The Other Side Blog
All the Tom Papa tickets for this weekend are gone, so we're officially starting the John Heffron bandwagon today. John returns to the Improv stage February 5-8 (Thursday-Sunday) and you will be there. If the groundhog gives us six more weeks of winter, you'll need some cheering up; if it turns out we'll all be busting out the short shorts in mid-March, you'll want to celebrate with a night on the town. Either way, it's a party.
Most people recognize John from "Last Comic Standing 2," which by the way HE WON. He's still touring all over the country, and about a year ago he gave back to the universe with an advice book for 20-somethings who don't have their s*** together. And if that's not enough homework for the weekend, we'll even give you a six-minute video from one of his newer stand-up specials. More next week!
We hate to spoil any part of the Super Bowl for you, but this is kind of a big deal: Gilbert Gottfried and Snoop Dogg are in an ad together. And it's for an app. Finally, the Internet is tangentially responsible for something that actually improves humanity. You can catch Gilbert on our stage in May. Also, the Seahawks will win by four points after Richard Sherman's newborn baby intercepts an over-inflated football. That is all.
Many people have never heard of "Wet Hot American Summer." But to some, it's the comedy equivalent of "Citizen Kane." If you recently felt a disturbance in the Force, it was probably all of those people simultaneously dorking out after Netflix announced a limited series that follows up on the 2001 movie.
This matters to you because one of the original movie's stars, Judah Friedlander, has apparently signed on for the Netflix series. And joy of joys, we've got Judah gracing our stage April 16-19! Judah is the world champion of acting; the movie took place at a Jewish summer camp, and he made a point of having a Russian Jewish father. That's commitment to the craft. We can only imagine how he prepared for his role in "Sharknado 2."
It's a well known fact that Washington is the greatest city in the world, but it has come to our attention that people sometimes perform comedy elsewhere. If you're making the comedies in the DC area and you'd like to reach out to a whole new hipster community, the Brooklyn Comedy Festival (which runs in August) begins accepting submissions on February 1. Click on through to get the full version of the press release.
Submissions Open For the 2015 Brooklyn Comedy Festival
BKCF will be accepting submissions online from February 1st through March 29th.
Brooklyn, NY, January 23, 2015 - The Brooklyn Comedy Festival will be accepting submissions for its August 2015 dates from February 1st through March 29th online via Eventbrite. Performers wishing to submit should go to http://bkcf2015.eventbrite.com.
All genres of comedy will be eligible, including (but not limited to): standup, sketch, duo, improv, musical comedy, character, storytelling, and web series. An unedited video up to five minutes in length is required for consideration. Each submission will cost $10 through February 28th, when the price increases to $15.
For the hard-core comedy fans: Gilbert Gottfried has posted a new episode of "The Amazing Colossal Podcast" in which he talks to Bob Zmuda and Tony Clifton We'd listen to Gilbert Gottfried read the phone book, but this is a double whammy -- you have two comedy icons talking about a comedy legend, Andy Kaufmann. You should probably fake a kidney stone and spend the rest of your workday listening in.
And oh yeah, Gilbert is coming to the DC Improv from May 15-17.
As good as Tom Papa is, he won't be cranking out 100 minutes of show all by his lonesome. He's bringing along Paul Morrissey! No, not the Paul Morrissey who was buddies with Andy Warhol and signed the Velvet Underground. The Paul Morrissey who's a fantastic stand-up comedian. Check it out:
It's more than likely that you've already auditioned numerous string quartets and dropped your finest silk dressing gown off at the dry-cleaners. But in the off chance that you aren't putting some booty on lockdown on Valentine's day, we added a local comedy show to our 60-seat lounge.
The show is hosted by Ryan Schutt, and it features Wendy Wroblewski, Courtney Fearrington, Elahe Izadi and Tim Miller. Not for nothing, we just had Tim emceeing for Big Jay Oakerson in the main showroom, and he did a hell of a job. He'll get to stretch his legs a little more with a longer set in the lounge. Seriously, this might be worth you dumping your significant other so you're free for the evening.
The only problem with Tom Papa is deciding which clip to watch. We've got Tom on our main stage from Thursday to Saturday. (No show Sunday; we didn't want to compete with the Puppy Bowl.) Three of the five shows are already sold out, but you can still snag tix for Thursday or the Friday late show.
Fun fact: this clip is from a comedy special that was directed by Rob Zombie. And yet there are very few corpses ...
The sun continues to rise, the trees continue to grow, and the DC Improv Comedy School continues to offer classes with Shawn Westfall. Just added to our website today:
- Beginning Improv (March-April, Sunday sessions)
- Beginning Improv (April-May, Monday sessions)
- Level 2 Short Form Improv (April-May, Tuesday sessions)