Do you attend a lot of local comedy shows? Is there a particular local comic or comedy troupe that you feel deserve to be recognized by their peers and awarded with a cool plaque? Are any of your friends local comedians?
If you can answer “yes” to any of the above questions, then perhaps you should consider casting your votes for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy.
Now in its second year, this is the only event that acknowledges and celebrates the city’s burgeoning comedy scene and all that has made it great over the past year, all while simultaneously poking fun at traditional award shows. Nominees have been chosen in 13 different categories ranging from “Best Regular Show” and “Best Open Mic” to “Best New Act” and “Special Achievement in the Field of Tweeting.”
“We’ve opened voting and the awards show to the public this year to engage new audiences, because the more people there are in general who support Philly comedy, the better it will be for all of us,” explains WitOut editor in-chief, Alison Zeidman.
In case you’re not familiar, basically WitOut.net is where you should be turning for all your Philly comedy-related needs including, Q&As, videos, show recaps, a weekly Twitter roundup, and best of all, a schedule of practically every sketch, stand-up and improv show happening around town. And since the blog is run by a crew of local comics, you can also be sure to find plenty of less informative, but hilarious reading material.
Once you’ve cast your vote, go ahead and purchase your tickets to the award show going down Sunday, January 13 at World Cafe Live. Hosted this year by local improv duo Grimacchio, the ceremony is essentially one big parody of the Academy Awards with the funniest folks in Philly serving as the evening’s presenters. There will also be live music from Philly Slick and a pre-show red carpet photo opp with Tom Lovelund Photography.