Interview with Ken Jones of 'Live, Love, Laugh'

If you read this week's Philly Comedy Round-up, you already know there are a shit ton of shows happening this week.  One of 'em is the brand new Live, Love, Laugh showcase, presented by and Ken Jones.  Here's Ken talking about the show, his co-host, and why you should be there this Saturday.

WitOut: How did you get started doing comedy in Philly?72920_10200242551683480_204280982_n

Ken Jones: Well I started out making crazy [status updates] on Facebook and someone told me I should make video blogs. I did the blogs then someoneone told me I should hit the stage. So I did my first open mic in December of 2010 at the Raven Lounge and did great, and I've been in love with comedy ever since.

WO: What's your role in, and who else is involved with that?

KJ: I don't really have a role in it, but my business partner Anwar started it to give young comedians like myself more exposure.

WO: What's the history of Live, Love, Laugh? And is there a story behind the name?

KJ: February 2nd will be our first show and it will be every first Saturday at Eden, East 5600 Germantown Avenue, but we would like to make our show more than just a show, but an event that people look forward to going to every month.

"Live, love, laugh" is a common saying that not only comedians but everyone uses on a regular basis, and it just seemed to fit us so well. We are just regular people trying to live in the world, feel loved and laugh more than cry.

WO: How did you get together with your co-host, Shanell Renee? What do you like about her as a comedian?

KJ: I met Shanell busting jokes in a circle of comedians at a show and our vibe was great because she has the same drive and hunger for comedy as me.  She can go joke for joke with the best and when she freestyles she is a monster.

WO: There's a lot going on in Philly comedy for people to choose from this week, but your show is almost sold out. What do you think makes Live, Love, Laugh stand out for audiences?

KJ: The fact that we are genuine. We are just real people trying to provide good entertainment, versus the big businesses who just want money. We also personally invited our guests besides just posting our show on Facebook and handing out flyers. I mean those are great methods, but people like to be personal when they spend their money versus it just being a business transaction.

'Live, Love, Laugh' is this Saturday, February 2nd at East Eden Catering (5600 Germantown Avenue) at 8pm. Tickets are $9.

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 75

Philly Improv Theater recently announced its new artistic team set to take over day-to-day booking and talent management. The team will be led by Ralph Andracchio as Artistic Director and will include: Emily Davis as Improv Producer, Brian Kelly as Sketch Producer, Jessica Ross as Variety Producer and Kristen Schier as Season Producer.

PHIT also begins its two-week run of shows this week at The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge St.) You can find their full schedule on their (newly designed) webpage.

The Not Just Comedy Show debuts this Tuesday at The Grape Room (105 Grape St. Manayunk). The show will be hosted by Jess Carpenter and feature stand-up from Shannon Dapper, Geoff Jackson, Chip Chantry, N.a. Poe, and LaTice; improv from Bed Savage; and music from Tim Raymus.

East Coast Power Nap also makes its debut this week at the Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) on Wednesday. The show is presented by TJ Hurley and Alejandro Morales and will feature performances by Doogie Horner, Carolyn Busa, Sidney Gantt, the Necrosexual, Joe Bell and Dan King, with a "surprise appearance" by Lou Misiano.

Call on Mister Blue, a new play directed by Harry Watermeier and performed by Tara Demmy, Luke Field, Bryan Kerr, Brent Knobloch and Craig Lamm will show Thursday, January 31 and Saturday, February 2 at The Arts Parlor (1170 South Broad St.) The show will cost $5 at the door and will feature the comedic ukelele songs of Lizzie Spellman as an opening act.

This Saturday there are multiple shows for comedy fans to choose from including the Live, Love, Laugh Comedy Show (East Eden Catering – 5600 Germantown Ave) hosted by Kendrick Jones and Shanell Renee and featuring headliner Timmy Hall and feature act Jonas.

Also this Saturday is The 1st Annual Veggie Wing Bowl Comedy Spectacular (The Adobe Cafe - 1919 E. Passyunk Ave). Hosted by Hillary Rea and Larry Napolitano.  The show will feature stand-up from Carolyn Busa, John Nunn, TJ Hurley and Jim Ginty as well as a seitan buffalo wing eating competition and special guests throughout the evening.

 Get Real – Comedy of Skeptic Proportions is this Saturday at Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) and will feature The Evolution of Comedy Tour w/ Ian Harris & Jason Resler from LA, plus local support from the sketch sensation ManiPedi, stand-up from Doogie Horner and Steve Gerben, and hosted by Dave Terruso. Tickets can be purchased online.
Comedian Jim Jeffries will visit Philadelphia this Saturday to perform at the Trocadero Theater (1003 Arch St.) The comedian, known for his appearances at the Just for Laughs and Edinburgh Fringe festivals as well as his HBO specials will perform two shows (7:30PM, 10:00PM). Tickets are available online.

Comedian and writer Jo Pincushion sent us this video of herself and comedian Jackie Chipotle giving some tips for any Philadelphia bloggers looking to name their sites.

Attention comedians! Submissions for the 2013 Bridgetown Comedy Festival (held April 18-21 in Portland, Oregon) will close on Thursday, January 31. Be sure to get your applications in before the deadline.

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