Gettin’ Close with Tim Butterly!

1902968_591163590976809_271252549_nMy guest for this episode of the Gettin Close podcast which was recorded live at the Philly Improv Theater, was the very funny Tim Butterly. I know Tim mostly through the shows he does at The Sideshow with Mike Rainey- The Not For Nothin’ Podcast. Easily one of the funniest things that can never be done often enough. It was a really fun conversation that covered growing up, being dorks, drugs, Godzilla and more. You can catch Tim at Helium all through this weekend with comics Tom Segura and Craig Robinson. If you don’t already, follow him on Twitter @TimButterly.

The Philly Podcast Festival has shows through Sunday, 8/24 at Tattooed Moms. Click the link and check out the full schedule. There’s also a live recording of Stark Raven Mad: A Game of Thrones Podcast tonight at 7pm at PHIT. That’s gonna be really fun as we’ll be chatting about season 4, giving out some “awards”, talking about some casting news, making predictions and more. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones you should go.

ALL INTRO CLASSES ARE ONLY $199 RIGHT NOW AT PHILLY IMPROV THEATER!
All intro improv/sketch classes are only $199 through 8/25 at noon. That’s $100 off the full enrollment cost. As a PHIT student you get FREE admission to all PHIT shows, access to improv practice groups for FREE and access to exclusive workshops and other special offers given only to PHIT students. So, if you’re interested in comedy, making people laugh, looking to get more confidence in front of crowds or just looking to meet new people then check out PhillyImprovTheater.com now! You could end up on one of these podcasts and would that really be that bad? ha.

Above photo ganked from the Free For All Comedy Folks.

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Ebola Bucket Challenge


For the last week or so Philly comedians have been doing the “Ebola Bucket Challenge”. This is in “response” to the Ice Bucket Challenge that has been helping to raise awareness and millions upon millions for ALS research… even if it also wastes a lot of water.

The other day some of the videos were compiled into a Buzzfeed article by Shannon Devideo. Since then the challenge has made the rounds to Philly.com, Philebrity.com and more sites. The posts say it was started by Chip Chantry, but I haven’t seen a video from him yet. I’m guessing he just made an offhand joke to Paul Triggiani (who I think was the first) and Paul accepted as best he could. Since no one can get a bucket of Ebola (so far) the videos are full of creative ways in which the comedians “accept” the “challenge.”

Above is my own video after being nominted by Adam Siry, Melinda Messina and Jacob Todd. Below are some articles that have been “reporting” on the challenge.

Yes, Ebola is a terrible thing. No, I am not making fun of it. Relax.

Buzzfeed Article by Shannon Devido
Phlly.com

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Reheated: S01E08 “Sex On A Pile of Guns”

Reheated image 3This episode of Reheated covers season one episode 8 of “The Leftovers” entitled “Cairo”. Another solid episode for the show. Everyone on this panel is now 100% on board with this show. Took a while, but we’re there. Some big moves being made this episode. We found out how stoned Gladys- maybe. Thinking about it now, it could have just been another attempt to push Garvey’s buttons.  Speaking of Garvey- by the end of this episode he’s potentially lost everything… wife, daughter, dog, possibly even his job. So if he’s lost everything… he’s got nothing left to lose, so maybe he’ll embrace what senior’s been trying to push on him. Fun chat about a heavy show. If you enjoy it, please head over to iTunes to rate/review.

ALL INTRO CLASSES ARE ONLY $199 RIGHT NOW AT PHILLY IMPROV THEATER!
All intro improv/sketch classes are only $199 through 8/25 at noon. That’s $100 off the full enrollment cost. As a PHIT student you get FREE admission to all PHIT shows, access to improv practice groups for FREE and access to exclusive workshops and other special offers given only to PHIT students. So, if you’re interested in comedy, making people laugh, looking to get more confidence in front of crowds or just looking to meet new people then check out PhillyImprovTheater.com now! You could end up on one of these podcasts and would that really be that bad? ha.

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Bloody Sunday: S01E06 “Vulvamort’s Boy Toy”

Bloody Sunday Graphic 2This episode of Bloody Sunday covers Season 1 Episode 7 of The Strain. Mixed opinions on the episode, but it’s generally agreed this was a filler episode. A stretch to get us further into the chaos to come.

We didn’t talk about it in the episode, but the actual title of this episode is “occultation”. To get into that briefly, occultation is:

an event that occurs when one object is hidden by another object that passes between it and the observer.” 

So that’s true in the literal sense with the eclipse. The second definition is:

“It can also refer to any situation wherein an object in the foreground blocks from view (occults) an object in the background.”

To me that could be the fact that the real outbreak that right now is happening in the background of the series only visible by a few is being obscured by the government and the German’s vampire company itself.

As usual, the podcast is brought to you by the Philly Improv Theater (PHIT). Check out the PHIT website for our full schedule of shows. You’re not going to find a more fun, less expensive night. Support live comedy and support us. Everyone on the podcast is a performer at the theater. Particular attention pointed at STUDY HALL! Study Hall is back August 23rd at 7:30pm. It’s a show unlike any other. We mix real lectures from area college professors (Drexel, Temple, UPenn among others) with improvised comedy. They supply the lessons, we supply the laughs. Come check it out! Click here for a list of all shows at the Philly Improv Theater.

STUDY HALL
August 23rd @ 7:30pm
Philly Improv Theater
2030 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

IMPROV HOUSE TEAM NIGHT
Every Saturday 9pm (and 10:30pm)

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Reheated: S01E07 “Solace for Tired Podcasters”

Reheated image 3It’s been a sad, weary couple days at the SRM mansion. Between the tragic loss of Robin Williams and Mike’s busy travel schedule, the gang struggled to find focus and direction while reviewing one of the best episodes of a steadily improving series.

IN WHICH:

Jolie betrays her Hebrew school education.

David feels some type of way about Nora.

Rob eats chicken and explores a theory about old lo-mein.

And Mike just wishes everyone would take turns.

The only apology this week is to you, the loyal listeners. It’s been a hard week and we all deserve better.

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Bloody Sunday: S01E05 “Finally, a Flashback”

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The inmates have taken over the asylum!

In this week’s very special episode, the SRM gang finds themselves without their steadfast leader and…well…they do their best.

As always, apologies to all Latin American countries except Mexico, all things Holocaust, whoever wrote “Little Drummer Boy”, Alanis Morrisette, Dave Coulier, twitter user @lil_mermaid from whom David shamelessly stole a joke, Whitney Houston, Spanish historians, James Franco, Jewish Pimps, the entire cast and crew of Above the Rim, Jolie’s Mom, African Americans, and, most of all, Mike Marbach.

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