Pizza Pals with Joe Moore featuring...Big Jay Oakerson, Dave Smith and Chris Cotton

Hey pizza gang what's shakin'!? Word is the best way to reheat a slice is in a pan over the stove with the slice face-down... don't knock it until you've tried it!

Big Jay Oakerson
Big Jay Oakerson. Photo courtesy of Helium Comedy Club.

This week Philly-bred comedian Big Jay Oakerson, Dave Smith and local comic Chris Cotton will all be at Helium Comedy Club.  Before you go see them, you may be wondering to yourself, "Hey, I wonder whaBig Jay Oakersont those guys think about pizza?" Well, wonder no more...

 

Pizza Pal Joe Moore: How much do you like Pizza?

Big Jay Oakerson: So much, that I would leapfrog someone having a seizure to grab a slice!

Dave Smith: What?

Chris Cotton: Collared greens


PPJM: What is your favorite slice in Philadelphia? What's your favorite outside of Philly?

Jay: Lorenzo's on South Street. Huge and delicious!! Outside of Philly, Ben's Grandmas slice in NYC.

Dave: Philly blows.  Any slice outside of this dump is great.

Chris: Chicken...cornbread


PPJM:
What are you favorite pizza toppings?Jay: I always go Xtra cheese, pepperoni and mushroom! Best combo!

Dave: Sauce and cheese stupid!

Chris: Wings...macaroni and cheese


PPJM:  What day was "Pizza Day" in your house growing up?

Jay: Friday! My mom-mom would always order me pizza on Friday nights and watch TV with me!

Dave: I grew up in an apartment. We weren't all born rich, you asshole!

Chris: Kool-aid, grape soda...


PPJM:
What is your favorite pizza reference in pop-culture (TV/Movie/Music/etc)?

Jay: I always loved that the teenage mutant ninja turtles loved pizza!! That was funny AND fun!

Dave: I read books...TV and movies are for weak minds

Chris: Tyler Perry...rap music


PPJM: Anything else you'd like to add?

Jay: This was really fun! Thanks for including me in your questionnaire !!

Dave: Add?! ADD?!..Yeah...Fuck you!

Chris: Oh yeah...coco butter!

 

Big Jay Oakerson, Dave Smith and Chris Cotton will be at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom Street) this Friday and Saturday night.  Get your tickets online!


Stand-up Fashionista with Joe Moore: The Roast of Brendan Kennedy

Lots of people will be talking about the things that went down at last night's roast of Brendan Kennedy. Brendan is leaving for LA soon, and the roast provided an opportunity for the Philadelphia comedy community to air out their dirty laundry live and on stage.

Speaking of laundry, below is a description of what everyone was wearing during the roast last night.

Benny Michaels - Black suit jacket over a white  and grey vertical-striped shirt unbuttoned at the top, a brown undershirt, black shoes
Rob Baniewicz - Red and white picnic blanket-style checkered shirt, black jacket, black jeans, black shoes
Alex Pearlman - Grey double-breasted cardigan with black buttons, purple dress shirt untucked with a black tie, blue jeans, black shoes
Jess Ross - Green dress, green beaded necklace, black leggings, black boots
Roger C Snair - Black pants, dark brown long-sleeve henley shirt, dark green/brown/light green wide-brimmed hat, black shoes
Shannon Brown - Black blouse, blue jeans, necklace with a locket, black shoes
Doogie Horner - Grey over-shirt with a black untucked T-shirt underneath with the words 'THE DEAD MILKMEN" in white lettering and a white cartoon of a cow, light blue jeans, aquamarine shoes with white soles
Christian Alsis - Dark blue hoodie sweatshirt zipped three quarters of the way, blue and white checkered undershirt, white T-shirt just visible at the neckline, blue jeans, dark shoes
Michael Rainey - Black henley-style long-sleeved shirt, black jeans, brown shoes with no laces
Joey Dougherty - Red and black untucked checkered shirt, black jeans with cuffs, light brown leather shoes with darker brown laces
Greg Maughan - Blue, black and white plaid shirt, black khakis, black shoes, silver wrist watch on the left wrist
Jim Grammond - Three-quarter sleeve untucked ringer baseball T-shirt with red sleeves, grey chest and back, the words "RED FANG" in red blood-splatter-esque lettering above a white skull of a saber-toothed tiger, sleeves rolled about 2 inches, blue jeans, black shoes
Brian Craig - Blue and white plaid untucked shirt, sleeves rolled to the elbows, blue jeans, brown shoes
Brendan Kennedy - Dark blue jeans, blue button-down shirt (unbuttoned) over a navy blue henley style long-sleeve shirt with a grey T-shirt just visible at the collar, black jeans, black shoes

