Comedy legend Emo Philips has been entertaining audiences and influencing other comics for a generation with his blend of misdirection and odd-but-clever punchlines. Jay Leno called him “the best joke writer in America,” and "Weird Al" Yankovic describes him as one of the funniest people on the planet. His wandering, child-like delivery belies a razor sharp wit and an uncanny knack for timing. His career has seen award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials, and many appearances on US and UK network television. He has appeared in films, lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows, and appeared recently on the Comedy Central series “Review” with Andy Daly. But his true love is his first love—stand-up—and he will leave you standing too, cheering for more.
Brand-new Madison trio Pearl Handle will be opening for Emo with dark, bluesy Americana on an unlikely combination of violin, ukulele, and tuba. Members Biff Blumfumgagnge, Brad Graham, and Reid Johnston have decades of experience playing everything from heavy rock to Balkan folk music. In Pearl Handle, they distill these eclectic influences into a rootsy brew that explores eternal themes such as hard times, high times, and Star Trek.