Video: AmericaGethard fight at Bedtime Stories

01/20/2011

This past Monday, Connie’s Ric Rac played host to a little more than just the regularly scheduled Bedtime Stories.

Host Gregg Gethard’s brother, UCB fave Chris Gethard, is currently embarking on a cross-country comedy tour in an RV with some of his comedian friends… performing shows and perpetrating all kinds of general lunacy.

While tweeting from the road, a little smack talking sprung up between Philly comic Dan Eastman and Gethard, which led to a fight challenge. Eastman just happened to be on stage exactly when the RV pulled into the Italian Market.

After some grappling, Gethard (having studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) secured a solid choke hold and Eastman tapped out – the bout was finished… Or so the crowd thought.

During the battle, some cheering had started in the crowd for local sketch group Camp Woods. Gethard called them out on the mic, and member JP Boudwin leaped on stage. Soon, the stage was filled with members from each side. Camp Woods vs AmericaGethard. A frenzy ensued, with the NYCers claiming final victory.

Catch the fight in the video below, and be sure to check out Gethard’s comment in his blog post.

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Hannibal Buress Live at the Ric Rac next month

12/22/2010

NYC based comic HANNIBAL BURESS makes his way down to the Italian Market next month for a live show at CONNIE’S RIC RAC.

Buress has reached national prominence with his stint of appearances on shows like the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comics Unleased with Byron Allen, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and Lopez Tonight. Now you can catch him live right here in your own backyard. All kinds of great comedians have terrific things to say about Buress, but I think this clip from his appearance on Lopez Tonight really says it well…

The show is one amongst a string of high profile acts being brought to the Ric Rac by COREY COHEN COMEDY PRODUCTIONS. In the near future, you’ll also be catching comedians the likes of Todd Barry, Dave Hill and Sean Green. With these sort of acts headlining, along with their graduation from BYO to full bar service, Connie’s Ric Rac is placing a serious hold not only in the Italian Market, but as real comedy hot spot in Philadelphia.

The show is 21+ w/ ID, and kicks off at 8pm.

HANNIBAL BURESS, LIVE @ CONNIE’S RIC RAC
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22ND – 8PM
1132 S NINTH ST | $15 | TICKETS


Tonight: Bedtime Stories Orphans of SugarHouse

12/15/2010

GREGG GETHARD is back tonight with his monthly comedy showcase BEDTIME STORIES. The theme this month is Orphans of SugarHouse. According to Gethard, the show is about the “soulcrushing world of Philadelphia’s new casino, a land where children are left in cars and beer is thrown on the floor.”

We’ll see new sketches and videos from the likes of Meg & Rob, HateSpeechCommittee, and many others.

BEDTIME STORIES: ORPHANS OF SUGARHOUSE
WEDNESDAY, 12/15 @ 9PM
CONNIE’S RIC RAC | 1132 S NINTH ST


Tonight: Bedtime Stories at the Ric Rac

08/18/2010

Awhile back we told you about this month’s theme for BEDTIME STORIES. Tonight, host Gregg Gethard plans to truly send in the clowns as he and a slew of comedians take on the fans of Insane Clown Posse in The Gathering of the Juggalos.

Be on the lookout for juggalettes, ninjalos, hood rats, foo dangs and an assortment of other 9 mile scrubs, as Bedtime Stories pays tribute with a send up of those who are down with the clown. And at $10, that’s not a lot of skrilla.

BEDTIME STORIES: GATHERING OF THE JUGGALOS
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18 @ 9PM
CONNIE’S RIC RAC | 1132 S NINTH ST
$10 COVER w/ ID


New theme announced for August Bedtime Stories

07/21/2010

BEDTIME STORIES creator and host Gregg Gethard just announced a change in theme for the show’s August installment. Formerly Family Vacations, the new theme will be The Gathering of the Juggalos.

For those of you who may not be familiar with what a Juggalo is, it’s a title reserved for the most die-hard fans of horror core rap group Insane Clown Posse.

how do you make fun of these people?

