Comedian says Philly ‘worst city to perform’

Chris Gethard. Credit: Wiki Commons
Chris Gethard will be watching his back the next time he’s in Philadelphia. Credit: Wiki Commons

Next time he performs in Philly, Chris Gethard plans to wear a helmet.

The comedian, actor, writer and host of “The Chris Gethard Show” wrote in a recent Vice column that Philly is the worst city to perform comedy.

“I feel like a lot of performers’ worst shows happened in Philly,” wrote Gethard, 33, a West Orange, N.J., native. “There’s something about that town. Kids there have a real chip on their shoulder and are always ready for a battle.”

Gethard, a Rutgers University graduate, told two stories in the column about his experience playing Philly. One involved a botched engagement proposal, and the other included a flaming book thrown at his head. (In our defense, he titled the show “New York Is Better Than Philly.”)

Gethard acknowledged to Metro that the column wasn’t smart, and noted he might return to the city for a show and give the fans an opportunity to vent their frustrations.

He’ll just wear some head protection.

“Now, do I want to try and get them to forgive me by wearing an Eagles helmet?” he told Metro. “Or do I want them to have as much fun as possible by wearing a Giants helmet?”

“I could have been a lot smarter on my end on how I presented those stories,” he added, “But I am fascinated to see what happens next time I perform there.”

Read his column, here.


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