Upcoming Shows

  • February 7, 2014 7:30 pmFirst Fridays w/ Interrobang
  • November 26, 2014 8:00 pmComedy Masters
  • November 27, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • November 27, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • November 28, 2014 8:00 amNationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • November 28, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • November 28, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • November 28, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • November 28, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • November 28, 2014 9:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • November 29, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Heliun
  • November 29, 2014Nationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • November 29, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 29, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • November 29, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • November 29, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • November 29, 2014 10:30 pmImprov Comedy: PHIT House Teams
  • December 3, 2014 8:00 pmComedy Masters
  • December 4, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
  • December 4, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • December 5, 2014 8:00 amNationally Touring Headline Comedians @ Helium
  • December 5, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • December 5, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • December 5, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • December 5, 2014 8:30 pmFigment Theater: Sessions @ Studio C
AEC v1.0.4

Hey Everybody!

Description: Hosted by Aaron Hertzog, Hey Everybody is a stand-up comedy showcase featuring sets from some of the best comedians in Philadelphia.

Style: Stand-up Comedy

Date: Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Time: 10:00PM – 11:00PM

Admission: Free (with 9pm show) $10 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here

The Lotto

Description: The Lotto is every PHIT Training Center student’s dream: a chance to perform on PHIT’s stage during an evening show alongside members of the PHIT House Teams. Any current student or former improv student whose last class finished in the past 12 months is eligible to put their name onto the list for the chance and selected students are notified the week before the show that they have been selected.

Style: Improv Comedy

Date: Tue, Jul 31, 2012

Time: 7:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.

Admission: $8 (advance) $10 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here

The Monthly Hour

Description: Part late-night talk show, part stand-up showcase, and mostly one giant desperate attempt to get the approval of others, “The Monthly Hour with James Hesky” brings some of Philadelphia’s top talent to the Philly Improv Theater to help you catch up on all the major (and minor) events of the month.

Style: Variety Comedy

Date: Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Time: 9:00p.m. – 10:00p.m

Admission: $8 (advance) $10 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here

Podcast Pickins with Intern Lisa

 

Okay, so you want to know what a podcast is, right?  Well, Webster’s Dictionary defines podcasts as “a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet.” Luckily for you, podcasts are not as boring as that definition, no offense Webster. Comedy podcasts are kind of like these magnificent, hilarious little jewels that are guarded by the  imperial Comedian court (i.e. Jimmy Pardo, Marc Maron, Todd Glass, etc.). Yeah, I know that sounds cheesy but comedy podcasts are so much more than Webster’s simple definition. They give a personal insight into the world of comedy, everything from comedic relationships to the art of making comedy. And even if your not interested in that, some of these ridiculously funny podcasts cover everything from pop culture to snacking. Whether you love stand-up, improv, or sketch, there is something here for everyone.
So every week I’ve decided to spotlight a different podcast and list a few episodes that I think really showcase that podcast (or really just made me laugh so hard, the woman next to me on the train thinks I’m a crazy person).

The first podcast that I decided to showcase is one that is very near and dear to my heart. Hold for drum solo…It’s the Nerdist! Now I bet your wondering “Nerdist, Why Nerdist?!” First of all, why are you being so hostile, and second because without the Nerdist I would not be sitting in this chair, in the Philly Improv Theatre Office (where I am interning), writing on this awesome website. I started listening to the Nerdist about 2 years ago, and I haven’t put it down since. Chris Hardwick, the proud father of the Nerdist, hosts bi-weekly episodes that include guests such as Tina Fey, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Conan O’Brien. Usually accompanied by Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, these episodes are at times thought provoking, fascinating, and as I like to say, “make you pee” funny.  Even their guestless episodes (which they like to call hostful) are truly amazing. I’ve learned a lot from the Nerdist such as playing D&D is cool, 8-bit music rocks, and always ENJOY YOUR BURRITO (just listen to the Rainn Wilson episode).

