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UsedWigs Radio 100: Team Todd

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This is officially UsedWigs Radio Show #100 and officially our last show (tidal wave of tears). It was a super fun ride, thank you all for having us.

I want to thank everyone who participated, helped out and attended this Team Todd event. It was a really wonderful night, one that Todd would have loved.

Big hugs to the performers: Russ Starke, Heather Hall, Kimberly Hall, Dave Hill, Chip Chantry, Nikki WalterBrian Seymour, Rich Kaufmann, Scott Michael Shrake, Anna Goldfarb, Jon Solomon, Kevin Ginsberg, Brad Sukala, Lisa Starke and Bevan McShea for bringing all the laughs, stories and tunes. The tiny flabby muscles in my stomach are still hurting from laughing.

And big high-fives to Kell Andrews, Heather Andrews, Thomas Jadico Jr, C.j. Stahl, Brian Jacobs, Eric Smith, Colin Helb, Dan Eastman, Adam Picarelli, Kerri Foxhill, Geekadelphia and Cutesy but not Cutesy for the support. And big sweaty hugs to everyone else who was there and made it super fun. It meant a lot to Russ and Heather and me to have you all there! 

Alright, enough yapping, here’s the audio, videos coming soon!

Play Now: http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/podcast99.mp3

iTunes: Download, Listen and Subscribe

Benefit Show for Todd Marrone’s Family Featuring Dave Hill, Chip Chantry, Anna Goldfarb and More!

We lost our brother Todd Marrone, the heart and soul of UsedWigs Radio, and huge part of our lives. We love Todd and his family more than we can express and we want to celebrate his life, his art and his spirit of sharing. So please mark your calendars and join us on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the beloved home of UsedWigs Radio, L’etage in Philly.

The show will feature lots of our super talented friends. Dave Hill and Chip Chantry will bring the laughs; Anna Goldfarb,  ShrakeNikki Walter and Kevin Ginsberg will tell some tales; Brian Seymour will play some of Todd’s favorite songs; and  Bevan McShea will perform and create live art in honor of his pal Todd. Plus live readings of Todd’s uniquely wonderful and witty thoughts by friends and family.

This will also be a benefit (donation at the door) and we hope to have some lovely pieces of art donated by friends of Todd and our show for a small silent auction.

UsedWigs Radio Returns May 21 at L’etage with Gregg Gethard and Jim Grammond

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Great news for fans of watching guys talking into microphones while they digest crepes… UsedWigs Radio returns to L’etage this spring for some more super fun nonsense. The lawyers for Russ, Todd and Jeff  have been meeting for months and have finally come to terms with all their demands. Russ now gets to wear a crown, Todd does not have to wear a shirt and Jeff can’t talk at all until the final ten minutes of the show. Everybody wins!

Special Guests!

Comedians Gregg Gethard (Bedtime Stories) and Jim Grammond (Reasonable Discourse with Jerks) will join the fellas armed with tales of Success and Failure and Bombing and Rebounding!

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So please join us. You have three months to get a baby/cat sitter.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – 8:00pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

Also, join us on our Facebook Page! It’s filled with baby and food photos just like you asked for!!

Get Pumped!

Join UsedWigs Radio at L’etage On June 19th with Chris Illuminati!

Author, editor and keyboardist, Chris Illuminati will be joining Philly’s favorite Tuesday night live podcast recording session to discuss a crepe load of nonsense including books, movies, TV and summer girlfriends that may or may not have really existed. Chris has written for Penthouse, Maxim and is the managing editor of GuySpeed.com. He is the author of the new ebook Thank You For Not Laughing and wrote two books about being an a**hole even though he’s a swell guy.

Let’s Do This!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 – 8:00pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

Also, join us on our new Facebook Page! It’s filled with baby and food photos just like you asked for!!

Podcast: www.usedwigsradio.com

Join Us at L’etage On April 17th with Special Guests Rachel Bensen and Bevan McShea!

You ready to rock? Not a lot of rockin’, just a bit. (It’s a weeknight for goodness sake!) Still, you deserve an early night out with comedy and music and crepes and sexy furniture. Join us this Tuesday at a Special Earlier Time: 7:00pm. (There’s a children’s puppet show at 9:00pm, we need time to clean up after our confetti canon.)

We’re very excited to have these fine folks join us!

