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Upcoming Shows

  • November 27, 2015 8:00 amNationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • November 27, 2015 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • November 27, 2015 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • November 27, 2015 8:00 pmHang On w/ Aaron Nevins
  • November 27, 2015 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • November 27, 2015 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • November 28, 2015Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • November 28, 2015Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
  • November 28, 2015 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 28, 2015 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • November 28, 2015 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • November 28, 2015 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 28, 2015 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • December 4, 2015 8:00 amNationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • December 4, 2015 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • December 4, 2015 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • December 4, 2015 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • December 4, 2015 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • December 5, 2015Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
  • December 5, 2015Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • December 5, 2015 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • December 5, 2015 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • December 5, 2015 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • December 5, 2015 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • December 5, 2015 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
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Ted Alexandro at Helium Comedy Club

Description:  After attending Queens College, where Ted received his master’s degree in elementary education, while also dabbling in the theater department, Ted began teacing by day and telling jokes by night. In 1997 he left teaching and committed himself fully to being single, living in the same hometown he grew up in and telling jokes for a living.

Since being a full-time comedian, Ted has starred in not one, but two “Comedy Central Presents…” specials, “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.” Combining hilarious observations with hysterical physical comedy, Ted’s laid back style offers something for everyone.

Style: Stand-up

Date: April 11 – 13

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

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

Vinnie Brand at Helium Comedy Club

Description:  Vinnie grew up in Middletown NJ, the third of four children
born to a plumber and a overly optimistic mother. He attended
Rutgers College and immediately met the woman of his
nightmares. Promptly, they had three children and bills. Vinnie
ran his own construction company and flower shop while
performing at open mic nights, juggling his time raising his
children, working like a dog and performing.
After becoming a headline comic, He sold the flower shop,
closed the construction company and gave his wife the divorce
she was begging for. With three kids, no money and no car, he
opened The Stress Factory Comedy Club while living in a
boarding house for fathers that lost it all in bad divorces.

In 1995 Vinnie met the woman of his dreams, Vicki, while
borrowing her car. He married her in 1998 and got full custody
of his three children in 1999. Then, to round things out, they
added two more children. Together, they built The Stress
Factory into one of the best clubs in the country. During this
time Vinnie had become a fixture not only at The Stress Factory,
but every club in New York City. He has also appeared on The
Rosie O’Donnell Show, Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd”, The
Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival (Best of the Fest),
The New York Comedy Festival, and the Toyota Comedy Festival.
He has also appeared on the Opie and Anthony Radio show,
(WNEW & XM), The Jim Breuer show “Unleashed” (Sirius), FULL
METAL COMEDY and the independent film “White Chicks”. He has
also starred in a commercial for Direct TV, released a CD entitled
“This is Vinnie Calling” and done various voice overs.

Today Vinnie spends his time on stage all over New York
City talking about the things he knows best, kids,
marriage, bills and family. His unique approach lets him
weave a story that captivates audiences of all ages while
pissing off his ex wife. Overall, it has all worked out.

You can contact Vinnie by calling his agent, Conan Smith
of Endeavor. If you get through, tell him Vinnie is
looking for him.

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 21

Time:  8:00PM

Admission: Tickets Available Online

Location: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Philadelphia

Contact: Website

“I’m Just Going to Let People Have Their Own Reactions” – Interview with Ryan Crawford, Host and Producer of ‘Nervous Breakdown’

Brandon Gorin, David Piccolomini and Ryan Crawford are putting on Nervous Breakdown at PhilaMOCA this Friday, a show that will feature stand-up comics (Ryan Shaner, Chris Wood and Tommy Pope), live-tweeting (Steve Miller-Miller), and possibly angry tears. Read what Ryan has to say about the long, strange adventure it’s been to set it up, then be there on Friday to find out what happens.  It sounds like it’s going to be a real shit show—in a good way, though.

WO: The description for this event is “a comedy show, but tonight it’s OK to cry.” Do you expect the audience to be moved to tears? Or are the comedians on the show really sad about something?

