Wednesday, January 25, 2012

On The Road Photo Caption Contest

I've now been on tour for 5 weeks, and it's been great. I've still got another 6 months of meandering across this great country of ours before I settle down again and I'm looking forward to every moment.

As part of the tour, I was recently in Annapolis, MD and stumbled onto Chick and Ruth's Delly, home of the 6 POUND MILKSHAKE! So of course I posed for a picture and posted it to Facebook. I challenged my friends to caption the photo and the result was the first "On The Road Photo Caption Contest". There were over 100 entries, and these are some of my favorites.

Drew Harmon offered the first comment to get the ball rolling...

Andrew Holmgren:

Ben Feldman's entry was kind of an inside joke, but if you are a Bay Area comedian that had played my Wharf Room Comedy show, you'll get this.

Chase Perdue's entry is freaking genius:

Ed Attanasio:

Miles K got my vote:

 Thomas Farley:

And the winner, by Facebook voting, was the very funny Natasha Muse!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fresh Cut Comedy!

Hey gang, I am producing an awesome show in Pittsburgh, PA this coming Friday (Jan 13th). Check it out:

Fresh Cut Comedy is a collaboration between Comedian/Producer Dr Brian King and the Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery at 5015 Penn Ave. Already a respected venue for visual arts, this Garfield institution has been showcasing the work of local performance artists as well, and intends to bring some of the best of Pittsburgh’s stand-up comedy to the neighborhood. The show starts at 8:00pm and tickets will cost only $5.

Hosted by Dr Brian King
Originally from New York, Brian has spent his formative years living all over the US, giving him a unique perspective of the world. This included a 4-year stint in Pittsburgh, where he wrote a humorous advice column under the pseudonym “Dr G”.  Now based in San Francisco, he continues to tour all over the nation as both a comedian and public speaker. A trained psychologist, he has a comedic style that’s half professor, half idiot, and all smart-ass. He was the founder and producer of the highly-reviewed Wharf Room Comedy show in San Francisco, which recently ended its three-year run. He produces the annual Bay Area comedy competition "Walk the Plank" and can be seen on comedy stages and conference centers all over the country. He is also a frequent guest on comedy talk radio.

Derek Minto is stand-up comedian, improviser, and the host of 'Haters for Hire' podcast currently residing on the south side of Pittsburgh. Originally from Mars Pennsylvania, Derek began his stand up career working for while working for WDUQ. Derek currently hosts the Smiling Moose and PaPa J's comedy open mics. He has opened for Jim Brewer, Bob Levy, and was a finalists in both the Gilda's Great Comedy Search and the Fall Down Laughing comedy competition. 'Haters for Hire' is a prominent Pittsburgh podcast which features local and national comics. The podcast has been featured on WDVE, Pittsburgh Magazine, and the City Paper. Derek brings a mixture of social satire, storytelling and rage to the stage. His stage presence is regularly described as “Loud, Sweaty, and Violent”.

Eric S. Donaldson has been performing comedy in the Pittsburgh area since 2003, starting out in the Mr. Goodbird USA sketch troupe. In 2005 he began performing as the lead singer and writer of his comedy band, Eric and the Electric MP3 Player, which still performs around town. He started performing stand-up in 2008, and has performed at The Improv and headlined at the Brillobox. He currently runs an open mic at Belvedere's on Tuesday nights, and tweets hilariously under the mysterious handle of @EricJokes.

Matt Wohlfarth ( is one of Pittsburgh's funniest comedians. With over 20 years of stand-up, having performed all over the country and as an established screen & play write, Matt is able to capture audiences with his real-life experiences and showcase true comedic talent. As a comedian, Matt has performed from NY to LA with many places you've never heard of in between. He's been featured at the Funny Bone, the Improv, the Laugh Factory and many more clubs throughout the US. As a writer, Matt was involved in Yakov Smirnoff's "As Long As We Both Shall Laugh" and has jokes published in the internationally published Reader's Digest.

Ron Placone ( is a stand-up comedian and writer. He has opened for some of the top comedians in the country as well as the Upright Citizen's Brigade, he has appeared on CNN and he tours the US regularly as well as parts of Canada. He has done everything from comedy clubs to bars to rock clubs to theaters to competitions to outdoor folk festivals, and he loves to travel. Ron hosts the audio segment, “Thoughts, Rants, and Cold Coffee,” a weekly humor segment covering current events, politics and social issues. In addition to being housed on this website the segment can also be heard in rotation on New Dissident Radio in Los Angeles, CA.

Sean Collier is the Associate Editor of Pittsburgh Magazine and the film critic for the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show. His writing has appeared in most reputable Pittsburgh outlets and a handful of finer national publications, and he has performed - in one way or another - on two continents. He's appeared at the Pittsburgh Improv with the likes of Billy Gardell and Greg Warren, and in regular spots at the Brillobox and Cabaret Theater. He also hosts ghost tours, finds excuses to cover professional wrestling events, and amuses his girlfriend (Stephanie) and dog (Bailey) when possible. He can be found on twitter @seancollierpgh.

Tom Musial ( has been performing comedy in and around Pittsburgh for five years. He regales audiences with bizarre stories of life in modern suburbia, each adventure more absurd and ludicrous than the last. Tom has opened for nationally-touring comedians such as Jim Breuer and Eddie Ifft. He has performed at the Improv, the Funny Bone, Slapsticks Comedy Loft, and numerous bars, firehalls, coffee shops, living rooms, ice rinks, and picnic shelters across the region. Tom was a finalist in the 2010 Pittsburgh Improv "Fall Down Laughing" comedy contest and the 2006 Funny Bone "Best of the Burgh" comedy contest. His short comedy film "P.O.V." took first place in the 2004 Pittsburgh Filmmakers Film Kitchen mini-festival. Tom has been described as "Pittsburgh's least-well known comedian."

Also featuring Derrick Knopsnyder & Kyle Karmelita