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Craig Robinson Performing Special Engagement One Night Only at Helium Comedy Club

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The Office‘s Craig Robinson aka warehouse foreman Darryl Philbin is performing a special one-night-only engagement at Helium Comedy Club this weekend.

The actor/standup comedian/musician, who’s starred in Hot Tub Time Machine, Pineapple Express, and Knocked Up, will put on a show that blends his joke-telling with music—à la his side-gig band The Nasty Delicious. Check out a video of him on the piano below.

Craig Robinson is performing two shows at Helium Comedy Club on Sunday, August 24th, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. For more information and tickets, go here.

 

See Sarah Silverman and Louis C.K. at the Oddball Comedy Festival for $23

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The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival is coming to the Susquehanna Center on August 16th, with big name comedians like Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman in tow. With only a week away, promoters are offering tickets for 60 percent off via a deal on Travel Zoo.

Here’s the deal: “Sections 200 and 204 (Rows C-N) and 201 and 203 (Rows J-N) seats are $23.20 (reg. $59.75).

Not a bad deal for C.K. and Silverman, and a whole lineup of other comedians, like Hannibal Buress, and Dave Attell.

Click here to see the full lineup. The discounted tickets can be found here.

HEADS UP: Tim and Eric Coming to Philly With Dr. Steve Brule

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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]

HEADS UP: Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman Coming to Susquehanna Bank Center

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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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Kevin Hart’s World Takeover Noted in GQ‘s 15 Funniest People Alive Issue

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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.

 

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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