Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yo Mamas Comedy Show at The Venue at Harmony Ridge feat T-ROBE & more: Saturday, May 10, 2014



Date:  Saturday May 10, 2014
Time: 8:30pm
Location: The Venue at Harmony Ridge 1280 Breitenstein Rd Ambridge, PA 15003
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Students and military are $7.
Headliner T Robe. Featuring Tim Ross and Allan Lee.
Music by 2012 Pittsburgh Winter Rock Showcase winners Wine & Spirit.
Hosted by Day Bracey

One Day Sale on a One Day Shirt BY MIKE BUZZELLI

Author & Comedian Mike Buzzelli
It was a brand new, white, button-down shirt. Frankly, it didn’t stand a chance.
To be fair, it attacked me first. I was on my way to work when I felt a sharp, stabbing pain in my waist. I inadvertently left one of the needles in the shirt.

Sidebar: Why do they use so many needles? In the future, I’m only buying shirts on the rack and not the ones folded into a square, shrink-wrapped and pockmarked with more pins than a Haitian voodoo doll.
I grabbed a bagel from the Bruegger’s a block from work. I narrowly avoided a blob of cream cheese that almost spattered Whitey (yes, I decided to name the shirt).

Once I got to work, an administrative assistant asked me to move the coffeepot from the break room to the conference room for a 9 o’clock meeting. She admitted it was too heavy for her, and I got to play big, strong He-Man for a few moments. It’s bigger than your average home coffeepot.

I picked up the machine and walked to the unopened conference room door. I had to press the thing to my body with one hand and open the door with the other.
The pot had wet coffee grounds in it from the day before. Tiny, black granules spilled out and clung to Whitey. I managed to scrape most of them off. I smelled like stale coffee the rest of the day.


Mike Buzzelli is a comedian and  humor writer for the Observer-Reporter. His book "Below Average Genius," was number 1 Humor Book on Amazon for two weeks in a row, before being beaten by a Fart Joke Book (his next book promises to have more gas to it).



Monday, April 28, 2014

#PghHashTagWars WINNERS for #WorseSchoolNames: April 27th, 2014

Thanks to everyone who played #PghHashTagWars!
Same time next week:
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Here are your winners:
#WorseSchoolMascots

@ThePitt

@CheryltheMuse66

@GrandMagloodie

@BillHaas66

Honorable Mentions by Pgh Comedians:
@AbbyFewdoor
(one of the founders of Arcade Comedy Theater, member of Frankly Scarlett and improvisor)


 @AndyPicarro
(Stand-up Comedian: AndyPicarro.com)


These folks WIN FOUR TICKETS to the Pittsburgh Improv for Wednesday Night Live: Standup Showcase, hosted by Aaron Kleiber - with some the best up-and-coming standup comics in the Burgh and ALWAYS awesome special guests showing up!
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

One Day COMEDY WRITING seminar with NATE HERMAN (Saturday Night Live, Second City, IO Chicago) at Donna Belajac Casting: May 3-4, 2014

THE ZEN OF COMEDY WRITING 
Improve your comedic writing skills!

An all-day seminar with Nate Herman 

- veteran Saturday Night Live staff writer
- company member & director at Chicago’s Second City
- writer/performer for the National Lampoon Radio Show
- writing instructor at the Chicago iO (Improv Olympic) Theater 


Nate Herman will be in the Pittsburgh area for a weekend to hold day-long seminars in the art of comedy writing offering techniques, exercises and training tips on how to make your sketches, scenes, stand-up routines and blogs better, tighter and funnier. 


ONE FULL DAY: 10am to 5pm. Only 16 students per class. Only TWO classes available, one saturday & one sunday.The day consists of 3 consecutive group sessions, each 2 1/2 hours, with a lunch break (bring your own). Each session builds on the others.

Topics covered include Joke Form: the Building Block; The Extended Solo Piece/Blog; The Interview; Tapping Into Everyday Dialogue; Two Person Scene; Three Person Scene; Four Person Scene; The Story; Beginnings, Middles & Ends; Creating an Effective Running Order; Learning to Spot and Correct Common Mistakes. 

Bring your laptop or notebooks and pens. There is no need to being in any existing pieces of yours; there will be much in-class writing and critiquing.

