Comedy is Liberty: Guess the Headliner

The second Comedy is Liberty weekend show is this Saturday at Liberties Bar & Grill. In this promo video Alison Zeidman hosts as Steven Bryan tries to guess who will be headlining the stand-up comedy showcase.

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"We Plan on Having a Controlled Chaos" - Interview with the Hosts of 'Chaos Comedy'

This Wednesday, local comedians Jimmy Viola and Jon Lalu kick off a new monthly show at Adobe Cafe, Chaos Comedy. Here they are with more info:


WitOut: The name of your show is Chaos Comedy. Does that mean you're planning for it to actually be chaotic? How will you organize your chaos into a show?

Jon Lalu: We plan on having a controlled chaos theme. The audience will witness the CHAOSPHERE in action. It's totally unpredictable.

Jimmy Viola: The random audience members we select to perform in the line up, the sketches we perform between acts, and how we host the show itself, all of those variables will be selected through the CHAOSPHERE. So we're not entirely sure how every aspect of the show will play out until showtime. The audience will be present to witness and partake in our journey into calculated chaos.

You can tweet us your names @SummonChaos for a chance to perform on the card. The open mic afterward will also be selected randomly, straight from the CHAOSPHERE. It might be the fairest open mic night after a free show in  Philly, or a really terrible idea. We'll see how our experiment turns out.

WO:You're taking over the night at Adobe Cafe previously held by Accidents Will Happen. How did you get that spot? Was there a hostile takeover, or were you more polite?

JV: The official story is that Accidents Will Happen host Bradley Beck was killed when he drank a poisoned beer from Necrosexual at the final AWH show, signaling a new era of chaos. Truthfully, for someone who seems to pride himself on being difficult to work with, Bradley has only been helpful. Jon and I co-hosted his AWH show in January and we had a blast.

WO: When the two of you guest-hosted Accidents Will Happen, you performed original sketches between stand-up sets. Will Chaos Comedy have a similar format?

JL: We plan on having a mix of sketches and being ourselves, but ultimately it's up to the CHAOSPHERE.

JV: The spirit of Chaos Comedy is to expect the unexpected, so we have surprises in store for the audience.

WO: Jimmy, probably one of the best things you're known for in Philly comedy is your Necrosexual character. Will The Necrosexual fit into Chaos Comedy at all, or is that something you'll continue to do as its own thing?

JV: I can't speak on the Necrosexual's behalf, but again, anything can happen at a Chaos Comedy show.

WO: There are 7 performers on this show. Please say one nice about each of them, and also one thing to illustrate how/why their comedic style fits the theme of chaos.

JV: We've assembled two Helium hosts, two New England guys, a pot-dealing robot and a slew of other characters for the show. It's rare to find such an eclectic line-up in one room at a free show anywhere else in the city. And of course, we also select at least one audience member at random to perform in the middle of the card.

JL: Doogie Horner was the first comedian I saw in Philly, and I thought to myself "this guy is a natural comedian."

JV: Doogie Horner was the first comic I ever performed with in Philly. I organized these rowdy stand-up comedy shows at Ray's Happy Birthday Bar back in 2008 when I was  underage, utterly horrified and unprepared to tell jokes to a dive bar full of drunks. So we've definitely had a few chaotic comedy shows in our history.

JL: Dave Terruso has a book coming out. That's a big deal.

JV: I'm really excited to see Pot Bot, the drug-dealing robot with a heart of gold and copper wires, who was constructed in the mind of Chris McGrail.

JL: Pot Bot. So glad to see my two favorite loves personified.

JV: Last we saw of Pot Bot, he splattered Dan Vetrano's spleen at Pro-Mania2k12, and Vetrano will return with vengeance on his mind and a score to settle.

JL: Dan Vetrano is eccentric and vibrant, always has the crowd's attention and is an all-around funny guy. He lives comedy.

JV: Nicole Yates might not be present, but if not, we'll be graced by 2013 Veggie wing bowl winner Carol the crazy Kenzo mom. We've also got RA Bartlett and James Creelman in the mix. They're from New England and I haven't met either guy. From what I've seen of them online, they seem like funny dudes. Creelman prints funny bumper stickers. That we're performing with strangers at face value is another dance with chaos.

