Photos, story by Cassie Hepler
Only in America can you become famous for drinking at work. And not in the bad way!
Former Buzzfeed boy toy Matt Bellassai is a drunk genius. He started Whine About It Wednesdays and had people in their cubicles green with envy as he drank copious amounts of red wine at his desk during work and still got paid to do so.
“It got to a point where Buzzfeed told me I had to make a choice,” he said.
And so the Drunk and Alone tour was born and Bellassai was thrust upon the world at only newly 26-years-old and ready to tear it up. His witty, biting criticism was the inspiration for our first foray into the shiny new Punch Line Philly comedy club, the city’s first major comedy club to open in over a decade. And from the lengthy lineup, it’s clear that Live Nation continues to have their pulse on the best up-and-coming and killer comics. Punch Line Philly is Live Nation’s first comedy club anywhere in the country outside of California, and only its fourth overall. Not just for national touring acts, Punch Line will offer a launch pad for local Philly comedic talent as well so keep those funny bones throbbing from smacking them on the toilet paper dispenser.
The screen behind him showed “Reasons Why I’ll be Single Forever” and we’ve gotta admit, some of those reasons were beyond disgusting like digging the wine out of his belly button when it drips down his stomach. He talked about how his skinny jeans don’t have enough ball room and then displays his crotch for everyone with one leg up on the stool. Perhaps the most snort-laugh worthy moment was when he had a slide that said “I Like Indian food and burritos, sometimes both at once” which to the unknown to Matt crowd would go over their head. However, he is fabulously gay and he just paused and said, “Let that sink in.” Then went on a crowd rolling slew of volcano jokes, public toilet explosion jokes and … you get the drift. Some moments were darker than others like dead baby jokes and slamming on people in relationships but always with an undercurrent of love… and humor.
Live Nation Comedy is the world’s largest promoter of comedy events, selling 2.5 million+ tickets to over 850 shows in 2015. Fifty cents of every ticket sold will be donated to Philabundance to help fight hunger in our area. Kudos to comedy and charity!