Interview with Moshe Kasher, 'The Jay Z of Comedy'

Moshe Kasher

By A.D. AMOROSI

With his 2009 stand-up album Everyone You Know Is Going to Die, and Then You Are! and his 2012 memoir, Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16, Moshe Kasher has proven himself to be one of comedy’s wittiest and most caustic figures. Yet, there is also depth, smarts and heart to everything he does. While Kasher’s last stand-up tour featured his then-new wife, fellow comedian Natasha Leggero, as his co-headliner, Moshe is on his own heading into Punch Line Philly this week. Kasher spoke to us from the road via email.

Interview: Red Grant on Life as an Actor and Touring Comedian

Red Grant

By A.D. AMOROSI

Before he hits the road this weekend, actor, comedian and family man Red Grant had a lot to say about his long career in stand-up,  working and hanging out with friends like fellow comic/thespian Katt Williams and hip hop giant Snoop Dogg, and acting under the direction of renowned filmmaker John Singleton. We interviewed Red as he was heading into our hometown during his comedy tour.

Interview: Robert Kelly Discusses TV, Comedy and Life

Comedian Robert Kelly

By A.D. AMOROSI

When Robert Kelly hits Punch Line comedy club this week for a run of live shows, the self-deprecating stand-up comic and actor brings with him the lineage of the early 2000s when he rose to fame the likes of Bill Burr, Jim Norton, Kevin Hart and the late, great Patrice O’Neal. Though some know Kelly first from his 2005 stand-up tour with Dane Cook, Tourgasm (which wound up as a series on HBO in 2006), others know Kelly for his acting stints on Louie, where he played Louis C.K.’s brother for five years, and, more recently, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll with Denis Leary. We recently spoke to Kelly via phone for this interview.

Interview: Chad Daniels - Comedian and Soccer Dad

Comedian Chad Daniels

By A.D. AMOROSI

When Minnesota-born stand-up comic Chad Daniels hits Punch Line Philly in September, he comes with the dubious distinction of being one of 13 comedians to have appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, before former host Jay Leno changed his mind about giving up the host chair and got NBC to remove O’Brien. Now, the snarky Daniels has continued his relationship with O’Brien with many a star turn on the stages of CONAN on TBS, as well as releasing albums on the Stand-Up and 800 Lb. Gorilla labels, and appearing on the Comedy Central network with two stand-up specials, Chad Daniels: As Is and Comedy Central Presents.

Interview: Terry Fator on Trump, Working Clean, and his Borgata Atlantic City Show

Terry Fator and his puppets

By A.D. AMOROSI

The one thing that you must know about Season 2 America’s Got Talent winner, Terry Fator, is that he won’t work blue. The Texas-born, comedian-impersonator-puppeteer-ventriloquist puts fair, clean but wickedly funny family entertainment first (along with a love of the U.S. military, as Fator’s CD sales and merchandise proceeds benefit military charities), when performing his 200+ celebrity impressions. After being recently named (for the second time) in the Forbes list of top earning comedians (just behind Kevin Hart and Jerry Seinfeld), Fator got a rare opportunity to leave his Vegas residency at the Mirage to appear at Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa where he’ll appear on September 7.

Interview: Girl Code's Jessimae Peluso on Comedy, Weed and Cheese

Jessimae Peluso

By A.D. AMOROSI

When considering comedian Jessimae Peluso, there are several career paths that she’s followed since leaving her home town of Syracuse. To millennials, Peluso is beloved for starring in the first several seasons of MTV’s Girl Code and comically sharing in the sisterhood of women. To stoners, she’s the funniest writer covering cannabis at magazines like Cosmopolitan and Playboy. To those on Facebook Live, Peluso has her own show, Weedsday, that raises awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease. And to the stand-up comedy world, she’s a treasure who pokes fun at her romantic relationships. Peluso spoke to me from Beirut where she is – in her words – “doing stand-up comedy for Hollywood Pop Up Comedy Clubs because having a regular job just don’t cut it.”

