It’s been almost an entire month since Helium Comedy Club crowned Tommy Pope 2011′s Philly’s Phunniest Person – and it’s already time for a reunion of some of the comedians that made the final round of this year’s contest. Tonight, the club will host the Philly’s Phunniest Reunion Show featuring sets from Pope, along with runner up Darryl Charles and third place finisher John McKeever, as well as comedy from fellow finalists Chip Chantry and Andy Nolan. The show starts tonight at 8 and you can buy tickets online or (and I would recommend this option) call the club at 215-496-9001, mention any of the performers names, and get free admission. Check out some videos from tonight’s performers below.
A packed crowd at Helium witnessed the cream-of-the-cream of Philadelphia comedy last night during the finals of the Philly’s Phunniest Competition. Beginning almost 2 and a half months ago with 165 comedians, the field had been whittled down to 10 Finalists, who took the stage in order to see who would walk away with the title. The was a true spectacle – each comedian was worthy of raucous laughter, wild applause, and probably a $1,000 prize, but there can only be one winner. Surely those who missed out on this will be kicking themselves for a long time… for those unfortunate souls, here’s a taste of what you missed:
Below are the first and last words spoken on stage by each of 2011′s Philly’s Funniest Finalists:
(Comedian – First Word // Last Word)
Host Dave Smith – Thanks // Night
Pat Barker – Thank // Thanks
John McKeever – Hey // You
Chip Chantry – So // Everybody
Gary Vider – Thanks // Evening
Andy Nolan – Alright // Much
Mike Rainey – Alright // Rainey
Tommy Pope – Hey // Thanks
Gordon Baker-Bone – Yeah // Night
Pat House – Thank // Night
Darryl Charles – Yay // Everybody
Headliner Big Jay Oakerson – Thank // Around
Congratulations to all ten finalists, but a little extra congratulations to Tommy Pope who deservedly was named winner of 2011′s Philly’s Funniest. And to everyone who missed the show – you’re welcome!
This Wednesday, Sketch Playground will present it’s first “showcase” at L’etage. Play Favorites (Facebook Event) will feature improv performances by Hate Speech Committee, Iron Lung and Get a Room. The show will also feature favorite sketches from Sketch Playground and will be hosted by Ian David Vaflor.
Last week the second episode of Down the Show premiered at Connie’s Ric Rac - now it is online for your enjoyment. The episode features an opening performance by Sherman Hemsley, stand-up from Chip Chantry, John McKeever and Conrad Roth, sketches from the minds of Rob Baniewicz and Abigail Bruley which feature performances from Aaron Hertzog and Joe Dougherty and sketches from Secret Pants and Camp Woods.
The final preliminary round of the 2011 Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest was held last night at Helium Comedy Club.Steve Balbier, Munzy K, and Gary Vider advanced to the semi-finals, which will be held next Sunday, and Monday at the club. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE.
Bye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play is searching for talented actors (men and women ages 21-40) with experience in improv, theatre and sketch comedy to join its ensemble. Also searching for an assistant director, pianists and guitarists, stage managers, and technical directors. Visit ByeByeLiver.com for more information or contact email@example.com to schedule an audition.
Tomorrow night The Barbary will play host to another Comedy Dreamz show featuring sketch, stand-up, and short films. Doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10. (Facebook Event)
Center City Comedy has released a new sketch – Painballing With Rambo. The sketch features performances by James Hesky, Billy Bob Thompson, Mary Radzinski, and Andy Nolan as the titular character – as well as a slew of other Philly comics in supporting roles. Check it out right here!
As we talked about all last week Philly Improv Theater debuted their new house teams on Friday night. Along with the debuts came the revelations of the teams’ actual names. Brandybuck and Shadowfax will now and forever be known as Hey Rube and ZaoGao. The teams will perform together during the Philly Fringe Fest at Fresh Laughs.
Last night at Helium, the first round of 2011′s Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest rolled right along with James Hesky, Chris Cotton and H. Foley advancing to the semi-finals, which are fast approaching.
The Grand Opera House in Wilmington Delaware is now accepting applications for their LOL @ The Grand contest. Ten comedians will be selected to compete and the winner will gain the chance to open for one of their upcoming mainstage comedians. Submissions can be found online and the deadline to apply is November 1.
