Local-bred comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim—better known as the duo behind Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!—just announced a North American tour that will take them from Montreal (September 4th) to Dallas (September 18th) to Philadelphia, at Glenside’s Keswick Theatre on Friday, October 10th. They’re bringing a guest along with them, too: John C. Reilly alter ego Dr. Steve Brule of Adult Swim’s Check It Out!
Heidecker was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Wareheim was brought up right here in Philadelphia. The two met while studying at Temple University and the rest is hilarious yet slightly grotesque history—one that’s taken them from comedy stages to cable television to the big screen in 2012′s Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (which finds Eric splashing around in a tub of diarrhea. I told you it was grotesque!)
Their hometown show is the penultimate stop on their cross-country romp, taking off right before a two-night stint in New York City. Tickets for the entire tour go on sale this Friday, July 18th, at 10 a.m. Snag them here—if you’re not afraid of a few poop jokes. Full “Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule” tour schedule below:
- Thu. Sep. 4 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
- Sat. Sep. 6 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
- Sun. Sep. 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
- Thu. Sep. 9 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
- Wed. Sep. 10 – Portland, OR @ Portland Center for the Performing Arts – Newmark Theatre
- Thu. Sep. 11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
- Fri. Sep. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at Ace Hotel
- Sat. Sep. 13 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
- Mon. Sep. 15 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
- Wed. Sep. 17 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
- Thu. Sep. 18 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre
- Fri. Sep. 19 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
- Sat. Sep. 20 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse [2 shows 8p & 10:30p]
- Sun. Sep. 21 – Nashville, TN @ Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theatre
- Tue. Sep. 23 – Chicago, IL @ Athenaeum Theatre
- Wed. Sep. 24 – Chicago, IL @ Athenaeum Theatre
- Thu. Sep. 25 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
- Fri. Sep. 26 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
- Sat. Sep. 27 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
- Tue. Sep. 30 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
- Wed. Oct. 1 – Cleveland, OH @ Playhouse Square – Ohio Theatre
- Fri. Oct. 3 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland
- Sat. Oct. 4 – Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
- Thu. Oct. 9 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
- Fri. Oct. 10 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
- Sat. Oct. 11 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater [2 shows 7:30p & 10:30p]
Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival starts in a month, kicking off a 22-city tour that promises “the return of the cut-throat freak show, and a roaming troupe of misfit performers.” Each stop on the cross-country romp will feature a different lineup of amazing funny people—everyone from Louis C.K. to Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari.
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Stitzer performing at Comedy Test Kitchen in Philadelphia.
I usually reserve weekend event posts for Fridays, but wanted to go ahead and get this one on your radar. Tomorrow night, Friday, May 9th, a group of Philly funny people are putting on a standup show to raise money for out comedian Gina Stitzer, who was recently diagnosed with bone cancer.
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Photo from GQ
Philly’s Kevin Hart gets a nice profile in the current issue of GQ, which takes on the impossible task of naming the 15 Funniest People Alive. Hart comes in at No. 13, noted for his “big plans to become a multifaceted comedic brand.”
“The plan is multi-faceted, and it’s been percolating for a long time,” the piece notes. “Seth Rogen, who’s known Hart since 2001, when Judd Apatow cast them both in his short-lived TV series Undeclared, says that Hart ‘was the first guy I ever met that had a production company. You’d call his cell phone and another guy would answer, ‘Hartbeat Productions!’ And you’d be like, ‘Is Kevin there?’ And the guy would hand him the phone. He’s always been like that, even when he was a stand-up comic from Philly who I’d never fucking heard of.’”
Hart shares the GQ accolade with Louis C.K. (No.1), Amy Schumer (No. 2), and, funny enough, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (No. 15). Check out the rest of the profile here.
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 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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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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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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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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