This weekend the Arts Parlor will host the first in The Sideshows series of one act plays. The Sideshow: Hidden in This Picture features the one act originally written in the late 80’s by screenwriter extraodinaire, Aaron Sorkin. It’s a single scene focusing on a first time director dealing with an egotistical writer a penny pinching producer, a dim witted assistant and an invasion of cows that arrived to ruin his oscar winning shot. The show stars Nathan Edmondson, Bert Archer, Matt Nelson and Daniel Jaquette and is directed by Mike Marbach. The show will play Friday February 24 at 10:30pm, Saturday February 25 at 8:30pm, and Sunday February 26 at 3:00pm.
Last week in a show at Temple University the team of comedians was chosen to represent the school in this year’s National College Comedy Competition. The first round of competition will be held at Helium Comedy Clubon Sunday, March 18 at 7:30pm and will showcase the Temple team facing off against a team of comics from Penn State. The comedians representing each school are Temple: Tyler Wolf, Alex Grubard, Matt Kase, Paul Kenton, Steve Lipman, Jordana Lipsitz, Tim Ryan, Chris Whitehair Penn State: Kyle Dodson, Bill Hood, Stephanie Wain, Sean Becker, Dave Porter, Tom Wong, Spencer Frank, Kevin Gallagher.
Last week comedian Ted Alexandro headlined at Helium Comedy Club. If you missed it, that’s a shame, because he’s great, but at least you can still read this interview with him from CityPaper.
Sign-ups for ComedySportz Philly’s spring classes have begun. The company is offering three levels of classes each at the early registration price of $179 (until March 7). You can sign up for classes online.
This Saturday, Comedians for a Cause will hold a Benefit Dustin Walls at Connie’s Ric Rac. The show will feature comedians Joe Mayo, Mike Rainey, James Hesky, Tommy Pope, Dave Terruso, and Eric Todd and all proceeds will go to the family of Dustin, a local friend to many comics who recently passed away after a fight with cancer. Donations can also be made via Pay Pal to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are multiple chances this week to get out and see some storytelling. On Tuesday Second Stories Presents: Dream Date (7:00pm, The Dive) will feature stories from Alanna Kennedy-Gorman, Alejandro Morales, Lia Brennan, Alex Gross, Hillary Rea, Larry Napolitano,and Jaime Fountaine. Wednesday’s Tell Me a Story: Yesterday (7:00pm, Shot Tower Coffee) will feature stories from Carolyn Busa, Martha Cooney, Jaime Fountaine, Alejandro Morales, Larry Napolitano, Dave Terruso, Becca Trabin, Todd Shaeffer.
This Wednesday Rooftop Comedy will come to Philadelphia’s Temple University to help pick the team of student comedians that will represent the Owls in this years’ National College Comedy Competition. The show will be at 8:00pm in The Owl Cove in Mitten Hall on Temple’s campus and will feature student comedians vying for a spot in the March 18th competition against Penn State at Helium Comedy Club.
On Friday, The Arts Parlor (1170 S. Broad St.) will host The Sideshow: Powerballin’ . The show will feature improv sets from Asteroid!Beirdo and a Powerball Team, where PHIT Training Center students can put their name in a hat for a chance to be picked to perform with a few improv veterans.
Rittenhouse Comedy will host Kryptonite For Your Relationship this Tuesday night at Noche. The Valentine’s Day show will feature sets from Lisa Yost, Shanell Travis, Sarah M., Steve Miller-Miller, Mary Radzinski, Paul Easton, Alex Pearlman, Conrad Roth, Reggie Conquest and will be hosted by Jack Martin.
Center City Comedy recently released this promo video featuring Carolyn Busa, H. Foley, Tom Cassidy, Chris Cotton and Conrad Roth. The video promotes their website and a mysterious hotline. What happens when you call? Give it a try and let us know.
Writer and comedian Ryan Carey posted this detailed ranking of 17 George Carlin albums on his blog. Carey gives each album two ratings, one based on laughs and one based on philosophy. 17 albums is a lot to dig through, but this type of stuff is right down Ryan’s alley.