Rachel Bensen is an up-and-coming standup comedian based in Philadelphia. She enjoys puns, fried food, and webcomics. Rachel performs wherever people will let her near a microphone – most recently, that’s included Philly Improv Theater, Tabu, World Cafe Live, and Helium Comedy Club. She tweets irreverently and irregularly at @rachelbensen.

The Phoenix Veil is the acoustic project of Bevan McShea, an artist, musician, and poet from Philadelphia. Bevan has collaborated musically on many projects spanning many styles and genres, the most notable being the hip hop and spoken word personae Lightborn. Bevan’s latest release is The Blood of August featuring Peter Cortner (Dag Nasty, The Gerunds) and Chuck Treece (McRad, Bad Brains, Underdog).

Let’s Do This!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 – 7:00pm (Please note, one hour earlier!)
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

Also, join us on our new Facebook Page! It’s filled with baby and food photos just like you asked for!!

Join Us and Nikki Walter at L’etage for Some “Wow, That Was Close!” Stories

Philadelphians and people in the greater Philadelphia area, join us on Tuesday night, March 20th, for another fun and free show at the lovely L’etage. Team UsedWigs Radio and Miss Sassypants herself, Nikki Walter — a.k.a., @TurboGrandma and the future Mrs. Billy Joel — will tell some action-packed, danger-filled “Wow, That Was Close!” stories as you sit back and safely enjoy crepes and a wonderful selection of drinks.

Plus! A special guest comedian will also pop up to tell a harrowing tale of survival. This just in… it’s Dan Eastman!

Let’s Do This!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 – 8:00pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

Also, join us on our new Facebook Page! It’s filled with baby and food photos just like you asked for!!

UsedWigs Radio Welcomes Geekadelphia’s Eric Smith and Artist NoseGo on February 21st at L’etage!

Mid-Winter blahs, huh? Yeah, us too. That’s why we’re putting on this super exciting show with two talented lads who enjoy tech, art and entertaining the masses. Come on out and have a fun, a crepe and some drinks. The show is FREE and we’ll have GIVEAWAYS! We just ask you to bring your clapping hands and your laughing mouths. As usual, this show will be recorded for our popular podcast that will be available for download and live forever online or at least until the Cylons take over and build a better internet.

The Guests!

Eric Smith runs Philly’s “Guide to Everything Geek” website Geekadelphia, teaches and lectures about writing and social media at colleges and universities, does the marketing thing at the mighty Quirk Books, writes novels like Textual Healing and most importantly, owns a custom made Master Chief costume he wears out on the streets to fight crime and get bagels.

NoseGo is a Philadelphia-based artist with a passion for illustration and media arts. He mixes fine art with a contemporary style to deliver highly energetic work. His designs feature an assemblage of patterns, vibrant colors and characters derived from his imagination and his surrounding environment.

Let’s Do This!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 – 8:00pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

Join Us December 20th for The UsedWigs Holiday Show with Anna and Molly!

Our UsedWigs Holiday Shows are always super fun! We’ll have gifts, awesome guests and lots of (snow)ball busting! Plus, you can eat holiday crepes filled with roasted chestnuts or snow or tinsel or any other fillings you want, we don’t judge you on what you eat at our shows. Unless it’s reindeer, that is awful and you should feel really ashamed for even asking the waiter about it. Anyway, get over your shame and come to this show or we’ll send Jack Frost (pictured above) to come nip at your nose. (He has hidden tiger teeth!) I mentioned guests, and boy oh boy, we are super pumped to have two lovely ladies join us to spread some holiday cheer!

Anna Goldfarb is a Philadelphia-based author, humorist, and screenwriter. She loves short guys. Like, she really loves them. It’s kinda weird. She writes about bonerkillers on Shmitten Kitten and you can follow her on Twitter at @ShmittenKitten.
Molly Davis is a very funny and popular Twitter personality and more importantly she hates her upstairs neighbor and hummus. Don’t bring either to the show! Check in with Molly on Twitter at @Molly_Kats

Let’s Do This!!

UsedWigs Holiday Podcast Recording Session

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 – 8:00pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

Come to Our “Fromage at L’etage” with Madame Fromage and Nikki Walter!