'Chaos Comedy' is this Wednesday, April 3rd at Adobe Cafe (1919 E. Passyunk Avenue). Show starts at 9PM; open mic at 11PM. Admission is $FREE.99.

A Day in the Life of The Necrosexual

Ever wonder what The Necrosexual does during the day? Metal Injection did too, so they found out:

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Interview with Crazy Carol the Kenzo Mom, Winner of the 2013 Veggie Wing Bowl Comedy Spectacular

Crazy Carol the Kenzo Mom with stand-up Carolyn Busa

If you weren't at the 1st Annual Veggie Wing Bowl Comedy Spectacular this past Saturday, you missed one hell of an event.  In addition to a great line-up of stand-ups and excellent hosting by Hillary Rea and Thunderfoot Larry, the Veggie Wing Bowl also showcased some brand new and recently created characters that have popped up in the Philly comedy scene, like Faberge Gregg (Gregg Gethard), The Necrosexual (Jimmy Viola), Some Penn Douche (Paul Easton), Andre (Andrew Jeffrey Wright), Despiria (Rose Luardo) and Crazy Carol the Kenzo Mom (Nicole Yates), who took home the competitive-seitain-wing-eating championship belt.  Here's Carol reflecting on her victory:

WitOut: You won the 1st Annual Veggie Wing Bowl Comedy Spectacular! How does it feel? And what are you going to do with your belt?

CCTKM: When GhostfaceHilla asked me to be in her eatin' thing, there were two things I had to think out: 1. If my lucky pajama pants were clean and 2. If my boyfriend Frankie has weekend DUI jail that weekend because then who would watch the kids. The DHS lady says I can't just leave them in the laundry room anymore with an electronic football game from 1981 anymore.

But it all worked out, my neighbor had time to kill before his methadone wore off and he crashed out and my lucky pajama pants were clean! The good feeling from that was nothing like the RUSH I felt when I won! It was like the day I drank 9 Arctic Splash iced teas. I couldn't slow down!

I will be starting my parade of winning down Kensington Avenue starting Monday at 2pm (as soon as I get up) at K&A and walk down to my home at F and Allegheny where the short bus drops off my kids. From then on it is viewing by appointment.

WO: How did you train for the competition?

CCTKM: It was real easy ta train. My man Frankie has a hookup at the dollar store and I've been eating my weight in expired hot dogs for months. I recommend it to anyone who is attempting this. The date on that package ain't worth shit.

WO: Would you like to comment on the efforts of your fellow competitors?

CCTKM: That Necrosexual guy needs to let me know where he gets his makeup. I like that he shows restraint with it. My competitor Some Penn Douche was a good eater, but that Thunderfoot Larry guy would have eaten me out of house and Access card if he lived with me. Ghostface Hilla really chowed down for a tiny girl. Girl got a hollow leg or some shit.  That New Dreamz couple was some big thinkin' smart people, Channel 12 stuff. Everyone tried their best but they ain't gettin' a piece o' me!

Oh, also, I wanna give a shout-out to that Fastball Pitcher guy. That's one hot mustache that he can rub on me anytime! Rock those shorts, baby!

WO You look just stunning in the photos from the match. Who were you wearing? Do I recognize that housecoat from the Alexander McQueen show at Spring/Summer 2013 Paris Fashion Week?

CCTKM: Actually, the housecoat was from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection at Forman Mills. The pajama pants were my lucky ones (purchased at the big clearance sale at the Delaware Avenue Walmart). Three out of four of my kids were a result of the luckiness (the fourth one was due to a bottle of Old Crow Whiskey and a hockey strike). I always said, Lucky got me into that mess and Luckys got me through the pregnancies.

WO: What's next for Carol the Kenzo Mom? Do you have any comedy shows or eating competitions coming up?

CCTKM: I will be participating in the Kensington 9th Annual Soft Pretzel and Arctic Splash Chow Down on Valentine's Day. I will also be in the Taste Of America Wawa 20-Foot Hoagie Eating Contest on the 4th Of July. That's a one-person contest, where I sneak in after they close the tent and I go to town until Carl the Burly Security dude catches me and tries to throw me out. But, every year, my lucky pajama pants save me. Well, that and my flair for lunch meat seduction. And extra mayo. ALWAYS. EXTRA. MAYO.


