The Ministry of Secret Jokes
For the monthly stand-up showcase, host Doogie Horner—Philly’s reigning king of comedy—is accompanied by a rotating cast of comics who engage in a variety of ridiculous of games like a pie-eating contest in which the comedians have to tell pie jokes while scarfing down pie or a “Worst Best Man” speech competition. They once even placed “moles” into the audience to heckle the comics. Though their games often engage the audience’s participation, everyone must take an oath before the show not to reveal any of their jokes.
Second or third Wed. of the month. 8pm. Free. Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St. 215.928.8118. fergiespub.com
Gritty, old Philadelphia is the most bike-riding big city in America. According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, biking in Philadelphia has exploded since 2000, when the rate was just .86 percent, nearly doubling between 2005 and 2008 alone.
Years ago, local theater companies closed up shop in mid-June and headed off to the beach, the mountains or wherever theater folk go during the summer to inspire their creative juices. Thankfully, times have changed and stages are busy this summer with an abundance of exciting productions.
While the allure of leisure and fun in the sun will have most Philadelphians high-tailing it to the shore, planning much-needed vacations or enjoying the plethora of outdoor activities this summer, Kawana Love, founder of B. Coleman Black Wings A’eronautique Club, will spend her summer weekends leading a group of inner-city youth down an unconventional path.
PW's Summer Guide 2015