Dan Gross: Competitive eater Kobayashi will compete at cop-sponsored wing contest

Todd Barry will work the crowd Sunday at the Urban Saloon.
Todd Barry will work the crowd Sunday at the Urban Saloon.
Posted: January 17, 2013

JAPANESE eating sensation Takeru Kobayashi will not defend his crown at Wing Bowl 21, but he will take part in the 4th annual Police and Firefighters Wing Bowl.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 (1336 Spring Garden) hosts its contest Jan. 25 and Kobayashi, who ate a record-shattering 337 wings at last year's WIP event, will partner with Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson to face off against members of the Philadelphia Fire Department in a five-minute contest.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the eating contest begins at 7:30. Tickets are $20, which includes food and drink. All proceeds from the event benefit the FOP Survivors' Fund.

For info, visit fop5.org.

Todd Barry plays Sun.

You may know comedian Todd Barry from his role as Mickey Rourke's boss in "The Wrestler," or HBO's "Flight of the Conchords" or FX's "Louie." Or you may know the New York-based comedian from his amusing and plentiful Twitter posts.

Barry performs Sunday at the Urban Saloon (2120 Fairmount) as part of a short tour of mostly bars, not the usual comedy clubs.

He's looking forward to doing a "crowd-work show," which, he explains, is when a comedian "goes into the crowd and asks questions and works off the crowd."

He looks forward to the challenge of doing something that's completely improvised. Barry says he's regularly stopped on the street by people who aren't sure exactly who he is. "People will ask me, 'Where do I know you from?' I try to get it over with quickly."

Tickets are available for Barry's 8 and 10 p.m. sets Sunday at brownpapertickets.com.

Parx gets some Soul

The Philadelphia Soul's Soulmates Dance Team Finals will be Jan. 29 at club 360° at Parx Casino in Bensalem. Final auditions start at 7 p.m. and an hour earlier, the Soul, the Arena Football League's American Conference champions, will unveil a new logo featuring the name of Parx, the team's new title sponsor.

The Soul home opener is April 20 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Rydell's meaningful gig

A year ago, Bobby Rydell had a kidney and liver transplant. Now the South Philly-born crooner will both perform and be honored at the National Kidney Foundation's 29th annual Kidney Ball March 9 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.

The event, at which Miss Pennsylvania USA Jessica Billings, NBC10 meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz, WDAS' Patty Jackson and former NFL player Joe Fields are expected, will honor kidney specialist Frank McCusker, and Questcor Pharmaceuticals. For info, call 215-923-8611 or visit nkfdv.org.

Rydell's hosting a contest on his website, Bobby

Rydell.com, where fans can win free admission to the Kidney Ball concert.

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