Joe Moore is a writer for PHIT House Sketch Team Dog Mountain and an online fashion guy.


Pizza Pals with Joe Moore featuring...Daring Daulton!

Everyone’s got a favorite spot to get pizza. But it's important to always scope out the other pizza on your perimeter.  Went to a bar/restaurant about a week ago and had a really good pizza I never would have looked for, if I didn’t force myself to keep up-to-date on ALL THE PIZZA NEAR ME....

Speaking of up-to-date, I had pizza recently met up with two-dates at once: Joe Paolucci and Trevor Cunnion, who form Sketch Group Daring Daulton. Daring Daulton will ALSO be performing at the FINAL CAMP WOODS PLUS. We did some serious work on some pies and talked about what Pizza means to them. DIG IN:

 

Pizza Pal Joe Moore: How much do you like pizza?

Joe Paolucci: Bunches… I like the taste and I like the way it makes me feel afterwards.

Trevor Cunnion: Enough to eat pizza or pizza related food products about 4-6 times a week.

 

PPJM: What are your favorite toppings?

Joe: ‘Shrooms, peppers, plain, tomatoes.

Trevor: Mushrooms, onions, green peppers.

 

PPJM: What is your favorite pizza place in the world?

Joe: T.D. Alfredos in Phoenixville. It’s not good, but it's better than it used to be.

Trevor: Franks. It’s on 23rd Street in New York City, between Park and Lexington.

 

PPJM: What is your favorite use of pizza in pop culture?

Joe: Tim Curry giving Macaulay Culkin pizza in the limo in Home Alone II.

Trevor: I think it's Back to the Future 2 when they have that tiny pizza that they put in a microwave sort of device and it instantly becomes a real size pizza. I think that’s really great.  I would love to have something like that.

 

PPJM: What day was Pizza Day in your house growing up?

Joe: Friday. Always Friday.

Trevor: A day when we ate pizza, I guess.

 

PPJM: Tell me one fond pizza memory you have:

Joe: Being scared of that movie Cat’s Eye and eating pizza from Genuardi’s.

Trevor: I can’t recall the good times, but the worst pizza memory I have was when I ate a Kashi pizza and it was just awful.

 

PPJM: Anything else you'd like to add?

Joe: Hey! Please come see Camp Woods Plus on December 6th, Okay?

 

Do yourself a favor and head to THE FINAL CAMP WOODS +! Let me know where you are getting pizza before the show in the comments and we can meet up!

Also, here are some pictures Daring Daulton drew for Pizza Pals:

 

Joe Moore is a pizza enthusiast and head writer of PHIT Sketch Team Dog Mountain.

 


Pizza Pals with Joe Moore featuring...American Breakfast!

Quick tip pizza gang: Stay warm in the winter by cranking the oven up trying to make pies at home! Doughn’t be afraid to make your own pie – after some work, it will be most rewarding pizza you’ve ever tasted!

Another way to beat the cold is to get a job… at a pizzeria! I got to ham (and pineapple) it up with Nora, Sean, Peter and Eric who comprise local sketch heroes American Breakfast. They will be appearing at THE FINAL CAMP WOODS + on Thursday, December 6th at 8:30 pm We met right before one American Breakfest-er’s shift at Dominic's in Voorhees, NJ to decimate some pies and talk about Ninja Turtles, Mary Kate and Ashley, and touching family memories. Get with it!