You will get the chance to meet and work with fellow writers; to have your work heard and to hear their work. Enough material will be generated during the day to allow you all to continue, if you choose, to meet, evaluate and assemble your own Sketch Revue.

A seminar description can sound dry. I can guarantee you that the day will be enjoyable, informative and valuable.


Click to reserve/purchase class:
Reserve a spot now for only $25 - pay remainder that day - full day only $175

Nate Herman has been writing, performing and directing comedy professionally since 1967, starting at The Second City (cast member and Jeff Award winning director) and going on to National Lampoon’s Lemmings (at the Village Gate in New York and on the road), The National Lampoon Radio Show (writer and performer), National Public Radio (weekly topical comedy pieces on All Things Considered with Warren Leming), and Saturday Night Live (staff writer: four seasons; Emmy nominated writing staff). His band, Wilderness Road, recorded for both Columbia and Warner/Reprise records. Nate is currently Director of Films For The Ear,which produces staged readings of such classic movies as Dr. Strangelove and His Girl Friday. He has headed the iO Comedy Writing Program since 2008.


Friday, April 25, 2014

RUSSELL PETERS (Comedy Central, Showtime) at the Pittsburgh Improv: May 29 - June 1, 2014

RUSSELL PETERS
(Comedy Central, Showtime)
at the Pittsburgh Improv
May 29 - June 1, 2014
Get tickets NOW!


"After selling out arenas around the world and setting attendance records globally with his Notorious World Tour; Russell Peters returns to his club roots as he starts working on new material for his next hilarious global conquest.
 
These shows are a work in progress, with a rare opportunity to see this global comedy rock star up close and personal.
 
Russell Peters latest stand-up special, Notorious was the first Exclusive Comedy Special for Netflix.  His other specials, Outsourced, Red White and Brown and The Green Card Tour were also seen on Comedy Central, Showtime and Netflix."


Get ticket right here!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

THE SMASH BROTHERS: CORY & CHAD at the Pittsburgh Improv: May 1-4, 2014

THE SMASH BROTHERS: CORY and CHAD at the Pittsburgh Improv: May 1-4, 2014
Cory and Chad AKA The Smash Brothers are Identical Twins born and raised outside of East LA. Their Mother is a Mail lady and their father is a crazy Biker. They attended more than 14 schools growing up. So always being the new kid helped these two become the funny kids in school to try and make new friends.  They say they are each others best friends. Even though they look alike they are really quite different. Cory is the so called "Good Twin". With his lad back style he is the calmer twin who doesnt drink and party and he keeps these two grounded. On the other hand Chad is the "Evil Twin". He is the bad boy type, with his wild party stories he keeps Cory on his toes.
Growing up as Identical Twins they have found ways to make it through life by either switching classes,breaking up with each others girlfriends, or using each others drivers licenses, you never know what these two will say or do next. These guys are a must see event. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to have a twin come out and see one of LA's top comedy Duo.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE, STANDUP SHOWCASE with Aaron Kleiber at the Pittsburgh Improv: April 23rd, 2014


WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE with Aaron Kleiber, Pittsburgh Improv, 8PM!
Featuring the best & brightest upcoming standup comics in the Burgh!

The MONTHLY STANDUP SHOWCASE at the Pittsburgh Improv hosted by Aaron Kleiber
(2012 & 2013 "Best Comic" Pittsburgh Magazine, Gotham Comedy Live & Nickelodeon)

THIS MONTH FEATURING:
Solomon
Jesse Irvin
Allen Lee
Marcus Cox
Vincent Diddiohno
Amy Capiross
Tommie Grant Jr
Danny MCaveney
Norlex Belma
Joe Eberle
Tony Monteleone
Chuck Krieger

with SPECIAL GUESTS!!!
(Last month we had JIM KRENN, CRAIG GASS, JEFF KONKLE, TERRY JONES!!!)

