Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 3

It's Louis CK's world, the rest of us are just living in it. This week, the comedian released his latest hour special on his own for just $5, experimenting with the idea that content can be kept out of the hands of corporations that drive the price up for consumers (it worked!), and he's been seemingly everywhere promoting and talking about his latest. You can also check him out on The Tonight Show, watch this feature on him from Nightline, listen to him on Fresh Air, and read his great AMA on Reddit.

This web site takes a look at style choices made by stand-up comedians throughout the years. Boy oh boy!

Patton Oswalt showed up in this PSA for The Alamo Drafthouse reminding people if they talk or text during a movie they will be kicked out. Seriously, don't do that. Nobody likes you.

The SNL Digital Short from last week's episode is about friendship! So you can watch it here.

In their Best of 2011 series, Comedy Central recapped this year's Comedy Awards. Speaking of comedy awards, today is your last chance to vote for the 2011 Witout Awards (8PM January 10th, World Cafe Live).



Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 28

The Ministry of Secret Jokes returns this Wednesday (8pm) at Fergie's Pub. This month, Doogie Horner plans to entertain you with a Super Special Holiday edition of The Ministry with performances from Juliet Hope Wayne, Gary Vider, Mike Robinson, Animosity Pierre, Amir Gollan, and a Christmas story read by Dagger himself! You can see more info or RSVP on the Facebook event.

This week you can treat yourself to two separate all female comedy shows. This Wednesday Polygon presents Farewell My Fair Ladygon. Their last show at Tabu will feature stories from Hillary Rae and Cara Schmidt and sketch comedy from ManiPedi. Thursday at L'etage, Comedian Deconstruction presents "That's What She Said". Hosted by Becca Trabin, the night will feature stand-up sets from Mary Radzinski and Carolyn Busa, with improv groups Ebony and Ivory and Bandaid Chorleson performing sets based off the stand up.

This Friday marks the debut of the Fighting Burrito Comedy Showcase at The Grape Room Lounge in Manayunk. Hosted by Nicole Yates, the show will feature sets from James Hesky, Carolyn Busa, Jim Grammond, Mary Radzinski, Aaron Hertzog, Jason Hazelwood and Sean Preston.

This Sunday at O'Neals Pub (611 S. 3rd St. Philadelphia) Philly Improv Theater house team Mayor Karen will be hosting  Comedy Quizzo. For $5 players can test their knowledge of all things comedy for the chance to win the first place cash prize or one of many other consolation prizes.

One more reminder, you have until this Friday to vote for the 2011 Witout Awards, which, we just announced last week will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in the downstairs room at World Cafe Live keep updated on information as it is announced by RSVPing to the Facebook Event.


The 2011 Witout Awards Show

We announced the nominations - we opened up the voting - and now, finally, we announce the actual time and place for The 2011 Witout Awards. Mark your calendars because Tuesday, January 10th, 2012, downstairs at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St. Philadelphia) the Philadelphia comedy community will come together to pat each other on the back. The show will begin at 8:00PM with the room and bar open at 7:00. Tickets will be on sale after the voting officially closes - which is Friday, December 16th - so if you haven't voted yet, what are you waiting for?

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 2

To start things off with a bit of Philly flavor, Paul F. Tompkins was on Conan this week, and talked about driving with his wife and the crazy products in the SkyMall catalog. Splitsider has the clip for you to enjoy.

In this interview with Jack Vaughn, founder/Vice President of Comedy Central Records, he lets out the secrets of what they are looking for in a comedian (hint: it's being funny and having your own voice - who woulda thought!)

This article from Slate asks the question "Why are these hip male comedians all talking about their weight?" Marc Maron thinks it has to do with rebellion and that "“Now the enemy is really ourselves, and the struggle between accepting ourselves or hating ourselves”.

Louis CK wrote this essay for Fast Times where he says the future of America is female.

Since we're talking about Louis CK, he's releasing a new special via the internet on December 10 (tomorrow!) and to tease us, he released this outtake from the special a little early.

Comedy is subjective, right? Well, over at Complex magazine they decided to release this list of the 15 Worst Stand-ups. What do you think?

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 27

Tonight, Helium Comedy Club will host auditions for the Just for Laughs comedy festival. Ten of Philly's best stand-ups will take the stage to perform for representatives looking for comedians for their annual New Faces showcase in Montreal. More information can be found at Helium's website and tickets can be purchased online.

