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Emo Philips


With a wide-eyed, childlike stare, Emo Philips draws the audience down a winding garden path, the listener hanging on every word, softly spoken in an innocently wavering falsetto sing-song voice. Suddenly you find yourself in an Alice in Wonderland world where nothing is as it truly seems. Emo’s mastery of misdirection is the epic cornerstone of his comedy and an ability that other comedians have tried to emulate, but have never really come close to recreating. Emo Philip’s genius has definitely been recognized by audiences (with über fans labeling themselves as Emopheliacs), by the industry (Jay Leno contends that Emo Philips is the best joke writer in America) and in the popular press (GQ Magazine commissioned a panel which judged three of Emo’s jokes to be included in the best seventy-five joke of all time). Since starting out at age twnety in Chicago in 1976, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials (including an hour-long one on HBO), and many appearances on network television, in both America and the UK. He has appeared in films and has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows (such as Doctor Katz, Slacker Cats and Home Movies), but his first love, stand-up, remains his true one. Often sporting a Prince Valient-esque pageboy or Billy Idol-like bleached spikes, Philips is an absurdist in both appearance and delivery with his falsetto tone, childlike delivery and bizarre on-stage mannerisms. Come experience this comedy legend at the Opera House for a night of bizarre thoughts, analogies and crafty one-liners like, “How many people in here have telekinetic powers? Raise my hand.”

Performing Arts Type

  • Music