It’s almost time for the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy! As we get closer to the show, we’ll be rolling out a series of posts to help you get more acquainted with this year’s nominees. Read all about ’em, and then be sure to get your tickets for the big event on January 13th at World Cafe Live!
The nominees for Best Short Run/One-Time Show are:
The Improvised B-Movie Double Feature (Asteroid!)
This fully improvised show celebrated the fun of the low-budget sci-fi/horror films from the golden age of Hollywood. The cast of Asteroid! performed not one, but two fully improvised B-movies, each based on a single audience suggestion with low-budget staples like aliens, monsters, Soviets, and mad scientists.
Fringe Festival Sketch Revue (The Flat Earth)
Philly Improv Theater’s first-ever sketch comedy revue featured The Flat Earth, some of the theater’s top writing talent and a cast of local comedians. The show brought audiences a darkly comic yet strangely sweet take on everything from the obvious targets to the bizarre tangents in everyday life.
ProMania 2K12 (PHIT Fringe Festival) ProMania 2K12 was a sport-stravagant celebration of the larger-than-life spectacle that is professional wrestling (with only some of the wrestling). Philly comedians paid homage to the flashy trash talking promos, slick video packages, and bitter rivalries of the squared circle.
Myths & Monsters (PHIT Fringe Festival) Myths & Monsters was an hour-long improvised hero’s adventure following a basic structure parsed by Joseph Campbell. A team of actors moved and breathed in tandem to depict monstrous beasts and terrifying deities encountered during a spontaneously created theatrical tale of trials and transformation of a lone hero. Directed by Philadelphia actor and improviser Nick Gillette.
The David Lynch Show (Camp Woods and Secret Pants)
Camp Woods and Secret Pants presented a special David Lynch themed sketch show lampooning the work of quirky film director David Lynch.
Tonight is the first Accidents Will Happen of 2013, hosted by Bradley Beck, Jimmy Viola and Jonathan Lalu. Comedians slated to perform are Ryan Shaner (Center City Comedy), Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez (Chicago Cubs), Ryan Hill, Ryan Schutt, R. Eric Thomas (The World Exists Podcast), Phyllis Voren and Joe Bell (Tight Six).
The show starts at 9 pm at Adobe Cafe (1919 E. Passyunk Avenue), and will be followed by an open mic at 11 pm. Admission is $FREE.99.
To get you super psyched, hosts Jimmy Viola and Jonathan Lalu have made some videos: