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Blue Heaven

A FringeArts Comedy Festival


140 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
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February 1–2, 2019

Who’s on the fringe of funny?

FringeArts welcomes some of the most exciting new voices in American comedy to Philadelphia for two days of provocative performances, risk-taking stand-up, a live podcast recording, and more.

Featuring alt-cabaret performer Erin Markey in collaboration with Philadelphia’s own Emily Bate, character comedian Cole Escola, the cheeky queer podcast Food 4 Thot, irreverent musical performances by Catherine Cohen and Champagne Jerry, local favorites Bechdel Test Fest and Good Good Comedy Theatre, and more to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Dec 4 (Thursday, Nov 29 for FringeArts members).

2019 Blue Heaven Artist Lineup:

WET FOOD: Erin Markey Live with Emily Bate
Cole Escola: Quick! Pretend I’m Asleep!
Catherine Cohen
Food 4 Thot Podcast
Champagne Jerry
Bechdel Test Fest Presents
Good Good Comedy Theatre

…and more to be announced!

About the Artists

Erin Markey cordially invites you to the “fantastically weird and occasionally terrifying” (Time Out New York) world of Wet Food. Comprised of Markey’s signature story-driven stand-up and scored by homemade pop, Markey presents an intimate musical conversation between themself. They tackle all the current issues: the last dating hotline of the early aughts, a 2014 Kim Kardashian video game for mobile devices and the surprisingly delicious canned meat somehow marketed only to house cats? Philadelphia’s own Emily Bate helps the conversation along by singing and playing multiple instruments in Topshop flats (the shoes not the music concept). Come for the warm cabaret stools, stay for the.

Cole Escola, a comedian, actor, and writer, has been named one of the 2014 OUT 100 and Time Out New York’s Top Ten Downtown Cabaret Performers. Most notably, Cole played ‘Matthew’ on Hulu’s “Difficult People” where he also served as a writer. He played ‘Chris” on “Man Seeking Woman” on FXX, and recurred on the Netflix series “Girl Boss”, Amazon’s “Mozart In the Jungle” and the Tru Tv series “At Home with Amy Sedaris”. Cole just finished writing on the upcoming Broadway Video series The Other Two for Comedy Central. He was also the co-creator, writer, and star of the lo-fi cult-hit TV show “Jeffery & Cole Casserole.” Other TV appearances include “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order,” and “Smash.” He originated the role of Bridget Everett’s fetus in “Rock Bottom” for The Public Theater in a performance Variety referred to as “heroic.” His sketch comedy show, “The First Gay President,” sold out every performance and generated buzz and praise from the likes of PAPER Magazine and Lena Dunham. Due to overwhelming demand, his wildly popular solo show, ‘Help! I’m Stuck!’ has extended its run at Joe’s Pub in NY each month, and previously made its way west for a sold-out run in Los Angeles.

Catherine Cohen is a comedian and voiceover artist living in Brooklyn. She was named by Time Out New York as one of five comedians to watch for in 2018. She hosts a weekly show at Alan Cumming’s new East Village cabaret, as well as the monthly variety show “It’s A Guy Thing,” which was listed as one of Paste Magazine’s “10 Best Alt Comedy Shows in New York City.” Catherine appeared in the last season of DIFFICULT PEOPLE on Hulu, and starred in an episode of Comedy Central’s digital series, SOMEONE’S IN HERE. Her work has been featured on Splitsider, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post and New York Mag’s The Cut. Catherine graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English and Theater. Follow her at @catccohen for tweets and Instagram poetry.

Food for Thought is a podcast where a multiracial mix of queer writers talk about sex, relationships, race, identity, what we like to read, and who we like to read. It’s not about food — we just really like the pun. Hosts include Tommy “Teebs” Pico, Fran Tirado, Dennis Norris II, and Joe Osmondson.

The greatest rapper ever to emerge from the Piney Woods of East Texas, musician Champagne Jerry (a.k.a. Neal Medlyn) is one of “New York City’s Top Ten Downtown Cabaret Performers” (Time Out). With perfect flow, outrageous lyrics, and impeccable comic timing, Champagne Jerry delivers a stage show that is at once shocking, smart, and very, very funny. Champagne Jerry has released two albums: For Real, You Guys (2014) and The Champagne Room (2016). His songs are both boastful (“I’m sorry I couldn’t come into work today. I was busy at my other job—being the fucking best”) and resigned (“Your dreams can come true! Well, probably one of your dreams. Maybe two”). Champagne Jerry tells us he smokes rocks (“actual rocks, because I’m insane”), is attracted to business women (because they wear Ann Taylor), and frequently sings the song “My Year,” an almost-convincing anthem that declares all the misery of the prior year to be in the past. No surprise, he’s a Mets fan. WNYC’s All Things Considered says: “Medlyn deals in theatrical miracles. He transforms the stuff of our celebrity-obsessed, media-saturated world into impossibly beautiful, absurdist happenings….He’s amazing.”

The Bechdel Test Fest is a comedy festival created in 2016 out of a frustration that stages in Philadelphia were still predominantly white, cis, straight and male. The festival celebrates the talented and hilarious women (both cis and trans) and non-­binary comedians who make up a significant part of the local comedy scene. Performance artist and clown Sarah Knittel and stand-­up comedian Tan Hoang will be part of the BTF segment at Blue Heaven, with more acts to be announced.

Good Good Comedy Theatre is Philadelphia’s home for live, mercilessly unpredictable independent comedy. An intimate, BYOB black box theater located in Chinatown, Good Good houses up to four wildly different live comedy shows per night. This includes stand-­up, sketch, improv, storytelling and (especially) everything in between.