There is an article being circulated throughout facebook by NBC Philadelphia regarding the recent closing of the Laff House. It focuses on the efforts of certain comedians such as Keith From Up Da Block on building a new home for urban comedy, specifically, a new building altogether.

Check out the article here.

What needs to be stressed here is that this is a serious campaign to get a new comedy venue up and running in Philadelphia. This isn’t a campaign to re-open a club with the Laff House name, logo, etc. This is to build a new venue/company altogether.

Check out the campaign’s website for yourself and watch the video by Keith From Up Da Block. If the Laff House and the Philly Comedy scene is as important to you as it is to me and everyone else, please donate to the cause.

Check out this video from Keith from up da block explaining the campaign:

Note: There is a deadline to raise the money needed for the campaign and it’s September 3rd . If the money needed is not raised by the deadline, everyone’s money will be returned.

Keep up to date with the campaign on this website, the fundraiser webpage, and their facebook page .

Please visit Reddit’s very popular “StandUp Comedy” page and upvote/share it. This is an excellent page to reach out to a global comedy community with over 32,000 subscribers.

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Just a reminder to all Laff House patrons and comedians that tonight will be the last night that legendary Philadelphia comedy club The Laff House will be in operation.

There will be two shows at 8 and 10 PM, one which is starring comedians Keith ‘From Up Da Block’ and Buck Wild, both of which have made me laugh countless times throughout the past 4 years.

The second show will be an impromptu comedy celebration with all of the comedians, friends, family, and close associates of the Laff House. From what I was told, there will be no official list of comedians, or anything else that will be planned, but I’m sure a lot of the comedians who have known the Laff House as home will be on the stage one last time.

What I’d like to get off my chest: Tonight will be an extraordinary night, with emotions ranging from extreme sadness to anger to happy celebration. What I hope we can do is keep the energy a positive one and remember why the Laff House was so important to us. Some of us, including myself, have publicly gone through the seven stages of grief already and tonight should only be the time for a positive outlook on our future as a comedy scene and a celebration of all the great times we had at the club.

Will you see me slinging a Jamaican Rum Punch or a Top Shelf Long Island tonight? Probably not. But you will see me hanging out at the bar and showroom with my friends and some of the comedians I’ve called my favorites, talking about our starts there, how we grew mentally, socially, comedically, etc.

The Laff House has gone through so many changes in the time that I’ve been there. It really does seem like a decade ago I was a sophomore at Temple, looking to find a job where laughter was not only encouraged, but the means to it’s survival. I applied to a number of spots and the Laff House was nice enough to take me in, introduce me to their family, and help me make a few bucks and experiment comedically in the process. I know I’ve said this to them countless times, but to be honest, I feel that I haven’t said it enough. All I have other than that is this website.

If you feel the same way, I hope to see you all tonight at the Laff House comedy club, 221 South Street, Philadelphia PA. Come by, say hello, goodbye, thanks, whatever. I’ll be there taking pictures, videos, and talking shit.

- Andrew

Not Andrew Alexander

Legendary Philadelphia Comedy Club The Laff House To Close Down

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[UPDATE: The Laff House's last night will be this Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013. I encourage everyone who has been a supporter of the Laff House to stop by and share some drinks and laughs with the staff, comedians, and special guests.]

After decades of providing the city of Philadelphia with laughter, I regret to inform the comedy fans of Philadelphia that the legendary Laff House Comedy Club, home to some of the country’s best performing comedians Such TuRae Gordon, Kevin Hart, and Deon Cole, will be closing its doors permanently next Wednesday.

My first response wad that this was another string of rumors that had gained momentum as they have in the past, but after speaking to some of the staff, they have confirmed…

It goes without saying that the Laff House has provided so much for the Philly Comedy scene. Most of the popular local comedians that you may know or have seen around the area credit the Laff House as their start in comedy, giving comedians their first hosting, feature, and even headlining spots.

I started as a server there about 4 years ago, where owners Rod and Mona Millwood showed me the ropes of the comedy scene and the many possibilities that it had to offer. After a while, they gave me my first shot at doing some of the more fun aspects of the comedy business like producing and promoting shows and delivering my first 5-minute set. From there I’ve met some of the coolest people I’ve met in my life and was fortunate enough to make a few friends, all while learning a few jokes and laughing in the process. This site wouldn’t be possible without my experiences at the Laff House.

I haven’t been an employee of the Laff House for a few months now, but still made my periodic visits to them. After working so closely with a group of people for so long and having the privilege to learn such a rare skill such as running a comedy club, you tend to think of some of them as family. As many ups and owns as some of us have had with them, we knew that the Laff House was one of the few legitimate outlets that some of us had to share our stories and tell the world what was on our minds.

That’s why I was shocked when, after hearing a few rumors, I saw a post from comedian TuRae Gordon about the Laff House shutting down.