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From the WitOut Archives: Top 5 of 2011 - Joe Moore's Favorite Pictures

Twice a month, WitOut digs through its virtual piles of old columns to repost something great you may have missed.

This post was written by Joe Moorehead writer of PHIT Sketch Team Dog Mountain and the host of last year's WitOut Awards.

My name is Joe Moore and I go to comedy shows in Philadelphia.

At a good deal of those shows, I like to drink beer. When I drink beer, I like to take pictures with my iPhone. People who drink beer and have an iPhone know that most often, these pictures are awful—upside-downers, close-ups of one of my fingers, and most of all, BLURRYs!

I just spent a good deal of time going through all of the pictures (some shows have one or two shots, and a few notable cases where I have close to 100!) and have selected my 5 favorite photos.

Out of the approximately 80 shows I went to and the many many shots, I've narrowed those down to my top 5:

In no order, here they are:

#1: "Changing of the Guard" Sketch Up or Shut Up - 3/4-5/2011

I think I killed most of a 6-pack (shared the rest) during Meg and Rob - Quality Value Convenience: The Final Meg & Rob Show. I know that I went to BOTH the Friday and the Saturday shows. I remember getting my shirt signed by BOTH Rob and Meg after one of the shows. I DO NOT remember putting the shirt in the washing machine that stole the signatures. And I just barely remember sticking around in front of the Shubin Theater after the Friday Show long enough to catch my second Sketch Up or Shut Up. A free show, Sketch Up is just as nice at twice the price and one of my favorite shows each month.

This photo depicts Meg passing the proverbial torch to Brian.

 

#2:Bird Text Comedy Showcase - 4/1/2011

The first Bird Text Show! This was one of my favorite nights of comedy all year, for 3 reasons: 1 - It was my first time seeing The Feeko Brother's Jay PeeBee's PB+J. / 2 - It was my first posted submission to WitOut.Net. / 3 - It was an incredible night of brilliant comedy. Easily the best line-up I've ever seen onstage at Helium.

A packed crowd got to see a killer line up of comedy and I drank a lot of beer.

Close readers of WitOut.net will note: I totally called the outcome of Philly's Funniest and lit the match that became the Tommy Pope wild fire when I reported: " 9:02 – Tommy Pope takes the stage. Is funny."

#3: The Theme Show - 7/29/2011

The first Theme Show was a really fun night for me as well as a funny night for Philly Comedy. After taking the reigns of the fabled Bed Time Stories, an amazing legacy which I unfortunately didn't drink enough to take pictures of, I'm sure both performers and audience were expecting some hiccups. Rob Banewicz had Gregg Gethard's funny shoes to fill, and filled them well with an entertaining show that went off without a hitch.

#4: Hate Speech Hall’s Jesus is Really Galactus - 5/20-21/11

I took this picture at 2:35 AM. I have no idea what is going on here.

I think I've said enough.

#5:  The Final Bully Pulpit - 6/29/2011

My sustained adoration for Luke Giordano is VERY WELL documented on WitOut.Net. That being said, I was on stage this night which means it was probably the best night to be an audience member of anything ever. This was a photo I took from the stage, something I normally shouldn't be able to do, but did anyway.

DISQUALIFIED #5A:  TV PARTY - 3/30/2011

Once a month, The Shubin hosts what I believe to be the most fun a person can ever have: Guilty Pleasures with Brendan Kennedy and Roger C. Snair, followed by TV Party with Paul Trigg and Rob Baniwicz. Hands down the best $10 I've ever spent, and the best $1,010 I plan on spending for the next 101 months.

They have an old hollowed out TV they use as a cooler...which also can sometimes be a hat.

Disqualified because I didn't take the picture, but me wearing the TV/cooler from TV Party on my head is pretty cool.

 

WitOut is now accepting submissions from performers and comedy fans for our Top Five of 2012 list series. We are encouraging anyone to write about their favorite moments, shows, performers, sketches, quotes, or anything at all to help us recap and remember the past year in Philadelphia comedy. You can pitch your Top Five of 2012 idea to contact@witout.net.


