Catch a rising star

By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 17, 2008

TINGLES OF ANTICIPATION “A definitive breakthrough for us was when we put up our first two-man shows at Jimmy Tingle’s Theater in Davis Square. All the shows sold out and we did everything we love to do: stand-up, sketch, characters, video. We went from weird, goofy guys to legitimate weird, goofy guys.”

SCREW YOUTUBE The Walshies are working on big-time online projects galore, guaranteed to tickle your Interwebs (dirty!). First up? “The Ramada Boys; it’s us playing Joey and Johnny Ramada — heirs to the Ramada Inn motel fortune. Depending on how it’s received, we’ll talk to the President of Show Business about developing it for television.”

VIDEO: MC Mr. Napkins, "Irrevocability"

After years perfecting his sketch comedy skills as one-third of the beloved comedy troupe, The Late Night Players, MC Mr. Napkins exploded onto the stand-up scene last year, and is now considered by fans and comedy peers to be one of Boston’s hottest must-see acts. The not-just-another-white-rapper white rapper manages to find comedy in, of all things, a sphygmomanometer. Whatever that is. 

NONSENSE NOMENCLATURE “I went through some atrocious MC aliases (Z-Stylez, Zach the Ripper) before I thought of MC Mr. Napkins.  But one day I was washing dishes and the name suddenly struck me, like a bolt of lightning from Rap God. I was sold on it immediately.”

GIVIN’ BLUES Mr. Napkins wasn’t always a rap-parody superstar.  He got his start as a sucka MC.  “For years and years, I had been writing earnest raps about what a great MC I was.  But one week, I had two ideas for funny raps, so I wrote them up and tried them out at an open mike, with a "for-real" rap sandwiched in between. The comedy raps went over pretty well, but the crowd could not have cared less about the one in which I bragged about my MCing skills. So the next week, I did three raps, all comedy, and got a great response.”

ON THE BRINK MC Mr. Napkins just signed with renowned talent agency The Gersh Agency (who also represent Shane Mauss), so expect great things, potentially involving other wordy medical instruments.

VIDEO: Erin Judge does standup

An award-winning writer, Comedy Central veteran, and natural redhead, Erin Judge is making waves all over the place.  After years of holding court at The Comedy Studio, Judge made her first national television appearance this summer, on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. She hits the festival circuit this fall, including an appearance at the Hysterical Festival, which launches in New York City, on October 14.

CHERRY POPPIN’ “I lost my Boston comedy virginity at the oh-so-colorful All Asia Cafe in Central Square.”

COMFORT ZONE “I had a show at Comix in New York City about a year ago. It was the first time lots of my friends and family members were seeing me perform, and I just felt totally confident in my material and performance. I didn't feel nervous, and it was amazing. I sent the tape of that show to Comedy Central, and they booked me for the next season of their stand-up showcase show Live at Gotham.”

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