Review: Reasonable Discourse With Jerks

By: Anthony Narisi

A packed house crowded into the Philly Improv Theater at the Shubin Theatre on Wednesday night for the most recent installment of Reasonable Discourse with Jerks. Host Jim Grammond took the stage and introduced the audience to the panel for the night, Philly’s popular sketch group Camp Woods, minus member Madonna Refugia.

For the next hour, this panel generated some very entertaining conversation, filled with jabs at each other, themselves, and just about anything even remotely related to any of the topics covered. And they covered many topics, ranging from the Faces of Death film franchise to childhood bullying and 9/11 conspiracies.

One of the funniest discussions of the night followed Grammond showing an Oreo filled with rainbow colored cream and explaining that people who are not supportive of the gay lifestyle are in outrage over this advertisement and threatening to boycott. From Brendan Kennedy’s image of a fat bigot giving in to temptation and eating an E.L. Fudge cookie of two elves fellating each other to various members’ outrage over the fact that the rainbow cookie doesn’t actually exist for consumption, the discussion was wrapped up neatly by Rob Baniewicz’s question, “Who gives a shit if a cookie’s political?”

One of the best aspects of the night was the chemistry not only between the members of Camp Woods, but also between them and Grammond. This was exemplified when Grammond raised the question, “What foods will you not eat?” and began going around the table one by one to get answers. However, as expected with such a lively panel, the order was quickly abandoned. Actually, it was abandoned as soon as JP Boudwin offered up the first answer: “Pass.” The conversation then turned to how Camp Woods would eat anything, from Boudwin and Kennedy’s recent dinnertime breakfast pizza topped with gyro meat to Billy Bob Thompson eating cake out of a used motor oil can. Even when the conversation was brought back to its original question, the members provided their usual absurdity and quirkiness, with Patrick Foy stating that Qdoba is better than Chipotle because the onions are easier to pick out of the pico de gallo and Sam Narisi announcing that he’ll still eat one, but he’s “never really been happy to see a baked potato.”

Other highlights included a recurring theme of hipsters prompted by Grammond’s experience with a conspiracy theorist referring to “mainstream” archaeology, Thompson’s ignoring the racist implications of a McDonald’s advertisement due to his disturbance by the fact that everyone was holding food and none of it had bites out of it, and Kennedy’s impression of a racist Elmo trying to make it in show business.


Video Round-up, Vol. 5

This Week’s Spotlight: Local Holiday Miracle

 

Hey there! Lisa here with my weekly video round-up! This week I checked out the awesomely funny Local Holiday Miracle. Local Holiday Miracle is a sketch comedy duo that is one part Andrea Kuhar, one part Aubrie Williams.  I have put together three of their videos that I thought you might thoroughly enjoy!

 

1. Cats: The Musical starring REAL CATS! Do you like cat puns? Do you like Broadway Musicals? If so, this is the video for YOU!

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2. First Divorce with Mompoms! A mom supports her son through tough times with Mompoms! Jeez, I wish my Mom had Mompoms.

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3. MIDI Life Crisis. Dr. Susan Kitchen has found a way to cure your mid-life crisis. Something for me to look forward to in 30 years.

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Want to see more? then visit http://www.facebook.com/LocalHolidayMiracle


Philly's Del Close Marathon Preview

Description: Come see acts selected to the perform at the prestigious Del Close Marathon in New York City this coming weekend as they hit the stage for one last warm-up before their big shows.

Style: Improv

Date: Thu, Jun 28, 2012

Time: 8:00PM - 9:30PM

Admission: $8 (advance) $10 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here


Reasonable Discourse With Jerks

Description:  Host Jim Grammond leads a panel with Philly's funniest comics  in a discussion of world events, pop culture, and oddities in the news.
Style: Panel Comedy
Date: June 27th
Time: 9:00p.m. - 10:00p.m
Admission: $10 at the door $8 in advance
Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia
Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here


Nielsen vs. Malone

Description: Hosted by Ian Vaflor, CAGEMATCH is competitive improv: two teams enter and perform, the audience votes, then a single team earns the right to remain.

Style: Improv

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012

Time: 10:00PM - 11:00PM

Admission: $5 (at the door), FREE Admission with 8pm Ticket

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 50

Last night, the seventh annual Philly's Phunniest Person Contest continued at Helium Comedy Club with Pat Barker, Carolyn Busa, and Tim Butterly moving on to the semi-finals. The competition continues Monday, July 8 and the opening round continues on Sunday and Monday nights until August 13 (full schedule here).

Tonight starts another two-week run of shows for Philly Improv Theater at the Shubin Theater. Things kick off at 7:30 with The Pink Collar Comedy Tour, continue at 9:00 with The Monthly Hour with James Hesky, and the night closes out with stand-up comedy showcase Hey Everybody. You can see PHIT's full schedule online.

The 14th annual Del Close Marathon is this weekend in New York, and Philadelphia improv will be well represented in the festival. Making the trek to NYC will be Philly groups Asteroid!, King Friday, Mayor Karen, Hey Rube, ZaoGao, Iron Lung, Medic, Rosen & Milkshake, ApocaLips, Beirdo, Matt&. You can find out when your favorite Philly teams will be performing online.

The lineup and date for the next Camp Woods Plus has been announced. Joining Camp Woods on stage at L'etage on Wednesday, July 25 will be New York sketch group Listen, Kid!, and the show will also mark the debut of a full set from new Philadelphia sketch group Tap City (Aaron Hertzog and Luke Field).

This Saturday, Urban Saloon will host the Laughs on Fairmount Showcase the weekend partner to the weekly open mic from Mary Radzinski and Carolyn Busa. This weekend's show will feature comedy from Blythe Wimbush, Alejandro Morales, Alex Grubard, James Hesky, and John McKeever. Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8:00.


Secret Pants on Philly in Focus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwXQhQePBNw&feature=player_embedded


Video Round-up, Vol. 4

 

This Week's Spotlight: Down the Show

Hey there! Lisa here with my weekly video round-up! This week I checked out the supercool (and yeah I said supercool) Down the Show! Down the Show is a constant open door sketch group, welcoming stand-ups, sketch writers, performers, videographers and joiners from all walks of life. So I have put together three of their videos that I thought you might get a kick out of (just don't hurt anyone in the process).

 

1.  My Talking Henry Rollins.  Henry Rollins is a doll that offends people. I here they're also coming out with an Ian MacKaye doll that's supposed to help with sobriety.

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2. "BEER SNOBS". This is what might happen when two beer snobs run into each other. Hint: Ecstasy Ensues.

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3. The Pilot. Philadelphia comedians and filmakers come together to give the world a sketchy-sketch comedy show.

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Want to check out more? visit http://www.youtube.com/user/DowntheShow