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  • October 24, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
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  • October 25, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
  • October 25, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • October 25, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • October 25, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • October 25, 2014 9:00 pmComedy Train Rek presents Awkward Sex and the City
  • October 25, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • October 25, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • October 25, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • October 29, 2014 8:00 pmComedy Masters
  • October 30, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • October 30, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • October 31, 2014 8:00 amNationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • October 31, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • October 31, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • October 31, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • October 31, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
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  • November 1, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
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Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 43

Tonight starts a four-week run for Philly Improv Theater at the Shubin Theater. The month of May will be jam packed with sketch, stand-up, and improv from Philly’s best alternative comedians. Tonight, The Monthly Hour with James Hesky kicks things off at 9pm followed by stand-up comedy showcase Hey Everybody (which has free admission if you go to the 9pm show.) You can see more of PHIT’s schedule online.

Also tonight, Rookie Card will have their final Monday show at the Raven Lounge before moving their monthly improv show to Saturday night. The show will feature improv from Rookie Card and Grimmachio and stand-up from Tim Butterly and all kicks off at 9pm.

Tuesday will bring another Free Improv at Connie’s Ric Rac to the venue in the Italian Market. This month, the show will feature sets from Deleted Scenes, Bed Savage, Self-esteem Motivators, Fowl Play, ApocaLips, Kait and Andrew, and Ralph Jess Jason Emily and Mike. The show starts at 9pm and is free, of course.

6ABC recently ran this story about Helium Comedy Club and their upcoming Philly’s Phunniest Person contest. The video shows many local stand-ups at a recent open mic at the club. Keep an eye out for appearances by Pat House, Alex Grubard, Ed McGonigal, Chase Wexler, David Ray Agyekum, James Hesky, and Aaron Hertzog.

This Friday at Underground Arts Corey Cohen Comedy presents a night of comedy with Dan St. Germain. The show will feature headliner St. Germain along with Alex Grubard, Jimmy Viola, and Corey Cohen and will also be the premiere of episode three of Down the Show. Tickets can be purchased online.

Aubrie Williams Has Coffee With…Abigail Bruley

For my latest Coffee With Comedians, or CWC if you prefer abbr.’s, I sat down with Abigail Bruley, who is a member of improv group Nielsen and the creator and head writer of Down The Show.

Aubrie: When did you first get into comedy? Was there a specific moment? Cause you do improv and sketch.

Abigail: Comedy, always was there. I did impressions of all the priests from my elementary school. Improv is a very new venture for me. I did it because I thought that it was a great way to come up with ideas for sketches. And I do. I find it a great way to come up with ideas for everything.

Aubrie: Did you take a class through PHIT?

Abigail: My first improv class was at the UCB in New York, and then much later on, I decided to sign up for a class here with Andy Moskowitz, and he was amazing and adorable. My troupe formed out of that class!

Aubrie: Did you notice any differences between New York and Philly Improv-wise?

Abigail: Yes, sure, of course. My classmates were very different. Philly is more laid back and fun and experimental, New York is more traditional, everyone had an end goal in mind of being famous or whatever.

Aubrie: How did “Down The Show” come about?

Abigail: I was working for NBC in Philadelphia when I was asked to come up with some content ideas for one of their local shows. So, I came up with a comedy segment where we would bring local stand-ups into the studio and tape them doing a two minute bit. That went well, so I pushed a bit further for it to include original sketch. Ultimately, it didn’t work out with NBC, but I kept running with it on my own and Down the Show was born!

Aubrie: Do you do a lot of the writing per show?

Abigail: Well, I’ve taken a lot of stuff that was already produced like “Booty Shorts for Men” by Secret Pants. But, I do do a lot of the writing for other sketches in the show. I also try to collaborate with people that write stuff specifically for the show, just so I have a chance to get different perspectives on it from outside observers.

Aubrie: Have you always done this, or did you start it recently?

Abigail: I’ve done it since the beginning of Down The Show. I mean it’s so subjective. How do you know if it’s only funny to you and your friends, right? I don’t want to alienate people.

Aubrie: Are you inspired by anything in particular while writing or before an improv show? Do you have a pre-show ritual?

Abigail: I try to get lost and go on walks in the city and just be alert to things. I get a lot of great ideas that way.

Aubrie: What was the weirdest place you found inspiration?

Abigail: The most recent was probably a guy walking in front of me dry brushing with a tooth brush and he kept spitting, and I came up with a character based around that guy dry brushing.

