What They Wore with Joe Moore (Reasonable Discourse with Jerks)

On Wednesday July 27th, a packed Shubin Theater witnessed the dawning of a new era – Jim Grammond’sReasonable Discourse with Jerks”.  For the unlucky ones who weren’t able to secure a ticket, here is what the host and his four panelists were wearing:

Jim Grammond – An orange, black, yellow, green plaid collared shirt with short sleeves, 5 buttons buttoned, one button left undone at the top showing a white under shirt, blue jeans, grey and white sneakers with a large “N” on both sides of each.

John Kensil – Grey button down short sleeved shirt, 5 buttons buttoned, one undone at the top, no undershirt, a necklace with a cross, blue jeans, white sneakers with some black, wrist watch on left wrist.

Blake Wexler – White soccer jersey 3 buttons unbuttoned, with an embroidered small red diamond inside of a larger red diamond over the right breast, a patch on the left breast with 3 blue lions and 10 red “O” shapes under a small white star, a grey undershirt, brown shorts, white ankle-high socks with 3 black bars on each, orange/red, black and white sneakers with the letter “N” on both side of each shoe.

Mary Radzinski – A black blouse with wide arms and a neckline that went to the shoulders, silver feather pendant on a silver chain necklace, silver slippers, dark blue jeans, red bracelet on the left wrist.

Mike Rainey – Black t shirt with a white Philadelphia Flyers logo, with the word “FRESH” in all capital letters underneath also in white type, light blue jeans, black, grey and white sneakers with a grey wavy line on the side.


Stand-up Fashionista with Joe Moore (The Trashing of Luke Giordano)

(A note from the author:   By the time Luke reads this, he very well may be in a different time zone, embarking on a new chapter in his life.  Luke Giordano has been extremely gracious towards me, inviting me onto "The Bully Pulpit", letting me write and post on this very website, and being a terrific friend.  I'm not sure why he encouraged me as much as he did, but I'm secretly glad for it.  Without getting embarrassingly personal, I think there is more of what is "funny" inside of Luke than anyone - myself and Luke included - can comprehend yet, and I can't wait to see how well he does out there.  As a sign of thanks to Luke, I'd like to send him off the only way I know how... )

The following is a brief, fair and balanced run-down of what each comedian at the Trashing of Luke Giordano wore on July 5th, 2011 at the Shubin Theater:

Luke Giordano - Beige/light-brown jacket over a white dress-shirt all buttoned except the top two; lightly-worn blue jeans with a hole in the left pant leg; beige canvas shoes with white soles.

Brendan Kennedy - Black t-shirt under a black short-sleeve, button-down shirt (un-buttoned); light brown cargo shorts; Black shoes with black socks.

James Hesky - White dress-shirt with thin black stripes 1 shirt-pocket on the left; grey pants; black, grey and white sneakers

Mary Radzinski - Grey shirt under a black cloak that ended at the elbows, one button buttoned; blue jeans; golden flip-flops; black hair tie on the left wrist; 2 large silver rings - one on each hand.

Greg Maughan - blue and white checkered shirt, sleeves rolled up to the elbow, un tucked, with top two buttons unbuttoned; dark blue T-shirt underneath; blue jeans; grey, white and black running shoes; silver watch on left hand.

Pat Barker - Dark red polo with only the lowest button buttoned; blue jeans; black sneakers with white Michael Jordan logo.

Doogie Horner - Grey t-shirt; white boat shoes with no socks; long khaki pants.

JP Boudwin - Tan/Brown and white checkered shirt, un-tucked and with pearl buttons buttoned up excepting the top two; grey t-shirt underneath; black jeans; black/dark brown shoes.

Aaron Hertzog - Black and white checkered shirt with thin red and green lines rolled to the elbow's 2 pockets; blue jeans; black canvas sneakers white soles and white laces.

Mike Rainey - Black polo untucked and unbuttoned; white t-shirt underneath; blue jeans; white/orange/black/grey running shoes.

Billy Bob Thompson - Dark blue t-shirt; grey/blackish jeans; black belt with a silver buckle; dark-brown/light-brown/white sneakers.

Christian Alsis - Black, grey and white short sleeved flannel with 2 shirt-pockets, black buttons, buttoned up excepting the top-most button; white t-shirt underneath; black pants; black and white Nike sneakers.

Rob Baniewicz - White dress-shirt, buttoned to the top, sleeves rolled to just below the elbow two length-wise seams on the front of the shirt; a yellow, white and green tie; dark blue jeans; blue/grey canvas shoes, white soles, no laces.

Roger C. Snair - Red, green, yellow checkered shirt; khaki shorts; black socks; black shoes with velcro straps; a camo hunting bush hat with draw string.

Thanks for everything Luke, best of luck.

