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.
Read more »
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.
Read more »
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
If you haven’t done AC in a while, here’s a good excuse to head back to The Boardwalk: Jersey-based trans comedian Julia Scotti — who performed at our LGBT Six-Word Memoir Slam in October — just scored a major, multi-date standup gig at the Borgata.
Read more »
Philadelphia’s growing comedy scene is dutifully covered by blog WitOut, and on Sunday, January 26th, World Cafe Live will host the 2014 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy. Read more »
G Philly‘s Best of the Gayborhood 2013 choice for Best Comedian, Alejandro Morales, is joining some of our other favorite local funny people for the first iteration of his Cutie Pie Comedy Club at The Venture Inn. The event is another of Morales’s attempts to bring a regular comedy gig to the Gayborhood, and we’re crossing our fingers this one sticks.
Read more »
The Onion reports: According to the results of a comprehensive, year-long study published Tuesday, researchers have confirmed that there are some people who live in Pennsylvania. ‘A careful examination of the evidence we collected has led us to conclude that certain people—some male, some female—make their home in the state of Pennsylvania,’ said the report’s lead author, Ryan Armstrong, noting that such individuals may be adults or children, and may reside in northern Pennsylvania, southern Pennsylvania, eastern Pennsylvania, or western Pennsylvania. ‘When directly asked where they live, many people we spoke with told us Pennsylvania. However, there were others who, when asked the same question, named completely different places, such as Ohio, New Hampshire, or Buffalo. This would seem to indicate that while some people do indeed live in Pennsylvania, not everyone lives in Pennsylvania.’”
In partnership with SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir Project, we asked you to submit your queer life stories—succinctly. Every day until we run out, we will present the most touching, poignant and hilarious entries in meme form.
Today, Philly standup comedian Alejandro Morales gives us a peek into the rock-star world of professional funny people. Who’d have known it could be so hardcore?! You can catch him live on Nov. 14, when he and, coincidentally, two other G Philly six-word memoirists, Julia Scotti and R. Eric Thomas, perform in his new standup showcase, The Cutie Pie Comedy Club. And, of course, there’s his web series, Dates, which just debuted its third, hilarious episode. Watch it here.
Been keeping up with our LGBT Six-Word Memoir Project? Click here to see all our entries to date.
On Saturday, Drexel University hosted its third TEDx symposium—independently organized TED talks showcasing the same flavor of futurism and technological wowing as the flagship, but featuring local speakers. Drexel professor Frank Lee spoke about putting Pong on the Cira Center for this year’s Philly Tech Week; Larissa Milne channeled the spirit of Elizabeth Gilbert and recounted her own Eat, Pray, Love-esque trip around the world; astronaut Paul Richards spoke about being an astronaut.
The event concluded with Sam Hyde, billed as a “video documentary filmmaker and journalist from Brooklyn” who “recently returned from Mogadishu, the most dangerous city on earth, where he shadowed the heroic al-Mahamud women on their quest to clean up their streets and restore humanity to their war-torn country.” TEDx organizer Dhairya Pujara introduced Hyde’s presentation, titled “2070 Paradigm Shift.”
Read more »