Aubrie: Do you have a favorite comedy moment?

Abigail: I saw Louis CK when he played the Academy of Music and he had this bit that is about how he doesn’t drink that much or smoke or do drugs, and his one big vice is being able to sleep, And he was like, “You know what sleep is like to me?” and he went into really great detail about what it might feel like to get a really deep blow job from a tribal woman with devil tongues, and I was hyperventilating, I was laughing so hard. That is the hardest I’ve ever laughed. I love that guy so much.

Aubrie: Me too.

Abigail: And the show Louie – I think about that when I’m writing. The thing I admire most about the writing on that show is the slow simmer type of humor and the retching honesty. I don’t necessarily need something to be knee-slappingly funny. The first time I realized sketch comedy could be non-Saturday Night Live was The State and I was obsessed with it. A great deal of The State wasn’t funny, it was just bizarre and weird. And, that made me love it even more.

Aubrie: The State had a lot of recurring characters. Do you have a recurring characters or a through-line, or hope to have a through-line eventually?

Abigail: This episode I wrote a skit that I hope comes back in the next episodes. That’s the first one. Other than that the only thing that the first two have in common, and that I think I’m going to continue on with, is that they have stand- up comedy mixed with sketch mixed with original music and artwork. That’s going to be the standard.

Aubrie: Do you film live music or use recorded music in the show?

Abigail: My husband is a musician so he does all of the music. I’m going to have a new theme song every episode, and he always does the theme song. In the first episode the theme song is me and him singing in our closet. And for this theme song I wanted it to sound like a bunch of drunk sailors screaming at a bar so he got a bunch of his friends into this space to sing lyrics that he wrote- which are amazing- and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s gonna be awesome!

Aubrie: Do you have a favorite Philly stage moment?

Abigail: Asteroid is great! And The Kristen & Amie Show. They are just so good. They amaze me. The arsenal of characters they pull out is awe inspiring.

Aubrie: Were there particular moments from each show that blew you away?

Abigail: Asteroid’s edits in themselves are hilarious, and they are just so goofy and fun with each other. What I do remember was that every moment that blew me away in that show in particular were done by chicks, and I thought that was really interesting. I mean, how can chicks not be naturally funny? We are an absolutely ridiculous gender.

Aubrie: And outside of comedy, what are your hobbies and interests?

Abigail: Hmmm, I am at Fairmount Park almost every single day, so I guess you could say I’m the outdoorsy type. I like noodles. I eat noodles a lot.

Aubre: What kind of outdoorsy stuff?

Abigail: I used to be big into biking but I don’t do that anymore. I’m tired of trying to ride a bike because my bikes keep getting stolen. I don’t know, I guess I’m just a super girl- I’m really into skating.I go to the River Rink. I am also into logic puzzles.

Aubrie: ME TOO! I never meet anyone who is, and that is why I am so excited. Any other hobbies?

Abigail: My husband and I have a little music project we do. And I’m also a freelance illustrator.

Aubrie: Have they been published anywhere around here?

Abigail: The most recent was published in the City Paper.

Aubrie: Is the music project with your husband recorded in the closet?

Abigail: Yes! I stand in there with headphones on and a stocking over the microphone!

You can catch the screening of the 3rd episode of Down The Show on May 4th at Underground Arts with Dan St. Germain, and see past episodes at www.youtube.com/user/downtheshow.

The Witout Podcast, Episode 11: Rick Horner

Aaron talks to Rick Horner about his beginnings in comedy, the history of improv in Philly, and the upcoming F. Harold Comedy Festival. Listen below and and subscribe on iTunes.

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The 2012 F. Harold Comedy Festival begins next Tuesday, April 24th at Studio 5 at the Walnut St. Theater and runs through Sunday, April 29. Tickets can be purchased for the festival online.

Full F. Harold List of Performers

Next week, the second annual F. Harold Comedy Festival will take place at Studio 5 in The Walnut St. Theater in Philadelphia. Over 200 performers will take the stage giving audiences a healthy sample of  Philly’s stand-up, sketch and improv comedy. Tomorrow, we will be posting a podcast with festival organizer Rick Horner, but for now, take a look at the entire schedule for next week, as well as the list of performers in each group.

