What’s shakin’ pizza dawgs? Since we last spoke, I’ve been going crazy over Ricotta on pies – it’s underrated and awesome! Also, I got to talk to Angel Yau, my favorite funny-ist from New York City, about pizza. Talking Pizza with a New Yorker is always fun, because many of my favorite pizza places are in the 5 boroughs. My conversadventure with Angel encompassed all sorts of stops in the Pizzaverse.
Read this!!! :
Pizza Pal Joe Moore: So, how much do you like pizza?
Angel Yau: I like pizza like I like ice cream.
(Please read Joe’s ice cream blog to follow this analogy.)
PPJM: How often do you eat pizza?
AY: I eat pizza as often as I eat tacos…
(Gotcha! Probably once every 2 weeks.)
PPJM: What day is Pizza Day in your house?
AY: Definitely whenever I am lazy to cook, which is once or twice a week…
(But that doesn’t make sense with question 2… SHUT UP INNER ANGEL!)
PPJM: Any favorite toppings or do you prefer it plain?
AY: MEAT! Specifically sausage. The artificial looking, small poop kind, not the sliced ones.
I only prefer plain if I don’t have money and only if it’s a New York slice… otherwise MEAT MEAT MEAT. Sometimes if I do frozen pizza, I’d add my own pepperoni and mushrooms and extra cheese… defeats the purpose of a quick frozen pizza but it makes me feel like I made it ALL out of scratch.
PPJM: What is your favorite pop-culture pizza reference (TV, Film or music)?
AY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ pizzas always look sooooooo delicious.
Also Give me pizza, by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Also Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, the song is great because I heart me some Taco Bell. I really love the Spicy Chicken Crunch Wrap Supreme but they fucking discontinued that or something! WHY!!??!?! IT WAS MY FAVORITE!!!!
PPJM: Favorite pizza place in New York City? Favorite pizza place anywhere else?
AY: I grew up with Pizza Hut. My mom hates cheese so the supreme pizza at the hut is the choice because of the other toppings/bread to cheese ratio. Also their tiny neon orange buffalo wings ARE DELICIOUS. I also grew up with Mama Celeste frozen pizza (supreme of course). I also grew up in Howard Beach, Queens… which is primarily an Italian neighborhood. The go to after elementary school pizza there is La Villa. Also I just remember this from writing about pizza is Singas pizza… it’s a New York chain. I only at there a handful of times when I was little, whenever I want to break my parents’ heart, denying their home cooked food. I always get the chopped sausage and onion pizza. I especially like those two toppings because the sausage was chopped into tiny pieces and was back inside… the cheese was on top! What a delightful surprise! And the onions were sliced super thin like string. It’s not a New York slice, it’s a personal thin pie kind of thing! Oh there’s also a place in Greenpoint, Bk where I lived for a few years in my adult life called Paulie Gee’s… it’s one of the those Brick Oven, bacon jam, dimly lit pizza places. Is the question what pizzas you grew up with Angel? NO! It was what is your favorite in nyc!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!? NO ONE IS GOING TO LIKE TO YOU ANGEL YAU!
PPJM: Anything else you’d like to add?
AY: Also can we talk about Italian Ices at these pizza parlors?!?!? Rainbow and Vanilla & Chocolate Chip! COME ON!!!
Boom! Awesome! Angel will be onstage here in Philly in a SUPER RARE performance tonight at Camp Woods + at L’Etage. Don’t miss it! This is your best chance to catch one of Angel’s mind-bending multi-media sets without spending $8 to cross a bridge!
