Let’s Watch a Bunch of Tim and Eric Clips

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim met as film students at Temple.

Before Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim moved to Hollywood to make big (and weird), they were known around Philadelphia for their uniquely off-kilter comedy shows. When they weren’t playing in bands, the Temple film students could be found in small clubs and galleries showing pre-taped comedy bits and sketches with an off-speed sensibility and unpredictable structure. Traditional punchlines were rare.

In L.A., they honed and mutated their style for Adult Swim staples like Tom Goes to the Mayor, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and, most recently, Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories. That quintessentially disturbed and awkward Tim and Eric aesthetic — also seen in a feature-length film and commercials for deodorant and light bulbs — is often imitated with limited success. There’s more to it than just glitchy editing tricks and creepy extras, people.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Awesome Show, the duo will stop by the Merriam on Thursday for a live performance. And to celebrate that, let’s watch a bunch of videos from Tim and Eric’s impressive and bizarre career so far. Some of this is NSFW, NSFL, etc. Read more »

37 Things to Do This Weekend

Cayetana plays Union Transfer with Waxahatchee tonight. (Emily Dubin)


Philadelphia Podcast Festival
Live recordings of some 55 podcasts including The Black Tribbles, Call Your Girlfriend, Black Girls Laughing, Lulu & Pop, Micheaux Mission, Never Forget Radio and so many more. Check out my post about the festival from yesterday. Runs July 14-23.

Waxahatchee / Cayetana @ Union Transfer
Two beloved Philly rock bands totally in their prime. Katie Crutchfield’s stellar songwriting really shines on Waxahatchee’s dreamy, powerful new record, Out in the Storm. Louder and punkier, Cayatena crushes it on their latest, New Kind of Normal. Read more »

10 Things To Do in Movies, Comedy, Dance and More

They Live screens at Lightbox Film Center on Thursday.

They Live @ Lightbox Film Center | Thursday, July 13
No matter the political environment, somebody’s gonna tell you it’s like They Live out there. All you need are some special sunglasses to show you the monsters in our midst, be they Trump-voters, gun lobbyists, racists, whatever. If you don’t get the reference, consider this free screening of the 1988 John Carpenter action/horror classic starry Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Perfect Blue @ Christ Church Neighborhood House | July 14-23
Tiny Dynamite presents this play set in 2038, on the eve of a great extinction. Perfect Blue features two actors — one in Philly and the other in London via live video projection. Stars Emma Gibson and Harry Smith. Directed by David O’Connor. Designed by Jorge Cousineau. Read more »

Interview: Comedian Jo Firestone

Jo Firestone started a pun-based comedy show with her dad called Punderdome.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Jo Firestone had to cancel her appearance in Philly this Saturday due to health reasons. She’ll be replaced on the bill by Emmy Blotnick.

Jo Firestone’s got an impressive resume: She does standup all over NYC, hosts several shows, co-created a pun-based card game with her dad, DJ’d on WFMU, did a freaking hilarious TEDx Talk (see below), created an amazing web video series with Aparna Nancherla and has worked on a bunch of funny TV shows including The Chris Gethard Show and (currently) The Tonight Show. This Saturday she’s performing back to back shows at Good Good Comedy Theatre at 8 and 10 p.m. Because she’s so busy we did this interview over email…

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33 Things to Do This Weekend

Japanese Breakfast plays Union Transfer on Saturday. (Ebru Yildiz)


James Baldwin: God’s Revolutionary Voice @ Church of the Advocate
A free celebration of the life and work of famous author, poet, playwright and American icon. Features an impressive list of speakers and artists including Ursula Rucker, Dr. Pamela Lightsey, Pastor Rene McKenzie, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Richard Watson, Lamont Steptoe and more. Runs July 7-9.

Charlie Wilson @ The Mann
The sultry, soulful R&B singer has an impressive catalog thanks to years of performing solo and with his brothers in The Gap Band — not to mention a slew of collaborations with the likes of Kanye, Snoop and R. Kelly. Read more »

9 Things To Do in Comedy, Movies, Books, Celebricats, Queer Kickball and more.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 plays the Keswick in the not-too-distant future, this Friday A.D. (Netflix)

Kevin Hart Day & Mural Dedication @ Max’s Cheese Steaks | Thursday, July 6
Why Kevin Hart Day? Why not? And because it’s his birthday. The comedian/actor will be on hand for the dedication of the new mural painted in his likeness and honor on the side of Max’s Steaks, just a block from where Hart grew up.