Tuesday 4/24/12 Hosted by: John Kensil
6pm Salutatorian (long form improv) Salutatorian is: Adam Siry and Brian Rumble
6:30pm Whisper (long form improv) Whisper is: Maggy Keegan & Jason Grimley
7pm Becca Trabin / Tyler Shuman / Charles Rosen (stand up comedy)
7:30pm Hey Rube! (long form improv) Hey Rube! is: Aaron Hertzog, Alex Gross, Dennis Trafny, Jen Curcio, Lizzie Spellman, Mark Leopold, Rob Cutler, Scott Shepherd, and Tara Demmy
8pm ManiPedi (sketch comedy) ManiPedi is: Shannon Brown, Briana Kelly, Madonna Refugia, Kaitlin Thompson, Aubrie Williams
8:30pm Mayor Karen (long form improv) Mayor Karen is: Nora Algeo, Rob Gentile, Michael Hochman, Dan Jacquette, Alan Kaufmann, Steve Swan, Michael Tomasetti, Becca Trabin
9pm Adrift (long form improv) Adrift is: a cast of improv veterans assembled from across Philadelphia, the show is a comedically raw exploration of characters, relationships, and emotions that rise or break in the face of extreme circumstances.
9:30pm Carolyn Busa (stand up comedy)

Wednesday 4/25/12 Hosted by: Mary Radzinski
6pm Bed Savage (long form improv) Bed Savage is: Anthony Fedele, Nick George, Allison Homer, Dan Jaquette, Steve Klarich, Sean Landis, RJ Payne, & Caroline Rhoads
6:30pm Cock Hat (long form improv) Cock Hat is: Stephan Clanton, Hannah Datz, Frank Farrell, Sunny Kanneganti, Matt Lambson and Sam Scavuzzo
7pm Grimmacchio (long form improv) Grimacchio is Ralph Andracchio, Jason Grimley
7:30pm The N Crowd (short form improv) The N Crowd is: Mike Connor, Rob Cutler, B.J. Ellis, Vegas Lancaster, Kristen Schier, Jessica Snow, Jessica Ross
8pm King Friday (long form improv) King Friday is: Ralph Andracchio, Shannon Devido, Jason Grimley, Jenna Leigh, Maggy Keegan, Jana Savini, Andrew Stanton, Kaitlin Thompson, Aubrie Williams
8:30pm Safe Weird (long form improv) Safe Weird is: Rob Gentile, Kaitlin Thompson, Andrew Stanton
9pm Rookie Card (long form improv) Rookie Card is: Jake Alvarez, Darryl Charles, Marc Reber, Sue Taney, Tom Whitaker
9:30pm EAT CANDY STAY UP LATE (sketch comedy) EAT CANDY STAY UP LATE is: Rob Gentile, Kaitlin Thompson, Andrew Stanton, Chris Schofield, Scott Spivack, Bobby Lang, Dave Piccinetti, Rob Caso, Kyle Reichert, Harrison Lichtner

Thursday 4/26/12 Hosted by: Pat House
6pm Kevin Ryan / Martha Cooney / Sarah Morawczynski (stand up comedy)
6:30pm Apocalips (long form improv) Apocalips is: Mandy Dollar, Karen Coleman, Jen Curcio, Lizzie Spellman, Becca Trabin, Cara Schmidt
7pm Alejandro Morales / Bradley Beck / Rohit Kohli (stand up comedy)
7:30pm Beirdo (long form improv) Beirdo is: Dan Jaquette, Dennis Trafny, Kevin Pettit
8pm Patrick Dodd / Joe Dougherty (stand up comedy)
8:30pm Horner & Davis (long form improv) Horner & Davis is: Rick Horner, Emily Davis
9pm High School in 51 Jokes / Jared Bilski (stand up comedy)
9:30pm Rintersplit (long form improv) Rintersplit is: Matt Akana, Joe Gates and Marc Reber
10pm Alex Grubard / Ian Fidance (stand up comedy)

Friday 4/27/12 Hosted by Cara Schmidt
6pm Iron Lung (long form improv) Iron Lung is: Carly Mauer, Corin Wells, Dennis Trafny, Ellen Qualey, Jess Carpenter, Kevin Petite, Maureen Costello, Simon Burger, Tara Demmy
6:30pm Freddie Heinemann / Josh Bennett / Phyllis Voren (stand up comedy)
7pm Gross Butler (long form improv) Gross Butler is: Alex Gross, Mike Butler
7:30pm Grandma Hates Technology (long form improv) Grandma Hates Technology is: Mike Weiss, Jessica Weiss
8pm Rosen & Milkshake (long form improv) Rosen & Milkshake is Charles Rosen and AJ Horan
8:30pm Hillary Rea / James Bradford’s Live Nude Clothes (storytelling)
9pm Judo Range Are About To Die (sketch comedy) Judo Range is: Matthew Jay, Joe Gates (director), Chris Caletta, Mike Dieva, Chris McGrail, Ian Vaflor, Josh Higham, Pat Szostak
9:30pm / LaTice Mitchell-Klapa (stand up comedy)
10pm Asteroid! (long form improv) Asteroid! is: Jessica Ross, Aaron Unice, Caitlin Weigel, Bert Archer, Luke Field, AJ Horan, Brent Knobloch, Lora Magaldi, Caroline Rhoads