This Wednesday will mark the debut of the Philebrity Showcase, a free monthly evening of comedy and music, hand-selected by the Philebrity staff, at Fergie’s Pub. This month’s show will feature comedian Tommy Pope along with music from Ladies Auxiliary.
F. Harold is a Philly-only festival – to showcase comedy in and around Philadelphia, and the local area! F. Harold will be held at the Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5, Tuesday April 24th through Sunday April 29th, 2012. F. Harold is an event designed to bring together and show off the talent in the comedy community, and continue fostering an atmosphere of creativity and collaboration! Each night the F. Harold will provide lots of great comedy shows and events – including long and short form improv shows, sketch and stand up comedy – to you at affordable prices, in the oldest theater in America. Much more information will be available soon, and submissions are open now!
No musical entertainment is allowed at this venue at this time, so please do not submit your musical act.
To submit, cut and paste this into an email.
Show Name: Contact Person: Phone: Email: Website (if applicable): List of all group members:
Tuesday April 24th:
Wednesday April 25th:
Thursday April 26th:
Friday April 27th:
Saturday April 28th:
Sunday April 29th:
This show will be (select one):
1. Long form improv
2. Short form improv
Any special notes – time conflicts, special needs, etc:
Once completed, send email to email@example.com. Each submission costs $5, and must be paid either by PayPal, or in person to Rick Horner at your convenience. This submission is not a contract of participation and is subject to review and approval.
Remember to mark your calendars – set aside Tuesday April 24th through Sunday April 29th as YOUR opportunity to experience the high-quality comedy right here at home in Philadelphia at the Walnut Street Theatre. This is an event that should not be missed! For more information, email Rick Horner at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Philly Improv Theater will be holding auditions to cast two new House Teams on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM at The Philly Improv Theater at The Shubin Theater (407 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia). To secure an audition time please email your name, phone number, and a preferred time (if any) to: email@example.com. More information can be found on Facebook.
Camp Woods + returns for its’ second show at L’etage (624 South 6th St. Philadelphia) on Tuesday, January 31. This time, Camp Woods teams up with Secret Pants for a not-to-be-missed sketch comedy show. More details can be found on Facebook.
If you are outside of Philadelphia this Thursday, Bird Text is throwing a holiday themed Bird Text/ Househusbands Christmas at Maggie O’Neal’s in Drexel Hill. The show promises the premiere of the Christmas Episode of The Real Househusbands of Philadelphia as well as stand-up from some of Philly’s best.
Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? Johnny Goodtimes is hosting a 1960’s themed night of comedy, music, and New Year’s Eve fun at The Latvian Society (7th and Spring Garden). The night will start at 8:00 with a cocktail hour and move on to a comedy show at 9:00. After the comedy there will be music by Terrence Brown and the Hornets to cap off the New Year’s festivities. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door (and include beer, wine, and champagne) and can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or from Johnny Goodtimes himself at one of his Quizzos.
Here’s a Christmas video from Chip Chantry and Bird Text to brighten up your day.
The Ministry of Secret Jokes returns this Wednesday (8pm) at Fergie’s Pub. This month, Doogie Horner plans to entertain you with a Super Special Holiday edition of The Ministry with performances from Juliet Hope Wayne, Gary Vider, Mike Robinson, Animosity Pierre, Amir Gollan, and a Christmas story read by Dagger himself! You can see more info or RSVP on the Facebook event.
This Friday marks the debut of the Fighting Burrito Comedy Showcase at The Grape Room Lounge in Manayunk. Hosted by Nicole Yates, the show will feature sets from James Hesky, Carolyn Busa,Jim Grammond, Mary Radzinski, Aaron Hertzog, Jason Hazelwood and Sean Preston.
This Sunday at O’Neals Pub (611 S. 3rd St. Philadelphia) Philly Improv Theater house team Mayor Karen will be hosting Comedy Quizzo. For $5 players can test their knowledge of all things comedy for the chance to win the first place cash prize or one of many other consolation prizes.