Thanks to everyone who filled out comment cards after our past few shows. We really appreciate the feedback and we were not surprised at the top two suggestions. Number one was, as expected, “Please shut up!” and the number two most popular recommendation was, “Feed us delicious free cheese and have someone teach us about it while that vivacious Nikki Walter makes fun of you!”

Done and done and done! Join us this Tuesday at the mighty L’etage as we welcome Madame Fromage!

If you knock on her door, you will find a fridge full of whiffy morsels, from Ardrahan to Winnimere, and piles of cheese books on her coffee table. Madame Fromage loves the beauty of cheese, especially stinkers. She thinks they are as lovely as cherry blossoms, just in a different way. On weekends, she invites friends over for port and Stichelton, and sometimes things get rowdy.

Let’s Do This!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – 8:00pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

RSVP: Let us know if you are coming!

UsedWigs Radio Welcomes Brian Seymour on September 20th! Join Us!

First we gave you crepes, then side-splitting comedians, now… live music! One of our favorites, Philly singer/songwriter Brian Seymour will join the show and play some future hit songs off his soon-to-released “Speak to Me of Young Love” record. You want more? Of course you do! You deserve it. That’s why Philly indie rock legend Rich Kaufmann (Foxycontin, Rolling Hayseeds, Electric Love Muffin) will be joining the fun too.

Here’s a little taste of Brian!

More: www.brianseymour.com

Join us!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 – 8:00pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

Past Shows!

Kelly Vrooman and SM Shrake Join The Show on August 16th!

Our Unstoppable Live Podcasting Machine continues to fire on all cylinders (and forty AAA batteries) at Philly’s most fancy crepe-slinging venue L’etage. Join us on Tuesday, August 16th, as we welcome two extremely talented and funny guests: actress and TV host Kelly Vrooman and “The Pint-Sized Storytelling Powerhouse” SM Shrake!

Learn a little about Kelly…

Kelly Vrooman began her career in comedy at the ripe old age of 4 when she single-handedly recreated ‘Three Amigos’ in her parents’ living room (it got great reviews). Now, as an “adult”, she’s built an extensive resume in theatre, television and improvisational comedy. Ms. Vrooman currently entertains children nationwide as a morning host for TV’s only live show for preschoolers, The Sunny Side Up Show, on the Sprout network. She has also voiced a variety of characters for Preschool Musical on a Stick and The Sprout Sharing Show, recipient of the Cablefax Award “Best Children’s Show” in 2009. Ms. Vrooman has appeared in numerous national commercials and can be seen performing regularly in the hilariously improvised comedy show, ComedySportz.

and UsedWigs fan favorite SM Shrake…

SM Shrake, known as “The Pint-Sized Storytelling Powerhouse” and “The Hardest-Working Man in the Story Business,” is the co-founder and co-producer of Story League in Washington, D.C. He has hosted and been the featured storyteller at First Person Arts in Philadelphia, and appeared in the first UsedWigs Live show at World Cafe Live in March 2010. He has been a frequent contributor to UsedWigs.com as well as the Huffington Post and, in a previous era, the Philadelphia City Paper. He has also been heard twice on This American Life and was a finalist in the first Moth GrandSlam in his hometown of Detroit. He has performed in 7 cities (D.C., Baltimore, Philly, New York, Boston, Detroit, and San Francisco) in the last year, is a regular at Mortified shows and has dabbled in stand-up comedy. That’s it.

Join us!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 – 8:30pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

RSVP: via Facebook and a free piece of art from Todd!

Past Shows

Interview with SM Shrake of First Person Arts StorySlam

Todd and Jeff chatted with the Pint-Sized Story-Telling Powerhouse, SM Shrake right before he hosted the “Holiday Cheer” themed StorySlam event at L’Etage on December 28, 2010.

Winner of “Best in Philly,” First Person Arts StorySlams are monthly, real-life-storytelling competitions held at World Cafe Live and L’Etage in Philadelphia. Each month’s theme elicits stories that come from the life experiences of Philly’s storytellers. StorySlams take place on the second Monday of each month at World Cafe Live and the fourth Tuesday of each month at L’Etage.

More: firstpersonarts.org and usedwigsradio.com

UsedWigs Live Featured Video: Russ Loves Spreadsheets

Video mavens Ken and Phil from the After School Specialists made a nifty little animated film based on one of our more inane podcast chats. Created for the UsedWigs Live event on March 19, 2010 at World Cafe Live in Philly. More to come tomorrow!

