This weekend in comedy, the Indy Fringe Theater hosts one of the most unique—yet dependable—comical acts around, Phil the Void.
You can see Jim Poyser’s great interview with him here, as featured in this week’s issue of NUVO.
In the summer of 2008 I reviewed Van Hest’s Fringe performance, and it is still tied for the highest star total I’ve ever given a comedian (four and a half). Rather than summarizing an already all-too-short summary of his performance, here is my review, as printed in the Indy Fringe guide that August:
” The best of Fringe and indeed one of the best comedians of 2008, Phil Van Hest is able to pull off a sincere conversationalist comedic style likened to Pryor, if only in tone and sustainability. His language is original, his demeanor is authentic and his delivery is refreshingly inimitable. Not every line needs to be a joke for comedians who know they’re funny, and Van Hest delivers a complete experience through a performance more adequately described as a hilarious monologue of observations, rather than customary stand-up.”
It stands reason to assume that he is at least as good—if not better—than he was on that hot summer afternoon, in a room of about 12 people at the ComedySportz theater. He has since become something of a cult-icon, moving to prime-time Fringe status with sell-out shows.
If you somehow didn’t pick it up from Jim’s interview with him, or from my description, I’ll put it plainly: Phil is not your average dick and fart comedian. He’s extremely intelligent and he’s very interested in the human experience as well as open dialogue, without being preachy or high-handed—it’s a genuinely unique experience that you should not miss, if you’re in the market for any kind of live performance this weekend. It’s one of those rare comedic experiences with purpose and mind-opening insight, not just jokes.
Also of note this weekend: it is the final performance of $3 Bill Sketch Comedy’s show “Pre-Existing Conditions,” Friday night at ComedySportz, at 10:00 pm.
Price listed is the lowest available, and all shows are Friday and Saturday, unless otherwise noted. Most also have Weds, Thurs., and Sunday shows; check their website for more info.
Indy Fringe Theater- Phil the Void Evening Bonanza, Friday, doors at 6:30 pm with dinner and drinks - $30. Saturday, 8:00 - $20.
Crackers Downtown- Dan Grueter, 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. www.crackerscomedy.com
Crackers Broadripple- Alex Cole., 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. www.crackerscomedy.com
Morty’s Comedy Joint- Drake Witham and Michael Malone, 7:30 and 10:00 pm, $10. www.mortyscomedy.com
ComedySportz- Improv, 7:30 pm, (and 10:00 on Sat.), $12, www.indycomedysportz.com
Comedysportz- Three Dollar Bill Sketch Comedy, “Pre-existing Conditions.” 10:00 pm, $12. Friday only. www.indycomedysportz.com
Funny Bone (Bloomington) — Daniel Kinno, 7 and 9:30 pm, $12. www.funnybonebtown.com
Great upcoming shows
Brian Posehn: April 22- 24 (Crackers Broad Ripple)
Keith McGill: May 12 — 15 (Crackers Downtown)
More than most forms of entertainment, stand-up comedy lineups are subject to last-minute changes, as well as unexpected sell-outs. Please be sure to check the website of the venue (or call and reserve tickets) before heading out, and make sure to be aware of any updated times, prices, availability or performers.
If you are aware of any upcoming events or venues that are not included here, please feel free to comment them below or email firstname.lastname@example.org!