The 2019 Everything is Awesome HEADstrong Comedy Festvial
The THIRD anniversary for Everything is Awesome is coming up and we’re ready to go big or go home! We’ve learned a lot about running larger scale events and, just like last year, we’re continuing to evolve. While we firmly believe that Philadelphia is the home to independent podcasting; we also realize that we’re cutting out people who may not know what a podcast is from being able to enjoy Philadelphia’s home-grown entertainers. There will still be a strong podcast presence at this year’s festival, but by being The 2019 Everything is Awesome HEADstrong Comedy Festival, we’re not only more inviting, but able to expand our entertainment options.
Just like previous years, we are celebrating the anniversary of Everything is Awesome, but our focus is now on two primary things: 1) raising money for an organization that improves lives affected by Cancer and 2) showcasing the raw comedic and creative talent that Philadelphia has to offer. That means, for the first time since running this festival, we actually have a TARGET amount we’d like to raise and that the festival will not only showcase podcasting, but also comedians and improvisers.
This year is full of changes for the festival. The driving force for this festival has been to honor Alvin Dohl, my uncle, who lost his battle with Cancer in November of 2016. That driving force to raise money for organizations who help families affected by Cancer was strengthened in November of 2018 when my father was diagnosed with an aggressive prostate Cancer. For 2019, we’ve partnered with the HEADstrong Foundation to raise money for their efforts in improving the lives of those affected by Cancer. It may be our first year partnering with HEADstrong, but they are a local organization that has helped over 14,000 patients in the Greater Philadelphia area. You can find out more about HEADstrong here or donate to help The 2019 Everything is Awesome HEADstrong Comedy Festival meet its goal here.
We’ve gathered over 20 podcasts and over 20 comedians / improvisers to bring their unique talent to one of our four venues this year! If you’re unable to attend the festival, but still want to support HEADstrong, you can click the ‘DONATE!’ button below and help us reach our $500 goal! If you’re a business and want to help support, you can find sponsorship information by clicking the ‘Become a Sponsor’ button below.
January 27th, 2019 12 pm to 9 pm
1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
530 South Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19147
12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
401 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
327 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
17th & Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
The festival returns to Tattooed Mom for a third year! This venue will feature a mix of podcasts, comedians, and improvisers until 9:00 PM.
Remember, the festival is FREE at all our venues, but make sure you have a drink or two and take care of your bartender! Oh... and try the tots!
Join the festival at MilkBoy on South Street for a mix of podcasts, comedians, and improvisers until 7:00 PM.
Remember, the festival is FREE at all our venues, but make sure you have a drink or two and take care of your bartender! Get some wings and laugh!
Join the festival at South Street Cinema for podcasts that cover film, TV, pop-culture, and more until 6:00 PM.
Remember, the festival is FREE at all our venues, but make sure you look at the schedule of show times and help keep South Street weird!
Join the festival at Thirsty Dice for some of Philadelphia's best game related podcasts! From board games to tabletop role-playing games, Thirsty Dice will entertain you until 8:00 PM.
Remember, the festival is FREE at all our venues, but make sure you have a drink or two and take care of your bartender! Lose yourself in the fantasy, but grab some mac & cheese—we're not savages!
Over 20 podcasts and 20 comedians / improvisers have joined the festival to bring Philadelphia FREE funny! All in the name of raising money for HEADstrong! See below for the performances you can expect to see at this year's festival!
Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors
We couldn’t have done this without any of our sponsors. They are all amazing and helped us put this together.
Interested in becoming a 2019 Sponsor?
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The 2nd Annual Everything is Awesome Let’s F Cancer Podcast Festival (2018)
In 2018, Everything is Awesome celebrated TWO years of podcasting. While continuing to use the event to raise money for cancer research / cancer awareness, we did approach the festival slightly differently in it's sophomore year. We worked closely with The Philadelphia Podcast Festival over the years and something clicked this past year—once a year isn't enough celebration for Philadelphia podcasts. A guest likened last year's Podiversary show to a one-day festival that offers a preview of what's to come in the summer. That struck a chord and we changed how the show was put together. It was used to still celebrate the two year milestone and to raise money; but we wanted to embrace the Philadelphia podcasting scene that has exploded in the last several years.
For the second year, we partnered with Fuck Cancer to raise money for their mission of prevention, early detection, and supporting those affected by cancer. With wit, edge, and humor, they are improving health outcomes through health education, community programs, and events.
Shows on the 2018 Festival
We were able to expand our second year by adding an additional show. I had also learned that certain shows do better at certain venues, so our lineup of shows at Tattooed Mom change for all but two shows. I can't thank these shows enough for being part of our 2018 event!
The First Everything is Awesome Podiversary Show (2017)
In 2017, Everything is Awesome was celebrating it's first year of podcasting. Wanting to have a day full of podcasting, Kev put together a one-day version of The Philadelphia Podcast Festival. He curated a handful of shows together and hoped for a small turnout to help celebrate the milestone.
However, as he was planning the event, his uncle had lost his battle with cancer. Kev quickly turned this event into a fundraiser to raise money for Fuck Cancer, an organization that uses wit, edge, and humor to help raise awareness—it reminded him of his uncle.
Shows on the 2017 Festival
I can't thank these shows enough for being part of our very first MAJOR event!