UsedWigs Live at World Cafe Live on March 19th with Dave Hill and Audible!

Update! Tickets now available! Only $7. (Get them now before the scalpers take them all.)

UsedWigs Live at Upstairs at World Cafe Live! Save this date, caress this date, love this date:

Friday, March 19th

  • Music: Audible
    Philly’s Audible delivers top-notch pop goodness, layered guy/girl harmonies and chiming guitars with just the right amount of grit and sun-soaked majesty. Get a Taste!
  • Comedy: Dave Hill
    Simply put, Dave Hill is a perpetual volcanic eruption of entertainment — comedy, music, Twitter — his fiery flow cannot be contained. He’s also “Big in Japan”.
  • Emcee: Nicole Brewer
    The enchanting and diligent digital journalist for Eyewitness News on CBS3 and the CWPhilly, Nicole Brewer, will keep everyone in line and the show running smoothly!

Plus the UsedWigs Emergency Response Team:

  • Hosted by: Todd, Russ and Jeff
  • Performances by: SM Shrake and Crazy Aaron
  • Video by: After School Specialists

Comedy, music, prizes and danger guaranteed.

Only $7: BUY TICKETS NOW!

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UsedWigs Live Recap

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Photos: Lindsay McIntire

Team UsedWigs, Inc. pulled off our first “live” show this past Friday night and it was a ton o’ fun. Critics raved, “They sure drink a lot, especially in a coffee house.” and “The seats were very comfortable.”

Russ, Todd and I have been doing our podcast for over four years and thought it would be a grand idea to get the hell out of Russ’s home studio for once and enjoy some humanity, interactivity and the deafening thunder of applause and fanatical adulation (we got 2 out of 3, not bad).

We chose MilkBoy Coffee in Ardmore as the venue because Russ and Todd have performed there many times (think Cirque du Soleil on a larger scale) and the owners Jamie and Tommy are great guys who are always up for something different, like a live podcast.

We had a little over a month to organize the show, which was pretty tight considering all we wanted to do: live musical performance, comedian, special guest interview, live science demonstration and some multimedia presentations all jammed packed in a 2-hour show. We envisioned an old-school Mike Douglas Show vibe. After the 3 of us conferred at a kick0ff meeting (McMenamin’s Tavern), we decided we needed some serious help. So we brought in some pros… the After School Specialists.

We enlisted the human firecracker, Kenjamin Franklin Ryzner, to create and serve up the multimedia and Machiavellian martinet, Jandek Phil Charron, to direct the whole shebang (neither asked for money up front, just a piece of the international distribution rights of the DVD and the Spanish language version). Our lovely announcer Lisa signed on too (lucky for us, Lisa and Russ are married, so she could not fib and say she was busy).

That’s a pretty solid crew to stage a performance, but every good talk show needs a house band, so Russ got on the horn and “Rusty Static and The Wig Tones” were born. Part of putting a show together is getting your talented friends involved, and lucky for us, Russell Gellman and Brian Jacobs are two of best musicians and nicest guys around (and are usually up for partaking in our nonsense).

There were rumors  SM Shrake was going to be in town and join the show too… his legions of fans were lighting up the message boards and fan sites.

So we got the team together and then assembled a stellar line-up of super fun guests:

  • live music by Philadelphia’s Audible
  • literary musings by “Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook” bestselling author Josh Piven
  • knee-slapping humor from comedian Don Weir
  • thrilling science demonstration by PuttyWorld’s Crazy Aaron
  • Philly art give-away by Michele Melcher

Another excuse to drink planning meeting took place (Earth Bread + Brewer) and we nailed down each show segment to specific time and doled out the duties. Everything went along swimmingly until the day before the show when the schedule band Audible (new CD is outstanding!) had to pull out due to a medical emergency. Uh oh! We’re screwed. “Can anyone do magic tricks for 25 minutes?”

I mentioned earlier about getting friends to help out, yeah, well this is one of those times when you find out just what great friends you have. I’ve been a huge fan and friends with the Philly band The Grundles for many years, so I contacted Tom Jadico (bass and surfboard) about our dilemma and he quickly got on the Grundle Hotline. Less than two hours later, Grundles Ted, Andrew and Tommy agreed to play the show. How cool is that? Very very cool, indeed. Fonzie-freaking cool.

