Video Round-up, Vol. 3

This Week's Spotlight: The Feeko Brothers

Hey there! Lisa here with my weekly video round-up! This week I checked out the hilarical sketch group The Feeko Brothers! The Feeko Brothers are a comedy duo formed by Christian Alsis and Billy Bob Thompson. So I have put together three of their videos that I thought you might thoroughly enjoy!

 

1. Holiday Popcorn Tins. Guys Christmas is only 195 days away, so here is an uplifting commercial for "Elmer Pickaninny's Holiday Popcorn Tins." It gets better.

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2. MOISTACHE. In this commercial, spokesman Ty Bradford tells the many wonders of MOISTACHE. Ty Bradford was the star of the classic 80's sitcom, "The Growing Years."  Jeez, I wish my Dad was as cool and smelled as good as Ty Bradford.

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3. The More You Know PSA- Joseph Gordon Levitt. The More You Know PSA that you wish aired during the 90s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Ie2uFxmko&feature=plcp

 

Think The Feeko Brothers are excelente? Want to see more?! visit  http://www.thefeekobrothers.com/


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 46

Tonight, at Philly Improv Theater you can catch a night of back-to-back shows hosted by stand-up comedians James Hesky and Aaron Hertzog. At 9, you can catch The Monthly Hour with James Hesky this month's guests include Doogie Horner and Mani Pedi. After that you can stick around (for free) to see stand-up comedy showcase Hey Everybody, hosted by Hertzog, featuring Chip Chantry, Darryl Charles, Juliet Hope Wayne and Sam Narisi.

Tomorrow night, Camp Woods Plus returns to L'etage (6th and Bainbridge) with a night of independent sketch comedy featuring We're Matt Weir and The Judo Range. Camp Woods Plus is Philly's only alternative sketch comedy showcase, featuring brand new material from Camp Woods each and every month. Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 8:30.

A great week for sketch comedy in Philly continues Thursday and Friday with The Feeko Brothers and Mani Pedi at Philly Improv Theater. Thursday's show begins at 9pm and Friday kicks off at 8:30. You can purchase tickets for the shows online.

The South Jersey Comedy Festival is currently looking for submissions for stand-up, sketch, and improv comedians. The three day festival will take place August 10-12 at Harper's Pub in Clementon, NJ and will feature prizes for comedians and groups named best of the night. Submission information is available online.

This Friday, Eddie Pepitone returns to Philadelphia to perform at Underground Arts. "The Return of the Bitter Buddha" will feature Pepitone's signature style described as "a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment." Tickets are available online.


And The Winners Are...

The 2011 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy were last night at World Cafe Live. The Philadelphia comedy community gathered together to hand out the awards which they themselves nominated and voted for. In case you missed it, here's a full rundown of the winners in each category.

Best Host: Chip Chantry - host of Chip Chantry's One Man Show (with Special Guests) and Facetime with Chip Chantry

Best Venue: Philly Improv Theater

Best Podcast: CheaPodcast

Best Open Mic: Laughs on Fairmount (hosts Carolyn Busa and Mary Radzinski)

Best One Time Show: The Roast of Meg Favreau

Best Short Run Show: Pro Mania (Ian Vaflor and Alex Gross)

Best Regular Show: The Ministry of Secret Jokes (Doogie Horner)

Best New Group: Hey Rube (Alex Gross, Dennis Trafny, Jen Curcio, Lizzie Spellman, Mark Leopold, Rob Cutler, Scott Shepherd, Tara Demmy, Aaron Hertzog, director: Matt Holmes)

Best Improv Group (1-3 members): The Kristen & Amie Show (Kristen Schier and Amie Roe)

Best Improv Group (4+ members): Hate Speech Committee (Brendan Kennedy, JP Boudwin, Rob Baniewicz, Darryl Charles, Sue Taney, Christian Alsis, Billy Bob Thompson, Aaron Hertzog)

Best Stand-up Bit: Darryl Charles - Hatchet

Best Sketch: The Feeko Brothers - Jay Peebee's PB&J

Best Sketch Group: The Feeko Brothers

Best Stand-up Comedian: Chip Chantry

Special thanks to World Cafe Live for allowing us to have our "clown friend clubhouse goofball jerkoff party" in their establishment. Also thanks to everyone who helped produce the show. The writers: Aaron Hertzog, Chip Chantry, Doogie Horner, Rob Baniewicz, Mary Radzinski, Jim Grammond, Becca Trabin, Joe Moore, Luke Giordano, Billy Bob Thompson, Greg Maughan. The video spots were put together by Rob Baniewicz and Shannon Devido. Also thanks to all the presenters and of course, the host of the evening Joe Moore.

