The 2011 Witout Awards: Best Open Mic

Laughs on Fairmount 

Mary Radzinski and Carolyn Busa host Laughs on Fairmount every Monday night at The Urban Saloon. Comedians gather to sign up in the front room of the bar and move to the beautiful back room when the mic starts at 8. The show always runs smoothly as Mary and Carolyn handle their ever growing sign up sheet excellently.

Center City Comedy

For more than three years, Thursday nights at The Raven Lounge has been the home of Center City Comedy. Chris Cotton, H. Foley, and Tom Cassidy pack the upstairs room every week with comics waiting their turn to take the stage in front of the full crowd. The mic usually runs late into the evening giving comics the chance to test out their material in front of an always evolving (getting more drunk) group of audience members.

Helium Comedy Club

Philadelphia's premiere comedy club opens its' stage every Tuesday for their Open Mic Extravaganza. Sign ups have recently moved online  but before the new system comedians would gather at the club starting at 6:30 every week to sign up and then wait until the lineup was announced at 7:30. Many would stay to watch the show even when they didn't get on - making Tuesday nights at Helium a favorite hangout for many local stand-ups.

Rittenhouse Comedy

Taking advantage of the surplus of comedians in the area on Tuesday nights due to the Helium open mic, Jack Martin and Paul Goodman started their own, late night open mic around the corner at Noche. Starting at 9pm, Rittenhouse Comedy provides those that don't get on at Helium a chance to perform on Tuesday nights, and gives a second set to the lucky ones that do.

Sketch Up or Shut Up

The lone non stand-up open mic to be nominated, Sketch Up or Shut Up is Philly Improv Theater's open stage for sketch groups, or those that just want to test out sketch material in front of an always welcoming crowd. Hosted by Brian Kelly of Secret Pants (after taking over for Meg Favreau) Sketch Up or Shut Up is a late night Friday free for all on stage at PHIT. Some favorite Philly sketches have made their debuts at Sketch Up, along with some one time, if you miss them you'll never see them again gems.


The 2011 Witout Awards: Best Host

2011 Witout Awards: Best Host Nominees 

 

Rob Baniewicz and Paul Triggiani

Rob and Paul get together on stage at Philly Improv Theater every month and have a TV Party. They find the best worst television from the past available and present it to a crowd full of often drunk and always eager fans waiting to laugh - both at the shows and with the hilarious commentary provided by the two.

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Busa and Mary Radzinski

Every Monday night Carolyn and Mary turn the back room at The Urban Saloon into one of the best open mics in the city, Laughs on Fairmount. The two take turns introducing acts and keep the show moving with their own charm and sense of humor. They often start the show with a short sketch that highlights the chemistry they have with each other and gets the audience ready for a night of great comedy.

 

Chip Chantry

Chip Chantry is a busy man. He is the host of two monthly shows at major Philadelphia comedy venues. Facetime with Chip Chantry is a talk show at Helium Comedy Club that features Chip performing sketches, jokes about the news, and conducting interviews with each of his guests. Chip Chantry's One Man Show (with Special Guests) moved to Philly Improv Theater after its' successful run at The Khyber and features Chip hosting for many of the best acts Philly Comedy has to offer.

Aaron Hertzog

Twice per month on Friday nights Aaron Hertzog hosts Hey Everybody! an evening of stand-up comedy at Philly Improv Theater. The showcase features many of the best stand-ups in Philadelphia and the occasional visitor from out of town. Aaron is known for yelling "Hey Everybody" at the top of his sets, and getting audiences ready for the show with his jovial invitations of friendship.

 

 

Doogie Horner

Doogie's monthly Ministry of Secret Jokes has been one of the best nights of comedy Philadelphia has to offer for years. Doogie packs the show with not only great stand-up and sketch comedy but games, contests, and audience participation. The show is run like a meeting of a secret society, and Doogie often opens his shows by having the audience recite an oath that they will not reveal what they see to anyone. Judging by the packed in crowds upstairs at Fergie's every month, many people have been breaking that oath.

 


Laughs on Fairmount Showcase

Tomorrow night at 8pm at the Urban Saloon Mary Radzinski and Carolyn Busa will celebrate six months of their Monday night Laughs on Fairmount Open Mic with their first LOF Showcase. The two co-host the mic, held every week in the back room at the bar across the street from Eastern State Penitentiary and have now expanded to include a weekend showcase. The first show will feature comedians Sean Preston, Nicole Yates, Noah Goldstein, John Kensil and will be headlined by Pat House. The hosts of the show had a few words to say to encourage you to attend:

Carolyn: Hey, Mare, I'm super excited about this Saturday's six month anniversary show of Laughs on Fairmount! I really need something like this to look forward to, especially after the dentist appointment I just had.
Mary: Ginger-vitis?
Carolyn: I hate you.
Mary: No you don't.
Carolyn: Why don't you go get a spray tan?
Mary: Oh gosh, Carebear, not until Saturday morning. I want a fresh glow for the show.

The first Laughs on Fairmount Showcase will be held Saturday, September 17th at 8pm at The Urban Saloon (2120 Fairmount Ave.) Tickets are $10 at the door. More information can be found on the Facebook Event Page.


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"

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


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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