One more reminder, you have until this Friday to vote for the 2011 Witout Awards, which, we just announced last week will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in the downstairs room at World Cafe Live keep updated on information as it is announced by RSVPing to the Facebook Event.
Tonight, Helium Comedy Club will host auditions for the Just for Laughs comedy festival. Ten of Philly’s best stand-ups will take the stage to perform for representatives looking for comedians for their annual New Faces showcase in Montreal. More information can be found at Helium’s website and tickets can be purchased online.
The monthly Free Improv at Connie’s Ric Rac returns to the South Philly venue tonight where eight of the best improv groups in the city will take the stage for 15 minute sets. Tonight’s show will feature the comedy of Bed Savage, Kait and Andrew, Deleted Scenes, Horner and Davis, Gross Butler , Mayor Karen, Hate SpeechCommittee, and one yet-to-be-named team.
Jake Alvarez of Rookie Card was featured in the City Paper’s comic issue this week for his Hypnospiral humor comic blog. You can check out his entry, as well as the other submissions online.
Improv group Nielsen is holding auditions for new team members. Auditions will be held next Monday, December 12th from 7:30 – 9:30 PM at a West Philadelphia location. Interested parties should contact Andy Moskowitz at email@example.com
This Saturday will mark the final performance of Philly Improv Theater house team Fletcher. The group is retiring after a long and successful run together and PHIT is sending them out with the longest house team night of the year. All six house teams will perform, starting at 7 PM (King Friday and Hey Rube) continuing at 8:30 (Mayor Karen and ZaoGao) and finishing at 10:00 (Asteroid and Fletcher). The late night improv jam will be hosted by Fletcher, and promises to be a fitting farewell party.
Voting for the 2011 Witout Awards is coming to a close. Philadelphia performers will have until Friday, December 16 to cast their vote for the 14 award categories. Plans are being made for the award ceremony/party and will be announced soon.
Submissions are still open for Top Five of 2011 lists for Witout.net. Any interested person can compile a list of their top five favorite things from any area of comedy, either local to Philadelphia or anywhere in the world and submit them for the site to run in the final few weeks of the year. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello! I am honored to have been nominated by Philebrity in the category of General Fabulousness. I’m not here to ask for you to vote for me. I’m here to ask you to believe in yourself, and vote for a better future, one in which I have a tasteful brass plaque on my wall that says FABULOUS GENERAL, 2012.
I’d like to take a moment to thank some of the people who have sent letters of support. Mary Davenport of Danielsville, PA: I’m sorry to hear about your loss; all I can say is, it gets better. Tom Goodall of Gary, IN: I use nightcrawlers too! Or sometimes a small piece of cheese. Dan Macavoy of Miama, FL: Your son’s a very talented artist. Thank you for the eagle drawing.
And now, I’d like to answer the other letters I’ve gotten. Jason Schnieder of Munsie, ND: No, you are. Shauna Severn, Pensacola, FL: Not as big as your butt. David Caruso, Miama, FL: You have the face of an alcoholic Irish baby.
In closing, let me point out that even though there may be some people more fabulous than me, nobody is more general, and that’s 50% of what we’re talking about here.
There will be another Free Improv @ Connie’s Ric Rac show next Tuesday, December 6 at 9:00pm. This month’s show will feature Bed Savage, Kait and Andrew, Deleted Scenes, Horner and Davis, Gross Butler , Mayor Karen, and Hate Speech Committee.
Today is the deadline to apply for The Grand Opera House in Wilmington Delaware’s LOL @ The Grand Competition. Ten comedians will be chosen to perform on their baby grand stage on March 2, 2012 to compete for the grand prize of opening for one of their future headliners.
Comedian Joe DeVito will headline at Helium Comedy Club this week (originally, Mo Mandel was scheduled, but had to cancel.) DeVito was a semi finalist on season five of Last Comic Standing and has also appeared on Comedy Central, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, and more.
Witout is still accepting submissions for Top Five of 2011 lists – year end recaps of our favorite things in comedy from Philly and beyond. Ideas can be sent via email to email@example.com