Comedy 101 is going to the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas and we’re celebrating by releasing all four hours on iTunes! Find out how to join us for the 5th edition of Comedy 101 at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas on April 20, 2017 at Antone’s!
Last August, we took Comedy 101 down to the Village Underground in New York City in front of a packed house of fans!
New York comedy giants Big Jay Oakerson, Kurt Metzger and Sal Vulcano served as our panel of mentors, sitting in judgment, with a bell ready to ring in to give their tough “advice” to our open mic’ers and they were not shy with their bells or with their comments.
We had six open mic performers take the stage including Son Yeyr, who easily had the most memorable set of the night. Yeyr came out wearing a SiriusXM shirt as a skirt, talked about living in a homeless shelter, and mooned the crowd. The twin comedy stylings of Greg and Rob became a trio when Kurt Metzger announced he was joining the act. And the award for staying cool under pressure went to Jon Brown who loved the whole experience. Chris San Juan said it was his first time playing a room of that size- he’s used to crowds of 20, not 200, and Matt Burkett’s crippling depression will not soon be forgotten by anyone who hears this hour. We also got to see the first and last performance ever of Hosp, who thought he would do better, and there is a special guest who closes the show, who gives new meaning to the word crazy.
Ron Bennington and Gail Bennington host! Originally recorded on August 16, 2016 at the Village Underground in New York City! You can follow along with photos from throughout the night here, thanks to Phil Provencio!
Comedy 101 puts open mic comedy acts together with a panel of mentors, all New York stand-up legends, all killers. It’s an open mic meets a roast, as we send our young rookie open mic comics up like lambs to a slaughter– because our panel of mentors aren’t exactly the advice giving types. Our open mic performers have to tell a joke, and fast, or they’ll be the joke.
If you are squeamish, uncomfortable with insults, or live by the phrase “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” this show may not be for you. But for everyone else, we can’t wait for you to hear it.