Saturday 4/28/12 Hosted by Emily Davis
6pm Hate Speech Committee (long form improv) Hate Speech Committe is: Christian Alsis, Rob Baniewicz, Jp Boudwin, Darryl Charles, Aaron Hertzog, Brendan Kennedy, Sue Taney, Billy Bob Thompson
6:30pm Mike Weiss / Alex Pearlman (stand up comedy)
7pm The No, Buts… (short form improv) The No, Buts… are: Vahan Berberian, Jack Dibeler, and Steve Murphy
7:30pm The Dream Machine (long form improv) The Dream Machine is: Alex Gross, Bert Archer, Steve Kleinedler
8pm WhipSuit (long form improv) WhipSuit is: Rick Horner, Cubby Altobelli
8:30pm Pete Kuempel / Aaron Hertzog (stand up comedy)
9pm Zao Gao (long form improv) Zao Gao is: Matt Akana, Karen Coleman, Nathan Edmondson, Scott Hinners, Erin Pitts, Tom Powers, Brian Ratcliffe, Billy Bob Thompson and Rachel Whitworth.
9:30pm MEDIC! (long form improv) Medic!! is: Nick Gillette, JP Boudwin, AJ Horan, Luke Field, Billy Bob Thompson, Emily Davis
10pm Camp Woods (sketch comedy) Camp Woods is: Rob Baniewicz, JP Boudwin, Patrick Foy, Brendan Kennedy, Sam Narisi, Madonna Marie Refugia, Billy Bob Thompson

Sunday 4/29/12 Hosted by Ryan Carey
6pm Erik Whitacre (stand up comedy) / Jessica Tandy (long form improv) Jessica Tandy is: Jessica Ross, Andy Moskowitz
6:30pm Kids With Rickets (sketch comedy) Kids With Rickets is: Steve Miller-Miller, Chris McGrail, Alex Pezzotta, Oliver Yu, Mike Madden, Dan Vetrano, Ivo Thomas
7pm Comedian Deconstruction (long form improv) Jess Carpenter deconstructs Bed Savage. Bed Savage is: Anthony Fedele, Nick George, Allison Homer, Dan Jaquette, Steve Klarich, Sean Landis, RJ Payne, & Caroline Rhoads
7:30pm Nielsen (long form improv) Nielsen is: Brad Zinn, Dan Corkery, Jacqueline Baker, Kate Banford, Katie Monaco, Meredith Weir, Molly Silverman
8pm Vegas Lancaster / Shannon DeVido (stand up comedy)
8:30pm Really Big Shew (long form improv) features many of the performers of the F. Harold
9pm Hans Gruber (long form improv) Hans Gruber is: BJ Ellis, Dave Warick, and possible special guest.

Wrapped: The Web Series

Wrapped is a web series that debuts tomorrow about a group of Production Assistants working on a movie trying to get by without causing the ire of any of their higher ups. The series features work from many Philadelphia comedians including Maureen Costello, Corin Wells, Andy Moskowitz, Steve Kleinedler, and Bert Archer. You can see the entire web series online starting tomorrow, and check out a trailer and clip below.

The N Crowd Seven Year Anniversary: BJ Ellis

The N Crowd has somewhat of a long history. Shows begin to blur together after seven years. It’s hard to keep track of who was where and when things happen. It’s also hard to pin down one great story or highlights. I’ve been with The N Crowd since the very beginning, so maybe that’s the best place to start.

(As a side note, parts of this should be read with old timey 1920’s music on a train car.)

Feb. 26th 2005 was my first audition for The N Crowd at 213 New Street. I remember getting there entirely too early (a trademark of mine) and just walking around Old City. I don’t remember being nervous or anxious. I was excited to get in there and do some improv. I had done some in college and had met Jessica Snow and Greg Maughan a few months earlier to try and do something, but nothing really panned out.