My top 5 Nerdist Pickins

5.  Ana Gasteyer

Although Matt and Jonah are not in this episode, Ana Gasteyer is truly delightful! Not only does she have awesome stories about working and leaving SNL and the comedic genius that is Will Ferrell but she also dives into some really interesting topics such as improv vs. stand-up and women in comedy. This episode is really fun and super insightful.

Patton is a comedic genius. Great stories about his early days doing stand-up, the Hollywood screenplay writing process, and playing D&D with fellow comedians. This episode is full of Patton rants that are sure to make you laugh your ass off.

3. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil is not only the Director of the Hayden Planetarium and the host of his own one-hour radio talk show StarTalk, but he is one cool dude. This episode is not only educational but the conversation is fun and makes you wonder why you didn’t become an astrophysicist (okay maybe not the last part). Also, what could be nerdier than science?

2. Kevin Smith 

I have listened to this episode  10+ times now and it still holds up. Amazing riffs that never get old, just the sound of Kevin Smith’s voice makes me laugh. All I have to say is, Vader Pussy. Enough Said.

1. HOSTFUL

A guestless episode as number 1?! YES hostile reader! The first of many hostfuls, this episode covers ridiculous and inane topics such as the career of Mark Wahlberg, Danny Elfman eating a breakfast burrito, and Matt working at a funeral home.  These episodes truly show the awesomeness of the Nerdist; just three nerdy guys riffing about whatever. However beware: these episodes will make you laugh to tears.

For more Nerdist lovin’ visit their website or youtube channel and subscribe!

PHIT House Team Night: ZaoGao + Hey Rube!

Description: PHIT House Team Night is the cornerstone of Philly’s improvised comedy scene. Mixing amazing storytelling, quick wits, hilarious chaos and a dash of audience participation, an elite cast of the city’s best improvisers create shows that are never seen before and will never be seen again at every performance.

Style: Improv Comedy

Date: Sat, Aug 4, 2012

Time: 8:30PM – 9:30PM

Admission: $10 (advance) $12 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here

Nielsen + The Oxymorons

Description: Catch great indie improv to start you Saturday night with York, PA’s The Oxymorons and Philly’s own Nielsen!

Style: Improv Comedy

Date: Sat, Aug 4, 2012

Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Admission: $10 (advance) $12 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here

Sketch Open Mic: Sketch Up or Shut Up

Description: Free sketch comedy open mic! Come to perform or see some of Philly’s best comedians try out new material. This is THE PLACE for sketch comedians to work out new or in progress material in front of an audience. Arrive by 10:45 to sign up, and please Please respect your fellow comedians and keep your sketches to FIVE MINUTES OR UNDER. It’s the honor system and we’d like to keep it that way as we’re all having such a great time. Free and BYOB! Also, please note this is NOT a stand-up open mic.

Style: Sketch Comedy

Date: Fri, Aug 3, 2012

Time: 11:00PM – 12::00AM

Admission: FREE

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here

Rookie Card + Hans Gruber

Description: Come see improv comedy from two of Philly’s top indie groups!

Style: Improv Comedy

Date: Fri, Aug 3, 2012

Time: 10:00PM – 11:00PM

Admission: $10 (advance) $12 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here

Biege (UCB) + Camp Woods

Description: Come see sketch comedy from Philadelphia’s #1 live sketch comedy group Camp Woods, joined for the night by Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Maude Team Biege!

Style: Sketch Comedy

Date: Fri, Aug 3, 2012

Time: 8:30PM – 9:30PM

Admission: $10 (advance) $12 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here

CAGEMATCH: Malone vs. Bed Savage

Description: CAGEMATCH is competitive improv: two teams enter and perform, the audience votes, then a single team earns the right to remain. Hosted by Ian Vaflor, Philly’s CAGEMATCH is also notable for the ridiculous Double-Dare style challenges each team is subjected to weekly in order to decide who performs first and second on each show.

Style: Improv Comedy

Date: Thur, Aug 2, 2012

Time: 10:00p.m. – 11:00p.m

Admission: Free (with 9pm show) $5 (at the door)

Location: The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia

Contact: WebsiteBuy Tickets Here