Next week’s Free Improv at Connie’s Ric Rac will still be free, but will be a fundraiser for improv group Safe Weird (Rob Gentile, Andrew Stanton, Kait Thompson) for a trip to London to perform and teach improv workshops across the pond.
This Tuesday Comedy Bonfire is going down (that’s the only way to properly describe it) at The Fire (412 E. Girard Ave.). The night will begin at 8:00pm with a stand-up comedy showcase hosted by Alex Grubard and featuring Mary Radzinski, Ryan Shaner, and Dave Topor. Next, the Trailer Trash Live Podcast at 9:30pm hosted by Michael Baurer and Garrett Smith featuring guests Joey Dougherty and Tommy Touhill. Finally, at 11pm the night will be capped with an open mic hosted by Lou Misiano.
You can also catch Comedy Night at the Ballroom (Robinson’s Ballroom – 5749 N. Broad St.) this Friday for a night of comedy from: Denny Live, Jay West, Chitta Chatta, Ryan Phillips, Big Chuck, and Moses Sadler.
Tonight, Meathook Comedy Presents: 318 with headliner Dan St. Germain at Connie’s Ric Rac. The show will also feature performances by: Alex Pearlman, Alex Pezzotta, Ryan Shaner, and Boston’s Pat Barrett, Shawn Carter, and Gary Petersen and will be hosted by Steve Slaughter.
Comedy Dreamz returns to The Barbary this Tuesday with a show featuring Body Dreamz, Aaron Nevins, JP Boudwin, Phyllis Voren, Nick Lucas, Christian Alsis, High Dramma, Ken BDC Jones, T.J. Hurly and more! Videos by Jesse Miller and Juiceboxxx! With DJs Emilio Airhorn and Wolfcity. Doors open at 9:00, the show starts at 10:00 and, as always, will be followed by a dance party.
Also this Wednesday, you can catch one of Philadelphia’s finest storytelling showcases with Tell Me a Story at Shot Tower Coffee. This month, Ryan Carey, Jen Curcio, Jim Grammond, T.J. Hurley, Aaron Nevins, Eric Smith, Valerie Temple, R. Eric Thomas, and Alison Zeidman will tell stories around the theme of “Road Trip”.
Comedian Amy Schumer will perform at The Keswick Theater this Friday. Schumer is known for her many television appearances, her album Cutting, and her Comedy Central special Mostly Sex Stuff. Schumer is the creator, star, and writer for Inside Amy, her Comedy Central sketch show that will debut later this year.
Also this Friday, Gorged! at The Bean Cafe will feature “humorous people doing and saying things to entertain just about everybody. Performers include: Alex Grubard, Sidney Gantt, Marc Kaye, and Jaime Nadell.
This Friday, Mike Logan teams up with fellow local stand-ups Dan Scully, David Piccolomini and Setoiyo to present an action-packed showcase of stand-up and sketch comedy. It’s going to be just like Four Brothers, only with comedians, I assume, based partially on the fact that there are four of them involved but mostly just because I will use any opportunity I can to reference the movie Four Brothers (starring Andre Benjamin, AKA Andre 3000), a movie I have never actually seen. Has anyone else seen it? Please post your reviews and plot summaries in the comments.
Anyhoo, here’s Logan answering some questions about the show in a manner he described as “pretty douchey” but also “perfect.” Just read it—he’s a swell dude.
WitOut: What made you and your fellow producers decide to start your own show?
Mike Logan: Really simple. They just wanted to do their own thing. There aren’t many stand-up showcases going on right now, so they figured this was a prime opportunity to get one going. I haven’t been working with the show since it’s inception, though. I was brought in a little later, a sort of “out-of-retirement-but-I-never-actually-retired” type deal. Some real action hero shit. I was more than happy (after I passed through my jaded-action-hero-in-retirement phase) to come in and help these guys out. Piccolomini and Setoiyo had already been working together to put a show on, then Scully was brought in. Then everything smoothed into all four of us working together to put on a show at O’Neal’s.
WO: We Can All Change is being described (by you guys) as “a comedy revolution.” What exactly does that mean? And what is it you hope to inspire us all to change about ourselves?
ML: I honestly don’t know why it’s called that. Setoiyo made the event and just called it a comedy revolution. I think when I asked him he said something along the lines of “you Philadelphians love revolutions,” which is 100% true. More than likely, he was playing a bunch of Assassin’s Creed 3 at the time. Actually I’ll be that’s exactly what it was.
WO: There’s a lot going on in this city on Friday nights, especially around the show’s venue (O’Neals) on South Street. What are the top five reasons people shouldn’t miss We Can All Change?
ML: 5? No problem. Well, one, I’m in it. I mean, hey now. That’s reason enough.
Two, it’s gonna be a crazy show. We’ve written the show in a cool way to blend sketch and stand-up into one non-stop laugh train of, uh, laughter. Instead of “it’s a stand-up show broken up by sketches” it’s “it’s an awesome laugh-tastrophe of awesomely funny awesome.”
Third, we have 4 of the most different people working on the show, putting this together, writing it. To me, that makes it special, because it’s a really unique group of people.
Four, I’ve already seen the show, so I can tell you now, it’s good. Trust me. I know. I have insider information. Because I helped write it.
Five, the line-up. We stacked the deck here. The four stand-ups we booked (Pat Barker, Jared Rosado, Elise Thomson-Hohl, Lou Misiano) are fantastic performers and will really bring their A-game because we told them to. Not that we had to, we just needed to make sure.
