By Cristina Perachio
The Washington Post’s Katie Namrevo found that if she laughed 30 seconds to five minutes as often as 10 times daily, she had more energy and craved food less. While you may not be able to replace your diet with regular rounds of laughter, it’s definitely worth a try. Helium, located at 2031 Samson Street, is a barrel of laughs comedy club with a bar and lounge area as well as an intimate showroom. They are also dedicated to showcasing local comedians and helped one lucky comedian possibly get his big break this week.
On Tuesday, November 28, 2007, Comedy Central held live auditions for their hit show Live at Gotham, a half hour of the country’s newest up-and-comers of comedy performing at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York, as well as other Comedy Central projects. Ten of our city’s top comedians battled for a spot on the show with cameras rolling in front of a live and audience. Local comedic contenders Pat Barker, Joe Bubblewicz, Chip Chantry, Chris Coccia, Steven Gerben, David James, Laurence Mullaney, Andy Nolan, Anton Shuford and Roger Weaver were all well received from the lively audience at Helium.
If you missed out on this week’s show, you can still help support local comedy at Helium. Every Tuesday night is open-mic night, admission is free and the show starts at 8 p.m. If you’ve got a funny bone, sign ups for open-mic begin at 6 p.m. Also, be sure to check out their specials like $6 martinis on Thursdays or get $5 off Wednesday through Friday with a student ID.
For more information about Helium call 215-496-9001 or visit HeliumComedy.com.