Did you catch local comedian Shannon DeVido on Comedy Central’s new The Nightly Show this week? The Philadelphia funny lady guested in anticipation of her role in Difficult People, a USA comedy by Amy Poehler and Billy Eichner. A quick clip:
Every year, a group of rebellious local comedians get together to produce an anti-awards show called the WitIns Awards. It’s a chance for them to make fun of the local comedy scene, giving out awards for “Worst Comedian,” and the like. It’s not meant to be mean. Think of it as the Razzies; a funny way to point out some less-than-LOL-worthy moments in comedy throughout the year.
The latest installment happened this Sunday, and last summer’s comedy competition at Tabu, “Last Laugh,” took home the award for “Worst Comedy Competition.”
Comedian and Last Laugh contestant Rachel Fogletto accepted the award, which was a garbage-filled plastic bag with a penis drawn on it. In her acceptance speech, she pretty much zeroed in on the problem with the competition: “I made it through to like week 10, and we all lost to some lady from Atlantic City who missed like eight weeks of the competition, so fuck the Last Laugh.”
Ouch-worthy, yes, but it’s all in good fun, people. I went to a few performances last year, and actually had a nice time—especially watching local legend Needles Jones crack a few zingers about AIDS.
But this isn’t the first criticism I’ve heard of Last Laugh. Even creator Josh Schonewolf agrees. When I asked him if he’d bring it back, he said “Hell no. … That was a bonafide flop.”
See, everyone agrees!
Check out a video of Fogletto’s acceptance speech above. I have it set to start at the right time.
Everyone’s favorite animated TV show about the Belcher Family, Bob’s Burgers, is going on tour once again, finding the cast on the East Coast for the first time. If you haven’t watched the show, it concerns the Belcher family’s reopening of their burger restaurant and the mayhem that ensues. There’s Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), who is the chef and creator of all the corny names of his burgers, like the “Go Tell it On the Mutton.” He has a loving wife, Linda (John Roberts), who has a passion for dinner theater and a love for secret-telling. Bob and Linda have three hilarious and quirky kids: Tina (Dan Mintz), the awkward teenage girl who’s obsessed with butts and horses; Gene (Eugene Mirman), an enthusiastic middle child who plays the keyboard and is often seen in the burger suit; and Louise (Kristen Schaal), who is always wearing her pink bunny ears—except for that one time—and is known for her pranks and schemes. The cast will be joined at Upper Darby’s Tower Theater by creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard.
Their stop in Upper Darby will comprise standup comedy, an audience Q&A, a live-reading of the script and some of the unique tunes from the show, like Linda’s lullaby she sings when she brushes her little girl’s hair: “Here goes the hair / There goes the hair / Where goes Harry Truman? / He’s dead in the ground. / Dead in the ground. / Dead, dead, dead.”
This is just a taste of what you’ll see at the show, which takes place on Thursday, March 26th, at Tower Theater. More information and tickets can be found here.
Check out the rest of the East Coast stops below:
“Weird Al” Yankovic has been promising a tour for quite some time, and now he’s making good on it. Today he released the dates on his “The Mandatory World Tour,” which comprises 100-plus cities, including two stops within driving distance of Philadelphia: Bethlehem and Lancaster.
Kicking off on May 12th in Las Vegas, the tour is in support of his Grammy-nominated 2014 album, Mandatory Fun, which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart. Pre-sale tickets are available via Yankovic’s website starting Tuesday, January 27th, and will be available to the general public on January 30th. For a full list of dates, cast your eyes downward:
Looking for a night of LOLs to get a head start on those oncoming winter blues? Peek your head inside Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom Street), where Philadelphia Improv Theater (PHIT) offers an affordable outlet to guffaw till your heart’s content. Choose from an array of House Teams comprising some of Philly’s most talented jokesters, each holding the power to give your abdominals a bit of a workout. Rock solid abs and a hell of a good time? It’s a win win!
An unfortunate video is making its way around the web today featuring a clip of Bill Cosby talking about drugging women on his 1969 comedy album It’s True! It’s True! The bit is all about the mythical liquid aphrodisiac Spanish Fly. It contains quotes like “Go to a party, you see five girls standing alone [you say] ‘If I had a whole jug of Spanish Fly I’d light that corner up over there.'”
Then he details how he tried to procure some when he went on a trip to Spain. It’s all in good fun, and he never says he actually drugs anyone, but still …
Cosby is currently under fire after allegations of sexual assault resurfaced when comedian Hannibal Buress called him a rapist during a comedy bit in Philadelphia. So far, the comedian has remained mum about the allegations, but the Internet doesn’t seem to want to let him live it down. Check out the video above.
Last night at his late night show at the Trocadero, comedian Hannibal Buress did an extended bit about Philadelphia native Bill Cosby, calling him a rapist. Cosby has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women, including Barbara Bowman in Philadelphia magazine. He has not, however, ever been criminally charged with rape (the legal definition of which varies by jurisdiction).* The above recording starts about 15-20 seconds into it.
“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fuckin’ smuggest old black man persona that I hate,” Buress said. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”
Friday night, Aziz Ansari’s “Aziz Ansari Live” tour made a stop at the Wells Fargo Center. And after opener Hannibal Buress warmed up the crowd with more than a couple quips on Philly (yeah we know, man, South Philly parks in the middle of Broad Street, don’t worry about it) the Comedy Bad Boy (aka Comedy Heartthrob) was geared up to take on his LED-drenched stage.
Ansari’s most recent special, “Buried Alive”—shot in town last year at the Kimmel’s Merriam Theater—marked a pivotal moment in the comedian’s voice.
His once scattered, hyperactive observational comedy gave way to a more reflective approach, exploring the anxieties felt toward a looming adulthood—anxieties shared by pretty much any and everyone on the back end of their 20s.
“This new special, I hope, goes even deeper,” Ansari said in a Ticket interview last Wednesday. “I hit topics I never would have had the skill to handle a few years ago.”
Where “Buried Alive” dealt with the acknowledgement of, and subsequent distress that accompanies accepting one’s adult life, “Aziz Ansari Live” explores the concepts with a higher sense of criticism, focus and confidence.
One of my favorite Chelsea Lately roundtable regulars, Fortune Feimster, is performing this Thursday through Saturday at Philly’s Helium Comedy Club. The out lesbian took some time to chat with me on the phone before flying in this week. We gabbed about what it’s like being a lesbian in the comedy game, working with Tina Fey on the recently (and unfortunately) canned Cabot College, and she even weighs in on the recent attacks that happened in Center City, sharing what she does to stay positive when life gets a little too heavy.