This Saturday, October 27, the Grey Lodge (6235 Frankford Avenue) will present The Hardy-Har-Harvest, a free show featuring stand-up from James Hesky, John Kensil, Benny Michaels, Erin Mulville, and Nicole Yates. The show will also highlight a selection of seasonal beers for purchase. In the spirit of the show, we thought we’d ask the comedians to tell us a little bit about their favorite seasonal (adult) beverages. Here’s what they had to say:
Erin Mulville: Fall is the best time to get a beer at the Grey Lodge. My favorite seasonal beer is Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. It’s delicious and reminds me of my best friends, who gave it out as favors at their Halloween wedding. Also, like Darryl Charles, I’m excited by the creation of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka.
Benny Michaels: I got into Victory Summer Love this past year. I’ve always been fond of Victory and drinking their seasonal beer during my favorite time of the year was badder and deffer than old school LL. Especially when I didn’t have to pay for it. Wish I had put some aside for the winter but I lack self-control.
John Kensil: I always liked Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale. This past weekend, I was in Chicago for an appearance and my cousin bought a six-pack of it. (We have a family tradition of finishing a six-pack then going up to our hotel roof and throwing fluorescent light bulbs down at morons on the street and pretending to be the Greek god Zeus nailing them with lightning bolts.) But this weekend the Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale tasted really thick and filling (like syrup and air fresheners mixed together) so I went out and had a local brew at the Half Acre Beer Company called Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. It was really good. Oh, and today I had a Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale on Tap at Smegma’s Bar and it was really good. I guess the six I had was earlier was skunky.
James Hesky: I definitely like Fall beers as well. Flying Fish Octoberfish is one of my favorites, plus there are a lot of great pumpkin beers. I also like Winter beers, but I don’t know if that’s because I prefer hoppy beers or because I always feel like it’s more socially acceptable to just sit at home and get drunk when it’s cold outside.
Nicole Yates: I’m a huge beer fan, no doubt. I look forward to the Dogfish Punkin Ale as well and, frankly, I wish they made more of it so I could try and hoard some for the coming colder weather. Pyramid Brewing, out of Northern California, has a nice Oktoberfest (I wish they could sell their wares here in PA, I think they are still dealing with our wacky liquor laws) too. There is just something about hoppy beers that are like the grownup version of comfort food and then when you add in the lovely aromas of caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, it’s like a drunken trip down holiday lane (without the DUI conviction).
5. Everything John Kensil does/says.
4. When Fastball Bob dressed like a baby angel or something.
3. Some Peanut Butter bullshit song.
2. When Secret Pants killed Snoopy or whatever.
1. WHEN BENNY MICHAELS PULLED THE CHAIR OUT FROM UNDER MR. TARTAGLIA AT CONNIE’S RIC RAC. This was seriously the most funny/immature/base humor/brilliant moment in my life. Rainey and Mayo were doing a benefit show at the Ric Rac a couple of months ago. From what I remember, those two, Benny Michaels, me, the Feekos, and I’m sure some other funny folks were on the show- it was a fun time. At one point, Mayo was onstage. I was sitting in the back row of folding chairs, at the end of the aisle. Christian Feeko was sitting a few seats down from me. Benny walked over from the bar, and naturally wanted to sit next to me, because I am awesome. I was at the end of the row, so Benny decided to pull back the chair from the end of the row in front of us. As he does this, he goes to whisper something to me. He is so focused on whatever the contents of that whispered message are, that he does not see/realized that Mr. Tartaglia, a man in his 70′s, I’d assume, was attempting to sit down in the chair that Benny was now pulling out from under him. Christian and I both saw it happen in slow motion, but were powerless (according to us) to do anything to stop it. Mr. Tartaglia went down hard. Benny was shocked and horrified at what he had just done. Mr. Tartaglia then pops right up and yells, “WHAT IS THIS, SOME KINDA MAGIC SHOW???” Benny grabs the chair, sits the gentleman down, and makes sure he is OK, which, thank God, he was. Meanwhile, Christian and I were in tears, hyperventilating, like a couple of 12 year olds. We both had to leave the room. Benny Michaels, as many of you know, is one of the sweetest, kindest human beings you will ever meet, and funny as hell besides. And he felt AWFUL for what he inadvertently had done. But in doing that, he gave Christian Feeko and I the greatest gift you could ever give another person. Besides your virginity. Or a Lexus. Or a kidney. Speaking of kidneys and body parts, it should be noted that Mr. Tartaglia had undergone heart surgery just two weeks prior to the incident. As of this post, he is in wonderful health, and is, as many of you know, a great man with a great big heart.
