Upcoming Shows

  • April 16, 2014 7:30 pmMILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN @PHIT
  • April 16, 2014 9:00 pmTHIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN + SABOTAGE @ PHIT
  • April 16, 2014 10:00 pmTHIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN @ PHIT
  • April 17, 2014 7:30 pmTHE FLAT EARTH PRESENTS… @ PHIT
  • April 17, 2014 7:30 pmMILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN @ PHIT
  • April 17, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • April 17, 2014 10:30 pmTHE SIDESHOW @ PHIT
  • April 18, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • April 18, 2014 7:30 pmTHE FLAT EARTH PRESENTS… @ PHIT
  • April 18, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 18, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • April 18, 2014 9:00 pmTHE FLAT EARTH PRESENTS… @ PHIT
  • April 18, 2014 10:30 pmATOMIC CINEMA VAULT @ PHIT
  • April 18, 2014 11:00 pmSKETCH UP OR SHUT UP @ PHIT
  • April 19, 2014 7:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 19, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • April 19, 2014 7:30 pmTHE FLAT EARTH PRESENTS… @ PHIT
  • April 19, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 19, 2014 8:00 pmBye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play
  • April 19, 2014 9:00 pmDR. SLEEPOVER @ PHIT
  • April 19, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • April 19, 2014 9:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 19, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • April 19, 2014 10:30 pmBIG BABY + MAYOR KAREN @ PHIT
  • April 20, 2014 4:00 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
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The Sideshow

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.

Style: Variety

Date: Various

Time: 8pm

Admission: $5

Location: The Arts Parlor – 1170 South Broad St. Philadelphia

Contact: Facebook Page

Jared Bilski’s “Transcript of My Talk with a Comcast Rep: Volume 2″

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 contact@witout.net 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.)

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Recap of Comedian Deconstruction: “Girls Girls Girls–With Bed Savage” + Interview with Producer Jess Carpenter

by Chris Dolan

For just over a year, Jess Carpenter has been producing a unique, multi-format comedy experience at L’Etage (6th & Bainbridge): Comedian Deconstruction.  The monthly show—each one built around a theme—is a merging of stand-up and improv.  Rather than use audience suggestions for the improv segments, the improv troupes construct scenes utilizing the material from the stand-ups’ sets.  Each show also features the debut of a “comedy virgin” to kick off the evening’s roster.

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New Free/Pay-what-you-wish Sketch Comedy Album from The Stonewall Players

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.”

Top 5 of 2012: Hillary Rea’s Favorite ‘Tell Me A Story’ Moments of the Last Year

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 contact@witout.net!

#5: Lost and Found: Andrew Whitmire
Andrew tells a story about a re-gifting incident with his mom, Velma.

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