Upcoming Shows

  • 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
  • November 8, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
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Interview with South Jersey Stand-up Championship Winner Paul Welsh

Throughout April, High Note Humor (based in Haddonfield, NJ) ran the South Jersey Stand-up Championship at The Taproom Grill.  On April 26th, Paul Welsh took home the championship belt. Here’s Paul with more about his stand-up history, writing process, and upcoming shows.

WitOut: How did you first get into stand-up?

Paul Welsh: I was always the one to crack a joke or a funny line but about ten years ago my wife signed me up for a stand-up comedy class at Mercer County Community College as a Christmas present.  She said “You think you are so funny…now go and learn how to do it properly.” I got the bug and a group of us from the class continued to work together, writing and performing wherever we could.

WO: What’s your joke writing process like?

PW: I was born in England and I tend to notice little differences between  England and America.  I then use these ideas to develop material.  The process isn’t always the same, sometimes I get an idea and write the joke within minutes…other times the idea languishes in a notebook for months or even years.

WO: How did you prepare for the South Jersey Stand-up Championships? Did you write a totally new set specifically for the contest, or was it all tried-and-true material?

PW: To be honest I had forgotten about the semi-final until the afternoon of the show…I was cleaning out my garage when I got a reminder email from the High Note guys so I scrambled to put my set together.  So for my semi-final I used all tried and tested material…but I was a bit better prepared for the final and wanted to do a different set so I threw in some new stuff…it seemed to work.

WO: Winning this contest probably felt pretty good, but since you’re a comic, I’m assuming you’ve had plenty of onstage experiences that felt pretty miserable, too. Describe your worst onstage moment, and how/what you learned from it.

PW: I think the most difficult one was when I was starting out and was asked to host a show at a hotel in North Jersey.  They hadn’t promoted it very well so nobody showed up…I mean nobody!  At show time the room was completely empty.  So the show’s promoter was out in the hotel lobby pleading with people to come in…no cover…no drink minimum.  He persuaded two couples to come in and so I opened the show to those four people.  I learned that whatever the circumstances to perform my set with the same enthusiasm…it was my job to keep those four people entertained so they wouldn’t leave.  They eventually did leave but not until after my set!!

WO: What’s next for Paul Welsh? Any upcoming shows or other projects in the works?

PW: I am in the process of refreshing my material so I am in writing mode right now.
I have some shows coming up:
5/18 Hornets Nest, Browns Mills NJ
5/31 Hibernian Club, Hamilton NJ
6/1 German American Club, Hamilton NJ
6/7 Sandi Pointe, Somers Point NJ

Comedy Show Round-up: May 12, 2013

Shows

It’s My Party: The Women & Comedy Project – 2:00pm at Plays & Players Theater

Rob Stapleton & Friends – 6:00pm at Park Avenue Banquet Hall

Mother’s Day Weekend with TuRae – 6:30pm at The Laff House

The Deans – 8:30pm at Philly Improv Theater

Open Mics

Tight Six – 8:30pm (signups at 8:00) at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St., Philadelphia

Lickety Split – 9:30pm (signups at 9:00) at Lickety Split, 401 South St., Philadelphia

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.

Comedy Show Round-up: May 11, 2013

Shows

The Bat - 7:00pm & Midnight at Philly Improv Theater

ComedySportz – 7:30 & 10:00pm at The Playground at The Adrienne Theater

Sarcasm Comedy Club – 7:30 & 9:30pm at The Crowne Plaza Hotel

Myq Kaplan – 7:30 & 10:00pm at Helium Comedy Club

Mother’s Day Weekend with TuRae – 7:30 & 9:45pm at The Laff House

It’s My Party: The Women & Comedy Project – 8:00pm at Plays & Players Theater

PHIT House Team Night - 8:30 & 10:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Northeast Comedy Cabaret – 9:00pm at The Ramada Northeast

South Jersey Comedy Cabaret – 9:00pm at Casa Carollo Restaurant

Doylestown Comedy Cabaret – 9:00pm at Poco’s

The Comedy Works – 9:30pm at Georgine’s Restaurant

Cagematch – 11:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.