215 Festival Presents: The Broken River Revue @ Johnny Brenda’s | Thursday, July 6
Author J. Robert Lennon celebrates the release of his latest novel, Broken River. Also on reading and performing will be authors Andrew Ervin and Elizabeth Scanlon, and bands I Think Like Midnight and Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease. Read more »

27 Things to Do this Weekend

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story plays at the Kimmel Center through July 9. (Joan Marcus)


Buckingham McVie @ The Mann
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac recently released their first album together as a duo and Rolling Stone says it’s pretty decent. Judging by the setlists from earlier tour stops, they’re doing a lot of Fleetwood Mac songs.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story @ Kimmel Center
Upbeat musical theater featuring “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Every Day” and lots more. Runs through July 9.

Dungeon Comedy Night @ Kung Fu Necktie
Dungeon Comedy throws its “Second Birthday Jawn,” featuring funny performances by Kilimanjaro Improv, Jared Keith, Daddy Bulldog, Rachel Fogletto and Skeletons, Etc.

Free Museum Days @ Museums All Over Town
Wawa Welcome America hosts several more days of free admission to local museums — June 30: Eastern State Penitentiary and the Penn Museum. July 1: African American Museum and One Liberty Observation Deck. July 2: Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art ( “pay what you wish”). July 3: National Liberty Museum and The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University. There are also a couple $1 admission deals — July 1: The Powell House. July 2: The Hill-Physick House.

Zodd Zundgren @ World Café Live
Ed Palermo Big Band performs the music of Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa.

Movies @ All Over Town
Earlier this week, I did a roundup of interesting movies and movies playing in interesting places. Many of the are free. One of them is Jaws. Check it out.

Secret Nudist Friends @ Ortlieb’s
Philly’s Secret Nudist Friends laces its classic garage sounds with classic psych fringes. Their latest release, the Susan EP, dropped in March.

Arnez J @ Helium
The former host of BET’s ComicView and star of the comedy special Racially Motivated series (now on Netflix) does standup Thursday through Sunday.

Theatre Exile’s Wrecking Ball @ Studio X
Theatre Exile’s home is getting torn down so they’re throwing a dance party with food, cocktails, a raffle and more.

Let’s Start A Cult @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
“Have you ever felt as if your life lacks direction? Are you tired of always having to make decisions for yourself? Are you highly susceptible to persuasion?” Comedian Ari Fishbein sermonizes about escaping our broken society.

Northern Arms @ Boot & Saddle
Led by Keith Richard Peirce, the nine-piece “goth-americana” ensemble puts on some of the most most gratifying live shows — mixing elements of soul, jazz, rock ’n’ roll and other classic sounds into thoughtful, dramatic arrangements. But they’re a restless bunch, always looking for new sonic territory to explore, as evidenced by this rather racy new video from the new record, Chapel Cabaret. Anyway, here’s an old favorite:

Comedy Benefit for Philabundance @ Johnny Brenda’s
Doogie Horner host an evening of comedy by Brandon Vincent Jackson, Mekki Leeper, Steve Gerben, Michelle Biloon and Jim Tews to benefit the non-profit food bank Philabundance.

Philadelphia Orchestra & Fireworks @ Penn’s Landing
Led by fiery frontman Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the city’s most beloved cover band hosts a jam down by the river, followed by fireworks in the sky.

Pretty Girls Like Trap Music @ The Dolphin
Magglezzz, Baby.com and Buffy play trap favorites. How’s this for a tagline?: “WE CUTE, WE FUN & WE DJ BETTER THAN UR MAN.”


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ Wells Fargo Center
Members of the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame since 2002, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are back on the road, this time in celebration of 40 years of making music together. The band has had a ton of hits including “Refugee,” “Breakdown,” “American Girl,” “The Waiting” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” P.S. Wanna read something cool? A small, Delaware-based production company worked on the videos for Petty’s current tour.

Empowering Women In Jazz @ World Café Live
The Women’s Coalition for Empowerment hosts a performance of Sistahs Attune, “a sisterhood of vocalists connected to jazz striving towards growth, musical excellence, and success as individual performers and as a collective.”

Diarrhea Planet @ Underground Arts
Look: I get it. The name is terrible. It’s not even so bad it’s good. It’s just dumb. But listen: Diarrhea Planet makes really excellent music, the kind of fun, bold rock you could listen to all day and almost forget what the band is called.