Tickets:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

COREY HOLCOMB (Wild n Out, Comic View, Shaq All-Star Jam) at the Pittsburgh Improv: April 25-26, 2014

COREY HOLCOMB
(Wild n Out, Comic View, Shaq All-Star Jam)
at the Pittsburgh Improv: April 25-26, 2014
Corey Holcomb is an actor and comedian who can be next be seen MTV’s upcoming relaunch of “Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out.” You might recognize Corey from NBC's "Last Comic Standing," 20th Century Fox's "Like Mike," a recurring role on UPN's "Half & Half," BET's "Comic View," Fox's "Mad TV," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," "It's Showtime at the Apollo," Showtime’s “Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam,” Tyler Perry’s “House of Pain,” and his recurring character Robert Tubbs on Fox's "The Cleveland Show".
Corey has also appeared in two comedy specials of his own, "Corey Holcomb: The Problem Is You" and "Comedy Central Presents: Corey Holcomb.
Most recently Corey finished working on season 2 of the hit TV One series "The Ricky Smiley Show", Aaron McGruder’s Adult Swim pilot, “Black Jesus” and the sequel to the smash hit, THINK LIKE A MAN.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Send in the Clowns BY MIKE BUZZELLI

Author and Comedian, Mike Buzzelli
I know a lot of people with coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. Oddly enough, it comes from two ancient Greek words. Obviously, phobia is fear, but the coulro part comes from an ancient Greek word that means “stilt-walker.” I guess in ancient Greece, stilt-walkers were the closest things they had to clowns. Though there are references to buffoonish people in all of those great Greek plays. Aristophanes wrote about people behaving clownishly. But it turns out the word clown doesn’t come from the Greeks.

                                                    
It comes from a Swedish word that means clumsy. Technically, that makes me a clown. I admit that my shoes are freakishly large, but I wear a lot less makeup. Last week, my friend Lonnie picked me up in her Smart Car. I must have looked like I was going off to Clown College while riding in it. P.S. When you ride in a Smart Car, people stare, point and laugh. I should be used to people staring, pointing and laughing. I have made a career standing in front of people making them laugh. There isn’t much pointing because everyone is already looking in my direction.

In England, in the Manchester Evening News, it was reported that the local police handled 19 cases of “clown-related” crimes in the area. The offenses ranged from peeking in windows to assault and battery.
The European director of the World Clown Association complained, “Too many stupid people are damaging the reputation of the clowning profession.”

A. There’s a World Clown Association. Who knew?!?
B. They think they have a reputation to uphold. Wow. They could not be more mistaken.
Read the rest here; http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20140418/COLUMN0701/140419419#.U1VKG9hOXIU
Mike Buzzelli is an author and columnist. His book, "Below Average Genius" is a collection of humorous essays and can be purchased here;
http://www.amazon.com/Below-Average-Genius-Michael-Buzzelli-ebook/dp/B008Y2RDW4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398098786&sr=1-1&keywords=below+average+genius

#PghHashTagWars WINNERS for #PensPornNames: April 20, 2014 #GoPens

Thanks to everyone who played #PghHashTagWars!
Same time next week:
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Here are your winners:
#PenPornNames

@xayk



@ComicRobBissell

@GetBored
Check out their podcast: http://mattandryangetboard.tumblr.com/

@MikeDiggy
(he gets two cause their hilarious...and he got the tap-in goal of "Ron Jeremy Francis" #FIRST)


@JamesJHamilton
(James wins a spot to perform at the Pittsburgh Improv for Wednesday Night Live on May 21st)

 @TravisWhaling
(Travis wins a spot to perform at the Pittsburgh Improv for Wednesday Night Live on May 21st)

These folks WIN FOUR TICKETS to the Pittsburgh Improv for Wednesday Night Live: Standup Showcase, hosted by Aaron Kleiber - with some the best up-and-coming standup comics in the Burgh and ALWAYS awesome special guests showing up!
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Handle the Truth Film Review Podcast: JOE starring Nicholas Cage with comedian Sean Collier and Aaron Kleiber

Aaron Kleiber returns to the show so that he and Sean can tackle the Nicolas Cage Question. Is the indie flick Joe a career boost for the bizarre actor, or...just more Nic Cage? Eventually, though, Sean and Aaron just talk about Walking Dead, True Detective and lots of TV. Plus, Sean lets his dogs out!

