Sameer Rao Sameer Rao is a Philadelphia-based freelance journalist and former City Paper intern whose works predominantly focus on music, art, theatre, comedy, education, activism, arts communities, gender, race, society, and where all of those things intersect. His writing so far has appeared in City Paper, the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, APIARY Online, and the Good Men Project. Look for upcoming pieces in CRED Magazine and WXPN's The Key.
If comedy doesn’t shatter the numbing comfort of your perceptions, then what is it good for? The folks behind Visible Friends Network, dedicated to bringing the freethought/skepticism movement and scientific advocacy into the media and arts, carry this question into each of their comedy cabarets. For this show, their fifth since November 2012, they’re bringing a bunch of Philly’s best stand-up comics and burlesque dancer Mika Romantic to Underground Arts to get real. How real? Expect the caustic wit of Doogie Horner, James Hesky, Mary Radzinski, Darryl Charles, Carolyn Busa and others as they take on religion, irrationality and everyday idiocy. Side effects of this red pill include laughter, increased decision-making abilities and hypnosis-by-burlesque.
Thu., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., $10, Underground Arts, 1200 N. Callowhill St., 215-413-1318, fringearts.com.