Comedian Rob Delaney Hopes Philly’s Ready for His New Rocky-esque Physique

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Los Angeles-based standup comedian Rob Delaney is bringing his signature absurd, disgusting shtick to the Trocadero on Friday, March 28th. He’s been called the funniest person on Twitter by Rolling Stone and Comedy Central. His tweets cover a range of topics from convincing us he’s not a virgin to timely political commentary to some truly nauseating quips about his neighbor Karen.

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David Brenner, Philly Comedian and Carson Protegé, Dead at 78

David Brenner told the first mildly naughty joke that I can remember. This was the very early ’80s, I was very young but being allowed to stay up late, and he was doing one of his kabillion appearances subbing for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

“Italians, they make food with their entire bodies,” he said, musingly. “They stomp around on grapes to make wine. They use their hands to really knead dough and toss pizza crusts. (A beat passes.) That’s why I never eat Italian donuts.”

Brenner was old enough to have some Borscht belt in his blood, young enough to spice up his act with some implied blueness, and big enough to become Carson’s alternate. The Philly comedian died over the weekend at the age of 78.

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President Obama Appears on ‘Between Two Ferns’ Comedy Web Series

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Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis is a comedy interview show on the website Funny or Die. It’s essentially Galifianakis’ humor distilled: A weird, combative talk show that has the feel of bad public access. It’s also frequently hilarious, with Galifianakis chatting up guests like James Franco, Bruce Willis and Justin Bieber.

And, this morning, President Barack Obama.

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GIRL TALK: Rosie O’Donnell On Ellen at the Oscars, Adele Dazeem and How She’s Taking Care of Herself Post Heart Attack

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Outspoken comedian and LGBT icon Rosie O’Donnell is coming to Philly this week to perform a four-night standup gig at Helium Comedy Club. I caught up with her on the telephone to see what the show’s all about, how she’s doing after suffering a heart attack two years ago, and of course I couldn’t let her go without picking her brain about recent pop culture news. Keep reading for her thoughts on Ellen at the Oscars, John Travolta’s “lazy” Adele Dazeem flub, and whether or not those rumors about her taking over for Piers Morgan are true.

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Jimmy Fallon Isn’t Funny

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Back in the ’90s, I lived in an apartment off Sunset Boulevard, where I had quite the assortment of neighbors, including Ellen “Grandma Walton” Corby, Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead, and a struggling actor named Oscar Nuñez. Oscar was a performer at the Groundlings sketch comedy school, and I’d go see him perform.

I remember one show in particular in which each performer got five minutes to do a character of their own creation, and after watching one excruciatingly annoying character named “The Masshole,” I wanted to walk out. But I stayed to support Oscar.

The Masshole bit was just five minutes of a guy doing a bad Boston accent. No jokes. Just an accent, like “My brudda pahked his cahr in the yahd not fahr from Havaaad Yahd. It’s a wicked Camaraaa…” I remember thinking at the end of the gig, “Don’t quit your day job, kid.”

That kid was Jimmy Fallon.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Comedic Storyteller
R Eric Thomas

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

Today: Philly playwright, comedic storyteller and all-around hilarious person R. Eric Thomas. Since moving to Philly from Baltimore to chase down Patti Labelle (an adventure he describes in the video above), Thomas has racked up all kinds of accolades and achievements. He’s won two First Person Arts StorySlam competitions, he was invited to give a TedX talk, and he’s written and performed some of his most popular work, including Will You Accept This Friend Request, to sold-out crowds. He is currently working as an admin at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and continues to perform his unique style of “stand-up dramedy” around the city. You can catch him this week, in fact, when he hosts First Person Arts‘ annual Valentine’s Day story slam, “The Ex Files.” More info here.

7 questions with R. Eric Thomas after the jump

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