Interview: Rita Rudner on Stand-up, Early Broadway Gigs and Her Dog Twinkle


By A.D. AMOROSI

Rita Rudner is an indisputable comic legend, whether through her uniquely elegant and epigrammatic stand-up routine, her volumes of wry essays such as Naked Beneath My Clothes: Tales of a Revealing Nature, or her dry-witted scripts such as Peter’s Friends, the latter of which was co-written with her husband, British film director Martin Bergman. When we speak in anticipation of her shows in Manhattan (Feinstein's/54 Below) and Millville, New Jersey (Levoy Theatre), Rudner is busy playing with her dog, Twinkle, dealing with a leaky sprinkler and a dry wall patch, and, what she said is a, “husband who is of no use because he is watching the World Cup.”

Interview: Don Jamieson from VH1's 'That Metal Show'

Don Jamieson

By A.D. AMOROSI

Don Jamieson has had so many careers and interests, it’s hard to focus on just one. Behind the scenes, Jamieson produced and wrote for HBO’s Inside the NFL, penned the screenplays for the Apt. 2f series, and crafted one-liners for raunchy comedian Lisa Lampanelli. He even played guitar in acoustic hardcore punk bands. Yet, it's his work in heavy metal (co-hosting VH1's That Metal Show and collaborating on the BlondeAndCrossbones website) and comedy performances (albums of prank calls and caustic stand-up routines) where Jamieson truly lets his hair down as he'll do this weekend at Philadelphia's Helium Comedy Club.

Interview: Comedian Peggy O'Leary, Delco Queen


By A.D. AMOROSI

Peggy O'Leary might be best known as the Manhattan-based comedian whose live drinking game show, Hard, Lonely & Vicious, has her playing messy host to NYC’s raw, boozy, stand-up comics. However, the blunt O’Leary is a native of Delaware County – a blue collar working class suburb of Philadelphia – that Comedy Central fans are getting to know courtesy of her old friends in Delco Proper. For our interview, O'Leary (a regular at the New York Comedy Festival, the stages of the Upright Citizens Brigade and as an opening act for SNL's Michael Che) talks about taking her liquor-laced act on the road and explains the allure of the mysterious Delco region.

CSz Presents 'Murder Manor: The Golden Girls Edition' this April

ComedySportz CSz Murder Manor The Golden Girl Edition Cast

By A.D. AMOROSI

This April, when CSz Worldwide (the global improvisational ComedySportz Network), presents the newest iteration of Murder Manor, their live experience based on the board game Clue, it will tap into a Glamorosi Magazine favorite: the classic sitcom, The Golden Girls. The show, now in syndication, is beloved original fans and new younger viewers who tune in to watch Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty navigate their lives as mature adults in Miami, Florida. Produced by the famed Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions team from 1985 to 1992, the show is still stunning, not only for its caustic humor, but for its frank and funny depiction of sexuality amongst older adults.

Review: Vegetarian Viet Nam Cookbook by Cameron Stauch


By REESE AMOROSI

Chef Cameron Stauch has a unique and diverse background: he has prepared meals for royals and dignitaries while cooking for the Governor General of Canada, and he has immersed himself in local cuisines while living in Southeast Asia. Now, Stauch combines his culinary expertise and life experiences in a new cookbook, Vegetarian Viet Nam (W. W. Norton & Company).

