In the lastest episode of Gettin’ Close with Mike Marbach the titular host has a conversation with recently retired Philly Improv Theater House Team King Friday. Marbach is joined by members of King Friday from their various eras to talk about their birth as 3 Mad Rituals in the 2009 Fringe Festival to the addition/subtraction of various members and how that impacted the team, to their great success on the festival circuit to the last run and shows of the team.
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Description: There’s no place like home for the holidays, but no one ever tells you if that is a good or bad thing. PHIT will finally try to answer this important follow-up question by recreating the holiday gathering of a few lucky audience members, chosen at random to be interviewed about their happiest and most hellish family gatherings – which we’ll then recreate, exaggerate and merrily mock for an audience that may include the same people we awkwardly asked them about!
*(not actually on ice)
Time: 7pm, 9pm
Admission: Tickets available online
Location: Philly Improv Theater @ The Adrienne Theatre Skybox, 2030 Sansom Street, 3rd floor
Contact: Web Site
Description: Hosted by Jess Carpenter and house team BED SAVAGE, Comedian Deconstruction is the perfect combination of Stand-up Comedy and Improvisational Comedy. This is as close to figuring out what is going on in the mind of a comedian as you can get. Every third Thursday house team, Bed Savage, and a second guest improv troupe use the performers’ sets as their inspiration (instead of the traditional word pull from the audience).
Style: Stand-up and Improv
Date: Every third Thursday of the month
Location: Le’Tage (upstairs at Beau Monde), 624 South 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147.
Contact: Facebook Page
As the year winds down, WitOut collects lists from comedy performers and fans of their favorite moments, comedians, groups, shows, etc. from the last year in Philly comedy. Top 5 of 2012 lists will run throughout December–if you’d like to write one, pitch us your list at firstname.lastname@example.org!
1. Tim Butterly shattering his own windshield with a mini-football using his non-throwing arm. An absolute act of God. Tim, Carl Boccuti, Jim Grammond, Darryl Charles and myself were on the set of a Bird Text sketch that was being filmed. We were passing time by throwing a mini-football around outside. During which time, Tim said something to the effect of “Let’s see what would happen if I threw this with my left hand” and he proceeded to slowly lob this stupid, half-deflated ball into the air towards Carl, yet directly into his own windshield, shattering it. Quite possible the funniest thing I have ever seen.
2. Joe Mayo simulating sex no less than 13 times during one period of hockey at the Wells Fargo Center. I had the pleasure of sitting roughly ten rows behind Joe at one of the Flyers playoff games against the Penguins. At random segments of the game, Joe would hop up, yell something about the on-ice action, then simulate various sex acts to accentuate his points. Worth the price of admission.
3. James Hesky coming over to my house to play Apples to Apples with my kids hours before he won Philly’s Phunniest. My kids love Hesky for various reasons and they had been bugging me to ask him to come over for awhile. Even though James had to prepare for the finals of the Philly’s Phunniest Competition at Helium this particular day, he made time to come to my home, treat my family to pizza and play Apples To Apples with my kids before heading home to go over his set. A class act who truly deserved the spoils of victory.
4. The Legendary Wid performing in front of my girls for their first comedy show. I was scheduled to perform on the final Chip Chantry’s One Man Show and I saw it as a great opportunity to have my girls watch me perform. They were 8 and 5 years old and hadn’t seen me perform comedy yet. They got their money’s worth.They watched me feed Chip ice cream, heard Andy Nolan’s machete rape bit, interacted with Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez and they saw The Wid at his finest. They enjoyed the whole show, but talked about Wid for some time. Every performer did a great job, but Wid gave a performance for the ages.
5. Any and all of the awkward hugs that Mary Radzinski and Lisa Yost endure.
Mike Rainey is a stand-up comic from Philadelphia. He is also a cat lover, a great friend and opinionated asshole. Follow him on twitter @mikerainey82.