Upcoming Shows

  • October 1, 2014 8:00 pmComedy Masters
  • October 2, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 2, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • October 3, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • October 3, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • October 3, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • October 3, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 3, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 4, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • October 4, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • October 4, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • October 4, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • October 4, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • October 8, 2014 8:00 pmComedy Masters
  • October 9, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 9, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • October 10, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • October 10, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • October 10, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • October 10, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 10, 2014 9:00 pmFall Comedy Train Rek
  • October 10, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 11, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • October 11, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • October 11, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
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ICYMI: “Middle Man” video by Helium Comedy Club

Movie Movie Live w/ Dan Scully and Garret Smith

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We all love movies, right? Of course! Who doesn’t? For just $5 bucks, you can join other film-nerds-turned-film-jocks in answering trivia for prizes, yelling out famous lines, and arguing why Back to the Future II is even better than Back to the Future (which it is).

So pregame with a hell of a caucasion (that’s from a movie) and start your weekend entertainment early. PhilaMOCA is on 12th right off Spring Garden. Two funny Philadelphia comedians and hosts of I Like To Movie Movie podcast — Dan Scully and Garret Smith — will curate a cross-referential cinema soiree that will make college-you regret that you threw out those posters!

8:00pm PhilaMOCA (531 N 12th St) $5.00 [facebook.com/ilike2movie]

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Written and directed by Jimmy Darby; starring Jason Singer, Josh Wolf, and Orin Belinsky; filmed and edited by Curt Riedy.

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Photos from Dog Mountain & The Flat Earth

The funny folks on PHIT’s Sketch House-Teams Dog Mountain and The Flat Earth delighted last night with their weird-ass sketches.

First let’s take a look at the Dog Mountain show entitled, “Gory Hole”.

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Dog Mountain - Gory Hole

In the show’s titular sketch, a young man contemplates whether the “Gory Hole” is simply mis-spelled or a brutal torture device.

Dog Mountain - Hitler Time Machine

Their take on the classic “Hitler Time Machine”. If Hitler’s parents are too protective to get a clean murder of young Adolph, maybe some words-of-encouragement will set history straight?

Dog Mountain - Restaurant Friend

That friend who takes it personally when you find his restaurant recommendations to be only “pretty good”.

Dog mountain - Rhonda the Mooch

The hysterically funny Brianna Kelly plays Rhonda the Mooch, a Wiigesque office employee who always shows up with another department is having cake.

Dog Mountain - Birthday Flair

The worst happy birthday restaurant-singers of all time explain melodically how he’s not the real dad.

Dog Mountain - Married to Metallica

It’s not that he’s a thirty-year-old-virgin. He’s just faithfully married to Metallica.

The Flat Earth presents “Scrambled Porn”

Flat Earth - Orange ya glad

Orange ya glad I didn’t say banana?

Flat Earth - Cybersexing Parents

These parents’ toast at their daughter’s wedding reveals too much information. For example: how they met on Yahoo cyber-sex chat-room.

Flat Earth - Staples Journal 1

These strangers on a bench can hear each others’ thoughts as long as it’s being written into the journal they bough from Staples.

Flat Earth - Staples Journal 2

(This guy has the same journal too. By the way, Staples has a lot of great stuff!)

Flat Earth - Existential Sock Models

Existentially distraught sock-models share their life woes in-between takes. (Kudos to Matt Schmid for this nearly show-stealing sketch.)

Flat Earth - Small Town Airport

In a small-town airport, they simply have a more personal touch…

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Five facts you probably didn’t know about The Legendary Wid

the widA lot of Philadelphia comedians got their start at the Wednesday-night open mic at the Laff House on South Street. For many a young Philly comic, The Legendary Wid — long-time emcee of the Wednesday mic — was the first face they saw.

Many continue on to “the grind” or “the trenches” where they run into Wid again, witnessing his manic yard-sale pun-a-thon at suburban clubs or fire-halls. He’s induced his fair share of groans, but if you give him a chance to make you laugh, he’ll always get you with something.

Here are some tidbits about Jersey native Michael Baldwin, aka The Legendary Wid, Philly’s prop-savant comedian extraordinaire…

  •  The Wid started out as an antique dealer in Princeton. He would entertain customers in his store by riffing on all the merchandise. He put together a two or three minutes of material for a local gong-show, and from there he was off to the races.
  • In or about 1999, after a comedy show on South Street, Wid was attacked by skin-heads. They called him “Waldo” and he told them to fuck off. They chased him down and beat him, leaving him with a concussion which stalled his headlining career.
  •  He considers himself “somewhere between a picker and a hoarder”. He has several storage-lockers filled with trinkets and baubles galore (pictured)
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One of Wid’s many custom-made storage facilities.

 

 

Interview with Ronaldo Spettacolare, aka Yung Creamed Currency Panty Dropper Billionaires

Ronaldo Spettacolare, of PHIT’s house team Outside Voices, will be performing his character based/musical/performance art act Yung Creamed Currency Panty Dropper Billionaires this Thursday at the independent comedy-showcase-who-could Hey, We’re Cool.

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WitOut: What exactly is the YCCPDB?

Ronaldo Spettacolare: The Yung Creamed Currency Panty Dropper Billionaires, is a one person, eight member rap group starring myself as Uncle Jungle, Hustle Sproutz, Fifi Dundutta, Pup E. Luv, Spettacoloco, Rapeshaun Biermot, Drapes, and Jozay Pesos. Makes sense, right?

So, basically, I’m all eight members of the group whether they’re live on stage on in the studio.

WitOut: Did you start doing YCCPDB before you started Improv or vice versa?

Spettacolare: The YCCPDB came into fruition roughly a year before I started taking Improv classes at the Philly Improv Theater, but it/they were created within a manner consistent with Improv. It started out with my buddy making beats on a beat machine and me rapping in different voices. We recorded it on my phone, and after laughing at the song, I decided to create names for the members and for the group.

WitOut: How does one medium inform the other?

Spettacolare: Improv and the YCCPDB have been able to complement each other immensely, both behind the scenes and live on stage.

Every YCCPDB song, since their inception, has been made up on the spot. It’s safe to say you won’t find any real handwritten YCCPDB lyrics on eBay in fifteen years going for a whopping sum of money. The entire first album (and the soon-to-be-released-because-it-isn’t-finished-yet second album) consist of songs that are all Freestyle, or “off the top of the head” if you will.

Although the songs performed at their shows are the ones you’ll find on the album, everything about the show, from the dialogue between members on stage between songs to the dance moves during them is all improvised. Being an improviser has made being on stage an even more comfortable thing, and it shows in every performance.

WitOut: How would you classify YCCPDB? Is it parody? Is it homage?

Spettacolare: The YCCPDB is pure satire. Each member is basically poking fun at the real “rappers” you’d find in mainstream music today. For example, upon seeing and hearing Fifi Dundutta first time, you’ll see he clearly spoofs Lil Wayne with his high pitched whiny voice and braided hair whereas Drapes just straight up makes fun of Drake.

Honestly, I feel as if the music that you’ll find out there today is absolutely terrible. So, the idea with the YCCPDB was to make something worse, ultimately making it so that the only option the world would have left after the YCCPDB makes their mark is to try to and make things better.

WitOut: YCCPBD is getting a reputation for larger than life performances. What should people expect when they come to see you perform live?

Spettacolare: There’s only one thing to expect at a YCCPDB live performance: ANYTHING. Yes, anything goes at a YCCPDB show, and that’s usually made apparent within the first thirty seconds. The goal for the live shows is to create a feast for both the eyes and the ears that’ll have you leaving fully satisfied with what you just witnessed.

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Follow the YCCPDB on Twitter @YCCPDB and on Soundcloud . YCCPDB will be performing this Thursday at Hey, We’re Cool (8pm, L’etage, $5).

Interview with Philly’s Phunniest 2014 Matt McCusker

Matt McCusker Philly's Phunniest 2014WitOut: First off, congratulations! What was the plan, thought-process, expectations, prior experiences with the contest, etc…

Matt McCusker: Hey thank you! The plan was to just try to focus on having fun and being as present as possible on stage and not be all in my head trying to remember all my jokes. As far as prior experience with the contest, I made it to the finals some years ago and ultimately lost. After my initial defeat my father brought me into our room of ancestors (the place where we keep marble busts of all of our male predecessors) and spoke to me about the importance of bringing glory to the house of McCusker. That was all I needed to see.

