Laughs on Fairmount is teaming up with Geekadelphia to present a nerdy quiz-show pitting local Philadelphia comedians against each other in an effort to prove their geeky bona fides. Which Philly comedian will prove the dorkiest know-it-all? You can find out for only $5 dollars!
Darryl Charles, Molly Pace, Jo Pincushion and Dave Terruso are slated to be contestants, with blogger Anna Goldfarb and Skeletor from the Karaoke Gong Show serving as judges.
The event will be hosted by sketch-comedy maestro Paul Triggiani, fresh off making big splashes at Toronto Sketchfest with his hit show Alley of Nightmares. Doogie Horner will also be returning to the city of brotherly-shove to open up the show with some stand-up comedy.
For more info, check out the event’s facebook page, or just show up at Urban Saloon with a five-spot, for an event that fifteen years ago would have been self-deprecating, but today will be patenly braggadocious!
The variety-comedy and music showcase Hey We’re Cool is facing possible cancellation after modest attendance and humble bar sales. Located at L’Etage and hosted by Pat Reber and Matt Aukamp, the independent show has been running the first Thursday of every month, and has reached a moment of truth as to whether or not it will be continuing.
Hey We’re Cool is co-written by Jacquie Baker, Matt Schmid, Chris McGrail, Peter Rambo, and Kate Catinella. They feature different guest sketch groups and musicians each month. This week’s show will include American Breakfast (Phit) and MC Blackwolf. The evening is accompanied by the hilarious one-man house-band, Kev Ketner (ProMania).
The show is pretty interactive so you will have plenty of opportunities to get laughs of your own, compete in contests and win major awards. This particular Thursday–everyone in the audience will win a prize. And if you know anything about prizes in general, the more prizes are given out, the bigger and better the prize will be! (Haven’t you seen Oprah?).
As always, you can donate money at the bar to keep the show running, in return for beer, wine or spirits!
Tickets are $5 dollars at the door and the show starts at 8:00pm. L’Etage is located on the corner of 6th and Bainbridge.
Nikki Black opens the show with stand-up comedy and diagrams of ghosts’ boners.
A counselor tries to connect with at-risk youths.
They’ve had it rough but some of them are just moody because they’re on a juice-cleanse.
If School House Rock did an episode about female anatomy…
Sassy white women live vicariously through their soft-spoken black friend.
Bored school-girls can bring out the insecurity in any motivational speaker.
A research & development team ponders new ways to market salt.
In keeping with their seemingly intentional practice of incorporating Philly’s very funniest female sketch and improv comedians into their troupe, the mammary mammoth ManiPedi has absorbed three ladies who are so funny in their own right, we simply presumed they’ve been MPs for a while and are ashamed of our prejudiciously lazy attitude.
We asked the three sketch comedians–rumored to have been on the verge of starting their own rival all-gal comedy troupe, before being bought-out by ManiPedi (the New York Yankees of Philly lady-comedy)–what it feels like to be a member of the WitOut.net Sketch Comedy Group of the Year™.
Mani pedi is the tits. Writing and rehearsing with this group is like being at an endless slumber party with a bunch of raunchy gang members. Just thinking about all their beautiful, hilarious, idiot faces gives me the warm and fuzzies.
I just kind of started showing up to rehearsals. I think they thought I was Madonna [Refugia] for a while. Anyway, after they found me out, they kind of just let me stay which was cool. I avoided the hazing process of having to shake my tits repeatedly for a week and eating an entire cake by myself but trust me… I’m paying for my deception.
“I don’t know why good things keep happening to me, but better me than someone else.
If you’re not already planning on seeing their show tonight at 9:00 @ Phit, Philly Weekly has said “Marked by razor-sharp writing and an almost insane attention to details, ManiPedi’s particular brand of humor often teeters freely between dark and silly.”
Go see their show! Don’t be sexist! (Unless you operate with the variety of sexism that would bias you towards an all-female sketch comedy troupe, then by all means, your worldview is entirely jutified, in this instance!)
Project Arts brings a “school edition” of the left-of-center cult puppet-musical to The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street) for shows tonight @ 7:00, Friday & Saturday @ 8:00, and Sunday @ 3:00.
“School edition”–of which they recently did a rendition of Rent–means that the material is softened just enough so as not to be wildly inappropriate for the teens participating in their theater education program.
According to Project Arts–“Although this version has been edited to take out some of the racier elements, the irreverence and the content remain mostly intact. We also choose theater pieces that incorporates issues of the lives of real teens such as gender, class, drink-ing, diversity, LGBT issues, etc.”
Avenue Q, was created by Robert Lopez, co-creater of Book Of Mormon. If you haven’t seen it, think Sesame Street but hilariously inappropriate (again, in this instance, just appropriate enough for teens to participate, but not much more!).
Tickets are $15.00 and the cause is good. Project Arts operates as an after-school program offering a variety of theater training services to local youth at no charge. For tickets, visit http://projectartsavenueqschooledition.bpt.me/
A particularly funny Free For All is going down tomorrow night at 8:00pm @ Growler’s Pub. The show is followed by an open-mic for you to try out all those hilarious Malaysian airliner jokes you’ve been tastefully crafting!
Check out Tim Butterly, Mike Rainey, Alex Grubard and Bobby Lorello–as well as funny-ass hosts Aaron Hertzog and Allison Zeidman. If you’re trying to tell jokes after the show, sign up at 7:30.