So I started to call mutual friends and old co-workers to confirm and sure-enough, the rumors this time were actually true. As far as the reasoning goes, I couldn’t get a straight answer. As far as their last night goes, I’ve yet to confirm, but general consensus is that Wednesday is the day.

So without going further into how sad this news makes me, I’ve went back into my youtube channel and found some videos of some of the best times I’ve had at the Laff House. Enjoy!

1) Joe Derosa tells a story about his early days at the Laff House: This site’s readers know that I’m a hug Joe Derosa fan and am always excited to see him perform when he comes back to Philly. This set happened a little after one of the club’s owners and a matriarch to Philly Comedy, Mona Millwood, passed away. He ended his set by telling a story abut his early days at the Laff House.

2) Lawrence Killebrew learns to keep his joke book out of the way: Comedian Lawrence Killebrew was just getting off stage to introduce TuRae, not knowing that he forgot to take his beloved joke book with him while he was on stage. That being taboo to TuRae, he took it upon himself to teach Lawrence a valuable lesson in keeping your joke book safe. He invited me and the other comedians in the lobby to take a good look into his joke book and vandalize the hell out of it with sharpies, pens, whatever. I recorded Lawrence’s reaction as TuRae stopped his set to address him.

3) J.B. Smoove’s hip-hop birthing: There’s no story behind this besides that it was one of the best laughs I’ve ever had. The joke wasn’t very clever, but the delivery killed me. J.B. Smoove, known as Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Real Husbands of Hollywood declared his desire to watch a baby be born to one of his favorite rap songs.

4) Kevin Hart brings Spank to the stage: Sometimes the Laff House has surprise visits from comedy royalty, like Kevin Hart who was always incredibly nice and tipped %200 of whatever his tab was. After the show, comedian Will “spank” Horton, who regularly tours with Kevin Hart, was nice enough to plug the site and get it some serious traffic. I always thank him for that when I see him.

5) Crazy Jay – By far one of the Laff House’s favorite comics and a comedian who more people should know about. Comedian Jay Barron (or “Crazy Jay”, as he’s known in the circuit) doesn’t spend too much time promoting himself. He regularly gets work in all the right places, but if you were to look him up on the web, you wouldn’t be able to find too much. Just watch the video and see why we call him “Crazy Jay”. Keep in mind that this video is nothing compared to the rest of his set.

So what does this mean for the future of Philly Comedy? For starters, there’s going to be one less major comedy club in the Philadelphia area where young comics can start their career as well as a place for the more experienced comedians to work on their material and Helium can only book so many kinds of comedians that aren’t regulars on comedy central.

What I can say for sure is that the scene has certainly grown a lot over the past few years and there is no short supply of privately ran “rooms” at various bars, clubs, and event spaces, and they’ve provided a great outlet for comics to improve their written sets for the clubs. But let’s face it, the crowds aren’t the same and for some full time comics who need paid gigs, it’s not place to make a living.

So this will be a time to hope that someone who knows what they’re doing can come along and open a new club that accepts a wide range of crowds and comics, giving them the chance to grow comedically. Whoever they are, I hope they can appreciate the impact that the Laff House and it’s comedians had on this scene.

Available on iTunes!

Available on iTunes!

We have a new episode of the AFIP Podcast up on podbean and on iTunes!

In this episode, we talk about Paula Deen’s recent remarks and whether or not she should really be in trouble, Dave’s new method of making money by posing for pictures with horses, and we debate on whether or not Chris is an insane individual.

As always, you can visit our podbean podcast page to listen directly, or you can listen/subscribe to our podcast on iTunes! (We’re easily accessible on the “podcasts” app for Apple Devices.

Thanks for listening!

Steven Starr Announces New Comedy Club Opening in Philadelphia (Video)

Comedy News That You Can Trust.

Comedy News That You Can Trust.

I was VERY excited to hear some awesome news from a local foodie site with details on legendary Philadelphia restauranteur Steven Starr’s plans on a new comedy club in Philadelphia.

This is some of the biggest news to hit the Philly Comedy scene in a LONG time and I hope you’re as excited as I am! Steven Starr is known for his line of high-end, themed restaurants that span throughout Philadelphia such as Budakhan, Frankford Hall, and Morimoto which all received critical success. I’m sure a comedy club wouldn’t be too far of a stretch for him, given his resources and reputation.

You can read the article and watch the press release here.

Special Event – The Cape May Comedy Festival – Free Ticket Giveaway

I’m excited to say that I have been asked to be a part of a big comedy event that happening this summer in Cape May, NJ. The Cape May Comedy Festival is a weekend-long festival thats going to include a lot of different comedy events all over Cape May, including club shows, workshops, outdoor shows, comedy competitions, and a main event in their convention center (headliner yet to be officially announced).

