Two of the smileyest dudes in the Philly comedy scene—T.j. Hurley and Alejandro Morales—have joined forces to produce East Coast Power Nap, which will explode all the fuck over The Trocadero this Wednesday, January 30th. Here they are chattin’ ’bout how kickass it’s gonna be and encouraging you to drink a bunch when you go:
WitOut: I like you guys. And I like that you’ve teamed up. What made you decide to put on a show together?
T.j. Hurley: I wanted to do something with Alejandro mostly because he’s funny and he’s motivated. He and I are very different on stage, so I hope we can make an interesting duo: me as the uptight curmudgeon and him as the fun-loving rube.
Alejandro Morales: Gregg Gethard recommended T.J. to me as a guest on the monthly stand-up showcase I used to produce, and he was a big hit, so much so that I brought him back a few months later. Then, this past fall, I was sort of pitching a stand-up show around to a few venues, and T.J. approached me at Laughs on Fairmount one night about working together. It was great timing, and so far we’re working very well together. He definitely brings a clear vision to the whole enterprise, which is great because it frees me up to be a fun-loving rube.
WO: I also dig the name—though I have no idea why. “East Coast Power Nap”? What is that? Where did it come from?
TJH: The name is just nonsense. I thought it sounded catchy and exciting, but it’s just a string of words. I’m glad you like it.
AM: T.j. had this whole elaborate story about the name being based on some kind of skateboarding move, and now that he says it’s “just a string of words,” I feel kind of betrayed.
WO: How were you guys able to hook up with the Trocadero? That’s a pretty snazzy venue.
TJH: The people at the Troc have been really nice and easy to work with. A buddy of mine was a bouncer there and put me in touch with the booker. I was stoked and surprised at how easy the whole thing was. I’m really excited about the venue. The Troc is beautiful and strange and full of good memories for me.
AM: I’m not sure you can believe anything T.j. says now. IF THAT’S EVEN YOUR REAL NAME, “T.j.”
WO: The line-up for this first show (Doogie Horner, Carolyn Busa, The Necrosexual, Sidney Gantt, Joe Bell, Dan King, Lou Misiano) looks pretty fantastic. How did you go about putting it together? Do you see some sort of common element between the comedians on the show, or were these just a bunch of acts you both like individually?
TJH: I know, right? The line-up is so good. We have some things planned to make the show different and special, but it will rule just based on the comics alone. We wanted to make sure the show wasn’t a monoculture, point of view-wise and stylistically. Every comic on the show has a very different point of view and comedy style and I hope that will make for a compelling experience. Our main goal in doing this thing is to put on a funny, well-put together show.
AM: We both made nominations and then whittled it down. He and I go to a lot of local open mics, and I feel like the talent lately has just gotten really outstanding. These past couple years the stand-up scene has been growing and expanding and improving by leaps and bounds. I think together we captured a great cross-section of what makes the scene so great.
WO: This show is being billed as “ONE NIGHT ONLY.” Why??? And any chance that might change?
TJH: We want East Coast Power Nap to be the last Wednesday of every other month. If this one goes well, if we make enough money to cover our costs (and hopefully pay the comics), and if the Troc thinks it’s worth their time, we’ll totally do more. If you come to the show and like it, buy lots of beer. That’ll sweeten our chances of doing it regularly.
AM: In the sense that there’s only one show featuring this specific grouping of comics on this particular stage, it is a one-night-only engagement! But if it does go well, and the folks at the Troc are happy, we absolutely want to move forward and make East Coast Power Nap a regular thing.
…I feel like I should end on something funny. Alison, could you be a lamb and put something funny here and attribute it to me?
And then Alejandro said something else that was just HILARIOUS! The hilarity doesn’t really translate in print, though. Here’s a promo video for the show to make up for it (featuring the videography talents of Jimmy Viola and the voiceover talents of ManiPedi’s Madonna Refugia):
Go check out ‘East Coast Power Nap’ on Wednesday, January 30th at the Trocadero (1003 Arch Street) at 8pm. Tickets are $5.