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!

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


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.