So, what does this mean in terms of this site and it’s readers? The fine people putting together this awesome event were kind enough to pass me some free passes to the CMCF and they’re well aware that free stuff builds awareness more than most things and we’re going to be giving out passes right here on ‘Always Funny’.

All you have to do in order to get these free passes is visit one of our pages on either Facebook or Twitter and either repost or “retweet” our tweets and/or posts about the CMCF and type in 100 words or less about why they want to go the CMCF. From there, we’ll randomly choose a winner who will get a special free pass.

One of the events scheduled that I will be a part of is the Comedy Contest. Myself and a panel of other comedy figures will decide who gets to advance in a elimination-round-styled comedy competition that consists of eight rounds. The winner of said competition will win a bunch of prizes detailed below:

There will be EIGHT preliminary rounds, FOUR will be held on Friday and FOUR will be held on Saturday at Convention Hall.  In each preliminary round, TWELVE comics will perform a 5-7 minute long set. A special guest performer or group will be asked to perform at “Half Time” and “Math Time” (the end of the show when the judge’s score sheets are being tallied). The top scoring comic from each round will advance to the semi-finals along with TWO second-place Wild Card finishers. The top TEN from the preliminary rounds will compete on Saturday at the semi-finals, performing an 8-10 minute long set. The top THREE will then move on to compete on the Main Stage Saturday for the finals and will perform a 15-20 minute long set. The winner will be announced and will perform at the TWO Main Stage Shows with the Festival’s featured headliner on Saturday night. This is a judged contest. There will be a unique group of judges for each round. Judges score contestants in SEVEN categories on a scale of ONE to TEN.

Contest Prizes

FIRST PLACE - $5,000. Website. Head shots. Video of performance.

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Second Place – $1,000

Third Place – $500.

The Cape May Comedy Festival will be on the weekend of July 26th, 2013.

New “Always Funny” Podcast Episode

Available on iTunes!

Available on iTunes!

Episode two of the Always Funny in Philadelphia podcast is up on our Podbean page! If you subscribe to us on iTunes , it will be up shortly (we hope)!

In this episode, Chris, Dave, and myself talk about a few darker subjects after we had a few drinks at the bar near my house. One of those subjects is the recent discovery of the missing girls in Ohio.

Enjoy!

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Free Tickets to Helium Comedy Club (Tonight)

As short of a notice as it is, I try to make free tickets available to our readers as much as possible. That’s why I’m reposting this offer from Helium Comedy club that I saw on facebook.

If you’d like to get free tickets to see comedian Mitch Fatel tonight, simply follow this link and answer the questions posted for your chance at some free tickets!

The New and Improved Always Funny in Philadelphia Podcast!

Podcast now available on iTunes! Search "PhillyComedy"

Podcast now available on iTunes! Search “PhillyComedy”

Without going to far into it, we’ve decided to finally make some much needed improvements to our podcast (hosted by myself and comedians Chris Cotton and Dave Temple). As you may or may not know, our podcast often experienced some technical difficulties with being posted or accessed on the web. It’s mainly because of this that we decided to join the 21st century and make our podcast a little more accessible on Podbean.com (where the fellas over at cheapodcast host their podcast) as well as submitting it on iTunes. Follow this link to listen to our podcast on iTunes.

In this episode, Chris, Dave, and myself get back together after a short hiatus and discuss what we’ve been up to over the past couple of weeks. I talk about my recent trip to California and my visit to a medical marijuana dispensary with comedian TuRae as well as my new comedy projects such as the Cape May Comedy Festival (more info to be posted soon).

So enjoy the new and improved Always Funny in Philadelphia podcast!

If iTunes isn’t your thing, then just simply visit our podcast’s page on PodBean.

Special Event: Four Headliners For A Cause – Fundraiser show for MS (updated)

Thanks to Chris Cotton for sending me this: This show will be on May 14th at Helium Comedy Club and it features one of my all-time favorite comedians, Talent. If you haven’t seen Talent before, this would be a perfect opportunity to see him.

I put this show together, to raise money for Raven Lounge MS Bike Team and MS Research. Fighting against this disease is pretty important to me due to the fact my mother has be fighting this disease for over 30 years.
Four of the funniest comedians around lend their talents to a city wide fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis for six weeks, ending with this performance. Comedians Talent Harris (Def Jam, Host of Apollo), Mike Vecchione ( Show), Greer Barnes (Chappelle Show, Comedy Central), Jermaine Fowler (MTV 2′s Guy Code) and host Chris Cotton (Eric Andre Live Show) will share the stage, using their voices to fight for those afflicted with MS.
Take advantage of this opportunity to see five outstanding comedians for the price of one while supporting a worthy cause! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Raven Lounge Bike MS team and the National MS Society. For more details on the show or how to donate, please visit the following links:
Purchase Tickets:
Donate to this Fundraiser:
Donate to MS

For ticket info and show times, visit Helium’s Website