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Have You Heard This? Episode 5:

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This week Aaron and Chip Chantry discuss the idea that money is good for nothing except turning people into assholes.

Listen to the podcast, and buy Chip’s comedy album Across From the Adonis on iTunes.

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Have You Heard This? Episode 4: “Have You Seen That Picture of Boobs?” with Tim Butterly (plus James Hesky, Jim Grammond, and Alison Zeidman)

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This week Aaron is once again joined by Tim Butterly, James Hesky, and Jim Grammond where the four talk about the evolution of the internet and porn, and how it might affect the next generation…mainly Tim’s son. Special bonus guest Alison Zeidman joins the conversation and adds a must needed burst of energy to the group when we were on the verge of taking a meat-induced nap.

Listen to the podcast, and check out both Tim and James all this weekend at  Helium Comedy Club, where they will be performing with headliner Bert Kreischer. Get your tickets online now!

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Have You Heard This? Episode 3:

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This week Aaron is joined by 2012 Philly’s Phunniest Person James Hesky to discuss the finer things in life – and how they can’t afford them. They are joined by comedians Tim Butterly and Jim Grammond after the foursome laid waste to  Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo De Chao.

Listen to the podcast, and check out both James and Tim next week at Helium Comedy Club, where they will be performing with headliner Bert Kreischer. Get your tickets online now!

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Have You Heard This? Episode 2:

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This week Aaron is joined by Alex Grubard to talk about mythology, branding, the process of writing one-liners and more.

Listen to the podcast, check out Alex’s blog 100 in NYC in which he chronicles ten years of performing stand-up comedy, and if you happen to be in New York tonight or tomorrow, see him headline The Creek and the Cave.

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Have You Heard This - Episode 1: Spite w/Chip Chantry

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In the first episode of the Have You Heard This podcast, I sit down with Chip Chantry to discuss how spite can be used as a great motivational tool.

Listen to Chip on the podcast and check out his comedy album Across From The Adonis on iTunes.

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The Magnificent Seven Part IV

Mag7 On Monday, May 26th, FREE FOR ALL Comedy presents The Magnificent Seven Part IV, a stand-up comedy showcase at Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad Street). Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $7 – available in advance online here.

The line-up for the show includes FREE FOR ALL hosts Aaron Hertzog and Alison Zeidman, along with: Amir Gollan (Regular opening act for Louis CK) Pat House (Debut comedy album Biggest Thing available now on iTunes) Carolyn Busa (Bridgetown Comedy Festival) Sidney Gantt (Host of the Captain Action Comedy Show) Alex Pearlman (Finalist in the 2013 Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest at Helium Comedy Club)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Since Monday, May 26th is Memorial Day, we will be having a picnic before the show! Anyone who purchases a ticket pre-sale can join us at Cianfrani Park (8th and Fitzwater) at 6PM for FREE HOT DOGS and FUN (BYO-everything else).

VOTE! Help Me Pick My Pitch for NBC's Comedy Playground

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You guys, I just have so many ideas for comedy TV shows I don’t know which one to pick for my submission to NBC’s Comedy Playground. Vote for your favorite and help me out!

BARistas!
Coffee shop by day, Bar by night. Follow the crazy antics of a bunch of super-hip barista/bartenders in an ultra-trendy Brooklyn neighborhood hangout. They’re pretty much all artists in their mid to late to late-late (30′s alert!) twenties who are too smart and cool and hip to get a job in an office or some shit that cramps their style.

Second Chances
Back in the 90′s R&B pop-duo Slyder (I’m not married to this name) was on top of the world, until it was uncovered they were liars who were lip-synching fakers. Their lives fell apart because they sucked at singing, and the real singers couldn’t “make it in the biz” cause they were dick ugly. Now it’s the two thousands and nobody gives a fuck about all that mess, so they’re back on the scene for a second chance. Chance and Chance are back as the lip-synching pretty faces of the group while Chance and Chance are the ugly hidden trolls with golden voices. Pay no attention to the men behind the curtain — or do! Everybody deserves a second Chance.

Bro-Home
A buncha bros livin’ together under one roof. They’re not really ones for “cleaning” if ya’ know what I mean. One time, they were having a party and didn’t have a couch, so they made one out of old pizza boxes. The Bro-Home is definitely a nice place to party, but you wouldn’t want to live there (unless you love the smell of farts — which, personally, I do!)

Tood Fruck
Pretty much the exact same thing as BARistas! but this one’s in a food truck.

The Hou$e Alway$ Win$
A rag-tag group of small-time, bumbling crooks get jobs at a casino as a way to stake out the joint for a big heist. The thing is, they aren’t very good at being crooks and they keep flubbing things up and have to keep their day jobs at the casino.

Separation Anxiety
Marty Jenkins is a 25-year-old wunderkind lawyer on the fast track for success when he finds out his parents have been keeping something from him for his entire life. Marty was separated at birth from his twin brother! His conjoined-twin brother! Also, his conjoined twin brother died in the separation operation so Marty’s still pretty much the same guy except sometimes he wonders what it would have been like if he didn’t hog all the working parts of their liver for himself and enter the world as a brother murderer.

