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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

This week Ron bitches about people at costco, the shittiest airline known as Delta, and selling sports cards on eBay. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival: DAY THREE SCHEDULE, Sat, Aug 29 #PghisFunny @PghComedyFest

Saturday, August 29th
LIVE at The Henry Heyman Theater, in front of the Pitt Cathedral of Learning!
4301 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213



3:00 pm – Kids Comedy Cabaret
This Kids Comedy Cabaret showcases local talent that specializes in children and family entertainment!
Thanks to the Grable Foundation, this event is completely FREE!
Featuring: Uke & Tuba, Penny Arcade, Vince Charming



5:00 pm – Early Bird Improv Special
Hot Mess, Evan the Loyal, Kingsbury

6:30 pm – STANDUP EXPLOSION
Ahri Findling (NYC), Keane Cobb (Pgh), Lainie Lenertz, Zach Peterson, Mike Wysocki (Q92 Jim Krenn Morning Show)

8:00 pm – BOMBARDO with AUBREY PLAZA
Improvised Mythology, Warp Zone, Bombardo

10:00 pm – #PghIsFunny : A ‘Burgh-Based Comedy Spectacular!
Celebrate all that’s funny about Pittsburgh, featuring an all-star sampling of our PCF performers!
Featuring: Lee Terbosic, Jeff Konkle AND an ALL-STAR Improv Comedy Cavalcade of PCF headliners, instructors and teams!

GET TICKETS NOW!
Save $$$ and get a SATURDAY PASS or a FESTIVAL PASS!

Info, schedule & tickets: http://pittsburghcomedyfestival.org/

Don't forget to check out our incredible COMEDY WORKSHOPS happening all weekend!



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Pittsburgh Comedy Festival: DAY TWO SCHEDULE, Fri, Aug 28 #PghisFunny @ToddGlass @BombardoImprov

Friday, August 28
LIVE at The Henry Heyman Theater, in front of the Pitt Cathedral of Learning!
4301 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213



5:00 pm – TALKING FUNNY: THE PCF COMEDY PANEL
Chelsea Clarke, Todd Glass, Marcy Jarreau, Aaron Kleiber, Jared Pascoe
Join comedians and professionals from the entertainment industry, including Todd Glass (Comedy Central, Louie), Chlesea Clarke (UCB NY Instructor, Bombardo), Marcy Jarreau (UCB LA Instructor), Jared Pascoe (Docherty Talent Agent) and Aaron Kleiber (Gotham Comedy Live, Pgh Mag Best Comic) for a panel-style Q&A in the intimate setting of the Henry Heymann Theater (inside the Stephen Foster Memorial in Oakland). Get insights on comedy as an artform and as a career during this unique, FREE discussion.

6:30 pm – IMPROV APPETIZER
Primary Colours, 1816, Left For Dead

8:00 pm – TODD GLASS
(Comedy Central, Louie, Last Comic Standing)
Featuring: Shannon Norman (Pgh), Alex Falcone (Portland), Sean Collier (WDVE Morning Show, Pgh Mag)

10:00 pm – BOMBARDO with AUBREY PLAZA
Minority Re’port, The Writers’ Room, Bombardo

12:00 am – NO SLEEP 'TIL OAKLAND: MIDNIGHT STANDUP SHOW
Terry Jones (Q92 Jim Krenn Show), Emma Arnold (Boise), Alex Stypula (Pgh), Gordan Baker (NJ), Tony ‘T-ROBE’ Roberson (Pgh)

GET TICKETS NOW!
Save $$$ and get a FRIDAY PASS or a FESTIVAL PASS!

Info, schedule & tickets: http://pittsburghcomedyfestival.org/

Don't forget to check out our incredible COMEDY WORKSHOPS happening all weekend!


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Pittsburgh Comedy Festival: DAY ONE SCHEDULE, Thur, Aug 27 #PghisFunny @ToddGlass @BombardoImprov

Thursday, August 27th
LIVE at The Henry Heyman Theater, in front of the Pitt Cathedral of Learning!
4301 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213



8:00 pm – TODD GLASS
Todd was a contestant on the second and third seasons of NBC's Last Comic Standing and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, the Sarah Silverman Program, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and his own Comedy Central Presents special.
FEATURING: Andy Picarro (Pgh), Kristen Lundberg (Chicago), Bill Crawford (WDVE Morning Show)

10:00 pm – FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROV SHOW
babyGRAND, Hustlebot, #1 Party School, Hotel Nowhere

GET TICKETS NOW! Save $$$ and get a Thursday pass or a FESTIVAL PASS!
http://pittsburghcomedyfestival.org/passes/


Info, schedule and tickets: http://pittsburghcomedyfestival.org/


Don't forget to check out our incredible COMEDY WORKSHOPS happening all weekend!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rolling on the River - By Michael Buzzelli


Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” to which I want to respond with, “Really?” I don’t feel stronger.

Last Saturday, I went on my second, and most likely last, whitewater rafting trip.

The first one was a lot of fun because I didn’t die. The second one was a lot less fun because I almost did. While it’s evident I have a flair for the dramatic, I am pretty sure I’d be the special guest star at a funeral if things had gone even slightly more wrong.

We were four mighty rafts on the Youghiogheny that day.

There were six people on my raft, which was one person too many considering how low the water was. Don’t worry: I rectified the situation by falling out of it. Boom. Splash. I struggled for air and had to glide my way back to the raft.

Luckily, I remembered my instructions to keep my nose and toes above water (they warn against swimming normally because your feet can get caught on the rocks).

Thinking back to the instructions, I realized too many sentences ended with, “If you don’t do it this way, you’ll die.”

If you don’t wear a helmet, you’ll die. If you don’t wear your life vest, you’ll die. If you don’t keep your feet up, you’ll die.

After I nearly drowned, I was sort of over it in a big way. Water: Over it, because I was under it. I didn’t feel safe and I wanted out. Unfortunately, I had to continue to ride the rapids until we could get to a safe exit point. I was terrified as we hit every single rapid and rock on the way.

Finally, I got to a safe extraction point.

It was a surprisingly short walk back to the rental office, even though I was carrying a life vest, paddle and helmet. Once I was there and turned in my equipment, all I had to do was wait for my friends to finish the trip. I decided to go swimming.

Yes, in the very same water that tried to kill me. I really didn’t have too many options.

My wallet, cellphone and car keys were seven miles away, locked up in another car at the exit to the river ride.

I got in the water at a relatively calm spot. I didn’t want to be afraid of it. P.S.: Two days later, I dreamt about a group of teens who could turn into fish. I am completely sure it’s unrelated. (Rolls eyes.)


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Mike Buzzelli is a stand up comedian and a sit down author. His book, "Below Average Genius," a collection of humor columns culled from the Observer-Reporter, can be purchased here!



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival: Comedy Panel Q&A and Workshops all weekend! August 28-30, 2015


Pittsburgh Comedy Festival is coming up next weekend, August 27-29! Apart from the incredible performances lined up for the festival, we've also got some exciting "extracurriculars" that will likely be of interest to local talent!

Join comedians and professionals from the entertainment industry, including Todd Glass (Comedy Central, Louie), Chlesea Clarke (UCB NY Instructor, Bombardo), Marcy Jarreau (UCB LA Instructor), Jared Pascoe (Docherty Talent Agent) and Aaron Kleiber (Gotham Comedy Live, Pgh Mag Best Comic) for a panel-style Q&A in the intimate setting of the Henry Heymann Theater (inside the Stephen Foster Memorial in Oakland). Get insights on comedy as an artform and as a career during this unique, FREE discussion.

Exercise your funny bone at one of PCF2015's afternoon workshops! Taught by qualified instructors, including members of PCF's headlining acts, these workshops will enrich your understanding of comedy and elevate your abilities as a performer. All taking place in the Henry Heyman Theater or the Cathedral of Learning, Oakland!
UCB Primer Workshop with Chelsea Clarke - Come learn the basics of UCB style improv, or brush up on those basics, even if it’s been awhile since your last class!
Sketch Workshop with Beth Newell - This workshop will focus on collaboration in the writers room and finding your writing voice.
Efficent Improv with Marcy Jarreau - Don’t waste any part of your improv. Pull the best premise and get to the point faster in initiations, tags, and 2nd beats.
Shakespearean Improv Workshop with Steve Kleinedler - A quick primer in how to improvise in the style of Shakespeare, both soliloquies and dialog.
ViewPoints: Elements of Theater Workshop with Kristen Schier - Through loosely devised scene creation, students will explore these elements … with the end goal of enriching their scene work and empowering them in performance.
Improv First Aid Workshop with Chris Griswold - The first rule of first aid is to take care of yourself before you can take care of someone else.

Check out times, locations and more info here, and SIGN UP ASAP -- these small sessions are filling up fast!


Go to PittsburghComedyFestival.org for show listings, tickets and more info!

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Live podcasts with special guests including: Bill Crawford, Mikey & Big Bob, Collin Chamberlain, Tom Henry, Shannon Norman, Andy Picarro, and Tim Ross

Food from Sweet Peaches and Kelly's.
Beer & Booze provided by Full Pint Brewery and Beam Suntory.

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744 E Warington Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pa 15210

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1206 Arlington Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pa 15210

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