There were a couple months of leg work to find the right venue—so I know we’re both happy that the show is this week.

WO: The promo materials for the show say each comedian will do their set, then tell their most embarrassing story. How did you develop that concept?

KR: I actually have to give credit to Sidney for this twist.  He plays a quiz show with his comics on the Captain Action Comedy Show—and when I was on the show, I had a lot of fun and the audience loved it—so we are trying to create the same fun atmosphere.

WO: Do the set and the story have to tie together? And are you guys more interested in one over the other—hearing the jokes vs. getting to know the comedian on a new level?

KR: They don’t have to tie together necessarily, but I feel like they are going to.  I just think it’s cool that the audience gets to see two different sides of the comics that are performing on show.

Sidney Gantt: The comedian performs first so you get a sense of who they are through comedy. So even if the story is different from their set it will still be an extension of what we just learned about them. No matter what, we will learn more about them as human degenerates.

WO: As they tell their story, the two of you will be breaking it up with some comedic analysis. Can you explain what that means, exactly? Will you be pausing them to make jokes and offer different perspectives? Or maybe pointing out which parts of the story might lend themselves to a new bit?

KR: All of the above.  I’m good friends with all the comics on the show, so I’m really excited about making fun of them in front of an audience.  For the most part I’m sure we will just be questioning and judging them for their actions in the story—but I hope that someone is able to write a bit about their story.

SG: It’ll be more structured than comedians sitting around riffing because we have a goal which is to get through the story. But it’ll be a lot looser than conventional storytelling because all those times in a story when you think, “Why in the hell would a person do that?” you get to find out the answer.

WO: This first show’s guests (Alex Grubard, Mary Radzinski, John Nunn and H. Foley) are a mix of Philly and New York comedians. Is it a goal for you guys to continue to draw in acts from other cities?

KR: I would love if each month we were able to get talent from other cities—but I think in the near future we will probably focus on our friends in Philly and New York.  Booking the first one was tough because there are so many awesome comics in the city—I started to get excited about the line-ups for the next few months.

SG: The Philly comedy scene has a diverse group of high-level talent so we want to showcase that as much as possible. But when we have the opportunity to bring a talented comedian from other places we’re not going to pass it up.

The first ‘Tough Stuff Comedy Show’ is this Friday, February 22nd at The Headhouse (122 Lombard Street) at 8PM. Tickets are $10.