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 …
Chip Chantry and Jim Grammond are writing partners for the local sketch-comedy show Dog Mountain, performing at Philly Improv Theater on November 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st. You can also catch Chip at Rittenhouse’s Helium Comedy Club November 19th through 22nd.
“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.
Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari returns to Philadelphia this week after filming his last special, “Buried Alive,” at the Kimmel’s Merriam Theater in 2013. This time he’s moving to a much bigger venue, the Wells Fargo Center, on Friday, September 26th. We caught up with him this week via an email chat to see what to expect from this latest go round, titled simply Aziz Ansari: Live!
Photo by Lucas Michael
A couple years back, you added a few extra shows to the last leg of your tour—one of which was here in Philly, where you ended up filming your most recent special, “Buried Alive.” Anything particular about this city that drew you back, or was the Kimmel Center just really, really telegenic?
The first shows I did there were really fun. I loved the crowd, and the Kimmel Center is a really beautiful theater. As soon I as saw it, I knew it was a contender for a place to film a special. I knew if we could come back and do it again and film it, I’d be happy with the special. And I was.
Given your penchant for experiencing the hometown cuisine of every city you hit, where are you excited to eat once you cross to our side of the Ben Franklin Bridge?
I honestly don’t want to say the places, because what if the Aziz murderer is reading this?!
Philly’s own Kevin Hart will fill in for Len Goodman as guest judge on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars next Monday, September 29th. Next week’s episode is “Movie Night,” and Hart will help Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judge the final 11 celebrity contestants and their partners as they celebrate songs from the silver screen.
The Headhouse Square Shambles will transform into a huge open-air runway this Tuesday evening, with over 21 boutiques and salons collaborating to showcase local Philly fashion. Fashion Under The Shambles invites the garment-obsessed and shopping-addicted to view an eclectic mix of men and women's fashion, hosted by America’s Next Top Model finalist—and former G Philly cover boy—Cory Wade Hindorff (pictured). Free admission (general standing room only) is available for a limited time, by RSVPing here. VIP tickets are also available for purchase online. For more information, click here. Tuesday, September 23rd, 6 p.m., Headhouse Square Shambles, 200 Pine Street.—Marquesa Rotuski
At long last we get the final episode of Temple's College Emmy-winning gay web series One of the Guys. Show creator Michael Busza emailed today that he will be uploading the final episode, which finds the boys frolicking around Rehoboth Beach, on Tuesday night. The episode actually aired this weekend at Qflix, but if you didn't catch it, tune into the show's website here at 9 p.m.. And before you start mourning the show's demise, Busza hints that he's working on developing a full-length version of the series. Fingers crossed. Tuesday, September 23rd, 9 p.m., free, oneoftheguystv.com.
Josh Schonewolf's second go-round of his competition to find Philly's fiercest burlesque performer is in full swing with a whole new crop of contestants and returning celebrity judges Lascivious Jane and Joey Martini, and Cycle 1 winner Sinnamon (all pictured with Schonewolf above). This week, Schonewolf tells me, is "Genderfuck Week," where the remaining 13 contestants are asked to perform gender-bending acts. He also says the evening will see the return of his drag persona Grace Period, and Mistor Fahrenheit will sit down as guest judge. Tuesday, September 23rd, 9 p.m., $8, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
East Passyunk Avenue hosts its first Queers On the Avenue (QOTA) of fall at Stogie Joe's. The evening promises "cold beer, frosty cocktails and free pizza." Look out for $2 Rolling Rock bottles, $3 Margaritas and $5 for a shot and a beer. Wednesday, September 24th, 6 p.m., free, Stogie Joe's, 1801 East Passyunk Avenue.
I think I might have squealed when I saw that former Chelsea Lately writer and roundtable regular Fortune Feimster is coming to Philadelphia. The uproariously funny, ultra-huggable North Carolina-born comedian will spend three nights at Helium Comedy Club. Stay tuned to G Philly for an interview I did with Feimster, where she talks about everything from working with Upper Darby's Tina Fey to Joan Rivers to being a lesbian in a man's comedy world. Thursday-Saturday, September 25-27, $16-$23, Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street.
NSFW Dance Party creators—and lovahs—Paul Blore and Marquise Lee are going all back-to-school for this month's party. The theme is RUSH, as in that thing you have to do to get into a fraternity. If the flyer is any indication, you probably won't leave without a spanking. Well, at least if you’re lucky. DJs Trprkpr and Sharyn Stone are spinning, and your favorite twink photographer, Alexander John, will be in the house snapping candids. Thursday, September 25th, 10 p.m., free, Medusa Lounge, 27 South 21st Street.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Outkast’s André 3000 chats about playing Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming Jimi: All is By My Side. During the course of the conversation he teases an Outkast biopic, and how he’d like a certain Philly comedian to play his sidekick Big Boi.
Rapper André Benjamin worked obsessively on his startling portrayal of Jimi Hendrix in the new film Jimi: All Is By My Side, and he already has ideas about a potential biopic for his group Outkast. “It would be great to make an Outkast movie right now, but instead of really serious, make it a full comedy — like Kevin Hart would play Big Boi,” he said of his rapping partner last night. And as himself? “We should cast somebody stupid — like Leonardo [DiCaprio].”
Lorde performs at the Mann Center on September 5th.
Maybe you’ll see Cecily Tynan there, singing along to “Royals.” The 17-year-old Kiwi is one of her personal faves. Mann Center, September 5th.
Zachary Chiero and Peter Andrew Danzig are gay Mummers in Tribe of Fools’ “Two Street,” part of the FringeArts Festival.
2. FringeArts Every year, we wonder if the event previously known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe is going to lose its mojo. But based on this year’s lineup, which includes everything from an interactive public art installation floating on the Delaware River (WetLand) to Two Street, a gay version of Romeo and Juliet as told through the lens of South Philadelphia and the Mummers to one of the most unusual walking tours you’ll ever join (Experiment #39) and a few dozen other shows, and the fact that the FringeArts venue is now fully open, complete with brasserie, outdoor performance plaza and 240-seat theater, it seems the mojo is stronger than ever. Various locations, September 5th to 21st.