Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday Night Live Standup Showcase at the Pittsburgh Improv with Aaron Kleiber, Derrick Knopsnyder and more: October 29, 2014

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE at the Pittsburgh Improv
Showcasing the BEST upcoming comics in Pittsburgh!!
Hosted by Aaron Kleiber (2012 & 2013 "Best Comic" Pittsburgh Magazine, Gotham Comedy Live & Nickelodeon)

Rob Speer
Ryan Thompson
Nicholas Solomon
Collin Chamberlin
Gio Attisano
John Ralich
Arron R. Howard
Derrick Knopsnyder

Doors open at 7pm - show starts at 8pm!
*2 item minimum per person (drink or food item)*


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The discussion of the name of one of the greatest Internet Games Teams in the history of the Internet games!

Written by: Krish Mohan Starring: Krish Mohan, Zach Funk (Follow @FunkedPOV), Kat Caringola (Follow @Pink_Katillac), Brett Goodnack (Follow @BrettMyPeopleGo) and Mike Buzzelli
Directed by: Krish Mohan
Music by: Max Somerville
Cinematography by: Mary Stewart

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Goodby Rainy Tuesday

Author and comedian Mike Buzzelli

Tuesday was an unusual day.

I’ve been a bit tired lately, and I have always considered myself solar-powered.

The cold is already taking a toll.

When I woke up in the summer, the sun was already peeking out bright and early. Since October began, I’ve been waking up in utter darkness. I am trying to adjust and accept winter before it gets here, but it seems to be getting here quicker than ever. We have a week before we turn the clocks back.

I’ve been back in Pittsburgh for five years and the coldness still surprises me. In a way, it’s my own fault; it’s sort of being surprised by your own face in the mirror every morning. Of course, that probably just happened to Renee Zellweger Tuesday.

The point is, I don’t do cold and rainy well. I am bad at dreary; the wet, pervasive cold of autumnal Pittsburgh.

Side note: Yes, I would like to smack some of those cheerful “It’s sweater weather” people. I confess part of the problem is my skin tone. I don’t look good in fall clothing.

I had an orange pullover once. I looked like a pumpkin in it. My face also sort of had an orange glow when I wore it. I was a nuclear jack-o’-lantern. When I wear brown, I sort of blend into it.
Put me in brown corduroy and a brown sweater and I could probably hide in the forest. I look like a sequoia. I am Groot.

But I digress, like I do. Tuesday morning, I woke up to incessant beeping. It wasn’t my alarm clock. It was a line of cars behind me as I sat at a green light.

I barely remember getting up, showering and getting dressed. It was like I was in a five-second coma. The questions, “Where am I? What am I doing here?” were followed by the statement, “I need caffeine.”
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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:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Secret Birthday

Comedian and author Mike Buzzelli 

My birthday, Oct. 11, was last Saturday. I was trying to keep it a secret. A few weeks before, I hid my birthday notification on Facebook. It didn’t seem like a big deal, and I didn’t want a fuss. Last year, I got hundreds of “Happy birthday” messages, and it was overwhelming because I tried to answer each one individually. Talk about a first world problem!

This year, I went off to see “Macbeth” on my special day. Aside from my high school English teacher, Mr. Weprich, I can’t think of anyone else who would want to see “Macbeth” on their birthday.

Side note: Back in high school, Mr. Weprich took a group of us to see “Twelfth Night.”

I laughed so hard I got hiccups. Then, I hiccupped so loudly, I got “side eye” from the actors. They actually stopped the scene and waited for me. I ducked under my seat. The embarrassment was so overwhelming it cured my hiccups. After all, it was the hiccup that shook Illyria!

I should count it in my “Top 10 Embarrassing Moments,” however, if a list were to exist, many, many moments would vie for the top spots.

But I digress, like I do. I went to see the Scottish play with my friend Josh. I didn’t tell him it was my birthday, either. Before the show, we went to the Porch for dinner. It was delicious.

At the show, I ran into a bunch of people I knew: actors, crew and fellow patrons of the arts.

I loved the show. It was a terrific version of the play with some of the best actors working in Pittsburgh. I even liked the costumes.

After the show, Josh and I were invited to the opening night party.

At the same time, I was carousing with cast, crew and patrons of the arts, a relative remembered my birthday and posted a “Happy birthday” message on Facebook. Someone spilled the beans.

Mike Buzzelli is a stand up comedian and a sit down writer. His book, "Below Average Genius," a collection of humor essays culled from his weekly column at the Observer-Reporter, can be purchased here: 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Best Buds of Comedy: Best of the Midwest at Arcade Comedy Theater, Thursday October 16, 2014

The Best Buds of Comedy are going on a mini tour in a minivan! 5 hilarious comics, doing 8 cities in 8 days together, to become your new best friends.. We are proud to present the Best Buds to you on ther stop in Pittsburgh.

The Best Buds of Comedy show features stand-up comedy and other hijinx from five of the fastest rising comedians working today (who also happen to be best friends). Born out of the acclaimed Cincinnati, Ohio comedy scene and now spread across the country, Alex Stone ("Last Comic Standing"), Sally Brooks (The Bob & Tom Show), Mike Cronin (Limestone Comedy Festival), Sam Evans (Just For Laughs), and Cam O'Connor (Founder, Rocketship Comedy) have come together to offer a raucous show full of fun, laughs and friendship that you don't want to miss. Come meet your new best buds!

