Last week of Comedy Month underway

11/16/2010

Posts have been lacking the last few weeks, as I’ve been otherwise occupied deep in the hilarity of the Philadelphia Comedy Collective’s COMEDY MONTH. Both the PHILADELPHIA IMPROV FESTIVAL and the PHILLY SKETCHFEST enjoyed incredible acts playing to record audiences. Recaps of those weeks will be coming soon.

Last night kicked of the final week of Comedy Month, with selections from the PHILADELPHIA JOKE INITIATIVE entitled These Guys Are Good Vol 1. We saw the comedic illusions and body manipulations of flexible comedian JONATHAN BURNS. THOMAS CHOINACKY gave audiences a taste of his obsession with an excerpt from his show Thomas is Titanic. Finally, UN Ambassador and Nobel Laureate BUDDY FELCH dropped jaws with tales of his experiences with Ghandi, the Dalai Lama and other high profile figures. The evening was hosted by the incredibly funny CHRIS COTTON.

The fun continues next with These Guys Are Good Vol 2. In the hopper for tonight are videos and sketches from I’D RATHER BE HERE PRODUCTIONS, the musical comedy stylings of TODD CHAPPELLE, and variety show comedy from 2 DUDES & A DUDE (featuring former 6th Borough sketchers COREY COHEN & JASON MESSINA).

Here’s a look at the rest of PJI Week:

TUESDAY
8PM: THESE GUYS ARE GOOD VOL 2

WEDNESDAY
8PM: NED TALKS

THURSDAY
8PM: THE N CROWD GOES LONG
10PM: COMEDY GONE BAD

FRIDAY
8PM: PREVIEW – A VERY LADIES & GENTLEMEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
10PM: COMEDYSPORTZ PRESENTS GAME, SET, MATCH GAME!

SATURDAY
CIF’S NATIONAL COLLEGE IMPROV TOURNAMENT
12PM, 2PM, 4PM & 6PM: EASTERN REGIONAL PRELIMINARIES
9PM: EASTERN REGIONAL FINALS

All shows are held at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St in Center City Philadelphia.

Mixing sketch, stand-up, film, music, education, parody and a healthy dose of competition, this eclectic last week is the perfect topper to what has been an incredible Comedy Month. Come join us as PJI explores the bizarre and surreal corners of today’s comedy.

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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.


Ladies: Deadline extended for WICF submissions

01/07/2010

Attention female comedians, there’s still time to get your act in for consideration for Boston’s 2nd annual WOMEN IN COMEDY FESTIVAL (WICF), running March 24-28.

(COMEDY DUO: TWO GIRLS FOR FIVE BUCKS)

The event celebrates women from various genres of comedy including improv, sketch, stand up, musical, film and humor writing. Although WICF puts women front and center, the producers also do not want to discourage acts with men from applying. Regardless of your gender, make sure to get those submissions in no later than Jan. 18th.

Created by Michelle Barbera and Maria Ciampa and presented by ImprovBoston, full details on the festival and submission guidelines can be found on the WICF site.


When Normal Social Networking Is Just Not Enough

08/07/2007

Satirical website takes celebritard obsessions to new levels…

 

I’ll admit it, I’m a celebrity gawker. But not for the reasons that you might initially assume. I don’t think that celebrities are apart of some raised untouchable pantheon to be worshipped and admired. Nor do I think they are masters of their craft – paradigms cutting paths for us to follow (okay, I just threw up a little in my mouth typing that). Any time I’ve met anyone that could be considered a “celebrity,” I’ve treated them just like a normal person. 1) Because that’s how I’d want to be treated, 2) They’re just people and 3) Most of them aren’t half as fucking special as they get credit for. No… my reasons are mostly sociological. I’m am consistently amazed at the seemingly perpetual trouble and scandal that this breed of human gets into; particularly because they know they’re under the damn magnifying glass to begin with! Time and again I see it, and it never ceases to amaze me how truly dim some people can be. And I love when they get called on it too. Now don’t confuse this with rumors and gossip mags. I don’t care about who’s sleeping with who or what strange hybrid name will be assigned to the next up and coming Brangelina or Tomkat. I’m talking about hard truth scandals in the public eye.

 

Now, what on earth does this have to do with social networking? Well if you take all the above, mix in a fat chunk of satire and unleash in the form of online friend validation… you get FriendSpaceBook. This new site allows you to create and manage fake profiles for celebrities. It functions like MySpace, with the ability to upload pictures, fill out descriptions and leave comments, amongst other things.

The site is intended to be complete satire, and the user generated content is proving to be pretty good. For example, from the profile of Katie Holmes:

Katie Holmes’s Interests

General Tunneling, morse code, pole vaulting, long, long walks on the beach, long distance swimming, carrier pigeons, bottled messages, blueprints, shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m working on Nicole Kidman’s right now… if you create a profile, post the link in the comments so we can check it out.