Comedians for a Cause is organizing fund raising efforts for one of our own. Recently, Philly comedian Danny Ozark was attacked, beaten and robbed. Friend and fellow comedian Mike Rainey has organized efforts to accept donations for Danny through his PayPal account (send money to firstname.lastname@example.org on PayPal) as well as having a fundraiser show Saturday, August 13th at The Irish Pol (45 South 3rd St. Philadelphia).
In case you haven’t heard it yet, Doogie Horner was a featured guest on the Used Wigs Radio podcast recently. Listen to hear him talk about America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, designing book covers, and other pop culture fun.
Comedians Derek Gaines, Chris Cotton and Monroe Martin have started their own podcast, CDM’s Midday Talk. Their first episode features guest Conrad Roth as the four talk about the death of Amy Winehouse, Captain America, and racism.
Last night the first round of Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest continued at Helium Comedy Club with Dave Terruso, Jim McGinty and Darnell Williams moving on the the semi-finals.
There is a new casting call out for Down the Show. The Philly-themed sketch show is looking for two men and one woman who can play “older” as well as one younger man and one younger woman. Interested actors can contact Abigail Bruley.
This friday Philly Improv Theater will debut their two new house teams, currently codenamed Brandybuck and Shadowfax. The two teams will reveal their names and perform with Upright Citizen’s Brigade Harold Team Grandma’s Ashes at 8:30pm and 10:00pm Friday night. When the teams were first formed, we told you who made it - and all this week we will be featuring the new house team members in their own 10 Questions With…interviews.
Yet another round of Helium Comedy Club’sPhilly’s Phunniest Competition was last night with Mary Radzinski, Steven Bryan and Gordon Baker-Bone moving on to the semi-final round. The first round continues next Sunday, July 31st and each Sunday after until August 21st. Get your tickets HERE
New York comedian Kurt Metzger recently released a new album through Comedy Central Records called Kurt Metzger Talks To Young People About Sex. He talks in THIS INTERVIEW about it, as well as getting his start as a comedian in Philly.
This Tuesday, Philly Improv Theater will host their new, monthly fundraiser show at the Shubin Theater. This month, PHIT will donate all proceeds from the show to the American Association of Zoo Keepers. You can find out all about the charity, and the show, on the Facebook Event Page.
Also at PHIT this week is the debut of new panel comedy show Reasonable Discourse With Jerks. Wednesday night, Jim Grammond takes the reigns from Luke Giordano (host of PHIT’s previous panel show The Bully Pulpit) where he will be joined on stage by John Kensil, Mary Radzinski, Mike Rainey and Blake Wexler to talk about what’s going on in the world, and why it’s funny.
Starting Monday, August 1st there will be a new Monday night open mic in Northern Liberties. Comedy at the Piazza will be hosted by Dan Vetrano and Chris McGrail, and will be a replacement for their now defunct Comedy X-Change. Show starts at 9:30 and is at King’s Oak, 1001 North 2nd St.
There’s a Kickstarter Campaign to raise money to produce an entire season of Down the Show, the project that showcases material from the minds of Philly’s sketch groups, stand-up comedians, actors, writers, illustrators and musicians.
Doogie Horner has been updating his blog, KGB Yard Sale more frequently. Just today, he posted a skit, a sketch (drawing) and some words of inspiration.
Luke Giordano has found time out from his new job as a writer for Two and a Half Men to keep updating his website Everything You Like is Stupid. His latest post is inspired by LA traffic.
The latest episode of Darryl Charles and James Hesky’s CheaPodcast features special guest Brendan Kennedy – fresh off consuming some of the “pickle back” shots he made famous (perhaps infamous) with their appearance in his Sketch-Up or Shut-Up performance.
The first round of the Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest continued last night at Helium Comedy Club, with Pat House, Tommy Pope and David Ray Agyekum moving on to the semi-finals.
This Thursday Connie’s Ric Rac will host a show headlined by Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neil Brennan (buy tickets HERE).
Chip Chantry will be recording his first comedy album live at Helium Comedy Club on Tuesday, August 16th (Facebook Event). Joining him on the show will be Pat House and Amir Gollan. Tickets are available for $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the club and making a reservation (215-496-9001).