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  • August 2, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • August 2, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
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  • August 7, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
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WitOut Sends Civilian to Her First Comedy Show

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David James [photo by Frances Paris]

We sent a comedy newbie to her first live comedy show this past weekend to give/get a fresh perspective. Know anyone who you think would love live comedy, but has never been to a club or theater show? Tweet them this article with #PhlComedy, @WitOutDotNet and they could win tickets to a comedy show in Philly!

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Ok, let me start off by saying if you want to see a show-and-a-half then stop on by Helium Comedy Club. Tonight was probably the best experience I could be a part of. It started with seeing David James. Let me first say that he was hilarious. 

He opened up the show with a wonderful question we can all relate to, “Have you ever dated someone and didn’t know if they were retarded or not?” That started the conversation for the show.  He then went through the show with charisma and poise. He was going from topic to topic with no problems whatsoever. He was wonderful. He put everything that society hates to talk about, every grey area, and made it very easy to talk about it. I honestly thought he was hilarious. He included his audience in his act and let me tell you it was like a breath of fresh air compared to most comedians on TV. He was suave and sure of himself and was ready for any topic he put out there.

The headliner was, from In Living Color and Comedy Central, Mr. Tommy Davison. 

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Tommy Davidson [photo by Frances Paris]

He started off the show full of life and energy. He came out dancing and getting the crowed worked up. The first few jokes were just openers, like most people would do if they were coming to a party or something. The best thing about his performance was his attitude. He was so secure. He made sure he kept eye contact with everyone and just kept with the act. He was great with his facial expressions and changed his voice several times to keep up with the characters he was playing.

It was something that most people would really enjoy. I highly suggest that people go see him. He took topics like politics, race and genre and turned them into pleasant topics that we can all relate to. Honestly if you are looking for a great time and a place to spend your time go on down to Helium and enjoy the show. -Frances Paris

East Coast Power Nap Tonight @ The Trocadero

east coast power napAppearing on tonight’s East Coast Power Nap is Natalie Levant, Brian Six, Setoiyo, Elise Thompson-Hohl, Aaron Hertzog, Jim Ginty, Mike Logan and a guest appearance by Dan Vetrano. There will be an overarching sketch performed by hosts Alejandro Morales and TJ Hurley between the sets.

East Coast Power Nap is upstairs at the balcony at The Trocadero Theater (1003 Arch Street) at 8:30 (doors @ 8:00). Tickets are $5.00. To get excited for the show, check out their “Leaked Outtakes” video. The sketch imagines what you would say about your friend behind their back while you were being asked questions “off camera.”

A Bunch of Improv @ The Grape Room Tonight — Q&A with Sam Fran Scavuzzo

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Caroline Scavuzzo

Bunch of Improv is at the Grape Room (105 Grape Street) in Manayunk tonight @ 8pm. See what creator Sam Fran Scavuzzo has to say about his group, Cock Hat, his thoughts on improv comedy and memorable guests from the show.

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WitOut: Would you mind telling us about the history and comedic style of your former group, Cock Hat?

Scavuzzo: I performed short-form improv during college. Once I came back to Philly, we (college friends and I) formed a long-chain group, Cock Hat. Stylistically we are high energy, and use a “shooting from the hip” approach. We don’t mind being raunchy or gutsy. Oh, and we are not too sensitive or politically correct either (laughs). Improv is a lot about breaking out of your comfort zone, sometimes you surprise yourself with your true feelings on something or say something you don’t expect yourself to say. You are an actor in a scene, you have to say what is logical, not necessarily something you would say in real life.

WitOut: What has Cock Hat been up to since you all went your separate ways?

Scavuzzo: We performed together for two years, which is a considerably long time. We still perform together from time to time. Tonight’s show is called “A bunch of improv at the Graperoom,” [Cock Hat member] Frank and I are performing alongside four other improv teams and a stand-up comedian.

WitOut: Who are the other acts on the show tonight?

Scavuzzo: Kid Twist is a silly team with very smart improvisers. All members are involved with the Philadelphia Improv Theater (PHIT). Demonikus Rex is a relatively newer team. Also performing are Bill Parks, Gross Reber and stand-up comedian Pat Dohony.

WitOut: Who are some memorable groups you have had on the show over the years?