PIZZA PALS with Joe Moore …this week: ROGER C. SNAIR

Having a few minutes to pick the mind of Roger C. Snair is the most predictably unpredictable things I’ve ever done. I’ve seen Roger perform, and had a pretty good idea of his talents -- actor, playwright, dramatist, poet, and so much more ... but was he a pizza nut? After a passionate conversation about New Jersey geography, we got the answer to that question.

How much do you like pizza?

A lot. I love to be devastated and torn by a pizza with real pizzazz.

What is your favorite pizza topping?

Extra cheese, mushrooms, pepperoni, Pepto-Bismol.

What was your family’s “Pizza Night?"

I’m Jewish. We had a gefilte fish night. Hey, that would make a far better topping than anchovies.

Favorite slice in Philly?

Olympus on South Street

Favorite slice elsewhere?

Bellmawr Pizza, Browning Road, Bellmawr, NJ.

Anything else you want to add?

I like to eat pizza until I turn into a flatulent bomb. It isn’t pizza unless it makes you fart like a machine gun. Great pizza rips your GI system to shreds and leaves you in an entirely gaseous state.

So for those of you keeping score -- Roger is one of us, a certified pizza-haulic. You can catch Roger doing what Roger does at Brendan Kennedy’s Guilty Pleasures this Wednesday, May 4th at 8 PM at the Shubin Theater, alongside Kristen Schier, Andy Moskowitz, Doogie Horner, and JP Boudwin. You can bet I'll be there (and probably Lorenzo's later in the night!) Cool!


PIZZA PALS with Joe Moore ...this week: CAMP WOODS

In an effort to combine two of the worlds best things, pizza and comedy, I split a couple of steaming pies with Philly Sketch-Gang Camp Woods. Anyone who is paying attention knows the fabled role pizza plays in Camp Woods folklore. Who better to sit down and chat with over a few pies?

In between slices, I asked Sam Narisi, JP Boudwin, Brendan Kennedy, and Patrick Foy all the hard-hitting questions…

How much do you like pizza?

Sam Narisi: The most.

JP Boudwin: I wish it lived in the wild so I could kill it, and feel it die in my hands. Then feed it to my weird forest family.

Brendan Kennedy: A whole lot. Too much, even.

Patrick Foy: 1,000,000.00

What is your favorite pizza topping?

SN: I’m in a big white pizza phase right now. Also: bacon, mushrooms, and anything with ricotta cheese.

JP: Extra cheese -- other cheeses.

BK: Pepperoni.

PF: Sausage, avocado, spinach, chopped tomato, pesto.
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JUST THE MINUTES with Joe Moore (March Madness Comedy Competition Final Round)

The following is a report on last night's March Madness Comedy Competition Finale, the Rumble in Manayunk. The undertaking of "March Madness" has been as great as it is large. Center City Comedy took on an arduous task, and this show went on witout a hitch. For the last month we have been asking the great question: what happens when you pit 72 comedians against each over the course of a month in a competition to see who can win the audience over?

The great answer: this...

7:02 - 9:18 -- Emily and I arrive at Mad River. We are two hours early. We go to dinner, get coffee, buy some CDs, listen to them in my car, and then go to the show.
9:19 -- In patriotic fashion, the crowd at Mad River is treated to a rendition of the National Anthem, beautifully delivered by Erin Hess.
9:22 -- Host Tom Cassidy takes the stage.
9:24 -- Tom introduces the commentators, Shifty-Man Foley and Waddles Washington.
9:31 -- Tom removes his sweatshirt revealing zebra striped ref shirt and introduces the first contestant, Brendan Kennedy.
9:35 -- A man standing near me makes an awkward squatting gesture. I catch it but don’t know what happened, like a nervous twitch.
9:36 -- Brendan compliments Tom Arnold.
9:39 -- The man squats awkwardly again, and I realize he is trying to adjust his underwear with out using hands.
9:40 -- Jamil B is introduced.
9:41 -- Third squat from this stranger. Guys, just go to the bath room and use your hands. Whatever that is, it’s weirder than just tugging at your crotch.
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FIRST AND LAST WORDS with Joe Moore (Laughs on Fairmount)

In order to bring you inside the minds of some of Philadelphia's greatest stand-ups, below is a recap of last night's Laughs on Fairmount open mic hosted by Carolyn Busa and Mary Radzinski -- presented with the first and last words of each comedian's set.

Comedian - "First word of set" / "Last word of set"

James Hesky - "Hey" / "Thanks"

Jim Grammond - "Thanks" / "Once"

Ed Scanlan - "Thanks" / "Night"

Karen Meshkov - "Take" / "Guys"

Oliver Yu - "Hey" / "So"

John Kensil - "Keep" / "Carolyn"

Tom Cassidy - "Give" / "Thanks"

Rick Robotin - "Man" / "Comedy"

David Terruso - "I" / "Thanks"

Ed McGonigal - "Eyy..." / "On!"