By: Alexandra Levine
“They’re hilarious testicles you hang on back of your truck! Go truck nuts for Truck Nuts!” Billy Bob Thompson says in the voice of an over-enthused infomercial salesman. In this particular skit, he’s trying desperately to film a thirty-second spot for a local Truck Nuts dealership. His supposed acting coach, dressed in a tight white turtleneck and even tighter white pants, becomes borderline abusive as Billy struggles with his line: “Take it from me, you’ll go truck nuts for our Truck Nuts!” Take two after take three after take four, he still can’t strike the right tone or twist his face into the perfect expression. The acting teacher – strangely similar to Romanian gymnastics coach Béla Károly – loses his cool and brandishes a pair of plastic testicles in front of Thompson’s face. That’s basically it, but the crowd goes nuts – pun entirely intended.
“Truck Nuts” was one of four skits that sketch-comedy group, Camp Woods, put on that evening. Their fifteen-minute gig was the grand finale of Comedy Dreamz, a show featuring sketch, stand-up and improv comedians from across the greater Philadelphia area. This month’s Comedy Dreamz was hosted at The Barbary, a grungy late-night hotspot in North Philly. Think: hipster dive-bar meets eighties dance-party. The room was cozy and dark, except for a glowing EXIT sign and the red lights illuminating the sides of the bar. Oh, and the low-hanging, over-sized disco ball. Just before Camp Woods took the stage, the MC’s offered club-goers two specialty drinks: the ‘Panty Destroyer’ (one shot more than ‘Panty Dissolver’) and, my personal favorite, ‘Ryan Gosling’s Bathwater.” Circa midnight, Camp Woods made their Comedy Dreamz debut.
Catchy opera music drowned out the noise of clinking beer glasses. (Who knew opera music could be catchy?) It was an operatic jingle from a mundane insurance commercial: the song looped, “Call JG Wentworth, 877-Cash-Now.” As the song repeated, Camp Woods actor Sam Narisi removed his ill-fitting khaki pants, waddled across the stage in briefs, and began putting on stockings over stockings over stockings. Until he reached about ten pairs. Audience in suspense all-the-while, he finally exclaimed, “It’s pantyhose time!” Narisi was JG Wentworth himself, and when he finally received a call from someone who had heard his promising hotline jingle, he had no “cash” to give them. At least not “now”. Whoops.
Next, Camp Woods’ Madonna Marie Refugia and Patrick Foy took on the roles of Cassandra and Bartholomew in “Millionaire-Billionaire.” She, the millionaire, and he, the billionaire, they sexy-talked about net worth and got off just verbalizing their wealth. “Say it slow,” Cassandra demanded seductively, as Bartholomew responded, “Twenty…two…billion.” His net worth sounded so delicious that Cassandra had an orgasm. To return the favor, Bartholomew asked for her net worth: “Say it slow, and like you’re from the South,” he insisted. “Two-point-one…million…dollars,” she responded sensuously. She reached a second sexual climax when Bartholomew recited all the celebrities whose net worths were lower than his. “Oprah mother-humping Winfrey!” he added, last but not least, sending his lover over the edge.
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Transcribing Camp Woods’ short, out-there stints just doesn’t do them justice. “We go for absurdist and weird stuff,” explains Thompson. “We try to stray away from what you’d see in mainstream comedy like SNL or Colbert-type shows where they lampoon politics.” The seven-person troupe boasts the witty-yet-quirky writing and acting of Billy Bob Thompson, Rob Baniewicz, JP Boudwin, Brendan Kennedy, Patrick Foy, Sam Narisi, and Madonna Marie Refugia. They’re all in their mid-to-late twenties, but Camp Woods is pretty young itself. Launched back in 2009 by Boudwin, Foy and Narisi, the group remains relatively new. But since then, the four others have jumped on the Camp Woods bandwagon after meeting at variety shows and comedy workshops around the city.
We’re all huddled in a booth upstairs at the Barbary, beers in hand. A vintage Pacman machine seems to enthrall Rob (who introduced himself to me as “Robot”), but he’s drunk and equally as excited to fondle the table lamp and twirl it around is finger. “We’re the good comedians in Philadelphia,” he proclaims, “and that’s exactly how we found each other. It was just that simple. Billy and I were in other sketch groups and Brendan’s a brilliant standup. Pat and Sam went to college together and did video and web-comedy. We all met Madonna in a sketch workshop and loved her stuff.”