For more information, visit them at freeforallcomedy.wordpress.com. Like them on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter @freeforallcmdy
A Note to Self character ponders what type of piercing he should get…
An architect hasn’t seen his wife in weeks…
A jilted lover vents to her weird roomate…
…she decides to try impressing members of the same sex with her pearly white teeth.
Characters converge, bringing internal monologues with them.
At The SideShow, members of Flat Earth try their hand at improv.
Paul Triggiani remembers to say “yes, and…”
Girl’s choice dance at the skating rink.
Who invited her to the party?
Mike Marbach has to improvise with famous impersonations…
Frank Underwood: 6 / 10.
Gilbert Gotfried – 9 / 10
His Jason Statham picks up WAY under-aged girls in his car.
Jeff Goldblum — difficult but Mike sorta kills it.
Johnny Carson — Boo! Mike practiced this one!
His Morgan Freeman came through in fine style…
Oh, just one more thing…
Tom Brokaw gets scandalous with a production assistant.
Kudos to Mike for channeling these hams while maintaining good improv scenes.
Becca Trabin closed the show by running a town hall meeting filled with citizens (us) pre-occupied by the local Lady Footlocker and which tablet computers are allowed.
Davenger alum Brian Rumble is directing an improvised show featuring Adam Siry, Andrew Coppola, Bobby Lang, Corin Wells, Fred Brown, Jessica Ross, Joel Sumner, Kate Banford, and Whitney Harris.
The concept of Note To Self revolves around the characters’ inner monologues, delivered in real-time from improvisers right off-stage. Rumble discusses his vision for the show, which ends up being as poignant as often as it is funny.
WitOut: What types of moments do you hope Note To Self will explore that aren’t funny but simply profound/cathartic? How do you hope to package these moments in a way that suits the context of comedy theater?
Brian Rumble: It’s tough to say. For me, I’d be thrilled if the Note to Self world closes in a far different place than it opened. One of the key elements to this show is the fact that, in a persistent world, every choice has consequences. I want to see these characters struggle with these choices and come out changed on the other side. And these don’t have to be monumental changes. Just human ones, ones that build and maybe even fester over ten shows.
The comedy part of this show has been the least of my concerns because I think the concept is inherently funny and the cast are some of the funniest and smartest people I’ve ever met. The voyeurism in the show gives us a lot of tools to play with and even in the more profound or challenging scenes there’s the comic relief of the internal monologue. Hearing what someone wishes he could say against what they should or have to say is pretty great, even in some of the tougher moments.
WitOut: In an improvised show of this kind, lasting several nights, is there any concern about finding themes or beats and gravitating back towards them over the course of the run? Is the show entirely improvised?
Rumble: Events on the stage are entirely improvised. Each show starts with a “note to self” written by the audience to which the cast is not privy and the show builds from there. However, we do have a lot of structure created from this persistent world. So we have guidance on how characters will react to certain situations and how they’e expected to behave in different facets of their lives (work versus home, for example).
Finding the best themes is really just a matter of finding the most important ones. What do these characters care about most? Or, better yet, what do they want the most? Those themes will be so prevalent throughout the run of shows because we will hear the characters obsessing over them, even if they’re not able to act on them. The fun thing, of course, is that the entire cast can hear these wants and needs, too, and they can make achieving them as difficult as possible.
WitOut: Which of these performers are you particularly excited about directing, and why?
Rumble: I am so thrilled to be working with this entire group. Most of them are performers with whom I’d never worked before and I think all of them are among the best improvisers in the city. They’re a special group who came together instantly during auditions and they’ve not only brought this concept to life but they’ve been vital to helping me figure out all the moving pieces of what is, to be honest, a very challenging project. They’re the best co-directors I could have asked for and their enthusiasm for this whole thing has made the process so much easier.
For more on Note To Self, visit Figment Theater. Note To Self runs Thursday through Saturday @ 8:00pm and Sunday @ 3:00pm. Figment Theater is located at the Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St.
David Mogolov’s one-man-show Eating My Garbage premiered at the 2014 FRIGID New York festival and comes this Wednesday to the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art.
A cultural satire about modern America, Eating My Garbage brings one-man’s existential quest to validate contemporary living. Garbage is directed by PHIT instructor Steve Kleinedler, who has worked extensively with Mogolov in the past:
“This is the fifth solo show I’ve worked on with David. I also directed him and another playwright in a 2-person show that was mostly interweaving monologues. I was the director and he was the head writer for the Ruckus, a house sketch team at ImprovBoston. We worked on 12 shows together. They all stand out in their own way; however, one that really stands out is when the Ruckus wrote the 8th Annual ImprovBoston Christmas Extravaganza — it was a very cohesive, slick, fun show that played to packed audiences when it wasn’t being cancelled by blizzards.”
We asked the Boston-based Mogolov–a 35 year old web design consultant and copywriter–if his show and its worldview are essentially pessimistic…
“The whole show really does revolve around a question of worldview, and my own struggle to maintain positivity in the face of a default pessimism. I very much like to paint things at their most dire and hopeless, but I don’t think any audience has left yet thinking it’s anything other than a very hopeful show. Against my better judgement, I am, ultimately, probably an optimist.”
Eating My Garbage runs Wednesday night at 8:00pm. Doors are 7:30. $5.00. PhilaMOCA is located at 531 N. 12th Street, a block north of Spring Garden. For more information, visit mogolov.com.