Description: Jay and Silent Bob are back! Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are hitting the road with their new animated film, JAY & SILENT BOB’S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE – which blazes across America in a series of one-night-only shows.
The legendary best buds from Jersey are back to dispense weed and wisdom in cartoon form and audiences will have the opportunity to watch the new movie and stick around for a rip-roaring Q&A afterwards.
This event has an age restriction of 16+ due to mature content.
Style: Movie + Q&A
Date: April 25
Time: 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Admission: $42.50, $49.50 & $65
Location: The Keswick Theatre – 291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA
Description: WitOut 2013 Stand Up Comedian Winner Aaron Hertzog is a Philadelphia based stand-up comedian who started performing comedy in 2006. Since then he has developed a reputation as one of the best comedians in the city, making 2009′s list of Ten Best Comedians in Philadelphia, according to Comedy.com. http://www.aaronhertzog.com/
Omar Scruggs is a local Philadelphia comedian and recent runner up in the March Madness Comedy competition. He is often featured at Laff House and Helium and can be see an shows all over the northeast. http://www.witout.net/tag/omar-scruggs/
Tim Raymus is a singer/songwriter and local legend. Having been part of the Philly scene for a little over a year Tim ahs been entertaining audiences with his songs all over Philly and South Jersey. His fast rise to the top has led to him starting his own open mic at L2 with his comedy group B.A. Comedian. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003981882416&fref=ts
Fady Khalil and Matt Lips are local comedians and regulars at Puck’s open mic nights every Tuesday. Recently they have both won spots as openers and are some strong up and comers to the local scene.
Description: Comedians for a Cause fundraiser show for Linda Belz, a Philadelphia-area woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The show will feature performances by: Mike Rainey, Mayo, Chip Chantry, Roger Weaver and Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez.
In our series, “You Should Call Your Parents,” comedians interview their parents to find out how they feel about their offspring’s pursuit of the stage.
Jeff Soles: Did you ever think I’d become a comedian?
Kitty Soles: No because it’s too scary. Getting up in front of strangers and having to think of jokes real quick. What if they don’t laugh?
JS: Have you seen me bomb?
KS: One time. Down in Philly. I was with Aunt Mary and was like, “They’re not laughing!” when you first started. I wanted to cry. Nobody was laughing. I thought, “Let’s laugh real loud and then they’ll laugh with us.” I wasn’t embarrassed, I was scared for you. My hands were all sweaty.
JS: What was your first reaction when I told you I wanted to do stand up?
KS: I was surprised. I thought you were crazy. You’re so quiet. To get up in front of people you don’t know and try to make them laugh.
JS: Do you think I’ll ever get married and have kids?
KS: Probably not. Cuz you’re too fussy. Too picky. You have to be nice to a girl. And you don’t like to do that for very long. You’d be a good father. But I don’t know about married.
JS: What if I just knocked somebody up and brought home a baby and asked to move back home?
KS: Oooohh. After I got over the shock and went to confession to see the priest (laughs). You know I’d accept your baby because it’s my grandchild. But don’t expect me to raise it. I’m getting too old for that. I’m not taking care of your mess.
JS: What if I start going to NY by myself? To make it?
KS: I know, but it’s better than Philly. I watch the Philly news. I don’t watch the NY news. So I won’t know.
JS: Are you ashamed to tell your friends and family that I do comedy?
KS: No. I love it. They always ask me what jokes you do and what you talk about on stage. I try to do your jokes but I will either forget how it goes or mess it up. Then they just laugh at me. But you were on Comcast on demand and we went to Aunt Anne’s to watch it and I thought she was going to piss her pants laughing. You did a joke making fun of us for watching the lottery and all that and she was laughing because she does the things you were making fun of. She got a kick out of that.
JS: Who do I get my humor from?
KS: I think both sides of your family. Our side always jokes around and laughs and has a good time. Your dad always likes telling jokes. Whenever we visit relatives they always ask him if he heard any new jokes. But he just tells the same jokes that we’ve heard a hundred times. But we still laugh.
JS: Do you remember the first joke I ever told?
KS: Yes you were about 5 or 6 years old. Out of nowhere you came up to me and said, “Have you seen Dolly Parton’s new shoes? …. Neither did she.” And I was in such shock and I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t yell at you. My little baby was telling a dirty joke. That coming out of your innocent mouth was just too funny. You always went around telling people jokes from your little joke book. Your favorite one you told during dinner was, “What do you call a fish with two knees? …. A two-knee fish!” It was cute. We had a good laugh.
Jeff Soles is a Philadelphia-area stand-up comedian and member of sketch comedy group IdRatherBeHere. He can be seen performing at a fundraiser show for CONCERN on Friday, May 17 at the Willow Grove VFW.
