Category Archives: Interviews & Artist Spotlights

Comedian Moses The Comic Performs at The Birchmere Theatre

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Moses The Comic performed his hilarious brand of comedy at the legendary Birchmere Theatre in Alexandria, Virginia this past Saturday night. Opening up for the wonderful R&B duo Kindred The Family Soul, MTC warmed the crowd up for a remarkable night. As always, the crowd was left in stitches as Moses interacted with many of the patrons to ensure a great time.

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Comedy in Philly is Back!!!!

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This Friday, Jus Laughs Comedy Show is back…Starring Comedian Jackson and Ms. Darkchild!!! As always it’s hosted by Jemaine Jones and Reggie Conquest. Tickets are $10. This show, like all Jus Laughs shows are at Finnigans Wake located at 3rd and Spring Garden Sts. Show starts at 8pm. See you there.

After Paul Mooney Remarks About Boston Bombing, Levity Live Comedy Club Cancels Shows.

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A West Nyack comedy club has canceled a comedian’s performance after he allegedly made disparaging comments about the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, Newsday has learned.
Levity Live canceled Paul Mooney’s 7 p.m. Sunday show after about 20 people walked out of the club Saturday night during his stand-up routine, a club manager told News12. The manager declined to give his name.

The club, located in the Palisades Center Mall, listed Mooney’s Sunday night performance on its website earlier in the day but pulled the show by afternoon.

“Paul Mooney last night at Levity Live said white people in Boston deserved what they got,” said a Twitter user.

Attempts to reach Mooney or club management by Newsday were unsuccessful.
The canceled show was the last of six appearances, including last night’s sold-out 9:30 p.m. show at the comedy club.

Mooney has a reputation as an African-American comic who pushes the envelope of propriety, especially on racial issues.

“Paul Mooney is one of the most dangerous and brilliant comic minds of our time. This is not a show for those considered easily offended,” says a bio of the comic from Caroline’s On Broadway, a Manhattan comedy venue.

Beginning his career as a writer for Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx and “Saturday Night Live,” Mooney also appeared regularly on the popular “Chappelle’s Show” on Comedy Central.
The club was accepting donations to help the Boston victims before the show, the club manager told News12. Audience members who left the show in disgust were given refunds, he said.

D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black to Host TBS’ ‘Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host

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TBS has found its game show hosts. Comedians D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black have come on board Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host, one of the cable network’s several unscripted efforts set to debut in 2013.

“This is a game show where a host is legitimately trying to convince a contestant to choose the wrong answer,” said EP Mark Burnett of One Three Media and London-based Monkey. “D.L. and Michael’s comedic styles are perfect for pulling this off. The comedy itself will be must-see television.”

Facing of against each other, Hughley and Black will each present a single contestant with a strange fact. One will be lying and one will be telling the truth, and the contestant must choose the correct statement to win.

“It’s great to have D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black on board for TBS’s Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host,” said TBS, TNT and TCM president and head of programming Michael Wright. “They possess the comedic instincts, sharp improvisational skills, sense of fun and easygoing charm necessary to earn the trust of contestants in this clever, one-of-a-kind game show from Mark Burnett, Will MacDonald and David Granger.”

Hughley recently wrapped a turn on the 16th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and Black appears in the web series/E! comedy Burning Love.
Hughley is repped by ICM; Black is at UTA.

How Eddie Murphy discovered Chris Rock (Animated Video)

This is a pretty funny animated documentary on how Chris Rock was discovered in a comedy club in NYC by Eddie Murphy. The original story was covered by Dylan Gadino for Laughspin.com:

Hardcore comedy nerds already know the story of how Eddie Murphy basically discovered Chris Rock, while the young comedian was working at the Comic Strip on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. But this stellar animation from TWIRI Sports brings new life to the tale– and exposes those to may not have heard the story to a truly inspiring reality.

Check out the video below:

Tracy Morgan Tells David Letterman HE Solved The Fiscal Cliff Crisis (VIDEO)

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You can thank Tracy Morgan for preventing us from going over the now ubiquitous “fiscal cliff,” according to him that is.Morgan cracked up David Letterman on Friday night when he took credit for solving the financial crisis, although we have to say we’re a little skeptical about his explanation.”I hope everybody’s happy, because I did that; that was me,” he joked. “I was at the U.N. all night crunching numbers.” Check out the video below.

Philly Comedy…Who To Watch…2013!!

A wonderful year in comedy has come to an end and it has me excited about the new year and what the hilariously funny comedians from the “215” will have in store for me this year. I’m looking forward to the growth of some of the young comedians as well as the continued maturity of some of our seasoned vets. Below is a list (In no particular order) of the comedians that I will be watching for in 2013. I suggest that you take notice.

Jamal Doman

Jamal is ripping up stages on the West Coast. After making the leap to follow his dreams in Cali., Jamal is making a pretty good name for himself. Fresh off a supporting role in the movie “Streets” starring Meek Mill, Jamal’s career is starting to take off. Keep an eye out for him. Here’s a clip from Jamal’s appearance on Martin Lawrence’s First Amendment Stand Up.

Dave Temple

Dave Temple’s subtle brand of comedy is starting to push its way to the forefront. Extremely funny and charismatic on stage and equally funny off stage, Dave has been performing all over the tri-state this year. Dave has one of the funniest sets that I was privileged to see this year. Check out a clip from Dave below.

Shanell Renee

A breathe of fresh air in the comedy world, there is only one way to describe this wonderful comedienne, silly! Just down right silly, but in the most positive way I can portray it. Shanell has wonderful energy on stage and that energy is relayed to her audiences. This year found Ms. Travis on almost every stage in Philadelphia and it only stands to get better from here on out. Enjoy some of Shanell’s work.

