Upcoming Shows

  • April 17, 2014 7:30 pmMILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN @ PHIT
  • April 17, 2014 7:30 pmTHE FLAT EARTH PRESENTS… @ PHIT
  • April 17, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • April 17, 2014 10:30 pmTHE SIDESHOW @ PHIT
  • April 18, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • April 18, 2014 7:30 pmTHE FLAT EARTH PRESENTS… @ PHIT
  • April 18, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 18, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • April 18, 2014 9:00 pmTHE FLAT EARTH PRESENTS… @ PHIT
  • April 18, 2014 10:30 pmATOMIC CINEMA VAULT @ PHIT
  • April 18, 2014 11:00 pmSKETCH UP OR SHUT UP @ PHIT
  • April 19, 2014 7:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 19, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • April 19, 2014 7:30 pmTHE FLAT EARTH PRESENTS… @ PHIT
  • April 19, 2014 8:00 pmBye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play
  • April 19, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 19, 2014 9:00 pmDR. SLEEPOVER @ PHIT
  • April 19, 2014 9:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 19, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • April 19, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • April 19, 2014 10:30 pmBIG BABY + MAYOR KAREN @ PHIT
  • April 20, 2014 4:00 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 20, 2014 7:00 pmCAKE BEAR + THE DEAN’S LIST! @ PHIT
  • April 20, 2014 8:30 pmTHE SHAM! @ PHIT
  • April 23, 2014 7:30 pmADVENTURE FRIENDS PRESENT A SKETCH HAROLD + SABOTAGE @ PHIT
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Comedy Show Round-up: May 5, 2013

Shows

PHIT Kids Presents: StoryUP! - 10:00am at Philly Improv Theater

The Deans (PHIT Instructors Show) - 8:30pm at Philly Improv Theater

Open Mics

Tight Six – 8:30pm (signups at 8:00) at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St., Philadelphia

Lickety Split – 9:30pm (signups at 9:00) at Lickety Split, 401 South St., Philadelphia

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.

“Yep.” – Interview with Tight Six

Tonight, Tight Six returns to Chris’ Jazz Cafe for the third edition of Not Jazz, the monthly showcase supplement to their weekly Sunday open mics at Fergie’s pub.  Not Jazz 3 will feature John McKeever, Alex Pearlman, Omar Scruggs, Jon Delcollo, Caitlin Feeney, Chris O’Connor and a super secret special guest, plus house band Starwood and the members of Tight Six (Aaron Nevins, Joe Bell, Mikey Garcia, Elise Thomson-Hohl, Dan Vetrano and Becca Trabin). Here’s Aaron with more info on the show, and Joe, Mikey, Elise and Dan agreeing with everything he says:

WitOut: Tight Six started as a weekly open mic, but shortly thereafter you guys started putting on your own shows. What made you want to expand?

Aaron Nevins: The mic was going really well and we got an opportunity to do a monthly show, which had a lot of potential benefits. It allowed us to rebook our favorite bands from the open mic and pay them a little more money, and to let our favorite comedians do longer sets to new audiences, and it gave us a chance to branch out into writing short sketches and more interactive bits. Also, we wanted to expand.

Joe Bell: Yep.

Mikey Garcia: Uh-huh.

Elise Thomson-Hohl: Yeah.

Dan Vetrano: That’s right.

WO: It seems like your relationship with Chris’ Jazz Cafe is going well–this is the third edition of Not Jazz.  How did that partnership get off the ground?  Were they actively looking to expand beyond jazz shows, or did you seek them out?

AN: We were hooked up with the venue by our PR guy—our Puerto Rican guy (Mikey Garcia). When we first met the owner of Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Chris S. Jazzcafe, we sort of convinced him it would be a jazz show. When he found it was a comedy show that featured no jazz, he was not pleased. However, once he saw how good the turnout was, he came around and is slowly starting to try to understand what comedy is.

JB: Yes.

MG: Mmm-hmm.

ETH: Right.

DV: That’s all accurate.

WO: I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Starwood’s performances as house band at the mic.  How did you first book them, and what is it about them that you think makes them such a good pairing with comedy in general and/or Tight Six in particular?

