Comedy

Jagoffs N'at: Social Club March 20

Mar 19, 2015

This week, Josh and Rachel sit down with Ya Jagoff blog creator John Chamberlain to talk about the history of the word jagoff, how yinzers from around the world visit Ya Jagoff to blow off steam, and mention a few upcoming events around the Burgh. 

Friday
Yellow Book Road: After  Hours at the Library 

Saturday
Shake Your Booties @ Stage AE (benefit for The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center) 

Upcoming, April 2
Yelp's Under The Big Top at Children's Museum 

Nothing chases the winter blues away like laughing until your sides hurt. 

On this week's Social Club, Rachel and Josh sit down with Arcade Comedy Theater stand-up instructors/masterminds Kristy Nolan and Aaron Kleiber to talk about what it takes to be a good improv comedian, what sets Pittsburgh joke tellers apart, and how you can get your laugh on every weekend around the 'burgh. 

Arcade Comedy Theater is also celebrating their two  year anniversary this weekend with an anniversary show complete with tales from Rich Sebak and performances from Frankly Scarlett and Missy Moreno and Jesse LE

Comedian Lee Camp Performs in Pittsburgh

Feb 6, 2015
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Comedian Lee Camp’s writing credits include "The Huffington Post" and "The Onion." He also hosts the television program "Redacted Tonight" and the YouTube series "Moment of Clarity." Inspired by the comic stylings of George Carlin and Chris Rock, we’ll meet Lee Camp who's performing in Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

Camp says that although not all of his humor is political, he tries to go after both political parties with his social commentary. He generally leans left, but according to Camp his work attracts many libertarian fans.

"Democrats and Republicans are not speaking to the issues that a lot of people care about," he says. 

Being Busy is So 2015: Social Club, Jan. 9

Jan 8, 2015

Let’s talk about New Years Resolutions.  

Want a new hobby? Sip beer and learn about the brewing process while meeting brewing experts at Pittsburgh Brew N Chew!

Perhaps your goal is to try new things. Schedule a reservation for that so-hip dining spot during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.

How about the old classic: “This year, I’ll get in shape!” Grab a kettlebell and get ready to pump some iron at a free class at Get Fit at Stout Training Pittsburgh.

Or, maybe you just want to enjoy life a bit more: prepare your best belly laugh for Second City’s N’Ats All Folks show – a comedic act making fun of everything Pittsburgh.

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The Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pa. is holding its annual fundraising event Friday. Among the special guests is Carol Burnett, who is receiving the 2014 Harvey Award.

Burnett idolized Stewart growing up and they later became friends. We speak with the museum's Executive Director Tim Harley about the event and the museum's history.

Blumenthal: The Story of Harold Blumenthal

Apr 2, 2014
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The film Blumenthal is a comedy that follows the relatives of Harold Blumenthal, a legendary playwright who made his career parodying his family in his work, and died laughing at his own joke.

The film was developed and produced by Carnegie Mellon University graduate Alexander Cendese who also co-stars in the movie. It was written and directed by fellow Carnegie Mellon University graduate Seth Fisher.

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Drew Carey is a stand-up comic, turned actor and producer, who produced and hosted two hit shows simultaneously, the long-running ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show, which ran from 1995-2004, and the improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?

In 2007, Carey became host of The Price Is Right, succeeding longtime host Bob Barker.

While he continues to have a successful TV career, Carey says stand-up comedy is something he's always enjoyed doing and it helps him in his work on the Price is Right.

Celebrating Hilarious Forgotten VHS Moments

Oct 23, 2013
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With the rise of DVDs and BluRay, the American population disposed of their useless VHS tapes en masse, and dropped them off at Salvation Army and Goodwill thrift stores everywhere.

To Found Footage Festival curators Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, the tapes are a comedic gold mine. They are providing people everywhere with videos and laughs that can’t be found anywhere else.

Who's Paying Attention to Alonzo Bodden?

Jun 20, 2013

Public radio listeners may know Alonzo Bodden best from his stints as a panelist on NPR's Wait.. Wait,..Don't Tell Me. Described as a comedian who combines intimidation and intelligence, he is also a past winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing.

Wait, Wait...it's Paula Poundstone!

Feb 28, 2013
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Paula Poundstone talks about her career as a stand up comedian, being a part of Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me…, life on the road, and her 16 cats.