Mel Harris, comedian, writer, host, actor, and producer. Known for his over the top freestyle comedy, lively stage presence and ability to make an audience just love him. Mel realized he was a natural on the microphone after hosting a music showcase at the historic Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. Trying his hand at comedy for the first time at the Millcreek Tavern in Philadelphia, Mel was definitely on the right path. When he returned two weeks later he found himself listed as a feature and his face planted on the flyer. Mel began to book shows throughout Philly honing his comedic veracity and establishing himself as a solid comedian and host, which has afforded him the opportunity to perform in Portland, ME and become a regular at Greenwich Village Comedy Club in New York. His last appearance at Greenwich, he filled a bus bringing forty-eight people and three other comedians from Philly to New York. Having the desire and vision to showcase the local talent he met, Mel began producing shows. On June 2014, he changed the game becoming the first Philadelphia comedian to produce a show at the world famous Hard Rock Café. The quarterly series titled “Funny Sundays” was not just an opportunity for Mel to entertain but educate and help the community. The show often dawned special themes like Breast Cancer Awareness and Toys for Tots bringing in sponsors like the Salvation Army, the Breast Cancer Coalition, and the Ronald McDonald House out to Center City Philadelphia. Adding another level of depth to his repertoire, Mel started writing and starring in several short films, “Date Race”, “Cereal Killer”, “The Jog”, and most recently “Uber Baby” which can be purchased online.
- Saturday July 16th 08:30PM
- Richie Redding at the Celebrity Theater ft. Mel Harris and Ben DeMarco
- Richie Redding is one of the funniest guys that you’ve probably never heard of. As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania it was unlikely that his comedy career start off in urban rooms and burlesque shows, but that’s how it happened. He left the corporate world determined to get paid to have fun which is obvious every time he takes the stage. His set is edgy, high energy and autobiographical, drawing on a lifetime of ridiculous true stories that can only happen to a recovering alcoholic Ivy Leaguer. His boy band looks and colorful word selection have gained him well-deserved attention. In 2012, he was selected to perform in Walter Latham’s Comedy After Dark and became a regular on HOT 97FM. In 2013 he beat out 32 comics from all over the world to win the Bermuda International Comedy Competition and also had his TV debut on AXS TV’s Gotham Live! He has headlined in six foreign countries and also had the honor of being selected to feature in a USO tour of South Korea, entertaining the 30,000 American troops stationed there. 2014 was a pivotal year, as he was hand picked by Katt Williams to be the official host of the Growth Spurt Tour and for the HBO special Priceless. Based on that success, Katt then asked him to be his featured act for the Born Again, Again Tour. His fanbase has grown rapidly since, as he was regularly killing crowds of 10,000 people or more! He continues to be a constant presence in New York’s top clubs, especially after command performances at both the Barclay’s Center and Madison Square Garden.
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