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Find us and rate the show in iTunes, add us to your playlists on Stitcher — and visit the Facebook page to leave your thoughts! Email us at 
handlethetruthpodcast@gmail.com! Or, find us on Twitter: @seancollierpgh and @aaronkleiber


Every week, SEAN COLLIER (WDVE Movie Reviewer/Pittsburgh Magazine/Comedian), AARON KLEIBER (Actor/Comedian/Film Lover) and various special guests - bring you reviews of movies, recorded immediately after an advance screening. No critical distance, no pretension. Just our thoughts, before we even get home.  


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Just for Comics: 5 Things You Can Learn From The Colbert Report’s Head Writer via ConnectedComedy.com

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5 Things You Can Learn From The Colbert Report’s Head Writer

On a recent episode of the Writer’s Bloc podcast, host (and Daily Show writer) J. R. Havlan interviews Colbert Report head writer Opus Moreschi about how his career has evolved and how he approaches writing for Colbert.
You can listen to the full episode here, or read up on some of the highlights below1. Sometimes Writing Jobs Start Out As Receptionist Jobs
At about the 11-minute mark, Moreschi explains how he got his start as a comedy writer. He compares job interviews to first dates, and goes on to note that the first real job he landed wasn’t as a writer – it was as a receptionist on the The Late Show With Craig Kilborn.
But that job wound up leading to bigger opportunities – he found himself getting incorporated into sketches on the show and befriending one of the show’s writers, who then asked Moreschi to join him as a writer on The Tom Green Show.
Interestingly, Moreschi’s story of hanging around in the right place – even if it meant needing to be a receptionist – was very reminiscent of Adam Carolla’s recent riff about the importance of being “the guy they know.”

----->>> See the rest of this article at ConnectedComedy.com - an amazing resource for the forward thinking comedian.

Handle the Truth Film Review Podcast: DRAFT DAY with comedian Sean Collier





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As a Pittsburgher, Sean is obligated to mock the Kevin Costner flick Draft Day due to its focus on the Cleveland Browns. As a critic, he's obligated to mock it for other reasons. In this Bonus Episode, all the reasons you didn't and shouldn't see Draft Day!
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Email us at handlethetruthpodcast@gmail.com! Or, find Sean on Twitter: @seancollierpgh



Every week, SEAN COLLIER (WDVE Movie Reviewer/PIttsburgh Magazine/Comedian), AARON KLEIBER (Actor/Comedian/Film Lover) and various special guests - bring you reviews of movies, recorded immediately after an advance screening. No critical distance, no pretension. Just our thoughts, before we even get home.  




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Just for Comics: Jerry Seinfeld on how to be funny without sex and swearing VIA The Guardian

Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld: 'I think of myself more as a sportsman than as an artist.' Photograph: Christopher Lane for the Guardian
Once or twice a week, towards the end of the day, Jerry Seinfeld leaves the Manhattan office where he spends his afternoons writing, but he doesn't head home to his family. Instead, he shows up unannounced at some minor comedy club in New York or New Jersey, and inserts himself into that night's lineup. Seinfeld reportedly has a private jet, owns more than 40 vintage Porsches and makes at least $32m (£19.5m) a year, in large part from syndication revenue, adding to a net worth estimated at $800m (£487m) in 2010. Having spent a decade making a celebrated "show about nothing", he could easily afford to just do nothing now. But he prefers – or feels compelled – to keep honing his act, trying a new line here, shaving a word off an old one there, analysing the audience's laughter: a scientist of comedy, painstakingly calibrating his equipment. By the time you hear a Seinfeld "bit" at one of his £70-a-ticket O2 Arena gigs, or on a TV talkshow, it will have undergone months or years of testing, and there won't be a syllable wasted. As in: "Why does moisture ruin leather? Aren't cows outside a lot of the time?" Or: "A two-year-old is like having a blender, but you don't have a top for it." Or: "People are never really sure if they have milk."