 


Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 30

Philly Weekly is talking about us! Today's music section has an article about WitOut, and the upcoming WitOut Awards. You can pick up a copy at PW boxes throughout the city or read the article online. We suggest both.

This weekend, Camp Woods and The Feeko Brothers are heading west for the Chicago Sketchfest. The groups will perform two sets each while visiting the windy city for the festival and will be sure to represent Philly as only they can. You can check out sketches from the groups on their websites.

The Philly Improv Theater is looking for interns. Students who are enrolled in a degree granting college or university program are eligible to apply for Winter/Spring (January through April), Summer (May through August) or Fall (Sepember through December) internship experiences with the Philly Improv Theater on an unpaid or college/university credit basis. Interested students can get more information online.

This Friday you can check out a pair of back-to-back shows in South Philly. At 8:00pm at The Arts Parlor is The Sideshow featuring improv from Kait & Andrew, Martha Cooney, and Town Hall. Then at 10:30 you can check out High Note Humor for stand-up from Doogie Horner, Tommy Pope, Anton Shuford, Aaron Hertzog and Kevin Hurley.

Saturday night will bring back the Laughs on Fairmount Showcase to The Urban Saloon. Carolyn Busa and Mary Radzinski have branched off their weekly open mic into a booked showcase featuring some of their favorite comedians. This month's show will feature Chip Chantry, Aaron Hertzog, Jim Ginty, TJ Hurley and Mike Roberts.

 

 

 


Top 5 of 2011: Chip Chantry's Best, Funniest, Most Glorious Moments

5. Everything John Kensil does/says.

4. When Fastball Bob dressed like a baby angel or something.

3. Some Peanut Butter bullshit song.

2. When Secret Pants killed Snoopy or whatever.

1. WHEN BENNY MICHAELS PULLED THE CHAIR OUT FROM UNDER MR. TARTAGLIA AT CONNIE'S RIC RAC. This was seriously the most funny/immature/base humor/brilliant moment in my life. Rainey and Mayo were doing a benefit show at the Ric Rac a couple of months ago. From what I remember, those two, Benny Michaels, me, the Feekos, and I'm sure some other funny folks were on the show- it was a fun time. At one point, Mayo was onstage. I was sitting  in the back row of folding chairs, at the end of the aisle. Christian Feeko was sitting a few seats down from me. Benny walked over from the bar, and naturally wanted to sit next to me, because I am awesome. I was at the end of the row, so Benny decided to pull back the chair from the end of the row in front of us. As he does this, he goes to whisper something to me. He is so focused on whatever the contents of that whispered message are, that he does not see/realized that Mr. Tartaglia, a man in his 70's, I'd assume, was attempting to sit down in the chair that Benny was now pulling out from under him. Christian and I both saw it happen in slow motion, but were powerless (according to us) to do anything to stop it. Mr. Tartaglia went down hard. Benny was shocked and horrified at what he had just done. Mr. Tartaglia then pops right up and yells, "WHAT IS THIS, SOME KINDA MAGIC SHOW???" Benny grabs the chair, sits the gentleman down, and makes sure he is OK, which, thank God, he was. Meanwhile, Christian and I were in tears, hyperventilating, like a couple of 12 year olds. We both had to leave the room. Benny Michaels, as many of you know, is one of the sweetest, kindest human beings you will ever meet, and funny as hell besides. And he felt AWFUL for what he inadvertently had done. But in doing that, he gave Christian Feeko and I the greatest gift you could ever give another person. Besides your virginity. Or a Lexus. Or a kidney. Speaking of kidneys and body parts, it should be noted that Mr. Tartaglia had undergone heart surgery just two weeks prior to the incident. As of this post, he is in wonderful health, and is, as many of you know, a great man with a great big heart.
Thank you, Benny Michaels, for all you have done, in this, 2011, the year of our LORD.