Ryan Crawford: At this point, I can make no confident predictions about the type of emotions Nervous Breakdown will dredge up for people. But I’ve come to a place of acceptance about that. Cry, cheer, make love in the aisles at our comedy show. Whatever happens I’ll be by the side of the stage smoking a cigarette, all like, “Cool.”

Here’s the deal. This is the first creative collaboration between Brandon (T.) Gorin and David Piccolomini, unless you count how Brandon used to get up on stage and explain to people why Dave was bad at comedy. (They keep telling me they’re friends, but I’ve never seen any proof.)

Around the time we started discussing doing a show, Brandon had been thinking a lot about contemporary art and watching too much professional wrestling. He earnestly wanted to put on something that was part Dadaist performance piece, part SummerSlam. On the other hand, all of Dave’s cultural references consist of podcasts produced by marginally successful comedians. He just wanted to make a fun, goofy Friday night out for people. And me, I’m a gambler. The prospect of combining these two visions and actually pulling it off made me all tingly and breathless, because it struck me as the longest long shot in Comedy Town.

So we booked some fantastic stand-ups like Ryan Shaner and Tommy Pope. That was a big win for Dave. However, Brandon is still dead-set on chewing razor blades while he screams about the meta-modern art of CM Punk. The last time he showed me this trick, he actually sliced himself pretty bad, so – I’m just going to let people have their own reactions. Go ahead, cry. No judgments.

WO: Can you explain the format for the show? There’s a line-up of stand-ups, but you mentioned in an email you also want the show to have a premise and arc.

RC: It’s a stand-up comedy show followed by a Billy Cosby dance party. For those without any game, Bill Cosby did record several musical albums. And yes, they are totally danceable.

We got ambitious with the parts in between stand-ups. We started asking questions like, why do you have to have an affable host keeping the crowd warm between acts? Why do skits? Why not have two guys working out their very real creative and personal differences, live in front of strangers? When we asked these questions, we were drunk, and they were rhetorical. And now it’s too late for anyone to answer, or stop us.

WO: What can we expect from the other component of the show: “The projected thoughts of Steve Miller-Miller”?

RC: All three of us are big fans of Steve Miller-Miller. Brandon is particularly a fan of Miller-Miller’s workman-like approach to mocking Dave. We’re having him live-tweet the event from the booth, and projecting the tweets onto a screen behind the stage.

WO: All three producers are going to share the hosting duties, correct? How will you guys be splitting that up?

Well, initially Brandon and Dave were set to co-host. Honestly, I think three hosts is a bit crowded. But a few days ago Dave texted me and asked whether I’d be comfortable possibly replacing Brandon. The same day Brandon called and begged me to replace Dave. So yes, all three of us will be sharing hosting duties, and we will be allocating those duties according to who is the least butt-hurt at any given moment.

Full disclosure: Brandon and Dave aren’t currently on speaking terms. They had a blowup when we visited the venue, PhilaMOCA, the other day, in which Dave got so mad he stormed off into a North Philly sunset, abandoning his own car on Spring Garden with Brandon and me still sitting in it. Brandon said he was proud of Dave for finally standing up for himself. Then he stole Dave’s spark plugs, and we took the Broad Street Line back.

WO: Have you ever had a nervous breakdown? And/or do you expect/hope to have one by the end of this show?

RC: Do I hope to have a nervous breakdown? Sure, the same way I enjoy grinding my teeth in my sleep. Lady, this is my life. But yes, putting together this show has been a major stressor. Odds are that by show time we’ll all pull together under the symbol of mental instability for laughs, but I want it on the record that organizing this hasn’t been pleasant and the experience is getting filed under the broad category of suffering for one’s art.

Other odds associated with the show:
3.5-1 The comics band together and storm the projector to stop Steve Miller-Miller’s tweets.
4-1 Dave secretly hopes that Brandon cuts himself.
10-1 Brandon cuts himself.
15-1 Brandon cuts himself, and it turns out to be hilarious.
30-1 Dave gets his spark plugs back.
100-1 People make love in the aisles during the show.
1000-1 The people making love in the aisle aren’t two desperate comedians.
Even money someone cries.