Andrew Dolan of The Grundles

It’s 7:00pm on June 12 and a growing crowd at Milkboy assembles while Kenjamin Franklin’s dynamic video presentation of magic, spandex and teen drinking explodes on screen. Everyone’s in a fine mood. Beers are cracked. Lattes are sipped. Cheeks are kissed. Then 8:15pm hits! Director Charron barks out orders, Ken fires up the video introduction, Lisa takes the stage for the announcing duties, The Wig Tones grab their instruments, and after 40 glasses of water (just a little dry mouth) me and the boys take the stage. Shenanigans, awkward pauses and paper shuffling ensue!

It went pretty darn well from then on. We popped some beers, chatted a bit, gave away a UsedWigs Live Swag Bag to a lucky audience member and then treated the crowd to a PowerPoint presentation on Facebook detailing “how old people (like us) have ruined it!”

At the beginning of this segment we were surprised by a cleverly-disguised SM Shrake playing maracas and wearing a creepy wig. Shrake, a Facebook etiquette expert, sat down and joined the lively discussion. Segment ended, a new one began.

Bestselling author Josh Piven then joined us on stage for an amusing chat about his “Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook” series and his upcoming book “This Green House” (September 2009). Josh was a funny guy and thankfully, tolerated his hosts who peppered him with barrage of hard-hitting questions. As Josh left the stage, Lisa presented him (and all our guests) with a UsedWigs Live “Home Version” game:

Next up, our pal Michele Melcher gave away one of her lovely illustrations to another lucky audience member while the band set up. The high-energy and charismatic Grundles rocked out as expected. They chatted with us for a bit before leaving to “wing on over to London and jam with the Stones!”

While the rocking may have ended, the rolling continued in fine fashion when comedian Don Weir made a triumphant return to his homeland from Brooklyn, NY. Don killed! 911 received numerous calls immediately after his set about severely strained laughing muscles.

Don Weir

Throughout the night Todd was busy drawing the guests on his trusty pad and displaying the art on a little easel for all to enjoy. The guest was then given his personalized piece of art to take home. Pretty sweet, huh? You would pay damn good money on the Wildwood boardwalk for that honor, but at UW Live… absolutely free! Rusty Static and The Wig Tones kept everything moving and grooving during the show too, creating a chill vibe to temper some of the between segment nuttiness.

UsedWigs Live inaugural show sadly had to end (a senior citizen puppet show was scheduled for 11:00pm sharp), but not before Crazy Aaron pounced on stage and administered some serious pickle electrocutions (not a euphemism) with some old-timey contraption, dazzling and endangering the excited audience who were clamoring for more pickled-fried goodness. It was a sizzling good ending to a fun-filled night.

Many thanks to the above-mentioned UsedWigs Team members; the wonderful guests; the awesome staff at Milkboy who were insanely accommodating; the many fine folks who helped us promote that crap out of the show (Chris and McG at PhillyBurbs.com, Eric at Geekadelphia.com, Dave at ComicVsAudience.com and Jon Solomon of WPRB); photographer extraordinaire Lindsay McIntire, artist Bevan McShea; Aaron and Elizabeth at PuttyWorld; wives Heather and Kelly; and of course, all you good people who came out and showed us a lot of love. As Hammer would say, “Proper!”

Enjoy some More Photos!

hugs! Jeff

Oh, and many thanks to McCloskey’s Bar (next to Milkboy) for the after party! My booming hangover was well worth it.

UsedWigs Live Update!

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Hi folks! For all of you attending our extravaganza tonight, June 12th, at Milkboy, here are a few things you should know:

Music Change! Sadly, our musical guest Audible had to cancel on us due to an emergency situation for two band members. We hope everything works out for them and hope to have them back in the future.

Luckily, our good pals The Grundles canceled their plans for a group spa/pedicure weekend, and will be joining the fun tomorrow night. They are insanely entertaining and high energy, so bring your dancing shoes.

Come Early! Get there early if possible, between 7-7:30pm to settle in, grab seats and enjoy a lovely video we’ve prepared for you.

BYOB! This is a great coffee place with yummy eats, but you can also drink! So bring your favorite alcohol and it will make us all the more entertaining.

See ya there!

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