The theme Gathering of the Juggalos takes its name from their festival, an annual assembly of legions of horror core fans, doing everything from rocking out with an ax (no, not guitars… real axes!) to seminars on face painting, and everything in between. Don’t believe me? Mr. Gethard was kind enough to share a link to this 17 minute long infomercial, detailing this very surreal event:

If you don’t have that long, here’s a brief glimpse at an example of a classic ICP Juggalo fan rant, courtesy of Encyclopedia of Stupid:

“I AM A JUGGALO BEEN DOWN WITH THE CLOWN SINCE 1992… ICP IS SPEEKING ABOUT GOD IN A DARK WAY… IF U DONT LIKE US THEN KEEP UR MOUTH SHUT… WE R FAMILY, AND AS FAMILY WE LOOK OUT FOR EACHOTHER… I HAVE JUGGALLO FAMILY TAT’S ON MY BODY… IM 22YR’S OLD AND IMA JUGGALO EVEN WHEN I DIE… IM TIRED OF U PPL TALKIN DOWN ON US… U DONT UNDERSTAND WAT THEY R TRYIN TO DO… FOR EVEY KID THE GETS BEAT DOWN OR CALL A OUTCAST, FREAKS & WEIRDO’S, WE CALL THEM FAMILY… WE STICK TOGETHER… U PPL HAVE NO IDEA WAT U R TALKIN ABOUT… GET UR FACT’S STRAIGHT……”

So yeah, as you can well imagine, this is going to be a GREAT theme!

For more details on this show, or Bedtime Stories overall, connect up on Facebook.


Matt Besser comes to Philly

07/13/2010

Comedian MATT BESSER is best known as one of the UCB4 (along with Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh) – stars of the Comedy Central sketch show Upright Citizens Brigade and founders of the famed NYC comedy theater of the same name.

Next weekend, this “wickedly funny man” (The Onion’s A.V. Club) will be bringing his show Woo Pig Sooie to Connie’s Ric Rac, courtesy of the PHILLY IMPROV THEATER.

Raised by a Jewish father and Presbyterian mother, the self-proclaimed Athiest grew up in Arkansas (thus the titular allusion to the Razorbacks Hog Call) surrounded by extremes of religion. In his show, Besser puts religion squarely in his sights, observing the ways in which church and state intersect in comically disturbing ways throughout America. Charleston City Paper describes the show as a “hilarious and somewhat stream-of-conscioiusness combination of sharp social criticism disguised as religion jokes, stand-up, and storytelling.”

Complete with head-to-toe U of A garb , the comedian brings his one-man comedic rant to Philadelphia for one night only on July 23rd.

The next day, he will also be teaching a pair of workshops at the Adrienne… so for a benjamin, you can brush up with Besser yourself.

Advanced tickets and workshop information can be via PHIT’s website.

MATT BESSER – WOO PIG SOOIE
PHIT @ CONNIE’S RIC RAC | 1132 S NINTH ST
FRIDAY, JULY 23RD @ 8PM
$20-$25 | BYOB


Comedy for the Weekend Warrior

05/28/2010

Here’s the comedy that’s happening around you this weekend:

FRIDAY

• 8PM – The N Crowd | Actors Center | $15
• 8PM – Epsilon Faction & Friends | PHIT @ The Shubin | $10
• 8PM – Rodgers & Hammerstein Are Dead | Latvian Society | $20
• 8PM – Keith Robinson | Helium Comedy Club | $20-$25
• 8:30PM – Corey “Zooman” Miller | Laff House | $15
• 9:30PM – King Friday | PHIT @ The Shubin | $10
• 10:30PM – Keith Robinson | Helium Comedy Club | $20-$25
• 10:45PM – Corey “Zooman” Miller | Laff House | $15

SATURDAY

• 7:30PM – ComedySportz Philadelphia | Playground @ Adrienne | $15
• 8PM – Screening: Love Is A Battlefield | PHIT @ The Shubin | $10
• 8PM – PJI & Camp Woods: 11 Years of Space Docking | Connie’s | $10
• 8PM – Rodgers & Hammerstein Are Dead | Latvian Society | $20
• 8PM – Keith Robinson | Helium Comedy Club | $20-$25
• 8PM – Corey “Zooman” Miller | Laff House | $15
• 9:30PM – Activity Book & Friends | PHIT @ The Shubin | $10
• 10PM – ComedySportz Philadelphia | Playground @ Adrienne | $15
• 10PM – Corey “Zooman” Miller | Laff House | $15
• 10:30PM – Keith Robinson | Helium Comedy Club | $20-$25
• 11PM – Flying Leap Improv Jam | PHIT @ The Shubin | FREE
• 11:55PM – Corey “Zooman” Miller | Laff House | $15

SUNDAY

• 6PM – PHIT Level 3 Class Show | PHIT @ The Shubin | FREE
• 7PM – Rock*u*bator | Community Education Center | DONATIONS