Darryl Charles is one of the busiest comedians in Philadelphia. He is a talented stand-up who can be seen performing regularly at Helium Comedy Club and other venues throughout the region, he is a cast member of short-form improv powerhouse ComedySportz, a writer and performer for The Monthly Hour with James Hesky, and the co-host of new Philly Improv Theater panel discussion show DTF, the Darryl Timaree Fun Hour. We caught up with Darryl to ask him about his busy schedule, which includes performing on Free For All this Wednesday!
Free For All: Tell us how the idea for DTF originated.
Darryl Charles: Timaree and I performed in a Philly sketchfest fundraiser show that was stand-ups telling sex jokes and her giving a presentation on various kinks and paraphilias. I was surprised by her presentation because there was stuff on there that I’ve never seen before and she was surprised because I was the only one not cringing. Then PHIT had sweeps week and she had a good idea.
FFA: How would you describe your co-host, Timaree?
DC: Timaree is a rock star. A very nice rock star.
FFA: Your bits often start with stating a position that could make an audience uncomfortable or disagree with you, but by the end you’ve explained yourself in such a way that they’re totally on board. Was that a consciously developed method? What do you think makes it so successful?
DC: It wasn’t a conscious choice, but I have always enjoyed a good debate and proving people wrong is a joy. I guess I could have written jokes differently, but it doesn’t come out that way. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s successful because they’re jokes and you can’t possibly take the nonsense I say on stage seriously. And that I’m right most of the time.
FFA: If you had to choose between stand-up and ComedySportz, which would you choose and why?
DC: Stand-up and ComedySportz are two different things. One is usually done by yourself with shame and depression and the other is stand-up. But seriously folks, stand-up is way less scary than ComedySportz. Probably because you’re never alone when doing improv and there are rarely kids at stand-up comedy shows. Pretty sure I didn’t make sense there. Apple sauce and starburst jelly beans!
Get to know Darryl even better by coming to see him perform on Free For All this Wednesday night at Rembrandt’s Restaurant & Bar (741 N. 23rd St. Philadelphia) at 8:00pm. You can also see him perform tomorrow night in the preliminary round of Helium Comedy Club’s Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest.