Monday, August 25, 2014

Ice, Ice Baby!

 Author and Comedian Mike Buzzelli

It’s been a crazy week. I mean really crazy. Perfectly sane friends are dumping buckets of ice water on their heads. My family members are doing it. My friends are doing it. My favorite celebrities are doing it. Men, women and children are wetting themselves for charity.

I need to point out an irrefutable fact: Buckets of ice are best used to chill champagne. Maybe after you drink all the champagne, you can drown your sorrows by nearly drowning in partially frozen water.

I watched a lot of people challenge their friends. At first, I was grateful my name never came up. Then, the enormous ego played peek-a-boo. I was starting to get angry that my name wasn’t on anyone’s lips. It’s like being angry that the guy carrying the collection plate doesn’t make it to the back row of the church. I should have been relieved.

Finally, my niece, Brittany, challenged me to support ALS, just as her boyfriend threw ice water on her (hey, she asked him to do it). I had been skating by, on thin ice, literally and figuratively. Thanks, Brit.

I cheated. I wrote a check instead of dousing myself. It seemed like a more rational way to go. Giving away a stack of hard-earned money to a good cause never gave anyone pneumonia. I should be proud I donated money. Somehow I felt a little cowardly. Though, not enough to participate in soaking myself with water best suited for polar bears.

Last summer, between the end of July and the beginning of August, ALS raised $1.4 million. This year, during the same time period, they’ve raised $4 million. People are still donating. It might be a crazy thing, but it’s good crazy.
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Mike Buzzelli is an author and stand up comedian. His book, "Below Average Genius," a collection of humor essays culled from his weekly column at the Observer Reporter, can be purchased here:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fork Full of Noodles with Krish Mohan Ep. 50-The Legend of Scubs Brady

Questions are answered as the most epic tale is revealed in the Legend of Scubs Brady! BONUS: Krish and the Legacy of Scubs Brady BONUS: Miranda Lafluer and the Love of Scubs Brady BONUS: Brenda McClaren and the Downfall of Scubs Brady BONUS: Scubs Brady's Security BONUS: Sheldon Smoot and the Content of Scubs Brady Written by: Krish Mohan Starring: Krish Mohan, Mary Stewart, Michael Buzelli, Kat Caringola (Follow @Pink_Kattillac) and Derek Minto (Follow @BringstheRuckus) Directed by: Krish Mohan Music by: Max Somerville Cinematography by: Alex Murphy (Follow @AlexCMurphy)

Monday, August 18, 2014

WED NIGHT LIVE: Standup Showcase at the Pittsburgh Improv: August 20, 2014


Showcasing the BEST upcoming comics of this year!

Hosted by Aaron Kleiber
(2012 & 2013 "Best Comic" Pittsburgh Magazine, Gotham Comedy Live & Nickelodeon)

John Winters
Molly Sharrow
Alex Stypula
Norlex Belma
Erick Williams
Allan Lee 
Holly Price
Mike Sasson 
Andy Picarro

*2 item minimum per person*

Sunday, August 17, 2014

There go the holidays...

Comedian and Author Mike Buzzelli 

Last week, I walked into a drugstore and found Halloween candy on saleI wanted to run to the cashier and, in my best Doc Brown impression, ask, “What’s today’s date?”

Clearly, I inadvertently stepped out of a DeLorean, a beat up blue police box or a hot tub time machine, because Oct. 31 is more than two months away.

No, it was August and the Halloween candy was on sale. Great Scott, Marty!

I’m going to pass on a little advice from the health experts and personal trainers like Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper and such: The Mini-Snickers you buy today will not be the ones you will be handing out at your door on All Hallow’s Eve.

You will eat the whole bag before then. You’ll justify it by saying, “They’re really little candy bars, or I’ll just break off a bit of that Kit Kat bar.”

Pretty soon, you’ll be staring at empty wrappers.

Then, you’ll be Snickerless, Twixless or sans Reese’s. You will run out and buy more Halloween candy. You’ll probably eat that, too. Then, in late October, right around the time you’re actually supposed to buy it, you’ll have to get more.

On the second, possibly third or fourth, trip to Rite Aid, you’ll finally buy candy you don’t like, so you’re no longer tempted to eat the entire bag. I find Mallow Cups work nicely. Do they still make those?

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SUMMER MUMBLE: Wrestling Comedy Show at Arcade Comedy Theater: Friday, August 15, 2014ar

Comedy in the Squared-Circle
Improv and stand-up comedy collide in the squared circle, as local performers pay tribute to the world of professional wrestling (just in time for SummerSlam!)

Hosted by Matt Light, and featuring local comedians, improvisers, and performers, the show is a blend of sketch comedy, improv, and stand-up where anything can happen.

A must-see for wrestling fans!

$10/$5 students | BYOB

Arcade Comedy Theater
811 Liberty Ave.

PittsburghPA 15222

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Pittsburgh Actor/Comedian, Aaron Kleiber, on DOUG LOVES MOVIES again!
OR download it on iTunes!

Pop-Up-Video-Improv: THE 80's - at Arcade Comedy Theater, Friday, August 15, 2014

Comedian and pop-music connoisseur

Aaron Kleiber teams up with special guests to riff on some of the worst music videos they can find from the 80's!
Along with their favorite picks - the audience will get to pick their FAVORITE 80's music videos for the comedians to riff on!

$10/$5 student rush | BYOB 

Arcade Comedy Theater
811 Liberty Ave.

PittsburghPA 15222