Daily Show Writer and Producer Rory Albanese This Week @ Helium

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A few years ago, Rory Albanese punched a 9/11 truther in the face.

That’s a pretty good description of Albanese’s sense of humor. He spent nine years working at The Daily Show (five as a producer) and is now setting out on a tour that stops in Philly from Wednesday until Saturday. I talked to Rory on the phone before his first Philly show...

Witout: Rory, I gotta know why you would leave such a cushy job on The Daily Show.

Albanese: Well, the job was pretty cushy and would have been for a long time, but I’m getting older and it’s like there’s this thing I gotta try cause the window’s closing. I didn’t have a map in some old journal telling me how The Daily Show was gonna play out. I’m doing this thing I wish I would have done at 22, only now it’s like a Kevin Costner movie – “Does his arm still throw? I don’t even know if he can get it up to 90 anymore boys. We’ll have to see.”

Witout: What was it like working with Jon Stewart?

Albanese: Any joke I made for The Daily Show goes through the awesome-maker, Jon Stewart. He’s saved so many of my jokes that would have flopped. You give him even a whiff of an idea and he’ll kill with it.

Witout: Your thoughts on Obamacare?

Albanese: Sure I care about healthcare, but not when The Big Bang Theory’s on. (joking) I’m right down the middle, politically, but I really feel that everyone should have access to good healthcare.

Witout: What was it like doing standup overseas, for the troops?

Albanese: Having been to Afghanistan is a real nice slice of humble pie. It makes you not want to ever wanna hear Kim Kardashian complain about anything ever again. Our veterans coming home are as badass as the “Greatest Generation” ever was and there’s no ticker tape parades for them, it’s bullshit.

Witout: So, I read on your Wikipedia page that you punched a 9/11 Truther in the face at a Jon Stewart event?

Albanese: I should have gone out the backdoor, is the lesson I learned from it. They started saying all this really terrible stuff to us, kinda like the Paparazzi do, and they started pushing us.

I’ve never punched anyone before or since, but I was here for 9/11.

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Albanese’s Wednesday night set was smart, topical humor you’d expect from a Daily Show producer mixed with everything from a proctology visit, to why ‘The Right’ should actually want Obamacare, to a family vacation in which Rory and his 8 year old nephew shared similar roles. All with high energy.

Pretty much anything can happen during Albanese’s next three nights after this Philly interchange: Midway through the show an audience member called the two women behind him (who were talking through the whole show) the “C” word. The whole crowd froze. Someone yelled EAGLES. Albanese goes, “They’re not “C” words, they’re just bitches. Well played!

Rory Albanese will be performing at Helium tonight through Saturday Nov 2. For tickets, visit HeliumComedy.com.


The Up-and-Comer: Comic Con

In the newest edition of Helium Comedy Club's The Up-and-Comer, titular host Aaron Nevins takes a trip to Philadelphia's Comic Con. Enjoy!


The Up-and-Comer: Mo Mandel

This week with bonus footage!

If you are a Philadelphia comedy performer that produces a podcast, web series, sketch video, humor column, or any other online content let us know by emailing us at contact@witout.net so we can share it!


The Up-and-Comer: Myq Kaplan

Here's the latest in Helium Comedy Club's video series The Up-and-Comer, in which Philadelphia comedian Aaron Nevins sits down with the club's headliner for the week to have a one-on-one chat about comedy.

 

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Win a Pair of Tickets to Helium Comedy Club's 'Four Headliners For a Cause' Tomorrow at Rogues Gallery

The headline pretty much sums it up. Tomorrow at the Rogues Gallery Open Mic (11 South 21st St.; signups at 7:00pm; mic at 7:30pm) the hosts will be giving away two tickets to next Tuesday's Four Headliners For a Cause show at Helium Comedy Club. The show is organized and hosted by comedian Chris Cotton to help raise money for the Raven Lounge MS Bike Team and MS Research.

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More on the show from Helium Comedy Club's website:

Four of the funniest comedians around lend their talents to a city wide fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis for six weeks, ending with this May 14th performance. Comedians Talent Harris (Def Jam, Host of Apollo), Mike Vecchione (Tonight Show), Greer Barnes (Chappelle Show, Comedy Central), Jermaine Fowler (MTV 2's Guy Code) and host Chris Cotton (Eric Andre Live Show) will share the stage, using their voices to fight for those afflicted with MS.

Take advantage of this opportunity to see five outstanding comedians for the price of one while supporting a worthy cause! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Raven Lounge Bike MS team and the National MS Society. For more details on the show or how to donate, please visit the following links:

Donate to this Fundraiser:

Donate to MS
National MS Society Donation
National MS Society

 


Comedy Show Round-up: May 4, 2013

Shows

The Bat - 7:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

ComedySportz - 7:30 & 10:00pm at The Playground at The Adrienne Theater

Sarcasm Comedy Club - 7:30pm at The Crowne Plaza Hotel

Mitch Fatel - 7:30 & 10:00pm at Helium Comedy Club

PHIT House Team Night - 8:30 & 10:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Northeast Comedy Cabaret - 9:00pm at The Ramada Northeast

South Jersey Comedy Cabaret - 9:00pm at Casa Carollo Restaurant

Doylestown Comedy Cabaret - 9:00pm at Poco's

The Comedy Works - 9:30pm at Georgine's Restaurant

Cagematch - 11:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.


Comedy Show Round-up: May 3, 2013

Shows

The Comedy Works - 7:00pm at Georgine's Restaurant

The Bat - 7:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Mitch Fatel - 7:30 & 10:00pm at Helium Comedy Club

The N Crowd - 8:00pm at The Actor's Center

Dog Mountain - 8:30pm at Philly Improv Theater

Doylestown Comedy Cabaret - 9:00pm at Poco's

Sketch Up or Shut Up - 11:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Open Mics

Hodge Podge - 8:00pm (7:30pm signups) at Hodge Podge, 1212 South St., Philadelphia

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.


The Up-and-Comer: Mitch Fatel

Here is the latest from Aaron Nevins and Helium Comedy Club's weekly web series The Up-and-Comer. This week, Nevins sits down for a chat with headliner Mitch Fatel.

If you are a Philadelphia comedy performer that produces a podcast, web series, sketch video, humor column, or any other online content let us know by emailing us at contact@witout.net so we can share it!