When it comes to humor, the group shares the same sensibilities. “We all have the same sense of humor, just have different ways of writing it,” Rob explains. The group has no ‘one’ creative artistic approach; they come together with pitches and bounce ideas off each other. And it helps that Boudwin, Kennedy and Thompson live together. They even have a green screen set up to keep their creative juices flowing.
In fact, one of Camp Woods’ most publicized, hyped web-clips was produced at home in front of that green screen. The video, “Mystery Science Andre 3000,” remakes a one-minute excerpt from Satellite of Love with a raunchy voiceover from Outkast’s Andre 3000. The homemade video was re-tweeted by Questlove from The Roots, which bumped up viewership and scored Camp Woods some much-deserved attention both online and in the Philadelphia City Paper. “Mystery Science Theater has a cult following,” explains Thompson, “so Andre 3000 ended up being our most well-known work outside this city.” He and Boudwin conceived of the idea while high, and it sure is a short-and-sweet masterpiece.
Despite the popularity of Mystery Science Andre 3000, Camp Woods agrees that web-comedy doesn’t quite compare to live sketch and stand-up. “I was initially partial to video stuff because I went to film school,” says Thompson. “But part of the beauty of doing it live is knowing people’s immediate reactions, whereas online you can really only judge how much people like it through view counts. It’s just not as gratifying.”
To date, Camp Woods’ biggest and best live-shows have been at the Chicago Sketch Fest (January 2012) and the Boston Improv Festival. They have also performed at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Fest, Philly Sketchfest, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, New York’s ABC No Rio, and the Chicago Snubfest (which grants admission only to those who have been rejected from other festivals). But Thompson’s personal favorite was a performance at New York’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB) last fall. “We crushed that,” he laughs. “It was the best feeling I’ve had in a while.” At the UCB, Thompson starred in a Camp Woods favorite known as “Rude Sloth.” The premise? A rude sloth. Guy shows up to a hotel called the Rude Sloth Hotel. Guests at said hotel are given a rude sloth to hold onto during their stay. Said guest refuses the sloth, and the animal acts rudely. Easy enough. With Narisi as the guest, Boudwin as the concierge, and Thompson in a head-to-toe sloth outfit, “Rude Sloth” is generally a crowd hit.
It’s not always that easy, though – especially with a flat crowd. The group works effortlessly to predict and read its audience. “There are times when we do things like Comedy Dreamz at bars where people really are only laughing at the pussy/dick/fart jokes,” Boudwin says. “But then you go to a crowd in a theater and do that, they don’t pick it up as well. Knowing when and where to add it in is a big part of what we do. Our ideas are funnier than curse words or messy parts of the body.” So what to do with a dead crowd? “I start yelling my lines!” Narisi interjects. (“Shock them!” Thompson adds, shaking as if electrocuted.)
Every month, the group discusses which sketches have worked with audiences and which haven’t. This Saturday, at the Walnut Street Theater’s F. Harold Festival, Camp Woods will be doing a “Best Ofs” set. In addition to the Rude Sloth, Millionaire-Billionaire and JG Wentworth shorts, they’ll be bringing back four more treats for the crowd. “Homeless Haiku” will feature three homeless men in a quasi-poetry slam, cursing their blunt, stream-of-consciousness thoughts ala haiku. In “Laser Arm,” a man who works for the mob realizes he’s invincible because he has…wait for it…a laser arm. In “Farting Magician,” Brother A tells Brother B that their father’s in the hospital, but Brother B is too distracted to care. He’s intrigued by a magician who, with a press of a button, will fart, and fart, and fart again. Finally, “Glitter Pocks” is about a coal miner’s family, wondering how they will deal with the father’s sickness, glitter pocks. He works at a glitter mine, and by God, he can’t stop coughing up glitter! (With Thompson as the miner, each time he sneezes into his hand, glitter explodes around his face. Obviously.)