Goofus and Gallant – The TV Show
A live-action adaptation of the Highlights Magazine characters.

Because I’m Your Father and I Say So
Traditional three-camera family sitcom about an average dad with a job as a salesman, his too-pretty-and-smart-for-him wife, and three children (the smart one, the smart-ass, and the weird one.) Except in the series finale it’s revealed that the father was a serial killer the entire time, and now the viewing audience has to re-watch the entire series looking for clues that we expertly placed along the way. Also “Because I’m your father, and I say so!” can be the main character’s catchphrase.

Everybody Hates Dick
It’s like that show Everybody Hates Chris, but instead of a fictionalized version of the young life of comedian Chris Rock it’s a fictionalized version of the young life of the 37th President of the United States of America, Richard Milhous Nixon.

The Freaks Come in at Night
This is the story of a suburban 24-hour diner and their overnight staff, and the weirdo nightshift workers who congregate there in the middle of every night on their  “lunch” break. We’ve got the spooky funeral home director, the wacked-out Taxi driver, the aging-jock-who-never-made-it-and-is-now-bitter-and-sad-factory-worker, the aging-jock-who-never-made-it-and-is-now-bitter-and-sad-cop, the waitress from a different suburban 24-hour diner. They may have their differences, but they all hate the gang of drunk douchebags who come in after the bars close. Hey, hey the gang’s all here!

This is Beat
Chad Daniels is a beat reporter with the beatest beat at his city’s paper. His life is mundane and boring…until he decides to start fabricating stories! Chad’s stories creep from the back page to the front, and his weekly feature pieces garner lots of attention. But lies beget more lies so Chad needs to ramp up the action just to feel alive. Pretty soon he resorts to pulling full-on elaborate stunts to bring realism to his stories. Watch as Chad falls further down the rabbit hole to stay off the radar of his pesky editor.

Get Out of My House
The Johnson family lives in a haunted house, which is a real problem for them. The thing is, the Johnson family ARE the ghosts, and the story is told from their perspective! You see, what I’m trying to say is that to ghosts, the humans are the ghosts. Does that make sense? Like, we hate it when ghosts are in our house, but really, aren’t we really the ones in their house. Think about it. Also, they’re ghosts because Mrs. Johnson killed her family in a big murder/suicide so that’s a joke we can keep calling back.

Now that you’ve heard my ideas you can vote! I’ll pitch whichever one wins to NBC!

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A Quote on Storytelling, and then Some Thoughts I Had About that Quote

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“Well, the show is plainly showing a vein of misogyny running through not just these men but their culture. To the idea that this is not on purpose, or that the females are one-dimensional, I’d say we’ll agree to disagree. If someone sees Maggie as merely some kind of fuming shrew, then that viewer is revealing their own prejudices, not the show’s. Given that neither of our leads has a healthy relationship with a woman, and given that we only see things in their POVs, that women are not given a full representation is correct for the story being told here.

This is a close, two-person point-of-view show, and the story is bound to those perspectives, with a few loose variations. In the structure of this telling, the other characters exist in relation to Cohle and Hart. However, if someone comes on screen for one exchange in the entire show, I believe they have dimensionality — the fact that their presence in the show exists only in relation to Cohle and Hart does not diminish their spark. Of the women Hart has affairs with, I wouldn’t expect them to be the most mature and stable of people, given his character and the difference in their ages. The gender criticism was expected, but it seems very knee-jerk in the total context of what we did here and what the show is supposed to be. It’s easy to use such a political concern as a blunt, reductive instrument to rob the material and performances of their nuances. But there was no way to tell this story, in this structure, without that being an easy mark for someone looking for something to criticize.”

- Nic Pizzolatto, on True Detective

I love this quote. I love that it defends the fact that a story can show things that are wrong without the story itself being in the wrong. I love that it uses common sense that if a story is told from the perspective of a character, then the world you see is going to be affected by that character’s actual perspective. The world is an imperfect place with imperfect people, and exploring them as characters doesn’t glorify their faults. It doesn’t let them off the hook or say that it’s ok. The discussion and criticism should come of the real-world, and the systems and lines of thought that lead to people who think and act in the flawed ways. Too often the criticism or backlash is misplaced, and comes of the art, or the story itself instead of what the story should really make you think about. Maybe the writer actually…thought out what they were trying to say while they were writing their story.

Just use your brains a little, you idiots.

Free For All Comedy presents: The Magnificent Seven Part II

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FREE FOR ALL Comedy presents: The Magnificent Seven Part II is a stand-up comedy showcase at Boot & Saddle (1131 South Broad St.) featuring some of Philly’s top comedians including hosts Aaron Hertzog and Alison Zeidman along with:

Tommy Pope (Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, 2011 Philly’s Phunniest Winner)
James Hesky (2012 Philly’s Phunniest Winner)
Alex Grubard (Helium Comedy Club)
Ryan Shaner (Center City Comedy)
John Nunn (an idiot who currently resides in New York City)

Get your tickets online here.

Monday, March 31. $7. Doors open at 8pm, Show starts at 9.