Tweets of the Week, Vol. 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comedy Show Round-up: May 10, 2013

Shows

The Comedy Works – 7:00pm at Georgine’s Restaurant

The Bat – 7:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

The Laughing Barrel’s Wine and Comedy Night – 7:00pm at Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Wine Bar

Mother’s Day Weekend with TuRae – 7:30 & 9:45pm at The Laff House

Myq Kaplan – 7:30 & 10:00pm at Helium Comedy Club

The N Crowd – 8:00pm at The Actor’s Center

Chris Tucker – 8:00pm at The Tower Theatre

It’s My Party: The Women & Comedy Project – 8:00pm at Plays and Players Theater

Dog Mountain Presents: A Moment on the Lips – 8:30pm at Philly Improv Theater

Doug Stanhope – 9:00pm at The Trocadero Theatre

Doylestown Comedy Cabaret - 9:00pm at Poco’s

South Jersey Comedy Cabaret – 9:00pm at Casa Carollo Restaurant

The Theme Show – 10:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Open Mics

Hodge Podge – 8:00pm (7:30pm signups) at Hodge Podge, 1212 South St., Philadelphia

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.

The Up-and-Comer: Myq Kaplan

Here’s the latest in Helium Comedy Club‘s video series The Up-and-Comer, in which Philadelphia comedian Aaron Nevins sits down with the club’s headliner for the week to have a one-on-one chat about comedy.

 

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 contact@witout.net so we can share it!

Comedy Show Round-up: May 9, 2013

Shows

The Bat – 7:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Laff Therapy Thursdays – 8:00pm at The Laff House

It’s My Party: The Women in Comedy Project – 8:00pm at Plays & Players Theater

Myq Kaplan – 8:00pm at Helium Comedy Club

Dog Mountain Presents: A Moment on the Lips – 8:30pm at Philly Improv Theater

Figment Theater Presents: The Vagabond Sessions – 8:30pm

A Few Answers Short – 10:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Open Mics

Center City Comedy – 9:00pm (signups at 8:30) at The Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St., Philadelphia

Comedy Under the Disco Ball – 8:00pm (signups at 7:30) at L2, 2201 South St., Philadelphia

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.

Promo Video for the South Philly Stand-up Comedy Carnival

Mike Lawrence (WTF with Marc Maron, Conan, Comedy Central) headlines this Monday’s South Philly Stand-up Comedy Carnival at Connie’s Ric Rac.  Here’s a clown with more details:

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 contact@witout.net so we can share it!

The ‘Improv Standup Showdown’ is Looking for Performers

Turtlehead Comedy is looking for performers for their new show: Improv Standup Showdown. The show will feature 16 comedians competing tournament-style in head-to-head match-ups where they will perform one minute of stand-up material on a topic chosen by the audience. Each of the rounds will feature three topics after which the audience decides who did a better job and will move on to the next round. The winner for the evening will take home a $200 cash prize for their efforts.

The show will take place Sunday, June 2, at 8:00pm at Dubh Linn Square Pub (482 Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, New Jersey). Interested comedians can contact Turtlehead Comedy for more information by email at matt@turtleheadcomedy.com

Comedy Show Round-up: May 8, 2013

Shows

PHIT Sweeps Weeks – 7:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Myq Kaplan – 8:00pm at Helium Comedy Club

Reasonable Discourse with Jerks – 8:30pm at Philly Improv Theater

Open Mics

Rogues Gallery – 7:30pm (signups at 7:00) at Rogues Gallery, 11 S. 21st St., Philadelphia

Northeast Comedy Cabaret - 8:00pm (signups at 7:30) at The Comedy Caberet, 11580 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia

High Note Humor - 8:00pm (signups at 7:30) at The Taproom Grill, 427 W Crystal Lake Ave., Haddonfield, NJ

Comedy is Liberty – 7:30pm (signups at 7:30) at Liberties Bar & Grill, 705 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.