Pittsburgh comedian J. RUSS set to release DVD via NewPittsburghCourierOnline.com

J Russ started his stand-up comedy career in 2009 after his NFL dreams fell through.  Beginning in a smaller market with comedy shows at the University of Pittsburgh was no easy task, but now he has set his sight on bigger heights with the upcoming release of his new movie, Off the Chain.
On Thursday, April 3rd, J Russ hosted a special premiere of his comedy movie at AMC Loews in the Waterfront.  The 50-minute film included a stand up set from a previously recorded show at the August Wilson Center, sketches about J Russ’ childhood, and special excerpts from local socialites like Mike Dean and Lee Feets Davis.
“It’s good to see a young African-American male from the area try to expand himself outside of Pittsburgh.  A lot of time people get content and comfortable and they fail to realize that there is more to the world than just this city.  I think J Russ is actually doing a good job and taking the first steps toward that growth,” said Mike Dean, who attended the live taping at the August Wilson Center.
J Russ, who has opened up for Bruce Bruce, Lil’ Duval, DeRay Davis, Rickey Smiley, and even, Trey Songz, had a sold out show in the Homestead movie theatre.  Fans, family, and friends were bursting out of the seams to celebrate the comedian’s recent accomplishment.

BEERHIVE WEDNESDAY COMEDY NIGHT: Intermission Comedy during Penguins Playoffs!

Pittsburgh Penguins Playoffs Intermission Comedy & AFTER THE GAME
(when the game is on a Wednesday...which is every year...)
3 comics during both intermissions  & 10 comics after the game! 

EVERY WEDNESDAY!
(starts @ 8pm, non-game night)

2117 Penn Ave

$6 Dozen wings & $2.50 Yuenglings

Hosted by AARON KLEIBER

NO COVER



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Just for Comics: Louis CK And Doug Stanhope Discuss Being A Healthy Comedian On A 2005 Message Board via ConnectedComedy.com

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Louis CK And Doug Stanhope Discuss Being A Healthy Comedian On A 2005 Message Board

I did a little deep Google diving this morning and uncovered some interesting Louis CK-related stuff that was posted online about a decade ago and you’ve probably never seen before. Here’s some of the highlights…
Louis CK & Doug Stanhope Discuss The Merits Of Being A “Healthy” Comedian In 2005
One of the best things I found was this Alt Standup Comedy Google Group which featured conversations amongst a variety of comedians including such notable names as Louis CK and Doug Stanhope. One particular discussion thread that caught my eye was actually started by CK with the subject, “Are you a healthy comedian?” Here was his opening post:
“I know a lot of you out there have a diet that consists of Hardees and Taco Bell with the occasional frozen buffalo wings heated up in the condo microwave, and that your exercize regimen… doesn’t exist. Personally, one of the reasons I chose standup as a life is because it allowed me to lie on a floor for several hours eating lard and crying, only having to pull myself together for an hour a day or so. But if you want to have any longevity as a comedian, or if you want
 your brain and body to provide you with any consistent creative flow, 
you have to eat somewhat right and do some excercize of some kind.
I started running years ago and though I often fuck up and stop for a
long time, it keeps me alive.  Especially when I’m on the road, I like 
to run every day and explore the towns I’m working in. I try to eat
 shitloads of fruit too. Recently I started jumping rope which feels gay 
and wonderful at the same time.
Does anyone else work out/excercize/take care of themselves?  Or are
you all hoping to die a quick, american junkfood non-movement death?
just curious.
LCK”
This led Stanhope to reply:
----->>> See the rest of this article at ConnectedComedy.com - an amazing resource for the forward thinking comedian.

Fork Full of Noodles-Ep. 38 Revolting Environments


This episode focuses on the ways the Earth is getting back at the Humans for abrupt climate changes.
Written by: Krish Mohan
Starring: Krish Mohan & Mike Buzzelli
Directed by: Krish Mohan & Woody Drennan
Music by: Max Somerville
Cinematography by: Mary Stewart & Alex Murphy (Follow at @AlexCMurphy)
Filmed at Catapult PGH

Monday, April 14, 2014

#PghHashTagWars WINNERS for #WorseNewsAnchors - April 13, 2014

Thanks to everyone who played #PghHashTagWars!
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Here are your winners:
#WorseNewsAnchors

@MarkHagelauer

@HollyPrice13

@Shtonked 

@TheJonathanG

@Fake_KDKA

These folks WIN FOUR TICKETS to the Pittsburgh Improv for Wednesday Night Live: Standup Showcase, hosted by Aaron Kleiber - with some the best up-and-coming standup comics in the Burgh and ALWAYS awesome special guests showing up!
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