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.
Enjoy this video of a guy in NYC who tied a fringed scarf around his chest, slipped on a leather thong and twerked it out in a New York subway to Miley’s “We Can’t Stop.” Sure, the song’s getting a little old, but those moves are oh, so fresh.
Philadelphia isn’t the best city in which to perform standup comedy, but it’s certainly not the worst. It’s a town, like so many others, that has some nice people, some rude people, and some people who wander Old City all day dressed like Ben Franklin.
Chris Gethard’s Vice editorial, “Philadelphia is the Scariest Place to Do Comedy,” (originally titled “Philadelphia is the Worst Place to Do Comedy”) claimed that Philadelphia has unusually aggressive crowds, and we have replied by threatening to stone him to death with D-cell batteries.
Why did Chris have bad shows in Philadelphia? Let’s break down the three shows he specifically mentioned in the essay: Read more »
It’s been so long since Philly homeboy M. Night Shyamalan was anything but a punchline that even the jokes have grown stale. But here’s something fresh! A trailer for the 1980s geek comedy Real Genius, edited to match Shyamalan’s foreboding style.
If Sunday’s Oscars telecast proved one thing, it’s that the hardest job in the world is not the United States presidency, Secretary General of the United Nations nor Ron Jeremy’s fluffer: It’s hosting the Academy Awards. Entertaining an audience of billions while reverently poking fun (but not too much fun) at members of the world’s most notoriously touchy trade union is a balancing act worthy of Nik Wallenda. Read more »
“No matter how good it tastes, you’re still in Philadelphia,” said “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers. That’s fine, Seth: No matter how funny you’ll always have been in the movie New Year’s Eve. And we’ll still have the awesome bacon taco. We’re pretty sure we win.
It’s that time of year again: the weather’s colder, days are shorter, and there’s another cozy L.L. Bean catalog out for all of us to ogle. At least one Philadelphian, Elizabeth Pride, takes that ogling seriously, having started up the viral success that is “Your L.L. Bean Boyfriend,” a tumblr site that couples “framed” shots of male L.L. Bean models with witty, too-good-to-be-true quips like “‘I signed us up to help with the food drive,” Damien said. ‘I know how that’s one of your favorite things to do during the holidays,'” a la Hey Girl Ryan Gosling. Since Pride started the tumblr on Monday, it has been picked up by the likes of USA Today and Huffington Post, with HuffPo’s politics editor calling the site her “new favorite tumblr.” Sadly for Pride, though, it looks like the only L.L. Bean men in Philly are in the catalog itself. [BangorDailyNews]
The Chinese state-run newspaper celebrated North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un being named the “Sexiest Man Alive,” with a 55-image spread, and accompanying text that read: “With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true.”
The only problem is, he was named the world’s sexiest man by The Onion. Read more »