Upcoming Shows

  • April 20, 2014 4:00 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 20, 2014 7:00 pmCAKE BEAR + THE DEAN’S LIST! @ PHIT
  • April 20, 2014 8:30 pmTHE SHAM! @ PHIT
  • April 23, 2014 7:30 pmADVENTURE FRIENDS PRESENT A SKETCH HAROLD + SABOTAGE @ PHIT
  • April 23, 2014 9:00 pmOUTSIDE VOICES + THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN @ PHIT
  • April 23, 2014 10:00 pmOUTSIDE VOICES @ PHIT
  • April 24, 2014 7:30 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 24, 2014 9:00 pmCHEAT CODE W. SPECIAL GUESTS @ PHIT
  • April 24, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • April 24, 2014 10:30 pmHOUSE OF BLACK @ PHIT
  • April 25, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • April 25, 2014 7:30 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 25, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • April 25, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 25, 2014 9:00 pmCHEAT CODE W. SPECIAL GUESTS @ PHIT
  • April 25, 2014 10:30 pmSTORY UP! AFTER DARK @ PHIT
  • April 25, 2014 11:00 pmIRON SKETCH @ PHIT
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • April 26, 2014 8:00 pmBye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play
  • April 26, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 26, 2014 9:00 pmMEN WITH FACES + BIG BABY @ PHIT
  • April 26, 2014 9:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 26, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
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Comedy Show Round-Up: May 17, 2013

Shows

The Comedy Works - 7:00pm at Georgine’s Restaurant

The Bat - 7:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Joan Rivers - 7:30pm at The Pavilion (Villanova University)

Jon Laster – 7:30 & 9:45pm at The Laff House

Mo Mandel – 7:30 & 10:00pm at Helium Comedy Club

The N Crowd – 8:00pm at The Actor’s Center

It’s My Party: The Women & Comedy Project – 8:00pm at Plays and Players Theater

Tanisha & Becky – 8:30pm at Philly Improv Theater

Something Witty at The Dive– 9:00pm at The Dive Bar

Open Mics

Hodge Podge – 8:00pm (7:30pm signups) at Hodge Podge, 1212 South St., Philadelphia

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.

The Up-and-Comer: Mo Mandel

This week with bonus footage!

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!

Philly Improv Theater Taking Submissions for New Sketch House Team

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Sketch comedy writers interested in joining Philly Improv Theater‘s third Sketch House Team as a part of the writing staff can submit packets from now until the deadline of Monday, May 27 to sketchsubmissions@phillyimprovtheater.com. To be considered for a spot writers should submit a packet consisting of:

  1. A brief cover letter (1-page maximum – single spaced, size 10 font) explaining what you will bring to the writing team.
  2. Three (3) different original sketches you’ve written without a writing partner. Please arrange these sketches in order with what you feel is your strongest sketch first.
  3. Three (3) additional 1-2 sentence pitches of other sketch ideas you have.

More on the team from PHIT’s website:

PHIT will once again be producing an all-new sketch revue show for the 2013 FringeArts Festival. Working together during the summer months under the supervision of a Head Writer and Director a group of writers and performers will put together a 40-45 minute sketch show of entirely original material that will debut Thursday, September 5th, 2013 and run nightly through September 8th. Writers and performers will not necessarily overlap, so if you only want to create sketches and don’t want to appear on stage you’ll be able to do that. PHIT seeks only writers at this time (auditions for performers will occur later, during the summer) and encourages all submissions regardless of race, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual preference, religion, disability or age. Depending on the success of the FringeArts Festival show, the team may be given the opportunity to continue mounting further shows with support from PHIT.

More information is available on PHIT’s website.

Comedy Show Round-Up: May 16, 2013

Shows

The Bat – 7:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Laff Therapy Thursdays – 8:00pm at The Laff House

It’s My Party: The Women in Comedy Project – 8:00pm at Plays & Players Theater

Mo Mandel – 8:00pm at Helium Comedy Club

Comedian Deconstruction – 8:00pm at L’etage

Tanisha & Becky – 8:30pm at Philly Improv Theater

A Few Answers Short – 10:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Open Mics

Center City Comedy – 9:00pm (signups at 8:30) at The Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St., Philadelphia

Comedy Under the Disco Ball – 8:00pm (signups at 7:30) at L2, 2201 South St., Philadelphia

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.