Nervous Breakdown’ is this Friday, March 15th at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street) at 8PM. Admission is $10.

Beirdo CIF Fundraiser

Description: Beirdo was accepted to the Chicago Improv Festival! We want to put on this great show as a fundraiser for our trip. Help us represent Philly in Chicago!

You’ll see:

STAND UP from the very funny Alex Pearlman.

SKETCH from the über talented fellas of The Stonewall Players

IMPROV by the infamous Bad James!

IMPROV by up-and-comers Cake Bear.

HOSTED by Brendan Keegan, who has hit the ground running in the Philly comedy scene!!

IMPROV by Beirdo (with a potential twist)

RAFFLE: There will be tickets available for local theater, improv coaching & perks, museums, the zoo, merchandise from Johnson & Johnson and more to bid on. Stay tuned!

Style: Variety

Date: March 29

Time: 8:00pm

Admission: $10

Location: The Arts Parlor – 1170 S. Broad St.

Contact: Facebook Event

Comedy Night at the Ballroom

Description: Featuring Denny Live, Jay West, Chitta Chatta (Philadelphia Comedy Team), Ryan Phillips, Big Chuck, Moses Sadler. Ticket includes open bar and buffet.

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 29

Time: 8:00pm

Admission: $20


Contact: Facebook Event

The “Reverend” Bob Levy

Description: For the 1st Time on the NEW Stage in Our NEW Room…..The “Reverend” Bob Levy returns w/ Carlo Bellario (Blue Bloods) as your Host with the Most and Locals Barry Bellinger & Jake Mattera. Bob will be holding nothing back as he goes around the room and picks on everyone in sight. Rambo’s Delco Radio will be here so you never know a clip of you being poked at may be on their show.

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 28

Time: 9:00pm

Admission: $10 in advance, $12 at the Door

Location: 60 East – 60 E. Baltimore Ave, Clifton Heights, PA

Contact: Facebook Event

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 28

In this article for Slate Tanner Colby talks about the differences between his reporting and writing for Belushi: A Biography and Bob Woodward’s Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi.

To promote a new indie comedy he’s starring in called Somebody Up There Likes Me, Nick Offerman made this video with Adam Scott, Megan Mullally, Amy Poehler, Alison Brie, and Stephanie Hunt.

Jimmy Fallon answered questions for this week’s edition of “Ask a Grown Man” from Rookie, the online magazine for teenage girls.

Fallon also had some help from Steve Carell and Justin Timberlake for the latest in his series “Real People, Fake Arms”.

Comedian J-L Cauvin wrote this piece on all of the things new comics “should” do.

Watch Jerry Seinfeld do five new minutes of stand-up on The Tonight Show.

Laughspin has been covering the comedy at SXSW (Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four).

The trailer for Louie CK’s new HBO special, Oh My God, is now available to watch online.

Doogie Horner sent some “anonymous tips” to Philebrity.

The internet is an amazing place; one that can show us what the credits for shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones would look like if they were produced in the mid 1990’s.

“The Hobo Dance” by Catch-22

Improv-turned-sketch group Catch-22 (John Rafferty and Michael Score) has a new video:

If you are a Philadelphia comedy performer that produces a podcast, web series, sketch video, humor column, or any other online content let us know by emailing us at so we can share it!

“The Spot” by The Flat Earth

Here’s the latest video from PHIT sketch team The Flat Earth:

If you are a Philadelphia comedy performer that produces a podcast, web series, sketch video, humor column, or any other online content let us know by emailing us at so we can share it!

All Bets Are Off!

Description: Trailer Trash w/ Mike and Garrett Present:
An Evening with Philly’s Finest in Comedy and Music!

Your comics will be:
Doogie Horner
Aaron Hertzog
Alex Pearlman
Alex Grubard
Dan Scully
Sidney Gantt

Style: Stand-up

Date: March 23

Time: Doors 8:30pm – Show 9:30

Admission: $7

Location: World Cafe Live – 3025 Walnut St.

Contact: Facebook Event