Scavuzzo: Matt Holmes has an improv act called Matt &. He brings an audience member up and does an entire show with them. He is an absolute master at what he does. Stand-up comedian Dave Terruso is another one. Dave is a polished professional. He tours, he’s an author and he opens at the Helium for national headliners. He is really smart. The way he uses language is unique. Dave knows the English language very well; there is no wasted word in his set. How do I explain it? He knows exactly how to emphasize a word. He knows his stuff.

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Cock Hat members demonstrate their name-sake.

Sam Fran Scavuzzo will be performing with Cock Hat alum Frank Farrell at tonight’s show. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.00 and event details can be seen at Graperoommusic.com.

Philly Improv Fest Ends With a Bang!

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Amie tries to control Kristen’s temper tantrum.

The final show of Philly Improv Fest had the crowd laughing along to dynamic scenes from duos Hot Dog (Jessica Ross and Luke Field), Billy Hawk (Brian O’Connell and Jeff Hawkins), The Amie and Kristen Show (Amie Roe and Kristen Schier) and Vox Pop (Karen Lange and Jordan Hirsch).  Each of the groups jumped from scene to scene and kept the audeince laughing at everything from the perception of white Jesus to the marital problems between a blind husband and his wife.

At some point, you don’t even know what you’re laughing at anymore… but you’re cracking up!

Hot Dog’s comedic timing and chemistry kept crowds in hysterics as they created funny scenarios on marriage, employment opportunities and awkward dates. Whether it was playing a blind husband or a jovial employee, Luke Field can change the scene faster than you can count to two. Complementing his comedic timing was Jess Ross, whose ability to adapt to her partner’s theatrics is equally impressive.

Speaking of awkward couples, who can deny the charm of a male duo that can convince you that they are an opposite sex couple. Billy Hawk’s ability to transform into characters and bridge gaps of physicality is truly amazing. Whether it was playing a husband and wife, God and his son, Jesus and Mary Magdalene, Billy Hawk had the audience on the edge of their seats waiting to see what characters they would play next.

Perhaps the most animated act of the night was The Amie and Kristen Show. It’s no secret that they are one of Philly’s best comedy duos. Best friends and improv masters, their chemistry is evident as they put on a parody of a frog-prince and princess. “It’s a shirt with muscles sewn into it, now you look like the other princes!” says Amie to her (British) frog-prince Kristen. The scene changes in less than a millisecond from a mother trying to control her son who is throwing a temper tantrum to a couple cuddling and talking about the future. This girl-power duo consistently reminded us that the beauty of comedy lies in the power of words and how you say them.

Jordan Hirsch and Karen Lange of Vox Pop ended the night with their musical act consisting of parodies of work culture and every-day married couple problems. The musicality, the duo’s awesome facial expressions and comedic timing made the comedy and music flow together to provide a highly entertaining ending to a night full of laughter.

9th Annual Philly Improv Fest Closes with Unmissable Shows This Weekend

Carousel-RareBirdShowPhif9 features heavy-hitters this weekend including shows from CityBeatz Philly, ComedySportz Philadelphia and the final show ever by legendary Philly improv trio, Rare Bird Show.

Check out the schedule, and take note of the venues–some shows will be at the Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom Street) and some shows will be across the street at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, (2111 Sansom Street). Also, take special notice of the 10:00pm Saturday show, which boasts Hot Dog, L.A. visitors BillyHawk, The Amie & Kristen Show [!!], and the music-improv comedy of special guests Vox Pop.

Interview with Streeter Seidell of CollegeHumor Live, Friday Night @ The Trocadero

CHLiveTour-promo-clean150CollegeHumor’s Streeter Seidell seems like the kind of upfront, no bullshit type of comic Philadelphia can appreciate. However, he admitted he’s a little nervous about making his City of Brotherly Love debut when we talked about his upcoming show at the Trocadero Theatre this Friday. The White Wine author is part of the CollegeHumor Live tour alongside Jake Hurwitz & Amir Blumenfeld–stars of the long-running CollegeHumor.com web series Jake and Amir.

WitOut: Will it be the first time performing in Philly for all three of you?

Streeter Seidell: I think Jake and Amir did a college show in Philly once. But I haven’t even been there until about a month ago, which was a great embarrassment for me. I was totally ashamed because I grew up in Connecticut and I’m a massive history buff and Ben Franklin fan. And I like eating fattening food so I was like, how have I not been to this city? But I thought it was a great city. I’m a little nervous because I’ve never performed in Philly and you do hear this terrible rumors about audiences in Philly being crazy mean.