Figment Theater to Hold Auditions

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Philadelphia improvised theater company Figment Theater will be holding auditions for their production of Slasher: An Improvised Homage to Horror Films of the 70s & 80s, running October 17-27, 2013. Auditions will be held by appointment only on June 1-2 and may be reserved by emailing contact information, availability and headshot/resume (if available) to: auditions@figmenttheater.org. More about Slasher from Figment’s website:

This October, Figment pays homage to campy horror classics with freshly created slasher stories – complete with homicidal maniacs, unwitting victims and buckets upon buckets of fake blood!

Throughout four months of rehearsal, the cast will explore the themes and characteristics that have defined horror films, delving deep into the elements that shaped the classic slasher subgenre that saw incredible success in the 70s and 80s. Although the show will play up the now campy storylines and special effects for maximum humor, auditioners are warned that the inspirational source material as well as the work produced on stage will contain elements of gore, terror, sexuality and language that many not be suitable or comfortable for all. Please use your own discretion as to whether you’ll be able to handle the viewing research required for all cast members.

All performance positions are non-paid, non-equity. Figment Theater is Equal Opportunity, and encourages all performers to audition regardless of race, ethnic or national origin, sex, religion, disability or age.

For more information on Figment Theater and their upcoming shows and events visit figmenttheater.org.

Camp Woods – The Zone

Enjoy this “lost sketch” from Camp Woods.

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!

Comedy Show Round-up: May 15, 2013

Shows

It’s My Party: The Women & Comedy Project – 6:30pm at Plays and Players Theatre

PHIT Sweeps Weeks – 7:00pm at Philly Improv Theater

Tell Me a Story – 7:30pm at Shot Tower Coffee

Mo Mandel – 8:00pm at Helium Comedy Club

Conklin’s Comedy Night – 8:00pm at Parx Casino

Head of the Class Comedy Showcase - 8:00pm at Silk City Diner

The Grimacchio Variety Hour – 8:30pm at Philly Improv Theater

Open Mics

Rogues Gallery – 7:30pm (signups at 7:00) at Rogues Gallery, 11 S. 21st St., Philadelphia

Northeast Comedy Cabaret - 8:00pm (signups at 7:30) at The Comedy Caberet, 11580 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia

High Note Humor - 8:00pm (signups at 7:30) at The Taproom Grill, 427 W Crystal Lake Ave., Haddonfield, NJ

Comedy is Liberty – 7:30pm (signups at 7:30) at Liberties Bar & Grill, 705 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.

Interview with Rachel Fogletto of ‘Comedy-Gasm’

This Saturday, stand-up comic Rachel Fogletto brings Comedy-Gasm back to The Irish Pol for another round of comedy from “the city’s edgiest and unashamed performers and comedians.” Read on for more about Rachel and the show.

WitOut: How long have you been doing stand-up? What got you started?

Rachel Fogletto: I’ve been doing stand-up for about 7-8 months. I had been doing other forms of open mics like spoken word and storytelling for some time, and I had recently been branching out to other types of performance and was in a Fringe show. I had numerous people tell me that I made them laugh when I would tell sex stories that were often uncomfortable and emotional situations. One woman I worked with in a show said, “You remind me of a comedian.” I thought that was funny for some reason, and I had always wanted to do stand-up but never really felt that I had the balls. So I finally tried it and realized that I had it all wrong. It took balls to get up there, yes, but I had actually had to grow a dick to stay up there, and keep coming back.

Stand-up was the most challenging form of performance I had ever done, and I feel like anything you do that you love should challenge you. Once I started I knew I couldn’t stop.

WO: When and how did you decide to start Comedy-gasm?

RF: I started to notice that as with anything else in life, there seemed to be a “majority” voice even within comedy, which always seemed to me, to typically be an art form of struggle. There are not a lot of women, most obviously. But I also wanted to see more comedy that was pushing boundaries from other perspectives. Not to get all affirmative-action, but I wanted to see more comedy from females, or people of color or from a queer perspective or even from a place that was not typical or already “acceptable edgy” comedy, like porn or jerk-off jokes. Not that I don’t love a good dick joke. I love a good dick…………joke.

