Later this month, Philadelphia short form improv group The N Crowd will celebrate its’ seventh anniversary. We’ve asked some members of the group to share some stories about the history of the group in celebration.
Mike Conner – Location, Location, Libation
The N Crowd is an all-star drinking team formed in April of two thousand something or other… whenever seven years ago was. We first performed short-form improv comedy in an unairconditioned building that functioned as a Karate Dojo by day and a big stuffy brick oven at night: really the ideal locale for the performing arts. After the forging of the Dufton Trail (a sticky residue of dried piss coating the venue’s sole toilet seat), the N Crowd decided it needed to branch out by moving to the Society Hill Playhouse.
The Society Hill Playhouse differed from the Karate Dojo mainly in that they didn’t appreciate the performers taking massive gravity bong rips on the premises. The core of N Crowd debauchery now migrated to a North Philly shithole known as 353 West Master (cut cut cut faster). Fueled by Captain Morgan and ginger brandy, the Master Street house became a place for N Crowders to socialize, play foosball, and incur concussions.
Over the next few years, various members of the N Crowd got jobs/had kids/got arrested/went to rehab/began abiding by the teachings of the honorable prophet Elijah Muhammad. The party times died down, then roared back, then died down again, then elevated to crazy meth-orgies, and finally leveled off to a respectable whir. Around this time, the N Crowd made a final move to the Actor’s Center in Old City, their current home base.
The Actor’s Center is a great place with a wonderful landlord (who I don’t want to piss off by writing something snarky here). It has been our home for a few years now. Our cast has never been funnier; our audiences have never smelled lovelier; and our drinking, though not as prolific, has never been honed into such an unadulterated form of turpitude.
The N Crowd performs every Friday at The Actor’s Center (257 N 3rd St. Philadelphia). Their seven year anniversary show will be held on April 27. You can purchase tickets for the event online.