Comedian Chris Cotton ( @Cotton215 ) performs at the Raven Lounge with @C_C_Comedy. Filmed by @SuperDPS
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Comedian Alex Pearlman performs at the Raven Lounge with Center City Comedy (7/12/12)
Center City Comedy presents Mikey Garcia at the Raven Lounge (7/12/12) filmed by SuperDPS.com
Stand up comic, H. Foley, performs at the Raven Lounge (7/12/12)
Comedian Chris Cotton (@Cotton215) performing at Raven Lounge in Philly.
Comedian Tom Cassidy performs at Raven Lounge with Center City Comedy’s Thursday night open mic show. 11/3/11.
shot and cut by SuperDPS
After promoting and advertising this event for quite some time, the sold out Comics on Chestnut event officially went down this past Friday night (7/22/11). The line up was spot-on as always, featuring some old favorites and some fresh faces. Hosted by Jack Martin, the show started off with a roaring crowd, and when it came to the headliner, the extremely talented Derek Gaines, it ended with an eruption of excitement and laughter. The evening featured Tommy Pope, Ian Fidance, Brandon “Ketchup” Wilson, Paul Goodman, Steve Gerben, and Luke Cunningham, and while a few hecklers may have otherwise spoiled some well-crafted acts, the Comedians fought back…hard.
Dealing with hecklers can be the most frustrating part of any comedian’s performance; worse than pure silence, perhaps. Working with stand up material (whether it’s tested or not) is a delicate craft, much like delivering a speech in order to create the desired effect in one’s audience.
Heckling can throw any competent comedian into complete disarray, as they are given a split-second decision to make.
1. Simply tell the person to shut up, or fuck off. Deliver a quick and concise message, hoping it will be biting enough to end it then and there.
2. Encourage the opponent. Make the party feel like everyone is now staring at them instead of the performer, put them on the spot and make them feel foolish.
A risk comes with either response, however. The former simply may not work and force you to continually be interrupted, ruining all chance at continuing your material. The latter may encourage the heckler too much, giving them a false sense of being “part of the show,” and because everyone on Earth thinks they’re absolutely hilarious, you’ll have a huge problem on your hands.
The performers did what they could, both generously and…not-so-generously. It created a bit of hostility and frustration, but the laughs, chuckles and goof-a-bouts never ceased which was very professional.
As usual, SuperDPS.com was there to capture some highlights from the evening; and I absolutely look forward to seeing all of these hilarious gentlemen again very soon.
(All footage shot by Alex Gross/SuperDPS)