Comedian John Mulaney is Having a Very Good Year

Comedian John Mulaney

By A.D. AMOROSI

Comedy has experienced an uncomfortable renaissance in the Trump era, what with most comics finding their own hard-nosed take on the President’s double-speak. Yet, few comics have gotten the welcoming reception in 2017 experienced by The Comeback Kid, John Mulaney. Before year's end, he’s touring Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Seattle with a new stand-up special, Kid Gorgeous, and his usual mix of oddball abstract humor and explosive realism.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel Talks to The Killers; Rips Graham-Cassidy Bill


By REESE AMOROSI

When it comes to the nightly talk show wars, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has been winning 2017’s ratings battles. However, when it comes to making marks beyond comedy, it’s the titular host of Jimmy Kimmel Live who is on top. This Fall, Kimmel showed off his music smarts by interviewing The Killers in September’s Magnet Magazine. On the political front, Kimmel’s monologues against Graham-Cassidy, a bill by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy meant to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, is credited with helping sway state senators’ constituency to speak out. On September 27, Kimmel’s healthcare rants helped him snag a rare ratings win among adults 18-49. As for the Graham-Cassidy Bill? It’s toast.

El Compadre Restaurant to Launch Taller Grafica Popular Art Show

Cristina Martinez and Benjamin Miller at El Compadre, Phila PA - Photo by Reese Amorosi

By A.D. AMOROSI

When immigration rights activists and wedded restaurateurs Cristina Martinez and Benjamin Miller opened shop, part of their goal was to act as presenters of the art of protest. The marrieds presented gallery shows at their former restaurant, South Philly Barbacoa (just off East Passyunk Avenue’s culinary mile), and now at El Compadre in the Italian Market.

Interview: Comic Cole Escola on Inspiration and Spaghetti Hair


By A.D. AMOROSI

If sketch comedy was looking for a new king or queen you could easily nominate Cole Escola. A doyen of the NYC sketch comedy scene with radical showcases such as Help! I’m Stuck! and time spent with sassy comedian Bridget Everett, the young native of the Pacific Northwest has been branching out into television with Logo’s Jeffrey & Cole Casserole, Hulu’s Difficult People and Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle. It’s the sketch stage where he’s best served though, allowing him to wear an array of wigs and impersonate Broadways darlings such as Bernadette Peters. He called us from his home in NYC.

Interview: SNL Writer Anna Drezen Discusses Her Stand-Up Comedy


By A.D. AMOROSI

Once you get nominated on a list like Comedy Central's “8 Comedians You Need To Look Out For,” you have to live up to the hype. Author, editor and stand-up comedian Anna Drezen has more than surpassed that exposure as editor-at-large at the satirical women’s magazine Reductress, and as the co-author of both How to Win at Feminism (with the Reductress staff) and How May We Hate You? (with Todd Dakotah Briscoe). As a script writer, she’s noted for being part of Saturday Night Live’s controversial yet winning season – 2016-2017 – that featured Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump impersonation and Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer.

Interview: Gina Yashere Discusses Stand-up, Improv and Sketch Comedy


By A.D. AMOROSI

With her gravelly voice, wide eyes and offbeat sense of humor, Gina Yashere is one of Great Britain’s most recognizable comedians. The London-born, Nigerian performer appeared on the Blouse & Skirt panel program and the Lenny Henry in Pieces sketch comedy series in the UK, then moved to the United States in 2009, and became a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  Despite her sketch comedy success, it is stand-up comedy that is her signature. We spoke to Ms. Yashere via phone to talk about her work on both continents.

Review: Earth Henna White Lace Temporary Tattoo Kit by Lakaye Studio

By REESE AMOROSI

The artists behind Los Angeles-based Lakaye Studio have earned a loyal following for their popular henna and jagua formulas and design kits. Now, in addition to their sienna and indigo colored stains, they offer White Lace Temporary Tattoo kits to make henna-inspired designs in white, and they can even be embellished with glitter.

Interview: Standup Comic Charles Gould Leaves 'em Wanting More


By A.D. AMOROSI

Charles Gould may seem put-upon in his online comedy of relationship errors, Charles, By the Way, and in his ComedyCentral.com show, Tips for a Happier, Healthier You, both web series with episodes shorter and sweeter than 4 minutes. He expands on this theme in his live stand-up gigs: Gould is convinced that he’s at a loss for finding the perfect love relationship. We spoke to Gould while he was on the East Coast leg of his current tour.

