A funny thing happened in Philadelphia this week… Two comedy events for July 21 and July 24: Phoebe Robinson, live and The Philadelphia Jabroni issue #02 release party.
If there is another blast of pandemic fever (literally) coming around the corner, we deserve a laugh, a drink, or two. At the very least, allow me to start with the two laughs. Now that Punchline Philly off Delaware Avenue in the Fillmore complex is open for live, on stage business, its July 24 event with stand-up Phoebe Robinson is choice.
Not only is she an esteemed writer with work on the New York Times best-selling list with You Can’t Touch My Hair & Other Things I Still Have To Explain, and Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay, Robinson is best beloved as a multi-media sensation. She’s the co-creator and co-star of the podcast turned HBO series, 2 Dope Queens, she hosts a WNYC Studios podcast-talk show Sooo Many White Guys, she’s acted in the Netflix comedy Ibiza, and the Paramount film What Men Want. Plus, she has written and consulted on MTV’s Girl Code, IFC’s Portlandia, and Comedy Central’s Broad City. That’s a serious resume for someone so outrageously funny. If Phoebe Robinson is as sharp a stand-up as that list proves, this will be outrageous.
On July 21, writer Reid Benditt, the founder and editor-in-chief of the satirical monthly newspaper (an actual physical ink-staining newspaper) The Philadelphia Jabroni: Things Happen. Nobody Cares, drops its second hard edition on July 21 at Newbold’s Second District Brewing on S. Bancroft Street. (My grandmother lives on that block, so keep the fucking noise down, jokers).
Philadelphia Jabroni features written pieces from local stand-up comedians, sketch writers and actual neighbors of mine such as Chip Chantry (Chip, can you grab me some whole milk on the way back from the gig?) Momoh Pujeh, Jake Mattera and members of the Whiz City Comedy collective making unique commentary, and – per their legend – “offer a sarcastic take on Greater Philadelphia issues, events and celebrities.”
“This city has a good sense of humor and coming out of a pandemic is a good time to crystallize it,” wrote Benditt, in his presser for the release event.
The Jabroni puts approximately 1,000 copies of the first issue in circulation, which were available at more than 30 locations in Center City and surrounding neighborhoods including Reading Terminal Market, Schlesinger’s Delicatessen, Repo Records, Steap and Grind, and Philly AIDS Thrift, among others. The second issue will be available at similar locations plus the release party.
Chip, Please don’t forget that milk.