Boast Rattle @ Good Good Comedy Theatre
Kyle Ayers hosts as comedians go head-to-head trying to out-compliment each other to see who will be crowned Champion of Charity, Master of Magnanimity. The evening’s contestants include Michael S. Watkins, Cassandra Dee, Charles Blyzniuk, Kyle Harris, Kelsey Caine and Jack Comstock.

Loudflower @ APoetArtGallery
This art exhibition by SunnieWallflower is “dedicated to Fly Jawns & Honey Bees.” Includes live painting by Yesterday Nite and performances by Jahwula, Mecca Verdell and Nadjah Nicole. DJ John Morrison provides the music.

S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. @ Johnny Brenda’s
Gabriel Starwood, sometimes seen wearing a mirror-ball helmet, is a visitor from the year 2776. He makes music with the help of his Vitruvian Android pals. This show celebrates the release of God of the Drones. Yesterday, I posted an exclusive track.

See-Through @ James Oliver Gallery
This multimedia group exhibition features the work of Michael Barker, Mark Basco, Tim McFarlane, Wendee Yudis and James Crowell.

Jerry Blavat & Fireworks @ Penn’s Landing
The Geater with the Heater hosts a fireworks display “choreographed to a soundtrack of our favorite artists from the tri-state area, including American Bandstand, Bon Jovi, the Jonas Brother, Boyz II Men and Patti LaBelle.”

The Lunar Year @ Boot & Saddle
Katie Burke is more than just a pretty voice, but damn does she have a pretty voice. The frontwoman of the folk/rock band The Lunar Year has the kind of vocal chops that push the music into ponderous places, letting it soar and crack at just the right moments. The lyrics, too, seem to well up from somewhere deep. The new album is Herodias and it’s worth your time.


The Cairo Gang @ Johnny Brenda’s
A well-known Ty Segall/Bonnie Prince Billie collaborator, Emmett Kelly has been making music under the name The Cairo Gang since the mid-2000s. His latest record, Untouchable, came out in March, and it’s just good old rock ’n’ roll — catchy and classic sounding.

Bruse Wane @ Kung Fu Necktie
The NYC rapper and CEO of Wane Enterprises’ most recent album is 2015’s Earl Manigualt Of Rap. He really goes for it with the Batman references.

Joy Again @ PhilaMOCA
The Philly lo-fi band released a five-song EP in January. Their music is tiny and catchy and makes you feel like you’re in the best basement in the world.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ World Café Live
The veteran indie-poppers newest record, The Echo of Pleasure, isn’t due out till September. Here’s an oldie but a goodie:

12 Things to Do this Week

I think photos of fireworks without smoke don’t tell the whole story, you know? (Kevin Burkett @ Flickr)

Weeding Out the Stoned @ Good Good Comedy Theatre | Wednesday, June 28
Alex Grubard continues his “Game Show of Sobriety Tests” wherein he tries to find the not-stoned member of the 16-comedian panel.

Wawa Hoagie Day @ Independence Mall/National Constitution Center Lawn | Thursday, June 29
Look upon the majesty of a six-ton hoagie and weep for you have no more worlds to conquer. If you find you can go on, check out the full Wawa Welcome America schedule, because I can’t get to all of it here. Read more »

42 Things to Do this Weekend

Boyz II Men plays the Wells Fargo Center with Paula Abdul and New Kids on the Block on Saturday. (Rory Shram)


Alejandro Escovedo Band @ Sellersville Theater
The Austin rocker was there when punk was young, and he’s still at it, backed by an all-star band featuring Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey. His latest is Burn Something Beautiful, which dropped last year.

Tigers Jaw @ Union Transfer
The Scranton indie rock band released a new record called spin last month (yes, all lowercase) but if it sounds different it’s because they’ve changed everything. Right nowTigers Jaw is just a duo, Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh. Still good though. Read more »

14 Things to Do in Movies, Comedy, Dance, Books and Hot Air Balloons

Dr. Alan Grant likes dinosaurs.

Jurassic Park @ FringeArts | Wednesday, June 21
Eat, drink and watch dinosaurs run wild in an outdoor setting. Upcoming screenings include E.T. (June 28), Friday (July 19), Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (August 9) and lots more. Hold on to your butts.

Solow Fest @ lots of places | Through June 25
The festival of daring dance performances continues. All shows are pay-what-you-can. Before you say you don’t think you like dance, check out the calendar. Read more »

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