Standup at the Movies
by Zenique Gardner
Vernon Keith Ruffin, Jr., better known as Keith from Up Da Block, is no slouch when it comes to creating comic relief, making music, and moving the crowd—and he boasts an impressive following of “Blockaholics” and a string of viral videos to prove it. Recognized mainly for his catchy rap remakes and accompanying parodies which have been posted and viewed over one million times collectively on YouTube, Keith from Up Da Block is much bigger than the boy from around the way.
Main Course caught up with the former Urban Xpressions host at the debut of his all-new, multifaceted entertainment event, Stand Up at the Movies, a recurring, one night show which opened on the eve of Thanksgiving at The Pearl Theater in North Philadelphia. More than a night of cinema, more than a stand-up comedic performance, and more than a concert, Keith promises that Stand Up at the Movies is an unrivaled, not-to-be-missed entertainment experience that fuses all three entities together for an unprecedented affair for moviegoers and stand-up comedy connoisseurs.
For the event, Keith teamed up with Philadelphia’s own cloth-covered comedian and king of ratchetness, Peanut Live 215. This big, brown puppet, who has coined phrases like “Skitdaddle” and “Real Puppet Shit,” has quickly garnered a following from his web-series, which chronicles the post-prison life of Peanut against the backdrop of North Philly streets. Although Keith and Peanut are both extraordinary performers, they seem like an unlikely pair to produce a show together. When asked about the match-up, Keith acknowledged the contrast between him and the originator of the gun-toting, shit-talking marionette, and considers this amalgamation of minds an opportunity to expand both of their audiences by introducing fresh films and new faces to both Blockaholics and Real Puppet Shit followers in Philadelphia and beyond.
When asked about upcoming projects and more music videos, Keith assured me that there will be a lot of good stuff unleashed in the New Year. To keep abreast of the happenings of Philly’s favorite neighborhood comedian, follow Keith on Twitter @FromUpDaBlock and become a “Blockaholic” on Facebook at Facebook.com/groups/blockaholics.
Stand Up at the Movies returns to The Pearl Theater on March 19th with more Keith from Up Da Block, Peanut Live 215, a host of other exciting music performances, exclusive screenings of short films, and, of course, stand-up comedy.