Our good friend and Philly native Monroe Martin has been given a great opportunity by one of the most famous comedy clubs in the country to headline his own night. Caroline’s comedy club in New York, known for booking the biggest names in comedy, has taken notice in Monroe’s comedy and given him his own Breakout Artist night, where he gets to book and headline his own show.
Monroe was given this opportunity after being noticed by the club’s staff at a comedy competition. Not only will Monroe be headlining the show, but he was able to bring along some other Philly comics for the opening acts which include comedians Derrek Gaines and Chris Cotton.
You can buy tickets to the show here.
We’re very aware that Caroline’s is in Manhattan, but a show like this merits the commute to go see it.
Those of you follow Monroe Martin on twitter will be able to get special promotional codes to get discounted tickets a week before the show.
You can also visit MonroeMartinComedy.com for news on Monroe’s other upcoming shows, sketches, and stand-up videos.
Enjoy the following video of Monroe’s stand-up:
Fred Armisen, who up until this season was a cast member of Saturday Night Live and currently the star of the popular sketch show Portlandia will be performing at the Electric Factory on Thursday, November 14th at 8:30 PM. I’m not completely sure if he will be doing stand-up or sketch comedy on his visit to Philly (may both?), but what is known is that his trademark character, british punk-rock legend Ian Rubbish, will be the opening act.
Armisen has gained a solid following through his characters on “SNL” and Portlandia as well as his music projects with Cris of Conformity. I just hope that he’ll bring some of his famous “SNL” characters to the stage.
You can purchase tickets to Fred Armisen at the Electric Factory here.
Visit Fred Armisen’s Website here.
Ok, so it may not be smack-dab in the middle of Philadelphia, but it’s still a valid place for comedians and comedy fans to go watch a show and get stage time.
Comedian and co-owner of Soul Joel productions Joel Richardson was nice enough to let me in on his newest comedy project that will be a consistent room at the Valley Forge casino, right outside King of Prussia mall.
The show is tonight and will have host Matt Scarpelli, featured comic Pat House, and headliner Joey Gay.
Joel Richardson was also nice enough to offer us two free tickets to give out every week for their shows. All you have to do is mention the #DeucesWildComedy tag to us on twitter @PhillyComedy and a winner will be picked at random every week.
Philly is in desperate need of more comedy venues and I think that it’s great that the guys over at Soul Joel productions were able to pull this off.
You can check out the flyer for the show below or visit souljoelproductions.com for more info on their upcoming shows and new venue.
Be sure to follow @SoulJoel on twitter.
I’m excited to say that I have been asked to be a part of a big comedy event that happening this summer in Cape May, NJ. The Cape May Comedy Festival is a weekend-long festival thats going to include a lot of different comedy events all over Cape May, including club shows, workshops, outdoor shows, comedy competitions, and a main event in their convention center (headliner yet to be officially announced).
So, what does this mean in terms of this site and it’s readers? The fine people putting together this awesome event were kind enough to pass me some free passes to the CMCF and they’re well aware that free stuff builds awareness more than most things and we’re going to be giving out passes right here on ‘Always Funny’.
All you have to do in order to get these free passes is visit one of our pages on either Facebook or Twitter and either repost or “retweet” our tweets and/or posts about the CMCF and type in 100 words or less about why they want to go the CMCF. From there, we’ll randomly choose a winner who will get a special free pass.
One of the events scheduled that I will be a part of is the Comedy Contest. Myself and a panel of other comedy figures will decide who gets to advance in a elimination-round-styled comedy competition that consists of eight rounds. The winner of said competition will win a bunch of prizes detailed below:
There will be EIGHT preliminary rounds, FOUR will be held on Friday and FOUR will be held on Saturday at Convention Hall. In each preliminary round, TWELVE comics will perform a 5-7 minute long set. A special guest performer or group will be asked to perform at “Half Time” and “Math Time” (the end of the show when the judge’s score sheets are being tallied). The top scoring comic from each round will advance to the semi-finals along with TWO second-place Wild Card finishers. The top TEN from the preliminary rounds will compete on Saturday at the semi-finals, performing an 8-10 minute long set. The top THREE will then move on to compete on the Main Stage Saturday for the finals and will perform a 15-20 minute long set. The winner will be announced and will perform at the TWO Main Stage Shows with the Festival’s featured headliner on Saturday night. This is a judged contest. There will be a unique group of judges for each round. Judges score contestants in SEVEN categories on a scale of ONE to TEN.
FIRST PLACE - $5,000. Website. Head shots. Video of performance.
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Second Place – $1,000
Third Place – $500.
The Cape May Comedy Festival will be on the weekend of July 26th, 2013.
Thanks to Chris Cotton for sending me this: This show will be on May 14th at Helium Comedy Club and it features one of my all-time favorite comedians, Talent. If you haven’t seen Talent before, this would be a perfect opportunity to see him.
I put this show together, to raise money for Raven Lounge MS Bike Team and MS Research. Fighting against this disease is pretty important to me due to the fact my mother has be fighting this disease for over 30 years.
