- Ron Placone
Ron Placone has been promoting his Holiday HAHA Comedy Show with a photo of a drunken Santa Claus lying in a gutter. That gives you some idea of the tone cultivated at this annual end-of-year gig.
The Dec. 30 show is a mix of standup and sketch comedy and music, by Placone and guests. It got started as a social gathering, more or less, when Pittsburgh native Placone came home for the holidays from Seattle, where he then resided. But like last year's show -- the first since he moved back to Pittsburgh -- this year's Holiday HAHA is at Club Café, and everyone's welcome.
Derek Minto hosts a roster heavy on local comic talent, including Mark McCall and Molly Sharrow, who'll pitch in on the original sketches. The standup duties, meanwhile, fall to three comics who've toured nationally.
One is Andy Picarro, a Pittsburgh native now based in New York who claims he got 990 on his SATs even though he didn't study and took mushrooms the night before. Another is C.J. Harlow, of Louisville, Ky., a former Marine who says that in the course of working many jobs he's often heard the phrase, "Hey, you're pretty funny, but you need to get back to work."
And then there's Placone himself, also known for "Thoughts, Rants and Cold Coffee," a weekly online humor segment on current events, politics and social issues. The Dec. 30 show will include his traditional wrap-up "of all the absurdity that's happened in the past year."
Perhaps he'll spare a word for presidential contender Newt Gingrich. "He always calls Obama a radical -- meanwhile, this is the guy that kind of doesn't even want child labor laws any more," Placone notes by phone. "I don't even know why he feels that way. Maybe because they still swept chimneys when he was a kid."
Or Rick Perry. "Rick Perry said that he wanted to be the Tim Tebow of the elections," Placone says. "If that means that he's one-dimensional in his skill set and talks about Jesus too much, I guess that makes sense."
The show will close with the premiere of "folk/punk/comedy duo" Congressmen on Craigslist, fronted by Placone and McCall. "It's just a couple of comedians. Except for our drummer. Our drummer's a real musician."
HOLIDAY HAHA COMEDY SHOW 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 30. Club Café, 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side. $5-7. www.clubcafelive.com