We made a mistake last week when we said that Stage Fright, the improvised Alfred Hitchcock show ended this past weekend. It’s still running through this week and you can still pick up tickets. Also, check out the LOL With It interview with the creators in City Paper. [LOL With It]
Speaking of LOL With It, writer Ryan Carey sat down with Matt McCarthy this past Friday and got an interview with him. [LOL With It]
Rick Horner is organizing a Philadelphia comedy festival called F. Harold that will take place at the prestigious Walnut Street Theatre and feature exclusively Philadelphia comedy performers. Submissions have begun for all acts, stand-up, sketch, and improv. [Facebook Event]
I am a bad human being at heart. More often than not, when a friend sends me a Facebook invitation to an event for a comedy show, the first thing my mind goes to “Why’d they book him on the show? I should be on this show. Why not me?” I feel like I’m not alone in my bitter jealousy in this regard among comedians. The fact is that I have not been doing comedy long enough nor have I reached any sort of level of success to justify bitterness or a negative attitude. Not even a little.
I’ve been doing comedy just under four years now. My position in the Philadelphia comedy scene or lack of one is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter what I’ve done to this point. No matter how much it pains me to admit it or how much I dislike confronting the fact, I am still in the position where I have to prove myself to people. The existence of my ego is poisonous to myself as a person and to my continued success in comedy I’m on the lowest end of the lowest totem pole, I have no right to believe I deserve anything in comedy in this point. No one owes me anything. I might sound like I’m beating myself up, but I feel like admitting this is a healthy first step. I have to remove the arrogant negativity and replace it with something positive.
When I’m not booked on a show, there could be a lot of reasons for it. I might not be right for the line-up or the audience. The audience might not like the style of comedy that I do. I might have booked on that show already in a previous month. The host might be keeping me in mind for a future show. The host might have had a very specific line-up for the show when getting the idea for it. There are a hundred things I consider when I book a show myself that I should probably understand these things. There is also another possibility, and here’s the big one — there is a good chance that if I’m not getting booked as much as I would like, I should probably work harder on getting better so people would want to book me more often and pay me money. The easy thing is finding someone or something else to blame for my failures. The hard thing is taking ownership and making a point of getting better.
Nobody is going to hand me anything. Nobody should hand me anything. The magic answer to every problem I have is “work harder, get better.” That’s all I or anyone can do. Instead of poisoning my mind and the comedy scene in general with my envy and negativity, I need to keep my head down and do the work. The sad fact that there are thousands and thousands of comedians across the country and the world who are equally as or more successful than I am at comedy. How far will I get by being lazy and negative and complaining?
If you put the work in, you’ll create your own opportunities, just by the virtue of people that will see you more often. And you will only get better at your craft by working harder. It’s hard to admit to yourself that any lack of success or problems you might have are probably your own fault. Sure, I might not be the most mainstream comic in the world and that might eliminate some mainstream club and suburban opportunities. But that only means I have to work that much harder at getting better, exploring other opportunities, and creating other opportunities myself. I need to work on getting so good that I can’t be ignored. And until that point, I have no right to whine. Am I good enough right now not to be ignored by people who matter? No. So what right to I have to be negative? Continue reading OPINION: Why Not Me? (or: Getting Off Your Ass and Doing It Yourself)
Paul Goodman on last week’s March Madness winners: “Jamil B, Ian Fidance, Brandon Ketchup Wilson, Jon DelCollo, Sean Quinn, Brendan Kennedy, Tim Butterly, and Dan Scully will compete in the March Madness Elite 8 Finals on Wednesday, April 6 at Mad River in Manyunk. Mark your calendars — it’s going to be an awesome show.” [Facebook Event]
Meg & Rob‘s Meg Favreau is on the road to Los Angeles. Rob Baniewicz helped her drive down to Atlanta. She has a blog about it. [Blog]
Improv group Fletcher is having a “Thing of Things” contest to win a free ticket to one of their shows. Check out the rules and the contest itself on their Facebook page. [Facebook Page]
The March Madness Comedy Competition is heating up. The first night of round two took place at Connie’s Ric Rac Last Night and the comedians who advanced to round three were Ian Fidance, Jamil B, Tommy Pancrazio, and Dan Knabb. Tonight, the Madness continues at Comedy X-Change. [Facebook Event]
In the age of new media, the podcast is everywhere — providing a sort of replacement for the radio show and can be on any specific or esoteric subject matter available to be talked about. There are a lot of podcasts by comedians and about comedy, but also a few around by Philadelphia comedians. Here’s the rundown of the ones we know of:
Who does it? Bird Text! (John McKeever, Tommy Pope, and Luke Cunningham) How many episodes so far? Just one. But to be fair, they just started last week. Could you describe it to me? Couple of dudes hanging out. Lots of fast-paced banter. They talk about anything — from inside comedy to just shooting the shit. How would you rate it? Superb! What’s the link?Libsyn Site
Who does it? Bosom buddies James Hesky and Darryl Charles. Sometimes Mykal Carter Jackson. How many episodes so far? Nine and going strong! Could you describe it to me? It’s sort of like Bird Text, in that it is a couple of friends being funny and talking about random stuff, but James and Darryl are nicer and they don’t talk as fast as Tommy Pope. But there are few who do. How would you rate it? Fantastic! What’s the link?Podbean Site
The Feeko Factor
Who does it?The Feeko Brothers! How many episodes so far? Eighteen, but there hasn’t been a new one in almost a year. It is either done or just on hiatus. Could you describe it to me? Bizarre. Lots of weird and funny bits. The Feekos eventually lose their show to irritating radio heel Josh Justice. This podcast was most likely conceived with the premise of “how much can we subject our audience to before they can’t take it anymore?” But that just makes the insanity of it all even funnier. How would you rate it? Stupendous! What’s the link?Libsyn Site
Good Talkin’ with Mike & Jay
Who does it?Mike Marbach and Jay Piazza How many episodes so far? Seven — hasn’t been updated in a little while. Could you describe it to me? Mike and Jay record their phone conversations, talking about whatever comes up naturally — just like two friends would do on the phone! How would you rate it? Truly wonderful! What’s the link?Podbean Site Continue reading Guide to Philly Comedy Podcasts