Thank you, Benny Michaels, for all you have done, in this, 2011, the year of our LORD.
Tomorrow night at 8pm at the Urban Saloon Mary Radzinski and Carolyn Busa will celebrate six months of their Monday night Laughs on Fairmount Open Mic with their first LOF Showcase. The two co-host the mic, held every week in the back room at the bar across the street from Eastern State Penitentiary and have now expanded to include a weekend showcase. The first show will feature comedians Sean Preston, Nicole Yates, Noah Goldstein, John Kensil and will be headlined by Pat House. The hosts of the show had a few words to say to encourage you to attend:
Carolyn: Hey, Mare, I’m super excited about this Saturday’s six month anniversary show of Laughs on Fairmount! I really need something like this to look forward to, especially after the dentist appointment I just had.
Carolyn: I hate you.
Mary: No you don’t.
Carolyn: Why don’t you go get a spray tan?
Mary: Oh gosh, Carebear, not until Saturday morning. I want a fresh glow for the show.
The first Laughs on Fairmount Showcase will be held Saturday, September 17th at 8pm at The Urban Saloon (2120 Fairmount Ave.) Tickets are $10 at the door. More information can be found on the Facebook Event Page.
We receive this message from the mysterious Ministry of Secret Jokes:
the Ministry of Secret Jokes is a suppurating wound of comedy!
Where: upstairs at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA, USA
How: Can’t say
Standup comedy from: Mark Normand, Anton Shuford, Christian Alsis, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, James Hesky, Doogie Horner, and more!
Pie Eating Contest: Who will win: the person or the pie?
Omniana Battle: Steve Gerben defends his title against Anton Shuford. [People sitting in front are encouraged to bring ponchos.]
Ed McGonigal reads John Kensil’s tweets: John Kensil’s award-winning tweets have redefined the medium and shocked and amazed millions. See consummate showman Ed McGonigal interpret them as only a thespian of his pedigree can.
Less info at ministryofsecretjokes.com
Unsolicited Advice is a semi-regular feature where Philly’s top stand-ups give their advice and input about everything performing, writing, and conceiving stand-up comedy.
“If a joke isn’t working, the problem is more likely to lie in the premise than in the punchline. Punchlines flow easily out of ideas that are well thought out and phrased properly. If you are going to rewrite a joke, start at the beginning and the end will evolve naturally to fit the new premise.”
“Starting your own room or putting on your own show: please get a nice sound system, not some tinny piece of junk karaoke sound system. Please play some upbeat music to get the crowd excited for the show (no Morrissey, ‘The Pope of Mope’ is kind of depressing). Also, when you have a cousin who has a bar and wants to do a comedy show every other Thursday except when the Flyers or UFC or Paraguayan Soccer Finals are on cable, good luck with that mess. Odds are it won’t last past three shows. Get a designated room and get cheap cards or postcards to promote it. Support other comics shows so they will feel guilty, and then they will be forced to come out to your show.”
“The other night I saw someone perform with the mic stand in front of them. Take the mic out of the stand and put the stand behind you if you don’t plan on using the stand. Don’t take the mic out but leave the stand in front of you. There’s no rush to start doing material, just clear your space, the audience won’t lose you for five seconds of getting settled.”
“Find out what makes you funny — to yourself and your friends, and this will help you find your comedic voice. Finding a unique voice is one of the hardest things to do in comedy, and many professionals will say it takes years to do. Finding what makes you stand out from the rest and using it as a starting point when you come up with ideas is good groundwork in helping yourself establish who you want to be on stage.”
“Some of the best advice I can give to a newer comic is simply ‘keep your mouth shut.’ If you don’t make the list at an open mic, don’t vocalize your frustration. Be professional, hang out, watch the show and support the fellow comics. So many comics exclaim ‘This is bullshit!’ or ‘I can’t believe I didn’t make the fucking list!’ It’s not bullshit and a new comic shouldn’t expect to make the list at any open mic frequently right away anyways. Comedy is about paying your dues. When people have a fit, it looks immature and more than that, you never know who is standing near you — it could be the people in charge of the open mic, or another comic. Everybody gets beat up in comedy, just roll with it.”