Camp Woods will be performing at their monthly sketch showcase Camp Woods Plus tomorrow night at L’etage (6th and Bainbridge, Philadelphia)
Alexandra Levine is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and she is now an aspiring writer living in New York City.
Tonight, the preliminary round of Helium Comedy Club‘s Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest continues, where 14 hopefuls will take the stage looking to move on to the semi-finals. Tonight’s show starts at 8:00 and tickets can be purchased online.
Tuesday night, Polygon Comedy at L’etage will bring the comedic stylings of Alejandro Morales, Cock Hat, and Grimacchio to the stage. Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8:00.
Wednesday brings another Camp Woods Plus to L’etage, this month featuring guests The New Dreamz and Angel Yau and, as always, brand new sketches from Camp Woods. This show has become a can’t miss event in Philadelphia comedy – so don’t miss it.
ManiPedi hosts another Mani Party this Friday at Connie’s Ric Rac. The sketch group will be joined by stand-up Carolyn Busa and sketch group American Breakfast. Come for the comedy, stay for the free ice cream and dance party.
This Saturday, First Person Arts presents Stripped Stories – the “hilarious and unpredictable sex-themed story show” at Union Transfer. The show will feature hosts, Moth Grand Slam winners Margot Leitman and Giulia Rozzi; guest storytellers Elna Baker (The Moth, This American Life), Dave Hill (This American Life), and Dava Krause; plus musical guest Jessica Delfino. Find out more information and buy tickets online.
Last night, the seventh annual Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest kicked off at Helium Comedy Club. This year, over 150 comedians will compete in 11 preliminary rounds for the chance to move on to the semi-finals, and eventually the finals, where one will be named Philly’s “Phunniest”. Last night, James Hesky, Omar Scruggs, and Vince Patterson moved on to the next round. The competition continues next Monday, June 11 and the opening round continues on Sunday and Monday nights until August 13 (full schedule here).
This weekend marked the debut of two new Philly Improv Theater House Teams. Davenger (formerly Codename Westmarch) and Hot Dish (formerly Codename Strider) took the stage with UCB team Surfing Friday night to two sold out shows and returned to packed housed at PHIT again on Saturday night. If you missed it, you can read the two new teams introduce themselves to the world through Witout here (Davenger) and here (Hot Dish).
This weekend Philly Improv Theater will host the third annual Duofest, a celebration of improv duos from across the country. Shows start Thursday night and continue through until Sunday. Improv workshops taught by Jill Bernard, Joe Bill, Rachel & Dave, and Twinprov are also being held. Also – be on the lookout for more Duofest Interviews this week, here on Witout.
The lineup and date for the next Camp Woods Plus at L’etage (6th and Bainbridge) has been announced. Their next monthly show will be Wednesday, June 13th at 8:00PM and will feature brand new sketches from Camp Woods as well as guests The New Dreamz and Angel Yau.
Friday, June 15th, Mani Pedi will host their second ManiParty, this time at Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) Mani Pedi will welcome guests Carolyn Busa and American Breakfast. Doors for the event open at 8:00PM and the show begins at 9, with a dance party following the comedy. Tickets for ManiParty are $10 and include free ice cream.
An eager crowd packed L’etage Tuesday night for this month’s edition of Camp Woods Plus, Philadelphia’s only alternative sketch comedy showcase. Joining Camp Woods this month was New York duo We’re Matt Weir and local sketch group The Judo Range.