Four of the funniest comedians around lend their talents to a city wide fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis for six weeks, ending with this May 14th
performance. Comedians Talent Harris (Def Jam, Host of Apollo), Mike Vecchione (Tonight
Show), Greer Barnes (Chappelle Show, Comedy Central), Jermaine Fowler (MTV 2′s Guy Code) and host Chris Cotton (Eric Andre Live Show) will share the stage, using their voices to fight for those afflicted with MS.
Take advantage of this opportunity to see five outstanding comedians for the price of one while supporting a worthy cause! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Raven Lounge Bike MS team and the National MS Society. For more details on the show or how to donate, please visit the following links:
Donate to this Fundraiser:
Donate to MS
For ticket info and show times, visit Helium’s Website
A lot of the time, when someone asks me how they can get into the comedy scene in Philadelphia, I point them towards one of the many open mics that are happening literally every night of the week, but this time, it’s a little different.
As you may or may not know, a lot of the local comedians in the area (as well as one’s now working all over the country) have taken a comedy workshop with Philadelphia comedy icon Tu Rae Gordon. I’ve posted articles on this workshop before, but now it’s time for another class to make their way to the Laff House comedy club and kick start their comedy careers (or at least improve the material they already have).
This workshop is for comedians of all levels of experience and although Tu Rae may not write your jokes for you (why would he?) he’ll absolutely show you how to improve the delivery of your sense of humor in a more clear, precise method.
For more info, check out the flyer below: or Follow Tu Rae on Twitter: @ComedyByTuRae
TONIGHT AT THE TROCADERO THEATER
Philly Comic (and my neighbor) Alejandro Morales is throwing an event that I would have posted a little earlier on the site, but I wanted to start experimenting with post times for shows to see if what time frames had the best effect for gaining exposure (that and I lost the email that Alejandro had sent me in the first place).
Local comedy in Philadelphia is rarely thrown in big venues like the Troc, so it’s no surprise that an event like this would gain my attention. This show features some of my favorite local comics like Mary Radzinski and John Nunn, and the fact that it’s only five bucks makes it that much better. Throw in a few drinks followed by an after-show dinner at one of the many Chinese food restaurants nearby (it’s in Chinatown) and you got yourself an awesome evening.
So if you’re not doing anything (chances are you’re not… it’s a fucking Wednesday) put that open mic on hold this week and go check out this show. If not for the sake of live comedy in Philadelphia, then at least do it for me. Alejandro lives literally two houses down from me and it would totally awkward if this site didn’t help in any way.
If the flyer above isn’t enough info for you, check out the Facebook page for the event.
When I first started to really get into comedy, it was Lewis Black’s cynical sense of humor that I immediately clicked with. After watching him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, I went out and bought his CDs and he easily became one of my favorite comedians of all time. It goes without saying that I’m excited that he’s finally coming to perform in Philadelphia being that he usually comes to obscure Pennsylvania venues when his tour comes around these parts.
It’s a little short notice in terms of this site, and if you have tickets you probably bought the a while back, but if you’re up to it seeing Lewis Black is a one of a kind experience and I highly recomend it. Although there aren’t too many good ones to go around, tickets are still on sale. You can buy them here.
Lewis Black will be performing at the Academy of Music in center city on Friday, February 22nd (tomorrow) at 8 PM. The tickets that are available are ranging around $55.
If Kevin Hart hasn’t already proved himself to be on the most prominent comedians of all time, he’ll make sure he proves that when he hosts Saturday Night Live on March 2nd, as reported by numerous news sources.
According to the reports made online, and a confirmation on his twitter account, Kevin will host the legendary comedy program with musical guests Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis. This will be Kevin’s first time as a host on SNL, and I’m sure he’s going to make it a special episode, being that his comedic idol (Eddie Murphy) is an alumni of the show. Kev will now join the elite group of stand-up comedians who have reached the level success to host the program (George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K. and others).
I just hope that Kevin will be given some creative control in the writing process as I’m sure that he’ll remember to rep Philadelphia in some way, and maybe, just maybe, incorperate some Philly-bred comedians in the sketches.
So make sure to check out Philadelphia comedian Kevin Hart host the March 2nd episode of Saturday Night Live at 11:30 on NBC.
Kevin Hart has been on the road non-stop for the past few years, breaking box office and ticket sale records with his first feature-length comedy special Laugh at My Pain that hit theaters for it’s well-received release. Now that Kev is setting his sights even higher with his new Let Me Explain special (hitting theaters this 4th of July weekend) and moving on to feature-length films, he’s still not done bringing grade-A comedy to his fans.
The “Plastic Cup Boyz” in Kevin Hart’s last movie Laugh at my Pain
Kevin Hart’s opening acts for his past tours are know as “The Plastic Cup Boyz,” and is made of some of Philadelphia’s other comedy giants such as Will “Spank” Horton, Na’im Lynn, Harry Rathford, and Joey Wells. Since Kevin will be busy with other endeavors he’s going to send out the PCBs for another tour, and Philadelphia, of course, is one of their stops.
The PCB will be playing the Tower Theater in Upper Darby on Saturday, March 9th at 8 PM. You can get tickets here.
Check out this clip featuring Kevin Hart and the Plastic Cup Boyz in Kevin’s theatrically-released comedy special Laugh at My Pain.