Pizza Pals with Joe Moore featuring Scott Aukerman

Word up pizza fiends!

The Olympics are in full swing, which means the world's finest athletes are gathered from all corners of the globe to entertain me while I eat pizza. Thanks, Olympiads, I appreciate it.

Speaking of the world's finest, I had a chance to talk pizza-shop with one of my favorite people on the entire planet, Mr. Scott Aukerman. Scott is a lot of things to a lot of people - a television personality, a podcast super star, a Mr. Show All Star, world famous media mogul.... and now, for the first time ever, a Pizza Pal! As a fan of "Comedy Bang Bang!" and all other things "Scott" it was a thrill of a lifetime to shoot the slice with him.

Scott is coming to Philadelphia next Thursday August 9th to bring Comedy Bang Bang to us, in what is probably going to be THE single funniest thing to happen to the state of Pennsylvania this year! He's doing the tour with a menagerie of friends, and in Philly we'll have James Adominian, Tim Heidecker and perhaps some "special" surprises...

So what's Scott think about Pizza?? We'll check it for yourself:

Pizza Pal Joe Moore: How much do you like pizza?

Scott Aukerman: I'd say I like my share. And my share is usually my four slices and one of yours.

PPJM: What is your favorite pizza place?

SA: Pasadena has THE BEST Pizza Hut. It's a little out of the way, but IT IS WORTH IT.

PPJM: Which toppings are you into, or do you prefer it plain?

SA: I prefer cheese! Maybe it's just me, but for me - without it, pizza is just bread and tomato sauce!

PPJM: What day was "Pizza Day" in your house growing up?

SA: Pizza day was whenever Mom couldn't climb out of the bottle long enough to throw some Hamburger Helper in a pan. So Fridays.

PPJM: What is your favorite pop culture reference to pizza (music, tv, movies, etc...)?

SA: I miss the eighties, when you would call nerds "pizza face." I never know what to call nerds now. "iPhone face?" Boy, modern society, huh?!

Wait a second... did Scott Aukerman just admit to being a Noid? Well get a ticket and ask him yourself Thursday, August 9th at 8PM!

Among non-pizza related news, Scott also mentioned:
- Earwolf is working on a Brian Posehn podcast!
- Between Two Ferns DVD - Look for it (hopefully!) this winter!!
- You can purchase live recordings of the Comedy Bang Bang Tour so you can listen to it ANYWHERE!!!

Alright "Pizza faces" that's all from me. Now, wipe the grease out of your eyes and I'll see you on the 9th!!!

Joe Moore is a comedy fan and sometimes-performer. You can follow him on Twitter (@TheJoeMoore).


Pizza Pals with Joe Moore featuring Angel Yau

What's shakin' pizza dawgs? Since we last spoke, I've been going crazy over Ricotta on pies - it's underrated and awesome! Also, I got to talk to Angel Yau, my favorite funny-ist from New York City, about pizza. Talking Pizza with a New Yorker is always fun, because many of my favorite pizza places are in the 5 boroughs. My conversadventure with Angel encompassed all sorts of stops in the Pizzaverse.

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Pizza Pal Joe Moore: So, how much do you like pizza?

Angel Yau: I like pizza like I like ice cream.
(Please read Joe's ice cream blog to follow this analogy.)

PPJM: How often do you eat pizza?

AY: I eat pizza as often as I eat tacos...
(Gotcha! Probably once every 2 weeks.)

PPJM: What day is Pizza Day in your house?

AY: Definitely whenever I am lazy to cook, which is once or twice a week...
(But that doesn't make sense with question 2... SHUT UP INNER ANGEL!)

PPJM: Any favorite toppings or do you prefer it plain?

AY: MEAT! Specifically sausage. The artificial looking, small poop kind, not the sliced ones.
I only prefer plain if I don't have money and only if it's a New York slice... otherwise MEAT MEAT MEAT. Sometimes if I do frozen pizza, I'd add my own pepperoni and mushrooms and extra cheese... defeats the purpose of a quick frozen pizza but it makes me feel like I made it ALL out of scratch.