The Judo Range opened the show with a mix of new sketches and material previously seen at their Philly Improv Theater show and The Theme Show. Their set was tight, and the strongest I’ve seen from them overall – getting solid laughs with sketches about the secrets behind national monuments, a plumber giving a priest advice on how he can “clean his pipes” and the origin of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The highlight of their set was a delightfully bizarre sketch called Chris McGrail’s Shaving Corner in which McGrail bestows some wisdom on the fine art of shearing. The Judo Range is a group beginning to find and develop its voice and figure out who they want to be on stage. Their sketches blend dark humor and some edgy topics with a surreal slant that will be fun to watch grow as the group continues to develop.
The last time I saw We’re Matt Weir they were asking Philadelphians to put their mother fucking hands in the sky if they loved weed in front of Mayor Michael Nutter (and a packed house) at Philly Improv Theater. Less than two months later, the duo was back (with a little help from some friends) with a brand new set of hilarious material. The Matts opened the show by slapping a volunteer from the audience with some cash and continued with sketches that explored a man’s search to find love despite his obsession with his own status as a worker in a sludge pit, an overly self-loathing stand-up comedian dumping his problems on the audience, a friendly hip hop group, and a nosy cooking show host that ends up looking for secrets of the wrong home cooked meal. We’re Matt Weir combines high energy performances and offbeat premises or twists with strong joke writing to put on a consistently great show. Their style also uses many sketches that have the characters directly addressing the audience – making them feel a part of the show the entire time.
Camp Woods closed out the show, as always, with a set that well-represented their wide range of talents and showcased their unique style and comedic point of view. The set opened with a fantastic sketch about a group of heroes known as The Fart Fuckers set to embark on a quest. The sketch revealed the heroes were toys being played with by three brothers, one of which inserts his real life father issues into his characters actions and words. The sketch showcased Camp Woods’ ability to pinpoint a dark issue or deep emotional problem a character has that manifests itself in a hilarious way that makes for a brilliant sketch. This is a tool they have used before, and will surely will use again, as it creates a sketch that is not only funny on the surface, but also has a deep, emotional backbone. The set took a turn for the bizarre with a pair of sketches featuring Mr. Abernathy, a man who tricks his neighbor into stealing a dog, and an Admiral with a strange problem that makes his saliva dissolve human hair. The sketches worked well, anchored by strong performances in those roles by Billy Bob Thompson (as Mr. Abernathy) and Brendan Kennedy (as the Admiral) as well as Sam Narisi and Madonna Refugia in the sketches supporting roles. Next we saw JP Boudwin as the Communist Math Teacher – who learns a little something from his students about America followed by Pat Foy as an Austin Powers impersonator who slowly realizes his life may not be as great as it used to seem. The set closed with a mourner (Rob Baniewicz) being consoled by a chain of stand-up spooners who may or may not actually know the deceased. The final sketches were full of great individual jokes as well as characters with a strong hook that comes through in their actions. With Camp Woods, it’s always show and not tell – as the characters’ true feelings and real personality come through in what they do and how they do it – never in exposition.
Camp Woods is working harder than anybody else in Philly right now, and it shows. They produce a new half hour of material every month and their shows are getting steadily stronger. They are a group that is hitting their stride, have found their voice, and know how each of their members individually fit in and work best. And it a joy to watch.
Tonight, at Philly Improv Theater you can catch a night of back-to-back shows hosted by stand-up comedians James Hesky and Aaron Hertzog. At 9, you can catch The Monthly Hour with James Hesky this month’s guests include Doogie Horner and Mani Pedi. After that you can stick around (for free) to see stand-up comedy showcase Hey Everybody, hosted by Hertzog, featuring Chip Chantry, Darryl Charles, Juliet Hope Wayne and Sam Narisi.
Tomorrow night, Camp Woods Plus returns to L’etage (6th and Bainbridge) with a night of independent sketch comedy featuring We’re Matt Weir and The Judo Range. Camp Woods Plus is Philly’s only alternative sketch comedy showcase, featuring brand new material from Camp Woods each and every month. Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 8:30.
