This Saturday, Mike “Trailer” Bauer and Garrett “Trash” Smith bring you All Bets Are Off, a comedy showcase they threw together at the behest of the good folks over at World Cafe Live. Here they are to tell you more about it and teach you some new hashtags and emoticons.
WitOut: Putting on a show at World Cafe is a pretty sweet deal. How were you guys approached for it? Why do you think they wanted you to do something, and why were you only given two weeks?
Garrett Smith: It is a pretty sweet deal 😉 It’s a pretty lucky, sweet deal, LOL. World Cafe had a cancellation last minute that they couldn’t fill because every band from Philadelphia is on the road finishing up their SXSW gigs (ROFL), and it just so happens Baurer and I are friends with one of the ladies that books their shows. I guess she figured we couldn’t possibly put on a show that was worse than them not putting on a show at all, even if we did only have two weeks to put it together :-() And that’s how Baurer came up with the name, ’cause with only two weeks to book great Philly comics, All Bets Are Off, OMFG!
Mike Baurer: What Garrett said.
WO: You’re doing a live taping of Trailer Trash for Comedy Bonfire at The Fire on March 26th, but not for this, your own show. Why not?
GS: Well we already had the show at The Fire booked a week or two before we got offered the World Cafe slot, BTW, so we wanted to set it apart from that show. 8====D~~ We also thought, we just got offered this big, great venue, let’s give some comics we love who are far more experienced than us 🙁 the opportunity to get on that stage and stretch their legs a little.
MB: What Garrett said.
WO: Will the two of you be on this show in any other way, e.g. as hosts?
GS: Baurer is going to introduce the show and then I will host the showcase, sure to be full of many ROFLcopters.
MB: What Garrett said except I will be behind the curtain when I introduce the show but OMG am I nervous.
WO: I know you were originally hoping to get some live bands on the show to supplement the comedy showcase. Have you been able to book anyone?
GS: No 😀 Due to the aforementioned SXSW tours, we weren’t able to find any bands that would be all, BRB, we </3 comedians and gotta play this comedy show, LOLz. So instead we’re having a short open mic hosted by Joe Bell (Nyan Cat!), featuring some more comedians we like after the showcase.
MB: What Garrett said.
WO: The downstairs stage at World Cafe is pretty huge. How would you encourage the comedians on the show to use/take advantage of that? Lots of pacing?
GS: We hired Rick M0ranis to bl0w them up s0 that they’re more appr0priately sized for the stage, haha jk.
MB: What Garrett said but also drink lots of water and eat your veggies. NOTE to all the comics on the show: The time it takes to get from backstage to the mic also counts towards your time. Thanks. -Staff
WO: The room itself is pretty huge, too. Do you think you can fill it? What have you been doing to encourage people to come, and what would you say now to get WitOut readers there?
GS: Ermahgerd, we haz lot$ of flyRz, upcoming pre$$, and memeZ for the interwebz, LOLcatz.
Your #readers will be happy to see the great line-up of #comics we have: Dan Scully, Sidney Gantt, Alex Grubard, Alex #Pearlman, Aaron Hertzog, and Doogie Horner. And they’ll be #happy to see a #cheap $7 ticket for World Cafe Live. RT!
MB: In all seriousness, this show is going to be so much fun! Why not spend a Saturday night at a new venue for us to do a comedy takeover at. World Café Live is a great spot and they have amazing food and drinks, so make a night out of it. This might be our only chance to do something like this so I would love for it to be a speical night for everyone involved. I think we gathered some of the best comics for the showcase and have put together an amazing open mic to follow. There is no possible way you will be disappointed when you leave this show.
‘All Bets Are Off’ is this Saturday, March 23rd, Downstairs at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut Street). Doors are at 7:15PM; show starts at 8:00PM. Admission is $5 plus a $2 ticketing surcharge, and tickets can be purchased online.