PPJM: What is your favorite pop-culture pizza reference (TV, Film or music)?

AY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' pizzas always look sooooooo delicious.
Also Give me pizza, by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Also Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, the song is great because I heart me some Taco Bell. I really love the Spicy Chicken Crunch Wrap Supreme but they fucking discontinued that or something! WHY!!??!?! IT WAS MY FAVORITE!!!!

PPJM: Favorite pizza place in New York City? Favorite pizza place anywhere else?

AY: I grew up with Pizza Hut. My mom hates cheese so the supreme pizza at the hut is the choice because of the other toppings/bread to cheese ratio. Also their tiny neon orange buffalo wings ARE DELICIOUS. I also grew up with Mama Celeste frozen pizza (supreme of course). I also grew up in Howard Beach, Queens... which is primarily an Italian neighborhood. The go to after elementary school pizza there is La Villa. Also I just remember this from writing about pizza is Singas pizza... it's a New York chain. I only at there a handful of times when I was little, whenever I want to break my parents' heart, denying their home cooked food. I always get the chopped sausage and onion pizza. I especially like those two toppings because the sausage was chopped into tiny pieces and was back inside... the cheese was on top! What a delightful surprise! And the onions were sliced super thin like string. It's not a New York slice, it's a personal thin pie kind of thing! Oh there's also a place in Greenpoint, Bk where I lived for a few years in my adult life called Paulie Gee's... it's one of the those Brick Oven, bacon jam, dimly lit pizza places. Is the question what pizzas you grew up with Angel? NO! It was what is your favorite in nyc!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!? NO ONE IS GOING TO LIKE TO YOU ANGEL YAU!

PPJM: Anything else you'd like to add?

AY: Also can we talk about Italian Ices at these pizza parlors?!?!? Rainbow and Vanilla & Chocolate Chip! COME ON!!!

Boom! Awesome! Angel will be onstage here in Philly in a SUPER RARE performance tonight at Camp Woods + at L'Etage. Don't miss it! This is your best chance to catch one of Angel's mind-bending multi-media sets without spending $8 to cross a bridge!


Bock’s Scores by Gerry Bock: Reasonable Discourse with Jerks

Well it’s shaping up to be another Philadelphia Summer sports fans! And we all know what that means... RUN FOR COVER! The Phillies have a lot of baseball left in the season to make up for lost time and lost base runners, the Eagles are looking more and more like the grid-iron roustabouts of yester-year, and rumor has it, the Philadelphia Major League Soccer Team is doing miserably! But don’t take my word for it. Don't be so glum chum, let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water! We’ve got plenty to be proud of – the 76ers had a Dream of a Season… but that alarm clock always gets ya!

Let’s head to the tapes and check out the highlights from Jim Grammond’s Reasonable Discourse with Jerks (and I use that term loosely).

Here is each mention of professional sports from the entire show, along with who said it:

Jim Grammond – Terrell Owens*, Arena Football, Baseball, Hunter Pence

Mike Rainey – Ref, Ball, Houston Ramblers, Starting Line-Up Figurines

Steve Miller-Miller – Interception, Terrell Owens*, Tim Cheatwood, Offensive Lineman, Matt Bahr**, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, Webster Slaughter, Donovan McNabb*

Tim Butterly – Soccer, Mets*, Cowboys*, Mets*, AFL

Pat Barker – Kobayashi***, Jim Thome, Baseball Jerseys, Mets, Hockey Stick, World Wrestling Federation, Ultimate Warrior, “Wild Thing” Rick Vaughn****, “Fastball Pitcher” Bob Guiterrez*****

What a performance! If you ask me, this line up is batting 1.000! See you at the bookie’s!

*BUM!
** Philadelphia’s Own!
*** Considered a sport, not by me, but I don't make the rules. Counts!
**** Almost didn’t make it, but still counts!
*****Definitely counts!!

Gerry Bock is a freelance sports writer and former Publisher/Reporter-in-Chief for the Port Richmond Gazetteer, which he published independently for 37 years before gladly fell prey to the siren call of retirement last May.