Top 5 of 2011: Aaron Hertzog's Favorite Sketches

Camp Woods - Sick Door

A door that gets sick. What a simple, yet hilarious idea. I watched this over and over and over.

http://vimeo.com/24908295

Secret Pants - The Red Baron's Christmas

This sketch just debuted at Keep The Change Ya Filthy Animal: A Yuletide Variety Show - Secret Pants' now annual holiday sketch show at Johnny Brenda's. I stood in a room full of laughing audience members and fellow comedians who were amazed at the consistent, fresh, hilarious concepts and execution Secret Pants always brings to the table. This sketch is a prime example of that. Do yourself a favor and just enjoy this sketch, don't do as I did and sit there wondering who plays the back of Paul Triggiani's head (my guess is Brian Kelly).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owTZjmJAjVs&feature=youtu.be

Bird Text - The Real Househusbands of Philadelphia Occupy Philly

The Bird Text fellas combine their breakout characters with the hot-button-issue-of-the-later-half-of-the-year-that-disappeared-as-soon-as-the-cops-chased-everybody-out to make for some great moments in man-on-the-street comedy. This was the perfect third act for the Househusbands characters, a great way to keep the idea fresh and branch out to new territory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Yd2ts8sQ1iE

Camp Woods - Detective Berry

Camp Woods has been killing it lately. Every show is packed with tightly written sketches that start with strong premises and are full of fearless performances from each of their members. I probably spend too much time over-analyzing comedy, and lately I've been thinking about Camp Woods and their group dynamic. The group is full of versatile performers who know how to write for each other and where they all fit in. They also know how to take a great premise and squeeze every laugh out of it with a combination of big, balls-out performances, and small nuanced hilarious moments. This sketch is a great example of that. The idea it self is laugh-out-loud silly, but the sketch is jam packed with little moments that make it great. From Billy Bob Thompson's facial expressions to Brendan Kennedy's reaction shots to JP Boudwin's bewilderment to Sam Narisi's great delivery of the line "it all makes so much sense". Even the way Billy says the word "cum" makes me laugh.

http://vimeo.com/34046309

The Feeko Brothers at Philly Sketch Fest

I'm sort of cheating here by including The Feeko's entire set from this year's Philly Sketch Fest. Only "sort of" because the entire show ran together and was connected beautifully so it seemed like one complete sketch. The show started with a "body switch" premise, so I was hooked from the start. The set continued with a mix of new and previously seen ideas blended together to take us on a trip to see the Feeko Brothers' British counterparts, watch Billy as he became possessed by a Demon hell bent on getting some marijuana, and watch as Billy and Christian frantically tried to return to their own bodies. Plus, the whole thing was sponsored by a quaint little restaurant on the corner of Market and Fifth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOQ5Bopi4ls

 

 


The 2011 Witout Awards: Best Sketch

Camp Woods - Eduardo the Crab

A hermit crab takes up life in the butthole of a beach bum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a9tPOeTIAU&feature=relmfu

Camp Woods - Sick Door

It's a door that gets sick.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvKLf234vbY

Camp Woods - Space Shuttle Endeavor

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is a dead beat dad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfdBarHvKzg&feature=channel_video_title

The Feeko Brothers - Jay Peebee's PB&J

A five-minute radio commercial for a restaurant that sells only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches... with an infamous, overbearing and ridiculously catchy jingle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOQ5Bopi4ls

Secret Pants - Juggalo Sunday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXg0YaxbD-8


The 2011 Witout Awards: Best Sketch Group

The sketch community is close knit, driving each other and suffering with that always comical combination of camaraderie and competition.  We had members of each of the nominated groups comment on the other groups.  Here are some of the comments:

Camp Woods

Members: JP Boudwin, Sam Narisi, Pat Foy, Brendan Kennedy, Billy Bob Thompson, Rob Baniewicz and Madonna Refugia