WitOut: What will you be doing with the thousand dollars?

McCusker: It’s been dipped into a bit. Depending on how much it costs to replace the shocks on my car I might buy myself a new pair of jeans. Anything left over will just go toward the rent.

WitOut: Tell us about your day-job. Also, a/s/l?

McCusker: My a/s/l is super secret. However, I will tell you that I currently work as a cook in a pizza shop and write for a few websites on a freelance basis. I also get permits for construction companies from time to time. I believe its called expediting.

WitOut: Who are the Philly scene comedians you looked up to, getting your start in this area, and what was your general process of getting into comedy?

McCusker: I always looked up to the Center City Comedy guys (H Foley, Cotton, Cassidy) as well as Anton Shuford and a bunch of other guys as well. I got into comedy by doing an open mic at Helium. The first joke I ever told was how I thought Chris Hanson was a glorified cock-block and snitch. I like to think that I’ve evolved a bit since then. After releasing that gem upon the citizens of Philadelphia, I started hitting a bunch of different mics all over town. After a while I got pulled into the fold of the notoriously sinister Raven Lounge open mic. For about a year I lived and died by the first half line up of that place and eventually became a regular there. The whole time I was very off and on, and I used to be known to take very long “breaks.” The longest break I took was 2 years after getting married when I was 26 and after realizing that I suck at every possible job there is I came back to comedy. That was just last year and have been loving it ever since.

WitOut: Biggest and/or best gig yet?

McCusker: Opened up for Dustin Diamond once. He was kinda a dick, but pretty cool to me which was exciting.

WitOut: Who are your favorite comedians?

McCusker: Hmm. I’ve never been big on “favorites” really. What happens to me is I find a comedian and obsess over them. I watch every clip of them on a camera ever, and then move on to another and do the same. In the past some of the comedians have been Louis CK, Bill Burr, Chris Rock, Patrice O’ Neil, and lately I’ve been liking a lot of Rob Delaney’s stuff.

WitOut: Are there any movies from this past year that you’ve enjoyed?

McCusker: I haven’t been seeing a lot of movies lately but would have to say Place Beyond The Pines was pretty tight. I can say without a doubt that my favorite move is Easy Rider.

WitOut: What musicians do you like?

McCusker: I listen to a wide array, but I can say without a doubt that my hands down favorite artist of all time would be the godfather of grunge Neil Young. Second place would be the 90’s British R&B sensation Craig David. I also like the Grateful Dead, but kinda hate their core fans :(

WitOut: How would you solve the current Gaza strip Ukranian conflicts?

McCusker: Honestly haven’t been following it that much. From what I think I know about Gaza you just have groups of people who have been hating each other for centuries over territory disputes. Then after so many people are killed on each side it just becomes a never ending game of “one-upmanship” which is really kind of sad. It also doesn’t help that you have major super powers like Britain and the US who have been popping in and out over there and messing with the situation to gain access to their natural resources.

The Russia and Ukraine thing, from what I’ve skimmed, is about Russia wants Ukrainians to be Russian(?) and apparently some Ukrainians do want to be Russian and some don’t so they’re all fighting now, which I’m sure is a very oversimplified explanation, but honestly I think a great deal of these conflicts (if not all) stem from one person or group trying to dominate another and the other group pushing back against said domination.

For some reason there’s a majority of people who think battles over land and resources are a thing of the past that only medieval kings did, but I think that stuff still goes on today. Only now the leaders of aggressive countries have learned to cloak their base agenda in all kinds of high minded concepts and spirituality. Like when we go into other countries and kill people so they can have democracy…

I really hope this doesn’t all sound like a crazy youtube comment.
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You can follow Matt McCusker on twitter @mattmccusker or catch his writing on ViralEyze.com

2014 Philly’s Phunniest — Matt McCusker

Matt McCusker

Interview coming shortly!