Description: The Sideshow is a comedy showcase that focuses on new or unique acts (but is not exclusive). That could be newly formed groups, veteran groups experimenting with something new, one of a kind groups, one-off groupings or concept shows.
Location: The Arts Parlor – 1170 South Broad St. Philadelphia
Contact: Facebook Page
If you are a Philadelphia comedy performer that produces a podcast, web series, sketch video, humor column, or any other online content let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share it!
Here’s some humor from local comedian/letter writer Jared Bilski. You can find Jared on Twitter and Facebook, and read his letters to organizations like the Westboro Baptist Church, Einstein Montgomery Medical Center and, of course, Comcast, on valiumvickie.blogspot.com.
I’ve become quite fond of using Comcast’s Live Chat service. Here’s another word-for-word transcription of an online chat I had with a very helpful Comcast rep recently: (Note: I cleverly jumbled some on the letters in the rep’s name to protect his/her anonymity.)
Local sketch group The Stonewall Players just released their new album on Bandcamp on December 21st, and it’s available to fans for the low, low price of $FREE.99. (Or whatever you’d like to pay—might be nice to throw the group a few bones, right?)
Not familiar with the Players? Here’s a little background and more info on the album from team member Matt Schmid:
“The Stonewall Players are Andrew Kramcsak, Joe Pantalone, and myself. We filmed some shorts here and there after high school but never really tried to do anything live, as none of us were aware of a live sketch comedy scene until I took the sketch 101 course with [Secret Pants’] Brian Kelly at PHIT. After that we began attending Sketch Up Or Shut Up regularly which, so far, is the only live performing we’ve done of our material. We decided to record these sketches as an album because we sort of wanted to flush them out and start writing new material. I think it’s a good format for us because we have more of capacity for writing than, I’d imagine, performing. Also, jokes can be layered differently and more nuanced when you don’t have to get that instant big laugh on a stage;it can be more low key.
As for the material itself, Andrew and I wrote everything on the album and then punched up each other’s sketches. We write in a really complimentary way, he’s really good with details and specific phrasings and I really like the big picture, so it’s easy to hand off stuff. I also write a little more darker and absurd stuff and Andrew, who is very bookish, brings a sweetness and a sophistication to the characters.
We definitely look forward to performing live in the new year. I was one of the writers for the PHIT Sketch House Team The Flat Earth and it was really awesome witnessing the show come together. Watching [Secret Pants’] Paul Triggiani direct was bonkers and intimidating and an amazing learning experience, so I hope to bring what I learned from that show into our material.”
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 email@example.com!
#5: Lost and Found: Andrew Whitmire
Andrew tells a story about a re-gifting incident with his mom, Velma.