Upcoming Shows

  • April 25, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • April 25, 2014 7:30 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 25, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • April 25, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 25, 2014 9:00 pmCHEAT CODE W. SPECIAL GUESTS @ PHIT
  • April 25, 2014 10:30 pmSTORY UP! AFTER DARK @ PHIT
  • April 25, 2014 11:00 pmIRON SKETCH @ PHIT
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • April 26, 2014 8:00 pmBye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play
  • April 26, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 26, 2014 9:00 pmMEN WITH FACES + BIG BABY @ PHIT
  • April 26, 2014 9:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 26, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • April 26, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • April 26, 2014 10:30 pmTHE FUTURE + MAYOR KAREN @ PHIT
  • April 26, 2014 11:00 pmIRON SKETCH @ PHIT
  • April 27, 2014 4:00 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 27, 2014 7:00 pmTHE BUTTERED NIBLETS + THE DEAN’S LIST @ PHIT
  • April 27, 2014 8:30 pmGOON + THE SHAM @ PHIT
  • April 30, 2014 7:30 pmGIRL HAROLD + THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN @ PHIT
  • April 30, 2014 9:00 pmSABOTAGE + OUTSIDE VOICES @ PHIT
  • April 30, 2014 10:00 pmSABOTAGE @ PHIT
  • May 1, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
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Interview with Jay West, Host/Producer of ‘High Five Comedy’

WitOut: How did you get started doing comedy in Philly?

Jay West: Well I have lived in Philly my entire life, and had always wanted to try comedy, so there was always that urge in the back of my mind. Like many, I didn’t start before I was 26.  Opposite of the trends, I actually was doing a podcast called Eclectic Shock BEFORE starting comedy, and I would have comedians and musicians come on.  Through this, I became friends with many local comedians like Anton Shuford, H Foley, Conrad Roth, Chris Cotton, Joe Murdock, and (the one who became a very good friend) Michael Rainey.  Eventually, Rainey and I had a podcast together and I met so many other great local comedians through him, and when I felt comfortable enough that I should give it a shot I did, on July 26th, 2011.

WO: Why did you decide to start this new show?

JW: I missed doing a monthly booked show; I haven’t had one since my Comedy: Period show at the Tritone.  I had other opportunities to book rooms, but Voltage Lounge was the first place that got me excited to host a show I book again.  The name of the show is just named after one of the most positive expressions in the world, that isn’t sexual in nature. Donkey Punch Variety Show would have been too much.  It’s also a small play on words because there are 5 comedians performing, and I like to get high before shows…

WO: You also run an open mic on Tuesdays at Headhouse. What do you think will be some of the differences between how you host the open mic and how you’ll host your showcase?

JW: Hosting an open mic is like working on an assembly line: attention to detail isn’t as important as the mass production.  Get as many people on and off stage as you can.  You dont want to waste time telling material if you are hosting an open mic.  In a showcase setting, its more like I am hand blowing glass.  There is more tact to it and you are exposed (because of how few chances you have) if you dont know what you are doing.  I’ll work in material and improv between acts.  Hosting for people you KNOW are going to be funny is much more intimidating than hosting for people who may have performed a handful of times.

WO: How would you describe the comedians on this show for someone who’s never seen them before?  

JW: N.A. Poe:  The Godfather of comedy.  Not that he was around for a long time, but he handles all the shady business practice and racketeering.   You like fingering jokes, right?

Mikaela Hamje -  One of the many great young female comedians in Philly today.   She isnt afraid to talk about personal shit on stage and I have always respected that in stand-up.

Andre Johnson – Mr. Content.  Very funy stand-up material, but you can also see his many different characters on Youtube.  He’s like Tyler Perry with self-respect.

Dan Scully – A smart funny comedian who even dumb funny people can keep up with.  The only time I’ve ever seen him not do great was in front of a room full of lobotomized stoners.

Aaron Hertzog – The Mayor of Friendship!  One of the nicest guys in Philly comedy.  And that’s not easy because he is also one of the funniest observational comics I’ve seen.  Despite my exhaustive efforts, I could not find anyone to say any bad words about him.


‘High Five Comedy’
is this Wednesday, April 17th at Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th Street). Show starts at 7:30PM. Admission is $10.

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 86

Former Philly/current LA comedians Brendan Kennedy, Luke Giordano, and Mike Weinstein have started a new podcast, Remember Remember the Titans. The show says to be “the only podcast dedicated specifically to discussing the Disney high school football movie, Remember the Titans.” Actually, the guys tell stories, do bits, and have fun based on the topics, themes, and actors from the movie. In the first episode they are joined by former-former Philly comedian Aaron Hertzog.

Philly Improv Theater has announced the cast for their new Spring theatrical run, The Bat. The show runs from on Tuesday, April 30th through Sunday, May 19th. For a full schedule and tickets check the PHIT website show calendar or visit the TicketLeap page for the run.

This Tuesday Polygon Comedy returns to L’etage for their monthly variety show. This month, the show will feature stand-up from Christian Alsis, sketch from ManiPedi, musical improv from Interrobang, and music from Iliana Inocencio.

A Bunch of Improv at the Grape Room returns this Tuesday to The Grape Room in Manayunk.

The High Five Comedy Showcase debuts at Voltage this Wednesday. The show will be hosted by Jay West and will feature stand-up comedy from Aaron Hertzog, Dan Scully, Andre Johnson, Mikaela Hamje, and Joe Bell.

Stand-up/Improv show Comedian Deconstruction returns to L’etage this Thursday with a show featuring improv from Bed Savage and stand-up from Howard Algeo, Dave Temple, Geoff Jackson, Kerryn Feehan, and Frank Liotti.

The second round of Figment Theater’s Troika Tournament continues this Friday night at The Sideshow. The show will feature teams comprised of: Becca Trabin, Charles Rosen, Sean Landis; Alex Newman, Andrew Stanton, Nicole Labrecque; and Jim Burns, Maggy Keegan, Rachel Whitworth.

Something Witty at The Dive returns to the East Passyunk Ave. bar this Friday for a stand-up comedy showcase hosted by Alex Pearlman.

Tongue & Groove’s “That Time” will play this Saturday and Sunday at The Kimmel Center. The show will ask the audience “If you could go back in time to any moment in your own life’s story, where would you go and why?” to inspire “a collage of improvised theater, dance, and music.”

If you have any Philly comedy news worth mentioning – send it our way with an email to contact@witout.net