A great week for sketch comedy in Philly continues Thursday and Friday with The Feeko Brothers and Mani Pedi at Philly Improv Theater. Thursday’s show begins at 9pm and Friday kicks off at 8:30. You can purchase tickets for the shows online.
The South Jersey Comedy Festival is currently looking for submissions for stand-up, sketch, and improv comedians. The three day festival will take place August 10-12 at Harper’s Pub in Clementon, NJ and will feature prizes for comedians and groups named best of the night. Submission information is available online.
This Friday, Eddie Pepitone returns to Philadelphia to perform at Underground Arts. “The Return of the Bitter Buddha” will feature Pepitone’s signature style described as “a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment.” Tickets are available online.
Helium Comedy Club recently announced the line-up for this year’s Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest. You can check out all the preliminary dates and which comedians drew which night online.
Tonight, Polygon Comedy returns to L’etage (6th and Bainbridge) with a show featuring improv group Malone, storytelling from James Bradford, stand-up from Doogie Horner, and the debut of new improv team Philly Secrets. Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8:00.
The line-up and date for the next Camp Woods Plus have been announced – with Philly’s own The Judo Range and New York’s We’re Matt Weir joining Camp Woods at L’etage for their monthly alternative sketch comedy showcase Tuesday, May 22nd. Doors open at 8:00 and the show begins at 8:30.
ManiPedi is heading to the Ladies Are Funny Festival in Austin, Texas this weekend and they made sure the festival’s audience got a bit of a preview of their humor with this interview on the LAFF web site. Check it out!
Technically Philly recently wrote this article about the online comedy scene in Philadelphia. Check it out for insights from Philly comedians Abigail Bruley, Paul Triggiani, Rob Baniewicz, Aaron Hertzog, and more.
Philly In Focus interviewed Samantha and Brian Craig of Secret Pants recently about their comedy – you can check it out online.
Signups have started for Helium Comedy Club‘s 2012 Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest. Past winners of the title include David James, Steve Gerben, Kent Haines, Anton Shuford, Doogie Horner and Tommy Pope. Preliminary rounds for this year’s contest run from June 3rd through September 9th. Contestants must be from the Philadelphia area and perform between four and half to six minutes of original material. Comedians can sign up online by clicking this link.
This Tuesday at L’etage Polygon Comedy Celebrates their birthday with a show featuring Jimmy Viola, Beirdo, Dream Machine and Kait & Andrew. Doors open at 7:00 and the show begins at 8:00.
Wednesday brings another edition of Mayor Karen Presents in which the PHIT House Team hosts a show of stand-up, improv and music. This week’s performers include New York stand-up comedian Erin Judge, PHIT House Team Hey Rube, and a surprise musical guest.
Also this Wednesday Philly Sketchfest presents: Characters – a night of character based sketch comedy at Helium Comedy Club. The show is a fundraiser for this year’s sketch fest and will feature performances by Animosity Pierre, Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez, Bing Supernova, Hillary Rea, Rob Baniewicz, and The Feeko Brothers.
Camp Woods Plus returns to L’etage Thursday with a show featuring all new material from Camp Woods plus sets from New York sketch group Unisex and Philly’s own ManiPedi.
Speaking of ManiPedi – this Friday the sketch group is holding their own fundraiser for their trip to the 2012 Ladies Are Funny Festival in Austin, Texas. ManiParty will feature performances from Aaron Hertzog, Brendan Kennedy, Mary Radzinski, The Kristen and Amie Show and ManiPedi themselves. They will also be auctioning off items (which you can bid on here via email) and having a bake sale. $10 gets you into the show, all the beer you can drink, and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped them get to Austin.
This Saturday at Connie’s Ric Rac The Chris Gethard Show comes to Philadelphia. The show, dubbed NY is Better than Philly will feature a series of competitions between Chris Gethard’s crew of New York Comedians and Gregg Gethard‘s squad representing Philly. The Philly team consists of Brendan Kennedy (Man’s Man Competition), Aaron Hertzog (Freestyle Rap Battle), Ian Vaflor (Music Competition) Alex Gross (Dance-off) and Mike McNeil (Sports Trivia). Tickets for the event can be purchased online.
Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall will be teaching a two day, 14 hour workshop at Philly Improv Theater. The class will focus on teaching writing through performance and using improv skills to create written sketches. The class will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and the price is $300. More information and signups can be found on PHIT’s website.
Helium Comedy Club has recently announced an upcoming special event – Richard Lewis will be headlining the club Thursday April 26 to Saturday April 28. Lewis is known for his many television and film appearances including roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and was number 45 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Standups of All Time. Tickets for the shows can be purchased online.
Comedy web site Everything You Like is Stupid has gone through a bit of a redesign, making older posts easier to find and navigate through. The site is updated daily by former Philadelphia and now Los Angeles comedian and writer Luke Giordano.
The lineup and date for the next Camp Woods Plus has been set. Thursday, April 12 at L’etage Camp Woods will feature Philadelphia sketch group ManiPedi and New York’s (by way of Philly) Unisex. Camp Woods Plus presents a brand new half hour of comedy from Camp Woods every month along with two featured guest sketch groups and is quickly becoming one of the hottest tickets in town.
This Friday, April 6 marks the return of the Fighting Burrito Comedy Showcase to The Grape Room (105 Grape Street, Philadelphia). This week’s show will feature stand-up comedy from: Darryl Charles, Jim Ginty, Rob DeSantis, David Ray Agyekum, Nicole Yates, Noah GoldStein and TJ Hurley.
Tyler Rothrock and Randy Tongue have started a new monthly open mic in Bethlehem at Roosevelts 21st (21 E. Elizabeth Ave Bethlehem, PA). The first Monday of every month Rothrock and Tongue will host the open mic and then, with comics permission use parts of the set for a Comedy Mix Tape Podcast featuring stand-up and sketches from that night’s show. The first episode is already available online.
The second annual March Madness Comedy Competition kicked off last night at The Famous International Variety Show at Drinker’s West. Moving on to the second round of the competition are: David Ray Ageykum, Josh Guarino, David Primiano, Rachel Bensen, Erik Whitacre, John Deal, David Terruso, Mike Logan. The first round continues tonight at Laughs on Fairmount (The Urban Saloon, 2120 Fairmount Ave. Philadelphia).
Last Friday at The Sideshow this year’s Troika competition kicked off with a show pitting The Mother Truckers (Jessica Snow, Mandy Dollar, Sue Taney) against Rogue (Alan Williams, Corin Wells, Mike Butler) and WKKM Channel 17 Action News (Karen Coleman, Katherine Banford, Maureen Costello). The Mother Truckers emerged victorious moving on to compete for the 2012 Troika championship. Round two of Troika this Friday at The Sideshow will feature Operators Standing By (Bert Archer, Michael Hochman, Steve Cohen) 3/9 (Alli Soowal, BJ Ellis, Katie Monaco) and 3AM (Jason Stockdale, Maggy Keegan, Rob Baniewicz)
This Wednesday brings a pair of great independent comedy shows for you to enjoy. Camp Wood Plus returns to L’etage (624 S. 6th St.) and will feature Camp Woods along with Animosity Pierre and Pink Axe. Doogie Horner’s Ministry of Secret Jokes takes its’ usual spot at Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom St.) and promises more of the same comedy, games, and ritual.
This Thursday at L’etage Comedian Deconstruction’s March Madness will feature improv groups Grimacchio and Nielsen performing sets based off the stand-up of Sidney Gantt and Pat Barker.
This Friday marks the premiere of a new regular show from Philly Improv Theater House Team Mayor Karen upstairs at Plays and Players Theater (1714 Delancey St.). The show will feature James Hesky, Medic and music from Friends with Murder. The show will cost $10 and proceeds will go to a Mayor Karen festival travel fund.