With its new Youtube channel, Helium Comedy Studios, Helium Comedy is keen on “producing the next generation of funny!”
It’s not every day that your favorite live club offers you opportunities to see its wares from the comfort of your home. Yet, for those Covid conscious among you, or just too lazy to get out of the house, there’s the dedicated YouTube channel, Helium Comedy Studios.
Now Helium Comedy’s stand-up club on Sansom Street is not alone in this, or new. They’ve got an eight-club locations chain and 20 years of industry presence to speak of. What is Helium Comedy new and local is how all of its clubs will feature national acts and comedians indigenous to each area, and highlight and love with fresh high-quality stand-up and sketch-based video and other streamable content including comic and improvisational workshops and tutorials.
No more two-drink minimum to worry about.
Brad Grossman, COO and Co-Owner of Helium Comedy, wrote how their new digital platform will support “eclectic groups of up-and-coming talent” for “the future of comedy as an art form.”
Helium Comedy Studios will offer recorded sets live from their Rittenhouse Helium location (along with their other Heliums along the east coast), with good, locals such as Philly’s Mary Radziniski in on the action.
“I love Helium,” said Radzinski. “It’s my home club. It’s where I started and I was the first female host here! I don’t mean to brag. It’s kind of sad, because we are in the 2000s. But, I love it and it’s the greatest room in Philly. It has that seedy feeling. We’re basically under a parking garage, which if that doesn’t warm your heart… It means a lot to be here. This would be where I’d want to record something if I could.”
Other episodes coming to Helium Comedy Studios’ content releases on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays include locals and out-of-towners such as Jeff Dye (NBC’s “Better Late Than Never”), Jade Catta-Preta (MTV’s “Girl Code”), Alonzo Bodden (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” winner), Jon Dore (Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer”), Ocean Glapion (“Funny Stories with Ocean” podcast), Brent Gill (Viceland’s “Flophouse”), Rahmein Mostafavi (SiriusXM), Paul Varghese (Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham”), David James (“How to Drive in Philly”), Mat Alano-Martin (“Take These Songs” podcast), Corey Rodriguez (EPIX’s “Unprotected Sets”), Ben Gleib (E!’s “Chelsea Lately”), Monica Nevi (FOX’s “Laughs”) and Simon Gibson (NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly”).
“It was a clear opportunity for us to bolster great new talent as we already have the means to do so with our 8 club facilities that are within the top 50 DMAs,” commented Helium Co-Owner Marc Grossman. “The pandemic forced us to take a step back and consider how Helium could pivot and grow with the future of comedy by expanding our brand beyond live in-person performances. Now with video and a digital platform, we can aid these new talents in reaching a national audience.”