11 Things to Do This Week in Movies, Comedy, Storytelling and More

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Tell Me A Story @ Shot Tower Coffee | Wednesday, March 22
Hillary Rea’s series gathers some of the city’s most engaging storytellers to make you laugh, think and maybe cry. Always a good time. This time the topic is Near and Far.

A Tactical Urbanism Guide @ Johnny Brenda’s | Wednesday, March 22
Subtitled “Starting, Scaling & Growing Small Neighborhood Projects,” this program is about “designing, crowdfunding, maintaining, and building political support for citizen-driven public space design and activism.” Read more »

25 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Creepoid plays Underground Arts on Friday.

Creepoid plays Underground Arts on Friday.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10

Creepoid @ Underground Arts
A full night of Philly rock featuring Creepoid, whose pysch-grunge sound makes me think of Nirvana, Sabbath and the fact that every square inch of this city used to be a cemetery. Also on the bill: Ecstatic Vision, Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss and The Spirit Of The Beehive.

Pennsylvania Ballet @ Academy of Music
This “rollicking, lighthearted production” features pirates, swordplay and romance. Runs through March 19. Read more »

9 Things to Do This Week: Movies, Flowers, Comedy

A rendering of what the Flower Show will look like.

A rendering of what the Flower Show would look like if they only let a few people in. (GMR Design LLC)

Queerspace @ Tattooed Mom | Wednesday, March 8
This variety show promises “art, performance, bravery, panache and trash” while you drink beer and eat waffle fries. Performers include family favorites Buttstacular Garlic Clove, Areola Grande and Jenny Streetpizza. Benefits Planned Parenthood. This is tonight.

Best of Secret Cinema Short Films @ the Maas Building | Friday, March 10
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5 Comedy Shows to See This Week

The Second City Live: We're All In This Room Together is at the Kimmel Center on Friday and Saturday. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Second City Live: We’re All In This Room Together is at the Kimmel Center on Friday and Saturday. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Bob Marley @ Helium Comedy Club | February 1-4
Stand-up comic Bob Marley has performed on pretty much every late-night talk show, including David Letterman and Jay Leno. Here’s your chance to see him live. He’ll be performing six shows at Helium over four days, but the 7:30 p.m. set on Saturday is already sold out.

Jay Pharoah @ Punch Line Philly | February 2-4
You know Jay Pharoah from his years as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, or maybe you’ve just seen a video of his spot-on celebrity impressions. He’ll be doing five shows at Punch Line, starting Thursday night. Read more »

5 Comedy Shows to See This Week

See Chip Chantry at Helium Comedy Club tonight.

See Chip Chantry at Helium Comedy Club tonight.

Chip Chantry @ Helium Comedy Club | Wednesday, January 4
Chip Chantry, who won the Philly’s Phunniest contest at Helium a few years ago and has opened for Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle and Bob Saget, hosts Good Evening with Chip Chantry, a funny take on late night talk shows, but at the more reasonable hour of 8 p.m. Guests include Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher from the Found Footage Festival, Mary Radzinski, Brandon Vincent Jackson, Christian Alsis and Jake Mattera. Read more »

5 Comedy Shows to See This Week

Photo from Facebook/Official Nikki Glaser

Photo from Facebook/Official Nikki Glaser

Get In @ Good Good Comedy Theatre | Thursday, December 1
John McKeever and Tim Butterly of Comedy Central’s Delco Proper, set in Delaware County, are kicking off a new weekly comedy showcase at Good Good Comedy Theatre along with the theater’s founders, Aaron Nevins and Kate Banford. Tickets are only $5 and they promise “an insane show with a stacked lineup full of surprises.” Read more »

Tracy Morgan Isn’t Changing a Thing

Tracy Morgan attends FX Networks upfront premiere of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on March 30, 2016, in New York. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Tracy Morgan attends FX Networks upfront premiere of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on March 30, 2016, in New York. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Tracy Morgan considers himself to be very fortunate. But he’s not lucky. As he tells me on the phone, “Luck is for losers.”

The Saturday Night Live alum and 30 Rock scene-stealer has made his return to the stage two years after a car accident that left him in a coma with a traumatic brain injury and took the life of a close friend, fellow comedian James McNair. After a long recovery, Morgan made his first big appearance at the 2015 Emmys, stepping up to the mic to a standing ovation. A few weeks later he returned to his old stomping grounds to host SNL, and earlier this year kicked off his Picking Up the Pieces standup tour.

Morgan approaches our conversation about the King of Prussia stop of the tour with his signature loose style, though he’s quick to tell me to move on when the interview touches on topics he doesn’t want to discuss. Those include politics (he isn’t interested) and an upcoming film with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Charlie Day (he doesn’t want to jinx it). Read more »

Lighten Up With a Comedy Show

Madonna Refugia brings her one-woman show, Not That Madonna, to Plays and Players. Photo by Johnny Bleibdrey

Madonna Refugia brings her one-woman show, Not That Madonna, to Plays and Players. Photo by Johnny Bleibdrey

The Borscht Belt @ Gershman Y | Thursday, August 11
Marisa Scheinfeld documents the decline of the Catskills in the photo exhibit The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland. It opens Thursday with a tour and a joke-telling competition in homage to the place where the likes of Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, Billy Crystal and many others got their starts. I did a quick search and I’m pretty sure Wikipedia’s description of “Borscht Belt humor” is spot-on: It typically includes bad luck, puns and aggravating relatives. Read more »

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