First and Last Words with Joe Moore (Philly's Phunniest Person Finals)

A packed crowd at Helium witnessed the cream-of-the-cream of Philadelphia comedy last night during the finals of the Philly's Phunniest Competition.  Beginning almost 2 and a half months ago with 165 comedians, the field had been whittled down to 10 Finalists, who took the stage in order to see who would walk away with the title.  The was a true spectacle - each comedian was worthy of raucous laughter, wild applause, and probably a $1,000 prize, but there can only be one winner.  Surely those who missed out on this will be kicking themselves for a long time... for those unfortunate souls, here's a taste of what you missed:

Below are the first and last words spoken on stage by each of 2011's Philly's Funniest Finalists:

(Comedian - First Word // Last Word)

Host Dave Smith - Thanks // Night

Pat Barker - Thank // Thanks

John McKeever - Hey // You

Chip Chantry - So // Everybody

Gary Vider - Thanks // Evening

Andy Nolan - Alright // Much

Mike Rainey - Alright // Rainey

Tommy Pope - Hey // Thanks

Gordon Baker-Bone - Yeah // Night

Pat House - Thank // Night

Darryl Charles - Yay // Everybody

Headliner Big Jay Oakerson - Thank // Around

Congratulations to all ten finalists, but a little extra congratulations to Tommy Pope who deservedly was named winner of 2011's Philly's Funniest.  And to everyone who missed the show - you're welcome!


Philly's Phunniest Semi Finals (Show Two)

Last night, in the second semi final round of Helium Comedy Club's Philly's Phunniest Person Contest, five more comedians moved on to tonight's final round. The five finalists are:

Chip Chantry, Darryl Charles, Andy Nolan, Tommy Pope and Pat Barker.

They will be joining John McKeever, Pat House, Mike Rainey, Gordon Baker Bone and Gary Vider in tonight's finals.

The ten comedians will take the stage at Helium tonight at 8PM. The show will be hosted by Big Jay Oakerson, and tickets can be purchased online.


First and Last Words with Joe Moore: Ministry of Secret Jokes

Much can be, and has been, said about the Ministry of Secret Jokes. I was present for the show on August 8th, and since there was no oath taken beforehand, I am free to reveal events of the evening.

Below are the first and last words from each comedian who appeared on stage:

Comedian : First word / Last word

Steve Gerben: Hello / Story
Doogie Horner: Thank / Night
Chip Chantry: Hey / You
John McKeever: Give / Attention
Micah McGraw: Hi / Yeah
Baby Doug McGraw: Is / Ok
Corey Cohen: Yeah / Phone
Conrad Roth: Thanks / Horner
Bing Supernova: More / Not
David Terruso: Hello / Much
Black Wexler: You / Mother
Brendan Kennedy: Something / University

It should be noted, some of the performers appeared on stage multiple times through out the night. The words listed are their first from when they first spoke into a microphone, last words are final words spoken in the entire evening.

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


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 17

As we talked about all last week Philly Improv Theater debuted their new house teams on Friday night. Along with the debuts came the revelations of the teams' actual names. Brandybuck and Shadowfax will now and forever be known as Hey Rube and ZaoGao. The teams will perform together during the Philly Fringe Fest at Fresh Laughs.

Next Tuesday, August 16, Chip Chantry will be recording his first live comedy album (Facebook Event) at Helium Comedy Club.  Pat House and Amir Gollan will also be performing. Tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased in advance online.

Last night at Helium, the first round of 2011's Philly's Phunniest Person Contest rolled right along with James Hesky, Chris Cotton and H. Foley advancing to the semi-finals, which are fast approaching.

The Grand Opera House in Wilmington Delaware is now accepting applications for their LOL @ The Grand contest. Ten comedians will be selected to compete and the winner will gain the chance to open for one of their upcoming mainstage comedians. Submissions can be found online and the deadline to apply is November 1.

Comedians for a Cause is organizing fund raising efforts for one of our own. Recently, Philly comedian Danny Ozark was attacked, beaten and robbed. Friend and fellow comedian Mike Rainey has organized efforts to accept donations for Danny through his PayPal account (send money to mrainey82@gmail.com on PayPal) as well as having a fundraiser show Saturday, August 13th at The Irish Pol (45 South 3rd St. Philadelphia).


Philly Comedy Round-up: Volume 14

There's a Kickstarter Campaign to raise money to produce an entire season of Down the Show, the project that showcases material from the minds of Philly's sketch groups, stand-up comedians, actors, writers, illustrators and musicians.

Quizmaster/ Comedian Johnny Goodtimes wrote on his blog about the 3 Philly Funnymen You Absolutely, Positively Should Be Following on Twitter. Check it out.

Doogie Horner has been updating his blog, KGB Yard Sale more frequently. Just today, he posted a skit, a sketch (drawing) and some words of inspiration.

Luke Giordano has found time out from his new job as a writer for Two and a Half Men to keep updating his website Everything You Like is Stupid. His latest post is inspired by LA traffic.

The latest episode of  Darryl Charles and James Hesky's CheaPodcast features special guest Brendan Kennedy - fresh off consuming some of the "pickle back" shots he made famous (perhaps infamous) with their appearance in his Sketch-Up or Shut-Up performance.

Also in the podcast world, The Holding Court Podcast continues to release episodes even in the NBA offseason, because, really, Gregg Gethard and Aaron Hertzog don't need much actual basketball play to keep their discussion alive.

The first round of the Philly's Phunniest Person Contest continued last night at Helium Comedy Club, with Pat House, Tommy Pope and David Ray Agyekum moving on to the semi-finals.

This Thursday Connie's Ric Rac will host a show headlined by Chappelle's Show co-creator Neil Brennan (buy tickets HERE).

Chip Chantry will be recording his first comedy album live at Helium Comedy Club on Tuesday, August 16th (Facebook Event). Joining him on the show will be Pat House and Amir Gollan. Tickets are available for $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the club and making a reservation (215-496-9001).