Luke Giordano - "Thank" / "Radzinski"

Logan - "Check" / "Night"

Sean Preston -  "Hey" / "Everybody"

Carolyn Busa - "Thanks" / "You"

Mikey Gleason - "Hello" / "Carolyn"

Chris Whitehair - "Hey" / "Carolyn"

Mykal Carter-Jackson - "Hey" / "Money"

Mary Radzinski - "Oh" / "Show"

Matt McCusker - "Hey" / "Lot"

Steve Fielding - "Hey" / "Thanks"

Jess Carpenter - "So" / "Time"

Dan Eastman - "Hey" / "Eastman"

Nick Baker - "Mary" / "Time"

Joey Dougherty - "Hey" / "Mary"

Sydney Gantt - "Alright" / "Time"

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STAND-UP FASHIONISTA with Joe Moore (Laughs on Fairmount)

Laughs on Fairmont. Like a Hollywood award show, or that time I was mugged -- it was an epic event I will never forget. But when I try to recall what happened -- now two weeks later -- I realize it isn't what they said that left the largest impression on me ... it's what they wore.

Here is a brief, fair and balanced run-down on what each of the 30+ stand-ups wore:

John Kensil -- A straw-colored flannel rolled two inches above his elbows, a black watch, blue rubber band, blue jeans, and black dress shoes with a squared front.

Mary Radzinski -- A purple blouse with a comfortable-looking gray robe over, blue jeans, and silver hoop earrings.

Luke Giordano -- A gray bed-looking shirt, buttoned except for the top two buttons, blue jeans with three small holes, one larger hole, tucked into the back of his left sock.

Carolyn Busa -- Denim shirt, a torquoise charm necklace, a brown dress, and brown boots.

Ryan Marley -- A mostly white with darker striped bed shirt, black dress shoes with no laces, right pant leg tucked over the right shoe.

LaTice -- A purple blouse over a black shirt that covered to the wrists with 3 pearly buttons, blue jeans, and gold earrings that looked like little caterpillars.

Jason Hazelwood -- Gently worn jeans with a pocket chain, a black bowling shirt with black lettering that spelled "Motel" in a Ren-And-Stimpy-esque font, with tan and black Adidas.

Scott Terry -- Off-white t-shirt over a white t-shirt, black shoes, jeans.
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JUST THE MINUTES with Joe Moore (The Ministry of Secret Jokes)

Editor's note -- excerpts of this report were retracted before going to "print" for reasons we can't explain, and even if we could we couldn't possibly go into it now.

A few blocks away from Fergie’s last night, as my girlfriend I were walking to what we thought was a comedy show, we were stopped by what I believe to be a cloaked Druid. He said I wasn’t allowed to report on the minutes of the Ministry of Secret Jokes – the contents of the meeting couldn’t be revealed to the world. After a few quick rounds of “Riddles,” the Druid and I reached an agreement -- instead of my notebook, pen and phone, he’d allow me to go with a quill, some parchment, and an hour glass.

Instead of Standard hours and minutes, time will be displayed in FHG’s or “Full Hour Glasses” as well as minutes broken into 57ths.

0 – Full Hour Glass - I get to Fergie’s early. I test out the hour glass and realize its bogus – 57 minutes worth of sand instead of the standard hour.
FHG – 5/57 - I receive a “Secret Booklet.” I open and read ahead, although I’m sure I wasn’t supposed to. I don’t finish reading all of it, feeling guilty for skipping ahead.
FHG – 8/57 - Beer 1 -- Anchor Porter arrives.
FHG – 11/57 - An order of nachos is brought to our table. With it comes the first mystery of the evening -- the guacamole that is supposed to be on the nachos has VANISHED!
FHG – 23/57 The room is packed. Standing room only. Some sit on the floor.
FHG – 42/57 - The nachos are as finished as they are going to get.
FHG – 47/57 - Gregg Gethard tells Emily and I story about him almost getting hit by a car at the West Orange Library. While he does that, someone [REDACTED].
FHG – 48/57 - Beer one finishes, and remains finished for a while.
FHG – 53/57 - Less than a thumbnail of sand. We are welcomed by the twice-familiar Andrew Nice Clay. We begin a call and response swearing-in led by Mr. Nice Clay. I say and saw things I thought I would never see or say.
1 FHG - I flip the hour glass for the first time since I sat down, 57 minutes into the show.
1 FHG – 2/57 - The swearing-in ceremony concludes. I’m in the Ministry.
1 FHG – 4/57 - [REDACTED]
1 FHG – 7/57 - Andrew Nice Clay takes note of an outsider named “Tom” in the table nearest to the stage. He makes Tom uncomfortable by showering him in compliments, which in-turn appears to make Mr. Nice Clay uncomfortable.
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