The 2011 Witout Awards: Best One Time Show

The Roast of Meg Favreau

It's a funny tradition comedians have - when they want to honor someone they do it by saying the most terrible things they can think of about them, and all their friends. Before Meg Favreau moved to Los Angeles, Philadelphia made sure they gave her the proper send-off (you can see for yourself on PHIT's YouTube Account)

The Trashing of Luke Giordano

Luke Giordano also left Philadelphia for Los Angeles this year, but on much shorter notice. With a quick turn around time, Luke's friends put together a "trashing" of him - where they planned to make fun of his writing and stand-up work. Some of them did, but for most - it was just a good, old-fashioned roast. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Hate Speech Hall's Jesus is Really Galactus

Did you remember that the world was supposed to end this year? It didn't - but if it would have there was no better place to be on the front lines of the world's demise than Hate Speech Hall (the name given to the apartment shared by Brendan Kennedy, JP Boudwin, and Billy Thompson). An open mic/ open house in their living room that brought out a full house of Philly's funniest to laugh, drink, and possibly die together.

The Theme Show Presents: The Twilight Zone

It happened with Bedtime Stories and it's happening with The Theme Show - sometimes a theme just hits everyone perfectly - and the audience is treated to a night of extra inspired comedy. This was the case with the most recent Theme Show - where performers based their acts on the theme of The Twilight Zone. Ironic twist endings, Rod Serling impressions, and more than one reference to Vampires kept the audience laughing throughout the night.

The Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia Competition

For the second straight year The Feeko Brothers took home the trophy for Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia - but not before the night was filled with raunchy, dirty, depraved, and hilarious sketches from not only Philadelphia groups, but some of the visitors in town for Philly Sketch Fest. The Dirtiest Sketch competition has been a great night of Philadelphia comedy since it's days at The Khyber, and this year was no different.

 


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.

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 12

This week at the Shubin Theater, Philly Improv Theater continues its two-week run of shows. PHIT has recently changed their schedule, shifting showtimes to 7:00, 8:30, and 10:00PM. You can check out their full schedule here.

Monday night open mic Comedy XChange has gone through a bit of a facelift, and will now be known as Comedy on the Corner. Not letting the closing of their venue, Bar Xchange, stop them from putting on a show, hosts Chris McGrail and Dan Vetrano have decided to go guerrilla and hold their open mic on the street, at the corner of 20th and Ludlow.

Tuesday night Philly will say good-bye to Luke Giordano, who is departing for Los Angeles, where he will continue his comedy career as a writer for the sitcom Two and a Half Men. Luke will not go quietly into the night, as he is being sent off with a "Trashing" [Facebook event] - which is similar to a roast, but from the mind of Brendan Kennedy.

Also this Tuesday The Bird Text Comedy Show will make its return to Helium Comedy Club. This week's show will feature sets from Tom Cassidy, Alex Grubard, Mikey Gleason, and David James.

The Theme Show will make its debut at 10:00PM this Friday night at PHIT. Hosted by Rob Baniewicz, The Theme Show continues in the tradition of Gregg Gethard's Bedtime Stories as a monthly variety show where all the acts are based around a common theme. This months theme is, fittingly, "The First Time."

Submissions are currently open for the 7th annual Philadelphia Improv Festival, being held October 3rd - 9th, kicking off the second annual Comedy Month. Applications forms are available on their website, and the deadline to submit is Sunday, July 17th.

Auditions will be held this week for two Fringe Festival shows being produced by Philly Improv Theater. Twenty-four is a show that will unfold in real-time and is described as "a twenty-four minute window on the realistic relationship dynamics of six individuals." Twenty-four is being directed by Steve Kleinedler and will hold auditions on Tuesday, July 5th and Saturday, July 9th. Dark Comedy is PHIT's take on the famous Chicago format "The Bat" an improvised show that takes place completely in the dark. Dark Comedy is directed by Jason Grimley and will hold auditions on Sunday, July 10th.