WO: Rumor has it there’s a way to get a discount on admission to this show. Please explain.
ML: Allow that rumor to be fact. We’ve been handing out flyers for the show for two weeks. Mostly at O’Neals, but some other bars too. At the bottom on the flyer is a little line that says “Hey! Keep this flyer for $3 entry!” Real marketing stroke of genius, I think. And you know what, you don’t even need the real flyer. Print out the picture from our Facebook page, I don’t give a shit. Fuck it, write “We Can All Change” on a napkin with “$3 entry” scribbled on the bottom, I don’t care. Just show up.
Also if you’re a comedian and we know you it’s $3. And we probably know you.
WO: Wow! What a deal! Without giving away too many brilliant marketing secrets, what are some other creative things that you think you—and other shows in Philly—can or should be doing to reach new audiences?
ML: I think an untapped market here is actually talking to people. (What that’s crazy!) Yes. Comedians are “generally” pretty anti-stranger. I know I am. But I think if you go out and meet people, and talk to them, tell them a joke, hit on them, whatever, and hand them a flyer and say “Hey we’re doing a show here in two weeks, come hang out with us, keep this and get $3 entry,” it could go a longer way than plastering a bar with a flyer that people are going to use as a coaster instead.
Also, start a community [online] and keep them involved. Upload content, pictures, videos whatever. Anything to keep the name fresh in their heads for when it’s time to actually come out and support you.
The first ‘We Can All Change’ is this Friday, February 22nd at O’Neals Pub (611 S. Third Street) at 8PM. Admission is $5, or $3 with flyer, printout of flyer or bar napkin crudely disguised as flyer.
A Bunch of Improv at The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) will celebrate their one-year anniversary at the Manayunk venue this Tuesday with a show featuring improv from Deleted Scenes, Rosen & Milkshake, Bed Savage, and Cock Hat. The show will be hosted by Ryan Carey and will also feature a new installment of Web Cereal, their monthly sketch comedy video.
This Thursday Comedian Deconstruction returns to L’etage (624 South 6th St.) for their “Couples Therapy” show featuring stand-up from Chip Chantry, Chris Rich, Alison Zeidman, and Joe Bell with improv from Bed Savage and Cake Bear.
This Friday Grammy-award-winning comedian Lewis Black will bring his Running on Empty tour to the Academy of Music for a one-night-only performance. The comedian is known for his “unfiltered and frank rants about the absurdity of politics and the world around us”. Tickets can be purchased online.
We Can All Change, a new monthly show from hosts Dan Scully, Mike Logan, Setoiyo, and David Piccolomini at O’Neals Pub (611 S. 3rd St.) will debut this Friday with a show featuring performances from Jared Rosado, Elise Thompson-Hohl, Lou Misiano, and Pat Barker.
The Tough Stuff Comedy Show will also debut this Friday at Headhouse (122 Lombard St.) The show will feature stand-up performances from Alex Grubard, Mary Radzinski, John Nunn, and H. Foley. After their sets, the comedians will sit down with hosts Sidney Gantt and Kevin Ryan, where they will share “their most embarrassing and crazy stories.” Tickets are available online.
ComedySportz Philadelphia presents: BeatBox Philly this Friday at The Playground at the Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.) The show will feature some of your favorite members of the ComedySportz Philadelphia team performing a mix of improvised scenes and freestyle raps. Tickets can be purchased online.
This Friday at The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.) The Sideshow presents: The 2013 Oscars Improv Jam. For the third straight year comedians from around Philadelphia will get dressed up and enjoy a night of improv, parody videos, food, and BYOB drinking. Following the jam there will also be a showing of film sensation The Room.
The Captain Action Comedy Show is this Saturday at the Conshohocken Cafe (521 Fayette St. Conshohocken). This month’s show will feature performances by Anton Shuford, Michael Donovan, and Elise Thompson-Hohl with a Captain Action Comedy Quiz Show and more from co-hosts Sidney Gantt and Dave Terruso.
Comedy Corner at Broad Axe Tavern (901 W. Butler Pike, Ambler, PA) will feature stand-up from Andy Nolan, Jim Ginty, and Alex Pearlman with guest sets from Chris Dolan, Caitlyn Feeney, and Dave Topor. Tickets can be purchased online.
Submissions for the 15th Annual Del Close Marathon are now open. The improv festival will take place June 28-30 on multiple stages throughout New York City. The marathon is known for bringing improvisers from around the country together for a few days of performances ranging from traditional improv institutions to crazy, late-night shows. The deadline to submit is April 2.
The early application deadline for this year’s Duofest, to be held right here in Philadelphia from June 6-9, is this Friday, February 22. Interested improv duos will have until then to take advantage of the lower application fee of $22. The final deadline to submit is March 2 (at a price of $32). More information can be found online.
Philly Improv Theater is currently holding sign-ups for auditions to add three new improv teams to their roster. One team, directed by Ralph Andracchio, will be cast as a PHIT House Team and will perform on Saturday nights at the theater. The other two teams, directed by Rob Gentile and Alex Newman will be PHIT’s first Harold Teams, and will perform on Tuesday nights. Auditions will be held March 9-10 and to secure an audition you can email your name, phone number, a preferred audition time, and details of your past improv training (if you have not completed PHIT’s Improv 201) to firstname.lastname@example.org.