We were also able to grab some post-game quotes from some of Carol's competition:

Some Penn Douche. Photo by Gretchen Schwegler.

"It was difficult losing to Carol, but you just can't compete with someone that has that kind of focus and desperation. I congratulate her for winning the Veggie Wing Bowl championship and becoming the most accomplished person to ever come out of Temple." — Some Penn Douche

Andre and Despiria of The New Dreamz. Photo by Gretchen Schwegler.

"Art is subjective. How do you judge an art of eating contest? I do not know. It's like trying to judge a wet legs contest, it cannot be judged, nor should it. It is simply meant to be appreciated, like a tea cup lined with animal fur." — Despiria

And from Alejandro Morales, who won the Mr. Wing Man 2013 competition by appearing as his more voluptuous, buxom self:

L to R: Thunderfoot Larry, Alejandro Morales, Hillary Rea. Photo by Gretchen Schwegler.

"Going into the Mr. Wing Man 2013 competition, I knew that I'd be up against the sly brilliance of Robert X, the handsomeness of Todd Shaeffer, and the sly brilliance AND handsomeness of Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez.  The only way to come out on top was to do the Wingmanliest thing possible, and that thought process naturally led me to wear a dress and sing the Star Spangled Banner. Next year's Wing Man has some pretty big shoes to fill now, especially if he's trying to find them in a woman's size."


Yep, it was quite a night! See y'all there next year!

Promo Videos for Tonight's 'Accidents Will Happen' at the Adobe Cafe

Tonight is the first Accidents Will Happen of 2013, hosted by Bradley Beck, Jimmy Viola and Jonathan Lalu.  Comedians slated to perform are Ryan Shaner (Center City Comedy), Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez (Chicago Cubs), Ryan Hill, Ryan Schutt, R. Eric Thomas (The World Exists Podcast), Phyllis Voren and Joe Bell (Tight Six).

The show starts at 9 pm at Adobe Cafe (1919 E. Passyunk Avenue), and will be followed by an open mic at 11 pm.  Admission is $FREE.99.

To get you super psyched, hosts Jimmy Viola and Jonathan Lalu have made some videos:

"Ridiculosity" from Unite Fitness

Yo, guys, makin' New Year's resolutions? Losing weight is one of 'em, right? Of course it is! Because if you're not skinny, you're not healthy, and you're definitely not attractive, for serious.

Luckily, there's a solution to transform your fat ass for 2013:

This fitness spoof video was brought to you by Unite Fitness, a totally real thing that's launched an actual fitness program: their 3-month Virtual Bootcamp.  You can check that out if your ass really is fat, but I don't think it is, honestly, I think you're perfect just the way you are, and I'm sorry I said that at the beginning of the post. Please don't cry.

A whole crew of local comedians helped make this video, including former Philly (now L.A.) improviser Michael Tomasetti (Mayor Karen), who co-wrote, produced and directed it.  The actors are Tony Rodriguez and comedians Abigail Bruley (Down the Show, Nielsen), Jim Burns (Hot Dish), Jimmy Viola (Necrosexual), Latice Mitchell-Klapa (stand-up), Amie Roe (The Amie & Kristen Show/The Kristen & Amie Show), and Jess Carpenter (Comedian Deconstruction, Iron Lung). Kevin Donahue filmed and edited.

"Santa Comes for Christmas" by Jimmy Viola and Jon Lalu

Merry Christmas, y'all!

Here's some holiday cheer directed by Jimmy Viola and co-directed by Jon Lalu, starring JoJo Tartaglia, Frank Tartaglia and Joe Bell.

A little advice: Maybe watch this one later if you're still with family.

Mr. Viola and Mr. Lalu will be hosting the next 'Accidents Will Happen' showcase on January 2nd at Adobe Cafe (1919 E. Passyunk Avenue).

"Now That's What I Call A Nineties Christmas: Singer/Songwriters!" by Jess Ross

Here's the latest from improviser and The Flat Earth sketch team member Jess Ross. Filmed and edited by comedian Jimmy Viola; starring improvisers Kristen Schier and Maureen Costello and stand-up Alejandro Morales.

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