AN: We book a different band every week for the open mic, so we scour a ton of different resources to find them. I think in the case of Starwood, Joe Bell just happened upon them, and after we booked them, we were all unsure if they were going to be a good fit. As it turned out, they were phenomenal beyond words and blew everybody’s minds all over the walls of Fergie’s. So we booked them immediately for Not Jazz, and they’ll be doing a full set at the show. Trust me: they are an experience you need to have in person.

JB: Definitely.

MG: I agree.

ETH: Absolutely.

DV: For sure.

WO: The Facebook event says there’s one special guest on the show you can’t name, but you’ve given the hint that he’ll be in town from LA. Is there  anything else you’re willing to disclose?

AN: No.

JB: Nope.

MG: No, sorry.

ETH: [shakes head to indicate "no"]

DV: You’ll have to come to the show to find out.

‘Not Jazz 3′ is TONIGHT at Chris’ Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom Street) at 8pm. Admission is $10; $5 with student ID.

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 79

News:

In case you haven’t seen it – the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com wrote this article on Philadelphia’s “burgeoning comedy scene.” Check it out for quotes from Todd Glass, Doogie Horner, BJ Ellis, and WitOut’s own Alison Zeidman.

Performer submissions are open now through Sunday, March 3 for the annual Troika tournament. Interested performers should email their name, contact information and list of current and past performance groups to troika@figmenttheater.org. Performers will be placed in groups of three and will have one month to come up with their group’s name and performance style. The tournament will be held at The Sideshow with preliminary rounds taking place on April 13, 19, and 26 with the championship round on Saturday, April 27.

Submissions are now open for High Note Humor’s South Jersey Stand-up Championship - which will be held at The Taproom Grill (427 W Crystal Lake Drive Haddonfield, NJ). Three comics from each preliminary round (April 4, 11, 18) will advance to the finals on April 26 for a chance to win cash prizes, future paid work, and a championship belt! Interested comedians can sign up by sending their name, comedy experience, and availability for the preliminary rounds to HighNoteHumor@gmail.com by the deadline of March 12.

Luke Giordano wrote this piece on the importance of failure for his site Everything You Like is Stupid. Luke has recently switched the format of the site from a humor page to one where he writes essays on his ideas, process, and other thoughts behind writing and comedy. As someone who also likes to think a lot about the process or writing and creating comedy I can say that it is worth checking out.

Due to a fire in the Valley Forge Beef and Ale, all shows at Chuckles Comedy Club have been put on hold. We will update you on any news about the venue as soon as more information is available.

Shows:

Philly Improv Theater will host the first of a two-week-run of shows at The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge St.) this week. You can see their full schedule online to check out all the improv, sketch, panel, and variety shows PHIT has to offer.

The Not Just Comedy Show returns to the Grape Room (105 Grape St. Manayunk) this Tuesday with a show featuring stand-up from Dan King, Tommy Highland, Darryl Charles, Danelle Lamar, Dan Mahon, Pat Kelly, and Dr. Tony; improv from Bed Savage; and music from Borrowed Instrument. Doors open at 7:30 and the show beings at 8:00.

Philly’s own Todd Glass will be headlining at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom St.) this week with shows from Wednesday to Saturday. Also performing on the show will be comedians Chip Chantry and Blake Wexler.

This Wednesday Tight Six presents: Not Jazz 3 at Chris’ Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom St.) This month’s show will feature comedy from John McKeever, Alex Pearlman, Omar Scruggs, Jon DelCollo, Caitlyn Feeney, Chris O’Conner, and promisses to have a secret special guest.

The Taproom Sports Bar & Grill (15 S Morton Ave  Morton, PA) will host their second Totally Free Comedy Night this Thursday with a show featuring performances from James Hesky, Tommy Pope, Darryl Charles, Chris Dolan, Jake Mattera, and Michael Brooks.

Mike Rainey will be hosting a party and comedy show to celebrate the release of his book Terrible Advice this Friday at The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.) The night will feature comedy from Sean Clay, Joe Mayo, James Hesky, Tim Butterly, Tommy Pope, and more! Mike will be selling and signing copies of his book for $10.

Sketch group Comic Energy will be performing a show this Friday at The Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.) The group will put on two performances at 8:00 and 10:00, with a ticket price of $5 for any of their friends on Facebook.

This Sunday Eddie Brill Presents the Great American Comedy Audition Showcase at Helium Comedy Club. The show will be headlined by Brill and will feature performances from: Doogie Horner, Dave Terruso, Jim Ginty, Andy Nolan, Darryl Charles, Chip Chantry, Mary Radzinski, Roger Weaver, John McKeever, Pat Barker, Tommy Pope and James Hesky. Tickets can be purchased online.

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

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 74

This Wednesday at Chris’ Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom St.) the Tight Six crew will host Not Jazz 2, an evening of stand-up comedy featuring John Nunn, Mary Radzinski, Dan Scully, Trevor Cunnion, Gregg Gethard, and Keane Cobb.

The Sideshow Presents: Iron Lung’s 2 Year Anniversary Show/Party  this Friday at The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St). The show will feature improv from Iron LungKid Twist, Cock Hat, and Bed Savage as well as sketch from The Flat Earth and stand-up from Sidney Gantt.

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will bring his array of characters to perform at the Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad St.) this Friday. Tickets are available online.

In addition to their regular, weekly shows ComedySportz Presents: Adrift and ComedySportz’ The Blue Show will be held this Friday at The Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.) ComedySportz Presents is “an ongoing series of fun, new comedy shows featuring your favorite CSz Players and Philadelphia comedians.” Always on the last Friday of every month The Blue Show promises to feature “your favorite players doing stuff no Brown Bag could ever rectify.”

The Center Square Fire Company (1298 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell PA) is celebrating their 100th anniversary this Saturday with a comedy show featuring stand-up from The Legendary WID, Mike Morse, Robin Fox, and Grover Silcox. Tickets for the show can be purchased online and include a souvenir cup, beer, soda, and snacks.

Jim Gaffigan visits Philadelphia for a show at the Tower Theater (69th and Ludlow) this Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online.

The Captain Action Comedy Show makes its Saturday debut this week at the Conshohocken Cafe (521 Fayette St. Conshohocken) with a show featuring Jim Ginty, Jon DelCollo, Aaron Nevins, Dave Terruso, and Dan Vetrano.

This Sunday Bedtime Stories Presents: Behind the Scenes at a Soft Rock Radio Station in Nahua, NH at Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.). The show will feature comedians telling the stories behind WHFMTOWNDZ-FM (The Breeze On Top of the Mountain Near Nashua) — the number two rated soft rock/adult contemporary radio station in New Hampshire’s second biggest radio market.

ComedySportz for Kids — a “fun-sized version of our long-running comedy show only shorter, sillier and kiddy-er” will be this Sunday at The Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.) The monthly comedy show for children will take place at 11 am. Tickets can be purchased online.

Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe are looking for new artists. Live Arts will select up to 5 artists through an audition process. If selected, artists will be presented in a showcase format for two nights, will receive a stipend of $500 and 5 hours of rehearsal time in the LAB in preparation for their performance. Live Arts is seeking work which demonstrates a commitment to forward thinking ideas and aesthetics. Any live performance genre is acceptable including theater, dance, music and performance art. Visit www.livearts-fringe.org/jumpstart to sign up and read the guidelines, eligibility, and FAQs.

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

Meet Your Nominees for the 2013 WitOut Awards: Best Open Mic

It’s almost time for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy!  As we get closer to the show, we’ll be rolling out a series of posts to help you get more acquainted with this year’s nominees. Read all about ‘em, and then be sure to get your tickets for the big event on January 13th at World Cafe Live!

The nominees for Best Open Mic are:

Laughs on Fairmount
Schedule: Weekly
Time: 8:00PM – 11:00PM
Sign-ups: 7:15PM
Location: The Urban Saloon: 2120 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Type: Stand-up
Hosts: Carolyn Busa and Mary Radzinski
Set: 5 minutes
Description: Join Laughs on Fairmount at the Urban Saloon on Fairmount Ave. (across from Eastern State Penitentiary). Laughs on Fairmount will be Monday nights with sign-ups for comedians beginning at 7:15pm. Show starts at 8pm in the back room.

Sketch Up or Shut Up
Schedule: The last Friday of every month (the first week of PHIT’s Shubin run)
Time: 11:00PM – 12:00AM
Sign-ups: 10:45PM
Location: Philly Improv Theater at The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia
Type: Sketch
Host: Brian Kelly
Set: 5 minutes
Description: Free sketch comedy open mic! Come to perform or see some of Philadelphia’s best comedians try out new material. Arrive by 10:45 to sign up, and please keep sketches to five minutes or less. Free and BYOB! Sketch Up or Shut Up is hosted by Brian Kelly and was created by Meg Favreau.

Center City Comedy
Schedule: Weekly
Time: 9:00PM – 1:00AM
Sign-ups 8:00PM
Location: Raven Lounge: 1718 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA
Type: Stand-up
Hosts: Chris Cotton and H. Foley
Set: 5 minutes
Description: Upstairs at the Raven Lounge. Featuring Philadelphia’s best stand-up talent showcasing their signature sets.

Tight Six
Schedule: Weekly
Time: 8:30PM
Sign-ups 8:00PM
Location: Upstairs at Fergie’s Pub: 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Type: Stand-up, Sketch, Characters, etc.
Host: Tight Six
Set: 3.5-5 minutes (depending on total number of comics)
Description: Hilarious comedy, house band, drink specials.

Accidents Will Happen
Schedule: First Wednesday of every month, after the Accidents Will Happen showcase (9:00PM)
Time: 11:00PM
Sign-ups: 9:00PM
Location: The Adobe Cafe, 1919 E. Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia
Type: Stand-up
Host: Bradley Beck
Set: 5 minutes
Description: Featuring stand-up, storytelling, and sketch comedy. All this and $5 burritos!

Top 5 of 2012: Joe Bell’s Top Five Members of Open Mic Tight Six

As the year winds down, WitOut collects lists from comedy performers and fans of their favorite moments, comedians, groups, shows, etc. from the last year in Philly comedy. Top 5 of 2012 lists will run throughout December–if you’d like to write one, pitch us your list at contact@witout.net!

Running an open mic with five other people can be rough sometimes. Egos tend to get in the way, especially when people start picking favorites. That’s why I’ve ranked the top five members of Tight Six in no particular order.

1. Aaron Nevins

2. Elise Thomson Hohl

3. Dan Vetrano

4. Mikey Garcia

5. Becca Trabin

RUNNER UP: Robert X

I’ll be honest. I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t make the cut, but fair is fair. Time to quit comedy forever.

Joe Bell is a stand-up comedian and co-runs Tight Six, a weekly open mic on Sundays at Fergies Pub. He’s a real swell fella with a brilliant smile and a lot of class. Follow him on Twitter @Joebeii and give him a dollar if you see him in person.

 

Top 5 of 2012: Five Things I’ll Never Forget from 2012 by Alex Pearlman

As the year winds down, WitOut collects lists from comedy performers and fans of their favorite moments, comedians, groups, shows, etc. from the last year in Philly comedy. Top 5 of 2012 lists will run throughout December–if you’d like to write one, pitch us your list at contact@witout.net!

5.  Seeing Robert X perform live for the first time at Noche
I had actually seen Robert X perform on YouTube via Reddit, and then a few months later he moved to Philly.  Blew me right away.

4.  All of the new mics.
Tight Six, Accidents Will Happen, Number 2 and more have all been incredible.  Seeing new talent take the reigns and support each other has really lit up the scene.

3.  Brendan Kennedy Week
I’ve known Brendan for years, and now he’s moving to LA.  In the first week of December he was on a bunch of shows that concluded with his roast.  It was the most fun I’ve ever had at a three-hour show.

2.  Noche’s last mic night
I always looked forward to Noche every Tuesday.  But it was time to put that baby to bed.  And it was done with a bang.  For two years we entertained strangers there,  and I’m sad to see it go.

1.  Hosting Laughs on Fairmount
I hosted laughs on Fairmount the Monday before Valentine’s Day.  The day of the mic, I didn’t want to go.  But I sucked it up and did it anyway.  Around the 35th comic I decided I wasn’t going to do jokes anymore and started hitting on this woman in the front row.  I’ve been dating her ever since.

 

Alex Pearlman is a local Philadelphia comedian and host of Something Witty at the Dive Bar.  The next FREE showcase there is this Friday, Dec. 21st at 9pm.  To watch him slowly die during most open mics, follow him on twitter:  @alexpearlman