WO: Can you explain the theme for the show? What do you mean when you describe it as comedy “by the unashamed, for the unashamed”?

RF: Following up on my last answer, I noticed there were actually a good amount of comedians that had a generally rogue sense of humor, or who were coming from a totally different walk of life that weren’t as present at the more crowded open mics. Different perspectives allow for different voices, different authenticity and ultimately, jokes no one has heard before. I felt myself gravitating toward comics who tended to make themselves vulnerable onstage even if their jokes were risky. I feel like the best art comes from the ability to be unapologetic even if it riles people. And of course, it has to be good. It has to be especially good when you’re ruffling feathers.

WO: How do you choose the line-up for these shows? Are you looking for a specific type of comic, or a comic with a certain type of material?

RF: Thank you for asking! Everyone’s biggest question is “Do all the jokes have to be about sex” Um, definitely not. The format thus far has been one “non-intentional” comedian, which is someone outside of stand-up performance but still is 90% comedic. Then follows 4 stand-up comedians. For the show’s debut, this created exactly what I wanted, which was a cross audience from different scenes like The Erotic Literary Salon, so the performers were able to actually tell jokes to a fresh audience. I also arrange the lineup according to joke style and tempo, rather than experience to create a cohesive “set of sets” I guess you could call it. It could be in my head, but it seemed to work well the last time. Everyone had a blast.

Because I personally tell a lot of sex jokes, I have a way of looking at the world through sex. I think that art and comedy and the relationship between the performer and the audience is a power struggle, like sex. We go up…we try to make people laugh. We do this in different ways. Sometimes we get emotional, sometimes we try to relate, sometimes we just try to entertain. Everyone is turned on by different things. But after a while, crowds, like people, get used to the same type of “foreplay” …they are desensitized to things that used to make them aroused, surprised, offended….and most importantly, impressed. I think that when you can craft a joke, especially a risky joke, in an unconventional way and make people piss themselves laughing, it’s like you gave them an orgasm. Ta-da!

WO: If you had to narrow it down to one thing, what would you say is the funniest thing about sex?

RF: I feel like I’m supposed to make a joke here. Sex is always funny…if you can’t laugh at yourself as a sexual being, you’re doing it wrong. I work out a lot of my sex life on stage, because I owe it to people to talk about something that means a lot to me.

The funniest thing? Colored condoms.

 

The next ‘Comedy-Gasm’ is this Saturday, May 18th at The Irish Pol (45 S. 3rd Street). Admission is $5.

Comedy Show Round-up: May 14, 2013

Shows

Second Stories presents: Gifts - 7:00pm at The Dive

The Polygon Comedy Variety Show – 8:00pm at L’etage

Bo Burnham – 8:00pm at The Keswick Theatre

Four Headliners for a Cause – 8:00pm at Helium Comedy Club

PHIT House Team Harold Night – 8:30pm at Philly Improv Theater

PHIT Improv Jam – 9:30pm at Philly Improv Theater

Open Mics

The Headhouse Cafe – 8:00pm (signups at 7:30) at The Headhouse Cafe, 122 Lombard St., Philadelphia

No.2 (#2)(Number 2) – 8:00pm (signups at 7:30) at St. Stephen’s Green, 1701 Green St., Philadelphia

LawnBoys Comedy – 8:00pm (signups at 7:00) at Puck, 1 Printers Alley Doylestown, PA

The M Room – 9:00pm (signups at 8:30) at The M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.

Comedy Show Round-up: May 13, 2013

Shows

South Philly Comedy Carnival – 8:00pm at Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. 9th St. Philadelphia

Open Mics

Laughs on Fairmount - 8:00pm (signups at 7:15) at The Urban Saloon, 2120 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia

The Irish Times - 7:30pm (signups at 7:00) at The Irish Times, 629 S 2nd St., Philadelphia

Joe Murdock Has Created an Event - 9:00pm (signups at 8:30) at Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. 9th St., Philadelphia

RP McMurphy’s - 8:00pm (signups at 7:45) at RP McMurphy’s, 2623 MacDade Blvd., Ridley,PA

If you run a Philadelphia-area comedy show or open mic let us know so we can share it on our calendar and in our daily show round-ups by sending us the information from our submit a show page to contact@witout.net.