WitOut: Yeah, it’s nonsense. Just don’t suck.

Seidell: Yeah, that’s what I’ve been banking on. The problem is though, that I suck.

WitOut: So how did you get in at CollegeHumor?

Seidell: I was writing articles for the site when I was in college and just got on their radar and got hired right out of school.

WitOut: According to Wikipedia you were studying communications, did you have any idea what you would’ve done after college with that?

Seidell: Uh, I guess I would’ve worked at a talent agency which is where I had been an intern for a while. But thank god CollegeHumor hired me because I would’ve been a terrible agent.

WitOut: What was the experience like when CollegeHumor had a show on MTV, The CollegeHumor Show?

Seidell: It was so much fun. We were probably all 25, 26 and, it was a blast. I grew up watching MTV so the thought of having a show on MTV that I was acting in and helping write was extremely exciting. If only anyone watched it! Maybe I’d still be excited. But it was exhausting, frustrating, and extremely fun.

WitOut I saw you recently got a puppy? Will you be leaving it while you’re on tour?

Seidell: Aw, I wish you didn’t put it like that but yes I am.

WitOut: What can we expect at the show? What’s the format?

Seidell: Well, I’m not all the way sure yet. Usually Jake and Amir come out and do their thing, I come out and do my thing. Then we’ll do something together at the end. What exactly those things will be is yet to be determined. I’ll do stand-up, which, if I can see the crowd, might involve making fun of a kid in the front row. But, I will guarantee you it will be very funny.

WitOut: Despite you sucking?

Seidell: I might suck, but the three of us together, our powers combined, can make one funny show!

WitOut: The Voltron principle.

Seidell: Exactly, or the Captain Planet principle.

WitOut: You’ve co-written some books but you recently published your first book White Whine (http://whitewhine.com, available in stores and online now) on your own, what was that like?

Seidell: Do you remember writing essays or papers for college? Imagine doing that 250 times. And that was kinda like what writing a book was like, except you can say whatever you want and someone will give you money for it. So it was pretty fun!

WitOut: You’ve done sketch, stand-up, television, books, is there a form you haven’t done yet but would like to?

Seidell: Yeah, I guess, a movie right? Like, a major motion picture? Or, I’d really like to explore what I can do on Pinterest. That’s a form I really have yet to conquer. It’s really impressive, in a nine year career I’ve failed in almost every medium, which, not a lot of people can say. I’ll try anything really.

WitOut: Right, like me pretending to be a journalist here. I just write dick jokes in Philly but, I’m talking to you now.

Seidell: Are you the Philadelphia Dick Jokesmith?

WitOut: You’ve heard of me.

Seidell: Dude, how did you get that job I applied for that, I sent in a packet and everything.

WitOut: Well I apprenticed under the previous Dick Jokesmith.

Seidell: Ah, nepotism.

WitOut: What advice would you give someone who is trying to find a way to a career writing comedy?

Seidell: There is no place to go to apply for that job so anyone who wants to be a comedy writer can just start being a comedy writer. I’ve always had kids ask me “I really want to do stand-up” or “I want to write videos” or “I want to make things on YouTube”, well you shouldn’t have to want that cause you can just do that. There’s really no excuse to not just start doing it and, you’ll be pretty terrible for a while but then, hopefully, you’ll get a little better. And maybe one day I can be threatened by you and do everything in my power to stop your rise to fame.

WitOut: If you could be any animal, what would it be?

Seidell: Besides “better human”?

WitOut: That’s fine.

Seidell: Otherwise I was gonna say “Swedish person.”

 WitOut: That’s basically the same thing. Anyway, thanks Streeter!

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See Streeter Seidell, along with Jake & Amir, when CollegeHumor Live hits the Trocadero Theatre (1003 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA), this Friday November 15th and 8:00pm. Get tickets here.

Dave Metter is a Philly comedian, check him out on Twitter @DaveMetter, and check out his fake local news show Your News, Philadelphia Friday December 6th at the Shubin Theatre.

Photos from Philly Improv Fest Tuesday

The 9th Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival kicked off yesterday with a show featuring Hell On Wheels, Bed Savage and Due Diligence. Here are some photos from the show…

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All photos by Dave Metter.

Seriously, Go Support Pat House’s CD Taping Tonight @ Helium

pat house 2We sometimes like to have a good laugh at the expense of our favs, but Pat House is a really nice guy who loves comedy–and more importantly he’s good at it. He’s a staple of the Philadelphia comedy scene, so swing by the 7pm early show at Philadelphia Improv Fest and then skip right across the street at 8 to make a borderline problematic amount of noise on Pat’s first album.

Then check back at WitOut tomorrow for photos from the opening night of Philly Improv Fest as well as previews of the rest of the great comedy shows happening this (and every) week in Philadelphia.

Pat House Records CD at Helium Tonight @ 8pm

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Pat with Greg Giraldo, Bill Burr and Mike Birbiglia

Tonight, Philly comedian Pat House records his first CD. Let’s take a look at a career timeline from a Philly favorite.

2005 – Pat places second (2nd) in Howard Stern’s “Kill or Be Killed” before the contest was bought by a Japanese cooking show.

2006 – Pat turns 22, he is the youngest comedian to host at the balloon-factory-turned-nightclub known then as Helium Comedy Emporium–or as we know it today–The United Noble Gasses Laff-Cabaret.

2007 – Pat is a phinalist in Philly’s Phunniest. He will go on to phinal phour more times bephore permanently boycotting the contest upon the 2013 victory of life-long nemesis and least favorite human being, Paul Chantry.

2008 – 2012 — no activity.

2013 – Pat opens for heroes Bill Burr, Mike Birbiglia and one-night-only necromancied Greg Giraldo–who agreed to do a final earthly show for Pat’s birthday, thinking Pat was fifteen and suffering from terminal rosacea.

Presently, Pat is making up for lost time, and can be seen at clubs around the country such as
-Cap City Comedy Club (Austin, TX)
-Parlor Live (Seattle, WA)
-Helium (Philly, Buffalo, Portland)
-Respiratory Distress (Detroit)
-Hilarities (Cleveland)
-Magooby’s (Baltimore)
-Jimmothy Johnlinson’s Comedy Nightmare (Mechanicsburg, Louiville, Akron, Halifax)
-The Stress Factory (New Brunswick, NJ)
-Tony and Tina’s Unexpected Bat Mitzvah (Philadelphia)

You can see Pat perform all of his best material tonight at Helium, and then presumably filling the remaining 39 minutes describing the sensual linguistics of the “C word”.

And speaking of which, presumed-single-lady guest-host Mary “M-Rad” Radzinski (sp?) will open the show!

For tickets, visit www.HeliumComedy.com

 

Philly Comedy Weekend Photos — SketchFest 2013

Pilgrims demand a boob flashing to prove that this woman isn’t a witch.

ManiPedi: Pilgrims demand a boob flashing to prove that this woman isn’t a witch. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Parents help their daughter mourn the death of her boyfriend.

Parents help their daughter mourn the death of her boyfriend. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Unemployed skunk gets drunk.

Unemployed skunk gets drunk. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Brick Penguin Presents The Broccoli Brothers Asshhole Cleaners

Brick Penguin Presents The Broccoli Brothers Asshhole Cleaners. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Reviewing the company’s new medical plan.

Reviewing the company’s new medical plan. [Photo: Ben Miller]

My wife was reincarnated as a fat garbage-man.

My wife was reincarnated as a fat garbage-man. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Dog Mountain's weight-loss contest gone horribly wrong.

Dog Mountain’s weight-loss contest gone horribly wrong.[Photo: Kyle Harris]

Who will save defenseless couple from mugger?

Who will save defenseless couple from mugger? [Photo: Kyle Harris]

Mask and Wig Club shows extras how to piss off a Director!

Mask and Wig Club shows extras how to piss off a Director! [Photo: Kyle Harris]

The violinists of the sinking Titanic deal with a passionate cymbalist.

The violinists of the sinking Titanic deal with a passionate cymbalist. [Photo: Kyle Harris]

You had to have been there...

You had to have been there…. [Photo: Kyle Harris]

National Scandal Presents a Sassy Women’s Book Club.

National Scandal Presents a Sassy Women’s Book Club. [Photo: Ben Miller]

An OK Cupid date with a serial killer.

An OK Cupid date with a serial killer. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Drunk cops on duty.

Drunk cops on duty. [Photo: Ben Miller]

Pirate Sugar shows the importance of regular "maintenance".

Pirate Sugar shows the importance of regular “maintenance”. [Photo: Kyle Harris]

The hottest Russian hair stylist shows off her stud brother to a client.

The hottest Russian hair stylist shows off her stud brother to a client. [Photo: Kyle Harris]