“Camp Woods have quite literally grown a lot in the past year. They're the "Katamari Damacy" of our comedy scene. Absorbing some of the best performers and writers in Philadelphia, their voice has only gotten stronger and sharper, and I can't wait to see what they bring going forward.” - Brian Craig, Secret Pants

“Our community is privileged to have a group like Camp Woods in its ranks.  We all want a proper comedy community in Philadelphia but Camp Woods defines the proper pursuit of it.  Their work ethic is unparalleled.  If they aren’t on stage performing you can bet they are in the crowd watching. They are genuine.  They are respectful.  They are involved.  Their love of comedy and the craft is undeniable.  And where most groups would falter with so many different voices and performing backgrounds (stand-up, theater & improv), Camp Woods is only stronger for it.  They effortlessly weave in and out of concepts both silly and cerebral and when they do it, they do it well.  Camp Woods is a deliberate, thoughtful, humble and consistently hilarious sketch comedy troupe and they deserve your attention.  Oh, and I almost forgot… they can do almost anything with cardboard.” - Brian Kelly, Secret Pants

“Camp Woods is unique. Their sketches are weird, funny, and most importantly smart.  Their homemade costumes, props, puppets and sets paired with their constantly new material makes them both entertaining and admirable.” - Shannon Brown, ManiPedi

The Feeko Brothers

Members: Billy Bob Thompson, Christian Alsis

“I think the biggest reason why I, and everyone else, loves the Feekos is that they're such a joy to watch. Billy and Christian have such great chemistry together onstage, and they always commit to everything 100%, as anyone who's seen them at the Dirtiest Sketch Competition can tell you.” - Patrick Foy, Camp Woods

"The Feeko Brothers are bat-shit brilliant; they're sick, insane, and fearless. " - Madonna Refugia, ManiPedi & Camp Woods

“I'm gonna go way back to LHM's 1st Sketch Up, when we hadn't been exposed to much Philly sketch, and the Feeko Brother's performed Coach and Kid. We were really blown away by the commitment to the performance and how awesome of a song it was, and it just made us really excited about deciding to do sketch in Philly.” - Aubrie Williams, Local Holiday Miracle & ManiPedi

Local Holiday Miracle

Members: Andrea Kuhar Isom, Aubrie Williams

“I'm really glad LHM is around; they add a unique voice to the scene and they're a blast to work with. They're offbeat and hilarious and I look forward to watching them continue to do good things.” - Pat Foy, Camp Woods

“I think I almost hurt myself laughing at their Expectations video.  It had such a weird pacing that gave it that up all night watching tv feel.  And the extended pickle-ice cream porn at the end was nice.  I love seeing how duos play off each other and these guys are an awesome match.” - Rob Baniewicz, Camp Woods

Mani Pedi

Members: Madonna Marie Refugia, Aubrie Williams, Shannon Brown, Briana Kelly, Kaitlyn Thompson, and Jen Curcio

“A staple of shows at Tabu and Sketch-Up or Shut-Up, this supergroup of ladies from improv and sketch keeps growing and growing.  I’m really excited to see what they come up with and where they're going to next.” - Rob Baniewicz, Camp Woods

Secret Pants

Members: Brian Craig, Brian Kelly, Paul Triggiani, Larry Wiechecki, Steve Thorne, and Samantha Russell

“I think the main thing that makes Secret Pants so great is their attention to detail. Props, costumes, makeup, lighting, cinematography -- they always get everything right. All the grunt work that comes with being in a sketch troupe, they nail it every single time. Plus they're great performers, every last one of them. I think Samantha Russell is one of the most underrated comic performers in the city.” - Patrick Foy, Camp Woods

“Secret Pants was the first group I ever saw at the Philly Improv Theater, and I remember walking away being so inspired by how smart, and also not afraid to be totally silly - their sketches were!  They have such a balanced and strong ensemble.  Plus, their videos are just beautiful.  There is a fun artfulness to their work that puts them at the top of my list. “ - Andrea Kuhar Isom, Local Holiday Miracle

“Holy shit.  These guys are the reason I do sketch.  They’re so consistently good and they’re my favorite group -- so to say I’m competitive with them is an understatement.  They drive me to try to out do them - in production, acting, and laughs - because they own all three on a regular basis.” - Rob Baniewicz, Camp Woods