Doogie Horner, a comedian and art director at Quirk Books, is leaving our fair city for New York. Those unfamiliar with the local comedy scene, where Horner is a Big Fish, might remember him from his 2010 stint on "America's Got Talent." (Watch his video below.) The same year, he won Helium's Philly's Phunniest.
Horner told me that he and his wife have been thinking about making the move for sometime now. Simply, New York is where the gigs are. The move will also serve Horner's wife, who is an artist. In addition to his work as a graphic designer, Horner is also an illustrator and writer, penning Everything Explained Through Flowcharts: All of Life's Mysteries Unraveled, Including Tips for World Domination, Which Religion Offers the Best ... the Secret Recipe for Gettin' Laid Lemonade and the upcoming 100 Ghosts: A Gallery of Harmless Haunts.
Despite the move, Horner will certainly miss his home of 15 years. "The thing I’ll miss most is that people are lot more chill in Philadelphia. If you do comedy in Philadelphia, you do it because you enjoy it. The stakes are very low. In New York, they take it a lot more seriously because people moved there specifically for comedy."
But Horner will still be around, doing shows and hosting a night at the FringeArts Cabaret come the fall. So that means no last hurrah for Horner. "I’ve had some friends who moved to New York and they have these big thing going away parties and then I see them the next weekend," Horner said. "I’m like, 'Hey! You just tricked me out of a crock pot!'"