We’ve been out of the loop over here through most of the Fringe and beyond. Now that we’ve sufficiently recovered, regular posts will resume next week. In the meantime, here are a few tidbits to check out…
- Many have called the last few months the Summer of Doogie, and it’s sure felt that way, with Mr. Horner joking his way into America’s hearts on America’s Got Talent. And now fresh off his win over a Helium, the newly crowned Philly’s Phunniest looks to return to the stage tonight, as he resurrects his show The Ministry of Secret Jokes. Now at its new home at the Ruba Club, joining Doogie will be fellow former Phunniest winners Anton Shuford and Steve Gerben, as well as Amir Golan and Becca Trabin. It all starts at 8PM
- The ever-delightful Jaime Fountaine returns to The Dive tonight at 7PM with her show Toiling in Obscurity. Guests include Pat Kelly, Tom McCallister and Jesse Hale Moore
For those readers who may not be aware, local comedian DOOGIE HORNER has been making his way through the ranks of this season’s Americas Got Talent.
Doogie is a familiar site here locally, where in addition to performing standup all over, he’s run the MINISTRY OF SECRET JOKES and is a regular panelist on THE BULLY PULPIT. He’s also made a name for himself creating hilarious flowcharts.
Doogie made his first appearance on AGT a few weeks back, and faced down a very hostile crowd. He won the hearts of Howie and Sharon, and they put him through to Vegas.
For the last few weeks, we’ve been excited to see him during Vegas week. First to see if he got through, but also just to get to see him actually tell a few jokes. Well, we’ hit Vegas week… so what happened?
Doogie’s going to Hollywood!
Congratulations Doogie, we look forward to seeing more of you on AGT and beyond!
There’s a lot going on this weekend for comedy fans… check it out:
- The 2009 PHILLY SKETCHFEST continues through the weekend at Plays & Players Theater
- RARE BIRD SHOW, FLETCHER and LEO CALLAHAN anchor PHIT’s Shubin shows, with appearances by EVERYTHING MUST GO tonight and ANGRY PEOPLE BUILDING THINGS Saturday
- Celebrate the Bachelor Party Edition of the MINISTRY OF SECRET JOKES as host DOOGIE HORNER celebrates his final nights of singledom 8PM tonight at Fergies Pub.
- Bucks County Community College features EXPONENTIAL JOURNEY – improv directed by Bill McLaughlin this Friday and Saturday at 7PM in the BCCC Library
- Shortform improv by THE N CROWD rolls out 8PM tonight at the Actor’s Center
- Get your game on with a COMEDYSPORTZ double header Saturday 7:30 & 10PM at the Playground @ the Adrienne
- Scratch your standup itch with LOUIS RAMEY of NBC’s Last Comic Standing headling at Helium through Saturday.
Wednesday night the MINISTRY OF SECRET JOKES returns to Fergie’s Pub with a fresh lineup and a new segment!
This month host DOOGIE HORNER welcomes comics KENT HAINES, BRENDAN KENNEDY, BENNY MICHAELS & CAROLYN BUSA, as well as the digital duo JON GOFF & POWERPOINT PAM.
The evening will feature the latest battle in the ongoing OMNIANA saga to which Brendan Kennedy has held victory over for many months. The newest challenger will be Benny Michaels.
We’ll also see a new segment entitled HACK! where three comics are given a hacky joke setup and have 60 seconds to come up with their own punchline.
More details at ministryofsecretjokes.com
THE MINISTRY OF SECRET JOKES
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 @ 8PM
FERGIES PUB | 1214 SANSOM STREET
Wednesday night, comic DOOGIE HORNER will host another monthly installment of THE MINISTRY OF SECRET JOKES. Guests scheduled to appear include Jon Goff, Justin Williams, John Kensil and Emily McGraw. Doogie has also arranged a very special appearance by DAVE HILL, of Comedy Central, HBO, This American Life and SuperDeluxe.
We’ll also see OMNIANA superchamp Brendan Kenney defend his title against challenger Mike Rainey.
THE MINISTRY OF SECRET JOKES
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29TH @ 8PM
FERGIES PUB | 1214 SANSOM ST
Tonight at Fergie’s Pub, Doogie Horner hosts another edition of the Ministry of Secret Jokes. Comics slated to appear tonight are:
The audience is also in for a special treat and a glimpse of omniscience as they put their questions to the test against a panel of advice experts including Anton Shuford, Joey Dougherty, David Terruso, and Gregg Gethard
In addition to some great standup, priceless expert advice, free admission and plenty of drinks… the Omniana battle rages on, as Chip Chantry seeks to reclaim his title from defending champ Brendan Kennedy.
THE MINISTRY OF SECRET JOKES
FRIDAY, MARCH 25TH @ 8PM
FERGIE’S PUB | 1214 SANSOM ST
Last Thursday Doogie Horner, comedian and host of the Ministry of Secret Jokes, stopped by Gtownradio to chat with Dave Walk on the C vs A Radio Hour. The two discuss his comedy style, various other topics and go head-to-head for three rounds of Omniana. The podcast is now online:
Doogie Horner on C vs A Radio Hour
This weekend marks a special first in Philadelphia’s alt-comedy scene. Dave Terruso, Matt Lally & Ben Maher have come together to produce Philadelphia’s first ever Philly Sketchfest, running this Friday and Saturday at the Painted Bride.
Over the last year, events like Die Actor Die and Bedtime Stories have created not only awesome comedy, but also some excited networking between the city’s sketch comedians. The result is a culmination of talent featuring eight groups taking the stage in what promises to be two nights of exciting hilarity.
The event is hosted by comic Chip Chantry (Ministry of Secret Jokes) and features sketch groups Animosity Pierre, Bad Hair, the Gentleman’s Rotary Auxiliary, Meg & Rob, Rowan & Hastings, Secret Pants, the Sixth Borough and the Waitstaff.
Philly Sketchfest ’08
Fri, 6/6 @ 9PM | Sat, 6/7 @ 8PM & 10:30PM
Painted Bride Arts Center | 230 Vine St