Derek Gaines

I’m a little biased on this one because he might be my personal favorite on the list. Extremely funny. That may be all that needs to be said. Watch out for this comedian, if you see him coming to your city, get the ticket while it’s still cheap. Check out Derek’s performance from Bill Bellamy’s “Who’s Got Jokes?”. I think you will notice the genius in his comedy.

TuRae

The reigning “King of Comedy” for the city of Philadelphia. It wouldn’t be right if we weren’t keeping up with his marvelous career. TuRae continues to make moves on a grand scale, from The Atlantic City Comedy Festival to touring across the country with funny lady Sommore, TuRae continues to push forward and bring the audiences the funny every time he hits the stage. Check him out below.

Richie Redding

Richie Redding is one very energetic comedian. He hits the stage full of energy and never lets up. Blessed with a gift to entertain all audiences, Richie has been performing all across the country in 2012. The entire country is starting to find out about this special comedian. Check him out.

Clint Coley

Clint Coley has the best work ethic of any comedian I have seen this year. This guy has monthly shows in about three different states. That’s hustling! D.L. Hughley’s protege is fresh off his own one man comedy show “Stand and Deliver”, Clint is destined for great things in 2013.

Anthony Moore

The youngest comedian in the group, Anthony Moore has been at it for little more than a year. You would never be able to tell. An extremely witty young man, this stands out on stage. I’m guessing in a couple of years, Anthony Moore will be performing for much larger audiences. Check out Anthony Moore performing at the Legends of Comedy Comedy Show in Philadelphia.

Matt Black

Matt Black may be a comedic genius. He is a wonderful story teller as well as impressionist. On top of all that talent, he has good old fashioned jokes as well. Matt has the ability to do an entire show just off of his talent. Check out a clip of Matt below.

Topp Fliight

Topp may be the hardest working comedian in Philadelphia. This dude seems to be booked every night. If you seen him, then you already know. Topp Fliight will have you running around the room in laughter. If you haven’t seen him, he’s definitely on a stage near you, most likely right now! Check out this clip.

Chris Cotton

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One of my personal favorites, Chris Cotton has been performing all throughout PA, NJ and NY. His brand of comedy will have you wanting to see him more often. Not only is Chris a rising stand-up comedian. Chris is a very talented writer and actor as well. He has produced several skits as well as acted in many and just like his shows, the skits are hilarious. Check out a clip of Chris below.

13 More To Watch

  1. Moses The Comic
  2. Kendrick Jones
  3. Hank Foley
  4. Conrad Roth
  5. Reggie Conquest
  6. Omar Scruggs
  7. Jonas
  8. Stax
  9. Oc Diesel
  10. Scooter Wilkerson
  11. Lawrence Killebrew
  12. Andre Johnson
  13. Mike Worm

Katt Williams Not Retiring From Stand-Up Comedy, Just Felt Unappreciated

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After just three days, Katt Williams is coming out of retirement.He may have just announced that he is quitting stand-up comedy for good on Monday, but it appears that Williams is not retiring after all, according to TMZ.”Katt is definitely NOT retiring. He will be moving forward with the tour… Friday is Texas, Saturday New Orleans, and on to Alabama,” a representative for the comedian told TMZ. “The reason why he made remarks was due to him feeling totally disrespected by all the things that happen to him in the city of Seattle. He had a moment where he felt very unappreciated. He now just wants to move forward from those unfortunate events and give his fans outstanding shows from this point forward.”A message on Williams’ Facebook page reiterated the “unretirement” announcement, reading: “Don’t miss Katt this Friday in Houston and Saturday in NOLA! Yes, he WILL be there!”

On Monday, Williams first told Seattle’s KOMO News that he is retiring from stand-up after a bout of bizarre behavior and multiple run-ins with the law.”I’m just gonna go ahead and announce my retirement from stand-up, I’m kinda done,” Williams told KOMO. “I’ve discussed it with my kids, I wasn’t gonna do in the middle of a Seattle street, I was going to go to Los Angeles and do it in the offices of ICM or LiveNation.”Although he might be showing up to future comedic performances, Williams was a no-show at his arraignment on Thursday.Williams was arrested Sunday after a bar dispute in Seattle. He was scheduled in court Thursday, but his attorney told the judge that the comedian was under the impression he did not need to make an appearance and went back to California instead, the Seattle Times reported. Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Miller plans to charge Williams on Thursday with two counts of fourth-degree assault, according to the newspaper.The “Pimp Chronicles” comedian’s problems started six years ago, notes E! News, but have escalated recently.Last month, Williams had a meltdown onstage during a show in Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 16 after being arrested in connection with a fight.

In the following days, Williams proceeded to take police on a wild chase in Sacramento while riding a three-wheeler, slap a Target employee, threaten a man with a pool cue,flick a lit cigarette into a woman’s face and get arrested again.Williams was bailed out on Monday morning by rapper Suge Knight, who is acting as his tour manager.

Darryl Lenox turns pain into laughs on new stand-up special and album ‘Blind Ambition’ (Video)

By Dylan P. Gadino

One of the most important things a good comedian can do is turn personal pain into artful laughs. And few comedians do it better than Las Vegas-born Darryl Lenox. His latest project Blind Ambition proves to be an amazingly funny testament to that. The stand-up special, anchored by a series of stories and jokes centered around his severely impaired eyesight, premiered on Starz recently and will air again Nov. 26 at 3 pm ET. Filmed at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, it was also taped as a proper album, which was just released today through Stand Up! Records.

As you’ll see in the feature below, the veteran comedian is not into self-pity, nor is he about to dwell entirely on his visual shortcomings. Lenox’s comedy is as broad as it is wholly original. Check it out.

 

Lenox is on tour through December. For his schedule and for more info, check out DarrylLenox.com.

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