Doors at 730pm - Show at 8pm

Arcade Comedy Theater
811 Liberty Avenue
Downtown Pittsburgh

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fork Full of Noodles with Krish Mohan Ep. 53-28GB Later: Outbreak

Krish tells you how the media is scaring you about the Ebola outbreak and Abdocol has a special message for everyone. Delroy Camero's Brother explains how he can save you from the 'Bola' Written by: Krish Mohan
Starring: Krish Mohan & Brett Goodnack (Follow @BrettmyPeopleGo)
Improvised and Performed by: Zach Funk (Follow at FunkedPOV) Recorded Live at Hambone's in Pittsburgh PA
Directed by: Krish Mohan
Music by: Max Somerville
Cinematography by: Mary Stewart

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bringing in the Noise and the Funk

Comedian and author Mike Buzzelli

Many people love karaoke. I am not one of those people. I could never really… sing. I really couldn’t sing. I could never really sing. What I couldn’t do was … SING (one fan of “A Chorus Line” laughed just now).

When confronted with the blight of karaoke, I spend most of my time envious of those who can and dreading those who don’t realize they can’t. I blame the Japanese.

The Japanese contributed many great things to world culture, particularly in the arts. They are responsible for video games, anime and manga. I don’t know what half of those things are. Yes, I know video games, but I’m not sure I know the difference between anime and manga. I think anime is moving cartoons and manga might be a static (in the book) kind. I accidentally confused manga with magma, and you don’t want to confuse big-eyed cartoon people with molten rock. You just look like an idiot, but only to hipsters, Goth kids and assorted geeks (probably not a demographic of this column).

I have nothing against those tone-deaf people who love karaoke. There are too many of them, and I would like to avoid being lynched.

My enjoyment of karaoke seems to wax and wane depending on the amount of alcohol nearby. I was sober last time. You don’t want to be sober in a bar when they bring out the microphone. The microphone is like a weapon, only dangerous in the hands of those who wield it. The rule, according to the National Karaoke Association, is that karaoke doesn’t hurt sensitive ears, people who sing karaoke do. The onus is on the performer.

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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fork Full of Noodles with Krish Mohan Ep. 52-Solutions for Climate Change

Krish gives you the solution on how to properly prompt awareness for Climate Change.
Written by: Krish Mohan
Starring: Krish Mohan
Directed by: Krish Mohan
Music by: Max Somerville
Cinematography by: Alex Murphy (Follow @AlexCMurphy)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mechanical Men to the Rescue

Author and comedian Mike Buzzelli 

I’m not a very mechanical guy. When I was younger, I studied art, philosophy and literature. I never learned how to change my own oil. Usually when something breaks, I call my brother, Rick.

Unfortunately, Rick moved to Ohio. He said he moved for a job, but I think he left so he didn’t have to fix my stuff.

Aside: I lied. A few weeks ago, he was in town for a horseshoe tournament and replaced my shower head. I slept through his installation. I woke up, went to take a shower and noticed I had better water pressure all of a sudden. It was like having a house elf. By the way, I am sorry to say the relationship has not been reciprocal. He has never called me in a panic in dire need of a humorous 500-word essay.

I was mowing the lawn last Saturday, like I do, when I stopped the engine to chat with my neighbor, Eddie. I couldn’t get it started again. Eddie asked, “When’s the last time you replaced the air filter?”

I just shrugged my shoulders. The correct answer, for those of you who may have already guessed it, was “never.” Eddie removed the lid to the air filter, cleaned out the grass and showed me the blackened filter. We cleaned it up as best as we could and put it back in the mower. I was able to finish the last couple of rows. Then, I grabbed the filter back out and got in my car and drove to the big-box-warehouse-hardware-and-appliance store (rhymes with “nose”).
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Mike Buzzelli is an author and comedian. His book, "Below Average Genius," a collection of humor essasy culled from his weekly column at the Observer-Reporter can be found here:

Friday, October 3, 2014

STAND-UP at ARCADE COMEDY THEATER in October 2014: Mike Wysocki, Comic Wars, Parris Knight, Chris Lev and More!

IN OCTOBER at Arcade Comedy Theater!

We've got a lot going on in October, including a full-size candy bar's worth of stand-up comedy. Check out our schedule below, and remember you get FREE BYOB when you order tickets in advance!  Just another reason why we were voted Best Comedy Venue in the Burgh.
Arcade Comedy Theater 811 Liberty Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15222



Danny Palumbo
w/ Shannon Norman and Aaron Kleiber
Thursday Oct 2 at 9pm - $10/$5 - BYOB

WDVE’s Mike Wysocki
w/ Norlex Belma and Matt Light
Saturday Oct 4 at 8pm - $10/$5 - BYOB

Blue Light Special
w/ Mike Wysocki, Gio Attisano, Rob Speer & more
Saturday Oct 4 at 10pm - $10/$5 - BYOB

Parris Knight
w/ J Russ and D Rod Spencer
Friday Oct 10 at 10pm - $15/$10 - BYOB

Best Buds of Comedy Tour
w/ Sally Brooks
Thursday Oct 16 at 8pm - $10/$5 - BYOB

Chris Lev
w/ Jeff Konkle and Matt Light
Friday Oct 17 at 8pm - $10/$5 - BYOB

Comic Wars
w/ host Aaron Kleiber
Friday Oct 17 at 10pm - $10/$5 - BYOB

See our full calendar!