Posts Tagged ‘Funny Bone’

Comic Interplay

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Emerging comic J. Tree took the stage at a recent amateur night at the Funny Bone.

Emerging comic J. Tree was one of our favorites to participate for the recent amateur night at the Syracuse Funny Bone.

Don’t Bust a Gut

Saturday, August 1st, 2015
Dan Frigolette of B'ville will go to the ends of the earth to get a joke.

Dan Frigolette of B’ville will go to the ends of the earth to get a joke.

The Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour blew into The Syracuse Funnybone on Thursday and marked the return of comedic native son, Dan Frigolette.  Also on the bill were Rell Battle (Comedy Central, Key and Peele) and newcomer (to Syracuse) Matt Richards.

So far the tour has logged nearly 7,000 miles, landing in 52 cities for 66 shows (including Canada and Alaska). No topic for the Syracuse leg of the tour (which added Travis Blunt) as the comics went in on Bill Cosby, crazy politicians who choose to swim in Onondaga lake, social media etiquette, Ebola virus, re-defining ladies night, and life on the road.

We are hoping Frigolette will soon unleash the behind the scenes video footage, which has to be a cross between “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

Rell Battle

Rell Battle

Syracuse's Travis Blunt

Syracuse’s Travis Blunt

Matt Richards served as the host for the evening.

Matt Richards served as the host for the evening.

Ladies Night

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Zabrina Chevannes

Zabrina Chevannes

Last night we finally got a chance to check out the popular “Chicks are Funny” series curated by Anna Phillips. The good news, a few hundred packed the Funny Bone on a cold winter Wednesday; the bad news, the visiting Canadian comics were definitely funnier…just joking.

Overall, the production served up a hardy dose of laughter.

The evening was hosted by Pamela Wertz. The headliner was North America’s funniest nurse, Zabrina Chevannes.

Pamela Wertz

Pamela Wertz

Here’s a brief intro by Toronto-based comic Chrissie Cunningham (who did her first show in Syracuse at Jazz Central a few years ago):

Chrissie Cunningham

Chrissie Cunningham

Annie May

Annie May

Calling all comics

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
Comedy vet Moody McCarthy at Justin's Tuscan Grill.

Big M: Comedy vet and Syracuse-native Moody McCarthy provided some comic relief for New Year’s Day at Justin’s Tuscan Grill.

We figure it’s not a matter if Syracuse should host a comedy festival, but when. With the plethora of ‘Cuse-bred comics and the draw of Funny Bone at Destiny USA, this town is primed for a few days of non-stop laughs (especially during the winter months). If we can have a film festival and TED conference surely we can kick-off a comprehensive comedy program.

In the meantime, special shout-out to Dan Frigolette and Moody McCarthy for coming home each year to do shows. Last night they did an intimate, one-night-only comedy cabaret at Justin’s Grill. This year they brought Nick Marra with them (a few years ago it was Jessimae Peluso).

Four More Years

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


Here’s a short interview with comedian Anna Phillips, who recently celebrated four years in the business. In the coming weeks this rising star will open for Jim Norton and also do a gig at Coming Back Together (CBT).

In His Own Lane

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
Comic Richie Redding kept the Funny Bone audience in stitches as he touched on current topics, this that and the third.

Comic Richie Redding kept the Funny Bone audience in stitches as he touched on current topics, this that and the third.

On our first visit to the Syracuse Funny Bone Comedy Club we were pleased to meet NYC comic Richie Redding.  Don’t let his Ivy League education fool you, this ten-plus year comedy vet can write a joke that will make you bust your gut.  From his intro shout-out for Butternut Street to subjects such as PMS and music downloads, Redding kept the audience and servers howling with laughter.

Redding was preceded on stage by Dan Frigolette and host Anna Phillips. He will return to NYC for some gigs before heading out to shows in Arizona.

Hopefully he can return soon to Syracuse. For now, most people who saw Redding’s act on Thursday will never look at their thumbs the same again.

To see a previous interview we did with Frigolette, click here. To see a  review of a performance by Anna Phillips last year, click here.

Dan Frigolette at Funny Bone

Dan Frigolette used a zany prop during his show, but it is not included in this photograph.