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Marco Island Entertainment – Comedian-actor Philly Plowden returns to Off the Hook

Date posted: December 7, 2012

Comedian-actor Philly Plowden returns to Off the Hook

Written by Don Manley

Actor-comedian Philly Plowden performs at the Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island this weekend. / marcoislandflorida

Philadelphia “Philly” Plowden is saving himself for David Letterman … so to speak.

But the actor-comedian is willing to share, which he’ll be doing this week from the stage of the Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island.

Plowden is an Off the Hook veteran who has performed at the club multiple times, the last time in February.

“I love Marco Island,” said Plowden, an Orlando-area resident. “I’ve known Captain (Brien Spina, Off the Hook’s owner) for about four years and I love his parents. His mom is so cute and dad is hilarious. I can remember when the stage was literally a board walk that they had on the floor.”

When asked to describe his comedic approach, Plowden was succinct in his answer.

“This is how I describe my comedy – I have no description,” Plowden said. “I don’t know how it works. I don’t want to know what goes in it. If I had to describe it in one word, I would call it gumbo.”

The Off the Hook website credits him with offering up “observations and revelations about the human condition, mixed with stories from his own life” and having an “ability to relate to people from different walks of life has made him a favorite in the cruise ship industry, comedy clubs and corporate events.”

Plowden said he entered show business after some open-mic stints generated favorable reviews in a local newspaper while he attended college.

“I said, ‘Why am I in this class when I’m an up and coming comic,’ ” said Plowden.

After 15 years as a professional actor-comedian, Plowden has played dates around the country and also made his mark on television, appearing on “Ed McMahon’s Next Big Star” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent!”

Plowden said that one important lesson he’s learned over the years is to simply focus on entertaining people rather than letting career ambitions impact what he was doing on stage.

“When I started, I would get up and do whatever and as long as people would laugh, I was fine,” Plowden said. “Then I learned the business (trying to further one’s career) and next, I had to unlearn the business, which is pretty cool.”

Today, Plowden has regained his focus purely on “making people laugh and having fun.”

Plowden is a man of mystery when it comes to explaining the derivation of the first name Philadelphia. But it’s a mystery that he’s willing to reveal, but only to a certain person.

“It’s a long, crazy, wacky story that I promised myself I would only tell on Letterman,” Plowden said. “It’s been 20 years.”

Plowden’s career goal is land a regular spot on a hit TV show, but not as the star and he said he has some irons in the fire.

“I just want to come in, do some something, something (on a hit show), do some films after that, get exposure, do some stand-up. I don’t want to get too big. You get too big and you become Lindsay Lohan. You can’t sneeze. My goal was to be between where I was and Eddie Murphy. I don’t need a mansion, just a nice townhouse.”



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