The thing that stands out in my mind the most was how many people were there. There were alot. I remember everyone having headshots, resumes, ect. I had a college acting resume of sorts, although in retrospect it wasn’t much to look at. I was a bit concerned that I didn’t have a headshot. I think I even needed the term “headshot” explained to me as the term only applied to N64 Goldeneye in my mind. So, I flipped my paper over and drew a stick figure version of me and submitted that. I do specifically recall some sarcastic comments from some people that I should have come more prepared. Thinking about that now, I can’t help but smirk as I write this reflecting on the past seven years.

I don’t remember auditioning, other than it was a lot of fun. I recall huddling with Brandon, Mike, Akshay, and Jessica during breaks as I felt I had great chemistry with them. Auditions were Feb 26th and March 5th. So I don’t know the order I met people. Some were at the first and not the second. Others at the second but not the first. Some, like me, came to both.

On March 6th, at around 7:20pm I got a email from Emily Dufton (Ray Reese’s Managing Director) saying I was in. I still have the email thanks to the wonderful world of Gmail. I was excited and immediately told my parents and all of my friends on Myspace. This was before the opening of Facebook mind you.

The rest I suppose they say is history. We started at 213 New Street for 6 months… bounced over to the Society Hill Playhouse for 8 months… and then finally settled at the Actors Center in September of 2006. We’ve been all over the East Coast from Toronto to North Carolina.

I believe the last time I sat down and wrote it out, 40 people have been part of The N Crowd. Some, such as myself, have been here since the very beginning. I’ve gone through several pair of black shoes, black pants, and black shirts over the years. Some have come and gone. Steve Cohen was in the original cast, left for college, came back, left for college again, came back, left for 3 years, and then came back again.

I love The N Crowd and the people who are in it. I like saying that I am the Executive Director of a professional improv troupe. Looking back, I can honestly say I do not have any regrets. Looking forward, I am as equally excited for the future as I was on March 6th, 2005.

Long Live The N Crowd.

The Witout Podcast, Episode 10: Gettin Close with Mike Marbach (featuring Brendan Kennedy)

In this episode Mike talks to comedian Brendan Kennedy about growing up, getting into comedy, the witout awards, nerds and life in general. Listen below and and subscribe on iTunes.

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You can see Brendan Kennedy perform tonight at 10PM at Circa 1212 (1212 South St.) at ManiParty: A ManiPedi Fundraiser.

ManiParty: A ManiPedi Fundraiser

Philadelphia sketch group ManiPedi (Aubrie Williams, Briana Kelly, Madonna Marie Refugia, Shannon Brown, Kaitlin Thompson) have been accepted into the 2012 Ladies Are Funny Festival in Austin, Texas. To help with the cost of travel and expenses the group is holding a fundraiser, this Friday at Circa 1212 (1212 South St. Philadelphia). We caught up with the group to ask them some questions about themselves, their show, and the plans for Austin.

WITOUT: Tell us about the formation of the group. How did you all meet and decide to work together?

Madonna: I was asked to do an all-female night at Camp Tabu and I needed a sketch group. I knew Shannon from working with Brendan Kennedy in Camp Woods and I met Kait at a Sketch Up. So I forced them to be in a group with me. From there it was just a matter of finding more people to work with.

Briana: I’d seen ManiPedi at Sketch Up and Madonna was in my Sketch 101 class so we decided to collaborate.

Madonna: And Aubrie is just so awesome it was only a matter of time before we asked her to join us.

Shannon: I remember Madonna and I were at  Bonner’s drinking free beers(Madonna does not think they were free.). She told me she was thinking about asking Aubrie to join us, and after whispering to eachother like a pair of middle school girls, she asked Aubrie. Also, I was not forced into the group. I like food and making people listen to my neurotic rambling. They like eating, and will listen to me.

WO: Who are some of your comedic influences?

Madonna: My grandma and dad, Camp Woods.

Aubrie: Showalter, Stella, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Sedaris

Briana: Generalissimo Franco

Kait: The State, My Dad, Louis CK, anything with a mid-day re-run on Comedy Central during 2002.

Shannon: My Mom and Aunts, The Kids In The Hall, and as corny as it sounds, my friends from Philly.

WO: How do you write and workshop ideas?

Shannon: Typically we work on things individually and then bring them to the group when we’re ready.

WO: How would you describe your comedic style?

All: we like fart jokes with heart.

WO: What member of the Wu-Tang Clan best represents each member of Mani Pedi?

Kait: GZA

Briana: Ghostface (Madonna” Oh, man..”)

Aubrie: ODB, cause he was in the fantasy remake…I also shook his hand once.

Madonna: I’m Beyonce.

Shannon: RZA.

WO: Other than performing comedy – do you have any plans for when you get to Austin?

Kait: Get really burned..like, by the sun, see Bill Hick’s grave(if he’s buried there), eat lots of food. And do the thing from Pee Wee herman where he goes into a bar and sings The Stars at Night.

Aubrie: Eat a lot of food. I;m going to do monologues as Hattie Dealing(she was drunk off bourbon the whole time. It’s a good play.) Get a belt buckle. That spins maybe?

Madonna: Meet a bunch of other comedians, eat gourmet donuts from the gourmet donut truck, and flirt with all the guys that will be at an all ladies comedy festival. Endure racism.

Briana: I am going to get a real genuine cowboy hat. I am not going to buy one… I am poor. Instead, I am going to dress myself as Santa Anna and “haunt” everyone I see wearing a cowboy hat. Hopefully one of them will run away in fear, leaving their hat for the snatching.

Shannon: I also would like to get a belt buckle, eat a bunch of food, drink way too much, meet some other groups/people, and manage to return home not broke, sunburned and sans asthma attack.

WO: What kinds of things do you have planned for the ManiParty Fundraiser? 

All: BEER. DANCING. FOOD. STANDUP BY: Aaron Hertzog, Brendan Kennedy, Mary Radzinski. Improv by: Kristen and Amie, and sketches by us. We’re also auctioning off Phillies Tickets, Zoo tickets(with a behind the scenes tour that we did that kicked ass) and a sketch voucher from PHIT. and booty clapping.
It’s only $10, and you get all that stuff. It’s awesome.
ManiParty is this Friday, April 13 at 10pm at Circa 1212. Bids via email are being accepted now for auction items. You can also see ManiPedi perform this Thursday night at L’etage as part of Camp Woods Plus.

The N Crowd: Seven Year Anniversary Series

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.

Philly Comedy Round-up, Vol. 42

Signups have started for Helium Comedy Club‘s 2012 Philly’s Phunniest Person Contest. Past winners of the title include David James, Steve Gerben, Kent Haines, Anton Shuford, Doogie Horner and Tommy Pope. Preliminary rounds for this year’s contest run from June 3rd through September 9th. Contestants must be from the Philadelphia area and perform between four and half to six minutes of original material. Comedians can sign up online by clicking this link.

This Tuesday at L’etage Polygon Comedy Celebrates their birthday with a show featuring Jimmy Viola, Beirdo, Dream Machine and Kait & Andrew. Doors open at 7:00 and the show begins at 8:00.

Wednesday brings another edition of Mayor Karen Presents in which the PHIT House Team hosts a show of stand-up, improv and music. This week’s performers include New York stand-up comedian Erin Judge, PHIT House Team Hey Rube, and a surprise musical guest.

Also this Wednesday Philly Sketchfest presents: Characters – a night of character based sketch comedy at Helium Comedy Club. The show is a fundraiser for this year’s sketch fest and will feature performances by Animosity Pierre, Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez, Bing Supernova, Hillary Rea, Rob Baniewicz, and The Feeko Brothers.

Camp Woods Plus returns to L’etage Thursday with a show featuring all new material from Camp Woods plus sets from New York sketch group Unisex and Philly’s own ManiPedi.

Speaking of ManiPedi – this Friday the sketch group is holding their own fundraiser for their trip to the 2012 Ladies Are Funny Festival in Austin, Texas. ManiParty will feature performances from Aaron Hertzog, Brendan Kennedy, Mary Radzinski, The Kristen and Amie Show and ManiPedi themselves. They will also be auctioning off items (which you can bid on here via email) and having a bake sale. $10 gets you into the show, all the beer you can drink, and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped them get to Austin.

This Saturday at Connie’s Ric Rac The Chris Gethard Show comes to Philadelphia. The show, dubbed NY is Better than Philly will feature a series of competitions between Chris Gethard’s crew of New York Comedians and Gregg Gethard‘s squad representing Philly. The Philly team consists of Brendan Kennedy (Man’s Man Competition), Aaron Hertzog (Freestyle Rap Battle), Ian Vaflor (Music Competition) Alex Gross (Dance-off) and Mike McNeil (Sports Trivia). Tickets for the event can be purchased online.