Comedy Photos (And Fashion) From Around Philly 11/21/13

Here are some photos from recent comedy shows around town... Do you produce or perform in a show from which you can send us photos? Email them to!

Hang On 2013 - Aaron Nevins
Aaron Nevins Hosts Hang On (w/ Aaron Nevins).


Hang On 2013 - Arron Nevins & Dan Vetrano
Aaron chats with audience wrangler Dan Vetrano.


Hang On 2013 - Dude Rules
The panel lays down some Dude Rules. (L to R: Tim Butterly, Mike Alloy, Aaron Nevins, Kevin Ryan).


Hang On 2013 - Kevin Allison & Dave Hill
Aaron sits down with guests Kevin Allison and Dave Hill.

 And from Wednesday's East Coast Power Nap...

Alejandro and TJ
Alejandro Morales and TJ Hurley share the theme of the night: Christmas.
[photo by Ben Miller.]
Aaron Hertzog
Aaron Hertzog offers life-hacks for running out of pizza. 
[photo by Ben Miller]
Elise Thompson-Hohl
Elise explains how her dad got a good deal on a flight to Disneyland for the family after 9/11.
[photo by Ben Miller.]
Jim Ginty
Jim discusses the science of why butt-holes are tight.
[photo by Ben Miller]
Mike Logan
Mike Logan on how his dad doesn't need to hear about his nights out.
[Photo by Ben Miller]
Natalie Levant
Natalie Levant's search for gray hairs moves south.
[Photo by Ben Miller]
Setoiyo never had fun doing recreational drugs. (Ritalin made him actually do his homework.) 
[photo by Ben Miller]

And because we didn't have anybody reliable to take photographs last night at Free For All, Philly Comedy fashionista Joe Moore reports on what everybody was wearing:

Alison Zeidman - White and black checkered shirt, all buttons buttoned, 3/4's length sleeves, folded once just above the elbow. Black jeans. Brown moccasins with no socks.
Dave Topor - White knit hat. Grey hooded sweatshirt with 3 horizontal black stripes running from shoulder to shoulder, split by a white vertical zipper running the length of the shirt zipped approximately half way, the letters "A D I D A S" in white below a white "Adidas logo" on the left breast, a small white zippered pocket on the bottom left of the sweatshirt. Black undershirt. Blue jeans. All white sneakers.
Brian Finnell -  Grey hoodied sweatshirt unzipped, white zipper, sleeves rolled to the elbows. navy blue t-shirt with a dark blue quadrangle and a light blue quadrangle separated by a white line. Grey jeans. Black shoes, black laces, white swoosh, and white soles.
Chris Dolan - Black sweater over a white-with-thin-grey-lines dress shirt, the collar over the sweater and the cuffs over the sweater. White undershirt under the dress shirt. Off-white pants. Off-white canvas shoes with white soles and white laces.
Pat Kelly - Black button down short sleeve shirt, white t-shirt, blue jeans. Grey canvas shoes with white soles and white laces.
Sidney Gantt - Grey sweatshirt, hoodless, zipped 3/4ths of the way, sleeves rolled up tot he elbows over a purple t-shirt. Grey jeans. Grey shoes, with white soles, and white, light green, and black vertical stripes.
Ahamed Weinberg - Blue sweatshirt, faded black/grey jeans, tan canvas shoes, white souls, dark grey laces.
Tyler Rothrock - Midnight-Wine t-shirt untucked. Blue jeans with a small fleck of white paint on the left knee. Black shoes with lime green laces and white soles. Purple wrist band on the right wrist.
Alex Grubard - Dark blue buttonless Henley sweater over a black t-shirt just showing at the neck. Black jeans. Black sneakers with black laves and white soles.

Interview with Mike Alloy and Oliver Yu of 'Head of the Class Comedy Showcase'

Tomorrow night, stand-up comic frenemies Mike Alloy and Oliver Yu debut their new monthly showcase at Silk City, Head of the Class. Here they are with more info:

WitOut: For people who may not already know you, can you give a brief history of how you got into comedy and how long you've been performing in Philly?

Oliver Yu: I’ve been doing stand-up in Philly for a little over 2 years. I started out as an audience member, watching open mic guys of all levels at Helium. The ability to connect with a room full of strangers, even for a few minutes, is something I decided to pursue and make a part of my life.

Mike Alloy: I was actually inspired to start doing stand-up about a year ago after I saw Oliver first perform. Seeing him command the room was really riveting and made me want to try my hand at this craft.

WO: How did you come up with the name for this show?

MA: Originally, I was going to call it Smooth Comedy Showcase because it's being held at SILK city, get it? But then Oliver told me that was stupid. He told me to change it to Head of the Class since we are trying to attract a young adult crowd, many of whom are students, and we are showcasing what we believe to be the best comics in the city. He is truly a brilliant man!

OY: Thanks Mark.

MA: It’s Mike.

OY: …Are you sure?

MA: Yeah, but do you think I should change it?

OY: No, Mike Amoy is a fine name.

MA: It’s Alloy.

OY: Like the metal composite? You know, a change might not be so bad.

MA: I’ll call the clerk's' office after the interview.

WO: In the show's description, you guys describe Silk City as "one of the most popular and best reviewed venues on Yelp in Philadelphia." Was it hard to convince them to let you do a show there?

MA: I tried for a very long time to get the venue to host a comedy show, but to no avail. I showed up unannounced to concerts with my own microphone; in the middle of the set I would hop on stage and start telling joke to unsuspecting patrons. Eventually, Oliver sat me down and we put together a promotion plan with which we approached the management.

OY: Actually, I had Mar—I mean Mike, wait in a car while I spoke with the management. They still don’t know he’s involved with the show.

MA: He is a genius!

WO: Your publicity for the show also mentions "prize giveaways." How will that work? Are you running some sort of contest throughout the show?

OY: The management at Silk City was kind enough to provide some really cool prizes for us. We came up with a contest that we think will be really entertaining for the audience and the comics as well. You're going have to come out to the show to see what it is.

MA: Yeah we asked every comic to sub—

OY: Shut up, Mark!

MA: I am so sorry!

WO: There are five different comedians on the line-up.  Can you explain why you chose each of them, and what makes you think they'll work well together in one cohesive show?

OY: We wanted to put together a show that people who have never really been exposed to Philadelphia comedy will enjoy. We also wanted to give newer comedians a chance to perform in a great room in front of a solid audience. Bobby Lorello and Mikey Garcia are a couple of young guys who already have some really funny material and are comfortable onstage. Omar Scruggs and Jim Ginty are two comics that can always win over a crowd. Last but not least, our headliner, Chris Cotton, is one of the most respected comedians in the Philadelphia scene; we were so excited to book him for this show.

MA: Oliver is so wise.

OY: Hey buddy, do you have ten bucks I can borrow?

MA: All I have is a twenty.

OY: That’s fine.

The first 'Head of the Class Comedy Showcase' is this Tuesday, April 9th at Silk City (435 Spring Garden Street). Show starts at 8:30PM. Admission is $10.