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WitOut: How did you get started doing comedy in Philly?
Jay West: Well I have lived in Philly my entire life, and had always wanted to try comedy, so there was always that urge in the back of my mind. Like many, I didn’t start before I was 26. Opposite of the trends, I actually was doing a podcast called Eclectic Shock BEFORE starting comedy, and I would have comedians and musicians come on. Through this, I became friends with many local comedians like Anton Shuford, H Foley, Conrad Roth, Chris Cotton, Joe Murdock, and (the one who became a very good friend) Michael Rainey. Eventually, Rainey and I had a podcast together and I met so many other great local comedians through him, and when I felt comfortable enough that I should give it a shot I did, on July 26th, 2011.
WO:Why did you decide to start this new show?
JW: I missed doing a monthly booked show; I haven’t had one since my Comedy: Period show at the Tritone. I had other opportunities to book rooms, but Voltage Lounge was the first place that got me excited to host a show I book again. The name of the show is just named after one of the most positive expressions in the world, that isn’t sexual in nature. Donkey Punch Variety Show would have been too much. It’s also a small play on words because there are 5 comedians performing, and I like to get high before shows…
WO: You also run an open mic on Tuesdays at Headhouse. What do you think will be some of the differences between how you host the open mic and how you’ll host your showcase?
JW: Hosting an open mic is like working on an assembly line: attention to detail isn’t as important as the mass production. Get as many people on and off stage as you can. You dont want to waste time telling material if you are hosting an open mic. In a showcase setting, its more like I am hand blowing glass. There is more tact to it and you are exposed (because of how few chances you have) if you dont know what you are doing. I’ll work in material and improv between acts. Hosting for people you KNOW are going to be funny is much more intimidating than hosting for people who may have performed a handful of times.
WO: How would you describe the comedians on this show for someone who’s never seen them before?
JW: N.A. Poe: The Godfather of comedy. Not that he was around for a long time, but he handles all the shady business practice and racketeering. You like fingering jokes, right?
Mikaela Hamje – One of the many great young female comedians in Philly today. She isnt afraid to talk about personal shit on stage and I have always respected that in stand-up.
Andre Johnson – Mr. Content. Very funy stand-up material, but you can also see his many different characters on Youtube. He’s like Tyler Perry with self-respect.
Dan Scully – A smart funny comedian who even dumb funny people can keep up with. The only time I’ve ever seen him not do great was in front of a room full of lobotomized stoners.
Aaron Hertzog – The Mayor of Friendship! One of the nicest guys in Philly comedy. And that’s not easy because he is also one of the funniest observational comics I’ve seen. Despite my exhaustive efforts, I could not find anyone to say any bad words about him.
‘High Five Comedy’ is this Wednesday, April 17th at Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th Street). Show starts at 7:30PM. Admission is $10.
Former Philly/current LA comedians Brendan Kennedy, Luke Giordano, and Mike Weinstein have started a new podcast, Remember Remember the Titans. The show says to be “the only podcast dedicated specifically to discussing the Disney high school football movie, Remember the Titans.” Actually, the guys tell stories, do bits, and have fun based on the topics, themes, and actors from the movie. In the first episode they are joined by former-former Philly comedian Aaron Hertzog.
This Tuesday Polygon Comedy returns to L’etage for their monthly variety show. This month, the show will feature stand-up from Christian Alsis, sketch from ManiPedi, musical improv from Interrobang, and music from Iliana Inocencio.
The High Five Comedy Showcase debuts at Voltage this Wednesday. The show will be hosted by Jay West and will feature stand-up comedy from Aaron Hertzog, Dan Scully, Andre Johnson, Mikaela Hamje, and Joe Bell.
Tongue & Groove’s “That Time” will play this Saturday and Sunday at The Kimmel Center. The show will ask the audience “If you could go back in time to any moment in your own life’s story, where would you go and why?” to inspire “a collage of improvised theater, dance, and music.”
If you have any Philly comedy news worth mentioning – send it our way with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wham City Comedy Tour is a two-hour cross-genre variety show, showcasing the very best from Baltimore’s award-winning artist collective and fabled party starters. Expect stand-up sets, videos, dramatic monologues, and ensemble sketches in a tightly-run, visionary performance.
When Ben O’Brien and Dan Deacon organized the original Wham City Comedy Tour 3 short years ago, the group was already heralded for their music and art, but virtually unknown in comedy. Since that time, the tour has performed on stage with Chicago’s Second City, shared festival bills with Donald Glover, Neil Brennan, and Henry Rollins; O’Brien has opened for Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman; and Mason Ross won Best Comedic Performance in the City Paper’s Best of Baltimore issue.
Philadelphia’s own New Dreamz (Rose Luardo and Andrew Jeffrey Wright) will perform as well.