Promo Video for the South Philly Stand-up Comedy Carnival

Mike Lawrence (WTF with Marc Maron, Conan, Comedy Central) headlines this Monday's South Philly Stand-up Comedy Carnival at Connie's Ric Rac.  Here's a clown with more details:

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Win 2 Tickets to ComedySportz via Phillyfunguide.com

Local events calendar site Phillyfunguide.com is giving away two tickets to a ComedySportz performance of your choice between now and June 29th. To enter, all you have to do is visit their Facebook page and "like" and/or share this timeline photo of ComedySportz players by tomorrow at Noon:

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Pay-What-You-Can Admission for Tonight's Preview of 'The Bat'

Tonight's 7pm preview performance of The Bat at Philly Improv Theater is pay-what-you-wish.  Details are on the 'book.

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Promo Video - "Monday Evening Raw: Fresh from the Can"

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New Comedy Album from The Hopper Brothers Band

Martin Hopper of The Hopper Brothers emailed WitOut today to let us know the band's new comedy album, The Hoppers' Holiday Classics, is now available for $FREE.99 on Bandcamp:

"Dear Regional-Niche-Enthusiast-Web-Publication,

 My name is Martin Hopper and I am 379 months old.  Me and my little brother Benny made a band and since we are the Hoppers and we are brothers we called this band The Hopper Brothers Band ("Family friendly fun for fun with your family and friends.")

We like holidays because you don't have to go to work and sometimes you get to wear silly costumes (last St. Patty's day Benny and I dressed as the C-cups in an over-sized, papier-mache "Erin go bra").  We picked 16 of our favorite holidays and wrote songs about them for our new album: The Hoppers' Holiday Classics.  There's a song for Valentine's Day and Christmas and Ramadan and Tax Day and a whole bunch more.  They are so very much fun and we worked so very much hard on them and we would so very much appreciate it if you gave them a listen at this link:

And guess what!  Some bands charge you a kabillion dollars for their albums.  We are charging the opposite of a kabillion.  You can download our album for absolutely zero dollars.  It's FREE (of course, you can name your price so if you did feel like throwing us a couple of bucks, we would think you're awesome)!

And double guess what!  On May 8th we will be performing as part of PHIT's Variety Sweeps Week. A whole bunch of cool acts will be producing shows and the best one will get a regular gig at PHIT.  Our show is again about the holidays.  The one on May 8th is going to be all about Mother's Day!  So come to the Shubin and bring your mom!

Thanks so much, Regional-Niche-Enthusiast-Web-Publication.  We hope you come to our show and download our album!

Love,
Martin Steven Hopper"

"The Up-and-Comer: Gilbert Gottfried" by Aaron Nevins

"Hotshot up-and-comer" stand-up Aaron Nevins got some sage advice from Gilbert Gottfried at Helium last night. Check it out!

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Head of the Class Comedy Showcase

Description: A showcase of some of the best Stand-Up comedians in Philadelphia and rising talent in one of the most popular spots in the city. Performing on this showcase are:
Brandon T. Gorin
Setoiyo
Feature: Darryl Charles
Headliner: James Hesky
Style: Stand-up
Date: May 15th
Time: Doors at 8:00 show at 8:30
Admission: $5 advance; $10 at the door the day of the show
Location: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St Philadelphia, PA 19123
Contact: Tickets - Website

Interview with B.J. Ellis re: 8 Years of The N Crowd

The N Crowd is turning 8 this year, and to celebrate they're throwing a special anniversary show and party at Ruba Club this Friday.  Read on for more details and reflections on the Crowd's history from Executive Director B.J. Ellis.

WitOut: How did The N Crowd form?

B.J. Ellis: The N Crowd was formed after a pair of auditions held by Ray Reese and Emily Dufton in February of 2005. Mike Connor, Jessica Snow, Brandon Libby and myself were the original cast from that audition.

WO: How has the group evolved over the years?

BJE: The group has evolved in a few ways over the years. Many changes were behind the scenes. As we all gained more experience over the years and as technology changed, we found easier ways to make the show run smoother. For example, the way we sell tickets went from cash-only that week to the ability to order tickets for shows 3 month out.. I honestly can't imagine running the show now without the benefits of technology we now use. Our show is also way funnier now than it was in 2005. We came across some old archive footage of one of our first shows. After watching it I thought to myself, "Whoa...that... isn't...very funny. Yeesh." I feel that the quality of our shows has really evolved. The cast has also changed a lot over the years. I believe over the 8 years nearly 40 people have been in The N Crowd.

WO: What are some of your favorite moments in N Crowd history?

BJE: That is truly a tough question to answer. I enjoy just about every week I am here. My favorite moment nowadays is coming in on a Friday and knowing we have a sold out show. In the early years of The N Crowd, we would have weeks that no one came to the show. Today...I honestly couldn't say when the last time that happened.

WO: Do you have any new goals or plans for the N Crowd as the group enters its 8th year?

BJE: A few goals, a couple of plans. Maybe a hair-brained scheme or two.

WO: What can fans expect from the anniversary show this Friday?

BJE: We are going to be at The Ruba for our anniversary show this year. Unlike our usual shows, this venue has a cash bar. We also will have some pizza there for consumption and after the show there will be dancing. The show starts at 8:30 pm, which is alittle later then usual, just in case anyone goes to The Actors Center [our typical home] accidentally.

The N Crowd 8-Year Anniversary Show is this Friday, April 26th at Ruba Club (414 Green Street). Tickets are $12, which includes the after-party.