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  • September 26, 2014 8:00 pmA Very Nice Comedy Show
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  • September 26, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • September 27, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • September 27, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • September 27, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • September 27, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • September 27, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • 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 pmThe N Crowd
  • October 3, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • 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
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Pizza Pals with Joe Moore featuring Blake Wexler

Word up Pizza Gang! I recently had the pleasure to sauce it up with Blake Wexler. When it comes to cool dudes, you will find few cooler than Blake, who is the host of one of my favorite podcasts, The Blake Wexler Show. Blake lives in Los Angeles, which is unfortunate because apparently the pizza there is unremarkable. The good news is that Blake is going to be around some great pizza when he’s in town performing with Todd Glass at Helium Comedy Club on March 21-24. Check it out!

Pizza Pal Joe Moore: How much do you like Pizza?

Blake Wexler: Good pizza is literally my favorite thing on Earth. If it wasn’t for pizza, I would weigh 150 pounds and be a top 5 regional backstroke swimmer- not sure which region. There’s a bar in LA where if you buy a beer, you get a free pizza. The other night after a few pizzas, the waitress there uttered the most depressing sentence I have ever heard in my entire life, “Mr. Wexler, I’m sorry but you’re at your pizza limit.”

PPJM: What is your favorite pizza topping?

BW: Extra sauce and hamburger… if it’s actual hamburger and not something gross.

PPJM: What is your favorite pizzeria in Philadelphia?

BW: Pica’s Pizza in Upper Darby. It’s perfect. They do an upside down pizza – sauce on the top, cheese on the bottom and all the toppings are extremely high quality and it’s not insanely priced. Whenever I come back to Philly, the first day I’m home I drive to Upper Darby and pick up some pies for the week. Vic and Deans on the Main Line is also good.

PPJM: You have been all over… You’ve lived in Philly, Boston and most recently LA and have spent some time in New York and Chicago. Where is the best pizza found?

BW: Food in LA blows. Boston doesn’t know what it’s doing when it comes to pizza. There’s so much shit pizza in New York it makes finding the amazing stuff a task. I can’t imagine there’s a better pizza than Pica’s in Upper Darby.

PPJM: When you were a kid, which day of the week was “Pizza Day” in your house?

BW: Usually Friday or Saturday. There was a 3 year period in my life as an elementary school-er where I got pizza hut literally every Saturday. My mom would order me, as per my request, a half cheese, half no cheese but w/extra sauce pizza. It got to the point where a year ago, I was back at home and ordered the same thing for nostalgia sake… it was the first time I had ordered pizza hut in like 4 years. The guy who took my order remembered me from when I was a child and we then talked for 15 minutes on the phone about how our lives had turned out. I’m doing better than he is.

PPJM: Anything else you’d like to add?

BW: Last time I was home, my mom, who is an incredible, gourmet-level cook, was ordering pizza from Bertucci’s. I had consumed a couple drinks and told her I wanted “The Ultimo”. She kept trying to order it, and the restaurant kept telling her they didn’t know what she was talking about. After she angrily hung up, I told my mother that I had made up the name of that pizza. Then I laughed so hard I had an actual asthma attack.

Wow! That was great! Now I really want an “Ultimo”… See you pizza pals at Helium!

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 4

This week comedian and Philly native Todd Glass appeared on What the Fuck with Marc Maron and publicly announced that he was gay. In the interview with Maron, Glass admits one of the main reasons he decided to come out was the sense of guilt he was feeling after hearing stories about gay teens committing suicide over their sexuality. Philly native and friend of Todd Glass Blake Wexler wrote this reaction on Laughspin after Glass’ interview on WTF.

This week comedian Eddie Brill was fired from his job as talent booker for Late Night with David Letterman after a backlash over a profile on him in the New York Times in which he made comments about why he rarely booked female comics for the show. Then, in the comments of this Mirth Magazine article Brill defends himself, saying some of his quotes were taken out of context and gets responses from both Jason Zinoman (the writer of the NY Times profile) and comedian Amy Schumer.

Multiple comedians were openly critical of Dane Cook after a drop in set he had this week at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. Comedian TJ Miller wrote that Cook took the stage and was “vicious, misogynistic, cruel and arrogant” along with being disrespectful to the audience, and comedy in general. Cook responded via Laughspin with his thoughts that comedians can’t be critics, and offering to take Miller, along with member of the A.V. Club to a spa.

Laughspin also has this review of the upcoming Showtime series Inside Comedy. The show, which will premiere on January 26 aims to have a “coffee table book feel” to it and will feature in depth interviews with comedy greats including Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Robin Williams.

Television blog Warming Glow wrote this article listing ten recurring SNL characters that should have been one offs. We mainly include this link to spur up healthy debate in the comments section. What do you guys think?

Finally, we dare you to click on this link and not feel pure, unadulterated joy.

First and Last Words with Joe Moore: Ministry of Secret Jokes

Much can be, and has been, said about the Ministry of Secret Jokes. I was present for the show on August 8th, and since there was no oath taken beforehand, I am free to reveal events of the evening.

Below are the first and last words from each comedian who appeared on stage:

Comedian : First word / Last word

Steve Gerben: Hello / Story
Doogie Horner: Thank / Night
Chip Chantry: Hey / You
John McKeever: Give / Attention
Micah McGraw: Hi / Yeah
Baby Doug McGraw: Is / Ok
Corey Cohen: Yeah / Phone
Conrad Roth: Thanks / Horner
Bing Supernova: More / Not
David Terruso: Hello / Much
Black Wexler: You / Mother
Brendan Kennedy: Something / University

It should be noted, some of the performers appeared on stage multiple times through out the night. The words listed are their first from when they first spoke into a microphone, last words are final words spoken in the entire evening.

Joe Moore is a comedy fan and sometimes-performer. You can follow him on Twitter.