Michelle Obama to Speak at Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Release Book

By A.D. AMOROSI

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has spent her first seven months away from the White House on vacation with her husband, the USA’s 44th President, Barack Obama. As of July, however, she’s back in the public eye with the announcement of a speaking engagement at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, and news of a book, Chasing Light, showcasing photos from her time in Washington – both in October.

Interview: Standup Comic Jeff Simmermon Tells (Not So) Tall Tales


By A.D. AMOROSI

Jeff Simmermon may be an award-winning slam storyteller whose live appearances at the Moth in NYC, on radio with NPR’s This American Life, and in written form in The Paris Review Daily, have made him the toast of the contemporary literati. Yet, it is as a standup comic that he is currently having the most effect (or at least the most fun). Now, as Simmermon commences his debut comedy club tour this Spring 2017 in support of his rousing new album (pink vinyl, yet) And I Am Not Lying, he covers everything from hanging out with Reverend Al Sharpton to dating in Australia. He called us from his home in New York City, just before the start of his tour.

Interview: Missy Suicide of SuicideGirls on Touring and Empowerment


By A.D. AMOROSI

When photographer Selena Mooney, aka "Missy Suicide," started the SuicideGirls community-based website dedicated to pin-up shots of tattooed women of all shapes, sizes, and colors in 2001, she couldn’t have known that she was starting a revolution. Sixteen years later, the SuicideGirls site is still a gathering place for empowered women. To coincide with their site, the SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque Tour brings the tattooed love goddess experience to the live stage. Missy Suicide phoned from an airport in New York to give us the lowdown.

Interview: Jonathan Katz Revives 'Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist'


By A.D. AMOROSI

Comedian Jonathan Katz is famous for many things including a wry stand-up career and acting in films by his old friend David Mamet such as Things Change, Homicide, The Spanish Prisoner and State and Main (Katz and Mamet co-wrote the catty noir drama, House of Games). But from 1995 to 2002, Katz was Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, a Comedy Central animated program in “Squigglevision” – a device created by Katz’s partner Tom Snyder – where his comic pals (e.g. Ray Romano, Dom Irrera, Gary Shandling, Marc Maron) could vent on his psychiatrist’s couch. Seventeen years later, Katz is staging a live therapy session for fellow comedians as part of a May 7 event at Punch Line Philly. Proceeds benefit Artwell, a nonprofit that provides art education to kids.

Interview: Entertainment Reporter Nelson Aspen Comes 'Full Circle' with Cabaret Act


By A.D. AMOROSI

Nelson Aspen isn’t just an entertainment reporter with nice teeth and a sunny disposition. The one-time Hollywood-based producer/reporter for TV GUIDE Television, occasional on-air contributor to syndicated programs such as Access Hollywood, Extra, Inside Edition (in America), NEW with NELSON! (Ireland) and Sunrise (Australia) is a singer and storyteller as well. Nelson has traveled the cabarets of Manhattan, Los Angeles and Chicago with Full Circle, a music-filled, comedy-rich, gossip-laden cabaret showcase in which he partners with his favorite actresses. At Philadelphia’s Rrazz Room at the Prince Theater, Sunday, April 30 at 5 PM, he’ll be performing with Monica Horan from TV's Everybody Loves Raymond. We spoke to Aspen about television assignments, musical favorites and more.

Record Store Day Celebrates 10th Anniversary

George Carlin

By A.D. AMOROSI

When Record Store Day (RSD) started 10 years ago, it immediately became a great way for labels and artists to show their appreciation to their vinyl fans who loved the form, feel and pure sound of vintage LPs and 7-inch singles. Eventually, the masses embraced vinyl again; Forbes Magazine reports that sales shot up to nearly $1 billion by 2017.  On April 22, RSD 10 has its grand brand ambassador (St. Vincent), its honoree (Elton John) and finally, comedians to cherish (George Carlin, John Cleese).