The monthly Free Improv at Connie's Ric Rac returns to the South Philly venue tonight where eight of the best improv groups in the city will take the stage for 15 minute sets. Tonight's show will feature the comedy of Bed Savage, Kait and Andrew, Deleted Scenes, Horner and Davis, Gross Butler , Mayor Karen, Hate Speech Committee, and one yet-to-be-named team.

Jake Alvarez of Rookie Card was featured in the City Paper's comic issue this week for his Hypnospiral humor comic blog. You can check out his entry, as well as the other submissions online.

Improv group Nielsen is holding auditions for new team members. Auditions will be held next Monday, December 12th from 7:30 - 9:30 PM at a West Philadelphia location. Interested parties should contact Andy Moskowitz at

This Saturday will mark the final performance of Philly Improv Theater house team Fletcher. The group is retiring after a long and successful run together and PHIT is sending them out with the longest house team night of the year. All six house teams will perform, starting at 7 PM (King Friday and Hey Rube) continuing at 8:30 (Mayor Karen and ZaoGao) and finishing at 10:00 (Asteroid and Fletcher). The late night improv jam will be hosted by Fletcher, and promises to be a fitting farewell party.

Voting for the 2011 Witout Awards is coming to a close. Philadelphia performers will have until Friday, December 16 to cast their vote for the 14 award categories. Plans are being made for the award ceremony/party and will be announced soon.

Submissions are still open for Top Five of 2011 lists for Any interested person can compile a list of their top five favorite things from any area of comedy, either local to Philadelphia or anywhere in the world and submit them for the site to run in the final few weeks of the year. Submissions can be emailed to



Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 1

In our new series, we will take a look at comedy and comedy related news from around the internet in the past week. If you have a story you'd like us to link to, email us at

Sadly, the top story of the comedy world this week was the death of Patrice O'Neal, after suffering a stroke this past October. Comedians reacted to the news on the web with their memories and admiration of the much loved O'Neal. Comedy Central released this tribute, and it has been announced that they are working on a larger tribute. Sandpaper Suit posted some thoughts, and linked to two interviews with O'Neal. Luke Giordano wrote this piece for Everything You Like is Stupid, and it was announced that a posthumous album from O'Neal will be released next year. A sad week for comedians and fans of comedy.

Nominations for the Grammy Awards were announced this week prompting Laughspin to write this article praising the quality of the nominations for this year's Best Comedy Album.

Laughspin also released their list of the 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2011.

In Philly related news the trailer for Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie was released this week. You can watch the red band trailer here.

Sandpaper Suit wrote this piece about one of my favorite movies of all time, Groundhog Day.

Splitsider posted this email exchange between Marc Maron and Bob Lefsets on the business of podcasting. It's a good read for people interested in the business behind new content formats.

Doogie Horner Nominated for Philebrity Award

Doogie Horner (comedian, writer, blogger, host of Ministry of Secret Jokes-er) has been nominated for the 2011 Philebrity award in General Fabulousness. He would like you to vote for him (which you can do here) and we here at Witout think you should too. Not convinced? Doogie, thought you might not be so he prepared some words in his own behalf.

Hello! I am honored to have been nominated by Philebrity in the category of General Fabulousness. I'm not here to ask for you to vote for me. I'm here to ask you to believe in yourself, and vote for a better future, one in which I have a tasteful brass plaque on my wall that says FABULOUS GENERAL, 2012.

I'd like to take a moment to thank some of the people who have sent letters of support. Mary Davenport of Danielsville, PA: I'm sorry to hear about your loss; all I can say is, it gets better. Tom Goodall of Gary, IN:  I use nightcrawlers too! Or sometimes a small piece of cheese. Dan Macavoy of Miama, FL: Your son's a very talented artist. Thank you for the eagle drawing.

And now, I'd like to answer the other letters I've gotten. Jason Schnieder of Munsie, ND: No, you are. Shauna Severn, Pensacola, FL: Not as big as your butt. David Caruso, Miama, FL: You have the face of an alcoholic Irish baby.

In closing, let me point out that even though there may be some people more fabulous than me, nobody is more general, and that's 50% of what we're talking about here.

There you have it. Vote for Doogie.